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Sandra
Perth-ish
Passenger on a blue marble, circling yellow star. Dancer, astronomer, technogeek, coffee lover, pagan, archer.. not necessarily in this order
Interests: archery,scifi,coffee,movies,martial arts,dance,chocolate,babylon 5,astronomy,stargate atlantis,classic movies,good books,stargate sg1,astrophotography,oxygen
Recent Activity
I saw the crystal clear skies, looked at my EQ5 mounted telescope. I put my shoulder under it and test lifted it. Too heavy So, I looked at the old lightweight EQ3 mount. I had to do a bit of rigging (the bolts to hold the plate to the mount... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Listening to the Voices in my Head
Could you please stop your children/grandchildren/children under you care from chasing the birds in the park. Not just because your child ruined my photos by running at them, but also how dangerous it can be. Had your child done that to the two adult magpies, not corellas, there is a... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Listening to the Voices in my Head
One of the pre-installed Sony utilities on my computer, a Sony VAIO, isn't working quite right. I have asked Sony Support about it and after nothing in the way of support, their brilliant idea is for me to take a perfectly functioning, except for Sony VAIO CARE, computer, reformat it... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Listening to the Voices in my Head
But I, a registered Sony Vaio owner, never got an email or memo about it. Seems that Sony has unloaded their PC/Laptop division and will be concentrating on Smartphones and other smaller devices. No wonder they haven't been very helpful in regards to assisting with problems with my Vaio. I... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Listening to the Voices in my Head
So, another word that ends in the letter Y is early and laundry. Woke up early, saw what was the start of a great sunrise. But it fizzled to 'meh'. Decided to record the bird song instead. The melodious sounds are the reason we really don't need an alarm clock.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Listening to the Voices in my Head
Wing has been away on a business conference for the past few days, and I have taken the opportunity to get some serious cleaning done. I don't mean vacuuming and dusting, I mean emptying closets, pulling things out of corners, sorting through it and throwing the majority of it away.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2016 at Listening to the Voices in my Head
Two paws on my shoulder, and a YOWL means "I need to use outdoor sandbox!" Head snog/head boop on my shoulder means "Treats, please?" Head snog/head boop on arm and should, combined with meow means "Hungry!" Meow from the cushion on the sofa means "Cuddle/petting time, please." Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at Listening to the Voices in my Head
It's a good thing that other photo editing makers are picking up their slack. Yeah, I know, I could cave in and rent Photoshop, but I didn't rent it before it because Creative Cloud, not starting now. Anyhooo... On1, which I have used since they were OnOne, makes great photo... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at Listening to the Voices in my Head
And not have a hissy-fit, or resort to snide insults and insinuations. It's not news that we had to cut back out bottlebrush trees because of having solar panels installed (even though they don't cast shade on the roof). Because of this, a major food source for the local nectavores... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at Listening to the Voices in my Head
And no, not upgrading to Windows 10 on this laptop, as Microsoft and AMD stopped Point Five of a version of supporting my graphics card. I tried Win10 and it took over 5 hours to fix it.. well, roll it back to Windows 8.1. Ok, annoyances in no particular order:... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2016 at Listening to the Voices in my Head
Tested the OMD EM1, Kipon EF to MFT adapter, and the Sigma 150-500 f/5 combination. Last time I tried, it didn't focus, and sometimes the camera had the "no lens" symbol on the menu screen. The latest firmware update has since fixed that. Just have to remember to switch the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2016 at Listening to the Voices in my Head
Went for my daily walk today, managed to go over 2k. I know this isn't much in the grand scheme of things, but let me 'splain. The first time I started walking around the park, I had to stop and sit on a low wall twice on the outbound trip,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at Listening to the Voices in my Head
I went to redeem my Downloadable HD copy of The Martian, and it turns out there are catches to it. GooglePlay - Can only download it to watch later on a Chromebook. All others have hardware ID specific play only. And then they wonder why people go out to find... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at Listening to the Voices in my Head
And I do wish I had checked on this sooner. The newer Canon L glass now works with it. Still no joy using any of the teleconverters, not at night for lunar or planetary photography. It doesn’t quite focus when using teleconverters at night. Will try again in the morning... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at Listening to the Voices in my Head
Ok, more like resurrected. The Seagate drive diagnostic at Payam Data Recovery showed that the drive heads had failed. I was asked if I wanted to attempt a data recovery, and I said yes. I paid the non refundable deposit and the drive was sent to PAYAM clean room facilities,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2016 at Listening to the Voices in my Head
I posted a request to DxO optics about my panasonic FZ30 is supported, but the FZ50 isn't. The reply I got was "Neither model is supported". Oh really? So I asked them to explain this: Not only did DxO identify the make and model of the camera, it proceeded to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2016 at Listening to the Voices in my Head
ColorMunki wasn't calibrating the 2nd monitor. Didn't matter if I calibrated it first, or 2nd, nothing would change. It's probably due to using the DVI to USB adapter. So, I did it the old fashioned way.... I used the buttons on the monitor itself, and manually adjust it to make... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2016 at Listening to the Voices in my Head
I still use IRC program. I have friends in the U.S. that we have 'conversations' just about once a day, unless either of us has early morning (me) or going to be out working late, or going to crash early (them). Also use Skype It's an inexpensive way to keep... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2016 at Listening to the Voices in my Head
Some time ago, I banged the back of my left hand on a door frame (I think it was when maneuvering a laundry basket. Shortly after that, I had a lump on the back of my hand. It went away. But it came back, and when the tendon of my... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2016 at Listening to the Voices in my Head
Have my Sony Vaio laptop running Windows 8 with two USB hubs. And I have both 23" monitors, HDMI port, and DVI to USB set up. I have the laptop lid closed, so only the two external monitors are visible. Using old Acer wireless keyboard and right handed Acer wireless... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2016 at Listening to the Voices in my Head
First, it was my desktop deciding it didn't want to work anymore, than the Windows 10 upgrade fiasco, and now IINET seems to be having problems. Lagging out, disconnecting over and over. Regardless, I would like it to get its act together. Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2016 at Listening to the Voices in my Head
The biggest reason I was in a panic over the Windows 10 installation disaster is my desktop decided to just stop.... Video froze, it hard locked, and just stopped. So, when I reset/rebooted, nothing... totally dead. Alan tested video card in his computer, all good. He took the power supply... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2016 at Listening to the Voices in my Head
Windows 10 upgrade was a disaster. Because both Microsoft AND AMD decided to not make updated graphics drivers for Radeon 7600 (only from 7700 on up) logging into Window could take (not a joke) close to an hour. And woe be to you if you had to restart for any... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2016 at Listening to the Voices in my Head
One of my neighbors cut down a large, full in flower grevillea. No wonder I could hear very angry Red Wattlebirds, as that is, make that was, their nursery. I hope there were no chicks or fledglings in it. I have a feeling that the bottlebrush trees and the hummingbird... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2016 at Listening to the Voices in my Head
Wing and I are heading up to the Pinnacles, in Cervantes W.A. Since the weather is a bit dicey, I have opted to take weather sealed (can go under running water without a problem) Olympus EM1 with two equally weather sealed lenses. Also bringing the Canon 5D3, 100-400 and the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at Listening to the Voices in my Head