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  1. See this BBC news link http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7444390.stm
  2. There has been a change in the law with the regard to purchasing tobacco products, I wonder if shop staff have been told to ask the age of anyone who purchases cigarettes and newspapers. It would not be suprised that within the next 10 years we will all be required to have some sort of biometric implant. Anyone attempting to purchase a chocolate bar without a valid implant will be detained for an unspecified time to verify you are a fit and proper person to purchase the said chocolate bar and will use it for its designated purpose.
  3. My gas bill said Thank you for paying by direct debit, you recieve the maximum discount You owe us £200.40 Your monthly payments need to increase to £50.00 You do not need to do anything, we have made all the necessary arrangements. There was also a note saying I would recieve 2 free low energy lamps (which arrived a couple of days ago). Mike
  4. Usage rises to around 50% I'm currently using IE7, I'm reluctant to use other browsers. I do not have use additional toolbars such as Google or Yahoo
  5. I have hard drives in cradles/ caddies Drive 1 (say) contains Xp OS and all the apps that I use Drive 2 contains Xp OS and software that I trial, if for some reason it screws up I just re-install the OS May I suggest that you treat your computer to a UPS, one that provides auto-shutdown of the computer. I have mine set to shutdown if the power is off for more than 5 minutes. Mike
  6. Vista is not worth it. Vista needs good quality hardware, this includes a fast processor, at least 2G of memory and a good graphics card. I run all my computers on Xp Pro. I'm currently trialling Ubuntu 8.4 It doesnt quite work out of the box, however I expect the next full release (planned for 2010) will be more than a match for Vista or Windows-7 The three things that really annoy me about Xp and Vista is 1) You have to run anti-virus software if you are connecting to a network 2) Passwords can be reset with ease, passwords can be cracked if you have the hash files. ( if you use a PC at work ensure you do not have any personal infomation stored on it, you do not know who maybe accessing your computer ) 3) As an individual the cost of buying MS Office is just to expensive. Mike
  7. You are either building up a static charge on yourself and discharging thru the appliance or There is a fault developing on the appliance or There is a fault developing on the house wiring. You need a competent electrician to check out both the appliance and the wiring.
  8. This is probably not what you want to hear but I use paper sleeves with a transperant window. Using a permenant marker I write on the disc what it contains (example Open SuSe10.2, Compaq M224 drivers, etc) I'm sure you get the idea. Its cheap, saves loads of space and its easy to flip thru the pile of discs and find the appropriate one. Mike
  9. I don't see it as a problem but more of a condition. I'm in my late fifties and have aways lived on my own, I consider myself a solitory animal. Probably the most difficult time I had is when my mum died. I knocked on the door of an old girlfriend I hadn't seen her for years, just so I could talk the situation through. A colleage recently returned from holiday having spent 2 weeks abroad. When this became common knowlegde at coffee break. There was a twenty minute discussion of what people thought of various airports. The holiday was not even mentioned. I find such conversations completely valueless and a waste of time. I actually like living alone, however it does have its downside. My house is a complete mess, and there is only one person to blame. Its now beginning to get me down, the trouble is I do not know where to start to clear it up. Mike
  10. After the flood of last year, how much effort has been given to the clearing of water courses and storm drains of debris? I occasionaly see a little yellow truck clearing the storm drains, but the I see no action in clearing the trees growing in the rivers. At Hillsoboro/ Langsett road a tree growing in the river is supported by steel cables, surely this cannot be right. Are the powers that be hoping the threat of flooding as gone away! Mike
  11. Web based programming is probably the way to go
  12. I was planning on cutting the lawn tomorrow!
  13. Hi, you probably have a failed hard drive, the link below offers advice http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000474.htm Mike
  14. When viewing the list of topics within any particular forum (sorry not threads) AND moving the mouse over the topics (as you do) . If I stop moving the mouse, after a few seconds processor activity drops to to less than 3%. It just seems strange that I haven't observed this behaviour on other websites.
  15. Processor activity is high when viewing the list of threads within any particular forum. Entering this message the acitivity is less than 3% I can imagine a computer with a slow processor and minimal memory would appear to have a slow response on SF.
  16. Turn off automatic updates, Restart the computer Download the full version of Xp SP3 from the link below. (This is about 300MB ) and install manually. If SP3 does not install there is something seriously wrong with your Xp installation. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=5B33B5A8-5E76-401F-BE08-1E1555D4F3D4&displaylang=en Mike
  17. Its nothing to do with flash player If I close down SF and go to Sky News or Yahoo (which have lots of flash the processor usage is minimal. It appears particular conditions are causing high processor usage. At present I am not able to determine what it is.
  18. Xp Pro Sp3 AMD Athlon 64 Dual Core 2.5GHz 2 GB ram Using Process Explorer to monitor processor usage: see link below http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/0e18b180-9b7a-4c49-8120-c47c5a693683.aspx
  19. As anyone else noticed when SF window has focus the computer processor usage appears to be high? Mike
  20. If you enter 'Crack WEP' into your favourite search engine there will be lots of hits on how to crack WEP.... WARNING some of the sites may install trojans on your computer. Here is a link to a you tube video about how to crack WEP http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ep3CRtzAM_E&feature=related
  21. See link (the shorter the bar the faster the processor) http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/processors/3d-studio-max-9,369.html
  22. I'm with PIPEX who are owned by Tiscali, Pipex customer service is just as bad. when I signed up they sent me the wrong login and password details, it took 4 months for them to sort out the correct e-mail address and 4 months to sort out the direct-debit. The only reason I stay with Pipex is because the connection speed is pretty good, I get about 5Mb except for Sunday afternoons where it drops down to 2Mb (why???). If anyone knows of an ISP whereby you can actually phone and will answer within 5 minutes and sort out the problem then I would change. As it is it seems all the ISPs are made from the same mould. Mike Mike
  23. Check out Novatech motherboard bundles. Mobo bundles are supplied built and tested. http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/ Hard drives should have SATA II interface DVD/ CD should also be SATA If the machine is for gaming then a decent graphics card will be required, NVIDIA cards are popular. The power supply is often overlooked minium should be 400Watt, if gaming then 600W or more maybe required. Monitors, I'm currently using a Samsung 22" wide screen (Syncmaster 2232BW) and its great ( must have a decent graphics card to drive it ). Other things to consider Multi input card reader instead of floppy drive Hard drives fitted into cradles/ caddies for swapping operating systems Some Mobos have wireless connectivity Ensure Mobo has the drivers for the OS you are going to use. A 32-bit OS should run OK on a 64-bit board. Mike
  24. I've been using the Brother PT-2420PC ( see link below ) you can get different coloured tapes but the tapes are a bit expensive. http://www.brother-store.co.uk/product_info.php/cPath/4_23/products_id/58?sid=6a05d74324839b74a79d435ccdc6149c Mike
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