Sunday, 25 December 2016

Bah humbug

Every 12 months I'm reminded how I loathe this time of year.

You get a couple of days off work but the weather's probably shite and everything's shut.

You can't get to the bar but there's no one there you actually know.

Most of the things on TV with watching are replaced by schmaltzy crap.

The people you admire are all dying.

You're expected to enjoy yourself no matter how depressing it all seems.

I'll be glad when it's done for another year.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Why you can't trust online reviews

Ever wondered why most online product reviews are positive? Because retailers, for instance Maplin's "moderate", (censor) the unfavourable ones. Bought a set of remote control sockets a few months ago from Maplin in Farnborough. These:

The build quality is not very good, typical of many Chinese imports, particularly the remote control but they work. Or rather they worked. As of yesterday none of the sockets respond to the controller, the "transmitting" LED flashes but nothing happens. Obviously the controller has failed. Maplin do not sell replacement controllers.

In view of this failure after a relatively short time I attempted to post a short, honest review on the Maplin web site product page. Maplin had other ideas though, only positive reviews are welcome obviously, this is their reply:

Hi snaprails,

Our staff has read your review and values your contribution even though it did not meet all our website guidelines. Thanks for sharing, and we hope to publish next time!

Submit something new » 

Just as a reminder, here are the review guidelines your review must adhere to:
  • Keep your review focused on the product.
  • Avoid writing about customer service, contact us instead if you have issues requiring immediate attention (link in email footer).
  • Refrain from mentioning competitors or the specific price you paid for the product.
  • Do not include any personally identifiable information, such as full names.
Thanks again,
Cheap Chinese Rubbish, avoid.
After a few months the set has stopped working, the transmitter LED flashes but none of the sockets respond. Evidently the transmitter has failed, rendering the whole set useless.
I stand by my description of cheap Chinese rubbish and add dishonest treatment of reviewers.

Will I be buying from Maplin again? I think not. Would I trust Maplin's web site reviews? Obviously not.

Oh and it's "our staff have" not "our staff has".

I'm off to crawl behind the TV to turn it off.

Friday, 1 January 2016

Deadpool 2016

Eddie Large - Comedian

Doris Day - actress & singer

Peter Sallis - actor

Dame Vera Lynn - singer, songwriter, & actress

Gina Lollobrigida - Actress, photojournalist, sculptor

Bruce Forsyth - alleged entertainer

Fidel Castro – 17th President of Cuba (ret.)

Zsa Zsa Gabor - film star

James Earl Carter Jr. - 39th POTUS

Robert Gabriel Mugabe - Teflon coated despot President of Zimbabwe


Here we go again.