Hopefully most sage operators would have performed this over the weekend , but here is how to change the Sage VAT Rate in the UK for the new rate of 15% from the 1st December for a couple of years!

Sage Version 8

Click on : Settings then go to Tax Codes
Click on T1 – Edit
Rate – change to 15.0 – ok

The VAT code should now be 15%


Sage Version 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 (2008), 15 (2009)

Click on : Settings then go to Configuration
Tax Codes – Click on T1 – Edit
Rate – change to 15.0
Ok – Apply – Save – type in 15% – Save

From 1st December 08 should be at 15% as well as any purchase invoices dated from the 1st, however any purchase invoices received up to 30th November will be at 17.5% so you will have to make sure that the “Net” and the “VAT” amounts on Sage are correct as Sage will be calculating it at 15% and not 17.5%.

More details here from Sage

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A computer with the LogMeIn Free Client installed randomly generated the error message

“LMIRfsclientNP.dll is not a valid Windows Image” on logging into windows. This is due to a corruption of the file accessed by Net and Userinit.exe. To clear this error simply reinstall the LogMeIn Free Client. You can get this from www.logmein.com

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A client recently upgrade from to the latest version of Sage Line Accounts ( 2009 ). When starting the program and going to the default directory for the company folders ( C:\Program Files\line 50\) and selecting the chosen company folders Company.001 , Company.002 Etc it produced the error

“No data found in this directory”

A manual work around is:

Close Sage

Copy the folders into the new default storage of Sage 2009 ( C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Sage\Accounts\2009 ) from the old verison sage default location ( C:\Program Files\line 50\)

Then Edit the file “C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Sage\Accounts\2009\COMPANY” in notepad

And manually add the new folders to that list e.g.
C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\ALL USERS\APPLICATION DATA\SAGE\ACCOUNTS\2009\COMPANY.000

C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\ALL USERS\APPLICATION DATA\SAGE\ACCOUNTS\2009\COMPANY.001

Save the file and open up sage and you should see your new companies in the company list, select one and it will ask you to upgrade the company folder to the new version

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After nokia has abandoned it’s Intellisync Business Messaging Solution I have moved some business clients who unfortunately still don’t like the look and feel of blackberries from Intellisync to Mail for Exchange.

I formatted the device to delete the Intellisync application and settings ( Make sure you backup all of your data before using Nokia PC Suite! I did this by powering the Phone off , turn on with the (*)the(3)and the (green phone) pressed down untill the welcome screened displayed asking the input for the country.

I downloaded the latest version of Mail for which can be found here. Upon installing Mail for Exchange on a Nokia E90 via Nokia PC Suite ( Dragging and dropping the file on the Phone) , I came across the following error

“Unable to install no access”

For some reason , this was down to an out of date version of the .SIS file , Redownloaded S60_3_1.SISX and it worked fine! Setting up the phone was a breeze as all the clients details are on the exchange server.

Setup the new profile with the Email ,Username , Password , Domain Name and Settings for GPRS ( Default GPRS connection) , it will try to autodetect the mailserver using Exchange 2007’s auto configuration and if it fails , point the mail server to the external address of the server ( Usually mail.companyserver.com , accept the certificate and your off! )

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Peruvian Black - San Martin

Peruvian Black - San Martin


Peruvian Black from Willies Wonky Chocolate Factory has just been released by Venezuelan Black family. It seems this new range is straight from Peru instead of the existing Venezuelan Black Range which Willies own brand Hacienda El Tesora has been marked as “End of Line” by Waitrose

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Blackberry Storm

Blackberry Storm

I had the chance this week to get my hands on a blackberry storm to test to play with and to compare against my week using an Iphone!

I found the Storm to have some very cool features. It had a dead battery when I first received , so I plugged it straight in to the power lead to try and fire it up and get straight on the web. However upon plugging the blackberry in and the flashing of the red light. The phone would not power on for some reason. Removing the power cord and trying to power the phone on by holding the power button produced a white screen for a brief few seconds then to nothing.

Turns out you have to leave the blackberry storm plugged in for 5 Minutes while it charges , and when it has enough juice in the battery to power on , it will do it by its self!

After power on with the minimum amount of battery , Radio is automatically turned off untill 10% battery level is achieved ( Which can be found in Settings , Status and Battery level ). You will then need to go to Connections in the settings menu and turn on the Radio!

Email Synchronisation
Blackberry’s are really easy to setup when it comes down to email. Setup the users account using the Blackberry Internet Service using your providers webpanel as below

Vodafone Blackberry Internet Services

Orange Blackberry Internet Services

Tmobile Blackberry Internet Services

Upon entering the Blackberrys PIN and IMEI number found in Options and Status , the Vodafone Blackberry Internet Services came back with an account already created with that PIN. Fine , click on forgotten password and get Vodafone to send the password and details to the Phone.

The message was recieved on the phone , however the message that came was not one I was expecting

“Please use your device to access Blackberry Internet Service”

Managing a users phone email settings via their phone instead of a webpage where you can manage it is a pain! To disable Automatic Login and this error message

Open up your providers Blackberry Internet Service page on the blackberry through the web browser , it should log in in automatically. Select “Create User Name”

This will run you though the setup of your Blackberry Internet Service Username and password and the validation of the existing emails on the device. After you have followed this through you will be able to access your Blackberry Internet Service from a web browser

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Recently this month I have been having issues getting my Astra to start first time. It seems the initial Revs where below the 600 RPM needed to keep the car Idle. Sometimes it would be over ( would start ) and sometimes under ( conk out ). One thing I did notice however was when the car did start from Idle , the fans would stay on at full speed even if the car was freezing from the night before! This gradually got worse with the colder weather until I had to call out the trusty RAC to help!

Upon further investigation by a professional ! , the Issue was the Engine Coolant Temperature Sensor which tells the onboard computer what the engine temperature is so that the optimum driveability is realized while the engine is warming up ( more fuel is added) and when the engine has reached operating temperature the engine is kept in that state ( via the fans ). Upon the disconnection of the cable to the ECT the car would start fine due to the standard amount of fuel being plugged into the engine instead of the wrong fuel injection due to the defective ECT. This was a temporary solution however the ECT (or commonly called the CTS Coolant Tempurature Sensor ) needed replacing as without it the car is put into “Safe Mode” where the fans will run at full speed for the entire time the car is running even with the Key out! This would run down the battery in a matter of hours , so to fix this the only method was to run the car with the ECT disconnected then when parking , reconnect the ECT lead to stop the fans!

A new ECT cost me £12 and can be found by googling your car manufaturer and parts and your local area and ringing round to confirm stock!

Click for Larger Pictures

The ECT is located as on the picture and will have a cable connected to it with a clip on the side that needs to be pushed to release the cable. Once this is released you can unbolt the ECT with a spanner. Careful , if you have just been for a ride , there will be a gush of boiling engine fluid after the ECT is removed. Screw in the new ECTand tighten with spanner. Check your engine coolant water ( the yellow capped container nearest the  windscreen on the right hand side )and top up if needed. Reconnect cable and problem solved for £12!

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WET54G Close Up

WET54G Close Up

Recently after setting up a Linksys Wireless-G Ethernet Bridge WET54G
to bridge an Xbox 360 to a wireless network rather than using a Xbox 360 Wireless Card, it randomly lost its configuration. Reconfiguring this device should of been easy , but not when Linksys try and make it hard as possible to get the information out!

  1. Right , so first port of call , hold down the reset button for 30 Seconds to reset to factory configurations
  2. Linksys’ “quick guide” states that you need the CD to start the Configuration Launcher .. Who Keeps CD’s Nowadays?
  3. Try and find the Software on the WET54G Page with My Version 2 Product
  4. Nothing! , Contact Linksys 24/7 Chat Support , After 10 Mins , shows me back to the download Page
  5. After more investigation this is only available on the Version 3 Product Page ??? Here’s the link you need! WET54G_Wizard_2_13.zip
  6. Installed the Configuration Software however if you are doing this remotely for a friend via his Wireless Internet and the Bridge is connected to the Ethernet Port , the software can’t check both ports even if if windows can ping it!
  7. Right , Go to it Manually , its standard IP address is

IP Address : 192.168.1.226

Username : *Don’t Enter one!*

Password : admin

From here you can fully configure the product and rejoin it to the wireless network!

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Adove Reader Logo

Adove Reader Logo

Installing a new version of Adobe Reader e.g. 9 or unistalling an older version can sometimes bring up the Error : Internal error 2753. Updater.api-NON-OPT during installation and not install Adobe Reader .. Useful!! To get round this error Download the Windows Installer Cleanup Utility package , install , and open through Start , Program Files , Windows Installer Cleanup Utility Find any old Versions of Adobe Reader in the list and remove them, once this is done , rerun the Adobe installation or un-installation

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Internet Information Services Error ( OWA! )

Internet Information Services Error ( OWA! )

After installing applications on Small Business Server 2008 such as VMware Server 1.08 , This may stop and break IIS 7.  This is usually down to the issue stated here , http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;894435 ( ISS 6 or 7 Does not like running ASP 32bit and 64bit at the Same Time on the 64 bit computer )

In the Event Log it brings up this error

The Module DLL C:\Windows\system32\RpcProxy\RpcProxy.dll failed to load with Source: W3SVC-WP

The way to fix this problem with Exchange 2007 is

Go to Start , Type CMD , then Press CTRL , SHIFT and Enter to open the command prompt with Administrive Rights if not already logged in as administrator

Fire off these 2 Commands

  1. cscript %SYSTEMDRIVE%\inetpub\adminscripts\adsutil.vbs SET W3SVC/AppPools/Enable32bitAppOnWin64 0
  2. %SYSTEMROOT%\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v2.0.50727\aspnet_regiis.exe -i

Restart ISS if needed

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