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Feb 9, 2011 - Computer, Just Now    No Comments


Still having problems with PC. More BSOD’s today random reasons (driver_power_state_failure) failed to come out of hibernation. I suspect after some updates from Seattle. A number have failed I notice.

Did a trawl around the net and found a couple of updates for the motherboard and gfx card which updated this week.  Really have no clue what the problem is whether it is a function of 64, the board is not up to it or there may be problem somewhere else.

New HD installed eventually as a straight copy from the old disk.

Went into John Lewis today to try and get wedding outfit for Margaret sadly nothing suitable, we are not surprised with the lack of styles etc that were offered. We will keep looking and the right outfit will fall into place.

Need to put the keyboard into operational mode and get the TMA’s done and the computer marked assignments. The remainder of the books arrived to day they get bigger each time a lot of reading about bluetooth, mobile phones, collaboration software etc.

We have decided the bedroom is getting done whilst Margaret is away at respite -Matthew is coming over on Saturday to take out current fittings and strip the walls for a plasterer to start in the next couple of weeks ready for the fitters.

And not as it is too late HAPPY Birthday to Yvonne.


Feb 3, 2011 - Computer, Just Now    No Comments


The rain is battering down now so it cannot get any more gloomier. Then maybe it can.

PC is still a little sick – having spoken with desktop guru we came to a similar conclusion that the HD may be on its way if not already gone.  It has managed to work OK all day so far.

Did a purchase of Acronis 11 and managed to do a clone of my 32 bit onto an external drive. It wouldn’t do a clone from my 64 drive – it kept breaking down – I was expecting it to clone any disk no matter where it was in the system – the one I did manage did the reboot and did it all before windows loaded..  A bit more research I found ACTIVE ( and loaded the trial version (21Days) and did an image from 64 to a space which I did not have to think about on another drive on my system.

Anyway I have ordered a 500g drive to put in and see if this cures the problem of BSOD. The only thing that has been playing up today is windows explorer  taking an age to red DVD’s etc. and deciding to close when it felt like it.

Tutorial 1 on Saturday to see what the grey matter has taken in so far.


Feb 1, 2011 - Computer, Just Now    No Comments


I feel today has been wasted. Went to PC this morning and all was not well. It had rebooted for some reason and wiped the dual boot of the 64 version log on. This is provided by easy-bcd v2 and has been there since I built the machines. So onto the 32 and reinstated the boot details and onwards I went. Alas no good as the PC continually crashed first with pen_list_corrupt and then mem_management that was after trying to boot in safe mode. Eventually managed to get it to work without crashing. Initially thought it was a problem with Microsoft security software so uninstalled and tried Bull-Guard but I cannot get it to install as it shuts down the LAN so no connection. Back now with Microsoft essentials so no idea of problem. I just suspect some update that I do not know about. Will shut off tonight to give it a rest.

Other than that it is now raining in Glasgow.

Jan 21, 2011 - Just Now    No Comments


Another week has gone by. Still cold in the mornings so no running at the moment as my back is  a little sore still. Managed badminton last Monday OK.

Spent the week kicking off on the latest course work on the final couple of chapters now of the first block. Spent most of the week on line doing the CISCO site on networks especially the makeup of TCP/IP protocols, well what is inside them, not sure I will ever need to know but there is bound to be a question what is in the network layer etc. Next read is wireless networks etc. Brought a calculator and managed to figure out how to do the sums 4.27 x 10^6 x 3.14x 10^9 and 4.9×10^9/3.6×10^-9. Can you do it. Answers on a post card.

We had intended to go to the homeopathic hospital this afternoon but we have had so many changes that I called to check and it is next Thursday so saved a trek over to Anniesland.  Have bowls AGM tonight which is a big wow that I could do without but I had better show a face or they may revoke my membership.

Not done much on the joomla website but have had an extended play on the drupal ones on the MAC but I am not convinced not very user friendly for me anyway so will stick with joomla just now. I will need to look over the hosting sites sometime as I could not get directly into phpmyadmin on the Fasthosts site.


Dec 31, 2010 - Just Now    No Comments


Not long now till a NEW YEAR and new challenges for the Abbott clan.

Well the boy’s back in town well actually getting out for a run for the first time since November 26th. Managed yesterday and the day before now that the footpaths are usable. Still some remnants of snow and ice in places making it tricky to get a grip. Rested today and will not run again till Monday. It is strange how you miss something that you have been doing regularly.

Jaks and I are now in competition mode  growing potatoes that is, they sent me some growing bags and some seed potatoes for a present so we are in mode to see who grows the best and largest crop.

Thanks from Margaret and I for all your presents and I hope that you approved of our gifts to you all.

I have been working on a joomla website for the Abbott/Howat interested parties, I hope to launch it live sometime in the next few weeks. You will need to contribute something about yourselves to make the pages interesting, I will only put the basics on just now.

Margaret calls – Happy New Year to all.

Well where did all the text I just did go.

Meant to add earlier, I made a recipe from Jamie Oliver 30 min meals (book from Steven & Yvonne) yesterday Macaroni Cheese , Cauliflower etc. It was great but on Sky news this morning many people tweeted to complain about the title as they were complaining that you cannot make the meals in 30 mins. I reckon I was quite close all in but does it matter. Sad people with nothing better to do are they going to complain about all books with a time in the title, learn this program in 24 hrs or build this cabinet in 30 mins or tile this wall in 3 hours. I rest my case for the sensible among us.

Dec 20, 2010 - Just Now    No Comments


Managed to get round to posting pictures from last week at Symington and shots from yesterday as the snow came back

Dec 19, 2010 - Computer, Just Now    No Comments


It’s back. Had a small dusting yesterday but since 13:30 to day it has not stopped. Brrrr.

Another problem for those going to work tomorrow.  Been reading about a product called autosock (google it) which is a cover for the driving wheel which you put on and take off etc. less than £50 for pair and they can be washed.

Installed 2GB of memory to the MAC. used the crucial checker and used their product. All seen OK not sure if it is any quicker only time will tell.

Going to do some DIY and then load pics from last Sunday at Sandra’s.

Dec 11, 2010 - Just Now    No Comments


Been a little quiet here over the last couple of days. The snow has finally started to go however the forecast is for it to return at the end of next week.  the resultant thaw has left the pavements difficult to walk on and unfortunately Margaret will not be able to go to church again this week. The thaw I noticed this morning after putting the bin out has cause all the driveway to heave, it seems to be worse where the snow has been cleared suggesting perhaps we should leave it on to provide a blanket for the underground materials. Going to try and move the garage inside around to get the car in before the next bout of cold weather.  TTFN

Today’s MAC info This is the site for the MAC keyboard locations and functions. I have a odt doc if you want it.

Suggest looking at Safari extensions and loading at least Expose this when you click the quad box next to the address bar show all the tabs available, hover over with mouse and it zooms that a little bit. I installed mouse gestures which mimics a pen but this did not work as it should. Yesterday I found that win 7 does not automatically  see the MAC. Link  this did the trick, got used to all the editing being available when I had the pro version before installing full Home premium which shows up its limitations of edit etc. now can see MAC in Network on PC and can access the MAC Docs. Also had to set up SMB in the shared area.

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