Painting (acrylic on canvas) 2 with free feedback

I've just rolled out free (range) feedback on this site.

You'll notice a little Feedback link on the right hand side of each page.

Clicking the link allows you, you anonymous user, to write a note right on top of my page. I can then log-in to view all the notes stuck on my pages. Try it!

Formula 1 PC game 10GBP

I've been playing rFactor recently. The game itself is an amazing achievement (good physics engine) but perhaps more incredible is the level of activity in its mod community.

CTDP publish an F1 2006 mod, for free, which as you can see if both highly detailed and playable (you'll have to take my word on the second part).

So you want a website eh?

I've been involved in producing websites for a while, which means I'm often asked how to go about it. The internet is full of contradictory advice on the subject, so here's my take. It's full of terms that may not be familiar to new content commissioners (that's you), but there are lots of online resources to help explain. I encourage you to learn about the area before spending any money.

Start simple and grow
It's better to create 1 page today, 1 next month than 10 now

Make sure you publish it all yourself

Windows folder shortcuts using relative paths

Windows XP does not allow relative paths to be used in folder shortcuts. However you can create a .bat file which opens a folder using a relative path:

%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe "core\masters\functionspace\accounting"

This spawns a new Explorer window, whereas a simple shortcut double-click will open the folder in the same viewer.

If I raced in Formula 1, it'd be expensive

I've often entertained the fantasy of driving a Formula 1 car. If I did, I hope I wouldn't do this...

Windows Live Mail on Server 2003

It is possible!

Subtle change
Program Files > Common Files > Windows Live > .cache (hidden)

You need all the installers.

How to process credit card refunds in Quickbooks

I've really struggled with this recently in Quickbooks 2004. I think I've got it sorted now, so here's the process I followed.

Situation: I buy something (for 99.99) and pay with the company credit card. Weeks later (perhaps in the next VAT quarter) I send it back. The company issues a credit note and refunds my credit card.

Original bill
Items filed in account: Insurance
Paid by credit card. Credit card gets reconciled. Credit card bill paid by direct debit from Current account.

On receiving the credit note
Create credit note (like Create Bill, just credit note)

My Angel: an intelligent recommendation service

Basic idea: a personal digital assistant that helps me to navigative unfamiliar real-world places. <name> would be a non-invasive stream-of-consciousness type support service.

Input and training: <name> builds up a profile of what I like and where I buy it from.

Output/benefit: when walking around in an unfamiliar place (such as a foreign city), <name> uses GPS and contextual information about my surroundings to highlight relevant services. The advice is then piped to me via a bluetooth headset.

Painting (acrylic on canvas) 1

Alex Stanhope is a Technology consultant to the UK Creative Industries and Venture Catalyst. This is my personal website.
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