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Title: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on August 13, 2009, 07:52:26 AM
The recurring theme of those little things that definitely irk you ::)

The ITV Player  ???

I watch most of my TV online - the old programmes are the best and I don't have digital [just can't be bothered]. ITV probably have the best selection but their player is rubbish. Takes about 5 minutes to warm up - the advert breaks take up over 5 minutes as there's a blank screen in between them - some of the adverts blast out at twice the volume - sometimes you get to the last segment of the programme and the whole thing freezes - and I've found the only way to stop it totally freezing my whole system after the programmes over is to restart the PC.

And I think there's talk of them starting to charge for it!!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on August 13, 2009, 11:38:47 AM
I saw on the news that News International are going to charge to view their newspapers online. As ITV posted a large loss in their results, it's possible they may consider the same. I think it's a possibility that others may do the same.  >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on August 13, 2009, 09:42:29 PM
They seem to have more than enough adverts to pay for it!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Eileen on August 13, 2009, 10:11:10 PM
I read these threads and sometimes feel inadequate because not much annoys me (though Future/DCMAG do a pretty good job sometimes).  ;) Even when things do irritate me I don't tend to remember them long enough to post about them. I think it may be a character flaw...
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on August 13, 2009, 10:18:31 PM
I read these threads and sometimes feel inadequate because not much annoys me (though Future/DCMAG do a pretty good job sometimes).  ;) Even when things do irritate me I don't tend to remember them long enough to post about them. I think it may be a character flaw...
Or bad memory!  :2funny:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on August 13, 2009, 10:24:41 PM
Ok - time to start the 'what made you feel good today' thread perhaps 8)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: wendoureecat on August 14, 2009, 09:29:24 AM
The only thing that really annoys me is there is not enough hours in the day  :( I really need an extra 8 hours per day to do what I want.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on August 16, 2009, 10:40:41 PM
Standing there at the agility show rattling off 6fps only to have some man with a big white lens on his camera rattle off a helluva lot more fps right next to me :'( ::) :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on August 17, 2009, 12:13:09 AM
Spending about 3 hrs. shooting at a nearby botannical garden to discover I was shooting in Jpeg fine and a lot of the shots that are slightly off don't have enough detail in them to recover in my software.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: anglefire on August 18, 2009, 10:49:53 PM
Went swimming this evening and dropped my watch..... and now it doesn't work.

Managed to get the battery back in the right place (Though the holder is bust) and it to physically power up, but it won't show the right time.

Its a radio controlled one, and should set itself - but it seems to be 1 1/2 hours out - though at the moment its stuck at midnight.

Not happy, I like that watch :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: irv_b on August 18, 2009, 11:09:35 PM
Had tooth ache all evening now I'm going to have to get a dental appt - I hate the dentist >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: oRGie on August 19, 2009, 12:02:38 AM
Had tooth ache all evening now I'm going to have to get a dental appt - I hate the dentist >:(

Last time I had toothache I got some great sunrise photos :)    :-X   :beer:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on August 22, 2009, 12:08:19 PM
....two days since anybody got annoyed...the 'what made you feel good' thread having far more posts to it....what's wrong with you are you losing your grumpy quotient in the sunshine :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on August 22, 2009, 12:29:31 PM
Right, you asked for it :doh:
WAMT
its the weekend and I have to work 7x7 night shifts Saturday and Sunday :'(
So no ale for me until Monday evening.
The weather forecast aint to great for here during the nights so no point taking the cameras to work
Just checked my euro lottery and have won jack
My car has a slow puncture.
The young un has got the xbox on so I cant see the GP qualifying or the cricket
Oh
and I have constipation which means my bum hole is like the Japanese flag today :'(

That will do for now  :legit:
RR
Alf
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on August 22, 2009, 12:31:41 PM
....sometimes you wish you'd never asked..... :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Colin on August 22, 2009, 02:29:50 PM
Too much information  :-\
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Trickee on August 22, 2009, 11:19:35 PM
 >:( >:( >:(ROADWORKS with no one working on them. i only live 3 miles from work but low and behold the cone gremlins have been out and they are all over the place so 3 miles now seems like 30 with just a single lane of traffic, and whats really really ANNOYING is there is no activity not even a man with a brush ::).
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on August 23, 2009, 03:59:29 PM
Artex   :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on August 23, 2009, 08:29:16 PM
wasted another day sitting at home because the weather forcast called for thunderstorms all day. There were nowt.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on August 24, 2009, 07:48:43 AM
The monday after a warm sunday and the inevitable cans and bottles left in our park - the one with the drinking ban that is! They've had a go at damaging a set of goalposts and left a load of broken glass all over the goalmouth and surround. I usually have a go at clearing broken glass but there was too much...doncha love people like that >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: hevans on August 24, 2009, 10:24:19 AM
>:( >:( >:(ROADWORKS with no one working on them. i only live 3 miles from work but low and behold the cone gremlins have been out and they are all over the place so 3 miles now seems like 30 with just a single lane of traffic, and whats really really ANNOYING is there is no activity not even a man with a brush ::).
We received a letter from our council last Friday that they will start to rip up the road and pavements outside our house...on Monday (today). There's nothing like advanced warning, and that's nothing like advanced warning.

What we're (us and the neighbours) are wondering is why?! The road's in good nick, and there isn't any obvious reason given, other than to remedy the poor state of the road. Of greatest amusement is that we won't be able to access our driveways, and will have to park in nearby places. Guess what. There aren't any. Also the bin collection will not be made, so we have to place our bins at another collection point (they failed to mention where these might be or what days the collection might occur). Oh, and because the road and pavements will be ripped up, the underlying material will be sand, particularly easy to drag a wheelie bin through.

Oh yes, and the time it will take to uproot and repave the 50m of roadway? 4 weeks. I can only guess that they'll be working tortuous 1 hour days.

H.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Chris P on August 26, 2009, 08:28:14 AM
WAMT?

The continual complaining and whinging about the DCM/PR sites.  It was funny at first and I agree with a lot of the comments made but I'm sick and tired of it now.

Once PR is live, I'll go and have a look at the site but I'm not beta testing for them.  I don't care what "The Team" say, when it goes live, what size the text is, which member of staff is in charge, why there is a "We love PR" forum, whether or not I can post screen shots in the gallery and what the security is like.

If I like the finished site I'll use it.  If not I won't.  I don't understand why so many people feel aggrieved because no-one seems to be mourning the loss of DCM (which, for it's faults, worked), more like everyone wants to have a go at PR, often justifiably.

Who cares?  Once it's live go back, have a look around and make up your mind but for ***** sake stop going on about it! >:(

Edit:  PR in the shoutbox - seriously?!?!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Darren1978 on August 26, 2009, 08:36:12 AM
WAMT?

Hearing on the news about the disgraceful behaviour of West Ham/Millwall fans before, during and after last nights match.  Talk about dragging English football back to the dark ages  :'(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: JCoePhotography on August 26, 2009, 09:23:24 PM
WAMT?

Hearing on the news about the disgraceful behaviour of West Ham/Millwall fans before, during and after last nights match.  Talk about dragging English football back to the dark ages  :'(

Yep, that's WAMT too.  >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Sarasocke on August 27, 2009, 10:32:43 PM
I sometimes long for British weather. Here it's either incredibly hot, too hot to go outside in the garden or go anywhere without water with the dogs, or we have thunderstorms which make my little dog Mickey go into a frenzied panic attack. Today was no exception. Hot but at least no thunder.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on August 27, 2009, 10:55:53 PM
I sometimes long for British weather. Here it's either incredibly hot, too hot to go outside in the garden or go anywhere without water with the dogs, or we have thunderstorms which make my little dog Mickey go into a frenzied panic attack. Today was no exception. Hot but at least no thunder.
After the rubbish summer we've just had, are you taking the micky!  ::)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Sarasocke on August 27, 2009, 11:12:18 PM
Suppose we're never satisfied with what we've got. The garden is bone dry - we don't have hose-pipe bans, but we do have a water meter. And I can't possibly do any housework, it's too hot  8)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on August 28, 2009, 12:05:39 AM
And I can't possibly do any housework, it's too hot  8)

Naughty Naughty!  ::)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on August 28, 2009, 12:38:59 AM
Same here, they're calling it the summer that never was. Broke rain records, cold weather records and last week we had 11 tornados touch down in one day, which matches the yearly average.  :o
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on August 28, 2009, 12:45:14 AM
Same here, they're calling it the summer that never was. Broke rain records, cold weather records and last week we had 11 tornados touch down in one day, which matches the yearly average.  :o

Yes, but here it's been like it for three years!  >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: wendoureecat on August 28, 2009, 11:15:16 AM
I for one am not looking forward to summer starting here.........we have just been informed we live in the highest risk area for bushfires this year, so escape plans are in the pipeline.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on August 28, 2009, 11:38:12 AM
Same here, they're calling it the summer that never was. Broke rain records, cold weather records and last week we had 11 tornados touch down in one day, which matches the yearly average.  :o

Yes, but here it's been like it for three years!  >:(

Maybe there's been another Krakatoa and it didn't get on the news. Didn't that cause years and years of no summer? :doh:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: stevebedder on August 28, 2009, 11:40:10 AM
WAMT?

Spending the past month or so working pretty much every hour possible and starting a weeks holiday today only to come down with a cold making me feel really pants!!!  >:(

The M6 motorway has annoyed me far too many times recently, far too many to post on here each time but I just don't get it, why can I drive on most other motorways without too much problem but as soon as I get to Stafford it takes me twice as long to drive less distance? My office is in Farnborough but I live just south of Manchester, I can get from Farnborough to Stafford in about 2 - 2.5 hours which is about 2/3 of the journey. The final third can take anything up to the time it took to drive the first 2/3's!! Recently there has been no roadworks or 'incidents' either!!!

Rant over!

Steve



Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on August 28, 2009, 11:42:23 AM
I for one am not looking forward to summer starting here.........we have just been informed we live in the highest risk area for bushfires this year, so escape plans are in the pipeline.
It makes some of us appreciate the fact we get a storm and torrential rain after a few days of a heatwave. It must be a terrible worry - it's heartbreaking to see the news film of those who've lost everything - hope your fears are unfounded this summer and you keep safe.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Nemesis on August 28, 2009, 12:10:22 PM
Same here, they're calling it the summer that never was. Broke rain records, cold weather records and last week we had 11 tornados touch down in one day, which matches the yearly average.  :o

Yes, but here it's been like it for three years!  >:(

Maybe there's been another Krakatoa and it didn't get on the news. Didn't that cause years and years of no summer? :doh:
In recent times western Europe has certainly suffered from 2-3 poor summers after major volcanic eruptions, due to sulphuric acid emissions from the erupting volcano - it was after the Mount St Helens eruption in 1980 that the pattern became recognized.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on August 28, 2009, 06:04:18 PM
Same here, they're calling it the summer that never was. Broke rain records, cold weather records and last week we had 11 tornados touch down in one day, which matches the yearly average.  :o

Yes, but here it's been like it for three years!  >:(

Maybe there's been another Krakatoa and it didn't get on the news. Didn't that cause years and years of no summer? :doh:
Yes, but at least they had cracking sunsets and sunrises, due to all the dust in the atmosphere.  ;D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Sandy on August 28, 2009, 08:18:14 PM
My friend just texted to say that there was a lovely sunset where she lives in Chelmsford. While in Kent no colour at all and she is not interested in photography.

Sandy
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Trickee on August 28, 2009, 10:51:00 PM
arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrhhh    just had christmas stock delivered into work ,crackers, wrap, light up snowmen, and christmas cards it's madness but it's business as well. :)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: top totty on August 28, 2009, 11:58:52 PM
Got an invoice from some company called Parking Eye saying I had overstayed in a carpark above a week ago by 17 minutes. Rang them told them I had displayed my disabled badge "that's ok then you have three hours.....but have you got a receipt for the food you bought"....who in their right mind keeps receipts for food for above a week replied I..."well in that case, tough, you still have to pay £80". Did trawl on the web came across Martin Lewis (money saving expert) according to him it's not worth the paper it's wrote on.......so they are getting FA from me

rant over
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on August 29, 2009, 01:57:26 AM
arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrhhh    just had christmas stock delivered into work ,crackers, wrap, light up snowmen, and christmas cards it's madness but it's business as well. :)

Hah, and I just watched my first christmas TV add. In August, when does it stop? :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Sarasocke on August 29, 2009, 07:37:24 AM
I noticed when on holiday in Cornwall in May, that there were already 2010 calendars for sale.   ???
Our rescue organisation make calenders and we're always chuffed when we have them ready for our open day in September.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Sarasocke on August 29, 2009, 09:36:54 AM
WAMT - still not getting a reply to a flickr mail I posted days ago. The chap concerned hasn't loaded any photos since then, I must admit, but I'm always so impatient  ::)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Sandy on August 29, 2009, 09:52:22 AM
Got an invoice from some company called Parking Eye saying I had overstayed in a carpark above a week ago by 17 minutes. Rang them told them I had displayed my disabled badge "that's ok then you have three hours.....but have you got a receipt for the food you bought"....who in their right mind keeps receipts for food for above a week replied I..."well in that case, tough, you still have to pay £80". Did trawl on the web came across Martin Lewis (money saving expert) according to him it's not worth the paper it's wrote on.......so they are getting FA from me

rant over

Thats a shame some people are very jobs worth

Sandy
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on August 29, 2009, 09:59:45 AM
Got an invoice from some company called Parking Eye saying I had overstayed in a carpark above a week ago by 17 minutes. Rang them told them I had displayed my disabled badge "that's ok then you have three hours.....but have you got a receipt for the food you bought"....who in their right mind keeps receipts for food for above a week replied I..."well in that case, tough, you still have to pay £80". Did trawl on the web came across Martin Lewis (money saving expert) according to him it's not worth the paper it's wrote on.......so they are getting FA from me

rant over
Ignore them, they are trying it on. They may send you another letter saying that the fee will go up if you don't pay in a numbers of days. These people never take you to court, as they know they haven't got a leg to stand on.  >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: top totty on August 29, 2009, 12:04:02 PM
Thanks Oldboy. it turns out they offer their services to shops with carparks, don't charge them for doing the service but keep all the profits for themselves. The thieving bas....ds are not getting a penny off me (I really am trying to remain ladylike) so excuse my french :)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on August 29, 2009, 12:46:25 PM
  Top Totty.
                  Your French is excused. And well done on not letting them intimidate you. >:(
                              Graham.  :)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on August 29, 2009, 05:47:29 PM
Thanks Oldboy. it turns out they offer their services to shops with carparks, don't charge them for doing the service but keep all the profits for themselves. The thieving bas....ds are not getting a penny off me (I really am trying to remain ladylike) so excuse my french :)

Well, hope they don't try what some companies do in the states. They actually tow your car away from the carpark and hold it for ransom til they get money. We had somebody try that here for a bit, fortunately the gov't came down on them pretty hard and it stopped.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Zenmer on August 29, 2009, 08:52:09 PM
Bl**dy long lost relatives turning up and causing trouble  >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on August 29, 2009, 08:59:50 PM
spending the evening putting up the tents for our charity dog show tomorrow - why is it always so bloomin' windy when you're trying to put the top and sides on?!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on August 29, 2009, 09:14:31 PM
spending the evening putting up the tents for our charity dog show tomorrow - why is it always so bloomin' windy when you're trying to put the top and sides on?!
Even worse trying to take shots of insects with a macro lens.  :'(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on August 30, 2009, 07:16:05 PM
My 70-300mmvr now vibrates every time I press the shutter button- quite spectacular when you look through the viewfinder ::) Even with vr shut off - looks like a repair might be in the offing :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on August 30, 2009, 08:54:01 PM
My 70-300mmvr now vibrates every time I press the shutter button- quite spectacular when you look through the viewfinder ::) Even with vr shut off - looks like a repair might be in the offing :(
My 70-200mm started doing that after it got a good soaking once, but it stopped after a few days. Try sticking on a radiator to dry it out.  :tup:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: ABERS on August 30, 2009, 09:31:00 PM
Going to see my grandsons play football today and learning that a lad that used to play in the same team as my eldest grandson has just come back from Afghanistan minus a leg and half a hand.

A boy that always had a cheery smile, impeccable manners and great fun to be with, has his life shattered for a futile and unwinnable war. I'm so angry.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on August 31, 2009, 03:02:11 PM
  Very sad that Alan.
                           We only hear about the poor souls who get killed. Never the ones who return maimed and scarred for the rest of their lives.
                           We can only hope he and those like him get well looked after.
                                           Graham.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: daisiemaetulip on September 02, 2009, 02:42:59 PM
writing a big post on here yesterday// and today its not here.. i guess i missed a button somewhere!  :-\
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on September 02, 2009, 02:48:15 PM
oo-er...what was it about??
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: daisiemaetulip on September 03, 2009, 10:10:54 AM
lol, well i was moaning about all sorts of stuff.. people leaving a litter of beautiful little fluffballs at the rescue center.. neutering is often free if on benefits but ... anyway, that and the main issue was that the wh*** that my ex husband is living with is booked in for a hernia on the same day, same time and same ward as me for my gall bladder removal! ex hubbys response??


well it will save petrol at visiting time!   :doh:  :D

oh and paying 48 quid for flea treatment for the cats and seeing them all still scratching! ... although today(a couple of days later) they seem flea free!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Sarasocke on September 03, 2009, 11:58:12 AM
Talking about fluffballs .... my colleague over at the shelter in Romania posted that we now have 104 puppies between the ages of a couple of days and 3 months. We're desperately trying to find the funds to start a neutering centre.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: stevebedder on September 03, 2009, 05:42:45 PM
The house selling process.....

We put our house on the market not too long ago and were very lucky to find a buyer within a very short period of time. That was a good day.

Since accepting the offer it seems everything relating to the selling process is backwards. We paid for the HIP to be done before we put the house on the market expecting it to tell us and prospective buyers everything they need to know about the house, only to now find that we have to pay for further checks\surveys etc that the HIP didn't tell us. Whats the point of a HIP if it doesn't tell you anything constructive?!?!

Today I've had to shell out £140 for a guy to come round and tell us that that regulations state we need to have a hole in the wall for ventilation just in case anything goes wrong with the gas fire even though it has been working perfectly for over 10 years, is regularly serviced and the chimney is working perfectly and doing exactly the job it is designed to do!! Windows, doors and chimneys don't count as ventilation. The guy even said that people have the ventilation holes to conform with regulations, but then block them up as all they actually do is let heat out and cold in!!!

I could go on but shan't, it's a process I don't plan on repeating again soon as IMO it is so antiquainted!!!

Steve
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Trickee on September 03, 2009, 06:11:57 PM
The HIP is a complete rip off and a money making scam--- i have had a property on the market for over a year and as far i know i don't have any kind of vent-god more expense---you would have thought the HIPS would have covered this. i know my mum and dad have one and it delivers a nice draft round your legs. :)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on September 03, 2009, 06:19:32 PM
SB900.

It's like an SB800 with faster recycling and an easier interface.  Oh and it doesn't work.  At least mine doesn't.

800s have been chucked in bags, soaked through, abused and generally kicked around for 3 years or more.  They work great.  The SB900 has been (comparatively) babied its entire (short) life.  Now manual doesn't work.  What, do I look like somebody who uses TTL?  Grrrrrrrrrr.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on September 04, 2009, 01:47:52 AM
Loosing 8 hrs. of my life to a CPR/First Aid recert. Instructed by a retired Fire Capt. who told jokes all day, I know they were jokes because the punchline was always " just joking ha ha". They weren't funny, neither was he. I've done this course so many times I could probably teach it, why can't we just do the tests and be done?
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on September 04, 2009, 12:29:05 PM
Loosing 8 hrs. of my life to a CPR/First Aid recert. Instructed by a retired Fire Capt. who told jokes all day, I know they were jokes because the punchline was always " just joking ha ha". They weren't funny, neither was he. I've done this course so many times I could probably teach it, why can't we just do the tests and be done?

I know yah, we seem to be doing the same course at my SJA over and over, tests at the end of the month though, i even think my Young lifesaver and Lifesaver plus are still valid and do the odd test once a year or few months, meh.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Sarasocke on September 04, 2009, 01:51:04 PM
After finally dropping my mobile once too often, I bought a new one. Obviously a different brand (no idea why ...), from Motorola to Nokia. I now find that half of the functions onmy old phone are not avaible, like different ring tones for different people (I always knew when hubby rang ;) ). My old downloaded ring tones have disappeared - e.g. who let the dogs out ( :D).

The new phone had no USB cable, my PC no bluetooth, so another 20 euros for a blutooth USB for the computer. PC and phone are connected, no I have absolutely no idea how I get my music on to the phone. I have the music in the Windows Media Player and it seems to want to stay there.

Same applies to my photos, I don't want the background supplied ny Nokia, but a pic of my dog.

I am now just short of flinging the Nokia through the window.  >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on September 04, 2009, 01:58:35 PM
After finally dropping my mobile once too often, I bought a new one. Obviously a different brand (no idea why ...), from Motorola to Nokia. I now find that half of the functions onmy old phone are not avaible, like different ring tones for different people (I always knew when hubby rang ;) ). My old downloaded ring tones have disappeared - e.g. who let the dogs out ( :D).

The new phone had no USB cable, my PC no bluetooth, so another 20 euros for a blutooth USB for the computer. PC and phone are connected, no I have absolutely no idea how I get my music on to the phone. I have the music in the Windows Media Player and it seems to want to stay there.

Same applies to my photos, I don't want the background supplied ny Nokia, but a pic of my dog.

I am now just short of flinging the Nokia through the window.  >:(

whats the number of the Nokia ?

no card slot then?
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on September 04, 2009, 06:48:08 PM
After finally dropping my mobile once too often, I bought a new one. Obviously a different brand (no idea why ...), from Motorola to Nokia. I now find that half of the functions onmy old phone are not avaible, like different ring tones for different people (I always knew when hubby rang ;) ). My old downloaded ring tones have disappeared - e.g. who let the dogs out ( :D).

The new phone had no USB cable, my PC no bluetooth, so another 20 euros for a blutooth USB for the computer. PC and phone are connected, no I have absolutely no idea how I get my music on to the phone. I have the music in the Windows Media Player and it seems to want to stay there.

Same applies to my photos, I don't want the background supplied ny Nokia, but a pic of my dog.

I am now just short of flinging the Nokia through the window.  >:(

Does nobody except me want a phone that just goes "bring bring bring"? :o
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Sarasocke on September 04, 2009, 06:59:30 PM
The Nokia's 2760.
Card slot ?

It's already quite a simple phone when you look at the IPod thingies.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: bones615 on September 04, 2009, 07:13:21 PM
Things I should have noticed when i was taking a picture.

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Is that dust on my sensor or a bloody big black bin!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on September 04, 2009, 08:10:48 PM
If it's dust you're in big trouble :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: bones615 on September 04, 2009, 08:14:11 PM
I think i am beyond the help of specsavers. 0 out of 10 for observation.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: irv_b on September 04, 2009, 08:36:56 PM
Things I should have noticed when i was taking a picture.

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Is that dust on my sensor or a bloody big black bin!
That was should be in the "what made Irvin giggle like a schoolgirl" thread  ;D  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: hevans on September 04, 2009, 08:37:48 PM
If it's dust you're in big trouble :2funny: :2funny:

It's a dust bin...where else are you going to keep the sensor dust?
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Nemesis on September 04, 2009, 08:38:59 PM
The beach is certainly packed at Southwold  ::)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on September 05, 2009, 03:09:16 PM
My 70-300 is with Nikon for repair - went out with 400mm Tokina - Alice pointer put up a male pheasant - blue sky, sun behind me, pheasant heading in my direction,perfect flight shot in the offing......too $&*%! close to focus on! :( :'(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Simple on September 05, 2009, 04:01:37 PM
Language Sue ;D  ;D
Photography is a lot like fishing, the best ones always get away! :doh:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Chris P on September 06, 2009, 06:24:01 AM
Waking up at 5.20am on a Sunday morning
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: wendoureecat on September 06, 2009, 09:40:30 AM
Losing track of time playing Sacred 2 on the xbox with my other half and suddenly realising its tea time........looks like a take away tonight  ;)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on September 06, 2009, 10:20:02 AM
Waking up at 5.20am on a Sunday morning

Hmm, that explains it then
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on September 06, 2009, 11:21:23 AM
Waking up at 5.20am on a Sunday morning

Hmm, that expains it then
     Yeah, I thought that! ;D
                     No lie in for Crispy!
                              Graham. :)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on September 06, 2009, 06:48:01 PM
WAMT ?
lap top wont connect to my network. Keeps telling me the router aint transmitting >:(
Spent all day reinstalling and updating software and still no joy.
Even had to go into work and get my lappy from there. tried that and it connects ok so I guees my internal wireless card is u/s  :( :( :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Chris P on September 06, 2009, 06:49:08 PM
Waking up at 5.20am on a Sunday morning

Hmm, that expains it then
     Yeah, I thought that! ;D
                     No lie in for Crispy!
                              Graham. :)

Ha!  Maybe thats it... 8)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on September 07, 2009, 05:34:37 PM
Not so much annoyed as disappointed and disturbed. Went away with friends to Erie Pa. where there's a state park. It's basically a 12 mile long pennisula. Supposed to have over 400 species of birds.

All I could spot were American Robins. Hundreds of them, never seen so many together actually. No waterfowl, checked the marshes and ponds. Check the lakeshore where the fishermen were. No birds. It was like a bad scifi movie. Came home late last night and check on the internet this morning. Apparently there was a massive die off last summer, due to some kind of avian botulism.  :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on September 07, 2009, 05:44:40 PM
WAMT ?
Just returned from a great day out at Whitby. On checking the shots from the D200 around a third of em are in jeg format and not raw.
The annoying part is I set the images for RAW and not jpeg so either the cam is playing up or I have messed up somewhere when changing settings for app etc  :-\
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Mick on September 07, 2009, 06:08:24 PM
WAMT ?
Just returned from a great day out at Whitby. On checking the shots from the D200 around a third of em are in jeg format and not raw.
The annoying part is I set the images for RAW and not jpeg so either the cam is playing up or I have messed up somewhere when changing settings for app etc  :-\

Dunno if it's the same as my Canon, but it doesn't shoot RAW in full auto.  Perhaps this is what happed to you.  ;)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on September 07, 2009, 07:34:31 PM
WAMT ?
Just returned from a great day out at Whitby. On checking the shots from the D200 around a third of em are in jeg format and not raw.
The annoying part is I set the images for RAW and not jpeg so either the cam is playing up or I have messed up somewhere when changing settings for app etc  :-\

Dunno if it's the same as my Canon, but it doesn't shoot RAW in full auto.  Perhaps this is what happed to you.  ;)
No mate, I only use manual and afaik there is no full auto on the D200,
there is however different banks of settings to choose from depending on the situation and what you preset them to.
Taking longer than I thought it would getting used to this cam.
RR
Alf
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on September 08, 2009, 07:29:59 AM
Day off and no sign yet of the promised sunshine...and it looks windy out :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on September 08, 2009, 07:32:10 AM
Day off and no sign yet of the promised sunshine...and it looks windy out :(
         It's going to brighten up later Sue..... Trust me! :)
                                Graham.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on September 08, 2009, 09:14:50 PM
Office meeting, new boss, doesn't believe in 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it'. Doesn't believe in 'routine'. Tells us all privately we're doing a great job. Tells our immediate supervisor we have too much time on our hands to sit and chat. Now we have to submit a daily 'Activity Sheet'.  >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on September 08, 2009, 09:19:32 PM
Day off and no sign yet of the promised sunshine...and it looks windy out :(
         It's going to brighten up later Sue..... Trust me! :)
                                Graham.

Certainly did - about 4pm - after I'd already been out for a long walk under grey skies ::)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 08, 2009, 10:16:09 PM
Day off and no sign yet of the promised sunshine...and it looks windy out :(
         It's going to brighten up later Sue..... Trust me! :)
                                Graham.

Certainly did - about 4pm - after I'd already been out for a long walk under grey skies ::)

You were lucky then as it got quite dark up here and no sun!  :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on September 08, 2009, 10:17:57 PM
Don't worry, you'll get sunshine tomorrow - sunshine all week - i'm back at work tomorrow :doh:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 08, 2009, 10:43:18 PM
Don't worry, you'll get sunshine tomorrow - sunshine all week - i'm back at work tomorrow :doh:
To be fair, they did forecast lots of cloud today, but as the sun came out I thought they might be wrong, but they weren't. I saw a Cormorant, Two Buzzard plus a youngster, a Rat at the waters edge and a Kingfisher, got pictures of the first three, but the light was so bad they are more like a silhouettes, and the Kingfisher was too fast.  :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on September 09, 2009, 06:35:39 AM
I saw Swans and Mallards a few Tufties, geese and gulls....and a throng of around 50 Coots....not a vintage birding day! :)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 09, 2009, 07:06:12 AM
I saw Swans and Mallards a few Tufties, geese and gulls....and a throng of around 50 Coots....not a vintage birding day! :)
The Coots have had a bumper year and they have tripled their numbers.  ;D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: jinky on September 09, 2009, 08:19:08 AM
Apart from the weather again -
Last night actually!
I watched Waking the Dead the Night before when I could see a dead man hanging by his feet with a maggot infested head, a guy ripped up by a samurai sword, a victim of a multiple rape and no warning for viewers. Last night I watched River Cottage food programme where I was warned in  advance that fish would be bopped on the head to be killed (OK it was 8pm before the watershed) and then Jamie Oliver where I was warned bulls would be castrated and of other terrors linked with meat / food preparation(after 9pm).
I think someone somewhere has it all wrong re: the ranking of fish , bulls and humans  and such horror warnings!!!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: magicrhodes on September 09, 2009, 09:09:30 AM
then Jamie Oliver where I was warned bulls would be castrated and of other terrors linked with meat / food preparation(after 9pm).
I think someone somewhere has it all wrong re: the ranking of fish , bulls and humans  and such horror warnings!!!

The worst part was Jamie calling everyone Bruvva! There should have been a warning stating "This programme contains irritating mockneys making stupid statemetns about cowboys!"
 I have come to the conclusion that he is a Mockney Tit!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on September 09, 2009, 05:03:11 PM
  We have a cock-er-nee at work!
  The more stressed she gets the stronger her accent gets..If we push her hard enough she turns into Dick Van Dyke! :2funny:
                     Graham. :)
PS  This post would have been censored three times on another site!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on September 09, 2009, 07:53:37 PM
DHL.  Though not for the normal reason.

They rolled up asking for a signature when I was about 3.5K off a personal best on the Concept2 :(

And I know FedEx plan to do the same tomorrow.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on September 11, 2009, 02:14:48 AM
A co-worker, female no less, who doesn't get that 'no' means 'no'.  I guess that only counts if your the man asking.  >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: hevans on September 11, 2009, 11:31:17 AM
Woke with a headache (sadly not a hangover).

road workers still haven't finished the road outside of the house...car parked well away from the house.

other main roads closed on way to work.

builders pulling out without looking, dawdling 20m up the road and then putting on the hazard lights.

Bank...just...bloody bank...

Today would be a good day to win the lottery...

H.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on September 11, 2009, 12:06:20 PM


Today would be a good day to win the lottery...

H.

Thanks for the reminder, gotta run out and get a ticket today.  ;D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: magicrhodes on September 11, 2009, 12:23:48 PM


Today would be a good day to win the lottery...

H.

Thanks for the reminder, gotta run out and get a ticket today.  ;D

Don't bother I've already got the winning ticket! ;)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Nemesis on September 13, 2009, 08:50:47 PM
Having to go back to work tomorrow, after a smashing week's holiday in North Devon - the Crimbo hols seem so far away...
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 13, 2009, 10:31:12 PM
Having to go back to work tomorrow, after a smashing week's holiday in North Devon - the Crimbo hols seem so far away...
Glad you had a great holiday and you picked the right week.  ;D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on September 14, 2009, 11:27:22 PM
Maybe it's me, but I'm annoyed that I post a question on a computer site (in this case it's relating to Linux), that I think is pretty clear and straightforward and the answers I get back are all over the place. Now I'm pretty sure that the question was clear, cuz one fella did actually answer it, but the range of other responses just annoyed the heck out of me.  >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: skellum on September 15, 2009, 02:02:56 AM
None event pictures in the gallery !!!    Show us what you can do !    not snap shots !   You have paid good money for your equipment so why not use it .   Mick may ban me or I will recieve some adverse comments for my outburst but I don't care, this is not Flicker or Facebook to download anything trivial !!!.  Anyway that said I feel better now.   My wife tells me that the people who know me say I am a nice guy... but for F..k sake come on and get some decent pictures posted !...... Something worth commenting on ............... All replies here please,..

 Yours in anticipation.......Dave...........:legit:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on September 15, 2009, 06:57:34 AM
None event pictures in the gallery !!!    Show us what you can do !    not snap shots !   You have paid good money for your equipment so why not use it .   Mick may ban me or I will recieve some adverse comments for my outburst but I don't care, this is not Flicker or Facebook to download anything trivial !!!.  Anyway that said I feel better now.   My wife tells me that the people who know me say I am a nice guy... but for F..k sake come on and get some decent pictures posted !...... Something worth commenting on ............... All replies here please,..

 Yours in anticipation.......Dave...........:legit:
              Hells teeth Dave! That's a bit harsh! (But I know what you mean ;) :tup:)
                                    Graham.  :)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on September 15, 2009, 07:44:11 AM
Some of us only take snap shots ::) I think if you want to be a friendly and inclusive place you have to take the rough with the smooth.If you want to concentrate people's minds on only uploading their best then I think the only way is to have a daily upload limit. And again there are differing views on what makes a photo 'good' - is it a technically brilliant but boring picture or an unusual take that's technically under par? What makes a photo worth looking at is mainly due to personal taste. I know there are those who only bother to look at photos of subjects they have an interest in which is understandable on a place like flickr with its millions of pictures. On a small site like this I try to look at all uploads as it does'nt take much time. I would'nt say I've got a particular interest in aircraft but Davids pictures are fantastic. Photography is a wide ranging hobby and different people get different things out of it.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: top totty on September 15, 2009, 08:54:52 AM
None event pictures in the gallery !!!    Show us what you can do !    not snap shots !   You have paid good money for your equipment so why not use it .   Mick may ban me or I will recieve some adverse comments for my outburst but I don't care, this is not Flicker or Facebook to download anything trivial !!!.  Anyway that said I feel better now.   My wife tells me that the people who know me say I am a nice guy... but for F..k sake come on and get some decent pictures posted !...... Something worth commenting on ............... All replies here please,..

 Yours in anticipation.......Dave...........:legit:
              Hells teeth Dave! That's a bit harsh! (But I know what you mean ;) :tup:)
                                    Graham.  :)

Hi Dave, can you explain the difference in snapshot/decent shot please and anything trivial. My pictures are mainly flowers or still life but I would hate to think them unworthy of being on this site. Please let me know and I'll remove them if necessary :)
Janet
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Mick on September 15, 2009, 09:23:45 AM
OK.  Firstly let me apologise for my Moderator's (Dave's) comments.  Harsh is not the word IMO, and not what I would expect from some one in the team.

I think Sue just about summed it up.  There's no rules saying no event pics in the gallery, in fact they are welcome.  If people don't want to look at them, then they can explore the user galleries etc.  Same goes for what anyone considers snaps.  They are still photos after all.

Janet, please don't remove any of your pics.  I like flowers and still life, and take quite a few myself.  ;)

@ Dave.  I have enough to cope with trying to keep this place together without having to moderate my moderators.  If you could please think a bit before posting, it will save a lot of upset.    
  
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on September 15, 2009, 09:32:56 AM
I just can't understand why, with so many visitors, some pictures have so few views. I know that uploading pictures does'nt mean you're obliged to look at others efforts but to me it's a courtesy thing. And you sometimes discover something you really like!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on September 15, 2009, 09:41:15 AM
PS my reading of it was'nt 'event photography' but rather 'non event' ie casual snap.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Mick on September 15, 2009, 09:48:13 AM
PS my reading of it was'nt 'event photography' but rather 'non event' ie casual snap.

 :-[ :doh: Yeah I get that now  ??? .  Photo's are photo's though.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on September 15, 2009, 09:52:57 AM
Well that's it really - even ones of dogs and swans :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Peter Jackson on September 15, 2009, 10:05:18 AM
Just to confirm then Mick, my 3 day Event shots can stay?  ;) 8)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: magicrhodes on September 15, 2009, 11:12:35 AM
What annoyed me today????

James Fookin Martin and his vitriol against cyclists, encouraging other people to force cyclists off the road. It is not on damn it! >:( >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: skellum on September 15, 2009, 12:27:10 PM
Top Totty, to me personally your pictures are fine and not trivial as you have worked / crafted them which was the point I was trying to make. I am a Football League photographer but I don't think most people would be impressed if I were to fill the gallery most nights with football shots except maybe for the odd one that I may be particually proud off. I started a thread recently on Live Band photography as it was something I had never photographed before and asked for advice. After the event I posted the pictures in the thread and not the gallery as I didn't want to clogg it up with subject matter that would not be of interest to most people.
I knew certain people would be upset by my outburst but I have made my point hopefully. To me there is nothing wrong with the odd snap shot, we all do it but does it have to be shot after shot.
Someone may post a very good picture in the gallery that may be worthy of " Picture of the week " then it gets wiped of the front page.
As you will now know I tend to speak my mind and will upset some people along the way to whom I apoligise........Regards.....Dave.... :legit:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hybridphotog on September 15, 2009, 02:25:03 PM
What annoyed me today????

James Fookin Martin and his vitriol against cyclists, encouraging other people to force cyclists off the road. It is not on damn it! >:( >:(
Hmm...
Quote
"Knowing they wouldn't hear me coming, I stepped on the gas, waited until the split second before I overtook them, then gave them an almighty blast on the horn at the exact same time I passed them at speed.
"The look of sheer terror as they tottered into the hedge was the best thing I've ever seen in my rear-view mirror."
He's a brave man, knowing he can effectively (not to mention effortlessly) run away from some people that he's managed to anger.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: top totty on September 15, 2009, 09:18:34 PM
Top Totty, to me personally your pictures are fine and not trivial as you have worked / crafted them which was the point I was trying to make. I am a Football League photographer but I don't think most people would be impressed if I were to fill the gallery most nights with football shots except maybe for the odd one that I may be particually proud off. I started a thread recently on Live Band photography as it was something I had never photographed before and asked for advice. After the event I posted the pictures in the thread and not the gallery as I didn't want to clogg it up with subject matter that would not be of interest to most people.
I knew certain people would be upset by my outburst but I have made my point hopefully. To me there is nothing wrong with the odd snap shot, we all do it but does it have to be shot after shot.
Someone may post a very good picture in the gallery that may be worthy of " Picture of the week " then it gets wiped of the front page.
As you will now know I tend to speak my mind and will upset some people along the way to whom I apoligise........Regards.....Dave.... :legit:

Nice to see that we are able to speak our minds on this site and not have our voices muted. I didn't take it personally Dave, hope we can still be friends :) :)
Janet
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: skellum on September 15, 2009, 09:33:38 PM
Thankyou Janet........ Regards..Dave.... :tup: :legit:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: anglefire on September 15, 2009, 09:43:55 PM
Drivers that slow down for speed cameras that are on the opposite side of the road, let alone slowing down for the ones on your side of the road - particularly when they then go below the speed limit!

Mind you speed cameras generally make me angry because they can't take into account road conditions. The only ones I agree with are ones on road works. The rest of them should be destroyed!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on September 16, 2009, 11:08:15 AM
CFLs.

I was an early adopter of this technology, back in the 90s when they were first introduced. It didn't take very long to realise that there were some major problems with them. Not least devices controlled by infrared remotes developing a taste for random operation. But I'm tight, so I was interested in the claimed product lifecycle savings. Unfortunately one of the problems is that there are no product lifecycle savings. In fact they are much more costly, mainly because they rarely last even as long as an incandescent bulb in normal domestic use. And their power consumption during the warm up phase means they often use more electricity than an incandescent bulb if they are only on for short periods of time.

Whoever said that they last longer than incandescent bulbs should be made to live with them over their forecast life without being able to change them. With the only power provided by those other Green con jobs, windmills. But that is a whole different rant. I'll guarantee they will be in the dark most of the time.

Half our home is lit with incandescent bulbs, half with CFLs. Whereas I cannot remember the last time I changed an incandescent lightbulb, I've just had to replace four CFLs this morning. And the new recycling bin in the supermarket for them was full in less than 24 hours (they are toxic waste unlike the perfectly sound incandescent bulbs we have been forced to replace). So if they're so reliable, how come so many of them fail so quickly? Answer is the Greens lie about their hair shirt technology just as much as they lie about everything else. Actually the answer is that they don't take being switched on and off too well.

It is surely no coincidence the the leader of the Greens in the EU parliament is Danny the Red, instigator of the 1968 riots. Leopards and spots and all that . . but I digress.

It's not that CFLs have no reasonable uses - they do - essentially any low level lighting that is left permanently switched on. For all other lighting uses they are as the Americans would say, sub optimal.

Get low voltage halogen lighting while you still can - it lasts for years and again in typical use can often be more energy efficient than CFLs. Alas halogen lighting will also be banned from 2012.

Pray that LCD lighting works properly by then. I've tried this too. Bought 6 20 LED spots to replace the 12v halogens in the kitchen. Two problems. 1, despite claimed life of 100,000 the first LEDs began to fail with 2 months, so certainly less than 500 hours. At the end of three months 28 of the total of 120 LEDS had died and I had had enough of this experiment. And 2, Despite their quoted wattage equivalencies they were significantly less bright and far more directional than the halogens. So the two completely dead ones are in the bin and the rest are in the rainy day, have you learned your lesson yet? box.

And it's foggy.



Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on September 16, 2009, 07:50:46 PM
CFLs.

Half our home is lit with incandescent bulbs, half with CFLs. Whereas I cannot remember the last time I changed an incandescent lightbulb, I've just had to replace four CFLs this morning. And the new recycling bin in the supermarket for them was full in less than 24 hours (they are toxic waste unlike the perfectly sound incandescent bulbs we have been forced to replace). So if they're so reliable, how come so many of them fail so quickly? Answer is the Greens lie about their hair shirt technology just as much as they lie about everything else. Actually the answer is that they don't take being switched on and off too well.


I often wondered why this became the rallying cry for the Greens. What convinced them that despite being toxic waste they were a good replacement for the incandescent bulb.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 16, 2009, 10:05:27 PM
Since Sunday the weather has been pants and the light very bad. Went out today as they said it would be sunny this afternoon but only got about one hours before the grey clouds rolled in.  >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on September 16, 2009, 10:09:04 PM
winter draws on.... ::)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 16, 2009, 11:03:36 PM
winter draws on.... ::)

Can't be, as we had winter in July!  :'(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Malcolm1938 on September 16, 2009, 11:20:25 PM
Wouldn't it be nice to live somewhere that has a climate you can rely on instead of just Weather....

Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: anglefire on September 16, 2009, 11:41:25 PM
Had to drive past Cann Office - it was shut the time we went past! Though this was Sunday, so a bit late :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on September 18, 2009, 08:13:10 AM
Checking the status of my 70-300mm vr repair [scheduled to be completed on 17/9] to find it still says 'awaiting repair' >:( >:( >:( :'( :'(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on September 18, 2009, 02:45:59 PM
winter draws on.... ::)

No, I don't put my winter drawers on until early Dec. But thanks for the reminder.  ;D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on September 18, 2009, 03:06:58 PM
Checking the status of my 70-300mm vr repair [scheduled to be completed on 17/9] to find it still says 'awaiting repair' >:( >:( >:( :'( :'(

Oooo you want to hear how long Nikon took to repair a flashgun?

Posted it Tuesday - on Friday I received (1) an acknowledgment that they had received it and (2) the repaired flashgun.

But then I have magic stickers.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on September 18, 2009, 04:32:10 PM
Well - it seems I can register my D300 as a pro model but the 70-300 is just a cheap consumer take as long as we want to repair lens! If I had'nt got my old faithful built to last 70-210 push/pull to use for shows I'd really really be annoyed :D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: skellum on September 18, 2009, 05:35:13 PM
I had to go to Hobby Craft in Preston to get some Hinging tape ( the only place I know locally to get it ) when I got there they had totally moved all the stock around so what should of been a 5 minate in and out job took nearly half an hour and then I got stuck in the Friday rush hour traffic. :( :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 18, 2009, 07:50:44 PM
Well we had a bit of sun this afternoon, so went out to photograph the Dragonflies, and there where loads around. Took about ten shots OK, then one flew infront of me and move to within a foot or so. Lifted camera to my eye, and Dragonfly didn't fly off. Pressed the shutter and the camera wouldn't focus, switched on and off tried again and still wouldn't work. Noticed the F number was zero, so had to twist the lens and the 1.4 converter before the camera would focus, by this time the Dragonfly had gone!  >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on September 19, 2009, 12:05:26 AM
Anyone elses partner make them watch come dancing?

Lucky Derren Browns show saved me from an hour of it
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on September 19, 2009, 07:26:45 AM
Not a chance of watching anything i don't like.
We have V+, so she can record 2 programs whilst watching a third.
The wife is currently unemployed following redundancy so there is no way i'm having that sort of muck on whilst i'm about.
She can watch whilst i'm not there in the other room pretending to be a photographer!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: hevans on September 19, 2009, 09:04:28 AM
Anyone elses partner make them watch come dancing?

Lucky Derren Browns show saved me from an hour of it

I honestly can't believe that crap is back on Saturday nights again. It's tedious, dull and so beyond fake that it defies normal sensibilities. It's enough to drive you over to the porn channels where the make-up is realistic, and where the plot and the geometric proportions of the actors are closer to reality. It's a sad day when back street porn is more resemblant of reality than a dance show.

At least after 10+ seasons, they've finally cancelled big brother. I will be so glad to see the back end of these reality shows (none of which will ever appear as re-runs...so they must be bad).

H.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: ABERS on September 19, 2009, 09:40:48 AM
..and I'm supposed to have a grumpy side!

To arract high rating you need to appeal to the lowest common denominator, and where would all the Z rated celebrities earn a crust?

Can you imagine the delight of the judges every time a new series is announced. I wonder what a ballroom dancing judge earned before the onset of this peurile and pathetic series emerged.

GRUMP over. ::)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on September 19, 2009, 10:11:22 AM
Grump is a valid point.

The sad thing is - some of these people actually get there lives destroyed by an appearance on these programs.

All for a few ratings and a bit of profit. Could you imagine a photography reality TV show with some past masters as judges?

You'd never pick up a camera again!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on September 19, 2009, 11:02:57 AM
I've never watched Big Brother or Celebrity Come Dancing but I have to admit to watching The Apprentice and Dragons Den :o ...and that one about opening a restaurant with Raymond Blanc.......that's about it.....confession is good for the soul :2funny:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 19, 2009, 06:11:20 PM
I've never watched Big Brother or Celebrity Come Dancing but I have to admit to watching The Apprentice and Dragons Den :o ...and that one about opening a restaurant with Raymond Blanc.......that's about it.....confession is good for the soul :2funny:

Don't watch any of them or soaps, as they are a waste of time.  >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on September 20, 2009, 09:19:15 PM
Dragons Den for me when i can be bothered and remember to watch it, the rest is load of tosh

Speaking of Dragon's WAMT: Think the neighbour's cat has ate the dragonfly i have been photographing the last 2 days, or one of two.


R.I.P

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2649/3937605332_30811e0c2d_m.jpg)

and thats it on my knee
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Al Birmingham on September 20, 2009, 10:12:12 PM
What annoyed me? Last night I declared an electric cable on one of our aircraft to be in need of repair or replacement, after 21 years in the job I feel I have the experience and skills to know about these things.
Today, on coming into work, some jumped up little twit barely out of training had decided the wire was in good condition and had cleared the paperwork -

I did enjoy the one way chat I gave him though!!! 8)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Peter Jackson on September 20, 2009, 10:20:30 PM
......................Today, on coming into work, some jumped up little twit barely out of training had decided the wire was in good condition and had cleared the paperwork -

.................. 8)

Al, presumably he is on some fast track scheme and has an "Ology"  ;) :legit:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: magicrhodes on September 21, 2009, 09:44:51 AM
What annoyed me? Last night I declared an electric cable on one of our aircraft to be in need of repair or replacement, after 21 years in the job I feel I have the experience and skills to know about these things.
Today, on coming into work, some jumped up little twit barely out of training had decided the wire was in good condition and had cleared the paperwork -

I did enjoy the one way chat I gave him though!!! 8)

WHICH AIRLINE DO YOU WORK FOR???????????????????????????????????????????
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: deetus on September 21, 2009, 11:26:35 AM
WAMT - well all last week actually.

Monday - no internet connection. This has happened once or twice before, usually turn off the home hub for a while then turn it back on and everythings fine. Not this time. Eventually decide to phone BT tomorrow.

Tuesday - Phone BT. The guy runs me through a few checks on my setup, still no joy. He then decides there's a major outage in my area - it'll be ok tomorrow.

Wednesday - Still not ok. Phone BT. The guy runs me through a few checks on my setup and tries to do a manual connection. No joy. He checks my line and tells me there's a fault on the line. He reports the fault on the line. Receive a text saying that a fault has been reported and they will keep in touch. Later receive a text saying an engineer is working on the fault. Later receive a call from the engineer saying that he'd fixed the fault. I asked why it was then that I still only had wireless and data lights working on my home hub. He said thats a broadband problem and that I should report it. ???

Thursday - Report my broadband problem. There's a fault on your line - no it was fixed yesterday - sorry I've just tested your line and there's a fault. Connected to another department to report the fault on my line. I'll just check the line......it's ok there's no fault. Hello left hand, right hand. I decide to try again tomorrow.

Friday - Phone BT. It's me again, what the hell is happening to my broadband internet connection? I'm sorry you are having this problem, I'll see what I can do.
Ah I see there is a major problem at your exchange. Engineers are working on it right now but it may take up to 48 hours to fix. >:( >:(

Saturday - Message from BT - everything is ok. Believe it or not......it was.

And we all lived happily everafter. ;D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Al Birmingham on September 21, 2009, 12:05:55 PM
Don't worry guys, your flights are safe, I'm in the RAF.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: magicrhodes on September 21, 2009, 12:32:12 PM
Had exactly the same problem as deetus... 24hrs later BT admit it was an exchange fault!!!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on September 21, 2009, 04:29:59 PM
Just tracked my 70-300 warranty repair at Nikon - estimated completion date 17/9 - today is 21/9 - still says awaiting repair.......grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on September 22, 2009, 12:20:21 PM
Woke up with a crick in my neck, going to be a long miserable day. >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: anglefire on September 22, 2009, 01:34:22 PM
My eldest has started a new school - and they have a payment /ID card for buying school lunch etc.

Come to add some more cash onto it today - and the reference number is not valid -ring the council/school and they haven't given them out yet - got to pay by cash or cheque?

Going to be sometime in October!

WTF?
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on September 22, 2009, 03:41:40 PM
Massive DDOS attack is currently taking out all my websites plus email.  Not good.

Techs are on the case but they say it's nasty.

ETA: phew looks like they have beaten off the worst of it now.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: daisiemaetulip on September 23, 2009, 12:07:43 PM
got horrible neck pain, most likely whiplash, after being rear ended at a pedestrian crossing! it was a hard old wack because on seeing the woman with pushchair in front of me and the speeding motorist behind me, i opted for hard brakes so i wouldnt shunt forwards..    ::) >:( :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: jimthetrain on September 23, 2009, 12:26:23 PM
got horrible neck pain, most likely whiplash, after being rear ended at a pedestrian crossing!

Sounds like a line from a carry on film  :2funny: :2funny:

Seriously though, I hope you're not too badly injured and have seen a doctor.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on September 24, 2009, 12:16:33 AM
Don't know where to start, it's been the day from hell >:(

2 coworkers fighting the last 2 days caused one to call in sick on the same day the 1st. coworker was tied up in meetings all day leaving me to work the office alone.

finding out the 2 were fighting over an "office manual" the sickie has decided to put together, on her own, without input from the others and including things we don't agree with.

finding out co worker #1 has now been given a project and as much time as he needs to do it, that will take him away from his job, whilst at the same time discovering the "office manual" project

was not requested, or authorized by management and that coworker #2 has therefore been dogging it from her real job the last 3 weeks and if not spoken too will continue, effectively leaving me

"alone" in the office again. 

that was work

I then get an email from someone on Facebook who,  I don't know, asking me questions about my daughters ex-boyfriend. I'm disturbed to discover this person found me and connected me to

the  ex as he is to put it kindly, a piece of s**t, but when I get over the initial shock, I discover that she's telling me that daughter has been seeing this p.o.s. again and that he's moved back

to my town after moving away. If it's true then  I am truly in a disturbing situation as I told my daughter if she takes up with this clown again I will disown her.  >:( >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Sarasocke on September 24, 2009, 01:24:28 PM
There seem to be a couple of us going through a bad spell, I hope you all get through OK.

I've had to to give up a large part of my animal protection work, and have been told by my doctor to rest up after I started with a case of shingles. I've been under quite a lot of stress, really since starting the project almost 5 years ago. I feel really sh*tty sbout it, and at the moment I'm more tensed up just NOT doing anything. I'm finding it so difficult switching off.

I shall take the camera when I walk our dogs this afternoon and see what that brings.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on September 24, 2009, 02:40:28 PM
get well soon! :)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: jinky on September 24, 2009, 03:59:32 PM
yeah speedy recovery Carol.  ;)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: irv_b on September 24, 2009, 09:00:53 PM
Dmt hope they had insurance and you are okay a friend of mine got hit in the back at a roundabout and when he got out to look the other car reversed u turned and drove off.... :doh:

I feel for you Carol hope you get better soon  :)

WAMT.................The kids from the local school that left therir lunch litter all over the park for some else to clear up the worse thing is that they are year 11 and 6th formers >:( >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: krennon on September 24, 2009, 09:11:45 PM
I reckon kids that do that should be made to come back after school and litter pick....when I was at school we used to go and sit in a local churchyard and eat our lunch not once did we ever litter, we picked up our rubbish and took it with us, and we were always happy to move on if a wedding or funeral was taking place and I went to a mean nasty school were this was not the norm...

All who are ill/suffering I wish you speedy recoveries....spin try not to stress to much is it possible the person who contacted you is just trying to stir it for you and your daughter?
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on September 25, 2009, 01:01:54 AM
spin try not to stress to much is it possible the person who contacted you is just trying to stir it for you and your daughter?

Yes, that's what I'm thinking, I've deactivated my Facebook account and hopefully I can reactivate it in a month or so after this has died down.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Eileen on September 25, 2009, 07:01:04 AM
DMT, Spin, Carol - sorry things are not so good for you right now. Hope all is better soon.  :)

Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on September 25, 2009, 07:09:32 AM
My Nikon 70-300 is still showing 'awaiting repair' >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: magicrhodes on September 25, 2009, 09:24:14 AM
I'm not sure whether I am annoyed or bemused or embarassed then annoyed...

I was reading my copy of Cycling Weekly yesterday and found out I had a letter printed complaining what a tool James Martin was, reading further down I noticed a mistake through editing or I was wrong... but I have had to put a letter on our club website saying what i really meant.. kind of took the gloss of my self indulgent glow!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: magicrhodes on September 25, 2009, 10:09:20 AM
I'm not sure whether I am annoyed or bemused or embarassed then annoyed...

I was reading my copy of Cycling Weekly yesterday and found out I had a letter printed complaining what a tool James Martin was, reading further down I noticed a mistake through editing or I was wrong... but I have had to put a letter on our club website saying what i really meant.. kind of took the gloss of my self indulgent glow!

Just found the letter in my sent box and realised that it had been edited and was not my mistake.... feeling better I THINK!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: daisiemaetulip on September 25, 2009, 10:18:43 AM
sounds like a few of us could use a stiff one.. (more carry on lines lol)  :beer:
yeah the guy who shunted me was so shook up, he just kept apologising, the policeman (in the queue) was great, very helpful in moving the cars off the road.. my neck is still really giving me grief.. doc tells me something moved.. cant remember what lol
and what really annoyed me, i have had to give up my work at the rescue center, mostly due to my knee which needs replacing but apparently until i am either older or it becomes completely unusable the nhs wont fund an op.. so i am going to have to suffer til then i guess..
and i cant work out how to get back to the home page from galleries and i cant work out how to put pics up.. again! i'm sure its really obvious,.. oh i'm gonna go watch jeremy kyle.. always makes me feel better watching the scrotes argue about who's te daddy.. "out of about 5 possibles! lol what a strange lot they really are.. those poor children!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Sarasocke on September 25, 2009, 12:17:11 PM
I'm trying to get on with things. The shingles are slowly getting better thank goodness. I've booked a weekend course "animal and nature photography" at a college in Frankfurt - not till November tho. Still made me feel better, just signing on.

DMT - hope you get better soon, although it doesn't sound too hopeful with your knee and the NHS. We don't seem to have that waiting problem here in Germany ... don't know why.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on September 25, 2009, 02:25:10 PM
GGGRRR
Got me 77mm uv filter stuck to me adapter ring for the filter holder
tried and tried but the sodding thing wont budge
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on September 25, 2009, 05:01:09 PM
GGGRRR
Got me 77mm uv filter stuck to me adapter ring for the filter holder
tried and tried but the sodding thing wont budge

       Have you tried the old Putarubbergloveonyourlefthandandpressthefilteragainstyourpalmwhiletwistingit trick?
       You strike me as the kind of bloke who would have a rubber glove about his person! :2funny:
                           Graham. :)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on September 25, 2009, 05:26:47 PM
I have
too late now though as I also have a fuse a few cms long so both the filter and adapter are no more and I will be a few quid worse off by the days end
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on September 25, 2009, 05:48:22 PM
I have
too late now though as I also have a fuse a few cms long so both the filter and adapter are no more and I will be a few quid worse off by the days end
      Oh yes! Short fuses.
                                 Do you know, a computer makes a most satisfying noise when you throw it out of a third floor window!
                                                             Graham. :D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on September 25, 2009, 07:05:07 PM
The 'collectors' Pentax arrived today. Described by the seller on eBay as 'my pride and joy' and with the single word description 'used'. If this is how he treated his pride and joy I'm glad he's not looking after me.

The description should have been 'abused'. The thing was filthy, the battery door hinge is broken and the door itself held together with sellotape. The lens has a chunk out of the filter ring and the bit that isn't missing is cracked most of the way around. No lens caps, dust inside the lens and some of the coating is worn away on the front element.

The only collector who could realistically be interested in it is the one who collects the bins.

I'm a bit miffed.

And I haven't got a battery for the body yet, so I don't know if that works. The good news is that despite the damage the lens does work with the K10D and K20D and seems to have decent clarity.

Thin gruel thought after the anticipation . . .
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on September 25, 2009, 11:48:59 PM
Relationships

My girlfriend decides one day to say love you loads one day via the net, the next she's been thinking about us and wants a break because it's boring as we dont do stuff like go out when I have had mentioned stuff before and so now she don't want to talk to me or visa versa till Monday

You don't know what you really miss till it's gone    :'(

TBH I don't like my chances
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on September 26, 2009, 12:27:30 AM
Relationships

My girlfriend decides one day to say love you loads one day via the net, the next she's been thinking about us and wants a break because it's boring as we dont do stuff like go out when I have had mentioned stuff before and so now she don't want to talk to me or visa versa till Monday

You don't know what you really miss till it's gone    :'(

TBH I don't like my chances

Chris, you're young, your're heart will mend. Takes a little time but it does. Been there, but I'm so old that I can't even remember the name of the first girlfriend that broke my heart.  ;D
And,she wasn't the last.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on September 26, 2009, 12:54:35 AM
Relationships

My girlfriend decides one day to say love you loads one day via the net, the next she's been thinking about us and wants a break because it's boring as we dont do stuff like go out when I have had mentioned stuff before and so now she don't want to talk to me or visa versa till Monday

You don't know what you really miss till it's gone    :'(

TBH I don't like my chances
Chris, you're young, your're heart will mend. Takes a little time but it does. Been there, but I'm so old that I can't even remember the name of the first girlfriend that broke my heart.  ;D
And,she wasn't the last.

It's been 3 years and 2 odd months. Hard to see it that way really, what a way to start uni on Monday 

Oh and it's Craig btw not Chris lol
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on September 26, 2009, 01:49:36 AM

Oh and it's Craig btw not Chris lol

Ah, I knew that, I was just testing you to make sure you weren't confused. :-[ :-[
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on September 26, 2009, 09:13:25 PM
Relationships

My girlfriend decides one day to say love you loads one day via the net, the next she's been thinking about us and wants a break because it's boring as we dont do stuff like go out when I have had mentioned stuff before and so now she don't want to talk to me or visa versa till Monday

You don't know what you really miss till it's gone    :'(

TBH I don't like my chances

Well i didn't even have to wait till monday to get the answer, its all over :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 26, 2009, 09:31:20 PM
Just went onto Flickr to upload a picture but it's asking me to sign in, so tried the other shortcut which allows me onto my album page no problem, but no facility to upload pictures unless I go back to that logon page!  :'(

Also, signed into PR and uploaded a photo but when I went to save it, it asked me to sign in again?  :'(

Silly Billy! It was because I was on the other computer and need to log into Flickr on that machine!  :-[

Now all I need to do is remember my password!  :'(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on September 27, 2009, 12:44:32 PM

Now all I need to do is remember my password!  :'(

Sucks to get old, don't it? ::)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: michaelb104 on September 27, 2009, 05:12:40 PM
Just wasted two hours of my life I’ll never get back watching the procession that was supposed to be the Singapore F1 grand prix – why the hell do they keep putting races in cities where there is nowhere to overtake and there is another one at the end of the season  >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on September 28, 2009, 05:24:49 PM
Must make a phone call to Nikon tomorrow to enquire about their 'reliable and swift' repair service.....12 days after their estimated date of repair completion my 70-300 is still listed as awaiting repair >:( >:( >:( :'( :-\

....it's getting bad enough to make me change systems......... :2funny:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: hevans on September 28, 2009, 07:00:34 PM

So, we did the Ikea matrimonial stress test on Saturday. Finally purchased the screws tonight (DIY shops are shut on sundays in NL) to mount the large Ikea mirror in the daughter's room. Unwrapped the mirror and discovered that it was cracked up at the top corner, right behind the protective cardboard. What's particularly annoying is that we paid an additional €29 to get it delivered to avoid breaking it ourselves.

Fresh call to Ikea to get another delivered, and they'll arrange an appointment some time this week/next week. sigh...

H.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: krennon on September 28, 2009, 08:11:56 PM
Swedish furniture shops you gotta love em  ;) Our kitchen came from Ikea we went to the store, ordered it, paid for it, went to collect it after we had been told it would be ready to collect in 45 minutes....4 HOURS!!!! Later we walked out of the store with nothing except less funds in our bank account, significantly raised blood pressure and a promise they would deliver it free of charge (which to be fair they did) the only thing we really buy from there now is bits and pieces e.g. glasses, plates etc and sometimes kitchen bits if they're on sale.....However I have to disagree with Oldboy I LOVE their meatballs with the lingonberry sauce and a little bit of the cream sauce....and over here their choccy mousse is delish....I do like the apple cake as well but they don't do it in the restaurant anymore....still available in the Swedish Shop though  ;D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Peter Jackson on September 28, 2009, 09:37:39 PM
Peggy lost her battle against Cancer today, I'm not sure "annoyed" really does my feelings justice, would anyone really mind if I started a "What really Effin Pi$$ed me off big time today" thread?

(http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/normal_Happier%20Times-small.jpg)

God bless you Peggy!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: hevans on September 28, 2009, 09:58:09 PM
Hi Peter,

Sorry to hear of your loss.

Hugh
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: ABERS on September 28, 2009, 10:23:22 PM
Commiserations Peter, we lost Dylan our Jack Russell 12 years ago and will never forget him.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Sarasocke on September 30, 2009, 05:31:17 PM
That DCM don't seem to know what 5pm GMT is.
I decided at the last minute to enter some photos for the POTY. Had no chance  of getting anywhere, but whatever .....

GMT time is now 4.30 pm, english summer time 5.30pm. And the competition is closed. grmmpf  >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on September 30, 2009, 09:54:21 PM
This both annoys and bemuses. My Epson Prints lovely 13"x19" photos. Can I find a 13"x19" frame for them? Not on your life. Can I find a larger frame that mats down to it? Not on your life. Did a try at my own canvas at 13"x19" can I find 11 x 18 stretchers? Not at all.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: skellum on September 30, 2009, 10:04:39 PM
This both annoys and bemuses. My Epson Prints lovely 13"x19" photos. Can I find a 13"x19" frame for them? Not on your life. Can I find a larger frame that mats down to it? Not on your life. Did a try at my own canvas at 13"x19" can I find 11 x 18 stretchers? Not at all.

I have a Epson A3+ printer ( or 13" x 19" Prints ) I buy 16" x 20" mounts and resize the print to fit the aperture. 16" x 20" mounts & frames to fit are quite the norm ( Over here anyway ) :legit:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on October 01, 2009, 01:43:23 AM
This both annoys and bemuses. My Epson Prints lovely 13"x19" photos. Can I find a 13"x19" frame for them? Not on your life. Can I find a larger frame that mats down to it? Not on your life. Did a try at my own canvas at 13"x19" can I find 11 x 18 stretchers? Not at all.

I have a Epson A3+ printer ( or 13" x 19" Prints ) I buy 16" x 20" mounts and resize the print to fit the aperture. 16" x 20" mounts & frames to fit are quite the norm ( Over here anyway ) :legit:

Oh, it's the same here and I've reconsidered my plans and bought 11x14 paper, but it's still odd that a printer company would offer a sizing that doesn't appear to be popular. No doubt there's a specialty framing business that has them, I just haven't found it yet. :)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Al Birmingham on October 01, 2009, 01:34:47 PM
What about a local independent framer? You may pay a bit more but they'll make to your exact needs.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on October 01, 2009, 05:15:29 PM
Never even crossed my mind Al, duh. :-[
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: hevans on October 01, 2009, 07:10:51 PM
Or you can make your own frames. It's not that hard if you get the right tools.

Hard part is finding a good glazier that can supply the glass, although you can get plastic sheets from a DIY shop, and cut it up with a saw.

H.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: jimthetrain on October 02, 2009, 01:33:41 PM
Just read on the local teletext that a 71 year old grandmother has admitted assaulting a teenager after she poked him in the chest for throwing stones at her house. The woman who suffers from osteoporosis was given a conditional discharge and fined £50 for the offence. She admitted assaulting the 17 year old outside her home but said she was "sick of the abuse"

Our society today just sucks doesn't it  >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on October 02, 2009, 01:38:54 PM
From what I read he'd grabbed her wrist - that's not assault obviously ::) That teenager must have felt so big complaining about being assaulted by a 71 year old! Pathetic of the authorities as it just makes them look stupid.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: jimthetrain on October 02, 2009, 01:43:24 PM
The money wasted taking it to court could have been put to better use as well. Blackpool certainly needs it. ;D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on October 02, 2009, 06:35:24 PM
We're off to an open dog show tomorrow with our charity stall. Now some of you may have read the thread I posted about a wannabee photgrapher complaining about me taking photos. along with several others, at a couple of shows he was attempting to cover. My friend had an apologetic phone call from the secretary of tomorrow's show saying this 'pro' would be there and had  requested I did'nt take photos. Hmm - firstly I assume he will be taking posed pics of winners [you need to know a bit about show dogs to do this successfully!] - I would'nt muscle in on that - secondly - the lighting will no doubt be rubbish and all I'd take would be some record shots - thirdly - I have friends showing who like a record of their dog in the ring, this I do for free because it's a friend thing! I assume this ban will be on all the others with their camers too. My feeling is if you set yourself up as an expert your photos should be worth buying - would you buy -
http://www.jstratford.co.uk/photography/events/wadenhoedogshow2009.php

Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: anglefire on October 02, 2009, 07:11:20 PM
Well, I wouldn't buy one - but the owner might do - but looking at the shots, they are not stunning shots, so I doubt many do.

I do rally photography occasionally and have covered a couple of events on an official basis - out of 4000 shots that I took, I think 1 was bought! And that seems to be the norm - that particular event, something like 16000 shots were taken by 5 official togs with only a dozen or so sold.

The advent of digital photography has largely killed it - the only way the pro does well is to be able to get into positions the generaly public can't - Showjumping is one area where the official tog can get into the ring and take shots from their - and they make a mint!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: irv_b on October 02, 2009, 07:17:29 PM
Sue surely if you go and say you are taking pictures for your own use (not to sell) then surely nothing can be said or done unless  are they banning everything including camera phone shots. Btw his photos aren't that great blurred out of focus and pretty boring so I am not surprised he is worried about being in competition with you if he has seen your Flickr page
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on October 02, 2009, 07:48:14 PM
To be honest there really is'nt money to be made at local shows - I just do it as it's my hobby and we do sell the stuff I take but as things like key rings, greetings cards and fridge magnets etc. My taking pictures does'nt make a lot of difference to what he might sell. Agility is a bit different -  if you can manage to capture some good action then owners will buy. The sort of shots he's hoping to sell are the type i email to friends of the charity as a record of the day [although I do try to filter out the blurry ones first!] - not worth anything - and not the sort a pro dog photographer would take. Oh well thanks to my new printer  I do have a load of A4 prints mounted and in nice shiny cellophane bags to display....might get a few commissions for later ;)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on October 02, 2009, 07:55:54 PM
Or you can make your own frames. It's not that hard if you get the right tools.

Hard part is finding a good glazier that can supply the glass, although you can get plastic sheets from a DIY shop, and cut it up with a saw.

H.

I have contemplated that, getting a mat cutter etc. But after checking out the price of a cutter I had a look round the stores for types of matting available for cutting and couldn't find any. Or they're not calling mat paper. Even so, couldn't find any paper I'd consider suitable whatever they call it. Had a work mate who did it part time, but he retired and moved away before I ever got round to talking to him about it. (whenever we got together it turned into a grousing session) :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on October 02, 2009, 07:58:24 PM
From what I read he'd grabbed her wrist - that's not assault obviously ::) That teenager must have felt so big complaining about being assaulted by a 71 year old! Pathetic of the authorities as it just makes them look stupid.

Well, my take on it is, the Police (here at least) are gun shy of litigious lawyers now and won't make a decision at the street level. Leave it all up to the courts. That said, I wonder why the Judge didn't just dismiss the case.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: skellum on October 02, 2009, 08:00:06 PM
We're off to an open dog show tomorrow with our charity stall. Now some of you may have read the thread I posted about a wannabee photgrapher complaining about me taking photos. along with several others, at a couple of shows he was attempting to cover. My friend had an apologetic phone call from the secretary of tomorrow's show saying this 'pro' would be there and had  requested I did'nt take photos. Hmm - firstly I assume he will be taking posed pics of winners [you need to know a bit about show dogs to do this successfully!] - I would'nt muscle in on that - secondly - the lighting will no doubt be rubbish and all I'd take would be some record shots - thirdly - I have friends showing who like a record of their dog in the ring, this I do for free because it's a friend thing! I assume this ban will be on all the others with their camers too. My feeling is if you set yourself up as an expert your photos should be worth buying - would you buy -
http://www.jstratford.co.uk/photography/events/wadenhoedogshow2009.php



Take your gear and speak to the organizers when you get there and explain to them what you have said here. I had a look at his site and as others have said his pictures are just average and the site very confusing.......... :legit:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Al Birmingham on October 02, 2009, 08:56:04 PM
From what I read he'd grabbed her wrist - that's not assault obviously ::) That teenager must have felt so big complaining about being assaulted by a 71 year old! Pathetic of the authorities as it just makes them look stupid.

Well, my take on it is, the Police (here at least) are gun shy of litigious lawyers now and won't make a decision at the street level. Leave it all up to the courts. That said, I wonder why the Judge didn't just dismiss the case.

I too think it's deplorable that this thug gets to have his side upheld, BUT, it must be remembered that the law is not meant to be fair - it is meant to be just.  My law teacher at college was always quick to point out that the two things are very different. If an 18 year old girl had been in trouble for the same thing there wouldn't be the same fuss and in the eyes of criminal law there is no difference between an 18 year old and a 78 year old because both are adults.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on October 02, 2009, 09:47:17 PM
ever felt ignored?
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: anglefire on October 02, 2009, 11:49:56 PM
Who said that? ;D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on October 03, 2009, 07:37:54 AM
We're off to an open dog show tomorrow with our charity stall. Now some of you may have read the thread I posted about a wannabee photgrapher complaining about me taking photos. along with several others, at a couple of shows he was attempting to cover. My friend had an apologetic phone call from the secretary of tomorrow's show saying this 'pro' would be there and had  requested I did'nt take photos. Hmm - firstly I assume he will be taking posed pics of winners [you need to know a bit about show dogs to do this successfully!] - I would'nt muscle in on that - secondly - the lighting will no doubt be rubbish and all I'd take would be some record shots - thirdly - I have friends showing who like a record of their dog in the ring, this I do for free because it's a friend thing! I assume this ban will be on all the others with their camers too. My feeling is if you set yourself up as an expert your photos should be worth buying - would you buy -
http://www.jstratford.co.uk/photography/events/wadenhoedogshow2009.php



I've just had a look at the so called 'pro' site. As Dave says, average at best. I'm guessing he just goes around with the camera set on evaluative metering (the darker dogs are all under exposed) and has an on camera flash, judging by the hard shadows. The only thing pro is the con job in getting paid for this mediocrity.

As an aside, I would be very interested to learn if it is just you who has been banned from taking photographs. . .
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Sarasocke on October 03, 2009, 08:28:46 AM
Sue - the photos I clicked on were all out of focus and/or taken from a strange angle, - I just love pictures of dogs standing in holes, there's a reason for me crawling about on the floor or even lying down.
The site is very confusing. Click on one picture and you get picture xx of xxx but not the picture clicked on. How does one get to all the pictures in each group ?  ???

I don't really see that everyone with a camera can be banned. Having said that, a similar thing happened to me at the crowning of the carneval princess this year. I was with the princess's family, the identity of the princess was supposed to be a secret until she actually entered the stage, and I was taking pics before anything actually got started - I was after some good candids. The organiser (since then dubbed by me Herr Wichtig - Mr. Important) told me I shouldn't be taking pictures at all as the identity of the princess was still a secret. The logic of this escaped me completely, others taking photographs weren't warned off by him.
It would certainly be impossible to ban everyone with a camera at a dog show. If you're on good terms with the organisers, just say that your pcitures are for your own private use.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on October 03, 2009, 04:45:23 PM
Back from the show - as expected it was quite dim so I just wanted to take a few pics of my friends dogs as a record - high ISO as I never use flash on dogs in the ring. Did'nt take many as my elderly friend was taken ill and I ended up showing her dog [Best of Breed :tup:] and looking after her. Laughing boy had set up a little tent and was offering discounts by way of a voucher to class winners for a posed shot [kit lens plus on board flash -nice ;) ]. Just after lunch I was looking after our stall and taking the time to go through the pictures i'd taken earlier. Enter stage left one of the society's committee members [unfortunately someone I took an instant dislike to some time ago] to ask 'are you taking pictures of your own dogs?' - as I did'nt have any dogs with me it seemed a rather odd question and I replied I was taking pictures of my friends dogs as they had asked me to. 'Well i had to ask' she said - I resisted the temptation to comment further although I think my response to that should have been 'why?' and 'have you confiscated all the mobile phones too just in case someone takes a crafty snap!' How petty can you get :-\
Did get a few things ordered for our November show but it was a bit of a dead loss as regards fund raising on the day -  a 60 mile round trip to make £30! Hopefully will be providing photos for another charity that was there to help them raise funds so I suppose it was worth going. Did'nt get Best in Show unfortunately as the judge appeared to prefer working/pastoral dogs to gundogs - the fool, everyone knows Pointers are best!! ::) :2funny:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on October 03, 2009, 04:58:32 PM
Back from the show - as expected it was quite dim so I just wanted to take a few pics of my friends dogs as a record - high ISO as I never use flash on dogs in the ring. Did'nt take many as my elderly friend was taken ill and I ended up showing her dog [Best of Breed :tup:] and looking after her. Laughing boy had set up a little tent and was offering discounts by way of a voucher to class winners for a posed shot [kit lens plus on board flash -nice ;) ]. Just after lunch I was looking after our stall and taking the time to go through the pictures i'd taken earlier. Enter stage left one of the society's committee members [unfortunately someone I took an instant dislike to some time ago] to ask 'are you taking pictures of your own dogs?' - as I did'nt have any dogs with me it seemed a rather odd question and I replied I was taking pictures of my friends dogs as they had asked me to. 'Well i had to ask' she said - I resisted the temptation to comment further although I think my response to that should have been 'why?' and 'have you confiscated all the mobile phones too just in case someone takes a crafty snap!' How petty can you get :-\
Did get a few things ordered for our November show but it was a bit of a dead loss as regards fund raising on the day -  a 60 mile round trip to make £30! Hopefully will be providing photos for another charity that was there to help them raise funds so I suppose it was worth going. Did'nt get Best in Show unfortunately as the judge appeared to prefer working/pastoral dogs to gundogs - the fool, everyone knows Pointers are best!! ::) :2funny:

Should arrange a meet up at one of these shows and we all turn up with our cameras.  :2funny:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on October 03, 2009, 06:09:10 PM
My law teacher at college was always quick to point out that the two things are very different. If an 18 year old girl had been in trouble for the same thing there wouldn't be the same fuss and in the eyes of criminal law there is no difference between an 18 year old and a 78 year old because both are adults.

But isn't the law open to interpretation and that's why we have Judges. If someone's going to say there's no difference then do away with courts and just jail people.  Surely anyone with a modicum of intelligence could have seen this as a huge miscarriage of justice.  >:( Oops, forgot we were talking about a Judge here.  ::)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: skellum on October 03, 2009, 06:14:35 PM
My law teacher at college was always quick to point out that the two things are very different. If an 18 year old girl had been in trouble for the same thing there wouldn't be the same fuss and in the eyes of criminal law there is no difference between an 18 year old and a 78 year old because both are adults.

But isn't the law open to interpretation and that's why we have Judges. If someone's going to say there's no difference then do away with courts and just jail people.  Surely anyone with a modicum of intelligence could have seen this as a huge miscarriage of justice.  >:( Oops, forgot we were talking about a Judge here.  ::)

We have just had a Judge arrested here for drink driving........ :legit:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on October 03, 2009, 08:51:13 PM
Awful news by phone - while we were out my friends dog managed to climb onto a work surface in the kitchen and steal a bottle of painkillers prescribed for their other elderly dog from the window sill - no trace of them so it's assumed she ate them all. Rushed to the vets and now on a drip as the outcome could be kidney failure. The end of a perfect day :(  She'll be devastated if anything happens to her as she's a bit special being totally deaf due to being hit around the head as a puppy and having had a lot of patient care and training to bring her round. Just goes to show the effect of a simple mistake of not putting things safely out of reach.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Al Birmingham on October 03, 2009, 09:18:58 PM
Hey, I'm no lawyer but yes, the law must be open to interpretation and not just by judges, the Police do a fair bit of interpretation don't they? I was just trying to show that although clearly an unfair and frankly morally wrong decision, in the eyes of the law it was probably a right decision - I'll get my coat! ???
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Nemesis on October 04, 2009, 10:41:21 AM
Actually yesterday, finding that my G1 won't recognize my spare 3rd party battery - guess I should have checked the F/W version first  :doh:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Sarasocke on October 04, 2009, 06:43:51 PM
Sue - hope she'll be OK.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on October 04, 2009, 06:53:09 PM
Sue - hope she'll be OK.

Still waiting for news
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on October 04, 2009, 07:01:48 PM
My friend had an apologetic phone call from the secretary of tomorrow's show saying this 'pro' would be there and had  requested I did'nt take photos.

OK, let's inject a little reality here.

No I don't like any of those pictures - though I can't remember ever seeing a picture of somebody else's dog I would buy.

Yes I think it's a shame that Sue's friends won't get free pics of their dogs because Mr Pro has asked her not to take them.

But consider this......

Imagine you go to an event every year (dog show, horses, concert, supercars whatever) and always take a few sandwiches with you.  Some of your friends go and being a nice person you make some butties in case they are hungry too.  Of course you don't charge them because they are friends.  Time goes on and you notice lots of people turn up without food.  Now you always have plenty of food and there are loads of people at home to eat up any extras so you make loads of sarnies.  Anybody is welcome to have some but it's only fair you get paid for the bread and spreads and a little more for your trouble.

Then a guy notices that there are loads of people meeting there and that many of them are hungry.  He talks to the organisers because he has a burger van.  He has no real interest in feeding people but he provides burgers for money.  He could go anywhere that day and make a few quid to pay his mortgage, for the kids school clothes etc..  Of course being a responsible burger van owner he pays for health inspections, insurance, training courses to keep up with hygiene laws and for a license.  He also invests in the latest burger van (which, let's be honest he doesn't use for anything else) and several different ketchup bottles for different relishes.  Of course he pays taxes and vat on his hot takeaway food.

The organisers say "sure, come along, don't go to the beach that day and sell burgers there, come here instead and feed our starving punters".  Money may even change hands (no, really).

Now of course his burger van doesn't stop you taking your own food (this isn't Disney after all).  But I can quite see why he'd want to make sure that nobody else was selling food to compete with him (after all he's given up a lucrative pitch outside a Weight Watchers meeting to be there).

And in all that, does it matter that his burgers taste like dog food?  Nope.  He's still paying for health inspections and licenses and probably for the pitch and taxes and vat and everything.  And he still has to eat.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on October 04, 2009, 07:22:43 PM
Jonathan I would agree if this chap had invested money in equipment and was doing it for a living - but he uses a budget camera with kit lens and is there because he's in with someone on the committee. We're not talking about some proper pro. I sell prints of stuff I've worked on as well as using photos in the ways I've said - it's just that record shot/snaps are available to friends FOC because they're A not worth anything [except as a thankyou for supporting our charity] and B the people I'm talking about would'nt buy anyway - the main reason I take photos at shows is because I like photographing dogs - some people enjoy photographing kids and weddings, I enjoy photographing dogs! I've been involved with the world of pedigree dogs for a long time and there are those of us who do like looking at pictures of dogs more than many other subjects - hard to believe but true. As I've said before, there appears to be a hierarchy of subjects among photographers.
 But I'd point out that choice is good - I would'nt have the slightest worry if he took photos at one of our own shows - let people choose. I do object to being singled out when others take photos too -lots of people do in this digital age - should I be flattered because he's rattled. If a photographer from one of the weekly dog papers had been in attendance he would'nt have given a toss about me taking a few snaps because he would be taking show poses of BOBs and Best Puppies - pictures that would no doubt be bought by proud owners. I suppose the problem today is that everyone thinks they're a pro once they've mastered the basics of their DSLR.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on October 04, 2009, 07:36:03 PM
the main reason I take photos at shows is because I like photographing dogs

Why did he single you out?  Because you're better than him?  Or because he thinks you're making money?

Did you talk to him about his concerns?
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on October 04, 2009, 07:54:17 PM
I tend to collate my pictures and make stuff to sell during the winter months. During the summer when I'm out actually taking pictures at the weekend, I upload a selection onto Flickr - lots of people have the address and look them up - mostly we'll have a word at the next show and arrange of they want anything made with their dog on - eg I'll soon be sorting calendars. He complained that he was'nt selling because my pictures are on Flickr - my pictures are on flickr because I like to put my pictures on flickr not to advertise them for sale. It's actually a good way of contacting others interested in dogs in other parts of the world. I quite like having my stuff on foreign breed sites - some ask some don't - but they usually link back so I know. All I want to do is to be able to get on with my hobby as I've done for a very long time - and if I give stuff away it's usually repaid in kind - I've given up caring over much about money.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on October 05, 2009, 06:35:39 PM
Sue - hope she'll be OK.

Still waiting for news

After two days on a drip she's been given the all clear - being overweight helped I'm told. Expensive weekend though.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on October 05, 2009, 07:11:29 PM
Sue - hope she'll be OK.

Still waiting for news

After two days on a drip she's been given the all clear - being overweight helped I'm told.

Good to hear.

I have deleted my London time lapse video off  my camera and forgot to back it up, anyway to get it off flickr?
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: ABERS on October 06, 2009, 07:41:34 AM
Is it at all worth the bother? ::)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8291330.stm
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: hevans on October 06, 2009, 08:43:41 AM
Is it at all worth the bother? ::)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8291330.stm

I'd suggest bringing back the public stocks and let us chuck rotten vegetables at them. It would make a fine reality TV show and so potentially self financing.

H.

Hmm... seems the swear filter takes exception to tubours and other green things that are allegedly healthy for us.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on October 06, 2009, 08:57:31 AM
As most of the crime in an area tends to be caused by the same small part of the population the obvious answer would be to make the initital sentences much longer - thus cutting down on further crime and saving the money of police enquiries and court cases for the same. Simple :D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Simple on October 06, 2009, 09:05:38 AM
I think they should give them 3 months army training and send them off to Afghanistan. Withour pay ofcourse. I am sure they can find plenty of things to do for them over there ::)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on October 06, 2009, 11:25:34 AM
Is it at all worth the bother? ::)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8291330.stm

I believe the Chinese have an effective and inexpensive solution to both the rehabilitation and overcrowding issue. It's called a bullet, the expense of which, they bill back to the offenders family.
I understand it reduces the rate of recidivism to zero. Maybe there is something to celebrate about 60 years of communism?

Don't know if it ever existed there, but when I was a young man, strokes with a birch branch was still a legal sentence for certain crime. But, we're enlightened now.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: magicrhodes on October 06, 2009, 01:13:14 PM
As most of the crime in an area tends to be caused by the same small part of the population the obvious answer would be to make the initital sentences much longer - thus cutting down on further crime and saving the money of police enquiries and court cases for the same. Simple :D

I used to work in car park management and we would have no break-ins until a known celebrity was released. Then a spate, then they were locked up and no more break-ins....

I can't agree with the bullet but I do believe prison should be 40% Education 30% Hard & soul destroying labour and 30% sleep -Nothing else
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on October 06, 2009, 01:52:01 PM
I work in a garage. A few years ago there was a big problem locally with car theft - cars on the whole were easier to steal then I suppose. The main culprit was a young lad too young for a licence. At one point he managed to steal one of our cars. The police kept catching him - the magistrates at first slapped his wrist - then he was sent to some kind of secure accomodation for short periods. While he was away there was very little car theft - when he was out it rocketed. At one point when they were trying to rehabilitate him he came to our garage to do some work experience - lasted about 3 hours. Goodness knows how many times he was caught - he just kept doing it. Anyone can make one mistake. You might give them the benefit twice. But after that surely it's time to get them out of the cycle of re-offending by taking them away from such temptations and doing some serious education and rehabilitation and not just for a few weeks. I'm not a hang and flog merchant but I do think the rights of the law abiding who want to get on with their lives are more important than the rights of some little scrote who knows they can get away with it every time.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on October 06, 2009, 04:10:45 PM
Well, if sentences of less than one year are a waste of time what's wrong with minimum sentences of at least one year?

I have a friend, now retired, who was plod. On his patch there was one family that was responsible of almost 80% of all the reported robberies, car thefts, and drug dealing. Once they managed to lock two of the brothers up on remand for a whole two weeks before their lawyers got them off. He said it was the quietest two weeks of his time there. As soon as they were out, off the went again . .
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: happypaddler on October 10, 2009, 12:29:07 AM
Virgin media - Grr! Were supposed to be on this new fangled 10 Mbs fibre optic thing - for the past 4 or so days I've been averaging less than 2Mbs - I feel like I may as well be on dial up again!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: wendoureecat on October 10, 2009, 08:35:14 AM
On the topic of crime we have a fairly strong police force who do their best to capture and lock up these hooligans.......unfortunately all our magistrates have taken lessons in the 'nanny' state and put these drug dealers/theifs/vandals/gbh offenders back on the street with a slap on the wrist and a lolly pop. I am actually feeling sorry for our police who chase down these criminals at the risk of their own life and have the justice system just let them back onto the streets to do exactly the same thing a day later. I cannot open the papers here with each day giving accounts of crime......its depressing and its almost starting to liken to living in a war zone here. I will not walk the streets at night anymore without my husband its gotten that bad.

Think I will retire to an island and become a hermit with a big walking stick to hit people when they dare to arrive for a visit  ;D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on October 10, 2009, 12:48:43 PM



Girlfriend, well ex now, broke up with me again,

=(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on October 10, 2009, 01:00:53 PM



Girlfriend, well ex now, broke up with me again,

=(

       Time to move on then matey.
                        Graham. :)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on October 10, 2009, 04:54:17 PM

Girlfriend, well ex now, broke up with me again,

=(

       Time to move on then matey.
                        Graham. :)

*sighs* suppose, didn't want to though
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on October 10, 2009, 06:18:06 PM

Girlfriend, well ex now, broke up with me again,

=(

       Time to move on then matey.
                        Graham. :)

*sighs* suppose, didn't want to though

                     I'm afraid that's the way it goes.
                      Graham.  >:(
   Women eh! you can't live with 'em...You can't live with 'em!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Forseti on October 10, 2009, 09:08:30 PM
 :2funny: :2funny: Would you care to read through that again - carefully?  :2funny:

Really getting to like this site  :tup: and especially like the text next to my Avatar which says 'send money to Forseti'. What a super idea  :tup:. When do I expect the first installment and from whom exactly?
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on October 10, 2009, 09:47:44 PM
When you find out about the cash, be sure to let the rest of us know.  :D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: oRGie on October 10, 2009, 10:42:15 PM
:2funny: :2funny: Would you care to read through that again - carefully?  :2funny:

Really getting to like this site  :tup: and especially like the text next to my Avatar which says 'send money to Forseti'. What a super idea  :tup:. When do I expect the first installment and from whom exactly?

 ;)   :beer:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on October 10, 2009, 11:12:08 PM
:2funny: :2funny: Would you care to read through that again - carefully?  :2funny:

Really getting to like this site  :tup: and especially like the text next to my Avatar which says 'send money to Forseti'. What a super idea  :tup:. When do I expect the first installment and from whom exactly?
Father C.H.R.I.S.T.M.A.S puts it in your stocking as long as you've been a very good girl!  :tup:

Someone's been playing with the spell checker again!  ???
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on October 11, 2009, 07:10:40 AM
:2funny: :2funny: Would you care to read through that again - carefully?  :2funny:

Really getting to like this site  :tup: and especially like the text next to my Avatar which says 'send money to Forseti'. What a super idea  :tup:. When do I expect the first installment and from whom exactly?
    Hi Forseti....I know exactly what I said!
                    As Ever.  Graham. ;)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on October 12, 2009, 07:22:46 PM
Is anyone else's safari playing up lately or their twitter ?
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: magicrhodes on October 20, 2009, 03:03:23 PM
WAYT - The IT bod turning up and removing access to FB, twitter, webmail, yahoo&google images (inc flickr) and the list is growing, all because someone abused a very laisez faire system!  >:( >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on October 21, 2009, 10:08:56 AM
There is a barn on the main road into town with a wonderful old faded painted sign and a wonderful texture which I had planned to take a picture or two of.

Actually when I say there 'is' as barn, what I actually mean is there 'was' a barn. Yesterday evening at about 7:00pm some total f***wit in his f***wit 4X4 hit it at full tilt and demolished the front and most of the side wall.

What's even more annoying is that modern vehicle design is so good that he wasn't even seriously injured.

The only good thing is that as he careened across the road he didn't hit any of the oncoming traffic, including the car with my wife and daughter in who saw it happen, 3 cars back.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: magicrhodes on October 21, 2009, 10:28:32 AM
There is a barn on the main road into town with a wonderful old faded painted sign and a wonderful texture which I had planned to take a picture or two of.

Actually when I say there 'is' as barn, what I actually mean is there 'was' a barn. Yesterday evening at about 7:00pm some total f***wit in his f***wit 4X4 hit it at full tilt and demolished the front and most of the side wall.

And todays lesson is never put off good things (photography in this case) in favour of work in case something like this happens... you may get fired but at least you got (the) shot!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: top totty on October 21, 2009, 06:56:56 PM
Being bloody robbed by a salesman. I bought a new footstool for £100 gave the man my cash, he turned away to get a receipt then turned to me and said "there's only £90 here". I had double checked the money but it was my word against his....hope his fingers drop off.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Mick on October 22, 2009, 09:22:58 AM
What annoyed you today?  Well for me it's been the last 8 days.

Orange deactivated my broadband account through no fault of mine, and then said it will take five days to turn it back on.  >:(  Endless phone calls to India, and I have no hair left.  It took 8 days and although I can surf the net I still have no access to my emails.  >:( 
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: magicrhodes on October 22, 2009, 09:41:39 AM
Being bloody robbed by a salesman. I bought a new footstool for £100 gave the man my cash, he turned away to get a receipt then turned to me and said "there's only £90 here". I had double checked the money but it was my word against his....hope his fingers drop off.

B*stard! Always count it out now....
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: anglefire on October 22, 2009, 10:35:49 PM
Some toe rags nicked some cable between Birmingham and Coventry which meant my train to London was cancelled and I had to drive to Rugby to get a train their. Thats not so bad, but the choice of trains to come back is more limited and I only just made the 7:03 this evening - if I missed it that would have meant an hour at Euston.

Then I had to drive back from Rugby.  >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on October 23, 2009, 04:34:20 PM
My ex.

Yeah her again, sorry folks.

Asked her twice about if she liked some kid, she denied and didn't answer, now a week later after splitting she's going out with the freaking thing.


Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on October 23, 2009, 04:44:52 PM
My ex.

Yeah her again, sorry folks.

Asked her twice about if she liked some kid, she denied and didn't answer, now a week later after splitting she's going out with the freaking thing.



                   Like I said, time to let go!
                             Trust your uncle Graham. :)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on October 23, 2009, 05:20:52 PM
My ex.

Yeah her again, sorry folks.

Asked her twice about if she liked some kid, she denied and didn't answer, now a week later after splitting she's going out with the freaking thing.

                   Like I said, time to let go!
                             Trust your uncle Graham. :)

Haha, I know and such, just the fact that it only took one freaking week, after 3 years! and that she denied it all when I asked.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on October 23, 2009, 06:21:28 PM
My ex.

Yeah her again, sorry folks.

Asked her twice about if she liked some kid, she denied and didn't answer, now a week later after splitting she's going out with the freaking thing.

                   Like I said, time to let go!
                             Trust your uncle Graham. :)

Haha, I know and such, just the fact that it only took one freaking week, after 3 years! and that she denied it all when I asked.

Better to find out now than if you got married. Trust Uncle Graham!  :tup:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on October 23, 2009, 07:38:30 PM
My ex.

Yeah her again, sorry folks.

Asked her twice about if she liked some kid, she denied and didn't answer, now a week later after splitting she's going out with the freaking thing.

                   Like I said, time to let go!
                             Trust your uncle Graham. :)

Haha, I know and such, just the fact that it only took one freaking week, after 3 years! and that she denied it all when I asked.

I would guess she has been playing you for a while with this fella. Women are good at things like that ( and some men )
Go over there and bray him with your monopod. It wont do any good but you might just feel a little better.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on October 23, 2009, 11:17:04 PM
My ex.

Yeah her again, sorry folks.

Asked her twice about if she liked some kid, she denied and didn't answer, now a week later after splitting she's going out with the freaking thing.


                   Like I said, time to let go!
                             Trust your uncle Graham. :)

Haha, I know and such, just the fact that it only took one freaking week, after 3 years! and that she denied it all when I asked.

I would guess she has been playing you for a while with this fella. Women are good at things like that ( and some men )
Go over there and bray him with your monopod. It wont do any good but you might just feel a little better.

lol oh so tempting!-how tough is the free monopod that came with DCMAG (R.I.P) subscription?-though hes 21 and prob more than my 18 year old 7 stone body. I'm tempted and a mate has told me to put sugar is his car tank
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on October 24, 2009, 12:07:53 AM
My ex.

Yeah her again, sorry folks.

Asked her twice about if she liked some kid, she denied and didn't answer, now a week later after splitting she's going out with the freaking thing.


                   Like I said, time to let go!
                             Trust your uncle Graham. :)

Haha, I know and such, just the fact that it only took one freaking week, after 3 years! and that she denied it all when I asked.

I would guess she has been playing you for a while with this fella. Women are good at things like that ( and some men )
Go over there and bray him with your monopod. It wont do any good but you might just feel a little better.

lol oh so tempting!-how tough is the free monopod that came with DCMAG (R.I.P) subscription?-though hes 21 and prob more than my 18 year old 7 stone body. I'm tempted and a mate has told me to put sugar is his car tank

I wouldn't bother, it's so not worth it! Just chalk it up to experience.  :tup:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: skellum on October 24, 2009, 01:36:41 AM
Don't take it to heart its not worth it. I have said the same thing to my son who is I think just slightly older than you. The girl / woman for you is around the corner which is hard I know to appreciate at the moment , but live your life a bit before getting into any commitments. :beer: :legit:  ( buy more of what you want or need before it becomes an issue with a second party ).... Diamond rings may be a sign of love but a lens is money well spent ( and "you" can keep it for allways ! )  ;D....Regards, Dave........ :legit:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on October 24, 2009, 11:21:40 AM
Don't take it to heart its not worth it. I have said the same thing to my son who is I think just slightly older than you. The girl / woman for you is around the corner which is hard I know to appreciate at the moment , but live your life a bit before getting into any commitments. :beer: :legit:  ( buy more of what you want or need before it becomes an issue with a second party ).... Diamond rings may be a sign of love but a lens is money well spent ( and "you" can keep it for allways ! )  ;D....Regards, Dave........ :legit:

 ;D :tup: :2funny:


Thanks folks.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on October 25, 2009, 09:07:18 AM
If you don't chase love, it will find you.

Which translates to "go and enjoy your life and stop worrying about the fairer sex"
A relationship break up is never easy but often indicates that something clearly was working for one or both parties.

You're young with plenty of time to live (apparently 100 is not out of the question and you're gonna have to work till your 80 ish)so you might as well go and play a bit more.
Holidays, toys, parties, learning - yep life has much to offer some one of your age who's single. (he says grudgingly now he's red back what he's written before he hits post)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: top totty on October 25, 2009, 06:55:45 PM
Why do you want one particular book when the library is full of them ;0
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on October 27, 2009, 06:55:37 AM
After spending the weekend decorating and moving furniture and thinking I'd been careful, my back decided to start locking up yesterday lunchtime. I can usually walk the tightness off if I do it gradually,but this is of the once in a while really bad variety. It is sooo frustrating and not a little painful :'( Off now for a very slow walk around the park with Alice pointer who will no doubt be annoyed that I can't play ball with her....and 'picking up' is a real challenge involving sinking to my knees in the wet grass... Oh happy day!! ::)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: hevans on October 27, 2009, 07:03:47 AM
Why do you want one particular book when the library is full of them ;0

Because all the other books are from J. Archer.

Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on October 27, 2009, 10:16:44 AM
Why do you want one particular book when the library is full of them ;0

Because he likes the dust jacket!  :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: top totty on October 27, 2009, 09:21:33 PM
Why do you want one particular book when the library is full of them ;0

Because he likes the dust jacket!  :2funny: :2funny:

Yes but if you take the jacket sleeve off they all look the same :) :)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on October 27, 2009, 09:39:13 PM
Why do you want one particular book when the library is full of them ;0

Because he likes the dust jacket!  :2funny: :2funny:

Yes but if you take the jacket sleeve off they all look the same :) :)

Yes, but the fun is taking the dust jacket off!  :2funny: :2funny: :legit:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: oRGie on October 27, 2009, 11:37:23 PM
Why do you want one particular book when the library is full of them ;0

Because he likes the dust jacket!  :2funny: :2funny:

Yes but if you take the jacket sleeve off they all look the same :) :)

Yes, but the fun is taking the dust jacket off!  :2funny: :2funny: :legit:

oh get a room you two for heavens sake  :D  :beer:  :legit:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: top totty on October 28, 2009, 11:51:49 AM
Why do you want one particular book when the library is full of them ;0

Because he likes the dust jacket!  :2funny: :2funny:

Yes but if you take the jacket sleeve off they all look the same :) :)

Yes, but the fun is taking the dust jacket off!  :2funny: :2funny: :legit:

oh get a room you two for heavens sake  :D  :beer:  :legit:

Simply trying to give CML the same advice as I did to my sons (enjoy the library before settling down with good book) :)

The advice given to daughter...well that's altogether different...glad I only have the one, they are a complete nightmare once they hit puberty...give me boys everytime much easier to bring up.:)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: skellum on October 28, 2009, 07:10:40 PM
I went into Preston today and noticed this place had just opened.

(http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/normal_Leeches%20on%20society%20%28%20cc%20%29.jpg) (http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/Leeches%20on%20society%20%28%20cc%20%29.jpg)

These people really wind me up ! ............ :legit:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on October 28, 2009, 07:48:30 PM
If you do yourself an injury, you could always sue them  8)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on October 28, 2009, 09:04:46 PM
I went into Preston today and noticed this place had just opened.

(http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/normal_Leeches%20on%20society%20%28%20cc%20%29.jpg) (http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/Leeches%20on%20society%20%28%20cc%20%29.jpg)

These people really wind me up ! ............ :legit:

Then don't ever move to the States, or a Canadian border town where they get U.S. TV. The lawyer adverts are mind numbing. And they all have their speciality. Car accident? call so & so. Have or had a family member suffer from (insert malady here) call so & so.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: skellum on October 29, 2009, 01:14:10 AM
I just see them as people out to make money out of nothing or anyone. They are as  much use to society as a chocolate fire guard . And our insurance policies go up because of this scum.....plus its yet another "Americanism"..... >:( >:( >:(    Rant over... for now.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on October 29, 2009, 07:42:40 AM
I had an email in one of my inboxes this morning claiming to be be password reset message from Farcebook, sorry Facebook. That email address does not have a farcebook account connected to it, so it is obviously spam/phishing.

So I think to myself I'll just let farcebook have a copy of this. Is there a 'contact us' link anywhere on their stupid site? Well, if there is it is so well hidden that I couldn't find it. After 5 minutes of struggling through page after page of utterly useless 'help' topics on 'report' 'spam' 'phishing' 'account' etc, all simply stating the bl**din obvious and with no contact links, I gave up.

I'm with Dave on the ambulance chasers. I reckon the intrinsic health of a society can be judged in part by the ratio of lawyers to laymen. The more lawyers there are, as a rule, the more disfunctional the society is.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: magicrhodes on October 29, 2009, 08:53:32 AM
I just see them as people out to make money out of nothing or anyone. They are as  much use to society as a chocolate fire guard . And our insurance policies go up because of this scum.....plus its yet another "Americanism"..... >:( >:( >:(    Rant over... for now.

There was a great moment in The Simpsons when Barts says "I want to be a lawyer" and Lionel Hutz says "thats great son if there is one thing America needs it is more lawyers, can you imagine a world with out lawyers" cut to a segway of all the world holding hands and smiling! Enough said really. I have a mate who is lawyer who defends companies against PI claims, he is very busy!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: oRGie on October 29, 2009, 09:52:34 AM
I had an email in one of my inboxes this morning claiming to be be password reset message from Farcebook, sorry Facebook. That email address does not have a farcebook account connected to it, so it is obviously spam/phishing.

So I think to myself I'll just let farcebook have a copy of this. Is there a 'contact us' link anywhere on their stupid site? Well, if there is it is so well hidden that I couldn't find it. After 5 minutes of struggling through page after page of utterly useless 'help' topics on 'report' 'spam' 'phishing' 'account' etc, all simply stating the bl**din obvious and with no contact links, I gave up.

I'm with Dave on the ambulance chasers. I reckon the intrinsic health of a society can be judged in part by the ratio of lawyers to laymen. The more lawyers there are, as a rule, the more disfunctional the society is.

I used to try and forward banking scam emails to the banks so they could try and do something about them, same thing, took ages to find a way to report scam mail and did i ever get a reply, nada, not once, so i gave up too...
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on October 30, 2009, 11:22:27 AM
I had an email in one of my inboxes this morning claiming to be be password reset message from Farcebook, sorry Facebook. That email address does not have a farcebook account connected to it, so it is obviously spam/phishing.

So I think to myself I'll just let farcebook have a copy of this. Is there a 'contact us' link anywhere on their stupid site? Well, if there is it is so well hidden that I couldn't find it. After 5 minutes of struggling through page after page of utterly useless 'help' topics on 'report' 'spam' 'phishing' 'account' etc, all simply stating the bl**din obvious and with no contact links, I gave up.

I'm with Dave on the ambulance chasers. I reckon the intrinsic health of a society can be judged in part by the ratio of lawyers to laymen. The more lawyers there are, as a rule, the more disfunctional the society is.

I went through the same thing a couple weeks back with two online gaming sites, where someone had used my email address to set up accounts. Don't have any kids at home and I found out the person claimed to live in San Jose Calif. One site was no problem finding the contact infor and when I reported it they were quite quick to reply. The other site had absolutely nothing. And it wasn't some minor upstart company, it was one of the major gaming businesses.
I used to try and forward banking scam emails to the banks so they could try and do something about them, same thing, took ages to find a way to report scam mail and did i ever get a reply, nada, not once, so i gave up too...
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on October 30, 2009, 11:31:58 AM
I'm with Dave on the ambulance chasers. I reckon the intrinsic health of a society can be judged in part by the ratio of lawyers to laymen. The more lawyers there are, as a rule, the more disfunctional the society is.

I don't know what Parliament in Britain looks like, but the majority of MP's in the Canadian Parliament are lawyers. I'm convinced they create laws so that only lawyers can understand them and only lawyers can benefit from them.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on October 30, 2009, 12:41:44 PM
Our parliament is full of lawyers too - although we also have a swathe of younger MPs who've never done a job other than politics, starting as research assistants etc. The cry often goes up that they have no life experience in the real world outside Westminster. Probably explains a lot of the current expenses scandals 8)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on October 31, 2009, 07:16:31 PM
RAW files from the 5D mark II won't show in lightroom, they show the images when it connects and asks to import then but after that they don't show...
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Al Birmingham on October 31, 2009, 07:25:53 PM
You have the latest version right? v2.5?

If so, have a look in your preferences and check all is as it should be in there
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on October 31, 2009, 07:27:54 PM
You have the latest version right? v2.5?

If so, have a look in your preferences and check all is as it should be in there

Thanks Al, though I thought of that soon after posting and it all works now lol. Thanks any who...
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on November 03, 2009, 08:08:28 AM
...being driven mad by constant use of the word [sort of] tog......is'nt that how you classify duvets?
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on November 03, 2009, 08:12:39 AM
RAW files from the 5D mark II won't show in lightroom,

Are you in Lightroom - or Lightroom 2?

In Lightroom 2 they've been viewable since i got mine in June. In fact i've never used anything else on them. I think it was 2.3 at the time but certainly should have no issues.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: alan1572 on November 03, 2009, 09:08:56 AM
working outside today...it's raining.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on November 03, 2009, 04:55:04 PM
RAW files from the 5D mark II won't show in lightroom,

Are you in Lightroom - or Lightroom 2?

In Lightroom 2 they've been viewable since i got mine in June. In fact i've never used anything else on them. I think it was 2.3 at the time but certainly should have no issues.

2.0 but i downloaded the 2.5 update and all is fine now...
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: magicrhodes on November 04, 2009, 09:24:15 AM
Colleagues!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on November 05, 2009, 07:59:05 AM
Anyone know how to stop my imac from talking to me and reading everything i click and type?
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on November 05, 2009, 08:14:09 AM
Anyone know how to stop my imac from talking to me and reading everything i click and type?

Apple F5.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on November 05, 2009, 08:14:59 AM
ok - not used this feature myself but having read the book this is covered in the speech option system preferences.
There is a box to tick/ untick that enables text to speech, but also the book mentions cmd + f5 as the on / off switch once this feature is enabled.

Hope this helps...

'nother iMac newbie!
 
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: jinky on November 05, 2009, 01:04:09 PM
Quote from: CML-1591 on Today at 07:59:05 AM
Anyone know how to stop my imac from talking to me and reading everything i click and type?

If above does not work just throw it hard against the wall and tell it not to be so lippy.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on November 05, 2009, 06:51:14 PM
got it off now lol  :tup:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on November 07, 2009, 05:28:32 PM
Step Daught has just returned from a failed attempt to move to the states.
She has invaded the house for the last 2 1/2 days and totally disrupted every thing.
Today spent 7 hours of my day taking her and her bag of bloody CD's to London so she work tonight.

I can drive a train from Brighton to London in 52 minutes - total 2 hours round trip.
Where the hell did the other 5 hours go?

7 hours of my life i will never get back!  >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on November 07, 2009, 06:39:44 PM
WAMT ?
got 100 pics full of noise which I had taken yesreday at dawn.
Not for the first time I had somehow enabled auto iso.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on November 08, 2009, 01:51:28 PM
Ah the course of the oversight.

Canany of them be recovered?
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on November 08, 2009, 02:12:56 PM
Ah the course of the oversight.

Canany of them be recovered?

yeah I reckon about 5-6 if I shove them through noisware.
at least I have an excuse to go again for a reshoot
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on November 08, 2009, 05:46:29 PM
WAMT ?
got 100 pics full of noise which I had taken yesreday at dawn.
Not for the first time I had somehow enabled auto iso.

That's a bit naughty Alf, as shooting dawn can last an hour, so surprised you didn't check them!  :doh:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on November 08, 2009, 05:55:07 PM
WAMT ?
got 100 pics full of noise which I had taken yesreday at dawn.
Not for the first time I had somehow enabled auto iso.

That's a bit naughty Alf, as shooting dawn can last an hour, so surprised you didn't check them!  :doh:


I did check the histo often but nothing shouted noise at me
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on November 08, 2009, 06:01:37 PM
WAMT ?
got 100 pics full of noise which I had taken yesreday at dawn.
Not for the first time I had somehow enabled auto iso.

That's a bit naughty Alf, as shooting dawn can last an hour, so surprised you didn't check them!  :doh:


I did check the histo often but nothing shouted noise at me
I always check the picture by zooming in close on the 3" lcd screen on the camera.  :tup:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on November 08, 2009, 07:00:51 PM
I always check the picture by zooming in close on the 3" lcd screen on the camera.  :tup:

Would that be the one on your D3?  :tup:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: magicrhodes on November 09, 2009, 10:14:37 AM
I am 24 hours late so this is my WAYY

Heavy rain which ruined a great opportunity at the Sheffield Rememberance Service... Have to say if war didn't finish the Vets off sitting in an 80+ YO in the rain may well do....
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: happypaddler on November 10, 2009, 10:52:09 AM
Idiot letting agents that do not know how either the Housing Act 1988 works - or possibly even worse - how the Deposit Protection Scheme works. We are moving out of rented accommodation - but the most simple of things is made very hard as you find yourself educating those who should know how things work! My blood boiled further when a representative of the agent told me that the directors are all lawyers - well educate your ******* workforce!


...... and breath.... that feels better!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: hevans on November 10, 2009, 07:43:13 PM

Discovering that the Cat had peed in the computer cabinet. Shame it missed the 240V power strip!  >:(

Real pain in the arse cleaning the muck off all the cables, etc. And no, it wouldn't have made any difference if it was a Mac, the cat's not that picky.

H.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: oRGie on November 10, 2009, 09:22:43 PM

Discovering that the Cat had peed in the computer cabinet. Shame it missed the 240V power strip!  >:(

Real pain in the arse cleaning the muck off all the cables, etc. And no, it wouldn't have made any difference if it was a Mac, the cat's not that picky.

H.

humour in the face of adversity! I like your style H ;)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: bones615 on November 10, 2009, 09:36:29 PM
A keen gardener friend always tells me there is only one good place for a cat ...................... under a rose bush.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on November 11, 2009, 07:46:20 AM
my mother in law can do a good chinese dish with a cat, some soy sauce, onions, rice amd some other secret recipe  :)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: ABERS on November 11, 2009, 07:52:27 AM
There's a large white moggy that comes ino the garden, mainly to catch fledglings, crap and pee up bushes.

Three weeks a go I managed to creep up be :tup:hind it whilst it was crouched on the edge of the pond watching the fish. A swift toe-end up it's jacksey into the water seemed to do the trick, we haven't seen it since then!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on November 11, 2009, 08:16:13 AM
what and you didn't have your camera ready for another exhibit posting picture?
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on November 11, 2009, 09:17:36 PM
Win 7 upgrade. Went almost painlessly on my laptop (for some reason it wiped my CS3 activation) so I decided to go ahead on my main PC, the one I share with the wife. Let's just say she's not going to be happy when she gets home and I'll be extra annoyed as she'll be yelling at me while I'm yelling at Windows.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on November 11, 2009, 10:12:28 PM
Hind sight beind 20/20 I should have googled first. I've discovered my issue with Win 7 is already reported on several sources. It will however have to wait until the weekend to play around with. At least I got Vista back up and running. Not shutting this puppy off until Sat. or Sun. next.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Sarasocke on November 12, 2009, 04:23:36 PM
We're having  battle trying to redecorate the office. Everything's been moved out - we can just about get through the hall to the sitting room. Computer's shut off and I can't get to any pictures/data (I'm writing this on hubby's laptop).
Bought the paint for the walls - on the colour sheet in the shop it looked like a subdued yellow/apricot colour, called "melon". On the walls in the office it's almost lime green.  >:(
The carpet has been ripped out, lino tiles bought. They're supposed to "click and fit". Yeah .... We fitted similar tiles but in cork in another room a couple of years ago with no problem. After about 6 hours work and only one row of tiles fitted, my husband hit himself on the finger with a hammer. I rang the shop where we bought the lino (different shop to the paint) and they'll be sending over a professional to do the floor. Sometime .... hopefully before Christmas. When he does come, we'll be really interested to see how he gets on.
We're gradually beginning to need the things we packed into cartons for the two days while we decorated. It looks like a building site/jumble sale.

grmmpf  >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: daisiemaetulip on November 12, 2009, 05:20:41 PM
lol, you poor thing, well today my son said he'd finally decorate(paint) the bathroom.. i needed one newly plastered wall paintd and one artex wall painted.. he's done a grand job, cept he's also painted the vanity unit, the tiling on a roll,which covers one wall, and the shower skirting board! choice!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on November 12, 2009, 05:59:00 PM
Half wits with internet access. Looking to buy new tires for my truck I found my local tire store has Dunlops on sale. I google the model to see if I can find feed back. I find a site with 9 reviews of the tire. 8 are positive with good descriptions of why. The one negative is the half wit. Seems he managed to get two punctures somewhere. That's the tire's fault? He doesn't pay attention to what he's driving over and somehow that nets the tire manufacturer a negative review. The internet full of this type of posting. :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: krennon on November 13, 2009, 09:14:10 AM
Spin I know what you mean about those posting, I was going to write a negative review of my Sony, because "every picture I took with it on the first day I had it, was black, it was Sony's fault I didn't take the lens cap off" (no not really but I know what you mean about those reviews one I read was "great camera, but doesn't come with any memory".....what camera does......

WAMT Last night actually CYCLISTS!!!! It's winter, it's dark at 4:30pm...and they think that by wearing dark/black clothes with hoods pulled up and no lights on their bike it's our fault as drivers if we nearly kill them because they cut across from the other side of the road across my side, keep going in front of me to turn into a side road..... >:(..............I solved the problem....introduce a new law that from dusk onwards anyone on a 2 wheeled vehicle (cycle or motorbike) HAS to wear reflective clothing including on their legs...in the event of an accident failure to wear said clothing automatically puts the blame onto the cyclist and the driver of the vehicle cannot be held responsible..(unless over the limit/using a mobile phone/speeding etc)
Also use of mobile phones when driving....forget the £60.00 fine and 3 points it ain't working going by the amount of drivers I see still using the bloody things...so here's my suggestion....for the 1st offence of using a phone whilst driving you get a 28 day ban....for the 2nd offence a 3 month ban and £1000 fine and 6 points......for the 3rd offence 6 months prison and you have to do an extended test on release.....that should sort it......
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on November 13, 2009, 10:07:36 AM
  I know what you mean Keith!
                                          I cycle to and from work everyday, all year round. I would'nt dare take to the roads without my all protecting cyclist's jacket and high power lights. I mean, when you consider the number of brain dead d*%kheads I encounter twidling with their radios and leaning back so they are better able to hit their children, I woud'nt stand a chance!
                                          Do'nt even get me started on the #*&^%  £"*#?*&$£'s, who jaywalk in the clearly marked
cycle lane who look up from their texting at the sound of my bell, make eye contact, and then carry on with their bloody texting, meaning I'M the one who has to go into the ditch!
                                             Yours, as ever.
                                                                        Graham. >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on November 13, 2009, 10:27:54 AM
You have a bell on your bike!  :o

Walking around Sandwell Valley I encounter many Cyclist, but what annoys me is none of them have a bell! I can't remember the number of times they have shot by me from behind whilst I've been scanning the trees totally unaware they are there.  >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: magicrhodes on November 13, 2009, 10:36:43 AM
You have a bell on your bike!  :o

Walking around Sandwell Valley I encounter many Cyclist, but what annoys me is none of them have a bell! I can't remember the number of times they have shot by me from behind whilst I've been scanning the trees totally unaware they are there.  >:(

I do have a bike and do a lot of serious riding, I'd never put a bell on my bike but I and mates do shout to let people know we are coming. Anyone who doesn't use lights is stupid. There are a lot of people who like to cycle in black cycling clothing because it looks cool, the trouble is even on bright days they can be difficult to see. We each have to take responsibility for our road use whether we are walking, cycling, or using motor transport it is important to remember that medical science can't always put humpty back together again...
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on November 13, 2009, 11:51:45 AM
You have a bell on your bike!  :o

Walking around Sandwell Valley I encounter many Cyclist, but what annoys me is none of them have a bell! I can't remember the number of times they have shot by me from behind whilst I've been scanning the trees totally unaware they are there.  >:(

I do have a bike and do a lot of serious riding, I'd never put a bell on my bike but I and mates do shout to let people know we are coming. Anyone who doesn't use lights is stupid. There are a lot of people who like to cycle in black cycling clothing because it looks cool, the trouble is even on bright days they can be difficult to see. We each have to take responsibility for our road use whether we are walking, cycling, or using motor transport it is important to remember that medical science can't always put humpty back together again...
      Oh yes, I have a bell (Even though it spoils the lines of my nice new carbon fibre steed! :))
      I find that most pedestrians these days have those little white earphones pluged in, so I am considering countering the effect with a set of air horns!
                     Graham. :)
http://www.airhorns.co.uk/product.asp?lot=21&pnid=581&deptid=290
     PS   A bit like these :D


Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on November 13, 2009, 12:05:58 PM
WAMT?

discovering that a certain Box Store that I went to, specifically to purchase the Family Pack upgrade version of Win7 has actually sold me a single version full. So not only
was I charged more money than I should have been, I couldn't activate the 2nd and 3rd PC as I didn't have a licence for them!! :o Now I have to go back and likely fight with them to get the proper item and a refund.  >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on November 13, 2009, 12:35:09 PM
As a mere pedestrian [who does'nt own either mobile phone or one of those ipod thingummies], after last nights horrendous dark walk home in driving rain I'd like to say I don't care what you drive or ride just keep off the  $£%^&%" FOOTpath! I'd really like someone to point me to the amended version of the highway code that says 'where you feel your car may be damaged or where there's a yellow line, you may park on the pavement' Don't people care that mothers with pushchairs have to walk out onto busy roads and is'nt there meant to be access for the disabled to go about safely?? There's lots of places where cyclists use the footpath and it makes sense due to the high level of traffic and low use of the path but it's certainly a heart stopping moment when they swoosh past unexpectedly.

Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on November 13, 2009, 02:20:32 PM
Nope - don't move for them. It clearly says cycle lane and if i move outside of it i can get a fine...

When i point this out to them and they get all stroppy i invite them to walk in the middle of the road and see if the cars will move!
One day some one will take up my offer...

But that said, i then hav to compete with d*$%head cyclists who ride 3 and 4 abreast occupying the footpath and then complain when the pedestrain doesn't vacate the path of them or reduce to single file for oncoming cyclists.
When you have the audacity to remind them it is only 10mph on a cycle lane they look at you like ou should be in a care home in carpet slippers.

It is the world i live in 'i'm coming and i've got my rights and it's your job to observe my space and my rights and let ME do what I want..."
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: happypaddler on November 13, 2009, 02:23:52 PM
I do have a bike and do a lot of serious riding, I'd never put a bell on my bike but [/quote]

It's actually a legal requirment to have a bell on you bike in the jurisdiction of England and Wales :legit:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: hevans on November 13, 2009, 02:51:11 PM

I live in Holland... Don't get me started on the "kings of the road"... >:(

Their safety is entirely everyone else's responsibility, and entirely not their own.  :o

H.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: oRGie on November 13, 2009, 02:52:06 PM
I got nicked when i was a kid, trying to do my postround on a bike with no lights, I would have gotten away with a warning in court if my dad hadnt decided to lecture the court about wasting his tax money when they should be chasing real criminals, at least he had to pay the fine anyway lol..

WAMT... first day with new cam and its grey, overcast and slightly drizzling  :'(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on November 13, 2009, 03:26:18 PM
WAMT... first day with new cam and its grey, overcast and slightly drizzling  :'(
     Get out there and take some pictures you wuss! :2funny:
                    Graham.  :)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on November 13, 2009, 04:15:18 PM
Well I know it generally rains whenever someone gets a new camera but I did'nt realise the curse crossed seas and borders - been piddling down here for two days now and we know whose fault it is now :2funny:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Nemesis on November 13, 2009, 04:32:03 PM
WAMT... first day with new cam and its grey, overcast and slightly drizzling  :'(
Go on - test the environmental seals now you have the chance  ::)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on November 13, 2009, 06:47:07 PM
WAMT... first day with new cam and its grey, overcast and slightly drizzling  :'(

Great time to try it out in harsh conditions.  ::)

I've been out in the rain today, and I'll be out tomorrow when the gales hit!  :2funny:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Al Birmingham on November 16, 2009, 06:09:33 PM
9 years ago I got a posting out of Scotland, partly because I hated my boss.
Got promoted and started a new job today - guess who my new boss is!

Tomorrow I hand in my notice, time to rejoin civvy street.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on November 18, 2009, 10:47:57 AM
I can empathise with you on that one AI.
Hope this cloud has an extremely shiny silver lining to it.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: magicrhodes on November 18, 2009, 11:10:52 AM
I do have a bike and do a lot of serious riding, I'd never put a bell on my bike but

It's actually a legal requirment to have a bell on you bike in the jurisdiction of England and Wales :legit:
[/quote]

No, it isn't. At point of sale bikes must be fitted with a bell but there is no requirement for them remain insitu once off display. The Highway Code does not stipulate that bells must be used. It states: "Be considerate of other road users, particularly blind and partially sighted pedestrians. Let them know you are there when necessary, for example by ringing your bell."

The important part of this is be considerate and that applies to all of us drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, etc etc! As long as we are all nice then we should be able to play alongside each other. BTW I am more than happy to admit there are some idiot cyclists and I have no time for cyclists who run red lights etc
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on November 18, 2009, 03:25:08 PM
WAMT?

Conjunctivitis (at least I hope that's what it is).

I also discovered that I can't shoot left eyed for any long period of time.

And encouraging a room full of toddlers to look happy when you have tears running down your face and can't see well enough to notice whether they are actually smiling or not can be tough.

Good thing I never really got into manual focus.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: ABERS on November 18, 2009, 04:16:10 PM

Good thing I never really got into manual focus.

Does anyone focus manually any more. When you read of all the gizmos and camera advancements that are available to today's photographers, and the rush to buy such things to 'become a better photographer' it seems totally inappropriate that manual focussing is practised by anyone.

The act of focussing a lens has nothing whatsoever to do with creativity, the choice of aperture has or am I still living in the past?

Conjunctivitis can be painful Jonathan, keep an eye on it. :legit:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on November 18, 2009, 04:30:28 PM
I shoot  and focus in manual 99% of the time. Perhaps thats what I'm doing wrong.
RR
Alf
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on November 18, 2009, 05:00:52 PM
Oooooo 2 in 1 day.  But they are related.

Despite the fact that I can't see out of my right eye and my job is basically looking at things with my right eye.....my symptoms aren't bad enough to get the antibiotics that will cure it.  I have to use hydrochloric acid (really) for a week or so and when that doesn't work (because, you know it's hydrochloric acid rather than antibiotics) I'll be allowed to buy the ones that will actually work.  In the meantime I'll have to try not looking at anything.

Next time I'll Google up the symptoms of severe conjunctivitis before I walk 3 miles to the pharmacy.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on November 18, 2009, 05:44:33 PM
Does anyone focus manually any more.

Funny you ask that Alan - but yes - most definitely. I had a trip to London yesterday with 2 fellow drivers on a photography stint and all my tripod stuff was manually focused (although i did use the live view mode to assist) and some of my day shots are manually focused. Although i tend to leave my lenses in AF mode when hand held - i will often over ride the setting if i'm not happy with what it is offering me. My macro is almost always manually focused.

We bumped into a pro who was shooting some elements of the London sky line for a client and he was most definitely manually focusing every shot.

You are definitely not alone...
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on November 18, 2009, 06:01:55 PM
     Do I focus manually?
            Well I choose the focus point and I decide where to put it! But as the motors in my lenses can spin the barrel quicker than I can, then I leave that bit to them.
            Prior to going digital I only used manual prime lenses so I turned the focusing and aperture rings. The thought of having to bugger about with a zoom as well filled me with horror!
            Zoom lenses and "Auto focus" sysems being as good as they are now I'm happy to let them get on with it...but I still make the decisions.
                                Graham.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on November 18, 2009, 06:38:32 PM
When shooting mist or fog you have to focus manually, due to lack of contrast.  ;D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on November 18, 2009, 09:29:57 PM
Windows 7 upgrade. Yes it seems to be faster and smoother than Vista with less memory hogging. But the upgrade claims to keep your current files & settings, but that's not entirely true. All my Apps are still in the start menu and some work just like before. But some don't work until I go into the drive and double click the 'exe' file to kick start it. And some just won't start up period. Clearly Win7 has monkeyed about with the registry and I wasn't finding out which work and which didn't until I tried to use them. I guess my project for this evening is to click on every icon to see if the program really works, or just sits there looking pretty.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on November 18, 2009, 09:45:19 PM
Windows 7 upgrade. Yes it seems to be faster and smoother than Vista with less memory hogging. But the upgrade claims to keep your current files & settings, but that's not entirely true. All my Apps are still in the start menu and some work just like before. But some don't work until I go into the drive and double click the 'exe' file to kick start it. And some just won't start up period. Clearly Win7 has monkeyed about with the registry and I wasn't finding out which work and which didn't until I tried to use them. I guess my project for this evening is to click on every icon to see if the program really works, or just sits there looking pretty.

Windows 7 is more like WindowsXP than Vista, so in theory anything that works in XP should work OK in Windows 7.  ;D

I've got a touch of flu due to the strong winds yesterday. I was well wrapped up except for my head, so should have taken my winter hat yesterday.  :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: chris@seary.com on November 18, 2009, 10:08:11 PM

Good thing I never really got into manual focus.

Does anyone focus manually any more. When you read of all the gizmos and camera advancements that are available to today's photographers, and the rush to buy such things to 'become a better photographer' it seems totally inappropriate that manual focussing is practised by anyone.

The act of focussing a lens has nothing whatsoever to do with creativity, the choice of aperture has or am I still living in the past?

Yip, quite a few people still do this, but not for creative reasons.

If you own a Nikon D40/60/3000/5000, which don't have an internal focus motor, then most prime lenses will not autofocus.

Also, if you buy old lenses (such as much of the absolutely stunning Nikon glass from twenty or more years ago), then manual focus is all that you get.

Sometimes, if I'm using a lens such as my 85mm 1.8 at full aperture, I'll use manual focus. Also, macro photography is often best served by focusing manually.

Some street photographers who shoot from the hip set manual focus, as they are unable to line up the focusing point in the viewfinder when doing this. However, the more recent AF systems would cope much better with this.

Is it anything to do with creativity? No, you're absolutely right, Alan. There's no need for it unless you have to. Autofocus, I think, is one of the biggest advances in camera technology for decades, making sure that part of the photographic process has a better chance of being done accurately.

I would never denigrate Robert Frank's work (such as 'The Americans'), as I think it's magnificent. But the fact is that if he'd used a modern camera, a lot more of his photographs would be sharp.

Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: anglefire on November 18, 2009, 10:33:33 PM
WAMT?

Getting to Euston Station at 4:30 tonight and finding all trains cancelled, due to someone being hit by a train at Watford.

I don't know if it was a suicide or a workman repairing the signals (Trains were slow around that area I think this morning - though it was dark, so can't be sure)

I'm sorry for the person that was hit, but that meant that rather than being home at about 6pm tonight, it was nearly 8:30pm. Me and several thousand others!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on November 19, 2009, 12:33:56 AM
Windows 7 upgrade. Yes it seems to be faster and smoother than Vista with less memory hogging. But the upgrade claims to keep your current files & settings, but that's not entirely true. All my Apps are still in the start menu and some work just like before. But some don't work until I go into the drive and double click the 'exe' file to kick start it. And some just won't start up period. Clearly Win7 has monkeyed about with the registry and I wasn't finding out which work and which didn't until I tried to use them. I guess my project for this evening is to click on every icon to see if the program really works, or just sits there looking pretty.

Windows 7 is more like WindowsXP than Vista, so in theory anything that works in XP should work OK in Windows 7.  ;D

I've got a touch of flu due to the strong winds yesterday. I was well wrapped up except for my head, so should have taken my winter hat yesterday.  :(

Oh, maybe I phrased this wrong. It's not that programs don't work with Win7, it's that some work off the start menu like nothings been changed, others have to be restarted from run or double clicking the 'exe' file, then the icons will work and others have required a reinstall even though the icon is present in the start menu and the 'exe' file is sitting where the icon is pointing. I get error messages that don't match each instance and they're messages I'm not familiar with.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on November 19, 2009, 12:46:02 AM
Windows 7 upgrade. Yes it seems to be faster and smoother than Vista with less memory hogging. But the upgrade claims to keep your current files & settings, but that's not entirely true. All my Apps are still in the start menu and some work just like before. But some don't work until I go into the drive and double click the 'exe' file to kick start it. And some just won't start up period. Clearly Win7 has monkeyed about with the registry and I wasn't finding out which work and which didn't until I tried to use them. I guess my project for this evening is to click on every icon to see if the program really works, or just sits there looking pretty.

Windows 7 is more like WindowsXP than Vista, so in theory anything that works in XP should work OK in Windows 7.  ;D

I've got a touch of flu due to the strong winds yesterday. I was well wrapped up except for my head, so should have taken my winter hat yesterday.  :(

Oh, maybe I phrased this wrong. It's not that programs don't work with Win7, it's that some work off the start menu like nothings been changed, others have to be restarted from run or double clicking the 'exe' file, then the icons will work and others have required a reinstall even though the icon is present in the start menu and the 'exe' file is sitting where the icon is pointing. I get error messages that don't match each instance and they're messages I'm not familiar with.

No, you phrased it correctly. My guess it's bad coding in the settings fuction so some are reset and others aren't. As for error messages been different that depends on where the fault was detected and if it doesn't know it makes a guess.  :doh:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on November 19, 2009, 07:25:18 AM
WAMT?

Getting to Euston Station at 4:30 tonight and finding all trains cancelled, due to someone being hit by a train at Watford.

I don't know if it was a suicide or a workman repairing the signals (Trains were slow around that area I think this morning - though it was dark, so can't be sure)

I'm sorry for the person that was hit, but that meant that rather than being home at about 6pm tonight, it was nearly 8:30pm. Me and several thousand others!

And just as damaging is the train driver who was at the controls - some never sit in a cab again!
I'm thinking we were lucky it wasn't JimtheTrain because he was commenting last night.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on November 19, 2009, 08:03:03 AM
I think in all this talk of manual focus we're forgetting the main point here.  Which is that my eye really hurts :).

Still, looks like the D3 can cope without me.  Next time I might just send it to the shoot and sit at home sipping margaritas.

(http://homepage.mac.com/jonathan_ryan/filechute/DSC_5432.jpg)

Before you say anything about composing, that's a CROP :) - for obvious reasons I'm not going to post the whole thing.  This was taken at a time when I pretty much couldn't see the child at all.  They are all spot on.  It's also what happens when you leave your camera in your own custom "vivid sharp" setting by mistake. Which means that as soon as I can see properly I'll be dropping magenta out of all the pics.......
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on November 19, 2009, 08:03:18 AM
These greedy barstewards
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1229070/Sharks-British-coast-Oil-tankers-refuse-unload-prices-rise--keeping-fuel-costs-soaring.html
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on November 19, 2009, 10:34:35 AM
Well they are certainly looking to make a buck or two. Trouble is a buck is worth less than when they bought the stuff, and the English Peso continues to be worth about the same as a broken seashell. And keeping a ship at sea isn't cheap - trust me. The daily charter rate is the same even if it is parked.

Remind me again, how much is the tax take on a litre of petrol again?

Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: magicrhodes on November 19, 2009, 11:09:32 AM


Remind me again, how much is the tax take on a litre of petrol again?



Isn't it something like 70-80% but it is GREEN tax for saving the planet..... ::) ::)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on November 19, 2009, 11:30:10 AM
Over the last four months average for very large crude carriers' (VLCC) spot charter rates have fallen to below $30,000 per day on average. The rates had averaged about $80,000 in December.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on November 19, 2009, 12:01:28 PM
VW has just introduced a new model here, with TDI, I wasn't thinking of having a look. Then again, I could buy a lot of Gasoline for what it's cost to buy a new car. :( I hate the Gas companies.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: top totty on November 21, 2009, 02:43:35 PM
Bought one of those WII console games yesterday, gentle exercise my offspring said to me, do you good,keep your joints supple. Well for anyone thinking of buying one DON'T DO IT I only had a game of tenpin bowling and a game of basball, absolutely knackered. It's been thrown back in box never to be seen again.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: anglefire on November 21, 2009, 04:28:33 PM
I think in all this talk of manual focus we're forgetting the main point here.  Which is that my eye really hurts :).

Still, looks like the D3 can cope without me.  Next time I might just send it to the shoot and sit at home sipping margaritas.

(http://homepage.mac.com/jonathan_ryan/filechute/DSC_5432.jpg)

Before you say anything about composing, that's a CROP :) - for obvious reasons I'm not going to post the whole thing.  This was taken at a time when I pretty much couldn't see the child at all.  They are all spot on.  It's also what happens when you leave your camera in your own custom "vivid sharp" setting by mistake. Which means that as soon as I can see properly I'll be dropping magenta out of all the pics.......

You mean you didn't trust the focusing of the D3? Only thought Canon's couldn't focus worth a toffee? :)



Anyway, hope your eye gets better soon - nothing worth than a bad eye.  :'(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: chris@seary.com on November 23, 2009, 11:17:34 AM
Jordan and bush tucker trials.

I don't watch the show, but have a good idea what goes on from the media.

So the public voted for her to do all the bushticker trials, even though she pleaded in tears for them not to?

So I wonder where all these schoolkids get the ideas for bullying their classmates via mobile text messages.....

Regardless of what people think of her over her divorce, she's still a mum (a caring one from what I saw of the Katie and Pete reality show last year). It's absolutely impossible to decide whether she's the goodie or the baddie in the breakup based just on what's said in the media. Anyway, there aren't good guys and bad guys in any breakup.

People can be crap. Why does someone have to be kicked like this when they're down?

A very British way of doing things, I think....
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on November 23, 2009, 12:04:35 PM
WAMT? and yesterday and the day before. My blood sugar playing up all weekend. Mild headache, eyesight gone to pot, fatigued. I knew it was an issue when my wife took a look at me and went into a mild panic. I don't know what was more disturbing, how I felt or her reaction to how I looked.  :o
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: magicrhodes on November 23, 2009, 12:31:19 PM
Jordan and bush tucker trials.

So the public voted for her to do all the bushticker trials, even though she pleaded in tears for them not to?

So I wonder where all these schoolkids get the ideas for bullying their classmates via mobile text messages.....

People can be crap. Why does someone have to be kicked like this when they're down?

If you sell your entire life to make money and fame don't think you can turn it off when it suits you. She is reaping excatly what she has sown. Katie Price created Jordan to make money, she has created high profile personna when things were good she wanted all the publicity she could get, but with that came a darker side which showed all her flaws... The lesson we should be teaching girls who "aspire" to this life is not a new one..... be very careful what you wish for.....
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: chris@seary.com on November 23, 2009, 12:51:35 PM
Jordan and bush tucker trials.

So the public voted for her to do all the bushticker trials, even though she pleaded in tears for them not to?

So I wonder where all these schoolkids get the ideas for bullying their classmates via mobile text messages.....

People can be crap. Why does someone have to be kicked like this when they're down?

If you sell your entire life to make money and fame don't think you can turn it off when it suits you. She is reaping excatly what she has sown. Katie Price created Jordan to make money, she has created high profile personna when things were good she wanted all the publicity she could get, but with that came a darker side which showed all her flaws... The lesson we should be teaching girls who "aspire" to this life is not a new one..... be very careful what you wish for.....

Can't help thinking that people's impressions of her relate to her accent....

Certain people in the public eye can do what they want, as long they as they have what British people refer to as 'class':
http://www.johannhari.com/2009/09/25/can-we-finally-see-the-truth-about-the-vile-queen-mother-

Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: alan1572 on November 23, 2009, 12:57:59 PM
rushing on a 60 mile round trip to install a comunal satellite dish and tv aerial in the pi**ing down rain and wind 4 stories up on scaffolding because the scaffolding was in a hurry to be taken down only to be told after i had done it and got cold and wet that the scaffolding was staying up for another week or so......what a fu**ing liberty.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: magicrhodes on November 23, 2009, 01:02:44 PM
Jordan and bush tucker trials.

So the public voted for her to do all the bushticker trials, even though she pleaded in tears for them not to?

So I wonder where all these schoolkids get the ideas for bullying their classmates via mobile text messages.....

People can be crap. Why does someone have to be kicked like this when they're down?

If you sell your entire life to make money and fame don't think you can turn it off when it suits you. She is reaping excatly what she has sown. Katie Price created Jordan to make money, she has created high profile personna when things were good she wanted all the publicity she could get, but with that came a darker side which showed all her flaws... The lesson we should be teaching girls who "aspire" to this life is not a new one..... be very careful what you wish for.....

Can't help thinking that people's impressions of her relate to her accent....

Certain people in the public eye can do what they want, as long they as they have what British people refer to as 'class':
http://www.johannhari.com/2009/09/25/can-we-finally-see-the-truth-about-the-vile-queen-mother-

This goes for the whole "don't you know who I am" culture... There is a story of a famous chap in America who raced to the front of a check-in desk and said "I have to be on that plane" upon being told there was a queue he uttered the line "don't you know who I am?" at which the lady got on the tannoy and said "there is a Gentleman at check in xx who doesn't know who he is, can anyone help?" when he replied under his breath "f**k you" she said "there is a queue for that too!"  ;D ;D ;D
 
Probably an urban legend but I like it
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on November 26, 2009, 11:45:02 AM
Being awake at 5:00 am but not having to work until 9:00 am. :P Have read all the posts, watched the morning news and now I'm just time wasting. Afraid to get stuck into anything interesting in case I loose track of time and end up in a scramble to get to work. Hate being late as there's generally no parking by then. I could go in early and listen to the hens cluck but that's only entertaining part of the time.  :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: magicrhodes on December 01, 2009, 09:17:08 AM
Beautiful morning ruined by having to go to work!  >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on December 01, 2009, 02:54:57 PM
Beautiful morning ruined by having to go to work!  >:( >:( >:(

You missed nothing as thin clouds veiled the sun after a cracking sunrise.  :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Sarasocke on December 01, 2009, 07:02:19 PM
This cough's driving me nuts. Called my GP and was told that they couldn't do more for me than I'm already doing. Oh yeah .. and these coughs can go on for 3-4 weeks at the moment.
 ???
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: skellum on December 03, 2009, 08:07:21 PM
Royal Bank of Scotland.....( A load of Bankers )...........Why don't we accept their resignations and get someone to run the bank properly.... :legit:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on December 03, 2009, 08:48:56 PM
I am writing to them and telling them - as a share holder - that i will be voting against offering bonuses.
As Vince Cable has said - there a plenty of qualified and well moraled people in the City just waiting for the opportunity to show what they can do and on a lower wage!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on December 03, 2009, 08:58:37 PM
A rising tide floats all boats, and this tide has risen on the back of public rescue money. None of them should get any bonus at all for at least two years, and then only if they can demonstrate that they have beaten the market for their employers and shareholders.

So if they get annoyed about not having their greed satisfied, where exactly are they going to go to get more?

If your employees' sole motivation is their paycheck then you are headed for disaster - which is precisely where this practice ended up last time. The lesson should have been learned - their bonus should be modest, in locked in shares subject to a claw back after five years for any deals that have gone sour. If they are so confident that they're so clever, this shouldn't bother them . .
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on December 03, 2009, 10:15:22 PM
Twas ever thus. Those at the top already earning more in a year than many of us will earn in a lifetime [or at least a good part of a lifetime!] need even more to reward and motivate them. Those at the bottom who complain are told there's plenty more out there who want your job if you're not satisfied. If only they could be made to pay back for the times they don't succeed...but it does'nt seem to work that way :-\ Heads they win tails we lose.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on December 04, 2009, 12:28:13 AM
I recall during the great Enron scandal that a Psychiatrist in the U.S. claimed he had created a test which could determine if a person was a sociopath. He went on to claim that based on his studies he was confident in stating that most CEO's of large U.S. corporations were in fact sociopaths, I would suspect the same could be said for CEO's all over the world.  :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: irv_b on December 04, 2009, 10:56:50 PM
WAMT......
Not being able to get the balance right of going out and taking keepable shots and just taking pics for the sake of it  :(
Going to work and coming home in the dark don't help :( :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on December 04, 2009, 11:30:49 PM
WAMT......
Not being able to get the balance right of going out and taking keepable shots and just taking pics for the sake of it  :(
Going to work and coming home in the dark don't help :( :(

The more pictures you take the better you become about deciding which is worth taking and which isn't. If you didn't take pictures for the sake of it then you might not take any pictures at all.  ;D

As for the going to work and coming home in the dark, try opening your eyes!  :2funny: :2funny: :legit:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: irv_b on December 04, 2009, 11:53:41 PM
WAMT......
Not being able to get the balance right of going out and taking keepable shots and just taking pics for the sake of it  :(
Going to work and coming home in the dark don't help :( :(

The more pictures you take the better you become about deciding which is worth taking and which isn't. If you didn't take pictures for the sake of it then you might not take any pictures at all.  ;D

As for the going to work and coming home in the dark, try opening your eyes!  :2funny: :2funny: :legit:
But surely we take picture for the pleasure of it not for the sake of it?
Thanks for the heads up on the eye opening tip :tup:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: oRGie on December 05, 2009, 12:05:36 AM
he's a funny man  :2funny: :2funny:  8)  :2funny:

Sounds like you need a break Irv ;)    take the missus for a weekend away or even just a day out from the grind..  sea air usually helps and lots of piccy opportunities, but dont go for that, just let that happen naturally :)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on December 05, 2009, 12:22:13 AM
he's a funny man  :2funny: :2funny:  8)  :2funny:

Sounds like you need a break Irv ;)    take the missus for a weekend away or even just a day out from the grind..  sea air usually helps and lots of piccy opportunities, but dont go for that, just let that happen naturally :)

Are you talking photography or....you know.....the other. :legit:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: anglefire on December 05, 2009, 07:24:46 AM
he's a funny man  :2funny: :2funny:  8)  :2funny:

Sounds like you need a break Irv ;)    take the missus for a weekend away or even just a day out from the grind..  sea air usually helps and lots of piccy opportunities, but dont go for that, just let that happen naturally :)

Are you talking photography or....you know.....the other. :legit:

The other? He's Married, so it won't be that!  ;D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on December 05, 2009, 12:34:42 PM
he's a funny man  :2funny: :2funny:  8)  :2funny:

Sounds like you need a break Irv ;)    take the missus for a weekend away or even just a day out from the grind..  sea air usually helps and lots of piccy opportunities, but dont go for that, just let that happen naturally :)

Are you talking photography or....you know.....the other. :legit:

The other? He's Married, so it won't be that!  ;D

Though i believe he's very good with plumbing!  ::)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: chris@seary.com on December 06, 2009, 10:08:52 PM
Jordan and bush tucker trials.

So the public voted for her to do all the bushticker trials, even though she pleaded in tears for them not to?

So I wonder where all these schoolkids get the ideas for bullying their classmates via mobile text messages.....

People can be crap. Why does someone have to be kicked like this when they're down?

If you sell your entire life to make money and fame don't think you can turn it off when it suits you. She is reaping excatly what she has sown. Katie Price created Jordan to make money, she has created high profile personna when things were good she wanted all the publicity she could get, but with that came a darker side which showed all her flaws... The lesson we should be teaching girls who "aspire" to this life is not a new one..... be very careful what you wish for.....

Can't help thinking that people's impressions of her relate to her accent....

Certain people in the public eye can do what they want, as long they as they have what British people refer to as 'class':
http://www.johannhari.com/2009/09/25/can-we-finally-see-the-truth-about-the-vile-queen-mother-



Further to what I was saying before....

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8397664.stm

I can't believe the nerve of this dysfunctional family!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on December 06, 2009, 10:28:39 PM
Sorry Chris - but they (the royal family) do get my support on this front a bit.
Privacy was one of my favorite parts of my law studies and even a dysfunctional family has a right to air their dirty linen in private. It's enshrined in the Human Rights Act!
The question still stands - would Diana still be alive if the press hadn't hounded her?
Would Harry have a reputation for being 'one of the lads' if it wasn't for the press?
This is the information age where almost no ones life is private any more.
We should grant every one some privacy - and in fairness it is christmas celebrations they are asking for some privacy over.
How about a bit of good will to your fellow man kind!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: chris@seary.com on December 06, 2009, 11:52:38 PM
The royal family are happy to use the press when they find it's beneficial to them.

Seems the rules change for Katie price, yes?

I wonder why......
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on December 07, 2009, 12:10:04 AM
The royal family are happy to use the press when they find it's beneficial to them.

Seems the rules change for Katie price, yes?

I wonder why......
Actually no - the royal family are born into their public obligation. They do not choose it. They are expected to live their lives to a standard we can only aspire to. Occasionally they rebel and just want to escape their bonds.

Katie Price on the other hand seeks the public attention and will do some extremely questionable things to get it. Exhibitionism is an under statement. And she doesn't care who she offends or hurts in the process.

The Royal family may not be perfect and may not be in full touch with the people - but i know who gets my respect. And for the record - it is nothing to do with how Katie Price talks - i live and work in Brighton (where she comes from) - quite a few of the people here talk like that!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: magicrhodes on December 07, 2009, 12:03:40 PM
Katie Price has CHOSEN to SELL every bit of her life for money. This was her choice, the midas effect of this is that you can not pick and choose when you turn it off and when you turn it on... I apply this to all "celebs" who chose to make money this way.

The Royal family by contrast are born into a position which means that they have official obligations to present an image during which they can be photographed by all and sundry. What is wrong is the hounding often by telephoto paps recording all their lives... (My only caveat on this is e.g. if they choose to represent/ preach for fidelity in marriage and don't behave in that manner then that makes them fair game. I feel the same way about MPs who do this)

WAYT - Walking past Rotherham town centre Wetherspoons to see people boozing at 0900 They didn't look like nightshift workers and it annoyed me as I was on my way to work!  >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on December 07, 2009, 08:17:26 PM
Having the local car repair shop do an Oil Lube & Filter on the car while it was in having the Altenator replaced. Talk about adding insult to injury. Ouch! I can just imagine the bill now considering the Alternator is valued at $500 Cdn.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: anglefire on December 07, 2009, 09:03:34 PM
Nearly 2 1/2 hours to get home from Leicester- should have been an hour or so.

3/4 hour was getting onto the M69 from the M1. Would have been quicker to go north.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: hevans on December 07, 2009, 09:13:20 PM
3/4 hour was getting onto the M69 from the M1. Would have been quicker to go north.

I hear the worst part of the M69 is the view...  :2funny: :-[
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: magicrhodes on December 18, 2009, 10:32:33 AM
WAYT

Promise of snow then not much occurring!

Snow pictures thread starting and I am at work away from my library!

18 Pints of Bradfield Breweries Belgian Blue sat at home!

Schools break up today which means for 3 days next week I have to leave my wife in bed and venture into the dark alone!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on December 18, 2009, 01:12:52 PM
Promise of snow that arrived! Just hoping for no more and a quick return to rain. Why people like lethal roads and pavements is a mystery to me :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on December 18, 2009, 01:40:22 PM
We don't like the lethal roads and pavements,  :(

we do like the photo opportunities it brings  :tup:

oh and some enjoy the extra day off work they get as a result  :tup: :beer:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: magicrhodes on December 18, 2009, 02:07:21 PM
We don't like the lethal roads and pavements,  :(

we do like the photo opportunities it brings  :tup:

oh and some enjoy the extra day off work they get as a result  :tup: :beer:

What he said!!!!!!!  :beer: :beer: :beer:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on December 18, 2009, 02:32:06 PM
Fortunately I'd booked today as a day off otherwise I'd have had to slither up the pavement walking to work and slither back down later :( Snows OK if you don't have to go out in it unless you want to - I'm glad I put off my grocery delivery to monday though - just hope this lots gone by then or they might not deliver like happened during the last snow - can really do without this lot I'm afraid. You're welcome to it where you are ;)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on December 18, 2009, 03:44:14 PM
The Snow didn't show!  :'(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on December 18, 2009, 03:46:16 PM
lucky you!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on December 18, 2009, 05:10:13 PM
The problem with being at uni, don't think you get a 'snow day' unless the busses stop running...
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on December 19, 2009, 08:53:43 AM
  Where's my snow!? >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on December 19, 2009, 10:24:01 AM
  Where's my snow!? >:(
Asking the same question!  :'(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on December 19, 2009, 10:26:00 AM
Happily we got no further snow overnight and the suns now out - so fingers crossed for a good thaw today :) Costing me a fortune feeding the birds!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on December 19, 2009, 10:30:12 AM
Happily we got no further snow overnight and the suns now out - so fingers crossed for a good thaw today :) Costing me a fortune feeding the birds!
Put some seeds down for the birds at Sandwell Valley and couldn't believe the number of Magpies that appeared, It must have been thirty plus but they wouldn't come down whilst I stood there, so it gave the Tits and Robins a chance to get some before the Magpies and Crows pushed them out.  ;D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on December 19, 2009, 10:49:07 PM
Latest weather forecast is for more snow overnight >:( "£$%!" weather!!!! :'(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on December 20, 2009, 12:21:17 AM
Latest weather forecast is for more snow overnight >:( "£$%!" weather!!!! :'(

I'm dreaming of a white christmas... ;D ;D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on December 20, 2009, 05:33:39 AM
Latest weather forecast is for more snow overnight >:( "£$%!" weather!!!! :'(

I'm dreaming of a white christmas... ;D ;D

  I'm dreaming of a white mattress!  :2funny:
                  Graham,  :D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: anglefire on December 20, 2009, 09:21:26 AM
I went all the way to Norfolk yesterday to find some snow - and on the way back it was snowing pretty heavy at times and came back to a smattering on the roads here too!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on December 20, 2009, 01:12:02 PM
No snow overnight but still too cold to thaw what's here - hoping for rain to wash it away :)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: oRGie on December 20, 2009, 04:52:57 PM
That wind is still cold by the time it gets here brrrrr    no sign of snow though  :'(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on December 21, 2009, 03:12:20 PM
    Well I'm now down in Buckinghamshire (Inlaws! >:() and the bloody stufs coming out of my ears! :)
                                Graham. :D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on December 21, 2009, 05:28:26 PM
Effing Windows updates. I gave into the nagging from the system the other day and installed 5 updates. Now my VPNs are completely inaccessible even though I have uninstalled all of them.

The passwords are 8 characters and allocated by the servers, but vista always doubles the password placeholders to 16 characters and so I can never connect. B*st*rds.

I hope Gates dies on Christmas Eve in a bizarre blunt chainsaw accident.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on December 21, 2009, 05:51:57 PM
Co-workers, it's the week before Christmas, half the office staff are off on holiday so we're down to skeleton crew. One phones in sick, she's allegedly sprained her wrist and has a note to be off until the new year. One has called in and left a message, she has to go out of town, some crisis with her daughter. The ones left behind are whinning. All except two of the bunch were let off an hour early on Friday. One of those two who stayed was actually late twice and not documented or docked time but now wants to know when she gets to leave early. A clerk at one of our sub offices has called me to say she's all alone in the office because one of her co-workers was given vacation, the other has gone on sick leave and her supervisor is no where to be found and she wants me supply someone so she can go off and have her lunch, but doesn't want our big boss to know because she doesn't want to 'make waves'.  >:( >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on December 21, 2009, 08:59:57 PM
Spent a weekend in Blandford, Dorset helping the kiddies into their new house.
ALL the picture opportunities are obscured by bloody road signs!!!!   >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on December 24, 2009, 08:36:00 AM
Wow, 27 pages and this is only like the 4th thing that's annoyed me.  I must be calmer than I think.

Anyway, somebody somewhere doesn't want me to go on holiday.  Background info: (1) I haven't had a holiday for at least 3 years - joys of working for yourself (2) I turned down at least one and possibly 2 weddings for this holiday (3) I'm due to fly to Venice on Boxing Day for a week's R&R.

Here's a list of the things that have gone wrong so far....


Probably all my own fault for deciding to take a new camera with me.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on December 24, 2009, 08:48:30 AM
Stunning pictures of everything you don't want to see in Venice (except maybe the snow).

I hope it all gets sorted and you get to have some decent R&R.
It's a great place to test out a new camera and relax.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: anglefire on December 30, 2009, 08:52:18 AM
Well not just today!

For some reason IE8 has started to not like to sometimes open new tabs and just freezes - and when navigating away from say facebook, just sits there and hangs until I hit the big red cross in the corner and then shut it down.

There is obviously something running from sites like FB which is not liked by my system, but I have no idea what it is that they use. The Java Addin I've disabled, so its probably not that.

I would change to safari or Chrome, but I use a program called Roboform for all my passwords and loggins - and it only works in IE or firefox.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on December 30, 2009, 09:20:53 AM
Then give Firefox a try.
It's all i use - even on my Windows 7 laptop. It's not perfect - but it does what it says on the wrapper!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Mick on December 30, 2009, 09:22:37 AM
Well not just today!

For some reason IE8 has started to not like to sometimes open new tabs and just freezes - and when navigating away from say facebook, just sits there and hangs until I hit the big red cross in the corner and then shut it down.


Mark I've been having this problem from day one running it on Vista 64 bit.  Seems to hang after a while when more than one tab is open.  Like you I have to just close the program.  Often just using the option to reload my last session brings me back to where I left off.  Some times it just hangs when I close a tab.  Does some really strange stuff at times.

I have none of these problems with IE8 running on XP though.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: anglefire on December 30, 2009, 10:20:54 AM
Thanks Mick, its weird because it's been fine up til about 2 weeks ago (Could be more - time flies!)

Probably I've let something through (Or let the girls - who to be fair always ask when a prompt comes up!) off a website and that's causing it - but no idea what it is at the moment.

Oh well, safari works when IE doesn't. (I actually like it and use it on my MAC all the time!)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: oRGie on December 30, 2009, 02:06:08 PM
have a look in task manager to see whats running, I use that and the cpu meter to work out if there is a programme running that has snuck in somehow.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on December 31, 2009, 09:14:22 PM
The weather, in particular the lack of sunlight. My eyes are extremely sensitive to the lack of sunlight, due I believe to having had Laser eye surgery years ago. Right now this comp0uterr screen is blurry, my tv is blurry and forget trying to focus through a viewfinder.  >:( :'(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on December 31, 2009, 11:02:54 PM
Went down to the river mouth to take a few shots. Cripes it was cold, windy and snowing.
I had only picked up 1 glove on me way out. My right hand is still frozen 8hrs later.
good job I had me thermal leggings on.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: anglefire on January 01, 2010, 11:53:26 AM
Well not just today!

For some reason IE8 has started to not like to sometimes open new tabs and just freezes - and when navigating away from say facebook, just sits there and hangs until I hit the big red cross in the corner and then shut it down.


Mark I've been having this problem from day one running it on Vista 64 bit.  Seems to hang after a while when more than one tab is open.  Like you I have to just close the program.  Often just using the option to reload my last session brings me back to where I left off.  Some times it just hangs when I close a tab.  Does some really strange stuff at times.

I have none of these problems with IE8 running on XP though.


I'm not sure if I've not improved the problem - I've changed the DNS server to the free Google one (8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4) rather than the ISP auto one. Early days but does seem better!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: jimthetrain on January 02, 2010, 09:48:09 AM
After being up at half past four every morning this week for work including new years day I was looking forward to a good night out on new years night. Went to bed at four in the afternoon for a few hours so I wouldn't be dropping asleep later on and then spent all the evening throwing up and shivering. Went back to bed at ten and stayed there until this morning.  :( I 'll have to try again tonight  :beer:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on January 02, 2010, 10:00:33 AM
Yours wasn't the body of a dead man found in Leyland then?  ::) :legit:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: skellum on January 02, 2010, 10:07:10 AM
The dead man was right outside one of my friends house ( Jim knows them, Clare &  Wacker )
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on January 02, 2010, 10:58:53 AM
Did think of you Dave when i saw the story. Wondered if you'd got or had any pictures of the event published.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on January 02, 2010, 11:21:43 AM
Had some snow last night.  :tup: Only a thin dusting again.  :(

Watching the weather forecast last night and they say, this cold snap will last for at least two weeks.  :o
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: anglefire on January 02, 2010, 12:18:27 PM
Well not just today!

For some reason IE8 has started to not like to sometimes open new tabs and just freezes - and when navigating away from say facebook, just sits there and hangs until I hit the big red cross in the corner and then shut it down.


Mark I've been having this problem from day one running it on Vista 64 bit.  Seems to hang after a while when more than one tab is open.  Like you I have to just close the program.  Often just using the option to reload my last session brings me back to where I left off.  Some times it just hangs when I close a tab.  Does some really strange stuff at times.

I have none of these problems with IE8 running on XP though.


I'm not sure if I've not improved the problem - I've changed the DNS server to the free Google one (8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4) rather than the ISP auto one. Early days but does seem better!

Nope :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: magicrhodes on January 04, 2010, 08:26:33 AM
Day 7 in the house with no heating... am getting very tired and very bored of this... am told that the circuit board fitter will be here today between 9-6... please please let him come!

I just hope that this will move to the HAPPY thread later...
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: magicrhodes on January 04, 2010, 01:52:17 PM
Day 7 in the house with no heating... am getting very tired and very bored of this... am told that the circuit board fitter will be here today between 9-6... please please let him come!

I just hope that this will move to the HAPPY thread later...

It won't be moving to happy later  >:( >:( >:( >:(

Diesel @ £1.10/l when are us Brits gonna stand up and say enough is enough on fuel duty!!!!!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on January 04, 2010, 04:06:55 PM
Diesel @ £1.10/l when are us Brits gonna stand up and say enough is enough on fuel duty!!!!!

Never gonna happen. No back bone in society any more, it's been outlawed in favour of the minorities and the businesses.
You could always join Al Queda - sorry the Muslims - on their march through Wootton Bassett - you'd certainly feel the heat there!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Nemesis on January 04, 2010, 04:33:37 PM
Diesel @ £1.10/l when are us Brits gonna stand up and say enough is enough on fuel duty!!!!!
I thought we did in 2000, what did happen to the protester's "You have 30 days, Blair" ultimatum?
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: stevebedder on January 04, 2010, 06:12:15 PM
I've been wondering the same thing myself! When fuel started climbing quickly everyone was up in arms, there were blockades etc but from memory that was before it even went through the £1/l mark.

Now we've been up to £1.32/l come back below £1/l and now back up to £1.10/l - it's crazy that there doesn't seem to be anyone making any noise about this like in the past.

Have those from the original protests been 'gagged'?

Steve
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on January 04, 2010, 06:20:45 PM
As aid earlier in jest, they have been outlawed.
Not meaning to sound political in my statement but the current government (since 1997) have done more damage to freedom of speech than any other government - even in war years!
it's not only taking pictures that has been hit by the Terrorism Act!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: anglefire on January 04, 2010, 07:06:43 PM
As aid earlier in jest, they have been outlawed.
Not meaning to sound political in my statement but the current government (since 1997) have done more damage to freedom of speech than any other government - even in war years!
it's not only taking pictures that has been hit by the Terrorism Act!

Whilst I don't disagree with you - I'm not convinced the Tories would have done anything different. Come the election, I'm not sure who would be best to be in power at the end of it. My fear is that whatever we get will cost us, one way or another.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Nemesis on January 04, 2010, 10:29:38 PM
As aid earlier in jest, they have been outlawed.
Not meaning to sound political in my statement but the current government (since 1997) have done more damage to freedom of speech than any other government - even in war years!
it's not only taking pictures that has been hit by the Terrorism Act!
The legislation came much later.  At the then end of the 2000 fuel blockades, and when the protesters had been granted a small concession, they issued the 30 day ultimatum to Blair and Brown to reduce fuel taxes or the blockades would recommence...  Neither happened, which makes you wonder who orchestrated the protests and for what purpose - what me, a conspiracy theorist?
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on January 05, 2010, 05:16:04 PM
Due to the cold weather it appears we are going to run out of gas!  :o

Looks like British Gas is more interested in profits rather than build storage facilities. What's the betting that the price of gas will go up again very soon.  >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Forseti on January 05, 2010, 05:20:25 PM
Due to the cold weather it appears we are going to run out of gas!  :o



Hang on a minute - is this the same person who in the WMMFG thread was happy to see it snowing?  :doh:  :legit:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on January 05, 2010, 05:24:02 PM
Due to the cold weather it appears we are going to run out of gas!  :o



Hang on a minute - is this the same person who in the WMMFG thread was happy to see it snowing?  :doh:  :legit:

And I did enjoy the snow. Just thinking of others who need gas for their central heating.  ;D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on January 05, 2010, 05:26:29 PM
I'm relocating to Parliament - there's enough hot air to be found there  :2funny: :tup:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: magicrhodes on January 06, 2010, 02:22:45 PM
Boiler man turned up to fix new part to boiler, fixed new part, left, boiler failed, boiler man came back, delcared new part needed ordering, left... House still cold and back to the inlaws tonight
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on January 06, 2010, 02:31:41 PM
I'm relocating to Parliament - there's enough hot air to be found there  :2funny: :tup:

Now i've heard the news and what Mr Hoon & Mrs Hewitt are up to - i think there should be enough hot air to heat the whole of London!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on January 06, 2010, 03:05:19 PM
probably be a damp squib...we know they all love Gormless really...they keep telling us :2funny:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on January 09, 2010, 05:59:44 PM
Selling my old Tamron macro lens on ebay and getting an email from the buyer saying it's not as described. Some bits of debris inside - looked clean to me - which impact on image quality. Bearing in mind his email said he had received the lens 'a moment ago' I wonder how he knew that was the case! Oh - and the AF hunts - yes, it's a a very old macro lens which was sold for not much over what they ask for the same model in manual focus - and don't most people fine tune macro manually given the tiny DOF? Oh well...I suppose I can use it as a paperweight when I get it back :-\
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on January 09, 2010, 07:07:29 PM
but isn't hunting a feature of macro?

given what you are trying to focus on... I was under the impression that's why they recommend manually focusing for macro work!
Doesn't sound like the lens at fault - sounds like a buyer with unreasonable expectations!

My canon 100mm f2.8 is considered one of the better macro lenses and yet i still see it hunting like a mad thing when actually using it for macro!

As for stuff in the lens - only the most modern of lenses (and the most expensive) comes with sealed bodies and even then it's not guaranteed. Even the Canon 100-400 L has a reputation has a hoover for its ability to let the occasional particle or two in.

Annoyed is exactly what i would be if this happened to me!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on January 09, 2010, 07:30:29 PM
Hmm - I listed it as 'old version' and stated no scratches or fungus - which was true. Made no other claims for it. The manual/adaptall f2.5 ones seem to go for more than the £74 winning bid. I actually used it for some dog portrait stuff and, although the af is clunky, it worked ok as long as you used the focus limiter.I'll check it out when it comes back and re-list with an ultra cheap buy it now suggesting it's used in mf for macro 8)...just want rid of it now.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on January 20, 2010, 01:17:51 PM
Toilets, women and lack of common sense. Seems my bride has been using the toilet as a garbage disposal. Of course it has to back up on me as I'm getting ready for work. Took me an hour with the drain snake to clear it! Rather that be counted late for work I've taken the day off.  :-[
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on January 20, 2010, 02:16:23 PM
The forecast Snow didn't show!  :'(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: jinky on January 20, 2010, 03:12:12 PM
Same here OldBoy. Now that the last of the snow has gone I miss it. Back to grey old days with lousy light. Not taken a picture in days! :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on January 20, 2010, 03:28:14 PM
Same here OldBoy. Now that the last of the snow has gone I miss it. Back to grey old days with lousy light. Not taken a picture in days! :(
Was out on Monday but the light was pretty bad, so only took twenty shots. All we've had today is light rain.  :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: hevans on January 20, 2010, 03:59:07 PM
WAMT? Well, the last week or so: we're moving offices to another part of the building. leak up in a brewery as far as the organisation is concerned.

Rather than inform us with a reasonable notice, I was sent an email last Friday afternoon (I was away on business at the time) that I'd be moved on Tuesday - previously they'd only indicated that we were going to be moved at some point before April. I finally received the email on Tuesday morning (I had taken the Monday off - a long standing engagement) at the same time the removal men came and 5 minutes before I had to go to a meeting.

Needless to say, nothing was packed, as none of us found it efficient to pack months in advance in anticipation of some vague timetable. They were a tad peeved that I wasn't all packed up and ready to be shunted about - I was gloriously peeved that they hadn't bothered to check if it was convenient for me. But then I couldn't call the organiser because they'd also shut off the phone.

Again, poor planning on someone else's part becomes an urgent activity for me.  >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on January 20, 2010, 10:27:17 PM
Royal Albert Hall seating plan as used in conjunction with its on line booking system.

We ended up with seats in the gods - and i really do mean the gods. I am absolutely terrified of heights and completely froze when i walked through the door onto the balcony with my seat.
We had gone to see the Cirque Du Soliel - and their trapeze equipment was a good 25- 50 ft lower than our seats. Heck - the dome of the roof was only a few feet above - and the inclination of the steps to the seat was a comfortable 60 degrees.

And what did they say when i couldn't move and was gripped in fear? "We've never had any one up here afraid of heights"

Really? A good century has gone by since this building opened and Albert has been dead a for a while longer. All that time, all those shows, all those performances, all those spectators and I'M the first one to be afraid of heights?
Next they'll be saying Mugabe is Africa's biggest humanitarian!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on January 21, 2010, 07:41:41 AM
Yeah but admit it - Varekai is worth it.

I was up in the second circle and spent most of the show literally on the edge of my seat.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on January 21, 2010, 09:18:35 AM
Yeah - that close to the edge of the seat would have probably had me joining in the act  :)
You have to be honest and admit the circle is some hefty height up. I think that is the highest i've seen any seating in a theatre.

Not disputing the quality of the show - once i got to lower heights - like in the stalls. (although the total cost to our party equaled an EX580II flash gun  :tup:)
Would've loved the opportunity to photograph some those acts though - but i can understand why flash wasn't allowed.
 
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: jimthetrain on January 21, 2010, 01:23:31 PM
WAMT. Had some time to kill at work today so took my 40D and just the tamron 17-50 for the sole purpose of taking a pic for this weeks comp. Found the subject of the photo and pressed the shutter. Err 99. >:( It takes the photo but comes up with the error code after every shot. Taken the lens off, batteries out, cf card out only to have the error reappear after a shot. Can't try another lens until I get home tonight but a little peeved off is a slight under statement.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on January 21, 2010, 03:29:35 PM
I hope it's not serious.

What saddened me today more than angered me is that my long standing Canon iP4000 printer that we used for every day work here at Chateau Tringle has finally given up the ghost.

I had already bought the cheapo Epson to replace it, but I'll miss it.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: jimthetrain on January 21, 2010, 04:12:13 PM
Did a few google searches for hints and tips on error 99 and tried a few different menu settings ie. turn off auto shut down and auto sensor cleaning. Now it boots up but shutter doesn't work. :( Looks like a new shutter mechanism is needed. £150-£200. Only done about 5000 actuations. Luckily i've still got another camera so the repair will have to wait until funds are available. Unfortunately ef-s lenses don't work properly on the 1D due to the 1.3x crop factor.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on January 21, 2010, 05:59:47 PM
There seem to have been some quality control problems with the 40D. There have been several users on Birdforum who've had similar experiences. If it's only taken 5000 shots might be worth asking Canon if they feel that's not quite what you'd expect from a high end amateur/semi pro camera.

http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=159188

Looks like someone had Canon pick up the tab out of warranty.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on January 21, 2010, 07:23:34 PM
I think i'm some what in agreement there.
i think you have a case under the Sales of Goods Act - the bit to do with what is a reasonable expectation from the goods you buy.
I'm thinking 5000 exposures from a camera body cleared to do around 100k is some what shy of the mark!

It's fair to say that Canon would have it back with a letter from my local trading Standards Office explaining their view on it as well!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: jimthetrain on January 21, 2010, 07:28:51 PM
I was thinking of trying the canon route first as I'm in no rush to get it repaired with having the other body. Now the wife knows why we have to have two cameras. :2funny:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on January 22, 2010, 08:16:22 AM
Indecision... after lots of experimenting and thought have decided not to go down the fast prime route for the summer shows as you don't always have the option of getting where you want to be to get the pictures. So it's a fast zoom...on a budget....so, will it be Sigma 50-150mm f2.8 ....lightweight, lovely size and shape, fast AF....or Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 ....heavier but possibly more useful ...with added 2x later would make a good option for birding later on.......mmm...but that 50-150 is really nice and easy to hold....
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: jimthetrain on January 22, 2010, 11:35:26 AM
I've got a sigma 70-200 f2.8 and 1.4x convertor that I don't use any more, but realised that you use a nikon. ::)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on January 22, 2010, 12:15:36 PM
Well...I used to use Canon....but I sold my 40D before it broke :2funny:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Forseti on January 22, 2010, 12:37:32 PM
but I sold my 40D before it broke

So did I - in fact the successful ebay bidder collected it from me earlier this morning. At least it was still working when I parted with it.  :tup:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on January 22, 2010, 07:07:51 PM
Another rubbish day, weather wise and it's going to be the same on Saturday and Sunday. Can't remember what the sun looks like!  :'(

Still went out in the rain and took some shots in Birmingham.  ;D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on January 22, 2010, 07:41:46 PM
Rain on Sunday? Not at Speakers Corner surely?
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Nemesis on January 22, 2010, 07:57:11 PM
Partaking in the new motoring game of 'Puddle or Pothole' on each journey to and from work  >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on January 25, 2010, 09:31:51 PM
Another dull murky day with no sun!  :'(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: nickt on January 26, 2010, 08:07:14 AM
The government saying the recession is over. Don't these people live in the real world?
Nick
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: magicrhodes on January 26, 2010, 08:43:33 AM
Partaking in the new motoring game of 'Puddle or Pothole' on each journey to and from work  >:(

Yup I play that every 100 yards with additional game of try stopping on the gravel after the pothole where the cheap fix failed. I think it needs a better name though
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on January 26, 2010, 11:23:19 AM
Partaking in the new motoring game of 'Puddle or Pothole' on each journey to and from work  >:(

Yup I play that every 100 yards with additional game of try stopping on the gravel after the pothole where the cheap fix failed. I think it needs a better name though
How about Pothole Puddle Martyrs?
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on January 26, 2010, 11:40:03 AM
The government saying the recession is over. Don't these people live in the real world?
Nick

They were the same people who talked about deflation, but when you went to the supermarket all the prices had gone up by 10p to 60p or more.  :'(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: magicrhodes on January 26, 2010, 12:20:08 PM
Partaking in the new motoring game of 'Puddle or Pothole' on each journey to and from work  >:(

Yup I play that every 100 yards with additional game of try stopping on the gravel after the pothole where the cheap fix failed. I think it needs a better name though
How about Pothole Puddle Martyrs?

Very well done Sir *stands up and applauds*  ;D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on January 26, 2010, 06:47:07 PM
We had a bit of watery sunshine today but the Kingfisher didn't appear.  :'(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on January 27, 2010, 12:29:06 AM
Win7. Tried to delete a file folder left over from my Vista install. Win7 has asked me 5 times if I want to delete the folder and it's still trying after 10 mins. Admittedly it was a large folder but still 10 mins for a simple delete? >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: chris@seary.com on January 30, 2010, 11:22:22 AM
Tony Blair.

Tony sodding Blair.

No regrets, eh? How could you not have regrets, even if he had the best intentions at the outset (which he didn't).

I'm staggered that he keeps coming out with reasons for invading Iraq that were absolutely not present at the time. Talking about what Saddam would be like if he'd been left there and oil prices were where they are now, so he'd have more resources. That certainly wasn't on the table in 2003. Tony simply thought he was at the Oxford Union yesterday, trying to defend the indefensible. Then bringing up Sep 11 2001, which was NOTHING TO DO WITH SADDAM HUSSEIN.

Did you notice how he slipped 'sciencey' type words into his interview, to make it sound like his decision making was really complex and above the ordinary person? Non-scientific arty people do this, to make them sound a bit cleverer than they are. Very post-modern. For instance, we now have the phrase 'binary distinction'. Binary simply means using base 2 for the numbering system. I kinda think he means boolean, yeah, as in something either is or it isn't? So he shouldn't use maths terms. Then there's the 'calculus of risk'. Blimey, do they use integration and differentiation when deciding whether to illegally bomb another country? Nope, he means CALCULATION of risk. Putting these terms into his phrases is done to make it sound like what he does is more complex than it is, so maybe Joe Public thinks it was a harder choice, involving things that the ordinary man knows nothing about.

I'm just sick of the whole thing, and I kinda think slimey Blair will wriggle out of this again.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on January 30, 2010, 11:53:53 AM
Of course Blair will wriggle out of it -that's what he does [pleased to say I never voted for him - he always struck me as having the sincerity of Jeffrey Archer!]. It will be interesting to hear Brown's take though.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: oRGie on January 30, 2010, 12:16:46 PM
Blairs not in a trial (and the others), he doesnt have to wriggle out of anything, its just a committee looking at what happened and why isnt it ?
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on January 30, 2010, 12:19:12 PM
WAMT?
Snow. Its back again. Only about 2 inches, but its back, grrrrrrrrrr
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on January 30, 2010, 12:25:15 PM
Blairs not in a trial (and the others), he doesnt have to wriggle out of anything, its just a committee looking at what happened and why isnt it ?

No it's not a trial - just another monumental waste of money - nothing will be gained - no-one's opinion changed - but the government can say they kept their word [for once] and held an 'open' enquiry.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: anglefire on January 30, 2010, 01:10:01 PM
I know someone that was in the armed forces (TA actualy) and was in Iraq. The general opinion as far as I can tell was that there are WMD in Iraq. But there is a lot of sand that can hide them. And yes I know they have done a lot of digging and found nothing of any great consequence, but still thought to be there somewhere.

As for the enquiry, I think it will prove nothing - mostly because opinions amongst the general populus has already been made up anyway and if the result is not what they want to hear, then it will be a white wash.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on January 30, 2010, 01:17:21 PM
My son was there from 2003 -2008.
The yanks and us dangled millions of dollars at the captured Iraq forces and public as a sweetener to reveal where these so called WMD were hidden.
Now as we all know money talks and did we find any ??
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: chris@seary.com on January 30, 2010, 07:49:51 PM
I know someone that was in the armed forces (TA actualy) and was in Iraq. The general opinion as far as I can tell was that there are WMD in Iraq. But there is a lot of sand that can hide them. And yes I know they have done a lot of digging and found nothing of any great consequence, but still thought to be there somewhere.

It's been thorughly investigated. There are no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. An inspection team spent a year there trying to find them. All 'evidence' from before the invasion suggesting WMDs exist has been discredited.

I know your mate in the army has an opinion, but it's just hearsay, and not based on anything.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on January 30, 2010, 08:38:29 PM
What always puzzled me about Iraq was why we then didn't go after Mugabe?

What was different apart from Oil and the fact that George W Bush hadn't heard of or knew where Zimbabwe was or what Mugabe's relationship to Zimbabwe was?
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: anglefire on January 31, 2010, 08:06:50 AM
I know someone that was in the armed forces (TA actualy) and was in Iraq. The general opinion as far as I can tell was that there are WMD in Iraq. But there is a lot of sand that can hide them. And yes I know they have done a lot of digging and found nothing of any great consequence, but still thought to be there somewhere.

It's been thorughly investigated. There are no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. An inspection team spent a year there trying to find them. All 'evidence' from before the invasion suggesting WMDs exist has been discredited.

I know your mate in the army has an opinion, but it's just hearsay, and not based on anything.


Chris, Like I say, opinion has already been fixed so is not worth any further debate!
What ever the rights and wrongs of the legal basis for going into Iraq, personally I think that ultimately getting rid of the Sadam will be a good thing in the end. Only time though will tell. May even take 2 or 3 generations to really find out.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on January 31, 2010, 12:42:11 PM
WAMT?

The bloody health service - in particular my local surgery, who up until now have always been at the top of my praise list.

Why?

I have been fortunate enough to grow a skin tag (little lumps of skin tissue about 2 ml wide and up to 5ml long) at the top of one of my legs. It would require my 100mmm macro lens plus extension tubes to photograph it.
It has caused problems with walking and have had to have it covered in plasters and so on to retain normal mobility.

I've popped to my GP to have it removed and was told i would get a call with an appointment. This was chased up again on Friday. The GP was available to perform the procedure but the person required to officially enter the appointment wasn't there - so no procedure.

Today i have had to go to A&E to get said skin tag removed because it has turned black and is almost as painful as a kidney stone.
Consultant at A&E berated me for covering with plasters - as this will cause the exact effect i have. My GP should not only have warned off pursuing such behaviour - but should have whipped me through to the room next door and apparently removed it there and then - with our without the correct person to enter procedure into the correct appointment book!.

I am now stuck at home immobile for 3 days on anti biotics just to get me to a point where i can go and see my GP to see when the correct receptionist is going to be on duty to make me an appointment to have the bloody thing removed. Annoyed - livid would be a more accurate description. It makes PCSO's, Section 44 of the Terrorism Act look decidely organised.

As for picture of the day challenge - i'll take on of the medication today, one of the skin tag tomorrow, and one of me ramming the appointment pad donw sad receptionist throat on Tuesday. The picture from the paper of me being led away from the surgry will do for Wednesday  :-X :spam:

 
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on January 31, 2010, 01:43:21 PM
Barely out of my bed and my other half has taken two shots at me. Some how it's my fault she wakes up at 4:30 am. I think I'll go back to bed. :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on January 31, 2010, 08:15:29 PM
Barely out of my bed and my other half has taken two shots at me. Some how it's my fault she wakes up at 4:30 am. I think I'll go back to bed. :(

I assume the first shot missed due to her tiredness and unable to focus here eyes!  :2funny:  :legit:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on February 01, 2010, 11:19:07 AM
The discovery that Isreal was lobbing shells full of Phosperous into Gaza last year.

For those not familiar with phospherous - it is an incredibly lethal chemical used mainly in fertilisers but it is a substance that has to be processed by workers in space suits etc.
Lethal. And its effects on bare skin are long lasting and inhaling it is deadly in the most horrificly painful way.

To me, this sounds like chemical warfare - and they accuse Hamas of being terrorists and saying Iran and Iraq under Sadam were a threat?

Mmmmmm - not sure who is the real threat!
 
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Nemesis on February 01, 2010, 01:32:55 PM
The travel chaos and accidents locally caused by a light overnight snowfall and slight frost.  Notwithstanding that the highways agency/council were caught out again, you'd think with all the snow and ice we'd have over the previous 8 weeks that motorists would have some clue as to the available adhesion and traction by now  >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on February 01, 2010, 05:03:58 PM

For those not familiar with phospherous - it is an incredibly lethal chemical used mainly in fertilisers but it is a substance that has to be processed by workers in space suits etc.
Lethal. And its effects on bare skin are long lasting and inhaling it is deadly in the most horrificly painful way.

 

Phosphorous sticks to skin and burns in the open air, and is normally stored in oil. Matches used to contain phosphorous and sometimes when you struck a match, a bit would fly off and stick to your skin and give a nasty burn.  :o
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on February 01, 2010, 05:34:09 PM
So, in all honesty, then not something any 'civilised' country should be using in these modern politically correct wars using weapons of precise targeting!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on February 01, 2010, 09:06:11 PM
Dr. 'thinks' I have a stress fracture in my foot. Normal X-rays show nothing so I have to get a bone scan but there's a waiting line for those. Meantime I have to suffer walking. :'(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: magicrhodes on February 02, 2010, 10:53:42 AM
Was told yesterday that the company are/could be making redundancies and am waiting to see who it is!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on February 02, 2010, 12:44:04 PM
Dr. 'thinks' I have a stress fracture in my foot. Normal X-rays show nothing so I have to get a bone scan but there's a waiting line for those. Meantime I have to suffer walking. :'(

You have my sympathy on that one. Walking has not been my best activity the last week or two.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on February 02, 2010, 07:01:41 PM
Dr. 'thinks' I have a stress fracture in my foot. Normal X-rays show nothing so I have to get a bone scan but there's a waiting line for those. Meantime I have to suffer walking. :'(

You have my sympathy on that one. Walking has not been my best activity the last week or two.

Odd as this may sound, I'm hoping it is, because I get the distinct feeling if it's not, then it will be a mystery illness with no treatment.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: top totty on February 03, 2010, 07:12:03 PM
We went shopping in Asda today, parked in view of main doors, came out after about an hour to find that complete set of wheel trims had been stolen off car....totally hacked off, £100 to replace. Went back into Asda to ask if they had security cameras, thier reply...erm no, only where the outside cash machines are.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on February 03, 2010, 07:24:07 PM
We went shopping in Asda today, parked in view of main doors, came out after about an hour to find that complete set of wheel trims had been stolen off car....totally hacked off, £100 to replace. Went back into Asda to ask if they had security cameras, thier reply...erm no, only where the outside cash machines are.

I would chase them up on that as my guess is they cover the whole carpark with cameras.  :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on February 16, 2010, 05:27:20 PM

Went for my  bone scan last Tues. The hospital said they'd send a report to my Family Dr. in 5 days. It was a holiday weekend here so, I'm calculating the 5 days as being today. Call my Dr.'s office for followup and get told 'oh it takes much longer than 5 days and we'd call you if it showed something' If it didn't? 'Oh we don't call if nothing shows up' So I'm supposed to walk around in pain, ignorant of the outcome? 'oh if you really want an appt' they can look the report up on the computer when you get here, so you want an appt?'  YES F***N PLEASE!!  >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on February 19, 2010, 11:05:57 AM
THIS (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/manchester/8523103.stm)

£80 seems a barely adequate punishment for this act of pure evil.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on February 19, 2010, 11:29:51 AM
Salesmen.  Or rather crap ones.

These are people who want to sell me advertising etc.  W're talking many hundreds and often thousands of pounds.  I now have a policy of ending the meeting immediately if they do any of the following things


Today's guy lasted 8 minutes.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on February 19, 2010, 12:14:50 PM
So after futzing around for almost a month getting x-rays and bone scans, turns out it's exactly what I suspected and suggest to my MD. Osteoarthritis. :'( I now have to go to a foot specialist and get fitted for special shoes or inserts. My wife suspects it's going to be in the neighbourhood of 400 Pounds cost.  >:( On the bright side....I'm starting medical school next week. ;)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: anglefire on February 21, 2010, 08:50:24 AM

Today's guy lasted 8 minutes.

Did well then!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: ABERS on February 22, 2010, 07:53:24 AM
Just looked at the five day forecast. Heavy rain for the whole week. What's it doing now? Raining very heavily! :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on February 22, 2010, 08:11:44 AM
Just looked at the five day forecast. Heavy rain for the whole week. What's it doing now? Raining very heavily! :(

Hmm not good.

I have a shoot in a muddy farmyard on Sunday.  I want mud - but not that much mud....
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on February 22, 2010, 11:58:04 AM
Just looked at the five day forecast. Heavy rain for the whole week. What's it doing now? Raining very heavily! :(

Hmm not good.

I have a shoot in a muddy farmyard on Sunday.  I want mud - but not that much mud....

You don't need a farmyard for mud, as this winter has soaked the ground everywhere hence all the molehills.  :o
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on February 23, 2010, 12:08:19 PM
Confined to house and not in Berlin. Wife is suspected of having Swine Flu so now i have to unpack all the bags and put everything away.  >:(
What's worse is "I" have to do it all because the wife is too unwell to do any of it!!!!  >:(

So, no visit to Berlin, which i was looking forward to. No pictures to show for it, and not much chance of getting out to get some pictures in England either.  :'(
And it's still raining like it needs to create a deep enough waterway for Noah's Ark to float on  >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Forseti on February 23, 2010, 01:33:49 PM
Sorry to read about your woes Andrew - I wish your wife a speedy and full recovery.  :tup: Berlin isn't going anywhere soon and sure there will be another chance. If not, send me your camera and I'll take a journey up the autobahn, fill up your memory card and post the camera back. Can't be fairer than that now can I?  :2funny:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Sarasocke on February 23, 2010, 02:49:45 PM
grrmmpf - bad luck Andrew! I hope you can make the trip anyway soon. Hope the wife gets better soon.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on February 23, 2010, 04:26:50 PM
Thank you ladies.
I could send you a CF card Forseti but i suspect you really want the 5D MkII to try out!  :tup:

As you say, Berlin will still be there - i just wan't to get over whilst the nights still came relatively early (not 8-10mp) so i didn't have to be out late for those low light shots.
Oh well - i'll have to turn my attention to the Cornwall trip now - accommodation to arrange.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on March 01, 2010, 08:05:38 PM
I have been ordered to make an entry in this section by the wife who says i am being extremely grouchy.

The cause of this is travelling on a train from London to west of Brighton during rush hour and being forced to stand all the way like a common passenger, and also having to change trains half way because of a new time table.
1 1/2 hours i spent squeezed in like a sardine with some ones 10 shots of Espresso being squeezed up my nose (coffee makes me nauseous) and constantly apologising for banging into people  and then having a half hour walk home cos trains don't stop at my station in rush hour.

I'm a train driver for heavens sake - i'm supposed to have my own seat with my own passenger free space!

Any way - apologies for any strong comments or language - i am apparently being extremely grouchy so will have a quick game of connect 2 and go upstairs to sulk  >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on March 01, 2010, 08:27:26 PM
I have been ordered to make an entry in this section by the wife who says i am being extremely grouchy.

The cause of this is travelling on a train from London to west of Brighton during rush hour and being forced to stand all the way like a common passenger, and also having to change trains half way because of a new time table.
1 1/2 hours i spent squeezed in like a sardine with some ones 10 shots of Espresso being squeezed up my nose (coffee makes me nauseous) and constantly apologising for banging into people  and then having a half hour walk home cos trains don't stop at my station in rush hour.

I'm a train driver for heavens sake - i'm supposed to have my own seat with my own passenger free space!

Any way - apologies for any strong comments or language - i am apparently being extremely grouchy so will have a quick game of connect 2 and go upstairs to sulk  >:(

                  Now you know how the paying passengers feel! :2funny:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: irv_b on March 01, 2010, 08:45:17 PM
I have been ordered to make an entry in this section by the wife who says i am being extremely grouchy.

The cause of this is travelling on a train from London to west of Brighton during rush hour and being forced to stand all the way like a common passenger, and also having to change trains half way because of a new time table.
1 1/2 hours i spent squeezed in like a sardine with some ones 10 shots of Espresso being squeezed up my nose (coffee makes me nauseous) and constantly apologising for banging into people  and then having a half hour walk home cos trains don't stop at my station in rush hour.

I'm a train driver for heavens sake - i'm supposed to have my own seat with my own passenger free space!


Any way - apologies for any strong comments or language - i am apparently being extremely grouchy so will have a quick game of connect 2 and go upstairs to sulk  >:(
Andrew I thought after that trip back from Abers exhibtion at Osterly you would be used to travelling like that :2funny:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on March 02, 2010, 07:40:52 AM
Your job is probably the only sensible way to go anywhere by train. :)

The definition of a train is : something that takes a long time to get from nowhere near where you are to nowhere near where you want to go at a time you don't want to go and at a price you don't want to pay. Which is a subset of public transport - mobile contagious disease infection units. A bit like Ryanair really, except that is so cheap the other inconveniences don't seem to matter so much  ;D

I once made the mistake of going from Gloucester to Oban by train instead of driving. Driving time 7 hours or so (BSC*), half on some of the most beautiful scenic roads in the world, train time 14 hours and four changes, including having to walk from one side of Glasgow to the other dragging luggage and waiting for nearly 3 hours at Birmingham. And one leg of the journey in a crowded carriage with the ill disciplined child of the woman behind me kicking the seat back the whole way. Never again! I got a lift home in a friend's car.


*Before Speed Cameras
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: anglefire on March 02, 2010, 01:26:44 PM
Quote
A bit like Ryanair really, except that is so cheap the other inconveniences don't seem to matter so much

I don't know - I can't stand the company - its attitude and general opinion that they are doing you a favour! I'll only use if there is no alternative!

I do go by train to London from Birmingham (Well International) - but I go 1st class on the 6am - costs £44 and includes full breakfast, newspaper, coffee etc and I can use the 1st class lounge at Euston if I'm early for a meeting and can get more coffee etc!

Coming back, if I don't know what time that will be can be £70, if I can't book in advance!
 
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on March 02, 2010, 07:12:41 PM

I do go by train to London from Birmingham (Well International) - but I go 1st class on the 6am - costs £44 and includes full breakfast, newspaper, coffee etc and I can use the 1st class lounge at Euston if I'm early for a meeting and can get more coffee etc!


That worth every penny.  ;D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: anglefire on March 02, 2010, 08:33:13 PM

I do go by train to London from Birmingham (Well International) - but I go 1st class on the 6am - costs £44 and includes full breakfast, newspaper, coffee etc and I can use the 1st class lounge at Euston if I'm early for a meeting and can get more coffee etc!


That worth every penny.  ;D

Especially as its on expenses! And yes my MD does know!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on March 08, 2010, 12:38:58 AM
Another sunny day and another lack of photography due to illness.
Phone went at 8 ish this morning - Grand Son was rushed to hospital last night. Neither daught nor son in law had had any sleep so of i undertake a 2 hour drive to cover whilst they get some rest!
Then the afternoon shift comes on and i get thrown out cos only the parents are allowed to stay out of visiting hours to look after the kids!
Thank god son in law had turned up just as i was being thrown out!

It was like being a photographer in London  >:(

By the way - the little fellow is now on the mend - some virus or other!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: anglefire on March 08, 2010, 07:24:27 AM
Glad he's getting better.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: ABERS on March 08, 2010, 08:30:00 AM
Major Walter Clopton Wingfield must be spinning in his grave today. Great Britain beaten by that giant of the tennis world, Lithuania, in some nether level of the Davis Cup. Tennis, a sport run by the wealthy that treats it as a social club rather than a serious sport. A middle class pastime with no aspirations of competitiveness. Where mediocrity is welcomed with shrill cheers on some hill or other at Wimbledon.

Do I hate tennis, no, I think it is a great sport that is run in the UK by mediocre people that lets us down time after time. I was fascinated by it as a young lad and even got to be allowed to try it at our local club after doing duty as a ball boy to earn a couple of bob. After playing for about 15 minutes I was hauled off court by some officious committee member, because I was wearing black plimsolls!

Could have made a good plot for Midsummer murders. ::)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: hevans on March 08, 2010, 01:11:01 PM
Tennis and golf, two sports linked with exceptional snobbery in the UK (and US)

I was asked to leave my father in law's golf club (we'd stopped in for a coffee while waiting for our respective wives) because I was not appropriately dressed. Jeans are not permitted, but paint stained worker's trousers were...

Little people, little minds keeping their ego's massaged by their own exclusivity derived from a narrow mind.

H.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on March 11, 2010, 02:55:48 AM
Busybodies. I was standing at a rail crossing about 15 feet to the side of the tracks trying to photograph an approaching train. Just as I'd got my shot lined up this guy started screaming at me to back behind a fence. Startled me and put my shot out of focus. I'm a 56 yr. old man if I want to play near train tracks that's my business. I truly wish people would mind their own f'n business.  >:( I left then, rather than beat him unconscious with my monopod.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Nemesis on March 11, 2010, 10:39:45 AM
Actually WAMT on Sunday... Being told by an oh-so-clever (in his mind) photographer - yes, it had be a Nikon user - that I was holding my camera incorrectly while taking a shot in portrait mode.  I invited him to indulge in sex and travel.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: hevans on March 14, 2010, 11:14:41 AM
Sore throat, uncontrolled coughing, >:( tired, must be a cold coming on. But why on the weekend?!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on March 14, 2010, 11:27:31 AM
Murphy's law of weekends. ;D The severity of the symptoms is inversely proportional to the amount of fun you'd planned for your weekend.  :'(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on March 14, 2010, 02:53:34 PM
Sore throat, uncontrolled coughing, >:( tired, must be a cold coming on. But why on the weekend?!

Snap :-[
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: irv_b on March 14, 2010, 05:21:32 PM
Sore throat, uncontrolled coughing, >:( tired, must be a cold coming on. But why on the weekend?!

Snap :-[
Me three :-[
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: hevans on March 14, 2010, 06:00:22 PM
If we three have it, then it must be a computer virus...
Temp. In the rang of 39.5. Son seems to have it too.  :-\
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on March 14, 2010, 06:05:11 PM
If we three have it, then it must be a computer virus...
Temp. In the rang of 39.5. Son seems to have it too.  :-\
Probably a Trojan's Hoarse throat  :tup:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on March 14, 2010, 09:03:55 PM
But mine won't be as bad because it will simply be a cold rather than 'man flu' ::)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on March 15, 2010, 05:58:59 AM
   

               Man Flu?
                           
   :2funny:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on March 15, 2010, 06:36:34 AM
 :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on March 15, 2010, 09:35:27 AM
seen it before but it's still funny!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on March 15, 2010, 08:45:51 PM
....mmm ...my once a week treat of raspberry jam donuts had no jam in them :-\ >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on March 15, 2010, 08:50:02 PM
....mmm ...my once a week treat of raspberry jam donuts had no jam in them :-\ >:(
          Ba$!&£ds! >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on March 17, 2010, 08:02:36 PM
Went out this morning but it remained cloudy most of the day with just a hint of sunshine. On one of the occasions when the sun came out I was just passing some trees/bushes when I saw a Fox in sunshine, but he also saw me and dashed back into the woods before I could get a shot.  >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on March 17, 2010, 10:01:28 PM
I was just passing some trees/bushes when I saw a Fox in sunshine, but he also saw me and dashed back into the woods before I could get a shot.  >:(

Don't you just hate it when your creaky joints give you away? ::)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on March 18, 2010, 03:49:55 PM
Went out this morning but it remained cloudy most of the day with just a hint of sunshine. On one of the occasions when the sun came out I was just passing some trees/bushes when I saw a Fox in sunshine, but he also saw me and dashed back into the woods before I could get a shot.  >:(

In the morning my dad sees muntjack dear, pheasants, rabbits and foxes and thats just outside our house!

Don't think they see him though...
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on March 18, 2010, 05:26:05 PM
I was just passing some trees/bushes when I saw a Fox in sunshine, but he also saw me and dashed back into the woods before I could get a shot.  >:(

Don't you just hate it when your creaky joints give you away? ::)

No creaky joints.  ;D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on March 19, 2010, 05:18:51 PM
WAMT?
The weather - did i see some where the weekly comp is about Rain?
If so i will be expecting entries from all based in the UK - we're swimming the stuff again!

However, what annoyed me yesterday was getting out of bed at 04:30, driving 130 miles to get some pictures of a brand new loco being developed and built for one of freight train companies just to find the damn thing is still tucked up in bed at Leeds undergoing repairs! Then, just to round it off, the all day sun and blue skies disappeared at lunch time or a little after so i couldn't even get my back up shots!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on March 19, 2010, 06:45:11 PM
The cat. But then it always does.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on March 19, 2010, 08:18:35 PM
The cat. But then it always does.

Is that the one with nine tails?  :2funny:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on March 19, 2010, 08:32:14 PM
Nah, it's the one with just the one tail and less than half a brain. I honestly think if its IQ was any lower it couldn't breath unassisted.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on March 20, 2010, 07:13:58 PM
Can't get a job because I don't really have work experience because I can't get a job to get the work experience because I haven't had a job because...

Meh!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on March 20, 2010, 09:53:57 PM
Can't get a job because I don't really have work experience because I can't get a job to get the work experience because I haven't had a job because...

Meh!
There is a film in which Michael J Fox appears and i believe he opens with almost the same line.
When he asked "why did i go to college?" he got a reply of "you had fun didn't ya?"

Of course i last saw that when i wasn't much older than you are today - probably when it was released on VHS (before your time  :tup: :2funny:)  ) but i think the film covered that basic premise.
Of course MJF made his own luck, took over the company and made off with the girl - but he gave us 1 or 2 smiles along the "American Way"

Craig, you've done well for yourself with your photography, now apply some of that to your getting a job activity and i'm sure you'll be bringing in a pay packet in no time.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on March 31, 2010, 10:18:20 AM
Another trip to Canterbury ruined by the weather.
Myself and another driver from Eastbourne were having a second go at this trip (last one canceled due to a bit of snow).
Jonathan had invited us to pop in and view his gallery and drool as well - but alas, not to be.
5am this morning i am doing 25mph on the A27 dual carriageway hanging on to the steering wheel blinded by the wind driven rain. It was appalling.

Jonathan has since rung and asked me to check in with any future dates to make sure they do not coincide with any weddings he has planned  ;D

I should be grateful i'm not in Scotland or Northern Ireland.
 
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on April 01, 2010, 09:07:54 AM
The sun is shining - the weather says "come take some pictures in Canterbury..."
Everyone but me appears to be good to "take some pictures in Canterbury" - as i get ready to disappear off to a meeting!  >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on April 01, 2010, 04:20:46 PM
Boots ruining things!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1262516/Boots-refuses-print-photography-students-snaps--GOOD.html

Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on April 01, 2010, 04:28:51 PM
Boots ruining things!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1262516/Boots-refuses-print-photography-students-snaps--GOOD.html



Hmm, yeah.  I had a "discussion" with Amy about her mag's bandwagon coverage of this "story".

What do you want Boots to do?

If a client takes one of my prints, scans it and Boots print it then Boots are breaking the law.  (Or rather they are the people who could get sued since they have money...).  If they refuse to print pics they get ridiculed in the press. 

That's one of the reasons they are moving to unattended print kiosks.  Not only is it cheaper they bear no responsibility for what gets printed at them.  Even if it's Julia Somerville's baby pics.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on April 01, 2010, 07:42:36 PM
And, of course, Jonathan, if your clients let one of their friends or neighbours even look at the photograph, or worse still lend it to them or make a gift of it, then they are probably in breach of copyright law too, unless you have specifically granted them an extended licence. Breach of a licence is not a criminal offence, rather it gives rise to a civil claim. Personally I would never employ a professional to create anything for me who did not pass complete ownership to me in consideration of their fee.

Copyright law as it stands is hopelessly unfit for purpose - it has been for decades, but only now in the digital are the glaring inadequacies being fully exposed.

Probably the best example is the last stand of the recording industry, Canute like against the sea of reality that besets them. Their business model is based upon an unenforceable legal framework and completely ignores the world they operate in; only a few more realistic insiders have taken the challenge to mean that they need to change the way they make money. Some, like Kiss and Madonna, are very good at it.

In the meantime the only solution for commercial printers is to stop right now. They have no realistically practical way of establishing the provenance of anything they print. Unmanned booths would be no defence at law, as they are either facilitating an offence where there is a criminal act involved, or are jointly and severally liable in the event of a simple tort. Although won't everything shortly be an 'orphan' work under the new legislation?

Basically everyone needs to stay in bed and keep completely still. Just in case.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on April 02, 2010, 07:48:06 AM
Breach of a licence is not a criminal offence, rather it gives rise to a civil claim.

Absolutely.  So if she had been robbing the pics then the lady in question would have been committing a civil offence.


Boots on the other hand would have been creating an infringing work for sale.  Which my book says can be a criminal offence.  Which is why they need to be more cautious than her.  In fact the law seems to say that even if it isn't a copy but that Boots had reason to believe it was then they would be breaking the law.

As I hinted above from a commercial point of view I'd be much more happy for Boots to commit a civil offence against me than a Polish student.  "Poverty" is a pretty good defence against getting sued.  Boots would have taken the hit.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Forseti on April 07, 2010, 01:03:40 PM
Why is it that it doesn't appear to be a prerequisite of Microsoft's Asian support employees to be at least capable (too much to expect fluent) in the language in which they are offering support. After 36 hrs (not the 24 hrs as stated on the MS web site) I finally get a reply offering me suggestions to remedy a problem that I wasn't even experiencing. :(  My problem was that when using the 'safely remove hardware' icon in the Windows 7 taskbar to remove plugged in hardware, it would indeed remove the hardware i.e. external hard drive, but would NOT shut down the power to it as was the case with Windows XP. In reply I was advised that if the 'safely remove hardware' icon was not showing in the taskbar then I should double-click on My Computer, right click on the drive and choose the Eject option.  :doh:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on April 07, 2010, 03:36:50 PM
Yep, been there, done that, bought the T shirt and video.

Several utility and suppliers have lost my custom because of that very issue. I even had one of them tell me my English was not up to scratch...

It's up there in this countries rants along with MP's Expenses and Immigration plundering our free health, homes, school places and taxes.

I've applied to join the cast of "Grumpy Old Men"
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on April 07, 2010, 07:01:41 PM

I've applied to join the cast of "Grumpy Old Men"

Haven't seen you application! Did you send it to the correct address?  :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: ABERS on April 08, 2010, 07:25:11 AM
A quote taken from a report on the BBC Sport web site:-

"Bayern manager Louis van Gaal disagreed with Ferguson's claims his side played a part in Rafael's dismissal, saying: "I thought England was a country of fair play and I don't think that is fair. I don't share Sir Alex's opinion."

Photography is only second to sport in my life and perhaps football ranks top of the lot, and it's heartening to hear that England is regarded by outsiders as a place where fair play is valued. The only problem is of course is that at the highest levels of football there is very little English participation in the game, so don't go looking for fair play amongst that lot. Go to the lower echelons of the game where the English fair play ethic is still valued by those that play and those that watch, not amongst those that come from elsewhere to earn a living and where cheating is regarded as an art to be practised and nurtured. >:(


Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on April 09, 2010, 06:49:06 PM
My website gets a reasonable amount of traffic.  I've been experiencing a 5 min outage every day at about 3:15 am for several weeks.  I assumed it was maintenance.

Couple of days ago the outages got more severe.  Yesterday there were about 4.  I called support.  They told me I was maxing out memory.  Hmmm.

It collapsed on at least 6 occasions this morning.

Several long chats later I paid an extra £120 for more memory.  [It's a VPS - I now have nearly halg a gig of dedicated memory].

It just collapsed again.  They are telling me that my traffic is too much to run a Wordpress blog on a VPS.  I have real time stats installed - actually a fairly light day with < 200 users on.  During the hour it failed there were fewer than 10 visitors none of whom appear to have tried to download the entire site.

So....either I need a very expensive upgrade or my hosts are lying to me.  And there's no obvious way to tell the difference.

ETA: I'm gearing up to expect 1K + visitors a day.  Who knows how much memory that will take?
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on April 09, 2010, 07:20:22 PM
who's hosting it Jonathan?
Not sure i'm in agreement with them. 10 visitors should not take down a site even if they are downloading the entire library!

Something is very wrong with the set up...

I've always used http://www.bpweb.net (http://www.bpweb.net) for my hosting and never had an issue with them in 10 years.
I would drop them a line and ask the questions...
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Mick on April 09, 2010, 07:56:23 PM
My website gets a reasonable amount of traffic.  I've been experiencing a 5 min outage every day at about 3:15 am for several weeks.  I assumed it was maintenance.

Couple of days ago the outages got more severe.  Yesterday there were about 4.  I called support.  They told me I was maxing out memory.  Hmmm.

It collapsed on at least 6 occasions this morning.



Having a little read up on this, it seems like a fairly common problem with WP  ???  Have you tried the  "WordPress Super Cache plugin"? this is supposed to help with server load.  WP Super Cache (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-super-cache/)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on April 10, 2010, 06:33:47 PM
My website gets a reasonable amount of traffic.  I've been experiencing a 5 min outage every day at about 3:15 am for several weeks.  I assumed it was maintenance.

Couple of days ago the outages got more severe.  Yesterday there were about 4.  I called support.  They told me I was maxing out memory.  Hmmm.

It collapsed on at least 6 occasions this morning.



Having a little read up on this, it seems like a fairly common problem with WP  ???  Have you tried the  "WordPress Super Cache plugin"? this is supposed to help with server load.  WP Super Cache (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-super-cache/)

Yes the site is cached.  If anything that's making it worse since the cache uses memory to replace disk access.  Since I'm running out of memory that's a problem.

Problem has tentatively been traced to application error which causes memory leak but the website is down so we can't work on it.

Layershift have been great in the past but the last few days have really tested my patience.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on April 12, 2010, 09:47:58 PM
Hearing that the three scumbag MP's who have been charged with fraud in relation to expenses are claiming legal aid!!!!  >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on April 16, 2010, 10:24:18 PM
WRPMOT?

Getting issued with a ticket because Brighton have a reputation to maintain as the employers of the stingiest Traffic Wardens outside of Westminster.
They shutting off part of the sea front for the marathon on Sunday - a part with quite a few spaces. Like about 40 other car uses i parked having checked that i could, only to get back and find my car blocked in by a bollard and a ticket on my windscreen.

Just to really pxxs me off - some bully for hire (you know the ones - they have an HV Vest with the word Security written on it) came up and duly tried to inform me and about 15 other sufferers that we were all guilty as charged because he'd known about it since Monday. Needless to say i left him in do doubt that if he had enough intelligence to make a comment worth listening to he'd be able to get himself a real job. Small round of applause and he stomped off...

So now we all have to go through the issue of challenging fraudulently issued parking tickets. Gonna be glad to move out of Brighton i think  >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on April 19, 2010, 02:57:47 PM
WAMT?

Damn Dreamweaver, there is this one folder that nothing is (or shouldn't be) linked to yet without it it half the pages either don't show or they are screwed up.

Also one min I upload, some changes are there, the next they are there and the pages get a 403/4 error and other times the pages show  ??? :doh:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on April 19, 2010, 04:02:30 PM
don't you just love wyswyg development software?

One of these days i'll try to get to learn how to use one properly - but i think i'm too stuck in the late 70's through to early 90's to really appreciate them...
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on April 19, 2010, 05:23:20 PM
don't you just love wyswyg development software?

One of these days i'll try to get to learn how to use one properly - but i think i'm too stuck in the late 70's through to early 90's to really appreciate them...

Haha yeah, I took Dreamweaver 'beginner' classes sort of thing for extra course we have to do, next year I am going to do intermediate, or was at least, second guessing now lol...


I am going to just restart it tomorrow, build from scratch. Only some pages work. my portfolio page can only be seen from the damn index page and links to it just don't want it to work, so either re link everything or restart. Mite just restart to tidy the codes up!

if you want to see what I mean then http://www.craigleaper.co.uk

 
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on April 19, 2010, 06:04:26 PM
by and large it seems to work.

The obvious point when looking at failing links is...

"where they are anchored to when posted?"

as opposed to
 
"where they are anchored to during development?"

It's one of those Homer Simpson things -  :doh: when you finally look through the coding and find you hadn't updated them all...
You don't need Dreamweaver to make that mistake!  ::)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on April 19, 2010, 07:15:09 PM
Dreamweaver, yes. I did all the courses through a learn at work program years ago. Put together a web page for my office and have promptly forgotten everything. That was probably 7-8 yrs. ago. I think a refresher through community college could be in order! ;D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: ABERS on April 19, 2010, 07:19:39 PM
Is there no-one on Twitter that can help.? :legit:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on April 19, 2010, 07:21:19 PM
WAMT? Frightened me and depressed me. Had an incident with a supervisor at my work Friday. This morning, knowing I was headed in for a confrontation checked my blood pressure and found it was through the roof. Went into work and sure enough had the confrontation now I'm back home early and blood pressure is even higher (and I'm already on medication for this  >:( ). Stage 2 hypertension according to the world wide webby thing. At risk for stroke and heart attack. So I emailed another supervisor and work and forewarned him I'm seeking medical attention tomorrow and inquire if I can get this written up as a work related injury.  :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on April 19, 2010, 08:03:22 PM
     Hi Spin'
                Sorry your having problems at work. It seems quite a few of us here have had similar issues.
                I was the general manager of a medium size company for twenty odd years (30 or so staff, producing 2,500 pairs of specs a week.). It got to the point that I was not getting the suport from my directors that I felt I needed, I no longer enjoyed getting up in the morning and the situation was starting to make me ill.
                I offerd my resignation as manager stating that I no longer felt I was the best person for the job. This came as a shock to my MD (which tells you how out of touch with his staff he was.) He reluctantly accepted my decission but asked that I stay on in a non managerial role, this I was happy to accept, it meant a £400.00 a month drop in salery, a sizable chunk let me tell you, but it is without doubt the best £400.00 a month I have ever spent.
               The thing is I took control and I made the decission, and that made the world of difference to my self confidence.
               I can still be a miserable old sod at work but I no longer take it home with me.
               I hope you can find a similar solution, even if it means a slight change of lifestyle. Trust me , it's worth it.
                           All the best.   Graham.  :)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on April 19, 2010, 08:32:14 PM
Graham,

Thanks for the encouraging words. Thing is, I work in a gov't office. I can pension out in 9 months and planned too. This guy is new to the office, but came with a reputation (which he's lived up to).
I've gone out of my way not to engage him and that is one of the things he took umbrage with. His immediate supervisor is pensioning out next month and doesn't want any hassle on his way out so he wants to bury this. I'm annoyed by the fact the higher up is well aware of this guy and his reputation and doesn't want to address it. I've sought legal advice and see the worth of it, but it means more confrontation and I don't want that. I wanted to go quietly into my retirement but I no longer see that happening. It doesn't help that I've witnessed two of my long time coworkers driven off the job recently. One went long term sick and then retired and the other was given 2 hrs. to decide if he wanted to retire or be fired. Staying my full term will get me a pension about $400 short a month, where as going now would likely cost me a $700 a month short fall. Me, I don't care about the money and we'd planned to change our lifestyle anyway, but my poor wife is beside herself.
She's terrified I'm going to have a heart attack and die on her. But she's damned if she'll see me retire early and loose that money. 
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on April 19, 2010, 08:54:56 PM
Spin,

i understand how you feel - really i do.
I'd geared myself up to finish driving trains at 55 (8 years time) and re-locate back to Suffolk, where i come, as well as a much cheaper life style.
The thought was i could use my pension and stack shelves a bit to top up - whilst having more time to enjoy my photography, and even try to develop it a bit for a bit of pocket money.

My last 2 years at work have been complete hell and what it has done to my wife, my health, our finances or even the state of our marriage is any bodies guess.
Next week i start back to work after almost 8 months off at a totally new location and all that time taking happy pills. Taking any medication goes against the grain - i really do hate taking medication at any time.
I'm glad to be getting away from the bullying manager, but also bitter because the company knows he's guilty but seem to want to back him all the way resulting in me having to make the move.
I'm looking to see 50 out at work now. Save up to cover relocating, finish purchasing the remainder of the camera kit i'd need to consider developing my hobby into generating some pocket money, replace the car for a new (or almost new) one.
I've absolutely loved driving trains and have so many great memories and experiences of the like that most people could only dream about. I really have lived the dream!
But now - i have no feelings for them at all. They are a means to my pension and the financial base needed to give up the job and move back to Suffolk.

Am i out of the black hole? I don't know - but as Graham says, i've taken charge of my situation and hope to start reaping the benefits from next Monday.
You have to act or their is no hope!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on April 19, 2010, 11:17:18 PM
Andy,

I understand you've likely had it way worse than I'm having it. I've been with the gov't for 35 + yrs. now. I've worked under some pretty petty stuck up management types, but I honestly believe that this man needs to see a Dr. The jist of this conflict is him ranting and raving for over 25 mins. in response to a one line email I sent him where he was asking for my take on the moving of desks and cabinets in the office. My one liner? " I prefer the status quo."

Into which he managed to read a lack of respect, a dislike for him and questioning his leadership ability. All of which is true. ;D but none of which was ever said. Anyway, I go to the Doctor tomorrow and will take it from there.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on April 20, 2010, 06:58:29 PM
HDV.  It's destroyed most of my day.

We (OK Aidan - the guy who does my video stuff) shot an amazing video of the shoot I did with Irv helping out.  We've had 2 edit sessions and it looks incredible.  Aidan rendered it and we dropped it on my laptop.  That was about 12.  I've been working on it since and it still isn't ready on YouTube.

HDV can't be read by any application except the bloated FCP.  I actually saw one thread that said to view it on your 'puter you need to buy Final Cut Pro!  I have a (legal) version of Final Cut Express but it wasn't clear whether the 2 hour install would help at all.

Smoke comes out of Aidan's iMac every time we try to rerender it and he's rebooted about 15 times (I told him not to run FCP with 1 gig of memory...).  Anyway, FINALLY I managed to convert it with Handbrake and all is well.  Irv's about to make his YouTube debut.  As soon as it finished rendering online....
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on April 20, 2010, 10:29:43 PM
Just home from the Dr. I have a note putting me off work "until further notice". A series of tests lined up to see how or if this has all effected my heart. Dr.'s orders, I'm to enjoy the sun and fresh air, walks in the woods were prescribed. Not happy, but I am relieved there's no more confrontations in my immediate future.  :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on April 20, 2010, 11:51:32 PM
Have you any family or pals who can have a "whisper" in the rsoles ear who is causing all this aggro?
Bullies need to bullied
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on April 21, 2010, 12:01:03 AM
Am a member of an 'association' which is a collective bargaining unit much like a union but without the right to strike. I have been in touch with them and they have agreed to file grievance papers on my behalf. My only issue with that is, they seem to want to go after the upper management and my issue is with middle management. Although, I guess a lot of the problem is with upper management blindly supporting middle management to the detriment of all else. For what it's worth I have friends who are related to some of the upper management and my story may make its way through the back door. Time will tell.

Oh and as for the whisper? I truly believe this guy has one or more screws loose and I don't think anything would get through to him.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on April 21, 2010, 05:34:50 AM
  Seems your taking control of the situation Spin. :tup:
             Sure, your not happy about it, it's not a happy time for you, that bit comes a little later.
             Yes, the guy needs a poke in the eye with a sharpe stick, that's for some one else to worry about. His behaviour is down to him, how you react to it is up to you.
             Take your doctors orders and follow them, devote the time to yourself and your family and let the work situation drift away.
                            All the best.  Graham.  ;)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Eileen on April 21, 2010, 12:28:13 PM
Very sorry to hear about your work situation Spin. Graham's advice is very sensible. Enjoy your time in the sun (and the woods) and take care of yourself. I find that getting absorbed in something completely unconnected to my stressor (like photography) is often the best way to wind down when things are bad. Once I'm really engaged doing something else, work or other issues become less important. So maybe take your camera on those walks?

I hope that things improve for you Andrew once you're back at work in your new place, and that you can start to enjoy your job again.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on April 21, 2010, 09:37:05 PM
Thanks for that Eileen.
I'm moving to Horsham, different routes (going via Dorking, Epson and Sutton to London) but no longer going to or living in Brighton.
Also will be giving Eastbourne, Hastings and Newhaven a miss as well.

Looking forward to Cornwall - will be glad of a break away and a chance to hopefully take some great pictures. I have a new pair of walking boots for long days out...
Hope your recovery is going well Eileen. You have some great pictures to take as well...
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on April 22, 2010, 02:07:59 AM
In comparison to everything else, it's a minor thing, but broke a crown off my tooth this morning.  >:( They say things come in Threes? What's next I wonder. Oh, yes, I'm taking my truck in for brake service, I'll probably need to replace the entire undercarriage.  :'(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on April 22, 2010, 05:01:50 AM
Don't forget Spin. When you see the light at the end of the tunnel, it's usually an oncoming train!
                                 Graham.  :2funny:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on April 22, 2010, 12:17:27 PM
Don't forget Spin. When you see the light at the end of the tunnel, it's usually an oncoming train!
                                 Graham.  :2funny:

Oh, for a second there, I thought you were going to say the Pearly Gates. :-[
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on April 22, 2010, 01:06:08 PM
Nah the Pearly Gates have to reserve some space for the political reputations that will be slaughtered during the UK Elections on May 6th  :2funny:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on April 24, 2010, 01:09:08 AM
In comparison to everything else, it's a minor thing, but broke a crown off my tooth this morning.  >:( They say things come in Threes? What's next I wonder. Oh, yes, I'm taking my truck in for brake service, I'll probably need to replace the entire undercarriage.  :'(

Boy was I wrong! Two hours in the chair with my mouth stretch open. 2 Crowns and a filing replaced. Don't have to worry about the brake service now. Can't afford it for a few weeks. Guess I have to park the beast for a while.  :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on April 29, 2010, 12:02:51 PM
Well, what annoyed me last week. ;)

We've just got back from a pretty disasterous few days in the UK. We only went to see a couple of friends and relatives who couldn't make it across the channel.

Managed to go past a camera at precisely the only point in the whole 2000 mile round trip where I was breaking the limit - overtaking a chain of three slow moving lorries on a long arrow straight piece of road with no entrances or exits and horizon clear visibility in all directions.

My wife and daughter got severe food poisoning on day 2 and were barely well enough to travel by the time we had to come home. My daughter was the sickest I have ever seen her. As one friend said, now that we live abroad foreign muck is what we get in England. So most of our visits were cancelled while I spend two days emptying vomit buckets swimming with bile. I don't feel too good either, but that could just be the sick.

My father in law has still only got a bl**dy Aga to cook with - probably the biggest waste of several tons of metal there is. It's the cooking equivalent living in a cave . The only thing it is good for is making the kitchen too hot for anyone to actually stay in there for more than a few minutes at a time. My best guess of the temperature difference between the top back and bottom front of the main oven would be around 100C. The hob is either HOT or cold. It's an utterly pointless heap of enamelled cast iron.

So anyway, I drag my still poorly wife and daughter out of bed at 4:30 to get to Dover in time for check in for the 7:00 ferry. I couldn't help noticing that the check in process in the queue ahead of us was taking a while. When we got there we found out why. Ferry cancelled - no sailings that day (yesterday), but we can take the Ramsgate - Ostend ferry in the afternoon and add another couple of hours to the drive home. So that was a no brainer - head for the Chunnel and spend another £150. The ferry company's online customer satisfaction survey answers are not going to please them.

And now I've got a man cold.

Still, at least the cat's not dead. And our wonderful Skoda, loaded to the gunnels, returned 50mpg from mostly motorway driving at 130kph and climate control running all the way (tbh I never turn it off). The sun was shining as we pulled into the drive, turned off the air conditioning and opened the door to the 30C in the shade heat. It's good to be home. :)

Just noticed the Corvette is covered in canola pollen. Hmm
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on April 29, 2010, 05:00:13 PM
 So Tringy, when you coming back?
                Re the Aga thing, a friend had one and said it had three settings.... Off, Furnace and Meltdown!
                              Graham.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on April 29, 2010, 06:23:34 PM
So Tringy, when you coming back?
                Re the Aga thing, a friend had one and said it had three settings.... Off, Furnace and Meltdown!
                              Graham.

Home now Graham!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: bones615 on April 29, 2010, 06:27:46 PM
WAMT
Just changed the rear brake pads on my bike, the pins that the pads run on were seized and i had to drill the back of the caliper to knock them out. Hope the MOT man does not think i have weakened the caliper. Oh and i managed to hammer my thumb quite hard :(
Nearly 2 hours to do a half hour job.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on April 29, 2010, 07:44:30 PM
Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance. Not a Yamaha by any chance? The brakes on my FJ1200 (going back years now, how old am I?) used to seize up every spring.

Kawasakis always broke cam followers. That's when I started buying Suzukis. Only sold the last one, an SV650S a couple of years ago. It disliked being thrown into the armco about as much as I did. I never used to crash the big ones, honest.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: bones615 on April 29, 2010, 08:01:24 PM
Its a Suzuki Bandit, dont think its the make more to do with steel parts that fit to alloy, had a similar problem when I had to take the sump off (stripped the drain plug thread) steel bolts into alloy were just a little bit stuck.
Its used all year round and gets the weather so i should not be too surprised.

Simon
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on April 29, 2010, 11:59:34 PM
Finding out 1 day beforehand, that a new Provincial tax, that's no supposed to take effect until July 1st. is actually going to be imposed starting May 1st. on services that won't kick in until July. Ours was the worst hit by the recession of any province in Canada and our local Provincial gov't has decided to increase our sales taxes by 8 % and they don't think that will have an effect on purchases and the economy as a whole? >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on May 01, 2010, 10:10:36 AM
No Virgin. Not quite you might initially think  ::)

"Virgin" provide my landline, tv and broadband. Apparently some time last night about 11 ish the whole system went down.
Some 11 hours later they've just restored it! I've been up since 5 as a result of getting back into shift work again. TV i can live without, even the land line- but the broad band is just...

Especially when their standing instruction is - 'if you have any problems with any of your services check the web site!"  >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: chris@seary.com on May 07, 2010, 08:53:21 PM
What annoyed me today?

The quality of journalism at the BBC regarding the election. I have to say something, as my blood is boiling.

Here goes:

Last night, after the first seat was announced, and there was a swing to the Conservatives, someone on Radio 4 said there'd been a rise in the money markets due to the prospect of stability. Do these journalists not understand the lack of significance of the returns from one constituency? There was so much cock and bull spoken on the BBC last night, without any serious thought.

Heard John (pompous pillock) Humphreys on the radio this morning, demanding to know why Brown hasn't resigned. Well, John, he's PM until someone gets together a coalition to rule. Until then, he has to stay as PM. After that he resigns, unless he forms a coalition (which he has a duty to try and achieve).

Loads more bollocks about David Cameron's mandate. Look, he doesn't have a mandate. It's a hung parliament - that means no mandate for any single party. If he (or Gordon Brown) can get a coalition together of more than 326 seats, then those parties have a joint mandate to rule. Just because Cameron keeps saying over and over again that he should be PM doesn't mean that it's right.

I'm fed up with listening to British journos demonstrating that they have no analytical skills whatsoever, just going along with any spin, PR or belligerent personality feeding into the media. No wonder the rest of the world sneer at our press.

Even Jeremy Paxman seemed to witter on without any depth of analysis.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on May 07, 2010, 09:56:54 PM
Trust me Chris, it's not just British journalists. It's amazing to hear the journalist here in North American (Cdn ones are just slightly less hysterical than Americans) talking on issues. You wonder if they're on the same planet you are.  :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on May 07, 2010, 09:58:46 PM
Realizing that despite the claim to rectify it, the delete feature in Lightroom 2.7 still sucks. How hard is it to rewrite the code? I mean Bridge does it in no time flat, Lightroom takes ages and virtually locks up the PC against other uses.  >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Eileen on May 08, 2010, 08:55:16 AM
I with you on the coverage Chris. I turned Paxman off at one point because he was winding me up so much, and not actually obtaining any information from anyone because he wouldn't shut up long enough for them to get a word in. And I've stopped listening to the today programme because of John Humphreys.

As for those headlines: I'm sure we all appreciate the need for a snappy byline or soundbite, but endlessly repeating things you know to be untrue without any proper qualification means that a high proportion of listeners who aren't really paying that much attention to start with or don't understand the system may think it's a statement of fact. I think it's time for me to avoid news channels for a day or so in any event, as they're now into that endless speculation that they do when there's not much to actually report. Back to music for me!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on May 10, 2010, 11:32:04 PM
What annoys me at work:

The amount of people that go up a No Entry way in the car park  >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on May 10, 2010, 11:36:35 PM
What annoys me at work:

The amount of people that go up a No Entry way in the car park  >:(

You think that's bad! Down my way they go up a oneway street the wrong way!!!  :'(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: chris@seary.com on May 11, 2010, 12:24:31 AM
I with you on the coverage Chris. I turned Paxman off at one point because he was winding me up so much, and not actually obtaining any information from anyone because he wouldn't shut up long enough for them to get a word in. And I've stopped listening to the today programme because of John Humphreys.

As for those headlines: I'm sure we all appreciate the need for a snappy byline or soundbite, but endlessly repeating things you know to be untrue without any proper qualification means that a high proportion of listeners who aren't really paying that much attention to start with or don't understand the system may think it's a statement of fact. I think it's time for me to avoid news channels for a day or so in any event, as they're now into that endless speculation that they do when there's not much to actually report. Back to music for me!

This is a really interesting point, Eileen. I agree with you very much - Humphreys and Paxman are a pair of egotistical eejits now. Their glory days are over, and when I listen to them I feel I'm like listening to a drunken student having a rant. Just Cock and Bull.

You've put your finger on the button here - this endless repetition of nonsense can sway people's minds very much. It's the case now that the media are almost making the news. Instead of letting the machinery of the constitution work it's way through, they're almost persuading people to demand what the newspaper proprietors want.

For instance, Brown is doing things perfectly correctly. In fact, he's actually supposed to pursue a coalition before David Cameron does, but he's given the playing field over to the Conservatives.

Also, although most wouldn't know it, the Conservatives actually haven't won an election!

If they form a coalition, then the Conservatives and the Lib Dems will have a JOINT mandate, where the membership of both parties have to agree compromise. However, the endless rants would have you believe:

A real shame, because we're having a taste of what it's like when everyone's political choices still matter AFTER the election. A shame the TV pundits can't be more cerebral on this. The process is working very well, and I think most people will actually be pleased with the result if they leave it to complete.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on May 11, 2010, 06:29:52 AM
The voting system is broken, so all this talk of mandates is smoke and mirrors. Labour's last (huge) majority was on the back of 22% of the electorate voting for them. The Conservative vote this time was 24% of the electorate, but Labour have so gerrymandered the constituencies that even a higher share of the vote for the Conservatives means that they get no majority. As long a Scottish MPs form part of the UK Parliament it is, until reform, effectively impossible for any party other than Labour to obtain a clear majority. England, as always, voted unequivically Conservative.

And Gordon Brown was not elected - he's quite probably one of the most unpopular PMs the UK has ever had. He certainly doesn't have a mandate of any description.

The Lib Dems are now showing their true colours - all Clegg's talk about doing what's best for the country was standard political speak for 'I'm going to screw everything I can out of the others or nobody else gets anything'. Either that or they are as indecisive (read useless) as their reputation would have it.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on May 11, 2010, 07:14:41 AM
Whatever the actual facts of the constitution are, you can't just ignore people's perception of what has or is happening. And whatever the rights and wrongs of FPTP, that was the system we used.  Labour were rejected soundly in most of England where the Tories now have an over 60 seat majority - even in the places where counting the votes is academic there was a swing of up to 11% or so. If Labour had been bothered about electoral reform before they realised it was the only way of clinging to power they might have addressed the question of the over representation of Scotland especially after devolution, but why would they when they have such a majority there. I'm getting a bit fed up of hearing MPs spouting that we have a hung parliament because people voted for electoral reform. No they did'nt - the Libdems actually lost seats - England mostly voted to reject Labour - no way could the Tories hope to reverse the situation in Scotland. Just a few more reversals in England and Cameron would already be PM. I'm in agreement that the system needs tweaking but to attempt to push through legislation just to ensure Labour remain the majority party for evermore does'nt quite seem right somehow!
So we could end up with what's ridiculously called a rainbow coalition with Labour being propped up by nationalist parties giving their votes if they're given enough money [£300 million is the price of the Welsh according to their leader!] and England being ignored once again and having to pay the price. Nice to hear the reasoned voice of John Reid on this.
And however many times we're told that we don't vote for the PM, another Labour leader we did'nt get the chance to consider before voting ending up as PM is just taking the mick!  Oh well...another election before long I suppose. And with all those MPs who actually like FPTP electoral reform might not be the done deal some think  :dance:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: ABERS on May 11, 2010, 07:49:18 AM
I'm amazed at the Tory press suggesting that Brown is 'clinging on by what's left of his fingertips', he's only fulfilling his constitutional requirements. Let's remember that no-one won the election as the rules stand today and we are presented with a shabby stitch-up of losers scrabbling for power with a perm any two from three situation, with the Lib-Dems as a banker.

The Tories are so desperate for power that they will now resort to a 'we'll top anything that Labour promises' strategy with Hague promising a referendum on voting reform after Labour promised the same thing a couple of hours earlier, with Lord Ashcroft hovering in the background wondering whether to throw more good money after bad.

I think it's wonderful sitting on the sidelines watching the frantic machinations of the three parties, each of which were rejected by the majority of the electorate last Thursday.

Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on May 11, 2010, 08:14:45 AM
In every election under the present  system the winning party has been rejected by the majority of those eligible to vote - so nothing new there ::) What's totally bugging me is all these MPs telling me what I want and what I voted for! It's irrelevant from the point of view of the economy - we're stuffed -there will be cuts - massive cuts. They're all looking desperate but then, they're being told we must get something in place ASAP. Oh well, if we do get a LibLab pact at least we'll get the chance to vote again before the end of the year :D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: hevans on May 11, 2010, 08:44:18 AM
I think, given the state of the economy and public finances that any party that goes into Govt. can expect to make some very unpopular and hard decisions - one of the reasons labour was probably happy to let the Tories form a coalition first.

I didn't watch the election coverage, just thought I'd wake in the morning and see what mess was created. I too am sick of journalists with no analytical or rational skills creating news rather than reporting it.

In the mean time, the Dutch Govt. collapsed in March, the elections won't be for a few months yet, and they are all still talking, talking, talking about the situation. At least in the UK, the election is called and then over with in a few weeks.

H.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: deetus on May 11, 2010, 09:36:38 AM
Tory politicians going on about Gordon Brown being an unelected Prime Minister. We the voters don't elect a Prime Minister, we put a cross against the politician that we wish to represent us in our constituency.
We may well vote for the party that we wish to form the Government, we may be swayed by whoever is leader of that party but we do not vote for who is Prime Minister. We do not have the choice of who we would like as Prime Minister, we have Parliamentry elections, not Prime Ministerial elections.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on May 11, 2010, 09:47:46 AM
But when Gordon Brown walked into the job of PM he stated he had his own agenda and policies - the country had voted for Blair and his policies and he walked away - as I said, it's perception however much we're told we don't vote for PM. On the bright side, if we get full PR we won't need to bother with elections ever again - there will be an everlasting LibLab coalition so voting will become irrelevant :2funny:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on May 11, 2010, 09:53:39 AM
 . .  unless part of the reform is cutting Scotland loose, in which case it'll be a Conservative monopoly in England.

French politics is much more fun. What is really going on between Carla Bruni's legs?
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on May 11, 2010, 12:49:07 PM
I suppose I should post this in the what bemused me thread but the thought was drawn out reading about your election. I find it ironic that at a time when what the whole world needs is good, strong sensible unbiased leadership what we have is a worsening of political divides. With each side voting strictly along their respective party lines and no thought given to the public good. I read it here, about Britain, I see it on my tv everyday about both U.S. and Cdn. politics and it's convinced me that 'democracy' is a sham and a badly run one at that.

Oh, there, I got annoyed at the end.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on May 11, 2010, 01:17:39 PM
. .  unless part of the reform is cutting Scotland loose, in which case it'll be a Conservative monopoly in England.

French politics is much more fun. What is really going on between Carla Bruni's legs?

You may have Carla Bruni but we had Anne Widdecombe ;D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: hevans on May 11, 2010, 04:11:27 PM
. .  unless part of the reform is cutting Scotland loose, in which case it'll be a Conservative monopoly in England.

French politics is much more fun. What is really going on between Carla Bruni's legs?

You may have Carla Bruni but we had Anne Widdecombe ;D

Well, the thought of what's going on between AW's legs was not something I needed just after lunch. Bleagh! (where's the vomit smiley?)

Thanks,

Hugh
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Eileen on May 11, 2010, 09:26:07 PM
Oh well, time to see what a Liberal/Conservative Govt can do. I've been thinking a good deal about how badly served we sometimes are by the press and news media generally, in that the facts are often of less interest than getting a good byline. I read something in one of the broadsheets the other day where the impression made in a headline was flatly contradicted in a small box on the same page which set out the facts of the case. I assume they relied on the fact that most people wouldn't get too far beyond the headline and a few paras of text. This doesn't just apply to politics: science and health reporting is often pretty poor too. The article in the link below makes interesting reading in that context. It shows the results of a number of studies which have found that attempts to correct misleading information often serve to reinforce any prejudice caused by the initial article. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/may/01/bad-science-election-smears/print

This quote pretty much sums up the findings:

"All the studies found the same thing: if a dodgy fact fits with your prejudices, a correction only reinforces these. If your goal is to move opinion, this depressing finding suggests that smears work and, what's more, corrections don't challenge them much: because for people who already agree with you, it only make them agree even more."

For anyone interested in separating the wheat from the chaff and trying to make sense of the world around us, the article and the study underlying it is very interesting reading.


 
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on May 12, 2010, 06:27:48 AM
For anyone interested in separating the wheat from the chaff 

Nearly got it Eileen.

Where reasoned and objective thinking is the concerned - the phrase is "separate the wheat from the chav's"  :2funny:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: anglefire on May 15, 2010, 09:41:24 AM
Not today, but last Tuesday.

I was sat in the airport in Copenhagen waiting for my return flight, and the Daily Mail was available to read.

What an absolute load to tosh! It was so bias that I think Gengis Khan looked moderate.

I have been reminded as to why I don't buy newspapers - I want facts, not opinion, which is what I thought a newspaper should be reporting.

I also get pissed off when they say (All media!) "The government is going to announce..............." Which means they haven't yet, so its not a fact. News these days is reporting what is going to happen and not what has happened.

Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on May 15, 2010, 11:23:23 AM
Not today, but last Tuesday.

I was sat in the airport in Copenhagen waiting for my return flight, and the Daily Mail was available to read.

What an absolute load to tosh! It was so bias that I think Gengis Khan looked moderate.

I have been reminded as to why I don't buy newspapers - I want facts, not opinion, which is what I thought a newspaper should be reporting.

I also get pissed off when they say (All media!) "The government is going to announce..............." Which means they haven't yet, so its not a fact. News these days is reporting what is going to happen and not what has happened.


            I've long since given up looking at newspapers (I don't think I've ever actually read one).
                          Graham.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: hevans on May 16, 2010, 08:37:17 PM
Not today, but thursday (long weekend here).

Got to the boat, went to open the camera bag and realised that I had not only forgotten the CF card, and batteries, but also the camera itself. Lenses were somewhat useless without it. Shame the forum doesn't have a smiley with egg on the face.  :-[

H.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on May 16, 2010, 09:19:41 PM
Not today, but thursday (long weekend here).

Got to the boat, went to open the camera bag and realised that I had not only forgotten the CF card, and batteries, but also the camera itself. Lenses were somewhat useless without it. Shame the forum doesn't have a smiley with egg on the face.  :-[

H.

Getting old are we.  :doh: :legit:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on May 17, 2010, 02:41:35 PM
Excellent reminder/timing for me though. Our long weekend is this one coming, so I'm going to put my kit together now so's I'm not disappointed.  ;D  :legit:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: hevans on May 17, 2010, 10:55:01 PM
Excellent reminder/timing for me though. Our long weekend is this one coming, so I'm going to put my kit together now so's I'm not disappointed.  ;D  :legit:

Just don't forget the essentials!
:D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on May 17, 2010, 11:19:39 PM
Excellent reminder/timing for me though. Our long weekend is this one coming, so I'm going to put my kit together now so's I'm not disappointed.  ;D  :legit:

Just don't forget the essentials!
:D

The beer? Never!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: ABERS on May 19, 2010, 12:35:42 PM
Democracy gone mad??

Today we have a man who polled just 23% of the total vote telling us what is going to happen to our democratic system.

This is what happens when power hungry politicians roll over and have their tummies tickled and accede to anything just to grab the reins.

How can the 77% of those who voted not to have him anywhere near the offices of power take it seriuosly.
Tail, dog and wagging come to mind!   >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on May 19, 2010, 01:51:25 PM
Alan, for the Paranoid among you. A brief tale of political woe. Around about the last recession, we had a Party leader elected as Premier of the Province of Ontario with less than 38% popular vote, but worse than that, he got a majority gov't and ruled for 4 yrs. A lot of people say he ruined the province with a huge deficit when done. And the really funny part was, the day after the election you couldn't find one person who admitted they'd voted for him.  >:( Politics is a strange animal.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: hevans on May 19, 2010, 02:35:53 PM
Democracy gone mad??

Today we have a man who polled just 23% of the total vote telling us what is going to happen to our democratic system.

This is what happens when power hungry politicians roll over and have their tummies tickled and accede to anything just to grab the reins.

How can the 77% of those who voted not to have him anywhere near the offices of power take it seriuosly.
Tail, dog and wagging come to mind!   >:(

Dunno, but they seem to include a referendum on the changes, which would give the changes a democratic mandate. Unlike the last govt that changed the House of Lords to suit their own needs without asking the public at all.

H.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: jimthetrain on June 08, 2010, 06:04:45 PM
This has been annoying me for a while now. My laptop decided a while ago not to boot up and display a screen with lines and blotches everywhere. After numerous attempts it finally decided to work so I took the opportunity to back up all my videos off the second hard drive which was a success. Then it wouldn't boot up again for a few days. Tried the recovery dvd and still got no joy as it wouldn't even read it. Just tried again now and it read the disc so I thought go for the full recovery and start a fresh. It read disc one and formatted 80% of the drive so I inserted disc two and this formatted the remaining 20%. Then as it was going to load the original content it through an error code up and duly shut down. As it restarted, it said that boot something or another was missing. Started again with disc one but this time tried the recovery from the hard drive. All was well until loading the original windows content and the same error code came up. Now I have a laptop that won't load windows on to it and having wiped the original drive this is now blank. Now the screen has gone all liney again. Would swapping drive two for drive one to load windows on make any difference? or should I put that six pound lump hammer to some practical use. :D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on June 08, 2010, 06:35:40 PM
Would swapping drive two for drive one to load windows on make any difference? or should I put that six pound lump hammer to some practical use. :D

6lb lump hammer to be used in conjunction with a couple of Rest Days to get a replacement (or work a few more and get a MacBook  :tup:)
You can only spend soo long banging your head against a brick wall...
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: jimthetrain on June 08, 2010, 07:28:35 PM
The annoying thing is it cost over a £1000 a couple of years ago. Just swapped the drive round and the screen is still f***ed. Looking at it now a 17" laptop isn't very portable and now I have the Mac I probably only need a small notebook to lug around with me. I knew I was on a downward slide when High Definition discs all became the Bluray standard a couple of months after buying this with the other system on it. :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on June 08, 2010, 07:37:22 PM
then you choice is even easier...

iPad or 13" Macbook.

Price is pretty much the same though you have a trade off for long battery life on the iPad against the optical drive and USB ports on the MacBook!

How long do you sit at Euston or Glasgow?

As for backing the wrong technology - we've all done that  >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on June 08, 2010, 07:43:24 PM
Price is pretty much the same though you have a trade off for long battery life on the iPad against the optical drive and USB ports on the MacBook!

Um, and the fact that a MacBook is a computer.  Seriously, I love my iPad. But if you buy it to replace a laptop there's a strong chance you'll be very disappointed.

Oh, now I have to think of something that annoyed me today.  I know.  My accountant.  And the entire "test" team at Boinx who seem to have taken a few days off rather than test the new version of Fotomajico.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on June 08, 2010, 08:43:16 PM
Price is pretty much the same though you have a trade off for long battery life on the iPad against the optical drive and USB ports on the MacBook!
Um, and the fact that a MacBook is a computer.  Seriously, I love my iPad. But if you buy it to replace a laptop there's a strong chance you'll be very disappointed.

Ahh but its the purpose it has to fulfill. Does Jim need it just to occupy his spare time at terminii, in which case an iPad with a few movies, games, apps and music installed will do fine, or does he actually require a portable computer?

'tis the role of train driver to have turns of duty where you can spend a couple of hours sitting around spare or on a meal break due to the way trains are timetabled - hence the choice...
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on June 08, 2010, 08:55:17 PM
The annoying thing is it cost over a £1000 a couple of years ago. Just swapped the drive round and the screen is still f***ed. Looking at it now a 17" laptop isn't very portable and now I have the Mac I probably only need a small notebook to lug around with me. I knew I was on a downward slide when High Definition discs all became the Bluray standard a couple of months after buying this with the other system on it. :(

Past the warranty? Sounds like a video card issue, are you getting any video in DOS? Or when you tried the recover discs? My suggestion is download one of the many Linux Live CD's and give it a run. If it boots up and gives you a nice picture then its your HD, if they don't work it's either the video card or the video screen.


WAMT? Dogs, in particular my two. There's a couple of young fellas painting the house next door and everytime they take a break and have a little chat the dogs go berserk.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: jimthetrain on June 08, 2010, 09:42:56 PM
The annoying thing is it cost over a £1000 a couple of years ago. Just swapped the drive round and the screen is still f***ed. Looking at it now a 17" laptop isn't very portable and now I have the Mac I probably only need a small notebook to lug around with me. I knew I was on a downward slide when High Definition discs all became the Bluray standard a couple of months after buying this with the other system on it. :(

Past the warranty? Sounds like a video card issue, are you getting any video in DOS? Or when you tried the recover discs? My suggestion is download one of the many Linux Live CD's and give it a run. If it boots up and gives you a nice picture then its your HD, if they don't work it's either the video card or the video screen.


WAMT? Dogs, in particular my two. There's a couple of young fellas painting the house next door and everytime they take a break and have a little chat the dogs go berserk.

It isn't getting past the moment when you press the power button.

Andrew, I would like something that I can fit in my camera bag that does things like play movies etc but also can display pictures from the camera and a little editing aswell. Had a quick look at the new Samsung n220 10.1" netbook which seems to have great reviews. Less than £290 on amazon.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on June 08, 2010, 10:13:47 PM
Do you have the prompt like press F8 to enter boot menu? Does Windows give you the option to go into save mode when starting up? It could be that the video driver has been corrupted therefore, go into control panel, device manager and select display adapter with a double click, select driver and click on the Update Driver option.  ;D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on June 09, 2010, 01:11:49 AM


It isn't getting past the moment when you press the power button.


Do you know how to access the BIOS on startup? If you can get into that and the screen looks ok, then you can elimnate that, as an issue.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on June 09, 2010, 06:52:33 AM
Not getting past 'no operating system' was what my ancient Dell laptop did until I installed Linux. It's worked perfectly ever since.

But it does sound like yours is very broken.

I would consider a Linux powered netbook and put the rest of the money you could have wasted buying an Apple product, around £700 I'd guess, back in the bank. That's what Jobs would do with it.  :D The money that is, just put it in his bank.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on June 09, 2010, 09:46:54 AM
Andrew, I would like something that I can fit in my camera bag that does things like play movies etc but also can display pictures from the camera and a little editing aswell. Had a quick look at the new Samsung n220 10.1" netbook which seems to have great reviews. Less than £290 on amazon.

Know exactly what you mean Jim. It's that mix of portability (because we carry enough crap already) and usefulness.
When are the TOC's gonna realise that the first things we drivers put in our bags are food & drink, camera and something to read or watch...

WEe could oblige by accepting Netbook's as part of our kit instead of all those useless publications  :dance:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: jimthetrain on June 09, 2010, 11:31:40 AM


Quote
Know exactly what you mean Jim. It's that mix of portability (because we carry enough crap already) and usefulness.
When are the TOC's gonna realise that the first things we drivers put in our bags are food & drink, camera and something to read or watch...

WEe could oblige by accepting Netbook's as part of our kit instead of all those useless publications  :dance:

We all carry PDA's now but they aren't very good to be honest. We asked for netbooks but they wasted all the available money on the PDA. ::)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on June 09, 2010, 11:39:59 AM
our lot, allegedly, are looking at netbooks because they can come preloaded with all faults and failures with nice pictures and diagrams, rule books and Sect App (with route hand outs), all forms and etc as templates and of course e-mail (with e-mail templates) and internet configured to access only approved sites (the company intranet  :-[ ).

If they were to leave some of the simple things on like solitaire etc they might actually be useful. Knowing our luck - they'd put bloody MS Train Simulator on  >:(

Silly thing is - the cost of paper, print toner and admin to shuffle paper each year would cover the cost of purchasing such equipment.
PDA's have been replaced by smart phones which come free with £15 contract (i have a Nokia E71 for personal use) so it's not even as though they're paying loads for the silly things!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on June 09, 2010, 12:25:18 PM
Not getting past 'no operating system' was what my ancient Dell laptop did until I installed Linux. It's worked perfectly ever since.

But it does sound like yours is very broken.

I would consider a Linux powered netbook and put the rest of the money you could have wasted buying an Apple product, around £700 I'd guess, back in the bank. That's what Jobs would do with it.  :D The money that is, just put it in his bank.

I'm trying to resurrect an old IBM Thinkpad doing that. Have Mint installed but the wireless won't work, going to look for a new card after payday.  ;D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on June 09, 2010, 02:48:12 PM
Not getting past 'no operating system' was what my ancient Dell laptop did until I installed Linux. It's worked perfectly ever since.

But it does sound like yours is very broken.

I would consider a Linux powered netbook and put the rest of the money you could have wasted buying an Apple product, around £700 I'd guess, back in the bank. That's what Jobs would do with it.  :D The money that is, just put it in his bank.

I'm trying to resurrect an old IBM Thinkpad doing that. Have Mint installed but the wireless won't work, going to look for a new card after payday.  ;D

I've still got one and it works OK except for the battery which won't hold a charge.  :tup:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on June 09, 2010, 04:08:10 PM
Not getting past 'no operating system' was what my ancient Dell laptop did until I installed Linux. It's worked perfectly ever since.

But it does sound like yours is very broken.

I would consider a Linux powered netbook and put the rest of the money you could have wasted buying an Apple product, around £700 I'd guess, back in the bank. That's what Jobs would do with it.  :D The money that is, just put it in his bank.

I'm trying to resurrect an old IBM Thinkpad doing that. Have Mint installed but the wireless won't work, going to look for a new card after payday.  ;D

The flavour I used was Freespire - the wireless worked instantly. Although it is KDE based not Gnome.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on June 10, 2010, 12:35:26 AM
Not getting past 'no operating system' was what my ancient Dell laptop did until I installed Linux. It's worked perfectly ever since.

But it does sound like yours is very broken.

I would consider a Linux powered netbook and put the rest of the money you could have wasted buying an Apple product, around £700 I'd guess, back in the bank. That's what Jobs would do with it.  :D The money that is, just put it in his bank.

I'm trying to resurrect an old IBM Thinkpad doing that. Have Mint installed but the wireless won't work, going to look for a new card after payday.  ;D

The flavour I used was Freespire - the wireless worked instantly. Although it is KDE based not Gnome.



Sorry Tringle, I've been a bit unclear in my post. The Thinkpad has an old D Link PCMCIA card installed. It will work but only give me WEP and my router is set to WPA2 I think I've come up with a work around but I haven't tested it yet. If it doesn't work I can pick up a newer card for about $20 Cdn.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: anglefire on June 11, 2010, 07:44:18 PM
I'm annoyed.  

Actually, I'm really annoyed. And, to be fair, Peed off.

Did I say I was annoyed?

Took car, which I've had for a couple of months for an MOT and to get the EPB (Electronic Parking Brake) sorted as it has squealed a couple of times.

It failed the MOT. And the EPB squeals like a banshee now.

And then then told me it was over £400 to repair it to get it through the MOT.  

So they are looking into that one. Especially as there was an advisory last year for something to do with the ball joints. And it had a 100+ Pre-delivery inspection.

If they think I'm paying for that, they can think again. They'll be some serious beatings  going on.

I'll see them in court first.



DId I Mention that I'm annoyed?      
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on June 11, 2010, 08:16:30 PM
Sorry not quite clear on that Mark - has something annoyed you?  ::)

You're right to go and chase them - especially as they pointed it out last year!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Just Dave on June 11, 2010, 10:49:09 PM
Hi

Mark if your up my way way my youngest son is a Mechanic, he'll do it cheap for you, and take it for MOT, his garage sales  website Clicky Linky (http://www.wateringpoolcars.co.uk/) if your near us
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: anglefire on June 12, 2010, 09:48:04 AM
Thanks Dave, I'm not up that way too often - but I'll bare it in mind. Land Rover prices are a laugh.

Also different branches quote different prices for the same job - Cam belts and the 105K service is anything from £550 to £900. Some say its a body off job (Yes really!), other not.

But the dealer will be paying for it. I will take them to court if needs be!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hybridphotog on June 18, 2010, 12:14:01 PM
What annoyed me yesterday? Windows! Some background information first...

I've got a little chunk of money coming my way soon (with any luck), so I'm planning to build another PC (dual core, 22" LCD TV, etc... oh yes!). My current setup is with an Abit KG-7 "lite" motherboard and, although the system was overdesigned (originally planned to have a 2 year lifespan, and to be overclocked to f*ck), it's showing its age.

(I've just had a look for KG-7 reviews. Those things are dated 2001! This PC's nearly 9 years old!?)

The plan is, upgrade bits slowly. And first on my list was a new drive setup. My style of building is "Have as little legacy hardware as possible". So, the new drive would have to be SATA. So, it is one... and a rather large Western Digital Caviar one, as well. And my current motherboard never knew what SATA was when it was being made. So, in the meantime, I have to use a controller card for this new drive.

... and the controller card has a VIA chipset on it... sadly.

As my old drives were slowly failing, the plan was to use that sole WD SATA drive. But no joy with that, as the drive isn't seen at POST, as it's connected to a controller card that requires drivers for it to be used.

*ahem*...  :)

My gripe... ready..?

Yesterday, for the second time, Windows decides to lock-up whilst writing to the SATA drive. I could only hit the reset button. Upon restarting, the SATA drive vanished, and the controller card showed "cannot start". Sticking the controller into other PCI slots didn't work. Updating the controller drivers didn't work (even doing the old rename trick). "Safe mode" wouldn't show the drive, nor was there multiple devices in the device manager.

On the off-chance, I rebooted with a Linux Live CD. Lo and behold, the drive is fully functional. A quick check of the partitions ("ntfsfix"), the drive is behaving normally. Reboot back into Windows, Windows says "What's the problem? The drive's there, just as it has been all along!"
(http://tinyurl.com/33jg524)


This is Windows XP. This also happened in Windows 7. And at first, I thought it was just Windows 7 playing up.
 >:(

Linux is beckoning me back...
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on June 18, 2010, 01:31:00 PM



This is Windows XP. This also happened in Windows 7. And at first, I thought it was just Windows 7 playing up.
 >:(

Linux is beckoning me back...

Try Mint, I'm using it on a couple of machines right now. Mint 9's the latest but I've found that if you install with Gnome it has a huge memory leak that everyone seems to know about but nobody's fixed. So I'm using Mint 8 with Gnome on one and Mint 9 with Lxde with no problems. It's got all the 'proprietary' stuff included that Cannonical won't.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on June 18, 2010, 01:35:05 PM
WAMT? Arthritis  :(. Had the dogs out for a walk yesterday, they got overexcited and twisted me up in their leads. I stumbled and must have come down hard on my arthritic foot now it feels like it's broken. Can't hardly walk anywhere. Yesterday was my birthday and we had to cancel our plans because I couldn't walk 2 feet without excruciating pain. Only slightly improved today, I can walk 4 feet.  :'(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on June 18, 2010, 06:56:50 PM
Sorry to hear that Spin, hope you are back on both feet very soon.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hybridphotog on June 18, 2010, 07:55:09 PM
WAMT? Arthritis  :(. Had the dogs out for a walk yesterday, they got overexcited and twisted me up in their leads. I stumbled and must have come down hard on my arthritic foot now it feels like it's broken. Can't hardly walk anywhere. Yesterday was my birthday and we had to cancel our plans because I couldn't walk 2 feet without excruciating pain. Only slightly improved today, I can walk 4 feet.  :'(
Hopefully your recovery doubles each day. :)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on June 19, 2010, 12:17:28 AM
Thanks people, as I said to a friend who hinted that she thought it was dumb thing to do, it was better than the option which was a face plant onto someones ashphalt drive..  ;D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on June 19, 2010, 08:33:46 AM
Hope normal mobility returns soon.
Nothing worse than pain and incapacity.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: skellum on June 24, 2010, 03:42:12 PM
My A3+ Printer finally gave up today. I have had it in bits, cleaned the head and anything around it but now its worse than before..... :'(......So I will now have to get another ASAP.. :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: skellum on June 25, 2010, 12:33:44 AM
Looks like I am going for The Epson R1900....The same spec as my broken R1800 but with different ink cartridges.  They know how to make money these printer manufactures... :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on June 25, 2010, 06:34:25 AM
They know how to make money these printer manufactures... :(

Nothing cheap in the A3+ arena nowadays. A colour laser is cheaper  ???
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: irv_b on June 27, 2010, 08:25:26 PM
ENGLAND'S OVERPAID PLAYERS WHO BELIEVE THE RIDICULOUS HYPE ABOUT THEIR ABILITIES!!~ ENOUGH SAID >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Just Dave on June 27, 2010, 09:13:57 PM
Dont worry Irv, they've set up a new helpline for disheartened England fans 0800 414141  :2funny:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on June 28, 2010, 02:36:14 AM
Look to the bright side Irv, you're not French! ;D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on June 28, 2010, 02:46:16 AM
On a personal note, England's loss was my gain. Brother in law got so despondent over the loss that he stopped drinking the English Beer he'd brought over so now I have a fridgeful.  :2funny:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: ABERS on June 28, 2010, 06:26:40 AM
I'm with you on this one Irv. Whilst losing, and to the Jermans at that, I'm only drawing some consolation that we don't have to go through all the agonies, false hopes and expectations any more until the European qualifications start! :-[
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: hevans on June 28, 2010, 08:43:06 AM
I find it amusing that it is only in England that this England-German rivalry exists. To the Germans, their real rival is the Dutch - an England-Germany game is like any other game. I feel sorry for the German team - having to look magnanimous and like good winners will be hard: imagine having to come up with realistic platitudes of their opponent, "they fought a hard game", "Rooney was a real threat", "we were lucky to get anything past the defence", umm..."They weren't as shite as they've shown they can be."

It's a bit like the US-UK "special relationship". It only exists from the UK perspective.

Time for the UK to get a grip, and have a good long look at the reality: you're not a superpower WWII ended 65 years ago; 1966 was a lifetime ago for many of us; riding on the coat tails of the Yanks will not do you any good; and as for football - try to get the team to play for national pride instead of celebrity kickbacks. Winning is not something that is deserved and passed around like the presidency of the EU, it's something you earn by 90% perspiration and 10% talent. There is no "it's our turn to win".

What the UK really needs are heroes, someone to inpsire. Those peddled by the media are X-factor talentless yobs ("Ohhhhh...loookit me...I'm singing on tele!") and morally bankrupt footballers - in it for the fame and fortune, not for the achievement. If you want to know who's to blame: look at the culture that cherishes celebrity, rather than creativity, a work ethic and respect. I blame New Labour.

Now, the world cup is over, can we please resume our regularly scheduled rants, TV entertainment and start to work hard to hobble the banks with regulations that will ensure they don't fart about with our money again and give us back the money they owe us?!

H.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: ABERS on June 28, 2010, 09:23:36 AM
Now I am confused!

Two posts about the world cup and we get an anti British rant from someone in Holland. You may think it's strange that we should support our national team and be disappointed at the outcome, but that support isn't based on past results, it's based on the fact that sport is ingrained in us and in a pride in our country, and we shall be there next time around. I can understand that non-sporting types can't understand that way of thinking. ::)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: hevans on June 28, 2010, 09:43:25 AM
Alan,

It wasn't an anti-british rant, it was a take on why things just don't seem to work out for the British at these events. And there is a large chunk of the British society that regards winning as a manifest destiny, requiring nothing more than attendance, luck and a pot of tax money. Luck doesn't exist, perspiration exists.

Supporting the national team is not surprising, even I tend to take sides in these events, but I don't let it run/ruin my life. Being disappointed by a 4-1 thrashing by a younger and better playing team is also not surprising. What's surprising is the lack of anyone seriously considering what might be going wrong with the game at an ingrained level - why do the Germans manage to provide a consistently good team, why don't the English?

The sport might be ingrained in the supporters with a deserved pride in the country, but one wonders if this carries through to the players.

Quote
and we shall be there next time around.
and this reminds me of the definition of insanity, " insanity is repeating the same thing over and expecting a different result." ;D

H.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: ABERS on June 28, 2010, 09:50:54 AM
I'm one of the many insane then.

Perhaps the FA should introduce a scheme whereby the national team doesn't necessarily have to comprise nationals. It seemed to work for the French in '98 and to some extent for the Germans so far this time around. :o

P.S. and our cricket team!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Cabbyjohn on June 28, 2010, 10:24:28 AM
With aplogies to R. L. Stephenson...........   He must have been an England fan :beer:


IT IS BETTER TO TRAVEL HOPEFULLY, THAN TO ARRIVE.
  

-- Robert Louis Stephenson's quote is the basis of many lives and an underlying reason why many journeys, even painful ones, never end.

The games and scripts we play out in our lives are effectively journeys. They give us meaning and their execution thus becomes an end in itself.

The pleasure of anticipation
The nice thing about playing games is the anticipation that they bring. If the game has an attractive outcome, then we look forward to the pleasant end of the game. If the game itself is unpleasant, then we look forward to the relief of reducing the pain.

The fear of disappointment
We travel in the game with a hope that, when it completes, our expectation of success will be completed. We also may also fear that the glorious ending that we are anticipating will not be that wonderful. Comparing the possibility of a positive outcome with the more powerful and devastating thought of not achieving our goals leads us away from completion and into an endless journey of fantastic hope.

The fear of emptiness
Another fear that can strike us is the potential nothingness of a completed journey. As we travel, we gain meaning, both in the intended goal and the interpretation of daily events. When we look forward to the journey's end, we may see an end to this daily meaning in our lives.

The end of a journey can be like a death, where we may mourn what is past and can never be again. The fear of this alone is enough to keep many of us on the road for much longer than necessary.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hybridphotog on June 28, 2010, 04:38:21 PM
Dont worry Irv, they've set up a new helpline for disheartened England fans 0800 414141  :2funny:
I've also heard the number redirects to a German helpdesk. ;)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on June 28, 2010, 04:44:22 PM
The English

The English
(Flanders & Swan)

The rottenest bits of these islands of ours
We've left in the hands of three unfriendly powers
Examine the Irishman, Welshman or Scot
You'll find he's a stinker as likely as not

     The English the English the English are best
     I wouldn't give tuppence for all of the rest

The Scotsman is mean as we're all well aware
He's boney and blotchy and covered with hair
He eats salty porridge, he works all the day
And hasn't got bishops to show him the way

     The English the English the English are best
     I wouldn't give tuppence for all of the rest

The Irishman now our contempt is beneath
He sleeps in his boots and he lies through his teeth
He blows up policemen or so I have heard
And blames it on Cromwell and William the Third

     The English are moral the English are good
     And clever and modest and misunderstood

The Welshman's dishonest, he cheats when he can
He's little and dark more like monkey than man
He works underground with a lamp on his hat
And sings far too loud, far too often and flat

     The English the English the English are best
     I wouldn't give tuppence for all of the rest

And crossing the channel one cannot say much
For the French or the Spanish, the Danish or Dutch
The Germans are German, the Russians are red
And the Greeks and Italians eat garlic in bed

     The English are noble, the English are nice
     And worth any other at double the price

And all the world over each nation's the same
They've simply no notion of playing the game
They argue with umpires, they cheer when they've won
And they practice before hand which spoils all the fun

     The English the English the English are best
     I wouldn't give tuppence for all of the rest

It's not that they're wicked or naturally bad
It's just that they're foreign that makes them so mad
The English are all that a nation should be
And the pride of the English are Chipper and me

     The English the English the English are best
     I wouldn't give tuppence for all of the rest

 :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on June 28, 2010, 07:55:24 PM
The English

The English
(Flanders & Swan)


 :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on June 28, 2010, 08:06:03 PM
and this reminds me of the definition of insanity, " insanity is repeating the same thing over and expecting a different result." ;D

H.

Isn't that quantum mechanics and the uncertainty principle!  :2funny:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: hevans on June 28, 2010, 08:21:51 PM
The English

The English
(Flanders & Swan)


 :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:

Brilliant, hadn't heard that one in years!! Although my fav was the thermodynamics song.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on June 28, 2010, 10:26:33 PM
The English

The English
(Flanders & Swan)


 :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:

Brilliant, hadn't heard that one in years!!

WAMT:

The fact I maybe too young to get this, or it's just too late and i'm being stupid aha...
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on June 29, 2010, 06:18:53 AM
Deer. That's what's annoyed me today. Well, to be honest the damned things annoy me most of the time. Rats with horns.

We'd been nurturing a couple of horse chestnut trees for a few years and planted them out last autumn. Despite being surrounded by a wire mesh fence the deer have reached inside and killed the trees.

The only good thing is that if the local hunters catch the little b*st*rds they do taste quite nice with a red wine and shallot sauce :)

As for the footie - quote from the LA Times: "The sad truth of the matter is that England's players, with few exceptions, are an arrogant, ignorant and unpleasant lot. They are paid far too much by their Premier League clubs, where their true allegiance lies, and their ability individually and collectively in an England shirt does not match their swagger."
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: anglefire on June 29, 2010, 07:39:00 AM
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in it for the fame and fortune, not for the achievement. If you want to know who's to blame: look at the culture that cherishes celebrity, rather than creativity, a work ethic and respect. I blame New Labour.

No it goes back to the days of Thatcher. Not helped by Labour, but started by the Tories.

And it won't get any better, until the old values are returned. And I fear that will be never.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: hevans on June 29, 2010, 08:00:38 AM
Quote
in it for the fame and fortune, not for the achievement. If you want to know who's to blame: look at the culture that cherishes celebrity, rather than creativity, a work ethic and respect. I blame New Labour.

No it goes back to the days of Thatcher. Not helped by Labour, but started by the Tories.

And it won't get any better, until the old values are returned. And I fear that will be never.

Actually, it goes further back than Thatcher, to the early 70's, when the unions insisted that everyone was entitled to a wage whether they worked for it or not. Thatcher's era just levelled the field and spread it from the union membership (it's probably politically incorrect to use the term working classes) to the middle classes.  Sadly, it was always present in the upper classes, who regarded it as their divine right not to have to sully their fingers with work.

So, the class warfare has at least achieved something. All the classes regard it as their right to not have to work for an honest day's pay.

But NuLabor has had nearly an entire generation to reverse the trend, and they're the one's that really brought celebrities into politics, raising them further on their pedestal of vacuity.

And I agree, it won't improve until the old values are returned.

H.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: ABERS on June 29, 2010, 09:46:21 AM
I find it amusing when the unions are blamed for most things. Not ever having belonged to one, I'm grateful for all the legislation that has been hard fought for by them, not just on their members' behalf but on the working population as a whole.
Reductions in the working week, paid holidays, and most of all redundancy payments.

To my shame like all the non-member union bashers that delight in blaming them for everything, I willingly took all the benefits without standing up to be counted. :-[
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: jinky on June 29, 2010, 10:27:44 AM
I`m with Abers on this. I get heartily sick of the popular sport of union bashing. Funny to see the new coalition now aiming to get rid of "all this health and safety rubbish" based on urban myths of kids wearing goggles for conkers and the like. The reality is that outisde of the Sun and mail headlines a lot has been done to make the owrkplace safer and led to huge reductions in serious accidents / deaths in industries such as construction and most of this was fought for by the unions. Sure on the back of the excellent work done they needed to adapt to modern society a bit better but I forever will blame Thatcher and her cronies for the real rise of greed and selfishness endemic throughout today.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on June 29, 2010, 12:21:40 PM
Deer. That's what's annoyed me today. Well, to be honest the damned things annoy me most of the time. Rats with horns.

We'd been nurturing a couple of horse chestnut trees for a few years and planted them out last autumn. Despite being surrounded by a wire mesh fence the deer have reached inside and killed the trees.

The only good thing is that if the local hunters catch the little b*st*rds they do taste quite nice with a red wine and shallot sauce :)


LOL, reminds me of a friend who lived in the country and left out feed for them all the time. I couldn't convince her that Bambi was a fictional character and that the wolves she despised were actually a more social animal and female wolves more mothering that female deer. Deer are vicious creatures. I've posted several deer shots over the years, they've all been taken from inside, or immediately adjacent a vehicle I'd never approach them on foot.

On the otherhand, I find venison quite dry, maybe it's just the cooks. ;D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: hevans on June 29, 2010, 12:26:52 PM
Funny, Thatcher bashing (although I'd hardly consider my comment as bashing) seems to be more acceptable than union bashing :o. At least Thatcher was elected by the populous, and the populous had every opportunity to deselect her. The unions weren't.

In the late 70s, early 80s, the unions were too powerful (or thought themselves to be). However in the years before the rise of the unions the management was too powerful (the working conditions were horrendous).  Neither period provided for a happy medium.

What succeeds is not one side or the other "winning", but rather a collaborative atmosphere, where both realise they can't exist without the other and accept that both sides have requirements. The BA strike is a good example of this - the management can't have the unions winning, otherwise they don't believe they can manage the company, and the unions can't let the management win because it would set a precedent. Deadlock, and a situation that is to no-one's benefit. The German's are very effective at this sort of union/management balance. The French not.

If you want to blame someone: it's not the fault of one or the other, but the fault of both failing to instil confidence and trust in the other party.

H.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on June 29, 2010, 03:17:33 PM
WAMT?

SMILE or Slideshow Maker In Linux Environment.  I'm using Ubuntu Studio on a purpose built PC for Photo work. It's a duo core CPU with 4 gigs of memory. What's annoying me, is despite those parameters SMILE would just randomly shut off causing me to loose all my work. >:( Now after getting stung by this random shut off  :-[ I've started to click the save button every few minutes but I really don't think I should be having to do this. I guess it's another little example of why Linux isn't quite mainstream yet (if ever). 
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on June 29, 2010, 05:35:31 PM
After 2 hrs. of work I've discovered the program won't render a slideshow with a soundtrack in it! ARRGGGHH >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: anglefire on June 29, 2010, 10:28:41 PM
H, you are right, the unions did have too  much power.

I also think that a lot of what Scargill said at the time of that battle was actually correct - but both he and Thatcher were too stubbon to sort it all out properly and in the end Thatcher starved the Miners into submission.

As ever in this country (probably everywhere) there are too many extremes. Employers had too much power, which the Unions overcame and got some good stuff sorted - as said above - But ended up too powerful. Now the balance is probably back to the employers - but it is more even to be fair.

Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hybridphotog on July 02, 2010, 01:16:25 PM
Wamt? Vodafone!

Due to my mobile phone usage, DMT and I have figured out that it'd be cheaper to get a contract phone. However, I'm wanting to retain my N95... for now, and so it needs unlocking. And the only way to do that is to contact Vodafone.

So I did... and gave them as much information as they needed (IMEI, make/model numbers, etc).

I got an automated response. No big deal.

Today I got what looks like a scripted response, asking for the information I've already supplied. The nosupportasaurus also informed me that unlocking the phone will cost me £20! Sort of contradictory to what I've read on various forums manned by Vodafone staff... they say that Vodafone stopped charging for unlock codes back in 2008.

One email has been fired back at this 'helpdesk' person, informing him/her of what's already known (no charges required, information already given, etc)... as well as advising him/her about Vodafone loosing customers through bad customer support, and was signed "an unhappy Vodafone customer".
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on July 02, 2010, 11:45:46 PM
After 2 hrs. of work I've discovered the program won't render a slideshow with a soundtrack in it! ARRGGGHH >:( >:( >:(

After giving up on S.M.I.L.E. until I'd got a response to a forum post, I moved on to Brasero a CD/DVD burning program that I've been using for a couple of years now without issue. Only I'd never tried to burn video before but was put in the position  of helping out wifey's co-worker. She needed her daughter's graduation video formatted to use in her DVD player. Make a long story short, it needed installation of some extra software called GStreamer which I installed. On a hunch I went back to S.M.I.L.E. and sure enough those bit of extra software fixed it. Now I can happily make Slideshows, with music to annoy the in-laws when they visit.  :2funny:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Just Dave on July 03, 2010, 04:03:16 AM
Not annoyed, Sometime I just feel my posts are ignored or is it me. Ooops should be in, What annoyed you today? I honestly feel. Im not wanted here please say and Ill go, if I dont fit in
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on July 03, 2010, 08:20:30 AM
  "Who said that?"....Sorry :-[
            I'm absolutly sure that's not the case Dave, but I also know exactly what you mean.
            I think it's just the nature of internet forums generally. I sometimes feel the same about lack of coments on pictures posted and then realise that I'm probably the biggest culprit.
            A number of members who used to make interesting and thourght provoking posts no longer seem to be here at all, which I think is quite sad but what can you do.
            It's a bit like your local pub. You have your regulars, those that just drift in and out occasionaly, the shouty bloke in the corner, Mr Angry and all the other disperate and somtimes desperate little groups. You can move from group to group and occasionally you just drift off alltogether.
            Somtimes a thread will start up where everyone seems to joining in with well thought out suggestions and witty rejoinders, and I'll be sitting here wondering why everyone's started speaking in ancient Greek! (It's usually somthing to do with the workings of computers.).
            So Dave, no, I don't think your posts are being ignored, It's just that the response they're getting is not matching your expectations......That's somthing I suspect we all feel from time to time.
                         Stick with it matey.
                                              Graham. :tup:
 PS  See. you've provoked my biggest post ever!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on July 03, 2010, 08:26:13 AM
  Sorry. Me again!
                       Iv'e just noticed you made your post at four in the morning. Is there any significance in that?
                       It seems an odd time of day to be feeling that way.
                                            Graham.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Mick on July 03, 2010, 09:37:06 AM
Not annoyed, Sometime I just feel my posts are ignored or is it me. Ooops should be in, What annoyed you today? I honestly feel. Im not wanted here please say and Ill go, if I dont fit in

Dave, I know it feels like that sometimes, but I can assure you you're not being ignored.  You are as welcome as anyone else to be here, that's what I put the site up for. I think the lack of input is mainly down to the small member count we have here.  I've tried to get more members to visit, but the only people who sign up lately are spammers.

I also admit I don't post as much as I should as the site owner, but I'm very busy trying to put together a updated version of this site using the latest versions of the Forum, and Gallery software.  The ones we are using now will soon be unsupported.

Please don't take it personally.  ;)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on July 03, 2010, 11:59:53 AM
Not annoyed, Sometime I just feel my posts are ignored or is it me. Ooops should be in, What annoyed you today? I honestly feel. Im not wanted here please say and Ill go, if I don't fit in

Dave, your comments, pictures and thoughts are always welcome. It's the posting that makes people come in and read. According to the stats, over the last year i have been the biggest contributor to this site = but of late in know that not to be the case. I've been busy streamlining my work flow, upgrading to LR3 and building my web site. Oh yeah - and returning to work after the better part of a year off.

If you look, you will find that people are busy or moving on with things. Take Jonathan - always been  a regular contributor but he's becoming the new Tim Wallace. Work is preventing him from joining in as much.
A loss for us maybe - but good for him and that's how it should be.

But others will come along. Others of us will be able to start visiting more often. I'm sure this hot weather has not helped either. If i lived up you neck of the woods i probably wouldn't be here at all - i'd be up with Dave in the Lakes all the time. As for the World Cup and Wimbledon - and then the recession. These are all affecting what people are able to do and how much time they are able to give to contributing on a web site.

This site is not alone either. I've heard of a few others tog sites where the numbers are down - so don't give up. Hold in there.

Could i interest you in a possible meet around the September time?

 
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Just Dave on July 03, 2010, 12:40:56 PM
Thanks guys, I couldnt sleep last night and I did feel I was either being ignored or didnt fit in, I now know that is not the case, I do try to contribute, in a positive way, thanks again
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on July 03, 2010, 01:21:08 PM
   

         "Jonathan the new Tim"
                                           Discuss.



                                 Graham. :D


             
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Mick on July 03, 2010, 01:56:18 PM
Just looked, and Tim hasn't been on here since 23 May 2008  :o  ???  Think we can safely say he's not coming back to CC.  :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on July 03, 2010, 02:18:56 PM
Just looked, and Tim hasn't been on here since 23 May 2008  :o  ???  Think we can safely say he's not coming back to CC.  :(

I appreciate that point Mick.

For me, CC is the replacement for DCM - and when we all joined in at DCM, Tim was a regular whose attendance diminished with his increased work commitments.
But through all of that, he was always giving in his contributions as is Jonathan now (1 star wars excluded - although some would say that was helpful in its own way).
You only have to visit Jonathan's site, see the comments on this site or visit other forums he contributes on to realise he is getting busier and with less time to visit such forums.

Whilst we as amateurs may lose out by not getting a regular supply of good advice and discussion points we have to be happy that Tim, Jonathan or Dave who are professional photographers by trade are too busy to give this site the time they would like. But it does leave a vacuum to be filled by the next up and coming professional.

The question is - who is the next amateur to turn pro and make a go of it whilst giving tips on how they're making photography work for them?
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: ABERS on July 03, 2010, 02:29:09 PM
   

         "Jonathan the new Tim"
                                           Discuss.



                                 Graham. :D


             

Well they've both got something called a 'blad. 8)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on July 03, 2010, 03:01:21 PM
   

         "Jonathan the new Tim"
                                           Discuss.



                                 Graham. :D


             

Well they've both got something called a 'blad. 8)


     Short for "Bladder problem" if memory serves.
                           Graham. :2funny:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on July 03, 2010, 03:40:46 PM
   

         "Jonathan the new Tim"
                                           Discuss.



                                 Graham. :D


             

Well they've both got something called a 'blad. 8)


     Short for "Bladder problem" if memory serves.
                           Graham. :2funny:


Gee, I have one of them, it hasn't helped my photography one bit.  :-[
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on July 03, 2010, 05:18:03 PM
Just looked, and Tim hasn't been on here since 23 May 2008  :o  ???  Think we can safely say he's not coming back to CC.  :(
Good point Mick
Why we still plugging his site then on the front page? Would rather see something from a regular IMHO
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hybridphotog on July 03, 2010, 05:29:49 PM
For me, CC is the replacement for DCM - and when we all joined in at DCM, Tim was a regular whose attendance diminished with his increased work commitments.
But through all of that, he was always giving in his contributions as is Jonathan now (1 star wars excluded - although some would say that was helpful in its own way).
You only have to visit Jonathan's site, see the comments on this site or visit other forums he contributes on to realise he is getting busier and with less time to visit such forums.
Hmm... my views of Tim are somewhat marred by an unprovoked outburst, thanks to him assuming I'd said something about his family.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Mick on July 03, 2010, 06:20:19 PM

Good point Mick
Why we still plugging his site then on the front page? Would rather see something from a regular IMHO


Got any suggestions?   :idea: If Jonathan or anyone else is willing to provide a little pic (160 pixels wide x 200 pixels high)to replace the one in that block, I'll change it.  or add some more blocks.  :tup:

Even better if they can supply a little code to go in a PHP or HTML block to go with it.  :legit:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on July 03, 2010, 08:53:18 PM
why not vary it each month? A different tog with a site to show...

If you look in the member profiles it looks like you could last a couple of years before coming round again - and that's assuming no new sites turn up in the mean time.
Maybe you could call it 'site of the month', or 'photographer of the month'.

Let the person who is featured pick the next site, but it can't be one that's been used in the last 2 years or similar...

There are some excellent sites by some excellent photographers on this forum, and they're not all pros either.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hybridphotog on July 03, 2010, 10:30:09 PM
Even better if they can supply a little code to go in a PHP or HTML block to go with it.  :legit:
Heh... coward. ;)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Mick on July 04, 2010, 09:18:20 AM

Heh... coward. ;)


Doh  :doh: , rumbled again.

This is about my limit.  :D  The code used in a HTML - BBC block

Code: [Select]
<img height="200" alt="" width="160" align="middle" src="/forum/tp-images/Image/albanner1.jpg" />
<center>
<a href="http://www.ambientlife.co.uk/"target="_blank">Ambient Life!</a>

Work by Professional Photographer<br> Tim Wallace™

Well worth a look
</center>
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Mick on July 04, 2010, 09:32:27 AM
why not vary it each month? A different tog with a site to show...

If you look in the member profiles it looks like you could last a couple of years before coming round again - and that's assuming no new sites turn up in the mean time.
Maybe you could call it 'site of the month', or 'photographer of the month'.

Let the person who is featured pick the next site, but it can't be one that's been used in the last 2 years or similar...

There are some excellent sites by some excellent photographers on this forum, and they're not all pros either.

Sounds like a good plan Andrew.  I'll look into how to do this on the testsite.  I should be able to give mods more access to editing blocks etc, so this stuff can be done by other members and not just me.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hybridphotog on July 05, 2010, 02:14:37 PM
The HTML looks ok on its own, so I had a ganders at the front page source. To be honest, there's no real way of improving the banner code as it stands; the whole front page would need a rewrite.

More on the "How to unlock a Vodafone phone" story. It looks like I was dished-up page two of the nosupportasaurus script...
"You need to contact the person who sold you the phone and purchase the unlock code from them".

Hmm. I bought the Vodafone-branded, Vodafone-locked phone from Vodafone... and I've already advised them that they stopped charging for the unlock code two years ago.

The saga might trundle on.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Mick on July 05, 2010, 06:52:34 PM

To be honest, there's no real way of improving the banner code as it stands; the whole front page would need a rewrite.


Lost me already Dave.  :-[ :D

Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on July 05, 2010, 07:35:21 PM
I'm very busy trying to put together a updated version of this site using the latest versions of the Forum, and Gallery software.  The ones we are using now will soon be unsupported.

Don't take this the wrong way - but I don't know why you bother.

Forum admin must take a chunk of your time and some money.  Plus sleepless nights when it gets hacked or when there's a security panic or your web server crashes.  Plus dealing with people saying "where's the upload button".

It would take less than 5 mins and no money to set the whole site up on Flickr.  It might even attract new members.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Mick on July 05, 2010, 07:56:20 PM

Don't take this the wrong way - but I don't know why you bother.


Not at all Jonathan.  You're probably right to be honest.  But I do actually enjoy the challenge, and get some satisfaction out of putting it together and seeing it work, (or not).  Plus I have to say I've learnt quite a bit at the same time.

Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on July 05, 2010, 09:06:52 PM
WAMT? People who post replies to questions or comments on threads that have nothing or little to do with what's been posted before (not something I've experienced here let me say) .

I'm thinking of buying some replacement body panels for my Jeep. I posted a question on a Jeep forum I've been a member of for several years. I simply asked if anyone had 'experience' with them and by extension an Auto paint shop that could properly install them. Think of it as asking, "does anyone here have experience with apples and how do they taste?" Instead I get back something like " I can sell you an orange for 2 p."  I know the nuances of the English language don't always translate without facial expressions but some times an apple is just an apple.  :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hybridphotog on July 05, 2010, 10:45:05 PM
Lost me already Dave.  :-[ :D
???
I can tell there's a slight difference in how we put a website together. ;)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: krennon on July 11, 2010, 08:53:21 AM
The birds this morning...or more to point the parliament of crows (there must've been at least 8 crows there) that decided to gang up on 2 magpies....The noise was unbelievable....  :-\ The crows cawing and the magpies chattering in consteranation at being ganged up on...So much for a Sunday morning lie in  >:( ....and wouldn't have got any shots as the crows were moving to quick, the magpies were trying to defend their tree by staying in it and I woul d have been shooting into the sun.....and it's now clouded over and it's spitting with rain....we need it though....so that's actually a bit of a positive really I gues......I used to be indecisive now I'm not so sure... ;)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: happypaddler on July 16, 2010, 07:32:47 PM
My case arrived today for my iPhone 4 so that I get rid of the occasional "death grip" issue... then Apple launches a press conference to say everyone is getting a free case... ah well I suppose I'll have a spare!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on July 17, 2010, 03:06:56 PM

US bank Goldman Sachs has agreed to pay $550m (£356m) to settle civil fraud charges of misleading investors.

The charges concerned Goldman's marketing of mortgage investments as the US housing market faltered.

In April, the SEC charged Goldman with failing to disclose "vital information" that one of its clients, Paulson & Co, helped to choose which securities were packaged into a mortgage portfolio that was then sold to investors in 2007.

It claimed Goldman did not disclose that Paulson, one of the world's largest hedge funds, had bet that the value of the securities would fall.

The SEC alleged that investors in the mortgage securities, packaged into a vehicle called Abacus, lost more than $1bn (£650m) in the US housing market collapse.

All of that $1bn was then paid out to Paulson, who - unknown to the investors - stood on the other side of the deal as a "short" investor in the deal.

The UK's Royal Bank of Scotland, which is now 84% owned by the UK taxpayer and lost about $840m in investments, will receive $100m compensation.

RBS has indicated that it may sue Goldman for the rest of the money it lost, saying that it would "carefully consider all of its options".

German bank IKB Deutsche Industriebank will receive $150m of the SEC fine, meaning it will recoup all of its losses on the Abacus deal that was the subject of the SEC's investigation.

This is despite the fact that RBS's investment in Abacus actually ranked senior to IKB's investment - meaning that RBS's investment was supposed to be safer.

Some will argue that Goldman Sachs got off lightly. The remaining $300m will go to the US Treasury.

Goldman, arguably the world's most prestigious investment bank, had escaped relatively unscathed from the global financial meltdown.

Since then, the company has become a lightning rod for anger over Wall Street's profligacy and seeming arrogance.

It received $10bn of government aid under the Troubled Asset Relief Program (Tarp) in 2008 - money that Goldman has said throughout that it did not need.

The company also received a $12.9bn cash payout from AIG - the full amount owed to it - after the failing insurer was saved by the US government in by far the most expensive single bail-out of the financial crisis.

Despite these rescues, Goldman went on to record $12.2bn in profits in 2009, on top of the $16.2bn handed out to staff in pay and perks.


At last the truth is out about the banking collaspe. The 'record fine' is equal to 1.2% of their annual profit. It's nice to know crime doesn't pay!  >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on July 20, 2010, 11:50:18 AM
LR3. It appears there may be a performance issue akin to the iPhone 4 signal strength thing.

LR3 is causing performance issues by hogging memory and bringing machines to a stand still. So hacked off because it's almost stifling my ability to use it.
At this rate i'm gonna have to revert back to LR2 - thank god i hung on to my LR2 catalogues before upgrading cos LR3 catalogues are not backwardly compatible!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on July 21, 2010, 02:03:16 PM
Last couple of weeks actually. I've done something to my Firefox settings and it won't log me into the site automatically anymore.  :'( I know it's not the site because my Ubuntu machine still logs me in fine.  ???
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hybridphotog on July 21, 2010, 02:15:30 PM
What's annoying me atm..? The cheap-arse mouse on my PC! The mousewheel doesn't respond properly. If I don't scroll one click at a time, web pages end up scrolling a line in the other direction.

Not only that, its optical setup is less than impressive. Last week I had to remove one tiny hair from its optical area, as the pointer tended to go in other directions to where I was wanting it to go.

Ah well... come the new PC... and other stuff... ;)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on July 28, 2010, 09:00:30 PM
This post was supposed to go in the "What made you feel good" thread. I designed and submitted a logo for an artist group I belong to. It was one of several and mine got picked, made me feel good. The two co-founders then asked me if I could add a tag line one of the other members came up with, so I did, 3 different versions. They picked a design, but asked if I could reduce the font on the tag line. Which I did. They agreed that was what they wanted and sent the "final draft" out to all the members. Now someone has emailed me and asked if I couldn't make the font on the tag line bigger and bolder. Don't know if he's trying wind me up as a joke, but I don't find it funny.  >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on July 31, 2010, 12:23:54 AM
McAfee decided to install new software which included a disk scanning program running all the time, without telling me? It resulted in my PC freezing and locking up whenever I tried to use various programs including Task Manager. After a lot of messing around and reboots I found the cause and stopped it. I run scans at various times between a week and a month but I don't need it running at all times on my disk and using all the resources. If I hadn't paid for a two year subscription I would have deleted the whole program and installed Norton.  >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on July 31, 2010, 06:33:31 AM
McAfee decided to install new software which included a disk scanning program running all the time, without telling me? It resulted in my PC freezing and locking up whenever I tried to use various programs including Task Manager. After a lot of messing around and reboots I found the cause and stopped it. I run scans at various times between a week and a month but I don't need it running at all times on my disk and using all the resources. If I hadn't paid for a two year subscription I would have deleted the whole program and installed Norton.  >:(

       Hi OldBoy.
                       Was there no warning that McAfee were going to do this or was it "Hidden" in a general update?
                       I have Norton on my Desktop and McAfee on my Laptop.
                                   Graham.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on July 31, 2010, 07:26:57 AM
Mcafee & Norton both have 'form' for this type of scanning activity.
Norton was usually the more aggressive of the two and i've seen many a good (and powerful) computer brought to its knees by this activity.

It was for that very reason that about 3 or 4 years ago i moved over to Kaspersky.
What a breath of fresh air.
No back ground activity to note, no scanning of every key stroke, opening or closing a file etc.

It does it's job very well and people i've recommended it to have all made the same comment - they're not moving from it while it runs like that.
The only slightly down side i've come across is an increased rate of having to disable it whilst installing some software - but that's only because it's doing its job thoroughly!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on July 31, 2010, 09:07:30 AM
McAfee decided to install new software which included a disk scanning program running all the time, without telling me? It resulted in my PC freezing and locking up whenever I tried to use various programs including Task Manager. After a lot of messing around and reboots I found the cause and stopped it. I run scans at various times between a week and a month but I don't need it running at all times on my disk and using all the resources. If I hadn't paid for a two year subscription I would have deleted the whole program and installed Norton.  >:(

       Hi OldBoy.
                       Was there no warning that McAfee were going to do this or was it "Hidden" in a general update?
                       I have Norton on my Desktop and McAfee on my Laptop.
                                   Graham.

No warning at all, it just did it and even changed the opening screen as well.  >:(

I've always had Norton and had very little problem with it, but McAfee was already installed on this PC so I used it.  :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on July 31, 2010, 09:49:45 AM
Just been reading the online edition of Computer Active and came across this video of the lastest scam. You are cold called about a problem with your PC and to prove their point, they get you to open the event viewer which lists warnings and error messages, which are always present on your system, regardless of which Widows operating system you have. They claim to be working with/for Microsoft but Microsoft don't do this.  >:(

http://www.computeractive.co.uk/computeractive/video/2266990/call-windows-service-centre%20


If you get one of these calls then hang up.  :tup:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on July 31, 2010, 10:15:07 AM
yellow triangles and red circles in event viewer eh?

If M$ were to make it clear that this feature has been deliberately put into Windows and is the last hing that is likely to record malware or a virus then they might eliminate the opportunity for this type of scam.


Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on July 31, 2010, 12:17:57 PM
   Had a call this morning from some chap wanting me to discuss my home security with him over the phone. :o
   Needless to say, it was a very short 'phone call!
                                       Graham.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: michaelb104 on July 31, 2010, 04:45:03 PM
The other half and I were in stop start traffic this morning coming up to a busy roundabout and this stupid c*w nearly tail ended us because she was lighting up a cigarette, it makes me so bl**dy angry  >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: ABERS on August 01, 2010, 07:21:44 AM
Watching the apples on my neighbour's and my own apple trees beong decimated by a large flock of Green Ringnecked Parakeets. The most annoying thing is they don't just take the odd apple, I wouldn't mind that, but they proceed to take a lump out of each apple in turn ruining the whole crop.

They may add some exotic flair to the garden but they are noisy green destructive bas*tards whose necks I would cheerfully 'wring'. >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on August 01, 2010, 10:35:04 AM
They may add some exotic flair to the garden but they are noisy green destructive bas*tards whose necks I would cheerfully 'wring'. >:(

Begs i get first dibs at getting the pictures of you wringing said birds necks  :o
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on August 01, 2010, 04:14:51 PM
Watching the apples on my neighbour's and my own apple trees beong decimated by a large flock of Green Ringnecked Parakeets. The most annoying thing is they don't just take the odd apple, I wouldn't mind that, but they proceed to take a lump out of each apple in turn ruining the whole crop.

They may add some exotic flair to the garden but they are noisy green destructive bas*tards whose necks I would cheerfully 'wring'. >:(
          We have two old apple trees in our garden and the birds tend to leave them alone. However the Blackbirds do like to get as Pi$$ed as F&£ts picking at the rotting windfalls. :beer:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hybridphotog on August 02, 2010, 08:20:22 PM
What's currently making my hair go grey(er)?

Prices for the Canon 50D are slowly creeping up. I started out with a price of £549 at Ffordes (sole secondhand body). It stayed at £549 at Cameraworld. It's currently £569 at somewhere called "Simply Electronics".

Friday can't come soon enough... for more than one reason.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on August 02, 2010, 08:46:51 PM
It's currently £569 at somewhere called "Simply Electronics".

Let's put you out of your misery then...

Simply Electronics is not a place you wish to do business with. It was on the "to avoid" list when PR was still DCM and still in its youth!
I see Park Cameras have a used 50D on their books. Don't know the price - but if its in your range they're very good on delivery etc. Failing that i can drop it off to you when i visit Suffolk next weekend (not this weekend). Clacton's only an A133 diversion  :tup: (or is it A120?)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hybridphotog on August 02, 2010, 09:58:40 PM
Let's put you out of your misery then...

Simply Electronics is not a place you wish to do business with. It was on the "to avoid" list when PR was still DCM and still in its youth!
I see Park Cameras have a used 50D on their books. Don't know the price - but if its in your range they're very good on delivery etc. Failing that i can drop it off to you when i visit Suffolk next weekend (not this weekend). Clacton's only an A133 diversion  :tup: (or is it A120?)
Thanks for the information. Do Park Cameras have something against listing their second-hand prices, or is it just that particular 50D that they can't/won't show a price online for?
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on August 02, 2010, 10:06:15 PM
http://www.srsmicrosystems.co.uk/3107/Used-Canon-EOS-50D-Digital-SLR-Body.html

have used this company several times - very helpful
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on August 03, 2010, 12:43:45 PM
annoyed, depressed, despondent....It's only 7:40 am. here and already the humidity has the temp feeling like 31 C. By afternoon it's going feel like 37 C.  I don't mind the heat, but the humidity is a killer. Literally for some people.  :( I will likely have to abandon my den shortly as it is east facing and the sun will be pounding in the windows shortly.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on August 03, 2010, 01:35:01 PM
Let's put you out of your misery then...

Simply Electronics is not a place you wish to do business with. It was on the "to avoid" list when PR was still DCM and still in its youth!
I see Park Cameras have a used 50D on their books. Don't know the price - but if its in your range they're very good on delivery etc. Failing that i can drop it off to you when i visit Suffolk next weekend (not this weekend). Clacton's only an A133 diversion  :tup: (or is it A120?)
Thanks for the information. Do Park Cameras have something against listing their second-hand prices, or is it just that particular 50D that they can't/won't show a price online for?
It's an odd one that. Some of the stuff gets listed in the used section  on other occasions they list it with the new stuff and don't add a price.
Probably if i went in the store it would be in the "used cabinet" with the price on (cabinet is where they house the good stuff like 1Ds and 1D models)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: krennon on August 03, 2010, 06:30:27 PM
Just been reading the online edition of Computer Active and came across this video of the lastest scam. You are cold called about a problem with your PC and to prove their point, they get you to open the event viewer which lists warnings and error messages, which are always present on your system, regardless of which Widows operating system you have. They claim to be working with/for Microsoft but Microsoft don't do this.  >:(

http://www.computeractive.co.uk/computeractive/video/2266990/call-windows-service-centre%20


If you get one of these calls then hang up.  :tup:

Remember posting about this a few weeks ago, the gentleman purporting to be from Microsoft telling me I had a virus on my computer and they needed some info...at which point I told the heavily Indian accented man that I thought this was a scam call and he would not get any info from me and hung up.....the telephone version of the 419 scam.....along with the fax version we got at work the other day....As I said in my original post about the scam call MICROSOFT DO NOT AND WILL NOT TALK TO END USERS and never will, and if you are really really in schtook and manage to speak to Micosoft you will pay an absolute premioum for the privilege
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on August 12, 2010, 04:57:11 PM
£500 to fix my D3 :(

It needs a new base plate unit.  Nobody's really sure what that is.  But to get at it you have to dismantle the camera and rebuild it.  You also need to replace lots of bits you break in the process.

Plus I just sold my D2s so I only have one decent camera ATM.  Apart from the blad.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: anglefire on August 12, 2010, 07:42:26 PM
Isn't it, I only have 1 decent camera, and a Nikon? :)


Seriously, I'm sorry to hear your cam is at  the doctors. But you must have taken 80-100k clicks with it?
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on August 12, 2010, 08:10:01 PM
£500 to fix my D3 :(

It needs a new base plate unit. 

Screwed it to tight to the tripod then?  :-[

£500 doesn't seem to bad a price to pay.  :tup:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on August 13, 2010, 07:46:35 AM
Seriously, I'm sorry to hear your cam is at  the doctors. But you must have taken 80-100k clicks with it?

150K.  It's barely run in ;)

Screwed it to tight to the tripod then?  :-[

No.  It has a Kirk L plate on it all the time (fantastic bit of kit).  The base plate unit appears to be part of the mirror box and controls aperture.  It's buried inside the camera and so needs a strip down and reassemble.  Nikon thoughtfully put a load of circuit boards on it.  Hence the cost.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on August 13, 2010, 09:42:58 AM
LR3 has downed my Mac again.  >:(
This time have a screenshot to show what's happening but can you report it to Adobe.
Their idea of support has clearly adopted the ostrich mentality - stick you head in the ground and pretend it doesn't happen.

I'm trying to sort out some shots from Sundays shoot to give the models, and at this rat i will just have to send them unprocessed originals from the camera except converted from RAW to jpg!

What's really annoying is that my LR3 catalogue can not be used with LR2 so if i go for an uninstall i will have to start all over again! Re-import, keyword, process every bloody picture.

Update - i've just been asked to submit feedback on my usage of the Adobe support system for my product - and, you'll love this, they don't even list LR3 as a product they support  :o

Honestly - you couldn't write it!

Ok - so now spoken to a nice man in support. He has logged into my machine and watched it in action.
Conclusion: LR3 likes lots of memory - the more pictures you have in a folder, the more folders you have and the more processing you do to a picture all adds to the memory requirements. Not just a little, but loads. Apparently my 3.5k of pictures with little more than cropping, saturation, clarity and some conversion to B&W with subtle slider bar adjustments has taken me to my limit for 4gb. I have had to delete a picture because i have processed it soooo much, it eats the whole 4gb of ram each time i click on it!
So to use LR3 like i would have used LR2 will require at least 8gb ram, and as i now have Snow Leopard installed i can up my ram to 16gb(but 8gb should do it).
Windows apparently is just as bad...
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on August 20, 2010, 09:36:14 AM
It's possible my photoshoot with the Saturdays has fallen through.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on August 21, 2010, 09:56:29 AM
It's possible my photoshoot with the Saturdays has fallen through.

don't think they understand what they'd be missing out on!  :tup:
their loss Jonathan...
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: anglefire on August 22, 2010, 07:09:39 PM
Should I say, "Who are the Saturdays"? Or would that show my age  ;D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on August 23, 2010, 08:03:15 AM
Should I say, "Who are the Saturdays"? Or would that show my age  ;D

A popular beet combo m'lud.  More popular in some circles for their pleasing appearance than musical ability.

http://www.thesaturdays.co.uk/gallery/
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on August 23, 2010, 08:06:39 AM
Should I say, "Who are the Saturdays"? Or would that show my age  ;D

A popular beet combo m'lud.  More popular in some circles for their pleasing appearance than musical ability.

http://www.thesaturdays.co.uk/gallery/

A group of "today" - a sort of "girls want to be aloud" sort of thing...
And no you're not showing your age.
I wonder how many men of a certain age watch Girls Aloud for their musical ability?


Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on August 23, 2010, 04:29:16 PM


A group of "today" - a sort of "girls want to be aloud" sort of thing...
And no you're not showing your age.
I wonder how many men of a certain age watch Girls Aloud for their musical ability?




I was going to show my age and compare them to the Spice Girls. I have no idea who Girls Aloud are. I was about to say, my daughter doesn't listen to them, but I realized I have no idea what music she listens to these days.  :-[
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on August 23, 2010, 10:45:08 PM
Adobe, I have Elements 8. I'm going to buy an iMac with my final check from work. I contacted their customer service to see if I could deactivate my Windows version and get a Mac version and use the same licence. Nope. I can switch from one Windows machine to another and swap the licence but not from Windows to Mac.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on August 24, 2010, 06:46:58 AM
Adobe, I have Elements 8. I'm going to buy an iMac with my final check from work. I contacted their customer service to see if I could deactivate my Windows version and get a Mac version and use the same licence. Nope. I can switch from one Windows machine to another and swap the licence but not from Windows to Mac.

Yet they swapped my CS4 licence from Windows to Mac...

That said, i do not think Elements runs exactly the same between Windows & Mac - i think they have different version numbers etc...
But you can certainly ask them why they swap CS4 licences, and LR comes with Windows & Mac versions on the same disk but not Elements...
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on August 24, 2010, 07:56:53 AM
But you can certainly ask them why they swap CS4 licences, and LR comes with Windows & Mac versions on the same disk but not Elements...

It's possible they will say they offer that as a courtesy to professional users who spend hundreds of pounds on their software and choose not to extend it to the consumer market where very similar software sells for less than 10% of the cost.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on August 24, 2010, 02:54:56 PM
But you can certainly ask them why they swap CS4 licences, and LR comes with Windows & Mac versions on the same disk but not Elements...

It's possible they will say they offer that as a courtesy to professional users who spend hundreds of pounds on their software and choose not to extend it to the consumer market where very similar software sells for less than 10% of the cost.

It does seem the focus is on the Pro, the Apple store here doesn't even offer Elements 8 for Mac. I guess the paltry $80 charge doesn't carry enough cache for them.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on August 24, 2010, 03:09:50 PM
It's possible they will say they offer that as a courtesy to professional users who spend hundreds of pounds on their software and choose not to extend it to the consumer market where very similar software sells for less than 10% of the cost.

Which has always puzzled me why so many "non pros" see the CS (insert number) as a MUST have on their pc.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on August 24, 2010, 05:56:45 PM
It's possible they will say they offer that as a courtesy to professional users who spend hundreds of pounds on their software and choose not to extend it to the consumer market where very similar software sells for less than 10% of the cost.

Which has always puzzled me why so many "non pros" see the CS (insert number) as a MUST have on their pc.

I came by mine as a gift many moons back - so the extortionate cost was some thing i never had to fork out for.
I find that nearly every thing i do now, is done with Adobe Lightroom - a little over twice the cost of Elements and does almost everything i need it to do...
Which is why i get soooo annoyed when it doesn't seemt o work properly  >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: anglefire on August 27, 2010, 05:34:38 PM
It's possible they will say they offer that as a courtesy to professional users who spend hundreds of pounds on their software and choose not to extend it to the consumer market where very similar software sells for less than 10% of the cost.

Which has always puzzled me why so many "non pros" see the CS (insert number) as a MUST have on their pc.

One reason is possibly batch processing - you can record actions in CSx, but not in elements - which can only run them (Well most bits as long as the commands are available :tup:)

I use actions an enormous amount - get the images right in ACR - then load into CS5 to do the final processing and saving, the final bit as a batch.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on September 06, 2010, 11:49:33 PM
Just got home from a long weekend away at what is generally referred to here, as Cottage Country where the wife and I stayed at a small inn on the Trent/Severen canal system. Was exploring small towns to relocate to. What's annoying me currently is the memory card I used all weekend, for my photos keeps locking up my PC when I try to download them. I've tried Lightroom, Bridge, even Win7's own explorer. I think the cards gone bad.  >:( :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 07, 2010, 12:06:58 AM
Just got home from a long weekend away at what is generally referred to here, as Cottage Country where the wife and I stayed at a small inn on the Trent/Severen canal system. Was exploring small towns to relocate to. What's annoying me currently is the memory card I used all weekend, for my photos keeps locking up my PC when I try to download them. I've tried Lightroom, Bridge, even Win7's own explorer. I think the cards gone bad.  >:( :(

Use a image recovery program, as my guess is the Fat file on your card is corrupt. Try Zero Assumption as it will rebuild it.  ;D

http://www.z-a-recovery.com/digital-image-recovery.htm
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on September 07, 2010, 02:57:47 AM
Tried it, and a piece of software that came with one of my memory cards called PC Inspector file recovery. Same problem as with the other software. PC Inspector hung at 'scanning drive' and ZAR hung at 50% of drive scan.  :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 07, 2010, 10:23:11 AM
Tried it, and a piece of software that came with one of my memory cards called PC Inspector file recovery. Same problem as with the other software. PC Inspector hung at 'scanning drive' and ZAR hung at 50% of drive scan.  :(

Format the card in your camera then try Zero Assumption again. If it still hangs then do a low level format in your PC and try Zero Assumption again. It may mean you lose a couple of pictures but you should recover the rest. I still think it's the fat file that's causing both programs to hang, but it could also mean that the card has a fault in some of it's memory areas.  ???
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on September 07, 2010, 11:36:29 AM
Did that, left it running all night, 7 hrs. and 32 mins. It remained hung at 50 %. Tried 2 other programs, Recuva and PhotoRec same hang. Even tried a different card reader.  :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on September 07, 2010, 11:41:31 AM
What about shoving it in a Mac or Linux based machine?

Yeah, i know i'll get all the comments about what's the difference and brand etc - but this is a computer file you're talking about.
You have to apply the Sherlock Holmes approach - when you've tried the probable, try the improbable - no matter how improbable it sounds.

What have you got to lose?
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on September 07, 2010, 11:45:46 AM
What about shoving it in a Mac or Linux based machine?

Yeah, i know i'll get all the comments about what's the difference and brand etc - but this is a computer file you're talking about.
You have to apply the Sherlock Holmes approach - when you've tried the probable, try the improbable - no matter how improbable it sounds.

What have you got to lose?

Tried that too. Ubuntu studio. It had 100 shots on it. Both machines would list them, both machines would identify their file names, file size and show me thumbnails but neither machine would open up files 63 through 73.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on September 07, 2010, 01:15:13 PM
I guess, I'll have to be satisfied with getting 90 of the shots processed. I ran a command line program called Testdisk in Ubuntu and it basically says the disk is corrupted beyond recovery. Something about MBR, headers and cylinders not matching.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on September 07, 2010, 02:41:33 PM
I ran a command line program called Testdisk in Ubuntu and it basically says the disk is corrupted beyond recovery. Something about MBR, headers and cylinders not matching.

MBR used to stand for Master Boot Record (may still do) and was often attached to the bootable drive of a computer.
Now, if you have a good copy of the MBR, and your hacking skills are up there - it is doable.

The reality is, most often, that the drive is screwed and only a thorough format will make it usable again. Doesn't always work - but better than nothing.
Myself, given the cost of memory cards nowadays, i'd bin it and get a new one...
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on September 07, 2010, 05:22:04 PM
I ran a command line program called Testdisk in Ubuntu and it basically says the disk is corrupted beyond recovery. Something about MBR, headers and cylinders not matching.

MBR used to stand for Master Boot Record (may still do) and was often attached to the bootable drive of a computer.
Now, if you have a good copy of the MBR, and your hacking skills are up there - it is doable.

The reality is, most often, that the drive is screwed and only a thorough format will make it usable again. Doesn't always work - but better than nothing.
Myself, given the cost of memory cards nowadays, i'd bin it and get a new one...

While I do have the skills, I agree with you, not worth the effort particularly when I only lost 10 out of 100 RAW's.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: skellum on September 07, 2010, 07:28:37 PM
Droped and broke my flash.. >:( :'(  It still works manually but won't attach to the camera...
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 07, 2010, 07:54:37 PM
I ran a command line program called Testdisk in Ubuntu and it basically says the disk is corrupted beyond recovery. Something about MBR, headers and cylinders not matching.

MBR used to stand for Master Boot Record (may still do) and was often attached to the bootable drive of a computer.
Now, if you have a good copy of the MBR, and your hacking skills are up there - it is doable.

The reality is, most often, that the drive is screwed and only a thorough format will make it usable again. Doesn't always work - but better than nothing.
Myself, given the cost of memory cards nowadays, i'd bin it and get a new one...

While I do have the skills, I agree with you, not worth the effort particularly when I only lost 10 out of 100 RAW's.
If you did a low level format using the PC then it should reset MBR and your headers and cylinders and mark bad sectors as unusable.  :tup:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on September 07, 2010, 07:59:19 PM
Droped and broke my flash.. >:( :'(  It still works manually but won't attach to the camera...
        Sorry to hear that. Somebody somewhere is telling you to slow down a bit! ;)
                        Graham.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 07, 2010, 08:46:32 PM
Droped and broke my flash.. >:( :'(  It still works manually but won't attach to the camera...

Did you swear? I would have.  :-[

Perhaps you could get it repaired or if it's the metal leg try openimg it up a bit with a screwdriver.  :tup:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: skellum on September 08, 2010, 10:54:09 AM
Droped and broke my flash.. >:( :'(  It still works manually but won't attach to the camera...

Bought another flash the damaged one sits on the supplied stand ok ( or tripod ) and can be used as a remote slave flash so drama over and I have another addition to my Kit... :)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on September 08, 2010, 11:16:09 AM
If it's just impact damage to the foot then it's easy (and relatively cheap) to get it fixed.

Before Nikon changed to metal feet it was about 12 quid and they could do it while you wait.  That's because laods of people broke them all the time ;)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on September 17, 2010, 02:24:11 PM
FLICKR. I tried to delete a couple of my photos as I'd posted them in the wrong set. Flickr instead of just deleting them started nagging me. Are you sure, are you sure. I think it gave me that damn are you sure message 3 times before it would finally delete the photos. Talk about playing to the lowest common denominator among us. Are people really that stupid? :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 17, 2010, 08:16:40 PM
FLICKR. I tried to delete a couple of my photos as I'd posted them in the wrong set. Flickr instead of just deleting them started nagging me. Are you sure, are you sure. I think it gave me that damn are you sure message 3 times before it would finally delete the photos. Talk about playing to the lowest common denominator among us. Are people really that stupid? :(

Yes.  :o

I remember a girl who put a floppy disk in her PC to update some files on it, and somehow got the reformat disk option to start. The first question it asks is, "Do you want to format disk?", and the options Yes No with Yes selected by default. To get out of this she hit the enter key. The next question was, "Formatting will erase all data on the disk?", with the option Yes No again with Yes selected by default. Again she hit the enter key and the disk was formatted.  :'( Asked why she hit the enter key each time she said she was trying to stop it.  :-[
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on September 17, 2010, 09:49:03 PM
Was she ........blonde? :legit:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on September 17, 2010, 11:25:21 PM
if it was in the days of floppy disks - surely she was vanilla  :D ;D :doh:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on September 18, 2010, 08:20:38 AM
The problem is with tecky language: when we had our firsts digital camera some years ago the inimitable Mrs H was looking through our holiday snaps on the last day of our trip. She happened upon an image that was taken portrait rather than landscape and looked for a way to change it. She happened upon the 'format' command, and decided yes she did wish to change the format of the image from landscape to portrait and OK'd the action, believing that she would then be presented with a subsequent menu containing the options. This was in the days before Zero Assumption, so that was the end of the contents of that card.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 18, 2010, 09:16:06 AM
Was she ........blonde? :legit:

No, dark haired. She used to come into work at 10:00. One day the senior manager asked why she didn't come in earlier and her reply was, "I don't like getting up earlier!"  :o

She didn't last long after that.  :doh:

if it was in the days of floppy disks - surely she was vanilla  :D ;D :doh:

It was our first IMB 286 PC with a 10mb, yes 10mb, hard drive with Dos 3.3 and Windows 3.1.  :tup:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 18, 2010, 09:23:02 AM
The problem is with tecky language: when we had our firsts digital camera some years ago the inimitable Mrs H was looking through our holiday snaps on the last day of our trip. She happened upon an image that was taken portrait rather than landscape and looked for a way to change it. She happened upon the 'format' command, and decided yes she did wish to change the format of the image from landscape to portrait and OK'd the action, believing that she would then be presented with a subsequent menu containing the options. This was in the days before Zero Assumption, so that was the end of the contents of that card.

You could still have recovered it then, if you had a PC and were willing to use MSDos's Recovery program, but if you didn't get it right then your harddrive would have been toast!  :'(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on September 18, 2010, 03:17:17 PM
Now he tells me!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on September 18, 2010, 03:21:29 PM
I dropped my camera.

D3 + 70-200 4 feet onto stone floor with the whole congregation watching.  Lens and camera came apart and the lens bounced down some stone steps.

Lens hood split and crack to front part of the barrel of the lens.  Camera and lens both appear to be working OK but I should probably get them checked.  Camera had just been serviced and focus was absolutely spot on.  I have a wedding on Thursday, big one on Saturday and a party (to photograph) Saturday night.

Oops.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on September 18, 2010, 03:37:19 PM
I dropped my camera.

D3 + 70-200 4 feet onto stone floor with the whole congregation watching.  Lens and camera came apart and the lens bounced down some stone steps.

Lens hood split and crack to front part of the barrel of the lens.  Camera and lens both appear to be working OK but I should probably get them checked.  Camera had just been serviced and focus was absolutely spot on.  I have a wedding on Thursday, big one on Saturday and a party (to photograph) Saturday night.

Oops.
          It's a strange feeling is'nt it, a combination of sickness and embarasment.
          Lucky it was'nt an expensive one!
                      Graham.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 18, 2010, 07:27:00 PM
I dropped my camera.

D3 + 70-200 4 feet onto stone floor with the whole congregation watching.  Lens and camera came apart and the lens bounced down some stone steps.

Lens hood split and crack to front part of the barrel of the lens.  Camera and lens both appear to be working OK but I should probably get them checked.  Camera had just been serviced and focus was absolutely spot on.  I have a wedding on Thursday, big one on Saturday and a party (to photograph) Saturday night.

Oops.

Butter fingers!  :'(

That's why I always wear it round my neck.  ;D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: anglefire on September 18, 2010, 07:48:44 PM
I do normally - but last year I'd hired a 300mm f2,8 and was using the lens strap - and forgot - so let go of the lens body when I took off the 300 - dropped about 2' on to the ground. Grass luckily! Still works fine.

But its not something to be recommended!

Can you get them to Nikon and back in Time Jonathan? I don't know what Nikon service is like, but my membership to CPS means about a 2 or 3 day turnaround with loan gear available if needed too - and I think its free if the repair is over the agreed time. I assume Nikon is similar?
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on September 18, 2010, 08:19:43 PM
Can you get them to Nikon and back in Time Jonathan?

If not, he'll have to make do with a D3s  ;)

Though i should, by may of not tempting fate, there but for the grace of god...
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: anglefire on September 18, 2010, 09:02:28 PM
Yeah, but any pro would not go out without backups.

Which is handy he has the Blad at least  :tup:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: rksmith51 on September 18, 2010, 09:48:46 PM
 :'( not a good feeling.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on September 19, 2010, 02:24:12 PM
Thanks everyone.

I have shoulder straps on the Nikons but never put them round my neck.  Very bad for posture - do it a few times and you're half way to a bad back.

As for getting it checked before Thursday....in theory it's possible.  Courier pick up Monday, deliver Tues, techs look at it late Tues and get same day collection.  Back here Wednesday.  But really it's too risky.  Plus a lot of the loan kit and some of the techs will be at London Fashion Week.  Fastest way to get work done would actually be to crash LFW - there's usually a Nikon desk there.

But close inspection of the files shows they were both working fine after impact.  Bit of black dick tape and they will be good as new.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on September 19, 2010, 02:49:32 PM
 I think you mean DUCK tape sir.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on September 19, 2010, 04:13:08 PM
crushed my right hand when stacking things in storage (and a whole pile collapsed).
thank heavens Mac's don't have  a right click on the mouse.
Pain is, well a pain  :o, and all swollen up, so no pint taking camera today - can't press the button  :'(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Sarasocke on September 19, 2010, 09:36:53 PM
I did my very first wedding couple of weeks ago. The results were OK considering I had no wedding experience. I put up this gallery for the bride to have a quick look.
http://picasaweb.google.de/herbcar/WendyDaniel?authkey=Gv1sRgCI61xt3v37n2Uw#
I sent her the original pics on a cd and she's made her own Picasa album, of course without my "sarasocke" on my photos and has mixed in a couple of photos from other camera wielding guests.
The link http://picasaweb.google.de/herbcar/WendyDaniel?authkey=Gv1sRgCI61xt3v37n2Uw# is being posted all over the place by the bride. Have a look a photo number 40 for instance. Or 42. Or 69 .....

I think I want to cry ....  :(

I really don't know what to do, I don't know where she's being distributing her own online album, and I don't know what to say to her.
Or just forget it and not look at the album any more?
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 19, 2010, 11:02:53 PM
I did my very first wedding couple of weeks ago. The results were OK considering I had no wedding experience. I put up this gallery for the bride to have a quick look.
http://picasaweb.google.de/herbcar/WendyDaniel?authkey=Gv1sRgCI61xt3v37n2Uw#
I sent her the original pics on a cd and she's made her own Picasa album, of course without my "sarasocke" on my photos and has mixed in a couple of photos from other camera wielding guests.
The link http://picasaweb.google.de/herbcar/WendyDaniel?authkey=Gv1sRgCI61xt3v37n2Uw# is being posted all over the place by the bride. Have a look a photo number 40 for instance. Or 42. Or 69 .....

I think I want to cry ....  :(

I really don't know what to do, I don't know where she's being distributing her own online album, and I don't know what to say to her.
Or just forget it and not look at the album any more?

You've posted the same link twice.  If she has removed your copyright notice then she is breaking the law, unless you gave her the copyright. What you do about is upto to you and how far you want to take it. A gentle word might be best, but if that fails then you might need to seek redress in some form or other.  :(

Great set of pictures. Well done.  :tup:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on September 20, 2010, 07:55:51 AM
If she has removed your copyright notice then she is breaking the law, unless you gave her the copyright.

Sigh......  No.  No she's not.  It's possible that she's breaking the terms of a copyright agreement and infringing Carol's moral rights which are rolled up into the CD&P but I can't see how she is breaking one of the criminal sections of the act (sorry if this seems harsh - 99% of all forum posts on copyright are just flat out wrong.  Every time wrong information about the act is circulated it is weakened.)  Like most law it's more complicated than you think.  Section VI outlines the difference bewteen criminal infringement and civil infringement.

Out of interest, Carol may be infringing the act here by publishing a link to the pictures.  (NOBODY ever believes me about this - check out section 85 http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1988/48/section/85)

However, I'm guessing we are talking about German law here.  And that’s still pretty much a separate country...

I literally can't see what the problem is (cos you have linked to the same place twice ;) ) but it sounds similar to you buying her a painting of rare artistic beauty and watching her hang it next to scrawls by her cat.  Ignorant and extremely annoying.  But really what can you do.....?  Anybody with any taste and sense will spot the difference.  As for the others.....who cares?
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Sarasocke on September 20, 2010, 10:43:04 AM
Sorry was so fed up last night, I posted the wrong link. The bride's own album is here

http://picasaweb.google.de/Crispysworld/HochzeitWendyDaniel#

I'm still on a steep learning curve as to what I supply to the customer and what not. In this case, they received a CD with all the photos reduced in size and with my copyright (as in MY web-album) + a DVD with posh picture printed on it containing the originals. The bride has posted photos taken from the originals without the copyright in her album but has a couple of duds in between. She has said herself that the others weren't "proper" photographers.

Quote
a painting of rare artistic beauty and watching her hang it next to scrawls by her cat.
As long as the artists name is on the painting, no problem.

I don't mind her posting my photos wherever she wants, but it would have been nice to have a reference to me as the photographer, also to the others who took other pics. She also has no problems at all in me showing the photos I took anywhere I want. Her Picasa album is open to the general public, so there's no problem there either. Tbh I think she just didn't think about it.

The forum where she posted the link is a large dog forum and it's here where I find the occasional customer.
I've now posted something in the other forum about other togs taking pics which can be seen in Wendy's album, and posting the auth. key to my album.

Jessas it's complicated .....

Don't know if I'll ever do another wedding, but I've certainly learned a lot from this one!
For "normal" shoots I now only hand over digital photos in reduced size and with my copyright + a certain number of prints. That seems to be working out OK so far .....
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on September 20, 2010, 12:00:03 PM
As long as the artists name is on the painting, no problem.

Yeah that's true.  I'd be upset if somebody had broken a work of art out of its frame and added a nasty plastic one to it..... :)

I'd say she just didn't think - but then why go to the effort of removing all the watermarks?  That's a long tedious job (unless you're a whizz with Lightroom or Mogrify...).

BTW did they really weld some wine into a frame and then have to cut it out?  You Germans are crazy....
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Sarasocke on September 20, 2010, 12:16:40 PM
She didn't remove the watermarks, she took the originals which I'd sent her on DVD.

Wasn't the Germans, it was the Swiss  :legit:

Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: rksmith51 on September 21, 2010, 09:12:23 PM
I can't get any EXIF data but when I click more info there is some settings data given, have you set the copyright info in the camera settings ?. I think I would be annoyed to, could be even worse if they try selling prints of them. I already agreed I would give a copy of the images to the couple I'm shooting March next year.

As an aside I bought a copy of "Wedding Photography a guide to posing " by Oliver-Cameron its very good and covers much more than just posing, it advises how to procede right from the clients first meeting and the models are not all size 12, its a great read.

Bob
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on September 21, 2010, 09:30:45 PM
My Tamron 200-400 mm lens is starting to grind when I turn the camera on or off. Not sure if it's worth fixing, but can't find an inexpensive replacement. Fortunately the recognized Tamron repair facility isn't too far away.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Sarasocke on September 21, 2010, 10:05:31 PM
@ Bob
I doubt they'll be selling prints. I didn't have the copyright info in the settings, but I do now.
I'll just put it down to experience and I'll know better next time.

@ Spinner
A grinding lense sounds like fingernails on a blackboard. Hope you can get it fixed.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on September 22, 2010, 01:06:25 PM
@ Spinner
A grinding lense sounds like fingernails on a blackboard. Hope you can get it fixed.

Every time I heard it I couldn't help but imagine all these little gear teeth grinding off.  :(

Oh, and Carol, I really like the balloon sequence.  ;D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on September 27, 2010, 05:57:37 PM
Skoda.  And the RAC.

At 4pm I rang the RAC to try to get them to move my car from the garage they recommended to the garage that can actually fix it.

I've been on the phone ever since.  At 6pm they told me that I need to speak to customer services.  "Yes, I've been trying to speak to them since 4 - could you put me through?"  No, they went home at 5 - try tomorrow.

Gee thanks.  In the meantime shall I just walk everywhere?
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on September 27, 2010, 07:02:22 PM
How did you manage to break a Skoda? What kind of animal are you?

Actually we broke ours once - hit a block of ice the size of a rugby ball at 80mph and knocked a hole in the sump. Watched the dials and listened intently to the engine afterwards, it seemed fine; it wasn't until we got to a toll booth in Toulouse 100 miles further on and had to stop that all the oil fell out of the motor and we had to call the recovery truck.

The conversation between the garage and the recovery firm was quite amusing, with the latter repeatedly demanding that the garage fix it by tea time and the mechanic trying to explain that it would actually take a few days just to get a new sump, let alone fit it.

What I learned is that a Vauxhall Meriva is no substitute for an Octavia estate.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on September 28, 2010, 07:48:07 AM
Apparently the ECU is dead.  Without that it just won't turn on (unless you inject fuel directly into some bit or other....).

This is on a car that's less than 4 years old that was traded in 2 months ago but the new one is delayed.  Can't wait to discuss with the garage who will pay the £2 - 3K to get it fixed.

>> What I learned is that a Vauxhall Meriva is no substitute for an Octavia estate.

Trust me.  Neither is a Renault Megane.  Not by a long way.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on September 28, 2010, 09:42:24 AM
Enjoy your negotiations.  :D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: jinky on September 28, 2010, 10:59:09 AM
I get nagged by the family to get down to the docs after wrestling with a nasty stomach bug for best part of 5 days and he tells me what I already know re: that - I`m on  the mend with that.
Then he tells me I have an "incisional hernia" which requires treatment of an op in hospital as soon as they can get me in. I had a strangulated hernia a few years ago where to be honest they made a bit of a mess -stitching me up badly - leaving me a pronounced scar after a bout of infection around it. This leaves a weakness in my abdominal muscle evidently that can rupture again and that`s what`s happened, some years after the surgery rather than the 3-6months it usually takes. I cannot believe how my body is falling apart at the moment! :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: rksmith51 on September 28, 2010, 12:44:35 PM
Sorry to hear your news Jinky, I have two hernias too, but until they pop I'm staying well away from the hospital for the very reasons you mention. I'm 60 very soon and I too think that I'm going soft, I think if we keep going as hard as we can for as long as we can it may help fend of the ageing, its the shaking hands and sore joints etc that get me down mostly, that and the failing eyesight.... shoot me now !!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on September 28, 2010, 01:11:07 PM
Wish you all the best with that jinky.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: irv_b on September 28, 2010, 04:08:28 PM
Best wishes from me to Jinky hope it's not to much of a pain for you
WAMT
Well yesterday we had a power cut in the street and when the electric was restored one of the computers wouldn't boot up so after several tries and plenty of swearing (I know nothing about computers) I phone the Mesh computer helpline  (in India) get passed around 3 depts to be told I need a total restore of windows. 2 and a bit hours later at £2 /min  :o we finally get the computer back on - I may as well of spent another couple of hundred quid gone out and bought a brand new one at that cost  >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on September 28, 2010, 06:23:18 PM
WAMT?
Absolutely crazy.
http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/local/darlington/8415942.__155_for_getting_off_train_a_stop_early/ (http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/local/darlington/8415942.__155_for_getting_off_train_a_stop_early/)

RR
Alf
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 28, 2010, 10:57:49 PM
WAMT
Well yesterday we had a power cut in the street and when the electric was restored one of the computers wouldn't boot up so after several tries and plenty of swearing (I know nothing about computers) I phone the Mesh computer helpline  (in India) get passed around 3 depts to be told I need a total restore of windows. 2 and a bit hours later at £2 /min  :o we finally get the computer back on - I may as well of spent another couple of hundred quid gone out and bought a brand new one at that cost  >:(

Should have posted the problem on here first.  ???

My guess is the computer was on when the power went, so a file/files became corrupt. Should have been able to boot into safe mode, and used the Windows system disk to replace the corrupted files.  :tup:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 28, 2010, 10:59:41 PM
I get nagged by the family to get down to the docs after wrestling with a nasty stomach bug for best part of 5 days and he tells me what I already know re: that - I`m on  the mend with that.
Then he tells me I have an "incisional hernia" which requires treatment of an op in hospital as soon as they can get me in. I had a strangulated hernia a few years ago where to be honest they made a bit of a mess -stitching me up badly - leaving me a pronounced scar after a bout of infection around it. This leaves a weakness in my abdominal muscle evidently that can rupture again and that`s what`s happened, some years after the surgery rather than the 3-6months it usually takes. I cannot believe how my body is falling apart at the moment! :(

Sorry about that.  :'(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on September 29, 2010, 03:10:02 PM

 Can't wait to discuss with the garage who will pay the £2 - 3K to get it fixed.


You can't get a used one from a Salvage yard? $4-6 K for an ECU, you people are getting jacked. I had to pay $800 for one for my Jeep a couple of years ago, how much more complicated can a Skoda be?
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Sarasocke on September 29, 2010, 04:51:56 PM
Paul, I'm really sorry you're not well. I hate hospitals too, I hope you don't have to stay in too long.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: jinky on September 29, 2010, 06:02:43 PM
Thanks Carol but when I get it done it is just a day job now. Moaning really as on top of a virus that is giving my stomach problems still it was just the last straw to find this when visiting the docs. seems like one thing after another sometimes...
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: ABERS on September 29, 2010, 06:31:03 PM
Sorry to hear your problem Jinky, let's hope it's quickly resolved. :tup:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 29, 2010, 07:16:18 PM
Had a letter from 3 mobile today saying hello, and welcome. It detailed my new phone account and that I had choosen the £35 a month plan. Very interesting, except I hadn't ordered any phone or opened an account with them.  >:(

Just spent half hour on the phone to them to cancelled this contract/bills. Tried to contact them via the internet but couldn't find any link to customer support/ contact details to raise this problem unless I had an account!  :o Only a number which charged 5p a minute from a BT landline, so called them on the free account number for sales.  :P
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: rksmith51 on September 29, 2010, 07:20:25 PM
so called them on the free account number for sales.  :P

 :2funny: :2funny: :2funny: :tup: Good for you.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on September 29, 2010, 07:26:23 PM
Hmmm, sounds like a scam. Our local ISP provider tried something similar a few years back, they upgraded everyone's account, free trial for a month, but neglected to tell people that if you didn't specifically call before the month was out and cancel you were on the hook for the upgrade.  The gov't eventually stepped in and slapped them.  ;D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 29, 2010, 07:32:22 PM
Hmmm, sounds like a scam. Our local ISP provider tried something similar a few years back, they upgraded everyone's account, free trial for a month, but neglected to tell people that if you didn't specifically call before the month was out and cancel you were on the hook for the upgrade.  The gov't eventually stepped in and slapped them.  ;D

My ISP keep trying to flog me System Mechanic by a tab on my email read/write options and via a pop-up box when I log on.  >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on September 30, 2010, 08:31:29 AM
You can't get a used one from a Salvage yard? $4-6 K for an ECU, you people are getting jacked. I had to pay $800 for one for my Jeep a couple of years ago, how much more complicated can a Skoda be?

Salvage yard?  Nope.  They are coded to the vehicle and you need the precise part to even stand a chance of reprogramming it.  The PD vRS is actually a rare beast - mine is one of the first and they swapped to CR after a couple of years.

There are 3rd parties who can supply ECUs for most cars but the PD vRS is "too new" for them to have it in their database.  As I understand it somebody has to reverse engineer some of Skoda's code to do it.

The mighty charge appears to be "because we can".  The chip will be no more or less expensive than one for a Jeep or a Bentley but the code on it is proprietary so manufacturer gets to set the price.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on September 30, 2010, 09:46:56 AM
Just did a quick price check on the VW ETOS parts system - ECUs for diesels of that age seem to vary between £670-£970 inc VAT depending on engine code. Should be able to get the exact figure if I had the chassis no. - fitting approx 2 hours or so. £2000- £3000 seems a little excessive unless there's another problem - or this ECU is one that's so rare it's gold plated and not on the system ;)

Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on September 30, 2010, 09:55:04 AM
Ooo thanks for that.

It's guaranteed to be the most expensive one on the list but 970 isn't actually too bad (apart from the whole "I already sold me car and if the new one were ready on time I wouldn't need to spend any money at all" bit).

2 hours' labour at a main dealer?  Yep - should tip it over £2K.... :D

ETA: actually I'm pretty sure they are gold plated.  Lots of high end computer stuff is....
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on September 30, 2010, 09:58:56 AM
if you pm me the chassis no I can try to get the exact price if you want.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on September 30, 2010, 10:58:51 AM
Well, the good news is that the chassis number throws up 03G 906 018 EL as the part number for your engine ECU and the current price is £672 inc. VAT. That should be correct as I'm using VW's own search facility and I've just updated the prices.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on September 30, 2010, 11:52:26 AM
Oooooooooooooo :D thank you
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on September 30, 2010, 12:35:05 PM

The mighty charge appears to be "because we can".  The chip will be no more or less expensive than one for a Jeep or a Bentley but the code on it is proprietary so manufacturer gets to set the price.

Ah yes, the old "nobody makes them cuz the manufacturer won't licence it" bit. I remember getting stung on that once. I think it was VW too.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on September 30, 2010, 05:30:49 PM
Well, the good news is that the chassis number throws up 03G 906 018 EL as the part number for your engine ECU and the current price is £672 inc. VAT. That should be correct as I'm using VW's own search facility and I've just updated the prices.

Now thats what the online community is about hey?
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on September 30, 2010, 06:08:44 PM
Well, the good news is that the chassis number throws up 03G 906 018 EL as the part number for your engine ECU and the current price is £672 inc. VAT. That should be correct as I'm using VW's own search facility and I've just updated the prices.

Now thats what the online community is about hey?

Definitely :)

However.....I rang one of these ECU expert places.  They told me....

1. It's not possible to test a faulty ECU for a diesel engine.  You can diagnose it in the car but if it won't tell you what's wrong you can't take it out, simulate a diesel engine and find the problem.  So generally you have to replace a faulty one.

2. The ECU I have is (surprise, surprise) very rare.  He has a "similar" one that may work but I'm nervous.  System crash while going round a bend at 70......?

3. £672 is trade buy in price.  Main dealer will add maybe 30% then charge me for fitting and coding.  Which can apparently be done in 10 mins but often takes a dealer 3 - 4 hours....

Which is a shame.  Because a refurb fully coded and ready to drop in is about £200........
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on September 30, 2010, 06:30:14 PM
£672 is the retail cost inc VAT. From what I've been told it takes up to a couple of hours to do the physical bit - remove and refit - coding probably does take about 10minutes [if all goes well!] Whether you need a main dealer to do it usually depends on if you have the immobiliser code - if not the car has to be hooked up to the factory. They always used to put the code on a plastic tag attached to one of the keys [and we always kept a record as well because customers tend to lose them] I think they stopped that as a 'security' measure - or rather  as another way to keep people away from independents - if you have that code I assume anyone with appropriate software can do it - but I'd have to check ::)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: irv_b on September 30, 2010, 07:07:00 PM
WAMT
Well yesterday we had a power cut in the street and when the electric was restored one of the computers wouldn't boot up so after several tries and plenty of swearing (I know nothing about computers) I phone the Mesh computer helpline  (in India) get passed around 3 depts to be told I need a total restore of windows. 2 and a bit hours later at £2 /min  :o we finally get the computer back on - I may as well of spent another couple of hundred quid gone out and bought a brand new one at that cost  >:(

Should have posted the problem on here first.  ???

My guess is the computer was on when the power went,so a file/files became corrupt.

correct :tup:

  Should have been able to boot into safe mode, and used the Windows system disk to replace the corrupted files.  :tup:

tried all the modes but none worked  :'(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on September 30, 2010, 07:29:57 PM
WAMT
Well yesterday we had a power cut in the street and when the electric was restored one of the computers wouldn't boot up so after several tries and plenty of swearing (I know nothing about computers) I phone the Mesh computer helpline  (in India) get passed around 3 depts to be told I need a total restore of windows. 2 and a bit hours later at £2 /min  :o we finally get the computer back on - I may as well of spent another couple of hundred quid gone out and bought a brand new one at that cost  >:(

Should have posted the problem on here first.  ???

My guess is the computer was on when the power went,so a file/files became corrupt.

correct :tup:

  Should have been able to boot into safe mode, and used the Windows system disk to replace the corrupted files.  :tup:

tried all the modes but none worked  :'(
You needed to put the Windows disk into your CD/DVD drive and it should have booted from that, and given you the option to repair the corrupted files.  :tup:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on October 01, 2010, 07:18:33 PM
THIS (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSTLDel-G9k). I'm speechless. Which is a rare thing for me.

It may disappear, as the perpetrators of this abomination attempt to wipe it from the web.

Don't let little ones see this.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on October 01, 2010, 08:34:55 PM
Looks like someone been watching Scanners!  :o

I don't think it will help with saving the planet.  :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: jinky on October 01, 2010, 09:01:56 PM
Got a certain perverse pleasure out of seeing Ginola get the treatment as he seems to recall his Tottenham years so much more than the ones at Newcastle that made him.
Hard to see the point of this wanton violence though for the cause concerned. If Scanners had been current maybe
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on October 01, 2010, 10:33:58 PM
One word.

OBSCENE
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on October 01, 2010, 10:37:15 PM
THIS (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSTLDel-G9k). I'm speechless. Which is a rare thing for me.

It may disappear, as the perpetrators of this abomination attempt to wipe it from the web.

Don't let little ones see this.

It would appear you're partially right.

http://www.1010global.org/no-pressure
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on October 02, 2010, 07:49:48 AM
"We won't be making any attempt to censor or remove other versions currently in circulation on the internet." - translation 'we know that there is now nothing that can be done to stop this becoming a viral video'

According to the blogs they certainly started out trying to remove it; they just know they can't now. The cat, as they say, is out of the bag.

Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on October 02, 2010, 07:56:39 AM
THIS (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSTLDel-G9k). I'm speechless. Which is a rare thing for me.

It may disappear, as the perpetrators of this abomination attempt to wipe it from the web.

Don't let little ones see this.

So I'm the only one that absolutely loved it.....?

As for not letting little ones watch it....I think they did a very good job of making the "violence" cartoon like.

The whole cat out of the bag thing?  There were over a hundred media professionals working on it.  Does anybody doubt that they knew what the reaction would be?  Perfect viral marketing - they don't even have to pay for bandwidth now.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: anglefire on October 02, 2010, 09:16:06 AM
I thought it funny too. If it brings the carbon thing to the forefront then I'm for it.

It's not a race to use the worlds energy up!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on October 02, 2010, 12:31:09 PM
Interesting reactions chaps.

The videos have been attracting negative comments at a rate of more than 3-1. Which shows, if nothing else that AGW is a minority religion. And like all religions it wants to kill apostates and unbelievers. It's interesting that the faithful find it amusing, and everyone else finds it sick.

So, tell me, if this was posted by Al Qaeda and the children holding up their hands were Christians saying they wouldn't be celebrating Ramadan, before being blown to bits, it would still be hilarious, right?

The 90+ strong team, led by the creator of 'The Age of Stupid' (was there ever a film more ironically titled?) and Richard Curtis would all be true believers, so no, I don't think for a second that they had the first idea of the storm of protest that this tasteless piece of propaganda would draw.

The film is aimed at children. And the message is that anyone who doesn't toe the AGW line will be eliminated.

Jonathan, it is a perfect viral video, but not for the benefit of the vicious idiots who created it.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: ABERS on October 02, 2010, 04:22:35 PM
Since children spend time on their games consoles exterminating alien life forms or killing people for fun I doubt this stupid and obscene video will have the slightest effect on them, in fact it may amuse them and push them further from the harsh realities of life.

Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on October 02, 2010, 06:29:35 PM
I actually had to Google AGW to find out what it meant.

>> So, tell me, if this was posted by Al Qaeda and the children holding up their hands were Christians saying they wouldn't be celebrating Ramadan, before being blown to bits, it would still be hilarious, right?

Um, well, Spitting Image did stuff like that way before YouTube.  And Python before them.  So yeah, I guess people would laugh.  But then IIRC Al Qaeda are an illegal organisation so they may not laugh much.  (Actually I don't think Christians can celebrate ramadan in any true sense.  They would have to convert for it to have meaning.)

It's fast approaching the season when we celebrate burning Catholics so who knows?

I'd never heard of Age of Stupid either but I've heard of Franny Armstrong and enjoyed McLibel so I'll check it out - thanks for that.

>> The videos have been attracting negative comments at a rate of more than 3-1. Which shows, if nothing else that AGW is a minority religion. And like all religions it wants to kill apostates and unbelievers.

What were the stats on the infamous "hello Boys" Wonderbra ad?  Lots of people complained but some people approved.  I don't think a 3:1 complaint rate is actually the criterion for a religion or for killing apostates.  Otherwise Billy Conolly would be subject of a fatwa for his Kalibre advert.  Mind you there are those who believe that anybody involved with a low alcohol beer that tastes of soap should be put to the sword.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: anglefire on October 02, 2010, 06:51:27 PM
I read in the paper today that the new laws outlawing pretty much everything that goes on in life, let alone an office are going to be put into law.

As I read it, almost all comments in the newspapers would be illegal, as would this video.

Frankly, that idea appals me more than this, pretty tame in the scheme of things, video does. 
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on October 04, 2010, 04:48:15 PM
WAMT?
The latch on the battery compartment of my MB200 grip has broken and I nearly lost the batteries over the estuary wall.
Looks like a roll of gaffa tape and some laggy bands will be an addition to the cam bag.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: anglefire on October 08, 2010, 06:23:11 PM
This has moved from the bemused thread.

I am now very annoyed, not just from the fact that my car is not ready - excuse was the wrong seals were sent, but more that I had to ring them at 4:45to find out.

I had a weekend planned around having the car - Saturday to replace something on it (Intercooler) But sunday, I was off greenlaning in Northamptionshire.

And Monday I was due in Essex. Now I have to go in the wifes car.

Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: bones615 on October 10, 2010, 03:10:56 PM
Bl00dy lawnmower, always spend longer tinkering with it than actually cutting grass, today = 2 hours tinkering & less than 1 hour mowing. Its old but cuts really well compared to the electric one so i would hate to get rid.
Anyway I hope thats the last time this year.

Simon
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on October 10, 2010, 06:21:43 PM
Bl00dy lawnmower, always spend longer tinkering with it than actually cutting grass, today = 2 hours tinkering & less than 1 hour mowing. Its old but cuts really well compared to the electric one so i would hate to get rid.
Anyway I hope thats the last time this year.

Simon
                           What you need is a realy good LAWN MOWER REPAIR MAN! I do know of such a person........but I believe he's a bit tied up at the moment tinkering with something called "Code"?!       
                                  As Ever.   Graham. :dance:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: bones615 on October 10, 2010, 07:06:17 PM
I think I know the repair man you mentioned but I am too tight to buy the spares let alone pay somebody to fit them, and considering the value of the mower its not worth doing. The thing is I am a bloke & its got an engine, who needs the cissy little electric thing in the shed.

Simon
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on October 11, 2010, 05:55:40 AM
I think I know the repair man you mentioned but I am too tight to buy the spares let alone pay somebody to fit them, and considering the value of the mower its not worth doing. The thing is I am a bloke & its got an engine, who needs the cissy little electric thing in the shed.

Simon
            Oh, I see....good point!
                          Graham. :2funny:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: jinky on October 14, 2010, 05:43:36 PM
A troll on PR site and their POTY competition. Suffice to say I guess I am not getting any further than the shortlisting stage in POTY. This guy seems to know my pictures better than me as my own filing system let me down. Seems he was disturbed greatly by not having any of his images shortlisted. Started by having had a go about "professionals"  being allowed to enter and seeing me as one because I dare to offer "professional services " on my devloping website that has been moribund for months as I delay yet further any attempt at advertsing for work. I made the mistake of replying and saying  in various posts "leave it to the judges". He then surprised me by telling me that my entry had already been a winner in a major competition. I had to then look up my files and his links to see what he was on about and found that I had uploaded one of a large set that included 3 exposures for a proposed HDR. I have to accept that technically he was right though I had uploaded a processed a2 stop underexposed shot I had not recalled using before and still in that folder for any use. My confusions shows on these image comments where I thought I had used it at Focus to get a workshop prize ( using the link within showed it was a different shot in fact)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jinkyjim9/4211701906/

Anyway I`ve been in discussion with the organisers highlighting my thinking and lack of any intent to deceive and an issue raised by another guy who had entered a shot shortlisted which had got the same commendation / prize from Photo Answers who had been cleared by the chief judge to submit. He has subsequently withdrawn his image but I am leaving it to them. I guess even if it stays in there`ll be no prize. They had asked me if they could use it in next months Digital Camera magazine with a self portrait / few owrds but I`ve suggested they may be digging a hole for themselves.

I`ve had nice PMs from PR staff accepting that I am genuine but hate the idea that this guy can besmirch my name and get people callin g for disqualification as if I was a deliberate cheat. Ah well another dream goes but at least I can say I was shortlisted with an original image that wasn`t plaguerised. Lesson in this for me is to clean up my photo storage folders and make a record of what images I enter where and move other versions of them from folders at the same time I move any lucky enough to win  prizes however small :'(

The other lesson is that there is no accounting for the petty jealousies and vindictiveness of others thwarted in their aspirations.I`ve just recently returned to doing the fun weekly competitions there but fear I`ll have to abandon the site again in the light of this and how others might view me. At least it`s not a great site I am leaving.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on October 14, 2010, 06:58:39 PM
Don't let the buggers grind you down Paul. enjoy the footie tomorrow and ignore the troll - best thing you can do.

The PR contest is always going to throw up controversy and dispute - 120k entries and only one winner - how one earth, realistically, could you choose just one from that lot?

To be honest I've been looking through the short list and there are a lot of familiar 'pro' names in there. And a lot of images where I struggle to understand what possible connection they can have to the section they are in. And, of course, there are some pictures that I think are truly awful, but more that I would have been proud to have produced myself.

I looked through the entries I put in, and I am quite satisfied that in my stronger areas that my pictures are at least the equal of anything that has been chosen so far. Last year I was shortlisted, and it is a nice feeling. But at the same time I was more than aware that this contest is effectively a lottery.

And, yes, that it brings out the worst in some people. As Terry Pratchett says 'you can always find someone who will disagree with anything'. Looks like you found one :)

And I hope that you have done your 'after dark' picture for this week's challenge here ;)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: jinky on October 14, 2010, 07:13:03 PM
Cheers H. I`m over it now and know what you say is right. I have to learn not to react to people but I hate that sort of attitude. As I`ve said mine was never likely to get the 10k prize so I`ll get over it and there will be many better shots  that were never looked at - I`d just like to be able to tell the guy what a pratt he is! Still - lessons learned but no totally forgot to do my nightshot. We pros just never have time you know  ;) - well he said I was a pro so I must be. Wonder when the money rolls in?

I see I`ve still got time for my nightshot so will try tomorrow.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: skellum on October 14, 2010, 07:23:13 PM
Well we have both been wound up then... :2funny:  As H said just forget about it.  I will be out for a few pints later and a game or two of pool but not before I check all the horizons on my landscape shots... ;D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on October 14, 2010, 07:39:18 PM
 I will be out for a few pints later and a game or two of pool but not before I check all the horizons on my landscape shots... ;D

If you check them after you've had a few pints they will look perfect!  :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on October 14, 2010, 07:42:16 PM
A troll on PR site and their POTY competition.

Just ignore them. They are only jealous of your talent.  :tup:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on October 15, 2010, 08:22:47 AM
There is an inevitability about the annual DCMag POTY controversy that makes you assume they welcome it. I wonder which junior members of staff are given the job of wading through the 114,000 entries to come up with the finalists to go forward to the panel of distinguished judges. I remember watching a video of one of those judges last year commenting on the 'drink' aspect of most of the This is Britain finalists he'd been given to judge.   It remains a lottery where the whole point is to get the maximum entries - 10 per category is surely a bit excessive even if that's the aim. Surely when you look through the final selection each picture in the category should be worthy of being the winner, especially given the huge entry. Some don't even seem to fit the brief - some seem more like part of a series - a few,even I would'nt think worth entering a competition with - OK but nothing remotely special. Ah well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder as they say.... ::)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on October 25, 2010, 01:33:24 AM
Uni trying to narrow us down into one genre of photography...
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on November 02, 2010, 10:11:23 PM
Had a letter from 3 mobile today saying hello, and welcome. It detailed my new phone account and that I had choosen the £35 a month plan. Very interesting, except I hadn't ordered any phone or opened an account with them.  >:(

Just spent half hour on the phone to them to cancelled this contract/bills. Tried to contact them via the internet but couldn't find any link to customer support/ contact details to raise this problem unless I had an account!  :o Only a number which charged 5p a minute from a BT landline, so called them on the free account number for sales.  :P

Just a update on this as I've received my telephone bill from BT and there is no charge for calling 3.  ;D

So, if you need to contact a company and they don't show a freephone number, then check out their sales number and use that.  :tup:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: jinky on November 03, 2010, 08:19:59 AM
Yeah spot on Oldboy - well done. I hate the whole 0870/ 0845 number thing as well and use this site to get landline numbers that come in free under my phone bill time:
http://www.saynoto0870.com/search.php

Mind you more and more seem to have now given up landline numbers and offer no choice. My famed Go Ballooning company being one who now have only a couple of such o8 numbers available - one at a higher rate and the other infomation on flight details on a £1 per minute premium rate. I reckon all the money save from going with Virgin gets spent on their phone line. easier now I know the options as first time I had to listen to flight details for the whole of the UK before they got to Yorkshire on option 8 >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on November 03, 2010, 09:27:22 AM
To be honest jinky, if I had been charged I would have sent them a bill, including the time I spent on the phone to them.  ;D

What really annoys me is they have a jazzy website with a contact them button, but when you press that all you are given is a expensive phone number. No email address!  This makes it hard to prove you phoned them and you have no record of the conversation! >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on November 10, 2010, 01:20:30 AM
Went to the eye doctor today. Forgot they dilate the eyes for Glaucoma tests. That was around noon, only just getting my sight back now. What a waste of an afternoon.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: jinky on November 10, 2010, 09:35:49 AM
Royal Mail!!!!
Current known estimate of 3 parcels missing for me (posted between 25th - 27th October) and one cheque (now cancelled) made out to my daughter missing for over a week. Not had one letter - not even junk mail- in 4 days.
Took myself to sorting office this morning  and whilst I waited one guy was telling a caller in the same street there were no issues and sent them off to tackle despatchers.Then my person told me there was a big backlog with parcels and it would "come through eventually". After having a go they went to check and found 2 of my parcels - not the one I really wanted of course >:( I`d bought a Nikon cable cheap on Amazon to use flash off camera when CLS was struggling with my orbis ringflash. The company claim to have sent a 2nd out whilst they callenge RM ( on 5th Nov) and that has not come either! Unbelievable
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Mick on November 10, 2010, 09:53:31 AM

Royal Mail!!!!


Really don't know what's going on with them to be honest.   I sent a xbox 360 game back to play.com valued at about £40. (1st class Recorded, signed for)  This went missing for three weeks.  Checked the tracking service yesterday, and still it was progressing through their system.  :knuppel2:  Was just looking up about making a claim, and read your post.  Checked the tracking service again, and it now shows it was delivered yesterday.  :-\
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on November 10, 2010, 12:15:06 PM
Finally, after some several weeks and a cancelled appointment, we have actual hard wired broadband.

How can 2 companies be so inept?

Had to get a BT based broadband as Horsham doesn't have cable. So signing up for sky and getting the broadband with them seemed the easiest option - except they need BT to actually do the work cos all copper wire is owned by BT.

BT man turned up unannounced a week before the appointed time and date, and because we were not in, cancelled the scheduled connection appointment. We made another appointment for tomorrow and guess what? Yep - BT man turned up unannounced this morning!!!

Thank god we had just got out of bed! And what did said BT man do? Plug in a special phone, type in a code and went!

Annoyed doesn't really cover it. A letter for compensation will be on its way to cover the £25 we've run up on the broad band dongle from the original appointment - and the need to have to stay in "just in case"...

Glad i'm off work for a week so i can now catch up with all the various sites i like to visit... And the missed posts off this site!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on November 10, 2010, 05:34:13 PM
My 24-70 is broken again.

3 months ago it was soft focussing (soft for a 24-70) so it went to Nikon.  £275 later it was spot on.

A week or two ago I noticed I was getting odd results on studio flash.  Random frames were either under or over exposed.  I just did a long boring test which "proved" my D3S was faulty - different exposures on odd frames on the D3S, everything pretty good on the D3.

Before I sent the camera in I rang Nikon.  30 mins on the phone to the techs and they found out the aperture blades are sticking on the lens.  It's just a coincidence it shows on one camera (swapping lens over moves them - this also explains why it's worse for the first several frames but settles down after an hour).

Of course the camera's under warranty and the lens isn’t......
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on November 10, 2010, 06:01:23 PM
My 24-70 is broken again.

3 months ago it was soft focussing (soft for a 24-70) so it went to Nikon.  £275 later it was spot on.

A week or two ago I noticed I was getting odd results on studio flash.  Random frames were either under or over exposed.  I just did a long boring test which "proved" my D3S was faulty - different exposures on odd frames on the D3S, everything pretty good on the D3.

Before I sent the camera in I rang Nikon.  30 mins on the phone to the techs and they found out the aperture blades are sticking on the lens.  It's just a coincidence it shows on one camera (swapping lens over moves them - this also explains why it's worse for the first several frames but settles down after an hour).

Of course the camera's under warranty and the lens isn’t......

Wouldn't it be cheaper to get another one. Sounds to me like it might actually be worn out, after all, from what i've seen and read it is your bread and butter lens. Be curious to know how many shots its taken...
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on November 10, 2010, 06:11:22 PM
Wouldn't it be cheaper to get another one. Sounds to me like it might actually be worn out, after all, from what i've seen and read it is your bread and butter lens. Be curious to know how many shots its taken...

New lens is £1,200.  With the bits it's had and the bits it's going to have it should be good as new.  I'm guessing somewhere around £150 for a strip down and lube which is probably what it needs.

Don't know how many frames it's done but my guess is somewhere round 100K.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on November 10, 2010, 06:12:29 PM
My 24-70 is broken again.

3 months ago it was soft focussing (soft for a 24-70) so it went to Nikon.  £275 later it was spot on.

A week or two ago I noticed I was getting odd results on studio flash.  Random frames were either under or over exposed.  I just did a long boring test which "proved" my D3S was faulty - different exposures on odd frames on the D3S, everything pretty good on the D3.

Before I sent the camera in I rang Nikon.  30 mins on the phone to the techs and they found out the aperture blades are sticking on the lens.  It's just a coincidence it shows on one camera (swapping lens over moves them - this also explains why it's worse for the first several frames but settles down after an hour).

Of course the camera's under warranty and the lens isn’t......

I used mine on Friday for Bonfire night at West Bromwich and it got completely soaked along with the D3, as it didn't stop raining all evening. The camera steamed up on the LCD screen and on the top control panel but the lens was fine.  :tup:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on November 10, 2010, 06:17:38 PM
Um, great!  Mine's broken.

In other news....the weather sealing on the D3 ain't as good as on the D2X :(  Not got the D3S seriously wet yet.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on November 10, 2010, 06:19:24 PM
Um, great!  Mine's broken.

In other news....the weather sealing on the D3 ain't as good as on the D2X :(  Not got the D3S seriously wet yet.

Quite agree, as the D200 never steamed up even in a downpour.  :tup:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on November 10, 2010, 06:44:04 PM
I used mine on Friday for Bonfire night at West Bromwich and it got completely soaked along with the D3, as it didn't stop raining all evening. The camera steamed up on the LCD screen and on the top control panel but the lens was fine.  :tup:

It's always my glasses that steam up first  :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on November 10, 2010, 08:01:40 PM
Not got the D3S seriously wet yet.
         Hang on. I'll go and dunk mine in the water but....I'll get back to you.
                            Graham. :uglystupid2:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: krennon on November 11, 2010, 06:53:35 PM
Having a nightmare connecting to the internet any ideas on this one (Virgin Helpline = USELESS) Hence I haven't been on here for ages.....

My wife and I share the computer when I try to connect to the internet on my username Internet Explorer just hangs and does nothing at all, have tried rebooting to no avail, can get online using mozilla but don't like the interface at all.
Click on my wifes name and go in on her account and it connects via I.E. no problem at all. I am at a loss I can't see any difference in the settings at all
We're using PC windows XP (updated SPs) Virgin Media Broadband (allegedly 10mb) through cable.....any troubleshooters out there that can help as it's driving me up the wall.....
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on November 11, 2010, 07:05:39 PM
Is your wifes account the main one ?
Im thinking maybe permissions need to be set for A N OTHER user ?
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: krennon on November 11, 2010, 07:16:38 PM
Nope we're both administrators so that shouldn't be the problem  :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Mick on November 11, 2010, 07:21:57 PM
Maybe one of your user profiles is corrupted.  ???

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/811151

Just make sure you read the Note regarding your emails.  ;)

Failing that, just add a new profile, and see if that works.  :idea:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on November 11, 2010, 07:36:59 PM
Try
reset IE via Tools > Internet Options > Advanced Tab > Reset.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on November 15, 2010, 12:25:38 PM
My 24-70 is broken again.

3 months ago it was soft focussing (soft for a 24-70) so it went to Nikon.  £275 later it was spot on.

A week or two ago I noticed I was getting odd results on studio flash.  Random frames were either under or over exposed.  I just did a long boring test which "proved" my D3S was faulty - different exposures on odd frames on the D3S, everything pretty good on the D3.

Before I sent the camera in I rang Nikon.  30 mins on the phone to the techs and they found out the aperture blades are sticking on the lens.  It's just a coincidence it shows on one camera (swapping lens over moves them - this also explains why it's worse for the first several frames but settles down after an hour).

Of course the camera's under warranty and the lens isn’t......

Uh-oh.

Courier picked it up on Thursday for overnight.  I was working Friday and busy all w/e so I rang today to see how it is.

Lens never arrived.

Courier claims they delivered it to Windsor on Friday.  Nikon aren't in Windsor and the signature on the paperwork doesn't belong to any of their staff.

Either there's a mistake and it's lost or somebody has nicked it.  Ooops.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on November 15, 2010, 02:45:34 PM
new lens on couriers expense then!

Not good because it will mean no end of paperwork etc and having to get another lens out of your own pocket until they cough up...
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on November 15, 2010, 03:25:10 PM
new lens on couriers expense then!

Not good because it will mean no end of paperwork etc and having to get another lens out of your own pocket until they cough up...

um, no.  They wouldn't cover £1,200 on their insurance.  I'll be having a chat with my insurers about whether I'm covered or not.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on November 15, 2010, 05:00:06 PM
Phew.

Let's just say that Nikon have some staff in their post room who need a little more training.  And that UPS's documentation leaves something to be desired.

It's turned up :D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on November 15, 2010, 06:08:12 PM
Phew.

Let's just say that Nikon have some staff in their post room who need a little more training.  And that UPS's documentation leaves something to be desired.

It's turned up :D

         :tup:  Mind you, sounds like you've got a bit of a duffer! See if you can get them to replace it for your trouble.
                              Graham.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: bones615 on November 15, 2010, 06:31:31 PM
My Bosch fridge door handle has broken, well within the 2 year warranty. Customer service tell me plastic parts are not covered (how much of it is not made of plastic?) & I will have to pay for an engineer to fix it or they can send the part to fix it myself.  >:( >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on November 15, 2010, 06:51:37 PM
makes you wonder what sort of cover we're paying for or provided with nowadays listening to these tales.
For me - if a courier agrees to carry your goods - they must be accepting responsibility for replacement if it is lost.
As for goods being made of plastic not being covered by a warranty - i wonder what actually is left that is covered given how prevailant plastic is (in one form or another) in most items.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on November 15, 2010, 06:58:55 PM
My Bosch fridge door handle has broken, well within the 2 year warranty. Customer service tell me plastic parts are not covered (how much of it is not made of plastic?) & I will have to pay for an engineer to fix it or they can send the part to fix it myself.  >:( >:(

Rubbish! The product is fully covered including plastic. If it broke then it couldn't have been strong enough and sounds like a design fault. Get on to them again and if they won't play ball speak to trading standards/CAB.  :tup:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: jinky on November 15, 2010, 08:38:41 PM
yeah give them a bit more stick - Bosch should be bigger than that and at least send you the part free which should be easy to fix. I broke the plastic cover off the screw tightening my Velbon Sherpa tripod centre column. My fault over tightening it and I called them asking how much to replace. They sent me two free my return post with no quesion of paying for postage / parts and I had had it more than 2 years. That`s customer service that makes you think - nice company! Ask to talk to a supervisor / manager and don`t take no if it is under warranty. Has to me merchandisable quality which would mean outliving their own guarantee at least!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on November 15, 2010, 09:23:12 PM
I will have to pay for an engineer to fix it

An engineer? Is that what they call a guy in overalls with a screwdriver? I had to get a University degree to be called an engineer (which I never did complete).
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: bones615 on November 17, 2010, 05:43:02 PM
Well it all worked out in the end, after calling to cancel the engineer (they ignored my email request) a very friendly chap called to confirm the cancellation, told him the reason & he was shocked. He promised to do the repair FOC and would we like him to come, arrived today as promised, handle repaired in 5 min flat, bill for £0 & he even promised to put in a complaint himself and made notes on the paperwork to that effect.
If it had been chargable £85 + part!!!!!
Looks like Bosch customer service are useless but the engineers are the dogs danglies.

Simon
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on November 18, 2010, 10:10:44 AM
Well it all worked out in the end, after calling to cancel the engineer (they ignored my email request) a very friendly chap called to confirm the cancellation, told him the reason & he was shocked. He promised to do the repair FOC and would we like him to come, arrived today as promised, handle repaired in 5 min flat, bill for £0 & he even promised to put in a complaint himself and made notes on the paperwork to that effect.
If it had been chargable £85 + part!!!!!
Looks like Bosch customer service are useless but the engineers are the dogs danglies.

Simon

Great.  :tup:  ;D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: bones615 on November 18, 2010, 05:01:13 PM
Well it all worked out in the end, after calling to cancel the engineer (they ignored my email request) a very friendly chap called to confirm the cancellation, told him the reason & he was shocked. He promised to do the repair FOC and would we like him to come, arrived today as promised, handle repaired in 5 min flat, bill for £0 & he even promised to put in a complaint himself and made notes on the paperwork to that effect.
If it had been chargable £85 + part!!!!!
Looks like Bosch customer service are useless but the engineers are the dogs danglies.

Simon

Great.  :tup:  ;D


And given me an extra 6 months useless warranty, and tried to make out they did me a favour by not cancelling the engineer. :o
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on November 18, 2010, 08:14:58 PM
Had to go fetch my laptop back from local repair person. Put it in a week ago, he said he'd call the next day with his assessment. No call, next day, day after, etc. Dropped in Monday said he was still trying to diagnose problem and would call Tues. No call. Finally today I go see him and he says he's waiting for a part that he needs to have to test my problem. He couldn't have called like he promised and told me that? I'd have been patient but no he had to lie to me twice. >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on November 19, 2010, 07:58:30 PM
My lapppy giving me the blue screen of death for the 3rd time in as many months
I cant find anything obvious wrong and the disk check returns nothing
Event viewer also looks ok (although its mostly DD to me )
Only thing running at the time was firefox here and adaware doing a full scan and in to its 5th hour
Looks like a part of me recent redundo will have to be put aside for a new one (wifey permitting of course)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on November 19, 2010, 10:26:57 PM
what M$ OS are you working with?
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on November 19, 2010, 10:49:16 PM
Using xp pro on this machine
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on November 20, 2010, 02:50:17 AM
Using xp pro on this machine


How big is your harddrive that adware was taking 5 hrs. to scan it? And while I'm asking how much memory's installed?
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on November 20, 2010, 03:10:23 AM
Microsoft and a big box electronic's chain. Microsoft is pushing the new xbox and Kinect as a bundled purchase. They have 2 versions, one with 4 gig flash memory and no hard drive and one with a 250 Hard drive installed. It has 5 USB ports which is something they're pushing as a feature.
My daughter buys one of the 4 gig ones. Microsoft sells a 250 gig "xBox 360 Hard drive" for an extra $150. Why would one buy it I ask myself, when you can buy an external 1 TB drive for $90. Why else would the xbox have 5 USB ports? Well, it turns out the 4 gig unit won't play any of the older games without a Hard drive and it also turns out that it won't allow an 'external' hard drive to be used. Now both my daughter and I did some googleing before she bought this, we knew she need a hard drive to play her old games but I have several USB externals. So we though all was tickety boo. Nope. It wasn't until we googled some more I discovered that MS has set this thing up so that only their "xbox 360 Harddrive" will function inside this. They've somehow tweaked the drive to specialize what reads it. One site went as far as calling it a SCAM by microsoft.

Here's where the electronic box store comes in, both in print and online they advertised this 4 gig flash memory was a Hard drive, we contacted their customer service and they acknowledge the error and apologized, so, my daughter takes the thing back to the store with the intention of upgrading to the box with the Hard drive in it. She runs into some tw*t who talks to her like she's an idiot. First he insists the 4 gig is a hard drive then goes on to tell her that no way would either of the new xbox 's play older games so she was wasting her time with an exchange. Since she'd bought new games that only work with this Kinect attachment she came home, thinking she'd read something incorrectly. The box it came in, MS own web site and several posts on Gamer sites confirmed our information was correct. Today we both went back to the store, to discover they couldn't do the exchange because there are no xBox 360's with internal Hard drives available anywhere in town. So the sales guy she talked to, was either an F'n idiot, and F'n liar or both. We got her money back and they've lost a customer.  
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Mick on November 20, 2010, 09:44:41 AM
Spin, they do a hard drive as a separate upgrade, (about £79 ) over here, I think. http://www.xbox.com/en-GB/Xbox360/Accessories/HardDrives/Home  That said you'll normally find it cheaper to buy the 250gb package in the first place rather than upgrade.

I agree about the rip off thing though, we have a couple of the older Xbox 360's one dead elite, and one cheaper arcade console, the hard drive was swappable between the two.   Now if we have to replace the console again, we can't use the hard drive from the old box as it won't fit.  >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on November 20, 2010, 10:18:14 AM
Using xp pro on this machine

   
How big is your harddrive that adware was taking 5 hrs. to scan it? And while I'm asking how much memory's installed?

Adaware always takes that long when completing a full a scan and on all 3 of my systems. I only do a full scan once a month, and a quick scan weekly
here is a brief run down of my set up
Partitions:
      C: (FAT32)                                        68659 MB (16950 MB free)
      D: (FAT32)                                        41773 MB (12194 MB free)
      Total Size                                        107.8 GB (28.5 GB free)
      System Memory                                     896 MB
      BIOS Type                                       AMI (10/23/07)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on November 20, 2010, 02:46:56 PM
Using xp pro on this machine

   
How big is your harddrive that adware was taking 5 hrs. to scan it? And while I'm asking how much memory's installed?

Adaware always takes that long when completing a full a scan and on all 3 of my systems. I only do a full scan once a month, and a quick scan weekly
here is a brief run down of my set up
Partitions:
      C: (FAT32)                                        68659 MB (16950 MB free)
      D: (FAT32)                                        41773 MB (12194 MB free)
      Total Size                                        107.8 GB (28.5 GB free)
      System Memory                                     896 MB
      BIOS Type                                       AMI (10/23/07)


Maybe PC configurations are a bit different from laptops then, My home PC would take about 4 and half hours and it was 500 gigs. main drive, 2 500 gig externals. I'm thinking it's a memory problem if Checkdisk shows all okay. I prefer to use the manufacturer's diagnostic programs run in DOS and a quick run through on Memtest. I find windows own stuff a bit clunky and difficult to navigate. If you can boot your laptop from CD I highly recommend you Google Hiren's boot disk or UBCD burn the iso's to CD's and run them. Both have tons of diagnostic software. Hiren's will actually let you boot into a Faux WinXP setup (it's actually Linux disguised) that might be a little more comfortable to root around with. It's all free just takes up your time.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on November 20, 2010, 02:52:31 PM
Spin, they do a hard drive as a separate upgrade, (about £79 ) over here, I think. http://www.xbox.com/en-GB/Xbox360/Accessories/HardDrives/Home  That said you'll normally find it cheaper to buy the 250gb package in the first place rather than upgrade.

I agree about the rip off thing though, we have a couple of the older Xbox 360's one dead elite, and one cheaper arcade console, the hard drive was swappable between the two.   Now if we have to replace the console again, we can't use the hard drive from the old box as it won't fit.  >:(

Mick, the same as here, actually the HD is a bit cheaper here, however, if you buy preinstalled it's $50 cheaper and you don't have to do the work of installing. The issue though, is MS by omission doesn't point that out and the Chain store compounded things by advertising the 4 gig as a 'HardDrive'. My daughter knew she needed a HD to play certain games and never would have bought the cheaper system if it'd been advertised properly, then to have the idiot sales guy insist it was a hard drive and the box wouldn't play old games anyway, was the topper.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Skhilled on November 21, 2010, 03:47:45 PM
My lapppy giving me the blue screen of death for the 3rd time in as many months
I cant find anything obvious wrong and the disk check returns nothing
Event viewer also looks ok (although its mostly DD to me )
Only thing running at the time was firefox here and adaware doing a full scan and in to its 5th hour
Looks like a part of me recent redundo will have to be put aside for a new one (wifey permitting of course)

Why not run it in Safe Mode and run your tools? This will disable a few things and you'll be able to run your AV/adware tools more effectively. Just choose no network support. This way, if you are having virus, etc. issues you are not connected to the net.

If you do not know how to get into Safe Mode, just reboot your PC. As soon as you hear it beep keep tapping the F8 key and you should see a menu. Choose without network.

Spin, they do a hard drive as a separate upgrade, (about £79 ) over here, I think. http://www.xbox.com/en-GB/Xbox360/Accessories/HardDrives/Home  That said you'll normally find it cheaper to buy the 250gb package in the first place rather than upgrade.

I agree about the rip off thing though, we have a couple of the older Xbox 360's one dead elite, and one cheaper arcade console, the hard drive was swappable between the two.   Now if we have to replace the console again, we can't use the hard drive from the old box as it won't fit.  >:(

Mick, the same as here, actually the HD is a bit cheaper here, however, if you buy preinstalled it's $50 cheaper and you don't have to do the work of installing. The issue though, is MS by omission doesn't point that out and the Chain store compounded things by advertising the 4 gig as a 'HardDrive'. My daughter knew she needed a HD to play certain games and never would have bought the cheaper system if it'd been advertised properly, then to have the idiot sales guy insist it was a hard drive and the box wouldn't play old games anyway, was the topper.

One of the many reasons why I don't like M$ products.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on November 22, 2010, 01:50:16 PM
Adobe, the Apple Store listed a version of Photoshop Cs5 (not extended) for $700 Cdn. I go to adobe to download a trial version and when I click on the buttons, it downloads Cs5 Extended. After a few days of playing with it I click on the "Buy" and the price is $1000 U.S. which will cost me an extra $50 Cdn. I can't see anywhere on their site a price for plain Cs5. I got back to Apple and the price there has gone up $100 to $800 Cdn. Yes I know Elements is cheaper but I don't really like it's set up, I'd prefer Paintshop Pro but I don't believe there's a Mac version.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on December 07, 2010, 10:23:37 PM
some low life has walked off with one of my garbage bins. A garbage bin ? What on earth is the world coming to?
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on December 07, 2010, 11:53:16 PM
some low life has walked off with one of my garbage bins. A garbage bin ? What on earth is the world coming to?

Was it full or empty?  :uglystupid2:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on December 08, 2010, 03:14:58 AM
some low life has walked off with one of my garbage bins. A garbage bin ? What on earth is the world coming to?

Was it full or empty?  :uglystupid2:

It was full when I put it to the curb.  :'(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on December 08, 2010, 08:10:16 AM
Why not go to the Adobe site - they'll have the ordinary version listed...
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on December 08, 2010, 08:26:26 AM
Why not go to the Adobe site - they'll have the ordinary version listed...

Yes, but when you click on that it takes you to the extended version for download.  :'(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on December 08, 2010, 08:57:37 PM
Why not go to the Adobe site - they'll have the ordinary version listed...

Yes, but when you click on that it takes you to the extended version for download.  :'(

Yes, so if you 'try' CS5 extended but buy CS5 what are you missing out on? I don't mind Elements photo editing software, but I hate it's organizer and how the organizer isn't stand alone like Bridge. I wish I could just buy Bridge as for me it's the best of the bunch. Despite their claims I don't find Mac's iPhoto all that user friendly. Gimp doesn't seem to have any kind of organizer at all. Neither, far as I can tell, will browse a networked computer only the drives attached to the machine they're installed on.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: SimonW on December 11, 2010, 09:04:57 PM
As I hoped, the Adobe Camera Raw version 6.3 which was released on 7th December includes support for the Canon s95 I'm expecting for Christmas. The bad news is that it can not be installed in Elements version 8 (or earlier) which I bought when it first came out, not much over a year ago. I think it's quite unfair of Adobe to try to force users to pay for expensive upgrades in this way rather than continue to support still relatively new products.

(I know there are other options, such as using the RAW software Canon bundles with the camera, or converting RAW to to DNG using Adobe's latest free converter, but that's not the point.)

Simon
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on December 12, 2010, 01:37:17 AM
As I hoped, the Adobe Camera Raw version 6.3 which was released on 7th December includes support for the Canon s95 I'm expecting for Christmas. The bad news is that it can not be installed in Elements version 8 (or earlier) which I bought when it first came out, not much over a year ago. I think it's quite unfair of Adobe to try to force users to pay for expensive upgrades in this way rather than continue to support still relatively new products.

(I know there are other options, such as using the RAW software Canon bundles with the camera, or converting RAW to to DNG using Adobe's latest free converter, but that's not the point.)

Simon

Yes, I'm annoyed that Elements doesn't have an upgrade option, it's full thing or nothing. I was also miffed that Adobe wouldn't let me swap my MS licence for a Mac licence.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on December 12, 2010, 08:03:43 AM
That's Adobe all over - money gouging b*st*rds. No support for product that was only reversioned a few months ago, they deserve to go bust - maybe Steve Jobs will finish them in his war with Flash. Fat chance. I'm afraid they have a virtual monopoly position and they will continue to abuse it for as long as they can.

I've got a K5 coming, but luckily DxO are releasing the K5 modules this month sometime and there won't be a charge. As I run everything through DxO first, my old Elements 6 and 7 will be OK. But I am hoping for 9 for Xmas.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on December 12, 2010, 02:07:43 PM
That's Adobe all over - money gouging b*st*rds. No support for product that was only reversioned a few months ago, they deserve to go bust - maybe Steve Jobs will finish them in his war with Flash. Fat chance. I'm afraid they have a virtual monopoly position and they will continue to abuse it for as long as they can.

Tell me about it. I've been having an issue with CS5 'hanging' according to Adobe support. I say crashing but whichever, it stops working and I have to force quit. I did this back and forth on the Adobe support forums for about a week that didn't resolve anything. I remembered I'd also posted on a Mac forum but hadn't gotten any early reply. I went back there to see if that had changed. Sure enough someone had replied. He had a completely different answer and ironically had warned me that the Adobe people with instruct me to do all these things (which they had) that were completely useless and waste of time (which they were). I followed his advice and sure enough the problem seems fixed. So thinking I was being helpful I go back to the Adobe forum and posted how I gotten this advice and it'd worked. The Adobe support staff just replied with "We've never seen that". No, thanks for the info. No good it's resolved. This particular support person had responded to me before in what I think was a rude and condescending manner. I won't ever go to them for support. Oh,and I complained about the rude post and never got a response.

I've got a K5 coming, but luckily DxO are releasing the K5 modules this month sometime and there won't be a charge. As I run everything through DxO first, my old Elements 6 and 7 will be OK. But I am hoping for 9 for Xmas.


I can't recall if I ever used 6 or 7 but from what I can see from the Trial version, 9 isn't any different than 8. So I'm damned if I'm going to pay for it again. I'll keep hacking away at iPhoto. Maybe keep an eye out for a discounted version of 8 although it seems oddly conspiratorial that all the versions of 8 seemed to disappear when they shipped out 9. Then again finding Mac software in someplace other than the Apple store is a challenge itself.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on December 12, 2010, 02:47:43 PM
That's Adobe all over - money gouging b*st*rds. No support for product that was only reversioned a few months ago, they deserve to go bust - maybe Steve Jobs will finish them in his war with Flash. Fat chance. I'm afraid they have a virtual monopoly position and they will continue to abuse it for as long as they can.



This is  why torrent sites are so popular.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on December 13, 2010, 06:41:12 PM
The effing cat. If it wasn't for my daughter and better half the damned thing would be mittens by now.

Today my wife baked the Christmas cake. This evening the bl**dy cat ate it while it was set out to cool.

I rue the day I was persuaded to take the vile beast into our house to save it from an early grave. I'll be honest, I've never seen the point of cats. Filthy disloyal killers every one of them.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: hevans on December 13, 2010, 06:49:22 PM
The effing cat. If it wasn't for my daughter and better half the damned thing would be mittens by now.

Today my wife baked the Christmas cake. This evening the bl**dy cat ate it while it was set out to cool.

Ours pissed in the hallway this weekend.  >:(

They're now enjoying the great outdoors for a few weeks, or until I decide they can come back in.

H.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on December 13, 2010, 07:19:31 PM
So.........

6 months wait for a new Skoda.  It's here and it's rather nice.  I've had it about 3 weeks and done about 500 odd miles.

On Friday a lorry kicked up a tiny stone which hit the windscreen and left the tiniest chip you've ever seen on the passenger's side, 200mm from the edge.

3 visits today from Autoglass and a lot of shouting on the phone (them, not me - I really don't get why customer service feel the need to shout at their customers) and I give in.  I will have to get a whole new windscreen.  £75 from me and countless hundreds from my insurers.  They need to order it from Skoda - which could take a while.  The tech had to come back to get the chassis number as they have no record of the vehicle under its reg number.  Apparently it's even more expensive with the rain and light sensors that I have built in.

In the meantime they tell me it's pretty likely the whole screen will split while I'm driving.  Especially if the weather turns cold.

Marvellous.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: SimonW on December 13, 2010, 09:32:46 PM
The first bit of damage on a new car is always upsetting - you have my sympathy.

Autoglass might well be right - it's the closeness to the edge which makes it likely to split. I've had one go like that in the past. But a couple of months ago I had  the opposite - a fairly large stone made a very loud bang on the screen, leaving a sizable chip near the centre. Autoglass told me not to worry about it. Nothing's changed since....

Simon
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on December 14, 2010, 03:08:19 AM
I've never seen the point of cats.  killers every one of them.

mice ;D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on December 14, 2010, 03:11:28 AM


In the meantime they tell me it's pretty likely the whole screen will split while I'm driving.  Especially if the weather turns cold.

Marvellous.

Yes, that's what they say, my daughters Beetle has a star chip in the middle of hers. I've been waiting for 3 yrs. now for it to split the screen. Still going strong and the weather does turn cold here. ;D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on December 14, 2010, 07:51:10 AM
Autoglass might well be right - it's the closeness to the edge which makes it likely to split.

That would make sense.  But their own guidelines say 50mm from the edge.  This is 200.

Seriously I think they are just short of money.

Interesting fact: Autoglass don't guarantee that their "MOT standard" fixes will pass an MOT.  They say tests vary too much.  Which is nice.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: hevans on December 14, 2010, 08:00:18 AM
We had a chip in the middle of the windscreen on our car a few years back. One winter it turned into a crack about a foot long. I called the glass people and they said it's not a huge problem but should be replaced at the nearest convenience. It was about 3 months or so until our nearest convenient moment.

These glass panes consist of two layers of glass bonded with a rubberised layer - the outer layer may crack, but the inner layer will remain intact and hold the outer layer together. It's not like it will shatter and cover you in glass. while driving.

H
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on December 14, 2010, 12:41:09 PM
We had a chip in the middle of the windscreen on our car a few years back. One winter it turned into a crack about a foot long. I called the glass people and they said it's not a huge problem but should be replaced at the nearest convenience. It was about 3 months or so until our nearest convenient moment.

These glass panes consist of two layers of glass bonded with a rubberised layer - the outer layer may crack, but the inner layer will remain intact and hold the outer layer together. It's not like it will shatter and cover you in glass. while driving.

H

Here, in Ont. once it goes to a crack it must be replaced. It's considered a visual impairment. I think if the star in my daughter's windshield was in the driver's side portion the same would apply, but it's not.  Her Beetle is LEMON yellow, with emphasis on the lemon part. Cute car but so far been a money pit.  :'(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: ABERS on December 15, 2010, 07:09:04 PM
Minimum Wage?

Reading of a couple that defrauded the local council out of £50,000 has been ordered to do 180 hours of community service. Even if that is 180 hours each that works out at £138.88 an hour. I've put my name down to join the firm.

The really nasty judge also sentenced them to 15 weeks in prison, suspended for two years. :o  >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: hevans on December 15, 2010, 07:28:50 PM
Minimum Wage?

Reading of a couple that defrauded the local council out of £50,000 has been ordered to do 180 hours of community service. Even if that is 180 hours each that works out at £138.88 an hour. I've put my name down to join the firm.

The really nasty judge also sentenced them to 15 weeks in prison, suspended for two years. :o  >:(

If only that meant they were to be suspended in prison for 15 weeks....upside down.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: krennon on December 16, 2010, 05:12:36 PM
This morning needed to get to work early so left when it was still dark nearly killed three different cyclists due to the following 1st just decided to ride diagonally across a zebra crossing without actually looking at all to see if there were any cars coming
the 2nd went haring through a red light (when it was my right of way) and the 3rd one was just a goldfish who thought it would be a good idea to overtake me just as I was turning right and he wanted to go straight on....and yes I was indicating and checked my blind spot and still got called a w****r  >:(

For the record none of the above 3 complete and utter idiots had lights or reflective clothing on....

The sooner they pass a law saying that ALL cyclists (and motorcyclists) MUST wear reflective clothing when it's dark the better.....

And yes I do have sympathy for cyclists but the rules of the road are there for ALL road users......
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on December 16, 2010, 05:37:39 PM
Mobile organ donors. The best description for 99% of cyclists
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: anglefire on December 16, 2010, 06:15:00 PM
And compulsory insurance for cyclists. If they hit me, I have to pay - that is just wrong.

I have actually now got a blackbox video camera in my car now - so if I do have an accident, I can at least show what I was doing at the time - and it records speed and position.

Not that I plan hitting anything..........
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: krennon on December 16, 2010, 06:49:26 PM
I agree a compulsory insurance of say £24.00 a year for every cyclist the amount of times I have seen people forced onto the road because of some idiot (over the age of 18) riding on the pavement....Kingston is primarily a pedestrianised zone but the cyclist still go flying through it a fair old rate of knots again the amount of kids I've seen nearly sent flying because of these idiots riding too fast is unreal....worst of all is the constables and pcso's on patrol in the area who do sweet f.a. about it......I have been so tempted to clothesline the s o d s as they ride by it is unreal....
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on December 17, 2010, 06:41:45 AM
        Can't really argue with any of the above re cyclists....And I cycle to work every day.
        I take the same attitude as when I used to ride motorcycles. Every other road user is iether blind , stupid or both and therefore whatever happens it's my fault and I'm going to come of worse.
        Someone wrote to the local paper the other week complaining about a "cyclist weaving all over the road" and that his flashing lights "confused other road users".
        I replied that if it was Uttoxeter Road then it was probbably me and that I was'nt weaving over the road but trying to avoid last winters potholes, and further that any motorist "Confused" by a cyclist's flashing light should reconsider whether they should be on the Queens highway at all!
                                 Bring it on guys. :knuppel2:
                                                         Graham. :)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on December 17, 2010, 10:00:18 AM
You mean there are cyclists out there who actually use the road and not the footpath?? :o
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: hevans on December 17, 2010, 10:49:54 AM
You mean there are cyclists out there who actually use the road and not the footpath?? :o
Sure, almost all of them use both the roads and footpaths, depending on what is most convenient for themselves and most inconvenient for others.

H.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: hevans on December 17, 2010, 11:04:08 AM
        I replied that if it was Uttoxeter Road then it was probbably me and that I was'nt weaving over the road but trying to avoid last winters potholes, and further that any motorist "Confused" by a cyclist's flashing light should reconsider whether they should be on the Queens highway at all!

I find the flashing of the lights to be confusing than steady lights - bicycle lights should not flash but remain constantly on as it then allows you to continually track the motion of the light, helping to judge location speed and direction. The lights that flash a pattern are even worse. The human visual perception is biased strongly to moving/changing objects, and adding the flashing element to the light unnecessarily adds confusion with no real benefit.

I saw a cyclist yesterday using her mobile phone on a sling around her neck as a "light". While it did make her more visible than she would have been without it, the swinging motion and occlusion of it when it twisted around made immediate identification more difficult and distracting.

That said, the number of cyclists here that don't use their lights in complete darkness (particularly in the wet where there are multiple reflections) is mind boggling. Good combination: dark clothes, a bicycle and no lights and driving like a tit.

H.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: krennon on December 17, 2010, 11:32:27 AM
I do believe that over here the flashing lights are not supposed to be used (so why do they make lights that flash?) when on a bicycle the reason for which I don't know but Hughs response makes a lot of sense.....I have to say judging distances in the dark and wet when all you can is a flashing light can be a little awkward...
So High Vis Clothing for all "riders" be it bike, trike, horse or other...constant lights not flashing ones and a basic insurance.....I may be writing to my MP in the new year about this....no point now they've just broken up for about 6 weeks for the Xmas break.....(thought Xmas was only supposed to be 12 days)

"Aren't we forgetting the true meaning of Christmas. The birth of Santa" Bart Simpson.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on December 17, 2010, 12:36:08 PM
I do believe that over here the flashing lights are not supposed to be used (so why do they make lights that flash?)

You have to have a steady light.  Nothing to stop you using a flashing light as well but there has to be one that's on all the time.

If I had my way then bikes would be completely covered in Scotchlite and have at least one solid and one flashing light front and rear.  I have a horror of hitting one and when I ride a bike at night it's pretty visible ;)

WMMFGT?

Bought myself a Christmas pressie on "another" forum.  An exotic bit of volcanic rock that Gitzo have battered about into a tripod and a Think Tank bag for it.

IMO there are no better tripods than Gitzo - on paper some look similar but nothing compares to their quality.  Same thing with Think Tank.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on December 17, 2010, 01:16:52 PM
Ah so the bike thing appears universal. It's the same on this side of the pond. I blame lack of traffic enforcement. They want the same rights as car drivers (which our vehicle code allows) but want to ignore traffic laws when they wish. Like going through red lights etc. Riding the side walks (footpaths?) which is actually forbidden under the vehicle code. You never see the Police pulling one of them up for it.

WAMT? These password logins. For whatever reason my password won't be 'remembered' by the software and of course it isn't very well remembered by the operator either, so here I sit punching in several password attempts before I can access the site.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: ABERS on December 17, 2010, 02:52:23 PM
Agree cyclists are oblivious to other traffic and rules, however we have another frustrating problem around here.

I live quite near Ember Court where the Met keep and train all their police horses and their riders. Consequently nearly every time you go out in the car there are long hold ups of traffic at the head of which are two horses and riders two abreast leisurely sauntering along the road at about 2mph. The coppers are invariably chatting away seemingly totally without a care in the world and totally oblivious to the 20 -30 cars behind them.

It's when you have managed to progress up the queue and are the car that's next to try and overtake when one of the horses decides it's time for an enormous dump! Great lumps  of steaming turds just miss your bonnet! :o

You can always hope the next cyclist runs into them, but hardly likely since they're on the path!  :uglystupid2:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on December 17, 2010, 04:48:57 PM

WAMT? These password logins. For whatever reason my password won't be 'remembered' by the software and of course it isn't very well remembered by the operator either, so here I sit punching in several password attempts before I can access the site.
Spin
use the log in section half way down the page on the right. This gives the drop down box with option to log in forever.
Its only visible pre log in so you may have to log out then log back in using that option
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on December 17, 2010, 05:27:47 PM
        "Agree cyclists are oblivious to other traffic and rules"

 Jeez Alan! Are you familiar with the words tar and brush?  ;D

         Anyway. I wear one of those flourescent jacket things that make you look like a traffic cop, I have two steady red lights on the back, and three steady white lights on the front, and my word their bright!
         Once this morning and twice tonight I had to take evasive action to avoid hitting cars pulling out in front of me at junctions, and by evasive I mean swerving into the center of the lane, or brakeing hard, neither of which you want to do on potentially icy roads.
         So, thats 3 out of maybe 500 cars I encounterd today. The other 497 were just like you and I; Perfectly responsible and considerate motorists.
         If you encounter a cyclist behaving in an irresponsible manner, wearing inapropriate clothing or generally behaveing like a kn*$head then you have my express permission to give them a gentle nudge into the gutter as you pass (I always do!) but for the rest of us please just give us a bit of space and we'll be happy.
         I think generally most cyclists (And by the way, I don't regard those BMX things with a feral teenager on it as cyclists.) are more considerate and most certainly more aware than most motorists; they have to be otherwise they end up like a pizza in the middle of the road!
         While I'm on a roll. What kind of parent allows their child to go out on these dark and frosty mornings to do a paper round on a bike with no lights fitted, let alone switched on!

                                      Peace and Goodwill to all men. (Even those on two wheels.)

                                                     As ever.  Graham. :tup:

   Oh and by the way.  Welcome back Sue and Mark. :tup: :dance:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: skellum on December 17, 2010, 07:06:03 PM
Had a 6.00 pm portrait session booked for this evening who did'nt show up. Waited till 6.45 not even a phone call  >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on December 18, 2010, 07:28:20 AM
Had a 6.00 pm portrait session booked for this evening who did'nt show up. Waited till 6.45 not even a phone call  >:(

       Do you have?
                          a)    Their address.
                          b)    A brick.
                                                          Graham. :knuppel2:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: anglefire on December 18, 2010, 09:25:58 PM
Actually yesterday..

2.5hours to get 15miles from Croyden to the M25 - Partly the 1/2" snow, and partly cos Londoners don't seem to get the concept of not blocking every junction and jumping every red light to get another 10'. :uglystupid2:

Took another 3 1/2 hours to get round the M25 and M40.

Only took 2 1/2 to get there in the morning.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: ABERS on December 18, 2010, 09:45:00 PM
Us Londoners are terrible, although you shouldn't come across too many between Croydon and the M25, unless you took the long way round. :-\
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on December 19, 2010, 12:16:17 AM
Thanks Alf, that seems to have fixed it! ;D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: krennon on December 21, 2010, 05:12:29 PM
OUR VET!!!...
Took Salem there a few weeks ago due to an abcess on his leg, which he allegedly sorted out, took him back a couple of weeks later as Salem was still limping and the vet said it's just where his leg is a bit stiff from the abcess/bite and it will heal up and he was happy with it....last night Salem was hobbling around and wouldn't let us touch his leg, the wife took him to the vet there and then....abcess is back with a vengence it had moved round to the back of the leg, gone septic to the point where there was dead flesh around the wound....vet has kept him on overnight....and charged us £237.00 for the privilege add that to the £80.00 odd quid we've already forked out and we are now screwed for xmas....yes we get most of it back on insurance but we still have to stump up the cash....so Xmas is screwed and I am seriously wondering if our vet is just in it for the money as our poor Salem must have been in some serious pain and discomfort for the past 4 weeks or so which really really annoys me (more than the fact that Xmas is screwed can't bear the thought of one of our cats being in any pain or discomfort) b l o o d y v e ts.....7 years of training and he didn't pick up on it which means he's incompetent or he did know about it, in which case he's ripping us off....either way me and the Mrs are not happy.....
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: bones615 on December 21, 2010, 05:34:56 PM
Change your vet, we had a similar thing years ago, one of ours was poorly-backwards and forwards for many steroid injections then they suggested a test for cat aids or something so we went to another vet 3 miles out in the country & the worst he could find was mites in its ears, gave us drops and never had more problems with it.


WAMT, last night the condensate pipe froze on the combi boiler, no heating, up a ladder outside trying to thaw it out then dismatling the whole pipe back to the boiler to clear it. Why do they route it outside so it breaks down in the coldest of weather? Happened last year as well, i may have to rearrange it so it goes into the sink waste indoors.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: anglefire on December 21, 2010, 10:34:56 PM
Ours drains to an internal drain (Its in the garage, which is an extension, so there is a drain inside the garage!)

Not frozen yet - the washing machine has, but not the boiler  :doh:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on December 21, 2010, 11:28:48 PM
My washing machine also froze.  :'(

The pipe that takes the hot water to the bathroom froze for two days, but it thawed out today and water gushed out the joint. Just knocked it back together and it's now OK. It's the second time in about 12 years this has happened and I repaired it the same way then.  ;D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on December 22, 2010, 12:03:41 AM
     Ever dropped a lens cap onto a stone floor........in a packed Cathedral.....just as the main soloist is getting into her stride?
     I have!  :-[
     I might as well have been revving a motorbike for the noise the bloody thing made. :uglystupid2:
                              Graham.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: ABERS on December 22, 2010, 07:27:27 AM
   :-[  Did you 'get yer coat'? :2funny:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on December 22, 2010, 07:59:11 AM
     Ever dropped a lens cap onto a stone floor........in a packed Cathedral.....just as the main soloist is getting into her stride?
 

No.  That would be a stupid and clumsy thing to do.

However........I've dropped a D3 and 70-200 on a stone floor in a packed church just as the bride walked in.  There were lots of steps for the 2 halves to bounce down after they had separated.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: krennon on December 22, 2010, 08:57:55 AM
We have a condensing boiler (not a combi though) and our condensing pipe froze at the weekend to the point that the boiler wouldn't fire up, luckily my mate who helped install it, came round and told me exactly what the problem was and sorted it out. What he's suggested though is to get a coupler from a 3/4" bsp (I think thats the diameter of the condensing pipe) and go up to a 38mm condensing pipe, preferably metal as the extra diameter should stop it from freezing up, but if it does freeze up you can still run a blow torch over it to de-ice it.....unlike the plastic version we have at the moment...

Graham "Oops" never mind no real harm done....

Jonathan "Ouch that sounds like it was expensive"...
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on December 22, 2010, 12:23:00 PM
          Thanks for the sympathetic coments folks! :2funny:
          I'm there again tonight to get shots from the other side of the stage........I'm going to carry a dustbin lid just to be safe. :D
                                          Graham. 
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on December 22, 2010, 02:23:49 PM
WAMT? Myself, just home from the specialist. Says my blood sugar is way off. We discussed my recent retirement and he's giving that the nod as why (have become sedentary). He's giving me 3 months to change my diet and start exercising or he's going to put me on insulin needle full time, as in shot before meals and before bed. Right now I just shoot up at bed time, I hate it. Been doing it over a year now and I'm still not used to it.  >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: bones615 on December 22, 2010, 05:10:15 PM
What he's suggested though is to get a coupler from a 3/4" bsp (I think thats the diameter of the condensing pipe) and go up to a 38mm condensing pipe, preferably metal as the extra diameter should stop it from freezing up, but if it does freeze up you can still run a blow torch over it to de-ice it.....unlike the plastic version we have at the moment...


Not sure if metal pipe is good idea? I questioned the plastic pipe when my boiler was installed & was told the condensate is slightly acidic and would eventually eat through metal.

Mine is in the loft directly above the kitchen so routing to the dishwasher waste should be simple but SWMBO does not want another "unsightly" pipe on the kitchen wall so I offered to let her defrost it next time!

Simon
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on December 23, 2010, 08:39:12 PM
WAMT? You mean really pixxed me off beyond belief, left me totally stunned, frustrated absolutely gob smacked?

Due to some administrative cock up, 3 (Three) mobile phone network have closed my account and given my mobile number away!!!

We are sorry - we'll have a SIM card to you in 3 days and set you up with an new account then.

Apparently they've not heard of snow or Christmas in Mumbia!!!

So - i am the proud owner of an iPhone4 that has the functionality of an iPod Touch - brilliant!

Did i mention they want me to pay a settlement fee of £56 to finish closing the account properly?

Really - you couldn't make it up!!!!  :uglystupid2: :-X :o :knuppel2: :knuppel2: :knuppel2: :knuppel2: :knuppel2:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: irv_b on December 23, 2010, 09:47:29 PM
WAMT
 The oven gave up the ghost tonight (I think its the heating element that has gone ) so Rose has to trawl around Croydon ( I am working in Hayling Island tomorrow) to get an element or we have to buy a new oven  :o and yes we have people coming round, luckily not xmas day but boxing day.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: nickt on December 24, 2010, 01:15:34 AM
We have a condensing boiler (not a combi though) and our condensing pipe froze at the weekend to the point that the boiler wouldn't fire up, luckily my mate who helped install it, came round and told me exactly what the problem was and sorted it out. What he's suggested though is to get a coupler from a 3/4" bsp (I think thats the diameter of the condensing pipe) and go up to a 38mm condensing pipe, preferably metal as the extra diameter should stop it from freezing up, but if it does freeze up you can still run a blow torch over it to de-ice it.....unlike the plastic version we have at the moment...

Graham "Oops" never mind no real harm done....

Jonathan "Ouch that sounds like it was expensive"...
Don't run it in copper as it will rot away after a few months as the condense is acidic. It's better to insulate it and run it at an angle to the drain.

Nick
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Skhilled on December 24, 2010, 08:53:08 AM
WAMT
 The oven gave up the ghost tonight (I think its the heating element that has gone ) so Rose has to trawl around Croydon ( I am working in Hayling Island tomorrow) to get an element or we have to buy a new oven  :o and yes we have people coming round, luckily not xmas day but boxing day.

This site is run by a friend of mine. They can help you determine what needs to be fixed. :)

http://appliancejunk.com/forums/

Just tell them you make and model number and exactly what is not working properly.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Mick on December 24, 2010, 09:35:29 AM
WAMT
 The oven gave up the ghost tonight (I think its the heating element that has gone ) so Rose has to trawl around Croydon ( I am working in Hayling Island tomorrow) to get an element or we have to buy a new oven  :o and yes we have people coming round, luckily not xmas day but boxing day.

Had to fit a new element to our oven a couple of months ago.  Not much help to you now, but this place is handy for spares, very fast and efficient.  Or at least it was for me.   http://www.ransomspares.co.uk/parts/cookers-hobs/?gclid=CK2CwbvKhKYCFUYe4Qod0jV9pA
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Skhilled on December 24, 2010, 10:14:21 AM
Thanks, I've bookmarked this as well. :)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Cabbyjohn on December 24, 2010, 12:40:50 PM
The condensing pipe from my boiler also froze recently. I have a contract with British gas whereby I pay a flat fee of £99. in advance for any repair. The engineer arrived, hacksaw already in hand and explained that he knew what the problem was. He sawed through the pipe where it comes out of the wall, told me to get it repaired when the warm weather comes, and was off to the next job. He told me that he was averaging 50 similar jobs per day! From coming in the door to leaving, less than 3 minutes.  :-\
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: SimonW on December 24, 2010, 02:43:26 PM
My condensing pipe froze overnight Wednesday/Thursday too - for the first time ever. Woke up early, could see my breath. Guessed what the problem was (having heard of so many other folk suffering it) and decided to stay in bed till normal rising time. Then got up, disconnected the pipe at the wall and restarted the heating. By bedtime the temperature in the lounge had only got back up to 17 degrees....

Simon
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on December 25, 2010, 01:03:36 AM
Stove has gone on the fritz just as we're cooking Christmas Eve dinner!!!  :-[
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: irv_b on December 25, 2010, 05:59:32 PM
WAMT
 The oven gave up the ghost tonight (I think its the heating element that has gone ) so Rose has to trawl around Croydon ( I am working in Hayling Island tomorrow) to get an element or we have to buy a new oven  :o and yes we have people coming round, luckily not xmas day but boxing day.

This site is run by a friend of mine. They can help you determine what needs to be fixed. :)

http://appliancejunk.com/forums/

Just tell them you make and model number and exactly what is not working properly.


What a handy site to know  :tup: bookmarked for future reference :beer:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: alan1572 on December 26, 2010, 12:27:07 PM
Everton's match being called off...boxing day without a game doesn't bear thinking about :'(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Trickee on December 27, 2010, 02:50:17 PM
Well we were sitting minding our own business eating some chips i had just cooked in the oven, when there was a gunshot sound from the kitchen.
Being the slightly braver out of the two of us i proceeded into the kitchen to find glass everywhere the oven door had shattered into a million little pieces. Well at least it did not happen on Christmas day. Zanussi the appliance of science. :'(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on December 27, 2010, 04:15:47 PM
Well we were sitting minding our own business eating some chips i had just cooked in the oven, when there was a gunshot sound from the kitchen.
Being the slightly braver out of the two of us i proceeded into the kitchen to find glass everywhere the oven door had shattered into a million little pieces. Well at least it did not happen on Christmas day. Zanussi the appliance of science. :'(

Sorry to hear about the oven. Glad know one was in the room when it happened though.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Trickee on December 27, 2010, 05:02:59 PM
yes it would have been a shock for anyone standing next to it. Cannot believe how glass can spread and shatter everywhere still finding it now.
Its about £65 for a new piece of outer glass so dinners are off the menu until we get a replacement.  >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on December 28, 2010, 02:29:01 AM
Called the local Appliance Parts store today. They found my stove model in their inventory computer and eventually the parts man found the part number for the oven ignitor but that's as far as the computer will go. To paraphrase Just Dave 'clicky NO linky'. He couldn't tell me if they had it in stock or not. Have the oven half apart now. He said if I bring the old part in he can get a match. May take a day but... :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: jinky on December 28, 2010, 10:17:56 AM
Hope people get their appliances sorted out soon. We nearly had a disaster when my wife notiuced smell of gas from the cooker the day before Christmas eve. Calls for repairmen left us with instructions to ring Transco and tell them when we were disconnected but no service avaiulable until after Christmas. Transco came within an hour and found that there was a slight leak on the incoming pipe which he could tighten up - happnes to the plastic washers after a few years evidently. Saved.

Anyway what annoyed me! Looking at photos of a big works event my daughter organised down in Guildford for her firm. Of course I told them I`d cover the event and beat any quotes - even offering to do it if they covered my expenses for a couple of days down there. My daughter was not keen as she did not want me cramping her style or embarrassing her  ::) - despite assurances that I`d play the professional photographer. The original date was cancelled due to snow and the photographer could not do the following week himself but said he would send a stand in. The stand in turned up at 5.30am for a 7pm starting event and at 8.30 said he was going as he had only been booked for 3 hours They persuaded him to stay on but having looked through the 3 CDs of images I don`t know why he bothered. Shooting with a Canon 5d with on camera flash the ones he has managed to get in focus are ruined with  harsh shadows, lkack of real colour and contrast and appalling composition.In her place I`d be taking action in small claims court as I am sure no judge would accept them as a professional piece of work - my youngest would have done better with a compact they are so bad. Of course she is taking it personally and has learned lessons about contracts, checking people out and maybe listening to me next time but I cannot believe there are people out there purporting to offer professional services who can have the gall to present their stuff on three cds in paper wallets and take money for it. I`ve said I`ll happily take it up for them but she just wants to forget it.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on December 29, 2010, 10:28:38 AM
I detect a theme here.  :(

WAMT? Son was down from Ottawa for the Holiday, got a 3rd of the way home and realized he'd left his wallet behind. I agreed to go meet him halfway. Went to drive my truck and discovered the battery had died. Got it running again late last night. Fingers crossed it starts in the morning.  :'( They say things come in threes, I have to get my wife's car tested for emission compliance today in order for her to get her plate renewal. Dreading it.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on December 29, 2010, 07:35:20 PM
Sure enough, had to get repairs done to wifey's car  before they'd pass it.  :( On the up side my truck kept the charge overnight so that's one less headache.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on January 02, 2011, 10:54:21 PM
Chopped up a fresh Jalapeno pepper for a garnish. Rub my nose whilst doing it. Say no more.  :'( :'(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on January 03, 2011, 06:52:57 AM
Chopped up a fresh Jalapeno pepper for a garnish. Rub my nose whilst doing it. Say no more.  :'( :'(

             Could have been worse........much worse! ;)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on January 03, 2011, 09:24:35 AM
Chopped up a fresh Jalapeno pepper for a garnish. Rub my nose whilst doing it. Say no more.  :'( :'(

             Could have been worse........much worse! ;)

Oh! You are rude!  :-[
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on January 03, 2011, 09:39:25 AM
Chopped up a fresh Jalapeno pepper for a garnish. Rub my nose whilst doing it. Say no more.  :'( :'(

             Could have been worse........much worse! ;)

Oh! You are rude!  :-[

      I meant he could have rubbed his eye you saucy old trout! :2funny:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on January 03, 2011, 12:37:30 PM
Back from hols (yay!).  Took a couple of small cameras with me so just grabbed any old SD cards I had lying around.  One was a 4GB EyeFi on which I took most of the pics.  They are all gone..... :(

First recovery app has found no data at all (which is very odd indeed).  2nd recovery app running now...
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on January 03, 2011, 03:51:11 PM
Back from hols (yay!).  Took a couple of small cameras with me so just grabbed any old SD cards I had lying around.  One was a 4GB EyeFi on which I took most of the pics.  They are all gone..... :(

First recovery app has found no data at all (which is very odd indeed).  2nd recovery app running now...

Not good
which recovery progs you running?
undelete plus worked for me in the past as did zero assumption
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on January 03, 2011, 04:38:07 PM
Back from hols (yay!).  Took a couple of small cameras with me so just grabbed any old SD cards I had lying around.  One was a 4GB EyeFi on which I took most of the pics.  They are all gone..... :(

First recovery app has found no data at all (which is very odd indeed).  2nd recovery app running now...

Not good
which recovery progs you running?
undelete plus worked for me in the past as did zero assumption
  Zero Assumption worked well for me when the police made me delete images under threat of having £5,000 worth of gear siezed just before Christmas!

                  (Details to follow.............maybe ;))
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on January 03, 2011, 05:38:35 PM
Zero Assumption and PhotoRescue can get files back - but they are corrupt and can't be opened.

Stellar Phoenix, Remo, Data Rescue 3, Rescue Pro and Panic all say the card is empty.

I formatted the card, took a shot on a Nikon to force a sensible file structure and tried again but still no joy.

Best guess is that the EyeFi firmware stops the rescue apps getting at the data. :(

Sounds interesting Graham..........
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on January 03, 2011, 05:59:22 PM
Jonathan check your email inbox
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on January 03, 2011, 07:41:01 PM
Chopped up a fresh Jalapeno pepper for a garnish. Rub my nose whilst doing it. Say no more.  :'( :'(

             Could have been worse........much worse! ;)

Oh! You are rude!  :-[

      I meant you could have rubbed his eye you saucy old trout! :2funny:

Ah, yes. Well, without getting into details, I have been exposed to Pepper Spray on several occasions most unpleasant.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: alan1572 on January 03, 2011, 08:59:39 PM
putting up a satellite dish for a friends dad as a favour and dropping my cordless drill...£500 to replace >:( :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on January 03, 2011, 11:39:45 PM
Zero Assumption and PhotoRescue can get files back - but they are corrupt and can't be opened.

Stellar Phoenix, Remo, Data Rescue 3, Rescue Pro and Panic all say the card is empty.

I formatted the card, took a shot on a Nikon to force a sensible file structure and tried again but still no joy.

Best guess is that the EyeFi firmware stops the rescue apps getting at the data. :(


Sounds like a check sum problem. Taking a image with the card may overwrite a couple of pictures. Drop a note to the card makers and ask for their advice.  ;D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on January 03, 2011, 11:41:02 PM
putting up a satellite dish for a friends dad as a favour and dropping my cordless drill...£500 to replace >:( :(

Why does it cost us when we do a favour for someone.  :'(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on January 04, 2011, 09:23:31 AM
Sounds like a check sum problem. Taking a image with the card may overwrite a couple of pictures. Drop a note to the card makers and ask for their advice.  ;D

I would expect recovery s/w to fix a check sum though....

Anyway - EyeFi support said "card is physically damaged - no hope of recovery - we'll send a new one".  On a tip off on a Flickr forum I tried the card in the official EyeFi reader.  They claim other readers don't supply enough voltage (which really looks like nonsense).  An hour later, Zero Assumption had recovered pretty much all the data.  Stellar Phoenix would have been a lot quicker but they wanted money ;)

So I have all my holiday snaps back. :D

And I still want to know Graham's story....
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Mick on January 04, 2011, 09:42:41 AM

So I have all my holiday snaps back. :D


Result.  :dance:


Anyway - EyeFi support said "card is physically damaged - no hope of recovery - we'll send a new one". 


So Jonathan, does that mean the card is physically damaged?  Or was it something else causing the problem?  ???
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on January 04, 2011, 10:31:37 AM
And I still want to know Graham's story....

         I'll let you know when it's all sorted.
         I have to reply to their reply, and wait for their....er....reply.
               Graham. :knuppel2:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on January 04, 2011, 11:03:08 AM
So Jonathan, does that mean the card is physically damaged?  Or was it something else causing the problem?  ???

My guess is no - but here's what EyeFi say about it

Quote
It appears that usage of CF adapter has caused damage to the card. Although the corruption didn't happen while sitting in CF adapter it corrupted the partition so at one of the power cycles the data was lost.

Unfortunately this is one of the reasons why we ask not to use CF adapters with our cards.

They say that if you use a CF adapter with an EyeFi then sooner or later you will lose data.  Their theory doesn't seem to hold water and I reckon it's all down to their magic reader - but they are offering a replacement so it would be foolish not to accept.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on January 04, 2011, 11:24:41 AM
Sounds like a check sum problem. Taking a image with the card may overwrite a couple of pictures. Drop a note to the card makers and ask for their advice.  ;D

I would expect recovery s/w to fix a check sum though....

Anyway - EyeFi support said "card is physically damaged - no hope of recovery - we'll send a new one".  On a tip off on a Flickr forum I tried the card in the official EyeFi reader.  They claim other readers don't supply enough voltage (which really looks like nonsense).  An hour later, Zero Assumption had recovered pretty much all the data.  Stellar Phoenix would have been a lot quicker but they wanted money ;)

So I have all my holiday snaps back. :D

And I still want to know Graham's story....
Check sum might not balance due to no end of file marker, which happens if the file become truncated.  :o

Glad you got it sorted but the reason sounds very strange. Then again I know nothing about EyeFi cards.  :-[
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on January 04, 2011, 12:25:06 PM

They say that if you use a CF adapter with an EyeFi then sooner or later you will lose data.  Their theory doesn't seem to hold water and I reckon it's all down to their magic reader - but they are offering a replacement so it would be foolish not to accept.


If they have designed their card to required higher voltage than a CF adapter puts out I can see that. It may be a scam to sell their special adapter, but I had a similar issue last summer with an external hard drive where one PC wouldn't find any data on it despite it have loads of photos.
Finally figure out, that PC has old USB 1.1 ports. Had enough juice to see the drive but not enough to read what was on it.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on January 05, 2011, 12:31:14 PM

They say that if you use a CF adapter with an EyeFi then sooner or later you will lose data.  Their theory doesn't seem to hold water and I reckon it's all down to their magic reader - but they are offering a replacement so it would be foolish not to accept.


If they have designed their card to required higher voltage than a CF adapter puts out I can see that. It may be a scam to sell their special adapter, but I had a similar issue last summer with an external hard drive where one PC wouldn't find any data on it despite it have loads of photos.
Finally figure out, that PC has old USB 1.1 ports. Had enough juice to see the drive but not enough to read what was on it.


stupid minor mistakes that cause me keep failing my driving test  :(  >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Skhilled on January 12, 2011, 08:28:39 AM
Snowing too much here and have to take off from work again. Too dangerous to drive. Unfortunately, the job doesn't care that you have to drive 30 minutes to get there when they don't plow the roads.  :knuppel2:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Mick on January 12, 2011, 08:46:08 AM
Snowing too much here and have to take off from work again. Too dangerous to drive. Unfortunately, the job doesn't care that you have to drive 30 minutes to get there when they don't plow the roads.  :knuppel2:

Hi Steve.  Snow's long gone here thankfully.  Whole place grinds to a halt here when it snows.  I'm sure it never used to be like that years ago.

Will be popping in to the SMFarcade site soon, need to pick your brains about upgrading. 

That is for when (if) SMF2 goes gold.  This site is so old now I wont be able to uninstall version 2.0.18  Dare say I'll have to use the large upgrade package which will remove all the mods.  Just need to know what to do with arcade database tables etc, and if I need to remove the original arcade package from the folder?, etc, etc.

I tried to do this on a clone of this site yesterday and it went horribly wrong.  :uglystupid2:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: jinky on January 12, 2011, 02:55:57 PM
Home insurance. I`ve had good cover from Direct Line buildings and contents plus personal possessions outside the home that has covered my camera gear too. Got my renewal quote today. £747 up from £419 last year despite no claims in last 11 years. I call them - is that the best you can do as I`ve got cheaper - "well we can go down to £438 with a discount". I can still seemingly get cover for less than that for the same values which I am checking out - only known brands with good reviews - that I am checking at £369, What annoys me is why they play these games. Same with car insurance every year. I hope not many people take the renewal figure as a given. I usually get them to match best prices found but did get them down by over 300 just by challenging. Do they not want to keep my business? >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: ABERS on January 13, 2011, 08:38:22 AM
Yesterday really.
Putting my car in for a major service and MOT and receiving a call that it required new front pads and discs, which to tell the truth I was expecting, so that didn't come as too much of a shock.

It was when I got a call in the late afternoon to tell me they were delivering it back to me, and would I kindly pay the bill. My flabber has never been so gasted as Frankie Howard would say. I tried pointing out that I had sent it for service, not part exchange for a newer model but they assured me it was just a service and the brake work I was paying for! :o >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on January 14, 2011, 04:36:07 PM
My eyes, my viewfinder, a combination of the two? Nice sunny day, blue sky and a group of big fat robins come nesting in my trees. I take a series of what I thought, were in focused shots using my A350 and telephoto MF lens. When I got the shots onto my Mac there were all blurry, out of 8 shots, not one was in decent focus! >:( :'(

Making it worse, I've been able to confirm a suspicion that my sighting was quite out of the ordinary. Robins (american) don't remain in Ontario this late in the winter but are usually gone by mid Dec.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: krennon on January 14, 2011, 05:16:24 PM
What lens were you using Spin, I've got an A350 with a Minolta 75-300 MF lens (as well as the SONY Kit 18-70 and 55-200) Not noticed any problems with mine...did get caught out with the dioptre adjuster once inadvertently flicked it somehow, took a series of deer shots and they were all blurred.....my fault entirely....
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: anglefire on January 15, 2011, 12:28:34 PM
Yesterday really.
Putting my car in for a major service and MOT and receiving a call that it required new front pads and discs, which to tell the truth I was expecting, so that didn't come as too much of a shock.

It was when I got a call in the late afternoon to tell me they were delivering it back to me, and would I kindly pay the bill. My flabber has never been so gasted as Frankie Howard would say. I tried pointing out that I had sent it for service, not part exchange for a newer model but they assured me it was just a service and the brake work I was paying for! :o >:(

My next service will be done by an independent that I know - I just need to book him very early because he is very popular. Landrover want £110 ish an hour - and I'm not convinced they do everything right - mine went in for some warranty work last week - and was told they had to adjust the rear propshaft - But there is nothing to adjust on a prop - so I think it code for tightening the bolts  :doh:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on January 15, 2011, 12:30:31 PM
some cheap no name brand I got off the internet. all mechanical like a big pipe with a lens screwed on the end. It works fine if mounted to a tripod and focused on a fixed object. I usually use it in summer where I mount it to the tripod and focus it on one of my feeders at the far end of my garden.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on January 15, 2011, 12:33:14 PM
I shouldn't kid myself and blame the glass or the camera. it's my diabetes, out of whack. Dr.'s threatened to make me insulin dependent as the pills aren't doing the jobl  >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on January 15, 2011, 01:35:23 PM
I shouldn't kid myself and blame the glass or the camera. it's my diabetes, out of whack. Dr.'s threatened to make me insulin dependent as the pills aren't doing the jobl  >:(
       I'm not familiar with your camera Spin but it can only be down to your eyesight if your focusing manually.
       If your using focus points where you select the point, place it over your subject, half press the shutter and recieve indication that you have "focus lock" (green light, buzz, ringing bells, small electric shock or some such.) then it's your camera/lens. Assuming it is focus issues and not camera shake.
                          Graham.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on January 16, 2011, 01:26:04 PM
No focus lock I'm afraid, it's a completely mechanical lens. There are no electrical connections at all. Basically a long tube with glass at the end. The camera only operates in Aperture mode and aperture and exposure is the only data shown in the viewfinder. As I said, works well, on a tripod with a fixed target already pre focused, like a bird feeder. We're talking a really really cheap ebay purchase from the Orient.  :-[ The adverts showed a shot of an Eagle flying allegedly captured by the lens, I now realize if it was it was a damn lucky shot.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on January 16, 2011, 03:15:38 PM
No focus lock I'm afraid, it's a completely mechanical lens. There are no electrical connections at all. Basically a long tube with glass at the end. The camera only operates in Aperture mode and aperture and exposure is the only data shown in the viewfinder. As I said, works well, on a tripod with a fixed target already pre focused, like a bird feeder. We're talking a really really cheap ebay purchase from the Orient.  :-[ The adverts showed a shot of an Eagle flying allegedly captured by the lens, I now realize if it was it was a damn lucky shot.
Oh. I see.
                    Graham. :tup:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on January 16, 2011, 04:40:12 PM
or it could be what happened to me yesterday mid fashion shoot.  :-\

Lug on focus screen broke allowing focusing screen to drop out and jam mirror. Sadly, as it was working itself into a breaking point, it clearly impacted which focus points were actually used as opposed to what points were selected.  :'(  £30 later i'm good to go again, with a spare at the ready in case - but lost pictures can never be recovered...

I feel for you, really
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on January 17, 2011, 04:17:45 AM
Geeks on Tech sites. >:( English is my mother tongue. I took Report writing courses at University. I spent over 35 yrs. writing reports amoung other things, for my local gov't. I like to think I'm reasonably articulate. However I seem to run into this issue on an all too regular basis. I go to a tech site, I ask a question about, say, apples. I then get several replies on how to fix oranges. I explain I'm asking about apples, but the Geeks keep answering oranges. It might be funny if it wasn't so infuriating.  And time wasting and in cases like today, just out and out wrong!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on January 19, 2011, 10:34:45 AM
Has the world gone mad?

A man who once weighed 70 stone is suing the NHS for not stopping him from eating his way into the record books as the world's fattest human being.
Taxpayers currently spend around £100,000 per year caring for Paul Mason. But he feels that is not enough and he deserves compensation for the health service not preventing him from putting on the weight.
  :uglystupid2:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: ABERS on January 19, 2011, 10:58:39 AM
Not annoyed but a trifle sad. Especially for the two hotel owners who acting on their own firmly held beliefs are ordered to pay £3,600 damages after being cunningly set up to test those beliefs. I think it admirable that they didn't crumble under the threats that they were subjected to.

Mean and vindictive. If I was ever to book into a hotel that had restrictions that I didn't agree with, I would make my feelings known and tell 'em to stuff it, not pursue them through the courts, even if I did have the help of a taxpayer funded organisation to pay my costs. There are plenty of other hotels in the world for me to book into. >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on January 19, 2011, 12:04:18 PM
Not annoyed but a trifle sad. Especially for the two hotel owners who acting on their own firmly held beliefs are ordered to pay £3,600 damages after being cunningly set up to test those beliefs. I think it admirable that they didn't crumble under the threats that they were subjected to.

Mean and vindictive. If I was ever to book into a hotel that had restrictions that I didn't agree with, I would make my feelings known and tell 'em to stuff it, not pursue them through the courts, even if I did have the help of a taxpayer funded organisation to pay my costs. There are plenty of other hotels in the world for me to book into. >:( >:( >:(

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"You can't turn away people from a hotel because they're black or Jewish and in 2011 you shouldn't be able to demean them by turning them away because they're gay either," Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill said.

If you're running a business you don't get to choose which laws you agree with and which you can break with impunity.  You don't like it then either lobby for change, accept it or get out of that business.  (There's an interesting parallel with the Catholic Adoption Society case - they are indeed getting out of the business because the law says they can't be bigoted in that way).

BTW, read the BBC report and didn't see any hint of a set up - where's the information on that?
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: ABERS on January 19, 2011, 01:40:25 PM
No one was turned away, they were offered separate rooms since the hotel operated a system of refusing unmarried couples, of whatever sexual persuasion a shared double bed. I wonder how many unmarried heterosexual pairs will sue now.

At the time of the alledged offence a civil partnership was not recognised as having the same force in law as a marriage, so they were not breaking the law with impunity. That has now been changed by the the precedent the judge has set in his summing up of this case.

To me it seems strangely suspicious that of all the hotels in the area this one was chosen by the couple in question. The coincidence stretches the imagination somewhat. ::)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on January 19, 2011, 03:11:49 PM
Ah cool - as often, there's more to this than gets reported.

I can understand the argument that they could have gone elsewhere for an easier life. We tend to forget it was Rosa Parks who was breaking the law not the bus driver.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: jinky on January 19, 2011, 03:23:53 PM
Don`t see them quite as Rosa Parks somehow but must admit if I was part of a perceived minority that was aware of a business or organisation breaking the law and affecting my access to services I would be tempted to test it out and take action accordingly. That`s how you get people to accept change sometime. I suppose the B&B people were at least true to their beliefs and did not just say "no room at the inn" but then I had heard elsewhere that it was a set up and the gay couple had established there was an available double room anyway by seemingly booking it as single use and turning up with partner.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on January 19, 2011, 04:39:40 PM
Has the world gone mad?

A man who once weighed 70 stone is suing the NHS for not stopping him from eating his way into the record books as the world's fattest human being.
Taxpayers currently spend around £100,000 per year caring for Paul Mason. But he feels that is not enough and he deserves compensation for the health service not preventing him from putting on the weight.
  :uglystupid2:

I say, pay him compensation! On the condition he allow them to sow his mouth shut.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: anglefire on January 19, 2011, 07:04:46 PM
I want to know why we are looking after him, apart from his standard benefits - if he can't work.
If he can't afford to eat, then he doesn't. Tough.

If he dies. Tough.

Sorry, but people seem to think they have a right to live, what ever the cost. Half the problem with the world, is that people aren't being killed off by illness.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: ABERS on January 19, 2011, 07:20:04 PM
Half the problem with the world, is that people aren't being killed off by illness.


And the other half live in the third world. :uglystupid2:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: anglefire on January 19, 2011, 08:33:14 PM
Abers, I was being selfish and thinking of the so called industrial nations. Ie. the likes of Europe and US.

But the growth in world population needs to be addressed. That or ship a load off to a different planet to cock that one up too.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: krennon on January 20, 2011, 08:56:04 AM
Logans Run anybody  ;)

Yep agree though, half the world live in abject poverty where child mortality rates are frightening while the other half live in comparitive wealth and moan about the fact they're eating themselves to death but it's someone elses fault...the blame culture is all to rife and needs to be addressed in this country and others....
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on January 20, 2011, 09:49:07 AM
Logans Run anybody  ;)
the blame culture is all to rife and needs to be addressed in this country and others....

Well it's not my fault!

Cream cake any one?
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on January 20, 2011, 02:39:07 PM
Logans Run anybody  ;)
the blame culture is all to rife and needs to be addressed in this country and others....

Well it's not my fault!

Cream cake any one?


Is too!!

At the risk of offending someone/everyone? I blame, Americans/Globalization/The internet.  :legit: I have a really long theory that i won't bother posting here. Short version, on this side of the pond  Litigation like this obese person's didn't exist in Canadian legal circles 30 yrs. ago but are popping up more and more. The legal people say it's because we've watched it going on in the U.S. for years.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on January 20, 2011, 07:33:34 PM
Cream cake any one?


Yes please, if you are buying.  :2funny:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on January 21, 2011, 11:33:47 AM
I would have to say that i'm also in agreement that the type of legal practices that take place nowadays evolved in the states.
The PC brigade were exported from the states to the UK and destroyed our once great culture.

Does any one have a good old fashioned accident any more? You know - the sort of thing that you just couldn't have foreseen and would most often have been  seen in an episode of "Some Mothers Do 'ave 'em" and other similar sit coms - or is everything in life the fault of some one?

And if you accept that there is a God, or other similar divine being, you could follow through in the vein of the Billy Connolly film "The man who sued God" and sue all the religious institutions, as God would ultimately be deemed as responsible for all that happens in heaven and on Earth.

But if you follow that line of thought to its conclusion you would keep the philosophers employed for years, after which we would discover that every thing is down to the number 42!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on January 21, 2011, 08:28:25 PM
I would have to say that i'm also in agreement that the type of legal practices that take place nowadays evolved in the states.
The PC brigade were exported from the states to the UK and destroyed our once great culture.

Does any one have a good old fashioned accident any more? You know - the sort of thing that you just couldn't have foreseen and would most often have been  seen in an episode of "Some Mothers Do 'ave 'em" and other similar sit coms - or is everything in life the fault of some one?

And if you accept that there is a God, or other similar divine being, you could follow through in the vein of the Billy Connolly film "The man who sued God" and sue all the religious institutions, as God would ultimately be deemed as responsible for all that happens in heaven and on Earth.

But if you follow that line of thought to its conclusion you would keep the philosophers employed for years, after which we would discover that every thing is down to the number 42!
If you saw the thread about the woman who fell into fountain whilst texting, well she is going to sue the mall owners!
feature=player_embedded  ::)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on January 23, 2011, 11:26:54 PM
It appears the government are going to sell off all the forests in England! They sold off the Gas, Electricity, Telephones and water to private companies who now charges us through the nose. I can't understand how short term gains will benefit the country, when we will face huge bills in the future. In the nineteenth century the politicians buildup the infrastructure of the nation to benefit all in the future, but now it's all short term goals with little thought about future generations.  >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: anglefire on January 23, 2011, 11:37:54 PM
I would have to say that i'm also in agreement that the type of legal practices that take place nowadays evolved in the states.
The PC brigade were exported from the states to the UK and destroyed our once great culture.

Does any one have a good old fashioned accident any more? You know - the sort of thing that you just couldn't have foreseen and would most often have been  seen in an episode of "Some Mothers Do 'ave 'em" and other similar sit coms - or is everything in life the fault of some one?

And if you accept that there is a God, or other similar divine being, you could follow through in the vein of the Billy Connolly film "The man who sued God" and sue all the religious institutions, as God would ultimately be deemed as responsible for all that happens in heaven and on Earth.

But if you follow that line of thought to its conclusion you would keep the philosophers employed for years, after which we would discover that every thing is down to the number 42!

If we also stopped all the blame culture, the motorways could be kept running or at least get the smashed cars off the carriageway onto the hardshoulder and re-opened - rather than be closed for 10 hours whilst SOCO or whatever they are called due measurements to work out who was going too fast.

Insurance would be cheaper and everyone would be happy. Except the insurers. Shame
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: anglefire on January 23, 2011, 11:41:53 PM
It appears the government are going to sell off all the forests in England! They sold off the Gas, Electricity, Telephones and water to private companies who now charges us through the nose. I can't understand how short term gains will benefit the country, when we will face huge bills in the future. In the nineteenth century the politicians buildup the infrastructure of the nation to benefit all in the future, but now it's all short term goals with little thought about future generations.  >:( >:( >:(

And when they do get sold off, you can kiss good bye to any motor sport or country pursuits as they will either want too much money (Motor sport pays a fortune now to use the forests, but at least it gets ploughed back into their upkeep) or there will be so many different landowners, it will be a nightmare to sort.

And of course, someone will want to profit from it all. So it will cost US more.

I dunno, people vote in the government and wonder why they do exactly what they did last time they got in and screwed the country. Not that labour did a lot better.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on January 24, 2011, 09:08:14 AM
The trouble with governments is that they are always made up of politicians.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: krennon on January 25, 2011, 10:23:54 AM
Maybe all the "Stars" that wrote the open letter to government begging them NOT to sell off the forests should use their millions to buy up the forests then donate it to the Woodland Trust/Forestry Commission/National Trust/English Heritage et al to be looked after for future generations rather than just writing a letter...look at Heathrow a fair few people including some "stars" bought that huge chunk of land to stop the proposed third runway expansion and now that seems to have died down a bit..
I'm lucky I live very close to Richmond and Bushy Park and not far from the thames, and the New Forest or the South Downs are only a short(ish) drive away as well,  so I have lots of green space to go to but those who don't have the luxury of 2 Royal Parks on their doorstep but live close to a forest should not be denied the right to get out doors and enjoy the countryside because they've been sold to a Chinese conglomarate...(Japan owns something like 85% of New Zealands Forests I reckon the Chinese would buy ours up)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on January 25, 2011, 04:26:14 PM
Hah! I live in Canada, it's one giant forest, covered with snow and dotted with igloos, just ask any American!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: ABERS on January 25, 2011, 07:19:44 PM
We all get annoyed with things from time to time, but I tend to get most annoyed when I'm taken for an idiot.

A piece taken from the BBC news site about Lord Taylor's expenses:-

"In sometimes emotional evidence from the witness box, he told how he had battled racism in his political career - he had been an unsuccessful Tory candidate in Cheltenham at the 1992 general election - and claimed he was in public life to "help people" and not for the money."

 >:( >:( >:( >:(

Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on January 25, 2011, 07:30:06 PM
We all get annoyed with things from time to time, but I tend to get most annoyed when I'm taken for an idiot.

I am sorry ABERS, you're quite right, Canada isn't a giant forest like the Americans think,. :legit:



A piece taken from the BBC news site about Lord Taylor's expenses:-

"In sometimes emotional evidence from the witness box, he told how he had battled racism in his political career - he had been an unsuccessful Tory candidate in Cheltenham at the 1992 general election - and claimed he was in public life to "help people" and not for the money."

 >:( >:( >:( >:(

I have felt, save for some rare exceptions, the fast majority of Politicians/CEO'/Celebrities who reach these exalted heights of notoriety are Sociopaths incapable of feeling empathy or embarrassment.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on January 26, 2011, 02:07:53 PM
WAMT? I live in a semi-detached house (don't know if that's the term you guys use, 2 houses with one common wall). For the last 2 days the lower portion of my house has stunk of wood smoke, no visible smoke just the very strong aroma. It's got me scratching my head, I've lived in this house for 30 yrs. Never experienced this before. Only thing I can think is the neighbours are closing the chimney flue before the fire is out. I really wonder what it smells like on their side. The other half was purchased by a young couple from Hong Kong just last year. There's a bit of a language barrier.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on January 26, 2011, 05:56:30 PM
WAMT? I live in a semi-detached house (don't know if that's the term you guys use, 2 houses with one common wall). For the last 2 days the lower portion of my house has stunk of wood smoke, no visible smoke just the very strong aroma. It's got me scratching my head, I've lived in this house for 30 yrs. Never experienced this before. Only thing I can think is the neighbours are closing the chimney flue before the fire is out. I really wonder what it smells like on their side. The other half was purchased by a young couple from Hong Kong just last year. There's a bit of a language barrier.

It could be a cannabis farm!  :o
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on January 26, 2011, 06:02:03 PM
It appears that Birmingham city council have spent £700,000 on renting scaffolding around a clock tower in the last six months, while they decide what to do with the building! Some people/companies are intrested in buying and restoring it, but until the council decide to sell it they can't do anything.  :uglystupid2:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on January 28, 2011, 12:16:05 AM
It appears the government are going to sell off all the forests in England! They sold off the Gas, Electricity, Telephones and water to private companies who now charges us through the nose. I can't understand how short term gains will benefit the country, when we will face huge bills in the future. In the nineteenth century the politicians buildup the infrastructure of the nation to benefit all in the future, but now it's all short term goals with little thought about future generations.  >:( >:( >:(

Just found this website where you can sign-up to oppose this measure. http://38degrees.org.uk/pages/forests-campaign-media-coverage   :tup:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on January 28, 2011, 06:56:21 PM
Ripoff Britian!

Independent price comparison service uSwitch.com has revealed that some of the major phone companies are charging customers for December usage at the new rate of VAT (20%) even though the calls and texts were made before the rise came into force. The site is urging both mobile and landline customers to check their January bills carefully.

So, if you find your phone company has overcharged you, what can you do?


Most phone companies charge monthly line rental and call package fees in advance, so most customers will find that their December line rental has already been billed at a rate of 17.5% VAT.

Hidden costs
However with calls, texts and data usage outside of your package it seems that things aren't as straightforward. According to uSwitch, Orange, Three and T-Mobile as well as landline provider Virgin Media all charged a flat rate of 20% on usage over the December-January period.


By contrast, O2, BT, Sky, Vodafone and TalkTalk have split customer bills, charging 20% VAT on all calls made from 4th January and 17.5% for anything before the rise came into force.

 >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: bones615 on February 06, 2011, 02:50:19 PM
Just killed one of my cheap flashguns :'(
Quite a pop, made me jump. Not the end of the world as the power adjustment stopped working ages ago & it would only work on full power, now off to Ebay for a replacement.

Simon
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: jimthetrain on February 10, 2011, 04:41:54 PM
Got a phone call at 8 this morning from the wife saying that my car has gone bang and will you go out to pick it up whilst she uses the other car. Luckily it was only about half a mile away and on getting to it I lifted the bonnet and everything seemed in order,started it up and all seemed okay, put it into gear no problem then turned it round to discover a clanging sound and the smell of rubber. Got it home and took the wheel off and found the coiled spring on the suspension had snapped in two. Now waiting for a pick up to the garage. Just what I didn't need a week before I set off for Tobago. Had to get the motorcycle out. Not ridden it for nearly 12 months. Just as well I keep it taxed and insured.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: krennon on February 10, 2011, 05:14:15 PM
I blame the speed humps for that as that happened to my boss, his coil springs snapped on his SAAB and he blames it on the speed humps and he doesn't go over them at speed ever as he knows the damage it can do....

WANMT got ads with the jobcentre for some positions we have available the ads clearly state must be able to communicate effectively...getting calls from people "I am phoning for my friend/mum/brother" why aren't they phoning I ask...."Because they don't speak English" comes the inevitable reply....sorry can't employ them due to Health & Safety reasons such as not being able to read COSHH data sheet etc....which part of "must be able to communicate effectively" don't people understand....
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on February 10, 2011, 09:49:00 PM
I blame the speed humps for that as that happened to my boss, his coil springs snapped on his SAAB and he blames it on the speed humps and he doesn't go over them at speed ever as he knows the damage it can do....


They annoy me no end, and I'm sure you could sue the council/government for damaged caused.  >:(


WANMT got ads with the jobcentre for some positions we have available the ads clearly state must be able to communicate effectively...getting calls from people "I am phoning for my friend/mum/brother" why aren't they phoning I ask...."Because they don't speak English" comes the inevitable reply....sorry can't employ them due to Health & Safety reasons such as not being able to read COSHH data sheet etc....which part of "must be able to communicate effectively" don't people understand....

Come now, the ad didn't say communication had to be in English....did it?  :uglystupid2:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on February 10, 2011, 10:45:57 PM
Hotmail. Apparently there's some problem with Hotmail implementing HTML5. Articles I read talked about conflicts with Firefox Beta 4 and of course the conspiracy theory of MS vs. Mozilla. BUT!!!, I'm using a Mac running Safari and the damn glitch or whatever it is, is causing the whole browser to lock up. I've switched back to using my Win 7 and Firefox where Hotmail goes into a continuous loop, but at least the browser still will open new tabs and keep working.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: irv_b on February 21, 2011, 07:40:04 PM
WAMT
Well on saturday really
THE BLOODY WEATHERI was given a job to do in Centre Point in Oxford street. I get there and told it was on the 33rd floor. Fantastic I thought I should be able to get some great shots over London but when I get up there I cant see more than 1/4 of a mile cos of the rain and gloom :(
I will say there is a terrific restaurant with a lovely menu which will only set you back about £300 for dinner for 2(plus drinks) if you have any xmas money leftover ;D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on February 21, 2011, 11:00:16 PM
WAMT
Well on saturday really
THE BLOODY WEATHERI was given a job to do in Centre Point in Oxford street. I get there and told it was on the 33rd floor. Fantastic I thought I should be able to get some great shots over London but when I get up there I cant see more than 1/4 of a mile cos of the rain and gloom :(
I will say there is a terrific restaurant with a lovely menu which will only set you back about £300 for dinner for 2(plus drinks) if you have any xmas money leftover ;D

Don't worry, it was the same here yesterday and today, so that's seven day without any sunshine.  :'(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: ABERS on February 22, 2011, 08:41:53 AM
It's certainly getting on my mammary glands and the forecast for the next five days looks no better.

What exactlty are the symptom for ricketts? :-\
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on February 22, 2011, 10:56:57 AM
It's certainly getting on my mammary glands and the forecast for the next five days looks no better.

What exactlty are the symptom for ricketts? :-\

The primary cause of rickets is a vitamin D deficiency.[3] Vitamin D is required for proper calcium absorption from the gut. Sunlight, especially ultraviolet light, lets human skin cells convert Vitamin D from an inactive to active state. In the absence of vitamin D, dietary calcium is not properly absorbed, resulting in hypocalcaemia, leading to skeletal and dental deformities and neuromuscular symptoms, e.g. hyperexcitability. Foods that contain vitamin D include butter, eggs, fish liver oils, margarine, fortified milk and juice, and oily fishes such as tuna, herring, and salmon.

Just change your diet!  :2funny:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on February 22, 2011, 12:59:46 PM
You missed out cheese !
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: ABERS on February 22, 2011, 03:58:08 PM
Nobody in France ever got it then! ::)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: krennon on February 22, 2011, 05:09:52 PM
I'm guessing only those that are allergic to lactose  ;)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: krennon on February 24, 2011, 12:55:06 PM
My copy of this weeks AP still hasn't turned up so I phoned them, they've said they couldn't collect the direct debit and they wrote to me which is why I haven't received....checked the bank account online with them on the phone...the money was taken on the 04/02 and there is no sign of it being returned......so either they're lying or there has been some really weird cock up at the banks end (which I don't think is the case)....bloody subscriptions...and I wanted to see if my shot had made it onto the shortlist for the APOY comp (which I don't think it will have).....
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on February 28, 2011, 10:01:11 AM
Incumbent telecoms - France Telecom to be precise.

We live in the countryside, until this weekend some 7kms from the nearest broadband hub. So we have the slowest broadband possible. 512kbps.

As there were quite a few villages and hamlets in the same boat and France Telecom wouldn't upgrade the service on the grounds that it was not economically viable, our county council paid to have a new hub installed. This hub is 500m from our house.

What annoyed me is that even though France Telecom didn't pay for this hub, we did through our council tax, I cannot get my broadband speed upgraded for at least two more months unless I sign up with them. This is allegedly because of 'testing'. Strange then, that one of my neighbours who is signed up to France Telecom saw his broadband speed increased to 6mbs plus on Friday, without even having to ask them for an upgrade.

Maybe that's part of the "testing". B*st*rds.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on February 28, 2011, 07:14:53 PM
That's the trouble with broadband, it isn't the line that can affect your speed, but the broadband provider, who can and does reduce the speed you get. The more you use it the slower it becomes and if you complain, they trot out the excuse that it's line usage, which begs the question why this happens at 03:30 when most people are in bed.  :uglystupid2:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on February 28, 2011, 07:24:45 PM
That's the trouble with broadband, it isn't the line that can affect your speed, but the broadband provider, who can and does reduce the speed you get. The more you use it the slower it becomes and if you complain, they trot out the excuse that it's line usage, which begs the question why this happens at 03:30 when most people are in bed.  :uglystupid2:

Cuz that's when all the old geezer's are up downloading porn? :legit:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on February 28, 2011, 07:39:05 PM
That's the trouble with broadband, it isn't the line that can affect your speed, but the broadband provider, who can and does reduce the speed you get. The more you use it the slower it becomes and if you complain, they trot out the excuse that it's line usage, which begs the question why this happens at 03:30 when most people are in bed.  :uglystupid2:

Cuz that's when all the old geezer's are up downloading porn? :legit:

I take it you speak from experience then?  :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on March 01, 2011, 03:12:33 AM
That's the trouble with broadband, it isn't the line that can affect your speed, but the broadband provider, who can and does reduce the speed you get. The more you use it the slower it becomes and if you complain, they trot out the excuse that it's line usage, which begs the question why this happens at 03:30 when most people are in bed.  :uglystupid2:

Cuz that's when all the old geezer's are up downloading porn? :legit:

I take it you speak from experience then?  :2funny: :2funny:

I'm not old.  :dance:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Skhilled on March 06, 2011, 09:59:27 AM
That's the trouble with broadband, it isn't the line that can affect your speed, but the broadband provider, who can and does reduce the speed you get. The more you use it the slower it becomes and if you complain, they trot out the excuse that it's line usage, which begs the question why this happens at 03:30 when most people are in bed.  :uglystupid2:

Usually that is when they do backups, upgrades, etc. which slows things down even more. The less customers that are online, the less customers that are annoyed...even more. ;)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: bones615 on March 07, 2011, 09:32:26 PM
My plazma tv has died 2 months after it having a new psu & main board (under warranty). The 3 year warranty has now expired and it seems from searching the web the psu has failed again  >:(
A common problem apparently.

Now trying to decide if its worth repairing and run the risk of it failing again in the near future. Will call the repair company & hope they guaranteed the work thats been done.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: krennon on March 07, 2011, 09:59:21 PM
The repair should be guaranteed for at least 3 months even if the warranty has expired (used to work for an extended warranty provider) although T&Cs differ, most warranty companies require the repairer to guarantee the work for XX months....depends who your warranty is with, if it's D&G (Domestic and General) you may have some problems but keep hassling them also try phoning the repairer anonymously and ask how long they guarantee their repairs for...but all repair work should be guaranteed for at least 3 months...let us know how you get on though...
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: bones615 on March 08, 2011, 05:33:56 PM
Warranty is 3 months as you say but they need to check its the psu before saying they will fix it under warranty, £20 collection fee (100 mile round trip x2 if i take & collect it) which seems reasonable.
Numerous reports on the net about the capacitors on the psu being weak especially on Samsung tv's, even a couple of videos on how to change them yourself for pennys rather than replace the whole psu.
In the meantime gone from 50" to 19" tv, need binoculars or an eye test!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on March 09, 2011, 12:48:57 AM
An acquaintance who worked in the same building as I did contacted me last Oct. She'd purchased one of my photos a year before and was looking for something to match it as she was renovating her office. Took me a couple of weeks to find a matching frame but I had the print framed and ready by mid Nov. I still have it. Today for the umpteenth time she has cancelled out on picking up the print. This is not a case of me calling her to come for it, it's her setting up the meetings and not following through.  >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: ABERS on March 09, 2011, 06:49:36 PM
Paying 1.38p a litre for unleaded on the M40. My fault for not topping up before I went to Focus in B'ham. What a complete waste of time. :uglystupid2:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on March 09, 2011, 09:14:56 PM
Paying 1.38p a litre for unleaded on the M40. My fault for not topping up before I went to Focus in B'ham. What a complete waste of time. :uglystupid2:
   Hi Alan.
                 Not qute sure what annoyed you today.
                 Was it:
                 a) Paying 1.38p a litre?
                 b) Going to Focus in Birmingham?
                              As Ever.
                                             Graham.  ???
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: ABERS on March 09, 2011, 10:21:58 PM
Both really.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on March 10, 2011, 06:17:09 AM
Both really.
            I was there on Wednesday as well. It was quiet by other years standards, but that did mean that if I wanted to speak tp someone I did'nt have to sharpen my elbows!
            Oh and Jonathan tried to sell me some lights. (Maybe one day.)
                                   Graham.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: hevans on March 10, 2011, 08:41:10 AM
Paying 1.38p a litre for unleaded on the M40. My fault for not topping up before I went to Focus in B'ham. What a complete waste of time. :uglystupid2:

that's a good price. The absolute cheapest here is 1.40 £/ltr, "normal" prices are around 1.46.

Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on March 10, 2011, 01:23:32 PM
 We're paying $1.23 a litre, works out to $4.92 a gal. Just south of me in the good old U.S. of A they're paying $3.62 a gal. What's galling is some of that Oil was imported from Canada. Even worse, beer brewed a few miles from my house sells in Buffalo N.Y.for half the price I have to pay.  :beer: :beer:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: jimthetrain on March 10, 2011, 09:29:12 PM
Whilst out in Tobago we noticed the fuel price was $1.50TT ( 15 pence ) a litre for diesel and $2.60TT ( 26 pence ) a litre for unleaded. It cost £10 to fill the car up.  :legit:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on March 10, 2011, 09:34:11 PM
Whilst out in Tobago we noticed the fuel price was $1.50TT ( 15 pence ) a litre for diesel and $2.60TT ( 26 pence ) a litre for unleaded. It cost £10 to fill the car up.  :legit:

At that price you could have brought a tanker load, shipped it back home and with the money you saved, could go back next year.  :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on March 11, 2011, 10:20:00 AM
As a litre of unleaded is just over 50p from the refinery gates, you could have made a huge profit if you could have squirreled some away in your hold luggage :)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: krennon on March 11, 2011, 11:54:25 AM
Q? Electric cars....why don't they make them with swappable batteries....so a bit like the old camping gas canisters you just exchange a discharged one for a full one that would cut out to a degree the problem with the limited mileage that electric cars are currently suffering from...have them in petrol stations and maybe places like kwik fit etc so you just pull in exchange your dead battery for a fully charged one and away you go.....am I the only person that's thought of this....it seems to make perfect sense to me...

WAMT price of petrol and staff being bloody awkward at the moment tgif though....
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: hevans on March 11, 2011, 01:30:30 PM
Q? Electric cars....why don't they make them with swappable batteries....so a bit like the old camping gas canisters you just exchange a discharged one for a full one that would cut out to a degree the problem with the limited mileage that electric cars are currently suffering from...have them in petrol stations and maybe places like kwik fit etc so you just pull in exchange your dead battery for a fully charged one and away you go.....am I the only person that's thought of this....it seems to make perfect sense to me...

Replacing the batteries is a bit more work, however they have been investigating changing the dielectric fluid (acid in lead acid batteries). The charge is actually stored in this fluid, although it does tend to be caustic.

I remember seeing a calculation of the amount of electrical power (wattage) that would be required to charge an electric car in the same time as filling with fuel. Turned out that cables capable of carrying megawatts would be required, and of course the batteries would quickly fry if you pumped that kind of current through them. The advantage of petrol/diesel is the very high and (reasonably) stable energy densities.

H.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: skellum on March 11, 2011, 01:55:15 PM
UNITED UTILITIES  :knuppel2:   We have a water meter at the shop and we don't use very much water so no problem but...  all businesses have to pay this ridiculous charge for taking away the rain that falls of our roof.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on March 11, 2011, 02:06:19 PM
UNITED UTILITIES  :knuppel2:   We have a water meter at the shop and we don't use very much water so no problem but...  all businesses have to pay this ridiculous charge for taking away the rain that falls of our roof.

Actually they don't.  If they can demonstrate that the water doesn't make it into the public drains then they don't pay for a service they don't use.  This is partly to encourage people to have grass which soaks up water instead of concrete which runs it off.

It's no coincidence that drains started overflowing badly when everybody started converting their gardens to "hard landscaping".
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on March 11, 2011, 02:38:33 PM
Where I live we have a simple formula, not accurate for waste mind, but waste water equals water used. Doesn't matter the coffee you drank at home this morning got pee'd out at work an hour later.  ;D
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Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on March 11, 2011, 04:30:57 PM
Q? Electric cars....why don't they make them with swappable batteries....so a bit like the old camping gas canisters you just exchange a discharged one for a full one that would cut out to a degree the problem with the limited mileage that electric cars are currently suffering from...have them in petrol stations and maybe places like kwik fit etc so you just pull in exchange your dead battery for a fully charged one and away you go.....am I the only person that's thought of this....it seems to make perfect sense to me...

WAMT price of petrol and staff being bloody awkward at the moment tgif though....

The suggestion you have made is exactly how Renault/Nissan see it working. Service stations would have a supply of charged battery packs which they would swap for the one in the customer's car. It hasn't got a prayer of working, of course, but they are relying on the fact that, at least at first, electric cars will be bought by rich eco warriors who won't be going very far.

General Motors (Chevrolet Volt, soon to be an Opel/ Vauxhall version) have got a much better idea. Their electric car will only do about 40 miles on a charge. But it also has a petrol engine that drives a generator when the batteries are flat, meaning that if necessary it has a similar range to an all petrol car. The drivetrain is totally electric. As most people mostly do journeys of less than 40 miles (daily commute for example) in practice the petrol generator will be little called upon in quotidian use. The car will fully charge up over night or at your place of work during working hours.

The only problem, of course, is that most of us won't be able to afford one, while we will all contribute through taxation towards the inevitable subsidy.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: anglefire on March 11, 2011, 09:46:54 PM
I understand the swap out battery option is being trailed in Israel - mostly because they don't want to be reliant on Arab Oil.

Biggest issue will be the replacement costs, which have to be factored into the exchange scheme  - also would mean you couldn't charge it at home, I would think.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Mick on March 11, 2011, 09:58:54 PM
UNITED UTILITIES  :knuppel2:   We have a water meter at the shop and we don't use very much water so no problem but...  all businesses have to pay this ridiculous charge for taking away the rain that falls of our roof.

Dave, did you realise that most people pay that surface water charge on their homes, and don't know they are being robbed.   (this probably won't apply to your shop).

If you can prove that the surface water is going into a soak away (a lot do) and not down the main drain, you can stop the charge, and even claim some of it back.  My neighbour has already done this.   Apparently there's a form you can get from your water provider.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on March 12, 2011, 07:47:03 AM
I understand the swap out battery option is being trailed in Israel - mostly because they don't want to be reliant on Arab Oil.

Biggest issue will be the replacement costs, which have to be factored into the exchange scheme  - also would mean you couldn't charge it at home, I would think.

The idea is that you lease the supply of a battery pack. Yes, you can recharge it at home if you want. But unlike the Chevy, the Renault system requires special chargers, and can you even begin to imagine the chaos on a motorway when the service areas run out of charged battery packs during peak times? Not to mention the horrific cost of it all . . .
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on March 12, 2011, 09:25:49 PM
WAMT ? and Yesterday
My HP printer has died and is now in a lot of bits.
However, I have lots of inks for it but can I hell get a printer which uses both sets of carts.
They will fit some other older printers but not as a pair.
Annoying to say the least.
Looks like the carts will have to go on flea bay and I will look at another brand such as epson.
So if anyone uses HP carts 339 and 344 drop me a pm
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: SimonW on March 12, 2011, 09:51:58 PM
I've often used a supplier called "Ink and Stuff". A couple of years back I had a printer die while I had several unused spare cartridges in unopened packs. Ink and Stuff were quite happy to take them back, giving me full credit against cartridges for the new printer.  No harm in asking the supplier you got yours from....
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Skhilled on March 13, 2011, 05:28:45 PM
Great idea, SimonW. :)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on March 17, 2011, 11:02:29 PM
My D200 fell off a side table and crashed to the floor. It's shattered the data display panel cover, the display still works as does the lens but very disconcerting.  :'( :o
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on March 17, 2011, 11:07:41 PM
My D200 fell off a side table and crashed to the floor. It's shattered the data display panel cover, the display still works as does the lens but very disconcerting.  :'( :o

Sorry about that, but you can get it fixed and shouldn't be too expensive.  ;D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on March 18, 2011, 06:15:01 AM
  Is it the actual screen that's shatterd, or the clip on screen protector?
  It'll be ok, it's a Nikon!
                      Graham.


Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on March 18, 2011, 10:18:46 AM
I guess it's the screen protector, it's got a little star fracture in one corner, but all the date displays, the camera works I took it out yesterday and gave it a go.  ;D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Beryl on March 18, 2011, 11:24:14 AM
The fact that when I woke up it was poring with rain >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on March 18, 2011, 03:40:34 PM
On an up note, I've found out the Nikon's repair centre is in the Canadian HQ, which is around the corner from where wifey works. I'll just drive her to work one day and nip over the the repair place. :)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on March 18, 2011, 08:17:05 PM
On an up note, I've found out the Nikon's repair centre is in the Canadian HQ, which is around the corner from where wifey works. I'll just drive her to work one day and nip over the the repair place. :)

Lucky find.  :tup:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Bigbill on March 20, 2011, 08:13:22 PM
Errrr,,

Whats with all the BigBill quotes earlier on ??

shine off
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Mick on March 20, 2011, 09:17:14 PM
 ???  Not sure what you mean Bill.  Where and when earlier on?
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Bigbill on March 20, 2011, 09:56:24 PM
Hewwo from too many Newcastle Browns Sheffy !!!

Soz Admin and everyone else,,,,
My Dumb mistake,,,,,,,
had 2 pints in city centre pub last night,,,,only cost £6-40 !!!!

Shine Off
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on March 20, 2011, 11:19:18 PM
Orange, I either have signal and more often than not my text won't go through or i don't have any signal at all  >:( :wtf:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: irv_b on March 22, 2011, 08:01:55 PM
Hewwo from too many Newcastle Browns Sheffy !!!

Soz Admin and everyone else,,,,
My Dumb mistake,,,,,,,
had 2 pints in city centre pub last night,,,,only cost £6-40 !!!!

Shine Off

Eh? ???
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: CML-1591 on March 23, 2011, 01:36:09 AM
The people breaking into the house while i was sleeping, even opened my bedroom door, woke me up in doing so, scarpered leaving our patio door locked but off the tracking on the other end!!  >:( GRRRR
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on March 23, 2011, 07:22:35 AM
Hewwo from too many Newcastle Browns Sheffy !!!

Soz Admin and everyone else,,,,
My Dumb mistake,,,,,,,
had 2 pints in city centre pub last night,,,,only cost £6-40 !!!!

Shine Off

Eh? ???

At that price, even one is too many. ;)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: krennon on March 23, 2011, 09:06:51 AM
WAMT.....
Stupid b****y cyclist.....there's a hill that i have to drive down to get to work, Kingston Council in it's infinite wisdom have put speed "pillows" at the top third or so (the hill is about a mile from top to bottom) and it has a 20mph limit as there are schools at the top and near the bottom.

This suicidal cyclist this morning decided instead of sticking to one straight line either on the kerb side of the road or even in the middle so he could go through the gap between the speed pillows, no he decided it would be more fun to slalem all the way down, weaving in and out of the pillows, at one point heading towards oncoming traffic because he was on the wrong side of the road...and then nearly causing an accident because he was going to fast when someone stepped out onto a zebra crossing...causing me to do an emergency stop and nearly hit the back of him, luckily the car behind me was keeping a safe distance as well, I think he could see this cyclist was an accident waiting to happen.
 
He was a complete an utter idiot and if anyone deserved to end up in a tangled mess in his handlebars he did....and don't get me wrong cyclists who ride sensibly are visible and obey the rules of the road I have no problem with, alas my experience round here is that those are the minority not the majority.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on March 23, 2011, 04:51:25 PM
     You know you can report cyclists, and I recomend you do. I'm hearing more and more incidents of cyclists riding like knobheads, being reported or caught on cctv and being picked up the next day by the police for a "chat". Like most folks on the road they are creatures of habit and tend to be at roughly the same place each day.
     Try to remember, an idiot on a bike is suicidal and an idiot in a car is homicidal.
                       Chin Chin. Graham. :tup:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Beryl on March 23, 2011, 05:48:55 PM
I ride a bike . I'm not an idiot......................But then I was a staff car driver and drove VIPs etc and was trained to drive rather than line some ones pockets to pass my test. I had to pass a highway code  exam at 80%  before being aloud to take my test

Have to agree though . There are some .....................daft  cyclists (Lol. Being a lady ::) I can't use the same language as you) but I would say your 70% right
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on March 23, 2011, 06:03:38 PM

This suicidal cyclist this morning decided instead of sticking to one straight line either on the kerb side of the road or even in the middle so he could go through the gap between the speed pillows, no he decided it would be more fun to slalem all the way down, weaving in and out of the pillows, at one point heading towards oncoming traffic because he was on the wrong side of the road...and then nearly causing an accident because he was going to fast when someone stepped out onto a zebra crossing...causing me to do an emergency stop and nearly hit the back of him, luckily the car behind me was keeping a safe distance as well, I think he could see this cyclist was an accident waiting to happen.

So.....the cyclist was travelling at an unsafe speed and you nearly ran into the back of him?  A defence lawyer would love that.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on March 23, 2011, 09:06:28 PM
I ride a bike . I'm not an idiot......................But then I was a staff car driver and drove VIPs etc and was trained to drive rather than line some ones pockets to pass my test. I had to pass a highway code  exam at 80%  before being aloud to take my test

Have to agree though . There are some .....................daft  cyclists (Lol. Being a lady ::) I can't use the same language as you) but I would say your 70% right
                My apologies for my ungentlemanly language Beryl.
                Somtimes I find it's not enough to call a "Spade a spade", somtimes you have to call it a bloody shovel!
                I cycle every day...twice..(there and back.) Today I decided to take the scenic route, which did involve a stretch of  duel carriageway A road. The only way to do this is to take, what we cyclists call, Primary Position, make sure your wits are about you, and pedal like your trousers are on fire!
                Unfortunatley by the time I saw the Bl@@&y great pothole it was to late, I just had time to raise myself from the saddle to protect the "Gentleman's Area" when I hit it . By chance I was carrying a GPS device. The sudden shock caused this to freeze indicating 29.7 mph.
                I have had to book my bike in to have the rear wheel made to look a little less like a Pringle.
                              As Ever.   Graham. 8)                                 
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Beryl on March 23, 2011, 09:33:13 PM
Graham your quite alright. I have brought up three sons and was married to a Royal marine.  I just meant I can't bring my self to say the words I would love to say out side the house (sort of thing)  ::)

I mainly use the cycle tracks now. When your nearing 70 you reactions aren't quite so fast. I have a mountain bike . I love cycling
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: anglefire on March 23, 2011, 10:54:21 PM

This suicidal cyclist this morning decided instead of sticking to one straight line either on the kerb side of the road or even in the middle so he could go through the gap between the speed pillows, no he decided it would be more fun to slalem all the way down, weaving in and out of the pillows, at one point heading towards oncoming traffic because he was on the wrong side of the road...and then nearly causing an accident because he was going to fast when someone stepped out onto a zebra crossing...causing me to do an emergency stop and nearly hit the back of him, luckily the car behind me was keeping a safe distance as well, I think he could see this cyclist was an accident waiting to happen.

So.....the cyclist was travelling at an unsafe speed and you nearly ran into the back of him?  A defence lawyer would love that.

Worse than that.... Had to do an emergency stop when a pedestrian walked out onto a zebra crossing - should have seen that coming and taken avoiding action - ie slowed down - before a ES was required.  :doh:

Though I think Krennon really meant was the cyclist pulled out in front of him and he had to ES as he had another vehicle between him and the crossing :tup:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: ABERS on March 24, 2011, 07:26:02 AM
If it's not cyclists it's blasted pedestrians, those old biddies in those electric wheelchairs take a bit of missing too. :legit:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Beryl on March 24, 2011, 03:17:46 PM
Ho. I'll be 70 in September .........................going on 39 of course  ::). 
I haven't got a Scooter yet but there are plenty down stairs where I live  ;D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: krennon on March 24, 2011, 06:37:31 PM
Cyclist had his head down (he was one of those semi pro cyclists seeing as was wearing all the gear with the local cycle club emblazoned all over it..) he basically wasn't watching what he was doing, to be fair the pedestrian did step out a bit sharpish and wasn't concentrating either, as he did that "I'm not actually going to cross at the zebra crossing straight, rather I'm taking the diagonal route across it" so he stepped out from the kerb a few feet away from the actual crossing, but the cyclist was being a complete nutter....
Have to agree about those shopping scooters there's a little old lady in Kingston who has nearly taken out loads of pedestrians on it she's a demon....
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on March 26, 2011, 10:30:05 AM
The Government saying we are all in this together! The MPs have voted not to have the 1% pay rise, but have made it easier to claim more on expenses.  >:( :uglystupid2:

Now, these employees of the taxpayer – that's you and me – have decided the new system is too tough on them and they have forced a climbdown that will net them around £4million in extra expenses, including, get this, taxpayer-funded credit cards.

That has got to be worth having.

They'll also be able to claim more on accommodation, travel and staff as well us lump sums of cash up front!

Who's big idea was this? Well, David Cameron had complained on behalf of his Tory MPs that the new IPSA regulations weren't "family friendly".
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: jinky on March 28, 2011, 04:52:57 PM
After having my 16-35 f4 VR lens for more than 4 weeks Nikon finally advised Warehouse Express that the VR unit was faulty but could not be repaired under warranty as it was due to "grit or sand" they found within that caused the problem. Never had such a problem with any lens before and always meticulous in my changing / handling of lenses. Argued with Nikon and W E but both say well it`s £312 to repair. I only sent it in for a little bit of jittering on start up as it worked fine once switched on but thought might as well under warranty.
Anyway I`ve told them to send it back to me without a new VR unit and expect it to working as it left me. i`m hoping it might have cleared but if not I`ll settle for a momentary jitter.
Would you have done that or can i expect the VR to fail? Anyone else had such VR problem and got Nikon to do it as a gesture. Trouble is I cannot prove no grit - they have it apart to see. Just so annoyed  I`ve never had a lens with a problem liek this before and repair cost is over 1/3 of what I paid for it  :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on March 28, 2011, 05:14:03 PM
         So. They took it apart and found that a bit of grit was causing the problem.
               Have they left the bit of grit in there and put it back together again? I would'nt be suprised that when you get it back you report it to be working perfectly.
                         Here's hoping.  Graham. ;)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: greypoint on March 28, 2011, 07:08:14 PM
 VR failed on my 70-300 in the warranty period - it was a bit more than a bit jittery- sent it straight to Nikon and it had a new unit fitted for free.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on March 28, 2011, 07:56:20 PM
After having my 16-35 f4 VR lens for more than 4 weeks Nikon finally advised Warehouse Express that the VR unit was faulty but could not be repaired under warranty as it was due to "grit or sand" they found within that caused the problem. Never had such a problem with any lens before and always meticulous in my changing / handling of lenses. Argued with Nikon and W E but both say well it`s £312 to repair. I only sent it in for a little bit of jittering on start up as it worked fine once switched on but thought might as well under warranty.
Anyway I`ve told them to send it back to me without a new VR unit and expect it to working as it left me. i`m hoping it might have cleared but if not I`ll settle for a momentary jitter.
Would you have done that or can i expect the VR to fail? Anyone else had such VR problem and got Nikon to do it as a gesture. Trouble is I cannot prove no grit - they have it apart to see. Just so annoyed  I`ve never had a lens with a problem liek this before and repair cost is over 1/3 of what I paid for it  :(

You need to press Warehouse Express and Nikon on this. Are Nikon saying that their lenses can't stop grit/sand entering the lens? If grit got inside, then the lens couldn't have been made correctly. Quote the Sale of Goods Act as it wasn't fit for purpose.  >:( >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: jinky on March 28, 2011, 08:45:42 PM
I`ve asked them to send me it backand not authorised repair. Hoping they`ll have removed grit and it works. Also sent a letter to Nikon expressing surprise that a high end lens can suffer thus and allow grit to render VR not working when housed on a pro spec D700. We`l see what happens but very annoyed!!!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on March 28, 2011, 08:53:42 PM
I`ve asked them to send me it backand not authorised repair. Hoping they`ll have removed grit and it works. Also sent a letter to Nikon expressing surprise that a high end lens can suffer thus and allow grit to render VR not working when housed on a pro spec D700. We`l see what happens but very annoyed!!!

If it is less than six months old and still playing up when you get it back, send it back to Warehouse Express and ask them to replace it with a brand new one, as per the Sale of Goods Act. Remember your contract is with Warehouse Express and not Nikon as regards the Sale of Goods Act. If they won't play ball, go to you local CAB who will sort it for you.  ;D

Just read the write-up on Warehouse Express's website about this lens which says, "The AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR is built to withstand the demands of everyday shooting, providing excellent reliability as well as superb image quality." Quote this at them both.  :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: jinky on March 29, 2011, 09:34:35 AM
Will see if it is magcally working 100% when I get it back and be doing as you suggest if not.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: jinky on March 29, 2011, 04:12:22 PM
Warehouse Express rang me back and agreed to argue my case with Nikon. Nikon still refuse to repair under warranty stating that a few piecves of grit were in there that caused the damage and refusing to believe all my protestations about using it in accordance with manufacturers instructions and not having dropped it, got sand in it - never having been near a beach with it thus far. WE accept that on getting it returned unrepaired I have no alternative than to seek advice/ take action  under Sale of Goods Act  and said "well you`ll have to ". I hope that it comes back working fine, as it was not too bad when I sent it in - just juddering on start up - but an guessing it will be worse with my luck. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr- daft thing is I don`t even see why they need VR in 16-35 lens when they don`t even bother on my 24-70  >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Beryl on March 29, 2011, 04:33:35 PM
What annoyed me today was ............... I had 59 pages of a short story to print and the printer ran out of black ink on the 56th page  :knuppel2:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on March 29, 2011, 07:53:48 PM
Warehouse Express rang me back and agreed to argue my case with Nikon. Nikon still refuse to repair under warranty stating that a few piecves of grit were in there that caused the damage and refusing to believe all my protestations about using it in accordance with manufacturers instructions and not having dropped it, got sand in it - never having been near a beach with it thus far. WE accept that on getting it returned unrepaired I have no alternative than to seek advice/ take action  under Sale of Goods Act  and said "well you`ll have to ". I hope that it comes back working fine, as it was not too bad when I sent it in - just juddering on start up - but an guessing it will be worse with my luck. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr- daft thing is I don`t even see why they need VR in 16-35 lens when they don`t even bother on my 24-70  >:(

At least Warehouse Express are on your side, but then again they are libel under the Sale of Goods Act.  :doh:

Again, I point out that it's a Pro lens and shouldn't have this problem even on a beach!  :o

If Nikon won't relent then, find out the email address of the CEO of Nikon Europe, and sent him the infomation asking him if Pro lenses should suffer from this problem.  >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: jinky on March 30, 2011, 11:21:06 AM
You read my mind Oldboy. Just done a letter to nikon Service manager and email / copy of letter to Michio Miwa, President of Nikon UK that almost made me cry so here`s hoping  ;)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on March 30, 2011, 02:09:08 PM
You read my mind Oldboy. Just done a letter to nikon Service manager and email / copy of letter to Michio Miwa, President of Nikon UK that almost made me cry so here`s hoping  ;)

 :tup:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on April 03, 2011, 12:40:23 PM
My son was beaten up last night walking home - three guys jumped him and beat him with a plank of wood in what appears to be a random attack. He's in hospital with his jaw wired up.

Any bets on what chance plod have of finding who did it?
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: hevans on April 03, 2011, 02:20:45 PM
My son was beaten up last night walking home - three guys jumped him and beat him with a plank of wood in what appears to be a random attack. He's in hospital with his jaw wired up.

Any bets on what chance plod have of finding who did it?

bugger! Hope plod does find them, but more important, hope your son recovers quickly and without scars.

Hugh
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on April 03, 2011, 02:59:57 PM
My son was beaten up last night walking home - three guys jumped him and beat him with a plank of wood in what appears to be a random attack. He's in hospital with his jaw wired up.

Any bets on what chance plod have of finding who did it?

bugger! Hope plod does find them, but more important, hope your son recovers quickly and without scars.

Hugh

Cheers Hugh. I've always told him he shouldn't live in Cirencester . . .
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Beaux Reflets on April 03, 2011, 06:03:03 PM
My son was beaten up last night walking home - three guys jumped him and beat him with a plank of wood in what appears to be a random attack. He's in hospital with his jaw wired up.

Any bets on what chance plod have of finding who did it?

Awful news. I hope your son recovers quickly Howard.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: jinky on April 03, 2011, 06:22:35 PM
My son was beaten up last night walking home - three guys jumped him and beat him with a plank of wood in what appears to be a random attack. He's in hospital with his jaw wired up.

Any bets on what chance plod have of finding who did it?

Shocking H! I hope he recovers quickly and they find the one`s that did it  :o
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on April 03, 2011, 07:54:53 PM
My son was beaten up last night walking home - three guys jumped him and beat him with a plank of wood in what appears to be a random attack. He's in hospital with his jaw wired up.

Any bets on what chance plod have of finding who did it?

Three guys plus a plank of wood, brave bas*ards.  >:(

Hope he makes a good recovery and doesn't suffer fear of going out.  :tup:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Graham on April 03, 2011, 08:24:13 PM
  Not been sure how to respond to this one exept to echo what Oldboy says.
                     Graham.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Skhilled on April 03, 2011, 09:19:12 PM
I also hope he recovers quickly as well.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Mick on April 03, 2011, 09:49:10 PM
Howard, that's a terrible thing to have happened.  Hope he get over this very quickly.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Beryl on April 04, 2011, 01:54:37 AM
How awful. Hope he soon recovers
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on April 04, 2011, 06:25:07 AM
Thanks for the support one and all. He now has a plate in his jaw, and will be out of hospital today sometime. :tup:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Beaux Reflets on April 04, 2011, 06:49:36 AM
Thanks for the support one and all. He now has a plate in his jaw, and will be out of hospital today sometime. :tup:

Here is wishing him a speedy recovery.

I hope someone comes forward or CTTV catches the thugs. Unfortunately there is far to much bullying in this world, and little free will, to nip it in the bud properly before people get hurt.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: jinky on April 04, 2011, 09:14:57 AM
Got my Nikon engineers reply stating they found particles of grit / sand and this can affact VR mechanism and charge still applies although they understand how I care for my lenses. No answer to my query of how grit could get into thelens when I have no recollection of having this lens near grit and send and it being a pro level lens Grrrr.
Even worse no reply at all from my emails to the CEO of Nikon UK  >:(

Thought I`d join in this signature thing  :D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Hinfrance on April 04, 2011, 09:19:56 AM
Got my Nikon engineers reply stating they found particles of grit / sand and this can affact VR mechanism and charge still applies although they understand how I care for my lenses. No answer to my query of how grit could get into thelens when I have no recollection of having this lens near grit and send and it being a pro level lens Grrrr.
Even worse no reply at all from my emails to the CEO of Nikon UK  >:(

Thought I`d join in this signature thing  :D

That's just cr*p service. Surely these lenses are supposed to be environmentally sealed? And when they say 'charge' are they talking telephone numbers?

My boy says that the local plod have shown a reasonable amount of interest in apprehending his attackers - so we'll see. He's in good spirits anyway.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: jinky on April 04, 2011, 09:29:21 AM
Yes £325 for a lens that cost me £868 six months ago and is probably my lightest used. I just don`t understand how the grit/sand got in there. They sent me hugely magnified pics of it at first stage dismantle but have not been into the VR unit. As it worked fine bar a brief jitter on start up I`ve said no initially to paying and am arguing for it and will involve CAB or the like at some stage. Don`t know when I`ll see my lens back though
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: krennon on April 04, 2011, 01:36:21 PM
H hope your son recovers quickly having been the victim of a random attack myself many years ago I know what its like, I got away lightly though just a black eye and a fat lip...

Jinky can't believe Nikon are behaving like that I would definately seek the advice of the CAB and maybe try Kingston office of fair trading as well as Nikon are based in Kingston upon Thames...(my home town)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: jinky on April 04, 2011, 03:17:47 PM
The CEO has now intervened and is "seeking a compromise" so they are holding on tolens until discussions with service manager takes place. he has contacted me to state that he still considers the lens an out of warranty repair so I am guessing they are just going to reduce the price >:(
trouble is I need the lens back now working as it was or repaired. i needed it for last Friday`s job ideally!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on April 04, 2011, 06:34:56 PM
The CEO has now intervened and is "seeking a compromise" so they are holding on tolens until discussions with service manager takes place. he has contacted me to state that he still considers the lens an out of warranty repair so I am guessing they are just going to reduce the price >:(
trouble is I need the lens back now working as it was or repaired. i needed it for last Friday`s job ideally!

Just checked my warranty on the Nikon 70-200mm F2.8 VR and it states one year, as far as I know this includes all lenses. As yours is less than six months old it's still under international warranty. Speak to CAB as under the terms of the Sale of Goods Act you can not only claim a new lens to replace it, but also any costs incured by you including loss of business. Not sure if you have registered for the Nikon Pro scheme, if you have then check out the terms and conditions as that has a few extras which could help.  :tup:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: jinky on April 04, 2011, 08:38:13 PM
Warehouse Express have petitioned for me but they have sent me photos clearly showing grit / sand particles magnified in there and are sticking to guns. I am at a loss as to how they are in there and cannot see which parts they are but I`ll see what they come up with. I just want my lens back even as it was
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: irv_b on April 04, 2011, 11:38:58 PM
Sorry to hear about your lad Howard. I hope they get the bastards and someone gives them good kicking too because that the only language they seem to understand- my youngest was intimidated by 3 three older boys on the way home from school the other day they ran off when a passerby intervened >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on April 04, 2011, 11:42:17 PM
The fact they send you pictures of the grit/sand isn't the issue. If it's a pro lens, then no sand or grit should have got in. If it did then it must be a fault of manufacture. End of story. Quote the Sale of Goods Act, which states that if you buy something which should last 7 years but breaks down after a year and a day, you can still claim it was of poor quality in reference to the durability aspect. If all else fails then tell both Warehouse Express and Nikon you will pass all the emails onto WatchDog on BBC television.  Remember your contract is with Warehouse Express and what they should do is replace the lens and ague the case with Nikon, not stand back and wash their hands of responsibility. >:(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Beryl on April 05, 2011, 07:11:24 PM
The fire alarm went off on every floor of both buildings today at 5 am. That was it . No more sleep  :'(  That was a false alarm

Then when the  ....................well the..............didn't rise and the sky was dark and dreary all day.  :knuppel2:

Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on April 06, 2011, 01:42:18 AM
The cat, myself.  Despite being highly allergic to cats I forgot again, and petted my daughter's cat. Now my eyeballs are bright red and so itchy I want to pluck them out! :'( :o
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: krennon on April 06, 2011, 11:49:11 AM
Ouch Spinner that's a real shame I'd be devastated if I developed an allergy to my cats I love them to bits...
WAMT the sun is shining it's a glorious day here in Surrey/SW London (I still consider Kingston to be in Surrey not SW London...) and I'm stuck in the office boohoo I hate the fact that work gets in the way of my photography  ;)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on April 06, 2011, 08:55:06 PM
WAMT the sun is shining it's a glorious day here in Surrey/SW London (I still consider Kingston to be in Surrey not SW London...) and I'm stuck in the office boohoo I hate the fact that work gets in the way of my photography  ;)

Went out this morning at 08:15, but the sun didn't come through until 13:45, arrived back home at 19:40.  ;D
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on April 06, 2011, 08:56:53 PM
The cat, myself.  Despite being highly allergic to cats I forgot again, and petted my daughter's cat. Now my eyeballs are bright red and so itchy I want to pluck them out! :'( :o

Sorry about your allergy Spin.  :'(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: anglefire on April 07, 2011, 07:29:41 AM
I too am allergic to cats - and some dogs, rabbits etc - hay fever etc.

It was so bad last year I went back to an injection - think its called Kenalog - or similar. Works a treat and lasts me the season - thinking of doing it again this year!
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on April 08, 2011, 01:14:00 AM
The cat, myself.  Despite being highly allergic to cats I forgot again, and petted my daughter's cat. Now my eyeballs are bright red and so itchy I want to pluck them out! :'( :o

Sorry about your allergy Spin.  :'(

Yes, it's disappointing, she is just a pretty little cat and for some strange reason she loves to crawl all over me.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: krennon on April 08, 2011, 06:41:08 PM
Yeah cats do that, I've got a couple of friends who aren't overkeen on cats yet our little one Salem seems to sniff them out and jump in their laps funny though, they then start stroking him and making a fuss of him....mind you he is just too cute for words and he's 5 yrs old not like he's a little kitten.....

WAMT......Nothing, absolutely nothing at all, I've had a really good day, it hasn't even been to bad a week on the whole so YAY I'm in a really good mood.....see the WMMFGT thread for more  :tup:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on April 11, 2011, 07:28:30 PM
WAMT......Jessops.

Yeah, I know.

I was in London and needed some prints in a hurry.  The sensible option would be to get the train home and go to my local camera shop.  Despite using an Agfa machine they do pretty decent printing.  More to the point they will do test prints and manually check them before a big run.

But no.  I strolled into Jessops on Oxford Street.  Battled my way through the dire kiosk menu system, cropped a 7X5 SOOC and asked them to print 45 copies (actually I asked for 50 because it's cheaper).  Went to the lab team and paid.  Was told they would be ready in 25 mins.  Cool.

Got some overpriced lunch over the road and came back 30 mins later.  "Oh they aren't ready yet".  Well, then they will be free won't they?  "Oh yes, but we're not sure when they will be ready - the Frontier has been broken all day and an engineer might come tomorrow".  Um, yeah, so you kind of knew that 30 mins ago when you took the order, right?

They recommended their Holborn branch.  They tried to ring but of course they wouldn't answer.  No worries, it's urgent so I set off for the half mile walk to Holborn.

Finally found the branch - all kiosks in direct sunlight....  I shielded the screen with my jacket and battled my way through the software.  Hmm, glossy only....  "No problem - just select the prints and tell us you want matt".  OK, went through order again...stood around....paid...argued over the fact that it was £4 more than Oxford Street ("No it isn't" yes it is, here's my receipt "oh, they undercharged you....").  Went to sit in the sun for 26 minutes.

Came back.  Prints were upstairs.  Chap ran up for them handed them over and seemed to expect me to leave.  I opened the packet.

Oh.  My.  God.

BY FAR the worst set of prints I've ever seen - and that includes the infamous green prints when I was testing Tesco (it's a Fuji Frontier - how bad can it get?).

Cartoon like colours and hideously, hideously, HIDEOUSLY oversharpened.  Then the excuses started.

"Oh you are using a very sharp lens".  Y-e-e-e-e-s, but that wouldn't cause the pantomime halos in the background.

"It's some sort of HDR"  No it just looks like that because your printer has made it look like a cartoon it's unedited from the camera.

"It looks like that on our screen upstairs"  Well it bloody shouldn't!!!!  Plus if you have a screen attached to your frontier in god's name how can you let it print junk like that?

"It's printing the raw - you shouldn't do that".  No, your machines can't read raws.  "Yes, they can read Canon raws"  Well (1) no they can't and (2) it's a Nikon and (3) I selected the jpg and that's stamped on the receipt.

So we try the pic on their laptop.  Looks fine.  Also on the camera.  So we reload and print again.

Um, well you haven't oversharpened it and some of the people look human but where is the shadow detail?

"You didn't record any".  Hmm, well I can see it on my camera, on the histogram and on your screen.

"That screen isn't calibrated"  No but that doesn't affect density, only colour.

"Maybe you shot in 1998"  Well (1) no I didn't (as you can tell from the file name) (2) that would affect colour not density (3) a Frontier honours colour profiles.

Why not set the density to -1 or -2 and try again?  "We can't.  Our printers are totally locked down so we can't alter the print at all"  Like is Asda?  "um, yeah…."

Refund then.  And 3 wasted hours.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on April 11, 2011, 07:37:22 PM
WAMT......Jessops.

Yeah, I know.


Send them a bill for your wasted three hours, charged at your normal rate.  >:(

How many people could have argued about the camera settings in the face of their excuses trying to blame you.  :knuppel2:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Jonathan on April 11, 2011, 08:11:06 PM
Send them a bill for your wasted three hours, charged at your normal rate.  >:(

(1) they won't pay
(2) it won't get me the prints I need

Right now having those prints is way more important than money.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: hevans on April 12, 2011, 04:29:31 PM
WAMT......Jessops.

...
Refund then.  And 3 wasted hours.

Couldn't you send the photos off on the Ipad to your normal printer and have them couriered to you up in the smoke?  :legit:

 ::)

H.
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: picsfor on April 12, 2011, 07:08:47 PM
Good to see a small town like London has sooo many decent printers available to turn out instant prints...

As for Jessops - up there with my other local shop...
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: irv_b on April 12, 2011, 08:38:38 PM
WAMT
Carrying on from the "is this wrong" thread on two occasions this evening people asked me for directions and couldn't even address me politely. One just grunted "What the way to the lake?"  and the other said "The quickest way to South Norwood" and looked at me for an answer. No "excuse me", "hello mate" or even "do you know" so I just ignored them and carried on walking, which makes me feel as though I'm as bad as them but I think sometime you have to fight fire with fire :(
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Oldboy on April 12, 2011, 11:47:21 PM
WAMT
Carrying on from the "is this wrong" thread on two occasions this evening people asked me for directions and couldn't even address me politely. One just grunted "What the way to the lake?"  and the other said "The quickest way to South Norwood" and looked at me for an answer. No "excuse me", "hello mate" or even "do you know" so I just ignored them and carried on walking, which makes me feel as though I'm as bad as them but I think sometime you have to fight fire with fire :(

Not uncommon nowdays I'm afraid. My father always use to say, "Manners maketh the man"  :'(

Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on April 13, 2011, 02:02:42 AM
I visited that other site, you all know the one, when I clicked on a Technique video. Seeing there were 3 comments I went to see what others took away from the video. All 3 comments were spam and had been posted for 3 days or 4 without being removed. So
moderating hasn't changed at all I see (there is none).
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: Mick on April 13, 2011, 08:41:03 AM
Spin, the moderators can only moderate the forums, and not any other part of the site.  Anywhere else that comments can be left, tutorials, techniques etc, and even the gallery can't be moderated by the moderators group.  This has to be done by admin, or super moderators (the paid staff).  This I find totally ridiculous.  :uglystupid2:

I have mentioned this in various threads, where I complained about the lack of functions available to standard moderators, but as always they don't give a monkeys.  To be honest the site didn't really change much from the (so called) beta test, and still is not integrated, or bridged properly.  It's basically two sites (loosely) sharing the same log in, which is why they have so many problems.

And don't get me started on all the essential site navigation they have left out.  I've had to add them to my signature over there. lol..  :knuppel2:
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: jinky on April 13, 2011, 11:22:04 AM
I don`t know why you still bother there Mick. I`ve seen so many posts by you pointing out the errors / problems since day 1 of the change and you either get ignored or statements of "We`ll look in to that " which never happens. They`re lucky to have had your involvement and advice  ;)
Title: Re: What annoyed you today?
Post by: spinner on April 13, 2011, 03:13:07 PM