Entries from April 2008

The completed quest for an £8 refunded

Posted on 30 April 2008 in Shopping (No comments)

Turns out that in the end, the £8 had never been refunded to the credit card in the first place - they’d refunded it as a gift certificate instead, mainly as the original purchase had been mostly gift certificate based.


Posted on 26 April 2008 in Entertainment (No comments)

I can’t be the only one to be sad at the news that the wonderful Humphrey Lyttelton has sadly died.

The never ending quest for an £8 refund

Posted on 25 April 2008 in Shopping (3 comments)

I have an internet retailer that wants a fax, and a bank who don’t know what paper is.

Doctor Who and Dilbert feeds

Posted on 23 April 2008 in BBC, Internet (1 comment)

As I mentioned recently, the BBC’s Doctor Who website recently redesigned and moved their XML feed, without putting a redirect or message in the old feed to point people to the new one.

So long beeb.net

Posted on 20 April 2008 in BBC, Internet (4 comments)

Launched in 1999 as freebeeb.net, and later renamed beeb.net, BBC Worldwide’s ISP slowly and quietly kept chugging along. By 2001 it had entered profitability with 140,000 users. And it’s been around ever since. But this year will be its last - on the 30 June 2008, Beeb will close down and be no more.

Who is G and what did he do to my ADSL?

Posted on 16 April 2008 in Internet (No comments)

One of the reasons I quite like Plus.net as an ISP is that they’re pretty open and honest with you. For example, for those of us on a capped broadband package, they provide a simple online tool that tells you how much you’ve used in a month. Very simple but you’d be amazed at how many ISPs don’t do this.

Spell checking in web browsers

Posted on 8 April 2008 in Life (6 comments)

Occasionally I’ve dug up some old post from three or four years ago and re-read it. And noticed something slightly depressing - how awful my spelling is.

When you move house, you tell people where you’re moving to. Now why don’t websites do the same?

Posted on 7 April 2008 in BBC, Internet (6 comments)

One of the wonders of having XML feeds is that you can keep up to date with what’s going on quite nicely from one place instead of having to go through hundreds of different bookmarks, remembering what you’ve seen and what you’ve not. And it’s something more and more sites are now realising that they should provide, and which will bring them traffic.

Comment Spam of the Day

Posted on 3 April 2008 in Planet Bods (No comments)

Most of the time, the comment spam I get from my blog is pretty ordinary junk - sex sites, MP3s, etc. Then there’s the “posting almost-geniune looking comments but with a hidden agenda to promote a commercial web URL” - which seem to have a strange focus on buying houses, double glazing and, for some reason, a lingerie blog.

Penguins everywhere

Posted on 1 April 2008 in Life (No comments)

First I find out that Linux Format is available in Greek and Russian, but now the BBC tell me that there are penguins that fly!

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