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  1. 'Kebab on chip' is surprisingly palatable, as long as you manage your expectations. At least they actually have a decent number of staff on, which is more than you can say for the KFC here.
  2. I look forward to upgrading my underslung candle attachments.
  3. No single player and/or offline, you need to be (a) Online and (b) Pay a monthly subscription. However, in terms of what you were asking about in your original post - "open world games (PC/laptop)where you can walk around, look at pretty things and not have to do much" - a Level 100 character exploring the WoW universe is a pretty close match.
  4. Get her World of Warcraft, pre-purchase the Legion expansion which comes with a Level 100 character boost, and then using her Level 100 character she'll be able to travel the entire of the WoW universe being largely invincible, as long as she stays out of Draenor (which is the current expansion for Level 90-100 characters).
  5. Is Sure's 4G/data alright these days? Over the years I've only ever known of people going back to MT after dipping their toes into the Sure waters.
  6. Yeah I'm on a bargain-tastic £45 per month contract with MT and my 4G routinely drops its arse out over lunchtime and sometimes stretching on a bit further into the afternoon as well. Clearly just not enough bandwidth to go around, although I'd be interested to know if it's just a Douglas thing or island-wide - i.e. the masts in Douglas being maxed out or the overall 4G capacity being saturated.
  7. http://www.manxforums.com/forums/index.php?/topic/54276-paid-apps-android/ (The last couple of pages have the most concise and up-to-date advice.) Essentially using Android on the island is a slight ballache but entirely possible with a small amount of effort. ---------------- Q) Is all the above actually the case? (Never trust a salesman) A) Yes, see the last couple of pages of the linked thread above for the ins and outs. Effectively the IOM gets lumped in with 'rest of the world' according to Google. Q) Is there an easy, reliable way around it and are there any disadvantages? A) Yes, VPN the device. Free solutions will tend to be slow and/or unreliable though. Personally I user Cyberghost on my Android Nvidia Shield tablet. The VPN doesn't have to be on 24/7, it depends what you're doing and what app you're using. Most apps after an initial install will keep on working and updating even if the device rehomes to the IOM (Hearthstone for example). Some however will stop working as soon as they rehome (IIRC Spotify did this on Mrs Twonky's Android phone). Q) Would you avoid android on the IOM for this reason? A) Depends on the person. I'd never in a million years furnish my in-laws with an Android device of any description, they manage to get stuck with their iPad sometimes. Mrs Twonky's next phone will probably be an iPhone, just to make things easier for her. For me I don't mind the slight faffage with VPNs to get my Android devices of choice. (A £150 Nvidia Shield tablet for example, basically delivering comparable performance to a £400 iPad Air 2.) Overall it is shit though.
  8. So this is still A THING, as I found out when I bought a nice new Nvidia Shield tablet last week. I knew it hadn't been sorted as my Nexus 5 only connects to the free store unless I VPN it, so I was expecting to have to endure shenanigans to get the Shield to connect to the proper store. In the end I decided to chuck a bit of cash at it, and went with Cyberghost - http://www.cyberghostvpn.com/en There is a free version of that which apparently works fine but I got 12 months for €15 in their winter sale which seemed reasonable. There's an app for it which makes it all very easy to do once you've fed it your username and password. The store itself seems more aggressive than it used to be with rehoming to the free store once the VPN is off, but it's literally just a few seconds to fire up the app and turn the VPN on, or you can simply leave it on all the time. (Apparently the free version of Cyberghost turns itself off after 3 hours so you have to turn it on again, whereas the paid version is unlimited.) The information posted last page still works, i.e. Turn VPN on if not on already, force stop the Play Store process, clear cache and data, and then launch the Play Store. I can only assume this will never actually be fixed properly, and we'll be VPN-ing our Android devices from now until Doomsday.
  9. Diagonally opposite where Wino World used to be, down the side of where Barry Curran used to be, Christian Street I believe. Not an auspicious location. EDIT - Or what Rhumsaa said, likes.
  10. There's the noodle place in Ramsey. If you mean the Unusual Noodle I'm afraid that's closed, I walked past the other day and there was a sign up saying thanks to all their customers, we're now closed, if you've got a gift voucher call this number
  11. Well in all fairness it's been solid for the last few days now, did a bit of online gaming last night and that was fine too. So a rather unfortunate spell of very poor performance, and TBH I still think WiManx could have handled it far better than they did, I take on board what joeyconcrete said in his previous post but you only need to look at the feedback in this thread to see that wasn't the perception their customers were taking away from it. However, fingers crossed we're back to normal now
  12. Yes last night it was effectively unusable, but they had the maintenance at 5am this morning and the hope is that's sorted it now!
  13. Currently barrelling through a 15GB download on Steam at a rock-solid 3.2MB/s, which is as fast as it's ever been for me. See how it goes this evening but at the moment I'm definitely optimistic. Got this email before too: @ans - Yeah I love BCS, it's tip-top telly of absolutely the highest order. The first couple episodes were almost a bit too slow but once it got under my skin that was it.
  14. Yes but the point is that it wasn't just that MT were shite, it was that their customer service was equally shite, it was impossible to get to speak to a techie, they denied there were any problems if you ever called them up even when there clearly was one, they used to do that borderline threatening thing whereby if you asked them to check something out they'd hang the threat of a bill over your head if the problem was with you and not with them, and so on. That was what made WiManx such a breath of fresh air, not only was their internet better, their entire ethos was better. And that's what's made this whole episode so unedifying. Problems happen, I get that, mistakes get made sometimes, a service may become degraded for a variety of perfectly valid reasons. It's how you handle those mistakes, how you communicate with your customers, and how you deliver good customer service when things aren't right that really counts. Unfortunately that's where I feel WiManx have come up short, and they've been doing it for weeks now. The other pain in the arse is of course that all the people I've recommended WiManx to over the years, are now asking me what the hell is going on...... Passing the buck to the 'underlying service provider' doesn't work for me either, between the two of them, there should have been a rollback plan if things went bad. EDIT - I should just note that the people I've spoken to on the phone at WiManx have been absolutely fine, some clearer admission of problems from the top level is what I was after.
  15. Amazingly I did just manage to stream an episode of Better Call Saul on Netflix without interruption, albeit it kept flicking between SD and HD as it clearly couldn't get enough HD in the cache to maintain it (and the SD on Netflix is sub-VHS really, but at least it managed to keep the episode going). The latency earlier on in the evening was just awful though, to the extent that Mrs Twonky and Twonky Jnr couldn't even play WoW properly (and we're just talking basic questing there), and WoW is one of the most latency-tolerant games in existence. I really hope WiManx get on top of this sooner rather than later, let's just hope the work tomorrow morning starts to improve things. Dunno how other people feel but the way this whole thing has dragged out with very little in the way of official acknowledgement and even less any sort of offer of compensation, has basically eroded years of my goodwill in a space of weeks. Especially so when my father-in-law rings them up and just gets fobbed off with a stock answer and suggestions that maybe his wireless isn't working properly. If they'd have done some sort of official communication along the lines of 'Very sorry we know we have a problem, we're knocking a tenner off your bill every month until we get it sorted' approach, I think folks would feel a lot less aggrieved about it. £35 per month for internet is pricey, but I felt it was fair for a rock-solid VDSL connection, £35 per month for what WiManx are serving up at the moment is something of a pisstake.
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