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megpie71: Simplified bishie Rufus Shinra glares and says "The Look says it all" (glare)
Tuesday, December 30th, 2014 05:35 am
I could wish Dawn didn't bother prodding me with her rosy fingers at 4.14 in the morning. They're forecasting 39C today for Perth, and I think I see how it's going to get there - the thing which woke me was a combination of needing to pee, and being too warm to sleep properly (despite sleeping on top of my covers rather than under them). It's still somewhere around the mid to high twenties, by the feel of things.

(Actually, a quick check of Meteye on the weather bureau site shows the temperature at the site nearest to us (Jandakot) is currently about 26C. Which does explain why I woke up so damn early).

So, rather than lie about feeling grumpy because I couldn't sleep, I decided to get up and get the laundry on so I can get it out and onto the line before the weather really starts getting horrible. Actually, now there's enough light to see by, I might shift on to the next part of my routine (watering the plants, then having a shower and getting dressed). If I can get the worst of the housework done by about 10am (about the time the weather really starts hitting the high notes) I can spend the rest of the day sitting around under the air-conditioning playing some (more) of the new games I bought through Steam.
megpie71: Slave computer, captioned "My most humble apologies, master" (computer troubles)
Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 01:13 pm
There was a thunderstorm yesterday morning. Which I don't mind - I'm not one of those people who gets freaked by thunderstorms (the ones which are more likely to worry me at the moment are hailstorms accompanied by heavy wind - our place has no eaves, so the windows are vulnerable). I lit some incense for the thunder gods, and got on with the day.

Unfortunately, however, the router for our home interwebs decided to die, which may or may not have been connected to the thunderstorm (we're dealing with a lot of second-hand tech here - it may have decided to die for Reasons of its own). However the nyetwork card for our gateway box died at the same time, so it's more than likely to have been a consequence of the thunder gods having their fun and games.

At present, I am on the internet via a rather ancient router (found in Steve's Collection Of Assorted Tech Bits And Pieces He's Never Thrown Out Because We Might Need Them Some Day) and my errand for the day is to find a computer shop and see whether I can get hold of a PCI network card (preferably the oldest and cheapest of their stock, since that means it has more of a chance of fitting into our rather ancient gateway box).

So there's another thing to add to my long-term goals and plans... get enough money together that we can afford to replace all the various discards and spares we're calling our network infrastructure.

Updated later: Apparently PCI network cards are a thing of the past. I managed to get one by heading all the way out to Cannington (from Yangebup) after calling around all over the place to try and find a supplier. Eventually I wound up giving up, phoning the local Dick Smith and asking if they had the part, and when they said "nope", asking if they knew anyone who did. So they referred me to one firm, who referred me on to another group, who referred me on to a third, who wound up having the part. Austin Computers, in Cannington, if anyone's interested.

Doesn't help that putting "computer parts" into the Yellow Pages brings up a thousand and one entries for "Geeks 2 U". Geeks 2 U are a mobile computer service franchise, and the bane of my job-seeking life. When I go searching for part-time work in IT on Seek, about once a month their ad trying to recruit more consultants shows up (they aren't looking for staff, they're looking for sub-contractors with an existing IT repair business to glomp under the umbrella of their franchise). So I start off averse to them to begin with - and I wasn't particularly happy to have them showing up as the major listing for the whole damn category.

It annoys me, because if we want computer parts, we want the actual *parts*. Himself is perfectly capable of wielding his own screwdriver, thanks very much. We don't need to pay someone else a ghastly hourly rate just to drive out here and wave a rubber chicken over the carcass of the gateway box while they plug in a new card. But I couldn't find the place that sold the parts, because it was buried under all these listings (suburb by suburb) for people who'll come and install the wretched things.