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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 pi
s 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
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.
Dad can you try and reply to one of these?
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.
The ipod has synced all the audiobooks and the camera is getting a little further before crashing and burning now.
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.
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 card
s in but I'm getting "Image database file error. Cannot record contents" each time. So I might not be taking any pictures this weekend.
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.
Central heating has not come on, our old engineer is not responding, so we're trying one recommended by our neighbour. Part of me is hoping he says "get rid of that boiler", if I get a new boiler then I have to cash in some premium bonds, and so I might as well spend a few quid more on getting a heating controller that I can remote control / automate...
Definitely not going with lightwaverf for the heating though, seems to have been a disaster. Wondering about evohome instead for full control of each room.
☠ lightwaverf: the light switches etc that I use to give me remote control of everything in the house
I plugged it into the TV so I could see if it was booting up OK, and it is, it's just not appearing on the network... I didn't have a keyboard to hand so couldn't really run any diagnostics on it but I did have the PiFace Control and Display
which I remembered by default shows the ip address
. So I plugged that in and it hangs with a "waiting for ip address" message... so either this pi can't see the network or something else was up. I have removed the rule on the router saying "give this device a fixed ip address", but still no joy. Next step get a keyboard on it see what's going on on that pi, then move it to somewhere else in the house see if the wifi works there. Then rebuild the sd card
, start all over again.
Speaking of the piface that is a good deal
sure I paid more like £20 for mine...
OUT after work
today, to Escondido
. We don't do this very often but we split into new teams about four months ago and I think there has been some edict saying "You! Socialise! Bond!" as other teams coincidentally also have nights out this week. This happens on the same day that this team starts to fragment, I am moving sort of onto a new team. I get to stop doing so many fixes and move onto innovating and iterating... The iphone
optimised mobile first homepage
that I worked on using jquery mobile
has been a roaring success, much faster and better performing than the page it replaced, so we're building on that. Have a meeting in a bit where we're going to brainstorm improvements for it.