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Archive for June, 2005

Thunderbird Email Client – Changing the Password

Thursday, June 30th, 2005

I’ve been using the Mozilla Thunderbird Email Client for some time now. I find it to be fast, easy to use, safe and secure and with integrated SPAM filters. A great improvement on Outlook Express, which is what most people use just because it’s there. I use it across a few different machines to access […]

Web Swimming

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

I go swimming on a (fairly) regular basis as an enjoyable way to exercise. I hadn’t been for a month or so and therefore I went onto the website of Coventry Swimming Pool Timetable. I found the opening times so content knowing that the pool was open I went to the pool, only to find […]

Customer Service an Outdated Notion?

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005

With the demise of the independent stores we’re also losing the customer service that we deserve. No longer are we treated as valuable customers without whom the store would not exist, but are now considered an inconvinience and made to do what’s more convenient for the store, not for us. To use an example I […]

DVD Review: The Making of The Human Body

Friday, June 24th, 2005

Despite my dissapointment at The Human Body series (see review below) I decided to rent the accompanying “The Making of” DVD to learn more about the techniques used to map parts of the body. I’m really glad that I did because this DVD was well worth watching. It’s about 50 minutes long and not only […]

Thackray Museum – Medical Museum Leeds

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005

I recently visited the Thackray Museum with other members from Rugby St. John Ambulance. It is a medical museum on the site of St. James Hospital (Jimmy’s) in Leeds. The museum charts the history of medicine from the late 19th century to the present day. Whilst there are some “glass case” exhibits most of the […]

User Agent List

Monday, June 20th, 2005

Whenever a web browser gets a webpage is passes some information known as the User Agent information. This allows some websites to tailor different versions of their site for different browsers (although far better to just make the page work in different browsers), and is probably most used by webmasters wanting to check what browsers […]

Unlawful UnSolicited Sales Phone Calls

Friday, June 17th, 2005

Registering with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) makes it unlawful for sales companies to phone you to try and sell things to you. Despite this there are still lots of companies that try and call you despite that listing. I have received two such calls within the last 24 Hours. Whilst I have reported this […]

Review: PalmOne Handheld PDA

Thursday, June 16th, 2005

I’ve just seen the latest PalmOne model known as the LiveDrive. It is pushing the boundaries as far as PDAs are concerned including a 4GB disk drive, it can act as a mobile media player as well as being a PDA, and still have enough space to save your important files that you can sync […]

We Need an End to Silent Calling

Wednesday, June 15th, 2005

The number of techniques that sales people use to try and gain a sale are getting more devious and more inconvenient to the user. I’ve experienced door-to-door sales people that have tried to use deceptive techniques to get me to change utility supplier by trying to make it appear that I was already their customer […]

Cyber Vandals

Tuesday, June 14th, 2005

Having worked in computer security I have always expected some random attempts to “hack” into my websites. I expect the odd entry in my weblogs from someone randomly trying exploits. The fact that most of the exploit attempts are for Windows exploits and I run a Linux based server confirms to me that these are […]

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