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Sunday, 25 August 2013

25 August 2013. Cat’s Back! On a Backup Machine…

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I’m back online, finally, using a backup laptop. It’s not what I’m used to, but it keeps me in the cyberworld whilst the main desktop is still in the shop.  I had a crank CPU and motherboard. In the last 6 weeks, I’ve replaced the power supply, CD-ROM, the fan, the CPU, and, now, the motherboard. That means that I’ll have a virtually-new machine when I pick it up. This laptop isn’t what I’m used to, and it’s a bear for fine work. I’m waiting for Old Faithful, but for now, this will do. My faithful Nicky connected this up… we needed to hook up the modem direct to the machine, He did figure out what was needed; he got me back up and running. I’ll not be offline again like I was… thanks to my Nicky and his “bear nose”, which can sniff trouble out twenty miles away. I’ll have some new things up presently, probably tomorrow.

Be good all, and keep the faith…

BMD

Friday, 9 August 2013

9 August 2013. Computer Still in the Lair of the Local Geeks… May be Crank Motherboard

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As of today, my faithful machine is still upso (Korean for tits up, knackered, and bollixed up) and offline. My geek says that it may be a crank motherboard. I’ve learnt somthing that I’d like to pass on to you. If you’re a serious internet poster, have a backup machine handy, preferably a laptop. Nicky and I priced out laptops, and a Dell unit with four gigs of RAM and 320 gigs on the hard-drive (the same as my present desktop) costs 280 bucks, which translates out to 375 bucks after tax, extended warranty, and antivirus subscription. I’d advise everyone to do this (it allows you to send the main unit in for semi-annual maintenance, debugging, and cleaning… necessary, but takes a workweek to do right, per my geek). As for my desktop, my geek says that I should have a 64-bit, 16 gig RAM, 1 tera hard-drive machine. Navada knows what he’s talking about… but that won’t be until the Fourth Quarter of this year (such a setup costs 1,200 cool ones, after all). By then, the new version of Windows 8 should be out, with some of the kinks worked out of it.

I’ll be back! God willing, soon…

BMD

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