An omnibus of tech posts by s Futurologist on software development primarily.

Friday, 30 January 2015


Survey spam

Noticed a new trend, for every organisation that I deal with, be it EE to unblock my phone, a bank, or even rental advise from Charity Shelter - a few minutes or hours after I start getting text and email requests to help them complete a "customer satisfaction survey". I never signed up to this! TBH, I would have complained on the call if I was not satisfied. Why ask me again?

On the few times that I was not satisfied, I did complete the survey... guess what happened? nothing, zero.

Half the questions are obscure, with obscure scales. Some ask me my race, if I am transgender, if I am ill or disabled in the last 12 months..

Survey's smack of lazy organisations, trying to be ultra-business savvy with metrics.. all they achieve is annoying their customers.

Sunday, 25 January 2015


Android Chrome browser offline cache

Wish Samsung Galaxy S5 Chrome browser would keep pages loaded...!

Workaround is to screenshot or PDF the pages :-)

Thursday, 22 January 2015


Chiltern Railways 32% price increase!

My return from Marylebone to Beaconsfield used to cost £15.60, it now costs £23
That is a 32% increase! (previously years the increase was only around ~5%)

Bizarrely I recall the 7-day season ticket used to cost ~£74, and it still costs ~£74

What the railways don't realise is, if they push people enough, they will acquire home-working jobs, leaving them earning around one return fair per week, which overall, is a loss.

Chiltern Railways, can you explain yourself?

Sunday, 18 January 2015


CES Warning over data grabbed by smart gadgets

Data distilled to this level is like highly enriched uranium being stored in a cardboard box in the street

Wednesday, 14 January 2015


Android security

I'm concerned about Android security. Every Chinese app I install requires so many permissions. Is it sandboxed?

Monday, 12 January 2015


Diebold ATM crash

Defective ATM by Diebold in Greenbelt Mall crashed while my card was in the machine. The impact to me is a massive inconvenience. How companies get away with producing such unreliable software is astonishing.

Defective software is a blight. They should compensate 1000 USD per defect occurrence so that companies produce reliable equipment

Saturday, 20 December 2014


Epson WF 2630

Epson search engine for Linux drivers not working.

Lucky this page has working links.


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