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How-To Install an Apple (Wireless and USB) Keyboard in Windows 7

Friday, February 15th, 2013

I recently discovered a new small utility that helps to use a Apple Keyboard and most of its special ‘Fn’ keys with Windows.

This utility is called AppleWirelessKeyboard that you can download from this link:
http://uxsoft.cz/projects/applewirelesskeyboard/AppleWirelessKeyboard.exe

Despite it’s name (that specifically mentions ‘Wireless’) I found that this utility makes also Apple USB keyboards to work properly.

I have tested it with Windows 7 and a (not so recent) Apple USB Keyboard without a numeric pad.

Installation

  1. Create a folder called AppleWirelessKeyboard in
    C:\Program Files\AppleWirelessKeyboard\
  2. Download the AppleWirelessKeyboard.exe utility into the AppleWirelessKeyboard folder.
  3. Create a link for the downloaded AppleWirelessKeyboard.exe to
    C:\Users\<your user>\AppData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
  4. now you can manually launch the utility and at any following system start-up the utility will be automatically activated.

Please leave comments with your testimonials about what models and what systems the utility is compatible with.

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Virgin vs BT vs Sky: Fibre Optic Broadband Comparison for UK 2013

Friday, January 18th, 2013


I produced this schema in January 2013 for my own use as I am finally moving to a Fibre Optic covered area.

VIRGIN L no phone line
30 Mb/s
12 months contract
£49.95 initial fee
£52.50 first 3 months tot (£17.5*3)
£202.50 other 9 months tot (£22.5×9)
£0.00 line rental per months
£0.00 line rental tot
£304.95 total in 12 months
£25.41 avarage per month

VIRGIN XL no phone line
60 Mb/s
12 months contract
£49.95 initial fee
£67.50 first 3 months tot (£22.5*3)
£247.50 other 9 months tot (£27.50×9)
£0.00 line rental per months
£0.00 line rental tot
£364.95 total in 12 months
£30.41 avarage per month

VIRGIN XL no phone line
100 Mb/s
12 months contract
£49.95 initial fee
£90.00 first 3 months tot (£30*3)
£315.00 other 9 months tot (£35×9)
£0.00 line rental per months
£0.00 line rental tot
£454.95 total in 12 months
£37.91 avarage per month

VIRGIN L + phone line
30 Mb/s
18 months contract
£0.00 initial fee
£0.00 first 6 m tot
£174.00 other 12 months tot (£14.5×12)
£14.99 line rental per months
£269.82 line rental for 18 months
£458.81 total in 18 months
£25.49 avarage per month

VIRGIN XL + phone line
60 Mb/s
18 months contract
£0.00 initial fee
£30.00 first 6 months tot (£5×6)
£234.00 other 12 months tot (£19.5×12)
£14.99 line rental per months
£269.82 line rental for 18 months
£548.81 total in 18 months
£30.49 avarage per month

VIRGIN XXL + phone line
100 Mb/s
18 months contract
£0.00 initial fee
£75.00 first 6 m (£12.50×6)
£324.00 other 12 months tot (£27×12)
£14.99 line rental per months
£269.82 line rental for 18 months
£683.81 total in 18 months
£37.99 avarage per month

Sky
40 Mb/s
12 months contract
£10.00 initial fee
£30.00 first 6 m tot (£10×3)
£180.00 other 9 months tot (£20×9)
£14.50 line rental per months
£174.00 line rental for 12 months
£408.50 total in 12 months
£22.69 avarage per month

More Broadband with superfast BT Infinity
38 Mb/s
18 months contract
£25.00 initial fee
£27.00 first 6 m tot (£9×3)
£216.00 other 12 months tot (£18×12)
£10.75 line rental per months
£193.50 line rental for 18 months
£50.00 voucher Sainsbury
£422.25 total in 18 months
£23.46 avarage per month

Unlimited Broadband with superfast BT Infinity
76 Mb/s
18 months contract
£0.00 initial fee
£60.00 first 6 m tot (£20×3)
£312.00 other 12 months tot (£26×12)
£10.75 line rental per months
£193.50 line rental for 18 months
£50.00 voucher Sainsbury
£526.25 total in 18 months
£29.24 avarage per month

Unlimited Broadband with superfast BT Infinity 160
160 Mb/s
18 months contract
£0.00 initial fee
£35.00 per month
£630.00 all 18 months
£10.75 line rental per months
£193.50 line rental for 18 months
£50.00 voucher Sainsbury
£819.25 total in 18 months
£45.51 avarage per month