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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
Synopsis: I had a under warranty external HD fail. Seagate sent me a replacement. Unfortunately, less than a year later, that one failed too, suddenly. PAYAM data recovery service was able to retrieve the data (turns out the heads failed, but the platters were undamaged). Turns out they had sent... Continue reading
After the Melville council arborist checked the gum tree, it's been decided that it has to go. The whole thing. Damned shame, as that tree was a home, haven, nesting site, photography stage and food supply for hundreds of birds. The council will replant a native nectar bearing trees/shrubs, but... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Listening to the Voices in my Head
Yesterday and the day before, we were hit by a severe storm front. Our gorgeous Gum Tree was badly damaged. This tree is (or should I say was) the stage for many of my large bird photographs (Cockatoos, Kookaburras, Galahs) This makes me want to cry: I am hoping that... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Listening to the Voices in my Head
Is it a prerequisite of the job there to have had a lobotomy? I sent you an email with a photo of the receipt from AusPost, showing tracking information, and CLEARLY showing the date. I even told you that my email was to inform you the parcel with faulty drive... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Listening to the Voices in my Head
In the process of shifting close to 500 photos taken over the past few days to HD storage. Have wiped down the camera, and will be doing same to the lenses, as there was rain, and salt spray from the ocean/waves/breakers. Also found out the hard way that my hiking... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2016 at Listening to the Voices in my Head
Out of the blue, one of my WD external drives started kicking back "Local Drive", disk management said it was RAW data, and the data was inaccessible. After a few days of looking/researching/reading I was about to give up. Many places just said format the drive and hope for the... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2016 at Listening to the Voices in my Head
Just filled out the RMA request for the faulty Seagate external drive that was a replacement for a faulty Seagate drive. A quick reminder, heads failed on Seagate #1, but I was able to get all data transferred before total failure because I noticed problems. Seagate #2 was the replacement,... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2016 at Listening to the Voices in my Head
Not quite two years ago, after Microsoft bought Skype, they put the kybosh on Trillian (and other 3rd party) multi instant messaging programs access to Skype. I'm not saying that Trillian dropped the ball, but they did, as Miranda and other multi messaging programs have fixed this issue, but Trillian... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2016 at Listening to the Voices in my Head
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 May 3, 2016 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 May 2, 2016 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 May 2, 2016 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 May 2, 2016 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 May 1, 2016 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