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  1. Apple’s Black Friday Con

    December 4, 2017 by The Man

    So it was time to replace my sofa laptop (a nice light one I do bits and bobs on and is currently a MacBook Air 11″) so I looked at the new MacBook Pro 13″ with Touch Bar. The first “con” is that while Apple sells base systems to resellers you can only buy a fully specced out model from Apple direct. And that means no discount.

    So I ordered a near fully specced out MacBook Pro 13″ which wasn’t cheap but as it was Black Friday Apple were offering a “free” £120 gift card, and by free they meant they charge you £120 for it. Ok they take that off the price of the laptop but there are two problems with that.

    First this is for work so I can claim it back on taxes but they invoice you £120 less on the laptop and don’t provide an invoice for the gift card. So I’ve lost £120 in taxable deductions, bummer but not then end of the world.

    However secondly if like me the shitty DHL fail to deliver and like me you cannot wait 2 weeks to get a replacement from China then you’ll be refunded the cost of the laptop but not the gift card which is non-returnable. And what’s the point of a £120 gift card for Apple when there are few things you cannot get elsewhere cheaper, especially the tat they pass off as cables at some incredible prices.

    Lesson learnt – never buy from anybody who used DHL and avoid Apple Online Stores as the support is pretty crap.

    Sad really.


  2. Carphone Warehouse Review

    June 11, 2017 by The Man

    I wonder why Craphone Warehouse wouldn’t publish my review ?


  3. Mara’s new car

    August 29, 2016 by The Man

    So Mara needed a new car and here she is – Nadia – a Land Rover Discovery Sport MY17 to keep her cool in the summer and her bum warm in the winter.

    Discovery Sport MY2017

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  4. Find large files in OSX

    May 15, 2016 by The Man

    This is just a reminder to myself as finder doesn’t find all files so…

    sudo find / -size +1G


  5. The 0800 088 5480 scammers

    March 22, 2016 by The Man

    What’s disturbing is this 0800 088 5480 number has been used for scamming for nearly two years – thanks to BT for making it impossible to report this scam number and allowing people to get scammed while you earn money off them.

    0800 088 5480

    There is a more comprehensive report here but despite being over a year ago they still been to be working from the same number.

    So, like most scams, they want to control your pc so they can install malware and steal your bank details. They pray on the old and will continue to do so when it’s so hard to report this. http://www.actionfraud.police.uk should be the place to report such crimes but they are only interested in general types of scam for their statistics and seem to be disinterested in actually closing these numbers down.

    Scammers scam because good men do nothing !!!


  6. Compress and Expire in Apache2

    February 15, 2016 by The Man

    This is so I can remember and copy/paste next time I need this. Add to your site.con

    <IfModule mod_deflate.c>
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/plain
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/html
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/xml
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/css
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE image/svg+xml
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE image/x-icon
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/xml
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/xhtml+xml
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/rss+xml
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/javascript
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/x-javascript
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE image/jpg
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE image/png
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE image/gif
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE image/jpeg
    </IfModule>
    <IfModule mod_expires.c>
    ExpiresActive On
    ExpiresByType image/jpg "access plus 60 days"
    ExpiresByType image/png "access plus 60 days"
    ExpiresByType image/gif "access plus 60 days"
    ExpiresByType image/jpeg "access plus 60 days"
    ExpiresByType text/css "access plus 1 days"
    ExpiresByType image/x-icon "access plus 28 days"
    ExpiresByType application/pdf "access plus 28 days"
    ExpiresByType audio/x-wav "access plus 28 days"
    ExpiresByType audio/mpeg "access plus 28 days"
    ExpiresByType video/mpeg "access plus 28 days"
    ExpiresByType video/mp4 "access plus 28 days"
    ExpiresByType video/quicktime "access plus 28 days"
    ExpiresByType video/x-ms-wmv "access plus 28 days"
    ExpiresByType application/x-shockwave-flash "access 28 days"
    ExpiresByType text/javascript "access plus 7 days"
    ExpiresByType application/x-javascript "access plus 7 days"
    ExpiresByType application/javascript "access plus 7 days"
    </IfModule>