Sunday, 14 April 2019

Internet

The internet is a fabulous tool. What spoils it is every entity on the net wants to play by different rules. I am sick and tired of trying to find out which programs connect with others. I am sick and tired of finding out that I can do this through that program, but not that. That I can do those things over here, but not them over here, that this picture can fit in here but not this one. For fuck sake get it sorted!
Until we have total connect ability all we have is a cute toy! I gave up toys over 60- years ago!!!!!!

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Live writer

Does anyone else have problems with Live Writer? I can write what I want, but not publish., I keep getting 404 errors.


Are there an other writing programmes available that do the same as Live Writer?

Thursday, 14 March 2019

More Stuff

I've been busy of late. I finally wired up the new socket in the bedroom. You may remember I installed the socket a while back (at the end of the bed) and wired up that end but was not so sure about how to route the cable behind my wardrobe to connect it up to the socket in the kitchen. Well it took some thinking about but now it is all done. Nice and tidy and I no longer have to run the TV cable into the kitchen before watching DVDs in the bedroom. Plus I also get to charge my phone and Susan’s phone at the same time via the same socket.
I made something I have been promising my self since I got on the boat 12 years ago. Ta-Daaaaaaaa!

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

MAGNET FISHING

Many of us have done it often in the pursuit of our windlass, or someone else’s. I find this quite acceptable. Tooley’s boat yard are receiving donations of old windlasses to sell on to raise funds for the restoration of Hardy. I donated 15 last year that had been cluttering up my locker for sometime.
What I don’t find acceptable is the latest craze on the canals is Magnet Fishing purely for the sake of dumping crap on the bank. The pictures below represents 200 yards of canal at Wolverton MK.
The argument  that “At least it isn’t on the bottom of the canal”, just doesn’t hold water. Bicycles and shopping trolleys OK but most of the crap was just happy just lying in the silt doing no harm.
Once on the bankside it is a pedestrian hazard and an eyesore! Of those who claim sainthood for taking it out, many are just litter louts who claim that someone will be by to take it away. Well yes that is the same with all fly-tippers, because fly-tipping it what it is.
CRT will tell  you they must have a permit, but ask to see it and they will claim they have spoken to CRT who said it was OK. This is not how permits work.
 
 
 
 
 



Sunday, 17 February 2019

Journalism 101:

If someone say its raining outside and another person says its not, one of them is mistaken or lying.

As a journalist it is not your job to report both observations and conclude both have a point.

No, it is your job to report the truth, simply look out of the window.

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Serco-Mears?

Have you ever heard of Serco-Mears?  No neither had I until just the other day when it was announced that they have just been awarded a government contract worth £2.9 billion pounds. Now it’s bad enough that the government is giving £2.9 billion to a company not many have heard of, but the purpose will stun you.

This contract is for the purpose of building homes for ‘asylum’ seekers! Outsiders! Now I don’t want to seem uncaring, disingenuous, or perish the thought RAAAAAAACIST, but when was the last time the government gave £2.9 billion to a house building project for social housing to house our homeless or ex-service or those trapped in sub-standard private accommodation? NEEEEEEEEVER!!!

OK on top of that If the company gets 10% profit that’s £290 million, let me put that better way,

£290,000,000.

And you can bet they get more than 10%


Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Connecting to what!

So today I moved from Atherstone down to Nuneaton. Whilst the signal, Internet/phone, in Atherstone was fair (and I by no means use that to say properly useable) the signal in Nuneaton is garbage! No phone very little internet.

Earlier today my phone tells me I am connected to the internet. Yet when I try to google pound/euro exchange rates I am told to make sure I have a signal!

Now I may be a bit old fashioned here, but if I pay for something I expect to get it. As in if I have a mobile phone I expect to take it to different places and use it. I most certainly do not expect it to tell me,

NO SERVICE AVAILABLE

not even emergency services. I mean what if I fell and broke my leg or had a heart attack?

Yes I know coverage is not guaranteed, but I am in a town fer cris’ake not out in the country (where the signal is, for some strange reason, better).

How long have mobile phones been going now 25/30 years? Isn’t it about time the system was sorted to function properly. No, I know there is never going to be 100% coverage, but the system needs changing.

Lower Heyford generally only works with O2, but if you go up on the bridge over the platforms you might OK with several ISPs. Why is that?There should be one company responsible for supplying signal then all the phone companies could sell you phones and packages. You pay them, they pay the signal company.

No its not complicated! Electricity/Gas/Rail they all have a company that deals with pylons/pipes/rails and several ‘suppliers’ that deal with customers. I can’t believe it hasn’t been done before!

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

On being able to write

For some time now I have had problems with my laptop. Several of my keys failed to work S G H M didn’t work at all. Several others worked if you persisted. No capitals at all.

If you have ever had a problem with a lap top keyboard you may or may not know about the onscreen keyboard. It is not easy to write with the pointing device, but its OK in an emergency. A mouse would be better, certainly faster.

2019-01-15 It suddenly occurred to me today that rather than struggle writing on my phone then emailing to me to cut and paste, I could buy a keyboard! This I have now done and am able to actually get back to doing what I like, writing.