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Gmail Issue

17 November 2017 - 03:30 PM



I guess I should probably put this in TechTalk but the traffic there is pretty low these days.


A few weeks ago now Google did an unsolicited "upgrade" to GMail and stuffed my account - could not logon.


It's an account that I've had for years and everyone has that address but whilst every now and again by roaming around I can get it back there no longer seems to be an ability to keep it logged in.


Out of necessity I created a second account, now the damned thing wants to treat that as my primary and my old address for recovery address. In other words it would appear the script kiddies in MountainView have been mucking things up.


Try to contact Google - the Sydney number seems to be stuck in an IVR loop, get on-line, they don't do email support anymore and for a call they charge $49...


I'll be damned if I'm paying to fix a problem of their creation, I'd sooner just write the account off but before I do anyone have any bright ideas ?


I'm by no means a mail expert but this just should not be that hard...







Blu-Ray on Windows 10

03 September 2017 - 05:07 PM

Not for me, I really don't care much about movies on PC but I've been cleaning up a machine for a friend and he sort of neglected to tell me that when he said his optical drive had a problem he meant it doesn't play Blu-Rays.


I just upgraded VLC but it does not seem to have made any difference, driver-fix.com seems to have a solution but I'm wondering if anyone else has had success with this ?


It's now on Win10 Pro but it seems MS just have no interest in supporting the format any more.


I don't really have a lot of interest, we have a few but hardly ever watch them, but he goes to the mines often so streaming is not much of an option, anyone solved this before I go have a hassle with driver-fix.com ? :)



Sometimes I'm convinced my fellow pilots are idiots...

26 August 2017 - 01:23 PM



I hang out on PPrune a bit, a pilots rumour site, more to see what is going on and if any old friends crop up go have a chat.


There is a discussion running over Qantas wanting to do Oz to London non-stop - they have been doing it out of Perth for years. I've used it myself a few times. Ever since the 747-400 came along with a light load it is not a problem.


How does that happen ? Circle routes, Qantas often rotate aircraft via Perth back to Europe, not expecting to pick up a lot of passengers but often do get a lot of freight and if they can balance a load to operate direct they save on interim landing and handling fees - Perth is pretty inexpensive in that regard.


I've no idea if they are doing it at the moment, I've not had to go to the UK for several years but when FIFO was at its peak over here they could fill a 747 from the east coast very easily. Then they would pick up a load and whatever passengers, a lot of English folk here so always get some, and re-position the aircraft to Heathrow for probably neutral cost and have a profitable load-out for the return.


Amazing but a lot of commercial pilots really do not understand the economics of the industry.


Sydney to London direct, bit of a different story, Perth really is a lot closer and the climate conditions are usually more friendly for at least a part of the trip.


I'm asking some friends at Boeing but on paper even the 777ER could not do that, at least not legally.


I can't be bothered telling them, they never really listen anyway :)








Geez Trump - every day you reveal yourself as a bigger dickhead...

24 July 2017 - 03:28 PM



That carrier is not even vaguely ready for service, those "catapults" just do not work as they claim, but that is the least of it:




I know guys who are considering early retirement rather than winding up transferred there.


Trump also does not seem to understand that carriers hardly travel alone,  a carrier group is the norm, so first over the horizon is not likely to be the carrier, in fact it will probably be F-18s, or maybe A-6s in low to scope things out.


In other words the "CinC" does not seem to understand what he is in charge of....


Of course I've spent the past several years wondering why the hell they would call a carrier after the most useless president who ever in my lifetime wound up in the Oval Office, and I do include Nixon in that line-up:)