Citrojim's AX, Pixo, C3, Running and Cycling Tales

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A big day today :) I finally escaped these four walls courtesy of an early dental appointment, where my attention and diligence in oral hygiene was complemented :)

Then I spent some time with youngest daughter before taking both Polly and Bluebell out for much-needed warming runs in the lovely dry and sunny weather over roads known yet to receive any winter salt....

One thing about Paggers is our generally moderate climate... We rarely see extreme weather here and often dodge a lot of stuff... It goes around us... We've yet to have any significant cold or frost here yet, as witness things still happily growing in my garden that should by now, be killed off by frost...
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One trip was to collect this :)
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Fingers crossed I'll be fit enough to run it... I don't know about my cars needing a run, so do I - badly ;)

Pix is enjoying a bit of use this week too... She's in the care of my youngest for a few days :D
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Take it steady Jim - hope you can run that half-marathon, but not worth pushing yourself too hard too early - there are so many other runs you'll want to do in the future, and you are going to need functioning knees to do them!
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Armidillo wrote: 28 Nov 2023, 23:17 Take it steady Jim - hope you can run that half-marathon, but not worth pushing yourself too hard too early - there are so many other runs you'll want to do in the future, and you are going to need functioning knees to do them!
Indeed, I pushed it a bit yesterday... Happily, I've woken up good so no harm done... I'm taking it a bit quieter today. I have some baking to do and...

...my Lexia kit has arrived :D
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It actually arrived yesterday morning whilst I was at the dentist and was left with a neighbour... Trouble is, the postman failed to tell me which so I didn't see it until my neighbour popped around at 8PM wondering why I'd not called on them to collect it :roll: :)

So, that'll keep me occupied today... It might be quite an adventure, especially the software side of it...
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Wow I love your electric blue AX! - what a cheeky little classic!

Every fibre of my being wants you to be able to run that half marathon; you just deserve it so much having such a rough time of late. Your dedication, commitment, and enthusiasm is inspiring.

I hope you enjoy using Lexia - don't let her get near an Alexa; my theory is they'll never stop chin wagging.
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c16rkc wrote: 29 Nov 2023, 10:22 Wow I love your electric blue AX! - what a cheeky little classic!
Thanks Chris :) I love her too and here's another view of her from yesterday :) It's a rare colour - Poseidon Blue and only used for a year or so on the AX...
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c16rkc wrote: 29 Nov 2023, 10:22 Every fibre of my being wants you to be able to run that half marathon; you just deserve it so much having such a rough time of late. Your dedication, commitment, and enthusiasm is inspiring.
I shall do my very best Chris :)
c16rkc wrote: 29 Nov 2023, 10:22 I hope you enjoy using Lexia - don't let her get near an Alexa; my theory is they'll never stop chin wagging.
:lol: Not yet plucked up the courage to even start looking at it yet... I have to wrestle with the software first and wait for the world outside my front door to thaw out a bit and warm up.... Watch this space ;)
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Oh gosh, what a game Diagbox and Lexia is turning out to be :twisted: When my Lexia hardware arrived last evening, I was mildly surprised to see no software. I was expecting a CD... Silly me!

Anyway, a look at the email containing the invoice had download links for Diagbox 9.91 and evil of evils, a bloody hateful sodding Youtube video on how to download and install :evil: What's wrong with printed words and diagrams in a PDF? This 'video everything' fetish really annoys me :evil: I HATE Youtube passionately.

Anyway, enough of that. The Diagbox software is huge, three WinRAR files, two of 4.4Gb and one of 526Mb :shock: All to be downloaded from a Giggle Drive... Oh what a giggle that was, took bloody ages and my old Windows laptop got very stroppy as did my Internet; just at the wrong bloody time :twisted:

In the end I downloaded all the files on my 'best' Chromebook fairly easily and successfully and moved them to the Windows laptop via an SD card! So, once again Windows a big fat zero and good old Chromebook a complete triumph :D Windows really is a pile of smelly poo :twisted: I only use Bill Gate's finest evil devil operating system because I must for this.

The Diagbox software runs in a VMWare Player and I can see why they took this approach... Quite smart of them :D

So far, I've got the files on the laptop. I now need to unzip and unRAR them and then see if the VMWare player will run before giving Diagbox a go.

Too brain-addled to do it this evening. A bit of fun for tomorrow after I've written my CCC Column :)

On the plus-side. I was delighted to be able to take a Polly payload of rubbish and assorted scrap to the tip today... Getting rid of clutter always makes me feel good and youngest daughter noticed yesterday and commented on how I'd gone really minimalist... I was so proud... That's just what I'm always aspiring to. I still have a way to go but I'm getting there... Good job the tip is only 3 minutes away :D
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Ah Jim, you'd a more tortuous route to getting the software than I did: I used Easy Diagnostics as recommended elsewhere on here, did come with a disk (though needed copying onto USB stick anyway as my "Diagnostic Laptop" has no optical drive anyway)

I ummed and ahhed and went for a Windows 7 "Toughbook" off an eBay seller that promised 3 month warranty. That avoided any virtual machine type complications - beyond me and just didn't want any complications I could avoid!

I'm glad you've overcome the challenges all the same.

Was supplied with link to a YouTube video, but a screen capture type thing with what is actually being clicked at each step of the way. Watched a bit on my desktop, paused, then clicked the same bits on the diagnostic laptop, play bit more, and so on - worked. Ok for me like that.

:)

P.s. agree about Poseidon Blue, it's just a lovely colour
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I was keen to get mine from EasyDiagnostics Matt but it wasn't to be as this generation of Lexia is no longer being produced. Jim's not too sure when the new one will be available or any details of price or functionality.

I was keen to get something up and running a bit sooner so went this route... If it all proves to be a bit of a duck I'll cut my losses and go to Jim when he gets the new generation of kit...

To be fair, the YouTube video that came with the Lexia is quite good for what it is... Lots of pause action needed though...

Today I will continue the Lexia adventure... Watch this space ;) It may be a while as I have a bit to do today, not least my CCC Column...
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Ah fair enough Jim, understood.

Good luck with the column today :)
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MattBLancs wrote: 30 Nov 2023, 07:30 Good luck with the column today :)

Thanks Matt :) I need it as I'm running short of material... I'm going to have to get creative ;)

Back in my happy place this morning :D
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Just a short, easy gentle run of 2.5 miles... Properly, a recovery run and a good start back to full fitness...

It's cold this morning but in just two top layers, running tights and a beanie I was as warm as toast - that, if nothing else, shows my health is improving significantly :)

I even saw daughter and granddaughter on their way to work and nursery :D Not sure they saw me although wearing a big, bright chest light I'm hard to miss...
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I can completely concur with your experience with the Diagbox/Lexia download fiasco... I had to do the same. What a pain it is, and downloading files that big is never fun as if your WiFi drops out the download sometimes has to be restarted... :evil:

If it's like mine, when you get it installed it is a big "buggy" and some errors come up on the virtual computer that you just close. But it seems to work well.

The worst part is that messages appear constantly telling you to connect to the internet and do an "update" - so you have to close these windows over and over... does get annoying... #-o
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c16rkc wrote: 30 Nov 2023, 14:20 I can completely concur with your experience with the Diagbox/Lexia download fiasco... I had to do the same. What a pain it is, and downloading files that big is never fun as if your WiFi drops out the download sometimes has to be restarted... :evil:
I always download big files when needed by plugging in a Cat 6 cable and maintaining hardwire connection to the internet (including fibre optic I know 8-)). Works for me!! :-D
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CitroJim wrote: 30 Nov 2023, 08:26 Thanks Matt :) I need it as I'm running short of material... I'm going to have to get creative ;)
Have you heard of the 1986 Citroen Xanthia

Not a misspelling it was a concept car based on the Citroen AX and presented at the 1986 Paris motor show.

https://www.supercars.net/blog/1986-citroen-xanthia/

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I quite like the look of that, may be time to get Daffodil back and get the angle grinder to work!! :-D
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That's really smart, I wish some of these concept cars got produced!

Though (sorry for litering your thread Jim :? ) this is my favorite car that was never made...
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I spent a while looking through the ads trying to find one for sale, before I realised it was never sold :lol: