Radio Song

DAB RadioAs much of my recent work has been online, working from a desk in one of our spare bedrooms, I’ve been listening to quite a bit of radio.

As I was lucky enough to be given a DAB Radio for Christmas, I have a world of stations to listen to.

Nevertheless, I tend to limit my choice to one of five or six stations – all four main BBC ones, Radio 6, Classic FM and Planet Rock. I don’t bother much with any of the local stations and more often than not it’s Classic FM that I choose when I’m working. However, this last couple of weeks I’ve also found that Planet Rock does the job for me too.

Poles apart or what!

Aside from the music itself, the biggest difference between the two stations is their commercial sponsorship. Advertisements are the life blood of both stations, but the differences in type and style of endorsement are just as wide as the music styles.

I worry that someone somewhere is pitching these at each station’s generic listener and missing ‘me’ by a country mile. On the one side I would need to have lots of free time and money and on the other I would have to be devoted to my car and its various services. I’m afraid that I don’t fit either demographic.

Is it just me?

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BT Home Hub

BT are my broadband provider. There’s little point looking around for a new provider as they would have to use the BT line anyway and I know for sure that despite all the noise around ‘Infinity’ and super-fast broadband speeds, all that I can expect from my local exchange is around 4mb/s.

I’m happy enough with that, there’s no point wishing for something I can’t have.

screenshot of my broadband speed

I have a fairly old but serviceable BT Home Hub and (touch wood) have only ever experienced intermittent problems – the most recent of which was dealt with by making a short call to BT’s help desk in India. My hub allows any of my visitors (with the password) to connect. No worries.

However, that’s not the experience two of my friends have with their BT Home Hubs. These two hubs, one as old as mine and another one of the 3rd generation hubs, just do not work properly! A thousand calls to India will not (have not) make them work and they are just frustrating wastes of space.

Gill bought a new MacBook Pro last week. The Apple chaps made sure that everything worked for her before leaving the shop – so she was doubly disappointed when her new laptop wouldn’t pick up her BT Home Hub. Or rather, it did pick up the hub, it just WOULD NOT connect to it. Another (she made more than one) 40 minute call to India did eventually find a roundabout way of connecting but it’s hardly satisfactory and, as the weekend has shown, not very long lasting.

Gill’s old Windows laptop (XP) did connect to the hub but her husband’s Windows 7 laptop never could. Whenever Sharon and I visit, none of our ‘i’ or other devices EVER connected to Gill’s home hub. It has always been faulty but just try getting BT to understand that.

The MacBook Pro is working fine (it worked ok in the shop, it also detected and connected to my MiFi without a problem) and the Home Hub is receiving Internet from BT as the MacBook Pro connects easily when using the Ethernet cable – but it simply won’t connect to the Home Hub via WiFi (as AirPort is now called).

Karen’s third generation Hub simply won’t allow anyone except Karen to connect to it either, and from time to time it won’t even let her use it.

So what’s the answer? Who do my friends contact to tell their story, without going through the Indian merry-go-round again and again?

Why don’t BT recognise the signs that suggest the ‘caller’/paying customer has faulty apparatus?

How can they make their Internet Hubs more accessible for themselves and their visitors?