I needed a new case for my smartphone. As usual. I trawled eBay looking for the best buy. I wanted a red one, for no other reason but a change from black. There were very many to choose from at a variety of prices. I made my decision and placed the order. The expected delivery date was 14th – 15th September. It did not arrive and so on the 18th I logged a ‘query’ with eBay.
I was fully expecting an auto response telling that I would hear from the seller in ‘x number of days’. So you may imagine my surprise when less than an hour later, I had this response.
“Hi Sorry to hear that the item you have not received yet we have shipped on time sometime Transit let us down they lost or damaged our parcel in transit or took time in delivery , we will send you again for you please accept our apology for that we are happy to send one again for you but we do not have Red color in stock we do have Black, Purple, Pink and Orange in stock for now please chose one of them and we will send one for you asap please accept our apology for that we are struggling for stock in this Covid 19 Situations. Thanks”
Well I couldn’t really argue with that. As I have mentioned, I didn’t want black again and the thought of either Pink or Orange didn’t really appeal, I looked at the Purple and just hoped that it wasn’t too bright or gaudy. The online image did look quite bright, but I bit the bullet and finally opted for it.
I went through the messaging system again and let them know. The bit that bothered me was the words ‘send one for you asap‘. I wondered how long ‘asap‘ would turn out to be. I was very surprised when the following day, a parcel popped through the letter-box that turned out to be my new Purple cover. It must have been posted 1st class to get here that quickly and I needn’t have worried as it wasn’t as bright as the pictures showed.
At the end of last year, in fact my last post of the year I mentioned that I was going to stick with Open Live Writer as opposed to the WordPress block editor. I was also occasionally using BlogPad Pro on my iPad. But things have changed a little since then.
I had read about my sites Media Library and decided to have a look and see what was in there. I was rather shocked to find that most of the images I had uploaded for my posts had duplicates. They didn’t appear to be taking up much space, but I wanted to know if it was ‘the norm’ to have duplicated images.
I posted a query on the WordPress forum and after a few questions and answers, it became clear that it was the desktop software (Open Live Writer and BlogPad Pro) that were causing the images to duplicate. It looks like a thumbnail image was being created when the main image was uploaded which was linked to the main image. As I understood it, deleting the thumbnail image would prevent the main image from showing or something like that.
The crux of it all was that the only way to prevent this happening was to use the block editor. It was also suggested, that as I prefer to use desktop software to write a post, that I should use the WordPress app instead.
So, I’m giving it another go …
Well, a couple of rants really. Firstly, this UK Government seems to be obsessed with tax. It’s recently announced that it ‘may’ be looking at a tax on take-away coffee cups and other non-recyclable plastics. Now at first glance, this might seem a good thing. Force manufacturers to abandon non-recyclable plastics in favour of the recyclable types. But wait, this will cost them money to change. It always does. Any change costs. And who do you think will pay this cost? Well it will end up being you and me. The costs will be passed on to the consumer so that the shareholders and the company bosses don’t lose out. It is the same with ‘junk’ food. How do we deal with an increasingly obese nation? The Governments idea is to increase the tax on fast food. That will stop people eating the stuff. Will it? Do they think that by putting an extra 50p on a burger and fries meal will stop people from buying it? To me, a more sensible idea would be to subsidise real fresh food and make that best alternative. The same with non-recyclable plastics. Subsidise the fully recyclable stuff to make that the best option. Once the mindset is changed, then increase the taxes to help with costs.
I said a ‘couple of rants’ and here’s the second one. I’m currently a member of a forum. It is not important to say which forum but just to say, I’m a fairly active member. People post their questions and queries and members of the forum will attempt to answer them, if they can. I’ve done both on occasions and whilst I’m not after praise, a simple thanks would suffice. It winds me up a little when you go the trouble of attempting to answer someone, and they don’t have the decency to answer or even acknowledge the respondent. Make me think twice about answering sometimes.