Off with Chris Bahlo this morning to visit Sue Giddins, now living
in Haddon. Len is away for a
few weeks, but her mother was there.
One of the reasons we went was to show off Zhivago to Sue. She's looking for a quiet companion for her old dog, and she thought
a Borzoi might be the answer. Sue was
very happy with him, but mum wasn't—at the beginning. We left the two inside together while
we were looking at the horses, and by the time we got back, mum was rally taken with him.
I've seldom seen such a transformation.
It didn't occur to me until I was trying to reconcile the positions of the bedrooms that the
plans of the plans of the Adelphi I and Adelphi II are in fact quite different. But at least it
has given us further food for thought.
Just a couple of days ago I
had more or less come to the conclusion that Android tablets were
worth the trouble. And now I run into other problems: the battery of my tablet, just over 6
months old and always carefully looked after, is dying.
What do I do? It's under warranty. Well, maybe they exclude the battery, but there are
ways around that (“OK, then change it, and I'll pay for the new battery”. “Sorry, sir, we
don't repair these things”. “OK, replace the tablet or I'll contact Consumer Affairs”), but
do I want another of these tablets? In all likelihood it's a design fault that causes the
battery to be overcharged. So: return it, get my money back, and go off looking for a new
Which one? There's certainly enough choice. So, take a step back and ask: what do I use it
Reading documentation. For some reason I haven't done this for a while, but it's still
a good idea. For that, the 1280×800 display is a little low-res.
Use as a mobile web browser. Yes, this works.
Use as a phone. Yes, that probably works too, though I've had trouble. The thing is
that I almost never need a mobile phone.
Use to play streaming radio. This currently doesn't work at all well, and I'm not sure
Use as a GPS navigator. That's still a good idea, but so far I haven't found any app
that is even a fraction as good as the software in the el-cheapo dedicated navigators.
Use to control my camera. This is the reason that I bought it, but the app and the interface are so
terrible that it doesn't seem to be worth the trouble.
So, bottom line: it's not really very useful. It should be, but there are problems round
every corner. It would certainly be worthwhile going without one for a while and seeing if
I miss it. In the meantime I have Chris Bahlo's old Samsung phone on loan. It's supposed
to be for Yvonne, but she doesn't want to get involved.
I've had a 2 TB disk in eureka since I built the current incarnation. It was
intended to take the /home (400 GB) and /src (1 TB) file systems, but actually
migrating means down time, so I left that until it became urgent. Now's the
time: /src was full. The migration was relatively painless.
Yvonne wanted me to take some photos of her and Chris Bahlo
riding Natfari and Bjoska today, but she assumed I was in my office. When I (watching TV in
the lounge room) saw them coming, I went out to take the photos, but that was far too slow:
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