January 28th, 2009

I’ve started so I’ll finish

Posted in Other Stuff by 200

Nothing to do with policing, retiring, politics, cock-ups or whingeing today; I haven’t got time.

When I got in from work this evening I rashly decided to upgrade my laptop. Things have been getting a bit sluggish & I’ve almost filled up the hard drive with porn so I ordered a bigger hard drive & some more memory yesterday & it was dropped off to Mrs Weeks – who made a comment about spending money which I haven;t yet got in my hands, and then there was a conversation about it didn’t matter because I was now within the time where I could pay it off the credit card without attracting interest on it & it was only a couple of hundred quid & it really couldn’t wait a few more weeks. I think I got away with it, for now.

Anyway, after tea I settled down to the laptop with a screwdriver in hand. This is not usually a good sign as I’m something of a cock-up artist when it comes to DIY. I usually get by but either damage myself or some inanimate (& usually expensive) household object in the process.

I managed to find the place where the memory went, unplugged the old & plugged in the new, and it worked, first time. So now I have some more memory.

Next to the hard drive. Now having been burned before, I took the precaution of backing up the entire drive to a portable USB hard drive so everything, in theory, should still be available when I stick in the new drive. Surprisingly, you don’t need a degree in micro engineering to trace & remove the drive, & the new one just slots in too.

It worked!

So I’ve just spent the last couple of hours loading Vista, which went remarkably smoothly. The first thing I did when it was all up & running was connect to the internet, except I didn’t, for about 90 minutes. I don’t have a clue what I did to get it working but I think it involved deleting & loading drivers, lots of times, which has meant that I didn’t really have time for a proper entry tonight.

Except, that I’ve just realised I’ve written more than on a lot of occasions whjich defeated the object of just popping onto the blog to make at least a token effort of a posting, and now I’ve used up another 10 minutes of software reloading times.

I could be here a long time. If tomorrow’s entry is short, you’ll know what I’m still doing…

Oh, and I didn’t injure myself or knock over Mrs Weeks best vase.

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4 comments

  1. billy says:

    With your forthcoming windfall, the very least you should be doing is treating yourself to a new laptop. i.e. a new MacBook Pro!!
    Macs rock!

    January 29th, 2009 at 06:55

  2. Fee says:

    A Mac? *shudders*

    No, no, get a Dell. Ours is the dog’s bo…. round bits! Even better, get two, then you and Mrs Weeks can tap out sweet nothings to each other on MSN.

    By the way, if you’re in the vase-breaking business, I’ve got this green horror I was given as a wedding gift – 20 years ago – and despite many, many efforts, I’ve not managed to break the blighter. Any tips?

    January 29th, 2009 at 15:05

  3. Tony F says:

    Can you just pop around and do ours?

    January 29th, 2009 at 16:20

  4. James says:

    I have to agree with the mac comment (although NVIDIA’s reliability does give me pause, but that’s not mac specific).

    When I got my macbook, I got higher specs than I paid for (their mistake). When my hd died Apple not only replaced it with the same (higher) spec drive and left in the extra RAM; they also replaced the case and keyboard, saying it was a bit cracked.

    So I was quite happy with that.

    January 29th, 2009 at 16:38

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