It has been an extremely busy couple of days.
On Monday I had to bring Herself into hospital. It was a simple enough procedure – a couple of injections in her back and that’s that.
Except that it wasn’t that straightforward.
We arrived on time, but then had to sit for a while in the waiting area. Eventually we were called and I wheeled Herself into the day ward, hefted her onto the bed whereupon she was attached by a large bundle of wires to a couple of computers. They seemed to think she was in a fit state for the procedures and left us to wait to be called. We waited. And waited. And waited.
After about an hour and a half they arrived to collect her, and told me to come back in a couple of hours.
I buggered off to the computer shop.
I found the machine I was looking for. It was a little HP thingy with a reasonable price and reasonably powerful though it had a smaller screen that Herself is used to. The assistant then started to attempt to sell me Microsoft upgrades to all the trial versions on the machine. I told him that my first action would be to wipe the hard disk and put on Linux, and that I didn’t need any upgrades to Office or Antivirus or any of that shit. “But that will invalidate the warranty” he exclaimed. “You can’t do that.” So I pointed out that the warranty should apply to the hardware and not the software but it seems that isn’t the case. He all but refused to sell me the buggering machine. I don’t think he was used to dealing with OAPs who actually knew how to switch on a computer.
Eventually he calmed down and agreed to sell it to me. The compromise was that he slipped in a wee USB stick to restore the machine, so if something goes wrong I can restore the yoke to its pristine condition before returning it.
I got home to a wildly excited dog [the cat didn’t give a shit at my absence]. I just had time to make a cuppa when the hospital phoned and said Herself was ready for collection. So off I went again, much to the dog’s horror and drove all the way back to Dublin to collect her.
Yesterday I unpacked my new purchase. I plugged it in and switched on. It fired up after an age and there in all its tacky glory was Windows 10. Fuck me but it’s a horrible looking screen. Just about everything on it required a subscription or a licence, from games, through antivirus to fucking Netflix. Netflix is integrated by default? Fuck that.
It took a bit of fiddling but I booted up from a Linux USB stick. Grand. First job – grab about 800Gb of hard disk from Windows. The latter just doesn’t deserve a Terrabyte of disk. I left just about enough space to restore the machine in case of emergencies.
Having installed Mint I came across a weird problem. Wireless had worked perfectly in Windows, but according to Linux there wasn’t even a wireless facility on the machine. Fuck! My first ever failure with Mint.
It took me several hours but eventually I found a solution. It worked.
I then installed another copy of Linux on the same machine, so now there is one for Herself and one for me. I could have just put the one copy and installed two users I know, but I have my reasons.
All I have to do now is to discover how to solve a small but weird screen flicker that occurs intermittently. Apparently Hewlett Packard don’t like Linux.
I am hoping today will revert to normality.