Humour

Fun things to do on a short break in the Lake District

I recently took a trip up to the Lake District – something I don’t get to do anywhere near as often as I’d like – and based on my own activities on the trip, what follows is a list of fun things other people can enjoy doing while up there.

Humour

Silly, repetitive addresses FTW!

I said ‘@’ there, not ‘at’. Not there, no, that’s definitely ‘at’ – and so’s that bit. If you ask me for my email address, what I’ll give you in response depends on the context. If that context is that we’re chatting in a pub (so there has been some drinking) and perhaps you want […]

Netiquette

Should HSBC rebrand itself as HSSC?

The Hongkong and Shanghai Spamming Corporation. Based on my various inboxes, it would appear that HSBC have recently become spammers – or it may be that they’ve been spammers for a while, and I’ve only just noticed it. Before delving into the spam emails I’ve received from HSBC, I should explain why it’s possible they’ve […]

Humour

Eurovision 2017 – as seen through cider-specs!

Until 2014, the Eurovision Song Contest wasn’t something I was inclined to watch, other than checking in towards the very end to see how the UK was doing. However, in 2014 I happened to be at a loose end on the evening the contest took place, so I decided to watch it, and comment on […]

Netiquette

Let’s talk spam with Web Windows Marketing Limited!

Today, I received a notification that there was a “Post by non-member to a members-only list” on one of the mailing lists I run. This occasionally happens if a subscriber posts to the mailing list from the wrong address. It can also happen if the list address has been harvested by spammers – and the […]

Miscellaneous

ARMX6 vs VirtualRiscPC – a totally unscientific speed comparison

Back in February, at the RISC OS Southwest Show, I purchased the new ARMX6 computer from R-Comp, which was seeing its official launch at the show. Once I got the machine home and set it up, my initial impression was basically “Wow!” – the speed improvement it shows over previous RISC OS computers is fantastic.

Netiquette

An “open letter” to an unspecified party

Yesterday, I felt the need to send the email below to a VirtualAcorn-list subscriber. I said (as quoted in the message) that I may publish this as an “open letter” to an unspecified party, and without any further comment but, in retrospect, I feel that some commentary would be appropriate – see after the quoted […]

Music

I think you want him, not me

I received an email this afternoon that read (in summary) “Hi Geoff, can you play ‘Are You Sure’ by So? It doesn’t get played on the radio often enough.” Out of curiosity, I looked the song up on YouTube and, ignoring the fact that my name isn’t Geoff, I played it.

Miscellaneous

Ryanair: a website and telephone support FAIL

This morning, I booked some flights with Ryanair on behalf of my parents, who don’t feel confident enough with computers and the internet to do this sort of thing themselves. This is something I’ve done many, many times for them (and I’ve occasionally booked flights for myself with Ryanair, as well) so I’ve been using […]