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Friday
May272005

Digital photographs

More and more of us have digital cameras, or cameras on our phones;
once you get to grips with them you need to teach yourself how to
use one of the online picture storage sites. One of the smartest
(and newest) of these sites is www.flickr.com which is rapidly
becoming the industry standard and is, it is rumoured, about to be
bought by Yahoo. 

It is free, within limits, you send your pictures to the site and
you can allow other people (or no one) to view them. Thus you only
have to send the pictures once and then email your friends and family
(via the site) to see them for themselves, and print them if they want to.

There's a lot to learn, but it's well worth the effort.

Tuesday
Feb152005

Who you gonna call?

This is a fairly well known site, but I would hate to think of any Oldie readers not having it in their list.

It is more and more common for companies to give their telephone number as one that starts '0870'.  This means that if you ring it during the day, you are likely to be paying almost 9 pence per minute (that's not a misprint) and, to rub salt in the wound, the company gets a slice of that 9p.

However, all companies have a real telephone number as well, which is considerably cheaper to call (many have an 0800 number too, which is free), and www.saynoto0870.com is a growing list of those numbers.

You enter the company name, or their 0870 number, and if they have it on the list, up pops the alternative. Marvellous.

The site charges nothing and relies on sponsorship, donations and advertising to survive. 

Sunday
Oct312004

Puzzles galore

Here is a great site for keeping the mind stretched whilst passing the time.

www.brainbashers.com  is a terrific collection of thousands puzzles, games and optical illusions. It claims to be the world's most popular puzzle website, and who am I to disagree? It is regularly updated with illusions and games and has five new puzzles added each week.

What's more, it's British; it is run by Kevin Stone, a puzzle enthusiast and theoretical mathematician at Keele University. 
He started it in 1997; initially it was as an exercise to see how much interest there was in an Internet based puzzle site, and it has grown since then.

It is now one of the busiest sites on the Internet, perhaps because he charges nothing to view the whole site. He does
gather some income from advertising, but uniquely (in my experience) you can turn the adverts off. Fantastic.

If you enjoy solving puzzles, crosswords and the like, you'll like this site. You can subscribe to a daily puzzle, too.

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