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Has it been 5 years?

Wow haven’t touched this blog for 5 years. A great historical record. Well you will be pleased to know that I bought a new computer. Its absolutely spiffing and two years on it is still above spec for high end computers. I bought a 27″ monitor and its gorgeous. My windows into the world (I still have my 22″ as a second monitor). I have also in the past month renewed my membership with The RSA and am back to being a Fellow!

RSA Member

We have started a forum and its wonderful. I am learning so much.

I have started a digital literacy mission.
It started with OlderCitizens.com / .org / WordPress as I thought older citizens can have a voice. I have since realised that ALL citizens need a voice so registered YoungerCitizens.com and MatureCitizens.com. On these sites are tutorials as to how to create a WordPress blog for free. If you don’t have a blog go to one of the sites and get one.

Will stay in touch…….

 

 

 

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5 years on

My old computer is unupgradeable . One hard disk has quit. I tried and at some expense ( I bought RAM ) found nothing worked. I bought a copy of Windows 7 so i have upgraded to 64 bit which is somewhat a waste of time as i only have 4 gigs of memory. My Windows experience dropped to 5.9 on two fronts, hard disk and memory. When there were(momentarily) 8 gigs if RAM this went up to 7.2, 7.9 being the maximum.

This all began over Firestorm, the Second Life viewer, issuing a 64 bit version. I have long thought of upgrading to 64 bit and i discovered a couple of years ago that my system could handle 64 bit o/s. I am very stupid. I was given the opportunity to get 64 bit windows at launch but i went for the 32 bit. AND it worked well but I felt Windows 64 bit was the was forward. “You can never have enough RAM” is an old maxim. I had 4 RAM slots with 2 x 2 gigs. so two empty slots. Another set of 2 x 2 would bring it up to 8. AND it worked for a time then crashed while in Second Life. Buying RAM has to be done carefully. A good site like Mr Memory or better http://memoryc.com have a memory picker for your model. After two failed attempts with different 2 x 2 i decided to try 2 x 4 gigs of RAM. This worked for a while then crashed the system. This would always happen in Second Life and then started when i watched a movie. I ran every test you could think of. You can find them with Google. They are all free.

Tested and tested and tested some more. I could find no errors I reinstalled Windows 7 Pro into a newly formatted hard disk. Same result. Out of ideas I turned to the forums and had no luck, though one person : 968120designed a new system for me.

The Intel® Processor Diagnostic Tool and its 33 page pdf about it. This does a complete test of your processor. SpeedFan shows the core temperatures.

Memtest86 Tests your memory from a CD start. You down load the system image and burn it onto a CD. Its the best. I’ve heard of people running it for hours. I only run one pass. You can always escape (ESC) out of it.

TechPowerUp GPU-Z will tell you all about your graphics card.

Dell Diagnostics Handy enough will test the whole system however it failed to spot any difficulty of RAM on my system so my feeling is its not as stressful as it could be.However a good suite to use to test everything if you have a dell of course.

CPUID has a few programs HWMONITOR shows temperature as does CORE TEMP.

nCleaner will clean up your registry and hard disk.

There are more, you can find free programs to test everything.

After tearing my hair out for a couple of weeks and nearly giving up my job in Second Life I got a stable 64 bit system with 4 gigs of RAM.

My computer is 5 years old, one of my RAID disks failed and the RAM fiasco has left me with no confidence that the machine will last. 5 years is about right for upgrading. So a new computer is in order.

A Dell:

Base is an XPS 8700

Processor: i7 – 4770 4th Gen 3.7 GHz, which can be overclocked to 3.9 GHz. Just about the fastest processor on the market.
Memory 16GB Dual Channel DDR3 1600MHz – 4 DIMMs Plenty of RAM with room to expand to 32 gigs
Video Card AMD Radeon HD R9 270 2GB GDDR5. Got good reviews and is GDDR5 the fastest memory going. with DisplayPort (v1.2), DVI, VGA and 4x USB ports
Hard Drive 2TB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive + Intel SRT 32GB SSD Cache.  A solid state cache and two terabytes make this a good choice.

Dell 27 Monitor, P2714H, 27″ . Hmmm A second monitor to go next to the 22 inch. An extravagance? Perhaps but when I had two monitors before I loved it. There is a 40% increase in productivity. And if you are going to upgrade…

An exciting bit of kit : Dell TP713 Wireless Multi-touchpad . I wasn’t bothered about getting Windows 8 as I like Windows 7 a lot and I don’t wan a touch screen. So  The Dell Wireless Touchpad has been designed to give you an outstanding Windows® 8 touch experience with easy swiping, smooth scrolling and a full surface touch experience; all wrapped-up in a slim-line modern design that looks stylish in virtually any workspace, Works up to 32 meters. Sore kara . (its Jananese meaning it follows logically doesn’t it) I can have 8.1.

I might get new speakers and a sub woofer.

Getting the money will take four months or i might go for finance.  Will my current system hold up? I dunno.

 

 

 

 

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WeddingsOnTheInternet

2009 I had spent my pension money on a new computer (€2200) I was a Microsoft Partner and BizSpark startup so was doing well. I read that most phones now and all in the future would be camera phones. What if people could sms me picturtes of the wedding and I put them up on the net that very hour! Uncle Charlie in Australia could see wedding pics of his favourite niece as they happened. Also there is that photo of the page boy kissing a girl that only friend Doris could have taken. We would have wonderful off-the-cuff photos. PLUS I offered bill board sized embarrassing photos that the best man took of the groom on their stag night. WeddingsOnTheInternet.com was born. They would get a folder e.g. WeddingsOnTheInternet/BillandPaula for their pictures plus there would be a guest book plus it would be a site for their official wedding photos. There in perpetuity. Cost about €300 peanuts in the overall cost of a wedding. They also got a DVD of the site.

I did a business plan and accounts using Excel for 3 years, they then suggested 5 years, employing 2 people in the first year then setting up offices in every town. It would be very profitable even in the first year. To demonstrate the site I put up stock wedding photos then did WeddingsOnTheInternet/BarackandMichelle just to show how good the gallery software was. It took me a couple of weeks to do the plan plus research to show the project was viable. They turned me down saying the Internet was not within their purview.

I refused to give up and rented a shop in a prominent position to use as a base I needed rent money as I only had enough for a month. Went to the local credit union and they turned me down to. I advertised for staff in the local job club no takers. Then one day the door to the upstairs started banging. I went upstairs (not mine) and found an open window which I closed moving some stuff to a dry area. The landlord called that day and I told him, he said nothing. That eveninjg he returned with a thug and they proceeded to beat me up and threw me bodily out of the shop kicking me. I managed to get up and run to the police station opposite. Two policeman came back with me. They started attacking me in front of the police. They were dragged off and the police took statements. The next day all my computer equipment and furniture had been dumped in the street.

I went to the police as there had been an assault. They told me statements had been taken and that I should wait. I waited a month and nothing happened so I complained to the police ombudsman. After a month they found the police had acted properly and there was nothing to be done. I went to a lawyer to make a private prosecution. He couldn’t even find the landlords address. I found it in the telephone directory. So according to The Court of Human Rights my human rights had been infringed. So I prepared a case of Strasbourg. I consulted with a law professor in Trinity and she said I had a case but didn’t stand a chance of getting it heard. Here is my complaint

Ref: GSOC REF:250197-10-09 5th January 2010
To: Sir Nicolas Dusan Bratza. For your information.
(Documents attached)
To whom it may concern
I am a British Citizen currently resident in Ireland. I was assaulted by two persons
on 27th October 2009. I received medical attention. I am disabled (Mental
Health). The local police were in attendance and they interviewed all concerned.
I have a witness. I was also threatened by one of the assailants in the presence
of two Garda. Having received no word from the local Garda after 28 days I
complained to the Garda Ombudsman. On 5th January 2010 they informed me
that there was no breach of Garda discipline under the Garda Siochana Act 2005.
I therefore conclude that in Ireland I am not protected from assault by Irish Law. I
will therefore ask that Ireland be prosecuted for failing to uphold my Human
Rights.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) a declaration adopted by the
United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948 at the Palais de Chaillot
in Paris.
Article 5 states: “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or
degrading treatment or punishment.”

I was subject to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment

Article 7 states:” All are equal before the law and are entitled without any
discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection
against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any
incitement to such discrimination.”

The Law has not protected me, I have been discriminated against.

Article 8 states “Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent
national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the
constitution or by law.”

An effective remedy has not been provided by the competent national tribunal
by the Irish Constitution or by Irish law.

Ireland has contravened my Human Rights. I therefore give notice that I now
take the matter to the United Nations and The European Court of Human Rights
in Strasbourg.

 

and there you have it. Now you know why I don’t go out. I just don’t feel safe. AND the county enterprise board so I saw today has a whole feature on using the Internet. They lied to me.

i.dunno. maybe its me……….