What’s new ???


   It does not look any different !!! Microsoft has decided that I need to upgrade both MSN Messenger and Live Writer. So what is different ?? I suppose I should have looked at the what’s new page, but really, It was working fine before. (I feel a rant coming on here … this may warrant a posting in my Grumpy group)

   This one of the problems I have with Microsoft. You can be chugging along, quite nicely thank you, without any problems, the MS decides you need an upgrade. They are always doing it with Windows, and look at the arse bucket the did with Vista. That has to be the least popular Windows OS ever. Even the hardnosed MS fans, have little good to say about Vista. At work, we are running XP Pro, Service Pack 2 (they don’t like SP3 for some reason), and in the words of the good and great, “We have no plans to upgrade the current operating system at the present time”. If the usual is anything to go by, we should upgrade to Windows 7, just as Windows 10 is announced.

   Just heard, that the eldest has been to see a movie called “The Spell”. It is a local movie project, that he got a part in as an extra. A whole 7 or 8 seconds. He went to see the premier last night, and I think he is quite proud of himself. I told him to quickly add it to his CV. He should also tell the people at the  job place up at Uni. There may be a lot of small parts in movies that students might be making. It will be a way of getting his name around.

Weekend all gone


   A quiet day today. R*** had a lie-in until 07:30 which was nice. No jobs to do today, except making the dinner. I pegged out a few more strawberry plants. That will make about 8 new plants all together. I don’t really know how we will over winter them. I think, I’ll leave them out doors until it starts to get frosty, and maybe put them in the shed, with some fleece over them. I don’t think they will keep very well in my little greenhouse.

   S**** was online with Mrs H tonight. He doesn’t seem to be that well. His back is getting  so bad, that he says he is having difficulty walking!! Mind you, it does not seem to stop him spending all night watching DVDs. He says he was up all last night, until 10:00am this morning, watching ‘24’. Now that surely cannot help !!

   It seems funny seeing Mrs H on messenger. I’ve also got her checking her email. Now that I’ve got Outlook, I’ve moved my accounts from Outlook Express, so that there is only her account on there. What with that, and her searching online and Googling, there will be no stopping her.

   All my bluetooth kit seem to be working okay now (hurriedly looks for wood to touch.) I had to uninstall the bluetooth software and drivers, before I could get my PDA to synchronise. For some reason, the software was only opening two COM ports, when there should have been about 4 or 5. Odd thing is though, that while ever the Nokia PC Suite is open, both my phones are connected to the PC. I’m not sure if that is a good thing or not. What it does mean though, is that I can have all my contacts and calendar details on both my phone, PDA and the PC. I think I’ll give up with the Tiscali email. It is not that good, and apart from getting a monthly email from OpenOffice.Org (which I no longer use), the rest is spam. Now I know I get a lot of spam with the Gmail address, but Google seems to have a very good spam filter, something that Tiscali could do with.

   I think that will do for today.

TGIF…..


   I’m glad that week is over. Work wise it’s been quite a successful week. All my PDA’s came back from repair, although one has to go back. That was hard work. They don’t realise that I’ve working with the kit for 5 years, so I know when a problem is real. Hardest is part, is that they cannot follow my accent. For most of the time, I can understand them perfectly well. Most of the help desk have that strange American/Asian accent, that is neither one or the other, but is easy to follow.

   D*** got the departments ‘Leader Of The Year Award’ today. I think he was really touched, that firstly he was nominated, and secondly that he actually got it. He does get a lot of respect from his team though, and there is a lot of respect from the other teams too. It was a good choice.

   R*** got his ‘ear-plugs’ today. the doctor was pleased that he allowed him to put them in, and apparently, he kept them in for an hour or two. He has not put them back since though. I tried listening to one, and it just sounds like the sea. Would probably annoy me I think. Mrs H says he was quite bad during the day, but he seems to have settled down tonight. I think he wanted a download doing, but he has not asked for it. He was kicking off a little, but it was not too bad.

   Just been chatting to my old mate C****, on facebook. She is just getting used to this social networking stuff I think, so I had to explain some of the acronyms, which was funny.  I’ll have to get to get Messenger though, it’s a lot easier to chat. I think here daughter is on MSN too.

   All done.

Another day ….


   Another busy day today. Six more PDAs in service, and would you credit it, the fools trashed two others. In fact one of the one that was trashed, could only have been in use for les than an hour. Funny thing though, the guy that was using it, is one of the most respected member of the team. Not the type to damage a piece of kit at all. I suspect sabotage and conspiracy !!! It was a bit annoying though, one of the units I was trying to install today had been returned with a different fault to that which it was repaired. As I understood it, the unit would be thoroughly checked for other faults. This one it appears may not have been.

   The two test posts seem to have worked. The first one was direct from my Windows Live account on the PC, but the second was from my mobile phone, via Windows Live. So now there is no excuse not to post. I just need to try and post from the ‘3 Mail’ application. So with email, Twitter and facebook, just call me “Mr Mobile”.

   R*** has been, well, I don’t know how he has been. Apparently, he awoke in a  great mood again, and it continued throughout the day. No medication first thing again. However, by about 07:00 pm, he was starting to get upset. It did not last long though, but he had another small episode around 09:00 pm, and then again just after 11:00 pm. I don’t think the 2 hours in-between each is significant though. He seems to be fine now, but would put money on him being ‘upset’ when he awakes in the morning. I am now beginning to wonder, if his medication has run it’s course, and is no longer appropriate.

   There are three people, that I chat to, are signed in on messenger, and not one has said hello yet. I think they are all waiting for me to open a conversation first. To be perfectly honest, I cannot be bothered. I should be going to bed, and if I start to chat, I will feel obliged to chat for more than a few minutes. Mind you, I do not feel as tired as usual. I wonder if that is because of the way R*** has been over that past two days !!!

A successful day


   Today went pretty much as expected. I managed to get nine PDA’s installed and back into service. So I’m the hero of the day again. Then to top it all the remaining thirteen PDA’s came back from repair. I’ll put another seven into service tomorrow, which should mean more praise. If only I took it serious. I must get those renewals done tomorrow though. It’s getting urgent now.

   We got to talk to S**** on Skype tonight. The video and audio was not brilliant, but that could be down to a number of things. Connection, network speed etc, etc. I’ll do a Google and see what it comes up with. I think though, that it could be my PC and the processor speed. We also tried a video call with messenger, but that was just the same as last time. I think Mrs H expects it to be a lot better than it is. Only one contact on tonight (at the moment), although N*** is probably hidden.

   R*** has been remarkably calm tonight (fingers and things crossed). He kicked off a little first thing, but that may have been leftover from last night. Mrs H said he did not have his medication this morning. He did not need it, so only two doses all day. We thought he was going off earlier this evening, but it came to nothing at all, and he seems very content at the moment. Mind you we have had this before. Little devil lulls you into a false sense of security then bang !!! and all the theories go out the window.

   I played at being Captain Stupid tonight !!!! We were watching Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, and the viewer question came up. I quickly noted the number and the answer down. Pulled out my PAYG phone and texted the answer. Three minutes later, the acknowledgement came back. It was then that I realised, that we were watching a recording from yesterday !!!!! Thankfully, it would appear that I only paid a standard text message charge, not the usual £1.00 entry charge.

   Oh, remember me saying that the biog I’m reading did not have any endnotes ? Well it has !! Lots of them, but unusually none of those irritating subscript numbers embedded in the text. I always feel I should look to see what the note is. It is then so frustrating, when the note refers you to another book !!!

   I finally worked out how to update Twitter from my phone. It would appear, that I have to use the mobile web version. Otherwise I pay 15p each update if I use a Twitter app. Now, go on, ask me how often I’ll use it. Well about as often as I use facebook on my mobile, about four times a week !!! But still it’s there when I want it.

Weekend over …..


   S**** has gone back to his flat this afternoon. Mrs H was very upset, which of course made him upset. They are both worried about his bad back, but I think he was glad to get back. We have just tried contact him over the internet, but failed. We did get through on Skype, sort of, but the both video and audio quality was vey poor and broken up. We then tried messenger and could not even connect with the video that way. Then he seemed to go offline. Hi mum vas vey disappointed. Oh well better luck next time. I suppose it could be the weather.

   I’m back to work tomorrow. I think I could be quite busy. A couple of finance reports to do in Excel,  and D*** is on flexi, so I’ll have the downloads to do first.

   I have a Outlook 2007 tutorial on my lap-top, so I think I will print it out tomorrow. It should, along with the reference card help me get used to my new email/contact manager. Touchwood, all the office software seems to be working as it should now. I still have a problem with the bluetooth, and I don’t seem to be able to synch my PDA, but that probably just needs tweaking, and it not such a problem really. If the worst comes to it, I’ll uninstall it and change the USB port that the adapter is in. That often makes a difference.

It’s done


   Well that was quick and painless. A hell of a lot faster than I expected. 502mb downloaded and copied to a DVD in just over 30 minutes. I’m not sure as to what kind of a download speed that equates to, but I’m quite impressed. I’ll not install it until tomorrow, or even Sunday. It may be wise, and I don’t know why, to leave it until I’ve done the RAM.

   No-one on Messenger tonight, which seems odd. There is usually at least one person on at this time of night.