12 BITS & PIECES FROM NET COMBING
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Monday 5th October 2020
- MUSIC STREAMING
Google Play Music is officially starting the process of shutting down their service in August, with plans to completely close down servers by December. Low number of users and an inability to capture market share from stiff competition like Spotify and Amazon Music left Google with the difficult choice to end the service in a similar fashion to failed social media platform Google+.
According to data collected in 2019 and 2020 from AudienceProject, just 12 percent of respondents said they had used Google’s music streaming service in the last week. That’s compared to 49 percent responding with Spotify, 33 percent saying Pandora and 32 percent saying Amazon Music.
Starting in August, Google Play Music users will no longer be able to upload or download music through the service. Streaming services will be shut down in September and October, and all music collections users have will be deleted by December. Users still have plenty of time to transfer their collection to YouTube Music – also owned by Google.
- Are Brits interested in watching Harry and Meghan’s TV show?
Royal Viewing: When Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan announced that they had solidified their plans to make wide-ranging film and TV content for Netflix, YouGov Daily did a poll to see how interested Brits are in watching it?
- 84% say they have little (20%) to no interest (64%) in doing so
- This is compared to 12% who say they are interested in the content
- 18-24 year olds (23%) are by far the most likely age group to say they would be interested
- Roads data suggests back-to-work push failed, anyway. The government’s push to get people back to work appeared to be fail as a survey by the AA found that 40 per cent of people who normally drove to work were working from home all or part of the time. This rose to 54 per cent among senior or middle managers and professionals. – The Times.
- UK slides down the league table of global broadband speeds. British broadband speeds are among the slowest in Europe, plummeting 13 places in an annual study ranking the average broadband speeds of 221 countries. The UK was in 47th place, with a typical household taking more than twice as long to download a movie than the western European average. Among the countries leapfrogging the UK were Malta, Puerto Rico and Romania. Metro
- Grandparents wiped out entire village’s internet watching Piers Morgan on old TV
Alun and Elaine Rees unwittingly cut out the internet to their entire Welsh village of Aberhosan every single morning for 18 months due to their ageing £30 TV set
A retired couple confessed to wiping out their village every day for a year-and-a-half – with their old £30 TV.
Alun and Elaine Rees were totally unaware that their 16″ Bush TV was causing problems for their neighbours.
Engineers were left baffled when the internet for the village would disappear at 7am every single day.
But the mystery was finally solved when the “electrical noise” responsible was traced to the couple’s home.
The set, which is in the couple’s bedroom, was turned on every morning to watch Good Morning Britain.
They knocked out the internet for the 400-strong population daily
Retired GP receptionist Elaine, 63, said: “One morning during lockdown at around 8.30am we could hear two men outside talking about signal strength.
“We looked out of the window and saw they were BT engineers holding some kind of meters.
“One of them was pointing at our front door.
“Next thing they’re knocking at the door and asking us to turn the telly off at the wall.”
Elaine added the set would turn on at 7am because: “I love watching Piers Morgan in the mornings.”
Retired farmer Alun, 67, added: “He told me we’d better get rid of the set immediately because it was interfering with the internet connection all over the village.
“He said we’d have the whole village on our doorstep if anyone found out we were the cause of the problem.
“Our son lives next door and he was having building work done so we chucked it on his skip.”
A monitoring device was finally used to trace the issue in Aberhosan, Powys, Mid Wales.
Openreach engineer Michael Jones said: “As you can imagine when we pointed this out to the resident, they were mortified that their old second hand TV was the cause of an entire village’s broadband problems, and they immediately agreed to switch it off and not use again.
Engineers were trying to work out why the picturesque village was losing the internet daily.
“At 7am, like clockwork, it happened. Our device picked up a large burst of electrical interference in the village.
“It turned out that at 7am every morning the occupant would switch on their old TV which would, in-turn, knock out broadband for the entire village.”
The picturesque village now has a stable broadband signal.
The TV was found to be emitting a single high-level impulse noise (SHINE) – which causes electrical interference in other devices.
Suzanne Rutherford, Openreach chief engineer’s lead for Wales, said outdoor lights and even microwaves can potentially have an impact on broadband connections.
She said: “We’d just advise the public to make sure that their electric appliances are properly certified and meet current British standards.
“And if you have a fault, report it to your service provider in the first instance so that we can investigate.”
6.Donald and Melania Trump test positive for coronavirus
Donald Trump has announced on Twitter that he and his wife Melania have tested positive for coronavirus. The US president tweeted: “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” He said earlier that he and the first lady were self-isolating after Hope Hicks, one of his top aides, tested positive.
7.Coronavirus cases double in locked-down cities
Cases of Covid-19 have doubled in 11 out of 16 of English cities and towns that are under local lockdown, says The Guardian. Infections in five areas of Greater Manchester have risen faster than the England average while in Wigan, cases have risen from seven per 100,000 residents to 102 in that period. Confusion over rules has been blamed.
8. Disruption as Storm Alex hit southern England over this last weekend.
Flooding and gales of up to 65mph were experienced in the south of England Saturday & Sunday as Storm Alex hit. The Met Office issued a yellow warning, announcing that the storm would cause wet and windy weather across the south of the country from the early hours of the morning until 8pm. Road, rail, air and ferry transport could be delayed and there was the risk of short power cuts.
9. BP and Shell shares collapse to 25-year low
Shares in BP and Shell sank to 25-year lows yesterday after Brent crude dropped back below $40 a barrel. BP ended the day 3.1% lower at 218.2p, pushing the company to a 20% decline over the past two months. Meanwhile, a bad day for Britain’s two biggest oil companies was confimed when Shell also fell to a 25-year low on Thursday, just 24 hours after announcing more than 9,000 redundancies.
10. Driver dies attempting a British land speed record
A man has died attempting a British land speed record at an airfield in Yorkshire. The fatal accident occurred at Elvington Airfield, a former RAF base near York, governing body Motorsport UK said. It added that an investigation into the circumstances had begun. Elvington airfield is where former Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond crashed in 2006.
11. Sturgeon anger as Ferrier reveals she travelled despite Covid
Nicola Sturgeon says the decision by an SNP MP to travel to Westminster despite having Covid symptoms is “utterly indefensible”. Margaret Ferrier said she made the journey because she was feeling “much better” but also returned home after getting a positive test result. Nicola Sturgeon said: “It’s hard to express just how angry I feel on behalf of people across the country making hard sacrifices every day to help beat Covid.”
12. bAnd one more reminder from a memory of 2nd October 1995
Mancunian band Oasis release their second studio album (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?, which goes on to sell a record 347,000 copies in its first week.
PS: 5 October 1962
The Beatles release their first record, Love Me Do.
DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”
— Dr. Seuss
Happiness is…listening to music on Spotify
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
As I looked at my naked body in the mirror, I thought to myself, I’m going to be thrown out of IKEA in a minute.
Love is…letting his snoring become your lullaby
WHAT IS THERE A SEASON FOR TODAY TURN, TURN, TURN …
A time to listen to a vinyl record…A time to listen to the tracks on Spotify
A time to listen to Spotify…A time to listen to Amazon Music
A time for the internet…A time for an old-time TV
SOMETHING TO BE POSITIVE ABOUT & GRATEFUL FOR IN THE WORLD
I am grateful for the freshness of the autumn rain
SOMETHING TO LAUGH ABOUT
The Keystone Cops (often spelled “Keystone Kops”) are fictional, humorously incompetent policemen featured in silent film slapstick comedies produced by Mack Sennett for his Keystone Film Company between 1912 and 1917.
As early as 1914, Sennet shifted the Keystone Kops from starring roles to background ensemble, in support of comedians like Charlie Chaplin and Fatty Arbuckle. The Keystone Kops serve as supporting players for Marie Dressler, Mabel Normand, and Chaplin in the first full-length Sennett comedy feature, Tillie’s Punctured Romance (1914), as well as in Mabel’s New Hero (1913) with Normand and Arbuckle, Making a Living (1914) with Chaplin in his first screen appearance (pre-Tramp), In the Clutches of the Gang (1914) with Normand, Arbuckle, and Al St. John, and Wished on Mabel (1915) with Arbuckle and Normand, among others.
Two Keystone Kop players who starred in the Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops (which starred Sennett in a cameo role-as himself) were Heinie Conklin as an elderly studio Guard; and Hank Mann as a prop man. Comedian/actors Chester Conklin; Jimmy Finlayson; Ford Sterling and director Del Lord were also
23rd September 1912: The first Keystone Cops film was released in America by Mack Sennett, called Cohen Collects A Debt.
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