Why I trashed my Kobo

In 2013 I purchased a Kobo e-reader so that I had something to read on the train when I went to work. I had originally considered a Kindle but the Kobo was not tied into Amazon and seemed like a nice device. It was. Until today. 

Usually when I connect it to my computer it goes and updates itself and synchs and whatever.  After I had made my purchase (4 books) I then went to upload them to the device only to be faced with a new screen that demanded I log into their desktop. I usually keep the wifi disabled on the device but could not even access any screen inside the device to enable the wifi or do anything else with. It wanted that damn user name and password!

I then tried to connect via the computer and it asked me to log into their desktop that I was still logged into and connected to. Eventually I gave up and added in my user name and password only to be shown a captcha that had 9 blocks with a vague and out of focus picture on it where I had to select all pictures with a car. I swear those pics were 640×480 versions of what may have been cars or smears or trees. I reloaded to try a new picture and now had to choose fire hydrants and crosswalks. for crying out loud I could barely make out what the picture was and even if I did nothing happened when I hit the verify button, I could not get past that really bad captcha screen (please note: I am not a robot!!!)

I was not going to get anywhere like this so went back to the wifi setup on the device. Once again it displayed the that login screen but this time would not let me type in the details or do anything. That was the last straw and I sent the kobo to digital hell. What in the fcuk are they trying to do? it is because every company wants to use and sell your details to its dodgy “partners” who spam you with crap? I have had this device for many years, why is it suddenly wanting all this info? Or just maybe they want you to login with social media so that they can get you to tag your fricking friends or press “like”. The owner of the Kobo brand is in it for the money and they have effectively lost a  customer. I do not need this crap in my life. All I want to do is read my books in peace and nothing else but they have effectively removed me from that pleasure.  That captcha thing is illogical, it does not work. Why inflict that crap on us I do not know. Actually I do know, but if you are going to create/use a captcha make one that is legible, logical and that actually works!

So I am now koboless, angry, and ready to fire off letters to everybody and their ilk. Kindle, here I come!

Update: I have placed an order for a Kindle, I am unable to get any response out of the Kobo and will take it apart when I am bored. The one nagging feeling I have always had about the Kobo was that there was not a huge selection of books for me to read at their store. If I was only reading  women’s fiction then I would have had lots to read but it appears as if they are not really interested in catering for male readers. I liked my Kobo, it was easy to use, did the job and had a great battery life although I have been noticing that the battery was needing to be charged more often lately. In my quest for a replacement there was only one that seemed to be popular (besides the Kindle) and that unfortunately is the Kobo and I am not going to touch them ever again. Where did all of the e-reader devices go to? or were they killed off by the tablet and smartphone? 

DRW 2020 The last Kobo user has left the building on 10/05/2020 


Covid-19. The story continues

My last post about the corona virus situation was on the 25th of April, and to be frank I have not been in the mood to waffle about it much. The situation is depressing, exacerbated by some of the images coming out of America featuring armed men and women shouting the odds about the “plandemic”. It is a pity we are unable to split the populace in half: one half that does not want to die and another that wants to see a conspiracy between the Illuminati, 5G, the lizard people and black hats. The anti-vaccine fringe is also shouting the odds and the numbers do not mean anything to them, because they think its all a conspiracy. Tell that to the family of those who have died so far and see whether they believe it is a conspiracy or not.

How do the numbers look? my usual source of numbers is worldometers although for all I know they may be part of the conspiracy too. 

There are 4 103 537 cases of the virus worldwide ( 2 832 454 cases worldwide on 25/04) with 280 470 deaths. Leading the field is the USA with 1 347 318 cases and 80 040 deaths. The UK sits at 215 260 cases and 31 587 deaths. The UK has the highest number of deaths in Europe and the 2nd highest in the world. South Africa is seeing a gradual rise in numbers with 9420 cases and 186 deaths. Unfortunately South Africa seems to be unwinding even though it has changed to a level 4 lock-down state.  Please note that the image below is only pertinent to South Africa and nowhere else. It was sourced from the SA Corona Virus website 

Locally I found the following table that illustrates the numbers in Gloucestershire where I live: (sourced from https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/

This last Friday was the VE Day commemoration and there were many public festivities planned around the day, but these were all cancelled although local groups did their best to celebrate and commemorate as best they could. I went down to the war memorial in town (I do go out on occasion to “exercise”) and walked down the high street with it’s closed shops and scattered people. It was very depressing. 

I then made a turn around the Abbey which is closed for the duration (or until they are allowed to reopen). It is at times like this that the Abbey would be better off open so that people can find some sort of solace within it’s ancient walls. The building has seen so much in the almost 900 years that it has been standing, and it can add this pandemic to it’s long history. I find it a very comforting place, and it did help me when my mother passed away last year. That reminds me… Happy Mothers Day Mum. 

Outside is it cold and windy and overcast. I may just self isolate today. I am watching an excellent anime called Cike Wu Liuqi or Scissors Seven. It is quite a zany and erratic romp and I have enjoyed it thoroughly. It is in Chinese but as usual I am using subtitles so the language does not bother me too much. However, spoken Chinese is very different from Japanese so it does sound quite odd. I may experiment with changing it to Japanese dub with English subtitles and see how it plays out. At least it keeps me amused.

I have also posted quite a few more ships to our shipping group on facebook and I am surprised at how many memories it has stirred in myself and others. It is just a pity that ships draw such a small interest group in the country, but then it is to be expected. Here is a ship just to cheer me up, I hope she cheers you up too. 

Till next time…

DRW © 2020. Created 10/05/2020 (Day 2893476484)


Remember the War

“Many people laid down their lives in that terrible conflict.

They fought so we could live in peace, at home and abroad.

They died so we could live as free people in a world of free nations.

They risked all so our families and neighbourhoods could be safe.

“We should and will remember them.”

DRW © 2020 Created 09/05/2020. Excerpt from The Queen’s VE Day speech 2020.