Yearly Archives: 2003

Bank Fraudsters

The front page of the Herald Express on Tuesday caught my eye as it featured the story of a young lady who was conned out of several hundred pounds by disclosing her banking details after being advised by an e-mail to follow a link to the HSBC website and confirm her security details so they could ensure that she was still using the same e-mail address.In reality, the site that she went to wasn’t in fact the HSBC site but just a page probably generated by a couple of spotty teenagers but as the difference was indistinguishable she proceeded to disclose all of Read the rest

RPC Bug Part 3

I’m starting Click this week with an apology relating to the article that I published last week in which I mentioned an insurance quote I had received through Bartlett Davies Bicks and suggested that it was higher than I would have expected.This caused some upset and so I would like to point out that Bartlett Davies Bicks is an independent broker and the quotes they offer as with any other insurance company will vary from driver to driver.I didn’t intend to imply that they were uncompetitive in the market place as obviously this is not the case, rather that their quote just wasn’t Read the rest

Car Insurance Online

Car insurance has always been one of those things that as a young person I have always had to pay through the nose for but when I got my new car last year and my current insurers, Bartlett Davies Bicks quoted me £3000 to continue the policy I thought that there must be a cheaper way and so being a fan of the Internet I went surfing.

Of course, the ideal insurer is one of those things that really does vary from person to person; a company that is good for one individual can be useless to another based on that companies quotation Read the rest

MSN Messenger 6

I am still quite shocked at the number of people who don’t know about the existence of MSN Messenger which is built into many versions of Windows and also is freely available from handy little tool allows you to chat with people over the Internet, offering the spontaneity of a chat room crossed with the more personalised nature of e-mail.Once downloaded, you create a user name and password for yourself and then add other people to your list of ‘buddies’ who also have MSN Messenger so whenever they are connected to the Internet with the program running in the background then Read the rest

Broadband Religion

Okay, I’m not a particularly religious person but something on Sky News a couple of days ago caught my eye which I thought the religious readership I have would appreciate for it’s content and the agnostics amongst us would appreciate for a view on the ways the use of technology is becoming integrated into things that are quite traditional.

I am of course talking about the new website offered by St Philip and St James’ in Bath and sponsored by Telewest which allows people from all over the world to log on to the website and watch a sermon online.To be honest Read the rest

Virus Hoaxes Part 2

Another week spent seemingly doing nothing but clearing viruses off the machines of others; in such a day and age everybody reading this article should have a virus checker and those of you that don’t should certainly download one now.

One thing that Windows is still missing which it really needs is a good quality internal virus checker that comes packaged with the Operating System but whether they would be allowed to or whether it would be considered to be anti-competitive is yet to be seen.Personally I would like to see a virus checker built in to every new version of Windows that Read the rest

RPC Bug #2

Unbeknown to many users of the Windows XP Operating System is that it includes a perfectly capable piece of software that allows your computer to send and receives faxes using the modem built in to your computer.Of course I’m assuming that you, my reader are amongst the 99% of the population that do have a modem built into their computer and that you are not still stuck in the metaphorical ‘dark ages’

Accessing this useful utility is fairly simple but first it has to be installed so to do this, click on ‘Start’, ‘Settings’ and then ‘Control Panel’, ‘Add/Remove Programs’, ‘Add/Remove Windows Components’ Read the rest


This week has been one of those weeks where there have been a million and one things to catch up on and so I was hoping for a fairly quiet week which would allow me to do this.Not likely; my phone has been ringing continuously with people all experiencing the same problem, a bug in Windows 2000 and XP that shuts down your computer when it’s connected to the Internet.Those afflicted will find that their computer will give them a message saying that it has to shut down and give you a short amount of time to save your work; usually around 30 seconds.

To avoid me repeating myself over and over I will dedicated Click this week to the removal of this problem as it is almost certain that half the Bay is panicking at this very moment.Even if you are not experiencing any symptoms then please follow these Read the rest

Kazaa Lite #2

At the time of writing it is apparently the hottest day of the year outside and personally I wouldn’t mind going down the beach for a little while since I’m having a fairly quiet day.This article therefore will be taken up mainly by an interesting letter that was sent to me which touches on a number of subjects that I have discussed recently.

Today I notice that after quite rightly plugging Spybot and AVG in previous weeks, you are now writing about Kazaa.Quite apart from the ethics of giving this piracy site free publicity, are you aware that Kazaa has a reputation for Read the rest

Kazaa Lite

Fortunately I have recommended a number of free programs recently such as Spybot search and destroy and AVG anti virus that seem to have gone down well with my readers so thought that I wouldn’t break with tradition in recommending another piece of essential software.

I have spoken about Kazaa in the past; the free program used for sharing music and other files online but I personally found the adverts a bit of an annoyance.To rectify my problems I downloaded Kazaa Lite; essentially a rip off version of Kazaa with no built in advertising and since the program in general has matured somewhat Read the rest