I got a new Trek 7.1 FX

Posted on 31st January 2009 in consumer, home, thoughts

For those who know me you’ll know that I used to cycle to work everyday before I moved house, in fact I used to average about 12-16knm a day which I sadly miss now that I have to drive to work. :(

Anyway back at the beginning of December I brought my Trek 7.1 FX in from the yard to give it a clean and service as I thought it was time I got back in the saddle, I started by taking off the wheels and when I attempted to remove the back wheel the frame came away with it.

At this stage I’m pretty pissed off as the frame is broken but I’m not too worried as the frame as a lifetime warranty so I get on to the bike shop where I bought it back in October 2006 and they agree to send it back to Trek, of course its December so I’m not worried about it be sorted out fast due to the Christmas rush.

Anyway earlier this week I gave the bike shop a call and much to my surprise and delight it turns out Trek decided they’d replace my old bike with a new one and better still the bike shop wouldn’t charge me for building it.

Here it is in all its glory!!

All in all I’m very happy with both Trek and Altitude Bike shop in Waterford who did a brilliant job at customer service. :)

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Superquinn supports the over seventies

Posted on 24th October 2008 in consumer, humor, news

As I’m sure your all aware the Government recently announced as part of the budget 2008 that they’d be dropping automatic issuing of medical cards to the over 70′s, well everyone’;s up in arms and it seems so are Superquinn staff :)

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Father branded as pervert for taking photos of his kids

Posted on 18th July 2008 in boards.ie, consumer, media, photography, thoughts

I normally don’t read the trash “paper” that is the Daily Mail, however I was browsing the News & Media forum on Boards.ie and came across this interesting Daily Mail story regarding a father who was abused by other parents because he was taking pictuires of his two children while in the park.

While there is no laws restricting a member of the public from taking photos in a public place it seems some people seem to believe they have the right to restrict somebody from taking pictures of their own children because they fear he or she will take photos of their children.

Below is a bit from the story:

He said: ‘The children wanted to go on an inflatable slide and I started taking photos of them having a good time. Moments later the woman running the slide told me to stop.

‘When I asked why, she told me I could not take pictures of other people’s children. I explained I was only interested in taking photos of my own children and pointed out that this was taking place in a public park.

‘I showed her the photos I had taken to prove my point. Then another woman joined in and said her child was also on the slide and did not want me taking pictures of the youngster.

‘I repeated that the only people being photographed were my own children. She said I could be taking pictures of just any child to put on the internet and called me a pervert. We immediately left the show.’

Complete madness if you ask me!

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Broadband Saga: Getting a telephone line…

Posted on 19th June 2008 in broadband, consumer, eircom, ntl, tech, thoughts, utv

So here we are again back to the start of what historically has been extremely painful, those that know me know that I’ve recently bought myself a house and that I’ve moved out of my apartment.

Well as part of the usual moving of stuff I now have to get myself a new broadband provider as I can’t get NTL in the town I’m now going to be living in and its pretty limited provider wise in the area its basically an unknown wireless provider or a ADSL provider who operates one of Eircom Wholesales resold bit-stream products.

After much reviewing of websites I have decided to go with UTV’s bundled 2MB package which includes a “unlimited” option for 5e extra a month so I won’t be restricted by set caps that other providers like Eircom, BT or Perlico offer and overall it works out decent enough value at a total cost of 55e per month for phone & Broadband.

So as part of this move I’ve once again had to get myself an Eircom phone line, those that know me will know I’ve gone through this saga THREE times before and they I really hate Eircon..sorry Eircom at this stage.

The first time Eircom kept sending the bills to somebody else’s address so it took me 3-4 months to get my a/c number as Eircom flat out refused to give it to me over the phone, fax it to me or e-mail it to me and I needed it to change to BT Business, the second time it took a month to get the a/c number and the third time also took weeks to get the a/c number so in the end I canceled the lot and went with NTL’s 3MB package.

So here I am, I’ve just placed an on-line order for a telephone line and based on the details on the site the install “should” be free.

If your home has never had an eircom phoneline but all line work is in place, the connection will be FREE (normally €49.99** inc VAT).

While my house has never had a phoneline as its just been built it does have all the wiring and I can even get an engaged tone off a phone when its plugged in, the nearest install date Eircom would give me is 2nd July so we’ll see how things go and I’ll keep you all posted.

Fingers crossed…..

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Say bad things about letshost.ie and get shutdown!

Posted on 1st February 2008 in boards.ie, consumer, tech, thoughts

So, one day you decided to host your website with letshost.ie, all is well although your not happy because you find your site is slow so you find yourself unhappy with your webhost.

So as your unhappy when somebody asks for a suggestion for a webhost you say the following on boards.ie, bearing in mind your post is anonymous except for your site listed in your sig:

Don’t go with letshost.ie if the performance of your website is important to you. Their servers are US based and it is my experience that performance can be very sluggish.

After posting such comments you receive a phone call from letshost.ie in relation to your thread on boards.ie, later on you find your website is suspended and worse still when you query this with letshost.ie you get the following:


I refer to your hosting account with us for woodentoys.ie and the terms and conditions of hosting which you have accepted:


Any attempts to undermine, slander, libel, threaten, or cause harm to a Lets Host server, customer, employee, or the company directly is strictly prohibited and is grounds for immediate termination without refund. In addition, we will pursue all attempts to the fullest extent of the law.”

On this regard we have terminated your hosting account with us. We are seeking further legal advice on the matter. Your files/EPP transfer codes will be available for download at your request.


Worrying eh?

This however isn’t some made up story this appears to have actually happened….read all about it here

Further reading in relation to the apparent T&C’s breach can be read here.


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Tesco’s No Quibble Policy

Posted on 16th January 2008 in consumer, sales, thoughts


After this thread on boards, I went in search of this policy and sure enough its on Tesco’s website, its worth keeping this in mind next time you goto tesco’s :)

No Quibble Policy
Our “No Quibble Policy” is our way of showing customers that we always charge the right prices in our stores. It states that: “in the unlikely event of you being charged a price at the checkouts that is higher that the price mounted on the display, we will give you that item absolutely free and without quibble”

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