I made plenty of excuses for getting behind with things a couple of Mondays ago, now I have the further adventures of getting nothing done to explore with you!
The wifi hub is working. The computer seems to be a little slower than I expected. I have done various things to help speed it up. I have not yet managed to work out whether everything downloaded to the browser (I’m using Firefox) is being virus-scanned once, twice or even three times, but it is on my list of things to do. On the whole, I do not have the trouble loading Facebook that I used to, and blogs load faster, but still take time to fetch widgets like Twitter feeds and something to do with Google. Some days when the computer wakes up it refuses to recognise the wifi hub, but after the first day this happened, when it took me forty minutes to work through all the fault-finding, I now know there are two solutions, one of which means restarting Windows. I can live with this.
My email, as with most other people on the new BT email, is appalling. It wasn’t working at all Friday 3rd October, and it takes an absolute age to load anything at all. If you are waiting for a reply to an email from me, I apologise. Send it again and I might have a hope of getting down to it. I have two very active email addresses and I usually lose the will to live after two hours with one of them, reading and answering about a quarter of my unread emails. I end up deleting notifications of a lot of blog posts I’d like to read, which doesn’t help my active presence on other people’s blogs, which I also apologise for.
That reminds me to retry loading David’s blog – it used to time out on me for some script or other. Fingers crossed!
So that was the update on the last technology moan.
I stepped up a gear last week by ordering two bits of kit: a wifi extender and a new home smart phone (my mobile is a plain Nokia that does phone, text and contacts), so I can now look at my emails in the living room, in theory. I used it to phone someone and to ‘talk’ to someone on Facebook, which meant it was working, and then two days later I could use the wifi but not the phone line. It took me an hour to work out the power plug for the ‘aerial’ wasn’t fully in!
The wifi extender is in my living room, not because the wifi is bad in there, but because I can now wire in my tv, so it uses the internet and can get all sorts of channels I would have liked to watch but couldn’t, including the on-demand repeat programmes and the racing channel (oh dear, should I have admitted that?). In theory I could also update my blog through it – or through the phone, but I suspect I’ll just stick to my computer for that. After all, work is in the work room, living is in the living room… isn’t it?
I also got two more entertainment features last week, but sadly lost one. My beautiful Humphrey died of a tumour, but I was able to take in two sweet three-month old guinea pigs who needed a new home. They have a pedigree that runs over two pages, so I suspect they will be ideal candidates for a bit of mischief in my Princelings books!