Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Life. ...

My main machine finally died. Not entirely, I know it well enough that it needs a new power supply and a good clean up. But at the moment I just don't have the strength nor can I justify the cost to repair it yet.

All is not lost however, as we have a few aged laptops knocking around that I can press into service that have various faults I can work around that I never, luckily,  had the heart to throw away.

For example, my little weather station is hooked up to a 7 year old laptop that overheated and shut down at the drop of a hat when it was last used 3 years ago.

Now however, it has run my weather station software without problems for over a week,  enabling it to tweet @SoutheyWeather and live update its website at sigma.x10host.com and be the print server for our home network with few problems.

The family have their own laptops they've acquired or been gifted over the years, but they're into social networking big time so I've a cat in hells chance of commandeering any of those.

In the end I can use, as I am now, my trusty mobile.  Tedious,  but its there.

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I mentioned awhile back I had an MRI Scan? All very odd.  I had the scan weeks after a consultants appointment. I recently had the follow up GP appointment.

Nuthin. Nowt. I'm on all the medication I should be on, and then some.   The consultants report made no decision one way or another.  So our Gp's have said they can't do anything.  Nor can the hospital.

It's a bit of a blow to my dreams of a little independence - but I have cunning plan...... more later.

2 comments:

Rare Lesser Spotted said...

Computers are a necessary evil in so many ways. I agree that the phone is a tedious way to conduct one's life on the net, they are so small and unfriendly at times and unsophisticated for the more complex tasks, but I think the tablet is the way forward. I haven't got one, but I can see the time coming eventually to move over to one. My PC is getting slower and slower and yet three years ago was a damn good spec.
Sorry to hear your health issues have not moved on to something more positive, head up x

Wheelie said...

Cheers for that :-)

Funny you should mention a Tablet computer. My lad acquired one while he was across in the States.

Its a 7 inch Samsung model. Initially I was a little disdainful of it because of its size, but after watching him use it for a few days I'm surprised how nippy it is, and how productive he can be.

I think I'd prefer a 10 inch version, though for the extra screen space it would cost about £100 more.

But as he pointed out, if I upgraded the graphics card on my main pc and replaced the power supply, the cost would be the same.

It's a dilemma - I'm kinda used to my twin 19 inch displays on the aged beastie.

I think in the end I have to ask myself - what do I want to use a system for, day to day, and can my old system be re-purposed over time if I go the tablet route?

Either way, Christmas is going to get in the way :-)