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  1. I've just received this Save the BBC Petition from change.org, unusual as I never normally receive emails from them. There's an overly hysterical diatribe for why the licence fee shouldn't be abolished. Unfortunately, there seems no option to vote against the petition 🙄 Each will have their own perspective. Personally, I think the changes are long overdue and I would imagine that by 2027 the options and way we consume media will make an even better case for licence to be abolished.
  2. A password manager was a choice I made based on the research and risk assessment made by the organisation I worked for, where security controls were strict. For anything important I have two-factor authentication applied. I believe most financial institutions now enforce 2FA/MFA. As I said, you should always apply this option if available.
  3. As CEO of Sheffield City Council she is expected to lead by example. Do you really think people will have much confidence in someone who flouted the Covid restrictions that she, as director general of the taskforce, was involved in creating? Will this demonstration of morals affect decisions she makes for Sheffield, who knows, but this will cast significant doubt. We expect little to come out of the investigations. Civil servants investigating senior civil servants at best seems to end with lukewarm criticism and guidance followed up by a template apology from the transgressor. It will be interesting to see if the police become involved although from what I have read and appears unusual, they will await for civil servants to conduct an investigation and then make a decision then.
  4. I would echo what most others have said. Antivirus - Windows Defender scores pretty well against other AV solutions so it's been a very long time since I have added something like Avast. I use a free version of Malwarebytes on my Mum's computer as she has tendency to download cr@p that people recommend. That's eradicated the ad related stuff she was getting through browser plug-ins and games. VPN - I have a VPN subscription that hasn't been used in a long while and I will let it lapse. I hear that some people use them for Torrent downloads through their ISP for TV/film downloads and that now EE have bundled Netflix subscriptions they have little need for that🙄 Password Management - Probably the biggest area of concern and where I see most noise. Check https://haveibeenpwned.com/ and ensure you use unique secure passwords at least for important sites and services. If two-factor authentication is offered then it's worth the minor inconvenience. I use password managers, Roboform at home and 1Password at work. Roboform tells me if any saved sites and account details are insecure (pwned). Hackers will harvest details and I had one email account with a generic but secure password showed up on the list.
  5. Good to hear it got resolved in the end. My medication isn't controlled so have the faff of collecting it from a Boots pharmacy, there's no postal option. I'm hoping to move it under control of my GP so I can choose any pharmacy chain which I guess isn't an option for you.
  6. I was surprised how well she made the jump from the Doro clam shell to Doro smartphone so a smallish step to a generic Android phone seems the way forward. Android is easy enough to use, particularly if it's calls, texts, camera and the odd email. I made the jump from Apple iOS to Android some years ago and think Android is by far the best solution for her. There's much more choice, particularly if you want a new phone on a budget. Also, she's familiar with Android, to some degree, with the Doro 8035.
  7. Thanks cuttsie. I was looking at a Pixel 3a or 4 or a Moto which offer better specs that the Doro 8080 which seems to be their current flasgship. The only challenge is the learning curve for the new menus so it may mean a lot of video calls.
  8. Bit of a long shot but someone here might have some experience, the phone forums don't seem to have much discussion around Doro. My mum's last two phones have been Doro, the first a flip phone and now a Doro 8035 smartphone. This offers an old version of Android with an adapted UI to make it more user friendly. That's become less reliable until now it won't power on so I'm looking at something to replace it. The obvious choice would be a Doro 8080 as it's more modern and retains the Doro UI customisation. The phone itself has been around for at least 2 years so the spec is uninspiring. Has anyone any experience and suggestions? Personally I would like to swap it for a current budget Android from Motorola or the like. It'll have a better spec but the learning curve may be a challenge, particularly as my mum is in the north of Scotland.
  9. If you're a Hallamshire hospital outpatient then unfortunately that's any Boots pharmacy of your choice. When appointments were in person I used to collect my prescription at the hospital pharmacy. I soon learned to take a good book or go for a walk, the waits were anywhere from 45 mins to once or twice, double that. I did complain citing the lack of patient choice which seemed to hit a nerve and was bombarded with calls and questionnaires which made no difference but no doubt ticked some boxes. At the height of the pandemic Boots delivered which was great. Now, appointments are over the phone and my prescriptions go to a preferred Boots pharmacy which is a bus ride away when I have an other pharmacy chain a 10 min walk from home. It's a shame as my many years experience of NHS patient services at the Hallamshire is nothing but positive. The weak link in the chain is Boots who appear understaffed, even pre-pandemic, and possibly more focused on profit.
  10. I'm using Windows 11 on my main personal laptop and after 2 weeks of daily use I've not uncovered any major issues, a few minor glitches with the UI but that's it. However, I am just installing the KB5006746 update and the list of fixes is large. I'm still happy I upgraded when I did.
  11. I don't normally watch the news but caught a bit of the local Calendar segment. They only seemed to stoke the fire as far as the "shortages". They did do a very good bit of publicity for the petrol station at Hathersage where someone said that people were coming there as there was no fuel in Sheffield 🙄 I guess being liberal with the truth to make a bit of money isn't a crime, at least not according to governments and big business.
  12. Seems strange a private enterprise would build all those concrete walls/seating and the giant urinal wall/feature. I would have thought a developer would have put it to more profitable use.
  13. On the rare visits I make with the car I've always found the drop-off area to be chaos. Completely full, cars parked awkwardly stopping other cars from easily entering and exiting, cars looping round to find a space then getting stuck at the exit as taxis and other cars are backed up and then no-one can get out of the car park. I've used the QPark a few times, hadn't realised they'd ditched the free half hour but then they'll know there's money to be made. It's never been great even before the station re-work. When that started we'd assumed some of that dead space in front of the station would be used to better accommodate taxis and create better drop-off and pick-up facilities. Now we seem to have a huge useless concrete space that is barely ever occupied. Maybe there was a reason that space couldn't be used for cars and taxis...
  14. Our vet recommended Indorex and it helped clear the infestation we had a while back. It's about £11 for a 500ml can which will go a fair way. Back it up with some decent flea treatment, we use Frontline Plus for our cats and this is now available over the counter.
  15. I didn't feel it was unreasonable to ask people's recent experience of both services, as I said, I last used them pre-pandemic so I've no idea how the service compares nearly 2 years later. I'm sure I saw Northern City Taxis when I was looking for the new app. Their old app gave no clues to its replacement, you could plan the journey and then when you click book, it would say "server error". Hopefully being swallowed up by a bigger parent company hasn't changed a service that seemed to work well.
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