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About BritZin

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  1. Domain Transfer issue

    Unfortunately no. Because you can't find the contract, or if it even exists any more, the domain is still registered to the original company, it's their legal property. If they want to charge you £100 to transfer it then that is there prerogative and they're well within their rights to do that. It maybe a rip off, but nothing you can do!
  2. Scottish Lairdship

    Just bought one of those quirky Scottish Lairdships, I know they're largely meaningless and abit of a scam but I don't mind! It's all in the fun Hehe besides, I quite like having a piece of paper saying that i'm a Lord haha
  3. Age limiter.

    Here's a simple PHP Script, You must have the users Birthday, Birthmonth and Birthyear assigned to these variables; "$bd" and "$bm" and "$by" So you can assign them from a database or from form info or whatever. Alter the code as advised then run it and it'll return the users age to the script and it'll decide what action to take. <?php function age_calculate($date_from, $date_to) { global $age; define("A_DAY", 86400); define("A_WEEK", 604800); $age['years'] = $date_to['year'] - $date_from['year']; $age['monthsTotal'] = ( $date_to['mon'] + (12*$date_to['year']) ) - ( $date_from['mon'] + (12*$date_from['year']) ); if ( ($date_to['mon'] <= $date_from['mon']) && ($date_to['mday'] <= $date_from['mday']) ) { $age['years'] -= 1; $age['monthsTotal'] -= 1; } $age['months'] = $age['monthsTotal'] - ( $age['years'] * 12 ); $age['daysExcact'] = ($date_to[0] - $date_from[0]) / A_DAY; $age['days'] = floor( ($date_to[0] - $date_from[0]) / A_DAY ); $age['weeksExcact'] = ($date_to[0] - $date_from[0]) / A_WEEK; $age['weeks'] = floor( ($date_to[0] - $date_from[0]) / A_WEEK ); if ( $date_to['mday'] < $date_from['mday'] ) { $age['modMonthDays'] = days_in_month($date_to['mon']-1,$date_to['year']) - ($date_from['mday'] - $date_to['mday']); } else { $age['modMonthDays'] = $date_to['mday'] - $date_from['mday']; } return $age; } function age_check($bd,$bm,$by) { global $age; $date_birth = mktime(0,0,0,$bm,$bd,$by); $date_today = mktime(); $today = getdate($date_today); $birth = getdate($date_birth); $age = age_calculate($birth,$today); $age = $age['years']; if ($age<18) { echo "A little too young to be round here!"; } else { echo "Welcome!"; } } // ASSIGN THE VARIABLES $bd,$bm,$by HERE! POST THEM, SELECT THEM FROM A DATABASE, ETC! age_check($bd,$bm,$by); ?>
  4. Scam Emails

    Received this one this morning and thought it was worth a laugh. They're getting clever now, instead of using addresses like "imdefinitelyabanker@yahoo.com" this one was from "manager@atmcard.com" so they've learnt how to spoof which is always good! The Subject line was "YOUR ATM CARD WORTH $2.5M DOLLARS" - I quite like the idea of trying to get that out of a cash point.
  5. Best way to create e-commerce website?

    Everytime I speak to a client who want's an e-commerce system I plead the case for PayPal, MoneyBookers, Nochex, GoogleCheckout etc. etc. The thing is when you say "normal" card payments, I assume you want to accept all the usual cards but you want to do it directly through the website not using a third party system (e.g. PayPal) and instead use a merchant account/gateway set up. The trouble is, it opens up a whole can of worms. IF you use PayPal or any of the well known services listed above, you don't need to worry about security (much - apart from the setup of the website it's self) and you don't need to have the responsibility of ensuring credit card details are safe and secure. By using for instance PayPal, it's a well recognised name, so people will associate security and safety with it - more likely to purchase from you, you don't need to get PCI DSS Compliance (a very long, complicated, expensive and drawn out affair where you have to ensure you are handling confidential data responsibly and safely) and it is much easier, quicker and smoother to set up. Clients often have this thing about "processing their own" so it makes them look more professional. I find this creates the exact opposite effect. What happens if a site you build with this kind of setup get's hacked and X number of customers credit card details are stolen? The client will be quick to blame you in court and you'll find yourself with numerous fines and prosecutions against you. If you want my advice go for a PayPal like system, it's less of a burden in the long run! So in answer to your question, stick with PayPal! It doesn't really matter and the end user doesn't really care!
  6. Murdoch Web Demolition

    No Ghost Busters, that's just stupid
  7. It could be any number of things. Additionally, the IP Address could be fudged or it could be a proxy showing a location which isn't true.
  8. Mountain Dew

    All 307,006,550 of them
  9. Registering a Business?

    Sorry! Richy is right, you do have to register as self employed if you're a sole trader, for NI and IT, however, you should be paying that anyway! Yeah, corporation tax is abit of a pisser, but LLP's don't have to pay it, so swings and roundabouts. But, they both come with limited liability, which basically means in some situations you can't be touched.
  10. Registering a Business?

    You can be a sole trade freely without having to register anything, which is obviously what you're doing now. However, if you want to become an incorporated company/business or "register it" as you said, you'll need to send various documents off to Companies House; http://www.companieshouse.gov.uk/ All the forms you need are here; http://www.companieshouse.gov.uk/forms/formsOnline.shtml You'll have to choose what type of company you want to incorporate as; LLP - Limited Liability Partnership; Needs 2 Members - Forms under "Limited Liability Partnership (LLP's) Forms" LTD - Limited Company; Usual type of corporate entity - Forms under "Company Forms" Of course there's PLC's aswell but they're total irrelevant in this scenario. You'll also have to inform your local HMRC office that you've set up a company and that you're a director/member of it so each year you can file your individual tax return and the companies tax return. Each year you'll also have to send off company accounts to Companies House and an annual return (which will include a £15 fee) that confirms the business details and it's activities. http://www.businesslink.gov.uk/bdotg/action/layer?topicId=1073865436 Business link will give you a comprehensive outline of what you need to do. Ben.
  11. I sent a final demand by post to a difficult client and after all the emails I'd sent it was that, that made them pay up.
  12. Bingo landing Page

    Wooops! God I feel stupid now, I had the preconception it was a UK site. Thought it was meant to be one lmao.
  13. Bingo landing Page

    My only criticism is that the £ sign on the banner looks like the € sign, apart from that very good
  14. Possible PayPal Integration

    It's daunting at first glance but actually it's really easy. Tell him to sign up (or sign up for him) for a PayPal "Website Payments Standard" Account - https://www.paypal-b...aypal/index.htm No PCI/DSS Requirements, No Set Up Fee's, No Monthly Fee's, just low transaction fee's taken off the money you receive - essentially an idiot proof/technophobic account - makes it's real easy. Once you've done that and added his credit card, bank account and set up the direct debit agreement (all done through the simple step-by-step procedure on the paypal website) You can install simple "Buy Now" Buttons on his website (just copy and paste the code in and alter it as needs be) <form action="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr" method="post"> <input type="hidden" name="cmd" value="_xclick"> <input type="hidden" name="business" value="email@somewhere.com"> // Alter to email address that you signed up for the account with <input type="hidden" name="lc" value="GB"> <input type="hidden" name="item_name" value="Product Name"> // Add Item Name <input type="hidden" name="item_number" value="Product ID"> // Add Item Number (Optional) <input type="hidden" name="amount" value="Product Price"> // Add Value <input type="hidden" name="currency_code" value="GBP"> <input type="hidden" name="no_note" value="0"> // Change to 1 if you want customers to be able to add "messages" with their order (i.e. delivery instructions etc.) <input type="hidden" name="shipping" value="Shipping/Postage & Packing Price"> // Add Value <input type="image" src="https://www.paypal.com/en_US/GB/i/btn/btn_buynowCC_LG.gif" border="0" name="submit" alt="PayPal - The safer, easier way to pay online."> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://www.paypal.com/en_GB/i/scr/pixel.gif" width="1" height="1"> </form> Pretty simple button that when clicked will take the customer to PayPal, ask them to make payment, your friend will receive the money and an email asking him to despatch the said item. Just copy the code into the website and alter the button for each item he's selling (if you're not using dynamics). Simples
  15. Strange client

    I encountered a similar type of client not so long ago. You know the one that sends you a couple of pictures they've mocked up using copyrighted elements from other sites then says what you've designed is "not what they want". Bloody annoying, the worst type of client is one that invents problems, or claims there are issues when there clearly isn't. E.g. "The website isn't rendering right on my computer" and when you've exhausted every possible means of elimination and yet it's working fine for you, you do reach that point where you just say "**** it! deal with it yourself!" (Usually because you find out at the very end it's something they're doing). I tend to add difficult/strange clients to a black list of people I will never ever work for again, just because of their attitude. You bend over backwards to please some people and even manufacture programming mechanisms for applications that don't have them and you just get kicked in the face. Clients are evil, the main lesson is, get a contract, deposit and if the job is large enough, take payments in instalments and get them to sign off work as you go. Again, make sure everything is confirmed and understood in writing, avoid misinterpretations.