The mouse bites back

Exciting times!

I bought a computer almost a year ago from PC Specialist and it’s been faulty in several ways since a month or two after I got it. At the moment I have been over 3 months without a DVD because despite 3 texts and some emails all stating it had been sent it has not and they have even said to me now that they have no intention of sending one until I send the old one back. I offered to do that 2 separate occasions right from the start but at the time they said no it’s not worth it.

One of the long term problems that they could not resolve has been sorted. I found a resolution whilst tinkering one day and it was oh so simple in retrospect.

So, I have done a little bit of research and have found a company that is happy to pursue them for my debt, which is the cost of buying it back off me, and an hourly rate for all the time I have spent either without the use of it or trying to fix it.

I’m quite excited because I’m fed up of companies who think they can do as they like and there’s never any comeback on them so wish me luck!

Sly, deceitful. Yes, Western Digital.

I bought my new 3 tb hard drive, I would dearly have liked Seagate but Western Digital was the only one around at the time. However after buying it with 7200 rpm on the side I was curious as to why software reported it as only 5400 rpm.

I went to a WD support site and was told this…

 Well, that sounds like a sort of good idea I think, but on the box it clearly says 7200 rpm, not Intelli power or whatever, and they should sell you what you ask for. I think this is sly marketing and deceitful of Western Digital.

I really wish I hadn’t had to buy one of their drives, and this has just reconfirmed that I despise them as a company and still have issues over losing 5 years of ‘everything’ following 2 hard drives crashes!

Now, what’s the number for my therapist?

I went back to PC World to complain because you can’t sell a ‘green’ drive in a blue box when you also sell a ‘blue’ drive. It’s out and out cheating. The lad there was trying to explain something about spin speeds and he clearly also thought I’d bought a blue drive which spins at 7200 rpm, but didn’t know how to read the spin speed. That’s interesting when store staff believe the same as me, kinda backs up my case.

Anyway, I got on to Western Digital about this and calmly explained everything. The upshot? They remarkably refunded the purchase price of the drive, and told me to keep the drive! I was astonished at how easily they solved the problem but I don’t want anything for nothing, so I took a few days to wipe the drive clean of any data and returned it to them. Even if I did keep it it would probably fail anyway.

Glad I got my money back though…grand result.

Ohhhh Driver heaven!

I can’t quite believe it but…I’ve fixed my computer!

I’ve been trying to fix the driver problem on my computer for almost a week now. I’ve failed at every attempt although I’m not entirely sure why as it’s a pretty straightforward process. I was starting to run out of ideas though but I have loads of useful programs downloaded over the years and I was looking through them when I found one called DriverMax. It is from 2003 so it’s ancient in terms of computers but nevertheless I installed and ran it. However after scanning my computer it tried to go to it’s online database then crashed. Out of curiosity I checked and they do have a website still and there is still a driver program on there and it is still free!

So I downloaded the new one installed it and scanned and sure enough there was my network card. The one that has been giving me grief for nearly a week.

I clicked the download link and it installed the driver it had found for the network card and suddenly, in the window I had open of device manager, the network card began to operate.

With baited breath I unplugged the phone, turned on the wireless hotspot and waited…suddenly there it was…LIFE! Well, INTERNET anyway lol but WIRELESS internet!!
I am truly overjoyed lol

If anyone has a driver problem you’d best start here…

My life

It’s 02:37 in the morning. I’ve been up doing stuff and watching Wild with Reece Witherspoon, and messing on Facebook, and I let the dog out for a quick wee.

I’m in a lay-by right next to Loch Ness. It’s pitch black and as quiet as the grave apart from the rushing water sound as there is a waterfall right next to me on the rock wall. It flows into a sump then under the road and into the loch.

It’s so peaceful and so nice and I go to sleep and wake up in places like this and it reminds me occasionally when I need it why I live this life of adventure. It’s definitely not an easy life at times but neither is anyone’s. However it’s the best life I’ve had and I can’t imagine living any other way now.

I was speaking to a work colleague earlier, she’d like to begin a relationship with me but as I said to her what do I have to offer, living in a van and travelling around most of the time. She’s a lovely woman, very pretty and smart and I’d jump at the chance of a date normally but this life I lead transcends such things. I think I’d have to write a whole novel to try and explain what I get from it. Even after 8 years I sometimes find new things myself.

I think I titled this blog correctly, it probably will be the last great adventure I’ll have in my life.

Movie night

Been working all day trying to get this computer sorted but nothing I do can fix it yet. Not known anything like this in my 35 years of messing with computers.
So I’m settling down with a movie called Wild with Reece Witherspoon. I know nothing about it except she’s a hiker.

A salad sarnie, a movie and a JD. Life’s simple pleasures eh?

The Nutcracker Suite

I was walking the dog along the river bank in Inverness this afternoon when I passed a large building which turned out to be the Eden Court centre which houses amongst other things a theatre.  There were adverts for the last night of the Nutcracker suite.
I first saw this in 1993 I think it was with a then girlfriend who worked at the Newcastle on Tyne Empire Theatre. It was an appalling performance sadly.

Anyhow I popped in on the off chance and remarkably they had a cancellation so for £23 I got a front row ticket in the balcony. The perfect seats if you ask me.
What a brilliant, beautiful stunning performance. Magical sets, beautiful costumes, excellent dancing, faultless music and a great audience.
That’s pretty much what I really needed right now too so an excellent night right at the right time.

The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker




Choreography: Peter Darrell, featuring original scenarios by Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa
Music: Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Original Philip Prowse designs reimagined by Lez Brotherston.

Crafted for Scottish Ballet by Peter Darrell, the company’s founding Artistic Director, a famous story teller and incredible dancemaker,
this Nutcracker will create magical memories for a new generation. Over forty years after its premier audiences once again have an opportunity to share this production with families and friends.

After a fun-filled Christmas party full of magic and celebrations, young Carla falls asleep and dreams that she helps the Nutcracker Prince to defeat an army of giant mice. She is rewarded by a visit to the glittering Land of Ice and Snow where snowflakes come to life, sparkling as they dance, then onwards to the magical Kingdom of Sweets – the enchanted Realm of the beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy.

Peter Darrell’s magical world of The Nutcracker has been reimagined by Olivier Award winning designer Lez Brotherston, adding sumptuous layers of plush Victoriana and traditional festive fare to the original 1973 production.

The Scottish Ballet Orchestra accompanies live, performing the world famous Tchaikovsky score.