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by martyn94
Fri 21 Mar 2014 23:18
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: twin lnb wanted
Replies: 32
Views: 12643

sorry martin but you have got it wrong..i want a twin lnb to pick up 2 satellites Astra and Hotbird..i do not want to connect up 4 TV.s..i am not angry i just get pissed off by know alls that know nothing,,trouble is people only read half what is written then bash away at the keyboard .i have enoug...
by martyn94
Fri 21 Mar 2014 17:09
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: twin lnb wanted
Replies: 32
Views: 12643

I suppose it is no help, but if you are after a twin, why not get a quad for not much more? Even if you do not use the extra channels now, you might find a use for the extra screens in future if - heaven forfend - you ever spend a bit less time on your bike (not that you probably spend much more tim...
by martyn94
Wed 19 Mar 2014 21:55
Forum: Health
Topic: Mosquitos Info and more
Replies: 8
Views: 3779

I used to get bitten a lot until I got advised to take vitamin b1 (thiamin) tablets. I take one a day & have done for the last two years & can honestly say it works. I think I have been bitten about half a dozen times in these two years. It works for me but might not work for everyone but for a cou...
by martyn94
Wed 19 Mar 2014 13:43
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: End of Windows XP
Replies: 30
Views: 8181

Martyn The article you refer to is how to use your own router INSTEAD of the Freebox which just becomes a broadband Modem. Following this procedure would disable the phone, TV and all the other Free added value services. What you actually want to do is simply add a downstream router with its own Sm...
by martyn94
Wed 19 Mar 2014 11:08
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Chromecast
Replies: 10
Views: 2570

Chromecast

It turns out that they have been launched today both in the UK (with bbc iplayer on board) at £30, and in France at €35.
by martyn94
Wed 19 Mar 2014 10:59
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: End of Windows XP
Replies: 30
Views: 8181

Broadly speaking you just plug the new router in (though it helps to have an EU-plug power-block, so perhaps not PC World) and change your existing box to "bridge" mode. I think you are a bit confused here martyn94 you certainly wouldn't change your existing router to "bridge" mode even if it permi...
by martyn94
Tue 18 Mar 2014 19:16
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: End of Windows XP
Replies: 30
Views: 8181

Hi Allan. Thanks for that, should have twigged the old internet phone catch, I have one of those. So would adding another router mean just buying one from PC World and then connecting by cable to the French one and then configuring it. When I say "just" what I mean is if it is practically possible,...
by martyn94
Tue 18 Mar 2014 16:34
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: Changing Cash
Replies: 2
Views: 2077

This thread might be useful http://forum.anglophone-direct.com/ftopic13402.php I am afraid that it probably isn't (it's mostly by me, about transfers bank to bank). I think the best advice is "don't start from here". Assuming that you have a French bank account, or know someone who has, can you wai...
by martyn94
Tue 18 Mar 2014 15:54
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: End of Windows XP
Replies: 30
Views: 8181

[quote= Interesting, it used to be that Microsoft was considered the 'Great Satan' of the IT world but a lot of people think the mantle has passed to Google, did you know that they log every search that you ever make and buy up satellite photos and databases simply to have the information in case th...
by martyn94
Tue 18 Mar 2014 15:47
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: End of Windows XP
Replies: 30
Views: 8181

[quote= Interesting, it used to be that Microsoft was considered the 'Great Satan' of the IT world but a lot of people think the mantle has passed to Google, did you know that they log every search that you ever make and buy up satellite photos and databases simply to have the information in case th...
by martyn94
Mon 17 Mar 2014 15:49
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: End of Windows XP
Replies: 30
Views: 8181

Google is your friend on both points. And google is all that I have to go on. As recently reviewed, chromebooks seem to offer all that the OP seems to want to do in a cheap, quick and low-maintenance form. And with high security and no issue of disruptive OS updates (which is where the OP came in, w...
by martyn94
Mon 17 Mar 2014 12:24
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: End of Windows XP
Replies: 30
Views: 8181

If you want basic laptop uses plus streaming UK tv, a chromebook (specifically this http://www.acer.co.uk/ac/en/GB/content/series/c720) plus a chromecast (reportedly being released this Wednesday) could be very effective. And outstandingly cheap - about £235 all in.
by martyn94
Fri 14 Mar 2014 18:32
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: End of Windows XP
Replies: 30
Views: 8181

Or get a mac. I would not pay the premium prices for their laptops (not needing a laptop anyway). But a Mac mini (especially a refurb) is as close as Apple come to cheap, and they update the operating system for nowt
by martyn94
Wed 12 Mar 2014 12:39
Forum: Shopping
Topic: local honey
Replies: 4
Views: 2270

There is guy on route strategique in Port-Vendres, on the right going to Fort St Elne. Just a house: you go down his steps, he has small trailers for his stuff along his fence. Every Wed and Sat afternoon. Half-a-dozen different sorts: they seem OK to me, given that they are 5 minutes walk away, but...
by martyn94
Wed 12 Mar 2014 11:47
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: Travel Money Card
Replies: 17
Views: 6635

Who do you use? Sometimes what Ramsdens,s etc quote online isn't what you get in store. Where I go there is 3 different money shops & also travel agents all fighting for buisness & we seem to get good rates compared to others I have spoken too. Last week I got just over 1.20 which is best I have se...
by martyn94
Tue 11 Mar 2014 20:27
Forum: Health
Topic: Healthcare for Americans living in France
Replies: 4
Views: 2858

I am afraid we are mostly Brits and Irish here. But google will be your friend. Routine care from a local doctor (€23 a pop) is cheap enough that insurance is not essential.
by martyn94
Tue 11 Mar 2014 09:25
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: Travel Money Card
Replies: 17
Views: 6635

The rates we get for cash are miles better than bank rates,no commission & no transfer fee. Ramsdens are currently quoting €1.1734 to a pound: my best-buy FX dealer is quoting €1.195458 (slightly worse for transactions under £200). And no need to go to their branch to pick it up, nor to your French...
by martyn94
Mon 10 Mar 2014 20:32
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: twin lnb wanted
Replies: 32
Views: 12643

I was brought up over my father's bicycle shop, and helped in the shop when I was old enough. There is a smell about a bike shop that lingers for me even today - rubber tyres, oil, grease, steel. And names to conjure with, like Sturmey Archer. As part of the business dad used to do repairs, and the...
by martyn94
Mon 10 Mar 2014 16:09
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: ONLINE TELEVISION VIEWING
Replies: 7
Views: 8376

Re: UK TV in P-O

Thanks Allan for the excellent info. As we are London-based and spend around 3 months a year in Argeles, the G-Box solution sounds best for us as we wouldn't want to go down a route that involves large subscriptions unless really necessary. May I ask how to buy a G-Box - are they available in Franc...
by martyn94
Mon 10 Mar 2014 15:54
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: Travel Money Card
Replies: 17
Views: 6635

I know they charge monthly fee,s but a French current account is easiest way, get cash in UK from Ramsdens, Cheque Centre etc then bring it out & deposit it in French account then you have use of French card. Bringing your dosh in folding money is about the most expensive and insecure way you can d...
by martyn94
Sun 09 Mar 2014 22:05
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: twin lnb wanted
Replies: 32
Views: 12643

Ours came without the sturmey archer. But what a staggering difference they made even so, after all the palaver with coppers and mangles. Never say there is no such thing as progress: it makes the current agony over tv (not much use really, until the next Coronation) seem a bit trivial.
by martyn94
Sun 09 Mar 2014 14:47
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: Travel Money Card
Replies: 17
Views: 6635

Even more bizarre: the superfluous post has now disappeared. Apologies again.
by martyn94
Sun 09 Mar 2014 14:45
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: Travel Money Card
Replies: 17
Views: 6635

Bizarre. I posted twice by mistake and attempted to delete the second one. The system said "Sorry: you can only delete your own posts". Apologies.
by martyn94
Sun 09 Mar 2014 14:38
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: Travel Money Card
Replies: 17
Views: 6635

The card I have gives 3c per pound less than the actual exchange rate and no charge for spending with the card or withdrawing mone from a cash point when in France (or any other European country). I have now upgraded my Nationwide Flex Plus account. For a fee of £10 per month I have worldwide trave...
by martyn94
Sat 08 Mar 2014 12:09
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: Travel Money Card
Replies: 17
Views: 6635

There are online accounts which offer free cards, but maybe not easily accessible to non-French residents. Otherwise you do pay an annual fee: I have always resented it, but not to the point of doing without. If you spend more than, say, £1-2000 a year here, you are likely to cover the fee by the sa...
by martyn94
Sat 08 Mar 2014 09:24
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Pushvid - Yet another way to stream....
Replies: 0
Views: 1006

Pushvid - Yet another way to stream....

I have stumbled across a new android app (and also a Firefox extension) which reckons to push any video stream to a Freebox player. It is currently in an invitation-only beta trial: you can join here - http://pushvid.io. I have the kit but cannot try it because my house is under the builders. Anyone...
by martyn94
Fri 07 Mar 2014 18:11
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Telephone and internet - maison secondaire
Replies: 6
Views: 2979

Is there a certain package that you can do this with?, or is it just basic orange broadband. What is the monthly cost of this package as we might need to get telephone line in since the tv has gone. It is called "orange découverte": around €30 a month. I have never used it, because it is not worth ...
by martyn94
Fri 07 Mar 2014 18:01
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Apple OS Mavericks 10.9.2 Update
Replies: 2
Views: 1284

Not quite on-topic, but there seems no strong technical reason why Airprint should not work with any printer visible to your device (it did in the beta versions of the relevant iOS software). There are a couple of Mac apps which make it work with non-Airprint printers connected to/networked with a M...
by martyn94
Fri 07 Mar 2014 17:42
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: Foreign exchange: Transferwise
Replies: 21
Views: 10357

Another update: I just transferred about £45000 to pay a builders' bill. The rate they gave me was dead on the middle-market rate at the time of the transfer. They charged about £220 explicitly: the charge implicit in the rate quoted by my previous FX dealer (within about 15 minutes) was around £500...
by martyn94
Fri 07 Mar 2014 17:24
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: Travel Money Card
Replies: 17
Views: 6635

If you have a base in France, why not have an account here, with a card, and use that? You can top it up, if you use one or other FX dealer rather than your UK bank, at very much better rates than you will get from a cash-card operator.