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Pidgin - Multiple Instant Messenger Service


If like me, you find yourself juggling multiple messenger applications to keep your friends, family and colleagues happy you will be glad to hear about Pidgin. Formally known as Gaim, Pidgin is an open-source messaging program that allows the simultaneous use of multiple instant messenger services through one application.

Available as a free of charge download from www.pidgin.im, this small program supports 17 networks including favourites AOL, MSN and Yahoo as well some lesser known ones such as Jabber and Gadu-Gadu. Additional chat clients such as Skype and the Facebook Chat tool can be added through the use of freely available third party plugins which are easily located on the Pidgin site.

Once installed, simply select the type of account you want to add (for example a Google Talk account) along with your user name and password. Any of your contacts from that account that are currently online will automatically appear in the buddies list and you can begin chatting straight away. Not only does this offer the distinct advantage that you don’t need to switch between several applications if you have contact with friends on multiple networks but it also cuts down on the resource requirements of having multiple chat services running on one machine.

Along with being cross compatible with different networks, the Pidgin application is also available for many different Operating Systems; as well as the obvious Windows version, the developers have provided support for Solaris, SkyOS, Qtopia, UNIX, Linux and even the AmigaOS.

All the standard features you would come to expect such as contact organiser, custom smileys, file transfers and group chats are present. The only slight criticism that I would have is that it doesn’t support video and voice chat however my assumption is that these protocols are difficult to integrate in to an application that has been designed to be compatible with dozens of networks and half a dozen different Operating Systems. Hopefully this lack of functionality will be addressed in future releases.

Pidgin is completely customisable; the preferences dialog box provides an area where you can define every conceivable option including the interface, sounds, network connection, chat logging and your default availability status. In terms of appearance you can also change the font type, size and colour, formatting along with installing new themes which change the appearance of smileys and status icons. An additional option to install themes in order to change the actual user interface would be welcome as the default interface may be a little dull and unintuitive for some users.


About the Author - Chris Holgate works for Refresh Cartridges who supply a wide range of printer cartridges including Canon PGI-5Bk Cartridges at incredibly low prices.

Google Buzz - Social Networking Website


The Click article for this week is brought to you by Hayley Underwood, my soon to be wife, so that she can tell you about Google Buzz; a new social networking application that she has been getting to grips with.

Google Buzz is an extension of the Google Mail service offered by Google which the Internet giants hope will lure users away from alternative services such as Facebook.

Google Mail initially created shockwaves when first introduced as they offered a huge 1GB of storage space for messages and attachments compared to most of its competitors who at the time offered a feeble 2 to 4MB. Today they offer a huge 7GB as standard however times have moved on and alternative providers such as Yahoo Mail and Hotmail also now offer an almost unlimited amount of storage space free of charge.

Despite not having the advantage over the competition in this respect any longer, Google Gmail continues to be a popular service due to its ability to integrate well with other e-mail accounts and the way in which it allows you to manage your messages. As an example, Gmail groups together messages that are of the same subject, making them part of a conversation file. In this way you can manage large number of e-mails grouped into the same conversation quickly and easily so that deleting or achieving them doesn’t cause a headache.

Google Gmail is free to use and paid for by advertising however the adverts are very small, non-intrusive and are targeted so that they are more relevant to subject matter that you might find of interest. There are no large graphic adverts and no pop-up or pop-under adverts to clutter your browser.

Google Buzz is a social networking application integrated into Gmail. It aims to offer a better method to share photos, links, videos, and events with your Gmail contacts and personally I believe it is rather coincidental that this was developed after Facebook announced plans they were developing their own email system.

Buzz has all the basic features that you would expect from a social networking application including the ability to share status updates, photos, links and videos both privately and publically. You can choose who you’d like to follow by simply entering their Gmail address at which point they can be added as a friend for you to see a steam of all their updates that have been shared either publically or privately with you. As with Facebook, other users can comment on public posts and show their appreciation for an update or users status by clicking the ‘like’ button.

You can direct a comment into a fellow users Gmail inbox by simply putting @ the beginning of your comment and the user name of that person is then hidden to protect their privacy. This feature can only be used with people that are in your Gmail contact list. Also by clicking on the arrow to the right of any post, you can link content to the post, email the contact directly and mute the buzz that appears in your inbox.

Google Buzz also integrates with Picasa, Flickr, Google Reader, YouTube, Blogger, and Twitter meaning that you are able to share content from these applications directly. This is a nice feature as it allows you to post files and albums you may have already created without having to go through the hardship of creating them twice.

The social networking market has the potential for huge rewards, especially for a company such as Google that makes such a large amount of its profits from revenue generated by advertising. With news that Buzz will soon be available on the Android phone and iPhones platforms, it will almost certainly give the more established social networking sites a run for their money.

About the Author - Chris Holgate works for Refresh Cartridges who supply a wide range of printer cartridges including Epson T0711 Cartridges at incredibly low prices.

Google Books - Online Literature Library


The idea of Google Books was first conceived in 2002 when a small group of Google programmers started pondering the question of how many man hours it would take to scan every single book ever written. We still don’t know the true answer to this question although just eight years from the idea conception there are now over 10 million books catalogued in their database.

While the first scan was done manually on a 300 page book and took 40 minutes to process, Google now use cameras capable of scanning at a rate of 1,000 pages an hour and also work with 20,000 publisher partners who provide content directly. They have also been able to provide over 1 million books that can be read in full from cover to cover; these unrestricted works are either books that have fallen out of copyright or have been provided with publishers express permission.

As well as simply scanning the books, Google performs OCR (Optical Character Recognition) on the pages, thereby turning them in to pure text which can be entered in to their database. As a result when you do a Google Search you are now not only returned results from relevant websites but also your search terms are checked against a library encompassing millions of books and appropriate matches are suggested for further reading.

The integration in to the Google Search engine means you may have already inadvertently stumbled across Google Books but if you haven’t and are eager to explore then the Google Books can be found by visiting the site https://books.google.co.uk/ directly. Being a Google service, it almost goes without saying that the service is completely free of charge and is instead paid for via a minimal number of sponsored links which are in no way intrusive or detrimental to the service.

From the Google Books site you can perform searches, add books to your virtual library or organise your collection in a logical manner. Searching for a book and then subsequently clicking on it opens an interface which allows you to either view the directly scanned pages from the book or in some instances a ‘plain text’ version. This plain text can then be copied and passed to another application or simply printed out for reading offline.

Books still under copyright enjoy the protection of a variety of access limitations and security measures which limit the number of viewable pages making the experience somewhat akin to being able to flick through the first couple of pages in a library or bookshop. Despite this protection there have rather predictably been a number of fairly major lawsuits issued by individuals and publishers alike; some with legitimate grievances and others just seeking money or publicity.

Possibly the most notable case was between The Authors Guild, the publishing industry and Google which resulted in Google agreeing to a settlement on October 28, 2008. This would see them pay a total $125 million not only to pay the court costs of the plaintiffs but also create a Book Rights Registry which will collect and disburse revenue generated by all third party sites such as Google which provide content based on the content of books covered by the agreement.

These issues aside, on the whole I am amazed that again this relatively new company have been able to offer such an incredible gift to the world. With Google Books we have the potential to preserve centuries of human literacy work for generations to come as well as promoting the spread and availability of knowledge amongst all groups and all classes of people.


About the Author – Chris Holgate works for Refresh Cartridges who supply a wide range of printer cartridges including the Canon CLI-8C at incredibly low prices.



Cooliris is a free add-on for Firefox and Internet Explorer that enhances the way you view content on the hundreds of currently compatible sites. It is essentially a rather flash looking graphic user interface with a few nice features.

The main draw is the impressive way it presents you with an endless wall of images from your chosen page and allows you to browse them by dragging the page and then enlarging the picture/video of your choice. My description does not really do the effect justice, by comparison it is somewhere between Sci-Fi style smart boards found on CSI/Minority Report and the album selection method on iPod/iPhones. Although this may not seem particularly useful at first, once you begin to play around with the features including the add-on really begins to shine.

While hundreds of sites such as Facebook and Myspace are compatible, I would imagine most people would use Cooliris featured sites like Google image search or YouTube. Many other big sites are also featured in a handy drop down box towards the top right of the page such as Flickr, Deviant Art, Picasa and Bing. Additionally Cooliris can be used to search images in the same manner from designated folders on your PC but disappointing seems unable to do the same for video files.

Once installed Cooliris is never intrusive; the only sign of it being installed is a small logo that appears next to the search bar on your browser which acts as a shortcut to www.cooliris.com. When visiting a Cooliris supported site this logo changes to a blue and green logo that once clicked takes all content on the page and displays it in the dynamic endless wall format mentioned earlier.

Along with the browsing of images and videos, the add-on has the additional shopping feature that is fully integrated with the Amazon.co.uk for the browsing of their products. I would imagine this is where the revenue for the add-on comes from as there are no adverts to speak of apart from the featured videos which are simply an option available in the many categories available for browsing.

The program itself is extremely polished in appearance and really is a pleasure to use; my only real grumble is that some images do look a little grainy due to the resizing. When I consider that it was trying to display 104,000,000 image results for my search term ‘fish’ however, I find it impossible to hold a grudge.

I would hope more features will be added in the future as there would seem to be quite a lot of scope for expansion especially as I notice certain flash games also seem to be compatible with the add-on. While not an essential download or particularly revolutionary Cooliris is certainly worth the 2.9mb download to enhance your image/video browsing or even to get a bit of shopping done.


About the Author – Chris Holgate works for Refresh Cartridges who supply a wide range of printer cartridges including the Canon CLI-521Y at incredibly low prices.

WordPress 2.8.5 – Part 2


Last week we were looking in to the powerful WordPress editor. Those that missed my last article can view a copy either at the Herald Express’s website (www.thisissouthdevon.co.uk) or on my own online blog (www.computerarticles.co.uk).

To recap, WordPress (www.wordpress.org) is an open source application which gives home users the ability to quickly and easily create an online blog, a term used to describe a website which provides an ongoing chronicle of information. After covering the basics last week we’ll now start to uncover the more advanced features that really make WordPress stand out from the crowd.

The term ‘plug-in’ is used to describe a small piece of software written by either the WordPress authors or a third party which provide additional features not found on a standard installation. If a blogger finds that WordPress doesn’t cater for a particular requirement of his then in many cases a plug-in can be used to extend the functionality of the software quickly and easily.

To give you an idea, I’ve listed a couple of plug-ins that I find particularly useful:

Akismet – You will soon find that your blog gets a lot of spam comments, usually by automated systems trying to advertise male medical products. Akismet checks comments in your blog against an online database in order to automatically remove any that it deems as looking like spam.

All in One SEO Pack – This provides a number of Search Engine Optimisations in order to make your blog more appealing to search engines such as Google. Although Search Engine Optimisation is an entire science in itself, this simple plug-in will hopefully help to push you further up the results table.

Google XML Sitemaps – Creates a single file detailing every page on your site. You can then request that Google download and analyse this file on a regular basis thereby helping them to improve the freshness and visibility of your pages in their search engine.

Sociable – Allows users to automatically add a link to a specific post on their favourite social bookmarking site, for example Facebook, Digg or Twitter.

Statpress – Analyses visitors to your site and allows you to see a number of reports including daily views, pages most visited and search terms used to find your site. You can even use it to find out more detailed information about your readers such as the Operating Systems they use and their geographic location.

The ability to keep the software up to date it one of the things I admire most about WordPress; once you have performed the initial installation you will be informed whenever you log in to the control panel if a particular plug-in or indeed the entire installation needs updating. Should you find that any component is out of date then it only takes one click for the appropriate files to be downloaded and installed on your web server automatically.

Such ease of use means that it doesn’t take a lot to ensure that you always have the most up to date version of the software installed as well as providing protection by allowing you to easily install any security patches as and when they are released.


About the Author – Chris Holgate works for Refresh Cartridges. They supply a range of compatible and original printer cartridges at low prices, including the HP 364XL.

Online Ticket Scams


This month police managed to shut down 100 online ticket scam websites by taking action through the organisation in charge of registering all website addresses, Icann (Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers).

Typically, however, these sites which sell fake tickets for events ranging from Bruce Springsteen concerts to the Olympic games are incredible difficult to shut down due to most of them being based offshore. As such, not only do many still remain but more will surely form to replace the fallen.

There are however simple steps you can take to help safeguard against potential online fraudsters:

- Does it seem too good to be true? Life can sometimes chuck you a nice surprise although more often than not if something looks too good to be true then you’re going to be left disappointed. Alarm bells should start ringing if you’ve been endlessly searching for seats at the O2, then suddenly you stumble across a random site that appears to have exactly what you’re looking for.

- Does the site look professional? While not necessarily an accurate indicator, I would be cautious of a site that promises premiership football tickets but looks like it knocked up in five minutes by a primary school child.

- Does the page have a page rank? This is one of my favourite methods of checking a sites potential legitimacy. Download and install the Google Toolbar (https:// toolbar.google.com) and this will then provide you with an immediate indication via a small sliding scale just under the address bar as to how ‘important’ Google believes the page you are currently viewing is. This level is established by monitoring the number of ‘important’ sites linking to the page in question; a page rank of zero would quickly arise suspicions that the page is either relatively new or that no other sites have seen it worthy enough to link to.

- Does the page have an Alexa rank? By downloading and installing the Alexa toolbar (www.alexa.com/toolbar) you, and millions of other users, provide anonymous usage statistics back to a central server. This data can be used to create a massive database which ranks the popularity of various sites on the Internet which is displayed via a small scale within your browser. To demonstrate how this can be useful, consider that Ticket Master (one of the largest legitimate ticket sales sites) is currently ranked the 5,514th most popular on the entire Internet. This is no small achievement and it’s likely they can be trusted unlike a site which claims to be ‘The Biggest and Best on the Web’ while ranking in at five millionth.

- Does the page include contact details? Actually try phoning them before making a purchase and talk through your potential order with a real person. If you get a dead dial tone, an incorrect number or it sounds like the guy is talking on a mobile in the pub then it’s time to move on to another site.

- Does the site receive favourable reviews? Do a Google search for reviews of the site you are thinking about purchasing off; others will quickly rant if they have had problems and while all reviews should be taken with a pinch of salt this will quickly give you an idea as to whether the company is legitimate. Also, don’t place too much importance on accreditation logos; the only time they’re worth paying attention to is if it’s a body you recognise that have their own website that can be used to confirm membership.

- Is their site secure? Ensure that when typing in your card details that you have been transferred to a secure server; this can be done by checking that ‘https://’ has replaced ‘https://’ in your address bad. Also, never pay by cheque; a credit card will give you added protection should anything go wrong.


About the Author – Chris Holgate works for Refresh Cartridges who are a company that supply a wide range of cartridges to the UK market at incredibly low prices including the Canon CLI-526M cartridge.

Google Chrome OS

Chrome OS

The big news this morning was that Google is to release its own Operating System during the second half of 2010.

Initially targeted at Netbooks (incredibly small laptops with relatively low specifications), Google Chrome OS will be a lightweight, open source alternative to Windows. It will be designed primarily for online use, with the entire OS essentially consisting of the Google Chrome browser running on a Linux backend.

The vision is that in the future rather than a developer producing a software package that requires a download and installation they would instead create a web based application that could be run from any Internet browser. In many ways the idea makes a great deal of sense; you wouldn’t have to worry about updating your software, transporting files from one machine to another or indeed creating backups of your files. Everything would be stored online and as such none of these usual factors would be an issue anymore.

Developers also wouldn’t have to worry about creating multiple versions of the same application for different Operating Systems because as long as the user had an up to date browser they would be able to run the software. Regardless of whether you were using a computer that ran Google Chrome OS, Mac OS or Windows, you would still have access to all your favourite online applications.

The ambition Google holds is that eventually Chrome OS will develop in to something that could be seen as a viable alternative for use on all types of computer, not just Netbooks. Personally, I both love and hate this idea of shaking up the way we use our computers in equal quantities; the possibilities are huge but the disadvantages are potentially crippling and too obvious to ignore.

First and foremost consider the fact that the whole idea is pretty much reliant on the user having a continuous connection to the Internet. For many, this isn’t a problem as most home and office based users already have an ‘always on’ broadband connection, however if you find yourself in a situation without Internet then your Operating System immediately becomes useless. While mobile broadband is becoming faster and cheaper for those that travel away from a fixed Internet connection, it won’t help if you’re stuck on a plane for eight hours!

A workaround to this would be to allow the OS to download web applications to your computer then run them as if you were connected to the Internet. Unfortunately, as soon as this becomes a consideration we neglect the primary purpose of having an online based OS in the first place.

It is also undeniable that at present most Internet applications are a little primitive. They have to be given credit for evolving incredibly quickly in recent years however they’re still a long way off representing a viable alternative to the large, installed applications most of us currently use. In the past I have discussed Internet based software such as Google Docs and in the future I plan to cover advanced online applications such as the drawing application SplashUp but these online versions still lag behind their desktop equivalents in both speed and functionality.

No one knows exactly what the future holds. It is undeniable that in the last couple of years our computing activities have become a lot more oriented around the Internet but whether we are ready for them to be entirely transferred remains to be seen.


About the Author – Chris Holgate works for Refresh Cartridges who are a company that supply a wide range of cartridges to the UK market at incredibly low prices including the Epson T0481 cartridge.



It’s not often it happens, but occasionally an application will come along that simply forces you to sit back and mutter ‘wow’ in sheer amazement. Google Earth was probably the last application that prompted this reaction from me until this week when I started playing with a free application called ‘Spotify’.

You’d be forgiven for not having heard of Spotify just yet but it has changed the way that I (and probably you) listen to music not only today but possibly forever. It has been in development since 2006 only recently have members of the public been allowed to open free accounts.

Essentially, you download and install a tiny 2.5mb application from www.spotify.com which will then give you immediate and free access to practically every piece of music ever released. Simply type the name of any artist and you will be presented with a list of every song and album in the incredibly comprehensive database. When I say any artist, I really do mean ANY artist; I tested a colleague today who started reeling off some random, old, Japanese electro pop band and sure enough Spotify came back in half a second with their entire catalogue. Simply double click your chosen album or song and it’ll immediately begin playing; the speed and quality at which the service operates is phenomenal as the second you finish clicking you’ll hear DAB digital radio quality playing. If you have chosen to play an album then it will be played in its entirety - even hidden or bonus tracks have been faithfully copied across.

Of course, at this point we naturally assume that such a service must be illegal but such an assumption couldn’t be further from the truth; Spotify has the blessing off all the biggest players, including EMI, Universal, Sony BMG and Warner. It represents, in many ways, what the music industry should have done half a decade ago when instead they were chasing 14 year old boys who downloaded torrent files and pushing unpopular and potentially unfair digital rights management (DRM) technologies on to the law abiding public.

Of course, there has to be some money to be made somewhere and rather predictably this comes through advertising – a banner graces the right hand side of the application and approximately every 15-20 minutes a single 20 second advert will be played. This advertising is non intrusive and a sweet relief compared with commercial radio that nowadays appears to play two songs followed by a 20 second jingle, three minutes of DJ wittering, five minutes of adverts, another 20 second jingle, then two more songs. Most importantly, unlike traditional radio, you’re listening to the music that you want to listen to; my working day no longer has the obligatory four minute ‘grin and bear it’ track that you are forced to listen to.

Although you wouldn’t have thought it, sometimes when faced with a choice of practically any album in the world your mind becomes blank. If this happens simply ask the application to pick the music for you by either choosing an artist that you like (in which case it will try to guess others that you’ll like based on the preferences of other users) or specify a genre (for example ‘Alternative or Rock between the years of 1980 and 2000’.

I have only been using Spotify for a week but already the idea of parting with hard earned cash and making a purchase online and waiting for delivery or heading in to town to locate a CD is alien to me. Give me the name of any album and I’ll be listening to it completely legally and free of charge before you’ve had time to fetch your coat.


About the Author – Chris Holgate works for Refresh Cartridges who are a company that supply a wide range of cartridges to the UK market at incredibly low prices including the Epson T0714 cartridge.

Windows 7 : Release Candidate 1


Last month Microsoft made the Windows 7 Release Candidate available free of charge with the intention that it will give Microsoft a chance to identity and iron out any bugs present before the final release.As you are all no doubt aware, Windows 7 is the successor to the somewhat criticised Windows Vista and is due for release in October of this year.

The release candidate not only provides users with the ideal opportunity not only to get their hands on the software before it hits the shops but also provides what is essentially a completely free Operating System on a ‘try before you buy basis.’Of course, the product isn’t free for ever and in the second quarter of next year you will have to either purchase the finished version of Windows 7 or revert back to your previous OS.

I did preview Windows 7 back at the tail end of last year and so to avoid any repetition please check out https://www.computerarticles.co.uk/windows-7/ to download a copy including a list of new features.

Today I’m simply going to go through the process of obtaining and installing the release candidate so that you can experience these new features first hand.Before I do so it’s necessary to point out that a Release Candidate isn’t the finished version and as such you should install it in any ‘mission critical’ circumstances; ideally it would be on a PC that could be used solely for the purpose of testing where it wouldn’t matter if you had to reformat and start again.As with any major OS upgrade it would also be strongly advisable to perform a full system backup.

So, to get started head to www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/download.aspx and select to download either the 32 or 64-bit version, depending on your CPU.If you are unsure then download the following free CPUID utility (www.cpuid.com/cpuz.php) and simply Google the CPU model number to determine whether it can support 64-bit and can therefore benefit from the more powerful 64-bit version of Windows 7.Incidentally, if you find (as I did) that your PC manufacturer installed a 32-bit Operating System on a 64-bit machine but you wish to install the 64-bit version of Windows 7, then you will have to do a clean installation from scratch rather than performing an upgrade.

The installation file is actually a whopping 3GB in size and when the download is finished you will require a blank DVD, a DVD writer and some software designed for burning the .ISO file on to disc. I’m not going to cover the theory surrounding the handling of ISO files here so simply download the free CDBurnerXP (www.cdburnerxp.se), click ‘Burn ISO to Disc’, select the file you just downloaded and the software will then automatically create an installation disc for you to use.

The upgrade disc can be used in two different fashions; either run it from within your current version of Windows to perform an upgrade (therefore retaining all your files and settings) or alternatively insert the disc and reboot the machine to load the installation files before Windows even loads, therefore facilitating a completely clean installation.

If you require any further help during the installation process there is a guide available on the Microsoft website. Again I will reiterate that, because the software is both free and unfinished that you are very much on your own when it comes to any support.Once you have had chance to have a play around however please do let me know what you think.


About the Author – Chris Holgate works for Refresh Cartridges who are a company that supply a wide range of cartridges to the UK market at incredibly low prices including the Epson T1281 cartridge.

BluRay, AACS and HDCP


Being a self confessed geek, not to mention the author of a weekly technology column, it might surprise you to learn that until this week I was still watching my movies in standard DVD format rather than in high definition [collective gasp].This was all set to change this week, however, as realising that I needed a new laptop I plumped for a shiny Sony Vaio with an inbuilt BluRay writer.

I swiped a HDMI lead from work, rented a BluRay film from Blockbuster, connected the laptop to my TV and at around 9pm the missus and I sat down ready to be left in awe at the improvement in picture quality.All was going well until after approximately 15 seconds of footage we were greeted with a message telling us that the ‘display configuration that we were using was not supported by this film’.

Somewhat bemused I started trawling Google and discovered that the problem was actually caused by the Digital Rights Management (DRM) built in to the disc.It employs a system called Advanced Access Content System (AACS) which prevents the signal being broadcast to a non High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) complaint device.Basically, the film wouldn’t let me play the movie back on my TV as it was worried that I might use the signal to create a high definition copy of the original.

I eventually discovered a solution by way of a free trial edition of the (completely legal) AnyDVD HD software (www.slysoft.com) which immediately removed not only the AACS protection that was bugging me but also the region protection and the BD+ copy protection.As a side effect of installing this software and removing the over militant DRM I could have also at this point made a backup copy for my own personal use.By the time I had reached this point however it was almost midnight and so not only was Hayley bored to tears but we were both ready for bed.

It should be mentioned at this point that my laptop did suggest at the very beginning that I could play back through the standard SVGA port rather than using a HDMI lead but if you hire a high definition movie you expect to be able to play it in high definition.I suppose the logic is that if I were to have used this method to create a copy then at least it wouldn’t be in high definition.

There are instances where I can’t help but feel that Digital Rights Management on all forms of digital content is starting to infringe upon the rights of the law abiding users while also pushing people away from the legitimate route.In this particular instance I just wanted to play the movie on my two year old non HDCP compliant TV set and it actually ended up actively pushing me towards a piece of software that while perfectly legal, would have also potentially given me the tools to create my own copies. Surely that doesn’t make sense?


About the Author – Chris Holgate works for Refresh Cartridges who are a company that supply a wide range of cartridges to the UK market at incredibly low prices including the Epson T1282 cartridge.