September 11th, 2013

marcus 2013

Switching to BT

Just began the process of switching my broadband to BT (from BE Unlimited, which is now part of Sky). I said I'd do this months ago but let it slip, but it turns out that I can get BT Infinity fibre broadband now, for about the same cost as the BE service, so it's definitely worth making the change.

Signing up to BT was easy. Disconnecting from BE was HARD. Firstly, Sky's call centre is logjammed, no point trying to call them at all. But I guessed that BE's centre is still up and running, and that proved to be the case. I then had to convince two people that (a) I wanted to change, (b) the reasons I wanted to change are that I don't want to do business with Sky and that I can get BT infinity now, and don't want to switch my phone line to Sky. They tried very hard to get me to stay with them, including offering me half price on the next year. But of course you are then stuck with Sky as your ISP and phone provider, and I really don't want to go that route. Eventually I convinced them that I do want to change, and that they must send me a MAC number to make the transition work. But it wasn't easy...

Hopefully this will all go easily at the start of October. If not, and I vanish off line for a few days, that will be why.

Update - got the MAC number and put it into BT's site, they're now able to make the swap a week or so earlier.
marcus 2013

404 Law Not Found

I've just pledged a fiver to an interesting-looking games startup on Kickstarter - 404 Law Not Found.

It's a game about "robots that have lost their three laws and have been trying to restore normality by cobbling together directives from junk code. This leaves the players trying to complete objectives like “Improvise Science” or “Destroy War” while the hapless human crew run around trying to stop everything exploding. If you’re a more visual type there’s a video about the project here:"

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/820113175/404-law-not-found

Game play looks a bit like Chrononauts combined with Awful Green Things, with some ideas from Roborun and Paranoia, but I could be misunderstanding it. I think it's worth putting a fiver in, since that gets you the game in PDF form if the Kickstarter succeeds.
marcus 2013

A thought on HS2

Prompted by this post by gonzo21

The huge fuss about HS2 ignores something important. Realistically, what's needed isn't a high-speed railway but a high-capacity railway. Lots of normal trains with enough room for everyone to sit down would be much more useful than a small number of really fast ones, and could be packed closer together because they would be able to stop a lot faster. I really can't think of any politician who has mentioned this.