Ugh. Thank you, Europe.

Oh, look! I have one of those cookie bar things! You know the things that, by law, bug you on every website you visit? Yeah, I’ve got one too. Sorry.

One thing though, is that on a PC screen, it’s not too distracting. It’s a little bit more obnoxious if you view it on your phone. I just hope it doesn’t drive away both of my readers. And, if you post a comment, it mentions something about a third party (Akismet) checking your post for spam. It saves me a job, and it’s just shy of deleting 100,000 spam comments on the site in the 15 or so years I’ve been using it.

I hope it doesn’t spoil your enjoyment of reading the no posts I’ve posted recently.

All done!

Well, that was a pretty painless process, as in, not painless at all. I’ve been moved from one server to another, and everything appears to be working. No sign of any errors, and the databases are intact. This is mainly just a test post to make sure it DOES work, and the whole thing doesn’t fall over the second I press the “Publish” button.

We now return to our scheduled programming.

Ooooh! A server move!

My webhosts have informed me, that due to the size, and I assume, sheer popularity of the site (!), that they will be migrating my hosting from one server to another tomorrow!

If you notice anything funky happening with the site around that time, bear with it / me. Last time, I had to reinstall wordpress, left the install directory in place, and got the site hijacked within about five minutes. Oops. That won’t happen this time. Saying that, There were a few problems last time there was a server move, as the database backup/restore didn’t *quite* go to plan. That was a few years ago, so hopefully nothing untoward will happen during this transition. I’ll post another message once it’s all done and I’ve verified it’s working.

Not that anyone’s bothered. This is more of a post for my own benefit, to remember to start backing evenrything up, y’know. Just in case. And who doesn’t like a good backup?

EDIT 18/01/2018

Well, the webhosts have informed me that the server move didn’t go as planned today, and instead will take place tomorrow. A little bit of an annoyance, as it means I’ll have to back the databases up again now. I mean, god forbid I can lose an entire days’ worth of useless statistics that I’ll never bother doing anything with anyway!

I blame Brexit.

Dear Just-Eat…

I know, for those of you who follow me on Facebook, I’ve already had a rant about this, but please consider this a 12″ extended version of the afore-mentioned rant. I also realise that ranting on a personal blog with 2 readers is a bit pointless, but if it gets my feelings out there into the internet-o-sphere, and someone reads it, and boycotts Just-Eat like I’m going to do, then my work here is done.

Anyway, Just-Eat was, until tonight, one of my most visited websites on a weekend. For those of you who were unfamiliar with the concept (perhaps you’ve been living on the moon for the past 8 years), it allows you to order take-away food directly through their website, from any number of establishments in your local area. The take-away / restaurant would then get a printout of what you wanted, and then they’d prepare and deliver it, with NO human interaction. It’s perfect for me, as I can’t stand talking on the telephone, and the order is printed out, minimizing the chance of cock-ups with the order.

I would usually order a curry, usually once a week, from many of Hartlepool’s finest curry outlets (Yes, Cafe India was on there), in fact, since August, I’ve ordered through just-eat 23 times. That’s a lot of curry.

Anyway, they had a thing where they would charge you for the use of credit cards. That wasn’t much of a problem. There was one time where I paid by card, the money was taken and the meal never showed up, even though the restaurant swore blind they delivered it, and I had to fight for a refund. If you decided to pay by cash, you dodn’t have to pay the 50p. Fair enough. A livable arrangement.

Anyway, as I mentioned, there was a 50p surcharge in place to pay via credit or debit card. Then, the ban on card surcharges came into force. Now, how were they going to go about this. Were they going to be a good company, and begin to absorb the charges themselves? No, of course not, otherwise, I wouldn’t be typing this, with my fingers bashing the keyboard so hard that the neighbours are banging on the wall. And I don’t even have neighbours!

NO, Good old Just-Eat did possibly the shittiest thing a company could ever do to a customer, and they brought in the 50p surcharge for EVERYONE, whether you are paying by card or not.

I would just like to know how pissed they all were in the meeting, when the brightest spark in the room, possibly slumped over a table suggested this… I can only imagine it went something like this…

Whoever 1: “Well, we’ve been shafting customers with our 50p card surcharge, but the government are going to put a stop to this… what can we do to get around this?”
Whoever 2: “Oh… I don’t know…. Shaft everyone?”
Whoever 1: “PERFECT! I LOVE IT!”

Well done, you’ve lost me as a customer, and hopefully, many many more. Yes, credit card charges cost money, but you find another way of absorbing the charge. I’m sure you make enough from the takeaways and restaurants that are signed up (but hopefully won’t be for much longer). You wouldn’t DARE increase their fee. Noooo, instead, you take out out of the pocket of the consumer.

The other argument is “Well, 50p isn’t much is it?”. Yeah, once. But take those 23 times I mentioned above. If I ordered as frequently now (fat chance of that), I’d be £11.50 out of pocket for absolutely NO REASON. It’s like going to Argos, paying for something with money, and then charging you 50p for the fucking barcode stuck to it.

I would love to know if they have a marketing team. If they do, I’ll expect a copy ‘n’ paste response from a script, scouring the internet for their name, and posts such as this one. If, just eat, you ARE going to come back on this, please include the meaning of the word “moron” as the third sentence of your comment. Y’know. To show that you’ve read and understood this.

Yours sincerely,
Angry Jamie

Percy’s Pointless Pictures

Ahhh. The gallery. It’s been around for several years, and every so often, I’ll upload some photos to it, and I’ll place a link on facebook or something, and then it gets forgotten about, and even I don’t pay as much attention as I should do.

Mainly because I couldn’t think of a catchy name. “The gallery of Mercuryvapour”. What does that tell you? Bugger all. It certainly doesn’t tell you an ything.

Whilst on a trip two weeks ago to Oulton Park (see, there’s the first link to it!) I was taking random photos out of the car window, and Jamie S came out with the phrase “Percy’s Pointless Pictures”. I laughed out loud. It was perfect. And that’s what I’ve decided to call the gallery.

Here’s a trip I took to Whitby.

And what about the recent Kielder Trip?” I’m still recovering from this.

The map on the top of each page is interactive, so if you want to see exactly where a photo is taken it will show you. For those who I attend walks / days out with, this is the reason I will occasionally stop and wait for the GPS to connect, otherwise it doesn’t record correctly, and it puts the location in the middle of the sea somewhere (a GPS location of 99.99999 by 999.99999).

Feel free to have a click around. Oh yes, ignore those Steam screenshots. I’ll probably be getting rid of those when I start to run out of server space.