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Got Windows Vista off the laptop at last!

Oct2210/22
This did the trick, everything else worked out of the box. Not that there was a box. I downloaded an ISO and put it on a memory stick, then booted from that and configured. Was only the wifi that didn't work instantly so I had to trudge through some instructions to find out what to do.

This is posted from the new / old laptop. Everything looks alright to me, should work a lot faster than it did. It looks a bit utilitarian I'll have to experiment with display resolutions. Then the question is do I give it back to Mum and Dad? Do they really need this laptop?

It's been a good test, I'm going to install the same OS on the PC downstairs too, that has been struggling for a while. Then when I get used to using whatever-this-comes-with-instead-of-itunes it'll be nice and easy to rsync my music and things between each computer and the NAS. I've been using music monkey on the old PC for ages rather than itunes, but I still think of it as itunes... good branding apple.
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Mums Laptop

If its any good to you, think of it as an early Xmas prezzie LOL
Pops
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We have sound in the playroom

Oct2210/22
I figured out the strange issue with there being no sound from the playroom xbmc install on the TV down there, with a bit of online research. The network is all working fine now too. Sound out of that TV is terrible but it's a start. Next to mirror the config from my other xbmc so I don't have to set up all the sources and so on... I will version control those files.

Glossary:

xbmc: my media centre, runs on a raspberry pi connected to the tv, plays all my music and that
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Secret Seven

Oct2210/22
Quite pleased that I got away with a couple of audiobooks for the journey to and from Mum and Dad's at the weekend, a [[]] there and a [[]] back again. Harry was into them and Tommy didn't complain either. I asked Harry if he'd like to try one of the books for his bed time story and he was very keen, so I dug out a big box of books from the loft. Have found some more that I think he's about ready for but he won't look at anything else until all the [[]]s are gone. He will not look at Famous Five which I thought would also appeal, I think I pushed him into them too early, also they are even more old fashioned. I have more that are also old The Five Find Outers that were my favourites, maybe we'll get away with one of these next... all Enid Blyton of course.

Swimming yesterday was OK, not a raging success. I'm not very impressed with the lessons we have now, they don't seem to notice what Harry is even doing. There is one instructor who is good the others seem to be going through the motions and chatting with the other instructors. We don't have any choice right now though can't get him into any other lessons, so I suppose it's better than nothing.

I'm going to spend the rest of my lunch reading about the five find outers, I didn't know there were adaptations...
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Getting colder around here

Oct2210/22
We didn't see the expected very bad weather as the result of Hurricane Gonzalo though, passed us by completely. It's cold again at work though, and just generally cold and damp everywhere.

Aargh, forgot to bring some coffee into work today, not sure I can go back to the machine coffee now I've got used to having nespresso every day...
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Installing Debian on a Dell Inspiron 1525

Oct2110/21
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I have kidnapped Mum's laptop it is a Dell Inspiron 1525, they don't use it because it is too slow. It has windows vista on it but it was never powerful enough to run that operating system so I'm putting debian on it instead. It works nicely on all my raspberry pis so I think it should be OK! All installed ok though the built in wifi doesn't work and here's why. Got to try another driver, fingers crossed.

I have to have a network lead trailing from the router across to the table (at neck height) while I work on this, nice and safe! Also my rf butler is offline while I do this as I have a limited number of network ports.

Glossary:

raspberry pi: cheap low powered computer
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Just figured my "reply" links aren't working very well

Oct1910/19
Lovely weekend with Mum and Dad, Dad pointed out the reply links don't work so well here. It takes you off to the twitter to authenticate, then when it brings you back here it has lost the original message you were replying to so your reply disappears. I'll sort that.

Flying visit for Nan's birthday, she was eighty-four yesterday and doing well. Lovely to see everyone, shame it has to be such a short trip each time.
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So that might be working now

Dad can you try and reply to one of these?
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Can't believe I missed this that

Oct1810/18
Justin Hawkins is selling all his stuff on ebay. "Just in" case (just in, justin, geddit??) you're still shopping for a christmas present for a Darkness fan what about these trousers?

Or better shiny black trousers that Justin says are most likely the ones he wore at the Carling Homecoming gig at London Astoria. I was at that one!

Hmm, I was at quite a lot of them to be fair.
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A good complain was what it needed

Oct1710/17
The ipod has synced all the audiobooks and the camera is getting a little further before crashing and burning now.
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Also trying to load new content onto my ipod

Oct1710/17
Remember ipods? Before everyone did everything with their phone there was a brief hey day of personal stereos. I had a couple of ipods, we've been using the 160gb one in the car for a while. I'm trying to put some new content on it for the car journey tomorrow (an audio book for Harry) but it keeps shutting itself down instead of syncing. Technology is RUBBISH.
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Our camera is still missing

Oct1710/17
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My camera is gone, no idea where it is. Maybe I left it at work, maybe it'll turn up somewhere at home. Annoying. I want to take some pictures this weekend!

I remembered I have one of these, I stopped using it when the main menu button broke off the back. Trying to get it working again, it does not seem to want to play. I have put two different formatted sd cards in but I'm getting "Image database file error. Cannot record contents" each time. So I might not be taking any pictures this weekend.
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Went to Escondido with work

Oct1610/16
Escondido
Nice meal out with work, to Escondido, I've not been for a while. I had the vege paella as always, but branched out into a cocktail, sangria, for a change. All finished very early, most people were driving and I'm the only one in walking distance. I looked in The Providence on the way home (looked in the window only), seemed to be no-one in there though they do have a pool table now. I also peered in The Ship where I thought of stopping for one, but again it was empty, so I did not. I know someone has to be the first person in a pub or they'd all be empty, always, but I didn't fancy sitting in an empty pub. I did stop in The Clarendon as it was raining harder by this point. They had some good beer on including one from Dark Star, I drank it and read the local paper, mostly the saga of the Banksy. Surprised that it was the local council who have put up the protective screen in front of it, even though it is painted on private property.

Was still raining for my walk home, so hard that the drain had burst open at the top of Brewers Hill, water was gushing up out of the pavement like a (fairly weak) fountain.
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Make your raspberry pi look like a BBC Micro

Oct1610/16
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Hmm £90 for a keyboard and a few components or crikey double that for the new version. It does include a raspberry pi in the latter version but that is still expensive.

Glossary:

raspberry pi: cheap low powered computer
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Paul Clarke's - I work and live in Seabrook near Folkestone, Kent. married to Clare and father to Harry and Tommy, I am a web dev, and I do javascript, nodejs, php, and ruby. I like Folkestone Gerald, pubs, restaurants, home automation and other diy jiggery-pokery, history, genealogy, TV, popbitch, squirrels, pirates ☠, and time travel...