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  • Offline Travel Apps?!?

    Ok, time for another rant.

    On the plane over I wanted to set up our itinerary on my phone.

    On my PalmPilot I used an application called WorldMate. Awesome little thing. Had a small database of the most common airports and whatnot included as well as a few useful utilities and pieces of info such as clothes-size conversions etc.  Absolutely brilliant.

    So before I left I installed that on my Android phone, as well as TripCase which seemed to be similar.

    Well guess what. Both of these apps require internet access for just about everything. Most importantly, to create and edit a trip.  What bollocks – just when you are least likely to have internet access (ie, while travelling abroad), apps which manage your trip require it.

    While it is very nice to have these apps pre-populate input fields using online data, this  should always be optional and the user should always be able to edit things offline.

    So a huge thumbs-down from me for both WorldMate and TripCase on Android.

  • Boarding planes

    Why the bleep can’t people board in reverse order??
    Here we are standing in the freezing cold waiting for a huge queue of people to board while the people in the first rows sort out their luggage.
    It would easily halve the boarding time if airlines insisted on boarding properly.

  • Tube troubles

    So there’s a signal failure at Mile End today.  More quick-setting concrete (1)?  One hopes not.
    However what I can’t understand is why they can’t just run up to Mile End (2) or a station or two before and turn the trains around there,  instead of causing grief on the entire line.


    (1) In case the link breaks, on the 23rd January contractors accidentally poured quick-setting concrete into a signalling room, suspending the Victoria Line for a day.

    (2) For non-Londoners, this is  a station on the eastern end of the Central Line.  There are 20 stations from Ealing Broadway in the west to Mile End.

  • Shoes Don’t Last

    So I don’t know what gives,  but lately (last few years or so) shoes just haven’t lasted. Usually the sole has worn  out or ended up with a hole in it after what I consider to be an extremely short period of time. Rarely do I get more than a year out of a pair of shoes, often just a season.
    This is with expensive (> £100) as well as cheap shoes. From special hiking boots to trainers to Birkenstock sandals (the latter lasted my grandad for over 5 years at a time, worn all day every day).
    Latest victim are my new boots bought in December: the lace just broke. *sigh*

  • UPlay Rubbish

    Hey and welcome to my first blogged rant!
    So I’ve been playing Assassins Creed 4 for the last 2 days (great game so far, I’ll do a separate  writeup another time) but what is really starting to annoy me is UPlay. It’s a Ubisoft thing and in AC4 it prompts you to sign in. Twice. EVERY TIME YOU START THE GAME! Just bleep off and let me enjoy the game. Nobody wants it so just take the hint and stop bothering me.

    UPDATE: So I finally caved in and registered a UPlay account and Passport.  To Ubisoft’s credit, this is now free (despite the text still saying to purchase it), but frankly, I shouldn’t have to just to avoid 2 annoying prompts.