The Anonymous Widower

The Reliability Of Online Reviews

Wake Up To Money this morning on BBC Radio 5 was talking about the reliability of on-line reviews.

So I sent in the following text.

As a coeliac, I find if I type “gluten free restaurant” with the city I’m in, I find somewhere good. Perhaps coeliacs don’t want to drop their peers in it!

It wasn’t read out directly, but someone else had said the same thing and the two messages were combined.

The method has certainly found me some very good gluten-free meals.

November 6, 2017 Posted by | Computing, Food, Travel | , | Leave a comment

Monarch Goes Bust

It is not a good time for airlines with Ryanair in a mess and now Monarch has gone bust.

The CAA has announced a web site at www.monarch.caa.co.uk, where passengers should look for information.

I checked the site out of curiosity and it seems to do what the chair of the CAA said it does on the BBC!

The internet would seem to help in these situations.

October 2, 2017 Posted by | Computing, Travel | , | Leave a comment

Even Vauxhall Corsas Have 4G Wi-Fi

This is the case according to adverts at the side of the pitch in the England Slovakia game at Wembley tonight.

I don’t drive, so I don’t care, but it appears that this increasingly features on cars.

Bombardier have fitted this feature to Crossrail’s Class 345 trains, so will we see it increasingly fitted to all trains, taxis and buses?

It’ll certainly be something that passengers on public transport will expect.

September 4, 2017 Posted by | Computing, Travel | , , , , | Leave a comment

A Tale Of Three Web Sites

I’m going away for a few days on Thursday and my aim originally was to fly to Hamburg and then take trains along the coast to Amsterdam.

So I tried to book a flight on the German Wings web site.

I couldn’t, as when I tried to put my address into the booking form, I couldn’t find the UK, United Kingdom, Great Britain or England in their list of countries. Don’t the Germans know, they lost the Second World War?

I thought it might be finger trouble, so as I was watching one of my least favourite football teams getting a superb thumping at the time, I tried once for each goal.

In the end, I gave up and booked Eurostar to Any Belgian station, as you can’t book it to Hamburg yet.

It used to be easier, as you could book a train to Any Dutch Station, but for some reason the Dutch stopped that convenient ticket. It’s now much easier to book tickets to Switzerland than The Netherlands.

This morning, I needed to do my winter clothes shopping. It was only a number of standard items from Marks and Spencer. I usually, buy one example of say the trousers or jumpers I want and then use the code on the ticket to buy more if they fit.

So after logging in, doing the purchase with a new Amex card and arranging delivery to my local store, the process was completed without hassle in a few minutes.

Why can’t all travel sites, be as easy to use as shops like Marks and Spencer, John Lewis and IKEA?

incidentally, I now use Amex a lot on the web, as they seem to have brought in a geographic security based on your Internet connection. The sites ask if they can use your Internet location and I suppose now, they can link that to my physical address.

It looks like a clever way to check on-line purposes. If my card and delivery address tie up to where my Internet connection is located, there must be a high probability, that I am making the purchases. I suppose, it could be someone, who has access to my house getting  hold of the card, but then I would be suspicious if products I hadn’t ordered ended up on my doorstep.

Banks and credit card companies should use tricks like this to secure on-line purchases, as anything password-based is likely to be derailed by the forgetful mind, unless it is written down. Which then breaks the security.

October 5, 2015 Posted by | Computing, Travel | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Does Your Energy Company Say Sorry When Its Web Site Gets Its Knickers In A Twist?

Mine does!

Ovo Says Sorry

Ovo Says Sorry

I got this, when I clicked a link to view my statement!

I suppose it’s better than leaving me lost in cyberspace!

September 23, 2015 Posted by | Computing | , , | Leave a comment

Is This How To Fight ISIS?

I first read about ISIS-Chan in The Times and I’m surprised that this Japanese character hasn’t spread into more of the media.

I did find this article about the  anime in this article on CNN-Money.

The idea is to so fill Google and the other search engines with the harmless stories, that the real hardcore ISIS filth becomes impossible to find.

Let’s hope that the UK and other governments are creating masses of similar material in their fight against the evil madmen of ISIS and other terrorist groups.

Those that choose to spread their perverted material by the Internet should be strangled by the Internet.

 

September 11, 2015 Posted by | Computing, World | , , | Leave a comment

FRS Logistics Ltd.

I received this e-mail from FRS Logistics.

Greetings
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Our international B2B commerce company, peculiarly in EU and Asia.
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We would like to remind that, we appreciate every applying candidate, so if you will fill in a questioner to get along with your future career, we would fully acknowledge your choice.
For additional employment information, please properly glance through the vacancy characterization, additional documents or find the information on our site. We also give all the allowed certificates that allow us to work in the United States.
We hope for your beforehand answer.
We are a leading large European global company, and we are going to open launch an American branch in order to provide supply our customers with world-class services. We need a Customer Service Representative who can start begin and handle our business needs for our company in the EU, United States.

What we require need from you:
1. A Computer with reliable internet connection;
2. Skills enough to use computer;
3. Accessibility by phone or e-mail during business time five days a week. Supervisor can contact you at any time;
4. Strong communication skill.
Salary starts at $3,000\month + benefits.
If You are interested in our work, please contact us via e-mail to get further information concerning the position and the company.
Please, reply to this email address wankers@internet.com

Yours faithfully, Andrius Kubilius Hiring Department Senior Manager

LTD. frslogiscits

 

It is an absolute copybook scam, so if you get one, give it a touch of the Delete key.

Some of the English and spelling definitely needs putting out of its misery.

January 20, 2015 Posted by | Computing | , | 1 Comment

BT Annoys The Big Six Energy Companies

You would think that BT would be very much in bed with the Big Six energy companies, as they probably draw their directors and advisers from the same pool of fat cats.

So I was surprised to find this guide to the quirkier small energy companies on BT’s web site.

I doubt a big broadband/telephone/mobile company would get into the energy business, as the corporate world is littered with failures of companies trying to ride two horses at once. But with smart meters coming in and all the connectivity that a broadband company has, they could offer you a free lifestyle application that calculated your energy usage and suggest how you could save money.

I can certainly see these applications being developed and when properly connected to your house or flat they could make a lot of difference to your lifestyle and how you sustain and support.

Electricity, gas, phone and broadband usage can all be precisely monitored and relayed to the app on your phone, tablet or laptop.

Much modern housing also has an activity monitor in each room of the dwelling. I have one in each room here and they are the controllers for the underfloor central heating. My ones aren’t but others exist that could be connected into the system. As the average adult is quite a large heat source of upwards of a kilowatt, they can effect the heat input to the room to maintain the required temperature.

Given to, that the Internet of things is coming, which will know what’s going on in the dishwasher, microwave, cooker and washing machine, the best apps will be able to tell you why you’re lifestyle is expensive.

And of course, I haven’t linked this to your car and credit card bills, yet!

Suppose too, you had intelligent scales that weighed you each morning and automatically took things like blood pressure and pulse.

Hopefully, these apps will nudge people to a better lifestyle.

I suppose in some ways, they will be a bit like automatic lifestyle coaches, suggesting things you might or should do.

 

 

January 18, 2015 Posted by | Computing, Health | , , | Leave a comment

Is Google Burying The Truth?

In this blog, I do occasionally criticise individuals, but my comments are always fair and based on fact, unless it is something like fair comment on a design. As a supporter of the Libel Reform Campaign, and as someone who lived with a barrister for forty years, who did her first pupillage in Libel Chambers, I hope I know the difference between libel and fair comment.

But I am worried by the story of Robert Peston and his reporting of the banking troubles of the last decade, where Google has been asked to remove a story from their searches, he wrote in 2007. It’s all reported here on the BBC web site.

This morning the story is on the front page of The Times, and their report names the individual, who asked to be forgotten.

But they are also saying Google’s action might have backfired, as the story of the forgetting has been retweeted and commented on hundreds of times.

The story has been picked up by numerous newspapers including this story in the Mirror.

July 3, 2014 Posted by | Computing, News | , , , , | Leave a comment

UKIP Would Shrink Without The Internet

This was the title of an article in The Times yesterday by Hugo Rifkind, in which he comes to some interesting conclusions. I particularly liked this bit.

The decline of traditional media — of printed newspapers, limited radio stations, and everybody watching the same TV news — is best understood as the end of media deference. No longer must we gain our understanding of the world via information collected, curated and presented by others. Instead, we can go looking for whatever we like. Consciously or otherwise, we each build our own little online universe.

I think that Rifkind is right and the world will be a worse place because people will not hear any views opposed to their own.

June 24, 2014 Posted by | Computing, World | , , | Leave a comment