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    It's 14 in Manchester...

    Sat in a beer garden and all is good.

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    Just spent an hour or maybe ninety minutes sorting through one of the reserves of crap in the living room

    This was a second-generation pile of crap, being one of the piles of crap that had previously been in a larger pile of crap but, for whatever reason, had been reserved for further review; after which, of course, more and newer crap had been added to it.

    Anyway, almost all of it has been consigned to recycling, rubbish, or for shredding. There are also a number of DVD-RWs (or possibly DVD+RWs - remember that nonsense, and trying to remember which ones worked with your drive?) containing backups of stuff from 2006 or so, some of which might be of marginal interest.

    Now that's done, I need a rest

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    ^ Call that a crap pile.

    I've just brought the operating systems for an Amstrad 1512 home.

    All 4 5.25" floppy diskettes.

    I'll have to see if I can get one or other box to boot off them.

    Tea/dinner this evening was lentil <pffffft> soup which was very nice, and followed by yet more turkey from the apparently never ending Morrisons turkey legs.

    As for my finishing date, it's looking like 31st March.

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    For tonight's film I figured I might as well mop up a loose end, so it was The Fate of the Furious (2017), aka Fast & Furious 8 - the Extended Director's Cut, no less.

    They've finally gone full Mission: Impossible with this one, and it's actually pretty good, if rather car-centric as always. In particular, Jason Statham gets some funny moments amidst all the mayhem, including an uncredited cameo by Helen Mirren playing his mother like something out of one of the dodgier families in EastEnders. I was also quite amused when he called Dwayne Johnson a complete with hand gesture; not sure if that's just in the extended cut or if Americans don't find it as offensive. But maybe I'm getting old and you can do that and still get a PG-12 rating nowadays
    Didn't you find the sudden change of attitude of Mr Statham rather surprising?

    I bet those DVD RWs are all toast and unreadable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DoctorStrangelove View Post
    ^ Call that a crap pile.

    I've just brought the operating systems for an Amstrad 1512 home.

    All 4 5.25" floppy diskettes.

    I'll have to see if I can get one or other box to boot off them.

    Tea/dinner this evening was lentil <pffffft> soup which was very nice, and followed by yet more turkey from the apparently never ending Morrisons turkey legs.

    As for my finishing date, it's looking like 31st March.



    Didn't you find the sudden change of attitude of Mr Statham rather surprising?

    I bet those DVD RWs are all toast and unreadable.
    i found some old stuff on those from long times ago, and they all worked/ have been converted to MP3/4 where appropriate <mostly live recordings on crappy handcams and recorders>

    still.............
    Entropy is NOT what it used to be.
    Inertia, however........................

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoctorStrangelove View Post
    ^ Call that a crap pile.
    I've just been through a shoebox full of music CDs. Not a single one is mine; they were left behind by my former housemates when they moved out of the place I lived before this. And many of them were giveaways of classic hits from the Daily Mail, with the rest being almost entirely house and hiphop compilations.

    They'll be going to the tip with me next time I pop up there

    Quote Originally Posted by DoctorStrangelove View Post
    I've just brought the operating systems for an Amstrad 1512 home.

    All 4 5.25" floppy diskettes.

    I'll have to see if I can get one or other box to boot off them.
    Excellent!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoctorStrangelove View Post
    Didn't you find the sudden change of attitude of Mr Statham rather surprising?
    I didn't say any of it made sense. Making sense is clearly an optional part of the plot development process that they've chosen to skip since the first film

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    I bet those DVD RWs are all toast and unreadable.
    Apparently not - I'm just copying the sixth of seven containing a backup of my old Toshiba WinXP laptop, from teatime on the evening of January 28th 2006

    And the other ones I've tried have been OK. I now have a large array of Adobe Flash .SWF files containing images of every radio presenter across GCap Media's Local Radio Group stations as of 2006. Not sure what good they'll do me, but there's also a bunch of XSLT I wrote knocking around on there

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    Just found my backup of the Windows 2000 installation disk

    That'll be the one I was given by a friend who worked at Microsoft, which prominently displayed the message "Build for Internal Use Only" or some such when booted in Safe Mode

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    And now I have Symantec Recovery Point Browser running in a Windows 10 VM and extracting the contents of my old XP laptop from the Norton Ghost DVD images I just copied to my iMac

    The laptop itself is sitting on a box a couple of feet away… but this way is easier

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    Following yesterday's less than stellar version of "The Sweeney", this evening's epic was trailed on that dvd, namely "Bullet to the head (2012)" with Sly Stallone, Sarah Shahi ( sadly not in psycho killer "Person of Interest" mode ), someone who apparently played Conan, directed by Walter Hill.

    Bullet to the Head (2012) - IMDb

    I thought it really hit the spot for what it was, mindless mayhem.

    It's difficult to determine what made it so much better than the Sweeney, but I suspect the budget probably helped.

    A lot.

    Plus the dry humour, of which there seemed exactly zero in the Sweeney.

    Oh, and I watched the latest new ep of "The Big Bang Theory" on E4.

    Oh, a copy (yet another) of Win 3.0 came home too, on diskette.
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    Dinner - late due to 2006 laptop shenanigans - has been chicken tikka masala out of the freezer, with the usual rice and naan; well worth the wait

    I'm finally starting to see real progress on the using-up of the contents of the freezer; if I avoid buying any meat this week, I should be able to use up most of what's in there, after which I can start planning to fill it up again with fresh stuff

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