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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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Poor Ireland

Featuring M I C O N S . I love using micons they are so so micons. Micons.org refersI mean its not good manners to kick a person when they are down but…. Offaly kicked me….Old thinking prevails people must (hate the word but) embrace New Technology. It offers a platform for moving forward. The Internet Rules my world why not yours? It is a “socialist” yes I know the word has so many connotations but. So many resources on the net are free. Skype is a perfect example. We have a free world wide video telephone system. If you have a computer and are in front of it the telephone is almost redundant in so may ways. Why does not Offaly County Enterprise board through of the archaic 20th century modalities and embrace new thinking? Why have I not been supported?

Ireland is to be bailed out of its financial crisis either by the EU or by the UK. What will happen? Old thinking with no solutions except more of the same.Wake Up Ireland

And here is the video:

Or if you would prefer here is the animation of the video:

As a recognized Bi Polar Manic Depressive currently incarcerated in Portlaoise I aphorise a lot. My favourite “how come you look so good Philip ? Whats the secret of your success? My answer “Clean Women”  lol

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Dublin Web Summit Update

©2010 DublinWebSummit is a registered business name of Irish Business Link. It is not affiliated with dublinwebsummit.com

Here Is The Intro

Here Is The Conference:


NewThinking.info has the video in a better format but its a bit slow because of the owl

Why did the organizers of the dot com address throw away millions by not streaming the event? 5 bucks to view each keynote speaker of choice. 15 bucks unlimited access. Sell the vids, sell the t shirts, sell the complete transcripts. Access freebies. Jesus guys it was a Gig! Duh…Of Course they could have streamed it for free and helped make the world a better place….btw just for the craic I let the template put in hyper links.

In the longer term I plan to create a Virtual Dublin within Blue Mars. It will Have a Hub :
This Hub will be a fusion of elements, Virtual and Real.

The Hub will be a Distribution of web addresses that have identifiers:

  • .net Will be a network of the most common networking applications.
  • LinkedIn, Facebook, Blue Mars, Twitter
  • .biz Will be instruction into Microsoft Office and SharePoint, coupled with Blogging. As an adjunct html will be learnt. HTML is the language of the web and its principles and common tags need to be known
  • .org will be accessing Free Stuff of which there is an awesome amount.

.info will provide the overview….

Oh Dear I wish people would wake up. eCollege.bz for training

Heres my speech I didn’t give:

Hi Everybody!Philip from Bog Of Allen dot com (one day people will say “Hi Dr. Phil”) . Anyone got a camera phone, an Internet connection and a Youtube account? I have, someone else film this please and put it on Youtube. Anyone got a Laptop a webcam and Skype? Ok we can stream this live over the net to at least 1 person. Ok. People say Twitter is inane people just talk about their pets and what they had for breakfast. Heres my Tweet. Oh Ladies? Could you write this down? I would ask a man to do it but it involves Thinking Writing and Listening and we all know men can’t multi task (And still get paid 40% more than you!) Anyway my Tweet:

My Cat Eats Toast Freud Loved Cats and Cocaine Merchant Bankers Rule on drug money BeKool dot net with a k #craic #crs

OK? My Cat (my pet) eats Toast, Toast is really important. When the first black proto human (OMG we are descended from Blacks? Thats worse than being descended from monkeys) was on the African savannah and a lightening bolt set the place on fire he said “Great, Now I can make Toast!” Freud a buzz word – hey guys remember when you were a kid and you saw your mum in a bra and felt stirrings? Oh scary stuff. Freud loved cats he said “Time spent with Cats is never wasted. ” When he discovered Cocaine he thought he had found the answer to all humankinds problems (some people still do) until his best mate OD ed on the Stuff. Merchant Bankers Rule on Drug Money who bailed out the banks to the tune of over 300 million dollars in cash? Coke dealers laundering their drug money. Be Kool dot net with a k advertises my web site. #craic in Irish, a bit of craic, any craic means FUN! I spelt it for them in case there were coke users in the audience (crack cocaine) and finally #crs = cockney rhyming slang Merchant Bankers = Wankers. Wankers Rule ! thanks Be Happy

Shame I never got to deliver it……oh OnlyOwls dot com is really Kool. so BeKool dot net with a k

I Love Cool Iris

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