A tale of bad customer service – The case of Currys/PC World

A tale of bad customer service – The case of Currys/PC World

A couple of months ago, I went to a Currys/PC World store (for those of you who are unfamiliar with the brand, it is a British electrical retailer) to pick up a vacuum cleaner I reserved online (I needed it quickly, therefore I didn’t want to wait for home delivery).

The quite spacious store was almost empty of customers and a lot of sales people were wandering around doing nothing. Before going to pick up my order, I decided to have a quick look at some laptops they had on display.

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My first time using an iPad — Expectations vs Reality

My first time using an iPad — Expectations vs Reality

The first time I used an Apple product was for a whole semester in the early ‘00s, when I was an undergraduate student. The product was an iMac G3, and although it’s been quite some time to remember the details, I have a vivid memory that I didn’t like the whole experience. Although I don’t consider myself an Apple hater (I’ve even read Steve Jobs’ biography :P), ever since I consciously decided to stay away from Apple products; no iPhones, no iMacs, no iPads, no “i’s” in general.

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How to calculate the selection coordinates of a resized and rotated image

How to calculate the selection coordinates of a resized and rotated image

This tutorial derives from a question I recently answered in Stack Overflow. The person who asked the question was selecting (I assume using some JavaScript library) a part of an image that wanted to subsequently crop. Given that the selection was being made in a resized image, he had the coordinates based on that resized image, and he needed to know the way he could calculate the coordinates corresponding to the original image. Let’s tackle that first, and then we will move onto the rotation part which is mentioned in the title of this tutorial.

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From fanzines to newsletters

From fanzines to newsletters

I’ll begin with a short story. Many years ago, when I was in my early teens, I enjoyed reading several fanzines containing interesting articles (either original or just photocopied from other sources), lists of recommendations for books/music/movies, etc. Back in these days, they were usually distributed by hand, but you could also post money to the fanzine’s publisher to cover postage costs (or an envelope and stamps) and you would get the fanzine by post.

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Sometimes you have to let go

Sometimes you have to let go

I wrote the title of this post and saved it as an empty draft at the end of September, 2012. At the time, I was thinking of dropping some of the domain names which I owned but I was not using. I was already thinking of doing that for at least a year, and it took me another one to actually do it, but I already managed to drop a few domains. I’m even about to drop another three in the following days.

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