November 20, 2014

Disaster and Recovery 2

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Oh dear I had my phone and wallet in my hoodie pocket and turned knocked against the sink and wallet and phone ended up in the toilet. Trax a shop in town said they could fix it, two months later and a replacement screen said the video chip was damaged and the phone couldn’t be repaired. Sigh. So I bought a Nokia Lumia 735 for €170 so far it seems to have the same features as my old one but with a quad core processor.

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There are other advantages : It can take a 128gb microSD card which is awesome. It is also good for selfies with a front facing wide angle 5mp camera. Shame about the subject :) But its a nice feature. The Lumia camera suite works well.

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getting insurance for this one. sigh.

heres the video capabilities with mp4 stitching three videos to one

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July 17, 2014

Smart Phone

newphoneTo complete my technological revolution thought i better get a new phone. I had had my old phone since my daughter broke my Nokia and I subsequently lost it.  It was a good phone and I had had it for about 5 years. Strapped for cash I bought a postfone from the post office which cost €10.  It didn’t do much more than send and receive calls.  So a new phone. I went to the eircom shop in the mall and found a Nokia Lumia 625 which looked pretty good. Went home and researched it, hmmm the Nokia 925 had a wonderful camera.  It takes ordinary pictures with its 8 megapixel camera, takes multiple pictures of the same scene and a panorama, I’ll do a better one outside.

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It also takes excellent videos even of the screens:

Very impressive. The music capabilities are likewise awesome. It connects to my Bluetooth speakers effortlessly. It has great features for making mixes.  Its a Windows phone so its just a question of plugging it in to the computer via a USB and it appears in File Explorer.  I am having problems with Bluetooth connecting to the computer. This is the computers fault.  Been having trouble with connecting Bluetooth devices.

So, I seem to be well set up; tablet, computer, phone. AND I haven’t spent much money with regular affordable repayments.  AND I’ve started going to the gym so will get healthy to  use it all. My next step is getting glasses. Got eye test today and its free. Celebrating my 65th year on this planet and thanks to my UK pension which I get as a right I can afford stuff.  I get my disability and next year this will convert to an Irish pension.  Can I help? As an elder of the village I will use my skills as best I can for free. Use Me!! ( http://UseMe.biz ) It’s not so bad being old  :)))

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July 6, 2014

Windows 8.1 + Windows 7

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Well first impressions why bother with the new interface? Since windows 98 (yes I am that old lol) I have always had a customised cursor. I hate the pesky little white arrow that has been around since windows 3.1 (hehehe). So I have a customised cursor (CursorFX). This disappears in Win 8, tiles and apps so I have to tab and use arrow keys. There is nothing on the front screen that I need . One thing I don’t like is how when you launch an app it immediately goes into full screen. I have a primary monitor of 27 inches, its daft to have an app full screen. There is definitely a commercial aspect to all these windows apps. If they are free you get stuck  ads. Far too commercial for me. Its my computer and I have bought the software I need  there are over a hundred apps installed I don’t want or need. Mind you pressing the windows key and typing the name of the program e.g Word brings it up instantly.

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and this is just up to Cs. Then click on them and you get full screen. Sticky Notes full screen?

start menuI have all the programs I use on the task bar and half a dozen on the front screen. I won’t give up on the Windows 8 interface but with the Start button back and by right clicking on it… Everything you need for computer management is there.  Then in Windows 7 there were gadgets which I loved and used the BBC radio player daily and a large clock. . The good news is I found a program that puts them back.  So do I regret installing Windows 8.1? By no means its the latest generation of windows. It boots much much faster  and has more security functions. The Task Manager is great and you can see exactly whats going on with the processor and RAM.  I have no problem with two monitors either dragging windows from one to another and I have the task bar on both monitors.  So I like Windows 8 just don’t like Metro or the apps but don’t use them. I like Windows 7  and have it as the interface but under the bonnet its Windows 8.1. I boot straight into the desktop.

 

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So I have the best of both worlds.

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July 1, 2014

New System arrives

Whoopee! I have a new computer.

Dell i7 – 4770 Intel processor up to 3.9 GHz
, this is the fastest processor I could find on the Dell. There was an Alienware that went up to 4 GHz but the rest of the spec was not so good,

32 GB RAM, I researched this and at the moment it is far in excess of what most applications need so this is future proofing.

256GB Solid State Drive, my first choice was a HDD with a 32 gig SSD cache but on investigation the system can have only one SSD so I thought its better to get a large drive and forgo Intels Smart Response Technology that swaps to a 32GB SSD.

3TB Hard Disk Drive
, 3 terabytes may seem huge but I download and watch lots of movies at blue ray quality I bought a 2 TB USB HDD and after 6 months had filled three quarters of it.

Radeon R7 2 GB DDR5,
This is the only thing I would have liked to have a more powerful card. But I researched it and its a good card. I can always upgrade.

27 inch Dell Monitor.
This is a lovely monitor of the Dell Professional class. It is very bright and I am running at 75% brightness and contrast which is great. It has full pivot so can be be watched in portrait.

Sweet! Here’s a pic of the monitors my “0ld” 22 inch is on the left my new 27 inch is on the right.

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The whole system is very fast with the solid state hard disk, boot time is around 8 TO 10 seconds. The problems I encountered were primarily not being able to run Second Life without crashing and not being able to process video capture of Camtasia Studio, especially at high resolutions. Both these problems have been resolved. I can now capture over two screens and run second life over two screens. Here is a video I made as a test:

So in summary I am delighted with my new system which includes two more speakers and a sub woofer. I also have a Windows 8, track pad which I haven’t got working properly yet. I have my doubts about Windows 8 and spend most of my time in desktop mode. Not sure I understand the Charms, seems to be long winded to get anywhere.

Here is my performance score, in my old system the overall school was 5.4 due to a slow hard disk. Memory and processor were 7.1. Windows 8 no longer has a GUI interface for performance but it still exists using power shell:

CPUScore : 8.3
D3DScore : 8.4
DiskScore : 8.15
GraphicsScore : 8.4
MemoryScore : 8.3
WinSPRLevel : 8.15
PSComputerName : PHILIP

You won’t get much better than that as in windows 7 the top score possible was 7.4.

ref Windows 8 Performance Indicator: http://www.cnet.com/uk/how-to/find-your-windows-experience-index-scores-in-windows-8-1/

So in summary :WOW!!!!!

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June 8, 2014

Tails From The Cat Shop Special Edition

TAILS FROM THE CAT SHOP
COUNTDOWN DEAL (USA Only)
6 to 12 June 2014
Buy for a limited time special discount
Follow this link:

http://www.amazon.com/TAILS-CAT-SHOP-Jessika-Jenvieve-ebook/dp/B00IFRFR7G

 

 

bookFantasy meets Reality in Cyberspace, in a world where our online and offline experiences, friendships and even, our identities are excitingly entangled. Avatars are extensions of us, leading lives parallel to our own dull everyday existence. Having a Virtual Life sets you free to dream and some dreams do come true.

Meet the Divine Penny, the Italian-speaking Siamese cat, with the delicate chocolate paws, and find out if Professor Poppett’s poodle recovers from ‘indoor barking syndrome’. Go on an adventure in the alligator infested bayou to hunt for the Golden Kitten and find out why love always wins the day.

 

 

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May 29, 2014

Stop Gap

But also a nice bit of tech. My computer won’t display moving pictures. After extensive tests it seems the sockets for RAM are faulty. The moment any load is placed on the computer it freezes requiring a hard reboot. Second Life is impossible. It will take at least a month to three before I can get a new PC. This is unacceptable. I would lose my job as a host and possibly my girlfriend. I knew an iPad was out of the question as it wouldn’t run sl. So a tablet was the way to go. I bought three. The first one was from Debenhams the Intenso for €90 however it was somewhat low spec so I sent it back. The second was from Irulu this had a hdmi connection, keyboard and network socket. After researching it I cancelled the order. It didn’t have the memory or processor.

ASUS MeMO Pad HD 7 ME173X with a 1.2 GHz quad core processor with 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage. Cost €125. The sl client is Lumiya and you can find it here

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This is a nice bit of tech. It is very fast and runs aps effortlessly. One problem with sl tho is the space for the display: As you can see the 3D view is confined to a very small window. However one feature of the ASUS that was a selling point was that it had bluetooth. My planned PC has bluetooth so I thought it would be handy.

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I found a bluetooth keyboard for £25. Its great little bigger than the ASUS itself comes with a carrying case. It has been designed for the ASUS. Installation is very easy and despite the instructions saying you have to install it each time the unit powers of this is not the case. It works really well. So the screen I end up with is :

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It took a few sessions to master it and there are some shortcomings but still learning. All in all its great and will keep me going till i get my new PC. I networked it and have complete access to my PC hard disk and USB drives.I watch movies on it streamed over the wifi.

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April 28, 2014

Bite The Bullet

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Categories: 2014, Dell, Firestorm, Graphics, Second Life, Society
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Yes I have to give up. I’ve tried everything to make 8 gigs of RAM work on my computer without success. I’m running 64 bit windows with 4 gigs of RAM and it works, for now. My current system is over 5 years old, so it’s ready for replacement. So I’m going to buy a new PC. Another Dell

Base is an XPS 8700 i7 – 4770 4th Gen 3.7 GHz, which can be overclocked to 3.9 GHz.
Memory 16GB Dual Channel DDR3 1600MHz – 4 DIMMs
Video Card AMD Radeon HD R9 270 2GB GDDR5
(I’m keeping my monitor unless I decide to have two)
Hard Drive 2TB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive + Intel SRT 32GB SSD Cache

has lots of room for expansion. Cost €1,239 inc taxes and shipping

have to wait for new ID so can’t buy until the end of May

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April 8, 2014

I’m a joke

Yes I’m a joke for crashing so much. The quips are prolific from “Crash Dummy” to “yo yo” and people say they will create a “welcome back Dude” gesture. Its getting to be, I am a joke. This has become painful. I feel like a fool who can’t get his computer to work properly.

I don’t know what is wrong.

Graphics card works fine with a core gpu temperature of 41C its not overheating.
All cpus are fine with a max temp of 51C
Tested all blocks of RAM
All windows programs run fine.
I formatted the hard disk and created partitions.

32 bit Firestorm (second life) crashes immediately doesn’t even load the inventory even running with graphics set to low.
64 bit Firestorm runs for longer with low graphics but eventually crashes.

I’ve been at this constantly for over a week. Its getting tiresome and I am seriously thinking of giving up second life completely

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March 13, 2014

Emptiness

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Categories: Emptiness, Philosophy
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We were never really born, we will never really die. It has nothing to do with the imaginary idea of a personal self, other selves, many selves everywhere: Self is only an idea, a mortal idea. That which passes into everything is one thing. It’s a dream already ended. There’s nothing to be afraid of and nothing to be glad about. I know this from staring at mountains months on end. They never show any expression, they are like empty space. Do you think the emptiness of space will ever crumble away? Mountains will crumble, but the emptiness of space, which is the one universal essence of mind, the vast awakenerhood, empty and awake, will never crumble away because it was never born.

Jack Kerouac (March 12, 1922–October 21, 1969) .

Its his birthday today. There is a tribute on brainpickings.org
. Very good piece it was too. He was speaking about Sunyata, Śūnyatā, (Sanskrit, also shunyata; Pali: suññatā), in Buddhism, translated into English as emptiness, voidness,[1] openness,[2] spaciousness, vacuity, is a Buddhist concept which has multiple meanings depending on its doctrinal context. In Theravada Buddhism, suññatā often refers to the not-self (Pāli: anatta, Sanskrit: anātman) Suññatā is also often used to refer to a meditative state or experience.

The emptiness of space will not crumble as it is no existant thing. It has no beginning and no ending. It only is.

For more on Buddhism please visit my Jnanabodhi.com site

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February 15, 2014

Tails From The Cat Shop

Great new book out from Storm! Must Read! Click on the picture to buy.

Fantasy meets Reality in Cyberspace, in a world where our online and offline experiences, friendships and even, our identities are excitingly entangled. Avatars are extensions of us, leading lives parallel to our own dull everyday existence. There are no limits to our Virtual Lives and we are free to live in any World we choose. Having a Virtual Life sets you free to dream and some dreams do come true.

Storm and Dude are partners. In spite of the fiercely opposing time zones, they meet and fall in love on the dance floor of the Junkyard Blues Club in the Virtual World of Second Life. They begin collecting breedable cats and their Second Life gets very crowded, so together they open Not Another Kitten, a Cat Shop in Cyberspace. Then the Cat Shop meets the University and both Worlds collide with laughter.

Meet the Divine Penny, the Italian-speaking Siamese cat, with the delicate chocolate paws, and find out if Professor Poppett’s poodle recovers from ‘indoor barking syndrome’. Go on an adventure in the alligator infested bayou to hunt for the Golden Kitten and find out why love always wins the day.

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Quite an achievment. Started as a blog and became a book. Well done Storm very proud of you!


Heres the URL again : http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IFRFR7G

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