Darien Graham-Smith

Two ports, no waiting? The pros and cons of link aggregation

Two ports, no waiting? The pros and cons of link aggregation

Link aggregation sounds like an easy way to double your NAS speeds – but it’s not as simple as it sounds.
By Darien Graham-Smith Sep 21 2017, 10:20AM
When is a NAS not a NAS? When it's a personal server

When is a NAS not a NAS? When it's a personal server

Windows Home Server may be dead, but its spirit lives on in the modern NAS drive.
By Darien Graham-Smith Sep 19 2017, 12:56PM
How to: Make the most of the Command Prompt with 19 of the best commands

How to: Make the most of the Command Prompt with 19 of the best commands

Forget drag’n’drop or the clunky control panel. As Darien Graham-Smith reveals, there are far more efficient ways to get the job done.
By Darien Graham-Smith Aug 7 2017, 12:58PM
Review: Adobe Creative Cloud 2017

Review: Adobe Creative Cloud 2017

A far-reaching update that spruces up the core apps and extends Creative Cloud in some promising directions.
By Darien Graham-Smith Mar 13 2017, 12:22PM
Review: Bitdefender Internet Security 2017

Review: Bitdefender Internet Security 2017

Silent protection remains a strong selling-point, but we preferred the cleaner interface of last year’s suite.
By Darien Graham-Smith Feb 22 2017, 11:33AM
Review: Kaspersky Internet Security 2017

Review: Kaspersky Internet Security 2017

Little has changed since last year, but that’s no bad thing – and a built-in VPN only sweetens the deal.
By Darien Graham-Smith Feb 17 2017, 11:15AM
Review: Brother MFC-J5720DW printer

Review: Brother MFC-J5720DW printer

A user-friendly inkjet with decent speed and great features – and the price is very right.
By Darien Graham-Smith Aug 8 2016, 10:45AM
Review: Ubuntu 15.04

Review: Ubuntu 15.04

Ubuntu is as capable as it ever was, but this update adds nothing of real significance.
By Darien Graham-Smith Jul 30 2015, 12:46PM
Review: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6

Review: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6

A long-awaited upgrade that adds new creative options to an already well-stocked toolbox.
By Darien Graham-Smith Jul 28 2015, 11:58AM
How to: Double your Wi-Fi speed

How to: Double your Wi-Fi speed

Annoyed by a sluggish wireless connection? Darien Graham-Smith explains how to spot what’s causing the problems – and how to solve them.
By Darien Graham-Smith Jul 14 2015, 12:10PM
Update Review: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6

Update Review: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6

A long-awaited upgrade that adds new creative options to an already well-stocked toolbox.
By Darien Graham-Smith Apr 28 2015, 11:39AM
How to: Solve Windows annoyances

How to: Solve Windows annoyances

Windows is a powerful OS, but it has some infuriating quirks and gotchas. Darien Graham-Smith and Microsoft MVP Mike Halsey show you how to make it behave.
By Darien Graham-Smith Apr 27 2015, 11:41AM
Stone-age technology

Stone-age technology

Phones, tablets and processors always seem to be improving, yet some tech has barely advanced in decades. We look at the stone-age technologies that are in need of a bit of evolution.
By Tim Danton , Darien Graham-Smith , Nicole Kobie Apr 13 2015, 11:27AM
Microsoft isn't going 'freemium'

Microsoft isn't going 'freemium'

Microsoft is changing its strategy, but it isn't being foolish.
By Darien Graham-Smith Mar 18 2015, 11:19AM
15 expert features of Chrome OS

15 expert features of Chrome OS

Darien Graham-Smith shares the tips and hidden settings that can help you make the most of your Chromebook.
By Darien Graham-Smith Feb 4 2015, 11:49AM
Window 10 review: Technical Preview (January 2015)

Window 10 review: Technical Preview (January 2015)

Our early verdict on the January 2015 build of Microsoft's Windows 10 - it's taking shape nicely.
By Darien Graham-Smith Jan 28 2015, 8:36AM
Intel launches Broadwell: 14 new CPUs

Intel launches Broadwell: 14 new CPUs

Intel's Broadwell focuses on improving battery life
By Darien Graham-Smith Jan 15 2015, 11:21AM
How to download Windows 10 Technical Preview

How to download Windows 10 Technical Preview

Microsoft has unveiled the first technical preview Windows 10: here's how to sign up to the new Windows Insider Programme and try it out.
By Darien Graham-Smith Oct 2 2014, 8:27AM
Everything you ever wanted to know about screen technology

Everything you ever wanted to know about screen technology

Not all monitors are created equal. Darien Graham-Smith explains the various technologies that underpin modern computer displays.
By Darien Graham-Smith Sep 26 2014, 12:43PM
Review: Intel Core i7-4790K

Review: Intel Core i7-4790K

The new Haswell flagship is the fastest desktop CPU we’ve yet seen – and the price is surprisingly palatable.
By Darien Graham-Smith Sep 10 2014, 11:36AM