There are certain items over here, that if you wave them in front of a barcode scanner in a supermarket, it will flash up "restricted item". This includes booze, knives (because of the teenage obsession for using them on each other) and cigarettes, to name but three. You have to be over 16 to buy them.
This morning, I spotted Baby Bio plant food (made from seaweed) on offer at a pound a bottle. I was most surprised when I waved it at the laser scanner at the self checkout in Tesco, when it flashed up restricted item.
The lady who verified my purchase had no idea why this item is in a same group as those already listed, but there it was.
I did a bit of research on the interwebs, but all I found was a story about a councillor aged 38 who'd had similar problems. The story had no explanation as to why.
I mentioned here the other day, the scandalous price hikes on Nescafe Alta Rica coffee. I dropped a line to Nestle who so far, have not responded. The news of that day carried a piece on the fact that inflation on food prices is running at 4.7%. £ 3.35 to £ 3.98 in the space of a couple of months is a lot more than 4.7%
I decided to give a brand a try that's been much hyped of late. Made the mistake of believeing the hype, Kenco Millicano is supposedly a premium instant "full flavoured" coffee made from a mix of freeze dried and fine ground.
Comes in an aluminium can, sealed tight, so the first test is to rip the seal and give it a sniff. It had the aroma of dried fish !
Made a cup. It didn't taste of dried fish fortunately, but I certainly wouldn't describe it as full flavoured and it isn't worth £ 3.00 for a hundred gram can. Sorry Kenco "everything we know about coffee in an instant"...
For the past couple of months since I put the big puter back together, I have been getting blue screen of death crashes up to five times a day.
I've spent in small bites a lot of time making sure drivers are the latest version etc and it has continued to happen. So, I ingratiated myself to the geeks at one of the advice forums. I use that term, because I always introduce myself and my level of expertise properly, but they always without fail will issue advice which is in some sort of code and expect you to be able to decypher it.
It took about 6 exchanges to establish it was a wireless LAN driver which was puzzling, but the name reported back to me "Atheros", I couldn't find either in the depths of the machine or a driver online.
I therefore arsed about for an hour on the Bekin website where I ignored the advice to scrap the device I have and buy a new one (cheeky bastards) and some burrowing later, found a newer driver.
To date (about 7 hours), no dreaded BSOD ! Hope those aren't famous last words...