Hasn’t it been nice to see some good weather? In fact, as I write this, I believe it is raining in Dunedin and has been raining quite a lot at points north. Who would want to live anywhere else rather than in the south? There are lots of disadvantages, but the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages.
Sue and I have just had our eldest granddaughter to stay for a weekend. She is a bundle of energy and makes us wonder where we had the energy from to bring up our kids – a sign of age I suspect.
Another sign of advancing age (apart from stiff muscles after a part day in the garden) involved a recent trip to the optometrist because the old eyes are getting a bit worn out. Then the lady tells me I have a cataract in one eye! Being an ex Science teacher, I get home and google it not knowing much about cataracts and find that lots of older people get them! So I must now be classified officially as old. I have been to the expert in Dunedin and have a date booked for surgery. Hopefully, all going well will be all done before Christmas. However, one really positive thing is that the eye surgeon says I will not need glasses when he has finished.
Of course Google is marvellous – up on Facebook recently popped a movie of the operation. Seems relatively simple – if you know what you are doing! But fascinating nevertheless. Talking about Google, my son Ian sent me this pic.
Sue and I have just had a weekend away before the run-up to Christmas. It hardly seems any time ago that we were starting 2017. Now we are looking at the run up to Christmas. Where has the year gone? However, even though the weather was not too flash, it was nice to get away and just chill. Where is a better place to do that than Fiordland? There are times when we just do not realise how fortunate we are in New Zealand.
A hobby horse of mine sorry. I believe it is important to leave this world in a better state than when we arrived. A simple reminder that we can recycle all your old IT gear. There is a cost but we do this at no profit. We only charge out what it costs us. All you need to do is drop your stuff off here – we will do the rest for you. To check this go to the Clutha District Council page and check here.
A special mention here also for inkjet cartridges and laser printer toner kits. They can be dropped off here at ProSouth and we will recycle for you at no cost (when did you last hear a retailer use those three words?).
Each year 45 million empty printer cartridges find their way into landfills in UK alone. This equates to about 375 million worldwide – more than a million each day or about 11 per second every day. Imagine the size of the heap that makes. These take from 450 to 1000 years to break down in landfills. The numbers are staggering. Have a wee read of this.
Recycling in Balclutha is easy and costs nothing. Either take your used cartridges and toners here and we will recycle for you OR take them to New World and put them in the bin just inside the door. In both cases, the local genealogical society gets them and makes a few dollars. Not only are you saving the world but you are also helping out a local group with funds.
While we were going through the rebranding process, we had a draw from all those who bought new or used computers or laptops from us. The winners were Rob and Allan and they won a wee pack of goodies including a smart watch, cleaning stuff and a gift voucher.
Many thanks for your support Rob and Allan and to the rest of our customers who supported the changeover. We have the intention of running the same giveaway when we rebrand next time (I will be about 80!)
A Couple Of Things To Be Wary Of.
I have a personal mail account at my own personal domain which does not go through the usual filters for some reason. As a result, it collects and shows all the rubbish emails under the sun. I thought I would show you this one as a point of interest.
You will see that it tells me I have a traffic fine. A few things to note:
- Look closely and it says I owe $180.78 Australian Dollars.
- Presumably if the fine is in Australian dollars I must have been in Aussie on the 8th I have lots of witnesses that I was in NZ
- If you glide a mouse over the download infringement notice bar, it will bring up a long address at the bottom of the screen which starts with mailchimp and ends with Infringement notice 10.09.2017.zip. Would the Australian Police use a piece of software called Mailchimp or would it show as comping from the Australian Police?
- Similarly the Download to Mobile Phone goes to magnumcreative.com – same question as above.
- The sender’s address is email@example.com. Would this be the Australian Police?
- Two emails received at a relatively similar time about the same thing with a similar name as a sender.
As you can see, there are lots of clues there – you do not need to be a techno geek to pick up at least one of these clues. The solutions is to trash them. Certainly do not attempt to open mail attachments you are not sure about – especially zip files. These are a common way of getting viruses into your system.
The golden rule is a simple one – be cautious.
We are trying another make of laptop in the shop. I always like to try to have one about the $1000 mark. It must be a brand we are happy selling and be well spec’d for the price point.
Lenovo Thinkpad V110
- Intel Core i3 processor
- 4 GB RAM
- 500 GB Hard Dtive
- 6” screen
- Windows 10 Pro
- 1 year warranty
- Bag included
But the notable thing about this laptop is the 180 degree hinge.
A Nostalgia Pic
I am not sure where I found this but it makes for interesting reading. Regular recipients and readers will know Sue and I enjoy Te Anau as a weekend away (we used to enjoy Queenstown but costs today are an issue). This cutting is from 45 years ago – seems a lifetime. As well as the costs, check out the phone numbers!
A Reading Exercise To Finish
How Do Court Reporters Keep Straight Faces?
These are from a book called Disorder in the Courts and are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and published by court reporters that had the torment of staying calm while the exchanges were taking place.
ATTORNEY: What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning?
WITNESS: He said, ‘Where am I, Cathy?’
ATTORNEY: And why did that upset you?
WITNESS: My name is Susan!
ATTORNEY: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?
WITNESS: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.
ATTORNEY: What is your date of birth?
WITNESS: July 18th.
ATTORNEY: What year?
WITNESS: Every year.
ATTORNEY: How old is your son, the one living with you?
WITNESS: Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can’t remember which.
ATTORNEY: How long has he lived with you?
WITNESS: Forty-five years.
ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?
ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
WITNESS: I forget..
ATTORNEY: You forget? Can you give us an example of something you forgot?
ATTORNEY: Now doctor, isn’t it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn’t know about it until the next morning?
WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar exam?
ATTORNEY: The youngest son, the 20-year-old, how old is he?
WITNESS: He’s 20, much like your IQ.
ATTORNEY: Were you present when your picture was taken?
WITNESS: Are you kidding me?
ATTORNEY: She had three children, right?
ATTORNEY: How many were boys?
ATTORNEY: Were there any girls?
WITNESS: Your Honor, I think I need a different attorney. Can I get a new attorney?
ATTORNEY: How was your first marriage terminated?
WITNESS: By death..
ATTORNEY: And by whose death was it terminated?
WITNESS: Take a guess.
ATTORNEY: Can you describe the individual?
WITNESS: He was about medium height and had a beard
ATTORNEY: Was this a male or a female?
WITNESS: Unless the Circus was in town I’m going with male.
ATTORNEY: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney?
WITNESS: No, this is how I dress when I go to work.
ATTORNEY: Doctor, how many of your autopsies have you performed on dead people?
WITNESS: All of them. The live ones put up too much of a fight.
ATTORNEY: ALL your responses MUST be oral, OK? What school did you go to?
ATTORNEY: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
WITNESS: The autopsy started around 8:30 PM
ATTORNEY: And Mr. Denton was dead at the time?
WITNESS: If not, he was by the time I finished.
ATTORNEY: Are you qualified to give a urine sample?
WITNESS: Are you qualified to ask that question?
ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure?
ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing?
ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
ATTORNEY: I see, but could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?
WITNESS: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law.