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Range Rover catches all the ‘ones’

After yesterday’s catch of JL 11, today we’ve got JC 111.

Deep breath, it’s on a 2006 Land Rover Range Rover 4.2 V8 Supercharged Vogue SE 5dr – a name almost a big as this hulking brute of  a monstrous SUV.

There’s no point in me hiding my dislike of this style, unnecessarily large and heavy, and guzzling fuel while spewing more pollutants than anyone needs to while getting from A to B.

An original Ford GT40 could probably drive under it and not be noticed (OK, exaggerating but you get the idea).

Better stop there, I’ll get carried away.

SuperchargedRange Rover

SuperchargedRange Rover


15/02/2018 Posted by | photography, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Chrome browser just got (a little) better

While I’ve never seen the attraction of the Chrome browser (and still won’t be deserting Firefox, especially since Quantum arrived), I won’t kick it either.

But for those of a non-techie type, it just got a major recommendation…

Google turns on default adblocker within Chrome

Users of the latest Chrome browser on Windows, Mac OS, Linux and Android will have some of the most intrusive types of ads blocked automatically.

More Google turns on default adblocker within Chrome

It’s not a REAL adblocker, so not much use for someone like me, who NEVER EVER wants to be FORCED to look at a single online ad, but given it is a default setting, it has to be worth having, and is better than nothing, especially as its presence sends a message to the damned advertisers.

I never bothered about ads until the advertisers AND the sites carrying them changed their model from one of selling ad space to one of enforcing visitors to look at them.

In the old days, for example, I used to buy magazines that were 20% content and 80% adverts (these were big name car magazines), and this was fine. The ads were of no interest, I didn’t look at them (unless I had need of what they were selling), and never even noticed them as I flicked through the magazine to the articles I was reading.

There wasn’t a little hand/arm that came out of the pages and stopped them flicking over, or held my eyelids open and grabbed my eyeballs to point them at those ads.

Yet this is how I see Internet adverts.

Without my adblockers cranked up to 11, I can’t visit a page without having irritating adverts try to grab my attention, either by being scattered throughout what I am trying to read, or popping up on the page and demanding I acknowledge them (click to dismiss) before I can reach the content.

And some sites demand I deactivate my adblocker, or whitelist THEIR site (stuff their mates so long as I look at THEIR ads), or they lock me out altogether.

Bad news for them, my adblocker bypasses that ploy on a second load of the same page.

The mistake the make is ENFORCED viewing, which I (and I suspect a lot of others) will NEVER agree to.

Things were bearable when the advertisers bought space to show their ads – we could choose to look at/for them whenever we had a need for what they contained.

Then they got greedy – and made the mistake of thinking that forcing visitors to see their ads regardless of need was a ‘Good Idea’.

It wasn’t (at least for those who still have brains and are not sheeples), and they made a lot of enemies, who just won’t tolerate such blackmail, and like me, will take whatever steps they can to to block ALL online ads, and actively boycott sites/suppliers who try to force ads and block adblockers.

Here’s a couple of graphic – handy for emailing to any advertiser or web site that really gets up your nose.

Adblock Blocker Reply

Adblock Blocker Reply

Lost sales.

Won't Buy

Won’t Buy

15/02/2018 Posted by | Civilian | , | Leave a comment

Let’s blame BT for the consequences of mobile phones

It never ceases to amaze how ‘sheeples’ like to jump on the back of the easiest ‘soft target’ and pummel it to death for some perceived wrong it they think it deserves to be blamed for.

One I see in the news these days is BT, being hauled over the coals by a few typically noisy ’empty vessels’ out to score cheap brownie points by whining long about how terrible BT is for removing telephone boxes.

They make such a deafening noise, they tend to obscure the possibly real problem that, not being familiar with local conditions, BT might remove some boxes are probably essential – but hell, why bother about that if you can make a noise and whip up bad feeling towards BT, which seems to their main intent.

And ignore further realities such as telephone boxes that have never had more than a handful of calls made from them in their lives, that cost as much as active boxes to maintain, and that the vast majority (who I would also venture are sheeples) of people are wandering (on foot or driving) around in a mindless stupor staring at their mobile phones, some probably couldn’t even use a telephone box anyway.

But, you can win easy ‘likes’ by whining about ‘Evil BT’ and how the big company ignores little people – that’s always a good one for attracting friends (or other sheeples) on Facecrook.

Hardly in the middle of nowhere, and unlikely to be missed by anyone other than the nuisances that liked to stick adverts on it, I took this pic of the telephone box at the junction of Shettleston Road and Old Shettleston road one night.

I’m sure there’s something missing, but I’m just not sure what it is.

Shettleston Telephone Box

Shettleston Telephone Box

15/02/2018 Posted by | Civilian, Lost, photography | , | Leave a comment


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