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About amateurandy

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  1. Sorry, losing the plot on who's who..... Well you could just configure your router to get an IP address automatically and see if it works or not. If it gets one it's dynamic, not fixed. But it's not anything to worry about, a fixed IP address is a bit like a phone number, they tell you what it is, you use it and it works. (not the best analogy but all I could think of)
  2. Maybe, but mainly you just don't understand. If you're paying for a static IP you'll have one; I've never heard of ISP's "cheating" on that front. But didn't you start by implying you didn't know what you had and wanted to know for sure......
  3. On my ISP (Be) dynamic IP's rarely if ever change - even if someone goes on holiday and turns it all off.
  4. preferably 19 ? PS From the "response" I got when I questioned them I think it was a direct Telesales call not an agency/call centre, I even got a name (real or not) from a manager or supervisor. But if no-one has contacts there I'll probably not follow it up, unless they call again in which case it's both barrels!
  5. Thanks, maybe but... They don't seem to have heard of either the Data Protection Act or Telephone Preference Service, both things that any professional security company would be totally familiar with.
  6. That's it really, does anyone know who/where they are? Anyone from them involved here? They phoned me recently and I was far from convinced that they were either genuine or professional, or even who they said they were. No number showing on caller ID.
  7. You can normally tell from the router config, but not always. If the IP and subnet are specifically entered it's a fixed IP. The only way to be 100% sure is to check the ISP setup paperwork which the customer ought to have kept - because if they haven't they're stuffed if the router loses its config. Or get them to phone the ISP to confirm.
  8. And passed it on for lunch to your mate Ozzy?
  9. Nope. It's one that's always going off randomly so I recognise it's sound. It's also at a house where there's a very loud car alarm that goes off for about 15 seconds every time they use the car - dunno why, presumably a dumb design or incorrectly fitted. It wails then makes 3 or 4 loud beeps as they disarm it. As they regularly go out early and wake people up with it they get no sympathy.
  10. Unfortunately you have 3 basic choices: 1. Wait until the batteries run out and leave it disconnected 2. Sledgehammer! 3. Call out an alarm engineer As you probably realise, methods on how to disable an alarm can be of great use to burglars so can't be posted here in public. PS Oddly enough an alarm over the road from me has been going off now for about 10 minutes - everyone is ignoring it.
  11. From the texecom web site, www.texe.com : Veritas Series Comparison Table Veritas 8 Veritas 8 Compact Veritas R8 Veritas R8 Plus Veritas Excel Number of Zones 8 8 8 8 8 EOL Zone Configuration
  12. amateurandy

    Microsoft Vista

    If a PC was designed for W98 it is highly unlikely to run Vista.
  13. amateurandy

    Microsoft Vista

    Just as a footnote for anyone who buys a Vista upgrade, I found this interesting page of information today: http://www.instantvista.com/windows-vista-upgrade.html Basically, it explains how you can actually do a totally clean install of Vista using the upgrade version, i.e. not carrying over all the dross from your old and degrading XP or 2000 setup. Now legally of course you have to have the correct OS on the PC to upgrade, but I haven't seen anything in Microsoft's T's & C's that says you can't wipe it off first (someone prove me wrong...). So if, like me, you like to have a clean install this could be of interest. Footnote; I have one PC running (100% legal) Vista Ultimate and I have tried various installation routes (it's a test system). Upgrading from XP had several odd issues that just went away on a clean install.
  14. amateurandy

    Microsoft Vista

    Not necessarily. If you build your own PC and install an OEM OS it could be legal, even if the hardware is actually an old branded PC that you've wiped. It all depends on the wording of the OEM license agreement..... And replacing bits (including HD) is fine as noted before - I've done it many times quite legally with help from the dreaded Microsoft.
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