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The Problem with VW / AUDI / SEAT / SKODA

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Skoda Octavia, VW Golf, Seat Leon, Audi A3

Apparently VW AG isn't making much money (especially in the US). They comprise of mainly four "brands" of car, they are: VW, Audi, Seat and Skoda. There are others but these are the mainstream brands. Toyota on the other hand appear to be making lots of profit. Here's what I think VW AG need to do to resolve their "issues".

Simplify.

Why spend thousands of pounds making 4 different Small Family cars - for example the Skoda Octavia, VW Golf, Seat Leon, Audi A3 (pictured above). With each car comes a seperate design team, management team, marketing team, showroom, TV commercials, safety test, factory, etc etc, if they made one of these cars, for example the VW Golf, they could spend all that money on the one car, and make it the best in the class, so that it would beat all rival companies.

Keep three brands:

Skoda, for budget, reliable, spacious cars that can compete on value and safety with KIA / Hyundai, etc.
VW, for mid…

Welcome to the World, Baby Waller

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Born yesturday at around 10pm, he entered the world weighing 7 pounds 8 ounces.

More Photos:lots here, some here.

Yay, another marketing gimmick...

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New! Douwe Egberts (Sara Lee Coffee and Tea UK Limited) "cafe-Switch" Creamy Pleasure. Indulgent and Dreamy. New Pump + Froth "Just add water". Instant "cappucino" style coffee. "Flavoured coffee drink concentrate with milk, sugar and sweetener". Only contains five E numbers, bargain! and only 2 artificial sweeteners. It tastes vaguely like coffee, although with too much sweeteners for my liking, meaning that any authentic "real" coffee taste that might be in there has vanished, to be honest, it tastes pretty crappy, and doesn't taste very milky, or creamy, instead all that seems to have turned into the top froth, leaving a dark, bad tasting coffee below. Seriously, you can't have "authentic" coffee / cappucino / latte without proper ingredients, ie: real milk, and real espesso based coffee (ie from ground beans). By the time you've wasted all your money buying these fake manufactured coffee's (6 drinks for £2…

Bye bye - Skoda Fabia 1.4 Comfort at Night

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It was a sad day driving our car to Nottingham to sell it. Following the car, it looks like a tall Mk1 Golf for the 21st Century... it looked surprisingly clean as well. Ours was the 1.4 8v, with 68bhp, another version features a 1.4 litre 16 valve engine that produces 100bhp! With the relatively small size of the car, I'm sure that the 16v version would be VERY nippy! Perhaps in a couple of years, they will become cheap enough to justify as a FUN second car!? :)

It was good to know that the car was leaving us in fully functioning condition, with all brake lights working.

Unfortunately we had to travel in the evening, meaning that this was pretty much the last bit of daylight we saw.

Here we are nearly in Nottingham, with a sign pointing out Gotham City. You know, where they always film those Batman films. Unfortunately I'd managed to print out directions to Nottingham, but not to the actual buyers house! So we ended up spending an hour extra driving around Nottingham city cent…

Indigo Drink - Energy that's a little bit fruity.

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Apparently it's an energising Peach and Lemon fruit juice drink with Guarana, Ginseng and Caffiene, however, it seems to just taste purple and sugary to me. Maybe there's a hint, a slight tiny hint of Peach in there?

Contains Water, Glucose Fructose Syrup, Fruit juices (10%), Sugar, Taurine, Flavourings (Guarana, Ginseng, Peach, Caffiene), Salt!. And 25mg or caffiene / 100mls! Although this is around the same as instant coffee, so presumably nothing to worry about.

Cologne, Dusseldorf, Germany Photos

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Well, I've finally uploaded some photos from Cologne, Germany, from when we went for Photokina 2006. We went and checked out Dusseldorf while we were there and managed to loose our train tickets, then buy the wrong tickets, then get the wrong train, and have to buy the tickets all over again (for the third time).

Check out the photos here.

Apple Powermac G3 300mhz 256mb OS X

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So like yeah, I've got an Apple Powermac G3, and I can get the latest version of Quicktime (v7.1.3.100.00.0.0) for any version of Windows as long as it's Windows 2000 (6 years old) or Windows XP (5 years old), but I can't get the latest version of Quicktime for Mac OS X v10.2.8 (3 years old - apparently "ancient" in the mac world) - the most recent version I can get is v6.5.3.00.00.0 or something - WHAT'S UP WITH THAT!?! - and it doesn't work with the videos on apple's website!!?! WHAT'S UP WITH THAT!!?!

So to summarise, I'm getting a BETTER video / internet experience from Apple software on my WINDOWS PC! My PCs page updated.

And in an ironic twist, here's a list of all the software you need on a PC to keep Windows free from viruses, spyware, adware, malicious software, pop-ups, etc.