My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is my kind of Science Fiction – old school. I loved reading this tome…
You’re Highly Strung Electronic Thoroughbred
Happiness is a serviceable computer
How many times has your desktop or laptop PC hiccupped leaving you wondering what is wrong? You know the kind of thing I’m talking about, when for no good reason it either stalls, or pops up a small screen, in totally incomprehensible computer-speak, telling you that to its electronic way of thinking, it has the equivalent of a stomach ache or headache of some kind.
Like all highly strung thoroughbreds (racing horses, yourself, your car/vehicle/automobile), your PC needs a certain amount of TLC. If you ignore the maintenance schedule due to your vehicle by just simply filling its fuel tank and driving it each day, eventually it will give up the ghost and expire on the side of the road. The same goes for your computer, no matter what breed it may be. Here for your edification is my daily maintenance routine for my laptop.
Each day I do the following to ensure my laptop is in tip top condition:
1. I run the Windows Defender programme contained in my Windows 7 OS (other OS’s will have similar devices, you just have to look for them), looking for those pesky ‘malware’ and ‘spyware’ programmes that manage easily to get past my laptop’s own firewall as well as my proprietary antivirus programme’s firewall – (a word to the wise on this subject – always check your emails for viruses before opening).
2. I then click on the ‘Computer’ heading and ‘right click’ my hard-drive’s icon.
3. Next I click on the ‘Properties’ heading at the bottom of the drop down.
4. Next I click on ‘Tools’.
5. You will be taken to the ‘Check Now’ button in ‘Error Checking’, click on it and you will be taken to ‘Check local disk C’, or similar, depending on your PC’s configuration. Click the ‘Start button’ which automatically schedules a check the next time you start up.
6. The final thing you need to do is to close down all your programmes and restart your PC. It will then begin the scheduled check on start up, in which it will re-set all of your software, check for and fix errors, before restarting your thoroughbred in tip top condition once more.
If you do all of the above on a daily basis as I do (it only takes a few minutes), it will help to avoid all of those stalls, software conflicts and ‘error’ drop downs that appear. The one thing it will not do however is to stop you from inadvertently downloading all of the mischievous ‘malware’ and ‘spyware’ out there. But at least armed with this knowledge gleaned by me from decades of using personal computers, you are now armed with a few good tips for keeping your thoroughbred content and in good working order…
PS – Set up your proprietary Anti-Virus system to do a daily check of all your software in addition to the above.
Jack Eason – author of "Onet's Tale" a science fiction novel, published by IFWG Publishing
This morning I read the article below spouting a load of baloney regarding the perceived shifting of time i.e. permanently keeping our clocks an hour ahead of GMT and for doing good for the environment and with the added carrot of giving us an extra hour of daylight at the end of the day.
Who do they think they are kidding?
Despite all of man’s (manufacturers, and other greedy employers) best endeavours, the Earth still spins at the same rate. Daylight and darkness still happen as and when the part of the planet you live on is exposed to the sun. And yet, like sheep, the western world’s population somehow think that by altering mechanical and electrical devices like clocks, we are somehow better off. Balderdash!
Ask the many dairy farmers how they feel about the subject. No amount of clock alteration will change the fact that the cows come in to be milked at exactly the same time on a daily basis whether its dark or no.
And as for the ludicrous statement in the article below by Alan Smart, energy operations manager of the National Grid – well if you believe him you need your bumps felt!
Mr Smart, no amount of clock changing will make an iota of difference to the electricity consumption. When it gets dark, no matter what time your readjusted watch tells you it is, you will turn on your lights and you will turn on your electrical appliances and heaters…
“Not putting the clocks back in winter could reduce energy use and carbon emissions, as well as cutting road accidents and boosting tourism, British MPs were told.
According to researchers from the University of Cambridge, providing an extra hour of light in the peak evening period reduces electricity use.
If the clocks were not changed back to GMT in October, a least half a million tonnes of carbon emissions could be saved, they said.
Alan Smart, energy operations manager of National Grid, told the Energy and Climate Change select committee that comparing a weekday evening just before and just after the clocks went back showed lower peak electricity demand while the evenings were lighter.
In the autumn and spring, keeping British Summer Time could reduce peak electricity demand by the equivalent of the hourly output (1 gigawatt hour) of a large power station that would be providing power to around 100,000 homes, he suggested.”
Jack Eason – author of “Onet’s Tale” a science fiction novel, published by IFWG Publishing
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed reading Bernard Cornwell’s harrowing tale of life in and around Stonehenge, two thousand years BC. The struggle for survival, the daily grind within the various tribes came to life in the pages of this book…
Painting component of cover: artist, Penina Gal.
Maree Webster is an ‘almost-emo’ from the western suburbs of Sydney, Australia. She hates school and only has a few friends. She has an infatuation with Angels and Fallen Angel stories. Life was boring until she one day decided to steal a famous painting of angels from a small art gallery.
Her life will never be boring again. She meets a stranger at the gallery who seems to know her. She stumbles into a world where cities float in the sky, and daemons roam the barren, magma-spewing crags of the land below.
But not all is well. Maree is turning into something she loves but at the same time, fears. Most fearful of all is the prospect of losing her identity, what makes her Maree, and more importantly, human. She has ties to the human world that she can’t bear to sever.
Guardian of the Sky Realms takes the reader on a journey through exotic fantasy lands, but also across the globe, from Australia to Paris, and the Himalayas to Manhattan. It is about transformation.
Jack Eason – author of Onet’s Tale