General Editorials

  • 8016-Exterior-Front Solar Microgeneration System - Like other households we had just received notification of yet another increase in our energy costs and although we had already gone along the line of monitoring our usage and installing low energy bulbs costs were still spiralling upwards. It was time to try something new. The press was full of advertisements of “Free Electricity” […]
  • Dealing with Computer Viruses - It’s been another busy month for Compumate in the battle against computer viruses; and, sadly, it’s a never ending battle. The most common this month (again) has been the mock (or spoof ) anti-virus products. These are the ones that suddenly pop up a dialog box on your screen telling you that your system is […]
  • Reflexology Explained - Foot massage originated in China over 5,000 years ago. Early Chinese, Egyptians, Japanese and Indians manipulated the hands and feet of others to promote good health. In 1913 the therapy was introduced to the West as “zone therapy” by US ear, nose and throat specialist, Dr William Fitzgerald. Then, in the 1930’s, US physiotherapist Eunice […]
  • SCAM ALERT: Computer Support Phone Calls - A few weeks ago, one of my customers told me that she’d received an unsolicited call from someone who claimed to be from Virgin Media,saying that they’d received “complaints” from her neighbours that the internet was slow. This company then told her that the problem wascaused by her computer… Fortunately, she got off the phone […]
  • Family Law – The Collaborative Divorce - In the fourth of a series of articles about legal matters affecting the family, Nigel Clarke, Collaborative Solicitor & Family Mediator from Canterbury Law Solicitors writes: Without couples willing to find a more civilised way of resolving issues on separation and divorce, there would be no mediation and no collaborative law. That there is, bears […]
  • The 4R’s - by Kevin Gilbert MRICS FNAVA Clive Emson Auctioneers Residential properties in need of Restoration, Refurbishment, Renovation and/or Repair are the right 4R’s considered ideal for a selling by public auction. The idea of selling (and buying) property and land by public auction may appear complex, but in fact can be an easy means for selling […]
  • How to ensure your heirs aren’t stuck with the widow’s mite. - Rosalind Johnson, from Tenterden Solicitors Pengelly & Rylands, discusses the importance of planning for Inheritance Tax. When interviewing clients to make Wills I am frequently struck by how many are unaware of a significant change to Inheritance Tax which came into effect on the 9th October 2007. Everyone has an Inheritance Tax allowance currently of […]
  • Acronyms & Abbreviations! - The IT world just loves its acronyms and abbreviations. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of them and they all add to the mystery that surrounds IT. For example we have SATA, IDE, SQL, WWW, CODEC, SAS, SAN to name but a few; but the one I’m going to talk about today is NAS. NAS […]
  • The Garden Shed (June) - by Jo Arnell Now that there are flowers in abundance in the borders (in theory at least), colour becomes one of the most noticeable factors that infl uence the look – and possibly the mood of the garden. There are many theories about how we respond to colour, but interestingly we don’t all have the […]
  • The Upgrade Dilema – Do I or Don’t I - Last month we were looking at Dropbox and Microsoft Live Mesh for use as on-line backups of your important data. One of the things we looked at was the lack of support by Microsoft for Windows XP. So, is it time to upgrade that ageing computer lurking in the corner to a bright modern operating […]