David Artiss

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Longer articles on the site. You may want to get comfy and get a cup of tea before starting on these

What happens when Amazon can’t deliver your parcel

We’ve all seen stories of what couriers do a in vain attempt to deliver a parcel but what actually happens when Amazon are unable to do so? I’ve experienced it this week and, it has to be said, it didn’t go very well.

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The airport VAT "scam" and what they don’t tell you

The UK news is currently awash with stories of people refusing to show boarding cards at airport retailers, after finding that many reclaim their VAT and don’t pass this onto their customers. Dixons, WHSmiths and Boots are just three companies named.

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CyanogenMod 12S – Lollipop

I’ll admit, I’ve not had CM12S installed on my OnePlus One very long, and even then I forced the update, but I thought there’d be a benefit to an early review, based on my first thoughts. As the days go past, I’ll return here to add anything else I think is relevant.

First impressions? It looks nice. It’s bright and, most of the time, smooth (the exception appears to be the app drawer which can be a little sluggish at time, for some reason). The new design of the pull down notification bar confused me at first until I worked it all out. But, I have to say, my overwhelming emotion is of disappointment. Disappointment, not so much at Lollipop, but because of the lack of CM changes – a lot of the changes that 11S gave us have simply gone, leaving us with something not much different to a default Android set up.

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BT & A Lack of Customer Service

They say you can really only judge a company when you need to use its customer service – not to buy something from them (in which case they’ll be quick to respond and attentive) but to report something going wrong.

Well, I’ve had the opportunity to test BT – a company that gets my landline phone (yes, I still use it and I have free calls at any time of day), broadband (top of the range Infinity 2) and TV. Needless to say they get a fair chunk of my wage each month.

Anyway my HomeHub 5 failed. Here’s what happened as I attempted to get it fixed.

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Porn Crackers

I have written on a number of occasions about the Government’s “anti internet porn” agenda and the MP Claire Perry. However, now that things appear to be finally happening and we have clearer ideas of the agenda, I thought it was time again to write on the subject.

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Ford Focus – tips for a new owner

Yes, I’ve just bought a new car – the 2013 model of the Ford Focus Titanium X. It has a 1.0 litre Ecoboost engine which is remarkably good for it’s small, 3 cylinder capacity. A lawnmower it is not!

And the thing about the Titanium X is that it’s bristling with gadgets – it has the optionally appearance pack too which includes keyless entry. Anyway, I’ve come across a number of things that have required head-scratching and a lot of Googling so I thought I’d document them here.

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ProductTesting.uk.com and why you should avoid them

ProductTesting.uk.com is a company promising to provide free products for review purposes. Okay, they don’t say EVERYONE will get something but at least you could be in with a chance. I get enough products from companies, agencies and my own pocket to keep me busy but thought, as a lot of these companies can be “too good to be true” to see what happens. Sadly, it was worse than I could have imagined.

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