Monthly Archives: June 2003

Talk to Frank - Drugs

A fairly controversial topic this week that’s sure to get me a couple of nasty e-mails but one that I feel should be touched on anyway - drugs.I do realise that this is a computer article in a local newspaper but the subject in question does have ties to both the local populous and the Internet as the focus of the article today is the website which has been heavily promoted recently on our local radio and TV.

Having heard the advert I thought that I’d take a look to see what all the fuss was about and was greeted with a fairly simple site but with a wealth of accurate and comprehensive information.Many parents I anticipate will find this disgusting as surely all drugs should be condemned so why do you want a website telling your child the effects Read the rest

Readers Questions Part 12

This week we have another bunch of answers to readers’ questions that have been recently posted to me via e-mail:

Chris, I do enjoy your articles in HE each Saturday and have picked up a great deal of useful info from you, especially the Free AVG Virus Scanner.I have visited your web site and will use it for ink when the time comes.

Is it possible that you could give me some advice with a problem that at present has me beat?My son-in-law has put together a very good website for the HMS Hermes Association of which I am a member and so far I have purchased a domain name for around £8; I have been unable to find a host anywhere on the net which will let me use this name for free or for very little cost on Read the rest

Readers Questions Part 11

Just when I thought the subject of Broadband Torbay wouldn’t make an appearance in Click for some time then here it comes again, back with a vengeance due to a recent question that I’ve received.

We are a couple of ‘silver surfers’ who both enjoy using our computer, e-mailing and surfing the web (all self taught) and are able to do this with the help of our three knowledgeable offspring who answer most of our queries from afar and who indeed occasionally pop down to ‘upgrade’ or put new programs on that we feel we need.We have, for example just been introduced to Microsoft Publishing and MSN Messenger.

With the advent of Broadband to this area soon I’m finding that I cannot get a complete answer from anyone as to how we go about getting it.My son keeps e-mailing me to Read the rest

Readers Questions Part 10

Once again I plan to help local readers out by answering a selection of computer questions that have recently been forwarded to me.

I enjoy your Click article in the Herald every week and have picked up some useful tips.I am not a very competent PC user and I have a question I am sure you can help me with.

When using my scanner the message always comes up “scanning at less than optimal speed” and suggests getting into system BIOS and set the I/O to EPP mode.I have no idea what this means but lately I haven’t been able to scan anything so perhaps it should be done and so I’m hoping you can advise me on the best way to deal with this.

Mrs Karilyn Garnett, Torquay

This is one of those error messages which is less than helpful Read the rest