15
Feb

OldVersion.com

If the latest version of a program you love to use is not as good as the version you just got rid of, if, in a moment of madness, you have decided to update your computer's operating system, or if you are running an older system, then this website is for you.

Oldversion.com is FREE to use, does exactly what it says on the tin, no fuss. I've been using the site for years so it comes with a personal recommendation from me (like that's worth anything!)

It's quick, easy and simple to use. That's it!

Old version also (I've just found out) have a forum, so if you have a request or a question you can post there, or contact the site on twitter. Enjoy.

http://www.oldversion.com/

http://forum.oldversion.com/

http://www.twitter.com/oldversion

 

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15
Oct

The Consumers' forum

Link: http://www.penaltychargesforum.co.uk

The Consumers’ Forum was set up originally as PenaltyChargesforum by Stephen Hone in 2005, initially to fight against unlawfully Penalty Charges levied against Customers of Banks and Credit Card Companies, as the forum expanded to address various issues not confined to only banking, where the Consumer was being either oppressed or penalised and bullied, even just simply treated unfairly by large institutions, the forum evolved into the ConsumerForum, where you can fight back.

Who are they?

Ordinary folk, with many diverse interests and ideals, but the common ground is seeing people treated fairly when dealing with Financial and other institutions. The most important part of their work is to help people to help themselves, to coach and steer them in the right direction. To give them confidence in taking on these big companies and not to be afraid. Their team of dedicated volunteers give a lot of their own time in helping others and get an immense amount of satisfaction when a member's financial or consumer problem has reached a satisfactory conclusion.

Why do they do it?

Because they CARE, because it’s the right thing to do!

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17
Nov

Emulators for old home computers and games consoles

Commodore 64
A former giant of the home computer world - the Commodore 64

Link: http://www.emulator-zone.com/doc.php/computer/

Commodore 64, ZX spectrum, Commodore Amiga, nintendo, atari and the like, were all top computers and games consoles from years gone by.
Now you turn your PC/laptop into one of them, with an emulator.

Not only does an emulator allow you to program your PC/laptop as if it is one of these former giants of the computer world, but you can also play all the old games with a simple file download!

Frugal people will notice that these emulators all come for FREE!

emulator zone (Opens in a new browser window)

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11
Nov

Want to appear on a BBC show?

Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/beonashow/

Fancy your chances on the weakest link, so you think you can dance or total wipeout?
Need DIY sos, value your relics on the antiques roadshow or even appear on a CBBC show?

Wait no more... hit the link and get details of where BBC television shows are taking place or apply as a contestant online.

Appear on a BBC television show 

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11
Nov

FREE audience tickets for BBC television and radio shows

Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/tickets/

Ever wanted to be in the audience for strictly come dancing or the latest BBC3 comedy show?

Now you can, visit the link and apply online for audience tickets, to see some of the television shows we all watch every week.
It's completely FREE!

Free BBC tickets

 

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14
Jul

East Lancashire railway

Link: http://www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk/

A trip on the East Lancashire Railway is a journey back in time. It was opened in 1846 to link the Manchester to Bolton line with Radcliffe and was a popular passenger and freight route which served the Irwell Valley from Bury, via Ramsbottom, to Rawtenstall and beyond.

1972 saw the last passengers travel on the Bury to Rawtenstall section, and that would have been the end of an era had the East Lancashire Preservation Society not been committed to restoring the line to its former glory.

With assistance from Bury and Rossendale Councils, the line was reopened in 1991. The traditional station buildings and developments along the tracks have contributed to the Society being presented with a number of environmental awards. Work continued to finally complete the railways extension to Heywood which reopened to passengers in 2003.

They have diesel and steam engines running as well as special themed weekends and days, dining car, father Christmas, etc.

The railway now operates every weekend throughout the year, with some weekday running during the month of August.

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14
Apr

Greetings cards - Hand made by Sheila

Link: http://www.sheilaknight.me.uk/handmade.html

Unusual and unique, hand made greetings cards for any occasions.

Hand made by Sheila (Opens in a new window)

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26
Mar

British gas home top up

Link: https://britishgastopup.paypoint.com/Login.aspx

If you have a pre payment meter for your gas, with british gas, then you can receive free, a card reader to plug into your computer at home.

Once you have registered with the website, it's easy to visit the website (with your card reader plugged in) enter your username and password, then insert your gas card into the card reader, using your set up debit card, put credit on your gas card.

The reader updates your gas card with the credit in seconds, which you can then insert into your pre payment meter and credit your meter.

All without leaving your house. I have been using this for two months now, it is much easier than walking across town to a garage to put the credit on.

British Gas top up website (Opens in a new window)

UPDATE:

For users of internet explorer 10 - which gets a "non compatible browser" error, British gas staff (take a bow Robert!) have provided a quick and easy work around.
Go to the website to top up, press F12, then on the top bar of the screen that appears, click on "Browser mode"
Change it to IE9 and hey presto, the website will now allow you to top up.

The reason given for the issues, is that the website is not owned by British gas, but paypoint.
British gas are currently bringing the website in house, so they will in the near future have control over it.

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12
Feb

VLC media player (Free)

Link: http://download.cnet.com/VLC-Media-Player/3000-13632_4-10267151.html

VLC media player will player most types of files on your computer, MP3s, MP4s, music and video.
It comes complete with a full dashboard of controls that includes zoom - brightness - contrast and a graphic equaliser.
VLC is open source and completely free. I can vouch for its reliability, I have been using VLC for more than three years now, especially when windows media player fails to open files, as I am finding more and more often.
VLC can play your CDs and DVDs without any issues regarding DRM or conflicts between your video card and computer (I haven't had this problem once with this program).

Safety is always paramount when online, so the link to the program is from a reputable source, (which will be posted in it's own right later) downloads.com
Rather than just providing a mirror link to somebodies webspace, I would recommend going through a trusted website.

to date, more than 19 MILLION people have downloaded the VLC media player from the linked website above.

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31
Jan

NHS Direct website

Link: http://www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk

Help in all areas, from dental treatment to emergencies to swine flu, all under the NHS banner.
NHS direct also offers support and advice on mental illness.

NHS direct website (Opens in new window)

Telephone number: 0845 4647

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