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HP Compaq Business Notebook Nc6120 19/06/2009

HP NC6220 Business Laptop

HP Compaq Business Notebook Nc6120 Intro --------------- --------------- --------------- --------- A little while ago I was asked by a colleague to replace their old computer, as that is part of my job at work, to make sure that al of the staff have access to a fully functioning PC, of a high standard. I chose the nc6220 as it was within budget and I shall explain below the full specs of the laptop, and attempt to give you as good an insight as possible about this particular item. Please let me know if you require any further information, or if I have missed anything out and I will try to answer any of your questions. Look and portability --------------- --------------- --------------- --------- The 6620 is a slim line laptop. It is black in colour, and has a 101/102 key compatible keyboard with full width keyboard features. It comes with an in-built touchpad with a scroll zone, and the laptop's light sensor can adjust the display for best viewing. Hotkeys include power conservation, volume, and brightness controls. The keys themselves have bright lettering on, which seems to catch the light when it's darker so you can see the keys in low light conditions. The laptop weighs in at about 5lb, and is around 12.5x10x1 inch in diameter. Therefore my colleague has no trouble in carrying it around regularly as its not heavy at all, and a handy option in the system is to remove the multibay optical drive, to replace it with a weight saver to make it even lighter for transportation. The laptop comes with a ...

reveals yourself in 100 questions... 15/01/2007

100 things all about me!

reveals yourself in 100 questions... So I find myself with a few hours of spare time, so I thought it was time I let you guys get to know me a bit so here goes.... 1 - First Names: Alison ** 2 - Pseudo(s)? I don't have many, well none that I can think of. I usually use lachique for most things. ** 3 - Girl or boy? Girl last time I checked LOL! ** 4 - Towns? (Birthplace and living town) Born in Blackburn and now I live in the Blackpool area ** 5 - Size? Short hahaha. Well if that means dress size, isn't that a bit cheeky? I'm dress size 10. ** 6 - Age? 22 just. ** 7 - Colour of hair? Born brunette, but I bleach it blonde. ** 8 - Colour of the eyes? sorta hazely. They're actually really interesting, with little flicks of all different colours....look into my eyes.......... ** 9 - Employment / current occupation? I work as an IT technician and provide computer training in a school for special needs children ** 10- Astrological and Chinese sign: Chinese sign? I think I'm a little monkey, but I'm not too sure. Then astrologically I'm a librarian hahaha! ** 11 - I like/love? Chololate! And my boyfriend, and romantic comedies. Going out and having a laugh on the dancefloor with my friends. ** 12 - I don't like? Mushrooms or the rain (unless I'm dancing in it and its warm summer rain) ** 13 - If you can meet one person of your choice, dead or alive, known or not, who would this be? I'd ...

Microsoft Windows Vista Starter 14/01/2007

A stable OS from Micro$oft??!!!

Microsoft Windows Vista Starter Introduction --------------- --------------- --------------- --------------- - - Microsoft Windows Vista, codenamed Longhorn initially was created to greatly enhance the experience of all computer users - from simply browsing and word processing to performing complex analyses of data. Microsoft has now at least made an attempt to consider their users and development of the new Microsoft operating system BEFORE releasing it and actually put amost a whole 1 year's worth of development in prior to throwing it at us, poor defenseless end users! In total there are five different versions of Microsoft Vista, each tailored to suit the needs of a certain stereotypical user. I have, however evaluated all of them (one of the perks of my job) so I'll tell you in a nutshell all of the enhancements and changes I know of including key features and anything I think I should warn you about before you take on the phenomenon which is VISTA! In the past, Microsoft have made "tailor made" operating systems, however they have not been anywhere close to being intended for any certain individual, but more specifically for the hardware they are to be used with. XP Tablet Edition for example was designed for mobile computers and its main feature is handwriting recognition. XP Media Centre is a base for a home entertainment system, and the 64-bit edition of XP was created for those computer users with 64-bit processors installed in their machines. This is all well and good if you have the ...

NHS Walk-in Centres 13/01/2007

Yet another complete waste of tax payers money!

NHS Walk-in Centres I noticed there was an opportunity for me to share my experience of my local NHS walk-in centre (Blackpool), so I thought I'd let you all know how utterly atrociously I have been treated at all times by them, and how I would rather suffer than visit one ever again. Visit 1 - My partner's torn ligament in his knee My partner woke up one morning to a strange pain in his knee, where he noticed a huge bruise so we rushed him to casualty and got him x-rayed etc as he hadn;t banged his knee on anything, and so it was slightly concerning. It turned out he had torn a ligament in his knee so on went a massive splint, an ordeal in itself to attach, and he had to hobble along keeping it constantly straight until the ligament healed. Now obviously this is very uncomfortable not to mention the mobility difficulties, so within a few days, he and I took a long lunch break from work and he had to hobble to the walk in centre, as we were told by casualty that we could get crutches there. We went in the front door and were greeted by a receptionist, who seemed to be rather resentful to be stuck in work on that particular day. She flung a form at us, and told us to fill it in and someone would see us in priority order. So we filled out the form with personal and medical data, the normal kinds of questions you would expect and sat in the not so busy reception area. Where we sat for 40 minutes. This was very frustrating. We watched countless teenage girls walk in with ...

Poetry 13/01/2007

My GREAT grandad

Poetry Grandad I often dream of days gone by I was carefree then, no older than five We sometimes stood by the raging sea I'd stand there with you beside me And as we stand we are not speaking And once again, your heart is beating For in my dreams you never end Still hold my hand, my closest friend While I know that you're not real In the day, I can still feel That you are there by my side You are my watcher, you're my guide I sometimes wonder if you were here In my heart there's my darkest fear That you'd not be proud of me I've done my best, please try to see I have a life now of my own A lovely man, a lovely home And one day I'll be so glad When I can tell my kids about their great granddad! My grandfather was the single most important thing in my early life, and I was distraught when he died a little while before my 6th birthday. It took me a long while to get over the loss of him, and although I'm not a spiritual or religious person, I still to this day feel a very close bond to him, and think of him often as though he was still here, maybe my way of coping. I jotted down this little poem a while ago as I was wondering how things would be if he was still here. It was very hard for me to put my words into writing, so bear with me if it doesn't seem to make too much sense I just hope the meaning of this poem is convyed properly. ...

Rats 01/01/2007

Ode to a rat

Rats My brother got a pet rat when he was about 10. It was a little like the one in the picture, but the brown was slightly lighter like caramel. He called it roland which I didn't find too original but it was his rat, so hey. I hated the ugly thing. It had a worm-like tail and its hair felt like dog hair. It had big teeth and I held it a few times and I swear it had claws. My brother had to keep it in a plastic tank, a bit like a fishtank and the lid had very small holes in the top so the rat wouldnt escape because the man in the pet shop told us that baby rats could escape through small holes. In the top of the lid there was a small hinged clear plastic door which my brother used to open to get the rat out, rather than take the entire lid off. Of course the obvious happened. A 10 year old boy with little knowlegde of responsbiility or carefulness finds it easy to put his rat back in the tank without closing the lid, and the ugly thing managed to jump out and run off into some corner of my brother's bedroom. Now this alone would have made any sane person shriek if it were in broad daylight, but imagine my horror when the news was broken to me at 9am! Over 12 hours after the animal had been set back in is home for the night. Goodness knows when Roland escaped, and goodness knows where on earth the creature now was. I spent the day on my top bunk bed feeling very edgy attempting to read, whilst my brother searched his room for his little pet. At about 7pm I heard him call ...

Computing 16/12/2006

3 courses - 1 year

Computing I have just completed a full time equivelant of the first year of degree in three level one courses via the Open University. This is the equivelant to the first year of any recognised full time degree at a university. I sucessfully completed these courses all whilst I was working full time at a school. Here is my account of my experience --------------- --------------- --------------- ------- Application I decided I had better get studying for a degree, as my ambition in life is to become insanely rich and sucessful and to life my life in the utmost luxury, so I set about finding a way to apply for and more importantly pay for the courses, as well as fitting it into my already full schedule! This was the best time for me however, as I had been working in a full time position as an IT technician in a school, and had recently completed the purchasing of a house with my partner. Weighing up the pros and cons, I came to the conclusion that:- Pros --- I was going to make the courses take priority so fitting it into my spare waking hours was not a problem --- I would be able to gain more experience whilst doing the courses and so this would make me look more promising to an employer, especially as a good measure of my organisational skills --- Once I had finished I could easily go on to a job earning 3 times my current salary Cons --- There was no way on earth I could afford the average price of £1,500 a year that this degree would cost me on my ...

Leopard Geckos 29/10/2006

A tail of spots, yellows & lizards....

Leopard Geckos A leopard gecko or Eublepharis Macularius as is their latin name, can make a great pet, as it needs little space, has minimal feed requiredents, comes in the most velvety looking colours, and is robust enough, even to withstand the most absent minded keepers (like me - more later...). When they are first born, they can be very jumpy and you must keep a keen eye on them, however as they get older, they usually become much more tame, and they will even take food from your hand if you handle them correctly from the first instance. A fully - grown leopard gecko is around 7 to 10 inches and therefore, even children can handle them. You must take care when handling them however because if you pick them up or grab them by their tail it can fall off and it takes a while for it to then grow back. This is a defense mechanism so they cannot be easily caught by their predators in the willd. Although there are now hybrids of this beatiful reptile, such as the striped, yellow jungle, ghost and leucistic leopard geckos for decades in britain this was the most widespread domesticated lizard after the iguana. They actualy originate from india and pakistan. Because they like living on the ground, they're pretty easy to keep in your home. All they need is a glass or plastic, well ventillated case of some sort, which has a floor space of 10"x10" for each gecko kept. It also needs to be around 12" tall at least. I can tell you from experience that you should have a door on the top of ...

Match Point (DVD) 29/10/2006

You have to watch this film!

Match Point (DVD) This film is set in London. It follows the relationships and temptations of a tennis player and the family he befriends and becomes attatched to. The tennis player, Chris Wilton (played by Johnathan Rhys-Myers) decides to travel from Ireland to London to persue a career in tennis coaching following a marginally sucessful career as a competitor, and soon befriends Tom Hewitt, the son of a wealthy businessman. They realise they both share an interest in the opera, and become almost instantly very good friends as they attend the opera together along with Tom's family. In time, Chris is invited to Tom's family home, and it is there he is introduced to Tom's dainty sister, Chloe. Chloe is obviously smitten with Chris on first sight and it appears that he feels the same way after they play a game of tennis together and Chris gratefully accepts Chloe's offer to show him around London. After the 'date' between Chris and Chloe has been arranged, Chris walks into the games room to find a stunning blonde American girl playing table tennis. Its obvious Chris is mesmerised by her, as he oggles her before Tom walks in and introduces her as Nola Rice (Scarlet Johannsen) his fiancee. Chris and Chloe's relationship develops further as does his obsession with Nola, of whom Tom's Mother (Penelope Wilton) does not approve. Mrs Hewitt continually makes open remarks of the unsuitability of her son's union with Nola and eventually Nola craks and leaves the room before bursting into ...

I need Your loving - Marc et Claude 06/05/2006

Marc et claude

I need Your loving - Marc et Claude Woosh woosh swit swoo. This album is in parts quite good. What a fantastic feeling listening to some songs! Even though the lyrics can sometimes make no sense, these melodies are so upbeat and lifting. never a dull moment and almost guaranteed to suit almost anyone. Thanks for reading. Take care, and enjoy life, fast cars, fast men (and/or women). Enjoy love, passion and most of all, definately absolutely insatiably forever music xxxxx Marc et Claude are a euro trance duo. Thier music is uplifteing, and some songs like I need your loving are covers of old songs. The original release date was valentines day in the fantastically unmemorable year of 2000 and the record label for it is Radikal Records. ...

10 things I couldn't live without during pregnancy 06/05/2006

10 things

10 things I couldn't live without during pregnancy I have never been pregnant. I think about it all of the time. How it would feel, how I would feel, how my partner would feel, how other people would feel...then I stop thinking. Why would it matter? I'd have the joy and excitement of being pregnant. Watching and noticing as the foetus develops, planning, getting nervous, then excited, then agitated and then a huge conglomoration of hormones building up and festering away until one day they all burst out of me like a volcanic eruption. Then when I am pregnant, I know what I wouldnt be able to live without! It feels as though I've already done it all. I feel like I could handle the entire situation because I know I can. --------------- --------------- --------------- ------- If I ever were pregnant, these are the things I wouldnt be able to live without... 10.) PRAWNS AND MUSHROOMS. I absolutely hate both of these at the moment, and If I'm going to be expecting a boy, typical male, he will want me to go against everything I believe in and eat both of these together just for a laugh! 9) GLUE. If my hair's falling out now whilst I'm not pregnant, I'm gonna be bald by the time I do get pregnant! 8.) A GREAT NURSERY RHYME COLLECTION. I love singing nursery rhymes to the kids at work, and I want to keep my baby innocent for as long as possible. In the world today that's not going to be very easy, but nursery rhymes wont have too much of an influence. Although most of them are full of sexual innuendos, they're ...

Cadbury Mini Eggs 07/04/2006

Yummy, and a good recipe idea too

Cadbury Mini Eggs I've been on a diet for the last 4 months. I thought it was about time I treated myself, easter coming up and all. So I took a wander down to my local convienience store to pick out something to quench my cravings. After looking around for a while, and not really seeing anything that particularly took my fancy, I happened to glance over at the easter selection. I'd normally steer clear of that aisle as thats where my binge would usually start lol, and saw that they had some cadbury mini eggs on offer, 2 packs for £2. Which I though wasn't too bad, so I grabbed the deal. The bags are 100g, and are yellow, with a big "mini eggs" logo in the middle with the "cadbury" logo at the top left hand corner, about 2 inches wide or so. There are also pictures of the mini eggs all over the pack, just to be extra enticing. On opening the bag, the fantastic aroma of sugary sweetness hit me - ouch lol. Well after smelling that, I just couldnt resist diving in, and managed to gobble though the whole packet in about 20 minutes! Mmmm, cruchy sugary shells containing a chuncky but smooth solid chocolate centre. Now, I didnt want to be so completely greedy as to eat two whole packets, so what to do with the last pack? I invited my brother over with his nephew. We got out the shredded wheat breakfast cereal, and melted loads of chocolate, mixed it all together and made some gorgeous chcolate nests, then stuck 2 or 3 mini eggs on top with a plastic furry mini chicken. They ...

Blackpool Zoo Park, Blackpool 13/03/2006

Mummy's taking us to the zoo tomorrow....

Blackpool Zoo Park, Blackpool Introduction --------------- --------------- --- Blackpool zoo is situated just two miles to the west of the town centre of Blackpool, a good walk if you're feeling energetic, or if you prefer, there is the number 2 bus and the number 3 bus which both go to Victoria hospital. Victoria hospital is about 50 yards from the zoo so it's quite easily accessible. If you're coming from the motorway, you'll travel down the M55. Its 10 minutes from J4 and clearly signposted. Facilities --------------- --------------- --- The zoo has a huge car park, which is free and closes soon after the zoo closes. There is plenty of space even on the busiest of days. There are also plenty of toilet facilities, wheelchair access, braille descriptions, and there is a café which can serve up to 300 people, a coffee shop and a few other small beverage stands for barbeque and ice cream snacks which I presume will open in the warmer season as they weren't open when we visited. There is also a nice picnic area near the sea lion enclosure and a children's play area beside it. Education --------------- --------------- --- There is a new crèche which only opened in January 2006, which looks out over all of the animals. There are also other educational facilities such as regular talks and animal feeds throughout the day which anyone can attend at each animal's enclosure. On the educational side of things, there is a craft workshop which operates at certain times, which cost just £1 ...

Ruby Flew Too! - Jonathan Emmett 01/03/2006

The strongest duck in the sky

Ruby Flew Too! - Jonathan Emmett I bought this story book for my little nephew who is 8 months old and he loves it! The colourful pictures keep him entertained, and hopefully when he's old enough he may understand the meaning of the hidden morals. The story is about 2 ducks - Mother and Father who have a nest of 5 special little eggs. They all hatch but Father duck is worried about ruby. She is the last duckling to hatch and she is also the last to eat and swim. Mother duck however knows that Ruby will be fien and she just needs time to gain confidence. Sure enough, when it's Ruby's turn to fly she is the best flier out of all her siblings - Rufus, Rory, Rosie and Rebecca. This is a truly special book, which will teach your child not to worry about things and to take things at his or her own pace. There are also plenty of oppeortunity to help your child with counting to five, times of the day, animals, big and little and weather. This book is published by Macmillan Children's Books. It has 32 pages in English and is 25x25cm. Its ISBN reference is 1405051620. The book is available for roughly around £5.99. It is written by Jonathan Emmet who started writing children's books in 1995 and is also the successful author of "bringing down the moon" which was translated into 17 languages. It is also illustrated by Rebecca Harry. The story is written beautifully, and the colourful pictures are enough to keep any child entertained. My nephew loved it and I'm sure your child will too! A highly ...

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe DVD 27/02/2006

Narnia meets Lord of the Rings?

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe DVD When I watched this film, I didn't really find myself cringing too much at the flaws but I suppose this almost epic quest isn't too bad. The film is directed by Andrew Adamson, the same guy who directed Shrek In a nutshell, the film is about four children - Lucy, Susan, Edmund and Peter sent to the country to escape bomb raids of WWII in London. Whilst playing hide and seek one day, Narnia is found by the children inside a wardrobe! The White Witch rules Narnia (Tilda Swinton) - a cross between cruella and darth maul. But with the return of Aslan the lion and the arrival of the children, is all this about to change? The main performances are given by the four children, but only Henley really stands out playing Lucy. The other three over act slightly, but this maybe down to their characters over development and the emphasis on the animated characters Mr. and Mrs. Beaver (Ray Winston and Dawn French). Though the film had a whopping $150 m budget, the anmations and effects are not all that great and in my opinion could be hugely improved. The beavers and the lion are animated well but other things such as air raids and the battle arent as well cut and at times it feels as though a character from Lord of the Rings is about to step out onto the scene. A slow starter taking 50 minutes for all four children to enter Narnia, I would suggest the film makers focus more on creating an enchanting adventure through a world that captures any child's imagination. ...
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