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Club 403


A service of Viewtel Services Ltd and the Birmingham Post..  Working in conjunction with local Tv dealers, they provided viewdata-enabled televisions to subscribers and offered a range of innovative home based services.  Certainly this was a world leader!

From 1985:
Club 403 is the only system in the world to offer a comprehensive interactive home shopping service. As a world leader in this field the Club ensures that it keeps its members abreast of the latest changes in visual technology and offers users up-to-date information, news and services via. the Prestel network.

Launched exclusively in the West Midlands to forge new techniques in electronic information, the Club has successfully produced numerous services direct to the homes of more than one thousand Midlanders.

It has introduced instant Armchair Grocery and Mail Order Shopping along with Booking to its subscribers and a whole host of information pages that encompass leisure, motoring, finance and travel Information, as well as education and childrens' sections.

If you tune into Club 403 you can guarantee becoming one of the country's "Switched On" people. In short you will have the news, views and shopping facilities of UK and the West Midlands at your fingertips . . .



A selection of correspondence and newsletters.


Enquiry Response Letter
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The Problem Solver brochure
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Welcome to Cub 403
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Welcome to Kays Personal Selection
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Club 403 News
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Membership Card
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0) { $row = mysql_fetch_assoc($result); if ($row['grace'] == 0) { $error_message.=$COM_LANG['not_allowed'] . "
"; } } if ($_REQUEST['disc_name'] == '') { $error_message.=$_REQUEST['r_disc_name'] . "
"; } if ($_REQUEST['disc_body'] == '') { $error_message.=$_REQUEST['r_disc_body'] . "
"; } if ($_REQUEST['disc_email'] != '') { if (!smcom_is_email($_REQUEST['disc_email'])) { $error_message.="Invalid email address" . "
"; } } return $error_message; } function smcom_flood_protection($INPUT) { global $comments_db_link, $COM_CONF, $COM_LANG; $result = mysql_query("select time from {$COM_CONF['dbmaintable']} where ip='{$_SERVER['REMOTE_ADDR']}' AND (UNIX_TIMESTAMP( NOW( ) ) - UNIX_TIMESTAMP( time )) < {$COM_CONF['anti_flood_pause']}", $comments_db_link); if (mysql_num_rows($result)>0) { $error_message="Flood detected"; return $error_message; } $result = mysql_query("select ID from {$COM_CONF['dbmaintable']} where text='{$INPUT['disc_body']}' AND author='{$INPUT['disc_name']}' AND href='{$INPUT['href']}'", $comments_db_link); if (mysql_num_rows($result)>0) { $error_message="Flood detected"; return $error_message; } return ""; } function smcom_spam_check($email, $name, $url, $text, $path_to_page, $ip) { global $COM_CONF, $comments_db_link; if (strlen($text) < 10) return 1; // ROB 2013-02-27 lots of 2 character spam $try = 0; while (!$valid && $try <= 3) { // Initialize and verify API key $akismet = new Akismet($COM_CONF['site_url'], $COM_CONF['akismet_apikey']); $result = $akismet->isKeyValid(); // Possible values: 'valid', 'invalid', 'no connect' if ($result != 'valid') { if (($result == 'invalid')) { // Invalid key return 2; } else { // Could not connect to the Akismet server $try++; } } else { $valid = 1; } } if (!$valid) { return 3; // Could not connect to the Akismet server } // Pass comment info to the class $akismet->setCommentAuthorEmail($email); $akismet->setCommentAuthor($name); $akismet->setCommentAuthorURL($url); $akismet->setCommentContent($text); $akismet->setUserIP($ip); $akismet->setPermalink($COM_CONF['site_url'] . $path_to_page); $akismet->setCommentType('Comment'); $try = 0; while ($try <= 3) { // Check the comment for spam $result = $akismet->isCommentSpam(); // Possible values: 'false' (not spam), 'true' (spam), 'no connect' if ($result != 'false') { if ($result == 'true') { // The comment is spam return 1; } else { // Could not connect to the Akismet server $try++; } } else { return 0; } } return 3; // Could not connect to the Akismet server } function smcom_add() { global $comments_db_link, $COM_CONF, $COM_LANG; foreach ($_REQUEST as $key => $value) { if ($key == 'disc_body') { $comment_text=stripslashes($value); } $_REQUEST[$key] = str_replace('<', '<', $_REQUEST[$key]); $_REQUEST[$key] = str_replace('>', '>', $_REQUEST[$key]); if (get_magic_quotes_gpc()) { $_REQUEST[$key] = stripslashes($_REQUEST[$key]); } $_REQUEST[$key] = mysql_escape_string($_REQUEST[$key]); } $_REQUEST['href'] = str_replace('%2F', '/', $_REQUEST['href']); $_REQUEST['href'] = str_replace('%3F', '?', $_REQUEST['href']); $_REQUEST['href'] = str_replace('%26', '&', $_REQUEST['href']); $_REQUEST['href'] = str_replace('%3D', '=', $_REQUEST['href']); if ($_REQUEST['dont_show_email'] != '') { $dont_show="1"; } else { $dont_show="0"; } $error_message = smcom_check_for_errors(); $error_message .= smcom_flood_protection($_REQUEST); if ($COM_CONF['ckeck_for_spam']) { if (!$error_message) { $spam_check_result = smcom_spam_check($_REQUEST['disc_email'], $_REQUEST['disc_name'], "", $comment_text, $_REQUEST['href'], ""); if ($spam_check_result == 1) { $error_message .= "
Your comment suspected as spam."; mysql_query("INSERT INTO {$COM_CONF['dbjunktable']} VALUES (NULL, NOW(), '{$_REQUEST['href']}', '{$_REQUEST['disc_body']}', '{$_REQUEST['disc_name']}', '{$_REQUEST['disc_email']}', '$dont_show', '{$_SERVER['REMOTE_ADDR']}')", $comments_db_link); if ($COM_CONF['autoban']) { $ip = mysql_escape_string($_SERVER['REMOTE_ADDR']); $result = mysql_query("SELECT ip,grace FROM {$COM_CONF['dbbannedipstable']} WHERE ip='$ip'", $comments_db_link); if (mysql_num_rows($result)>0) { $row = mysql_fetch_assoc($result); $grace = $row['grace'] - 1; if ($grace < 0) { $grace = 0; } $result = mysql_query("UPDATE {$COM_CONF['dbbannedipstable']} SET grace='$grace' WHERE ip='$ip'", $comments_db_link); $error_message .= "
You will not be allowed to post any more comments. If you suspect an error, please contact the website administrator."; } else { $result = mysql_query("INSERT INTO {$COM_CONF['dbbannedipstable']} (ID,ip,grace) VALUES (NULL,'$ip','{$COM_CONF['bangrace']}')", $comments_db_link); } } } if ($spam_check_result == 2) { $error_message .= "
Invalid WordPress API key"; } if ($spam_check_result == 3) { $error_message .= "
Could not connect to the Akismet server"; } } } if ($error_message) { print "The following errors occured:
$error_message

Please get back and try again."; return 0; } mysql_query("INSERT INTO {$COM_CONF['dbmaintable']} VALUES (NULL, NOW(), '{$_REQUEST['href']}', '{$_REQUEST['disc_body']}', '{$_REQUEST['disc_name']}', '{$_REQUEST['disc_email']}', '$dont_show', '{$_SERVER['REMOTE_ADDR']}')", $comments_db_link); if ($_REQUEST['email_me'] != '' && $_REQUEST['disc_email'] != '') { $result = mysql_query("select COUNT(*) from {$COM_CONF['dbemailstable']} where href='{$_REQUEST['href']}' AND email='{$_REQUEST['disc_email']}'", $comments_db_link); list ($count) = mysql_fetch_row($result); if ($count == 0) { $hash=md5($email . $COM_CONF['copy_random_seed']); mysql_query("INSERT INTO {$COM_CONF['dbemailstable']} VALUES (NULL, '{$_REQUEST['disc_email']}', '{$_REQUEST['href']}', '$hash')", $comments_db_link); } } if ($COM_CONF['email_admin']) { smcom_notify_admin($_REQUEST['href'], $_REQUEST['disc_name'], $_REQUEST['disc_email'], $comment_text, "{$_SERVER['REMOTE_ADDR']}, {$_SERVER['HTTP_USER_AGENT']}"); } smcom_notify_users($_REQUEST['href'], $_REQUEST['disc_name'], $_REQUEST['disc_email']); header("HTTP/1.1 302"); header("Location: {$COM_CONF['site_url']}{$_REQUEST['href']}"); print "Click here to get back."; } function smcom_notify_admin($href, $name, $email, $text, $ip) { global $comments_db_link, $COM_CONF, $COM_LANG; $headers = "From: Comments <{$COM_CONF['email_from']}>\r\n"; $text_of_message=" {$COM_LANG['email_new_comment']} {$COM_CONF['site_url']}$href {$COM_LANG['email_from']}: $name <$email> $text $ip "; mail($COM_CONF['email_admin'], "{$COM_LANG['email_new_comment']} $href", $text_of_message, $headers); } function smcom_notify_users($href, $name, $email_from) { global $comments_db_link, $COM_CONF, $COM_LANG; $headers = "From: Comments <{$COM_CONF['email_from']}>\n"; $result=mysql_query("select email, hash from {$COM_CONF['dbemailstable']} where href='$href'", $comments_db_link); while (list($email, $hash) = mysql_fetch_row($result)) { if ($email != $email_from) { $text_of_message=" {$COM_LANG['email_new_comment']} {$COM_CONF['site_url']}$href {$COM_LANG['email_from']}: $name {$COM_LANG['email_to_unsubscribe']} {$COM_CONF['site_url']}{$COM_CONF['script_url']}?action=unsub&page=$href&id=$hash "; mail($email, "{$COM_LANG['email_new_comment']} $href",$text_of_message, $headers); } } } function smcom_unsub() { global $comments_db_link, $COM_CONF, $COM_LANG; $id=mysql_escape_string($_REQUEST['id']); $href=mysql_escape_string($_REQUEST['page']); mysql_query("delete from {$COM_CONF['dbemailstable']} where href='$href' AND hash='$id'", $comments_db_link); if (mysql_affected_rows() > 0) { print "{$COM_LANG['unsubscribed']}"; } else { print "{$COM_LANG['not_unsubscribed']}"; } } function smcom_view() { global $comments_db_link, $COM_CONF, $COM_LANG; $request_uri = mysql_escape_string($_SERVER['REQUEST_URI']); $result = mysql_query("select time, text, author, email, dont_show_email from {$COM_CONF['dbmaintable']} where href='$request_uri' order by time {$COM_CONF['sort_order']}", $comments_db_link); $comments_count=0; $time=$text=$author=$email=$dont_show_email=array(); while (list($time[$comments_count], $text[$comments_count], $author[$comments_count], $email[$comments_count], $dont_show_email[$comments_count])=mysql_fetch_array($result)) { $text[$comments_count] = wordwrap($text[$comments_count], 75, "\n", 1); $time[$comments_count] = smcom_format_date($time[$comments_count]); $comments_count++; } require("{$COM_CONF['full_path']}/templates/{$COM_CONF['template']}.php"); } function smcom_format_date($date) { global $COM_LANG; $year = substr($date, 0, 4); $month = intval(substr($date, 5, 2)) - 1; $day = substr($date, 8, 2); $hour = substr($date, 11, 2); $min = substr($date, 14, 2); return "$day {$COM_LANG['months'][$month]} $year, $hour:$min"; } function smcom_is_email($Addr) { $p = '/^}~+(\.}~+)*'; $p.= '@([-a-z0-9]+\.)+([a-z]{2,3}'; $p.= '|info|arpa|aero|coop|name|museum)$/ix'; return preg_match($p, $Addr); } ?>