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48 Hours In: Trieste

With elegant cafés, impressive sea vistas and fine architecture, this Italian city exudes heroic melancholy, says Susan Griffith

More than just location, location, location: How good neighbours,

Summer is here, the much derided home information packs are gone, house prices are slowly returning to their 2007 peak and you have decided to put your home on the market. This time, however, it is different – you have recession wary and double-dip conscious buyers to contend with. They will interrogate and evaluate, sniff around inside and even dig around elsewhere. But get the essentials right and invest only in improvements that will add value, and a faster sale, better price, and reduced chance of deals falling through could be your reward.

Gadget of the week - Dell Inspiron Zino HD (from £299)

Mac devotees have had the opportunity to experience no-frills computing with the Mac Mini for four years. Now PC purists have the chance to have a go too. The Inspiron Zino HD from Dell is just the thing if you already own a display, USB keyboard and mouse and don't fancy paying full whack for a whole new package. Available in 10 different hues (which each cost an extra £20), if you're willing to spend more than the basic £299 price, you can tart up this mini desktop computer and add a Blu-ray disc drive. Not bad when you consider the Mac Mini's starting price is £499, and the choice of under-the-hood additions means that you won't end up paying for any extras that you don't need. A handy buy if you're tempted to turn your living room into something approaching a multi-media hub without parking a PC on the sofa. Euro.dell.com/uk

Can a Mac lover go PC?

As a lifelong devotee of Apple products, Paul McKenzie scorned PCs. But when he needed a new laptop, he decided it was time to consider a switch of loyalties