2014-08-25

We have forgotten that all 'our' electronic goodies, talk to each other...

So what is EDID?

I knew the 'monitor' (display) 'talked' to the display card. But I didn't know how. So it came as a bit of a surprise when I read up on EDID. The method used is I^2 C. That should be I [squared] C, but the editor doesn't seem to understand superscripts.
Extended display identification data

Understanding EDID - Extended Display Identification Data

More on my migration to lubuntu... 
So I need to 'translate' all my old emails from Outlook Express
What I need is a Linux translation tool.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 – Linux and things – totally out of date.
[Most links don't work.]

[So install Sylpheed email client. It reads OE dbx files. But oh what a laborious process!] When you have imported emails into Sylpheed, you can export them as mbox files...

Then I found UnDBX on Google's code - UnDBX

When you have an 'mbox' file, you can simply copy it to the Thunderbird profile folder. And a few seconds later, all your emails are there.

Reading an mbox file with Thunderbird


UbuntuUpdates.org for those 'pesky' updates. i.e. flash, Skype etc.
But not good enough for SARS. So I will have to 'switch back' to using XP, just for efiling...

This is worth watching.
Great Western Railway: An engineering wonder of the west country

Bye for now.

2014-08-20

Level of frustration has reached 'critical'...

Yep, the level of my frustration has risen to where I am about to bang the keyboard...

First off, last night the display adapter in my main PC decided to go on strike. I got a "drm:drm_edid_block_valid - ERROR EDID checksum is invalid." After looking into this PC with a torch, I decided that it was time for a blow out of all the crud/fluff/dust. 

When I returned to the study with a clean PC, I switched it on without plugging in the keyboard. Much to my surprise the PC would ignore me. Bah. On/off button works. So the PC shuts down. Switching on still gave me no display. What have I forgotten now? Shutdown and unplugged. Waited for led to go out and took out the display card. Plugged in the panel display into the motherboard VGA connector. Switched on and booted into lubuntu in a few seconds. 

Shut down again and unplugged. Checked the display card for damage. None found. Thankfully this display card has a large heat sink and no fan. Fans do not last around here. Replaced it in the PC. Replugged the VGA cable into the card. Switched on and was amazed to see it go into lubuntu!

Did the PC just want some attention like the cat?

Searching for the error message and reason, I did not find out what EDID is or what use it is. So I am going to research this on Wikipedia and post an explanation later.

Outlook Expressed

So now I am using lubuntu on a daily basis. My email client for both the main work email and the ISP's email is Thunderbird. I still need to transfer my emails from the XP side of the PC. This is useful for records and searching for emails written and filed away. This 'task' is easy in Windwoes, or so I thought. Another Google search and I found 'dbxconv' and/or 'dbx2mbox', mentioned on a blog. Trying the links produced paged stating in German and English that these domains are available for a price...

This is another can of worms. I noticed again that the proviso stated on some of the SourceForge pages that the software may not work on later versions of Microsoft email software. Yes they changed it when they went Windwoes 7. Windows Mail is NOT the same as Outlook Express. It won't even upgrade you.

So now I have to decide how I am going to get my emails from XP to Thunderbird lubuntu. The ISP's emails were in Thunderbird. That was easy. Just transfer the profile and files. But OE is an 'issue'.

More on this later...

2014-05-07

Sneaky workings of [insert company name]

So Mnet did not want a weeks notice. They would have cancelled the service at the end of the month but when asked they said wait. So we did. Then they cancelled to service immediate effect but still took the money....
So 'free wifi' means R20 for 250MB. Doing this post on the tablet is not easy.










2014-04-18

How to shoot yourself in the foot - Windwoes Style

Yesterday on returning home, I switched on my remaining two XP PC's. Usually they boot up in seconds as both have SSD's. Not this time...

More than 5 minutes later is now the normal boot time.

More later. As there is much research to do.