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    Here's how I got it for £100.21 + vat (vat...

    Here's how I got it for £100.21 + vat (vat reclaimed :smokin):

    http://forums.contractoruk.com/technical/74376-technet-subscription-25-off-all-microsoft-store-products.html

    Annual renewal is...
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    Nope. As I say to agents when they're fishing,...

    Nope. As I say to agents when they're fishing, I'm not able to disclose the location or details of the client. :p

    Particularly in case any of the permie managers (and there's lots of them) are...
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    Windows 8 unleashed ...

    ... on the oldies. :devil


    Grabbed a copy of the RTM version off Technet. That Technet sub is looking a good decision so far, got W8, W7 ultimate, W2008R2, WHS2011, all for 100 quid. :smokin
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    Machines everywhere? Current client site has a...

    Machines everywhere? Current client site has a branch on site!

    At least it offers an alternative to the free but crappy machines they have in the offices, and isn't quite as extortionate as I was...
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    Highlights are on ITV4. 9pm-10pm tonight or...

    Highlights are on ITV4. 9pm-10pm tonight or 11am-12am tomorrow.

    As I only have freeview at the moment that'll have to do, unless I can be bothered to find a live stream online. :ohwell

    ...
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    Poll: Jessica Ennis making a late play for the trophy:...

    Jessica Ennis making a late play for the trophy:

    Jessica Ennis set to earn £1million from lucrative sponsorship deals | Mail Online

    All glammed up she looks remarkably similar to a mate's wife,...
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    Watched it for 'free' down the pub. :happy Not...

    Watched it for 'free' down the pub. :happy

    Not sure if it was all the beer, or the distraction of all the totty, but I only saw any punches landing when they played it back in slow-mo. :o

    Same...
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    I've used the 3 payg dongle for contracting from...

    I've used the 3 payg dongle for contracting from home while waiting for fixed line broadband to become active.

    Was on it all day using remote desktop for a couple of weeks. Very reliable and used...
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    Well, I've now got an iPad 3 costing 400 notes....

    Well, I've now got an iPad 3 costing 400 notes. :ohwell

    The much improved screen resolution (2048x1536 in 9.7 inches) over the iPad2 and most other tablets was the clincher, along with how you can...
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    Having only recently started watching Fringe...

    Having only recently started watching Fringe (another J.J Abrams show), I'm now about mid way through season 2, I think he took some of the initial ideas behind Lost and made Fringe. There are...
  11. If tempted to use one of these companies make...

    If tempted to use one of these companies make sure you find out the actual fees they'll be charging. My mum used one to reclaim PPI on a loan and they wanted 30% + vat (so nearer 35% all in) for...
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    I've just signed up with Talk Talk at my new...

    I've just signed up with Talk Talk at my new rental accommodation near the client. Paid line rental 12 months in advance so it works out at under a tenner a month (£114 for the year), then the...
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    Create your own self signed certificate. No...

    Create your own self signed certificate.

    No need to pay a 3rd party for a certificate to say you trust your own work and hosting. :rolleyes:

    IIRC you can create certificates in Visual Studio...
  14. Thread: NAS drive

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    The D-Link DNS-343 4 bay NAS for £119.98 @ Dabs...

    The D-Link DNS-343 4 bay NAS for £119.98 @ Dabs looks an interesting comparably priced alternative to the HP Microserver for those wanting something a bit more plug and play.

    D-Link 4-Bay SATA NAS...
  15. Maybe the MPs do the same. After all turkeys...

    Maybe the MPs do the same. After all turkeys don't vote for Christmas.
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    Was only joking about the dial up! Would need a...

    Was only joking about the dial up! Would need a landline to use it anyway so may as well get broadband over it instead.

    No, don't have an android phone yet (next one will probably be android), but...
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    Don't think Zen is an option as the exchange is...

    Don't think Zen is an option as the exchange is BT Wholesale only. i.e. no one has yet paid to use the LLU ability, so anyone offering a service has to buy it off BT who must enforce certain minimums...
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    Mobile broadband instead of fixed line?

    Anyone using mobile broadband for their main internet access?

    If so, how are you finding it in terms of reliability (when surfing for hours on end, as I'll need to do lengthy Windows Remote...
  19. Thread: Deflation news

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    Looking at the graph, did prices really drop that...

    Looking at the graph, did prices really drop that much around august 08 to august 09?

    I don't remember seeing them coming down at all, beyond the token few pence, and even then prices soon went...
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    Sounds like some bulltulip made up publicity...

    Sounds like some bulltulip made up publicity stunt. No way would a true obsessive leave his pristine collection for the ex-wife and brats to go near.

    Some sad guy pretending to be a bird (won't be...
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    As Malvolia says, I've been claiming £5 Personal...

    As Malvolia says, I've been claiming £5 Personal Incidental Expenses (or PIE) since I started contracting. Had one investigation into expenses in all that time and they were fine with it.

    So you...
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    Yep 2 x 4gb Kingston non-ECC ram for £25 + vat...

    Yep 2 x 4gb Kingston non-ECC ram for £25 + vat (reclaimed). :smokin

    Thinking of banging the old 2gb stick in my N36L, bringing it to 3gb total so I can install Windows Home Server 2011 on it (has...
  23. Thread: Have we done...

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    Captain America: The First Avenger...

    Captain America: The First Avenger is worth a watch if you're into Nazi era sci-fi.

    Ties in with Iron Man, Thor and The Incredible Hulk as intro movies to the upcoming The Avengers movie, of...
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    Problem with the PS3 is it doesn't support all...

    Problem with the PS3 is it doesn't support all popular video formats so may need to transcode on the fly (using 3rd party software on the streaming source), which requires more CPU power than many...
  25. Better than the rate I started contracting on,...

    Better than the rate I started contracting on, which was only £15/hr.

    Though I only used it to get experience in M$ to move away from the Unix stuff they originally got me in for, which lined me...
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    Like any hard drive you should backup regularly,...

    Like any hard drive you should backup regularly, so the frighteners people like AtW like to apply to anyone mentioning SSD is a moot point. :p

    To make sure you're getting the most from the SSD,...
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    Poll: That is definately the case. Something to worry...

    That is definately the case. Something to worry the muppets that have insurance up the ass.

    I've just de-installed all my anti-virus bollocks and can rest easy in the knowledge that if anything...
  28. Thread: Capello Resigns

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    As the FA are now saying they want a British...

    As the FA are now saying they want a British manager (not English) I think a cheeky bet on Gordon Strachan may be worth a punt. According to Wikipedia he's currently between management jobs so is...
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    If I was in charge the scum suspected or...

    If I was in charge the scum suspected or convicted of serious crime would be put in a chemically induced coma once arrested and kept that way until there was evidence to prove they were not guilty. ...
  30. Thread: Freeview HD +

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    Check out the media player interface before...

    Check out the media player interface before buying an integrated solution. Many are a bit crap or don't support all current popular video formats, or have the fancy features such as video walls found...
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    While researching this idea (working via the...

    While researching this idea (working via the internet in a nice private villa with pool in Spain) I think a couple of issues I uncovered were:

    1. The best rental deals (e.g. 4 bed 2 bathroom...
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    Poll: Which nasty was that? I didn't get any warning...

    Which nasty was that? I didn't get any warning emails from Admin. :rolleyes:

    Was it the one that earlier in the week redirected from Google's CUK Forum link to MyStorage (or some such tulip)?

    I...
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    :laugh I do wonder sometimes if there are more...

    :laugh I do wonder sometimes if there are more agents on here than are letting on. :wink

    If the agent thought your skills were worth 275 why should they let the client think they're worth 375?
    ...
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    The Core2Duo will be good enough for most tasks...

    The Core2Duo will be good enough for most tasks as not much causes the cpu to be the bottleneck.

    I was a little sad to see my Core2Duo demoted to spare kit after years of being rock solid. The...
  35. Thread: My Pet Hate

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    Now that's a plan B idea. Offer a premium rate...

    Now that's a plan B idea.

    Offer a premium rate service which receives calls auto-redirected from less obvious non-premium rate numbers. Have the service use AtW's Fembots that give out their...
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    Not ventured down yet. As the Xoom has microSD...

    Not ventured down yet. As the Xoom has microSD (strangely absent from the Xoom 2) I should be able to take my own sample PDFs for playing with, assuming the unit comes with a reader out of the box....
  37. Thread: My Pet Hate

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    :laugh If I had a phone plugged into my landline*...

    :laugh If I had a phone plugged into my landline* I'd have it go straight to answerphone and have that as the message, followed by the sound of slamming the phone down.

    * I only use it for...
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    Depends on whether you want to play games on it....

    Depends on whether you want to play games on it. The integrated graphics is as good as most budget gfx cards anyway so no need to spend the extra unless desired.

    With the Z68 you can plug in a gfx...
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    Yes, forgot to mention that. The Z68 offers best...

    Yes, forgot to mention that. The Z68 offers best of both worlds compared to the other two mobo types (P67 and H67) that support Sandybridge, regarding overclocking and features.

    You're right about...
  40. Thread: My Pet Hate

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    The 10 seconds you're fannying about is while...

    The 10 seconds you're fannying about is while their automated spam calling system tries to put you through to an operator.

    You're right about the rest, not giving out personal details to those...
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    Just as I thought it was safe to go shopping I...

    Just as I thought it was safe to go shopping I see that the Motorola Xoom is on offer at Dixons (£225 delivered using a 10% off discount code), and in store at PC World for £250 for those that don't...
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    Sandybridge i5-2500k (unlocked for easy...

    Sandybridge i5-2500k (unlocked for easy overclocking, though currently mine is bog standard as it's fast enough as is).

    Mobos come with 4 ram slots supporting up to 32gb, though 4 x 4gb is cheap...
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    Normally I'd say no as you are then liable for...

    Normally I'd say no as you are then liable for CGT when it is sold.

    However in times of depreciating property maybe it would be a smart move as you could offset any losses against tax, alongside...
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    :laugh I'd have to go into hiding in case the...

    :laugh I'd have to go into hiding in case the Daily Mail heard about it. I can see their opening paragraph now:



    I think at the moment the combined pension income of both my parents puts them...
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    So you got a BTL mortgage but rented it to...

    So you got a BTL mortgage but rented it to yourself?

    Interesting. I'm probably going to have to get a mortgage of sorts for my old folks who are too old to get their own mortgage but need a top up...
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    Isn't Northern Rock part of the Virgin (Money)...

    Isn't Northern Rock part of the Virgin (Money) group now? So probably more secure than when it was government owned. :laugh

    Let us know what deal you settled on. I could spend days just trying to...
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    In that case find a specialist broker who will go...

    In that case find a specialist broker who will go off the current contracted rate as proof of income.

    Also has the benefit of being pre-tax and expenses so is higher than the equivalent salaried...
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    :laugh You nearly had me going there. It's a...

    :laugh You nearly had me going there.

    It's a few inches too short. Ain't it always. :ohwell
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    After further investigation it appears even 10"...

    After further investigation it appears even 10" tablets aren't that great for reading full page up to A4 PDFs without scrolling/zooming, which is a pain when viewing documents/magazines with multiple...
  50. Thread: SHAME

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    Strangely the acting was so laughable the...

    Strangely the acting was so laughable the nakedness wasn't all that saucy. Which is saying something considering the general acting ability seen in typical porn movies. :laugh

    I kept expecting a...
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