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The DX6490 is one of many camera's in the easyshare range by Kodak. Whilst it may look like a large, bulky camera, its not actually that big, and fits ok in my hand. It is certainly not a credit card camera, but you dont expect to get something with a TEN times optical zoom in a small package do you? The camera looks like a SLR camera, but it is just a normal digital camera, in the "prosumer" range. Sporting a reasonable 4 megapixels, its not the top of the league but it produces more than acceptable results. You can get the full specs on the camera from any online store, or even kodaks website, so I wont bore you with a long list, just what I like and dislike about the camera. Likes -------- The camera seems fairly well built. It can take a external flash, via a pc-sync lead. The external flash is rated upto 500v, so you can use pretty much any flash on it, unlike most digital cameras which would go up in smoke if you plugged in a 300v flash gun.... *** Nice large, clear, bright LCD display screen **** Makes the camera a joy to use, no squinting to see tiny displays, its nice and easy. There is also a EVF (electronic viewfinder) which is like the viewfinder on SLR cameras. A almost true what you see is what you get viewfinder. I say almost, because its not done with mirrors like in a normal SLR, this is actually a TINY lcd screen hidden inside the viewfinder (it even has a eye sensor so it knows when you are looking through it, but for some reason you still have to press the EVF button to switch from screen to EVF) **** Simple to use controls **** I instinctively just knew how to use most features on the camera, a refreshing change from some models that require a lot of head scratching to do basic tasks. *****Manual control of most features**** (shutter, aperture, etc) So if the auto mode just doesnt cut it, you are able to fine tune the camera to get the best results. Auto does fine for most jobs though, never had a problem with it yet. (there are also sports, night and portrait modes available) **** Add on lenses / filters **** One really nice feature is the ability to add a low cost adapter tube, this screws over the existing lens and allows you to use addon 55mm filters, lenses and accessories. Just like a real camera :) The flash is obsured slightly if you use the addon's, so I would recommend the use of a external flash if you go this route. Due to not having a hot shoe, the external flash will have to be plugged in the pc-sync lead, and mounted on a adapter through the tripod socket. ****Batteries ***** This uses a proprietary li-ion battery, but cheap alternatives are available, but its up to you if you want to take the risk with a unknown manufacturer battery. Overall with Battery life, no problems with this at all, it lasts a long time on the supplied li-ion battery, even using the display. I have had other cameras go flat in minutes, this lasts into the hundreds of shots range, before going flat. Easy to charge and transfer pics, just sit it on the camera dock (make sure you get one with the camera!) and charges the camera automatically. Pics are transfered either automatically, or at the press of a button on the dock. I like the availablility of a printer dock for printing photographs straight from the camera, but I also have the printer dock in the dislike section for a good reason! *** The lens **** 10 times optical, built in high quality make lens. Fantastic zoom lens, 10 times optical zoom lets you get really close to the subject, but it has a tiny flaw, see the dislike section. *** Movies *** Simple to use movie mode, whilst not great resolution, its fun, and handy to have. It even records sound! *** Storage ** It can take high capacity memory cards without a problem, I put a 1gig SD card in mine, and it works fine. *** Built in Flash *** Pop up flash - ideal as you KNOW for SURE that the flash wont fire when you dont want it to. If the flash is "down" it wont fire! Dislikes. ---------- Not much to dislike really, but here are my main observations! The optional printer dock, whilst a nice idea, is way to expensive to use, the consumables work out very expensive. It is a LOT cheaper to just take your memory card down to boots or jessops and get them printed professionally. The optical zoom lens lacks a electronic image stabiliser, so at full zoom, you really need steady hands! No hotshoe, so an external flash needs to be on a big bulky adapter... The autopower feature does not fully turn the camera off, so its possible to leave it on and flatten the battery. There have been no firmware upgrades released for this camera, ever. Will there ever be? The movie mode does not allow use of zoom at all when recording. The movie mode also records the sound of the autofocus system whirring away. There is no raw, uncompressed option for files. You probably wont need one, as the pics look great as they are, but its always nice to have the option. Flash sensor is partially blocked by external lenses/filter tube if used. Picture settings, are not saved in automode if you turn off, a real pain sometimes. Would like to be able to default to natural colour rather than saturated for example. But this needs to be set each time you switch on. Overview. --------- If you can get this camera for a good price, its a really nice camera, easy to use, long battery life, great zoom, and the ability to add on lenses or filters is amazing for a camera this price. It is approaching the end of its marketing life now, so kodak will be letting this get cheaper and cheaper. Some great bargains can be had if you shop around. Many people on various forums love this camera, its certainly the best one I have had so far. Be careful buying from overseas on ebay though, you may get a USA power lead, it may not come in perfect condition, and you will need a receipt for warranty purposes. Finally, dont let the fact its only 4mega pixels put you off, this is enough to do great quality prints, even respectable larger ones. You can get higher megapixel camera's but seeing as most people just put pictures on the internet, all you are doing is resizing them to fit on screen, and throwing away all those extra megapixels. Unless you are a pro, that needs large format prints, a 4 mega pixel camera should be more than enough.
K7S5A MOTHERBOARD After a long break from writing, I have returned to write a op on my latest purchase, a new motherboard, its been a long time since I Last wrote an op, so bare with me, I may need oiling, as I am a little rusty. Manufactured by ECS (the Elite Group), the board is based on the SiS 735 chipset (nice and fast, as it's all on a single chip) this is a excellent board for the price. The manufacturers website states it will support any AMD K7 type processor, so it (always ensure you check with the supplier first tho, to cover your back) should work fine with the XP 2100+ So what do you get when you hand over the cash to the guy at the shop. * THE ON BOARD FEATURES SOUND All boards feature built in sound playback/recording (AC97 Codec) facilities. The manual states you get AC97 2.1 compliant specification, with 18 Bit ADC and DAC as well as 18 bit stereo full duplex codec. What I experienced is that you get a bare minimum of rear-sound connectors, ie line in, line out and Microphone. The sound on my board worked, but I was not impressed by it, it was far to quiet, it struggled to power a decent set of PC headphones, and even amplified speakers were not that loud when watching DVD's. Other people have had problems with the sound level, and some people have reported problems with the sound if they use a PCI graphics card. Maybe some boards are louder, I do not know, I just know mine was not that loud, unless I'm going deaf in my old age. The board also has a FP_AUDIO Header for a front mounted headphone jack and/or microphone jack, should your case support this feature. I gave up using the onboard sound, and In the end I stuck a SoundBlaster 16 PCI in it (decent card, especially when it cost less than a tenner), and its MUCH louder now. USB The rear section hosts 2 standard USB ports, nothing special there, but t he board itself can support 4 USB in total, by simply purchasing a cheap connector with the two extra ports on it, and plugging this into the board. I have tested this, and it works fine. <br> (This means you should be able to front mount two USB connectors if your case supports it, idea for digital camera users etc who are sick of fiddling around the back of their PC to use USB) OTHER Standard PS2 keyboard, Mice, 2 Serial (9 pin) ports, and a midi/game port and a parallel port. (Ports are PC99 compliant - which basically means they are in different (but standardised) pretty colours.) AMR (Audio Modem Riser) slot Never used one of these, but the manual states that it is an "industry standard slot that allows for the installation of a special audio/modem riser card." OnBoard Sensors. The motherboard has built in temperature sensors (one for the processor, which sits under it) and one for the system, there seem to be another couple of temperature sensors that are readable using software, but don't show up in the bios, no information on those is supplied in the manual. Voltages are also measured, they can be displayed by downloadable software (motherboard monitor, or CPU cool) and also the speed of the two fans that can be fitted (one fan, the CPU fan should be fitted, as well as a adequate heatsink, otherwise if you have a AMD processor it could start producing smoke in about 1 or 2 seconds! Optional LAN. Some variants of this board have a built in Local Area Network card, mine didn't so I cant comment on this any further without making stuff up, which is pointless! EXPANSION PORTS One of the benefits of the PC design is its upgradeability, allowing you to replace large parts of the system by just plugging in a new part (and crossing fingers that it's compatible). This board has 5 PCI slots and a 4xAGP port for "highly graphics" display, as the ECS website puts it. I don't know about highly graphics, but it works fine with a geforce 2 mx400 AGP graphics card. Sadly no ISA slots are present, but that's not really a problem for most people, I just miss them that's all, ISA served me well for many a year. THE BIOS ALTERNATIVE BIOS's ECS supply official BIOS upgrades via downloads from their website ( ecs.com.tw ) so you can upgrade to the latest version if your board has a older bios. Alternatively you can download one of several "hacked" bios sets (cheepomans is one of them), these are available on the Internet, and allow for additional overclocking features, changing bus speeds, etc. Remember - if you flash your bios you do so at your own risk, and may void your warranty, What's in the Box? The box reveals One mother board (obviously) One manual (better than some I have seen, not too many translation problems) 1 UDMA/66 IDE cable 1 Floppy Drive Cable and the following software PC-Cillin2000 anti-virus Media Ring Talk Win DVD 2000 Various Drivers and utilities. Please note, that the software states it is not compatible with XP when you autorun the cd. Some of it is, as there are XP directories on the disk, I have used xp on this board and it runs fine, but I don't use the supplied software, as I have no need for it. Board Configuration/Jumpers. This board is almost jumperless, all voltages and speeds are auto detected and set by the bios, the main jumper you will have to deal with is the CMOS clear jumper. IMPORTANT NOTE * You must set this jumper to the normal operation position (short pins 2 and 3) BEFORE using the board, as it is supplied in the CMOS clear position. You will also need to clear the CMOS if you play around wit h the BIOS setting and the machine then refuses to boot, as has happened to me when trying to squeeze that little bit extra out of the settings. MEMORY A maximum total of 1 gig of memory may be installed, you can either use SDRAM up to 133 Mhz or DDR up to 266 Mhz Please note, that you cannot mix and match DDR and SDRAM, it's one or the other with this board. IDE Primary and secondary PCI IDE channels are provided, supporting PIO, multiword DMA, a Kitchen Sink and a cuddly toy, plus nice fast Ultra DMA modes from 33 upto and including 100 Power Supply / Management ATX Form Board, ATX Power supply connector Meets ACPI 1.0b and APM 1.2 requirements, keyboard power on/off (jumper controllable) Supports RTC (real time clock) alarm, so you can have the machine turn itself on to wake you up in the morning (time set in the Bios), and AC97 Wake up and USB Wake up/Modem Wakeup. I am using a 350 Watt power supply to power my system, as I noticed a few posts from people who suspected that their old power supplies were not capable of powering the new boards/processors/cards, if you have a old low wattage power supply you may want to get a new one (or a nice new case, as it's the same price) SUMMARY This board is * nice *, mine has performed flawlessly once it started to work, and is very stable. It's perfectly ok running my AMD XP 1700+ chip, and 256 DDR ram. I said, once it started to work, as when I first got it, I thought it was dead, it would not boot at all, it didn't even beep. Turned out the shop had given me a ram stick that it didn't like, this board is apparently fussy over DDR, it prefers good quality modules. It is also a fast board, almost certainly helped by its chipset which is a single chip solution, so the Northbridge and Southbridge are on the same bit of silicon, instead of on different chips sp read apart, thereby massively reducing the usual bottleneck that occurs on a board. Even better than reliable, and fast, this is also a very CHEAP system board, at the time of typing, expect to pay around 55 UK pounds for it. This is a real bargain, considering the board's features, and blistering speed. Whilst I'm sounding of about how much I like this board, I should also say, it looks sexy too, if you are into that sort of thing that is, its well laid out, and just looks nice. "A brilliant man once told me that if I were to buy a new board this year, I should go for this board, but then my shrink told me to stop talking to myself." The board also has a loyal following, it gets great coverage in the Alt.comp.periphs.mainboard.elitegroup Newsgroup, and even has a very active forum at http://pub65.ezboard.com/bk7s5amotherboardforum which is great for troubleshooting or general info about the motherboard. Looking to upgrade? Check this board out, it's worth a look! © 2002 Kensplace
EBay - One Man's Junk Is An Online Dealer's Treasure ___________ EBAY.CO.UK ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ eBay is an online auction site, founded in Pierre Omidyar's San Jose living room way back in September 1995. Its grown a lot since then, it now has over 29.7 million registered users and is one of the most popular online shopping sites around. Like most companies these days, it has a mission, and eBay’s mission is a very simple one “OUR MISSION eBay's mission is to help practically anyone trade practically anything on earth. “ eBay.co.uk is the British branch of eBay.com. _____________ WHAT IS EBAY ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ Pay attention, I have already told you - it’s an online auction site, although to be fair, it’s a big online auction site. There is also an eBay foundation, which hands out grants to qualifying American companies, and they have a thriving community going to. It has business relationships with the likes of GM, Disney and Sun, and tends to be sites that people either love or hate! SIGNING UP eBay.co.uk does not usually require a credit card, but apparently if you sign up with a address from somewhere like hotmail (i.e. an easy to fake address) then you may be asked to confirm your identity using a credit card. (Note eBay.com will ask for credit card verification, as do the yahoo auctions to) _______________ SELLING ON EBAY ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ Alas it is no longer free to sell on Ebay, as it was long long ago in the dim and distant past. But at least it does not cost the earth either (yet!) Selling on eBay can be regarded as an art form, or a science, depending on your point of view. You have to provide your own stock, compose your own advert, set your own minimum price and work out and deal with postage and packing (often referred to as shipping). So in effect, you have to handle your own Stock control, inventory, marketing, copy-righting and logistics , not to mention customer care, technical support (when people ask questions about the item or the sale) and after sales when you have to follow up by leaving feedback for the buyer - (hey I should put all this on my CV) for a global internet based e-selling operation. (That sounds so much more impressive than I just sell on eBay lol) eBay charges for you to hold an auction - there are a few different charges, I will explain the basics here. • Listing Fee This is a small fee, that is fixed, but varies according to the price you start your auction at. • Reserve Price Fee Will only be applied if you set a reserve price for the item, a reserve price means you will not sell the item below the state price, you can for example start a auction at minimum bid of 5 pounds, but have a reserve of 30 pounds. This can be useful if you want to see how much an item would see for, but you would never sell if for less than 30 pounds. The fee is fixed, and varies according to the start price of the item. • Extras You do NOT have to pay any of the extra charges if you do not wish to, basically if you want your item shown on the lists in bold then you can pay extra for the privilege, same applies for the other extras they offer. The best extra in my opinion for most auctions is the picture preview, so you have a picture in the gallery, this only costs 15p and shows your listing up just as good as the bold option (if not better). • Final Value Fee If your item sells you have to pay a final fee, which varies according to the price your item sold for. All the fees are shown to you before you proceed with the auction (obviously as you don't know the final selling price, you don't get to know the final value fee) so you can see how much itwill cost. On the myEbay page you ca n view your account and see a breakdown of all fees, you can pay your account by credit card, postal order or cheque. ________________________________________ ARE THERE ANY ITEMS I CAN’T SELL ON EBAY? ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ Yes, you should check ebays listing policies before you list an item for sale http://pages.ebay.co.uk/help/community/png-items.html as many items are not allowed, such as firearms, ammunition, animals, animal parts??, drugs, humans and human parts??????, Tobacco. Fireworks and so on. Some items whilst not prohibited are questionable such as Adult only items, Contracts, used medical equipment and the like. Some items could potentially cause copyright infrigement problems, such as software, music and videos. So you should refer to ebays policies to be on the safe side. Ebay will cancel any auction and credit the listing fee, if it thinks the auction is in breach of the rules. Remember to - that you should ensure that is legal to post your item, as the UK post office does not allow many items to be posted (for example Aerosols, Batteries, Lighters, Foreign Lottery tickets, Sharp items unless protected, Matches, Pesticides etc) - check with your local post office if in doubt, or you could be prosecuted! ______________________________ WHAT PRICES SHOULD I CHARGE? ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ That is again up to you, its your item (or at least it better had be!). Remember though that if you overcharge you will be less likely to sell it, and may harm your reputation by doing so. Another point to consider is do you want a reserve price on the item? A reserve price costs more, but will ensure that you do not sell the item at a loss. Some people like to start their items at a low price, say 1 pound and then hope that it will generate lots of bids, others like to start at a price they are happy to sell at. It al l depends upon how you want to do it, you may want to experiment a bit to see what works. Don't be tempted to start low, and bid on your own items to push the price up, this is something that eBay will not tolerate at all. ______________________________ HOW SHOULD I PACKAGE MY ITEMS ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ You should ensure that all items you sell are securely packaged, it’s not good selling an item to someone if it arrives in 100 peices (unless its a 100 peice jig-saw)! • Books For Small books, a padded envolope For Large books: Corrugated fibreboard book pack with 2.5cm clearance at either end. • Computer disks, audio&Video cassetes and Compact Disks Wrap soft packing material at least 2cm thick around each item Use a rigid purpose made container. Recommend screened envelopes for computer disks • Magazines and newspapers Seal in polythene will address details clearly visible You can fold or roll publications in a paper wrapper - but this is not ideal. • Prints, Framed Surround with at least 5cm of soft material (ie bubble wrap). Sandwich between stout board or polystyrene that is at least 2.5cm longer at each end. Wrap in corrugated paper Wrap in brown paper. More information about packaging can be obtained from your local post-office, the best tip, is to always pack well, underpacking an item can lead to it being damaged. The post-office should sell most packaging materials you require, but dont forget to shop around, as you can often pick up items on sale elsewhere. Stock up on bubble wrap, padded envelopes, brown Kraft paper (strong brown paper), cardboard boxes and packing tape (get decent stuff, dont use household insulation tape or any cheapo tape) Another tip is to save the packaging that is sent to you, when you purchase items, as you can re-use things li ke amazon.co.uk boxes thereby saving yourself a little time and money. ____________________________________________________ HOW MUCH SHOULD I CHARGE FOR POSTAGE AND PACKAGING ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ Again that’s up to you, but you have control. I would however recommend the following Don’t overcharge on Postage and packaging (if you overcharge to much, eBay may think you are trying to avoid their Final Value listing Fees, and eBay does not like that...) Don’t undercharge either - it’s your money you will be wasting! Do a trial packaging run, and weigh the item on kitchen scales, then Go to the royal mail website to check postage costs for that weight (www.postoffice.co.uk) Remember you may want to send it recorded delivery. A little known fact is that when you send a first or second class item you can ask for a free certificate of posting, you have to write the buyer’s name, address and postcode on it, and the postal clerk will stamp the certificate to show you have sent an item to that address. Remember to state the postage and packaging terms clearly on your auctions if will help to prevent misunderstandings and upset buyers later on! You can keep up-to date with ebay help on this matter at http://pages.ebay.co.uk/help/sellerguide/after-tips.html _________________ OTHER USEFUL TIPS ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ You will probably find that if you use ebay, you will be driven mad by its obsessive need to ask you to sign in every time you want to do anything, this can be stopped by following the following procedure. Sign in, Go to MyeBay (link at top of screen) Click on Preferences, then scroll down to find the box that states what you can and can’t do logged in. At the top of thisbox there is a link to allow you to modify those details, click it and then select which items you want to be able to do whilst logged in (without having to re-enter your password again!) ________________________ PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR ITEM ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ If you have a scanner you can scan the item in, but remember to ensure you use a graphics package to shrink it down to a reasonable size - no one wants to wait half an hour for the picture to load (this tip applies to all the rest of the suggestions to) If you have a digital camera then photograph the item, several views are best, try to take photos that show the item well, and maybe even consider using a background (possibly even use a ruler or draw a scale on the background, to give the buyer a indication of the items size) If you have a web-cam try photographing the item with that. If you have no means of capturing an image, and you are unable to beg, borrow (don't steal!) a digital camera, then here are some more tips.. Photograph the item using your normal camera, then take it to somewhere like boots and ask them to develop it and to put it onto a CD for you, some shops (I am fairly sure boots do) will also scan the photos and put them onto a web-site for you. If you don't want to spend the extra, then search on DooYoo see if it has a photo of the item, or search on the google. Once you find a photo then save it to your hard disk and copy it onto a web-site of your own (its best to do this, as linking to pictures on other people’s web-site without their permission can be regarded as bandwidth stealing, which slows sites down and costs them money.) There are plenty of tutorials in the ebay help for uploading pictures to sites if you need more help. Oh and another tip, DONT photograph items in your underwear and let your reflection get seen in a mirror on the photo - some one actually did this on eBay, and although it was hilarious, I bet the guy was pretty embarrassed! ___ ___________________________ What to Do after You sell the Item ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ When the auction closes, and you have successfully sold the item, you need to contact the buyer. Ebay will email you confirmation of the auction close, and the email address of the winning bidder, but be warned it does not arrive straight after the auction closes, there will be a delay. You can find out the email address by clicking on the bidders name online, and entering your password when asked. You should email the buyer to let them know the amount they need to pay you, include at least the following information • The Item Number (Top line of the auction) • The Item Description (Many people bid on many items, so they need a reminder) • The Final Bid Price • The Postage and Packaging amount for the UK - but don't forget to state that if they are not in the UK you will need to work out the new cost for postage and packaging. • Where to send the payment to, and don't forget to remind them to tell you their address so you know where to ship to! It is also useful to mention that you will leave positive feedback for them on eBay once the transaction has been completed, and would appreciate it if they would do the same for you once they have the goods. Once you receive payment, then you may wish to wait until it has cleared before sending the goods (its best to say that is your policy in the email to the buyer though) Don't forget to leave positive feedback for the buyer if all goes well, if there is a problem, then try to sort it out before simply leaving bad feedback - as you CANNOT remove feedback once it has been left, so be careful what you write. __________________________ Sources of more information ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ A useful newsgroup is Alt.Marketing.Online.Ebay this contains lots of info rmation about buying and selling on ebay, and quite a few humourous posts showing the lighter side of the eBay world. Ebay Help itself is a source of usefull information, dont forget to take a look at it! www.RoyalMail.co.uk - the royal mail website, has lots of useful postage information, including a price calculator for worldwide shipping. www.thepostoffice.co.uk - the post office website, again lots of useful postage information, including a postal price calculator. Ok folks, thats all for now, I have probably forgotten to write as much as I was going to , but I can always come back and add to this! Good look if you try eBay!
I finally decided to try out ebay, at first I was a little annoyed as someone else had already registered my Kensplace user name, so I had to become kensplace2, but after that the ebay bug has grown on me... Which explains why I am now writing this opinion about a service called NoChex. (www.nochex.com) One of the problems with online auctions, or online selling in general is you actually need to get money from point A (the buyer) to Point B (Your Wallet/Bank account/Local Pub). If you are a big, rich, company then no problem just open up a merchant account, soak up the charges in your profit margin and accept cards online. The rest of us, the great masses of the public, have to make do with accepting cheque (with their usual clearance delays and sometimes rubber consistency) or postal orders (which cost the buyer to send) and mean you both have to pay a trip to a post office! For a long while now I have searched for a better way to be able to accept money over the web. After all, once I Find a nice easy way I could happily sell such items as a brand new (none of this 18th Century Rubbish) “Hand Made in China” Vase without worrying if the cheque would bounce. I considered paypal, but it didn't really suit me, but whilst looking around at various items for sale on Ebay, I stumbled across NoChex. NoChex is a site that does what its name suggests; it doesn't use cheques! You can accept payment from people, and even pay people without having to walk away from your pc (and no you don't have to carry the pc to the post office!). ___________________________ What exactly can you do with it? ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ You can use it to accept money from buyers on line. You can use it to pay people money online. You can integrate it with your own shopping cart (assuming you are a techie) You can use it to transfer money to other people. _ ______________ How does it work? ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ You sign up, a quick and painless process, one good point is YOU DO NOT have to actually own a card of any kind yourself (although it makes things a whole lot easier if you do!) as you can still receive money into the account, and then pay it to a familiy member who does have a card! (They would have to sign up for you to do this.) Once signed up you can transfer money in to the account, at a cost of 99p per payment. This money can be used to pay people when you purchase online (payment is simple, ask them to sign up, then simply pay through this site to them direct!) You can also receive money now from other registered users, all they have to do is email the amount and their email address and the system takes care of the rest! Once you have received money, you can withdraw it from the “online” account, straight into your bank account, this costs 99p (so its advisable to wait and withdraw larger sums at a time, to avoid those 99p’s mounting up) Those are the only charges that I have seen so far (although it did say in the terms and conditions that their may be other charges, but you will always be asked if you want to proceed first!). This means that paying people is free, and just as importantly people can pay you for free! You can check your transactions and balance online, and the site itself is very easy to navigate around. _______________ How do I sign up? ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ simply go to www.nochex.com and follow the 2-minute sign up procedure, so simple even I managed it! _ _________________ Is it safe and secure? ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ It looks like it is, its backed by some pretty big boys and girls, and has even been written about in The Times, obviously I cant predict the future, nor can I give any guarentees, you will have to check the site out for yourself! The site itself does appear to be secu rity concious though, which is a good sign. Also as the payments happen within seconds you dont have the worry of funds clearing (payments cannot bounce via nochex) I have signed up with them and will be using them on future auctions, so i will return in the future to let you know how I got on with it, fingers crossed! www.nochex.com _____________________________________________ Copyright 2001 kensplace (kensplace2 on ebay) ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯
So you are using Microsoft I.E 5.5 Its a big product, and you will need a decent spec machine to run it on,but as browsers go it does the job. Personally I found my browsing slowed down somewhat when I installed 5.5, the older versions did not seem to run as sluggishly. However im only running on a 233Mhz machine, those of you with faster machines may not have that problem. There is not much difference between versions, at least on the surface, so upgrading is really a matter of choice - you dont have to. Funnily I used to prefer netscape, but I have slowly migrated over to I.E as I prefer it to the latest versions of netscape, but again that is a matter of personal preferences. On to the tips and tricks now! ------------------------------- Are you using it properly? Do you know the short-cuts that can save you time? Lets look at some of these, you may know them already, you may not. Opening / Closing / Using / Searching Browser Windows ------------------------------------------------------ ALT + HOME - Takes you to your homepage (to set up your default homepage click on Tools, Internet Options then fill in the desired page, I have www.dooyoo.co.uk as mine) <CTRL> + N - Opens a new browser window, this saves you from having to click on File then New window - most modern computers can easily handle many open pages at once. <CTRL> + W - Close the current browser window. <ESC> - Stop downloading the current page. F5 - Refresh the current page - but only if it needs refreshing (i.e. the timestamp on your local copy is compared with the time on the copy on the web) <CTRL> + F5 - Forces a refresh of the current page - regardless of timestamp. <CTRL> + P - Print the current page or active frame, useful for quick printouts. F11 - Toggle between full screen and normal display. <CTRL> + F - Allows you to search for text on the current page by bringing up the Find window. The Address (URL) Bar ----------------------------- The address bar, at the top of your browser window displays the URL (uniform resource locator) of the site you are visiting, or at least it usually does, there are some tricks that can be used to fool it, but in general what you see there is the site you are at. It does more than that though, most people know that you can enter a site into it or even type a word in to kick start a search, but it has some other useful features, some well known, some not so well known. F4 or Click on the Drop Down arrow to see a list of the sites you have visited recently (can be cleared through internet options) Type in the body of a site name on its own, i.e. Ciao then press <CTRL> + ENTER and the www + .Com will be added for you. (If anyone knows of a way to alter this to another default let me know) <CTRL> + CURSOR LEFT - allows you to jump along the Url, i.e. skip to the next / or the next full stop - handy if you want to alter one part only. For those of you who like to play with HTML you can (in addition to the normal view source option) set up the browser to allow you to edit a web page (local pages only). Simply enter your preferred editor into the HTML editor field under Tools > Internet Options > Programs. And finally - did you know that you can execute batch files (anyone remember those!) and executable files simply by typing them into the Address line............... Although written for I.E 5.5 many of the above will work on older versions, and may also work on other browsers, don’t be scared to try them out! If you have a handy tip, please feel free to leave it in the comments section! _____________________________________________ This opinion has been transferred f rom ciao as Ciao has reset my account balance to zero, something that seems to have happened to quite a few people. As I have received no reason for this, I would like it deleted from ciao (but im not going to try after the hassle of trying to edit my last opinion!) and posted it here instead - Ciao - no pay - no opinion - seems fair to me. _________________ © kensplace 2001
Sex sells, scandal generates interest and freebies get the punters rolling in. Most of you at some point will have had a freebie from a company, companies are always giving out free gifts in an attempt to lure you into their fold of loving customers. You get a freebie - they get a possible customer for life. The problem for those who like these gifts, has been finding out who is giving them away - a problem no solved thanks to the Internet. Sites such as this one (freeukstuff.co.uk) list a whole collection of companies that are falling over themselves to give you a freebie. The site itself, has a members area and public area, I strongly suggest you simply ignore the public area, as it is not updated very often, so will just result in you wasting time on out of date offers. You may struggle with the registration process, I did, but it may have been a one of problem, but once registered you are emailed a password and userid (I have a suspicion everyone gets the same one!). The members only area is fairly simple, no complex navigation, no need to search, in fact its just one long page of freebies. Each offer opens in frame so you can navigate back to the original site with ease. I have tried this site out for a while, and so far I have had the following free items delivered to my door. Film + Processing including Scanning onto Web and burning on CD (2 sets of the processing!) (this was worth over twenty pounds!!!) Triple Blade Lynx Razor + spare blade (at least a fiver) Animal Stickers Veggie info pack Shampoo Shaving Gel Royal Mail Letter Weigher. Microsoft Video (have not bothered watching it yet, will probably use it for taping neighbours or something) 14 Day Vitelle Elite Vitamin Box. (this was another good value freebie) And hopefully more will turn up soon! All you do is click on the offer, fill in the details you are asked for, then wait... NOTE sometimes you do have to wait quite some time... Not all offers turn up, sometimes the offer has been withdrawn due to too much demand, sometimes it just never gets sent., so don't expect too much, then you will be pleasantly surprised when an item plops onto your doormat. _____________________________________________ This opinion has been transferred from ciao as Ciao has reset my account balance to zero, something that seems to have happened to quite a few people. As I have received no reason for this, I have deleted it from ciao and posted it here instead - Ciao - no pay - no opinion - seems fair to me. _________________ © kensplace 2001 ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯
Rating systems are required, censorship should only be in place for illegal acts - Advantages: none that rating would not bring - Disadvantages: why censor, you can see stuff abroad, or on the net, or get via mail order
This site will be around in years to come! - Advantages: Helps people make informed buying decisions, Has a nice community, Allows you to earn money - Disadvantages: Doesnt pay much, Churners/cheaters sometimes spoil things, Cant think of what to write about sometimes!
A great site, with plenty of potential, and almost unlimitted use! - Advantages: Fun, Very Informative, Develop writing skills - Disadvantages: Lack of Offline Social Life, Stiff from sitting for a long time!, Sound like a madman muttering about dooyoo all day