I finally managed to get connect at home and have now become a member - although I will still be a guest from work. Great advantage - nobody rings me up and tells me that their computer isn't working and I can play my music in the background. Up to now I have used the internet mainly for work ( or rather I have been careful about joining things or downloading onto my work computer).
The problem is that everthing seems to need alias and passwords. I can cope with the ones at work using mainly song and book titles - My favourite was "So long and thanks for all the fish" - really impresses the users when you type it in. How do long standing internet users decide what to call themselves and more important how do they remember. I am really just unimaginative. I always prefer just to be known by my first name.