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  1. MIKE ALLEN

    MIKE ALLEN Seedling

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    Hi Friends.
    This makes a change, me asking the questions rather than providing answers. My academic knowlege of computers and the internet is....ZILCH. Since the days of, Windows 3.1 I have made use of the net for research, and basic tasks such as emails and word processing etc. Something goes wrong, and my granddaughter sorts it.
    Present problem/gripe is. I often do internet searches. It really bugs me when the foremost info relates to the US. Nowt against American but, I'm British and looking for british answers. Help.
     
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    Dirtmechanic Young Pine

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    Google has 3 forms of keywords that advertisers supply. Google robots have 3 levels of recognition for the keywords. 1) Broad search, 2) phrase search, 3) exact search. The words you supply are called search terms.

    When a search term is used it can have 3 responses -Exact, 2 or more words of many, or any one of the many keywords in a key phrase as listed in the search terms. There are boolean operators that google has chosen to use out of those available. I leave you to search for them. This does make the use of proper plant names more useful and precise in search functions.
     
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    Palustris Young Pine

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    It may be something to do with your computer set up. When I search for things, most of the stuff is British rather than American. Not sure how you set it up so that happens though.
     
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    Cor @Frank that was a very useful bit of help. Thanks. Unlike Mike, I am unable to get help from my granddaughter as she lives in the Antipodes and I am also not so computer literate. :confused:
     
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    I use the search engine duckduckgo.com which does not collect data on users. In their preferences section they have a choice for location, so it could be set up for UK if wanted..

    brave search looks very interesting. I had never heard of it before. Something to look into.
     
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    Simple answer, put "UK" at the end of what you put into the Google box.

    It works for me.
     
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    Thanks folks for the advice.

    I have another problem.

    I have two email addresses. Original one is @ntlworld.com
    the other is @gmail.com

    At present attempting toi use the gmail address,a window pops up. Add your address to your google account. The box already shows my ntl address. I fill in the space with my gmail ID. Result. A user has already got that name.

    How the hell do I get rid of this window?
     
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    I'm "up to here" with the internet at the moment.

    Checking my bank account on-line today, I found a debit from eBay charged yesterday, for £92.
    I phoned eBay and asked them what it was for.
    They told me it was the commission for my last sale.
    I explained I hadn't sold anything on eBay in years. So what it would be, was for the item that was "sold" when my eBay account was scammed, which they had emailed me about a week or so ago.

    "Oh!" "We'll get it removed."(I'd already been onto my bank to get that done), it won't happen until after midnight, so I'll check in the morning.

    While I was on to eBay, I asked them to get my account unlocked, which they'd locked when they discovered the scam.

    It was difficult to understand this girl, as her voice sounded distorted, she was pleasant enough, but foreign, I was hoping, for, "press one for English." But no luck.

    At least I've a phone number now for eBay, if anyone needs it.0800 358 6552
    While I'm trying to understand what she was saying, I could hear a sodding dog barking in the background! She was working from home!
    I don't think she knew what she was doing, as she was making me hold on while she must have been phoning other people for advice. I'd been on the phone for nearly three-quarters of an hour and I'd reached the, "My call is no longer important to me," point.
    So I said forget it. If I want anything on eBay, I can go on as a guest..
     
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    Didn't sound like s fun day Riley.
     
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    Checked my bank account this morning, I've got my £92 back.
     
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    As you're so clever with the internet maybe you could help Mike with his problem. I wish I could, but I'm computer thick :sete_081:
     
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    The last thing I am is clever with the internet!

    At the moment my Microsoft mail isn't working, it keeps asking me for a password, but I can't remember what it is And there's no way I can find to recover it. But I have Virgin media mail, so I'm not.that bothered.

    I've always relied on the internet to find solutions to problems I can't solve myself. I just type in a question and a variety of answers come up, some are helpful, others are not.
     
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    I am lucky that my DH is a computer engineer.. I swear I cannot learn one more thing my brain is backed up with back ups I have no room for updates. And … I’m staring to talk like a computer AI “Data accepted..” or “Computer Overload”! 125476E7-E2B4-4B91-A4AC-47ACCBBC8099.jpeg
     

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