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I wish to comment on the troubles I have had with Sainsburys To You services on the very first occassion of using it, maybe in the hopes that it will not happen to anyone else again. I made my order on the 3rd of December after receiving an email from them informing me of a £5 off voucher that I could use with my order. The problem started when I was given some replacements items for my orders. Not being aware of what this meant, my first reaction was to ask the delivery man if these were more expensive than what I had ordered. So I asked the delivery person as I didn't have time to consult the paperwork he had given me. He said it was of the same value and there should be nothing to worry about. After which he rushed off. Only after going through the bill later did I discover that I was a lot more expensive than the items I had ordered. So, I called the Customer 'Care' line and was put on hold for ages. Finally got to someone, who was not only rude, but kept blaming for the mistake of having accepted the product from the delivery man. I gave in after realising it wouldn't be worth my phone bill to argue with him. He finally offered to refund the difference of the prices of the replacement product and my original orders. I was also told that the £5 off voucher would only be credited into my account after one week. Two weeks on and I still didn't get it, so I called Sainsbury's again and someone called John said he will look into it and call me back in few minutes time. Almost 30 mins later, I called back to see what's happened and since it was someone else attending to it, I had to explain the whole thing all over again. Finally he said he will sort it out by the following day. To me, it's been a real nightmare using this service when I had hoped it to be a convenient and reliable service, coming from a company like Sainsbury. It's really not lived up to its name and I personally don't t
hink I will using this online service again.
Grosvenor Group of Halls, is by far the most popular UMIST student hall of residence. If you tried applying for a place here after your 1st year, then you would know how difficult this place can be to get. Having spent 3 years in either one these halls, I find it the best of the UMIST student halls mainly cause it has the best price-location combination. The fact that is it midway between Manchester and UMIST is an attractive option especially when you know that both universities share most of their facilities. You will also find the city centre, Asda (its like the best place for you to do your weekly food shopping), and Rusholme being only 15 mins walk in either direction a convenience you will not get with most other halls. What more, UMIST's only sport centre is just opposite the halls and better yet, the Manchester Commonwealth 2002 swimming pool right inside the hall compound! The four halls come with the standard facilities that most other halls come with, a standard study-bedroom with a washbasin. And if you are one of those people who can't live without the Internet, you're in luck. All four halls come with ethernet connection sockets (of course you have to pay for it, but its not that expensive). Now the best part is, all this comes packaged with the cheapest (as far as I know) of rents for any the UMIST hall. And when you are paying £8800 a year for tuition fee like me, you will find this very helpful. To find out more, use the link below: http://www.man.ac.uk/services/accom/brochure/grosvnor.html
I use Authorware to make educational multimedia applications, and I have to say it is an easy and powerful tool. Authorware has long been popular within the education circle for its ease of authoring courseware and tutorials for schools or university. And the main reason for its popularity is the fact that it takes the burden of learning a programming language off the author shoulder. Instead it captures the concepts of a programming language's in visual form. This allows authors to perform complicated and powerful multimedia applications with Authorware without having to know anything about programming languages. Placing text, pictures, animations, videos and sound files is as simple as importing them into a authorware piece. You can even draw simple pictures using Authorware's drawing tools (very much like you do it in Word 97). For advance users it has a scripting language as powerful as Director's Lingo scripting language which is capable of performing a lot more functions. You can even convert your application into a Web version easily, which can then be played using a Web Player very similar to the Shockwave or Flash player. But if you really intend to use a Web only version of your application, you might be better off using Flash or Director instead. The latest version is Authorware Attain 5.1. Surprisingly this authoring environment is only available for Windows though (sorry Mac and Unix fans). Authorware is very suitable for those with no Windows programming knowledge but wish to produce a multimedia application, especially teaching related applications.
Well, I for one didn't think there was anything wrong about using a freely downloadable program from the internet as long as it didn't have virus in it. I used to try a lot of these so called 'free downloads' to see if they make a difference to the way I do things. True enough, I was naive. Nothing comes free. Everything has a string attached to it. Optout is Web site which reveals the truth behind some of the free programs. It introduces you to the concept of Spyware - i.e. ANY SOFTWARE which employs a user's Internet connection in the background (the so-called "backchannel") without their knowledge or explicit permission. A lot of advertisers/companies still use such a product to exploit our ignorance and trust. Pay a visit to this Web site and you will find information that you will make you think twice about downloading sharewares or freewares. If you think your free download is absolutely free, then you can confirm this by using their downloadable program called optout. It can scan your system for spywares and ask you if you want to remove them and of course you can choose not to do so. The Web site provides good technical and information support with software updates available frequently. Pay them a visit today to find out if you are a victim of Internet commerce. http://grc.com/optout.htm
I used to think that Go!zilla did an amazing job for a freeware. Well, now I know there is more than meets the eye. Go!zilla, like some other Internet freeware, comes with advertising banners. Not really irritating if you are not paying any attention to them. It even pops up with an advertising notice sometimes, but it didn't bother me even then. I handles my downloads well enough for me not to complain. I was impressed by the good job it did by pointing to me alternative sites for faster downloads. But then one day I came accross this Web site which revealed to me that Go!zilla also installs with it some company spywares - programs that reside in your computer and send information about your computer over the Internet without your permission. That was it. Took the software off the machine the very next minute and scanned my machine for spywares. Well, what do you know... they don't tell you everything you need to know, do they? The Optout software found several spywares on my machine. So, if you really don't mind these spies sitting on your machine, you can go ahead using Go!zilla. Otherwise, I say ditch it. There are other ways to do downloading.
If you are thinking about saving the rain forest or wildlifes, there is more than one to do it. Most of us can't afford to donate cash regularly for such a cause but there is something we CAN do as Web surfers. Go to Care2.com, and get registered with them. Every time you use their service, they donate 10% of their revenue to their environmental non-profit partners. And now, they have a programme called Race for the Big Cats, for which they claim that one free click a day will support the protection of endangered tiger, jaguar, or snow leopard habitat! Cool way to save the planet ain't it? Care2.com is a really neat Web site. What's more wonderful about this site is that it provides a variety of everyday Web services such as almost congestion-free e-mail accounts, cool animated e-cards, news services, discussion groups and e-shopping. You even get to personalise your settings after you register with them. And registration is FREE! You may already have your favourite sites for such services, but just think what difference you can make by switching to care2.com instead. Just pay them a visit and you will see why I like them. http://www.care2.com
The France-Italy final was an extraordinary one. Just when you think you have it in your hands, you realise that every second counts in game like football. Who would have expected France to equalise in the dying moments of the stoppage time? And I suppose this would go down in history as the game where all three substitutes made a difference to the game. A fairy tale ending for France, but a nightmare for Italy. Italy defended well, and honestly I think they deserve to win the game. They could have put the score well beyond France's reach if they a little bit more luck on their side. That was just it, France was plain old lucky yesterday and that made a difference. And personally, I think the referee did a very good job yesterday. Having seen a totally contrasting performance by the referee of the Italy-Holland game, I think he deserves some credit to keeping the tempo of the game going. Overall, it was a great Euro2000 final.
Looking for a flight ticket online can be a time consuming affair. Loads of Web sites to look for if you are only interested in getting to your destination with as little cost as possible. Cheapflights.co.uk is Web site might that can make your life easier. Cheapflight is an easy to navigate Web site with a searchable database of cheap flights to anywhere in the world. Its is more like a portal site for a large number of airline company promoting their cheap offers. Its got affiliation with some other reputable companies offering flights deals like lastminute.com and dial-a-flight, which makes cheapflight.c.uk a one-stop reliable travel Web site.
I've taken British Airlines 3 times now and I personally think there is some room for improvements. Firstly, the service is not what I expected from an International airline like BA. I'm not asking for too much, just that they treat me like everyone else, and not ignore me. I also find that the food served on the airline is insufficient to last me the whole flight, especially when I can hardly sleep on their seats. Of course I can always call for a stewardess, but it hardly works that way sometimes. I would have preferred more TV screens on the plane cause I find that from certain seats, you hardly can make out what you are seeing. Overall, I would prefer to take an airline like the Malaysian Airlines or the Singapore Airlines to fly a 13-hour flight.
Ever been to some Web site where your cursors change into funny shapes or cute looking animal pictures? Well, if you are planning to build a web site and want to impress people with that kind of effect, pay a visit to this site http://cometzone.cometsystems.com/ It is easy to do, just register with them and select the cursor you want to use. You would have to insert some HTML code into your Web page and that's it. Of course the browser that is going to view the page has got to have a plug-in to be able to see the resulting cursor but there are no side effects if it isn't there. Fancy, and the CometZone Web site provides very good step-by-step instructions on how to do it. And there are lots of choices for you to choose from (which is increasing as you read this articles), so don't worry about choices.
Searching for information in newsgroups used to be something that many people avoided because it definitely seems less attractive than surfing the World Wide Web using a browser. That all changed when Dejanews came into existence. This popular search site is most famous for its newsgroup searching facility. One doesn't have to learn how to set up a newsgroup reader and search for information the hard way. Now everything is done over the Web. The site (http://www.dejanews.com) has improved a great deal since when it first started, with a lot more indexed newsgroups and better discussion thread tracking facility. If you are a student who needs information on specific research topics, or someone who is looking for possible solutions to your hardware/software troubleshooting, Dejanews can help you find the related articles.
Amazon does a good job at making e-business work the way it should. It makes full use of the World Wide Web to make shopping convenient. I find it particularly useful for sending gifts to friends or family members. They even provide gift wrapping services with personalised message to go along with the gifts. And I have to say they are relatively fast at delivering it when compared to some other online shopping companies. I only wish they charge much less for shipment though. If you are planning to buy something for less than £4 and you get charged the standard £2.75 for delivery, it makes you wonder if it worth buying it online or not. So, Amazon may have been a major e-business success story but I think it still has room for improvements.