Category Archives: Personal

Time to switch anti-virus software.

I had used the free version of Sophos Home for my anti-virus protection on my Mac Book for a long time now. However, I was having problems with the software for the last few months. The Sophos icon on the top bar which is normally white was red, so I tried a few different things to try to fix it. Then I went to uninstall to reinstall, aww bugger. It won’t reinstall properly.

It started to say, create an account, but I already had an account. Onto customer services, they wouldn’t help. They were slow to respond, I felt impatient and was starting to get cranky! Instead of checking the server for my account or sorting out the server-side issue which appeared to be the case. It just felt like customer discrimination between those that pay and those that don’t. Some guy called Rashmi kept saying he couldn’t help me. This was going downhill fast.So, I removed Sophos altogether and installed Avast. Let’s see how we get on with this one.

Dealing with E.on Next

I moved into my new home August last year and I transferred over British Gas from my previous address to my new address. Not everyone likes British Gas, but I like them and their pricing is far more stable and less messy than other companies.

The previous people had signed up to the company E.on Next for their gas and electric and dealing with them! What a pain!

My home hardly used any gas or electric and they wanted to way over charge. They had estimated that I would use over 450 units of electricity in 29 days? I still having used that much yet and I’ve been living in the property for over seven months now.

Phone call after phone call, asking for a simple thing, send me a bill with the breakdown in the post. You know, this company took five months to get that done. I knew something was wrong with the original bill that had no breakdown. They would send letters out, pay this amount now. And on a lot of those letters, they didn’t even tell you how to pay! Weirdness! When I finally got the right bill, I saw the estimated reading they had done, way off!

I also phoned up Ofgem the regulator for help. On the phone again for over an hour, I explained to them what was going on, the overcharging, etc and they put me through to some woman at E.on Next and I was talking to them again. 

It took seven months for a company to work out there were over charging me by £200 and this was based from British Gas readings. E.on Next went as far to employed another company pastdue credit solutions to try and steal my money. Even know I had paid the more correct amount and they said they would tell this credit solutions company, they in fact didn’t. Leaving this other company trying contact me. I had to block the number of them on my mobile because it really was turning into harassment.

To date, this has to be the worse company I have ever dealt with in my life. 

Not a great week for anyone.

I tend to shy away from politics and the news, but I feel I need to say something, get a bit of weight of my chest. A lot is happening out there and it feels pretty close by, and at times all-most on top of me.

Economic doom.

A lot of people were surprised when Russian invaded, others knew it was coming, I watched one video on YouTube started before the invasion, showing what will happen and being updated as the invasion happened.

The NATO border to Russia, oil and gas. This appears to be a war about commodities and who can control what. Ukraine has or had access to huge amounts of gas to mine. This could be worth trillions in dollars. Putin waged a war with a country, that is also a heist. It’s a selfish act by a man acting like a tyrant and a dictator. What I see is people losing their homes, homes destroyed, lands seized, burned and destroyed. The NATO alliance can’t help, so all that is left is the economic sanction and seizure.

I drive past the petrol station and see the prices up ten pence. Time for me to get an electric car? The price of heating the home, up! The cost of living, up! The money in people’s pockets, down!

The people on either side of the conflict can’t win, there are no winners in war, there are only losers. Even when a country wins a war, it still loses. The whole planet will see economic strain. There will now be countries that could end up in recession, the super big squeeze, everyone’s pockets will be plundered. Keep those purse strings tight. Because of this everyone needs to be smarter with their money.

In the café 

When I was in the café this week getting some lunch there was this one customer who was on his phone, pinging away, seemed very agitated. I was curious and spoke to him. It turned out this workman was Ukrainian, trying to contact friends and family to see and know what is going on in Ukraine with them. Showed me videos of burned dead Russians on his phone, I really didn’t want to see that.

I wish him well and hoped his family and friends are safe.

At IKEA

Another day I wanted to get myself a chair from IKEA for my bedroom, getting to the checkout, there was this gentleman who was buying 50 lots of bedding and towels. I said that’s a lot of bedding to him. He straight up told me it’s all going to Ukraine, I was surprised but not surprised. I hope that stuff gets there and helps those in need.

House of Gucci review

The House of Gucci revolves around the family and the brand Gucci spanning a number of decades. There is a lot of information to contain in the story and surprisingly a lot was missed. 

The story starts off when Patrizia Reggiani played by Lady Gaga meets Maurizio Gucci at a party and pursues him. This seems innocent at first and then for some reason the film lacks the finesse to show the more exact downfall. The expanse of decades and trying to fit it all in yet big parts are missed. Reggiani second child!? Where was that? No indication in the film that she ever had a second child, nor references to the problems she had with her health when she had a brain tumour. This could have been a key factor in partly why she hired a hitman, suffering from some form mental instability.

With Adam Driver who played Maurizio, I don’t know, but the character didn’t really feel developed. The acting at times felt flat. All the other characters were well played know. I’ve never seen Lady Gaga act before but I thought she played the part excellently.

Although extravagant, I didn’t feel it was extravagant enough. They could have used more beautiful locations. Italy is a beautiful country and I felt you didn’t see enough of that.

I didn’t think Paola Franchi, was sewn into the script very well, she needed a bit more of a back story. Far too short on this part.

As the story progressed, we are left with a love affair, divorce, a few cat-walks, Tom Ford popping up and then the assassination.

I would have liked to have seen better execution in the story. But that’s what we have.

2.5 out of 5.

My neighbour crashing over!!

It’s 1:30am and it’s bang, bang, bang at my front door waking me out of a dead sleep, my neighbour who smokes wants to get into his place from mine!! Well that can’t happen now as there is a brick wall in the way!

The smell was pungent and horrible, as I don’t smoke it effects me even more making me feel ill. So I let him sleep on my sofa till he can get his key tomorrow.

He is a big boy and the snoring was like having an elephant over, but it wasn’t till 3:25am when I hear this huge bang. He had pulled down my DVD/CD IKEA shelves. Thinking it was a door! The contents had gone everywhere.

The collection although not a lot was in alphabetical and category order!

Took me about three hours to put all back how I like it. Found a few bits to throw away and a few DVDs for the charity shop. That’s my night… mare and morning burned!

Fake Hot Wheels!

I brought what I thought was a real pack of Hot Wheels off of eBay, I had no idea that there are fakes of these toys!

Hot WIhhers anyone!

The packaging was pretty squeezy, but I am sure my nephew will love them for his Christmas present.

The noise above

At times I wonder how deaf the couple are above me! They moved in six months ago or so and at times I can’t stand the noise. This little woman with a face like a grandma walks around with this thud, thud, thud, that reminds me of the original robocop films. I really can’t understand how a girl who is only about 5″3′ can make so much noise! I also found out she is deaf in one ear since birth. And there is me, born with the opposite problem. I can hear high-pitch sounds off the chart which most people can’t hear. In my early 20s one night while playing a game on my computer with music on in my bedroom, I heard an old-man shouting for help from the house right the other end of the two gardens, the other side of the block. These gardens are 100 foot long, so that’s over 200 foot away.

The poor old man, had fallen over out back, was lying on the cold ground when me and my dad found him. A lot of people said I saved his life.

So here I am, with my advanced hearing having to cope with people in my immediate vicinity who are deaf and listening to their TV and music. I swear, they took out good sound proofing and put in crap. There is me downstairs in a lovely homey flat, but now I feel I might have to move. I’ve tried to talk to the girl, but she has just been rude back. I am loosing all respect for the couple above me and I am not sure how to deal with it.

So please, if anyone has any good suggestions on how to talk to a person like this please let me know. I’ll try to be diplomatic, but she thinks I am always complaining!

Twitter wants my phone number!

I had one twitter account, I deleted that! Then I resigned up for twitter because I wanted to follow some celebrities I like. For a while it was fine, I didn’t do anything wrong. Hadn’t used twitter in good while, recently when I loaded up on the app on my iPhone I noticed my account was blocked. So I emailed twitter, and after a few attempts and not one human reply from the company my account was unblocked.

After one like I did, I went back on, this time they want to verify me, but how they want to verify who I am just annoys me. They want my mobile number! I get enough phone calls from scammers, so why the hell do I want to give a company with historically bad security my mobile. And why on Earth does a company that has no need for mobile numbers what your mobile number. This is just floored in all aspects in my view. You can verify through email, many other companies do that and don’t ask for a mobile number.

So at the moment I refuse to verify via giving them my phone number, which just means I am still blocked!

In my view Twitter is providing a false log, an invalid block, followed by a verification system to silicate your phone number. I fear they are acting like criminals to silicate your information. Whats next, are they going to sell that information to the highest bidder? Or just get hacked by someone else, so that other criminal can get everyones phone number!

Google Local Guide socks!

A good while back when I first used google maps I noticed a number of things wrong locally so I decided to fix some bad pointing, reported a few businesses which no longer exist and provided a few reviews on some local restaurants. I really don’t know how long it had been or what criteria I completed on the local google guide but I got an email saying I had earned some socks!

At first I thought this was a joke or spam, so I did a web search, surprisingly on google! And I saw that many people have earned their socks. So I went back to the email checked and it looked safe enough. I thought it would ask me to pay for P&P but no it didn’t only my address! So I guess in my view I took a gamble.

Three weeks later…

They arrived!

They said one size, so at first I thought they looked a bit big, but they fit my UK size 7 feet fine. I am rather happy with them, not bad for a little freebie.

In case people are interested they are made of 69% cotton, 29% Polyamide and 2% Elastane. Hopefully they won’t become itchy! I nearly always wear 100% cotton!!

Star Wars Squadrons without the playstation!

I pre-ordered Star Wars Squadrons a while back because I am a big Star Wars fan, however I’ve sent my PS4 to Sony because I’ve been having problems with the machine. Originally my PS4 stopped all-together and didn’t work or load up at all. So I had sent it to be repaired. Now it’s back there and I got a new game here and no machine to play it on!! 😦

There is irony here, somewhere!