3 posts • joined 15 Jul 2009
It's already started
Until recently I could receive ClassicFM anywhere in the area I deliver to, which is about a 5 mile radius around Rugby. For the last few weeks I have noticed much reduced signal strength, causing drop outs and interference in low lying areas, especially under the railway tunnel. This problem is not confined to my employers' three year old van, I get the same effect in my private car, with a ten month old Sony FM receiver. I have reported this to the BBC, who gave me a very curt and, frankly, rather patronising answer, and have also contacted the Department of the Environment, but have so far received no reply. I think that the signal is being purposely degraded to encourage listeners to migrate to DAB, but in my case, it ain't gonna happen!
I used to be the Deputy IT Manager at a large manufacturing company, with a typing pool full of young (and some not so young) ladies to type up the notes from our various managers' dictaphones (remember them?) and hand written notes. One young lady, who was rather short and fairly round, was forever complaining that her Wang word processor kept inserting random spaces into her text, but whenever we tested it in our departmental lab, we could never get it to display the fault. One day, in desperation, I went down into the typing pool (at great personal risk) to observe how these spaces were happening. I observed that she was sitting on a wooden chair, and the top of the desk was about three inches below her bust. Every time she leaned over to read the next sentence of the script, her right boob pressed the spacebar, resulting in a string of spaces. Problem solved, nip down to the pattern shop for a set of four three inch cubes of deal and some four inch nails, invert the chair and attach one cube to each leg, and, voila! no more rogue spaces.
Those were the days!
Land Line Equivalents
The land line number for the Scottish NHS Direct (08454 242424) is 0141 337 4501, why isn't there an equivalent land line number for the English version (0845 4647)? People who do not have access to a BT line, such as those in rented accommodation or others who rely on their mobile will find that calls to these so-called "Lo-Call" numbers are charged at exorbitant rates, 35p.min is not unusual.