DiY at home

September 22, 2012

The dilemma of trying to be a DiY’er with those pesky jobs around the home. My most memorable problem since shifting in was a leak! First I thought it was the roof… well that’s the logical place one would assume a leak starts especially after overnight rain.

Fortunately for me my roof was fine. The problem was the result of the delivery men not screwing the hoses on tight enough when they installed my washing machine. Hence a slow steady seep of water running down the back of the machine and ending up as a puddle at the front of my washing machine.

Not to be outdone by a washing machine, Dad gave me some plumbers tape which I put on. I then did my usual weekend washing and … more water. So I mopped up and hit Google. It appears I wound the tape on the wrong way! I did wonder why the tap fitting kept coming loose. So this little Ms DiY tried the other way and wahoo – success.

USB drive is kaput

September 8, 2012

Certainly not a good way to start a day of study but you can imagine my horror when I plugged my USB drive and it told me “this removable drive is not recognised, do you want to reformat the drive now?”

The answer was a definite NO as it had all my study notes, my research report, my survey analysis, my interview notes, and half a marketing assignment on there. This is the second time it’s happened to me … perhaps because I do not “safely remove hardware & eject media”. I learnt my lesson last time and always back up to my laptop every few days but unfortunately I’d got a bit slack in that department as well. The back up was three weeks old 😦 Three weeks of heavy assessment drafting, hours of internet research, and hours of reading and summarising chapters of my textbook.

So in the middle of my meltdown I was slightly heartened by a techy article telling me that even if a CMD / chkdsk returns a “raw drive” result, the files would still be there somewhere. Eventually I found a brilliant piece of software called ZAR (Zero Assumptions Recovery) which purportedly retrieves as many files as it possibly can. The demo version did not unlock the files I really needed but $60 was a small price to have the essential ones retrieved. The relief was an understatement … try [a couple of expletives] + relief so I will definitely be buyng a lotto ticket this week! Thanks ZAR I highly recommend you 🙂

the Paralymics 2012

September 1, 2012

Despite the slight bias towards showcasing australian athletes, I’m finding myself watching more of the Paralympics on TV than I did when the Olympics were on. I have watched disciplines that do not normally interest me, and of course the usual favourites.

Unlike the Olympics, the vibe and the atmosphere surrounding these games just seems ‘nicer’. The competitive spirit is there, but the nasty aggression seems to be absent. Interviews with athletes are inspiring and heart-warming, and there is genuine visible delight from both athletes and media for brilliant performances. Like the young swimmer who beat her personal best by 19 seconds and was so excited she kept tripping over her words.

If I had a magic wand, I wish we could go back to the good old days where bad sportsmanship did not exist, where anti-doping agencies were not required, and where participation was celebrated as much as the end result.