All is set now for me to go off to the States on Monday, as I had my visa interview this morning, providing my passport gets returned before Saturday! Last year I think it returned overnight, so all should be fine.
This year at camp my job title is two-fold: Worship Leader and Videographer, so I’ll spend my mornings and Friday afternoons preparing and leading the musical elements at camp and a big chunk of the rest of my time capturing, editing and producing video of the camp activities for the parents’ service on the Friday afternoons. Ironically I think it might be less of a chore to prepare these videos than it would be to do what I did last year and compile photo slideshows, I don’t know what it was about that but it always took forever and never quite worked first time.
Handily, as I clicked the Pages icon on my Dock this evening, the little ink pot bounced as normal, but whenever I tried to open any saved documents the application hung and the beach ball came and never went.
Handily, by the power of google I found this article which helps explain how to fix the problem, which exists in the OS X Tiger and Leopard (10.4, 10.5).
The basic point here is ‘you have a broken font somewhere.’ I’m not sure what it’s caused by, but I’ll just blame MS Word for Mac 2004, makes me happy so-to-do:
- Go look in your Font Book and whack the duplicate entries (Font Book.app -> Edit -> Resolve Duplicates).
- Next grab a (free) copy of Font Nuke and blast those caches. NB: You’ll magically be restarted, despite the onscreen warning just saying to save documents.
I got told recently i was Eidetic. Actually I was told I was ‘ediatic’ but either way.
I looked up the definition:
1. of, pertaining to, or constituting visual imagery vividly experienced and readily reproducible with great accuracy and in great detail.
2. of or pertaining to eidos.
Neither quite true, but quite a talent, lol.
When the question is “How Do I Make My Really Rubbish ADSL Modem Work Better” the obvious answer is the tenuous, similarly answer requiring “Have you tried upgrading your firmware?”
Response? It depends. Especially whenever your modem-router is made by a company that doesn’t advertise it anywhere. Don’t ask me why this modem lives in our house, it just was the only thing available on the day, at the time. Some people just give the impression of being shysters too.
When you make peripherals which are actually that colour, you really should be aware…
What’s my point – the modem/router might be a piece of junk which refuses to answer 1/20 http requests (that is, web surfing) while a single torrent (lets say, BBC iPlayer downloading) with five connections is running. Explaination? No idea, but it’s next to useless.
And you can get a firmware upgrade for your Addon GS8100 AKA ARM8200 AKA Pegasus/Vulcan ART25GSU here.
Rubbish peripherals are nearly as bad as bad websites.
Okay, rant over, and in much better news they’re talking about bringing down some of the peace walls. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/7396762.stm
Edit: twenty minutes into using this new firmware while using a LAN connection is seems to be performing quite nicely. Will jack up the active connections later and report back on whether it nails the beige brick again or not.
Update: one day on, speeds are better, stability is better, good stuff.
I definitely think you check this out Zattoo, streaming UK television.
(I can now watch Neighbours while at home…) Amusing that the person who is streaming BBC One at the moment has his MacBook Pro (I assume so, given the constant hum in the audio) microphone input turned on as you can hear walking about in the background!!
Meanwhile freesat has been launched today. Think we need that in Dromore. Living in a town that you have to go uphill (unless you float down the river) to get out of (implication: it’s a ‘hole’) that should be very useful.
The to do list can now be tackled, this blog can be styled once again and working out what’s going to occupy my time come September is back on the agenda.
For me it’s now summer time and today’s weather approves that, it’s the most sun I’ve seen since last summer in the States!! Plenty of time to chill out, soak up some heat, read some bits of paper and write a 20 point to do list and four pages of notes on the matter. Tonight I’m meeting a client to discuss some pre-America work, which I’ll of course mention when it’s done.
Realiging face-lifts are due and some updating, building a fine web design company and indeed a certain fine Northern Irish Event Management and Audio Visual Solutions company.
Anyway, eating time, hoping to make a decent blog diary this summer in the states, where I intend to have time to *think*.
Four weeks to go!