Posts about Computers

No Windows CD

Published on 28 January 2006 in , , ,

What really annoys me about new computers is when they don't come with a Windows CD. Yes, okay, I use Linux, but having a Windows setup on my machine is occassionally useful, so I'd prefer to have a copy of it just in case anything ever goes wrong with the machine. Merely being able to "repair" from the hard drive is no good if your hard drive gets trashed!

What’s In A Name?

Published on 22 January 2006 in ,

Well here we are. The new PC is up and running and I'm in the slowish process of migrating stuff off the old one and onto the new. More importantly, as is the *nix way, the new PC has finally been christened.

Walsh Western Hopelessness (part 2)

Published on 18 January 2006 in , , ,

I'd like to say I got a coherent excuse for not getting my PC delivered, but whoeever it was that I spoke to at the "delightful" Walsh Western had the worlds worst phone line possible, and about the only coherent thing I got out of the conversation was a question about whether I have a brown door. Quite why, who knows, cos every time I tried to get anything useful, I ended up on hold.


Published on 8 January 2006 in , , ,

Every now and then, you come across a computer programme that really makes a difference to your life - that really makes life easier and is worthy of being hailed. So stand up and say hello to abcde - a better CD encoder.

Tours in BASIC and Python

Published on 5 December 2005 in ,

The other week we went out for a walk with two friends, Jane and Jacko (who aren't a couple - it's just impossible to write two names without making it sound like they are) in Kent, and happened to pass by Lullingstone Roman Villa. Now looked after by English Heritage, the villa itself is inside a quite horrible green corrugated iron building. We didn't go in, but I couldn't help but spot the sign outside...

Ubuntu Upgrade

Published on 30 October 2005 in , , ,

I can see it now. In forty years time, little children will be running up to us saying "Daddy, daddy! Tell us again about the old days when to upgrade your computer operating system, you had to wipe the whole thing and start everything all over again". And I'll laugh and go, "Well little ones, sit down and I'll tell you all about it...".

Etc Etc

Published on 18 August 2005 in , ,

This post will only mean something if you know anything about *nix operating systems. If you're not that person, this will be meaningless.

Grr Mandriva 2

Published on 11 July 2005 in , , ,

I gave up on Red Hat some time after because I'd updated my copy and everything went wrong. Nothing worked properly - it was a mess. I went onto Mandrake. And it was great.