Why I avoid shopping at Tesco

So I was reading about Tesco pulling out of China and it reminded me about Tesco profits falling earlier this year.

I used to be a big shopper in Tesco, I’m talking massive amounts for the house. But now, I can’t stand em and these articles remind me of why I avoid Tesco if I can. The biggest reason is how many shops they’ve opened up in my local area, off the top of my head, I can locate 10 within 15-20 mins driving distance.

Yes, 10 Tescos in a tiny part of London. I’m talking one massive one and loads of tiny ones, including 2 within a minute walk of each other. I don’t know how they got away with it, but it’s like anything that’s constantly in your face and trying too hard, you end up getting tired of it.

For me, I prefer to drive an extra distance to go to an Asda for large amounts of shopping. It’s a longer drive, but at least I’m content knowing I’m not contributing to a company who believes expansion is the way to win the hearts and minds of consumers.

Free of Facebook

Finally deleted my Facebook account. Tired of their bullshit, and Prism was the last straw for me.

I never completed trusted them, despite using their site. My preferred way of using the website was in ‘Private Mode’ in Firefox and ‘Incognito Mode’ in Chrome on Android. With Firefox, I always had Facebook Javascript disabled, unless I was actively using their website and always deleted their cookies and history if I accidentally went to their site without being in Private Mode. Before I got Chrome for Android and was using Opera browser, I would always delete all cookies and history after using Facebook.

of course, the irony here is I’m stuck in Google’s ecosystem and they’re just as guilty of being involved in Prism as Facebook, and what I just wrote has been logged on some GCHQ server somewhere….ah democracy, isn’t it wonderful? But don’t worry, it’s all for your own good

My next laptop

I know what my next laptop will be – the full spec’ed out version of this http://www.sony.co.uk/product/vaio-s-series/tab/overview D

Using Google Now

I’ve had the Nexus 7 since it was released and the Nexus 4 since February, but I still can’t bring myself to turn on Google Now. It’s probably easy for some people, but when I see the warning my location will be constantly logged and sent to Google, I just can’t bring myself to click ‘Agree’. I’ve had a few moments where I thought I could do it, but always stopped at that warning.

I’m not ready for that I guess….

IE View Firefox Addon – avoid!

If you use the IE View Firefox add on, I suggest you uninstall it now. The developers behind it have started bundling code with it that injects Javascript into the webpage, calling resources from the superfish.com domain.

The only reason I caught this was because I was seeing weird activity in NoScript’s list of blocked domains. You can see from the user reviews they’re none too happy about it either.

If you use any of their other add ons, I suggest you remove them as well. After all, can you trust a developer whose home page link is PPClick.com?


PS. The original author of the add on is no longer affiliated with the project.

The Hobbit film

My face after watching the Hobbit


They certainly know how to ruin a good book. I’ve no idea why they added extra nonsense like a wizard that looks like he escaped from a mental institution or mountains that fight each other. Oh, and Martin Freeman, please say your lines without sounding like you don’t give a damn if the film succeeds or not.

Watches, Smart Watches & Phones

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With all the recent drama around the Pebble watch and the potential Apple iWatch, I was surprised to read so many people have replaced their watches with phones (granted, these were comments on tech blogs, so obviously a biased sample). I’ve been wearing a watch ever since I can remember, including the calculator ones (although the ones able to control TVs evaded me). I, for one, can’t imagine my phone replacing my watch, and while I can see the appeal of a smart watch, I don’t see myself buying one any time soon.

You see, there’s nothing like a good ‘ol watch, built to last and built with quality. I currently own 2 watches, an every day Accurist watch which has been going strong for a couple of years now and an expensive Rotary watch for interviews, weddings, etc. The Rotary has an awesome feature where you can swing open the back and see the inner working of the watch, there’s something quite beautiful about it (shown above). You can also hear the internals of the Rotary working away when you hold it to your ear, just awesome.

As you’ve probably guessed, I like a nice watch. But lets move on to some practical reasons why a phone can never replace my watch:
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Sod’s Law…..

….is the only explanation for why users suffer from bugs in AndChat that never occur to me.

Dear Car Manufacturers

Stop trying to be so damn clever. Stop inventing problems to solve.

The newer cars I’ve driven do some mind bogglingly stupid things, you have to wonder how the ideas got into production.

Take the Renault Megane. I drove this as a courtesy car after my accident. Decent car with one big flaw: the hugely distracting digital speedometer.
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….is depressing. But at least I have a trip to Switzerland to look forward to D

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