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Well, I have a working 64-bit installation here, and yes it's fast. 2000*1500 onscreen also makes things look very very small indeed, but I like it. I don't know if I'll run it this hard all the time, but it's certainly nice to have the option.

I'm busily reading Capital of the Mind at the moment, which I heartily recommend - it's about Edinburgh and the Scottish Enlightenment. I haven't reached the bit about Hutton yet, but Hume, Adam, and various others feature very heavily. As you'd expect.

Kate and Tony were up over the weekend, and it was lovely to see then - after far too long a gap. Loads of other people came out of the woodwork to see them, so I had a great time talking to people like Richard Walsh, who I haven't seen in years. Fantastic stuff. I particularly enjoyed explaining The Broons to Kate, but it was all good. They've almost promised to come back to Edinburgh soon, which is almost good enough. Incidentally, I believe I have mentioned that you're all encouraged to come visit, but I'd rather like to emphasise that:

Come visit..

Thank you. This has been a public information announcement.

Further ramblings )
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While I was out of Edinburgh, the config fairies have turned up the resolution of my display.

I am happy about this.
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Download clients are clearly like buses. I've been using an unflashy but perfectly functional Perl script for several years, and because I'm on a different machine and had to search for it, I found not one but two glitzy GUI clients to play with. One was called emusic-gnome but has been redubbed Germanium - no doubt as a homage to Laibach's frequent collaborators of almost that name. It works rather well, too. Once you've associated .emp downloads with it, it just pulls the files down and sticks them in the right place. Bob's your auntie.

The other one is Emusic's own Download Manager 4.0, which is apparently in Alpha testing . . . which doesn't usually mean throwing it out to the public as far as I can tell, but it seems to work so what the hell. It differs from Germanium in that it seems to have eaten a web browser for its breakfast. Rather than clicking to download and it taking over, your run it and it displays Emusic's site. You navigate around within it. I haven't yet tried using it to buy stuff off Ebay or anonymously harass enemies in online forums, but you probably could. I've a feeling someone at Emusic saw a definition of "overengineer" and thought it sounded like a good idea. It does work, though. It doesn't look entirely ready in presentation terms, but it worked perfectly.

Today we mostly have a blocked toilet here. Slightly backed up, actually, although it hasn't overflowed. Yet. Scottish Water didn't send anyone out to unblock the drain today because they had it noted that the "facilities" weren't affected. Now, how exactly you extract that conclusion from somebody telling you that a toilet's backed up I don't know, but that's what they've managed. After a certain amount of remonstrance they're going to try to get someone round this evening, which may or may not mean before the toilet explodes when upstairs flush.

Incidentally, is there a way of telling XP that if it asks me whether I want to reset the computer to complete the update process one more time, I'm going to leave it sitting beside the toilet?
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We announced completion of the Project three years ago today. It seems much longer. Within a week the turnover of flatmates had convinced me to quit and move back here. I gave my notice in the same day.

The bathroom's not finished, and it turns out that the usual rule about workmen never being available (even for an emergency) outside the usual hours doesn't apply when you'd like it to - the tiler's only available on Sunday, which totally hoses my plan to spend the weekend in Glasgow seeing people at Eastercon. I'll go over tomorrow and after he's finished on Sunday - and maybe stay until Monday depending on what people are doing.

Today I've been rebuilding Zachariah, as some sort of event on Tuesday hosed the power supply and two rather nice hard drives. I have a third with nothing important on it, so in principle I could try swapping the logic boards to do some data recovery. Even partially dismantling a hard drive, of course, is not a job for the nervous, so . . . how bold am I feeling?

Beltane's going well. There was a walkthrough on Tuesday with all the cueing, and Amy insisted that Fred and I produce a coal on the monument in some pretty fierce wind. Amazingly, we managed it, although we then managed to allow it to blow away. Ho hum.


Nov. 23rd, 2005 02:39 pm
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The Today program this morning was enlivened by Andy Kershaw's incredulous "NO?!" on hearing that Bob Dylan's set in London on Monday included a version of London Calling.

I spent too long today looking for a drive-bay USB hub that takes power from the PC's supply and attaches to a motherboard header rather than the back panel. I think I may be asking for a bit too much. It looks like a different lead should be possible, though.

A bit of a shock about Tal. I only met him a few times, but he seemed like a really nice bloke.
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My boss, Nick, has the same sound card I do, an M-Audio. He's been having problems getting it to work, so some time ago - a year, maybe - he asked if I could have a look at it. Of course, I said I 'd be happy to (and I was even telling the truth when I said it). He's not happy about leaving it with me because he does a lot of work from home, so the plan has been for him to bring it in and me find time to fix it during the day. This has only just happened. It was finally here today. Now, I know that he got this card in particular for his daughter to record and play stuff. She's a jazz singer. I think she may now be off at some college or Uni in Paris, though, so it's probably outlived that purpose without making it into use.

I didn't have the right lead or the login password, so I mailed him about the latter and went for a walk to buy the former.

So when I got back he was out of his meeting and had logged in. I connected it all up and sat down, at which point he walked in and asked how I was and how I was getting on. We chatted a bit, and then he left the room. I looked at the control panel, saw an M-Audio control program, pressed a click-box on the routing tab and opened the door to let the B-52s out (Private Idaho, of course).

Total work time - about five minutes. He seemed very impressed. I'd thought he'd said that the systems bods had had a quick look, but I don't see that they'd have missed something so obvious. Still, at least he'll remember me as having been useful for something.
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Paul Nizan, apparently.

I got another Interpol album over the weekend, and it's very good. About as different from the two I already have as they are from each other, and just as much fun. For some reason it doesn't say "Interpol" on it anywhere, but instead is labelled "Editors". Even so, I've no idea how they managed to sneak it out with so little publicity1. And a package arrived yesterday which I thought was a bit small for an Illuminati expansion, but it turned out it was a couple of Gin Palace CDs. I'd forgotten about having ordered them, but happily the band themselves hadn't.

Ordered another half-gig for the PC. Thirty quid for half a gig? I can remember when it was that much for four megs. And it wasn't all that long ago, either.

Very tempted by a cheap LJ5. And possibly by an OM2000. I've been thinking I'd like spot-metering, and it turns out there's a camera which is almost exactly like what I have, but with spot-metering. And a lot cheaper than an OM4. And almost indescribably cheaper than an OM3. But I'm buying too many records and concert tickets already and some evil evil individual has just told me that the Young Gods are touring soon too, so spending on anything very much may have to wait a while.

Peter denies all knowledge of the other lens, which leaves us at an impasse.

I'm tempted by the ten-songs-I'm-not-ashamed-of thing, but I'm stalled at six. I can, on the other hand, manage ten Things I Love About Where I Live, but could I manage to stop at only ten?

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1: Yes, actually I do know. No need to explain to me.

PC back.

Sep. 26th, 2005 11:58 pm
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Either it's something obscure relating to the CD writer, or I need a new SCSI card. Temporary relief (or perhaps semi-permanent if I don't get my arse into gear) came via swapping in an older card from my old and unused PC.

So, the next question - I've always gone with the NCR/Symbios/LSI/whoever owns them these days 800-series cards, and they've always worked fine for me. Anyone know what the current ones are like? I saw an article recently claiming that the linux drivers (it'll only really be used with Debian) aren't as good as the Adaptec drivers. Is this likely to be true?

Many thanks.


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