The Anonymous Widower

Riding The Cable Car

I hadn’t ridden the Emirates Air-Line for some time, so I thought it would be a good idea on Sunday.

As you can see, I got a car to myself.

I think the trouble with the line, is that it is pushed at tourists, who don’t realise that the cheapest way to cross it, is by the use of an Oyster card.

But it doesn’t appear to accept cashless payment, which as this is most of London’s preferred payment method, probably doesn’t help ridership.

Let’s face it, who in their right mind would use Oyster? I have a Freedom Pass, so I don’t need Oyster, but I do get peeved that I have to carry one with perhaps twenty pounds on it, just so I can use the cable-car.

March 20, 2016 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , | 1 Comment

The North End Of The Connaught Tunnel

The Connaught Tunnel takes Crossrail under the Royal Docks.

If you take the DLR to the East from Custom House station, you can see the North End of the tunnel.

The track is there and I suspect fairly soon, we’ll be seeing overhead wires going up.

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Custom House Station – 20th March 2016

Progress at Custom House station.

It’s certainly going to be an impressive entrance to Crosrail from the Excel.

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If It Ain’t Broke Don’t Fix It!

Formula One has just proven the title of this post, with their new qualifying system.

The qualifying yesterday was a joke, as it didn’t build up to the crescendo like it used to do.

Why do people have this desire to tinker with formats and rules?

If you change something in a system, you must make sure you don’t alienate your users or audience.

When I updated Artemis, I made sure that nothing was ever deleted, as I didn’t know how every one of our thousands of customers used the system.

So many versions of updated software is a retrograde step to many people.

For instance, I would be like to buy a new computer with Windows Vista and Office 2003.

That may be a bit unusual, but then if I find something that suits my lifestyle, I don’t change it!

  • I was with my wife for forty years.
  • I had my last car; a Lotus Elan for, twenty-five years.
  • My briefcase is well over thirty-five years old.
  • My smart jacket is nearly thirty and still smart.
  • I first saw Ipswich play in 1961.

Why change?

Sadly, as in the case of my wife, you have to occasionally.

 

March 20, 2016 Posted by | Computing, Sport | | Leave a comment