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Red Letter Days

It’s that time of year again that the more organised amongst us start thinking about what we’re going to buy our loved ones for Christmas.Personally I like leaving everything to the last minute and then doing the whole lot in one fell swoop but this doesn’t appeal to the majority of people so over the next couple of weeks I’ll be giving you some suggestions relating to sites on the Internet that can help with your festive purchases.

We start this week with a site that I visited after receiving a 50 page booklet from Red Letter Days last week.The idea is that rather than simply buying jumpers and socks this year why Read the rest

Wikipedia Part 2

I can’t exactly remember what I was looking for at the time but somehow last week I managed to come across what can only be described as a remarkable website pretty much by accident.The site in question is the comprehensive online encyclopaedia Wikipedia ( which is a non profit site written primarily by reader input and funded by user donations.

Wikipedia was started back in January 2001 and this September announced that in this short space of time that the 1 millionth article had already been added to its database.For those interested where the site gets its’ name from, I will explain that Read the rest

What’s on When

There are many things in this world that continue to amaze me every single day that I’m alive but few of these astound me as much as my parents seeming obsession with their camper van.Pretty much every weekend they’ll head off into pastures new in what would appear a random pattern; they’ll drive until weary and then hitch up the camper van in a car park or camp site to stay the night before exploring the local area and events the next day.

I have often wondered what goes in to planning these trips as disappointingly my father isn’t psychic and I was Read the rest

Manufacturer Updates

I received the letter below a week or so back following on from my advice for readers to upgrade their copies of Windows XP to the newly released Service Pack 2.I thought this users experience would serve as a good example to explain how the majority of problems can be solved or explained by a simple visit to the manufacturers’ website.

I was wondering if you could help me with a problem that I have been experiencing since downloading Windows XP Service Pack 2.Being a fairly novice computer user I downloaded this update after reading your column and now I can’t get my Read the rest

One of my favourite sites on the Internet has to be the online auction page eBay.Over the past year I have seen not only myself but also my friends and family save hundreds of pounds by buying discounted new or used products online and then in turn selling bits and pieces that are no longer need for a reasonable price.

After my article last week on DAB radio I went out and bought a brand new Blaupunkt car stereo off of eBay and saved about £90 or so when compared with the best high street price that I found in Torbay.To my delight Read the rest

DAB Digital Radio

A few weeks back I looked at the advantages of Digital TV over conventional terrestrial TV and concluded for the small cost of upgrade that it was certainly worth the small investment of £50 or so in order to receive the new high quality digital stations. This argument was strengthened by the fact that before long conventional TV transmissions will be terminated and so the only way to continue to receive TV would be through one of the methods mentioned in the article.

That particular instalment of Click prompted a number of questions regarding Digital Radio and whether I thought that was a Read the rest

Windows XP Service Pack 2 Part 2

This week sees the release of Windows XP Service Pack 2; another monster update developed by Microsoft to close a number of holes in their Windows XP Operating System.Most of you will know the procedure by now - Go to the Microsoft website, download a huge file, install it on your system and whilst the majority of users won’t see any visible change in the way you will be safe in the knowledge that your computer is more secure and stable than it was previously.

I can’t overemphasise how important this service pack is as only last week I was setting up a new system and before I had even finished setting it Read the rest

Subject – Digital TV

The purpose of this column is primarily to discuss computer and Internet related articles but I do like to stray away from my core focus from time to time to talk about another area of technology that I believe could be of interest.

Some of you may know that sooner or later the government wants to scrap analogue TV transmissions so that everybody will be required to have their TV’s ‘digitally enabled’ to continue to receive the standard channels (BBC1, BBC2, ITV, Channel 4) as well as gain access to the free digital channels that are on offer.This would involve either subscribing to Read the rest

Hosting providers

Many of my readers will already have or will be thinking about getting a website of their own so recent readers question seemed like a good opportunity to take a fresh look at a subject I have discussed in the past.

I’m looking for some help with setting up a website and whilst I believe I’ll be okay with the construction of the site how do I choose who to use as the host?As I see it there are several choices; either going for an aggressive advertiser like 1&1 or Fasthosts or going with someone like Bravenet and living with the pop-up adverts?I Read the rest

Epson Stylus RX600

I recently procured a new printer for a client of mine and simply couldn’t resist having a little play around once I’d installed and set it up for him.It is very rare that I review a specific product but this printer really did knock my socks off so I thought I’d feature it in this weeks Click article.

The Epson Stylus Photo RX600 is referred to by Epson as a ‘home photo centre’ which in English means that it is a very sophisticated Multifunction (scan/copy/print) device.In addition to the standard functions you would expect from such a machine, it can also scan from slides and negatives, print directly from a digital camera or Read the rest