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  1. Getting a gmail isn't just getting an email address. It is marrying yourself into googles complete ecosystem without even being asked if that's what you want to do. From the minute you register your gmail account all manner of features are enabled across the eco system that start recording all kinds of data and pushing various ads and suggestions. I setup a new gmail yesterday and spent a good 20 minutes going through the settings turning off all kinds of option that I didn't want enabled. For the average user who is not that tech savvy it can be pretty daunting and overwhelming. The good thing about Manx.net is that it provides a simplistic basic email service which is what a lot of people want. It is just a shame that it is a sub par email experience with a horrific looking UI that is slow, clunky, seldom ever works properly and relies on a third party to keep the lights on. I really only use my Manx.net email as my alt email for alt accounts that I don't want cluttering up my main email. But, it has provided enough of an issue lately with my alt accounts that I have had no choice but to switch. Here is a question though. Why is it on the island, whenever we get a "Manx" version of something, that it is always sub par and about 10% of what the rest of the world has?. It's as if somewhere in Peel, Grandad comes out the attic after reading two pages of a "how to code HTML" book and decides that he's going to revolutionise an industry. Literally, every Manx version of something is like the pantomime guy shouting "Oh no he didn't" and us, the crowd, shouting back "Oh f*** he did...". Want a locally owned Manx technology store on the island?. Welcome to Aldridge Audio...sorry...PC Solutions. We gotchu for your tech needs. Intel Celeron Single Core...not a problem. Fixing a broken DVD drive.....not an issue, we sell all the latest 1x read speeds. We also sell floppy disks. Need a crypto currency for the Isle of Man. Welcome to Manncoin. The crypto currency with no exchange, no fiat conversion, no mining and most importantly....no use case what so ever. But we will take ALL your personal details for uhm....safe keeping.... What about a locally owned branch of the famous franchise CEX. Sounds good right!. We gotchu for that also. Just....don't mind if we add on about 15 - 25% more in price than CEX on the mainland charges and employ a guy that tries to convince people you aren't able to turn off an iPhone via the physical buttons....when trying to sell it to them that is. Speaking of franchises. Come down to Sports Direct where we haven't updated our stock in around five years. Barely ever have anything in. And have a manager that clearly doesn't care about attracting new customers or stocking the latest clothing. We STILL have those t shirts on sale that wouldn't sell three years ago and definitely NOT in your size. Need your iPhone repaired?. Or perhaps you want to buy some second hand technology. Enter...GADGET MAN....the most over priced, rip off store you could ever possibly hope to encounter. Want that 2014 MacBook Air?....sure.....£900 in the window....£400 on Ebay. What about that 2009 unibody MacBook Pro. Thats right, £700 and it could be yours. £200 on Ebay though. We pride ourselves on the 3 Os. Overpriced, Overvalued, Overpaid. The list goes on 😅
    10 points
  2. Sorry I don’t like ineptitude, arrogance, bullshit, hectoring and bullying behaviour. I don’t like being controlled or legislated against, or at least if I am, I expect the procedures to carried out efficiently, productively, on time and to budget. SIMPLES really - unless there are people who think failure, inability to do the simplistic of tasks and the I know best as I am the best attitude is the way to go. Yet again it’s another weak, inept and dire performance from IOMG. Take a bow HRH The Chief Minister of Fcuk ups.
    8 points
  3. If it's so great go and live there. Your spamming is tiresome.
    7 points
  4. If it was a small business I would agree but when its a multi million pound organisation with upwards of 9000 employers lots who are paid big salaries and there bosses being in receipt of £110 k upwards plus pension then its totally a epic fail . You cant defend the indefensible despite your efforts to do so.
    5 points
  5. To what? People are entitled to their views. People are totally fed up, depressed and sick to the back teeth of these showers of $¥!}@. Hard working Manx Families, Manx Taxpayers and the Great Manx Public have had great hardships thrown on them. People all over the island have made sacrifices. This census comes along and Minister Harmer has made a complete Drama out of something which is normal and carried out on a 10 year basis. Lessons will be learned - lesson 1 - Don’t give Harmer any responsibility, he couldn’t run a hot kipper van on Peel Promenade. He has had 5 years at COMIN so the Census would have been discussed - I refuse to believe that these topics aren’t mentioned. Secondly the other members of COVID are as guilty as Harmer, they could have sorted this mess out, showed iniative insisted of being humiliated. It comes to something when we have the Southern Befrienders helping older folk complete the forms online and paper versions. Is this what a charity is having to do - fulfill the Government’s role? As the Chamber of Commerce is a beneficiary of IOMG largesse, why don’t their members and the Junior Chamber of Commerce get off their pampered backsides and actually het out into their communities, perhaps helping people (elderly, poor and vulnerable) complete the census. They actually may learn/see how some people live, and it may open their eyes. Sorry if I’m over reacting.
    5 points
  6. Wotever. Filled my paper version in, where was that ‘head of the household’ bit people have been moaning about? Have they printed new, different copies to what is on an internet line? Mine had a ‘do you love Howie or Ashy’ question and I had to staple a picture of my ball sack to the last page.. I’m starting to think I’ve been had by my neighbour.
    5 points
  7. Ashford is Ray Reardon’s grandson.
    5 points
  8. You are aware that the Villa has been owned by the Government since 2000? And that the refurbishment took place after that? And that the Government has owned the Gaiety since 1971? So your best example of the beneficial use of ratepayers money is something that happened two decades ago and that the Corpy didn't do.
    5 points
  9. The government did not have Internet access when I was filling it in😀
    4 points
  10. This is the most knobheaded post I've seen on here in ages.
    4 points
  11. Unfortunately I’m stuck here, commitments etc. Given the opportunity I’ll bugger off, with my money as well. You won’t miss me, but will my investment in the local economy and my money.
    4 points
  12. Tim Johnston, the president of the Manx National Farmers Union has declared for Ayre and Michael. He is in favour of exactly all the things you would expect him to be.
    4 points
  13. Either put a house up for auction - there's a lot to be said for that, as houses are basically only worth what someone is prepared to pay for them - or if there's an asking price, once accepted it's binding.
    4 points
  14. 'Sorry I don’t like ineptitude, arrogance, bullshit, hectoring and bullying behaviour. Neither do I as the people involved are being paid large sums of money to get it right . Sorry but 'Voice of Reason ' needs to look and assess is the constant cockups and over spends in anyway reasonable or acceptable and would they be entertained in the private sector . Answer is clearly NO ! and whats worse we consistently pay for everything twice , once for the cock up and again to put it right . That in my book is no way 'Reasonable' or acceptable . I ask again VOR to inform me of one contract over recent years that hasnt endured constant delays or overspends or both ?? Not to mention cockups . Waiting !! ?
    4 points
  15. There's a lot of sharp practice going on at the moment. Dandara seem masters of it, returning deposits, calling them something else, putting prices up!
    4 points
  16. Chris Thomas said on radio that the post office had offered to run census project as they have done previously but it was declined by cabinet office as they said they could do it more efficiently in house!!
    4 points
  17. You are right and it will get worse. Estate Agents do not give themselves a good name and it’s down to one or two businesses and individuals. Forget this administration taking any action against any malpractice, as HRH The Chief Minister has quite clear said the matters are priorities for the next administration. So by that measure, the next two sittings before dissolving of Tynpotwald are lame duck sittings. Money for Nothing ……. As you say the market is hot and IOMG and HRH The Chief Minister groupies are claiming the island is booooooming. In the meantime, Douglas is in squalor and undeveloped sites are car parks. The developers of the old Lord Street bus station need to be given an ultimatum either start building or government need to seize back the site.
    4 points
  18. If you had done it online, a PDF of your ball sack would have been fine and you could keep a copy for future use.
    4 points
  19. If anyone is going to take that seriously you'll need to out yourself
    3 points
  20. What? The only fuck up is your ranting about allegedly having to wait whilst calling from the UK. Most normal people are content with just booking it once back. You literally never stop ranting and moaning. You were doing it about the borders. Now you can come and go with a bit more freedom you're still at it. Tedious.
    3 points
  21. Its a very basic exercise to a competent organisation especially with the extent of the in house tech experts. The last census was dogged by issues the main one being the omission of being 'Manx' . The population has not changed that much numerically so they knew what would be expected around the census date . The demand was too much for the site then a total failure to be able to send out enough forms to those requiring them. Then also the difficulties to get through on the phone. Sorry , its a epic fail of what should have been a routine exercise.
    3 points
  22. It's a form that takes 10 minutes to complete. If you can't get connected wait and try later. Not ideal, but not a reason to kick off. Save your anger for the many things they've truely cocked up.
    3 points
  23. Not in my opinion. You have hit the nail on the head! The census is a very important exercise carried out every 10 years and World Wars excepted has been exercised since 1801. The information contained is invaluable to historians and others. Here we are in 2021 and we are not able to carry out this important task without cocking it up big time.
    3 points
  24. Apparently in this case it was the right equipment at the right price with maintenance contracts etc ! If the story is correct and I have nothing to say it wasn't then Government do their usual thing ask questions and then take no notice of the answers from people who knew ! If they had asked the pilots, they would have been told don't demolish the lighting gantry you'll ruin the approach minima ! but as far as I know no pilots were asked about it !
    3 points
  25. 3 points
  26. Well that should see Boot and Hamer voted out, hopefully more come to the party.
    3 points
  27. The only question you have to ask is are the EAs doing the job to be philanthropic or do they do it to make as much money for themselves as possible? Most businesses are working for themselves, though, occasionally you may come across one that actually considers their customers. When you find them then you stick with them! That's what we have done for most of our lives. Yes, in the early days we had an EA try to put a low price on a property we were selling to sell to his friend, fortunately we were tipped off and were okay. (I fronted up to him and although he didn't admit it he didn't get the job and we have advised against his business since). Small victories and all that.
    3 points
  28. Had a property valued recently and was surprised by the low value compared to other smaller properties of the same age in the same area being listed and selling for more. Seemed a bit suspect but never went further as we were only looking at options. I have seen developers in the UK offering "part-exchange" where they will take your current property and sell it on so you don't have to deal with estate agents. I haven't looked into the details of those but I would imagine they will value the property lower than the market rates to ensure that they profit from it.
    3 points
  29. Are you that simple or purely argumentative?
    3 points
  30. I love that an Estate Agent tell us 'Don't worry, Estate Agents are just wonderful'. Perhaps this line of argument could be employed in this month's Euros and Harry Kane could say 'Don't worry referee, I was definitely onside'.
    3 points
  31. Putting government IT into the Cabinet Office only served to bolster the arrogant, self important, I’m better than you attitude rife in that department. Everyone in that department use 1000 words when 2 will do and most are paid just to ring Sure, MT or Typhoon House when a problem arises.
    3 points
  32. A possible answer is fixed fee estate agency...but they won't like that
    3 points
  33. The point is we should have put testing on arrival points in at ports , the same as our friends in Channel Islands did & arrivals wouldn’t need to ring 111 & why is there no online booking system. The only reason we didn’t put testing on arrival in place was cost & this may come back to bite us on the arse if we need to reintroduce testing.
    3 points
  34. must be a friend of the police then.
    3 points
  35. At best shabby, at worst outrageous. Maybe they are all have a well earned break ALL AT THE SAME TIME
    3 points
  36. Who do you think write the candidate Chief Ministers “programmes for government”? Civil Servants!
    3 points
  37. Jeepers Creepers A few technical problems plus a bit of human error and the whole thing in some people’s eyes becomes an unforgivable fiasco! It will all get sorted. Those who want to complete their census form will have the opportunity to do so without any threat of a fine hanging over them. As the youngsters say, “ take a chill pill”
    3 points
  38. As I mentioned earlier, the whole thing about widening the runway is an abhorrent wast of money. It's just not needed. If they want to give aircraft the ability to turn around and use the full length for take off and landing, a turning area or circle at each end is all that is needed. But no, they waste our money on widening 300 odd metres worth of runway. Airports like Southampton and Belfast City utilise turning circles at the end of each runway to allow aircraft to do 180s - it's not f**ing rocket science. This sort of stuff really has to highlight the incompetence of those making such expensive decisions at the airport.
    3 points
  39. Do you read the column every week to get yourself into a little frenzy? I suppose everyone needs a hobby but yours strikes me as a bit sad.
    2 points
  40. If it wasn't for my etc,what not and other stuff,the local money would fly me in economy to Guernsey to check out a diving board to enhance my agoraphobia
    2 points
  41. No dip in numbers around here. The woodpecker is a busy bird, how it doesn't have a massive headache at the end of the day... Saw a Magpie with a small, live Wren in its beak, didn't have them down as active predators, nest-robbers they may be but it looked like it'd just snatched the Wren. My fat cat is taking a toll also. It had a Blue Tit t'other day, torturing it, tossing it in the air, clawing the feathers off it. When it was virtually featherless she ate every bit of it! Legs, beak, everything. Good on the Rats though, fearless and vicious. Nature, red in tooth and claw.
    2 points
  42. I would ignore dogs db as he’s obviously one of the government shillings supporting every fuck up they make & slagging off jurisdictions which have better systems!!
    2 points
  43. I love watching the starlings and their boisterous ways. They can’t get enough of the mealworms I’ve been fattening them up with since the winter. They now have a load of chicks in tow when they arrive on the feeder. The chicks are bigger than the parents and still demand to be fed - even when they are standing right next to the food. Plenty of poor parenting going on. The jackdaws also make an appearance with us, but I just try to chase the buggers off.
    2 points
  44. Is that the same Post Offfice that recently issued a load of incorrect polling cards for an election?
    2 points
  45. True. As I have commented before, with the best Chief Minister in the world you can only work with the tools at your disposal. We have a lot of tools, and it’s Chief is the biggest, so there you go. Chris Thomas made a decent go of things and I don’t things would have gone this bad had he still been in post.
    2 points
  46. Yes I believe youngsters did say that…in 1967.
    2 points
  47. Here's a picture of how they do it at Southampton. Also, notice the arrester bed instead of a RESA...that will have come in a lot cheaper than the 70 million ours cost!
    2 points
  48. I would have more confidence in that statement if it was being delivered by a scientist or medical professional. You know, someone who was accountable for what they say.
    2 points
  49. I expect it from Nick Crowe yeah
    2 points
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