The comments published on this page reflect the balance of views we received. (January - February 2008)
Your article says that defragmentation can be a long and boring process, and implies that the PC cannot be used for the duration of the defrag. This may have been valid during the Windows98 days, but it is certainly not true anymore! These days, there are excellent automatic defragmenters available that unobtrusively and automatically defragment in the background according to availability of free system resources. The defragmentation never interferes with the user's computing activities, yet the drives are automatically maintained in an optimum state with minimal user intervention.
Gregory Mathews, London (England) / Mumbai (India)
RE: PC Health Check - why no suggestion for CCleaner? It works fantastically well, much better than the built-in function for Windows that deletes Temporary Internet Files, which often misses out things, especially from the Microsoft website.
Is Click a Microsoft promotion tool? Surely being the BBC top technology programme you should at least give those poor Windows users the knowledge that there are safe secure operating systems available that come with everything Windows does and more, yet are FREE. I speak of Ubuntu - a straight out of the box system.
Rev Peter Brown, Northampton
It is all very well you promoting all these super-dooper mobile phones each week on your programme, but they are only going to work if you have a mobile signal! Surely the phone manufacturers should be putting pressure on the mobile companies to ensure there is a good signal throughout the country before all these latest gadgets are promoted. The big cities obviously are the main priority I suppose, as that is where the money is...but we also need a mobile phone in the country. In my area we are lucky to get a "2-bar" reception with T-Mobile here in Marldon.
Derek Hore, Marldon, Paignton, Devon
Just clocked Kate Russell's link to windirstat - been looking for something like this for ages - great little utility. Thanx.
Regarding online calendars and such services. Your programme does not mention one of the major blocks to such services becoming ubiquitous - the fact that in so many corporate environments such sites are blocked. For this reason Pocket PCs and other handhelds will continue to be popular.
Nick Dowling, London England
I saw your item about on-line calendars. I have tried to use in the past. However your suggestion that I throw away my PDA and go on-line would not really be any good when I am in a village hall in deepest Surrey arranging a meeting with no hotspot for miles. You may be able to get on-line anywhere in London but those of us out in the sticks have to soldier on off-line and syncing to our PC when we get home.
Martin Holland, Horley, UK
After moving out to Dubai, I was parted from one of my favourite programs, Click. However, I found the link on your website to watch it. Now, I'm not fussy, but surely you could show a higher quality video? Perhaps the episode of Click in the iPlayer that I can't watch because I have to be in the UK. Sam, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Re: broadband speeds If you can get Virgin Media in your area, they tend to be quite good as they don't go through the phone line. Also they do up to 20mbps, and they're currently trialling 50mbps. I've never had a problem with them, and would rather have cable than ADSL any day. Hope that helps
Scott, Northampton, UK
In response to Terence Hawes of Bury St Edmunds and others in the process of switching broadband providers, you may find it useful to double-check that the change is really worth it. Pay a visit to BT's Broadband Information site, where you can enter a postcode or telephone number and the maximum speed your local exchange is capable of is displayed. In my case, 4.5MB was plenty more than the 2MB of my previous package, although half the figure promised by my provider.
Tino Thompson, UK
I write games which have appeared on The Pirate Bay (TPB). I live in Barnsley in a rented house and I struggle with money from month to month. There are countless others like me and this is the side of it that people are never given the chance to see. I don't wear a suit, I work in an 8x6 bedroom and I don't have more cash than I know what to do with - making it apparently OK for like TPB to rob me.
In reference to The Pirate Bay in general I would like to say that I don't see anything wrong with file sharing. For example I admit I have downloaded movies from the internet but if I like them I still buy them anyway. Sort of like try before you buy. I also heard that certain ISPs discussed restricting p2p, which would be a disaster since it is not only file sharing sites that use p2p, but a variety of services including some online games.
In the next few weeks I will closing my family video store. Only a miracle will save us. Most people show surprise when I say we are closing due to piracy. "I didn't know it was that bad," they say.
John Worthington, Kent
I have just watched your programme, (my husband tapes it!) and you recommended a website Recipe Matcher. Intrigued, as I had the idea myself a few years ago, checked it out. Sorry but it's rubbish, I listed ingredients of baked beans, parsnips and pasta (I was testing it out) and it came back with a recipe for oxtail soup! (which had none of my ingredients in it anyway.) Great idea but very poorly executed. Not one to recommend in my opinion.
I've just checked out the Recipe Matcher site as recommended by Click this week. I had to laugh though, it gave me recipes where I only had a single ingredient required for each recipe. By way of example, I told the site I had some cheese, milk, onions, sprouts, coconut milk, and its suggestions included Potato & Bacon tart (I only had cheese), Mad Hot Dogs (again, I only had cheese), mint hot chocolate and caramel apples (I only had the milk for each recipe) and the list goes on!
Is there anyone that gets anywhere near their paid for broadband speed? Even though I pay for up to 8 mbps I only get 5.4 mbps at the right time of day, it can go down to as low as 100 kbps at the bad times. I am sorry for the suppliers but if I allowed my service to go down by that margin I would not last long in business. Before you say anything about changing, are the rest any better?
Terence Hawes, Bury St Edmunds
In your latest program someone enthusiastically talked about the new possibilities for commercials on mobile phones. These would offer information about shopping, eating and drinking possibilities on, or near the street on which you actually walk, or drive through.
To me it's a horror scenario for the development of commercials on mobile phones. The situation would become very similar to the scenes in some popular holiday destinations, where tourists are being constantly accosted by genuine and fake guides, street vendors, shop keepers, and restaurant staff trying to sell you something, or to get you into their businesses. In the end, you have to spend as much energy and put as much attention to getting rid of them as to the objects and places you've come to see in the first place.
Wieslaw Kutnicki, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Re: Searching for the truth online, you mentioned the role that "established and trusted media brands" could play. One of the main reasons for the explosion in popularity of user-generated content is the huge lack of trust in established media brands, who are regularly guilty of bias and of propagating a feeling among audiences that we are not getting the full story - so many obvious questions are left unanswered. Yes, there's a lot of dross on the net, but at least there's the access to a wide range of sources so that I can form a more balanced opinion, instead of being constantly dissatisfied with what I'm being fed by mainstream media outlets.
Ashley Brown, Leicester, UK
Re: Searching for the truth online. I spend a great deal of time researching online, and in my view, the truth is generally out there. Elemental to getting things right is applying the sort of checks that the BBC employs. The web is often a great deal less biased and doesn't use misleading headlines like the Daily Mail and other redtops. I gave up reading newspapers some years ago with the benefit that now my views are exactly that; MY views.
Stephen Todd, Stockport
An alternative 'greener' back-up solution is to salvage the hard-drive from your old PC or laptop that you are about to throw out and buy a cheap housing for it, turning it into an external hard drive. OK it's an old drive, but most of us do not need high performance from a back-up device.
Steve Lancaster, Warnham
On this week's show you were talking about the back-up of your hdd. One option I feel that you failed to mention is R.A.I.D. I myself have been using this system for some time, and such technology can provide several options to computer users. Such as stripping, which increases performance, mirroring for back-up or a combination of the two. Excellent programme, especially now I can watch it whenever I want online.
Robert Marshall, Edinburgh
You recently reviewed a website called www.portableapps.com. Being of an anti-Microsoft nature I found this website to be brilliant and for the portable open-source operating system even better. It is a life saver. I can now move files between my Linux (Red Hat) operating system and this one. Thank You
Nathan Powell, Cardiff
Having been lectured about the evils of leaving TVs and recording devices on standby this is just what the country needs while it wrestles with rapidly increasing power requirements, every home running a 200W server 24/7. Well done Microsoft.
Having just watched your show on connecting media to the TV, I just thought I would tell you how I do it. I spent £3 on a cable that plugs into the graphics card TV out, the sound card output and straight into my DVD's AV4 (on my DVD recorder) and it works flawlessly. No way will I pay a couple of hundred quid on something that will only work if all the files are in the correct format.
Steve Lowbridge, Chesterfield, England
I saw this week's programme and the visit to CES was excellent. Waiting for the next part of CES. Just want to say that when mentioning about Wimax, you forgot to mention that Wimax is already implemented commercially in Pakistan. You can check Wateen's website (www.wateen.com) for more.
Muhammad Junaid, Glasgow, UK
I've only just discovered Click and I have to say it is fantastic without a doubt. Please credit those involved, it truly is incredibly informative and saves me reading pages of internet sites. I sincerely hope it keeps going as it's an excellent resource.
Chris Aylward, Tunbridge Wells
You report on broadband access in Mauritius: spare a thought for those of us living on the Welsh border. Despite lobbying by neighbours & myself, we are unable to get broadband. BT say it is not worth upgrading the phone line until all lines are replaced with fibre optics - between 10 & 20 years. My dial-up connection starts around 24 kbs and after a minute or so drops to between 1 & 2 kbs.
I want the looks and style of Vista but without installing Vista. I have done Rob's tips for updating XP and it looks more like Vista but I have installed Vista transformation Pack 8 and it looks more like Vista and acts like Vista but at times it does crash and run slow. Now what other ways would you suggest to make XP look like Vista?
Richard Andrews, Manchester
Are there any technology shows held in the UK like that of the CES or Cebit shows held is Las Vegas and Germany? The only show that I know of is the What Hi-fi? Sound and Vision show held in Hammersmith, London in November each year, but seems to be getting worse each year. I attended the last show hoping to see more demonstrations of HD DVD/ Blu-Ray but went away feeling disappointed as this show heads more towards the music aspect.
Stephen Easley, Romford
PVR machines are the greatest thing since sliced bread. Just make sure you allow for the possibility of time over-run when setting it to record, say a soccer game, as the recording length is predetermined by the TV station. There's nothing worse than missing the end of the game because it went beyond the scheduled time for what ever reason, technical, weather etc.
Ken Ashton, Peachland, Canada