Skippy's Random Ramblings

The Random Thoughts of a Geek in Manchester



Universal Job Match

The government has recently started running a “Digital by default” online system. They take online security very seriously… Your username is assigned to you, your password is at least 8 charictors long. you can’t have special characters. your email adddress… Continue Reading →

Dear @O2, I don’t think ‘upgrade’ means what you think it does…

Every so often O2 reminds me that as a ‘valued’ ‘long term’ customer that I can have a free upgrade to a better tariff, occasionally I have a look, more often than not its a load of Carp. What I currently get from O2: Yes I… Continue Reading →

02 and the nanny state

I finally got an answer back from O2 regarding the blocking of my website; it would appear that they have unilaterally decided that // and // are Parental Controlled… The Website status checker [note] when you type in // gives you this screen: Which to be… Continue Reading →

Striking a Cord

I have been collecting some images for the screensaver of my work machine, I have come across these two, the first being: What do I fear? I fear stagnation and lack of progress. I fear never reaching my potential and being… Continue Reading →

Trains and Cost – Part 5: Why Automatic Ticket Gates FAIL

One of those things that TOC’s seem to be fond of installing at Stations is ATGs (Automatic Ticket Gate see RIS-7701-INS – Rail Industry Standard for Automatic Ticket Gates at Stations). Obstensivly they claim that these are installed for revenue protection… Continue Reading →

River Rats and Other Derogatory Terms

Abi Rant‘s “River Rats and Other Derogatory Terms” is a poem that hits a cord with me; it’s a performance poetry piece so you really are better listening to the file [podcast]//[/podcast]   I want the freedom to be different, I don’t have to… Continue Reading →

Trains and Cost – Part 4: Bustitution

Bustitution Etymology Blend of bus and substitution Pronunciation (UK) IPA: /ˈbʌst.ɪ.tjuː.ʃən/, SAMPA: /”bVst.I.tju:[email protected]/ Noun bustitution (plural bustitutions) (rail transport) The temporary or permanent substitution of a rail (train, tram, etc) service with a bus service. Usage notes Bustitution can refer to… Continue Reading →

New Doctors and 0844 – Response

Further to my letter to the North Swindon Practice at Home Ground Surgery, Thames Avenue, Swindon, SN25 1QQ, I got this letter back from Chris: What she doesnt say in this is that 01793 705 783 maps to 08444 996 631 directly and places… Continue Reading →

New Doctors and 0844

I have moved back to Swindon, and due to continuing requirment to engage with the health care profession; I needed to register with a new Doctors, I have registered with the North Swindon Practice at Home Ground Surgery, who list 08444 996… Continue Reading →

The overkill of Databases

One of the things I love about WordPress is that it is an awesome CMS, I use it to run a number of sites including this one,, and It can deal with all the sites, and the… Continue Reading →

Yes to AV

While I don’t agree that AV (Alternative Vote) is the best system; it’s the one we are being offered; it also looks like the official Yes! to Fairer Votes campaign is being run by a bunch of people who don’t… Continue Reading →

Shit, and I mean that Literally

Walking round the country side, I see a number of these signs on the side of foot paths, they are not very subtile. I am going to stick my neck out, and assume the idiot who did this understands what… Continue Reading →

Royal Wedding

Dear Michael Francis Middleton, and Carole Elizabeth Middleton (née Goldsmith); Please find attached an invoice to compensate myself for the loss of earnings for Friday 29 April 2011; I like other people in this country am a contractor, this means… Continue Reading →

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