4OD (On Demand)

Posted on November 27th, 2007 by Luke Sheldrick.
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27 11 2007

This evening, I had just sat down to watch some tv before work, and a program had already half started (Boy A). Looked really interesting, so was gutted I had missed it, and more so that I hadn’t stuck it in the planner.

Thought I would torrent / stream it at another time. Remembered seeing an advert for 4od (Channel 4 On Demand),  so thought I would take a little look.

Not been a fan of OD services, since the launch of BBC i-Player, as I use both Vista, and Mac OS X, both not supported. However was delighted that 4OD was Vista Supported (Still not Mac, but progress). Quick install, and brilliance.

Loads of TV that I wanted to watch, and had missed out on. The film, by the time I had drove to work, was ready to either stream, or download. Can’t fault that.

Check it out: 4od 


Broken Laptop

Posted on November 25th, 2007 by Luke Sheldrick.
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25 11 2007

Over the weekend I decided to reinstall Windows back on to my Laptop (Dell D420). I had put a ‘version’ of Mac OS X on it, but it was far too unstable to work with, and lot’s of the fun gizmo didn’t work with it i.e. the inbuilt HSDPA modem and the like.

Anyways over the weekend, put everything back on it, and all was cool… until tonight.

Was at work, and had a job to check out a customer’s server in one of the data suites. I had put the D420 on one of the crash cards (a workstation on wheels, that you can move around the data centre), and as I was working on the server, heard a BANG! oh dear, the laptop was on the floor. ops!

Well it now only turns on for 3 seconds, then turns it’s self off. I’m not sure if it’s the mobo, hard drive, or something more sinister inside having died.

Very much doubt work will offer to get it fixed / replaced, as it’s my own kit, however have been using it lots for work. Hoping the Dell warranty will cover a sudden ‘degregation’ of hardware 😛

p.s. not actually going to post this until it’s been sorted hehe but was originally written at 04:34 6/11/07

04:47 25/11/07: Forgot to update the blog, Dell came out, replaced the mobo and HD, stating that this was a known manufacturing fault. Pure brilliance. The only annoyance, is they didn’t re-attached the wi-fi slider switch. Luckily it was left on ON, so not the end of the world.



Posted on November 6th, 2007 by Luke Sheldrick.
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6 11 2007

London-based company Deliverance will deliver Japanese, Indian, Thai, Chinese, European and Italian to your door in 45 minutes – fast and hot!” is the opening tag line for deliverance. Brilliant I thought..

How I was so easily fooled. Well last week I was starving at work, and had heard some good things about this place.

Had a quick look at the menu, and easily racked up an evening meal totaling £22, not a cheap meal, but at this point I really was beyond caring. Make my order, and was told it would be at my office within 45 minutes. 50 minutes later, I get a call from the ‘biker’ saying he is lost and cannot find the office block. Anyone who know’s Boo, East India Dock or the surrounding areas, would know where Global Switch, Telehouse, or the Travel Lodge are. Obviously not the delivery guy.

20 minutes later again, the guy turned up. Much to my utter disappointment, the food, was stone cold, and pretty much inedible. So I thought I’d send over a mail to Deliverance about how good their service was. I got a mail back a day later saying this wasn’t the usual service, and in way of compensation if I ordered with them again, they’d give me two portion of Chocolate Truffles. I worked it out and the truffles comes to £10. What a rip off!

So I replied back stating this, and can’t even eat Truffles anyways. They offered to refund £19.50 which was the ‘hot’ element of my previous order. Anyways Friday just gone I thought I’d use up my free credit, so got an order together for £19 as couldn’t get it exact. The guy on the order line said I had to use up all my credit, so I just told him to add a ketchup or something. Unknown to me they had made a cock up and refunded me £40 to my Deliverance account, so when he told me, I filled the rest of the Budvar hmmm, 6 bottles of good beer… tasted even better as I knew it was free.

The second delivery, was equally as slow, and cold. However the prospect of the free suds made it slightly more bearable 🙂

Summary: Go to the normal chinese, rather than some jumped up delivery(undelivery) service.


Reading and the fun attached.

Posted on November 2nd, 2007 by Luke Sheldrick.
Categories: Personal, Work.
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2 11 2007

So I was at work this Thursday, a firewall had died in our centre in Reading. So I had to drive a replacement up there, a mean feat when you was looking forward to a quite night at work.

Well got there pretty painlessly, the TomTom took me to the wrong place as usual. Changed the firewall and started to head home.

On the M4, and the petrol light comes on, so thought I’d best get some petrol. The TomTom has a function to take you to POI (point of interest) so I told it to take me to the nearest Petrol Garage. Off the M4 it took me, and down some country lane, and bit further, then said we had arrived. Well there was no guarage to be seen, so I asked someone walking down the road if there was a guarage near… she said that it was about 5 miles away 🙁 at this point the car died :(.

Oh no I thought, so parked the car up, however whilst pushing it had a mind of it’s own, and catapulted back, smooching the drivers door too far open, and giving it a delightful dent. Great night huh.

The nice lady after a bit of um’ing and r’ing offered me a lift to the station, but said I would have to drive her car as she had drunk a couple of Gin and Tonic’s before heading out. After working out that it was a diesel with turbo lag, and that the breaks were super sensitive compared to mine, got to the Tesco and filled up.

Got back to my car, and said our goodbyes. I totally forgot my manors, and didn’t offer my details or anything for her trouble. Feeling slightly guilty now though.

So if the nice lady is reading, get in contact! 😛

Just to say, even after the sh*t events, my faith in nice people is restored 😛

Car Ouch


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