Tasting this little beauty this evening.
I will be having standby emergency beer just in case it tastes horrible. But how can the above possibly be related to this:
What a mess.
Went in for my daily mocha and decided to try a shortbread. My Starbucks iOS Passport app had a balance of £5.55. Total was £4.80 (no, I don’t spend that much every day). Once the barcode was scanned, the total went down to $0.75.
There’s clearly a bug in the Starbucks iOS app because unless there’s some kind of timey wimey space vortex included at no additional cost that whisks me away to the USA, then the app is getting confused between cents and pennies in different currencies.
The Starbucks I go to in Guildford seems to be poorly staffed in the morning because only half the cafe was open despite the tables and chairs in the cordoned off area were down and ready to use (the condiments table was used to separate the two sections). Most of the tables in the open half were all occupied by .. takeaway drinkers.
If I didn’t see so many bloody discarded Costa, Starbucks and other no-named coffee cups around Guildford town, I’d probably just cave in and use a takeaway cup myself, but no, I prefer ceramic and I prefer to take my time to drink an expensive coffee.
At a table. In peace. Like a civilised person would.
So I’m using Starbucks now – at least for a while to penalise Costa.
This morning did not go well.
First of all, there is the Starbucks rewards scheme.
With Costa, you have a physical card with a magnetic strip that you present upon paying to collect points. You can eventually pay for drinks using your points (10 points = 10p).
Starbucks do things a little differently.
You have to charge your Starbucks card with a sum of money (minimum is £10) and you pay for your drinks with the balance on the card. When you do so, you collect the points (15 gets you a free drink). You can’t pay with cash, for example, and collect the points. There was some kerfuffle with the cashier trying to figure this all out. I’m using the Passport app for Starbucks which, having now seen it work (she put the cost of the coffee on my virtual Starbucks card by having me point my iPhone screen at the scanner, then she charged my debit card, then charged the Starbucks card – a long winded way of finding out how it all works, but I’ve now got the picture).
I waited to pick up my grande mocha. And waited. And waited. The barista was dishing out takeaways lattes like they were going out of fashion, and there’s me watching everybody pick up their coffee and go. Starbucks also suffers from the takeaway drinker/table syndrome as previously described. But there are many more tables at Starbucks and not so much of an irritant.
It turns out the cashier did not pass on the order to the barista. So after many apologies I got my coffee – which I promptly spilt on the way to my seat – my backpack deciding it’d be a good thing to slip off my shoulder. Thankfully not much lost, and I cleared up after myself.
But what I like about Starbucks is that they do good mochas, and wi-fi is free (and fast). So I can wait out the shuttle bus to Dunsfold in comfort.
My goodness, time does fly by!
On 27th March 1997 I purchased my first ever domain: drake.org.uk.
I was working for Albatross Networks Ltd. of Norwich, and having set-up their ISP and web hosting operations, decided to treat myself to a domain so I could host my own web site and email. Why should everybody else have all the fun of owning their own domain?
I think I paid my boss whatever it cost the company at the time (£5) as we were Nominet members, so I registered it using the Nominet automaton rather than some fancy pants web site which we all use today. This involved sending an encrypted email (using PGP) to a specific address for Nominet’s system to process.
Just as often as my web site changed, I’ve undergone many, many changes of email server and client over the past 17 years. I’ve used Sendmail, MDaemon, Exim, Postfix, Google Apps for Business, Microsoft Hosted Exchange, and several others that have now since been lost to time.
I’ve been using Google Apps for Business since 2006 and despite some grumbles, saves me a LOT of hassle when it comes to managing my mail. I wouldn’t want to manage my own email on my own server because it’s an enormous pain in the rear end. It’s bad enough managing customer emails, but my own would be a nightmare. So I’m happy to used hosted email.
So happy birthday, drake.org.uk. I still remember when you were a nipper. Now you’ve all grown up. You’re almost ready to start driving. Next year, you’ll be able to start drinking legally.
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I do so enjoy my daily power walks along the Basingstoke canal from St. Johns to Woking.
I recently started taking a there and back again approach in that I’d leave at 7:30am for Woking station and instead of getting a bus back after a hard day’s grind at work, I’d also walk back from Woking to St. Johns. 6 miles round trip.
I’ll always walk to the station each day, but I’m currently alternating between taking the bus back and walking back at the moment otherwise I’ll knacker myself out.
What really gets my goat, however, is some cyclists that whizz down the path at such speed and don’t bother to ring their bell. The danger for them is that one day I won’t hear them and I’ll step out in front of them, forcing them into the canal, or worse yet: we’ll both be injured. And if that happens, my lawyers are on standby.
It doesn’t cost a lot to add a bell to a pushbike, and I’m very happy to wait and stand aside to let cyclists through if they ring their bells.
So cyclists: ring your bell.
Cue Anita Ward’s Ring my Bell:
Okay, that’s enough about bells. Carry on.