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  1. I assume it's the power on/BIOS password you mean - not the Windows one as mentioned by others. You could try here: http://forums11.itrc.hp.com/service/forums/questionanswer.do?admit=109447626+1298305615878+28353475&threadId=483547 Similar information here: http://forums11.itrc.hp.com/service/forums/questionanswer.do?threadId=1056906
  2. reading screen upside down

    Trekster Firstly, you should definitely investogate what Ian is suggesting - I think you will find it a huge help. In the meantime, if you have Windows 7 (and this might be available on Vista as well) you can turn the screen upside-down. In the Display properties, Screen Resolution, there is an option for Orientation" which can be set to "Landscape (flipped)" Worth a try - but follow-up with Ian as well! Phil
  3. why choose free from?

    We only had a trial prescription, and only because our doctor at the time was a child specialist and very interested in the possibility. He's since moved on and his replacement is less aware of the whole gluten-ASD link, so when we went to get the prescription renewed he didn't really understand it, and instead asked for blood tests to test for gluten allergy etc (which obviously all came back negative). So it really is down to luck if you manage to convince your doctor - a real shame though, because the prescribed stuff is so much better than the stuff you can buy in the shops (though I don't understand why that should be). My uncle is coeliac so does get all this stuff prescribed, he gave us some pasta and flour - the pasta looks and tastes just like normal pasta, and the bread came out brilliant (though doesn't stay fresh for long). So, if you do get it prescribed, ask for the Juvela products... Good luck. Phil
  4. Help needed - son forcibly removed from class

    BD I'm not sure if you've misunderstood something. You said "a reasonable response to having the computer switched off after repeated warnings and requests" whereas the OP stated that no warning were given despite the OP having previously advised the school that they NEEDED to give warnings, timings, 5-minute-notice before computer end time. Phil
  5. lactose free that doesn't taste odd

    Tally is certainly correct, but to add more info: With lactose, it is an intolerance. With casein it is an allergy. With lactose, the lack of lactase in the body means that the lactose (sugar) does not get broken down properly into glucose (which is the only sugar the body can actually absorb) and, therefore, it ferments. This, in essence, means it starts producing lots of gas, which is why lactose intolerance usually causes lots of wind (from both ends!) as well as that uncomfortable (or even painful) bloated feeling. WIth casein, it is the body reacting against the protein, as in many allergies. THis can lead to things like rashes or hives or any of the other common allergic reactions such as stuffiness, excess mucus etc. In extreme reactions (though I think it is extremely rare with casein allergy) it can cause anaphylactic shock (more common with things like nut allergies). So, in essence, as Tally says - try cutting things out! There are many lactose free dairy products now - if you can use these without the same reaction, then it points to lactose. To test for casein allergy, try switching to goat milk products. The casein protein in goat is very, very similar to that of the human milk protein, whereas the milk protein in cows milk is massively different (Dr Shattock at Sunderland gives it a toxicity scale: human milk, 0 toxicity; goat milk, 1 toxicity; cow milk 20 toxicity!). Hope that helps. Phil
  6. Digital Dilemma

    While I can't offer any specific recommendations, I do think an Integrated (IDTV) will be easier to use - but you'll probably have to visit some shops and try some. Essentially, once it's set up properly, it should act pretty much like an ordinary TV, with the ability to use the + and - buttons to go up and down the channels. You might even be able to set it up so it only displays the basic channels (BBC, ITV etc) but I'd ask in the shop. You're probably better off visiting a specialist retailer, though, rather than the big chains. They are more likely to know what you can and can't do. Phil
  7. lactose free that doesn't taste odd

    I'll add another vote for goat's milk. I've posted this before, but it's worth saying again: When I spoke to Prof Shattock at Sunderland he told me he has a "toxic" scale for milk! Human milk is toxic scale 0 (obviously!), cow's milk is 20, but he put goat's milk at 1 - so it's almost as "normal" as human milk. We put C on it a couple of years ago and haven't looked back. Don't worry that it might taste odd (unless you are very sensitive), it tastes completely fine and I would have no reservations about using it all the time if it wasn't so expensive. One more thing: don't confuse lactose intolerance with dairy/casein allergy - they are very different, and goat's milk will not help with lactose intolerance. Phil
  8. The Curse of the Undead File...

    Hmmm... now I like a challenge... Is it a shortcut or is it the actual document? (Shortcuts usually have little arrows in the bottom corner). Could you attach a screen shot? (To do this, make sure you have no applications running, then, with the desktop on show, press the PrtScrn or PrintScreen button. Then, run Paint (in the Accessories group) and choose Edit / Paste. Then, click on one of the buttons on the left hand side. Then save the image as a JPG file and attach it here).
  9. The Curse of the Undead File...

    Ah, typical, I could have sworn you got a new laptop recently! On XP, choose Explore All Users, then you should find yourself in the "Documents and Settings Folder" You need to find the Desktop folder in the following users: All Users Default User Administrator (if there is one, there might not be) and delete the PDF if any of those, if it's there. (The reason for not being logged on as an administrator is that it's easier for nasty software to be installed without you realising. I'd recommend you create a new user account for yourself - Control Panel / Users - as a "normal" user, and surf the web using that. Only switch to your administrator account when you know you want to install something new). Phil
  10. The Curse of the Undead File...

    OK, let's try this. Your desktop is really just another folder on your computer. What appears on your desktop is also in this folder. Now, to complicate matters, there is more than one Desktop folder. There's your own personal one, there's one for "All Users", one for "Default User" and one for anyone and everyone else who might log on to your computer. It sounds to me like the PDF document is actually in either the Default Users desktop or, more likely, in the All Users Desktop. Still with me? Firstly, then, are you an administrator on your PC? (If you are, you shouldn't be browsing the web using this account, but that's another story) If you're not sure, then try this: Right-click on the Start Button (or the Windows button in Vista) If you get a Short menu with Open, Explore, Properties (and possibly an Anti-Virus link), then you're not an administrator. If you get a longer menu that has the same PLUS 2 more options: Explore All Users and Open All Users, then you ARE an administrator. Things are slightlu different between XP and Vista, so I'm going to take a guess and go with Vista - if you have XP, then let me know and I'll change the instructions. Choose the Explore option, then find the Users folder on the C: drive. Open Users and find Default Open Default and find Desktop If your PDF is in Desktop, then delete it. To be double-sure, find your name in the Users folder, then find the Desktop folder and, if the PDF is in there as well, delete it! One final tip - when you press the Delete key, hold down the Shift Key as well - that means "Permanently Delete" - it doesn't send it to the Recycle Bin. Use with care, though, it's much more difficult to recover files this way (not impossible, just much harder). Hope that helps. Phil
  11. Autism Guide for Airport Travel

    That is really excellent, and I think Manchester Airport should be applauded for doing it. It would be great if the other airports followed suit as this does seem quite specific to the airport (lots of pictures of the actual place). I wonder if the NAS know about it? Phil
  12. It's worth talkinto to EasyJet first. They offer a Speedy Boarding service, which you usually have to pay for, but which you might be able to get if you explain your situation. Lots of people pay, so it will still be quite busy, but not as busy as the usual queue. Their site also lists "Add special access / special requirements" (though you have to be registered to see the info), so there might be more they can do. Phil
  13. lactose free that doesn't taste odd

    Goat milk is not lactose free, but the casein protein is much closer to human so it more easily digested, apparently. Certainly we use it for C, even though Sunderland didn't register a casein problem. It's important to note the difference: lactose intolerance will probably make you feel bloated or gassy, and the effects will usually be felt sometime after drinking milk or milk products. Intolerances are a nuisance but are not dangerous, and you could probably tolerate small amounts of milk with no problems (depends on how much of the enzyme that breaks down the lactose your body is producing). Milk (casein) allergy won't do the above - but is the protein which *might* be linked with the Sunderland Brian Blood Barrier/Leaky Gut theory (alongside gluten, of course). Allergies can be serious (such as nut allergies, obviously) so much more care is needed to avoid these products if you are allergic. Phil
  14. AUTISM BILL

    From this link: http://www.parliament.uk/documents/upload/...Billsandhow.pdf After 2nd reading (which has now happened), Committee stage ssually starts two weeks after Second Reading and can take anything from one meeting to several months. Once it has passed committee, it goes to Report (usually about 2 weeks). After Report, usually immediately to 3rd Reading (same day). Once it has passed 3rd reading, it then goes to the House of Lords and effectively starts all over again... although the process is a little shorter (committee stage is only a few days). It *might* then bounce back and forth between the Commons and Lords as they each consider each other's amendments. So, it could take many months; in the case of this bill I understand the Government are essentially against it, so it could take some time, but they would claim that they have already started their own process anyway... Phil
  15. AUTISM BILL

    I'm no expert, but this from the Parliament Web site: * First reading (formal introduction of the Bill without debate) * Second reading (general debate) * Committee stage (detailed examination, debate and amendments. In the House of Commons this stage takes place in a Public Bill Committee.) * Report stage (opportunity for further amendments) * Third reading (final chance for debate; amendments are possible in the Lords) When a Bill has passed through both Houses it is returned to the first House (where it started) for the second House's amendments to be considered. Both Houses must agree on the final text. There may be several rounds of exchanges between the two Houses until agreement is reached on every word of the Bill. Once this happens the Bill proceeds to the next stage: Royal Assent. * Royal Assent (granted by the monarch) * Act of Parliament (the proposals of the Bill have now become law) ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- As you can see, having passed 2nd reading, it still has a long way to go - but from what I understand, getting this far is a *major* achievement for a Private Member's Bill, so hopefully it has a good chance of progressing all the way. Phil
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