Another week

Unsure what to call this week.
So in order of appearance.
Firstly the weekend, parents away, sorted out some stuff for aunt computer, iphone, bits of insurance account, changed to a flexible broadband plan.
At home updated all systems as update week.
Tested a new synth, killed it, the system after cleaning at lunch locked up on next restart, reset my fucking clock and killed speech.
Speech came back on restart after that, cleaned up the config file, tried to get things to load, things didn’t work till I tried to use waterfox, and got a message about clock.
Fixed clock, redownloaded corrupted mp3 files I wanted to listen to in the first place, played those and did a bunch of reboots, things work again which is good.
Went to lunch with mum, did a bunch of shopping, on wednesday, not much else.
Did a lot of christmas shopping with aunt and cousin jamie yesternight.
Tomorrow will go to the mall for lunch.
Thats all.
The last thing, got called by winz.
Sadly the issue and all the issues leading up to the final issue were not addressed, they did recieve things about them but no indication of a fix.
As for the end result, it became burocratic quite quickly, I know there is a process, but its clear that they really don’t care about their customers its the law after all we have to report to them so why should they?
I just wish they did, if I didn’t have dad to help, I’d have to say what they wanted and whatever.
They said I had to be right the first time which is a good idea and which I will do in the future, however if I try to fix something and its broken it looks like it will be easier to simply ask to redo the entire entry this I do not mind much its just I wish they told us about it earlier.
And if you try to correct things things crash, sounds like the system is floored.
They seemed to want me to varify things in person which in itself while a problem is not a big issue as well as review everything payment wize.
They didn’t want to answer my questions though.
Eventually dad talked to them and managed to stop their silly process and they fixed it though I am unsure how he did it.
I suspect the system crashed again, this time my information was lost.
It would be fine, if they notified me but no.
Bar official coms they seem not to do much else.
This is a little disapointing.
I actually would prefur the call called social development ministory to be more social with its users, I know some cheat the system, but it would be good if well the communication was better at least.
I wouldn’t report to them by choice, I certainly will not trust them and what they say either and thats sad.
Worse, the poor bastards on the desk from the case workers to the opperators maybe higher up don’t have anything bar their guidelines and thats it.
Thats fine but if something screws, then what.
I am sure someone knows what is really going on, no they don’t seem to want to tell their own department.
So the following issues are unfixed.
1. the web issue.
I won’t follow this up because there is like no point anymore at least for now.
2. my phone issues, unknown because they don’t want to talk about the actual issues I had with the system.
3. the result, unknown because I don’t trust that its ever completely solved.
I mean it technically is but isn’t at the same time.
Recent articles suggest in stuff that they don’t reallygive a fuck about their users, and they will screw you over if they want if you push them to much.
I don’t really want their wrath I just want things solved in a reasonable timeframe and a satisfactory manner, my origional issues investigated and better communication.
In stead I have had to try to solve an issue that while the situation was my fault the final sequence generated was not my doing as I tried to fix it.
And in fact succeeded.
Instead of all these outcome I had to argue and get everything back to normal, not resolved but back to where it was before the issue was without trying to solve the issue.
The issue is unsolved and will continue to be for all time.
I have no wish to piss off the government things are normal.
I would try but to many articles about people trying, failing and getting screwed over.

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Back and finally 99.9% caught up with things

Hi all.
Welcome to a week of things.
Or should I say 3 weeks of things.
Lets start with the holiday then.
We all got off at 7 in the morning, thats mum, dad, karen, and myself in ryan’s car to the airport.
Got there round 8, where we found miso and had that.
Got through security.
As usual my belt beeps.
Not a problem because we have better scanners then australia more on that later.
Got on the plane.
And straight away decided to look to see what was on.
Due to a breakage in the entertainment system, not much worked in fact the system just didn’t want to accept things aparently so no one got entertainment at all that was any good.
Dinner was fucking amazing.
I had the barbequed beaf, some chese and crackers, a bun, a salad, and some capety icecream which is by the way quite expensive.
All of that was rather nice.
About 6 hours later, for light refreshments, I had basically a 6 inch sub with chese and bacon.
In the middle of that time, chips appeared and then cookies, the expensive macnut jobs.
We got to the place the airport I mean at round 1.30pm pirth time, the first of 3 timezones we would pass during the trip.
Pirth at that time was like auckland, and by that I mean fucking cold, not even hot, and well thats about all I’d care to say on that.
I mean I don’t come to a holiday to have it 19 and windy, I want it to be 40, and well eating prorns and salad from an ice bucket, but as I said as above more on that later.
We then got to the house.
At this point, I should mention that I have nothing against any race or religion usually.
I couldn’t care less usually if you are chinese, indian, maori, or anything same with religions as long as they don’t become a problem I don’t give a damn.
The house was run by indians.
And sadly lived up to at least some of the worst stereo types about them you can probably imagine.
It was clean enough, but taps were loose and dripping, the washer was noisy, and on first time smelt like it was on fire but was probably not used much.
The kitchen was full of spices, some left overs, sauces, rum, etc, a lot of it expired, most of it having being there for quite some time.
The citchen was cheap but functional, things were roughly done, but the beds were good and while the knobs on dressers were loose we got down to it.
The tv was ok but someone had tried to put an entertainment system which wasn’t much and was broken, and all the dvds were of bad quality and probably cracked black market deals.
Most of them were random shit but we still watched a few.
Anyway the reason or rather one of reasons we were in pirth at all was to see an old cousin of my grandpas who we had only seen in the country once and who we had lost touch with, in fact never met till a couple years back but oh well.
He appeared wanting to welcome us to what was now his country he having moved from china some years back.
With him he brought enough food to feed a small army.
2 boxes of fruit which included among other things, blue berries and strawberries, bananas, apples, oranges, avocados and some fucking huge mangos that tasted much better than our ones.
I later found out these cost between 2 and 5 bucks in australia but here in new zealand they cost 10 bucks each.
Said mangos were quite nice.
The package also included an assorted pack of arnots biscuits, timtams, and an entire army sized jar of coconut cookies.
He also got us 3 bottles of wine, a large army sized pack of noodles, and 4 army sized packs of dumplings.
Then after a little of talking with promises that he would have us out to the casino on wednesday he left.
Immediately we managed to find enough sauces and such that were eatable and set about delving through the dumplings.
It took us about 3 days to get through the noodles and dumplings.
It took us about a week to get through the biscuits.
And most of the holiday to get through the fruit, wine, and most everything else.

Pirth has been described to me as a pritty city, and for the most part it is.
We had trips to such things as freemantle which is their port and includes eateries like those found in the auckland viaduct.
Then we went to swan river, and a few other places, some of them local some of them not.
This included calimunda which was an old village which is mostly still up and running with people, services and such.
There are a few old buildings but most of it is still online.
All the old villages here in new zealand or at least the ones I have been to are basically not used really.
Pirth has a lot of historical things, australia itself was involved with world war 1 as were we, all the anzac things, The first part of that actually is australia, and new zealand, we worked together and a lot of us died in battle.
A lot of memorials, lots of history, museums, and art things.
Of course being blind, most of the museums and art things just are inaccessible and boring.
I can only take an hour or 2 in each my dad is really into this sort of thing.
The only 2 things that stand out about australia from new zealand bar the weather that is are.
1. apartment stores and 2, malls.
In australia there are mires, and davey jones, and I think h&m stores.
We only have 1 smith and cowies which is in town and which even if we could get there which we hardly do has stuff that cost a bundle so we only do it once a year.
According to my friend karen, a mall or malls in general are streets of shops and aparently exsisted in england or is it lundon, oh well, point is there are closed off streets with shops, cafes and other places which are called malls.
A mall to us kiwis pronounced morl as in m then all not maaalll or however it is is a shopping building with shops, sealed from the weather where you do your business, eat then fuck off.
You can always park your car there, and its never to hot or cold.
So a mall in australia to me is just a street full of random stores and places which I can’t relate at all.
The last thing I’d like to mention about this part of the trip at least the part of eating is that we had a pub close to our house and enjoyed a pizza and a 300 gram stake on the 2 nights we had to basically eat out on our own.
There were specials for each day of the week and the food was fine.
You could rock up in your shorts and shirt even in the heat and no one gave a damn, you payed up, and got good food and drink.

As I said before we got invited out to the casino.
All casinos in australia are chained just like the department stores.
So we rocked up to the local crown, just about every city has one or one under construction.
We then went to a buffet style place with just about everything you could think that is nice, the tables were always full and we ate and drank till we were fuller than haystacks.
During this time we found out things like our cussin was a hard working man making of all things air conditioning ducting.
And since it is the asion way not just chinese way to pay for your guests he payed for everything.
This is a bit forign to us kiwis as we like to be fair and split things equally however to the chinese and even our indonesion family its not polite to ask for others to pay your bill, even if you can’t really afford it manners do come first even if you must borrow and get in debt, it would be dishonerable to do otherwise.
Food is a major part of the asion style of culture, you welcome people with it to your home and country also.
So it was no surprise that that saturday night we all got invited to our cussins house where he cooked us fish, pork, pakchoy, and fruit, mooncake and other such things, and lots and lots of chinese tea.
Before I go on with the story there is a seremony on poring tea, you never fill a small cup of it more than half.
You always throw out the first lot of any new brew, to clean the leaves, and you never just use it one time and chuck it.
You also use 2 tea pots one one a smaller pot is for serving and so on and so on.
It is quite complex and the seremony must be repeated each time a new pot is brewed.
A tea seremony can therefore take up to 30 minutes to prepair and is an art in itself.

At 8 on saturday morning we left our house and got a lift by our cousin to the train station he having offered us the use of his car to take us to the station however not before giving us a teachest full of tea, and 2 large bags of chocolate to take with us, which didn’t improve the weight in our luggage much at all.
The indian paciffic after this being called the train was nice enough.
Our gold class cabins were fine as long as you didn’t mind the crampt confines, the 1 room toilet and shower combo, the limited list of radio stations which didn’t always work all the time, and the fact that at least for my mum and karen the hot water didn’
‘t run and the air was to cold.
For dad and myself it just worked.
4 marvolous days of tasty food, and drink awaited us.
Trips to mining towns such as broken hill, calguly, and cook awated us.
We also had a trip to the adalade central markets which was itself a highlight.
We had an entertainer and a tv crew for the descovery chanel on board which was it itself interesting.
It goes without saying, that we ate and drank till we couldn’t then we ate some more.
We even had chocolates on our pillows when our beds got made each night and it was interesting to say the least.
After all that we got to sidney, a city almost auckland like, with its traffic, airconditioning, and loads of construction.
Its got a nice harbour and well many things.
Our apartment had an italion place right under it owned by a couple that were only to happy to tell us how everything was done from the furnature to the lights.
They were also happy to give us lots of food and lemoncello more than we payed for by a long way and they were a laugh to boot.
It also by this time was quite hot.
One of the places manley for example was 37 degrees and higher, it was also where I had my prorns in an ice bucket.
I also had such things as baby octopus in flower, and crumbed chicken in gravey.
Sidney had changed a lot though from when I went to it 10 years back.
There were more shops, and eateries, cruise liners and loads of people.
I got a t-shirt well a couple of them in fact and well a lot of other things becides.
I walked everywhere in the heat, toured a chinese rock garden and had more tea in a teahouse.
I used the fairies and metros around the city and had a good enough time.
The time came round for us to go back home.
This was an anticlimax, the food was terrible, we didn’t get what we ordered at any case, but better seats and movies which was a bit better than last time movies wize, not food anyway and we ended up at round 10 pm back home on a sunday night.
This week has involved me updating systems, getting through and backing up synced files, listening to audio and checking emails.
I did the stats servey and that was fine.
I plan to finnish the week with some friends coming round for dinner on saturday.

Sadly it seems that it was not going to be entirely a good holiday.
As per the law in this country I must report to the government my status when I go away so they don’t terminate my benefit.
This I did well in advance, well at least as advanced as I can go before a trip wich is round 2 months.
I however messed up the dates and as soon as I realised reported those and got them corrected and was assured it had been done.
I also had an issue with their website which I reported.
Not only was I never further contacted about said issue but just like last time I went away, I got a message telling me my benifit was suspended and that I had to contact the government to prevent any nastyness.
I did thinking it was just that another error only to find that my corrected data had misteriously disapeered from the system, and that the old dates were still valid.
I explained the situation where appon the opperater reinstated my benifit but got me to speak to one of their case workers to fix any aditional issues, this comes monday morning.
My plan for this is unknown.
I have at least 3 options.
The first one which is probably risk free but loathsom is to lie and say that everything is ok and it should be fine if it remains so.
The second is to tell it how it is and get all the issues sorted which could be interesting.
The third is to wing it let them think a story, tell me what I did, grovel and say sorry a bunch of time and hope I don’t go to jail.
To be honest though it will depend on who I get.
If its a burocratic wanker, depend what they say the easiest option is 3 with a bit of 1 and they probably will leave it.
If not maybe, just maybe I can try to get my issues fixed, allof them at once.
And on that note ask why things were not sorted when I asked them.
Should I be so lucky.
Naturally I want this gone, I want it solved, on the other hand, the government is god and I must comply or else.
If that means saying I did what they think I did and pay or say sorry a bunch of times then thats what I must do.
Its only the loss of 2 weeks pay for fuck sake.
Its not worth all the extra shit.
I have read in the papers of people that have stood up to the government and have been screwed over and continue to be.
I don’t want that.
I do hope though that the issues can be fixed and that I can get this delt with whatever it is.
I also hope that I can get it solved without having to get outside help, I don’t want a record after all, no matter what my dad says, its only a couple weeks.
I can admit I initially fucked up, and if thats all they want to believe fine I don’t care.
There are other things to do that week like patch tuesday.
Speaking of future things the house windows are going to get modified so things may change quite soon round here.
Thats about all I need to say.

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Going a way

Hi all.
Well as usual I read back the blog its one of the last things to do here.
I got up at 4 am to mainly finnish my final day of the net, its a pointless jesture, I know, I will have all sorts of shit to deal with, but for what its worth, if I can get one more day to slowly get in the groove before I say fuck off to my digital existance that will be enough.
So things that have happened between the last blog.
Firstly winamp 5.58 is out on or, take your pick.
This brings winamp to the last ever created version before aol/nullsoft sold the thing.
There was a leaked version out but the official is out now radiognomy say its for security reasons but whatever.
They do say that this is the end of the line for the current winamp project.
On the up side, new winamp, new engine, new interface.
On the downside, we will have to trust that these new guys give a fuck about accessibility and don’t do what apple did.
It will be free again but to be honest, I really hope these guys will play ball with the users.
Saying that even if they don’t this is the final ever winamp in its final state, and as long as I can get it I am happy enough.
This week uncle john and family took me out to curry and that was in itself nice.
Updates this week included language updates, the fact win 10 1809 on the workstation has updated just about every language script in its library, a few store apps and nothing much.
On my and ryan’s systems a small update for windows to get some language and other fixes in.
Nothing has got updated recently of which I am glad.
There was a codec package but thats hardly an update, java has gone to a new building system, so as far as users care v8 runtimes are all one can get.
So I have reconfigured all systems to just run one branch.
Its not a big deal really I don’t think anyone used the new branch but it was there.
Dad is making noises about getting a new brother printer, that could be on the cards who knows.
Saying that, I hope he gives me fair warning.
To switch out a printer means.
1. remove all printer apps on phone.
2. remove all drivers on computer for the printer.
3. Remove printer, install new one, reinstall drivers, apps, update the printer, get used to the new system and setup all online bits and bobs.
In addition remove all online accounts to old printer though since its hap if I get a new hp device laptop,etc we can use it.
Still a way off.
I have also to do a stats servey the wednesday I come back.
This was foisted on me randomly by dad who is quite random on that.
The event was randum for starters.
I have 1 more task before I leave so I better do it.

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Patch week.

Hi all.
Well this week has been a non interesting thing except for the last 2 days.
These days were spent with aunt’s remote which I had previously updated to win 1809.
It still works cross fingers on the workstation.
The workstation doesn’t have any intel audio devices so it is fine.
This one does, and ms updated the system with a generic intel system.
This aparently buypassed the system in hardware and simply put detected an intel audio device where none existed.
After talking to support and doodling I was able to select and reinstall the realtech driver for that system.
This installed a simple driver which while it worked had my sound come out all crappy, as well as that the audio cut out and was just stupid.
So yesterday I decided to just reformat and go back to a stable os so things worked again.
I did this and after installing, updating as much as I could including drivers offline etc, I was able to update the system online and it worked.
I am seriously not trusting ms updated drivers, the system worked well enough.
On the up side I only have a printer and some cloud phone backups to do today and thats it.
I will have to take the system back to redeploy the build when I get back home from holiday when its out anyway not in a hurry now.
Before that a small patch day, a few codecs, adobe updates, apps and the like.
There was lunching shitty weather and a few other things.
Before that, I was able to fix the cameras though I couldn’t really access them that is or their router they were on.
I managed to ring the isp and ask for an update to the router and fibre box, this fixed all the other devices and after a multiple update cycle it worked as normal.
I also may have a home system to get working for people to use.
The up side to aunt’s system was I was able to clear all partitions of the drive including the inaccessible ones and all that junk so that was good.
There is little I need to do over the usual.
One more week of things, and I leave early saturday next, I will probably put up a blog before then maybe.

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end week report

Well nothing wrong with eyes, just serface iritation.
Its something I can handle if it gets to bad I can get it handled by the doctors but since it may come back well whatever.
As usual I am up because of alergies and the like.
I slept all night till 2 am, forced myself to sleep till 4 am, and quit trying to do that round 4.30 am.
I went to sleep at 9.30 pm.
And on cue at 2-3am my eyes started hurting and my nose started being a total blocked jungle with its usual chronic itch.
So I am up because I may as well use the energy I have to finnish all my work which thankfully is not looking like much.
Today, I will try to contact uncle john to see about cameras.
If not, then I am not sure.
I have training, followed by checking a couple online things but to be honest after that, and the sheer lack of any real work today thank the lord I am going to try to get out or at least sit out and try and sleep during the day.
Or I may physically go out and do things, mum ordered some plates so maybe today or tomorrow we go to town and see what we see.
The next week will be a normal week bar the patch tuesday thing.
If I can get through next week there will be packing then I go.
And I am not taking my laptop with me, just a radio and a recorder.
I look forward to saying fuck off to technology, my life and the world for 2 weeks.
The fact is I get easily destracted and the net is a good place to loose one’s self.
I got through everything from foundation elections to shopping so I am pleased its all done.

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Midweek progress report

Hi all.
Well thought I’d come down with a mid week report because a: lots of stuff has gone on.
And B: I am up because I need to go out with dad for some things this morning.
Betwene my elergies, eyes and nose, I have been sleeping in early and waking up early, almost to early.
Usually I’d be concerned but this week is full of a lot of things.
First, my hair is cut!
Secondly, win10 1809 is out, installed and configgured without all the issues of last update.
True there were a few things I needed to do but not as many, I spent most of the time about 2 hours downloading and installing the update.
There were a few extras I had to load but everything just worked and ran.
I had lunch with a friend and ryan came round last night and got cake for his birthday with his girlfriend sally.
I seem to be the most energetic morning, but once the sun is up, I will struggle along till about 9, at which point I will sleep.
I have yet to set up the camera situation with uncle john, and to be honest am not sure if I should till the friday night or just before.
Thats about all I have for you.
Well one thing of note and this is vary important.
If you want to follow my blog please have a public profile so I know what you are.
Its nice to like posts, but I had a profile blsandriea follow me on monday.
Wordpress settings are complex, for now I have stopped it notifying me spamily when people follow or like me, I was never able to kill the people but it will not spam me.
Just know if you cause trouble I am going to have to simply close down commenting.
My posts are not that interesting to be honest just a weekly summery for what I do mostly for friends overseas.
Saying that I am on a couple blogs so whatever.
If I can survive this week and my eyes are not going to be something that will majorly suck and that I can fix with a gadget or something that would be nice.
Maybe I will review the gadget.
If I need my eyes out to get them replaced with a gadget and don’t need eyes because of that gadget then I will review it.
May push me to use a new phone I doubt whatever gadget I will get will work with my old crappy symbian phone.
I wander if I can get 3d printed eyes yet that would rock.

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The next chapter

Hi all.
Lots on my plate, almost couldn’t be fucked to write anything, then I saw the state of the blog and well, there is a lot to do.
Firstly the itunes issue was fixed by nvaccess 3 days after there was an issue with it.
Aparently apple switched to the universal interface without telling anyone that needed to know.
The module used just didn’t work anymore and now does though it was a bit of a critical issue for a while.
More and more updates, hp windows class driver, intel driver updates, graphics updates.
And for some reason intel updater detects a nonexistant thunderbolt port in my aunt’s box.
At first I thought I’d just install the software and it would fuck right off but it still keeps detecting the controler even though it doesn’t exist.
I don’t have a physical port on the unit.
Next realtech have another new sound driver.
This one has slightly better sound again its almost as good but not quite as good as the toshiba with the unlocked card, not as good but almost.
On saturday the entire family went to celebrate ryan’s birthday at an tye eatery we know of, a lot of hot food, nice and spicy just like I like it.
Chicken, tofu, squid, and noodles.
I also had a nice cider that was good.
And that ladies and gentelman should have been the blog.
I should have said I will be fucking right off and you won’t see me for the next 2 weeks, in fact the only thing is the next windows update, maybe the mention the bathroom is finnished with for now but will restart at some point.
But its not.
A lot of unwelcome stuff has appeared.
Firstly my 6 year old jandles which have been used to death have died.
I have found a place to buy them, will get them soon probably this or next week.
Hope to do the camera thing from uncle john this week to.
Need a haircut, kept saying that for ages.
Well next is my eyes, they are sore and have been sore all winter but to be honest, I thought they were elergies and I just put up with it.
But they are not getting better, so I need to see to them.
3 weeks before I go on a trip to.
Lets hope I don’t have to have them out, life is not worth living if I can’t see light so if they go, I will have to go to.

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