Everything comes to those that wait …


Well, that went almost as well as I could have expected. I finally bit the bullet (helped by a 30% discount) and upgraded Thinkingto from the Free Plan to a Personal Plan. I’ve been ‘umming and ‘ahhing since Christmas and missed the deadline for the last discount, Discountbut I finally took the plunge today. It was almost painless. The “hook” of 30% off didn’t work at first (think it was because I went through PayPal) but a quick chat with Customer Support and it was all sorted and a refund was issued. Pretty good customer service I must say.

So, the genie is out of the bottle as the saying goes. I’m quite giddy if the truth were known. I keep telling K*** that “I’m a Dot Com now! What do you think about that?” She of course is totally bemused by it all and a lot of ‘nodding and smiling’ is going on while she tries to look pleased for me. But I’m happy and that is all that matters.

Now what? I think (or possibly hope) that having paid good money, I should at least now have the required impetus to post more than I have been doing. I have tried with the ‘Daily Prompt’ but it sometimes leaves me uninspired. Here’s to an improvement, and maybe now I have 6GB to play with you may see more photos.

I just have to get Open Live Writer to update to the new domain and I’ll be even more pleased

Stuck for a title ……


   The IT testing went okay. It took a lot longer than anticipated. I ended up doing two sessions, 9:30 until 12:00 then 13:30 until 15:00. Once again, the problems were at this end. Things that should have been done that hadn’t been done. Files in the wrong place. Wrong data paths. Mind you, the upgrade was run differently this time. There was a lot more for me to do. Last upgrade, the client was installed on the server, and the software house dialled in and did all the work. This time it was done from a local PC. Lessons have been learned, I hope. What I think is needed, is a concerted effort on both sides to communicate more. Next time I will insist on a project plan, with a detailed list of tasks and responsibilities. Next time, I will take more of a lead.

   I’m more than a little pissed off with the DVLA. I want to pay my car tax online, but because my insurance runs out at a similar time, the DVLA will not let me. They say that some national insurance database, has not been updated with my new insurance detail. So that means a trip to the post office in the next village. I though technology was supposed to help and make things easier.

   Tesco ‘green’ points are a funny thing. You get loyalty points for every bag you reuse. So basically, you take your own bags. A couple of weeks ago, I was shopping for a number of things, and unfortunately, forgot to take my bags into the store. Because the car was parked near to the store exit, I declined the offer of disposable bags, and put all the shopping back into the trolley. When I checked my receipt, I noticed that there were no ‘green’ point, so I toddled off to ‘Customer Service’ to query this. The very nice lady at the counter told me that I could only have the points if I re-used bags, and that the cashier would need to count how many bags I re-used. Totally bizarre. You should have seen the look on the Customer Service lady’s face, when I asked for 6 plastic bags to put my shopping in !!!!

Yah ….. nine days and no work …


Today went as well as can be expected. It appears G*** is not too happy with me. Seems to thinks she has done something to upset me !!!! How long have you got ???? If she thinks she can p**s up by back and get away with it, then think on. I’ll bide my time. Even though nobody takes it serious, I will not forget that.

I’m now on holiday for a week. Nine days if you count the two weekends. I don’t think we will go far, just have odd days out. But it will be a break.

I’m going to fix up S****’s computer tomorrow. There is not too much to do, but I am going to install some new ink in his printer. Mind you, it may be wise if I let him install it himself. It’s not been used for a least two weeks, so the ink that in may have dried up a bit. I’ll then have to check the web site and order some more. Now do I have it sent to his flat, or have it sent here ??? I don’t know how the post works there. An ink package would not fit in that wall box, and I don’t know if the postman can get inside to put post in their pigeon hole.

I had to get an extension cable for him. My idea was to buy 4 or 5 metres of 3 core, 13amp cable from B & Q, and use the trailing socket that I bought before. I know it’s orange, but I didn’t think that would matter. At first I could not find blank cabling, so, unusually for me, I asked one of the assistants. They promptly advised me that it would cost me £16.45 for 4 metres, but I could get a ready made 8 metre extension lead for £9.45 !!!! How does that work ? The guy saved me £7.00. How’s that for customer service.

Youngest seems to be a lot happier tonight. No problems so far, however it is 10 minutes to 11, and he does not seem to want to turn his computer or his TV off !! No sound of any ‘droning’ so far. Now 11:05, and he has settled down, PC and TV off, all serene. This is a good sign !! I bet the little bu**er is up at 6am though!!

I think that’s about it. May not be much to say over the next week, but we will see.