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Windows 8 Store Not Working - Here's how to fix it.

Windows 8 Store for the most part will work without an issue, however, there are times when an app that is being installed may be stuck or if you lost connection during the middle of an install, the installation may become corrupted. So, how do you fix this...

Microsoft are obviously aware that there is an issue here and they provided an APP troubleshooter to the effect...

Go to the Microsoft page "What to do if you have problems with an App" and run through the troubleshooting process. If all else fails, at the bottom of the page there is a link to "APPS TROUBLESHOOTER". Download the program and run it. It will find and fix what it can and will normally end with a restart of the PC and a fixed Windows Store.

Update: since writing the last entry, more methods have surfaced on how to get the Windows 8 Store back up and running...

Method 2.
Open an administrative Windows Command Prompt (right click "Command Prompt" and select "Run as Administrator"…

Windows 8 - Where's the missing Start Button (and how to get it back)

As many of you out there know, in previous versions of Windows, pressing the 'Windows' button on your keyboard, normally brings up the 'Start Menu'. In Windows 8, this has been changed to bring up the Windows Metro Interface, and as many have discovered, the Start Button (or Start Menu) has been removed from Windows 8.

Unfortunately, this is a strategy that Microsoft has employed to try and get users to rely more on the Metro menu. But some of us 'old school' users are so used to the Start button and would like to have this brought back. So - how do we do this?

Well there are a few methods but I will elaborate on 2 of my preferred ways.

VISTART and CLASSIC SHELL.

Vistart
Vistart will bring back your Windows button in it's near original format. The only part of this method that irks me is the fact you could 'unwittingly' install software onto your system by accepting the terms and conditions - so please take the time to read what the terms and conditio…

How to Jailbreak iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPad 3 or the new iPad on IOS 5.1.1 untethered using Absinthe on Windows, MacOS or Linux

Well it's been a wait worthwhile as the Chronic-Dev team releases Absinthe v 2.0.4 (which you can download from the original site linked).

Before I start, please remember that jailbreaking your device can (and likely will) render your warranty VOID. I am not responsible for how the Absinthe program works nor how you interpret the instructions herewith. Other factors e.g. viruses, background software, antivirus software etc. may and can interfere with the jailbreak process. If you are not certain how then don't.

You are jailbreaking your device AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Now that that's out of the way...the process is quite simple.
1. Make sure you have backed up your iDevice on iTunes before starting.
2. Update your device to the latest IOS 5.1.1 either using the Over The Air (OTA) feature or via iTunes.
3. Download the Absinthe Jailbreak v 2.0.4 (either from the original page or from the links below)
a. MacOS - DMG fileb, Windows - Zip Filec. Linux  -TAR File 4. Unzip or install th…

Cloud computing - what it is and how it has evolved

Many years ago Internet Service Providers (ISP's) and internet hosting companies languished in profits when users used the ISP's servers and hosting services to hold emails and files. At that time, these services were simply known as FTP (File Transfer Protocol) and just plain email (or POP3 email) services.During the noughties (2000-2009) or the oo's (ooh's) some may call it, Microsoft, developed their server systems and brought us newer technologies that allowed small and medium enterprises to host their own mail and filing systems, in the form of Microsoft Servers or Microsoft Small Business Servers (SBS), running Microsoft Exchange and Sharepoint services.This left many an ISP with little joy as they saw their profits from hosting, eroded by users and enterprises migrating away from their hosted services and starting up their own Microsoft server systems.So the question was, how do the hosting companies get users to come back to their hosted systems, which they hav…