A few weeks ago her PC started to go a little wobbly and since I gave it to her, I promised to go over and see what I could do. It is not an easy trip, and is only worth doing if I stay overnight. This time I stayed for two nights and was accompanied by The Better half (TBH). I soon found the PC was in a hopeless state and did not respond to any of my ministrations but expecting this I had brought a spare along that I had installed with Linux Mint. This is a very stable operating system that does not seem to suffer from the creeping problems that Windows seems to accumulate when installed for more than a few months. TS’s computer had been slowing down for some time and by the time I got to see her it was ridiculously slow. So slow that I could not easily identify what was wrong because I was not going to live long enough to get to the stage where I could find out something useful.
The Linux PC worked first time, but revealed that her mouse was not working properly either, so we bought one from a local supermarket and she is now back on line and able to communicate, write letters, play music and watch TV or DVDs.
Having fixed her PC problem with a replacement, we went out for a meal, because it was TBH and my wedding anniversary. We had spotted a local pub called the Wild Man and here we found that they had a senior citizen’s special offer running, so we were able to get a reasonable meal for the three of us at a slight reduction.
On the second day we all went out for a few hours to nearby Felixstowe, which is a really nice seaside town with, cliffs, public gardens, sandy beaches, a pier and all the trappings of a traditional seaside holiday resort. Next to the town is a large seaport with lots of interesting vessels going by at regular intervals.
It also has an amazing secondhand book shop with a collection of books that I have not seen for many years. Of course it was inevitable that I came away with some old books that I could not resist.
I love these old magazines this one is from 1895 and is a bound set of six of the monthly editions. Contributors often include A. Conan Doyle, Rudyard Kipling, H. G. Wells and other famous writers of the day.
The journey home was very slow owing to two separate crashes on the M25 which reduced the traffic to a crawl, so we diverted at the earliest opportunity to minor roads and arrived home by three PM, having started out just before ten AM.
The next day at home, I had a look at the old PC and booting from a special diagnoses disk, I discovered that the hard drive was faulty, the built in sound circuit was dead and Windows was running at about one tenth normal speed, so I copied off TS’s personal files and removed the motherboard and the hard drive and they are now in the dustbin where they belong.