Three great apps for the N900.

Active Desktop Statusbar Icon by Nicolai: This tiny app can be found in the Application Manager under Desktop. It sits in the status bar area near or next to your wifi signal icon and does one job brilliantly. It tells you which desktop you are looking at, so that you know which way to swipe depending on the number of desktops you have. I currently have 6 active desktops so my 1st desktop would be quickly reached if I swiped right.

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What are the chances?

What are the chances of bumping into someone you know on the London Underground or tube? Surprisingly it has happened quite a few times over the years because London is surprisingly small. There are only 7.5 million people living in London, and the majority of those people use the tube or public transport every day.

According to the DLR website close to sixty thousand people use the DLR per day, where as nearly 3 million use the London Underground per day.

So then with those pointless statistics in mind and a few more to consider….

What are the chances of getting on the tube, getting a seat at rush hour, sitting down, looking up and seeing your husband sitting exactly opposite you on the train? It happened to Jo and I this evening on the way home, but what are the chances when you have all these other factors in play?

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MaeModder N900 Application created by Dany-69.

Here is one brilliant application created by Dany-69. You can download it from the Maemo.Org. It’s called MaeModder and basically one can modify a whole bunch of things on your N900 with very little effort. In a way Dany-69 has made modding your N900 a lot less stressful because beforehand one would need to run a lot of scripts via the x-terminal window. There will still be a lot of people who prefer to run scripts (myself included), but this application makes life a lot easier.

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The Family Photo Competition of 2010.

Last year the family (The Wilkinson’s and the Bowen’s) decided to have a photo competition whereby each month we have a category and everyone would submit two photos, which were then judged by one and all and a monthly winner was chosen. The idea behind the competition would be that we could create a Family Calendar for 2011.  We used Picasa Web Albums to show off the photos.  Below is a table showing the months, the photo category, the winner, the photo letter and description. Mick and Rob each won 3 months a piece followed by Lauren, Phillip, Katy, Andrew and Jane. Pete, what happened to you? The competition is now over and we have made the Family Calendar 2011 Photo Album available to the public.

Month Photo Category Winner Letter Description
January Landscapes Phillip J Beach sunset with reflection
February Animals, Insects, bugs Lauren Q Worm
March Trees, flowers and plants Jane H Water lilly
April A picture using macro Katy E Ladybird
May Buildings/architecture Mick C Gaucho grill glass building
June Bridges Rob B Love Birds
July Weather Rob G Sky
August Reflections Mick C Window reflection (mirror effect)
September Churches and graveyards Andrew D God is love
October Black and White Rob G Bushmen
November People Lauren A Dancing people
December Skyscapes Mick I Colours in the sky

ComparetheMarket.com is seriously CONfused.com

My previous post highlighted the CON taking place over at CONfused.com, whereby it is imposible to get the Online Price quoted if one has chosen Monthly as the paying option in the questionaire.

So I gave up with CONfused.com and visited ComparetheMarket.com and what do you know? They are in bed with Confused.com as the exact same CON is taking place here as well. I am willing to bet all the Online Insurance companies are running the same CON on their websites. If I had the time I would look deeper into this annoying industry. It’s not surprising that most of the Insurance companies offering car insurance get a very poor user review rating.

However, websites such as Confused.com & ComparetheMarket.com are meant to be offering a service whereby the price they display is the price you pay, which is not the case. It is all false advertising. I am logging a complaint with the BBC Watchdog. Perhaps they can investigate further.

Here is another example of the CON.

How would you normally pay your Insurance (Monthly or In Full)? – Monthly:

Check out the big blue heading and big blue price. That is telling me, that is the price I am going to pay and in small writing the monthly instalments. Clicking the More details button shows you a summary and again the ONE OFF PAYMENT is nice and large OR I can pay monthly. (You see the note below icon – well that is a link that doesn’t load, the page just says loading forever – how convenient?).

Clicking BUY ONLINE NOW takes you to the Kwik Fit website where one is only given the option to PAY MONTHLY. (How strange when the previous page shows the ONE OFF PAYMENT).

  • How does one get to pay the Price in blue of £354.62?
  • Why advertise the online price if it’s impossible to purchase?
  • The saying is “the Price you see is the price you pay”, yet on ComparetheMarket.com that is not the case.

How would you like to pay? – In full (once off payment):

The price shot up £28 but at least I am seeing the price I am going to pay. There is absolutely no point showing me the Monthly installments because I have already set the questionaire to In Full, yet on the Kwik Fit website when you are about to pay, you get the option to either pay In Full or Monthly.

It should be called the BIG CON-fused dot com

We are in the process of renewing our car insurance as our existing policy is about to expire, so I did what most sensible people do and visited confused.com since these guys promise to take the confusion out of chosing car insurance. (chuckle chuckle).

After I signed in, there was the laborious task of filling in all our personal information including our full car history information. It wasn’t too bad as the fields are fairly straight forward. One of the last questions on the questionaire was the following: “How do you usually pay for your motor insurance?

I answered Monthly and moved onto the SHOW MY QUOTES page. 89 possible result popped up onto the screen and with some handy filters we managed to pick out one particular quote from tGIC (the Green Insurance Company), which seemed to tick all our boxes (Courtsey Car, Legal Cover, Breakdown Cover, Windscreen Cover).

The £363.45 is a ‘one off payment in full‘ price and the £445.65 price is if one decides to pay monthly payments.

Clicking on the More button takes one to a summary page displaying the quote details.

I was happy with the quote so went ahead and clicked on ‘Buy Online‘ button and it then takes one to the tGIC website where a similar quote is displayed on the screen as the ‘Your Online Price‘.

Notice the Online Price (that is the Payment In Full Price) and the monthly payments are displayed below it and if one multiplies £37.21 by 11 and then adds £36.34 it equals £445.65 as stated on the Confused.com website.

I clicked on BUY NOW and this is where the fun starts. Straight away tGIC have added some extras in because they think I need them, which pushes the price up and over £400. Fair dues they are check box options that can be unchecked, which is pricisely what I did to get the price back to the quoted Online Price. The last screen is the payment screen and what do you know?, there is NO option to PAY in FULL!  How strange? I searched high and low for the option to pay in full but it was non existent.

I thought I had made a mistake so went back two pages and clicked on the AMEND QUOTE button and had to go through 5 or 6 pages of the same personal and car related questions and finally noticed on one of the pages the question:

I changed it to ‘In Full‘ thinking it must be this option that is preventing me from paying in full:

The Quote screen came back but with a completely different price (a lot higher, £67 higher than originally quoted) but with an extra option ‘BUY NOW IN FULL’.

CONFUSED – I certainly am! How does one get to pay the Original Online price of £363.45 as quoted on Confused.com website as well as on the Green Insurance Company’s website?

From what I can see, one cannot purchase the Online Price unless you call them which kind of defeats the whole purpose of buying it online. Not only that tGIC states that ‘Policies bought over the phone will incur a £20 charge‘, so it will still more that the original Online Price quoted 🙁

I went back to the Confused.com website and edited my details again, and this time answered ‘Annual’ to the question “How do you usually pay for your motor insurance?“, and the quotes came up as before, but this time round the same policy was £430.90 (exactly the same price as tGIC quoted after I amended my details to reflect IN FULL payment). What a CON? Why should a payment in full push the price up even more? So much for a discount! [superemotions file=”icon_redface.gif” title=”Redfaced / Embarassed”]

I also went to the Green Insurance Company website and entered in all the same details for the umpteenth time and the quote returned twenty pounds more expensive at £383.45.  It also didn’t show the Plus package, nor was there any mention of the extras that the Plus package had, so I can only imagine that this quote is NOT the same as the one on the confused.com website.

CONclusion:

  • If one chooses to pay ‘IN FULL’, one is penalized by a more expensive price. – ridiculous as that might sound!
  • If one selects ‘PAY MONTHLY on either website, the cheap Online Price in great big bold letters, is just there for show, it’s impossible to pay the Online Price IN FULL as the option does not present itself on the Green Insurance Company’s website.
  • It is FALSE ADVERTISING if one cannot actually purchase the pay ‘IN FULL’ price or the ONLINE PRICE. Both websites appear to be guilty of this, unless of course either website can tell me otherwise!

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