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Re: Zel's Fleet Blog (Xantia, 107 and "others")

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CitroJim wrote:Isn't it amazing how Windows (and Linux) has expanded to use all the resources of the most powerful PCs without any discernible improvement in functionality :roll:

It's another demonstration that nature abhors a vacuum :evil:

I remember when Windows NT would happily run in 8MB memory on a Pentium 90!!! And it would run Office 97 very well too...

I once had Windows NT running on a 486DX 66 quite happily...
Bloatware.

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Best one for performance I've owned was a 486 DX4/100 running Windows 3.11. I had quite a lot of memory (for the time), and had it set up so that basically the whole OS and most of the larger applications were loaded into a ram drive at startup. Everything was basically instant once the program manager was on screen.

My Amiga is a close second - though it boots up heck of a lot faster.

Just had my computer stupidity moment of the month. Was fiddling with a USB stick that had been used as a live boot device to turn it back into something Windows could use - and managing to delete the boot partition on the system hard drive. Because I wasn't paying attention and because I'm stupid. Easy fix, but still feel an idiot!

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Re: Zel's Fleet Blog (Xantia, 107 and "others")

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We've all done it Zel ;)

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I dragged a load of music onto my phone then unplugged it.
Normally not a problem although I almost always do the recommended procedure.
Caught me out this time, wiped the lot :(
Quick fix though :)

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Re: Zel's Fleet Blog (Xantia, 107 and "others")

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Well I do claim some fault of the software - every time you apply an operation it jumps back to the top device in the list, so I started out with the right device! Ah well, hopefully won't make the same mistake twice.

Easy enough fix though, just throwing a fresh install of Mint on, then will copy my old home folder over and then just delete the old partition and extend the new one.

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At least it is a simple and quick job to reinstall MInt and Ubuntu :)

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myglaren wrote:At least it is a simple and quick job to reinstall MInt and Ubuntu :)
Isn't it just :-D It's done quicker than you can say Windows!!!

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Has actually worked out for the best I think as I decided to prune my installed software a bit (I usually just get APT to reinstall the same lot as before automatically) as there was a heap of stuff in there that I hadn't used in about three computers lifespans!

Plus I've finally managed to get Compiz working, which has been refusing to work ever since I moved over to Mint a year or so back for no reason that I could figure out.

Hopefully should have a new set of spheres arriving from AEP tomorrow so that will be next on the task list! Rears will be fun I'm sure...seem to recall that they looked like something dredged off the Titanic. Plusgas has been applied a few times over the last couple of weeks though at least...

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I liked the Compiz theme where when you closed a program it burst into flames or turned into water and ran out of the bottom of the screen (not literally).
Never did get round to using them though.

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Interesting...about the most extreme effect I have running is the wobbly windows thing which even after nine years has still to get old...

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myglaren wrote:I liked the Compiz theme where when you closed a program it burst into flames or turned into water and ran out of the bottom of the screen (not literally).
Never did get round to using them though.
I like that!

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I did do the wobbly windows for a while but it was swallowed up by upgrades.

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Zelandeth wrote:Has actually worked out for the best I think as I decided to prune my installed software a bit (I usually just get APT to reinstall the same lot as before automatically) as there was a heap of stuff in there that I hadn't used in about three computers lifespans!

Plus I've finally managed to get Compiz working, which has been refusing to work ever since I moved over to Mint a year or so back for no reason that I could figure out.

Hopefully should have a new set of spheres arriving from AEP tomorrow so that will be next on the task list! Rears will be fun I'm sure...seem to recall that they looked like something dredged off the Titanic. Plusgas has been applied a few times over the last couple of weeks though at least...
A decent weight hammer and chisel can work well, if all else fails. When I have used them in the past I will carefully tap directly into the sphere until I get a good purchase point, and then angle the chisel to start the sphere moving in the right direction. Make sure to do this with the system under pressure, otherwise the entire cylinder assembly will rotate.

Something you might want to do in future (to make sphere replacement easier) is to loosen off and then hand tighten the spheres. If you do this every six months or so the spheres will not tighten up too hard, and makes the job a lot easier in future.

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Re: Zel's Fleet Blog (Xantia, 107 and "others")

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Zel, I'm about this afternoon and in car mode so if you want to pop over have at least have the rears cracked off then please do...

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Re: Zel's Fleet Blog (Xantia, 107 and "others")

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Hammer and chisel every time. Proper small, sharp cold chisel. Work on the welded seam.
If it starts to shave off, move to a fresh bit. It is the shock that is doing your work.