Results tagged “Computers” from Kazza the Blank One
In case anyone missed me.. I've been cruising the East China Sea .. (see link in Holiday Blogs section).
So we got back on Sunday morning (thanks to Chrissie for picking us up from the airport!!). While we were away they'd had problems one night with the alarm (went off for no good reason, and they couldn't find a spider). There was also a problem with the back door not locking properly - the door has warped a little, possibly from all the humidity from the evaporative cooling, and so can't be locked unless you push the lock up quite hard.
Also, the internet was dead. Something to deal with later.
Went to pick up something for lunch and for dinner.
After lunch I slept for about two hours, the sweetie most of the afternoon.
I had a go at fixing the internet. Rebooting the router didn't help. Nor did rebooting the wifi (not that I thought that would do anything, on account of my pc is wired, and it wasn't even getting an IP address). So I kicked the switch. And everything came back.
My computer got an IP address and got back on the network. But the NAS never came back. Rebooted it. Cold rebooted it. Nothing.
We've had no end of trouble with all the Cisco gear we bought a few years back. The 887 router just couldn't deal with our crappy phone line and would drop out and not come back til it was rebooted. The WAP was pathetic and also kept dropping out. We replaced both of them. Now the switch has crapped out. Anyone have any gigabit switches going begging?
Cooked sausages for dinner and we had a very early night.
And then woke up at 4:30 to the sweetie having a massive diarrhoea attack. He was sick all day the poor thing. I'm guessing a gastro virus picked up at the airport or on the plane. So now it's the ticking time bomb of will I get it too..
Tonight I cooked myself dinner and gave the sweetie rice crackers for dinner.
And then fought with the NAS some more. The thing has two network cables, but neither were giving a link light. Given that the switch had spazzed out, I tried plugging them into a small 100mb switch we had lying around. Sure enough, got link lights and the thing just started working! So now I'm copying photos off the laptop at 100Mb/s (well actually about 9MB/s). I really need to console onto the switch and find out what's up with it.
And we also really need to get our internet fixed. Last night it was practically unusable. It was a lot better earlier this evening, but has gone back to being almost unusable. *sigh*
The other weekend I patched and rebooted my computer, as you do.
Except afterwards a whole stack of crap got broken or went weird.
I lost Irfanview from the right-click open-with. Had to go select the application again to get it to remember it.
It changed all my window bars from blue to magenta. Even tho it was still set to blue in the settings. Changed it and changed it back again and it came good.
It finally killed all my scheduled tasks. Ever since upgrading to Windows 10, the scheduled tasks I have that pop up reminders to do things at certain times/days stopped being listed in the Task Scheduler, and gave me errors any time I tried to open it. The tasks all still worked but I just couldn't see or edit them. Well after the last patching cycle they finally stopped working altogether, which is a pain because now I'll have to set them all up again.
I've had issues with my scanner ever since. I don't know if it's a driver problem or a hardware problem. But if I keep clicking ok to the error and trying again it'll scan. Super annoying.
And Windows 10 is extremelly rude and reboots for patching without permission. Often it'll pop up a thing and you can choose to schedule it, but you can only choose to schedule it for a few days before it insists on having to do it. But the other day I came home and it had rebooted without my permission and no warnings. #grunt
Last night we went over to Ben's new place for dinner. He made a lasagna which was delicious. Then just chatted and half watched the food channel. His new flatmate Tim seems like quite a nice guy.
Bit better day today. Even though I never rebooted, the scanner decided it would work this morning so scanned thirty six photos.
Tonight my todo list took me til just now (9:40pm) to get through. It include such things as cooking dinner, cleaning up the kitchen and running the dishwasher, taking out the recycling, doing a load of washing and hanging it out, and downloading my photos and backing up my computer. That one took a while because I was closely watching it to make sure windows 10 didn't do anything funky with robocopy. Aside from some new status codes (anything that's not modified is "modified" - wtf?? and some files said "older", but what the heck does that mean? It still has extra files, actually modified files, new files etc. Weird weird weird). But I checked source and destination file and byte counts and it all looked ok.
I also managed to geotag day 33 of my trip, and after adding the exiftool to the exclusions list from Windows Defender, it seems to run a *lot* faster!
Now it's 9:45pm and I still need to wash my hair.. :/
I hate Logitech's Harmony remote control software.
Twice in the past I've had to reprogramme the Harmony One remote we have. Yesterday I had to fight with it again for the new TV. It's an awful clunky piece of software (admittedly better than it used to be). You need to have an online account with them which stores your remote info (why they can't store it locally I have no idea). They've changed the software in the past few years which means old accounts aren't compatible with new ones. And the software has changed completely and they say if you had previously programmed it with the old version you should keep using the old version. After I'd already donwloaded and installed the new version.
So after digging up my account details, I finally managed to get onto their site and load all the remote info in the correct version of the software.
Only to find that they don't have remote info for our tv.
Tried using something it thought was compatible, but after reprogramming everything to use it, I tested it out and nothing worked.
What a piece of crap.
Then I thought I'd bricked the thing because it kept popping up the software when I wasn't touching it and then went completely dead, but I think I'd just managed to flatten the battery on it because it had been on for so long attached to the computer.
So next up I'll have to see if I can manually teach this peice of crap software to learn the most important buttons on the tv remote.
I don't need this crappy drama in my life.
So I woke up this morning thinking it was Monday. So when I realised it was Tuesday it made me a feel a whole lot happier.
But the relentless onslaught of problems and interruptions took its toll on me and I almost snapped at one point from one too many phone calls during one too many problems.
I ranted half the afternoon, and all the way home with the sweetie.
But we did have some rather evil bbq pork ribs from Costco for dinner.
And watched some Veronica Mars and sorted photos and battled with my computer running at 100% cpu from riot-act pages I had open in my browser. Stoopid stoopid stoopid site. Why don't they just put the full article (and adverts if need be) in the rss feed?? The vast majority of riotact pages I just skip over because it's too much effort to go and actually read them. Fail fail fail.
Had a pretty productive weekend.
(we also had our first fogs of the year this weekend)
Yesterday was breakfast at Edgar's (Pulp Kitchen was too crowded to get a table). I had the eggs bendict which was ok, but the bread was a bit of effort (too tough).
Stu had the rosti stack (which I was looking at too) which was pretty good.
Did some food shopping after that, and then I hacked a bunch of portals while Stu got a hair cut, converting most of Civic for the Enlightened :)
Most of the rest of the weekend was spent clearing out piles and piles of paper. Three in-trays *full* of paper cleared out, filing cabinet drawers tidied, *kilos* of paper thrown into recycling. I even vacuumed the pool and put its cover on, although I didn't get to vacuuming the house.
This was really sad, since just that morning there were 2 Terabyte drives for sale in JB for $99 ... this is like two and a half thousand times the price!
Tonight's dinner was very simple - just a pack of bacon bones, some split peas, an onion and a carrot thrown into a slow cooker with a bit of water, and come back in six hours. And I took Julie Goodwin's suggestion and chucked a handful of frozen peas/corn in right at the end. Super simple and very tasty. The sweetie wanted thirds - must have been good!
As seen on Boing Boing the other day
D:\>tracert -h 80 22.214.171.124
Tracing route to FIN [126.96.36.199]
over a maximum of 80 hops:
<snip> 13 240 ms 240 ms 241 ms 188.8.131.52 15 287 ms 278 ms 277 ms Episode.IV [184.108.40.206] 16 280 ms 298 ms 341 ms A.NEW.HOPE [220.127.116.11] 17 285 ms 280 ms 281 ms It.is.a.period.of.civil.war [18.104.22.168] 18 277 ms 296 ms 399 ms Rebel.spaceships [22.214.171.124] 19 279 ms 279 ms 277 ms striking.from.a.hidden.base [126.96.36.199] 20 368 ms 356 ms 281 ms have.won.their.first.victory [188.8.131.52] 21 344 ms 282 ms 304 ms against.the.evil.Galactic.Empire [184.108.40.206] 22 310 ms 338 ms 365 ms During.the.battle [220.127.116.11] 23 336 ms 336 ms 286 ms Rebel.spies.managed [18.104.22.168] 24 309 ms 313 ms 371 ms to.steal.secret.plans [22.214.171.124] 25 379 ms 392 ms 440 ms to.the.Empires.ultimate.weapon [126.96.36.199] 26 300 ms 287 ms 287 ms the.DEATH.STAR [188.8.131.52] 27 303 ms 284 ms 290 ms an.armored.space.station [184.108.40.206] 28 289 ms 281 ms 360 ms with.enough.power.to [220.127.116.11] 29 390 ms 401 ms 423 ms destroy.an.entire.planet [18.104.22.168] 30 290 ms 287 ms 286 ms Pursued.by.the.Empires [22.214.171.124] 31 370 ms 389 ms 450 ms sinister.agents [126.96.36.199] 32 340 ms 327 ms 377 ms Princess.Leia.races.home [188.8.131.52] 33 334 ms 293 ms 309 ms aboard.her.starship [184.108.40.206] 34 290 ms 297 ms 281 ms custodian.of.the.stolen.plans [220.127.116.11] 35 278 ms 284 ms 281 ms that.can.save.her [18.104.22.168] 36 280 ms 276 ms 283 ms people.and.restore [22.214.171.124] 37 282 ms 281 ms 278 ms freedom.to.the.galaxy [126.96.36.199] 38 278 ms 280 ms 280 ms 0-------------------0 [188.8.131.52] 39 280 ms 284 ms 285 ms 0------------------0 [184.108.40.206] 40 286 ms 287 ms 301 ms 0-----------------0 [220.127.116.11] 41 361 ms 389 ms 403 ms 0----------------0 [18.104.22.168] 42 278 ms 282 ms 278 ms 0---------------0 [22.214.171.124] 43 286 ms 276 ms 282 ms 0--------------0 [126.96.36.199] 44 299 ms 281 ms 282 ms 0-------------0 [188.8.131.52] 45 279 ms 283 ms 281 ms 0------------0 [184.108.40.206] 46 282 ms 279 ms 282 ms 0-----------0 [220.127.116.11] 47 367 ms 289 ms 349 ms 0----------0 [18.104.22.168] 48 386 ms 400 ms 404 ms 0---------0 [22.214.171.124] 49 402 ms 403 ms 286 ms 0--------0 [126.96.36.199] 50 285 ms 280 ms 281 ms 0-------0 [188.8.131.52] 51 280 ms 277 ms 281 ms 0------0 [184.108.40.206] 52 284 ms 286 ms 284 ms 0-----0 [220.127.116.11] 53 283 ms 283 ms 282 ms 0----0 [18.104.22.168] 54 284 ms 284 ms 280 ms 0---0 [22.214.171.124] 55 286 ms 285 ms 285 ms 0--0 [126.96.36.199] 56 288 ms 323 ms 358 ms 0-0 [188.8.131.52] 57 381 ms 373 ms 372 ms 00 [184.108.40.206] 58 282 ms 339 ms 346 ms I [220.127.116.11] 59 284 ms 279 ms 283 ms By.Ryan.Werber [18.104.22.168] 60 281 ms 284 ms 285 ms When.CCIEs.Get.Bored [22.214.171.124] 61 285 ms 282 ms 284 ms read.more.at.beaglenetworks.net [126.96.36.199] 62 290 ms 286 ms 284 ms FIN [188.8.131.52]