An articulated lorry passed me on the main road yesterday. It was an ordinary, anonymous curtain-sided trailer – ordinary except it carried signs on each side which said
Warning do not walk close to this vehicle at any time.
I think I’ll put one of those on my car.
One of the first questions commonly asked when meeting someone new. Usually asked before we enquire about hobbies and interests (although that might be more interesting for both parties).
Insurance companies also require this information, and I came across an amusing dropdown list whilst browsing for car insurance today. A bit like the over-detailed list of pre-nominal titles I wrote about some time ago. To the extent that it accurately reflects the vast range of jobs in 21st century Britain, it is a snapshot which might be of great value to historians in years to come. Continue reading
LIke many people I use OpenOffice 3.4.1 for word processing and spreadsheets. It closely resembles the Leading Brand office software suite, yet is completely free!
Using Calc today, I noticed an unexpected behaviour in its Find and Replace feature. I wanted to search for the value ‘55.80’ which I knew was contained somewhere in my spreadsheet. However, it could not find it.
The reason for this is that although the cell apprears to contain ‘55.80’, when you highlight the cell the input line near the top of the screen shows ‘55.8’. Even if you enter ‘55.80’ in the cell, Calc drops the trailing zero.
Is this normal?
I have noticed that for some people, every visit to the world wide web starts with a search. Even if they know the website they want to reach. I call these lazy searches.
I saw it the other day. I watched as someone Continue reading
We all know the main impact of the world wide web has been to give postal workers heavier sacks to carry. But as well as allowing retailers to sell stuff here whilst paying taxes elsewhere, it occasionally throws up little gems like this website I came across today: Ian’s Shoelace Site
I have got myself on this Freecycle mailing list, for reasons which I can no longer remember. They facilitate the passing on of unwanted household goods with the stated aim of keeping stuff ‘out of landfill’.
So if you have an old TV or rabbit hutch or pair of roller skates you no longer want, you can easily give them to someone else. That’s the idea. You can also ask for things too. The rules forbid being too fussy or specific in your ‘Wanted’ postings. After all, you shouldn’t look a gift-horse in the mouth. (What is a gift-horse, by the way?)
One posting today caught my eye:
OFFER: Used pillows
Re-offered due to no pick up.
Description Have at least 4 used pillows available.
Can be used as pillows or for cat/dog bed.
Pick up ASAP. Please state when you can collect.
This evening or tomorrow-sat am would be good. no time wasters.
As I read through it, I hatched a plan to ask a few questions about the pillows. Colour, age, filling material – that sort of thing. I was going to arrange a collection time, and then just not show up.
Imagine my sense of frustration and disappointent when I got to the last sentence. That put paid to my little scheme!
What kind of sloppy web design lets me sign in and poke around my messgages, view my watch list and purchase history, and do other signed-in things but then bounces me out when I actually try to bid on something?
Come on, eBay. I know I am not the only one in this frustrating loop. Can’t you stop counting all the money you are making for a moment and attend to this basic fault?
Whilst you are at it, why not make the whole website a bit more slick and up-to-date? eBay still feels like it was put together by some college nerds back in the ’90s.
In August 2010 I wrote about joining Quidco. It’s a cashback service for a wide variety of retailers – both online and bricks-and-mortar.
I’m not talking about loyalty points or Air Miles either. They pay real money into your bank. Sometimes the deals are quite mouth-watering and so far I have received over £300 from them.
What’s the catch? None, really. It’s just another way in which retailers can compete for your business. Quidco do take the first £5 per annum from your cashback earnings which I think is very fair.
They also pay you just to walk in to participating shops, whether you buy anything or not! For this to work you need the Quidco app on your smartphone. It uses GPS to tell you what tempting deals are on offer nearby, and if a store is offering a ‘check-in’ incentive you just tap a button on your phone when you are inside the premises to register your presence. OK so it’s usually only 10p or 15p but if you are passing by anyway it seems churlish not to spend a moment browsing their wares.
Click here to join Quidco
If you write a blog using WordPress, be very careful not to accidentally delete the new post you are working on. This is all too easy to do – simply hit the ‘Esc’ key and the entire post vanishes!!
And don’t think that Autosave will help. All it will do is save the blank composing window that you are staring at, neatly erasing all the precious text it autosaved 30 seconds beforehand.
I consider this to be a design flaw. In fact, two flaws; why does the Escape key delete everything anyway?? Grr. From now on I shall hit the ‘Save Draft’ button regularly. I suggest that you do the same.
More sporting fluid management. The frequently-towelled players have left Wimbledon for another year. (As a kid I remember learning with some surprise that they played other tournaments inbetween. Did I imagine them returning to desk jobs or something?)
So I am at the local football ground last week to watch some rugby sevens. In a nutshell, that’s Continue reading