Jun. 30th, 2012 07:40 pm
wellinghall: (Mosquito)
Can anyone recommend a reasonable all-in-one printer / scanner / copier?


Aug. 13th, 2011 05:10 pm
wellinghall: (Terracotta)
How can I copy my old messages and addresses from Thunderbird on my old PC to Thunderbird on my new laptop?
wellinghall: (Polar cub)
I am thinking of replacing:
- my mobile phone (around seven years old, very basic even by the standards of the time I bought it, and with a failing battery)
- our laptop (two years old, hard drive filling up, DVD drive broken so I'm currently using an external one).

I still don't use my mobile a great deal, but more than I used to. I don't need the latest and greatest model, but I am a bit envious when I see phones that can handle more than just voice and text!

Latop: I don't do any gaming or video editing, or indeed anything that's very processor intensive, but I need a reasonably sized hard drive for photos and music. I might want to get both a reasonably large desktop replacement, and a netbook.

So - any recommendations? Any anti-recommendations? Advice on make / model / spec / network / anything else would all be appreciated.

wellinghall: (Owl)
We are back online! The nice man delivered a clean, virus-free laptop to us today.

Now all we have to do is wade through five days' worth of LJ, FB, email, BoingBoing ...
wellinghall: (Olympus)
From a review of a monitor in this week's "Amateur Photographer":

"The 22in screen will fit on most computer desks, although bear in mind that it is bigger than the average 19in screen."

No, really? ;-)

"We had a modified English breakfast back at Kymalton House: muesli, fruit, yogurt, toast, tea, scrambled eggs for Jeff, and poached eggs and baked beans for me."

Um, how is that an English breakfast?


Jul. 19th, 2010 07:41 am
wellinghall: (Jo Grant #2)
My avast! anti virus software is reporting infection by Win32:Rootkit-gen [Rtk] in multiple files. What should I do???

ETA: I *think* I've fixed the infection ...
wellinghall: (Polecat)
[Poll #1591148]
Include palmtops, laptops, desktops, micros, minis, mainframes; do not include DVD players, washing machines, or programmable timers for your boiler, no matter how many chips they've got inside them.


Jun. 18th, 2010 03:35 pm
wellinghall: (Polo)
Is there a way of finding which LJ entries of mine don't have tags?
wellinghall: (Bedi)
(1) Two mini fluorescent tubes in the kitchen don't work. We have replaced the tubes, but to no avail. Any ideas? (The third does work, so there is at least power in the general area).

(2) The DVD drive on the laptop doesn't work. It makes a grinding noise when there's a disk in it, but the laptop doesn't acknowledge the disk. Any ideas?
wellinghall: (Polecat)
(1) Any political / social historians out there would be well advised to read Andrew Marr's Making of Modern Britain and History of Modern Britain. Excellent books (and excellent TV series, too). Yes, [livejournal.com profile] parrot_knight and [livejournal.com profile] gramarye1971, I'm looking at you two in particular. Loans can be arranged (at least in this country!)

(2) Can any historians / archaeologists / medievalists direct me in the direction of any recent, good writing on Vikings in Greenland and America? I'm not afraid of heavyweight stuff, although more popular/ ist writing would also be welcome. Yes, [livejournal.com profile] jason_finch and [livejournal.com profile] muuranker, I'm looking at you here. Pints / chocolate will be bought in return.

(3) I am trying to track down two obscure references in particular, and my existing skills have proved inadequate. Does anyone have both access to really good libraries (looks at Oxbridge people) and a bit of time? A bottle of something / good chocolate can be arranged.

(4) Our aging PC takes ages to boot up, especially compared to our newer (but still one year old, and cheap to start with) laptop. What can I do to fix it? (One thing I can do is take up [livejournal.com profile] alitalf's offer of advice). Similar rewards will be offered.

(5) I have some old UK coins, and a scattering of old world coins, to dispose of. If anyone would like them, you can have them for the cost of p&p. Email / message me for details if you're interested.
wellinghall: (Mosquito)
"The classic computer space-trading game Elite has celebrated its 25th anniversary."

wellinghall: (Buzzard)
"Broadband promised to unite the world with super-fast data delivery - but in South Africa it seems the web is still no faster than a humble pigeon.

A Durban IT company pitted an 11-month-old bird armed with a 4GB memory stick against the ADSL service from the country's biggest web firm, Telkom.

Winston the pigeon took two hours to carry the data 60 miles - in the same time the ADSL had sent 4% of the data."


Also -

"A retired pilot has told how he managed to control a bomber which unexpectedly took off during an airshow."


It's worth watching the video ...


Jul. 17th, 2009 04:25 pm
wellinghall: (Owl)
(1) When updating the AVG anti-virus software on my PC, I get the message, "A .bin file is missing." Any ideas what I should do about this?

(2) I seem to have got a pesky AIM toolbar on my laptop, in place of the normal quick search box for Google. How can I get rid of this?
wellinghall: (Polar bear)
Where is Mozilla Thunderbird likely to store emails on my PC? I'm running Windows XP.
wellinghall: (Default)
Whenever I delete an email folder in Mozilla Thunderbird, it reappears. This means I've got loads of empty folders cluttering the place up. Any ideas on how I can get rid of them / stop this happening?
wellinghall: (Default)
(1) Whenever I log off / reboot, all the websites I have bookmarked in Firefox forget who I am. They still know my user ID and password, but I have to log in again.

(2) Whenever I try to print anything to my Samsung ML-1520, all I get is this:
"Internal Error - False
Position: 0x32147 (208711)
System: H6FWSIM/xl_image
Line: 467
Version: QPDL 1.16 10-29-2003"

The error message always looks something like this, but I don't know if the details are always the same.

Any ideas?


Aug. 1st, 2008 09:08 am
wellinghall: (Default)
(1) How can I best clean my PC's keyboard?

(2) How can I finally shift my persistent catarrh (sp?) before I go on holiday?
wellinghall: (Firefly)
GRRRR!!! I have just had another conversation with Force9, after waiting for ages and ages and ages on the phone. Have they connected me yet? No. Can they tell me when they will connect me? No.

They have said that they will ring me back this evening, and I am prepared to give them this long. But if they don't, then that's it.

So - can anyone recommend a reliable ISP?

And is this the end of the annoyances? No! (Smart people will already have picked this up from the Subject line ... ;-) ) I've also got a pension company to chase, as well as a decorator. There are also other annoyances that are no-one's fault. Like, the lawn still needs mowing. But with the weather we've been having, our colds, and various other things keeping us busy, it's gotten rather ... long. And that just puts me off mowing it even more! And we need to arrange new carpets for upstairs. (I'll spare you that story.)

And then there are the work annoyances, and the village annoyances; but I'll save these for separate posts.

I want to get in one of these ^^^ (see userpic), and fire off a few 17-pounder shells ...
wellinghall: (Firefly)
My ISP have cocked-up my internet access - as in, I haven't got any. The silver lining is that I can still do everything, including accessing my home emails, at work.

(I suppose there is another silver lining, in that I can spend more time reading ;-) But I still hope they get it fixed quickly ... )


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