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Re: What's made you grumpy today? (Part II)

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I got this with my mortgage broker, which I can understand to an extent because there was a lot of financial information flying back and forth, except all the important documents went across 'regular' mail and almost nothing across the secure portal, so I don't really know why they bothered ...
Theres an FCA requirement that anything you send out with confidential information on it has some sort of protection on it. Obviously doesn't apply if you send it to them but if they send it to you then they have to ensure that if for example a clerk transposes a number in your email address someone else doesn't get your personal details.

Sensible in theory but ridiculous in practice in my old insurance job where the majority of customers were late 50s to 80s so it always ended up being "send it to my sons email!" Or alternately a 20 minute process where you talk them through getting them...where it takes 10 minutes for their computer to start up then 5 just for their internet connection to load the website.

Usually after all this the reason they'd wanted the docs was to tax the car..at which point I'd silently face palm and put my best customer service voice on to let them know you haven't needed to do that for about 3 years.

Although I'm lucky in that I got out before dealers got rid of fax machines..these were always a good last resort if the customer was clearly unable to get the docs electronically but crucially didn't send the full docs to a third party. I was rolling out some new software the other day to people who do the same job as I used to and apparently finding a dealer with a fax now is rare..so it's an absolute faff indeed.
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Things have been getting a bit desperate due to my previous employers shenanigans. I should have started my new job three weeks ago and every hold up is money literally out of my pocket.

So desperate I considered selling my Panda Fantasia (I had to sell my GSXR250RR last month to pay the bills).

I've ended up advertising my Mito 155 instead.

I think "Justifiable Homicide" should be allowed when you advertise something for 1,500 and you get idiots offer 600 to 800...

"Cash today for it. Yeah?"

I should legally be allowed to invite them round and chop them to pieces with a machete. Doing the rest of the world a favor put them out of the misery they cause.
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Re: What's made you grumpy today? (Part II)

Phone battery lasting ever shorter periods. (4-5 years old)
Got a new battery. Sold as genuine, looks genuiine, has the same labels as original.
Embedded in phone, so quite a palaver to dismantle and replace.
Plugged into charger, screen pulses on and off.
Internet says this is due to battery so flat it can't take a charge. Recommend disconnect screen and leave on charge for several hours.
Partially dismantle again, disconnect screen. Reconnect charger.
8 hours later, reconnect screen, same pulsing. New battery kaput.
Refitted old battery.

Li-ion batteries will not recover if allowed to completely discharge and then left for a while. This is why when you get a new phone, it has some charge in the battery. I'd have hoped that replacement battery suppliers would ensure their stock was at least partially charged.
Tomorrow we start the process of replacement or refund.
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Not so much grumpy as sad and angry. The newest arrivals in our street are a very pleasant couple who live a couple of doors up, part way round the bend, (our bit of street is on a gentle curve) on the other side of the street. They moved in just a few years ago and from time to time we talk. I'm slowly getting to know him as he too is keen on cars. I think he may have something to do with Audi. Don't know him that well yet.

Anyway he has a very nice "electric blue" A4. could be an S line maybe, not just a standard one. His wife drives one of the Q range SUVs, again a very nice car and he keeps them both sparkling. He has a foam washer and is seen most Saturday mornings detailing them, the blue one especially.

I've just sat back down from answering the door to two police detectives who informed me that both cars were stolen either last night or the night before and had I seen anyone hanging about or behaving strangely recently? I would love to be able to report on scum like this but unfortunately I saw nothing. I'm just now going to go out and fit Becky's steering wheel locking bar - which Mrs Jock has yet again "forgotten" to do. Although I don't think Becky is such a desirable target as an A4 S line? and I need to find one to fit Twinkle - our '16 Ibiza - (I haven't found one that clears her steering wheel air bag bump yet - must redouble my efforts).

Our front gardens are all open plan medium density housing and we all have good views of the fronts of gardens all up and down the street. How could they have taken both cars in plain sight. Even at night the street lighting is excellent with no dark areas. I'm not feeling particularly vulnerable, neither of our cars are "special" - except to me - and, over the years I've done a lot to make my property secure, but I'm sure a determined intruder could probably get in somehow. So I'm at Extra + + vigilance level just now.
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Home CCTV is reasonable these days Jock, could be a worthwhile investment. We have a 4 camera system which cost around 200. I'm looking to upgrade to 8 cameras though so I can add some interior cameras - just in case!
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I have my dash cameras on "Park Mode" overnight (well hidden) and they act as CCTV but in high definition and night vision as well.

So far I have recorded a cat jumping on my bonnet and my neighbor crashing on to his own driveway.


Me, I was supposed to start my new job today but the chap training me phoned in sick a the very last minute. Not too grumpy as I'll start tomorrow instead.
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Re: What's made you grumpy today? (Part II)

My previous neighbour had a (S3..?) Sporty Audi.

He also used a 'krooklock' as they were all being OBD defeated.. and it was just a deterrent.. so they would move on

Sad.. but nothing new unfortunately.
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I have my dash cameras on "Park Mode" overnight (well hidden) and they act as CCTV but in high definition and night vision as well.

So far I have recorded a cat jumping on my bonnet and my neighbor crashing on to his own driveway.


Me, I was supposed to start my new job today but the chap training me phoned in sick a the very last minute. Not too grumpy as I'll start tomorrow instead.
I bought a nextbase 212 from Halfords about 3 years ago. It packed in roughly 6 months ago an is, apparently, nearly as expensive to sort as buying a new one! I don't think it's worth buying a cheap one (25 jobbie) because they don't seem to have the resolution to even read no plates but can't work up the enthusiasm to buy another good one.

Listening to the news on Radio 4 before I got up this morning I heard the report of increased theft of Keyless cars. I'm guessing that my neighbours two Audis will have been of this "persuasion"? It was some time after I bought the Ibiza, which has an ignition key, that I noticed it (the key) doesn't work in quite the same way as other, older, cars I've owned. It all seems to be the same. Put the key in the ignition lock and twist. Starter kicks in and engine starts. release key to Aux (running) position and drive off. What i've noticed is that you don't have to hold the key in the "start" position all the time to make the starter motor run. You can twist the key all the way round to the start position and immediately release it to the Aux position but the starter will continue to crank until the engine fires up! This must be the same tech as is employed on keyless only using the ignition switch to "trigger" it rather than the button on the dash as in a Keyless. Wonder if that makes mine more vulnerable than if it had the old style system?

Good luck in the new job. Is it motor trade related or are cars "just" a hobby?

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Re: What's made you grumpy today? (Part II)

Nextbase seriously surprised me. As good recording quality as Roadhawk but not as many features.

Cars and things are a hobby. If they were work related I would have been bankrupt a dozen times.

The chap who was supposed to be training with me phoned in sick this morning so I start tomorrow.
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I bought a nextbase 212 from Halfords about 3 years ago. It packed in roughly 6 months ago an is, apparently, nearly as expensive to sort as buying a new one! I don't think it's worth buying a cheap one (25 jobbie) because they don't seem to have the resolution to even read no plates but can't work up the enthusiasm to buy another good one.
Even cheaper if you don't have one at all.

Don't understand this obsession with dash cams.

I've driven around half a million miles since I started work in area manager / account manager roles and not once had any incident where I thought "I wish I had a dash cam".

On the other hand, if someone has one and especially if they have a sticker telling you they have one, you know they're going to drive like a tw@t, so you can adjust your own driving accordingly.
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On the other hand, if someone has one and especially if they have a sticker telling you they have one, you know they're going to drive like a tw@t, so you can adjust your own driving accordingly.
I like the special feature of non.age.related licence : number plates

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I bought a nextbase 212 from Halfords about 3 years ago. It packed in roughly 6 months ago an is, apparently, nearly as expensive to sort as buying a new one! I don't think it's worth buying a cheap one (25 jobbie) because they don't seem to have the resolution to even read no plates but can't work up the enthusiasm to buy another good one.
Many driving instrcutors have cams, partly for teaching, as we see so many incidents that can be used as learning points, and partly as a defence in case of collision. Apparently around 85% of collisions involving learner cars are the fault of the other driver. Yoou'd hope the L plate would be a warning to stay well away, sadly not. I started watching YouTube videos a while back, as many show the camera information. Overall I'm most impressed with Nextbase for clarity and performance. Not got one yet, but when/if I so, will be a Nextbase 312 or above. I see the latest range are all rear camera compatible too.
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... I noticed it (the key) doesn't work in quite the same way as other, older, cars I've owned. ... What i've noticed is that you don't have to hold the key in the "start" position all the time to make the starter motor run. You can twist the key all the way round to the start position and immediately release it to the Aux position but the starter will continue to crank until the engine fires up!
Most switches in the car are not really switches any more, as the current for the job does not flow through them. They are merely triggers, just sending a 'request' to the body computer. The key sends its request, and even once released, the ECU will continue the operation. Not quite the same as teh keyless. The keyless still uses a start button, which does the trigger job. Your (and my) key is still read in situ before the engine will start, whereas the keyless key is transmitting its signal all the time. We're better off with the passive key.
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Oh dear, now I really do have something to be grumpy about! Today's Tuesday so it's swimming with granddaughter day! Getting out of the car at the pool - lovely new facility near Mayfield with sensibly wide parking bays - Mrs Jock alerts me to a small blemish on the swage line half way up the rear n/s door. Someone has opened a door against it! Could have happened anytime in the last 2 weeks, since I last washed her. It's not big, would fit inside the footprint of a 1.00 coin and the paint's not broken. Ah well, That's been nearly three and a half years since I bought her - it had to happen sometime. Still, feeling a bit p****d off right now.
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I feel your pain - got 3 of those really annoying car park dings now. Still, not going to let it get to me, as the car was ridiculously cheap 4 years ago, and it is still going strong. I figure it's the universe telling me that it is time to learn how to do paintless dent repair.
(Before anyone points out this is the grumpy thread, I also hope that the gits that did them had really expensive cars with fragile paint and a really strict end-of-lease inspection coming up)
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The day after I collected my brand new 520d, someone dinged it at our local park whilst I was taking part in a 5k race.
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