Why doesn’t @UPS use up to date technology?

Mobile, Tech

I have received one UPS package and am currently waiting for two more. After these arrive, I will not be using any supplier that uses UPS.


There is no range of when a package will be delivered. While waiting all day and 3 hours yesterday for UPS to arrive, it is impossible to leave as they can arrive at any time. I called the UPS office, they don’t even know the location of where their trucks are or where the location of a particular package is. The information that the operator had was the same that was on their website. That meant the location of the package is only updated daily.

This is not acceptable in an age of location tracking and smartphones. The service offered by the post office is better. If I’m not at home, a package is left at the nearest post office where I can collect it at a suitable time.

It’s time that UPS (and if other delivery services if they operate on a similar model) to come into the 21st century. They might not have lost a customer today who will insist on suppliers not using them from now on.

Backup all of your photos on Flickr

Photography, Tech, Thought Provoking, Web

I read about an update an update to the Uploadr tool from Flickr. In the past, this tool has been cumbersome and inefficient. However, this new tool is working very well for me so far. I just pointed it at an external drive and it’s working well so far. It is possible to view photos by date uploaded or by date taken which extracts the exif information from the photo.

Unfortunately, I used some terrible photo editing tools in the past and in many photos, that information is wiped.

So now I’m on the hunt for a good tool that can batch update exif date information. So far, apart from a couple of command line options, I haven’t found anything.

The photos are all uploaded to private mode so only you will see them. If your computer or backup option goes wrong, this is one option that can help.

Download the new Uploadr here

This page explains the tool and how it works in more detail.

Flickr Uploadr is finally here

14 May 1985 – 30 years ago

Achill, Ireland, Photography, Travel



The first photographs I took were on a school trip to Connemara in 1985. I just noticed that it was exactly 30 years ago today that we started the trip.

14 May 1985

Climbing one of the Twelve Bens on the first day of the trip. To say that we were unprepared would be an understatement!


Chris point the way to an unimpressed Chris. John looks nonplussed.



The wind and rain was quite brutal. Unfortunately, we were nowhere near the top at this point.


This was the top of the mountain. Now looking relieved to a downward stroll.






Engaging in some spiritual reflection on the way down.

15 May 1985

Ben Lettery Youth Hostel




Nice weather on the one day that we didn’t climb any mountains.



Patrick posing at the Alcock and Brown memorial



16 May 1985


Ben Lettery Youth Hostel



The final photo after an exhausing and we climb on the last day of the trip.