Monthly Archives January 2007

Business from Football but Nowhere to Park

I should consider the location of my premises as quite fortunate. At least twice a month a mass exodus of avid football supporters pass by my window twice. The second event such as this since I opened up to the public and put displays in the window will occur between 19.00hrs and 22.00hrs this evening (31.01.07). This time the sign is bigger. This time there is a (removable) leaflet holder fixed to the window frame, populated with informative reading. (I’m thinking about putting something on them like a football related game so more people keep them….). This time, I will be out….
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Emails Not Getting Delivered

Following on from a previous post about BT broadband it seems as if the problem is getting worse. Emails are not being delivered across the nation and beyond…! The problem seems to lie with an organisation called SORBS. They are responsible for IP and email blacklists which are used by many SPAM filtering systems. This is affecting people with ‘dynamic’ IP addresses which are used by almost everyone that accesses the internet. Extract from Wikipedia: ‘An IP address (Internet Protocol address) is a unique address that devices use in order to identify and communicate with each other on a computer
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Giant Tesco

Tesco are building houses! Britians biggest supermarket chain plans to oversee the buildiing of 2000 homes in the next three years. A £400m scheme at Woolwich for over 900 houses will all be situated, yes, you guessed it, near a big, new store! It’s brilliant! Build houses and fill them with customers! Will they also have Tesco Expresses as local convenience stores? Will it be like a ‘Tesco Village’…..? Wouldn’t that be strange..!
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Kwik-Fit now do Home Insurance

Yes that’s right, Kwik-Fit can now insure your home! Kwik-Fit have been providing car insurance for a while now and they have recently moved into home insurance. This is the same company that is known and loved as the tyre and exhaust people. They may also do brakes and clutches but my memory is uncertain. So a company that has exhaust centres dotted across the country that offer a ‘while-you-wait’ service in their lovely blue overalls, can now protect your home as well as your car. It’s just another example of an organisation branching out into the finance arena and
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Reclaiming Bank Charges by Phone

I originally intended to send to my bank a copy of the letter on my previous post, the letter for reclaiming bank charges. I reviewed my recent statements, totaled up the charges I felt were unlawful based on information I found at thisismoney. I also noted the dates on which these charges occurred. I then realised I didn’t know the correct address to send the letter so I called my bank to ask them. While I was on the phone I asked the assistant if he could help me with the claim or if I had to send the letter.
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Reclaim Bank Charges Letter – Get Back Unlawful Fees

So here it is. The letter that could help get your bank charges repaid to you. There’s been a lot of hype about this recently and I’m actually about to give it a try for myself. Replace required sections with your own details:   Dear Sir/Madam, Ref: account number: (your account number) I understand that the charges applied to my account in relation to the following (enter details of what charges were for) are unlawful. When I opened my account I entered into a contract with you, at which time you agreed to act lawfully. The fees you have been
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Saving Paper and Junk Faxes

So junk faxes are farily inevitable and there only seems to be one logical way of saving at least half of the paper they usually waste. Just turn them over and out them back in the printer/fax machine and when you want to print something yourself, put in a fresh piece.  
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BT Broadband for Business Email Problems

I have BT broadband for business and recently I found certain emails were not being delivered. I checked with my host, tried sending email from addresses in different hosting locations and had no luck. I could receive email from these people but not send it and I kept getting the same delivery error message. I discovered the error message (550 Rule Imposed Mailbox Access) was consistent with SPAM software known as MailMarshall. I also discovered MailMarshall auomatically updates itself from known ’email blacklists’. Naturally I was concerned when I entered my IP address into an ’email blacklist’ checker and found my IP
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Energy Saving Light Bulbs

Installing just one energy-saving light bulb can save up to £9 a year on your electricity bill!! How many normal light-bulbs do you have in your house? To make it easy, if you have 10, you save £90/year on lighting! Not to mention each light bulb will reduce carbon emissions by 40kg so again, that’s 400kg for 10 light bulbs! So just three average houses running only energy saving light bulbs can reduce carbon emissions by over a ton!! OK so the bulbs themselves cost more than normal ones but if you shop around you can get them for much less than
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