Virgin Wine – you have to be.

Why is it that Virgin Wine think it good customer / marketing tactics to make offers and then deny them at the checkout because you’ve bought from them previously.

New customer only offers have been outlawed in other sectors, why are Virgin Wine still allowed to do it.

We all know what a loss leader offer is, but wouldn’t it be kinder if they didn’t send them to existing customers, and then deny them?

Cheers John

Drop off and Pick up at London Heathrow Terminal 4 (and others) FREE!!

Don’t bother trying to be clever – it’s legitimate to Drop Off and Pick Up  at London Heathrow airport FREE!

Pick-up and drop-off

If you are dropping off or picking up passengers, you can use the Long Stay car park for 2 hours free of charge. Re-entry to Heathrow Long Stay parking is prohibited within 24 hours.

For example, Terminal 4: Drop off at the drop off point and then park in T4 long stay if you want to stick around for a couple of hours – FREE!

The bus service runs every 10 minutes and takes just 5 minutes to and from the Terminal.  It stops outside Arrivals.

And on return, park in the Long Stay, meet at Arrivals get the bus outside to the T4 long stay again you get a couple of hours – FREE!

Terminal 4 Long Stay car park

From the M4

At Junction 3 follow signs for A312 Heathrow and Feltham. Continue along the A312, through one junction with traffic lights, for approximately a mile until the Waggoners roundabout. Continue to the junction with the A30 and turn right. Pass through two sets of traffic lights, then take the Terminal 4 slip road on the left. The car parks are signposted from this point. As you approach the Terminal 4 roundabout, stay in the left lane and follow the slip road on to the dual carriageway. At the next junction, turn left – the car park is on the right hand side.

From the M25

At Junction 14 follow signs to Terminal 4 along Airport Way (A3113). At the next roundabout / traffic light junction, go straight across on to Southern Perimeter Road. Cross the next roundabout and go through three sets of traffic lights. On reaching the next roundabout, continue straight ahead. The car park is on the right, across the dual carriageway. The entrance is clearly signposted.

Map Long Stay Terminal 4

Pick-up and drop-off

If you are dropping off or picking up passengers, you can use the Long Stay car park for 2 hours free of charge. Re-entry to Heathrow Long Stay parking is prohibited within 24 hours

Satellite navigation

Latitude: +51.45533 longitude: -0.44848

https://www.waze.com/livemap?zoom=17&lat=51.45533&lon=-0.44848

(Latitude, Longitude)
(51.455338500, -0.448307500)

Scylla Rd, Feltham, Hounslow, Greater London TW6 3XL, UK

Terminal 4 Long Stay car park

From the M4

At Junction 3 follow signs for A312 Heathrow and Feltham. Continue along the A312, through one junction with traffic lights, for approximately a mile until the Waggoners roundabout. Continue to the junction with the A30 and turn right. Pass through two sets of traffic lights, then take the Terminal 4 slip road on the left. The car parks are signposted from this point. As you approach the Terminal 4 roundabout, stay in the left lane and follow the slip road on to the dual carriageway. At the next junction, turn left – the car park is on the right hand side.

From the M25

At Junction 14 follow signs to Terminal 4 along Airport Way (A3113). At the next roundabout / traffic light junction, go straight across on to Southern Perimeter Road. Cross the next roundabout and go through three sets of traffic lights. On reaching the next roundabout, continue straight ahead. The car park is on the right, across the dual carriageway. The entrance is clearly signposted.

Map Long Stay Terminal 4

Pick-up and drop-off

If you are dropping off or picking up passengers, you can use the Long Stay car park for 2 hours free of charge. Re-entry to Heathrow Long Stay parking is prohibited within 24 hours

Satellite navigation

Latitude: +51.45533 longitude: -0.44848

https://www.waze.com/livemap?zoom=17&lat=51.45533&lon=-0.44848

(Latitude, Longitude)
(51.455338500, -0.448307500)

Scylla Rd, Feltham, Hounslow, Greater London TW6 3XL, UK

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Just how many years Digital Experience do you need?

When I was a lad I worked in computing, it was called DP, short for data processing.  As I grew older I worked in IS, IMS, Factory Systems, Business Systems, Office Systems & IT.

As telephones switched from Analogue to Digital, data & comms’ converged & became ICT.  Ethernet evolved and IP, born out of the “Specification of Internet Transmission Control Program, December 1974“, began to emerge as the ubiquitous data protocol, the Digital protocol.

In the eighties and still a lad, I ran vast rooms full of machines, designed & built LANS & WANS, the largest broadband networks outside the USA, Distributed Systems, & Europe’s first point to point Ethernet over Broadband.  I audited $500M satellite deployments, planned designed & managed the implementation of the first commercial, transatlantic voice, data & multi-point switched video conferencing network over a submarine T1 ‘pipe’.  I trained graduates & technicians in the finer points of PC Networking & connecting to & using the Internet.  I deployed global networks to support real time Futures & Options Trading, managed changes to an International Bank’s systems to support the Euro & remediate Y2k issues, & all whilst mad marketeers wasted $billions blowing up a DOT COM bubble and telcos poured even more into fibre backbones convinced that if they built it, customers would come.

I started a group UCC Snap Shotof companies providing desktop application services over the Internet – your stuff accessible everywhere – these days people refer to SaaS & Cloud – then the technical term was ASP, but the time wasn’t right, the web was too slow, and the storage costs too high.  Today, Google gives you 15Gb free, and AOL promises to store your emails forever.

Now, would someone please explain to me why I “… have insufficient Digital experience”?

Cheers John

John L. Evans FCMI, FIC, FBCS CITP, MCIPS
+44 (0) 7857 190186

Mercedes Benz CLS 350cdi Grand Edition 2010 [model W219] – windscreen wiper stopped / not working.

I’ll try to keep this one short.

No explanation, passenger / near side (UK RHD) windscreen wiper stops working – driver’s side works as normal.

First temptation – fuses and relays:

Find the manual – turn to page 231 “Fuse Allocation” to find advice to the effect that Fuse Allocation is documented in the fuse box to the driver’s side of the dash – accessed by opening the door and flipping the end panel – I looked – no document.

This is when you start Googling the WWW for information about fuses and relays, locations and designations.

You’ll find diagrams, photographs, blogs, forums, but you won’t find which fuse in which of the four fuse boxes, protects the wiper motor.

You’ll start inspecting each fuse box in the hope of finding a clue or two – no.

Eventually you’ll come across a forum and a discussion about loose lock nuts:

The windscreen wiper is secured to an asymmetric linkage by a couple of shrouded nuts – with plastic caps.  Check them – you’ll probably find one or more is so loose you can turn it with your fingers…  🙂

Tighten and away you go – you could use LokNut and or a spring washer to reduce the chances of it happening again, but do not over tighten it.

Cheers…..