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bbc website is down

1 Jan

london 2.32pm 8.9C cloudy friday 2016

ooh, i have to remember to write 2016 instead of the habit- forming 2015.

the bbc website is down, because i went in there just now and it says this website not available.

yesterday i tried to get the bbc iplayer in the morning i think, on my tv, and it did not work. i was hoping to see the attenborough narrative of the great barrier reef.

(though when i got to see it, i find it rather dull, and not a patch on the monty hall 3part showing of the great barrier reef. that one is superb, showing not only the reef, but the rain forest that borders it and affecting it.

though to give it its due, the attenborough one is only the first part, and there are two more. so maybe later ones will be better.)

and i read a news article saying the iplayer went down. it was temporary, and now today the website itself is down. so someone is hacking the bbc. or do u think it is the server not being able to change its time to 2016 and got stuck at 2015. haha.

it shows that the internet is vulnerable to such an attack, and that might be the achilles heel of the internet.

if we get too depandant on it, like everything runs with needing to be on the internet , we are vulnerable to such attacks.

so maybe govts should pause and rethink about connecting us to everything. or make the systems have different servers or whatever, so that one attack dont stop all. or maybe i am putting too much into one such incident. after all, the bbc website may be out, but the tv bbc programs are running fine. and i can see them on tv.

i am enjoying watching tv more now that i got high definition big tv digital screen. it really is amazing the picture quality. it shows the nature programs to full advantage and they are i think the best to benefit from it.

oh, 2.49pm the bbc website is back again. so maybe it is not a hack. haha. 

added. 11.06pm someone in a comment said it might not be a hack by foreign power but just very heavy traffic so heavy that it cannot cope. the explanation is plausible, i missed the bbc attenborough  program because it clashed with the bbc 2 charlie brookers 2015 wipe, which is much funnier and which i am glad i saw in preference to the attenborough one. 

added. really strange, it is 3.31pm and the bbc website is down again. i wonder what is going on.

it is drizzling, and i was going to the supermarket to find if there are any reduced price food, i know it should not influence me, but i decided not to go to the supermarket .

the rain just made me pause and ask myself do i really want to go? and i find i am not too bothered if i get reductions or not these days. this is because there are not many of these reductions … or i dont find such reductions anymore. the times when i go and dont find the prices reduced to low enough makes me less inclined to go on the off chance of finding such reductions.

i doubt the supermarkets will miss my money. haha.

yesterday i went to the sainsburys to see if i can get reductions but the shelves were swept clean of these bargains, none in other words. and i was only able to get some basic sausages (reduced to 19p, which was exactly what i wanted for breakfast tomorrow of eggs and sausages. so it turned out good)  simply because there was one shop assistant doing the reductions of three packs and no one else hunting for bargains.

the place was crowded with people who were doing ordinary shopping. it amazes me to see so many still doing shopping, and the shelves showed empty places suggesting it has been cleaned out by shoppers. 

what?! did these people eat all they bought over the christmas so that they have to buy some more on new year eve??? or are they all shopping for booze. !!

but bargains in food are quite scarce nowadays. that is a trend i noticed.  at least when i go there, i dont see any and not as low in price as i would like. so now i am rather less inclined to go just to chance it.

i think it is a good thing, because i checked my food expense same time last year and found i bought quite a lot, and all due to these reductions that tempt me to buy them. this year i dont have these reductions and so end up not spending so much on food. 




i dont know i like it until i got it

13 Mar

london friday 13, 2015

the reason for this title is my experience with talk talk. i have scorned it when they first offered a package of a youview box for £7.50 a month. i thought what is the use of it to me, i allready got a freeview box that enables me to see the tv programs free. what i did not realise was that the youview box allowed me to view in high definition.

and i only realised that HD is such a good thing  only because simon bought a HD tv screen one january on a sales. and so i have a tv that can take HD. so it looks like to take advantage of these technology u need to have certain things fall into place… broadband is not of use to you if u dont have a laptop. and then all those gadgets come into play as the facillities for them expand. and they are life enhancing so much so that now i cannot imagine a life without my chromebook and the internet and free wifi and unlimited broadband. and now i want HD tv hehehe. it really is a big difference watching a program, especially films and nature programs on high definition.simon tells me watching football on the big hd screen is much better, he said u can see every blade of grass…i have a feeling he wants that , that is why he bought the HD tv screen. 

now i got a mobile phone with a low tariff for calls and text i find i would love to chat with others. But i find i dont have many friends to email or text to let them know of my new mobile number.

i have made several attempts to send them an email about it, but keep stopping myself from telling them as i argued that if they really wanted to contact me they have my email and my landline, so the mobile number is not really that important.

the fact that none of them write to me or call me on my landline is due to me not keeping in touch. that is one of the things about being a recluse. u dont want to contact others, and so naturally they too stop contacting you. i believe in that saying, no news is good news, that is why i dont really want to hear from them, as to me that means bad news. i guess it is my upbringing, when i am growing up, we so seldom use the phone, so that anything comes over the phone is likely to be bad news… 

well after writing the above, i decided i will send them the email after all, telling them of my new mobile number, for their records if nothing else so they dont hang on to the old number.

after all just because people dont keep in touch does not mean anything these days. if u believe in the saying , no news is good news, than really not hearing from someone is a good thing. haha.

 my address book is full of their crossed out mobile numbers so that sometimes i get confused which is the currant one now. many of them are on facebook but i just cannot get excited about facebook and getting posts alerts from facebook about everyone’s doings. 

 but just as well i dont have any friends who like to talk on the phone. otherwise my £20 top up will soon be used up.

times like these when i do wish i have a group of people i can call up to chat. i actually do have two, so maybe i should call them more often and chat on my landline, seeing i get free calls on it. but the reality is it can get a bit boring chatting on the same things…

i have a feeling that when people always say they are lonely and want others to chat to,  they really mean they want people who just want to listen to them, and to agree with them. haha. that is why writing a blog is so great, u can say things, and there is no one to disagree with you. or if they do u can erase them. haha.

i noticed a new thing with wordpress when i opened this posting. the format has changed. the stuff  for eg categories , tags, etc  is shifted from the right column to the left now, and the heading is on top and separated by a lot of space from the actual space to write the post. not a good change, because the big space between the topic and the body of the post is quite a big space and u have to scroll a long way down to get to it. ah well, maybe they want to make the categories and tags etc more prominent so people will use them.

i am not going to make a fuss about it, haha. in the past i would lament at them, but nowadays i dont know if i would like it or not, these changes. my natural inclination , esp now i am getting older, is to dislike change,because i always suspect any changes, esp in health will be for the worst;  but i also realise that changes can be for the better too, like all these internet stuff has made me realise they can be better and not all changes are bad. 

TalkTalk offers 18 months’ free broadband with a £50 Love2shop deal

13 Mar

TalkTalk offers 18 months’ free broadband with a £50 Love2shop deal.

it is a good bargain… and u might even get a reduced rental if u offer to pay the whole year at once instead of monthly. u get a free router, which is a very powerful router. even without the £50 love2shop it is a good bargain. remember, it does not include calls, but if u got a mobile u can most probably get cheaper calls using your mobile than using the phone.

i am allready a subscriber, so this deal is not available to me, but because of discounts, i pay for a package that includes free broadband, free calls to local and national numbers and international numbers plus i get tv youview box for £14 a month. (this includes line rental, which i get a discount for because i pay yearly)   the broadband speed is good enough for me. no complains there.

but what it is really good i discovered when i got it, is the youview box given free to me ; it enables me to get high definition (HD) tv on my screen. for some reason before i got the youview box and in the past when i was using the freeview box it could not get HD. i use a aerial on the roof to get my channels, and it did not seem to be able to transmit HD. with the youview box, now i can see it on HD, and it is really quite a big difference in picture quality. so seeing films now is a great pleasure as well as seeing those nature programs.

on the whole i am quite satisfied with what i got.

(i am not paid for writing this in case people might think this is a advertisement for talk talk. haha)

update 15.8.15. my 12month essentials contract has expired. to continue would cost me more so i decided  just now changed my plan to a broadband only , it is 18month contract £5 a month. no discounts unfortunately.