Monday 26 August 2013

New monitor (s)

The monitor that I bought in Korea 4 days ago, is now at the DHL delivery place in Heathrow. It could arrive tomorrow! I find it mind-blowing that I can order something like that from the other side of the world, and it arrives so quickly.

As well as the £200 cost, I had to pay the VAT (£40) and some sort of charge for the privilege of paying the VAT (£6). There was a problem doing that - they have an automated system that phones you up and tells you the waybill number and the amount. But when ladysolly took that call, she didn't have a pencil and paper handy, and by the time she had, the original message and the repeat had passed. So today I called DHL, got the waybill number, paid the £46, and told them what a good idea it would be if their calling system had a facility to "repeat the message". It's unlikely that this will happen, though - the people who design and implement these systems rarely try to actually use them, so they never find out why they get so many technical support calls.

I'm still the high bidder for the 30 inch, 2560 by 1600 monitor, but I'm not bothered if I don't get it, since I have this great 27 inch 2560 by 1440 arriving any day now.

The battery (24 volts, 20AH) that I ordered from China has definitely not arrived, and I got a refund; Ebay really is a great place to shop, and Paypal makes it even better. So, I've ordered another one just like it; maybe this one will arrive. If the original one ever does turn up, I'll contact the vendor and offer to pay for it.

I'm also looking at a folding mountain bike just like the ones I already have. If I can get that for a good price, it'll be great for spares. The bike I use has a rather wobbly back wheel; the bearings have gone, and it all needs replacing.

And while I was on Ebay, I bought four more polo shirts, Ecobank branded, at £1.99 each. I already have five white ones, and I do like them; good fit and a good feel to them. The ones I've ordered are blue, because ladysolly says I look good in blue.

I replaced a hard drive on a server a couple of days ago - that replacement has failed already. Not a big problem; I've put the data onto a drive that was being underused, instead. And the two additional servers that I took down there, are working fine.

Ladysolly and I went out caching yesterday and today, doing a couple of dozen caches. Today was very hot, and after a couple of hours, her foot was hurting too much for her to go on. And I have some minor problem in my thigh; it feels like it isn't properly lubricated, if you know what I mean. So I'll rest it for a bit; I don't think exercising a painful leg is a good idea.

And I got a call "Did you have an accident in the last three years ...". So I played the goat with them for a while, and I think they got fed up with me. Never mind, I still reported them to the TPL folks.

1 comment:

  1. I think you are trying to win this monitor!!

    ps I'm not bidding on it, that is of course, if I have found the right one :)