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Is this thing on?

Posted by Tim Bo On June - 23 - 2020

Hi, I’m Tim

Over the years, Rich has taught me a lot about computing and he still does. It’s been years since you read mintywhite Windows Guides (same for me.) I miss the community, free software and books etc.

I’d like to share what I’ve learned.

I’m not planning to write much about Windows but, if you use Windows, I’ll have you covered. I’ve set up a lab environment ready to get your home computing into the 21st century. Here’s what I’ll cover:

  • Home network equipment installation
    • Security (VPN, Proxies, secure gateways, firewalls, CDN etc.)
    • Reduce latency “at the last mile” — great for competitive gaming, video conferencing, live streaming etc.
    • 10 Gb compatible Ethernet installation
  • Home entertainment stack: NAS, media server, media providers, media players, sharing your media – great for movie, music, and spoken word collectors
  • Build your own home private cloud and integrate with public cloud
  • 2020 spec gaming PC build and configuration
  • 2020 spec NAS build and configuration
  • Capture and build telemetry dashboards and run analytics for servers, networks etc.
  • Home automation hardware installation and configuration

If you’re interested in learning more and contributing to the above, email me at

Take care and stay safe.

What’s Next with Windows 10?

Posted by Rich On November - 24 - 2014

In this guest post, Abby Perkins from Software Providers shares her insight into what’s coming with Windows 10 and how it will function for users of desktops, laptops, and mobile devices.

Microsoft is a large company (the sixth biggest in the world by market cap), and its customer base reflects the company’s size. Unlike Apple’s customers, Microsoft’s tend to display less brand loyalty across products. The product that unifies all of Microsoft is the Windows operating system. Microsoft’s challenge with the upcoming release of Windows 10 is holding its large family of customers together. Here is how the tech giant plans on meeting everyone’s demands.

One operating system for all devices

Windows 10 will be designed to run on all devices. Microsoft believes its operating system is simple enough to run on the most basic smartphone yet sophisticated enough to keep businesses’ most demanding servers running smoothly. It has also designed the newest version of Windows to run on every size screen, from 4 inches to 80 inches.

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Jabra Speak 510 Winners

Posted by Harry On August - 22 - 2013

Congratulations to the winners of the Jabra Speak 510 (see here for the review):

  • Luis F Vasquez
  • Michael Charney
  • James Kelly
  • Robert Gorman


Keep checking www.mintywhite.com for more great giveaways and competitions!


Last chance to win a Jabra Speak 510 bluetooth speaker

Posted by Rich On August - 17 - 2013

Jabra Speak 510 Review and Competition [expired]

Posted by Harry On August - 2 - 2013

Windows Guides’ Rating

1 Star1 Star1 Star1 StarHalf Star
4.5 out of 5

Compatible with
Windows 8Windows 7Windows VistaWindows XP
ARM 64-bit 32-bit
PROS: Comes with case, small and lightweight, looks good, easy to use, great sound quality and microphone, touch buttons, input via Bluetooth and USB, output via 3.5mm jack
CONS: Quite expensive (although all professional products seem to have a similar price tag).
VERDICT: A modern, simplistic and easy-to-use speaker. The MS version works brilliantly with voice and music plays well too. Although it is relatively expensive, it is certainly worth the price!

Jabra Speak 510

PRICE: £110 / $115

VERSION REVIEWED: Jabra Speak 510 MS (Microsoft-optimised) – Item 7510-109

WEBSITE: Jabra Speak 510


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StickyPassword Giveaway

We are glad to announce that we are giving away five licenses to the fabulous password management utility StickyPassword Pro which we have reviewed earlier. The Pro license for StickyPassword, which would normally cost you $29.99, is being given away for free by Windows Guides in cooperation with StickyPassword. The licenses are valid only for one computer use. You can read more about this utility in our review of StickyPassword.

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