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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 of 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.

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…

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…

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…

Fickle as ever…

Fickle as ever…

Having plumped for Tracklogs and discounted Memory Map, I realised it would still be nice to have OS25 maps for the whole of GB. I found that Memory Map do them for 40% of the Tracklogs price and available immediately as a download! So I now have a pukka install of Memory Map…

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Digital Mapping (update)

Digital Mapping (update)

After a couple of weeks using Tracklogs, I’m happy with it. I haven’t gone for the full OS25 set yet because (a) it’s a bit pricey, and (b) the OS50 is much prettier for documenting walks (which I can create as GPX accurately with the OS Maps subcription). All my walk web pages have now been Tracklogised, and include (approximate before I had any GPS) a route card with whatever waypoints I want.

There was one problem
Digital Mapping

Digital Mapping

After many years of relying on “a version” of Memory Map for plotting walk routes, I’m venturing into new territory. Richard has been banging on for ages about something called Tracklogs, and I had no idea what he was on about – I assumed it was a GPS thing. But I checked it out, and it’s Windows, similar to Memory Map.

It does have some nice features that MM doesn’t have, and a wealth of route stats. It does mean purchasing pukka maps to be of any use, because the trial version provides only a small area of West Yorkshire. So, I’ve opted for the 50K map of the Peak District as a not-too-expensive trial (£14.95 + P&P). Annoyingly, they only distribute on CDROM, so I’m impatiently waiting for it to come through the post. (Why the hell they can’t provide a download I don’t know.) If it looks as good as I’m expecting, I might be tempted to fork out £250 for the whole 25K GB bundle rather than numerous selective 25K areas at £30 each…

That moment…

That moment…

…when you want to bang your head against the wall…

I have a copy of a book called Everybody’s Scrap-book of Curious Facts which has been in the family for around 130 years. I remember avidly reading it as a kid, and, even then, it was faded and tattered, with pages fixed together with sticky tape.

Now, it really is falling apart and difficult to read, so I decided to undertake the task of creating a machine-readable copy.

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