Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tablet Coaching: More ‘Core Apps’

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Today, we continued looking at the Apps that are installed on the majority of new Tablets.

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Laptop Coaching: eMail (Part 2)

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Today, we continued the discussion about using eMail effectively.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Tablet Coaching: Essentials Routines

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Today, we discussed the routines associated with ensuring that your Tablet stays in tip-top shape

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Laptop Coaching: eMail (Part 1)

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Today, we began to show the group how to send and receive emails. We also explained the benefits of using the Windows 10 ‘Mail App’ if you have more than one email account.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Happy 12th Birthday Moggies!

Biscuit and Bon-Bon
When they were younger (3 months old)

The Moggies turned 12 today – that makes them around 64 in ‘human years’.

Habits-wise, they’re very much the same – they still wake us up at whatever time suits them (2.45am seems favourite at the mo’) to let them out; they still prefer dry cat food to wet; they’ll do anything for Dreamies and they still have their favourite sleeping places (minimum criteria: warm, soft and wherever possible, above ground).

We’ve tended to assume that they’ll both go on forever, but in the past year, we’ve definitely noticed them slowing-down a bit. Biscuit doesn’t seem to want to scale high fences anymore (good!). When she’s indoors, she’ll now always use the route that results in the shortest jump to the ground (even though it results in a much longer journey overall).

Bon-Bon is even less energetic and hasn’t fared so well health-wise. In recent weeks has been to the Vets where she ‘enjoyed’ being on a drip for three days plus a cocktail of drugs. As I write this blog, she’s on the mend, but has lost a lot of weight.

Biscuit at 12

Bon-Bon at 12

Our previous two Persians (Mumsy and Bubsy) made it to almost 15 and 14 years old respectively and so over the next few years we recognise that we’ll be making trips to and from the Vets a bit more often!
Sad smile

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Tablet Coaching: Skype

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Today, we showed the group how to make and receive calls using Skype.

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Laptop Coaching: Photos as Wallpaper

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Today, in a slight departure from the main programme, we showed the group how to transfer the photos from their phone onto their laptop as Wallpaper – all without the aid of wires!

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Saturday, March 04, 2017

John C’s Birthday

Happy Birthday John!
It’s been a while, but we caught up with the neighbours tonight in celebration of John C’s birthday on Monday. It’s probably the first time we’ve all got together since Christmas – and there was plenty of news to catch-up with. In fact, there wasn’t enough time for us to be properly sociable, and chat with everyone – so, a perfect excuse to do this all again before too  long!!!
Trish sorted out the buffet food with Ann creating the Desserts and many guests contributing to the cheeseboard. I was lucky in that I was able to steer through the various items and stay faithful to my Lent List for 2017!

We had a great time (so-much-so, I forgot to take any pics!) and we didn’t get home until close to 1am – and for us, that’s super-late!!!

Happy Birthday for Monday John!
Birthday cake

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Lent Boy 2017

Here we go again! It's another year and therefore another of my 'Lent Challenges'. For 2017, it's 46 items that I'm trying to avoid (from March 1st until Thursday, April 13th). I'm told that I can take the Sundays in between off - but where's the fun in that!? :)

I try and grow my list each year by a few items to make it a bit more tricky next time round - when I started in 2010, it was just 13 items and now I'm up to 46! I guess it’s more a test of my will-power - and a way of losing a few pounds - rather than any religious conviction (although I always think a period of denial is good for the soul).



Previous Lent Events

2010 (13 items)

2011 (16 items)

2012 (19 items)

2013 (23 items)

2014 (26 items)

2015 (36 items)

2016 (42 items)

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Lounge Makeover (Part 1 of 9637)

And so it begins!

The Lounge was the first room we decorated when we moved-in nearly 21 years ago, and although it’s worn well, it’s looking a bit drab, when compared to the other, more recently decorated parts of the house.

Being us, simplicity and speediness didn’t come into it, and every square inch of the room will be changing soon, in some way - walls, lights, carpets and even the three-piece suite. Stay tuned!

The biggest change for me was the decision to ‘embrace the new’ and go totally diskless for all my music. I’ve now managed to convert 99.9% of my tunes – around 16000 tracks to (250-275 VBR kbit/s) MP3s - and so it’s goodbye to the CD tower that’s occupied one corner of the room since 1996!

My new whizzy amp - when I get it fully up-and-running - the Yamaha RX-A1060 will ‘talk to’ the PC and make it a lot easier to select and play music. Yes, I know, (apparently, according to audiophiles) “digital music sounds cold and loses some quality in the conversion”, but to be honest, I really can’t tell the difference, and the benefits of having instant access to ALL my collection, at the push of a button (or two) easily outweighs these downsides.

Therefore, it’s ‘goodbye’ to my trusty hi-fi stack system (that cost me a King’s ransom back in ‘95) to be replaced by just ONE box to ‘rule them all’.

In preparation for the change-over, today’s task was to disconnect everything behind the hi-fi. In doing so, I was reminded of how complex this original setup was with what seemed like ‘miles’ of cabling. I re-discovered twin phono/coax/optical cables, as well as speaker leads, running in all directions under the carpet, as well as up and down the wall cavities (so they stayed hidden) whilst linking-up with the TV/DVD player and various other AV units that I’ve owned over the years.

Well, at least going forward, with HDMI cables these days now being the main connecting technology, it should all be a lot simpler getting it all up-and-running.

..or will it?

More chaos news to follow…