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Just listening to “Mr Tambourine Man”…

Just listening to “Mr Tambourine Man”…

… for the first time in 30 years!

“Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky
With one hand waving free,
Silhouetted by the sea,
Circled by the circus sands,
With all memory and fate,
Driven deep beneath the waves,
Let me forget about today until tomorrow…”

For Pierrot and Columbine...

Storm Dennis?

Storm Dennis?

Things all got rather weird yesterday afternoon. Lost internet, so went through the usual router reboot, and it came back – for 10 minutes…. Tried again many times, but still got the 10-minute drop. Had a look at the router web page, and it was hitting 60% memory immediately after reboot, and then hitting 100% memory and 100% CPU after around 10 minutes.

Of course, Origin Broadband support was closed (both phone and Twitter), and they don’t post info about network problems on their website, so left in the dark. Never seen the router behave like that, and it is old, so assumed it finally needed replacing.

But, after about 6 hours, everything got stable again, so I have to assume that Storm Dennis had caused some disruption somewhere along the line. Of course, no word from Origin that I can see anywhere; I could call them, I suppose, but I really can’t be arsed.

Browsers. Again…

Browsers. Again…

Been getting a bit pissed off with Firefox being so resource-hungry, so I’ve now switched to Brave as my main browser and been very impressed by it. The Firefox extensions I use are all working fine, and page loading times seem much better.

I’ve also ditched Opera as it can be very sluggish on start-up: giving Comodo IceDragon a try instead as a lightweight “test” browser.

UPDATE: And gave up with IceDragon to move to FlashPeak SlimBrowser: generally fast, and clears cookies and cache on exit.

Windows 10 1903

Windows 10 1903

Hmm… After 3 months of trying and failing to install the 1903 update, Windows suddenly decides it can install it… Surprisingly, it worked fine – but the whole process took about 6 hours! Can’t see that it’s given me anything new that’s useful, Classic Shell is no longer working properly (moved to Open Shell), and get more and persistent annoying notifications.

And 1909 is waiting for me to give the go-ahead. Dear god…

Amazing view from Kinder!

Amazing view from Kinder!

Not my photo, just amazed that it’s ever possible to see Snowdonia from Kinder. In all my times walking on Kinder, I never had such a view! And not sure that I’ll ever have the energy to get up onto the plateau again and have a look!

The decline of Grenoside

The decline of Grenoside

Went to post a parcel yesterday only to discover that the Post Office has closed down! No notice, but brown paper inside the windows and the post box painted black instead of red. Bit of a shock, really, because I’d heard nothing about the closure. The nearest ones now are Fox Hill, Chape;town, and Parson Cross…

Just noticed that it’s up for sale on Rightmove (for £24,950!?), so I suppose there’s some hope that it can be put back in service.

This, on top of our bus service, which was reduced in September from every 30 minutes to every hour, and the closure of The Cow & Calf pub, is just another knock for Greno. Still a great place to live, but becoming more isolated and service-starved.

Tracklogs has gone

Tracklogs has gone

Tried to visit the tracklogs website last week, only to find that it no longer exists: domain still registered with 1&1 till 2020, but no associated IP address…

I suppose I’m only half surprised, because software and website were very dated, but it’s rather annoying that there seems to be no announcement anywhere that I can find. And not even a contact number on the invoices they sent me. Sod ’em and their extortionate pricing: Viewranger and Memory Map are much better anyway.

Addendum

Found that there are archived web pages on Wayback, but no phone number to be found! What a crap outfit. But the parent company is A.J.S. Contract Design Limited. Still to find a phone number for them…

Pennine Way rethink

Pennine Way rethink

Having watched Dean Read’s vlog of the Pennine Way 2019, I’m having a rethink about the glories of doing the Pennine Way. Yes, there are fantastic sections, but so much of it is dreary, wet, boggy, bracken attacks, multitudinous bovine botherers, and undefined or vague paths even now. It’s an arduous slog with occasional rewards: if only it were possible to walk the highlights!

Enough of what3words

Enough of what3words

Well, what3words did seem like a great idea, but it’s proprietary and I’m not comfortable with that or their marketing strategy. So, giving Plus Codes a go as it’s open source. Although, do Google own it? Not yet sure: Google Maps does accept a Plus Codes value, and it’s frighteningly accurate…