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PostPosted: 03-11-2012 07:11    Post subject: Reply with quote

That did it! Thank you very much Smile.
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PostPosted: 03-11-2012 09:38    Post subject: Reply with quote

In future, you may want to set up separate non-admin accounts on your computers in case this happens again.
If your kids (I am making the assumption that's how the SweetIM thing happened) try to install anything again, they may not be able to - because you will have given them a limited account.
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PostPosted: 03-11-2012 18:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mythopoeika wrote:
..If your kids (I am making the assumption that's how the SweetIM thing happened) try to install anything again..

Actually no - t'other half installed it unwittingly. To be fair she's actually pretty tech savvy, but in this case it seems it was bundled incognito with something else she installed as a Facebook add-on or something. Can happen to anyone if you're not careful.

With you re the admin thing - we've four laptops and a desktop, but the kids only have admin accounts for their own machines.
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PostPosted: 08-06-2013 13:08    Post subject: Reply with quote

I normally use MS Works Calendar to log appointments, etc, (though I back them up in my diary). But today I put in a dental appointment for July, with a 1-day reminder (the sort of stuff that I've been doing for years), but when I pressed OK I got "Microsoft Works has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience." Shocked
(I've tried several times with the same result, including after a restart.)

Anyone had any experience of this, or know any fixes?

Alternatively, is there a Calendar prog on the web I can use instead?
(I thought I'd ask here first before I try searching for one.)
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PostPosted: 08-06-2013 13:29    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was going to recommend Sunbird, but it appears that's been discontinued in favour of Thunderbird and Lightning*

*Very, very frightening me...
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PostPosted: 08-06-2013 13:47    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use Memo to me, never had any problems.
http://www.memotome.com/
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PostPosted: 08-06-2013 14:03    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ronson8 wrote:
I use Memo to me, never had any problems.
http://www.memotome.com/

Thanks for that! (I'm testing it now... Cool )
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PostPosted: 15-06-2013 19:55    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm having Firefox issues. Start it up, get the start page - but try and open another tab or type in an address and it just closes down. Have tried restarting with add-ons disabled (all of which were fine til last release) and it won't even start in the first place.

I've tried uninstalling and clean re-installing, same thing happens.

Any ideas anyone, beyond using chrome, which is what I'm doing?
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PostPosted: 16-06-2013 03:46    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trapped by Google:

My search results are becoming less and less helpful:
I have a few distinct strands of interest: a few 'themes' that I regularly search for my work (often maps and classic fiction, for example), and a few others that I predominantly search for pleasure: for instance WW2, Victorian London and British politics. I've noticed more and more that searches for one group is throwing up an increasing number of results better suited to another: a search for images of Alaska might return a smattering of Jack the Ripper sites, for example. Worse still, searches on new and unrelated topics are thowing up more and more sites that I've already browsed - and often not very helpful ones.

No amount of sweeping, cleansing or purging of cookies and histories seems to have any effect and it seems (i'm not a techy) that it is probably Goigle filtering by IP address or range.

All of which is a preamble to the fact that I'm testing out this:

https://duckduckgo.com/

Go and have a read of their sales pitch on annonymity and advertising. In principle it sounds great.
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PostPosted: 16-06-2013 07:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

theyithian wrote:
Trapped by Google:

My search results are becoming less and less helpful:

I recently had a Whinge on much the same topic:
http://www.forteantimes.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=1318033#1318033
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It seems to me that the internet is becoming less useful as time goes on. I used to pride myself on how well I could find stuff, but now it's different. Search for something quite specific, and you will nevertheless get a load of results that are irrelevent.

I had a look at Duckduckgo - quite well presented. I'll add it to my list of search engines... Rolling Eyes

But now I usually goto Wiki first, and only if that doesn't provide what I want will I do a search (usually with Google Advanced Search). Wolfram Alpha is good for specific science and maths questions.
http://www.wolframalpha.com/

"What is the mass of the Earth?"
5.9721986×10^24, "Kilograms" Very Happy
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PostPosted: 16-06-2013 08:05    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just compared search engine results for "Hayle new bridge", to see which pick up my website about it.

Duckduckgo wins - first hit on results page!
Blekko and Bing both had it as the 5th item in their results
Google came in last at 11th on page - but that was actually a link to a short thread on FTMB where I reported that the bridge thread was now online!
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PostPosted: 16-06-2013 09:02    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://startpage.com/
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PostPosted: 16-06-2013 10:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

original_fLeebLe wrote:
https://startpage.com/

Well, no votes from me - that one doesn't find my website in the first 5 pages of results! Sad

But it did find this, which was interesting:
http://www.suesseals.eclipse.co.uk/Copperhouse%202012.htm
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PostPosted: 16-06-2013 10:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

stuneville wrote:
I'm having Firefox issues. Start it up, get the start page - but try and open another tab or type in an address and it just closes down. Have tried restarting with add-ons disabled (all of which were fine til last release) and it won't even start in the first place.

I've tried uninstalling and clean re-installing, same thing happens.

Any ideas anyone, beyond using chrome, which is what I'm doing?

Accrding to Mozilla support sites, it could be a bug with Flash.

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/954604

Or, it could be the version of Firefox, apparently 22 is a buggy beta... confused

Possibility of it being malware also pops up. Worth checking with the likes of Malwarebytes?
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PostPosted: 16-06-2013 10:54    Post subject: Reply with quote

rynner2 wrote:
original_fLeebLe wrote:
https://startpage.com/

Well, no votes from me - that one doesn't find my website in the first 5 pages of results! Sad

But it did find this, which was interesting:
http://www.suesseals.eclipse.co.uk/Copperhouse%202012.htm

I use ixquick.com quite a bit, nowadays. It doesn't record your IP address.

Sure enough, when I entered Hayle New Bridge:

New Bridge at Hayle - Home

haylenewbridge.weebly.com


Was at the top of the search results, underneath the sponsored ads.
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