the bbc’s special interest and diversity problem

When i write this the bbc is having yet another charity evening which if i understand they have been building up to events in many of there other content before the event.

In the news too special interest groups get no hard questioning back and things that i might watch are missing from screens for over a year.

However its not all bad news as you do not have to watch this crap from the bbc and i don’t as i have a book to read. The bbc may not like Clarkson, Hammond and May but i read that even the bbc had to admit that there non bbc show is way more better than what the bbc could manage with a washed up american tv actor, a scotish man

If the bbc wishes to do stuff for the 10% and not the rest of population so be it but when all fund it and appear only to get safe charity appeals and unquestioning thoughts its a problem and the sooner the bbc goes commercial the better. when they can reap the rewards of the 10% audience they cherish.

the northern beach

the northern beach

Is the bbc ready for that well Blackpool (a northern seaside town) decided to beat up some bbc talent while filming there.  Maybe not then.

Logictech does a sony with it’s ” harmony ” controller

A logictech harmony is a home controller thingy which i had never heard of until i read that it is expiring due to bad expired ssl and they do not want to maintain it – wont rather than cant.

So if you bought it your screwed the message being go buy something else and use that until it too stops working because somebody did not want to sell it. Sounds like logictech hired some people from sony (my blog)

Smart homes (my blog) seem like a con and when lightbulbs cannot work except with philips controllers (my blog) the concept that one thing can do it all makes it feel like its a spy in your house rather than a convenience for you.

Perhaps this smart tech is capable but when ex employees of sony get on board they will ultimately retard it’s continued expansion into peoples homes and the electronics industry profits.

Who wants money ? Not logictech it seems or part of the home automation market. .  You get my point.

The virtual renault

a real one

Professor dropped by and explained the mechanics of car buying in the age of the internet to us apes since cars and internet are most resistant to each other unlike insurance products and most other things.  .

Most of those car price comparison sites are useless unless you know what you specifically want* so it still entailed a visit to a dealer or group for the average non Jeremy Clarkson human of which professor is.

Renaults are hard to buy and professor has been told by Renault dealerships no they don`t have any of the car models (no sale) and once ordering a car only to discover that the dealer screwed up the order (another no sale) later on.

However he took another attempt and was told that one he could buy (not order) one but it was not in stock but could obtain it but was unaware as to where it was..This virtual car sold to professor while it assumedly exists is not moving from where it is to the dealer who apparently sold this car.

schrodingers car?

So networking has some benefits for the dealer., or perhaps not if Renault are anything to go by. – mind you he could buy another brand if this virtual car and the secrets of renaults wonderful network remain elusive.

Overall there is some internet but the car industry seems quite internet resistant still. However it still took a month for a renault garage to sell a pre registered car.

Quite how something that exists but may or may not be sold and kept a secret** is amusing. The car eventually arrived a month later, (my blog) it seems you cannot download a car yet

*banana coloured cars with compost bins for the skins **not telling

‘independent’ press vs billionaires

monwashThe press is a strange beast (my blog) when its not attacking billionaires or being run by them which might explain why Elton John and his family sized olive oil container does not see a lot of press attention.

So i was reading a website with an article with amazon partner clicks for products thought specific, one book i noted as new was its last ever mention on  the site despite being noted as interesting.

Some weeks passed and i obtained the book from a library, still not a mention of the authors new book on the website.  So despite using a library i am either fast off the mark, or the press site was more interested in amazon commissions.

Michael Jackson bubbles monkey rapist

I have a hunch.that the amazon thing trumps reviews – mind you perhaps if the author changed sex and ethnicity something along the lines of what Michael Jackson became that might be worthy of some article by the site in question other than a commission for a click.

What would be your conclusion?

Final android thoughts

Having seemingly spent an eternity with not my android phone (my blog) i present a few thoughts before i try and forget the experience until the ape comes back saying it does not work.  I am not an android guru by default..

sim card

Having a phone and text plan only (a very old sim) is a bit pointless.  Most existing sim cards work without surgery on the plastic part of the sim to make then mini /nano sims.

The ape with this new fangled thing is most unwilling to ask her provider of calls if it has a data allowance..Not my problem maybe a future whine and whinge i expect i shall hear.

The phones

Are nice even if the screens are bit too small (4.5 inch) for web browsing, instructions for newbies would be nice.rather than assume where are all geniuses on our seventh phone – i had to visit a public library and get a book for the ape who wanted this phone which was then deemed too complex – go figure.

Google register or else

I did not find any problems deinstalling default apps in lollipop but needing a google thing to install one seems bonkers. Oh install an ad blocker or else or be scammed to death by default there is nasty shit in mobile land.  Andriod device manager is creepy but something no idiots guide to andriod wishes to mention,

However i get the problem of why everybody does google (my blog) now with this experience

Cups (ipp)

There’s no way i would attach a ipp printer* to a router so the google android way of default printing is awfull since the zoo runs 32bit sofware i cannot install a 64bit browser with the addon, The zoo has a server that does that stuff.

Other cups clients exist but scrolling through a huge list a manufacturer printers was beyond me at this point.  Buy a ‘modern’ printer seems to be a wrong answer

Bricks and mortar phone retailers and online whole telephone package sellers

Both are too expensive – buy separately, retailers like tesco have a shit reputation with newbies to android (silver surfers) with the staff assuming you know it or have a spare eight year old child to help you.  Online from phone company is expensive too.

Buy hardware from a hardware retailer, which i will make a another blog post about and the sim from somebody else (unlocked) do not rent this crap its cheaper to own.

Browsing www

It appears the zoo needs sogo ( a webmail client) and some urls dont work right, do install a adblocker though. A work in progress.  A decent webmail (not google) ui appears to be not possible when i write this.

Our zoo website works in it though nice to know since i simulated mobile phones when ‘html-ing’ things.

The ‘case’

Another task i was tasked with was finding a case – and ebay is far too expensive for stuff so blessed be the logic of hiring hewlett packard senior management means a non business.

The stick.

Instead of using the finger apparently you can get a stick thing The ape seems most unwilling to go buy one.

If this was my phone Hypothetically speaking

I would buy a sd card and shunt the crap load of google apps onto that

Overall thoughts  – a laptop is still easier imho.

*ask your mummy if you do not what  ipp is.- why ask your mummy about nagios

an unloved andriod phone

really uncool

Mobile phone ape came (my blog) hunting for me since the thing was not working [charging helps] then in the 60% charge zone the phone begins to update apps in bulk since it has not been turned on in weeks..

Andriod is clearly a everyday object to which is beyond the ape with the phone.  It should have been on the monkey houses wifi network but i did not check since it was busy doing it’s thing.

At least it does get updates which many makes do not bother with i read

war eggs and an olive tree (a humorous tale)

Probably never to reach this stage

Professor told us a very funny story about eggs (from a chicken) and olive tree which was bought by professors significant other one day.

The war eggs where apparently recommended by a civilian and came in camouflage green packaging, the olive tree was something of ‘always’ wanted one but too pricey until today.

Its a curious message symbolically alas a dove* was not purchased so i guess somebody else will have to deliver the message.

Anyhow its an interesting if humorous story which if you are struggling to get have a think about it.  If you have dove in need of delivering an olive branch (as one does) contact the monkey house and we can set up something – no beauty pageants (my blog) desiring world peace should apply .

*get it? peace

From online shop to club

loyalcardBananas understands that ‘loyalty‘ (my blog) is liked in retailing but with deals for ‘special’ people and some of those dubious (example: buy the old xbox now when a better model is in the works for christmas as an example) might make business sense but somehow appears to be the opposite i offer as an opinion.

I am not jealous (an xbox is a piece of crap imho nor do think the other one is any good either) and I guess very few items will be sold unless clearing stock is the idea for the retailer.

Anyhow if people do buy over the odds for the item since one ‘shop’ is selling  it as members of a club it is not for me to criticise them after all they are responsible for themselves.

The monkey house likes to compare things first, and as not members of the club we be most happy not to buy an item from it if the shop refuses to sell it to us.   I do hope you club members meet the retailers expectations it has of you.

Refurbished ‘ethical’ phones

Bananas uses an isp for mobile phone sim access* and for nearly £400 they are offering ‘refurbished ‘ ethical phones which is no discount on the ‘new’ version.

When one can buy a non ethical andriod phone for £80 I cannot see how this is any kind of bargain.  Perhaps if you buy ethical products then perhaps £380 sounds a great deal.

Somebody will be happy I am sure of that. at that price. Not us.

*cheaper than a phone company