Tag: computer

Sunday Music, Notausgabe

Achachach … When I pressed the button of the Blaue Engel on Saturday morning nothing happened. What means exactly – the button worked and its blue led came up ; the screen became white ; the familiar sounds of the hard drive’s rödeling did not come to my ears, there was only the death rattle of the cooler left. Followed the usual, like switching things on and off, controlling cable connections. Than I had to go to work and driving through dense fog really made me forget this calamity. There are a few Saturdays over the year when we have to bring the kids in the “Zentrum”, usually when they have some kind of event there, parents are involved, and normally they take their kids home in the afternoon. Thankfully all of “my” parents decided to go this traditional route.
Nevertheless the Blaue Engel stayed silent on my return, not one single peep. The hard drive does nothing at all, the operating system is not near being loaded into the memory … I shook the disk a bit, but it stayed unimpressed.
Is this bad ? The most important things, stuff I did for clients, is copied onto another physical storage medium ; the emails … well, some were nice and I would have liked to keep these – would I ever have them read again ? What is more important is that I have no more addresses at all.
Pictures –  ah yes, something I wanted to do for some time and looked for in winter vacancy – weeding out, getting rid of the nonsense … some few were good, some were la-la, most were not good ; anyway, I have not to go through the collection, the collection left. So I have to take new pictures. Texts & letters – don’t care.
In the end it is no real damage, unpleasant, yes, but no catastrophe.
A young friend advised me to put into the Blaue Engel a new hard drive, a ssd which promises rapidity. Perhaps I will switch to windoof 10, we’ll see.

Enough of this technical babble, let’s do what the hard drive did – Let’s Misbehave !
Enjoy the 1927 version performed by Irving AARONSON & His Commanders – here’s to a hopefully un-hectic and perhaps even peaceful week !



Gargle’s .45

Me and “google” are not friends, as some of you, venerated readers, who follow this scribble for a bit longer, surely know. Our ways had not yet fully parted, inasmuch as I still used a chrome-based browser called “iron”. The (German) developers of this program say that they carry over the benefits of gargle’s “chrome”, like velocity and all-round-usefulness, but get rid of the not so nice things, notably gargle’s hunger for data.
I used it until I found that it hat bloated a lot. Months ago I had looked at the windows’ list of programs and was told that “iron” would use around 70 MB of disk space ; some weeks ago it was over 140 MB. The whole folder had over 220 MB. And it became slow – no more hop-through-the-web, but a tired drag-through-the mud. Additionally it always showed a message telling me that some plug-in was not supported anymore, but there is a way to dig around. So I dug around – and, hallelujah, with the new version (45) all would be better.
I looked for something else and found a small basic browser that simply does what it says on the tin, it shows websites. It has some weaknesses, but I learned to live with it – and now I have to. Because when I learned that a new version of gargle’s browser is out, what means that the corresponding “iron”-version is available, I wanted to have a look at it. I downloaded it, had it installed, all without hassle and as usual. It worked fine. Then I realised that they had this personalising-thingy carried over. This and some other things I did not like (notably that from the start it comes with all gargle-cookies, be it “blogger” or “youtube” or anything else from the gargle-universe – even when I had cookies deleted manually or automatically at the end of a session) and hence decided to uninstall this program.
But I was not allowed to do this.
When I used the windows-de-installing routine I was told that “This program can only be uninstalled on a 64-bit-windows.” (I cite it from memory, the exact wording may have been a bit different, but the statement is clear I hope.) This windows I use on this machine is by no means a 64-bit-windows. And I did not download the “wrong” version of the program – simply because there is nothing to choose from. (Well, there is a “portable version” available. But that’s it. It is one button to click for the rest.)
First I went to the program’s in-built uninstallation, and got the same message. So I tried CCleaner, no way. I tried it “by foot” : Go to the folder, erase it, then clean the registry from dead entries. No way : I was not even allowed to rename the folder ! Forget to open or delete it ! And yes, I am my own administrator.
Then I tried to re-install it, there could be perhaps a possibility to “change / repair” – no way.
I became a bit angry. And out of a whim I grabbed a de-installing program from the web, “Iobit” or something, forgot the name : Forget it too, dear readers ! It is blank nonsense and comes with a ton of additional unwanted code you never wanted to have – and did not accept to have delivered ! It even had the nerve to litter my desktop with silly “gauges” ! I kicked this out as fast as possible.
In the end I restored windows – it is the second or third time I did this ever, since I use this operating system. Windows had created a restoring-point only some days before I started this unlucky adventure, and it worked like a charm. The list of installed programs showed me the older version of this “chrome”-derivat. The in-built de-installation still did not work (same message as before), but at least I was allowed to erase the folder via the windows explorer !
After having got rid of the unwanted code I realised that the machine was unusually slow. The “defraggler” showed me that 12 % of the files on C: were fragmented. I use this tool only twice a year or so, the fragmentation-rate is normally down to one or two percent. So before I went for my afternoon drive I put it to work, and it sorted the mess out.
Was ist das End’ vom Lied ?
Maybe I behaved stupidly, maybe this is all irrelevant, it surely is less than a storm in a tea-cup. But I know for sure that I will not again use a program that comes from gargle. My last connection to this data-gargling behemoth is Sunday’s link to “youtube” (or preferably something else hereafter), simply because this is the largest repository of music on the web I have access to. Anything else are poisoned gifts I do not want to touch.

Yes, I Know …

If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it … But I could not resist the urge to fiddle with the settings and try a new theme.

The contrast should be pretty good – LX ?
The font is readable. The Bold and the Italics are not that persuading … Maybe I’ll use colour (for the names of the wonderful commentators) when answering comments.

Sunday Music

It’s convenient (and laziness) that I do not have to think about a title for the Sunday post. At the moment it would be something like “Why can’t these asocial basteds downstairs not keep quiet ? Not even once a week, on a Sunday, they are able to shut up. Why do we sent people not longer in the quarries or the mines ? Or Australia ? Where is the inquisition when you need it ?”
So I put the headphones over my ears and listen to sounds – like Dick RAJIMAKERS’ (Ger., Eng.) (1930-2013) Song of the Second Moon (1957, together with Tom DISSEVELT (Eng. Nl.) (1921-1989), here) – while I sort through the files on my computer. It is time to delete the unnecessary items, keep & store other things ; and I always wanted to work through the tons of images – some are acceptable, some are just a waste of space.
RAJIMAKERS is a pioneer of electronic music, a reader about him was published in 2007, his works until 1997, are released on three CDs (here’s a link to the second edition). In his œvre we find experimental pieces (like Contrasts or Tweeklank) next to more accommodating, less unwieldy sounds, like the happy-sih Whirling (Electronic Movements, 1962). I hope you like it – and if you have nothing better to do, explore RAJIMAKER’s world of sounds and early electronica in general : It’s a beeping and scratching, a sheer delight.
I wish you a quiet & uneventful week !



Google / Youtube seems to have installed a new auto-play, at least I encountered this the first time today.