Computer Accessories

Desktop Computers

Desktop Software

Desktop Security Software

  • Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 – “step-up” desktop security software package for Windows for people who want more than what the free desktop security programs offered by AVG, Avast and Microsoft have.

Miscellaneous Desktop Software

Laptop, Notebook and Netbook Computers

Multi-function Mobile Phones

Network Infrastructure Hardware

Network Management Software

  • MetaGeek inSSIDer – a free Wi-Fi wireless-network site survey tool that is useful for optimising wireless networks and managing wireless hotspots.
  • Wi-Fi Analyzer – an Android-based program that turns these smartphones or 7″ tablet computers into wireless-network site survey tools.

Network Media Players (including Internet radios)

Network Media Servers (including network-attached storage devices)

Network-Attached Storage Devices and Disk Enclosures

  • Western Digital MyBook World Edition – an entry level NAS that works well as a 24/7 media server for a small network
  • Kingston Wi-Drive Mobile NAS –  a USB flash-drive which can be a file pick-up for its own Wi-Fi network. Primarily to be used with smartphones or tablets but can be used with laptops in this way using its Web interface.
    Doesn’t support DLNA server functionality.
  • Seagate GoFlex Home NAS – Seagate’s entry-level network-attached storage which can tick the boxes for a first-time or secondary-service NAS, including media-server functionality as seen at a hi-fi show. This is based around a detachable hard disk which allows you to buy lower-capacity units and upgrade to higher-capacity units by swapping out the hard disk module.
  • Western Digital Sentinel DS5100 Windows Server NAS – A device that looks like a business-grade NAS but is really a Windows-Server-2012-Essentials-based content server. This is essentially a “foot-in-the-door” for small businesses wanting to run client-server applications or for people wanting to learn the Windows Server platform.
  • Western Digital MyPassport Wireless Mobile NAS – A highly-capable mobile NAS that also allows you to share media content via DLNA, works as a wireless bridge for your home or “away” network like a hotel network and allows you to dump the contents of an SD card to the hard disk.

Network Media Software

  • TwonkyMedia Manager 1.0 – DLNA-compliant media manager that allows the computer to be a media server, controller or remote-controlled player. Updated to include personal experience with the newer versions of TwonkyMedia Manager.
  • TwonkyBeam – Web browser helper for Internet Explorer that permits users to “push” Web-page medi to DLNA-compliant media player devices that can be controlled over the home network

Online Software

  • Facebook Friend Wheel – A graphical overview of your Facebook Friend List and the connections between your Facebook Friends.

Printers, Scanners and Multifunction Printer Devices

Tablet Computers

10″ Tablet Computers

These large tablets can be used as an alternative to a netbook and can be cradled around easily or used on the sofa.

  • Acer Iconia A500 10″ Android tablet – A general-purpose 10″ tablet that steps outside the iPad mould.
  • Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet – A business-focused 10″ Android tablet from Lenovo that shows what can be available for the business user or tradesman.
  • Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 – An Android-based answer to the Apple iPad that has an integrated kickstand which would please those of you who watch video content or engage in many long videocalls.
  • Toshiba AT300 Tablet – A Wi-Fi-only consumer 10″ tablet that runs the Android “Ice Cream Sandwich” operating system and works well as a “second-screen” or gaming tablet.

7″ Tablet Computers

Stuff these in your coat pocket for use as on-the-go alternatives to typical ebook readers.