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Tuesday, 18 June 2024 Dereel Images for 18 June 2024
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Under the weather
Topic: health Link here

I don't react strongly, but on the day after a COVID-19 vaccination I somehow feel less than active, and today I did very little.


Flowers in late winter
Topic: gardening Link here

It hasn't been warm lately—the weather forecasters speak of the coldest snap in years—but various flowers are still coming, notably this Dutch Iris:


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The Abutilons next to it are also preparing for a large show of flowers:

 
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More fun with albo
Topic: technology, general, opinion Link here

Spent a lot of time playing around with albo.lemis.com, my new Xiaomi Redmi Note 13. Copying things from hirse was only partial: yes, it seems that most apps got installed, and some of them also retained the configuration information. But only some of them; others required reconfiguration.

One of the apps that I knew I would have to install myself was the Mendhak GPS logger, which also require installing F-Droid. That was strange: F-Droid spent a considerable amount of time building up a repository, not saying that it hadn't completed, and until it was, I couldn't find the GPS logger. But when it was installed, it included all its configuration information! So there's something very strange going on there when normal apps lose their configuration and non-sanctioned apps keep theirs.

That was also the case with the home screen. It was completely different from the one on hirse, reminding me of the issues I had changing the window managers from eureka to hydra. I gradually managed to get it to look similar, though it seems to be too polite to fill the screen. And setting the icon size shows the stupidity of primarily graphic displays: on hydra it's in Settings/Home Screen. But that's too obvious: on albo it's Under Settings/Wallpaper & personalization/Icons. Obvious, right?


Google pain
Topic: technology, general, opinion Link here

Somehow Yvonne managed to get herself locked out of her Google account today. How do we get it back? Send a code to her mobile phone.

Where's her phone? Out in the paddocks:

 
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Out to take a look, calling from my phone in the process. Nothing.

Is it really there? Or maybe in the stables? Back into the office. ping fossil. Normal ping responses. That's not possible that far from the access points. Tried again. It was in Yvonne's office! And that in plain view. But Google maps continued updating the false location for hours, until the next morning!

How can that work?


Fray Bentos steak and kidney
Topic: food and drink, opinion Link here

What does a real Steak and kidney pie taste like? Last week ALDI had one on sale, from Fray Bentos, a company I know but don't overly respect from the UK.

Still, it didn't look bad, so it was worth trying. It's in a metal can, and it's designed to be baked. The result, after 24 minutes at 180° in the “hair dryer” “air fryer”, didn't look bad:

 
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But there were tell-tale signs on the edge:

 
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And getting the pie out of the metal container was a catastrophe:

 
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It didn't taste that bad, though Yvonne thought that there was too much pastry and not enough filling. We won't buy it again, but it was interesting. Considerably moister than our own.


Wednesday, 19 June 2024 Dereel Images for 19 June 2024
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Cold night
Topic: general, opinion Link here

Very cold night last night, with a lowest temperature of -2.3°. It showed in the air conditioner's attempt to heat:

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It's not just that it took 6 hours to come up to normal room temperature: the room temperature graph (blue) shows clear steps, indicating pauses for de-icing. And the view outside when I got up was corresponding:

 
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Mona at two months
Topic: animals, general Link here

We've had Mona for two months now. She still hasn't settled in completely, mainly because of her fear of the dogs. That's subsiding, but it's still there.

And with Bruno? Nothing like what we expected. Part of the problem was that Bruno had never seen another cat from age of 14 weeks until Mona came along, and he was used to playing with dogs. That's a lot rougher than Mona likes, and it has taken Bruno some time to become a cat again. But with few exceptions they're still not lying together. Will they ever? It might just end up being a different relationship. I think the next breakthrough will be when Mona comes to terms with the dogs.


More fun with albo
Topic: technology, general, opinion Link here

More playing around today with my albo.lemis.com, my new Xiaomi Redmi Note 13. It proved that the Mendhak GPS logger was not logging. Why? It seems that the configuration was copied, but the write permissions weren't.

And then there's this irritating message “At the end of August, it's likely that this phone will not be able to make calls”. That's from the old phone, but the SIM is now in the new phone. I had called ALDIMobile support yesterday (2435 from subscribing phones), and Vince had told me that he would raise a ticket to have the message cleared.

But today it was still there, and it's irritating. It takes about 15 seconds, and it delays every phone call. Called up again and spoke with Melanie, who had difficulty understanding the concepts, but told me that I would have to put up with it until the end of August. I told her that that was not acceptable, but she said there was no alternative. Complaint? Can't take a complaint. Supervisor? Hold on. Two minutes of complete silence, then I was disconnected.

Another call, answered by Austin. Yes, that's normal for the first 48 hours. But I've had this phone (specifically Xiaomi Note 13 5G) for 5 days! Oh, then check that VoLTE is enabled. Xiaomi support will help.

Three different answers! It wasn't until I hung up that I realized that I had had the phone for less than 48 hours. So let's wait a bit first. Also checked VoLTE. Lots of videos showing how to do it, like this one:

That includes this view:

 
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But that's not what I saw:

 
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Why do these things always look different? Do I have different firmware? At some point I do: when I got the phone, I upgraded apparently from MIUI to HyoerOS. And making calls with Wi-Fi may be an advantage. But why should I lose VoLTE in the process?

A little later it occurred to me that my phone is a Redmi Note 13 5G, and of course it's different in this area. Is that the reason?

The obvious thing to do now is: nothing. Wait a day or two and see if this irritating message goes away, as Austin suggests.


More app pain
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

Another app that didn't get transferred to my new phone was “WiFi File Transfer”. Why not? It's gone! Well, there's another with the same name. It's marvellous!

Transfer files and folders from phone's storage media to other platforms such as PC is an awesome feat. Just wifi, not needed a cable.

What are we coming to when a simple file transfer is “awesome”? And this sentence no verb?

OK, install that. Not what I expected:

 
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And somehow it managed to install without providing an icon. Certainly not what I expected. What are we coming to?


Redmi Note 13 camera
Topic: photography, technology, opinion Link here

The new Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 boasts a 108 MP camera! That's more than any of my real cameras, even in Hi-Res mode. How good is it? While playing in the lounge room, took this forgettable picture, along with a natural-sized crop:

 
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It's not bad under the circumstances, but the most interesting part is the resolution: 12 MP. How do I get 108 MP? Do I get 108 MP? Do I care?


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