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Goddammit I hate fucking computers

So, massive excitement, got the mesh network up and running. Can get phone to talk to it. Can get SWMBO’s tablet to talk to it. But I cannot get the laptop nor desktop (operating through a wifi connector) to connect to it.

The desktops connected through actual cables work fine. So does the desktop using a cable instead of the wifi connector. And so does the laptop when using a cable.

The reason we can’t just all use cables is because there aren’t that many cable slots on the router.

So, buggery fuck fuck. There’s some shit here which is just being shitty. Typical fucking computers.

Yet even more lovely tech questions

OK, so, I’ve now got my lovely new monitors. And also my lovely new – to me – computers. Some HP boxes.

Cool, so I’ve now got two HP boxes and four monitors. The aim is to have two m to one b. I want to be able to have different images on the screens. OK, I know Windows (10 on these boxes) does that.

Hmm, so, there are a couple of, I guess, ways this can be done. One wide from the hdmi port to a monitor, another from the VGA to the other. That have a chance of working?

Or, a splitter I guess. But looking at Amazon I see lots of so called VGA splitters which do not, in fact, offer two different screens. You just get to repeat the same screen. Which isn’t what is wanted.

So, – and do this by actually showing me the page which has the piece of kit on it on Amazon.,co,uk – what is the kit necessary to have two different screens off the one box?

No, don’t tell me about hdmi splitters because the two old screens, which will the juniors in each set up, don’t have hdmi slots.

So, it’s either I can use both the hdmi and the VGA outputs off the one box. Or a VGA splitter. And if the second, which type do I need?

Another one of those tech things

So, new monitor. Which seems to be displaying the text a little too high.

The margin at the bottom of the screen is a bit too big. The one at the top is a little too small. The tops of the tabs are disappearing off the top of the screen that is.

So, what’s this called? Because unless I can work that out of course I can’t look up how to solve it….

Some folks just never do quite get the point

A comment answered at the ASI:

“Notice that you did not answer my question, which jobs would you prefer these people to do instead?”

Have you noted something about us around here? That we tend to think that pointyheads sitting in distant offices aren’t the way to decide who does what in an economy? So, asking a pointyhead, me, what jobs people should be doing is failing to grasp the most basic logical point. We think that pointyheads planning things from distant offices is a bad idea. So, why are you asking the pointyhead in the distant office what the plan is?

Isn’t this an interesting turn up for a Brexiteer

So, a mate is now an asylum seeker. Isn’t that an interesting turn up, seeing this all from the other side?

Given that he does actually have a case it should work out OK. There’s also always the fallback of the spare bedroom and what the fuck do you mean paperwork? Wrong country currently for that to work and he might be shocked by the career path of the one person we do all know in the right country.

But still, fascinating really….

Tech advice again

So, this one is easy

Keyboards. Bored and tired of the cheapy stuff. Also, got some new work starting which will require lots of typy typy.

Those old IBM clicketty click keyboards. Apparently some folks make them like that today. Cherry maybe?

So, the task is, find the brand and model which are like that. On Amazon. So that I can then order from…..

Bastard technology shit

So, I buy the tablet. Have the USB to Ethernet connector. And the damn thing won’t connect to the internet over ethernet. I know the cable/adaptor works because I get the little flashing light, also it sucks power down the cable. But not internet.

Bastard modern shit.

Any ideas?

Can’t use Amazon ES technical help line ‘coz that’s in Spanish only.

So, here’s a little business opportunity

NFTs. I have one specific Forbes article that would make a fun NFT. No idea whether it would make a profitable one, but it could make a fun one. Copyright is mine.

So, does anyone understand this field well enough to be able to manage the process? I’m well aware of my total inability to wade through the system. But perhaps there’s some mutually beneficial cooperation that can be done?

Do note the point here. As with the herrings, NFTs are for selling, not buying.

Horrible, but

Four Russians found dead at Albanian resort

Sauna goes wrong, asphyxiation. Horrible.

And the immediate thing that popped into my mind was something entirely different. Yes, OK, Albania, Adriatic. Coastal Croatia is lovely just to the north, so is Corfu just south. Mountains and wine dark sea and all that, why not resorts?

And yet, I’m old enough to find this very jarring. All that commie and socialism stuff. Iron Curtain etc. And Albania was deranged even by the standards of that nonsense.

What, resorts in Albania? No, don’t be silly – ah, hmm, perhaps the world really has changed in this lifetime?

New place to write

Teen Vogue introduces us to the concept of necropolitics, the horrifying idea that some lives are worth more than others. This is, they insist, because capitalism is such a vile distortion of the true human spirit. As we might expect from people trained to tell us what is this season’s must-have nail polish, they’ve managed to get the entire concept the wrong way around.

That some lives are worth different amounts from some others is simply the way that we humans act, it’s something built into the basics of the species. The only influence capitalism has, as opposed to any other form of economic structure, is that it raises the value applied to each life.

The only problem with this work is that it does mean that I’ve got to read the likes of Teen Vogue.

Sigh, the things I do, eh?

Clearly I’m behind the curve here

So, a mobile phone, battery won’t hold a charge. So, this happens to Li batteries.

It’s a Vodafone own brand one.

Go to Voda to ask how much is a new battery and am told that just isn’t done. Now, I knew Apple glued batteries into some stuff. But didn’t realise it was industry wide.

Is there a battery replacement market? Or is it upgrade to a new phone with more memory etcetc because when the battery fails it’s about time to do that anyway?

Weird keyboard error

Can’t quite work out how this happens.

So, using right shift key to try to get capitals, GHJK the L doesn’t work. Using left shift to get capitals the GHJKL does work. The l works, but not the capital L using right shift.

Have I done something absurd to keyboard settings? Or is it just one of those weirds?

Ah, solutoin! Truning it upsoide down and bangning it works!

Although it appears to cause spelling errors, that.

Travel advice for a friend

An American friend, probably will have a Fri lunch to Mon evening weekend to disport himself in Southern England in Sept. Been to England many a time, lived here as a kid, isn’t about to do StonhengeBathStratfordOxfordCambridge then Paris on Tuesday.

So, Southern England, where to go? Both Bath and Brighton (he was a mod back in the day) have been discussed. Where else? 4 days along the Ridgeway isn’t the style – urban is our lad. And not so much a goherethentherethen but a place to amble and taste the flavour of.

Could sorta suggest Salisbury, say, for the Cathedral, but after that, well? Which is the problem I’m having coming up with other ideas. There’re lots of places to go to do the one or two things. But where for 4 days?