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Penn

Penn

I live on the south-west coast of England in a small town called Brixham.  I been confined to a wheelchair 1986 after breaking my neck in a swimming pool accident.  Computers are my saviour and I spend most days doing one thing or another on my PC.  Other interests I have include angling and amateur radio.  I also run a website and forum dedicated to looking after and caring for the Oscar fish cichlid

Posted by on in Computer Talk

I love promoting amateur radio, especially to the disabled who often stay at home not talking to people for hours and hours. Obtaining an amateur radio licence nowadays has been made a lot easier. In the old days you had to take a rather complicated exam and then take a Morse code test which certainly wasn't easy for most people. I like to run a live streaming video when I'm operating, you can watch me completely live talking to people all around the world. Even though I often don't see many people during the day apart from my family, I talk to more people in one day than most people talk to in a week. Let's just say there is more rabbit here than Watership Down

Watch live streaming video from g0vqy at livestream.com
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Posted by on in Focus on Disability

If you don't have a problem with using your fingers and can hold things properly then  the shape and size of the television remote will probably be of no concern to you. However, if like me you don't have any finger or hand movement then in most cases you rely on using things like remote controls whilst they are sitting on a flat surface. I've noticed in the last few years that nearly all televisions/sky/DVD remote controls do not have a flat surface underneath, they are shaped and therefore when you try and press buttons the control will rock from side to side and it's almost impossible to press buttons. The Sky remote control isn't too bad, but it's still does move quite a bit, especially if you are pressing buttons that are not centralised on the control. However, I recently purchased a Samsung television and the control is virtually impossible to use whilst it is sitting on the table, you have to struggle to hold the control if you want to operate the television remotely.

I would like to appeal to the makers of remote controls to think about people who have problems with their hands and digits, please bear in mind that there are thousands and thousands of us who cannot pick up from the controls and have to operate their own controls whilst they are resting on the table. There is nothing more frustrating than struggling to do simple tasks such as switching channels, or operating the volume button.

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I was really surprised that Alan Sugar chose Mark Wright to be his partner in this new venture. Now I don't claim to be an expert when it comes to Internet marketing, but I've done a hell of a lot of search engine optimisation myself, and basically this is what Mark Wright is going to be doing, optimising peoples websites so that they appear on the first page of high-ranking search engines, or that's what he hopes he can do for them anyway.

He's stated that he will be helping small to mid-size businesses with their websites. I don't suppose small to mid-sized businesses are going to have thousands of pounds at their disposal, they are going to want to spend as little as possible when it comes to optimising their websites, he said that the cheapest price will be £400 a month for a business to have them working for them. Obviously that £400 is going to have to do generate quite a lot of sales before any business is going to enter into that kind of contract.

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Posted by on in General Discussion

I had a mishap in my van in mid-September, the front of my Mercedes sprinter had a close encounter with a signpost. So of course I got in contact with the insurance company, they arranged for an inspection to be carried out. Whilst talking to the insurance guy on the phone, I happened to mention that my vehicle had some very expensive hand controls fitted and they needed to be taken into account, it wasn't just a case of looking at the vehicle and writing it off because an eight-year-old Mercedes sprinter doesn't carry much market value now, the driving controls were very valuable and were included in the insurance. I suggested that if they had any questions regarding these controls they contact Adaptacar who fitted them in the first place. It was then that it was suggested to me that the vehicle went up to Adaptacar where the inspection could take place. Of course this was a good idea and I felt that things were definitely going in the right direction. 

As luck would have it, there was a body repair shop right opposite adaptacar. They agreed to undertake the repair of my van and the insurance company agreed. It seemed to take ages, but around October 23 I was told that work had commenced on my vehicle. I was informed the other day by the owner of the vehicle repair shop that the insurance company were not going to cover the cost of having the vehicle returned back to me from North Devon. The excuse the insurance company are using for not paying for the vehicle to be returned is because I have not used one of their authorised body repair shops. I think this is bloody disgusting, they are using the small print to save themselves money and even though they know I am a wheelchair user, are willing to leave me with absolutely no means of getting my vehicle back unless I pay a considerable amount of money to have it brought back down to me. However, they did tell me that I could use the facility where I can hire a vehicle through the insurance and then go and get my van. This could either be hiring a vehicle, or getting public transport. How ridiculous, they will pay what could turn out to be a lot of money for me to go and get my vehicle, but they won't pay the vehicle repair shop to deliver my van back to me.

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Posted by on in Interesting & useful websites

I love this website, I often use it to work out how much money I will have at a certain date in the future. All you do is put in the start date, and then the end date, it will then tell you how me weeks in between, extremely useful. Or you can start from today's date, and work out exactly how many weeks it is until somebody's birthday, or anniversary for instance. Check it out, it's very simple to use, even better.

http://www.easysurf.cc/ndate2.htm

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If you don't know anything about amateur radio, or what we do then you may be interested in watching me operate live on the Internet. I have setup a web cam using the live stream which will enable you to see exactly what goes on when an amateur radio operator switches his transceiver on. If you want, you can also interact with me by using the messaging system which is located to the right of the video. Obviously I will talk when it's possible so just ask me any questions you wish and we shall do our best to interact with not only our radio friends, but also our online computer friends.

 

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It doesn't matter what you are searching for on YouTube, whether it be a mobile phone, a computer monitor, an MP3 player or an amateur radio, 9 times out of 10, you've then got to sit there and watch the product being taken out of its box. 

What the hell is the fascination with making these ridiculous and pointless videos? Why do these people think for one second we are remotely interested in seeing the box being unpacked. I do a lot of research on YouTube looking for products that I may want to buy. If I am looking for information on a computer monitor, I would rather the person put the effort into explaining and showing us how the monitor works, give a good review, tell us what they honestly think about it. Please don't waste our time opening a box and explaining what's in it, I'm not interested and nowadays I avoid videos like this now.

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Posted by on in TV Gossip

I think this year's official Sainsbury's advert is incredibly moving and actually put a tear in my eye at the end

 

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Swatch watches are very collectable. They're very affordable which means you don't have to be a millionaire to be able to collect them. Swatch watches are normally sold for a short period of time and then discontinued. This means that you will always end up with a watch that is no longer available. This makes them very collectable.

I am selling a Swatch chronograph quartz watch which I purchased about six years ago. The watch is around 39/40 mm in diameter and has an elasticated strap.

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Posted by on in For Sale

Take this opportunity to purchase one of the greatest ever-based microphones made for CB radio. The Turner Super Sidekick was made originally for the AM and SSB modes in the United States. However, it works really well on the FM mode as well. Now that the UK can legally use AM and SSB, this microphone would be a fantastic addition to your CB radio shack. These are not available anymore and they are very rare indeed. Do not make the mistake of confusing the Turner Super Sidekick with the Turner +3B, they are completely different microphones, even though they look identical.

For a microphone that is probably more than 35 years old, it's in remarkably good condition. Obviously being an old microphone does mean it is a little aged, but I don't think you will be disappointed with its condition.

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It was reported today that a Polish man has now regained feeling and movement back in his lower limbs after being paralysed from the chest down following an incident where he was stabbed in the back with a knife.

News reports stated that his mind will cord was completely severed. Now we all know that we cannot always trust what the media says so whether he had an absolute complete break I really couldn't say. I often see reports about so called paralysed people who miraculously start walking again. It often turns out that the paralysis is nowhere near as severe as what myself and many other spinal injury patients have suffered. This breakthrough is very exciting as if it's as simple as taking cells from the nose then we may all benefit. However, I'm not going to get excited at the moment because ever since I was paralysed the scientists have been saying that it won't be very long before there is a breakthrough in a cure for spinal cord injury. 25 years ago I remember watching a program where they clearly stated that by the turn of the century they would have a cure for spinal cord injury. Well, that was 14 years ago and I've not been aware of any huge breakthrough in a cure for spinal-cord injury.

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I have decided to sell my ICOM 7400 which I have owned from you. The radio was purchased around 2004/5 from Waters and Stanton. The radio covers the HF frequencies including WARC frequencies. It also covers both 2 m & 6 m operating on all modes. The ICOM 7400 is not only a first-class HF transceiver, but it's also an extremely good radio if you want to operate SSB on the 2 m band. If you like 6 m then this radio also has the benefit of being able to operate on these frequencies. Unfortunately I do not have the original box as this was inadvertently disposed of without my knowledge. However the manual comes with the radio.

Also included in the sale is a Nissei 30 amp power supply which is more than enough to run the radio on full power.

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Posted by on in Focus on Disability

Over the years I have needed to get various bits of equipment that help me in my daily living. Other times I have got people to make me adaptions from scratch. Recently I had some work done on my wheelchair which meant I wasn't able to reach some of the switches and buttons in my van. Rather than go to all the trouble of having the buttons and switches modified, I decided that the easiest option would be to keep a mouth stick in the vehicle. A search on the Internet didn't really been that many options are in fact I could only find one available here in the UK. I must say I was rather taken aback when I looked at how much money they were asking for it, £38 for what is nothing more than an ounce of aluminium tubing, a bit of plastic, and a rubber stop end. 

I'm almost tempted to say that this is one of the best examples I've had with buying a disabled product that is grossly exorbitant to the extent that they are completely taking advantage of people who have nowhere else to go if they need one of these products. 

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Yet again travellers took up residence on Churston Common a couple of weeks ago. The council have made an attempt to stop them getting onto the green by putting large rocks along the border. However these travellers seem to be able to get around this obstacle somehow. At one point, there were probably six or seven caravans parked around the trees. These people have absolutely no regard for anyone, they let their dogs run around off the lead, probably fouling the common, I very much doubt whether any of them clean up after their animals. At one stage the dogs were running freely on the road, very nearly causing an accident. Whilst driving past today, I noticed that they had all departed. However, they left behind them an absolute mess, garden refuse, household rubbish, it was disgusting.

The council then had to move in to clean up after these dirty filthy scum. There isn't any other way to describe these travellers, they are just a bunch of lazy filthy trash that leave misery behind them wherever they go. If I was to drive onto the common and leave my van there for more than a few hours, you can bet your life a ticket would be slapped on it. Now I don't know the exact circumstances of how the authorities are dealing with these people, but I simply cannot understand why they are allowed to continually park up on the common. The first thing I would do on their arrival would be to give them a warning, move off within the hour or else. If they were still there, I would clamp all of their vehicles. I would then issue them with a bill for parking their vehicles on the common. Block of the entrance that they gained access to the common, and make sure that they cannot leave. Surely it's not that difficult, these people should not be allowed to get away with behaving like this.

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If the truth be known we all like freebies. Who really wants to pay for something if you can get it free? Software doesn't come cheap , you can pay hundreds of pounds for a single piece of software nowadays. However some companies will give you their software completely free of charge. A lot of the software I use has been downloaded I didn't pay a penny for it. Having said that, you have got to be very careful when downloading software that is offered for free. Developers are not really that generous, of course they're going to want something for the hard work, they're not going to spend all that money and hard work just to give it away for nothing. A lot of developers will actually receive sponsorship on their website. In other words people will pay them to advertise, normally in the form of banners that will link directly to their own website. 

Unfortunately some developers use a slightly more cunning method of sponsoring other products. What they do is include other people software within their own download. In other words when you download their free software, you also download another piece of software that will automatically install itself on your computer. In some cases you will be prompted whether you want to install this extra piece of software.  However in my experience it's often the case that the software is completely hidden and you will only realise that you have installed something else when a box pops up all of a sudden, probably prompting you to scan your PC. A lot of this unwanted software is very simple to install, you just go through the same procedure as you would any other pieces of software you don't want any more. Recently I've had more of a problem when installing free software. Hidden within the software is some kind of application that automatically redirects your homepage to another. I've managed to stop this from happening by rolling back my browser to the default, but whether this has actually removed the hidden culprit, I really couldn't say.

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Like a lot of people in the UK I have been doing the lottery ever since it started. I've never won much but we all live in hope that one day our numbers will come up. To my absolute joy and excitement 4 of my numbers came up in last night's draw. However, the excitement soon subsided when I realised that I would receive a measly £25 for my four numbers. £25 for four numbers? You have got to be kidding me? The lottery pays £25 for three numbers, it simply ridiculous that four numbers pays out exactly the same.

However, I can see exactly what happened and why the money is so low. All of last night's numbers were low, none of them were any higher than 17. It is a known fact that most people use birthdays for their lottery numbers. Low numbers means lots of winners.

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I wanted to let everybody know that I have made a few changes to Wheel Love Dating website. There aren't any radical changes, in fact you probably won't notice much difference apart from the front page introduction which has been changed. You will also notice that the website is rather sparse of members at the moment. There's a simple explanation to this, I have purged the website of any member who I think is not genuine, in other words is there to perform a scam on genuine members. I have also modified the profile as well. Whereas before many of the sections were not mandatory, in other words if you didn't want to enter any information it had to, I have changed the rules now. This is a dating website, anyone who is genuine will want to fill in their profile properly. Before the people who are not genuine wouldn't bother filling in any of their profile, their intent was to contact other members as soon as they tell them the basic registration. Well I'm putting a stop to that now, I'm fed up with all these Africans to trawl the Internet looking for vulnerable victims, it's not going to happen any more on this website so you can rest assured that all members will be as genuine as I can possibly ascertain.

If you are genuine and you did have an account you will notice that your profile no longer exists. Worry not, you still have a valid account on the website so all you need to do is sign in with the username and password that you registered with and simply create a new profile.

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Ever since I traced my birth family and they started visiting me we have always enjoyed a trip to Paignton pier where we would spend a couple of hours wasting a couple of quid on their machines. In particular we used to enjoy playing the "tipping point" type machines, the ones that have a couple of trays that move back and forth. In recent times, £1 would give you 45 min of fun, but you would always end up putting the money back in again, you never went to the amusements to make money.

My family came down at the beginning of April and of course we visited the amusement arcades on the pier. We changed our pound into a bunch of two pence pieces and started playing one of the machines. Something was different, it wasn't behaving in the way it always used to. For a start, we put in all of the money in no time at all and got very little out. It wasn't just Jean and myself, my sister Bex found the same thing happening to her. I took a closer look at the machine and realised that they had been modified in a way that meant you would get very little money out for the money you are putting in. Instead of having a basic shelf with coins hanging off, waiting to fall, they had attached a long thin metal bar along the bottom tray. They have then jammed in loads of coins which make them look as if they are ready to fall. However, because they are jammed in between the tray and the bar, they are going absolutely nowhere. You can only see the bar if you look very carefully, but all the machines have definitely been rigged so that hardly any money came out. I personally think this type of action is pretty despicable by the people who run the pier. After all, it's only two pence pieces, we're not talking about lots of money. Kids enjoy playing these machines, they use their pocket money to enjoy themselves on the pier, modifying the machines so that you have to put twice as much in is tantamount to stealing as far as I'm concerned. These machines are not made like this, it's unacceptable that the owners of Paignton piel felt it necessary to modify them like this.

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Posted by on in Focus on Disability

I am just lying here in bed watching television at an absolutely ridiculous hour, I should have been asleep hours ago, no wonder I'm tired during the day a lot of the time.

Like most people who have suffered a spinal cord injury I live in hope that one day in my lifetime someone somewhere will come up with a cure and give us back some movement, maybe even the ability to walk again. I've just been watching a television programme and when it finished and adverts came on for an interesting programme on stem cell research which is being screened in May. The programme which will be screened on the Discovery Channel on May 4 is called Stephen Hawkins Stem Cell Universe and looks to be very interesting indeed. I'll certainly be tuning in.

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Posted by on in General Discussion

I have a small painting of a trout by an artist called Arthur Wetherall Burgess and I'm looking for some more information on it.

I have done some research and found that Arthur specialised in painting maritime scenes, warships in particular. Some research that I did several years ago led me to believe that he was born in North Devon UK and then moved to Australia where he undertook the role of artists for an organisation, possibly something to do with wildlife. He died in 1957 I believe, but that is about as much information as I know about this artist.

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