A word from your webmaster
Welcome to the website of the Daimler and Lanchester Owners' Club.
As a webmaster I volunteer for this task in the hope that
the site can supplement our excellent club magazine as a means of
communication to and amongst club members.
Apart from that, the site serves as a major channel to promote
the club to non-member enthusiasts for our marques.
Please send me your contributions, remarks, and even criticism,
and I'll see what I can do.
Bear in mind that I am not a native English speaker,
so I would appreciate any pointers to places where the use
of the language needs to be improved.
I will happily devote time and effort
to help any club member that has difficulties
with one of the club-related Internet-facilities.
Educating people about computers and Internet is my profession,
and if I wouldn't enjoy that type of work
I would have chosen a different profession decades ago already.
I am used to questions from computer-savvy and -unsavvy people alike;
But: íf you send me a question, please choose one of two approaches:
either describe the symptoms that you experience in some detail
(do it in your own words, but be accurate, especially with respect
to the sequence of your steps), or,
íf you decide to go shorthand,
make sure that you use the terminology properly.
A verbose message is much more forgiving about its terminology
than a concise message is.
Let's avoid back-and-forth conversations like
(Q:) "Why can't I log in to the club's website"
(A:) "Because the club's website does not have a login-facility at all".
This is the correct answer to the question (see below),
but it doesn't solve anybody's problem.
Please bear with me!
Website and forum; what's the difference
Several people have contacted me with questions related to
A common part in all those questions was that
website and forum were mixed up.
Here are a few explications:
- A website is a collection of web pages.
These pages can have a huge variety in appearance and function:
static display of text & illustrations
(e.g. the page you're looking at now),
web-shop, forum, chat-room, blog, ...
When you enter a website you usually enter via
its index-page (commonly referred to as "the home page" of the site).
- A forum is a collection of pages where people can
discuss with each other, in writing, a variety of topics.
Since website always is the "outer" container for a collection
of web pages, a forum is always part of some website.
But a website does not necessarily have to contain a forum part.
- When people are used to enter the forum-part of a website
via some kind of direct link (e.g. a bookmark/favourite),
and thus bypass the home page,
they may easily confuse the forum
with the website as a whole.
This has happened to more than one DLOC member, and is the
underlying cause for most questions that have reached me.
- Now let's zoom in on the services to the DLOC members,
where two different websites are involved:
the official Daimler and Lanchester Owners' Club website,
maintained by Hendrik-Jan Thomassen (me).
The page you are currently looking at is part of it.
If you click on the above link, you see the "home page" of this site
popping up in a separate window.
This site does not contain a forum part.
Its predecessor, abandoned in December 2007, did have a forum part,
but that has never been very popular.
- The www.dlcentre.com
website, originally created by Tim Alston but subsequently purchased by the DLOC.
Several years ago, before the DLOC
even had a website of its own,
Tim set up his site as a service to the DLOC members.
That website does have a forum, but if you click on the above link
you see the "home page" (not the forum!) of that site popping up
in the separate window.
Note the totally different "look and feel" presentation style.
Tim managed to gather a lively community of Daimler and Lanchester
enthusiasts on the forum of his website, which was the main reason why
the DLOC eventually decided to purchase it.
If you click
you'll see the entrance page of the forum within that website.
Note that that is a different page than the home page of that website.
The non-forum part of that website is more or less rudimentary,
although there is a nice photo gallery.
If you click on the "DLOC discussion forum" menu choice
in the navigation margin on the left of this page,
you are transferred to the DLOC forum.
It is for club members and all other enthusiasts alike.
To participate you need to be registered first (see below).
Then you have to log in.
Now you all want to take part in the forum, right?
Registering for a forum account is a "serve yourself" matter, and it's free.
Click on the "Registration" choice on
the entrance page of the forum
and go ahead. But read on first....
The forum has implemented various measures to
block automated spam-robots that try to create an account
and then submit promo messages for porn and other junk.
This is a serious problem; attempts come in hour after hour!
Unfortunately, these measures may block the registration of "good guys" as well.
To avoid this you should **only** fill in the following fields:
Then, after your first login has succeeded, you go to the appropriate
page on the forum and complete your user profile.
- email address
- first name
- last name
Your (content-) contributions to this site are welcomed.
If you use the above e-mail address, it will forward into my
"general" e-mail address. Be sure to use an extensive and descriptive
Subject-line with your mail, preferably containing the words
DLOC or Daimler.
To cope with the 3000+ spam mails that I receive each day,
my spamfilter has to operate in a very voracious mode, unfortunately.
I am not a MS Windows user, so please select your file formats
a bit carefully. For textual contributions I prefer either the
standard ODG-format, or the ASCII ("Save as: text only") format.
Please do not send .doc format files, unless you absolutely have no
I can handle almost any picture format for the site,
but no audio or video yet.
JPEG is the preferred format for photos.
Don't send thumbnail-photos only; I prefer to give the readers the possibility
to click for an enlarged photo to view the details.
Photos over 1.2 megapixels large are hardly useful,
because that is the (full!) size of an average computer display screen.
But I will happily do the resizing for you.
However, my mailbox has a cut-off point when one single message is over
8Mb large. The total storage size of my mailbox is unlimited.
If you scan documents or "paper" photos, a resolution of 300dpi
will suffice. Convert the file to JPEG format before sending.
If you need more advice or instructions, please ask!