BBC Homepage

I posted an article about the lack of customisation on the bbc.co.uk website back in 2011.

Since then, there have been lots of changes, mainly involving adding images where text was just fine, but I’ll live with that.

Less acceptable is that the Beeb think they know what I’d like to see on my personally customised Homepage!

This morning I visited, and was presented with a line of images and links to articles about Wimbledon week/fortnight/month or whatever it is. The clever ones controlling my Homepage can’t see that I have never clicked on a tennis link in my life. I certainly don’t have it listed as part of my carefully crafted Homepage. How do they come up with the choices?

They just add things they think I might like but I suspect they do this to everyone. It certainly isn’t based on any intelligent tracking of my online habits.

For the last month or so, every time I visit the bbc.co.uk website, I’m told that soon I’ll have to log in. I do that now automatically but, there seems to be nothing on the site that detects that.

What is the point in my logging in if somebody else controls my Homepage settings?

While I’m at it, what’s all that stuff at the bottom of the page titled “Pitch Battle”? I didn’t ask for that either………

I submitted my third complaint about this earlier today……

Bye Bye Windows, I’ve had enough…..

Well sort of: Apart from Framemaker, I have no real use for Windows anymore. I’ll keep a machine for that to continue to produce the local astronomy club newsletter. Otherwise, all I need is available on my Mac. That interface is easier on the eye as it still has some colour even though it too has become “flatter” over the years. Perhaps more important, all settings are in one place, and easily found.

I did offer a Windows support/repair  service but now the time has come to end that too. I spend far too much time looking for things that used to be towards the top of menus in W7, I struggle to understand why things which used to be in plain view, now seem to be hidden in Windows 8 and 10. This all makes it uneconomical to repair machines on an hourly rate as I waste so much time trying to sort out where things are.

Sorry to all my clients but, it really isn’t worth my while to even attempt to fix this stuff any more. Life is too short to try to understand the logic behind Microsoft’s latest changes and assumptions. Take a look at this screenshot:

Stupid W10 start menu

Where the heck are the links to my applications? This abomination takes up a big chunk of screen real estate and offers nothing that I need, it shows fluff. The real stuff is available, but it’s displayed in a ridiculous alphabetical list, in fact no, that’s not true, Control Panel is still hidden.

Do I need apps? No. Do I need games? No. Social media? Not on your life. I’m old, I’m boring but I just need control.

All in all, having spent the best part of a year with Windows 10, I’ve had enough, I’m closing the Microsoft book forever. Sorry to those who’ve depended on my support over the years but this really is the end.

I guess all I really wanted was a re-engineered version of XP. Just as I’d hoped BMW would re-engineer the original Mini. Both seem to have ended up as bloated triumphs of design over content.
Windows in the bin!

Looks like FIFA may be breaking their own Code of Ethics….

BBC Poppy photoSo, FIFA have decided to fine British soccer teams for wearing or displaying poppies earlier this year. Well it seems they’ve gone against their own Code of Ethics.

As a disinterested soccer bystander I thought I’d take a look at their website, fifa.com.

What struck me most was the anonymity of it all, you can only contact them in writing or by filling in a form. None of the 103 employees has a public email address.

Looking a little deeper though, I did find The FIFA Code of Ethics, and section 23 has the  following:

23 Non-discrimination

Persons bound by this Code may not offend the dignity or integrity of a country, private person or group of people through contemptuous, discriminatory or denigratory words or actions on account of race, skin colour, ethnic, national or social origin, gender, language, religion, political opinion or any other opinion, wealth, birth or any other status, sexual orientation or any other reason.

Well, that seems pretty cut and dried to me. FIFA have offended the dignity of Britain and me by their actions, and have contravened their own code.

I suggest the government and, for that matter, the British Legion should take FIFA for every pound they can get.

While they’re at it, they may want to look at the blatant advertising on all shirts and throughout the stadia. I only mention that as this morning’s FIFA statement says “In the stadium and on the pitch, there is only room for sport, nothing else.

Windows 10 Update

Seems that some have come a cropper after updating Windows 10

Oh how good it feels not to have to bother with all this……

Step-by-step advice from Virgin Media

Click start, power and restart (not shut down).

Try the internet connection once it’s booted up again.

If this doesn’t work, you need to reset your IP address.
To do this, you need to open up the command prompt by following these instructions:

  • Click start
  • Click run
  • Type in “CMD” and press enter
  • This should open up a command prompt window
  • Now type in “ipconfig /release” and press enter
  • Finally, type in “ipconfig /renew” and press enter
  • Now try to go online to see if the connection is working

If this hasn’t done the trick, you can also try clearing the DNS settings.

  • To do this, open the command prompt window again
  • Now type in “ipconfig /flushdns” and press enter
  • Again, try to go online to see if your connection is working