is Pink Projects' Home Page
Also the home of
This is a continual work in progress, but mostly we're too busy doing stuff for other people to spend much time on our own (the Cobbler's shoes syndrome). However, if you've stumbled on this by accident (or even on purpose) and you'd like some help or a chat, do send us an
The masochists among you can read my blog...
hates are bureaucracy, Microshaft*, profit motive in medicine and the current
political 'axis of weasel')
*Here's why and here's what you can do about it!
is what we do:
PC installations and advice - no hard sell, as we don't shift boxes or take commission
Training and manual writing
Copywriting - industrial strength solutions
Technical authoring - clear, cogent, concise
Graphics manipulation - see Photos into Art page
Links - mostly local (Isle of Wight) and connected to us...
Seaflex home page (they are friends of ours)
Harry Verey guitarist extraordinaire, and another friend
Becky Samuelson marine and landscape paintings (buy one before she's famous)
Brighstone Landscaping landscape design and management - no job too large
Flickr somewhere to put and display your photos
Fleur de Lune holiday cottage - unwind in Brittany
Royal Cliff Apartments - unwind on the Isle of Wight
Country Holiday Cottages - unwind even more on the Isle of Wight
Casses - lovely thatched holiday cottage in Brighstone
Local village school - 'outstanding' according to Ofsted, so (of course) the council wants to close it..
not Tiers - Pressure group to oppose LEA efforts to remove local middle
schools and thus
tap in to 'restructuring' money that (surprise, surprise) is not available otherwise!
This sometimes has pithy cartoons by...
Besley - excellent local cartoonist, whose usual outlet is the County Press,
which really doesn't deserve him!
(The CP is a bit populist and parochial for my tastes, but it does have quite a good website, here)
Blog - a really useful local site and source of much info and gossip.
Less conservative than the CP and receives four times as much web traffic!
GP Motorworks - where we get our cars fixed. Highly recommended.
Webb Autohomes - motor caravans and accessories
et Cécile - designer corsetry. You know you want some.
(site now defunct, unfortunately, but I'm sure they're making somebody happy...)
assorted - not really work-related, but I need somewhere to keep them!
(Now largely superceded by sites like Flickr and Zoto - some more of mine are here)
and finally, eBay scammers Valueforless and Saini Digital, with whom I am having a little spat...
I seem to spend half my waking hours removing viruses and spyware from other
people's computers, here
is a list of recommended tools. Not exhaustive, but all are useful in the battle against the low-life that inhabits
the Internet. I'm not generally in favour of capital punishment, but for them I would make an exception...
(Win 2k and XP only) - Microsoft finally wakes up and does something about security!
(by buying a company that did know something about it - it's now called Windows Defender, but pretty much the same sauce in a new bottle)
A-squared (Windows 98 and up) - Another good tool, with free and paid-for versions. Very comprehensive.
*Spybot Search & Destroy (Windows 95 and up) - Does what it says on the tin
SpywareBlaster - Stops more spyware arriving...
Hijack This - Clever hijack detector (requires some knowledge) - link is to Merijn.org, who do some amazing stuff
anti-virus - Excellent free virus scanner, recently updated
(although the latest version 8 is a bit resource hungry - if this bothers you, try ClamWin, below)
- Real open-source anti-virus, and so not hedged around with 'personal use only'
Very unobtrusive - those who are used to Norton and MacAfee will be amazed.
anti-malware - Small and fast anti-spyware program that really works.
Deserves a special mention for its effectiveness against the 'XP antivirus' spoof program, which it kills instantly.
*Kerio/Sunbelt Firewall - Free for personal use and a lot better than the Windows XP one
*Ad-aware - another excellent anti-spyware tool, also free for personal use
*CCleaner (a.k.a Crap Cleaner, which is an excellent general purpose housekeeping tool.
There's a good primer on all this here, although some of the links are now out of date.
*The ones I use most regularly.
Our beautiful cat Coco (a.k.a. Fattus Cattus) whose quiet presence is sorely missed.
"A very fine cat indeed" (Dr Johnson)