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SED #11: Atos

A bit of a lacklustre attempt here from their IT department. It doesn’t even finish its sentence, perhaps meaning it goes on for ever and ever without end This e-mail contains confidential information and is for the exclusive use of the addressee/s. If you are not the addressee, then any distribution, copying or use of […]

SED #10: QIT Labs

Stupid Email Disclaimers makes its glorious return! And never mind that this is legalese nonsense, it’s still not enforceable. (This instalment courtesy of QIT Labs.) This transmission (including any attachments) may contain confidential information, privileged material (including material protected by the solicitor-client or other applicable privileges), or constitute non-public information. Any use of this information […]

Buying from the States, attempt 2: self declaring duty & VAT

I’ve placed an(other) order from the rather excellent site SplitReason. And, in an attempt to avoid a repeat of August’s ridiculous episode (tentatively titled “Royal Mail Handling Fees, or, exorbitance and stupidity in equal measure”) I’ve decided to give our besieged postal service a rest and handle the admin work myself. This involves one critical […]

RIP Microsoft logo, 1987-2012

So Microsoft have officially unveiled their new company-wide corporate brand… And it’s truly terrible.

We'll miss ya, kid.First impressions were that it looks like someone just opened Word 2010, typed the name in, added four squares and hit Save. Hideous! Even on repeat viewings, it’s just abysmal.

I could just about tolerate MS turning all their web properties Metro to match the imminently-launched Windows 8… Not like I’ll be using W8. But their classic, instantly and universally recognisable main logo? Eurgh. The clowns responsible for this better be preparing for the tons of scorn about to be ladled upon them.

For some history, here’s the evolution of their logo…

Buying from the States? Beware of Royal Mail charges!

I received an item I’d ordered from the US valued at $25. According to HMRC their July exchange rate valued this in Sterling at £15.88 – therefore liable (by 88p) for Import VAT of £3.17. That’s not so bad, however Royal Mail then decided to apply an £8 international handling charge. Outrageous! Not only is this […]