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by martyn94
Fri 28 Feb 2014 22:39
Forum: Shopping
Topic: TIM THE SAUSAGE MAN AND RON THE GROCER
Replies: 18
Views: 12493

I am tempted to say that it's all the stuff I left the UK to avoid. But it's not really so, unless you lived in a 1950s time-warp: Paxo stuffing, Birds custard powder.... I wouldn't know how to find them in London, let alone the P O. If Ron finds buyers for this dross, good luck to him, but it seems...
by martyn94
Fri 28 Feb 2014 18:46
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Old Satellite transmissions
Replies: 2
Views: 1193

montgolfiere wrote: All Radio is still there except the BBC
I guess that I'll be listening to that every day except Monday to Sunday.
by martyn94
Fri 28 Feb 2014 08:54
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Living in PO
Replies: 13
Views: 5383

There is no one answer to this question. For example the bit about places closing up in winter. Or summer if it's a ski resort. For some of us this is a positive! The only way to choose is to come down here, have a good look around, make up your own mind. Come more than once, in season and out.Talk...
by martyn94
Thu 27 Feb 2014 19:39
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Living in PO
Replies: 13
Views: 5383

I can't speak for others, but I found the question a bit too open-ended for my limited typing skills. If you already live in France, you will find it quite familiar, usually a bit hotter, but often a bit windier. Beyond that, it would help to have an idea what you want, and what points you are most ...
by martyn94
Sat 22 Feb 2014 12:26
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Bringing a 'phone line 200 metres to one's property - cost ?
Replies: 7
Views: 3030

Re: ORANGE Telephone to caravan

France Telecom were purchased by Orange a year or two ago. [/quote] France Telecom SA were not purchased by anyone: they simply renamed themself Orange SA, having acquired the "orange" brand name by acquiring the UK mobile phone company, and then extended that brand to successively wider parts of t...
by martyn94
Fri 21 Feb 2014 02:39
Forum: Welcome to the P-O. Life Forum
Topic: Secret Calls or non disclosed
Replies: 30
Views: 15803

I have a variety of responses. The one that mystifies us is the one that is silent for about 10 seconds, then says "goodbye" in English I think that these mostly come from call centres which use "predictive dialling". Given that most of the junk calls are very brief, you would waste a lot of time i...
by martyn94
Tue 18 Feb 2014 02:03
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Now TV
Replies: 1
Views: 1504

Now TV

I have been aware of this box for a while. I have not tried it, if only because I almost never go back to the UK to buy one. But it seems to offer a lot of what some of us might want (plus more if you want to pay R Murdoch for it). I guess it has the usual issues over disguising your non-UK address....
by martyn94
Mon 17 Feb 2014 21:30
Forum: Welcome to the P-O. Life Forum
Topic: Secret Calls or non disclosed
Replies: 30
Views: 15803

Sue's information from Orange isn't a tiresome email. It was sent to people on Orange for this notice~this is a true problem. Blackduff Yes of course. I was commenting on junk - and worse - phone calls. It should be second nature to hang up when calls take a wrong turn: either selling stuff cold, o...
by martyn94
Mon 17 Feb 2014 09:21
Forum: Welcome to the P-O. Life Forum
Topic: Secret Calls or non disclosed
Replies: 30
Views: 15803

These calls are tiresome, but if anything less so than those I got in my few years in the UK after I retired and realised what I had been missing all week when I was at work. I don't personally see the need to say anything at all: if any circumstance allows you just to put the phone down on someone,...
by martyn94
Mon 17 Feb 2014 04:52
Forum: Language Matters
Topic: Worth a read about why to learn French
Replies: 21
Views: 15798

It struck me as protesting altogether too much. The very fact that France has to sponsor an official structure for worldwide "francophonie" (with a pretty disparate bunch of members and observers - neither Lithuania nor Thailand, for example, have struck me as hotbeds of French) shows that they know...
by martyn94
Mon 17 Feb 2014 04:42
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Tvplayer.com
Replies: 29
Views: 11288

I have never had the changed IP address issue when at home: free seem to give you a fixed IP address as standard. But if you do have the issue and can't/won't use dynamic dns, unotelly seem reasonably helpful. There is an android app which you can use to update your IP address with minimum effort (a...
by martyn94
Fri 14 Feb 2014 13:13
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Help please - Smart TV anyone?
Replies: 14
Views: 5839

Or perhaps we could all just get out more. Given the heavy-duty intellectual effort going into access to UK tv, you might think that it was worth watching. What are you getting that I am missing?
by martyn94
Fri 14 Feb 2014 04:28
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Buying a QWERTY laptop in France
Replies: 15
Views: 8093

If it is a windows keyboard, you can change the key mapping , somewhere or other, to get the us key placement. But I am sure that I would not bother for myself. If you live here, the uk keyboard gives you reasonably easy access to the euro key, which is the only material difference for me.
by martyn94
Thu 13 Feb 2014 12:05
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Comprehensive article pulling it all together
Replies: 6
Views: 2349

I think the problem s that there is no longer any "all" to pull together. There are endless different ways of getting an endless range of possible services. It depends on what you already have, what you want, how techie you and all other users are, and much more. I promised, foolishly, to write a ro...
by martyn94
Thu 13 Feb 2014 03:57
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Tvplayer.com
Replies: 29
Views: 11288

Hi, can I ask that you do make the effort and add your voice to this thread... http://help.unotelly.com/support/discussions/topics/75680 I'm thinking the more people that do perhaps the higher priority it will have. I did, and it said that it didn't recognise my email address. I don't have the ener...
by martyn94
Thu 13 Feb 2014 03:47
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Tvplayer.com
Replies: 29
Views: 11288

Hi, can I ask that you do make the effort and add your voice to this thread... http://help.unotelly.com/support/discussions/topics/75680 I'm thinking the more people that do perhaps the higher priority it will have. I did, and it said that it didn't recognise my email address. I don't have the ener...
by martyn94
Thu 13 Feb 2014 03:08
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Tvplayer.com
Replies: 29
Views: 11288

Hi, can I ask that you do make the effort and add your voice to this thread... http://help.unotelly.com/support/discussions/topics/75680 I'm thinking the more people that do perhaps the higher priority it will have. I did, and it said that it didn't recognise my email address. I don't have the ener...
by martyn94
Wed 12 Feb 2014 21:21
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Tvplayer.com
Replies: 29
Views: 11288

Just been looking at TVPlayer.com: It looks quite good but there are many fewer channels available than on Filmon. It needs a VPN such as iPlayer but it doesn't work with the SmartDNS I'm using (Overplay). Russell. You could ask them to add it? Or even better, ask Unotelly as well, and save me the ...
by martyn94
Wed 12 Feb 2014 06:04
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Tvplayer.com
Replies: 29
Views: 11288

Kate Can you make this thread to a "Sticky" or "Tacky" or whatever this is called. I think that lots of people will like to review this in the near future. We're all needing ways to see the BBC again. (we need an Emoticon for "thanks") Blackduff If we are going to have a sticky, it might be better ...
by martyn94
Mon 10 Feb 2014 03:56
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Tvplayer.com
Replies: 29
Views: 11288

Tvplayer.com

This may be old news to others, but I have just stumbled across a service at tvplayer.com which seems to be quite new. It offers live streaming (only) of the main uk channels in what the reviews say is high quality (if your broadband speed is up to it), apple and android apps (with chromecast suppor...
by martyn94
Fri 07 Feb 2014 02:35
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: BBC channels
Replies: 15
Views: 6087

At the moment I'm just pleased we can watch the Olympics in French :D Baron de Coubertin would be proud: his Games bringing us together across boundaries of race, language, taste in soft drinks... Oh, sorry, no. Apparently you get disqualified if you say that you have drunk Pepsi rather than Coke. ...
by martyn94
Thu 06 Feb 2014 00:47
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Buying a QWERTY laptop in France
Replies: 15
Views: 8093

It is perfectly possible to write English on a French keyboard. The reverse, however, is impossible. I recommend a Swiss keyboard as it will enable you to use most European languages. Surely you will find the need to use French at least occasionally ? That's where an ipad, or other touch screen dev...
by martyn94
Wed 05 Feb 2014 23:02
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Buying a QWERTY laptop in France
Replies: 15
Views: 8093

Time4Change Dell gives some reason to buy Blackduff If you want to go with Dell, it may be worth looking at the "business" part of their range - where they usually have machines which are essentially the same as their consumer line but with different model names, eg "vostro". The prices are sometim...
by martyn94
Wed 05 Feb 2014 22:53
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Buying a QWERTY laptop in France
Replies: 15
Views: 8093

It is perfectly possible to write English on a French keyboard. The reverse, however, is impossible. I recommend a Swiss keyboard as it will enable you to use most European languages. Surely you will find the need to use French at least occasionally ? That's where an ipad, or other touch screen dev...
by martyn94
Wed 05 Feb 2014 04:48
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Buying a QWERTY laptop in France
Replies: 15
Views: 8093

If you want a choice of brands, you could try amazon.co.uk. I bought one from them with very modest shipping charges. But of course it was UK qwerty, not US.
by martyn94
Tue 04 Feb 2014 23:57
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: Foreign exchange: Transferwise
Replies: 21
Views: 10704

Just to bring my first post up to date: my transaction was completed yesterday in the event. A bit more than one working day, at a rate of 1.2064 and a fee of £23 (for changing about €6600). I queried their customer service about the scope for delay and it seems that they guarantee completion within...
by martyn94
Tue 04 Feb 2014 10:29
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: Foreign exchange: Transferwise
Replies: 21
Views: 10704

How does that compare to Currencies Direct, Moneycorps etc? is it similar? The story is on their website. But I think they are significantly different: in the ordinary way, they simply match your desired transaction from £ to €, say, with other customers' desired transactions from € to £. Both part...
by martyn94
Tue 04 Feb 2014 04:34
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: Foreign exchange: Transferwise
Replies: 21
Views: 10704

Foreign exchange: Transferwise

I have to make transfers in and out of euros, like many people here I guess. I have long used an online broker rather than my banks, and been happy enough. But I recently came across transferwise.com, who claim to transfer using middle-market rates plus an explicit, and extremely competitive, fee. T...
by martyn94
Sat 01 Feb 2014 07:08
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Online tv: roku, now tv, chromecast.....
Replies: 10
Views: 3775

Martyn Good luck for your search. Blackduff Not really searching just now - as I've said, I have a sort of enforced lay-off for the next few months. I just hope to profit by other peoples' experience as it develops. I don't watch much tv at the best of times, and almost none recently for various re...
by martyn94
Sat 01 Feb 2014 03:34
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Online tv: roku, now tv, chromecast.....
Replies: 10
Views: 3775

Thanks for all this. I have experience of a samsung box elsewhere and found it a pain to use given my very limited viewing. I don't really care about the itv channels, but do care about easy and good-quality BBC radio. It goes against the grain to buy a gaming console which would never play games. A...