moving house

hello goodbye
hello goodbye


So I have been absent for many days. Not really moving house, but changing from old mac to new, which is just as arduous and slightly more stressful than moving house.  I had my old one for 5 years, and my new one is a result of the savings I’ve made from giving up smoking, and a contribution from my luvverly hubberly for my birthday (which was yesterday 🙂 ).  OMG though, macs have a ‘migration assistant’ but that didn’t work for me, I didn’t want ALL the old crap, just some of it! Lots of faffing with dropbox, evernote, and the loss of a load of photo processing software I bought a long the way.  That was a hard bit, over the years as I’ve got into photography I’ve squandered my pocket money on photo processing software, Elements 9, Lightroom 4, topaz, SPE, photomatrix, Nik FX HDR & colour pro (are you horrified yet??) And to be truthful I’ve used all of these a lot and had some grand results (well I liked them)!  but a lot of them are not transferrable, and I also realise that as I’ve developed (no pun intended- but it is a good one!) as a snapper, I’ve felt the need for most of these programs less and less. Maybe because the time I have to give to photography is less and less as work time grows more and more :).  Needless to say I have kept lightroom, and am upgrading to elements 11, and that will be that.  Maybe when I retire I’ll go doolally with HDR and stuff again.   So here I am on my big screen, it’s amazing to see photo’s so large!, Amazing detail, so I am loving the 27″ screen I have now, and how fast the mac responds. If only my internet connection was so good! 😦

I’m also using the cloud for a lot of stuff I used to store on the old mac hard drive, so am hoping this mac is cleaner for longer.  My son is going to take charge of the old mac, so it’s got a good home to go to, and me and the newbie, well we’re in lurve 😀 😀

75/365 nemesis



This has been my enemy for the past week. Actually for the past year.  I am going to rant now, look away if you’re a BT employee.  Last year, a very nice scottish gentleman rang us up and promised us the earth with internet speed and goodness, if we would swap to BT. At the time we were with Virgin, and whilst it wasn’t maybe brilliant, we got on the net, did what we needed to and bob’s your uncle.  But, ooh we thought, lightning fast speed and for less money. Sucked in and spat out were we. Ever since we changed over we have had intermittent speediness and slowness, mostly slowness. We have phoned, a good few times, and a nice Indian gentleman, in fact several very nice polite Indian gentlemen, have pushed some buttons in Calcutta, and we have gained a little oomph to our connection. For a period of 3 months we really have not had any problems. Then last week we had an electricity outage. And when we were back on, our internet had slowed down to bugger all unless you sat right by the router. I have put up with that for the week, stressing to get my work uploaded and emails sent, and it’s taken forever. I’ve resorted to uploading from my ipad when sitting by the router. Which always is very speedy if you sit on top of it. Like it’s saying ’nuffingk wrong with me missis, see???’  Until I go to the computer room and then ‘sorry you are not connected to the internet’ even though it says you have a fab signal. It lies and cheats this router.

They’re sending me a new one…. to be continued 🙂