Windows 7 Blues

** This was in my draft folder for ages

Bought a new Windows 7 PC for a customer, to replace an existing defunct Windows XP model - I needed to re-install everything, including the software and hardware, and to transfer the existing data.  

Problem, UPDD Touchscreen Windows Driver - Does not work on Windows 7  - And the customer does not want to spend another £400+ on another Touchscreen.

And how do you know when a driver is not compatible with Windows 7? Easy, you wait until it Stops the Keyboard and Mouse from working - So a 5 Minute Job, Turns into a nightmare, that ends up in booting into Linux, backing up the data using "Parted Magic", reinstalling Windows XP on the PC, and then reinstalling the UPDD drivers and a scramble to search for other drivers, for new fangled devices that have no actual Windows XP drivers...

22nd November 2012 - Unlucky For Some...

Today was one of those weird days..

First thing in the morning I managed to un-install MySQL off a Client's PC, over TeamViewer, without first making a backup of anything.

And you know when you do something, and then, just a split second later you regret it... Well that was one of those decisions...

The problem is that I needed to reinstall MySQL and I needed the existing data, (the data that I did not backup)...

I really don't know how, why or where, but the gods of data were watching over me & MySQL actually found the table on it's on (a 1 in a million chance), and I did not lose any data...  And when I mentioned that to others, they thought that it was my lucky day, and that I should buy a Lottery Ticket. But sadly, all good things have to come to an end, and to restore "Cosmic Balance" and stuff, the following things happened later on that same day. 

  • Had a car accident (hit by an uninsured driver)
  • Dropped My SatNav and Broke the Screen  
  • I dropped my laptop and broke it
  • I got splashed with water all over, on my way to a shop
  • My Mobile Phone Packed in after the splash (sounds fuzzy and underwater after being soaked)
  • I fixed a PC for somebody and it broke within 1 hour
  • I had to visit a shop twice, because the software started misbehaving after I sold them some thermal paper, and guess who are they blaming for the malfunction.
  • A bastard customer who has not paid me for over 2 years, has won another court appeal. An appeal to appeal the appeal, against the other appeal, the one before the last appeal p he lost all other appeals, but hey....
  • I was just playing Red Alert 2 and even that crashed
  • Life is Shit.
I really hope that this spell of Bad Luck is temporary, and that "Cosmic Balance" is truly restored....

The House In The Middle Of The Street

Homeowners Luo Baogen and his wife refused to allow the government to demolish their home in Wenling, Zhejiang province, China, claiming the relocation compensation offered would not be enough to cover the cost of rebuilding. So, adjacent neighboring homes were dismantled, and, bizarrely, the road was built around the intact home, leaving it as an island in a river of new asphalt.

Miss Earth 2012 -

MISS RUSSIA : Natalia Pereverzeva

MISS RUSSIA : Natalia PereverzevaWhat makes you proud of your country and what can you promote about it?
I have always been proud of the country in which I live. I can't imagine myself without it. My country – that's all I have, all people that I love, are all that is dear to me. My Russia – it is bright, warm, patched, but it is so pleasant to slumber under it in a winter evening when the storm rages outside. My Russia – it is a beautiful stately girl, full-blooded, rosy, in embroidered Sarafan, with long and thick plait, in which multicolored fillets are twisted, a beautiful fairytale girl. My Russia – it is a kind cow with very big eyes, funny horns and always chewing its mouth oh, what sweet milk she gives! Oh, how it smells – meadow herbs and the sun. But my Russia – it is also my poor long, suffering country, mercilessly torn to pieces by greedy, dishonest, unbelieving people. My Russia – it is a great artery, from which the "chosen" few people draining away its wealth. My Russia is a beggar. My Russia cannot help her elderly and orphans. From it, bleeding, like from sinking ship, engineers, doctors, teachers are fleeing, because they have nothing to live on. My Russia – it is an endless Caucasian war. These are the embittered brother nations who formerly spoke in the same language, and who now prohibit teaching of it in their schools. My Russia – it is a winner which has overthrown fascism but bought the victory at the expense of lives of millions of people. How, tell me, how and why does the nationalism prosper in this country? My dear, poor Russia. And you still live, breathe, and you gave to the world your beautiful and talented children Esenin, Pusbkin, Plisetskaya. The list could be continued on several pages, and each is gold, a gift, a miracle. I am happy to be your citizen. Russia! In spite of all tears, sorrows, wars, invasions, no matter who rules Russia, I am still proud to be born in this great and beautiful country that has given so much to the world over the years of its existence. I am proud of my motherland for mercy, for heroism, for courage, for diligence, for heritage that she leaves to the world, for people who can live for others. I believe that each person living in Russia should identify himself with it. Feel the participation and take a proactive stance whatever it concerns. There are moments to which we close eyes and reject as spoiling a look. Everyday we meet the facts that are unpleasant to us, that are unworthy of our homeland. Only we can improve the situation. We must learn to express ourselves and to show our best quality traits. We should try not to live only as consumers, but to develop ourselves, read books, listen to interesting music, and be interested in scientific achievements. Politics, to communicate with good people, develop creativity, bringing into this world something new. We should bring up our children and talk to them on spiritual topics, disclose their talents and only then we reject everything unnecessary, affected and pretentious. When we seriously begin to take care of our country, it will blossom and shine brightly.

Natalia Pereverzeva

And the award for the worst dentist 2011 - goes to...

The Smile Clinic -

Around 2 years ago, my daughter had a dental check-up appointment, at her local dentist (The Smile Clinic - Horwich) - They told us that everything was fine, but there was small cavity developing, but they will fill that during the next appointment, in 6 month time.

6 Month down the line and no communication from the Smile Clinic, so my wife phoned them and they told her that they could not see my daughter at the Horwich branch, however they have transferred her records over to the Bolton Clinic. And as per usual, the Bolton Clinic had no free slots for a check-up, for another 6 month, so by the time my daughter visited the dentist, it was 14 months after the initial examination - and guess what, this time they said that they would have to extract the tooth. And so they did...

The pain and mess of removing an otherwise healthy, and not loose, Adult Tooth, from a Child's Mouth - will be the subject of another post. But the incompetence shown by the Frankenstein Smile Clinic was staggering.    

Wow, I forgot how fun that was - Let's kill some more Russians .

Recently I was cleaning my desk when I happen to see an old game CD - "Command & Conquer - RED ALERT 2" - I haven't played the game for ages and ages, so I decided to install on my PC and try it, one more time, for old times' sake.

And boy, have I forgotten just how good and exciting this game was - Building a base, training troops, attacking enemies.. I LOVE IT..

And so, for the past week, I have been killing Russians, Americans, French, British, Germans, Afghans, and Iraqis, and I have come to the conclusion that, "All Wars" should be fought on the Command & Conquer Maps. Sorry I can't write much more about this fantastic game, but you can buy a copy for next to nothing, try and enjoy...

Time to kick some Ruskie ass...

So why pay £778,000,000.00?

I was surfing the internet, trying to see whether there are other "like-minded" souls, who thought that Heinz Beans are tasting worst and worst by the day, when I found this..

I used to shop at my NETTO Supermarket in Bolton - the prices were fairly reasonable, no BS, no fanfare, no hassle, just quality products at fair prices... And then, we got ASDA*Walmart, deciding to buy the Netto stores in the UK and close the UK's chain for good.

So why has ASDA*Walmart decided to spend  £778,000,000.00 ($1,235,853,000.00 - over a billion US dollars - Almost as much as they've spent on the US presidential elections); to close all of the NETTO stores in the UK and change those to Mini ASDAs, and how could any business justify spending that much money, if there wasn't a return... And a return there was, a huge increase in prices, with shoppers being screwed from every angle, whilst being brainwashed into believing that they are saving more and more, and that this move is for their own benefit.

An example of some of the changes:

Basic Washing Powder.   
£2.80 (3.33kg)
£1.64 (4kg)
Basic Sunflower Spread
£1.00 (500g)
£0.45 (500g)
Skimmed Milk
£0.88 (1ltr)
£0.49 (1ltr)

So remind me again, why did ASDA*Walmart pay £778,000,000.00?

Heinz Meanz Beanz - Oh no they don't...

Even Heinz Beans, the pillar of the 57 varieties has changed it's taste, and not of the better I might add.

The taste is now more tangy / sour / bitter.

Why don't you give people a choice, and if one wants a reduced, Salt, Sugar, Taste, "NOW WITH MORE TANG" Variety, then they can purchase that... 

Instead of concentrating on the flavour, we just have a selection of "faddy" new receptacles, the Fridge Pack, The 4 Snap Pots, etc...  Don't get me wrong, the people will try those, until they discover that "the shit inside is really shit", and then what?   

Don't change something so familiar, something that we have all grown up with - to something so awful, that nobody can stomach, not even my dog.

Within my household, the following people have noticed the taste change, and now they refuse to eat Heinz Beans..

My wife
My Daughter
My Son
My Granddaughter
My (invisible) Dog

I need help with developing a website and some software to control that (PC or SmartPhone based app) - I will not pay you anything; but you will own an equal share of the company; regardless of how many people join in....

So if we have 100 people, then we will all get a 1% share each; if we only have:
2 - 50% share; each
3 - 33.33% share; each
4 - 25% share; each
5 - 20% share; each
etc. etc...

We are not likely to make any money for at least 1 year; so no returns are expected.
If interested, and you know about PHP or ASP then just drop me a line; and I will send you more information..