Member Since: 1st Apr 2009
3rd Sep 2019
Should've gone to Specsavers (or any other optician).
No matter what screen size you opt for, please look after your eyes - you only get one pair! Sooner or later, everyone needs glasses to make sense of things held close to them. Wearing my standard varifocals, I still found it difficult to read my screen and ended up either taking them off and leaning forward or tilting my head down and peering over the top like some nutty professor! Both manoeuvres are hard on the neck. The solution turned out to be a pair of "VDU glasses", optimised for the distance at which I normally view a VDU. Only downside is that I often keep one pair pushed up on my head while I wear the other, making me look like... well, a nutty professor!
21st Jun 2017
I'd have thought you could adapt many / most of the ToDo type apps to handle this.
Take your pick there are lots of them (I'm currently using Toodledo). If you want a Kanban-style app, try Favro (although Trello is better known). The advantage of these is that they sync across multiple platforms, Mac, PC, tablet and mobile. Some, like Don't Forget The Milk, do have quite high monthly charges for an account but others offer free web access (or free for light users) and mobile / tablet apps are pennies.
For a different approach, try a simple database app (I'm using Memento on an Android phone). These allow you to create databases on a single mobile device (possibly with a cloud back-up) so you can configure them pretty much how you like - tick boxes, dates, memo fields etc etc. Would suit a slightly more technical user, perhaps.
27th Jan 2016
Install a wood burner
Is the woodland close to the house (the post makes it sound as if it might be). If so, they could install a wood burner and at least then they would have some "free" fuel.
You do not need a felling licence for "Up to 5 cubic metres of wood in any calendar quarter, as long as no more than two cubic metres are sold. Five cubic metres is roughly equivalent to one large oak tree or 50 thin chestnut coppice trees." Of course, you do need a chain saw and all the proper protective clothing. But imagine the warm glow they'll get sitting in front of a roaring log fire... especially since they won't be paying those money-grabbing utility companies!
5th Jan 2016
Many thanks to both of you!
First of all, apologies for not thanking you sooner - I posted this a little while ago but have only just checked back to see if there were any responses. A little thing called "Christmas" got in the way!
Anyway, INDIRECT is exactly what I need - I'd seen this mentioned elsewhere but never quite understood how to apply it - @Ben - your example is very clear and I was able to apply it to my own spreadsheet almost immediately - thanks.
@WhichTyler - I'll take a look at using INDEX and MATCH to refine the solution, too.
29th Jul 2015
It happens a lot
It's perhaps not as uncommon as you think - heard something on Radio 4 about it just the other day (You and Yours, possibly). It might be because of any of the reasons already given, or for something else entirely. Possibly, it's down to erroneous profiling. I suspect you will never discover the reason for it and your client is not the only innocent person to suffer in this way (assuming he is innocent, of course!): http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/savings/10273512/Bank... "Innocent customers are being sacked by their bank as a consequence of overzealous anti-fraud measures, according to the Financial Services Consumer Panel, part of the City regulator." "The financial ombudsman gets more than 200 complaints a year from similarly 'dumped' bank customers. The number of people this happens to is probably far greater, it reckons. The ombudsman is powerless to act in these cases because banks have no obligation to justify their commercial decisions."
7th Jan 2015
How brave of your boss...
@HudsonCo - How brave of your boss to admit that he (or maybe she?) recognised not just the name of the club in question but also its true function ;-)
17th Jan 2013
Double check reception in your area
In large conurbations, most mobile operators will be fine, but if you're on the fringes of a town it's worth checking. In my experience, their coverage maps are pretty useless - better to ask around to see what other people's experience is like. I have always assumed that if you can get, for example, a Vodaphone mobile signal, then you'll get dongle-based broadband, but maybe others know better on this point.
Also, if you use BT broadband at home, you may be eligible to use BT Openzone. Basically, you let other people use a small, secure chunk of your broadband in return for being able to "borrow" some of theirs when you're away from home. This depends, of course, on having one of the BT Openzone hotspots very close to your office, but you should be able to check this quite easily via the BT website. Then, all you need is wi-fi on your laptop or a wi-fi dongle plugged into your desktop. I know this is a long-shot, but it's worth checking if you are already a BT customer (and may even be cost effective if you have to switch broadband suppliers).
26th Nov 2012
Raising awareness is just as important as raising money
@peter - I think you're missing the point. "Attracting attention" and raising awareness are very important parts of the Movember movement. If growing a tache starts a few conversations between ordinary guys in the pub (even if these start out with "What is THAT supposed to be?...) then all well and good. Slipping a fiver discretely into a charity collection box just won't achieve the same.
22nd Aug 2012
Changing banks every few years?
There's an oft-quoted "fact" that the British are more likely to get divorced than change their bank. Not sure if that's true (personally, I'm on my seventh bank in about 30 years and still on my first wife!) but it's certainly not something that I would want to do too often. I've just changed my (personal) banking from Santander to FirstDirect and the transfer of direct debits was a nightmare (several missed payments etc). It's not like shopping around for car insurance so unless you can save very large amounts of money, I wouldn't think the upheaval of changing every few years was really worth it. Find one that's good and stick with it. I presume that the customer satisfaction ratings for personal banking roughly mirror the service that you'll get as a business customer, in which case have a look at a website like moneysavingexpert for their regular bank customer surveys.
10th Jun 2010
How about this?
When I try the Loupe tool the box is static, so it moves up as I scroll through the document. Also, it's not possible to change the aspect ratio of box (e.g make it short and wide). Maybe I've missed something.
As an alternative, I'd suggest a program called Meazure - http://www.cthing.com/Meazure.asp It's free, although you can make a donation if it's useful. It's really designed to measure things on screen (think web design, brochure layout etc) but will do for what you want. The highlighted box stays where you position it initially and can be re-sized exactly how you want. You'll need to select View > Always Visible and View > Collapse (to stop the program controls taking up too much space). Hope this helps.