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FrequencyCast Stop it! Campaign

The FrequencyCast podcast team set out to find out what annoys you most about today's technology. We opened it up to listeners, and here's a list of the messages we had back


Mobiles phones on trains? People with iPods? Technology that just doesn't work? Press the red button? 'Cashier Number 6'? Spam? Ringtones? Junk mail? Reality TV? Automated phone systems?


Stop It! '07 Campaign:

This was a campaign we ran back in 2007. We thought we'd dig this out from our archives to show what our listeners disliked from 2007's technology. Here are the results:


1 - July 4, 2007 11:48 pm

mark bryan

sky digital channels being pin locked protected and add channels being pin locked

2 - June 7, 2007 3:35 am

Mark Richardson

please stop spam. Its destroying the internet

3 - June 1, 2007 7:20 am

Julian Bryers

Playback control functionality on DVD (players).
Loathe sections of DVDs that can't be fast-forwarded ("Operation prohibited by disc."), typically copyright notices. This means we're back to "valve radio-like" days, having to warm-up the equipment for 5 minutes before settling down to use it.

Lack of convenient "picture search" on DVDs. i.e. ONE button press for 9x search. My Toshiba demands four presses to select a suitable speed.

Where a DVD has Chapters, reverse picture search won't pass back before the beginning of a chapter, into the end of the previous. This makes it difficult to review a film's end credits directly.

4 - May 16, 2007 1:51 pm

Neil Young

As my brats wi mobile phones gripe has already been stated I'd like to put another gripe... Widescreen TVs the wrong aspect ratio. In shops, pubs, wherever you go and with broadcasters in archive shows, widescreen TVs are almost always set in the wrong aspect ratio for old 4:3 material, either the picture is blown up to fill the entire screen, lopping off the top and bottom of the screen or worse, stretching the picture to fill the screen so the striker bearing down on goal looks about 23 stone and is about to kick a rugby ball into a 40ft wide goal, unless he falls over whereupon he suddenly loses half his weight and suddenly becomes 8ft tall! I'm at the point where if I'm in a shop where the remote is next to the TV, I'll change the settings, it bugs me that much!

5 - May 16, 2007 10:07 am

Neil Young

Kids playing music through the speakers on their mobile phone in public so that everyone can hear it. They put a free headset in there for a reason, you muppets! The fact that they play the absolute worst music you can imagine (hardcore house where I live) is exactly what you'd expect.

6 - March 19, 2007 1:27 pm


Subscription tv services that buy all the good programs off all the non subscription tv channels

7 - March 6, 2007 12:26 am

Doug Rattray

The amount of a tv programme (especially reality TV like wifeswap etc.) that is repeated: here's what's coming up on today's show, here's what's happened in the first half, here what's still to come in the second half, break, here's what's happened in the first half (again), here's what's still to come in the second half (again) then at the end a recap of the whole show. It's amazing how you can fit 10 minutes of TV into 30 minutes.

8 - February 15, 2007 12:13 pm


People flying off the handle on forums - keyboard warriors!

9 - February 12, 2007 10:46 am

Stuart Shearman

The use of 0870 and 0845 number to contact companies to standard rate numbers which are eligible for normal discounts. In an age were communication is supposed to becoming cheaper and easier these are the antithesis of good customer service.

10 - February 12, 2007 10:46 am

Stuart Shearman

The use of 0870 and 0845 number to contact companies to standard rate numbers which are eligible for normal discounts. In an age were communication is supposed to becoming cheaper and easier these are the antithesis of good customer service.

11 - February 10, 2007 5:18 pm


In Central London, cyclists believing that traffic lights do not apply to them and swearing at pedestrians when they nearly knock them over - Grrrrr !

12 - February 10, 2007 2:45 pm


people who do not say thank you after you open the door for them!

13 - February 10, 2007 12:39 pm


Hi. There's so many things that I would like to changed in this 'crazy' world we live in today. plenty to choose from! Noisy car and home alarms in my street are a night mare Eg: some house alarms (cheap ones) never seem to reset after the required 20 mins (by law) and go one or ever till they are switched off.

14 - February 7, 2007 5:11 pm

Victoria Sinton

Not being able to view the latest flash on PSP

15 - February 3, 2007 6:55 pm

stephen wilton

i would like to change topuptv's appalling customer services, it's taken almost 3 months and loads of waiting time on the phone to get my set top box replaced because it was stuck on standby, so that i couldn't use it, i finally sent it back last week, and am waiting for a replacement, which should be here next week, if it isn't i'll probably cancel and get a refund.

16 - February 1, 2007 10:02 pm

J. P. Gilliver.

Predictive and repetitive news:

"Today, the prime minister WILL" ...

and "news" which continuously repeats. At least, they should be obliged to timestamp footage.

17 - January 30, 2007 3:26 pm


trailers & previews of tv programmes giving most of the story or item & updates after every ad break

18 - January 29, 2007 11:31 am


The junk at the start of DVDs. When I pop a DVD in, I just want to watch the film... There's the disclaimer, the ad for "piracy is theft", the trailers and the logos - normally with Fast Fwd disabled.

19 - January 26, 2007 8:20 pm


I hate typing in these tiny little boxes (like this one on Stop It. They only accept two lines and roughly 15-18 words of text. Please expand it to at least one paragraph.

Reply: Aha. One we're able to fix. Enjoy the bigger box!

20 - January 26, 2007 8:17 pm


Also telephone voice mail systems. In particular you call, say, xyz insurance company. A nice 'live' human answers promptly and in response to your enquiry says, "i extend your call to Ms/Mr. ABC. Click ........... "This is ABC i am not available to take your call right now ...... etc.". So I HANG UP; no point doing business with them!
Then darn (or something stronger)why didn't the telephone receptionist 'know' that the ABC party wasn't available! Grrrr.

21 - January 26, 2007 8:10 pm


Dead and unanswered 'Contact us' email addresses.

22 - January 25, 2007 6:38 pm

Ross Murray

The thing that really annoys me about today's modern technology. Mobile phones, or if I'm being technical correct - mobiles. Yes the device formerly known as the mobile phone really is starting to bug me. These devices try to be a "jack of all trades" including things like cameras, MP3 players and VOIP. All off these additional features are mediocre at best ... and the worst of the lot: MP3 Playback. Sitting on public transport and hearing people play dreadful dance music on the morning through those dreadfully tinny speakers really do annoy me. Where is the respect for others? I want to travel in peace, not listen to someone else's music. People should be barred from playing music from devices like these on public transport.

23 - January 24, 2007 8:38 pm


People constantly telling me to stop smoking. I *like* smoking, ok..?! If I want a smoke with a pint at the end of a hard day's work what business is it of anybody else, particularly the nanny state of a government we seem to be stuck with at the moment..?

24 - January 19, 2007 1:10 pm

Amos E Wolfe

Websites that require you to register to view content.

Unnecessary use of modern technology, for example, a train with an LED display with a list of stations where it stops which uses an embedded GPS system which then packs up halfway down the line, and all it would need is a button for the guard to press to tell it when it stops at a station. :(

25 - January 19, 2007 5:11 am

Terry Sanford.

1) Companies that have 'Contact us' and then; either the link to their email won't work or they require you to 'log on' or become a member! Bah humbug.
2) Companies where their email seems to work, sometimes you even get an automated reply and then they never answer your enquiry!

Needless to say neither of the above get my business. So they've wasted their cost and effort of having a web site/email facilities?

26 - January 18, 2007 3:43 pm

Phil Worthington

Overnight celebrities.

27 - January 18, 2007 1:47 pm


The BBC's *irritating* habit at the end of the 6pm news when they hand over to the "BBC news teams where you are" - I haven't got a BBC news team where I am..!!

28 - January 18, 2007 1:34 am

Fred Smyth

Web campaigns and associated spam.

29 - January 18, 2007 12:25 am


Stop people spamming USENET with adverts for their website

Reply: Acknowledged... We've posted a couple of carefully-worded messages in two or three relevant newsgroups to draw attention to this campaign... we knew we'd get some complaints. Best intentions, but sorry if we've offended.

30 - January 17, 2007 3:58 pm


Train conductors who's mobile phone interferes with the train intercom, so we struggle to hear them talking over the buzzing and the pips

31 - January 17, 2007 3:41 pm


Leaking headphones!!! You really don't want to hear other peoples music when on the train/tube/bus!!

32 - January 17, 2007 2:59 pm


Let me tell you.. It is the speed of which the technology world is progressing with that bugs me. Unless you are a real geek you have no chance in keeping up with all the inventions and gadgets.. - I know I can`t stop the world from evolving, but can we at least slow down!!!?



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