All posts filed under: Geeky Nerd Stuff

WordPress 5 and Gutenberg

They make it sounds astounding, a new fangled invention that will revolutionize our blogging experience, like, wow, they just re-invented the wheel … and made it SQUARE! So that now, no one can use—let alone WANTS to use—Gutenberg. It’s chunky, clunky, clumsy and unintuitive. And after years of everyone using what is now laughingly referred to as the Classic Editor, we’re expected to switch from an editor that works perfectly, to something that leaves everyone sobbing with frustration. The only people who think Gutenberg a good idea are those venerable closeted folk at WordPress, with (apparently) nothing better to do than constantly tweak, change, and frustrate the rest of us … because they can. Like the idiots who go clime Mount Everest because … because it’s there. So why am I mumbling on about WordPress and Gutenberg? Because I’ve read so many posts this December of horror stories from unprepared bloggers whose websites upgraded automatically to Gutenberg, and found themselves floundering in a vortex of doom. No one in their right mind wants to spend …

SF Gadgets & Gizmos

Or, all the futuristic stuff I’ve always dreamed of owning! And who hasn’t dreamed of owning items we’ve seen in a movie, or on TV. I remember my friend, Linda, and I desperately wanting to join the Enterprise so we could each have a phaser, not realising till much later on, that this meant we might end up being an Infamous Red Shirt — usually the first characters to get shot at or die a grisly death in nearly every episode of Trek! But it didn’t stop us dreaming or pretending our bananas at lunchtime were our communicators. Flipping them open, and then, talking to them. No wonder I was considered a weird kid at school. It didn’t stop with Trek, I lusted after the tech in most SF TV shows I watched over the years. From light sabres to magnetic boots, to the TARDIS and Firefly’s ‘Serenity’. I wanted it all and, when I found out I needed H. G. Wells’ Time Machine to travel into the future, I started creating my own fictitious …

RIP Stan Lee

I grew up reading comics long before I picked up a book. It was how my parents first introduced us to reading. Not with the more regular Ladybird books. No. My parents found we responded better, and, of course, found that we also stayed quieter longer when reading a stack of comics. So for them, and us, it was a win win situation. And so it was, the prevailing choice of comic book in our household through out the 60s and into the late 70s, was Marvel. From Spiderman to the X-Men (one of my favourites) to the Hulk, Thor, the Avengers, and many others in between. We read them all and, I’m sure, if we had kept all of them, we might all be multi-millionaires by now. But, I digress. For my mother, the secret to ever lasting peace within our household, was Stan Lee. The man behind the Marvel has passed, at 95, Stan has done one last cameo, and left us to wonder what might have been. It’s hard to believe how …

The Name Game

So, while Houston is in the Apple computer shop being assessed and, hopefully, fingers and toes crossed, repaired or, at the very least, given a new heart (HD). Vera suggested I throw it open to readers to suggest a name for our newest member of House Wolfe, that is, for our shiny new iMac. We’ve been so busy trying to back-up Houston’s data, and then, make sure the new iMac was up and running, that we hadn’t really thought about a name for Him/Her/It. I’m leaning towards Shiny being Female, just because, and well, because she’s shiny!  But what do you think? Any ideas for a name, and do you name your things/computer? Personally, I’m a nerd, and name everything, including my plants.  So, suggestions on a postcard by … no, wait, make that suggestions in the comments please, and I’ll pick one at random, if I get enough suggestions that is! 😀

iMac, We Mac, No Mac

And so, it came to pass …  As regular readers know, we recently bought a new, shiny iMac from our local Apple store. But what many don’t know is why. It wasn’t because we’re rich and thought, ‘hey, let’s own two iMacs!’ We bought the new one because Houston, our stalwart workhorse for the last 10 years (yes, we’ve had him since early 2009) was beginning to show his age, and to our ears, complaining of said age. He was getting forgetful too. Which made us both very nervous, I can tell you. The odd and slightly disturbing noises were the worst.  His hard drive was sounding odd … wonky. Like his once valiant heart was given out from too many revs. His Brian slowly fragmenting so that collating saved data was becoming a strain.  All this after doing our best to always run the right programs to keep his HD in good working order. But, alas, time took its toll. Sometime, over night between Saturday and Sunday morning, Houston passed away, quietly, in his …