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  1. We  have  been  living  in  the Gers  since  2000,  when  we  moved  to  Auch. Very  nice  to be in  a  town,  or just  on  the  outside  actually.   Long  hot  summers and  every  thing is slow...  slow  for  the  kids,  but they  will  be  moving on anyway,  no mater  where  you  live.....for  us  it was  very  safe place  to  bring  up good  kids..
  2. so  many  to  chosse  from.....just  wlak around  centre  ville
  3. A   bit  late  but a good  one  in  Auch,  called  Everest Indian.
  4. Hmmm, getting  the  MAC address a  great  idea.  This  is  the unique  identifer  of  thre  PC,  so in  case  they  do  some  thing wrong, you  can point  this out  to the  HADOPI  guys,  in  case they  come  looking.
  5. I  would  run a  cable (rj45 cable)  from the  neuf  box  to  the  gite and  connect a  expansion  box,( with  like  5 ports)   which  will allow  more  rj45  ports...  to allow renters  to use  in  the  gite
  6. Also conside Leclerc. They  have a SIM  card  for as little as  1.50 per month and then you pay  for  talk  time as  required and  the  credit  is  good for up to one year...just as  good a prepaid, but  with one  year  shelf  life. I use  one  in  mycar, since it  has a  built in phone...never a problem.
  7. working  for  black  money  is  quite  normal,  but  ask for a bigger  discount, say  150-200  !! However,  remember if anything goes wrong,  you're  out  of  luck  if  you  wnat  to appeal  to  some  french authority....you have to rely  on the word  that the  worker  will  come  back to  fix  it...normally  its  ok,  but  if an  insurance claim  is  involved, then  its gets tricky...
  8. If  the  floor  moves/bounces  at all,  then  so  will  the  tile, then  crack. Large  tiles  will  crack faster than  smaller  tiles...but  to  do it  right  pull  up  the wood floor and  pour  cement  or use a  cement  type  of  floor  board.  Or  build  up the floor  to make a step into the  bathroom ??
  9. I use a service from: noirvpn dot com They have  4 servers, usa, canada, france and germany...all for 5 euro a month. It works for me.  Tell which  show  you want (link etc)  and I test  it  for  you  with  my  usa account to see if  it  works.
  10. thanks  pachapapa,  but  I  may need  to  know  this.  We have a  home in the  country,  with  speptic tank and other water  that  runs  off  into the  field/hill behind  us.  IN  the  last  10 years nobody has  been by  to  check or  ask anything....but I  suspect  we  may need  to  change  things. Any possibilty  that  I  can  get a  condensed version  of what needs  to  be  done or a  place/site I  can  check out  what needs  to  be  done, in  english, if possible.
  11. [quote user="Martin963"][quote user="rastus"]Instead of moving the dish and thus losing Sky can you fit a dual head LNB with a separate downlead.[/quote]   they come in 6 deg (as I said above) or occasionally 3 deg separations,  but I don't think anyone has come up with a 9 deg one.    Maybe a hole in the market there...? [/quote] actually  you  can  get a  bracket  that  will  hold  the  monoblock and a  single  lnb, or  even  3-5 individual  lnb  on  the  special bracket...but  at  this  point  is  cheaper  to get a  motorized  dish.  I  use  one  and works great,  the  sky  is  open  to  me..
  12. What I  do is  contact  my  home bank  and  ask  them  to wire  money  over  to  my  bank here, also CA.  I  give  them all  the  details  required. Normally  I need  to  fax  them  a  letter  for this  or just  send a letter in the mail asking  for it...it can't  be  done  by email, due  to  security issues..
  13. Sorry  for being out  of  the  loop  here....what  does all  this  mean??
  14. correct  as  mentioned  already...new PC's  should  be  fully  activated  with either  XP or  Win 7 normally,  unless  you  get  some  old stock! You  may  find  some  that  have  say XP and a  trail  copy  of  Win 7  in  the box...so for this you will need  to  get a  wincracker  program  that  makes it  real...really easy  to do,  but  not  sure if  we  can  post  these  types of  things  here.
  15.   "Most people reading this thread do not want to hide their IP address unless it is to watch UK TV using iPlayer. Your post indicated that the service you subscribe to would do just that otherwise why would you post on a thread specific to "BBC iplayer in France", unless of course you have an interest in the company?" I  may  have  gotten  ahead of  myself,  since  other's  were  talking  about  vpn  already.  I  do  live  in france, but  am  not  english nor  french  and do  not  know  much about  iPlayer and  just assummed  that  the  vpn account I use would work. I guess not, so  sorry  if I  made  some mistake on judgement.  It  works  for  everything else I use,  but  it needs a  uk address.
  16. [quote user="Quillan"]The why post your comments in a thread about getting the BBC and ITV on the Internet in France when clearly, by your own admission, nothing to do with it. Are you sure you don't work for them? [;-)][/quote] Sorry Quillan,  I was just  putting  out  info...since  other posters before  me  were talking about  vpn.  Since  I  use a  vpn account,  I  though  it  might  clear  up  some  questions  here,  but  the poster,  with 3 posts  to  his  name  clearly  has an issue here....don't  know  what I  said to  get  that poster going. I'm  just a  simple  user. So as  mentioned,  certain sat  boxs will  clear many channels including  the ones  mentioned already.  I  can about this  for  hours,  but  I  suspect  that  I'll  get beaten  up  if  I  do. I  guess  next  time,  I'll  keep  quite.
  17. I'll  pull out  the  tax  form  papers  again soon,  but  if  you  declare  your  portion,  which  will be  29% of  the  total income,  this  is  what  you  will  pay  tax  on.  The  other  side  (71%) goes  to  expenses,  so  if  you  have  heavy  start  up costs  or repairs,  then , well  too bad...however,  if  you  have good  year non-expense  wise,  then better for you...
  18. [quote user="Quillan"]I am led to believe that the company you mention does not have a vpn server in the UK and therefore does not work with IPlayer. What the site is designed to do is hide your IP address for things like downloading music and video's. If you pay up and use this site to try and watch UK TV over the internet you will be disappointed. I am also led to believe that it is very difficult, if not impossible, to get a refund once you have found this out. Other than that, if you read the website front page it does exactly what it say's.[/quote] Did  I  say  that  noirvpn has a server  in  the  UK  that  gives  a IP  from the UK?  Sorry,  but  why  pick on me?  Not  really part of  the  first  post here either,  so  we  go off  topic.  However, the  use  of a  vpn account  offers  much  more  security  verus a  proxy account,  if  you  care  to  understand  the difference.  A  proxy  can  be  traced, while a vpn can't  be  traced. If  you  want  to watch  UK  TV,  then  you need a  proper  sat  box, one  which  will  pull in  signals  from uncle  Rup.  This  is  not  what  vpn does,  but is what  MY  sat  box  does. Refund,  who does  that  anyway these  days. I read  the  rules, its  clear so I  asked  all  the  questions  first ,  B4 I  joined.   Ask  first,  then  pay  for  what  you get, seems  to  be  the  general  rule  of  life. The  site does  what  it  says  on  the  wrapper, offer  protection!  No  issue  from my  side.
  19. [quote user="hautepy"]Stella's claim in this, and another thread ref. BBC iplayer, that they use noirvpn for access, is untrue. If you open an account with them you then discover that they don't have a UK server, which prevents you from accessing iplayer -despite their site claiming to unblock ALL websites and services. I'm trying for a refund but not holding out much hope.[/quote] Not  wanting to get  into a  tit for tat chat,  but  I  would  think if  you  read  the site info it  tells  you which countries  you  will  get an IP  from  and  considereing  that  BBC iPlayer  is  only avialable  to  residents  of  the UK, unless  you  use an UK ip addy,  then  you  will  be  out  of  luck.  Did  you do your homework  first? Did  you  ask  about this first?  I  feel  the  service from noirvpn is  top  notch,  for  my use  anyway.  Hmmm to  me, a  strange  comment from  such a new  poster,  unless  you  have some  other issue  to hide.... I  would  suggest  that  you  go  for  a higher  priced  vpn account, which icludes  a  IP from the UK  or  go  for a  Spiderbox,  which is a  linux  based  stb,  that I beleive hacks  the  package....but  this  is  not  the  forum  for this type  of conversation....
  20. when  we  set  up  our  gite, the  tax  guy told  us to declare the 29% since 71%  is  off  for  expenses and  to not  bother with the AE....just declare the income at tax  time..
  21. We had a  Livebox  for  a short  time,  but  got fed  up with  it...now we use a Netgear router and  connect  to the  interent  this  way...for  TV  we  use  linux based  box, called a Spiderbox,  that  can  pull in  what  I  can't  talk about  here....but you  would  be  amazed  at  what  it  can do...
  22. Marciac is  not  a bad  place...we live  30 minutes north of  marciac  and  love  it...just  that  much  bigger,   if  you  need  to  worry  about  stuff like  that
  23. My french  neighbour  here in  SW  has  never  changed  his pool  water  in  the  last 10  years  I  have  been next  to  him....never  asked  him, but  I suspect he has never  changed  it...
  24. if  you want  to  be  safe  while  using  the  interent,  the  the only way  I  know  of this  is by using a  vpn account.  I  use a  site  for this,  works  great, ask  me,  if  you  want  to  know  more!
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