Yearly Archives: 2001

Teaching resources #3

Some of my more regular readers may recall that over the past 2 weeks we have been covering the teaching resources available to all people in Torbay, last week we did Paignton and the week before Torquay and so it only seems natural that this week I should cover Brixham.For those of you that live in Paignton or Torquay and missed those respective articles, I should point out that all previous articles are available on the Webwise section of the Herald Express’s website at

This week I will also cover the subject of Individual Learning Accounts (ILA’s) which are available for Read the rest

Teaching resources #2

As discussed in last week’s edition of Click, there is a great deal of computer learning resources available for all people in Torbay.These series of articles focussing around this subject are designed to try and assist you in finding the right course at the right college to suit your particular needs.

Last week we talked about the different ways of teaching a course, either through Open Learning or by practical classes held with a lecturer always available to help out. This week we’ll contend with another problem associated with returning to education and details of another college that is available for a whole Read the rest

Teaching resources

As discussed in last weeks Click, today and next week we will be looking at the resources available to all groups of people in Torbay when it comes to computer tuition, either for people who have never used a PC before or those who want a refresher course.As you probably know, learning the basics of computing can dramatically extend your career prospects as knowledge of computer systems is one of the most sought after qualities employers look for nowadays and the good news is that it doesn’t cost as much as one might think.

The first education centre we will look at is Read the rest

Online Auctioning

I remember back when Click was making it’s first steps in the Herald around 3 months ago that I covered the subject of safe shopping on the Internet using sites such as that employed high amounts of encryption to keep your credit card details safe from prying eyes.

Hopefully many readers took on the message that all essentially 100% secure and discovered that Internet shopping was indeed a safe and sensible way to buy certain items.

This week we will explore a more adventurous way to shop online, rather than using huge online superstores you might be more tempted now to try Read the rest

Internet on the Move

Over the past 14 weeks, we have explored how to access the Internet and accomplishing many useful tasks using your home PC.This is all very well, but should you wish to work on the move, you are restricted to just a few options:First off, laptop computers.These are reducing in size almost daily, they allow you to perfectly emulate your home PC, unfortunately their battery life is usually too short for long journeys and they still weigh in at around 2½ kilos.The second option is a PDA (Personal Digital Assistant), until recently these have been quite primitive and related very little to the PC Read the rest

Search Engines

This week I’m going to take a break from answering readers’ questions to discuss the most efficient way of searching for material on the Internet over International, National and Local scales.My decision to write an article on this came when I realised that many new starters to the Internet did not realise how easy and efficient it is to use a search engine to look for information they are interested in.These search engines are actual sites on the Internet that have a huge directory containing the majority of websites that are registered on the Internet and exactly what information they contain so that Read the rest

Questions and Answers #3

I wonder if you can help me with a niggling computer problem.I have created a letterhead as a template in Microsoft Word 2000 documents.The letterhead contains a picture in Windows bitmap format (.bmp).Every time I save a letter in this layout, I also have to save the picture as well.I initially discovered this problem when trying to save to floppy disk; to save one was feasible, but as soon as I tried to save a second the computer informed me that the disk was full.On further inspection, I found that the document saved consumed 759kb of floppy disk space: more than half the Read the rest

Questions and Answers #2

This week I will 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 with their computers.

Dear Chris,

I would like to produce a “Family Tree” but need the relevant data first, is there any way I can trace my ancestors via Births, Deaths & Marriage Registries.

I would like to go backward starting with my parents or grandparents but find myself going round in circles; any help or comments from yourself would be appreciated.

Mr. D. Miller, Paignton

I have had a good look around for any information that would help Read the rest

Keeping your computer healthy – Part 5

For the final instalment of this series of computer maintenance articles, I will be reviewing a program that claims do everything that I’ve explained over the last 4 weeks, more effectively and with greater simplicity that the programs that are bundled with Microsoft Windows.For the price of around £30 you will get a copy of the program Norton Utilities 2001 – The latest in the Norton range, which, amongst other things includes improved versions of Microsoft Scandisk and Disk Defragmenter that we have covered in previous articles.

Before I elaborate on all the features of Norton Utilities, what exactly does Norton Utilities versions of Scandisk and Disk Defragmenter offer in comparison Read the rest

Keeping your computer healthy – Part 4

Keeping in line with the current subject of essential ways to care for your computer and keeping it running in peak condition this week I will answer a number of questions that I have received from our readers over the past couple of weeks.

‘Problems with programs restarting Scandisk’

“Hi Chris,

Following your article entitled “Computer Health Check” in Saturdays Herald Express I thought I would give it a go since I have no computer knowledge as such and so I rely on people like yourself for information as to what I should be doing to look after my computer.I ran the Scandisk program you suggested but after about 5 minuets Read the rest