Well hello there…

Hello to everyone, and welcome to 2015.
I hope you all had a very happy Christmas and an even better new year.

For myself, it was busy but I enjoyed the festivities, and I must say I even managed not to get drunk at our new years eve party, which has got to be a first.

Over the last couple of months or so, I have been hard at work bringing the site upto speed with updates.
Over the Christmas period I had taken most “side” parts to the site offline. The blog being one, but also Chuckles n Such.
Having noticed a number of duplicated images, I shut the site down, removed all the images and have begun the time-consuming process of checking for duplicate images as well as preparing all the new images.
The site should hopefully be up and running again soon.

As for my personal health update, over the xmas season I had unfortunately managed to get the dreaded “lurg”.
A sickness bug is currently working its way around and sadly, it has affected my eldest child Caitlin and my youngest Jack and it would seem it was my turn shortly after. I felt so ill, headaches, hot and cold shivers, painful sinuses and bodily aches adding up to quite a miserable time.
Still, I’m on the mend and my only problem is now, is trying to stay awake!
I’m not sure if it’s the medication I’m on or just that the “staying at home” is becoming so tedious and “samey” it’s sending me into an endless spiral of tiredness.

Anyway, as I say I hope you all had a good Christmas time and I hope 2015 will bring you all you deserve and want.

All the best…

~ Roy


I’m still here…

Yes, I am actually here…
Over the past couple of months or so I have been battling with depression again and so much so that I am now on anti-depressants.

Read more I’m still here…

Depression raises its ugly head again…

Yet again a number of factors are causing me to get down again.
I cant seem to pin point the exact cause, but I know it could be a number of things.
There just seems to be too many brick walls to run into, and not enough straight roads to cruise down.

More updates…

Finally, I have sorted through the majority of the “Funny” images I have on my hard disks. The next job is to go through the CD-ROMS!!!
They are now online over at chuckles.rbcj-hub.co.uk if you fancy having a “chuckles” :o)

A few updates behind the scenes have been inputted, making the site a little safer and stable.
At this moment in time, this is all I have to report lol

For now, I’m off to bed…nitey nite

PS Before I forget, a number of things within this blog will be transferred over to the main RBCJ Hub as I’m trying to minimize duplicate entries (such as rants, images and other writings) and regain a little space, not that I need it at the moment…

New Year, New Start, New Headache!

So far, 2011 has been nothing but troubles!
Still, on a brighter note, the Defiance website is almost ready to go live, and a number of issues from 2010 have been sorted!

Read more New Year, New Start, New Headache!


What are my beliefs?

Please only read this if you have an open mind.

If you are closed minded, the rest will on seek to confuse… :o)

A simple question which I seem to have had in a number of emails asking me this over my life on the net.

Why?, I am not really sure, but I though I would delve into this and see what transpires.

From time to time, I do this, and sometimes sit and think about things, just pointless, meaningless things the blossom into bigger things.

There are a number of beliefs I have, so I’ll break them down;

  • Paranormal – Ghosts, the afterlife.I must admit, I’m part skeptic, part believer, and there are a number of reasons behind this. Whilst some strange, unexplainable things have happened to my family and I over the years, I am not convinced of the “be all and end all” explanation that this is paranormal. But I cannot believe that simply as we die, that this is absolute. Whilst we all love a good ghost story, it is sometimes hard to distinguish the “urban myth” to actual events.

    One of my beliefs is that, a traumatic or a sudden, unexpected death causes your spirit to be caught in the passing from one world to the next.

    The lingering form endlessly re-enacting the events that caused them to pass over, or simply a tormented soul trying to come to terms with the fact they have passed over. Another is that a strong bond over loved ones, keeps our presence earth bound, in order to watch over, protect them, if you will, a guardian angel if you will.

    What ever you believe or don’t believe, these are the thoughts and beliefs I have, and whilst I am more than happy to discuss this further, I will silence this part for now, as there are exponential avenues I could discuss and debate.

    As a closing statement, I have had some personal experiences which again, I cannot confirm if they are paranormal or not, but I will be posting them on this blog shortly under a new category called “Strange – But True?” (nothing to do with the hit 8os TV show with Michael Aspell!)

  • UFOs/AliensWhilst the humorous thought of little green men, spaceships and a handful of SCIFI films will ALWAYS draw me in, I ask;

    “Is the human race really that ignorant to think we are the only intelligent life in this universe?”

    Honest answer, I bet the masses would say “Yes”.

    Sure, it will always be argued, “if they do exist, why don’t they make themselves known”.

    Well, really, if I was an alien who had spent time watching, analysing, researching the human race, I would have to say “NO”.

    Why would I want to make myself known to a race of self-destructive, “shoot first, ask later” and “destroy anything new or that we fail to understand” beings?

    Personally, I may have seen something unexplained in the night sky, which admittedly, I do dismiss more easily compared to paranormal instances. Some things I can’t, so easily, but this only re-enforces my beliefs. I am not here to convince, only to share.

  • Witchcraft, Wizardry and VoodooIn my younger days, I studied these subjects. Strange, yes, interesting, yes, do I believe in any of these?, not to the extent that I would have some believe.

    Whilst the majority could and would be conceived as superstition, folklore and bedtime reading, I do believe that there are forces that should not be dealt in. That’s all I would say on that matter.

  • Demons & Creatures of the Dark From the Nosferatu to Djinn, from Murmur to Volac, yes I believe, and yes I have a keen interest in Demonology. Nuff sed!

For now, thanks for reading, and if I have stirred anything in your mind, feel free to email me


As we continue…

Well, before I ship of to another broadband provider, I need to prep various aspects of RBCSoftware Online.
I’m looking for someone who can help me administer different parts of RBCSoftware.
I’m looking for someone who has had experience with all aspects of WordPress, and can work from home.

Also wanted, people to literally “piss and moan”.

Yes, that’s right, I want your rants, moans, gripes and annoyances.
Because there are not enough places to “get it off your chest”, that’s why!

My Visual Basic steps up a gear shortly, I have been working into the wee hours of the night on Fetch!
As mentioned on previous posts, the main work has come from stream-lining and down sizing code bloat, and stripping non-essential graphics and other media from the project.
New features will be mentions soon, and project updates will appear as they happen.

As a bit of a side project, I need facial shots of you guys.

I’m currently writing a simple “Zombie Shoot em up!” and I need the cannon fodder.
Already, I have myself Zombified, and I ask, if anybody would like to be a part of this project, please email me a photo of yourself that you don’t mind being Zombified.
You will have a special mention in the program, and I thank you in advance for your support.
Please email webmaster@rbcsoftware.me.uk with your photos. It does matter about size (dimentions) as I will edit this images anyway.

Before I go, I thought I would create a bit of a “silly competition” around silly rhymes. The best one will be chosen by the number of votes, drawn at the end of each month.
Email them to sillyrhymes @rbcsoftware.me.uk

Ciao for now peeps!

Day 1: Project – Fetch!

Right, so here it is.
After much delay, Project: Fetch! has now begun.

Fetch! (Previously known as XPRunnerNG) development has started, with the first signs of life being down on paper rather than any PC.
After spending a number of years developing test releases of XPRunnerNG, seeing what works and what doesn’t, I have essentially stripped to the bone XPRunnerNG.

I have big plans for Fetch! and I already have a number of ideas for addins etc.
However, that is for the near future.

I will be keeping logs, and making updates as they happen, including the full application history with regards to XPRunnerNG.

Many thanks to all who support my ideas, and certainly to the ones who have helped financially and with the overall development of XPRunnerNG/Fetch!


Call centre quips!!!

These are sample of actual call centre conversations.
As I work in one, I found these most funny!!!

Customer: ‘I’ve been ringing 0800 2100 for two days and can’t get through to enquiries, can you help?’.
Operator: ‘Where did you get that number from, sir?’.
Customer: ‘It was on the door to the Travel Centre’.
Operator: ‘Sir, they are our opening hours’.
Samsung Electronics
Caller: ‘Can you give me the telephone number for Jack?’
Operator: ‘I’m sorry, sir, I don’t understand who you are talking about’.
Caller: ‘On page 1, section 5, of the user guide it clearly states that I need to unplug the fax machine from the AC  wall socket and telephone Jack before cleaning. Now, can you give me the number for Jack?’
Operator: ‘I think you mean the telephone point on the wall’.
RAC Motoring Services
Caller: ‘Does your European Breakdown Policy cover me when I am travelling in Australia ?’
Operator: ‘ Doesn’t the product name give you a clue?’
Caller (enquiring about legal requirements while travelling in France ):
‘If I register my car in France , do I have to change the steering wheel to the other side of the car?’
Directory Enquiries
Caller: ‘I’d like the number of the Argoed Fish Bar in Cardiff please’.
Operator: ‘I’m sorry, there’s no listing. Is the spelling correct?’
Caller: ‘Well, it used to be called the Bargoed Fish Bar but the ‘B’ fell off’.
Then there was the caller who asked for a knitwear company in Woven.
Operator: ‘Woven? Are you sure?’
Caller: ‘Yes. That’s what it says on the label; Woven in Scotland ‘.
On another occasion, a man making heavy breathing sounds from a phone box told a worried operator:
‘I haven’t got a pen, so I’m steaming up the window to write the number on’.
Tech Support:  ‘I need you to right-click on the Open Desktop’.
Customer: ‘OK’.
Tech Support: ‘Did you get a pop-up menu?’.
Customer: ‘No’.
Tech Support: ‘OK. Right-Click again. Do you see a pop-up menu?’
Customer: ‘No’.
Tech Support: ‘OK, sir. Can you tell me what you have done up until this point?’.
Customer: ‘Sure. You told me to write ‘click’ and I wrote ‘click”.
Tech Support: ‘OK. In the bottom left hand side of the screen, can you see the ‘OK’ button displayed?’
Customer: ‘Wow. How can you see my screen from there?’
Caller: ‘I deleted a file from my PC last week and I have just realised that I need it. If I turn my system clock back two weeks will I have my file back again?’.
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There’s always one. This has got to be one of the funniest things in a long time. I think this guy should have been promoted, not fired. This is a true story from the Word Perfect Helpline, which was transcribed from a recording monitoring the customer care department. Needless to say the Help Desk employee was fired; however, he/she is currently suing the Word Perfect organization for ‘Termination without Cause’.
Actual dialogue of a former WordPerfect Customer Support employee. (Now I know why they record these conversations!):

Operator: ‘Ridge Hall, computer assistance; may I help you?’
Caller: ‘Yes, well, I’m having trouble with WordPerfect.’
Operator: ‘What sort of trouble??’
Caller: ‘Well, I was just typing along, and all of a sudden the words went away.’
Operator: ‘Went away?’
Caller: ‘They disappeared.’
Operator: ‘Hmm So what does your screen look like now?’
Caller: ‘Nothing.’
Operator: ‘Nothing??’
Caller: ‘It’s blank; it won’t accept anything when I type.’
Operator: ‘Are you still in WordPerfect, or did you get out??’
Caller: ‘How do I tell?’
Operator: ‘Can you see the C: prompt on the screen??’
Caller: ‘What’s a sea-prompt?’
Operator: ‘Never mind, can you move your cursor around the screen?’
Caller: ‘There isn’t any cursor: I told you, it won’t accept anything I type.’
Operator: ‘Does your monitor have a power indicator??’
Caller: ‘What’s a monitor?’
Operator: ‘It’s the thing with the screen on it that looks like a TV. Does it have a little light that tells you when it’s on??’
Caller: ‘I don’t know.’
Operator: ‘Well, then look on the back of the monitor and find where the power cord goes into it. Can you see that??’
Caller: ‘Yes, I think so.’
Operator: ‘Great. Follow the cord to the plug, and tell me if it’s plugged into the wall.
Caller: ‘Yes, it is.’
Operator: ‘When you were behind the monitor, did you notice that there were two cables plugged into the back of it, not just one??’
Caller: ‘No.’
Operator: ‘Well, there are. I need you to look back there again and find the other cable.’
Caller: ‘Okay, here it is.’
Operator: ‘Follow it for me, and tell me if it’s plugged securely into the back of your computer.’
Caller: ‘I can’t reach.’
Operator: ‘Uh huh. Well, can you see if it is??’
Caller: ‘No.’
Operator: ‘Even if you maybe put your knee on something and lean way over??’
Caller: ‘Oh, it’s not because I don’t have the right angle – it’s because it’s dark.’
Operator: ‘Dark??’
Caller: ‘Yes – the office light is off, and the only light I have is coming in from the window.
Operator: ‘Well, turn on the office light then.’
Caller: ‘I can’t.’
Operator: ‘No? Why not??’
Caller: ‘Because there’s a power failure.’
Operator: ‘A power…….. A power failure? Aha, Okay, we’ve got it licked now.
Do you still have the boxes and manuals and packing stuff your computer came in??’
Caller: ‘Well, yes, I keep them in the closet.’
Operator: ‘Good. Go get them, and unplug your system and pack it up just like it was when you got it. Then take it back to the store you bought it from.’
Caller: ‘Really? Is it that bad?’
Operator: ‘Yes, I’m afraid it is.’
Caller: ‘Well, all right then, I suppose. What do I tell them??’
Operator: ‘Tell them you’re too f — ing stupid to own a computer!!!!!’

Customer:     ‘I’ve been ringing 0800 2100 for two days and can’t get through to enquiries, can you help?’.
Operator:     ‘Where did you get that number from, sir?’.
Customer:     ‘It was on the door to the Travel Centre’.
Operator:     ‘Sir, they are our opening hours’.