Well there is probably going to be another post to round off the month of march because we are not yet at update week.
In no particular order.
Well from last post, friends did come in the weekend for the day, and we had lunch and nice things.
While I had the recorder it was to windy to do anything.
I did round the bays on sunday.
That was good, lots of drummers etc.
Now to the house.
ryan has a house and I have seen it as of last wednesday.
Some of our new chairs we have brought are coming today.
The older ones are going to ryan so yeah.
The big thing today is the main computer, ryan can’t afford to replace it due to house and the fact he needs a kitchen table, chairs and a bed and such, and its blown its fucking power supply again in as many years, I think its been 2 years since last replacement.
I have had systems that never blew a psu.
So thats today’s issue.
meanwhile the main system I use crashed while I was using it last night.
Its fine now though, no idea why that is.
It does need a replacement but I need to quit using win7 if I do.
I don’t care for 10 as such while I can legally use 7 at least.
The only other way to keep 7 will be to get a 6th generation cpu and run 7 I guess.
My dad’s box is due to get a reload and I may do that.
Not much else to say now.
I seem to be ok for now with the system,
Not much to say, except that this seems as good a day as any to post my non news.
I am still here, had friends on saturday and it was nice, a bbq and things.
Had jono the week before that.
Ryan has new car, due to get house at end of month, and our house is due to get a lot of extra work done to it at some point this year.
I myself am having a huge issue with audio which does not equalise.
Ie, my sound in the system is to low push it up, but settings do not save and worse if I doodle things to much master volume goes way up, if I do it to low things just don’t work either and bits of the system are to low.
I finally sorted it out but what if I want more volume on something, I sometimes need it for low audio, but that means more issues.
Not much to really report on, I need to recheck job things, I need to recheck and continue to go through my casts, shows, books etc but its been really hot and another cyclone is coming my way and baah.
Not much else to say.
March will have me do the round the bays run followed by some friends coming over from singapoor for a week or 2 though we will see them 1 day.
Except for that, standard health checks for teeth in april.
Really there isn’t any news but I wanted to put in at least 1 post per month.
Oh man, um.. excuse me while I clear my throat here.
Wow, did I just say that again?
Its been like well basically a month since I like even bothered posting in here.
So whats new.
A lot, so lets catch up on a few things.
The last post was at the start of this month, 5th january just after all the critical updates and such.
So what happened.
Well it was nice while it lasted but my servicing of uncle al’s boxes at least his laptop never completed.
He complained about no colour on screen.
Being the geek I am I decided to search it online.
No colour, download x tool, run in safe mode clear your drivers, reinstall new ones, and it will work.
1. find work around for safemode so windows works in safemode.
Firstly try in safe mode to see if I need one on a test box.
Then get out of it with sighted help, then do that again because it didn’t work.
Then find someone that has one of those and get it test it and it works.
2. find from guru3d.com the tool and after a lot of fucking about with it get it to work.
3. reboot normally.
4. using windows update install default drivers as cards don’t get recognised at all.
5. install actual drivers.
6. find that the only thing that is wrong after more fucking about is that a colour profile setting for filtering in high contrast is on for a stupid reason and untick it.
Which was what was wrong in the first place.
That took me all night to do and I almost didn’t make it.
Skip a week and I am at jonos having chicken potatoes, various salads, cake and icecream as well as going to the shops and getting flash drives and chocolate.
Slightly before that I went to the art gallery when mum and her ladies were doing their things and had nice filled wraps and things.
Last week went to the dentist for a sore tooth which seems to be age related if anything else and which may in the future need something done about it however seems to be behaving to a point I can manage it.
I mean its still a bother but I can manage it.
So at the end of the week well for the last 4 days I am at ahipara again.
Its a bit more built up since I went last time.
There is nothing to wake up to the sounds of the surf, and just sit there.
I did a small trip out to look at a few bays and beaches, a couple, and paddled in the sea.
Most of the time I have been sleeping on my bunk, eating food and chatting.
Its also been rather hot.
As for ahc I have played it, but not completed an entire game.
I have a lot of audio I am trying to get through, not to mention books, etc.
Today is cooler and so I have devoted it to well getting on.
Update wize nothing today for the most part.
Oh I was able to pick up on my radio a couple news stations but pritty piss poor quality on am but yeah I managed it.
The 2 hours 1 of stories and a 30 minute news break in the morning was all I wanted.
When I came back though there was some drama.
Not to many updates bar to the extender, but the workstation failed to restart first time without a reset.
As well as that the main computer needed to get rebooted after it locked for no reason.
The primary ups failed due to a dead battery which seemed to be really hot.
It seems ok now though.
Today its lunch and maybe a few more things.
I need to complete all the audio I need to finnish, to.
As for updates, they all got done however the updates are now causing systems to become unstable, so much for security protection, thanks microsoft.
Saying that no new ones have come in of late so who knows.
The last thing to mention is that I have got the initial project update, I need to contact sonnar at some point about various projects to.
Over that nothing much personally to report.
Judging with frequency of updates and due to weather constraints the next update will be in march, when I hope the main heat burst is gone.
There will also be a few more events passing.
They include but are not limited to, my brother’s house deal which I can’t talk about till march really just to say there is a lot envolved after you buy one.
Buying it can be a challenge to.
There is another little meeting with friends, and maybe another going out and maybe a jono moment in there to.
We also get a new washing machine which is touch which I may review.
Yeah interesting subject I know.
So you will be aware about the totally fucking huuuuuuuuuuuuuge memmory leak in basically every intel and amd chipset including phones that exists basically from the beginning of time well basically 10 years.
I have been testing because I know how the early updates for all oses as well as clearing things.
While your newer units with ssds may be ok, the fact is that 3rd gen units especially all your duel core non quad cpus are really going to feel the brunt of this.
I am unsure about other sites but wordpress is slow as on waterfox I am unsure what firefox will be or other things.
Even though newer chips will have updates to fix this and even though some modern chips will get updates the reality is that most chips especially any system older than the last 2-3 years which is as long as one seems to be supported in the old days will probably never recieve a firmware update.
There are os updates and initial emergency patches are out which will slow down all systems a third.
I have not noticed at all that much though a few programs take just that little bit longer to run.
The floor effects a part of the cpu that handles caching of certain tasks so programs can access those faster.
Basically what has been done is this is no more.
Its the initial patch, and its taken a while for manufacturers to get on top of this.
I do hope over time that this is improved to a point things don’t suck.
If you are using anything not ms antivirus, then you may actually cause things to die, which means you need to wait till the 9th of this month to get the update when antivirus writers hopefully release a patch.
While this will not be any help to server users, home users should turn off virtual pc or hyper v, internet information services and iis hostable web core, data center bridging, containers, device lock down, host guard, cmac and nfs services.
The big culprets on top of this seem to be multipoint connect and active directory who knows why.
That may alone fix things.
It does however mean if you need services for any of that that it won’t work.
You may have to chop and change.
However that has at least improved speed a lot on win10.
Sadly due to crashes in excell and office apps, I have had to tell the google drive plugin to fuck right off.
I can probably manage without it I only wanted it for convenience but now its a problem and one I really can’t be bothered handling.
Technically the secondary workstation could do with a reformat but I can’t be bothered to do that either.
As it is the net is slowing down with all the patches.
If you are a geek, you can from win10 click learn more in the windows update part get access to the windows catalog and get the updates for your cpu type.
In win7 and 8 you will have to search for windows 7 or 8 update history in google.
Uscert also say that nvidia and google chrome may be effected.
Nvidia say they won’t but they are updating their drivers so you should get those anyway.
Its just as well servicing on uncle al’s boxes is now underway.
Although there were no malware issues, a few programs had to be updated, java, codecs, and a few odd ball drivers.
As well as that 7z files associations to 7zips list of archives had to be reset for some things.
In both boxes, windows latest update did not install.
The first because it was never restarted.
The second was due to its power config conflicting, users would then go and turn it off.
Eventually I told the users to leave the thing on.
When I turned it on yesterday to do the work, the system was updating itself.
Speaking of this, I need to reset the power plan back to where it should be because I never reset it.
Its been storming for the last 2 days straight and still is.
Today we went to an art place as my mum got a voucher for christmas to spend there.
However while the food and drink were fine, we didn’t get anything we wanted and the weather really sucked.
Tomorrow is the time that we go and well get out, at least dad and I do, mum has a few ladies coming round that used to work with her in past years.
They do this once a year and us 2 go and do man things.
But the weather sucks badly.
And if it does I am unsure if I will want to do anything much.
I have spent time listening to a heroes call rpg streams, not really played it much but who knows.
Next week everyone goes back to work, and I will have to officially try to read my book, trouble is I really want to play ahc now I can.
This week coming, will be updates and final servicing of things.
Things on the yearly plan.
The first thing on the cards is to pole for university research projects to see what is available and when it is.
There is a small holiday at the end of this month where I go to a poky little maori place up north and basically tell all my technology including the net to go fuck itself.
That includes email, skype and twitter.
I also say fuck off to tv.
I will however have a few things with me.
1. my digital recorder to record myself and batteries.
I will also have my new portable radio I got for my birthday last year a thing I never had before.
Now its not anything flash, and doesn’t get every station, its basically 2 wheels, a couple switches built round a reciever and a crappy speaker, but for the 10 bucks it cost from the warehouse it means that if I get tired of drinking, eating, walking, chatting and playing cards or when I wake up I can at least listen to a station.
I do wander what I can pick up away from the tech world.
There is no phone lines up there, no net of any kind and no tv.
There are no radio stations either.
So in theory it could be interesting.
Thats basically it for now.
This is not so much a christmas blog but a catchup from the last time I posted.
The next one will probably be after the week of the third of january when everyone is at work.
Little has happened apart that last week I was sick for most of it with a headake and dizzyness.
I havn’t read all this week, and due to the fact christmas preps need to be complete before 4 its unlikely I will be doing that either at least today.
I listened to radio till 9 am which is not usual for me but its a day off gym and everything.
Because I didn’t do anything as such yesterday I had yesterday’s stuff to get at as well as today’s stuff.
Eurofly2 is out but there is no chance I will be getting to that for a little bit.
Yesterday I went to drinks at a friends place, and that whas ok, its the same friend I walk with karen as I mention sometimes in the blog and her family.
Over that not much has happened.
the only thing active was updates for coedec guide, and windows decided to update its language updates.
Intel had a bluetooth update and a driver update and the hp printer aunt had had a firmware update.
The radio station I listen to online was selling a jazz christmas album, I have to many christmas alboms some free some I own outright but still there is yet another christmas album on my collection.
Little else has happened.
Things that will probably happen at some point will include uncle als computers reservicing I also want to try again with dad’s firmware as it seems slower, it may be time to reinstall windows but I need time and so I may or may not.
Bar that I havn’t much to bother with till the 30th when ahc comes out.
laters just now.
Well its 2 weeks to christmas, lots has happened as usual.
Code 7 is out, played it a bit but havn’t been able to this week due to christmas prep.
Shopping has taken part of the weeks.
For the first time this week we didn’t walk due to heat.
Computerwize, 2 systems decided to have mangled software distribution folders at the same time, windows update no longer seems to update msse or in fact optional updates automatically or show optionals manually so I have to do it myself but still it could be worse.
We are going to get our christmas tree today.
Weather has been hot but today its suddenly wet, and the weather forcast says its not bad at all.
Well this is just to say that I am still alive.
So what happened, almost nothing has happened for the last 2 weeks of any real value, except that its been 2 weeks so I relly should note down what has actually been going on over the usual activities, routeens, chores and the like.
Firstly jobs, all testing jobs and serveys bar 1 fell through the one that didn’t will happen later next year.
Next microsoft, they called back.
Sadly they couldn’t find anything wrong at all however they managed to create another problem while trying to see what was going on.
Happily all I needed to do was reinstall office and not restore the system back to the end of october which would have sucked, not happy!!!
Next, the decks got cleaned.
Them the windows, and the eaves.
This means we can in theory use them.
In theory because of 2 issues.
The first can be solved, the next we need to wait till they go.
If you have been reading borris twitter, he talks about jerkbirds, sparrows and such, @borris, yeah I hear you man, those fucking jerkbird mutherfuckers are the reason we have issues using the decks as well as parking cars outside which we must due to garrage being over filled with various odds and end.
They shit on everything.
Now unlike borris they sound really cool mostly, they wake me up in the morning which rocks.
However They live on the roof and nest there, so we really need to.
1. remove the birds after they go.
2. remove the nests.
3. put protection to stop birds ever coming back to roof.
4. put safe arieas near house so we can still enjoy birds, hopefully different native birds which sadly is not happening.
All this stuff assumes that it will happen.
Points 1 and 2 will have to happen as will 3, 4 is an optional feature but I’d like that installed but am unsure if it will be.
Computer wise, the net has gotten quieter.
Yes a few updates but not as many.
I am using waterfox which is using old mozilla firefox 56.02 for now.
It will continue to be like this till june next year, at which point we will have to be switching to another brouser again well there will be a new version I hope which will not suck.
They want to keep the old software if they can but to be honest, if it goes the way mozilla goes, I may have to use an old version, at least I have a bit of time.
I have written all my christmas letters and am slowly getting my presents together 2 possible ones allready sorted.
There are 2 people I need to give presents to that may or may not include my parents, for those I take them out, and or maybe buy something for the house or something who knows.
As for games, a beta of one is in testing, not testing it because of all the issues it has thank god its list only and others can do it.
2 rpg adventures are coming out one at the end of this month.
Finally its gotten really hot with temperatures to remain so all through summer.
There will be a bit more rain but heck I can live with that.
Usually around this time I will put a letter out to all people to simply go fuck off and not bother me as its to hot to work.
However due to a couple things, namely the lack of work this year, the fact contracts have been sparse and the fact that bar my test pilot contracts this year with government and local universities, of which there have been 2, I have not had any serious work so my offer of actual work dispite the heat is still open.
Even if I have to work in the middle of the night with the heat I’ll do it, as long as its saturday then again who knows.
Monday is still a break day.
Here is the thing though.
For the weeks christmas to new year, about 3 or 4 of them a month technically I can’t work just because family exist and are about.
In january everyone goes back to work.
And they do it early enough that by the end of the month I can do online work again without issues.
I watched the last game between the all blacks and whales last sunday and it was a treat.
2 powerhouses beating the hay out of eachother really good game.
Grandpa’s house is finally sold, so in 3 weeks that will be off our hands including every bit of furnature in it that we havn’t yet taken for ourselves.
This is in a way a relief as ryan has yet to find a house and to store all the extra fernature was going to be a problem.
This has been one of the last sticking points left to handle after grandpa died.
Now we can try to figure out where to put what is left of grandpa, and to get christmas going.
AAnd with this I go.