"Given that Traveline appears to be demanding about 60-days notice of service levels for Christmas (that is whether we are running weekday, Saturday etc service on each day), and yes, that does mean we effectively have to tell Traveline at the same time as we would for a standard registration; the Traffic Commissioners only require notification 21-days prior for changes etc for the Christmas or Easter periods, meaning Traveline needs to know a month before we legally have to decide. So, I am not surprised they seem so incapable of dealing with a significant but relatively short closure and diversion like that at Newton Poppleford."
Because we can have journey planners, these have usurped the supremacy of the printed timetable (and, in many cases, on-line ditto!). Because we can have an over-engineered database cursed with the complexities of NaPTAN, we can use it to delver lots of splendid stuff.
How long would you have to wait for a bus to Acomb? Answer, one minute; thats where the service 4 terminates. The 20 is almost an outer circular taking several weeks to get there!
How long would you have to wait for a bus to Pocklington (assuming Pockligton depot is somewhere useful in the town). Answer, for ever. The 46 (and the 44 to York Sport Centre) stop on the other side of the road and there is nothing on the screen or the stop to tell you.
This is Wetherby bus station ...
Next we go to Watford (Herts) where super new screens have been added to town centre stops.
Presumably the techie that fettles up the system doesn't work at weekends.
Technology needs to be relevant and useful
It needs to be simple to manage
It needs people with good understanding of the information content
Motto: keep it simple, stoopid!
Which is why fbb has just bought a new confuser! The first such device el chubbo owned was a Sinclair ZX81 ...
The answer, amazingly, was a raspberry pie!
° with comparative impunity; but best not try that at home. It comes with nothing added! What you see above is what you get! Some blog readers will have spotted a recent news item to the effect that the millionth UK manufactured Pi has just been sold (the first 750,000 were made in China). Designed to encourage young people to learn about computers instead of learning how to use Microslop Software, the core Pi can be adapted to reproduce many software systems including those RiscOS protocols that are the descendants of the original BBC model B.
So all of fbb's "stuff" is safe and working again. For the record, fbb bought a RaspberryRO (raspberry row, as in rowing boat) in a box, including an appropriate operating system plus keyboard, mouse, extra memory and four slice toaster.
There's nothing new to learn; it all works splendidly straight out of the box thanks to the support and expertise of Chris Evans.