Dual monitor cloning with Windows Vista

25 June 2009

When you plug a second monitor or TV into a Windows Vista computer it will notice the new hardware and will give you an option of how to use the new hardware.

Initially you will have the option to extend your desktop or to clone your desktop.

Extending your desktop

This is where your desktop is extended over both monitors and you can drag windows from the main computer/laptop over to the secondary monitor.

An advantage with this will be when hosting an event you can open files from your primary monitor and display them on the secondary monitor - this way the people you're hosting to won't see what you're doing on the primary monitor.

Cloning your desktop

Cloning your desktop is when the secondary monitor will display exactly the same as your primary monitor.

This is useful when you're teaching people how to use a piece of software or showing someone how to do something - everything you do will be seen by everyone who's also viewing the secondary monitor.

You can change your monitor settings by going to your desktop, right click, and from the menu click "Personalize".

Pick the link at the bottom of the list "Display Settings".

This will bring up another window where you can change your monitor's resolution, number of colours to use and also view a secondary monitor.

If you click on monitor 2 then it will show the settings for the other monitor - but the only way to make the secondary monitor active is to extend your desktop across the two of them.

Currently in Windows Vista there is no way to clone monitors.

nVidia has it's own firmware that allows you to set monitor cloning, but this is not ideal having to use a third party application in order to do something that Windows Vista should have built in anyway.

As of yet I have not heard how to configure monitor cloning for other graphics cards such as Radeon or any of the others.

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Top Gear's The Stig revealed

21 June 2009

Top Gear is the BBC's greatest car TV show.

Hosted by Jeremy Clarkson and co-hosted by James May and Richard Hammond, the TV show has thousands of people tuning in for every episode.

The Stig, the un-named star of Top Gear, tonight put an end to all the questions as to who is The Stig?

Back in January The Telegraph announced that it was a professional stuntman and Le Mans racer Ben Collins.


But tonight we find out that they were in fact wrong.

So who is The Stig, Top Gear's un-named star?

The Stig tonight entered the Top Gear studio, sat down with Jeremy and removed his helmet for the first time ever on television.

The Stig is... Michael Schumacher.

But is it always Michael Schumacher?

Questions are already spreading wildly all over Twitter:

  • How do we know it's always the same person?
  • How have the BBC kept The Stig on the pay roll?
  • Is Michael Schumacher really The Stig or is it a wind up?
  • Michael Schumacher can't be The Stig, they should have shown this on April fools day!
  • Wait a few minutes and the real Stig will walk in the studio, there's no way that Michael Schumacher has been The Stig all this time...

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Security warning with a wireless keyboard

14 June 2009

Many people are switching back to using old, wired keyboards rather than a wireless keyboard because of a new security risk.

Someone has come up with a way of decoding the wireless keyboard signals between the keyboard and the computer.

Being able to pick up these signals and then decode them will enable the monitoring of every key stroke and may lead to personal data, bank details and passwords being found out.

What first started out as an experimental project, is now thought to be exploited to crimals/hackers.

And the only answer for this - is to switch back to the old fashioned wired keyboards.

To read more detail you can see the whole article at -

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Flaw in Firefox on the Apple Mac

12 June 2009

When using Firefox on an Apple Mac you should make sure that you have Java disabled.

Java applets on Firefox when using an Apple Mac computer are able to cause a malicious attack.

The malware that attacks the Mac would be automatically downloaded without the user's knowledge.

Once on the Mac the malware allows others to take control of your computer and have the ability to delete files.

At last count Apple has been aware of this problem for 5 months, yet still has not made a fix for this.

I accept that Firefox may not be an Apple product and that they want to only maintain their own software - but the fact is that Firefox is an ever growing web browser with a massive fan base and so Apple should really think about this and make the fix.

To read more detail on this you can read the article I found - www.webuser.co.uk/news/283003.html

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