Where there’s smoke…

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 owners in the US are refusing to send back their phones, perpetuating the old telecoms slogan, “The future’s bright, the future’s – bloody hell, my house is on fire!”


You saw it here first

Well, it’s 10 years since the first video was uploaded to You Tube. Called “Me at the zoo”, it featured one of You Tube’s founders standing in front of some elephants and saying nothing of any real interest.
Isn’t it amazing how this mode of communication has changed and developed over the decade, into what it is today: somewhere you can go to see videos of animals or people saying nothing of any real interest?

What do you call that?

We all know what a Selfie is, but what do you call a portrait photo, mostly for social media purposes, that is taken by someone else?
I think it should be called an Elsie.
If you agree, please start using and sharing the term. The English-speaking world needs this void to be filled!

Not another password

That’s it. I’m running out of ideas now.
My email account has been ‘compromised’, and I need to reset my password. What on God’s earth is a combination of a minimum of eight upper and lower case letters and numbers that I haven’t used anywhere else and that I stand even the remotest chance of remembering?
I used to use favourite family terms of the moment, for example, the latest cute words my children had come out with. The problem there is that they can be a little embarassing. If you ever have to own up to your password being ‘winkleface’ it can be difficult socially.
Next it was pets. Once they die, though, it becomes a painful reminder every time you log in to your email account.
The same with family relatives.
Birthdays? Too easy to hack.
Nicknames? Same again. As soon as someone calls you by your nickname in a public place, you can hear everyone tapping away on their mobile phones, hacking into your email.
I tried to use kjbbhfrr72, but my account thought I was a spammer and shut me out.
So I’ve decided to opt out of email for the time being. Whilst I might miss out on fantastic holiday deals, superb offers on all the clothing I never wanted to buy, and amazing ways to win at roulette, I will have more time away from the computer, maybe meeting up with my friends for a chat and a drink. If I could remember my PIN to get some cash out, I could even buy a round.

Car design

I was sitting in the back seat of a car today, and as we went round a right-hand bend, to stop myself being thrown sideways across the seat I grabbed hold of the handle above the side window.
Then I saw the driver had one above his window too. How fast do you have be driving for the driver to need to grab hold of that handle? Who are you getting lifts from? Lewis Hamilton and Justin Bieber?