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I have been using DAP for quite some time now and have always found it a rather handy program. Since, I have recently upgraded to version 5 though I am really impressed with it. This latest version actually integrates into your browser (by adding an extra bar to the top of your browser window) and it now boasts a range of very handy features indeed. Besides the obvious offerings like enabling you to resume interrupted downloads and speeding your downloads up by simultanously downloading the requested file from different sites it now also offers a range of other nifty features: * It automatically recognizes the type of file being downloaded (by the file extension) and downloads the file into the directory that you pre-defined (ie. all movie files are downloaded into your 'movie folder' and all music files into your 'music folder' etc.) * If you got to a site which offers a number of download links (ie. you go to a site which offers 25 songs from your favourite band for download from the one page) just click on the 'leech' button in the DAP browser and it instantly adds all 25 download links to your download queue. You then only either validate this selection or de-select the three songs that you already have and then validate and then you can start downloading to your hearts content or even schedule the downloads for a later time. * If you know the name of a file that you desperately want you can have DAP search the internet for it by simply typing the name into DAP's search box. And to limit the number of similar files that you might not want, you can select if you're after a music file, a video file or if it's a program that you want. * If you're one of the lazy variety and can't be bothered clicking more than absolutely necessary you can simply drag a donload link from the website you're on to DAP's 'target' box and it will immediately start going to work. Alternatively you can have DAP recognize download links copied into your
clipboard (just right click on a download link and select 'copy' and voila - your download begins. * Another nice feature is that you can set up DAP to either disconnect or even shut down your computer after it's finished, which is handy when you scheduled downloads for over night or even start to download a big file and then want to go to bed, while the download is running. As soon as DAP is finished it will switch your computer off. There are even more features available but I haven't tried them all out yet. Anyway, I think I have covered the most important ones and would definitely recommend this program to anyone who downloads a lot like I do. It's definitely worth the £0.00 you'll have to spend on it ;-)
To come straight to the point, I think that those kinda schemes are a total waste of time, money and effort. After all, 99 out of a 100 drug (ab)users CHOOSE AT THEIR OWN FREE WILL to take drugs, so why support them and spend tax money on improving their lifes? This money would be much better spent on fisrtly locking them up in prisons, where they belong, since they are breaking the law and secondly in tightening security in prisons so they can't get their drugs inside. After all, it's not just the money being spent on needle exchange schemes, but also on other programs which are basically supporting the habit of those people. I think we should keep in mind that drug (ab)users are still criminals and are breaking the law. Addicts are still responsible for a high percentage of property-related crime to support their habit. If you take into account all the cost involved in trying to "help" them through all the different schemes available (incl. the methadone program etc.)plus the costs involved to deal with other drug-related offences you'll get some rather unbelievable figures. This money would be much better spent in other ways to fight drugs and drug-related issues, as it is done in allegedly less developed countries (i.e.China) I don't know if anyone has seen the documentary a while ago about how the Chinese deal with this issue. Addicts are being locked up in high-security, military-style-run prisons, where they are under observation by qualified medical staff and subject to constant screenings for drugs. With a near enough 100% success rate of inmates leaving those prisons 'clean' - I think that pretty much proves that this system works. So, in the long run - I think by far the best option to spent our tax money and to help them as well as our society is in getting them off their habit in prison (cold turkey - so they notice that it's not meant to be fun) and then support them by providing them wi
th a job and somewhere to stay, when they come out 'clean', rather then basically saying that they are the victims and they need our support, and even providing leaflets in clubs etc. to inform them on how to use drugs 'safely'. But then again - maybe we should just extend the whole system of supporting criminals and provide drink-drivers with more modern cars with airbags all round, so they don't injur themselves when they drive into something or someone the next time they're on the road; and supply burglars with master keys for their chosen area, so they won't hurt themselves on broken glass, after they smashed a window.
Ok, I admit it - I AM old-fashioned with some of my opinions. But then again - who ever decided that EVERYTHING old is bad? As some of you may have noticed in a few of my other opinions (especially here in the speakers corner) I have a serious problem with all this new psychological and psychoanalytical rubbish which is constantly being made up about everything we do nowadays. Yes - I did receive a smack/slap time and time again during my childhood - both from my mum and my dad. And yes - of course I hated them for it at the time. And this hatred usually lasted for a few hours, maybe a day. And then everything was back to normal. And in hindsight it didn't so me any harm at all. Quite in the opposite. I'm working as a restaurant manager now and I can assure you - when I was a child I would never have dreamed of behaving in the way that a lot of children behave in my restaurant (running about, screaming, knocking things over, climbing on everything). And what are the parents doing? Nothing! Unless their kids run into a waitress who then spills some soup over the kids. Then the parents scream for compensation for their cute little injured children. What is all this psycho-stuff about anyway? 'Don't hit your children, treat them like adults and discuss issues with them!' Eh?? So if your 4-year-old runs onto the street in front of a bus, you're supposed to take the kid aside and explain to it that in a physical confrontation between a 20t-bus and a 10kg-child the bus would turn out the winner. Aye, rite. When I, as a 4-year-old, ran onto the street I received a slap from my dad and would know that I won't do that again. And about the ridiculous issue that children who get smacked by their parents receive the message that violence is ok - neither of my brothers, nor my sister, have ever been in a fight of any kind (besides your unavoidable ramblings with other kids in school, of course;-)
To make it quite clear straight away - in general I am in favour of CP, BUT: Unfortunately society and science are not ready at the moment. Before CP could even be considered, it would have to be assured that both the justice system as well as the technology (in particular forensic science) have a 100% accuracy, since even the slightest possibility of a miscarriage of justice should rule out any thought of CP. The main reason for me to favour CP is, that I firmly believe it to be a better deterrent, than a criminal's outlook at life (which mostly works out to be 15 years max.) in a holiday-camp-cum-prison. C'mon people, prisoners these days lead a better live and have more amenities on us taxpayers' expense than some people who actually work for their living. So it would surely be a good start to ensure a prison sentence actually means punishment. Ok, I do believe in rehabilitation (for first time offenders) but I also think that repeat offenders should receive a harsher form of punishment. What is wrong with 30 years hard labour? At least this way they pay for their crimes and contribute something towards the cost of their keep. I mean, how many times does someone need to be locked up these days, for the juduciary to realise 'ok, this person will not change'?! Don't you think we should really start to protect the victims of crime, rather than the perpetrator? I know of one case in Australia, where a burglar successfully!!! went to court against his victims and received compensation for breaking his leg during his break-in! THE VICTIM OF A BREAK-IN HAD TO PAY COMPENSATION TO THE BURGLAR!? I'm pretty sure that would not be impossible to happen over here. And this is a rather scary thought. To come to an end here, I can only repeat: Until both science and society are able to prevent a miscarriage of justice, the current system should concentrate more on punishment and toughen up, rather than
giving a criminal a slap on the wrist, provide him/her with a few years board and lodging and then send him/her on the way, so (s)he can collect some dole money and continue their life of crime.
Of course there will always be some kind of censorship - and rightly so. Issues like child abuse (in any form), racism violence etc. have to be regulated/restricted regarding if and to what extend they can be made available to the public. But the UK's censorship laws still have to be reviewed and adjusted regarding their appropriateness and indeed harmfulness in today's society. The standard and still most obvious example must surely be the censorsihp of basically anything in the slightest way pornographic in this country. I'm sure you have heared it all many times before, but it is still a fact the the UK has some of the most stringent laws regarding the publishing of pornographic material and still (or rather that's probably why) this country has the highest teenage pregnancy rate in the western world!! Another prime example would have to be the highly debated 'Article 28' - which is basically censorship of people's personal life. I'm sorry, but I can only repeat what I said in my op about the Euro - wake up people and join us in the 21st century. Homosexuality is NOT a disease and neither is sex in general. Actually, come to think of it - I wonder how sex education is taught in British schools, since the display of genitals in almost any form is illegal in this country. Sounds like a rather difficult brief for those poor biology teachers.
Well, here we go again, eh? What is it about people's obsession these days to desperately try and find something bad and dangerous in everything and everyone? It seems like the only way to avoid catching any disease and die from it at some time in one's lifetime is to be aborted by your parents before you enter this dangerous and uninhabitable planet of ours. Geez, even breathing is bad for you now with all the pollution in the air. I still firmly believe that the biggest danger to humans is not the environment, pollution, technology or any of the likes but humans themselves. What do you think where all these new diseases of our time are coming from? Space? God? The devil? No it's our pathetic and overprotective lifestyle! How many people these days go and see their doctor at the slightest feel of an oncoming cold? Gimme some aspirin, gimme some antibiotics - just gimme some kinda drug to make me feel better! No wonder our immune system goes down the drain - our bodies don't need it anymore, since we've got all those wonderdrugs. When I was a child, we used to play outside in the dirt (and unwillingly ate our share of it, when rolling around on the grass), we regularly came home with cuts and bruises, we got colds from jumping about in puddles and so on. But all those allegedly unhealthy things made your immune system work for a living and that strengthens it. After all, that’s the way passive immunisation works. You are injected with a virus and the immune system starts to fight that virus and creates antibodies for it. And what are our kids doing today? Either sitting in front of the telly or fight epic battles on the playstation. We've got to eat healthy, take our vitamin supplements, generally follow a balanced diet and consequently weaken our immune system and get ever more susceptible to ever more new diseases. So to come to a conclusion - I think that with those kinds of issues like mobile phon
e safety, we're simply barking up the wrong tree. As I said earlier - we are our very own worst enemy!
You'll have to put a bit of work into this one, but rest assured - it's worth it. I only joined VisitorFriendly a couple of months ago, but I earned £34.00 in those two months (for about 3 hours of "work" - almost £11.35 per hour!!) ASK THE AUDIENCE! When you go through the opinions here on VisitorFriendly you'll find generally very positive ops about them. VisitorFriendly basically carries out market research for an increasing number of (may I say rather reputable) companies. The last survey I was asked to complete was on behalf of HSBC (yes - the bank!). The purpose of this survey was to compare their website (and it's features, design, layout etc.) to competitors' sites (namely LoydsTSB, Barclays, Egg ans NatWest) It took me roughly 90 mins. (as estimated by VisitorFriendly) to complete everything - and it paid me £14.00!!! Try to find this on another opinion website! 50/50 (Not just plain website reviews) Apart from simple (ok, maybe not so simple ;-) website reviews, from time to time they're also running different kinds of reviews. One that I've done was about testing the refund procedures for on-line shopping. This one was (I think) commissioned by Boots. You were required to order something (anything) from their on-line shop (obviously pay for it by credit card), get it delivered to your door and then return it to get a full refund. Of course I initially was a bit sceptical about this whole thing (especially since this was the first ever survey request I received from VisitorFriendly. But after I decided to give it a go and all went perfectly well and I received £10.00 (I think it was £10.00 anyway) for my troubles. Not bad, eh? PHONE A FRIEND If you want to be reassured about the legitimacy of VisitoFriendy's business you can always ring the PR department of the company concerned (since they always seem to be reputable UK companies) and ask them, if th
ey are actually involved in this kinda thing. YOU WON'T BECOME A MILLIONAIRE! This is definitely no become-rich-quick-scheme (you'll probably receive 2-3 jobs a month, but it's sure enough not the worst way to while away a spare hour now and then and will add up nicely to buy one or two extra X-mas presents at the end of the year. Another advantage is that they now actually pay by BACS (directly into your bank account) if you want. You can still choose to be paid by cheque though, if you want.
Admittedly, Endsleigh was amongst the cheapest when I looked for my first insurance about 15 months ago. Still - what I actually paid was kinda over the top. I was 28 then, was driving motorbikes and cars for about 13 years - but that didn't count, since I only moved to the U.K. about 2½ years ago and exchanged my D/L for a british one. And because I never had a car insured in the U.K. I didn't have any no-claims-bonus either. So I insured a G-Reg Nissan Bluebird 1.8 GS for around £600 p/a Third Party only. I then changed my car to a B-Reg Peugeot 205 GRD 1.8 Diesel and had to pay an extra £40 for the same Third Party only. A couple of weeks ago they were really trying to rip me off. I bought a R-Reg Citroen Xantia 1.8i 16V, and was quoted (I hope you're sitting down) £2300 on top of the £600 I was already paying for a fully comp insurance. I actually had to ask them, if I heard that right. £3000 a year for a car with an insurance value of £6000??? I then - obviously - requested quotes from other insurance companies and brokers, which were all between £950 and £1500 fully comp. That made me kinda wonder how Endsleigh could possibly come up with £3000! I don't know if Endsleigh also sell mortgages - maybe they were gonna sell me a second mortgage to pay for my car insurance, but I sure ain't gonna wait around to find out. As far as I'm concerned - I'm through with Endsleigh. My Xantia is now insured with Royal and Sun Alliance for £950 p/a fully comp - and I did the whole thing over the phone (paying by credit card) and they even faxed me my cover note over right away. One more advantage with Royal and Sun Alliance was that they did take my actual driving experience into account, rather than just the time that I had my U.K. licence. PS.: One more thing about Endsleigh: My new insurer obviously contacted them to verify my no-claims bonus and was told that I had a car insurance with them till 02/01/01 - which I'm currently t
rying to set straight, since I actually paid them till 02/02/01 - I'm quite curious about what happened to that month I paid extra.
I only just bought my 2nd hand Xantia 1.8SX 16V Saloon, so I can't really say anything about reliability apart from that I bought a 1997 (R-reg) model with 72000 miles on the clock and it drives and looks like just out of the showroom. I was fortunate enough to get a top spec model with full electric pack, air-conditioning with climate control, etc. and generally I can only say one thing - a ride in a Xantia is like nothing else. Having owned a number of cars from different manufacturers (such as Nissan, Vauxhall, Ford and Peugeot) I will probably stick to Citroen now - at least until I can afford an E-class Merc or 5-series BMW ;-) The engine is very responsive and quiet at that, the interior is fairly simple but classy (partially probably due to the particular spec, like Alcantara upholstery, leather steering wheel etc.) The car handles fabulously and ride comfort certainly teaches Vauxhall, Ford and consorts a lesson. Fuel consumption is slightly on the higher side, but this can partially be attributed to the air-conditioning (since cars equipped with this feature tend to be a bit thirstier than others) but on the other hand, said air-con certainly gives you something in return, since it takes all but two minutes on the road for the car to be comfortably warm - even in below zero degree temperatures. The only slight drawback I can really think of is the alarm/immobiliser. I don't know if this is just my car but the alarm seems to be much too sensitive - it just keeps going off for no reason whatsoever. If anyone knows how to fix that problem, please leave a comment ant tell me - or even e-mail me, because this is just really annoying.
Join 'em now - they are currently giving away a $10.00 sign-up bonus. Admittedly, the pay rate is rather low at $0.02 per email, but at least they do send emails. I only joined this program about four weeks ago, but so far I received one email per day, which is pretty good compared to other programs (eg sendmoreinfo so far sent me about 20 emails over a period of 7 months - which is kinda pointless) Obviously, I've got no proof so far, that emailpaysu actually does pay - minimum cheque amount is $25.00, but with this $10.00-sign-up-bonus and if they keep up the rate at which the emails are sent out - it shouldn't take too long before I'll get a cheque. I will keep you posted when I get paid. And after all, there's nothing to loose, so what the... +++Update - info about referral rates now posted in the comments to this opinion+++
I have used Geostar for the first time for a trip to South-East Germany. Now, this was a 1800km- (1200-mile)Journey through 5 countries (U.K., France, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany) and I must admit - the route planner was brilliant. I didn't have a map with me apart from the Geostar-print-out and never got lost once. Even the travel times were almost spot-on (the estimated journey time was 17hrs. 45mins. - it took me about 18hrs. 30mins.) The map on Geostar is a bit pointless though - but it gives you the much better option to display step-by-step-maps, which show you (each on a separate map) all the points where you have to change direction and/or roads. Equipped qith only those print-outs, any trip to Europe should be no problem at all. I personally will save a small fortune with not having to buy a roadmap again, thanks to Geostar. And so can you.
Saying that - even houses do cave in now and then. And to stick to the comparison, a house which had had bad or no maintenance work carried out over a period of time is also more likely to succumb to gravity - just like a plane. I have been flying for quite some years now - both long haul and short distance, and can honestly say that I never had any major safety concerns (apart from worrying about the safety of my luggage, since I have seen a box of mine, which was covered in 'fragile' stickers beeing THROWN onto a plane by BA staff). However, even after 12 years of using planes as a form of transport several times a year, I still always look forward to my next flight. Just look at the actual figures: In the 18 years from the beginning of 1982 till the end of 1999 there was on average 1 accident involving airplanes per 2.3Million departures. That works out to 1 plane accident every 6340 years, if there was only one flight per day worldwide. Your odds of being in an accident are 0.0000000004% every time you fly. Now that's good enough for me. Once I get hit by lightning and win the lottery the very same day, then - maybe - I start getting a bit concerned about surviving my next flight.
AutoEurope are definitely the best of the best. I went to mainland Europe for a two week holiday last year to visit my family again and since I took a lot of presents along (and also intended to bring a sack full of things back over) I decided to go by car, rather than fly. I rang around and checked the official web sites of about a dozen big car rental companies (incl. Sixt, Budget, Alamo, Europe Car etc.) and the best quote I could find for a 14-day-all-inclusive-rental to the mainland for a Mondeo-size car was from Europe Car at around £450. Then I stumbled over AutoEurope's web site and requested a quote - and was flabbergasted. I was quoted an all-inclusive-rate of £320 - an amazing £130 cheaper than the best offer I got so far. Ironically, as I found out when I picked up the car, it was Europe Car who fulfilled the rental. Basically I got the exact same rental which Europe Car quoted me £450 for through AutoEurope as an agent for £130 less. And all-inclusive with AutoEurope does mean all-inclusive: unlimited mileage, VAT, CDW, green card, etc - all included. The only thing I had to pay extra, was the petrol during my journey. The whole booking was done solely over the internet. I paid the deposit by credit card and received a confirmation e-mail, which I printed out and took to the airport when I collected the car, and there I also paid the remainder. If anyone should have any queries, they do provide a contact phone number in the confirmation e-amil (and also on their web site). I was so satisfied that I booked another hire car with AutoEurope for another mainland holiday later on in the year. This time I booked a Mondeo-size car from pick-up point Amsterdam, for a cross country journey to Germany and return to Amsterdam. For this 9-day rental I pay £220 all-inclusive. So far I couldn't find another offer from a different company, which even comes close.
I bought a G-Reg. Nissan Bluebird 1.8GS when I moved to the U.K. in 1998. It then had one previous owner with 128.000 miles on the clock, full electric pack, power steering, power breaks etc. I only paid £500 for the car and soon figured out why it was so cheap - the heater in the car didn't work (as I discovered the heater matrix has had it). Admittedly it was rather expensive to get this fixed at £400 plus VAT (the problem with the heater matrix in a Bluebird is, that you have to take the whole dashboard out to change it) However, once I had this fixed, the car was just great. I never had any mechanical or electrical problems in the two years I owned the car. Ok, it is not the cheapest to run, since you neede Super petrol at around £0.90 per litre, but then again it rewards you by going like a clockwork. Especially considering all the gadgets (windows, mirrors, sunroof - all electric, central locking - the list goes on and on) - not a single thing ever seems to break. There's plenty of room in the back as well as in the boot, both the driver's and passenger seat offer good body support and the engine seems to last forever. I sold the car about three months ago for £1000 with roughly 200.000 miles on the clock at this time. Since I only paid £500 plus about £460 to have the heater fixed - one could almost consider it an investment ;-) And I only sold it because I wanted a diesel, since I drive a lot and it was just getting too expensive to fill up once or twice per week with super. All in all - if you're not too concerned about fuel costs - the Bluebird is definitely one to recommend.
This one seems to be the best of the rest. Admittedly, the pay rate is the same as most of the other 'get paid for email' programs, but GPTREM2000 (their actual name) sends a lot more emails than the other programs which I signed up for. On average you receive about 5-6 emails per week. Now in comparison, that is about the number of emails I get from sendmoreinfo, inboxdollars and inboxcash together, so in my opinion this one is well worth it. I personally received 34 paid emails from GPTREM2000 in the past 54 days, which adds up to $1.70 (@ $0.05 per email) - not too bad for 34 mouse clicks, I think. They also pay $0.03 per email read by referrals, which is $0.01 more than most of the other programs. Sure, not a fortune, but it does add up, if you have a decent downline. One slight set back is that you can't choose your own ID - instead they allocate you a number, so it's best to have windows remember your sign-in details. Payment is made by cheque once you've reached $20.00 and sent out automatically. With a downline of about 15-20 people, you can reach that limit approximately every 3-4 months.