Monday, March 30, 2009

breakfast in bed and DST

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The superkid this morning, in spite of DST - managed to get up before me, and before seven (which he never does) and not only to make his own breakfast, but mine as well. Two folded up slices of bread with some chunks of cheese in them were my glorious share. He could not find the tea, but that was a minor inconvenience. Breakfast in bed on the first day of spring, watever more could a mother wish for!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Earth hour

Lights off from 20:30 to 21:30 today. TVs and computers off too.. and don't drive your car between 20:30 and 21:30. Take the battery out of your laptop, your mobile, and unplug the videorecorder and the refrigerator.

I made that last sentence up. Although if you are a perfectionist, that is what you will do. If you are not a perfectionist and just want to show other people that you are conscious there is a problem and willing to participate in a solution, you can simply turn off the lights.

Hong Kong in the dark, and there hasn't even been an earthquake!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Twitter - what's the buzz / losing my memory

No-one I know is even on Twitter. Except two people I met a gazillion centuries ago and never stayed in touch with. Journalists.

Journalists make a life out of periodically saying something even if it is nothing.

If I would have twittered my day yesterday it would have gone like this:

... (nothing) (because my computer didn't start up)

... (still nothing) (it only emitted a series of beeps)

... (long beeps) (six) ...

Didn't start up at all. The fans came on, but there it stopped, dead - just six very long beeps then nothing at all. Helpless.

OK to be honest I then did go online with my other computer and searched the forums for "computer won't start, beeps". There I found that it was A: without a doubt a hardware problem B: beeps are Bios code C: could be the CPU / motherboard / fans / memory / lots of words I don't know and can't remember D: how to take out the CMOS battery (which did not help)

One of the posters asking about the same problem told the forum visitors that he was asking them before giving up and forking over his money to the "geek squad". I expected one of the replies to say "we are the geek squad" but no, they simply told him, the answer. Sort of. I can't really remember if the answer was there, all the stuff I read seemed hopelessly more complicated than what I had to do to fix it.

After opening the case I took the memory banks out of their slots one by one, starting with the old ones, and that did it. It has two 1GB banks (new) and two 512B banks (old). One of the 512MB banks is defective. If I leave it out the computer starts up. It now has 2.5 GB of memory installed, which is funny because I thought memory banks always need to be installed in pairs, and if I take one 512MB bank out it would not see the other one any more. But it still does.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

my island...

Sorry for my absence!

I've been busy on my island this week! Working 12 hours a day or more... that is because I don't have a job, you know. The boss of the other place where I lost my job called me to say that he had found me a little thing for about 10 days, somewhere associated with their company, but I told him sorry, if it had been for you I would immediately have come back of course, but right now I'm a bit busy. He didn't believe me, so then I lied and said I'd be busy house painting and putting the finishing touch to my kitchen, and that... he believed.

I am doing this for the Americans I am not officially working for, from the New York New Year party (they still haven't sent me the pictures!).

This is the version they really want, but I like to be fooling around a little...

Monday, March 16, 2009

fingerprint of God

Just a quick one... in a hurry... it's done!

(Photos in reverse order of course...)