Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 28-9-2016

Right … 

I’ve an early start, this morning.

Believe it or not, I’ve got an interview, today.

In Canary Wharf, of all places.

Hopefully … ?

Hopefully, if I bag it, the company’s willing to pay transport costs for its employees.

That would make taking it a lot easier.


Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 27-9-2016

Oh, my lord … 

But that was a trip … !

I had an interview, yesterday.

In Romford, so you know: four stops down from Brentwood, on the Southend Victoria/Liverpool Street line.

I get the train into Romford, found the branch I was due to be interviewed at, had the interview — which went well, but I find out for sure on Friday — and headed back to Romford station.

Only to find that, literally minutes before I got there someone had fallen in front of a train: in Goodmayes.

And managed to delay everyone’s trip … by anything up to three hours.

Right now?   Getting the bus back to Brentwood — and boy, I’m thankful the 498 bus accepted the TfL train ticket! — was long, and inconvenient trip.

I think I’d’ve bee a lot angrier about that, had I just finished a days work in Romford!


Monday, 26 September 2016

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 26-9-2016

Yay … 

I’ve got another interview, today!

And another one on Wednesday!

But you already knew that, didn’t you … ?


Frankly, I’m looking forward to both.

But right here, and now?

Right here and now, I’ve got the feeling that I’m in for the long, slow slog.

Most of the interviews I’ve had?   Have been as a result of the initial rush of running around, posting CVs through doors.

That’s slowing down: money’s obviously shorter than it was.

Right now?

‘Slog,’ is about the size of it.


Which reminds me … 

A couple of potential employers — Sainsburys and Aldi are the two big offenders, off the top of my head — use various shades of online testing.

Those two spring to mind as they use similar ones.

Basically?   They give you four options: you have to pick the best choice, and the worst.


I did badly on both: and got told I’d not be taken through to the next stage: that of an interview.

I can understand why companies do it: they want to filter out no hopers.

But … ?

Frankly, it’s depressing: and gets me wondering if there’s anywhere online I can practice these things.


Sunday, 25 September 2016

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 25-9-2016

Oh, my LORD, but it’s a Sunday … !

But frankly?

Still one where I’ll be job-hunting.

After all … ?

After all, the fact I’m out of work just means I’ve got more to time to go out and get yomping.

So to speak.

Here’s hoping I can bag something as a result.


Oh, something I’ve meant to highlight, for a couple of days, now?

I noticed a piece on the BBC’s Technology news, that some recent models of Lenovo laptops are set up in such a way, that installing a Linux distribution — a free operating system, like Ubuntu or Mint Linux, in other words — was next to impossible.

Now, I’ll happily being a Mac fan.

But one thing that I’ve come to believe, over the years?   Is that consumers should have a choice when it comes to computer kit.

And I don’t just mean in terms of tablets vs laptops, or cheap vs expensive.

I also think having a choice of operating system is important.

I know Lenovo say things will Linux OSes would work on these laptops: once distro makers have updated their code.

But think maybe the company could have let people know!

They’ve — intentionally or otherwise — made making a free choice, rather tricky.


Saturday, 24 September 2016

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 24-9-2016

Right … 

I’ve got another interview, today!

For a local branch of Greggs.

Frankly, I’m looking forward to it.

Although I’m VERY aware I’ve had several interviews … and got nowhere.

Especially with the interview I had for Toolstation last Tuesday!

I’m … 

Well, let’s just say I’m nervous, and leave it there, shall we?


Which doesn’t describe something else I was up to, yesterday.

I had to change my password for my email account!

I’m with BT: as I’m sure you’re already aware!

And BT’s email accounts system?   Is something they buy in from Yahoo.   So the password change was something BT made a point of mentioning, as a result of the recent Yahoo hack.

All good … 

Except my copy of Apple’s Mail refused to connect to my emails account, after I changed.


I’m just grateful I could get hold of a copy of Thunderbird as a replacement!