Lots of folk write and ask me for advice, instructions and general information. I decided that I would put a place on the internet that allows them to visit and see what mischief I am (or have been) up to. Hopefully it will be appreciated - please feel free to press Ctrl + End and go to the bottom of this page and give me some feedback. If you think that it is worth it, please tell your friends, if not, please tell me - thank you.

It is my intention to add something here every 7 to 10 days - the most recent stuff will always be at the top of the page to save you time. Sometime in the future, I will decide my policy and techniques for removing stuff from the bottom (always put off til tomorrow that which you don't need to do today !!)


Thursday 28th February 2002

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PC World
PC World is probably the biggest UK superstore chain that sells computer stuff. Every time I have visited one of their stores I have left thinking that the staff were indifferent and not helpful and that it is difficult to buy stuff (even if I have found and bought what I was looking for.

Last saturday, a new store was opened about a mile from my house. I still am not quite sure why I succumbed but I did, and followed the crowds. To my eternal shame, I drove my car instead of walking. When I got there at 9 OClock, the car park was full and I had to park on a nearby service road. There was music, heaps of people and a sort of party atmosphere. There were loads of staff, seemed liked hundreds, most of whom seemed knowledgable, most were very helpful - despite being harrassed.

I bought three items, the first two were:-

I had seen something that I liked, didn't need, just fancied rotten - asked about six staff for the sight of a technical specification - they all said something like "no such thing". No spec - no sale !! Tried twice with two very senior staff at the exit doors - the first one failed - the second got and showed me a tech spec - I bought it - hehehehe (should it be so hard to give them money ? It was:-

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ViaVoice
Good lord how voice recognition has changed - it is simple to install - is easy and interesting to train - I love it.

I must learn how to use it better (but Rome was not built in a day!!) - at the moment over 85% accurate - far better than my one finger typing. Love it to bits

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XML in a nutshell
Brilliant - worth every penny

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TFT Monitor
It is great - what a looney I am - when can I justify using it - but, I don't care !!


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Shopping
One of the joys in my life is a shopping. There is nothing the that I like better than to wander into a shop and enjoy a conversation with the shop keeper. Old grocery corner shop's used to be my best special favourite, sadly most of them seem to have disappeared. Now such joys are more restricted one category of a shopping - that is in butcher's shops!

My real best favourite is so a shop in it my home village of Metheringham - the details are:-
J A Andrews and sons.,
High Street,
Metheringham,
Lincoln,
UK.
Telephone 01526 - 320 462
Their bangers are to die for !!

Another of my joys is to deal with a company called MacBeths, it is in Scotland and it sells absolutely top quality meat. You can find their details on their website:-
http://www.macbeths.com/

I actually prefer to telephone them and to chat to them just like I was chatting to a butcher in a real butcher's shop (they will not thank me for suggesting this!!) but the method of ordering that I prefer is to telephone them - they are so easy to chat to, you could get carried away and start to beleive that you were standing in a real top class Scottish butchers shop - and the meat will be delivered by courier the next day, or on a day of your choice, in perfect condition.

You may think they are little expensive but in this life you get what you pay for. When you receive the meat you will realise that it was worth every penny that you paid for it.

Try it!! - tell your friends about it too - it really is a joy.


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Hotel
Another joy in my life is visiting and staying in hotels. I will from time to time be telling you about my stays in a various hotels. One the most recent ones that I stayed in is in the Yorkshire - its details are show below

Waterton Park Hotel,
The Balk,
Walton,
Wakefield,
West Yorkshire,
WF2 6PW,
Telephone 01924 - 257 911
This is a really great place at which to stay !!

It's a bit like a secret place.

Find your way to Walton in West Yorkshire

Then look for as street called The Balk - follow that - when the road bends to the right, you go straight ahead.

Pass the Golf Clubhouse - over the hump backed bridge - be prepared to be astounded.

See the spectacular old stone house surrounded by a moat - it really is spectacular.

The place is great, its rooms are good, the staff are brilliant and breakfast can be spectacular.

I spent two brilliant nights there.

I defy you not to enjoy it - I have no hesitation in commending it to you.
(....and the prices are more than reasonable.)


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Good Links
A great magic trick on the web http://cs.bluffton.edu/~scoffman/magic.html - go on, give it a go, I wonder how many times you will need to do it before you realise hop it is done..

Do you need a spell checker for use outside of MS Office ? - you can find one at http://www.geocities.com/anything4laughs/life/spell.htm - I have been using it for years and I do really commend it !!

A brilliant man called Steve Gibson writes loadsof useful programs, most of them free - see them at http://grc.com/freepopular.htm have a look, you may find something of interest.

For the technically minded among you, you may find http://grc.com/dos/drdos.htm interesting - if you want to understand how the communicating is done on the internet this page could help you along that road. Have a look !!


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Assist
I am thinking of starting an EMail viral campaign (amazon did it with great success - why not me !!) to promote two of my web sites.

I plan to send EMails to about two hundred or so of my contacts and tell them something like:-

Hi
May I ask for your support and assistance for 
two or three minutes and about five mouse clicks.

I have attached a file called:-
                assist.chm
would you please save it and then double click on it.
When you get it, please maximise it - it looks horrible
if it is not maximised.

When it is opened, please follow your nose, by clicking
on the links in it.

It would really be appreciated if you could forward the
EMail to lots of your friends.

If you do not want to attach the file, you could ask them
to download the file from:-
                  http://195.99.184.152/assist.chm

Thank you for taking the time to read this EMail.

Peter Byers
		

I would be delighted if you could find the time to have a look at this file and give me some feedback on the approach in general and on the detail / content.

The technically minded readers may be interested to know that until very recently, I would have used a .HLP but now have switched to use .CHM files. If anyone is interested in the reasoning behind that move, please let me know and I will try to put some words together for a later issue.

Thank you for your interest


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tele2
Some days ago, I received a "Junk Mail" flyer - I don't know why I didn't bin it !! I read it and found that it was offering to install an ADSL link for me free for a one month trial. The thing that made it interesting was that it uses a wireless (radio) connection. If I do not want to keep it after the month, they will come and de-install it at no cost. There is confidence for you !!

After a lot of "humming and hawing", I decided to give it a go. I will report how it goes in later versions of this page.

Tele2 can be seen on their Web Site http://www.tele2.net.uk if you live in the UK, it might be worth your time to take a look


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training
You may be interested to know that I have just started to write an OnLine Training Package - it is called Creating and Managing Web Sites - it will be from novice to journey man - my guess is that it will consist of at least 600 web pages. A real "opus magnum" !!

I will report how it goes in later versions of this page. If you are interested in watching it as it is developed, let me know


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Web Page Design
A couple of organisations have asked me to develop web sites / pages for them. If they are interesting, I will and will let you know when they are open to the public.