Yearly Archives: 2005

New Years Eve

If my calculations are correct then you should be reading this article on New Years Eve so I thought that I’d make Click this week just a little bit topical.Although it is traditionally seen as quite difficult to combine a computer related article to a time of the year involving copious amounts of drinking I am up for the challenge.

The website www.hungover.net would be an apt site to spend New Years day visiting as it is host to literally dozens of hangover cures as well as other assorted fun areas to distract you from the pounding that will most likely be going on in your head.We’ll take the areas of the site one by one:

First and foremost you get to choose from the hangover cures separated into three categories; freaky, healthy or classic – Each section contains ten suggestions on how to help stop the pain.I haven’t yet Read the rest

Freeware Files

I have featured a number of sites in the past which offer free downloads of fantastic utilities and assorted pieces of software.Unfortunately such sites often contain software which is simply trial versions or shareware rather than completely free of charge which makes finding the completely free goodies slightly more difficult.

Recently I came across the site www.freewarefiles.com which has an absolutely huge selection of files that are completely free and delimited.These programs will not ever ask for money or expire after a certain period of time whilst still being legal which is the way that I like any piece of software to be.

There’s not a huge amount that I can actually comment on when it comes to the site itself as the layout is a pretty standard affair but the quality of the files is what sets it out from other sites on the Internet.Online we have simply thousands Read the rest

Google Adsense

Obviously running your own website can be a time consuming and sometimes slightly costly affair and so it is only fair that you should expect to get something back for your efforts.Google Adsense is a program designed to allow webmasters to make a little bit of profit out of those that visit their websites by exposing them to targeted text based adverts.

The idea is that you sign up online and then install the code Google give you on your own site somewhere you think that it will draw attention without messing up the styling of your site.Whenever someone visits your site from that moment on Google will check out the context of the page that they’re viewing and display adverts along a similar theme.If one of your visitors clicks on the advert then you will get money for that click which is based on a percentage of the fee Read the rest

Gmail – Again

It’s always nice to get feedback on articles that I’ve written in the past and this week Ian McMillian wrote in to add a to the Gmail feature that I did a couple of weeks ago.To quickly recap, Gmail is the new web mail service provided by the guys at Google which is currently in Beta (test) version and only available by invite only at present.As Ian makes a few important points I thought it might be an idea to publish his letter in its entirety:

It was interesting to read your Click article about Gmail in the Herald Express on Saturday.Gmail must be one of the most talked about beta releases ever but it has still not been officially launched.Anyone who really wants a Gmail account now can have one today by buying one from eBay, for example http://search.ebay.co.uk/gmail-invitation although some Gmail user groups are giving them out for Read the rest

Moneysavingguide.com

A few weeks back I took a look at the uswitch.com website which allows you compare various utilities and products to allow you to select the one that best suits your needs at the keenest price.Keeping on the theme of money saving we this week feature the website www.moneysavingexpert.com which is a little more diverse in the advice it gives to help you out financially.

The site itself is completely free to use and rather than being paid for by advertising revenue it is financed by intermediaries such as the aforementioned uswitch.com.The content of the site falls into several main headings which I have outlined below:

Articles – This includes an archive of the articles all written by the man behind the site, Martin Lewis.Over the years he has written hundreds of them and everyone well written and full of common sense ideas so it’s certainly worth taking the time Read the rest

Google Mail

Whilst it seems like pretty much every other article I write at the moment is related to Google in some way, shape or form I thought I’d stick with tradition and this week focus my article on the Google Gmail service which I have recently had a chance to tryout.Although this service isn’t yet available to the general public I thought it would be worth mentioning Gmail as it gives us an insight into what online e-mail services will have to aspire to in the future.

For those of you unaware as to the different ways that you can receive e-mail there are the standard e-mail programs present on your computer (for example Outlook Express or Mozilla Thunderbird) which download e-mails locally to your computer hard-drive and alternative is sites such as Hotmail or Yahoo which store the e-mails on the Internet so that you can visit a website, insert Read the rest

Free Serif Software

I remember back in the days when I used to publish a small fanzine that I was a big fan of Serif PagePlus as it was a capable piece of DTP (desktop publishing) software which was extremely low cost when compared to others that were on the market.Serif seems to have been pushed out of the limelight in recent years but some of their applications still give the costly alternatives a run for their money.

In order to increase the profile of some of their flagship products, Serif are now offering a large amount of their back catalogue or cut down versions of their current products for free at the website www.freeserifsoftware.com and it certainly is worth going along to see what you can get hold of.If I pick out a few of the highlights then I’m sure that you’ll find something that would suit you perfectly:

PagePlus SE – Read the rest

Picasa

Sometimes a reader comes along and suggests a program so handy it makes me question my own knowledge of computers if I’ve never heard of it.Such an eventuality occurred this week when regular reader Ted Jones wrote in and suggested I take a look at yet another free program designed by the guys at Google which goes by the name of Picasa.

Picasa is designed as a solution for those of you who have hundreds of digital photos on their computers which are just begging to be organised.Let’s be honest, too many of us just have folders stuffed full of pictures which are completely un-catalogued and include file after file named along the lines of 0193948.jpg which mean very little to anybody.

By visiting http://picasa.google.com and obtaining this small, free program you will be prompted to allow it to search your computer for all image files that will then be Read the rest

Calling Services

I recently talked about Voice over IP (VoIP) and how it could save you money by routing your calls over the Internet but unfortunately such a service isn’t always suitable for most users as although the sound quality is improving and the service becoming easier to set up it still isn’t quite as simple as just picking up the phone.

Financially I am hit quite hard by having a girlfriend that lives in the Republic of Ireland and although I am certainly not complaining I must say that calls and texts to Southern Ireland using non VoIP services are not quite as cheap as I would have liked.Some time back I discovered a company called Alpha Telecom which I thought I would introduce to you as they provide a few products and services that may help you out if for whatever reason you find yourself having to make overseas calls.Read the rest

Compatible & Remanufactured Cartridges

As you know I cover a wide range of subjects in Click but from time to time I like to come back to talking about what my company does best which is of course the sale of printer cartridges.Some of my loyal customers will already know this already but we have recently set up a trade counter in Torquay Road so that as well as making orders online it is now possible for customers to come into store and collect their computer consumables directly.

Many of you are still unaware of the advantages that compatible or remanufactured cartridges offer and instead are buying manufacturers original cartridges which are far more expensive in comparison.So that you can make an informed decision as to whether these alternatives are for you I have recapped on some of the main points below:

Compatible cartridges:

These cartridges are brand new alternatives to the manufacturers’ original Read the rest

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