Yearly Archives: 2002

NHS Direct

Be prepared to give me sympathy because this week has been pretty poor for me on the health side of things; it seems that whenever I meet anyone who’s feeling the slightest bit poorly that I attract the illness like a magnet and manage to cling on to it for weeks on end!I try not to let these things get to me although it did start me thinking of the health resources that are available to us in the UK on the Internet which I’d never considered before.The most obvious website is NHS Direct ( which is, quite obviously provided by Read the rest

Windows Media Player

Having been using Windows XP for as long as I can remember, when I installed Windows 98 on an old machine the other day I noticed the complete lack of multimedia support provided by the software supplied with the Operating System – Windows Media Player.

Luckily, it doesn’t have to be this way since the update to Media Player is available for free from the Internet for all users of Windows 98, ME and 2000.Obviously the new features that you acquire via the upgrade vary depending on the version of media player that you’re upgrading from but this week I plan to show Read the rest

Online Food Shopping

Online food shopping has been gradually growing in popularity for the last couple of years; something I have yet to fully understand for a number of reasons.In my opinion, if you were going to go shopping then personally I think it would be a better idea to actually drive to the shops, have a look around, get some fresh air and check out the special offers and quality of the produce before purchase.In addition, online shopping for food doesn’t take significantly less time than doing it in person, you have to wait around the house for the goods to arrive and you usually Read the rest

Sneak Previews – Windows Alternatives

You may remember a few weeks ago when I reviewed an alternative to PC computing; the Apple iMac. In similar contrast, there is also a range of Operating Systems for the PC that serve as an alternative to the Microsoft Windows Operating Systems, the most popular of which is generally considered to be Linux. This product is particularly popular with the Internet community as it is written in a way so that anybody can get hold of the code for free and modify it to correct any problems they may find which can then be put back into the public domain for others to use. This means that you can get hold of a stable and fast Operating System for very little or even no money.

Unfortunately however most Linux releases have not been able to establish themselves as a viable alternative for the majority of home users for a … Read the rest

Computer Viruses Part 2

One of the first articles I wrote for the Herald Express focused on new Anti-Virus software that was available on the market and the benefits that they could provide to the average user.As an alternative to going out and buying the software I briefly mentioned a website I’d recently discovered that allows you to scan your PC for free over the Internet.This website was put at the back of my mind for the last year or so until last week when I had a customer whose PC had a virus but as a result the machine wouldn’t allow me to run Norton Anti-Virus.Although there are a number of workarounds such as Read the rest

Readers Comments & Questions

Thank-you for your weekly column in the Herald Express, I have found it helpful on more than one occasion.

I have a Toshiba Satellite Pro 430 CDT and use Freeserve as my ISP using Outlook Express to send and receive my mail and Internet Explorer for Internet connection (Both use the same connection settings).

At home everything is okay, but when I go to my daughter’s house and connect through her telephone line I can receive my mail without any problem but am unable to send any e-mails.I have tried putting her telephone number in the Dial-Up Networking settings but nothing seems to Read the rest

PC alternatives – Part I, the new Apple iMac.

Some of you may remember when Apple first released the iMac, an entire PC which was built into a colourful CRT monitor, designed to be easy to use and to liven up your desktop.For those of you who are somewhat ignorant of alternatives to PC computing, Macintosh computers are used by many home and professional users a viable solution to what most of you would only think about using a PC for.The system has its own Operating System, ‘Mac OS’, which is primarily designed for running specially written Mac software (for example, Microsoft Internet Explorer for Mac OS rather than Microsoft Internet Explorer … Read the rest

Last week we looked at the website which focussed on allowing old friends who met through any stage of their lives to get back in contact again via the Internet; a user would go online, type in their name and see if anyone was currently actively searching for them.I did promise though that this week I would investigate a similar style of site, but instead ofspecifically looking for one particular person we’d look at one which focuses on groups of people; your old school friends.

The website allows you to specify which schools you went to and your respective years of … Read the rest

Readers Comments & Questions Part 2

I enclose a photostat of my son Nigel and his colleague, Roger Palin who have set up a website to enable friends to get in touch with each other.

As my son attended Knowles Hill School, Newton Abbot, between 1971 and 1977 when we lived in Bovey Tracey, he wondered whether you could perhaps publicise the venture so former pupils could contact him or other friends.

Ray Nickless, Brixham

Enclosed with this letter, as Ray said was a cutting from Wirral News Group which gives us some interesting information about the site although since this article was written towards the end of Read the rest

Readers Questions Part 2

This week I’ll again spend a bit of time answering a selection of readers’ questions in the hope that I can resolve some of your most common problems.

I have been following your Click column in the Herald Express for some time and find it useful, being very new to Windows, etc. I followed your recent instructions on updating and managed to update most of our programs although, I cannot download DirectX 8.1 upgrade; it takes almost an hour and every time I try (and I have tried many times this last week) I lose the connection somewhere during the download time. We have Freeserve Anytime.

As you know, when the connection breaks Read the rest