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Error Message ( admin posted on October 10th, 2007 )

This is just a great error message.

Mouse Movement Error

Henry sent it to me.

I know how he feels.

He now uses Ubuntu

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Open Office Again ( admin posted on September 30th, 2007 )

OpenOffice Open Office

Version 2.3 now available.

Full ISO compatibility (unlike Microsoft products)

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Mail Server ( admin posted on May 14th, 2007 )

Anyone wanting mail server software should consider ftgate. Compared to MS Exchange it is a fraction of the price for just as much, if not more, functionality. Only works on windows servers.

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Spammers beware ( admin posted on April 27th, 2007 )

I joined the honeypot project to catch spambots. has more details.

Spam Harvester Protection Network
provided by Unspam

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The Eagle has Landed ( admin posted on April 15th, 2007 )

I have broadband at last – took 10 weeks since ordering from Talk Talk, but got nearly a 2Mb connection at last.

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Quote of the day ( admin posted on March 31st, 2007 )

Had to try this (changes each day) :-

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BECTA and VISTA/Office 2007 ( admin posted on March 7th, 2007 )

BECTA just published an interim report for schools to consider before “upgrading” to MS Vista and Office 2007. Full report is not out until 2008.

One or two choice comments :-

“The new features of Vista add value but do not justify early deployment in the educational ICT estate. Educational institutions are strongly advised to consider the findings of Becta’s final report on Vista before considering any wide-scale deployment.”

“Of the 176 new features of Office 2007 identified, many are considered to be of more use to a business than to an educational institution. Following their analysis, Oakleigh concluded that none of these new features were ‘must have’.”

“With Office 2007, Microsoft introduces a new UI for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook, but there is no ‘classic’ mode – that is to say, it is not possible to revert to the earlier UI. Should mixtures of Office versions be deployed (which could occur, for example, when educational institutions purchase new equipment with Office 2007 pre-installed), this will cause usability issues as users will be faced with different UIs depending on which machine they are using at any given time.”

“It should be noted that, in reality, the major obstacle to the deployment of Office 2007 may well be that many users are satisfied with the functionality of their existing versions of Office, and therefore do not see the need to upgrade.”

“Using the default file format of Microsoft Office 2007 therefore has the potential to exacerbate ‘digital divide’ issues as a result of the loss of interoperability with free-to-use products. Becta considers that educational institutions should only consider deploying Office 2007 when they are assured of its interoperability with alternative products including free-to-use products such as”

Microsoft should seek to improve the compatibility of Office 2007 with earlier versions of MS Word, and should also consider how the interoperability with MS Works could be further improved.
Microsoft should move to provide native support for the ODF file format as soon as is practical and at the latest by mid 2007.
Schools and colleges should only deploy Office 2007 when its interoperability with alternative products is satisfactory.”

All of the above is of particular interests to individuals (me) and companies, who do not have the benefit of a massive subsidy when buying computer kit.

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Quote of the day ( admin posted on January 29th, 2007 )

“The idea that Bill Gates has appeared like a knight in shining armour to lead all customers out of a mire of technological chaos neatly ignores the fact that it was he who, by peddling second-rate technology, led them into it in the first place.”

Douglas Adams  (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001)

Found on

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Verity Stob ( admin posted on January 25th, 2007 )

Is one of the funniest writers around. I would love to know more about this secretive person (just being nosey) as she seems to hail from a similar ancient time as me (Born in the early 60’s, grew up in the 70’s).

Lots of her articles and books are available, notably in the register, and here is one of her best. Enjoy.

If you want some more links just type her name into google – 29k hits last time I checked.

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Openoffice ( admin posted on January 6th, 2007 )

I’ve been a fan and a user of star office/open office for a long time. Version 2.1 is now available :-


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