Apr. 21st, 2017


[info]megpie71

Continuing Technological Upheaval

Well, I have Orac back, with an OS reinstalled on him and all.

Problem is, while I asked for Windows 7 Home, what I got instead was Windows 10. Hoo-fscking-ray. So now I'm in the middle of reinstalling everything (at least I managed to get my Firefox bookmarks salvaged) and getting all my programs re-sorted and such. Have to re-download an email client (no, I don't want to be trying to use Outlook, thanks very much) as well as setting that up again.

All of this is complicated by the fact I've been suffering from the latest upper respiratory bastardry to be going through - it kicked in with a sore throat on Tuesday; I spent Wednesday being the snotmonster from forty thousand fathoms (or something close to it - going through an entire box of tissues in a single day is something of a nuisance); yesterday was spent in bed being feverish alternated with periods of attempting to cough up a lung; and today I've got the best bits of all three, plus sneezing. If you get a chance to pass on this thing, I'd strongly suggest doing so!

But at least I have Orac back, and I can download stuff and get things working and all the rest. It's better than nothing, even if I am going to probably spend the next few weeks re-installing things and doing the "download, install, restart, lather, rinse, repeat" polka. I'm looking forward to the fun of trying to get Steam to behave, since the re-install didn't wipe the existing partition with some of my Steam games in it, but did wipe out a lot of the others. So that's going to be more fun and games... quite literally. Plus, of course, I have my stuff that I'm supposed to be doing for uni (but which I've been disregarding due to lack of mental resource spoons - for some reason my brain does not wish to brain today).

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Apr. 19th, 2017


[info]dragovianknight

World of Warcraft: Legion

The overall gameplay this expansion may be so-so, but the 7.2 cinematic at the Broken Shore has exploded my soul. Oh, Anduin.
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Give me a pairing (romantic, friends, family) and I'll describe their relationship/what’s going on in their life together at ages 15, ages 30, and ages 60.

[info]megpie71

Unending Technological Upheaval

(aka I love it when my life goes right... which may be why this happens so very rarely).

My main laptop, fondly nicknamed Orac, has decided today it has aspirations toward being a boat anchor. It starts booting Windows 7, gets as far as loading avgidsha.sys, and then just stops dead. I am currently writing this on my backup machine, Elfadunk, which is the little laptop which I bought for uni purposes - it's barely got the grunt to handle Chrome as a browser, and definitely isn't up to the sort of load I usually put on a main machine.

A bit of googling determines this is a known error (damnit) and the wretched thing is a problem with the intersection between AVG antivirus and Windows 7 (and higher, it appears). Given I've been using AVG for years without issue, I'm just a tad irritated. Steve's busy attempting to fix Orac now using a couple of fixes found via the interwebs, and we'll see whether we can get Orac to actually boot and work properly. If this doesn't work, I'm going to have to head out and clean out my bank account attempting to find myself another PC which will be a reasonable substitute.

Needless to say I'm just a little irritable about the whole mess. If nothing else, I'm going to have to try to re-create my entire bookmarks folder from Firefox via memory and guesswork (as well as trying to remember things like my actual ID for my.gov.au so I can report my employment income tomorrow... why do these things always happen at the most inconvenient time?). I swear, I get Orac booting again, and the first thing I'm going to be doing is transferring my bookmarks to a separate spreadsheet of their own, taking an HTML copy of the Firefox bookmarks file and stowing it on the terabyte drive, and keeping regular backups of same!

Grump!

(Updates as they occur. At present, we've managed to get Orac to "startup repair" mode, and we'll see whether this allows him to actually boot).

Update 11.54am: Steve's going to try making up a repair/reinstall disk to see whether we can get Orac to behave. Whatever happens, I'm going to be trying to find a different antivirus program. Any suggestions for free/cheap reputable antivirus gratefully accepted.

Update 1.22pm: Repair or reinstall disc failed. Called out Geek Mobile to get a backup, nuke and repave done on the OS. It's apparently going to cost me about $200, which seems a bit steep, but is about half the price of even the most basic new computer (well, aside from another Elfadunk equivalent). I have never been so glad I got into the awkward habit of keeping my files and documents stored on the terabyte backup drive, because at least I'm not going to lose any documents from this. Plus, of course, I keep the original download & install files for most of the software stored on the backup drive as well, so I can get the majority of my software reinstalled fairly easily. Still. Curse, swear, mumble.

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Apr. 17th, 2017


[info]megpie71

What Went Right - 17 APR 2017

Well, this is the final "what went right". It's been a fun four months, and I'll be sorry to see the series go in some ways, but unfortunately, go it must. So let's make this last one a good one.

Secret tomb containing bodies of former archbishops of Canterbury found under London museum by AP/ABC (uncredited)

The Garden Museum, located in the former St-Mary-at-Lambeth church, next to Lambeth Palace, has been closed for renovations since 2015. During the renovations, one of the things they discovered was a hidden crypt, containing the bodies of five former archbishops of Canterbury (Lambeth Palace is the Archbishop of Canterbury's London residence), among others. Given the former church's proximity to the Thames, the discovery of the crypt was a complete surprise.

Tasmanian mural competition challenges artists to look 'through the eyes of a child' by Sallese Gibson (ABC Tasmania)

Tasmania's MuralFest, hosted in the north-western Tasmanian town of Sheffield, kicked off on Sunday morning, with the theme of "Through the Eyes of a Child".

Giant pumpkins on show as locals compete at the Cadell Harvest Festival by Brittany Evins (ABC South Australia)

The annual Murray River Giant Pumpkin competition at the Cadell Harvest Festival has been held for the seventh time. It includes prizes for the ugliest pumpkin, the best dressed pumpkin, and the heaviest pumpkin.

So there's the final three for this series. It's been fun doing these, and I'm going to miss it, but unfortunately, I need the spoons it uses for other stuff. Thanks to everyone who's been reading along, and a big thanks to everyone who shared anything in the comments over the last four months. The good stuff is out there alongside the bad stuff - it's all a matter of where you direct your attention.

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Apr. 16th, 2017


[info]megpie71

What Went Right - 16 APR 2017

Second last one of these, so let's see it's a good one. Here's three articles about "what went right" from my mainstream news feeds.

Developmental Coordination Disorder: Exercise help gets WA teenagers up and about by Tom Wildie (ABC Western Australia)

This article is a profile of the AMPitup program, run by the University of Notre Dame in Fremantle, for teenagers with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD).

Texting bays offered to WA drivers tempted by mobile phones in bid to limit road toll by Sarah Whyte and AM Staff (AM, ABC Australia)

A trial of special texting bays, where drivers can pull over and check their mobile phones and respond to messages and such, is being undertaken on the Forrest and South-West Highways this year, to see whether this has any effect on the road toll during the school holidays. The trial runs until April 28 this year, and results will be reviewed by the WA Road Safety Commission.

Tasmanian recipes video offers new dietary ideas for chemotherapy patients by Harriet Aird (ABC Tasmania)

Lily Trewartha has survived Hodgkin's Lymphoma, and is putting her experiences with chemotherapy and her skills as a chef together in a video presentation for the Cancer Council. The presentation is aimed at helping chemotherapy patients maintain good nutrition, a healthy weight, and sufficient muscle mass to be able to handle higher doses of chemotherapy, and thus a shorter overall treatment time.

So there's my three for the day. If you've spotted any stories about "what went right" out there, why not share a link in the comments, and boost the signal.

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