Monthly Archives: April 2003

Online Chess

After talking about my time at Churston Grammar School last week, I’m now going to spend a second week of Click reminiscing over my younger days as the subject of conversation today requires another trip back in time.When I was ten years old I used to enjoy losing time and time again at the game of chess when playing against my farther; just as I started to improve I entered that stage of life where you want everything that interests you to be ‘cool’ and so obviously chess went out the window from the tender age of about 11 and I went in pursuit of other things to entertain me.

Whilst thinking up ideas for this article the thought popped in to my head that there must be a plethora of online chess sites out there and so maybe I should Read the rest

Online Encarta Encyclopaedia

I remember back in the early years of Churston Grammar School when my homework largely consisted of cutting and pasting huge quantities of text straight from a computer encyclopaedia Microsoft Encarta then changing it around a little so it looked like I’d written it.For example, the Americanism ‘color’ would always have to be replaced with ‘colour’, long words such as ‘discombobulate’ would be replaced with ‘confuse’ and I would religiously resize all the pictures so that the text ‘Copyright Microsoft Encarta’ was removed from the bottom of them all.I’m sure that all the teachers found it perfectly obvious as to what I was doing but at the age of 13 I don’t think anybody really cared too much and I remember that before long, everyone had access to a copy so we all got off with doing half an hour worth Read the rest

Suspect E-mails

Once again this week I will take the time to answer my readers computer related questions that I have recently received.

I received an e-mail from Mr. Ijeh Ben in Lagos, Nigeria; I expect you can guess the rest!There was a great complicated story about releasing funds and requesting my bank details and a number of times the confidentiality aspect was stressed.I am puzzled as to where this person found my e-mail address as I rarely give it to anyone and what I would be interested to know is if there is anyone I could report this to or just notify.Perhaps it’s just one of those things best left ignored as I have done a virus check which is okay.

Joyce Large, Paignton.

These e-mails never cease to amaze me - I receive on average one of these per day and … Read the rest

Alternative search engine

Whilst searching for a broad range of search engines on which to promote my website I recently stumbled across a site which I hadn’t seen or heard of in the past which is actually shockingly good.For the last couple of years, Google has been my search engine of choice and is still in the majority of cases the first site that I’ll go to when searching for information on the Internet although the original layout of the site that I’m going to cover today definitely earns it a position as one of my favourites.

Kartoo ( is a meta engine which means that it searches more than one database at a time when you look for something on the Internet so that if, for example you typed in ‘houses for sale’ then it may question both AltaVista and Yahoo to bring Read the rest