Tuesday… Back at the ‘Ranch’

The ECP passed uneventfully – the Friday morning session seemed to take a long time on the photo-activation stage, but a quick dash to Waterloo, and a stop at M “this is not just food” & S for a sandwich and I was on the train home.

It was a computing weekend. I have just re-activated my Skype account (for anyone who hasn’t heard of Skype, it is a free messaging service) which now includes the ability for video calls. However the use of video requires a suitable ‘Webcam’ and the Webcam I bought wouldn’t work with my Windows version (Win 2K) and while the video worked with the Linux client, the sound wasn’t very good.

The solution is to upgrade the operating systems, and I started on saturday with Windows XP on my aged laptop, And that is where the fun started!

I had bought a new hard drive (clean installs seem to work better)but my (aged) laptop won’t boot off the DVD player. (It was originally fitted with a a CD – I upgraded it) so I needed a way to boot it and then read the install disc. I spent most of Saturday trying this, until I realised that the install disk was a CD – and putting the CD reader back in the laptop solved the problem! And Skype burst into life in full colour and sound!

The next stage is to put Linux on the laptop and make it dual boot (it will be Fedora core 12) and upgrade my other Linux machines (including the webserver) to FC 12, however that can wait for a while as I have some other jobs to do, and I also have some coursework from the last module to com-plete (although that will be easier on Windows XP)

We have also decorated one of tyhe Christmas trees as Christmas draws nearer. We will be doing the same as last year. in that we won’t be sending out Christmas cards, but donating the amount we would have spent to LeukaemiaCARE.

There is one more job to do before Christmas, and that is to find the Christmas theme for the blog!

Onwards and Upwards!

13 Responses to “Tuesday… Back at the ‘Ranch’”

  1. Richard on 08 Dec 2009 at 10:16 am #

    DVD……………..er should be Blu Ray don’t you think to be future proof, well until next year 🙂

    Glad the ECP seemed to go well.

    I sold most of my nuts, amid the usual pantomime jokes, see, feel, do you like my……….etc. Bit hot really but good from Covent Garden large and juicy

    Richard Parp parp.

  2. Gillian on 08 Dec 2009 at 9:47 pm #

    Loved the photo you sent Richard – perhaps you can be Peter’s xmas theme 😉

    So what’s next in your dramatic career then?


  3. Richard on 09 Dec 2009 at 12:49 am #

    As this is an ‘elf site perhaps you dressed up as a Santa’s helper might be more interesting……..

  4. Gillian on 11 Dec 2009 at 8:35 pm #

    ahhh……………. not e’fin pictures – got the santa sack before I had to dress up 🙁


  5. Richard on 12 Dec 2009 at 1:59 pm #

    Sacks can be uite fetching (and carrying) so where’s the pix?

    Christmas could be a little disappointing this year as I’ve heard that Santa has got stuck in a wood burner flue whilst rehearsing for the big night. Made worse as Gillian had his best sack, hence the need for the rehearsal.

    Got to make time to visit Groombridge as they have dressed up a Redwood as the largest Christmas tree in the World…….unless you know better.

  6. Richard on 18 Dec 2009 at 5:26 pm #

    Snow…………..really pretty and as plenty of grub in noe problems, just fresh milk needed tomorrow………………

    Outwards and downwards………….to misquote to reflect toboggans.

  7. Gillian on 18 Dec 2009 at 7:57 pm #

    Snow??? What Snow???? None here 🙂

  8. Richard on 18 Dec 2009 at 8:38 pm #

    No snow and no PIX……….what’s going on?

    Did you say you have had the sack?

  9. Peter on 18 Dec 2009 at 9:50 pm #

    Snow joke!

  10. Richard on 18 Dec 2009 at 11:43 pm #

    True 🙂

  11. Richard on 19 Dec 2009 at 7:41 am #

    I dreamt that Gillian was in a sack in the snow, when I awoke the snow was still here but the sack had gone………..

  12. Peter on 19 Dec 2009 at 10:56 am #

    Sackre bleu!!

  13. Richard on 19 Dec 2009 at 2:50 pm #

    She would have been without the sack as it was very cold…….

    Just finished digging out the slope on the drive to the lane but the main part to the house is too long so parked my car near the road.

    Should have bought a snow blower years ago when life was easier…my neighbour and I were to put a blade on the front of his mini tractor but never did, the clutch went and then he went and joined the great snow plough in the sky. So shovels are the order of the day 🙁

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