Yearly Archives: 2001


This week I’m going to be quite topical and talk about what I was lucky enough to get for Christmas however I’ll save you all the boredom and exclude the usual stories about socks, jumpers and aftershave.

This year, to go with my laptop I thought it might be a good idea for me to get a CD-RW and DVD drive so that I could burn CD’s and play DVD’s when I go back to Cardiff next week.Such a device, I discovered was extremely expensive as, unlike a desktop PC, the drive I needed would have to sit outside the computer rather than inside the machine because of the obvious size differences between a desktop and laptop machine.

At first, one of the most promising products I found while looking for my present was something like the Iomega USB CD Re-Writer … Read the rest


I had a letter this week from a reader regarding a subject I have failed to mention so far in my numerous articles of computing on the move.Mr Ian MacMillian wrote in with the following, enclosing a cutting of a recent article from the Sunday Telegraph regarding the new phone boxes that BT are setting up which are similar to traditional phone boxes however they also allow you to e-mail, SMS or use the Internet using their inbuilt computer systems:

Please find the enclosed cutting from the Sunday Telegraph which might be of interest to you.

From a local viewpoint, there are already two phone boxes in Torquay which can send e-mails and SMS text messages to mobile phones.There is one opposite Burger King in Fleet Walk and one at the bottom of Market Street.I had a go on the one Read the rest

Microsoft Plus for Windows XP Part 2

This week I will again answer some of the mail that I have been receiving recently in the hope that it will resolve a number of problems that my readers have been having.

In the past I have successfully used a Kodak C.D. ROM to view or send my pictures via e-mail although I am not very good at computing – In fact, rather green!Here is my problem; When I put in the Kodak C.D. ROM and click ‘Start’, ‘Programs’, ‘Kodak picture C.D’ then ‘Kodak Picture C.D. Volume 4, issue 1’ then the message ‘Insufficient space on system disk comes up on screen.Because of this, I have reduced the number of programs on the computer but I’m still having no luck – Please advise exactly what I should be doing.

Clearing all that is on screen and going back to the Read the rest

Microsoft Plus for Windows XP

Whenever Microsoft release a new operating system, it is customary for them to release a package known as ‘Plus’ along side its release which adds a number of small extras.With the recent release of Windows XP this tradition has continued with the launch of ‘Microsoft Plus for Windows XP’.

So, what exactly has Microsoft Plus XP edition got to offer and is it worth buying?Well, in theory, Microsoft Plus is a good idea, you pay a modest £30 or so and you get loads of fun new features for your computer.The whole principle falls down quickly however once you have installed Microsoft Plus and you realise what exactly it has to offer:

The additions seem to be little more than a few new games, screensavers and visualisations for Windows Media Player along with a couple of mildly useful utilities.Personally, I feel … Read the rest

Creating your own website Part 5

After a quick break from our website tutorial last week to answer a number of readers questions, today we get back to wrapping up this multi-part series on creating and uploading your own website.

In part one, we looked at an application called ‘FrontPage’ – The full version is available as part of Microsoft Office and a cut down version - FrontPage Express is available free from product combined with the free Microsoft Image Editor are fine if you are happy keeping with a simple website, however, if you are planning on creating a more sophisticated site then there are a number of other products that you may want to consider trying out:

Macromedia Dreamweaver – Dreamweaver is highly regarded as the most powerful web page creator available on the market today.The program, in my opinion, builds on the … Read the rest

Creating your own website Part 4

This week I will again answer some of the mail that I have been receiving recently in the hope that it will resolve a number of problems that my readers have been having.

I’ve been reading with interest Chris Holgate’s excellent ‘Click’ column in the Herald Express about designing web sites. I wondered if Chris would be able to take a look at the Shakespeare Unlimited web site at which I have recently launched on the Internet. It is primarily designed to provide a fun and interactive approach to the study of Shakespeare and is already generating a lot of interest in schools throughout the South West. As a Torbay based site, there is an obvious local interest aspect to the site, even though nationwide organisations such as @school have already started to take an interest in the original way Read the rest

Creating your own website Part 3

Over the last couple of weeks we have covered the basic points of making your own webpage and as to continue on the subject, this week I’ll talk about good practices all budding web-designers should cover when constructing their own site:

-One of the most important things to remember when designing a website is that not all your viewers will have the same machine specification as you.The following are prime examples of things that you should bear in mind concerning compatibility between different machines…

oAlways attempt to try out your website in several different browsers as they all have a slightly unique way of displaying pages.The two main ones that you need to cater for are Microsoft Internet Explorer ( and Netscape Navigator ( in mind that not all users will have the most up … Read the rest

Creating your own website Part 2

Last week we had a look into the most fundamental ways to create a website on your PC using a program called FrontPage which is available as part of Microsoft Office or FrontPage Express which comes as a free option to Internet Explorer available from

I’m going to assume that by this stage you have registered your site name online (e.g. and that you have made a simple site to put onto the Internet.If you missed either of these tutorials then please go to where you will be able view any past articles.

This week we’re going to look at how to actually put your page onto the Internet using a file transfer method known as FTP (File Transfer Protocol) and to do this, you require a special piece of software known rather unsurprisingly as an FTP … Read the rest

Creating your own website

Today, following on from the request of John Mills in Roselands Drive last week, I’m starting a multi-part series focusing on the basics of creating and uploading your own website.

Last week I asked you to register your own domain name on the Internet so that you would be ready to begin creating your website and I have a quick question from a reader to field regarding this:

You mentioned, in your latest article and that it would cost £9.40, I can't seem to find any thing for that price, has it changed or am I not looking hard enough?
Mike Cresser, via e-mail

The price of £9.40 that I mentioned was the inclusive of VAT price, if you click on ‘Domain Registration’ on the left hand side of the webpage, you’ll see the price of £8 + VAT.Just enter Read the rest

Readers Questions and Answers Part 2

This week I will again answer some of the mail that I have been receiving recently in the hope that it will resolve a number of problems that my readers have been having.

I read with interest your article a few weeks ago concerning connecting laptops through mobile phones to the Internet.I currently have a Nokia 6150e and will be going to the Med next year on a boat.

I hope to be able to connect to the net via laptop and mobile phone and would appreciate any info you can provide that will allow access.I had hoped to just have ‘Pay as you go’ but you said this does not work. Why?

Also if it’s not possible to connect via our system of Pay as you go, is it possible to use the Spanish system instead?I’ve tried to find information Read the rest