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Callunna
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Posted -  17/12/2010  :  10:26
Over the years I've not done so bad when it comes to working with computers, and most times I can eventually fix things up when it all goes pear-shaped.

Yesterday my Mac went not just pear-shaped but a complete fruit pudding with meringue and custard. Over the past few weeks it had been getting slower and slower until it said: "You know what? I can't be bothered anymore. I quit." And it did.

Fortunately there's a thing called Time Machine which regularly backs up the OS and all files to an external drive, so I wasn't too nonplussed.

Unfortunately my Mac refused even to start up. Missing its core thingies or something.

No probs - just re-install the OS from the original discs. Almost there - the discs were a bit out of date but I could easily update the version from the internet.

Went to restore all my settings, files, programmes, etc from Time Machine. Unfortunately my finely tuned and slimmed down original system had bloated by about 20GB when reinstalled - and my drive didn't have enough space on it to complete the job.

Grrr.  

My backup drive (1TB  capacity) is also getting full so it looks like I'm going to have to buy another to dump my data into, then give it all a good clean out.

On top of that, once you start messing with reinstallations, I find much of my work software needs reactivating from the software companies - it's going to take me absolutely ages to get back to where I was a few, happy and organised days ago.

I hate computers. 
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Stanley
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Posted - 29/09/2011 : 10:10
Just checked speed, ping 37, down 5.7 (bit better than the 3.5 I was on) and Up .38, lousy as ever.


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pluggy
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Posted - 29/09/2011 : 16:23
If the router detects it isn't connected it keeps on trying until it is generally.  Mine just came back on when they'd sorted the problem.  I was confident it was 'their' end so I didn't press ttoo much. 

When I worked at the school part of my job was to keep the internet on, when it went off I frequently couldn't get on with fixing it due to people ringing up complaining that the internet was off..........


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Stanley
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Posted - 30/09/2011 : 05:14
Mine repaired itself as well. Big Ubuntu ugrade and restart this morning. The 'improvements' to Firefox mean that half my menu buttons have gone AWOL. No doubt someone will realise and there'll be a fix shortly.


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panbiker
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Posted - 30/09/2011 : 09:43
Latest Firefox update has decimated all my add on's for various things too Stanley. Cited as (incompatible add ons). Firefox does remember though and checks for updates in a timely manner.

Sorry to hear about all your Orange woe's, I dont want to appear smug but my Talk Talk service remains constant at 16.7Mbps from exchange to router. I did have ablip though a few days ago when it went down to 12Mbps for a short time.


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Posted - 30/09/2011 : 13:50


quote:
panbiker wrote:
Talk Talk service remains constant at 16.7Mbps from exchange to router. I did have ablip though a few days ago when it went down to 12Mbps for a short time.

Don't rub it in, Ian lolol

Word is the 21cn, that should be installed during October, provides a 24MB service. Be interesting to see actual figures once it's up and running. In the meantime I've given up moaning to Orange as any issues seem to resolve themselves by the time they've got back to me...   


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panbiker
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Posted - 30/09/2011 : 15:35
The current speed I enjoy is a result of work that was done on my line a while ago now when I complained of noise on the line. BT replaced all copper cabling from my house back to the nearest cabinet that goes underground into fibre. That was approx 300 Mtrs between 3 separate poles. So I reckon that's about as good as I can get on current technology.

I think it was Tiscali that upgraded the routers at the exchange some time ago now. Talk Talk have inherited the kit with the take over. Once Orange get their act together it should be pretty much the same I would have thought.


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Stanley
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Posted - 01/10/2011 : 07:59
Ian, little doubt about that and even though I had the dropout last week I am not blaming Orange for a bum server that could happen to anyone. The nice thing is that you can talk to them and I get the impression that as soon as they see the old freeserve address they recognise that I have been with them for yonks and I think it makes a difference. The slow speed is only a problem when uploading large files and I'm not doing much of that at the moment as I'm in the shed.


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panbiker
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Posted - 01/10/2011 : 10:28
It still amazes me that the network can still support what it is being asked to carry. Most of the infrastructure above grond is more or less the same technology as was being used when the sytem only carried voice. Lots of punch down, crimp and twisted joints. Lots of margin for error with high resistance weak points on the route from exchange to user.

BT often gets a bashing but essentially it's down to the skill of their engineers that keeps it all together and delivering the goods, well done, t'internet would not be possible without you.


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Posted - 01/10/2011 : 11:33
quote:
Stanley wrote:
Mine repaired itself as well. Big Ubuntu ugrade and restart this morning. The 'improvements' to Firefox mean that half my menu buttons have gone AWOL. No doubt someone will realise and there'll be a fix shortly.
No problems noticed here after the updates. Business as usual.


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Stanley
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Posted - 02/10/2011 : 06:42
My Firefox sorted itself out after I closed and reopened it. FF must have resored the version that was running before the restart and it was incompatible with the new upgrade. All is fine now.


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Stanley
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Posted - 03/10/2011 : 13:59
Orange AWOL again this morning. It had sorted itself out by noon.


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Stanley
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Posted - 09/11/2011 : 05:28
Orange and BT spoke with forked tongue. Am keeping an eye on speedtest. Still crawling at 6mb down and less than .4 up. 


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panbiker
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Posted - 09/11/2011 : 09:58
There has been a lot of work going on down at the exchange over the last week. Trench dug from exchange to road last week and I think some new fibre or ducting gone in. Extending out into road this week.

Talk Talk remains solid, 16.3Mbps at the router.


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Stanley
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Posted - 10/11/2011 : 06:01
We live in hope Ian.....


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Tizer
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Posted - 10/11/2011 : 10:49
Mrs Tiz tried to connect to the BBC News web site yesterday using her normal link but instead got a page with an address something like world.com and a warning box saying it was downloading something. She couldn't close the browser and we had to switch of the computer. All seems OK now - being an Ubuntu Linux PC I expect the site couldn't dump anything on it. But it looks like the BBC site, or its address, was compromised.


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