Stop Popup Ads For Free Newsletter (Winrag) - ( 14th February 2004 )

Issue 10

 (c), Mark Walmsley 2004

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Welcome its time for issue 10, Valentines edition. You may be going out on a date today, but no worries have you don't have one, love your computer instead. 

This edition of the newsletter is here to help you and your greatest friend become better acquainted. 

This month we have great competition (over $150 is prizes), check it out here - Competition 

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1 Members Area


The members area for the mother of this Newsletter WinRag can be previewed from the following page.

The members area has troubleshooting guides, install guides, free downloads, 3rd party e-books, games.

So love thy website, help keep it free and signup.

Access to the area is on a a donation basis, which is $35 for first year then $5 a year afterwards, you can signup from the below link The area is continually being updated, with many new plans in the pipeline.


2 Free Valentines Screen Savers & themes

Click here for free screen savers - large selection  


Click here for free Valentines puzzle screen savers


  Click here for free Valentines Wallpapers 



3  Valentines Game Preview

Singles - Flirt Up Your Life (PC)

Exclusively published by DEEP SILVER and distributed in the UK & Germany by KOCH MEDIA, SINGLES: FLIRT UP YOUR LIFE from ROTOBEE will be launched on Windows PCCD, APRIL 2nd 2004.

So dump your partner, with Single Flirt Up Your Life you will not need and real life interruptions.

Singles - Flirt Up Your Life (PC)

The action is definitely getting steamier in SINGLES: FLIRT UP YOUR LIFE, the raunchy flat share game from recently launched publisher DEEP SILVER and developer ROTOBEE. Launching on Windows PC CD, the finishing touches are being added to this highly anticipated game, due for launch on 2nd APRIL 2004.

To give the characters a unique feel that players will relate to, DEEP SILVER in the UK have employed the creative talents of an established television writer, whose credits include such popular soap operas as EMMERDALE, FAMILY AFFAIRS and the highly successful children's television show BYKER GROVE.

A spokesman from DEEP SILVER said, "We've taken the time to make the game more appealing to the UK games player. We wanted the game to be tongue in cheek and 'Ohh errr missus.. don't titter', rather than taking itself to seriously."

Exclusively published by DEEP SILVER and distributed in the UK & Germany by KOCH MEDIA, SINGLES: FLIRT UP YOUR LIFE from ROTOBEE will be launched on Windows PCCD, APRIL 2nd 2004. For additional information visit the official SINGLES website at:


13 male and female characters to 'pair up' in the apartment - choose from the pretentious yet seductive cat walk model Paris, cheesy Latin dancer Enrique or salon stylist Rachel

Highly detailed and realistically animated characters - True-to-life human physique and natural facial expressions - each character features bump-mapping and over 30,000 polygons

Character skill system allows for development and progression - Make your characters more efficient at tasks by learning

Romantic & passionate situations - characters are not shy about throwing their clothes off and showing their feelings to one another, be that friendship, love or anger

Featuring full frontal nudity, foreplay and a little bit of slap 'n' tickle

'PINK MODE' allows for characters to explore their sexuality

Decorate the apartment to suit your characters tastes - Give the apartment the 'homely touch'. Buy new appliances, decorate walls, fully redesign their home

Dynamic shadows and Radiosity Lighting in a True3D world - to give your apartment that 'soft focus' - seductive feel

Microsoft® Windows® 98SE/Me/2000/XP
Pentium® 1GHz or equivalent
32MB DirectX 8.1 compatible 3D graphics card
700MB free hard disk space

Microsoft® Windows® 2000/XP
Pentium® 1.5GHz or equivalent
64MB DirectX 8.1 compatible 3D graphics card
700MB free hard disk space

Microsoft® Windows® XP
Pentium® 2GHz or equivalent
128MB DirectX 9 compatible 3D graphics card
700MB free hard disk space


4 About Valentines Day

Some odd facts about Valentines Day:

Over 80 million roses are sold worldwide on Valentine's Day.

Valentines Day was declared an official holiday in 1537 by King Henry VIII.

Hallmark has over 1,300 different Valentine's Day cards.

The first Valentine's Day card was sent by the imprisoned Duke of Orlean to his wife in 1415

The city of Verona in Italy, setting of Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet', receives over 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet every year.

Approximately 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolates are sold in the US every year and the US also holds the record for the biggest heart-shaped chocolate box which was 15ft tall, 15ft wide and weighed over 1,300lbs.

15% of women in the US send themselves flowers on Valentines.

Teachers receive the most Valentine's Day cards every year. Sweethearts receive the least.

Over 1 billion dollars is spent on chocolate for Valentine's Day in the US every year.

The Roman feast of Lupercalia was held on February 14th in honour of Juno, the Goddess of women and marriage.

It's a custom in Wales to send an intricately carved wooden spoon to one's love on Valentines.

3% of pet owners in the US send their pets a Valentine's card.

In the middle ages, people would pin the name of their sweetheart to their sleeve on Valentine's Day and keep it there for a week, hence 'wearing their heart on their sleeve'.

According to superstition, if the first bird you see on Valentine's Day is a Robin, you'll marry a sailor. If it's a Sparrow, you'll marry a poor man and if it's a Goldfinch, you'll marry a wealthy man.

In China, Valentine's Day is celebrated on the 7th day or the 7th month of the Chinese calendar.

The origin of the letter 'X' symbolising kisses comes from the Middle Ages when people who couldn't write would sign documents with an X and then kiss it for sincerity.

Over 930 million dollars is spent on Valentine's cards in the US every year.

In medieval times, they believed that birds and bees chose their mates on Valentine's Day and talk of 'the birds and the bees' continues today.


5 Making the Most of Your Computer Part 4


This month we are going to show you how IRC ((Internet Relay Chat) chat. Feeling lonely on valentines then why not join 1 of the many chat channels available on IRC. The software we are going to use is Trillian and is free.

Click here to download 

Once downloaded, install the program and fill in all your preferred details.

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Once installed click on the Trillian icon which is on the desktop.

The software will now open. Trillian supports many chat formats, including Yahoo, MSN, AIM, ICQ, and IRC, we are going to look at IRC. 

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When the software opens you will notice 5 circles at the bottom right of the panel. Click on the middle black circle and then click on connection manager. 

A new windows will now open, and a list of servers, for no particular reason we select the top one Ablenet, then random and finally Ablenet random. Once you have chosen your server then click on connect.

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You will now be returned to the main screen. Click on the black circle again, select MISC then List Channels

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A long list of available chat rooms will now appear, find the one you wish to join and double click on it.

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A new window will open, congratulations you have joined your first IRC chat

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6 Buyers Guide Part 2 - DVD Writers


Feeling lonely this valentines or looking the perfect present for your partner, then why not consider getting a DVD-writer. Create your own home movies on DVD, backup your DVD collection, or use to backup your hard drive, for whatever reason go buy one now.

Lets explain the formats. DVD writers come in several formats. DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, and DVD-RAM.

So which do you buy ? Lets explain the different types :

DVD-R/RW - This is the first format that was compatible with home DVD players. This drive would be the more popular, although not as technologically advanced as the DVD+R/RW drives this format is ruling the market and is supported by 92% of DVD-rom drives and DVD players..

DVD+R/RW - This is the more technologically advanced drive. Supported by Microsoft in their next version of Windows, this drive format is getting more popular, but is slightly less compatible than its friend the DVD-R/RW drives, it comes in at 87%.

DVD-RAM - This format is out years, but unfortunately is better suited for large backups of your Harddrive. Do not buy if you want to backup your DVD collection, or make home DVD's.


So what do you buy, well luckily enough in today's market you can remove the decision making and just buy a drive that support DVD+R/RW and DVD-R/RW. The DVD-RAM drives are no good unless you wish to backup, but even then I would consider buying a 2nd hard drive first.

So which drive do you buy ?

Well we recommend the Pioneer DVRA06 Internal DVD Writer. A very reliable and fast drive, supporting both DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW formats, plus it is a CD-writer also. Click on link below to view and/or buy from




7  Competition


This month we have another competition. Prizes are as below. Fill in the details in the grey box below with your details and the question answer.

1st Prize - Members area access free for life plus $35 paid to your paypal account.

2nd Members area access free for life plus $15 paid to your paypal account.

3rd Prize - Members area access free for life .

Please note you must have a Paypal account to receive the money reward 

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Your details
Your Name: (or nickname)

Your Country

Your Email:

(all emails will be kept private & Confidential)

The question

What is so special about the 14th February 

Closing date for entries is 29th February 2004 - Winners will be announced in next months newsletter and also by email.



8 Last Months Competition Winners

Last months winners of access to members area are:

Jay from USA

Ezrab from Israel

Dave from Canada

Congratulations to our winners. We will be contacting you by mail soon.

9 Conclusion


Well that's it for this month, next issue will be that last of the year so see you all then.

The newsletter has now been officially named WinRag, and a direct link to the site is

Remember you can view issue 1 to 9 from that link :

Best Regards


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