Feb 062017
 

Just to reiterate what Big Gee said in a comment, my computer is shot, so until I get a new one and transfer everything, I will not be able to post anything new. So please be patient, and those of you who thought I’d given up the ghost – hard luck! For I shall soon be hunting you down again, re-armed and refreshed from my wee break.

UPDATE 11.02.2017: I’ve splashed out on a new machine but it’s going to take a few days to get back in the flow. It seems I screwed up the hard drive rather than the motherboard, and not everything was backed up. Ah well!

UPDATE 16.02.2017: I was pushing on, I’d set up my e-mail accounts – downloading 11,000+ old messages from one account! – and even getting somewhere with unlocking the folders on the external hard drive, when disaster struck in the form of a power cut, or perhaps a power surge; either way, it scrubbed almost everything from my new machine and now I’m back to the bare bones and trying to put it all together again.

If it hadn’t been dark, and if my lump hammer hadn’t been in the shed, this latest episode could have been the straw that broke the camel’s back, ending my association with computers in a very ugly scene.

I shall try to pick up the pieces, again, but another major setback could be the end of the line.

UPDATE 19.02.2017: I have persevered with my ill-judged purchase for long enough, so last night I filled in the online form warning PC World that I shall be returning it in the morning. I am prepared to splash out a bit more money to get a better machine and – on Big Gee’s recommendation – a UPS unit to protect from power cuts and surges.

After Aberystwyth (and if it’s OK with him) I plan to mosey on down to Aberaeon and leave my old machine with Big Gee in the hope that he can breathe on it, and if a full recovery is out of the question then I’ll settle for being able to salvage what I need.

While I remain computerless I can only apologise to my readers, and the ladies in Tywyn library who’ll be wondering why I’ve suddenly become such a regular visitor. As my phone isn’t set up for e-mails Twitter might be the only way to contact me, it’s @jacothenorth.

So there we are. Fingers crossed!

UPDATE 25.02.2017: I did it. I went to PC World and got a tidy machine, even splashed out on a new monitor. I’ve spent this week familiarising myself with it and trying to retrieve the stuff I’ve lost. My old machine was well and truly knackered, with Big Gee unable to salvage anything. Most of what I’ve lost is almost certainly on my external hard drive, so some time next week I shall sit myself down and work on it.

I also managed to get back my e-mails and contacts, going back 12 years or more, thousands and thousands of e-mails . . . then I lost them again! I somehow managed to lock myself out of Incredimail by changing my ‘identity’. So I have re-installed Incredimail and will go through the process again. One bright note was that I found all my documents, music, photos and videos on BT Cloud, and they are now safely on the new machine.

The big story in Wales over recent weeks has obviously been the Llangennech school dispute, and the lies and smears it has generated – all from one side, with those anti-Welsh protesters, or possibly ‘Welsh’ Labour’s press office, also managing to get a wholly misleading story in Private Eye and a disgusting account of the affair in the Wasting Mule, which was forced to issue an apology the very next day.

Fortunately, the Llangennech dispute has been well covered in the blogosphere, Cneifiwr and Caru Cymru are deserving of special mention. So lest I lose my treasured position among the blogs most hated by ‘Welsh’ Labour, the Third Sector, Plaid Cymru, Ukip, liberals, socialists, Unionists, Lib Dems, Tories, Swansea council, housing associations, Carmarthenshire council, the tourism industry, etc., etc., etc., I’d better push on and get out a post.

Expect something on Tuesday.

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Chopper Harley
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Have you identified the issue with your system Royston ?

Big Gee
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I’m not sure if Jac has access to posts at present, so I’ll take the liberty of answering on his behalf, as I’m holding the fort for him for the time being.

He has inadvertently shorted out some rails on his motherboard whilst attempting to replace the BIOS ‘button’ cell. Don’t ask me how he managed it, but these are often the problems we professionals run up against with over zealous DIY engineers!!! The machine is now in intensive care somewhere in Tywyn, it was obviously a bit far for him to come down to the hospital in Aberaeron! On the bright side he’s obviously taken on board the sermons he’s received in the past about back-ups, and I understand he did have a back-up on hand – thank goodness.

He’s picked his time well, I’m up against it at the moment, as my little sister passed away in the early hours of this morning, so it’s not the best time for me to step into the breech.

Chopper Harley
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Nothing trivial then, Because I have a few unwanted odds and ends lying around I thought I might have been able to suggest a solution, although it seems he is already in good hands.

Condolences to you Bee Gee, obviously a difficult time.God Bless.

Myfanwy
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My condolences also Big Gee.

dimdydd7
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Hope you haven’t been hacked like Daily Wales

Anonymous
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Terrible news Big Gee. You are showing commitment way beyond the cause. Condolences from me.
Jac: Lenovo seem to be a name coming to the fore at the moment. I have a budget tower and it is absolutely fine. May be worth considering.

daffy2012
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Mae’n ddrwy gennyf glywed am eich chwaer fach Big Gee.

Big Gee
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Diolch yn fawr am dy eiriau caredig daffy2012.

Jac – glad to hear you’re getting there. How changing the CMOS battery affected your hard drive I don’t know, it’s function is basically to keep your real time clock (RTC) ticking over in newer motherboards. Traditionally it also kept your BIOS memory settings when your computer was isolated from the mains. These days that function is done in non-volatile memory – that doesn’t need a battery. A bit strange that messing with your CMOS battery has caused a HDD problem.

Highlights the importance of regular backups Jaco!

daffy2012
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Good to see the Jacothnorth IT department knows it’s stuff.

Big Gee
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We occasionally get it right!!!

Clown Corbyn
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Big Gee
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UPDATE 16.02.2017: Whoa there boy! Leave the lump hammer in the shed. It’s tough I know, but as usual, when you think it’s bad it often gets worse – these disasters often come in gangs.

Pack it up for tonight, have a mug of Ovaltine, a couple of Valiums and get a good night’s sleep – it’ll all look better in the morning. These little hiccups are usually resolved without too much fallout. You’ve just been the victim of some bad luck at the wrong time. Shit happens!

I’ve just sent you an e-mail & a link to purchase an Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) unit. With your dependency on a PC you really should have had one installed a long time before now. They’re not expensive, but pay for themselves in the long run. If I didn’t use one, I’d be a nervous wreck.

Deep breath, count to ten and exhale slowly, deep breath count to ten and . . . . . .

Vlad the inhaler
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Perhaps this is God’s way of telling you that supporting Brexit was a bad idea. 🙂

Anonymous
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I guess some of the old ladies in Tywyn Library think you fancy one of them Jac! I’m sure a couple probably think their boat has come in! “Two old ladies sitting on the sand, each one wishing the other was a man” as the words of that old Lonnie Donegan song went. A big disappointment for someone when you kick start your new machine into life, and disappear over the horizon.

Nearly there, complete with restored back-ups. You should be up and running for at least another decade with that shiny new UPS guarding the shit from the grid.

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