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Skype now has a button for calling folk. Its at the bottom

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Free Stuff

Re Posted from Family Blogs dot me Family Blogs dot info is the main site.

You might be temptied to get a free site, weebly, webnode and WordPress all offer free sites and will let you register a gTLD a generic top level domain like dot com for a price. BUT you will find drawbacks. How many email addresses do you get, with forwarders? How much disk space? Can you have sub domains? You might get a dot me from wordpress like this one. i got this site to add to my SEO but the real site is Family Blogs dot info. Why? A big big reason compare the twp pictures below:

selfhostedI registerd a domain with freehosting.com to discover it did not have an up-to-dare cPanel and that half the utilities were missinng. It took nearly three weeks, a dozen emails and the threat of a court action to get it to a paid hosting like it is on today. I get 24/7 support from my service provider. Anything I don’t know about domains and servers I can find out immediately. I have been using WordPress since 2008.

FamilyBlogs.info is a web site. blog.FamilyBlogs.info is the blog in a sub domain. The blog is set up as a family blog. I do the same with IrishSecure.com the blog is at sl.IrishSecure.com this is an individual blog.

I use the connumity / family plugin on two sites GodKnows.info and SecondLife.HostsLikeMe.com . both these allow others to contribute.

A guiding principle for me isL “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him to fish and he will never starve.” The days are gone where techys rule the web. Millions are doing it for themselves.

You can do it. Set yourself up as administrator, practice your skills. It will take up very little of your time BUT spend some cash as FREE things should be looked at carefully.

N.B. I make graphics animations and videos. I charge €10 about $6 an hour. Below is one of my favourites. It was made on my island in Second life.

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Virtual Classrooms

logobookI am desperate to teach. One way will be to have a virtual classroom in second life. I found such a classroom in my wanderings. AND found a whole world of teaching at Texas State. Here is the classroom I found Set up by the look of it as a Primary School Classroom. ,> you can watch it better on this page<

But Then Dear Readers I returned a bit later to the classroom and found a techy working there. We chatted and they will be using the classroom for teacher training. Another opportunity for Avatar Creations perhaps. However I got a link to a great project they had going in 2011.

Heres An Explanation of it. Sorry about the sound:>

My next step is to visit. I have done a voice over as rhe cones don’t seem to work.

Unfortunately the cones appear to be inactive. Could be my viewer and / or might need a plugin.

HOWEVER as you can see from the first video Second Life has a great academic role to play. The construction of the virtual classroom using modern techniques and make for a truly realistic environment. What I plan is a feature not seemingly explored that of facilitating DISTANCE LEARNING. Watch this space

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Your Domain

googledudesuitPlease note all links open a new tab.

In the era of hyperconnectivity and 21st Century Networks®

both coming of age, you or your avatar [I have DudeStarship.com] or both [see IrishSecure.com] need a personal web address. . Personal Domains® are another of my companies. The advantages are manifold. You can have a community blog, this is a “blog”, where members of your family can interact.

You can create a global cyberidentity Gone are the days of a domain address being for business. Now it just got personal.

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logogoldAND HOW MUCH DOES ALL THIS COST? Well its $15 or €10 A YEAR to register a domain then $27 or €20 A QUARTER to host it. Thats a couple of bucks a week. A small coffee.  INCLUDING 4,500 templates BLOGS to come out of your ears [WordPress is the best with 61 million installations] Unlimited Emails Unlimited sub domains all on one of the fastest servers on the net [16 CPU’s Intel Xeon ] ALL INCLUDED PLUS online help [see help.irishsecure.com] PLUS ME!!!  If you can’t do it yourself, well  that’s what we encourage,  otherwise we will be happy to help. I have been at this since 2001 here is my first Business Site IrishSecure 12 years ago so I know my stuff. Charges €10 an hour first hour free. AND boy can we do a lot in an hour. There are thousands of WordPress designs available. No reason to spend a penny. The Internet is run by free stuff why not everything else too. however there is a caveat : Be warned against Free Hosting. It took me two weeks and threats of a law suit to get a domain  name servers changed from freehosting dot com. How do they pay service and electricity. Ads? Limited services? We are and will remain Ad free. Its not about making money its about making a difference. I have pet grievances like how our society is dominated by 4 big banks and I am not frightened to talk about it [see GodKnows.info ] I believe unless ordinary people have a voice nothing will change. Nowadays that voice needs must be electronic. My 19 year old daughter has a voice she showed me The Scale Of The Universe that she put up on her domain. Its free so I nicked it. This is just me. Your domain is yours to do with as you like. Except to follow the declaration of human rights. The important thing is for YOU to get a domain! AND it takes 10 minutes AND €10 .

We have online help files at help dot IrishSecure dot com feel free to peruse them. We also use Skype to help you through setting up your domain. Setting up emails takes about 15 minutes. Installing WordPress in a sub domain ten minutes.  Teaching you the basics of customization 30 minutes.  From saying “I want this domain to up and running say 2 hours. The only thing that might slow us down is your Internet Service Providers speed of updating their name servers.

So do it: Remember:>

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