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The Common Room / Re: Your New RootsChat is here
« on: Friday 21 December 12 13:27 GMT (UK)  »
Hi Nick,

Good idea.  If you would like to help out on this, perhaps you could start a new topic in the Technical Help board. Then others can also join in and we won't go off topic here.

We can then point people to the technical topic.

Thanks,
Bob

Sorry, Bob, I read your post after LizzieW's.  I'll put a post in the Tech section ASAP.


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The Common Room / Re: Your New RootsChat is here
« on: Friday 21 December 12 13:24 GMT (UK)  »
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All the different internet browsers have a setting where you can set preferred fonts and font sizes for the web pages that you view. 

Many people on here are not that computer literate Nick.  Are you suggesting that we change the settings for every web page on Roots that we don't like?  Where do I find Settings on Firefox anyway, I can't see it - but then I'm not computer literate. :D

The settings you choose will over-ride the fonts on the page, but it won't change text when it's in the form of an image file (so it's really a picture).

On Firefox, you go to Tools >> Options, then choose the Content tab.  This is the setting for Firefox 9 - I don't use Firefox much, so I haven't bothered to upgrade to the latest version.

In most situations like this, Google is your friend  ;)


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The Common Room / Re: Your New RootsChat is here
« on: Friday 21 December 12 13:07 GMT (UK)  »
Please get rid of the narrower font in the red brown colour it is awful and looks amateur

I have to agree with Stonechat on this.  Brown doesn't seem too bad for the individual names but not for the titles of threads on the 'unread' page.  The larger one increases the screen the better the font looks but as I prefer to read at a size suitable for my eyes the brown just looks blurry and the font (whichever it is) aggravating........

All the different internet browsers have a setting where you can set preferred fonts and font sizes for the web pages that you view.  Just because the designer of a web page may consider that it's best viewed in Times New Roman and small size, you can still over-ride these choices in the settings of your web browser.  Just click on the Settings tab of the web browser that you are using - this applies to IE, Firefox and Chrome.


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The Lighter Side / Re: Unusual Baby Names of 2012
« on: Friday 21 December 12 12:10 GMT (UK)  »
I've always thought that the Chinese had the best system - give the children numbers, and let them choose their own names when they get older.  If my own family had done that, my dad wouldn't have been named after his maternal uncle who moved to Australia without a 'by your leave', leaving him lumbered with a name which he hated.

Similarly, I was named after my mother's nephew, and I hated my name too, because it was far too posh for a working-class kid, especially when Benny Hill started making fun of the name too  ::)


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The Common Room / Re: Your New RootsChat is here
« on: Friday 21 December 12 12:02 GMT (UK)  »
Well, I arrived on the site yesterday morning to see the 'Countdown clock', so I went off to do something else.  Yesterday it looked like I would need to attend hospital as an out-patient over Christmas, so I got special permission from my wife to open her present to me early - it was a nice shiny new Samsung Tab 2 (7" screen) - I've since heard that my hospital visits won't be happening now. After setting the Samsung up, I tried visiting Roots Chat, and I was immediately presented with the Mobi version, which seemed more than adequate for use on the move.  However, for those with screens of 7" or more, you would probably prefer to use the full version.

I think Trystan and Sarah have done a wonderful job in getting the new forum up and running in such a short space of time.  All modern internet forums use databases, and databases can't be backed up when the forum is running, because they are forever changing as people post new messages.  I used to run a small forum myself (nothing near RC scale!) so I know the work involved.  After transferring all the data from one forum to the other you need to thoroughly test and do 'tweaks', all within the time contstraints that you have set yourself.  There is nothing more demoralising after spending hours working on software that nobody pays to use than to have people moaning about nit-picking stuff like the size of fonts and background colours, especially when a lot of what they are moaning about could be remedied if they knew how to set up their own computers (sorry people, but it had to be said)  :)  I'm sure that Trystan and Sarah will do some more 'fine tuning' as time allows.

The 'fixed-width' format is welcomed by me.  As the owner of a wide-screen monitor, I'm always aware that my monitor will cause Windows to format the screen differently to those using square screens, and this difference in formatting can make differences to how my posts appear.  Being a bit of a perfectionist, I don't like to see smilies dropping off the end of lines.  A fixed width format ensures that all readers see the posts formatted the same.

So - Trystan, Sarah and the RC team - a big THANK YOU for the new forum.   It's much more responsive than the old one, and I do like the new graphics.  I appreciate all the work which I know you put in.

P.S. Can we have a 'thumbs up' smilie ?   ;D ;D ;D


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The Common Room / Re: Your New RootsChat is here
« on: Thursday 20 December 12 15:16 GMT (UK)  »
Rootschat for mobiles too !   Well done, Trystan  :)


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The Common Room / Re: NI to England
« on: Wednesday 19 December 12 11:34 GMT (UK)  »
Ancestry.


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The Common Room / Re: NI to England
« on: Wednesday 19 December 12 11:30 GMT (UK)  »
There is a promising link with an Alexander Wade travelling back from Nova Scotia back to Liverpool in August 1940 on the passenger ship  'Narissa', bound for Liverpool. Alexander was a 'naval recruit'.  This Thomas A Wade was born in 1918.

If this isn't your man, there's lots of other Thomas Wades travelling from Canada and New York back to the UK.   Maybe this is how your ancestor arrived - via Canada or the US ?  If he was in the merchant navy, he wouldn't have left too much of a paper trail.



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Family History Beginners Board / Re: "Died in his 61st year" - how old?
« on: Wednesday 19 December 12 11:13 GMT (UK)  »
Who was the informant on the certificate ?  If it wasn't a close relative, they may not have known his exact DOB.


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