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Archive for October, 2010

Andysworld! wishes you a Happy Halloween for 2010

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

And in a traditional Andysworld! style - Happy Halloween 2010 readers where-ever you may be in the world tonight - take care.

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ps I hope you put your clocks back!

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David Nash @ YSP

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

David Nash a British sculptor based in Blaenau Ffestiniog, has an Exhibition running until the 27 February 2011 at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. So we thought we’d pop down today and check it out. Here are some photographs

Black Ball

Black Ball

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My Dad broke my porch!

Friday, October 29th, 2010

It all started when my Father visited us in March this year. I forgot to mention to him, not to touch the porch, he’d only been standing outside the house for less than 30 seconds, and said “this isn’t looking very good”, and continued to pull off a lump of wood off the porch

This is the damage he caused

My Dad broke my Porch

My Dad broke my Porch

So in August over the Summer, we called in the joiner to remove the rotten wood, and rebuild the porch. It’s almost but finished, but needs the door gloss-ing with white paint.

Here are the photographs from start to finish of the repair. Use the new slideshow option, it might be quicker!

My Father did contribute a generous £10 towards the repairs!

I’ll upload a final picture of the exterior all painted, apart from the door!

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Chim chiminey October 2010

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Chim chiminey
Chim chiminey
Chim chim cher-ee!

long overdue check on the Chim chiminey! These are for you Lindsey!

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Real-Time Energy Usage Monitor

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Real-Time Energy Usage Monitor is operating again correctly, just been offline since October 2009!

I’ll try and get the temperature guage fixed for the website again.

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Getting On - Comedy on BBC Four

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Getting On - Comedy on BBC Four

Getting On - Comedy on BBC Four

It’s back for a Second Series, I’ve not laughed so much at a BBC Comedy.

Getting On is a satirical British sitcom based in a present day NHS hospital. It is largely ad-libbed by its cast, who also wrote the series. Jo Brand is one of the writers and actors.

“It’s my perception of the NHS today”, I’m sorry to say, after having first hand experieince of the NHS over the past two years!

Watch it on BBC Four or BBC iPlayer.

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Have a little Patience!

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Yes, I know it’s from the lyrics’ - Take That’s Patience, but it seems very fitting here …..

I’ve been experimenting with taking photographs of birds for a while, but the problem I’ve always had is how to get close-ups photographs of the subject, without disturbing them whilst they feed on the feeders, I don’t have a bird hide or jacket yet, in the past I’ve used remote control to fire the camera, but the birds were suspicious of the camera when it was too close to the feeders, and they wouldn’t feed. I do have a spotting ’scope, and with a camera adaptor mounted on a digital SLR, I’ve been experimenting with the camera in manual, and manual focus for many months. I think these are the best shots I’m going to get until I purchase that big Canon Lens!

and before you critique the following photographs, please remember the birds were photographed at 100m, in manual focus, manual exposure, and remotely fired to avoid camera shake on the tripod!

Great Tit on peanuts

Great Tit on peanuts

Goldfinchs and Sparrows on niger

Goldfinchs and Sparrows on niger

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Lets go through the Square Window

Monday, October 25th, 2010

I’ve got the week off, to do with as I please. (I’ve also got the flu/cold - so it’s also good I’m off-ski) I’ve finished The Company Accounts, and I’ve completed my Self Assessment Tax Return. So I’m really organised for the moment!

So lets go through the Sqaure Window :- a Balloon Chase recorded on my Flip camera!

Music dedicated to Brian Cant (Play Away), and Derek Griffiths (Heads and Tails), hope you like it…

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My first website on the Wayback Machine

Monday, October 25th, 2010

It’s nice to see My first website has been captured on the internet archive on the Wayback Machine. Created in 1996, does that make me one of the first green computer re-cyclers! (yes, my HTML skills were a bit dodgy, - nothing changes!)

my first website

my first website

it’s here, if you want to check it out.

http://web.archive.org/web/19991012035710/pcm.users.netlink.co.uk/

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Increase computer performance for free!

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

I get many people asking me, about upgrading their personal computer with a memory or processor upgrade, because it seems slow.

But none of them are aware they can increase the performance of their computer for free!

Many years ago, at the Microsoft Campus, Reading - I attended a briefing by Microsoft that stated that the ‘new’ NTFS filing system based on the older HPFS filing system did not become defragmented. HPFS or High Performance File System is a file system created specifically for the OS/2 operating system to improve upon the limitations of the FAT file system. The FAT filing system was used in DOS.

The NTFS (New Technology File System) is the standard file system of Windows NT, including its later versions Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.

NTFS supersedes the FAT file system as the preferred file system for Microsoft’s Windows operating systems. NTFS has several improvements over FAT and HPFS (High Performance File System) such as improved support for metadata and the use of advanced data structures to improve performance, reliability, and disk space utilization, plus additional extensions such as security access control lists (ACL) and file system journaling.

Both HPFS and NTFS were supposed to reduce fragmentation of data, but with the increase of disk drive capactity, and the increase of very large partition sizes, based operating system size have increased, Office installations have increased in size considerably over the years, data and file fragmentation has increased considerably, and can adversley affect disk performance of your personal computer.

Disk fragmentation is a where storage space is used inefficiently, reducing storage capacity and in most cases performance, because the files are not stored in contiguous blocks on the disk.

Windows Vista and Windows 7 have their in-built Defragmentation tools scheduled to run automatically, at a scheduled time.

However, Windows XP you have to run the tools manually, to defragment the disk drive. It can take many hours to completely defragment a disk, if you’ve never defragmented it.

C: drive on my computer (before defragmenting)

C: drive on my computer (before defragmenting)

This laptop has never had it’s disk drive (C:) defragmented, the blue shows contigious files, and the red shows heavily fragmented files, reducing disk performance.

Several hours later ...

Several hours later ...

About four hours later…

Many hours later ...

Many hours later ...

many hours later …

and finally …

C: Defragmented

C: Defragmented

Depending upon the level of degragmentation and the amount of free disk space, defragmentation can take many hours, this laptop took about 9 hours to degragment the hard drive.

You can use Microsoft own in-built degramentation utility which will defrgament you hard drive manually or at a scheduled time for FREE. But I prefer to use Diskeeper , and I’ve been using it for years, it has many options - InteliWrite Fragmentation Prevention - increases system performance by preventing fragmentation before it happens, I-FAAST, and Automatic Defragmentation.

34% Performance by defragmenting

34% Performance by defragmenting

If you are going to purchase one PC application purchase Diskeeper - download the trial and try it out!

Back in the DOS days, a friend of mine, used to defragment his disk, with Nortons Degfrag (NDD.exe), before he started to compile software code, it also gave him the opptunity to grab a quick cigarette on the fire escape! (Hi Si - if you reading this!) - and it did make a difference to compile times!

PLEASE NOTE DO NOT DEGRAG YOU SSD (SOLID STATE DISKS) DISKS, UNLESS YOU ARE USING HYPERFAST aware Defrag utility - I don’t believe that any Microsoft defrag utilties are SSD aware. (or you will wear out your SSD!)

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