Up another wee bit today…
This is a detail from All Saints Church:
Down by just a wee bit to another new low!
I decided it was time to have a quiet day in, so that’s what I did. The most exciting thing I got up to was catching up on the ironing.
Here’s a view of the inside of All Saints Church. It’s a shame that such a wonderful space isn’t being used for something…
First of all, drum roll, fanfare, etc. Today’s weight is another new low for the year. Woo, hoo, etc….
I’d totally forgotten that it’s the Heritage Open Days weekend, so I’d totally failed to plan on anything. I did manage a visit to All Saints Church, and saw the inside for the first time. Photos of that will follow. After that, I had a bit of a random wander, passing St Nicholas’ Cathedral, where I took a photo of the tower with accompanying police helicopter:
I quite like that one.
After a bit more of a wander, I decided I was ready to come home, and headed for the bus stop. But another thing I’d forgotten was that there were a couple of marches happening in Newcastle, which had led to road closures, and a general lack of buses crossing the Tyne. So after a while, I headed for the Metro instead. Metro were quite helpfully accepting Gateshead bus tickets, so I didn’t have to pay for that. And then I came home.
Well, it’s almost that time of the odd-numbered year when a sequence of events occurs:
Well, half of that is happening. Apple will indeed be announcing new iPhones next Tuesday (details the subject of the usual rumours, speculation and silliness), but I won’t be buying one.
It’s not that I’ve gone off the idea of having new toys so much as looking at ways of saving some money. The way mobile phones are generally sold in the UK is on a two year contract. You pay a small part of the hardware cost up front (ranging from nothing at all to £100 or more), then pay a monthly fee which covers the tariff you’ve chosen and another part of the cost of the phone. Now this is quite convenient, as you avoid paying loads of money in one go, but over the term of the contract, it can end up being very expensive indeed.
A couple of years ago, I got my latest upgrade from Three – iPhone 6S on an “all you can eat” data, minutes and texts plan, which included a 12GB tethering allowance. This had changed a few times since my previous contract, where there had been no limit on tethering, then went to a deal-breaking 2GB limit, being increased a few times to something more useful. All very nice, but the monthly cost was a little over £62, which seemed like a good idea at the time, but less so now.
So when I got the notification that I was due for an upgrade, and at the end of the minimum term of the contract, I had a bit of a think. And decided to switch to a SIM-only contract. Looking at the current deals, I found that Three had a 30GB package which allows the whole amount to be used as a hotspot should I be so inclined (I’ve never used that much in a month, so the “all you can eat”, or even the 100GB level seemed quite unnecessary). And all of this for £18 a month on a one-year contract – you can also get it on a monthly contract, but that costs more.
I decided to pop into the Three shop in Eldon Square rather than calling customer services, which turned out to be a good plan. I had to wait a few minutes for someone to be available, but then it was all no trouble at all. There was absolutely no attempt to sell me anything I didn’t want, whether a handset or a bigger package, and it was all sorted out quickly and easily.
So, the £44 I’m no longer spending would come to £1,056 over the two years I’d normally expect to keep a phone, which is quite a lot, really.
My cunning plan is to buy a suitable handset when I’ve done some financial rearrangements. No rush, though – I’m still happy with the 6S….
You might recall me being a wee bit annoyed by CrashPlan‘s decision to abandon the home market.
Well, despite having about seven months before my old backups disappear, I thought I’d better get on with it, given that I have a lot of data to back up, and it’s going to take quite a while to finish uploading it all to a new provider.
So, after a moderate bit of research, a lot of muttering and a free trial, I’ve selected Backblaze as my new online backup provider. (Obligatory disclaimer – that’s a referral link, which can get you a free month’s service, and a free month for me if you sign up).
It’s priced per computer – so not so bad for the two machines I want to protect, but not as good a deal if you’ve got more. You can either pay $5 per month, $50 per year or $95 for two years. I’ve gone for a year, and I’ll review it after that.
Things to like:
Things not to like
Progress reports will follow in due course…
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