Nov 202009

It was only a really, really trivial thing – but that’s what it looks like: My local paper have removed a comment I made on their website, and I can only imagine that it was removed because I shamed them.

The news report I commented on is this story about the son of a recent lottery winner. When I read it I noticed the comment that the chap in question wasn’t happy that his “personal life had come out” – the fifth paragraph in the article, which reveals where he lives, and his wife and son’s names and ages. The paragraph before gives his age and what he does. Indeed, later in the article, it points out that he originally claimed to do something else, in order to keep his real job a secret – I imagine most, if not all of the rest of the details I’ve mentioned were also included in what he didn’t want revealed.

The Bristol Evening Post published that information on their website in the very story in which they quote the man as saying he was unhappy about those details being published. Ironic, I thought.

And that’s pretty much what my comment said. I quote from memory, but it was something like:

‘[He] said he was “not happy” that his personal life had come out’ – quotes the Evening Post, while publishing those very details. How ironic.

Today, that comment is gone.




Nov 052009

Yesterday morning I received a telephone call from a company acting on behalf of my bank, asking if I would take part in a customer survey – i.e., would I be willing to answer a few questions over the ‘phone? Normally, I’d say “no” to such things, but for various reasons which I won’t go into here, I chose to say “yes” on this occasion.

So the girl at the company undertaking the survey, who was a very polite, friendly young lady, started asking questions – but there was a problem. The line kept cutting out, mid-question, making it difficult for me to understand what she was asking. By cutting out, I mean the line would go completely silent – no background noise at all – the way some of these call centre systems do when the person at the other end isn’t talking; their end tends to completely mute. That’s perfectly normal, but not in the middle of something being said by that person.

I pointed this out to her, and she switched to another line and we tried again. For the first question, things seemed fine, but then it started happening again, so I pointed it out again, and again she switched lines. The result seemed the same, things were fine at first, but the cutting out soon ensued. This time, though, I decided to just carry on – it seemed likely that if I pointed it out again, it might only resolve the problem for a moment, and it would be back.

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Oct 222009

And so am I.

While I procrastinate on an ongoing basis when it comes to finishing the new Soft Rock Software website (just look at the awful variation on my logo which is currently there at the top right – ugh!), which is more important than my personal website (which doesn’t even exist at the moment), I’ve decided to install WordPress, and use that as a way to publish miscellaneous ramblings. This is the first, just to start things off.

The sort of things you can expect to find here will be varied, but might include:

  • Examples of my general silliness, some of which you might laugh at, and others stare at blankly thinking “WTF?”
  • The occasional review of something I’ve seen or read – I’m unlikely to review everything, but if it stands out from the crowd (for me) as being particularly good or bad, I might throw up a comment.
  • Useful information? Maybe. I might also consider installing WordPress to use on the Soft Rock Software website and, if so, that’s where generally useful stuff would be more likely to end up.
  • Things that could be described in any way except the ways above, but which I haven’t thought of as I type this? Probably.

This being my first entry, on the first ‘blog’ I’ve set up, it’s hardly surprising that I forgot to include something. I could add this via the comments, but given that other than mentioning that I’ve set it up on my Facebook status (without mentioning a first entry – after all, it doesn’t really say anything useful) I’ve not really publicised it. This paragraph and the next two, then, is the sum total of that edit.

I mentioned above that the reason for doing this is so that I can publish the occasional item while I fail to finish redesigning my business site, and while I have no personal site. It’s probably worth adding that although it might sound like I write a great deal (possibly true, but it’s much less these days, and most of it is disposable rubbish), and that posts will be frequent, in fact they almost certainly won’t.

Finally, it’s worth expanding on my reasons for doing this. What I said above almost makes it sound like I’m doing this as a temporary thing, while the redesign is ongoing, and that having set it up then thought about adding one to the Soft Rock site when it’s ready. The truth is that I had been considering adding blogging software to both my business and personal sites for a while, though obviously, my original plan was to finish the former and start AND finish the latter before doing so. For a brief moment there, I also considered setting up the main site (which also doesn’t exist at the moment) as a blog in its own right – possibly as a Drobe alternative (though not as good) now that it’s in Archive mode. One reason I didn’t, though, is because I’m not likely to update it that often, and another is because a newsy type thing has been added to the front page of – and we already have various news portals in the RISC OS world of varying quality and quantity of updates. However, maybe I still will, concentrating just on a more limited subset of things; those that are of interest or some relevance to me.

And I now promise not to edit this first post any more. Which statement, in a paragraph of its own, makes an additional paragraph over and above the ones above that form part of the edit – but I’m sure I can be forgiven. 🙂

So there you go.

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