Archive for February, 2013

Debenhams Plus

Posted: February 18, 2013 in Rants, Uncategorized
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In the unlikely event that you feel the urge to buy white goods from Debenhams Plus (http://www.debenhamsplus.com/) please don’t.

They have spectacularly dropped the ball on providing working goods and then even being able to provide a replacement. Ordered a washer dryer from them on 23rd January and after providing a machine that had a broken drain pipe I was forced to wait for a Hotpoint engineer to turn up and repair. He then informed me that the machine was basically so badly damaged that it shouldn’t have even left the warehouse, let alone be delivered to a customer.

Replacement was due in 5 working days…. that became 3 weeks, that became unknown…. finally got the hump and cancelled the order.

Ordered machine from John Lewis – came within 3 days. Works. End of.

Irony is, that after all that, it’s not even Debenhams – they basically outsource these things to some ApplianceDirect or ApplianceOnline outfit.

The moral of the story is… although it may be a famous brand on the front – perhaps you should check who actually does the work…..

XBMC PVR – Freya

Posted: February 18, 2013 in Watching
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Well I’ve finally managed to get XBMC working with Live TV.

Yes I know that’s not such a big thing these days, it’s just that I’ve always managed to get it wrong!

Still after spending far too much time playing with TVHeadEnd – doesn’t install cleanly, then no access to web interface, then not finding tuner cards, then failing to detect signal, then failing to find channels, I finally gave up and reverted to MythTV backend on the box.

What can I say. It worked. No mess, no fuss, no buggering around.

Blog move

Posted: February 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

Well with the news that Posterous is closing down (thanks Twitter), I’ve migrated my few musings across to WordPress. Excuse the chaos while I find the time to tidy up and re-tag/categorise these ramblings.