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  1. I have actually tried the following recently to remove Norton Internet Security 2002 from my windows 2000 professional setup and it works fine but do read the instructions carefully. Also make sure you already have your replacement Anti Virus and Firewall software ready to install BEFORE you remove Norton because you won't be able to safely connect to the internet otherwise without it. http://www.askdavetaylor.com/how_can_i_fully_remove_norton_antivirus_from_my_system.html I dont have any real gripe with Norton as it has one of the better Firewall programs and the Anti Virus is fine for my needs. The only reason I removed it was that my subscription is coming to an end and I wanted to check out Zone Alarm Pro 5.5 and AVG anti virus which seem to be flavour of the month (for now). Also my flavour of Norton has acumulated many updates since I purchased it in 2002.
  2. Powerdesal and Anton Thanks for your replies.
  3. [quote user="Val_2"]Yes it is called MSN although I hadn't any idea about it and what it was but I will pass your advice onto him to look at security issues. Still dosn't excuse these sick perverts though.[/quote] Sorry Val_2 I meant to mention that my Google search was for news items. But any search of "internet security" will bring up lots of stuff.
  4. I would like to ask someone who knows for sure. Where does the Barrette de Mesure actually go. I know it fits in series with the "Conducteur Principal de Protection" (10mm or 16mm earth wire from distribution box) and the "Prise de Terre" (earth spike or buried copper earth). But where exactly. Should it be accessable at the Prise de Terre end or the Distribution box end. I have a book based on the Normes NF C15-100 but it doesn't show it exactly. I even have it shown as a "Barrette de Coupure" Thanks
  5. On a visit to my notaire one day. She told me that of course English people should learn French but at the same time French people should make an effort to learn English. After all we all now live in Europe and it doesn't really matter which language is used for things european as they are both quoted on most European documentation I personally make an effort to speak French whenever I can when in France but lets be realistic. There is no way your average English person (me included)  is going to be able to master French legalese no matter how good their French may be. It's difficult enough trying to understand English legalese.
  6. [quote user="searcher30"]i am thinking of takign out a loan/mortgage with credit agricole as they seem to have a lot of options . what are people's experience of them? anyone have any experience of taking one of their loans out and what are the best rates without too many penalties. can you be uk resident for them or must you be french resident? thanks in advance.[/quote] One thing I do know about is that the use of French mortgages can make the  completion of  the "Acte de Vente" paperwork more complex. Bottom line. French banks are very cautious and only lend when they are sure of covering possible defaults. Good thing is the rates are very low.
  7. [quote user="Clair"]Hi Since Tiscali and Alice got married, it's been more difficult dial-up users to see how much "free time" they have been using. I can see all my connection times and lengths, but they run over 9 or 10 pages sometimes  and I cannot figure out a way of accessing the data I need, which is: how much time have I used outside the allocated "5am-5pm" slot? This is what I have noticed: the dates of my subscription have not changed (i.e. 7th Feb to 6th March) but the invoice arrives in my inbox much earlier than before (22nd Feb) Alice only seem to show the connection times up to that invoice day (22nd Feb), and not the subsequent days, so the connection list aways seems to be out of sync with real use...I've been using a spreadsheet to monitor my use outside the "5am-5pm" slot, but it is tedious. Has anyone got a simple Alice solution I may have missed? Is there such a thing as a counter or timer I could download? Many thanks in advance.[/quote] Claire I have been using a utility from IYSoft called dialer.exe. In spite of its name it isn't a rogue dialer or spyware but will log your usage. It has an advertising banner on it but you can disable this via your firewall if you like. You can also easily copy the log produced by this to Excel. Do a Google of IYSoft to check it out.
  8. [quote user="miaviv"]I have been looking for a second hand sky box and a friend can sell me their's for £35.  It is 10 months old and a Panasonic TU-DSB30 make complete with card, lead, remote control etc.  Is this a good make ?  Will it work in France (no way to test it before I get it over here) ?  [/quote] Yes it's a good make and works well here in France.
  9. There must be a Cypriot cheese manufacturer who could be contacted to find out if it's sold here. I found this website. http://www.halloumicheese.com/
  10. A euro symbol can be obtained on any keyboard with ALT + 0128. The trick is you have to hold down the ALT key (left hand) and use the number pad (right hand). The normal number keys will not work. Hope that helps.
  11. [quote user="Btuckey"][quote user="victoria"] snip.. Also checked on your website and it says Readsl is going to be available.  What is this? [/quote] READSL improves the range of ADSL over very long twisted pairs by selecting the combination of downstream and upstream power-spectral density (PSD) masks best suited for a DSLAM’s loop and noise characteristics. In a long-loop system, higher frequencies deteriorate gradually as they travel across the telephone lines, resulting in drastically reduced downstream data rates. To solve this issue, READSL focuses a higher power density within a constricted downstream and upstream bandwidth (narrowed frequency usage, same total power). The higher power density in the downstream band directly increases the downstream data rate, while the reduced upstream band provides a narrower echo, freeing up more bandwidth for downstream transmission to the modem.  [8-|] Basically, 'full' ADSL speeds are only available within 1.8KM of the DSLAM (local exchange) but this is improving every day.  READSL allows 'always on' service at a much greater distance.  At 512KB/S, still a lot better than PSTN dial-up.    Brian 11500 [/quote] Brian That was really helpfull. I'll bet you can remember the explanation of the PEARSON function in EXCEL off the top of your head as well.
  12. Reply to Hoverfrog. You must have the US English International version that contains all the main Western European languages. I believe Microsoft in future will only be shipping that version to Western Europe. It will enable us to install whichever language that we prefer.
  13. I prefer copper piping using good quality compression joints. It can be dismantled easily and rerouted if you need to change your mind. Also on the subject of water pressure. I think it's advisable in France to have a pressure regulator on all installations as it doesn't add that much to the total install costs and you can know precisely what the pressure will be.
  14. Maybe you mean MSN. The Microsoft Network. Nothing typed into the computer should be treated as secure under any circumstances. It seems that even the internet security software companies are having a hard time keeping up with things. Just Google "internet security issues"
  15. [quote user="Woollywraps"]Probably a long shot but has anyone seen Halloumi Cheese in France? Thanks :)[/quote] No. I have seen lots of Feta but not halloumi. I used to love it raw or fried.
  16. [quote user="Poolguy"]Yes As I was saying a month or so ago, I am astonished in this country that rainwater harvesting is not common place. Especially since there seems to be  a drought in most of the country. Ass to that the incredible cost of water and Its just not an option is obligatory it seems to me. Using 'first water dump' systems and a tank made of ferrocement, or plastic its an easy DIY must have for any house with the space. Even a cubic meter of water will go a long way for toilet flush or watering plant. Glad to see the topic discussed. Andrew  [/quote] I suspect that it could be because using more mains water provides a revenue stream to the state. You are charged for the mains water you consume plus the assainisment is calculated from your the mains water consumption. Double wammy. I'm all in favour of saving water and using recyled water from a butt. But the state can't calculate that.
  17. [quote user="nicktrollope"][quote user="johnv"]not sure if this is the right place to post .. My Notaire expects me to get a 'proper' translation of this document, signed by the translator with his/her qualifications  .. any takers?[/quote] Assuming you are needing a translation from French to English then you won't find a certified translator in France. I wonder what the Notaire wants - if you are the buyer, then he may be concerned that you do not understand the compromis - in which case just find a translator that you (and the Notaire) are happy with. If you are a seller, have you written your own compromis, and does Me Notaire want to understand it!!?? BTW the Notaire has a legal responsibility to ensure that you understand the transaction. [/quote] That surely is untrue. My prefecture required I obtained a certified translation of a serbian document into French and I was able to find a certified translator in France. Why would English be any different?
  18. [quote user="fulcrum"]Two points I'd like to make . 2. Number of sockets allowed on a particular spur depends on thickness of wire used. 1.5 or 2.5 mm. 1.5mm allows 5 sockets and 2.5 allows eight sockets. Double sockets are counted as two on a 2.5mm spur but I'm not sure about 1.5mm. I always use 2.5mm as there isn't much of a saving and it allows for expansion. [/quote] I'd like to correct a mistake in my earlier post today.I wrote "two" instead of "one" in Point 2. Second sentence should read "Double sockets are counted as one on a 2.5mm spur but I'm not sure about 1.5mm."
  19. [quote user="fulcrum"]Two points I'd like to make . 2. Number of sockets allowed on a particular spur depends on thickness of wire used. 1.5 or 2.5 mm. 1.5mm allows 5 sockets and 2.5 allows eight sockets. Double sockets are counted as two on a 2.5mm spur but I'm not sure about 1.5mm. I always use 2.5mm as there isn't much of a saving and it allows for expansion. [/quote] I'd like to correct a mistake in my earlier post today.I wrote "two" instead of "one" in Point 2. Second sentence should read "Double sockets are counted as one on a 2.5mm spur but I'm not sure about 1.5mm."
  20. [quote user="Deimos"]You could try TeleRabais – to Oz 1.4 cents per mi off-peak, 2.8 cents per min peak rate. No accounts, no pre-payment, just dial their prefix code and it is then automatically billed through whoever provides your phone service. No computers, just standard telephone to standard telephone. See http://www.telerabais.com/index2.php for details about them. Ian[/quote] I do like the Telerabais system. I chose it because I don't want a separate invoice for billing. The slight hassle of dialling a full number prefix is fine for me.
  21. Two points I'd like to make . 1. Don't assume all French breakers are double pole. Look for a small symbol on the breaker itself that will indicate whether it's single or double. 2. Number of sockets allowed on a particular spur depends on thickness of wire used. 1.5 or 2.5 mm. 1.5mm allows 5 sockets and 2.5 allows eight sockets. Double sockets are counted as two on a 2.5mm spur but I'm not sure about 1.5mm. I always use 2.5mm as there isn't much of a saving and it allows for expansion. As one of the earlier posters suggests.  It is worth investing in a few books if your going to do things yourself.
  22. [quote user="Tresco"]Yes Gay, that's spot on, and  it is very variable. Today one post I made in 'gardening' appeared quite quickly after maybe 30 seconds,  but another in the same section took 12 minutes to appear.     [/quote] This forum seems to act quite strangely when compared to some other forums I have used. It does seem as if the software and/or hardware is not up to the job.
  23. [quote user="Albert the infopikey"]Tag wrote the following post at 06/02/2006 19:01: > I once wrote a children's short story for an American magazine competition entitles " Billy the Beaver". Cant think why I didn't win! And back in the sixties the UKCatholic Truth Society published a children's book called 'S h a g the pony, and other stories', honest!   Is Scunthorpe still on the blacklist? [/quote] THAT does not surprise me.[;)]
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