Correct me if I'm wrong
I thought I'd continue the debate about the correct usage of the term used to describe the indigenous inhabitants of Australia.
As PC Week had formed a regular part of my career while starting out in the UK, it made sense to have it follow me half way around the world when I moved to Sydney earlier this year - as such I can probably help shed some light on the usage of the terms in question.
Both are right!
The usages tend to be split into informal usage; an Aborigine; some Aborigines and the more formal variant; Aboriginal council members; the Aboriginal people.
However, 'stralian as a language is alive in many ways - with a vast range of cultural influences and native idioms, many of which leave a pom like me reeling.
And by the time you get this, the usage here may have changed.
PC Whingers Week continues
Why does PC Week attract so many CompuServe whingers?
True enough, WinCim 2 is no good for Internet browsing, but it's OK for Email and accessing CompuServe's own forums, and for that it can be a lot cheaper than using an ISP.
I've just installed WinCim v3.0.1 - four days delivery from the US - and it installed first time, with no problems at all, even configuring itself to use Win95 Dialup Networking and then connecting first time, too.
I reckon that for Internet work it makes CompuServe only a fraction slower than a direct dial-up connection, and that mostly because the log-on takes longer.
For my money CompuServe still gets my vote.
Peter Johnson [email protected]
Getting back at Penguin
Thank you for revealing Penguin Books' cruel Irina hoax (PC Week 26 November) which has caused us a lot of problems with concerned users.
Why don't you publish the Email address of the person responsible or of the editor-in-chief? We could then forward every single mail we've received from our panicked users over the past few weeks.
We have received a letter from Penguin's publicity director apoligizing for the concern its spoof caused
Microstar's caveat emptor
Following the recent mentions of Microstar US (PC Week 5 November) I would like to tell you of my girlfriend's experiences with the company.
Microstar rang one evening saying it had obtained her name from a list of people interested in educational software and invited her to subscribe to a CD-based educational software program, and offered one month's free trial.
She accepted, and within a short time received a CD of rather poor shareware, very heavily US-oriented with a strong religious feel.
It was sent back with a letter explaining why we did not want to subscribe on the day following receipt. But despite this my girlfriend's credit card was charged, and a further two deductions followed that within a very short space of time - although no further product from Microstar was received.
I am pleased to say that the situation was finally resolved, and a full refund has now been issued. But we have never had a response from Microstar either to our Emails or letters.
There was no inference that Microstar was related to Microsoft in any way as far as I'm aware, but their product is, in my opinion, wholly unsuited to the British market, and their customer services appear to leave a lot to be disired.
Definitely a case of caveat emptor.
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