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Patientline Treading On Human Rights: What A Fecking* Lame Excuse.

September 27th, 2007 No comments

The use of the word feck* was the problem … yeah … If you read this from a bed on a Patientline system go search google for feck* or try wikipedia.

They can all use feck* but I can not? Doesn’t make sense sorry -lame, lame, lame.

Also does not explain why one site I own got blocked as it contained a blank hosting page from my reputable webhost.

Like I said lame. If Patientline wish to respond, the lovely lady is welcome to register with and leave a comment.

* U know what I mean: if you don’t search google for feck, the first page at explaiains it.


Making Things Work.

September 14th, 2007 No comments

OK so … I’m in hospital … but I just can’t stop modding. When things are not right they demand change. This is the bedside system I’ve been using for the last 9 days. It’s based on an Epia Mobo with a via processor.

There are two handsets. one is a phone, the other controls the built in TV (30 channels) and radio and when you flip it over and open the cover, inside there is a 6 inch long qwerty keyboard with a built in mousepointer.
I use the net a lot … but this absurdly designed keyboard is difficult for an individual in full health to use … I am right handed and all the muscles behind my right shoulder have failed over the last three years … so after a few days of using this I now have a repetative strain injury and my wrist hurts like hell.
Something had to be done. MODDING TIME YAY !!!!
I called in the Occupational Therapist and asked for her help. I needed to somehow get the handset mounted on the table so I might be able to type with just my left hand.
Now that was a smart move: Lindsay the OT turned out to be gorgeous. Bright blue eyes, amazing smile … and it puts a :) on my face every time she visits. BEST medicine I  have had in nine days. ACTUALLY THE ONLY MEDICINE.
She built a little cradle for the handset for me out of plastic and returned the next day. It wasn’t very rigid so I used the broken lid off the handset – Lindsay was a bit shocked I think .. not very mod-aware lol) and got the sellotape (scotch) out and used the lid as a brace.
SO … between the oh-so-gorgeous Lindsay and myself this is what we have come up with …. and it works a treat I can tell you. The whole of this post has been typed with it :)
if it ain't broke break it

ps thanks to DaveW for getting  the pic up :)

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Computer Mod: In The Desk Not On The Desk

July 10th, 2007 No comments

UPDATE: Full story here:

I got really fed up with having a great big white computer box on my desk and wires all over the place. You know the situation: cables and computers are not pretty. There was only one solution: My desk and my computer needed to be merged.

This was not your typical computer maintenance project. I did use a phillips screwdriver – quite normal – but the widespread use of a hacksaw, jigsaw and hammer to get everything in the right place and operational differentiated this project from most rebuilds I have done (lots).

Having managed to get the case cut down to provide a backplate and mounting for the motherboard and PCI devices I then cut out the back of the desk drawer for the cable access. The hammer was widely used throughout this project.

Amazingly I managed to get everything nicely located. Both the DVD drive and CD writer will appear from the front of the drawer. Have yet to cut the slots to locate them. And can’t decide if I want to go to the trouble of getting some matching veneer and giving them a wooden fascia to match the rest.

The old lock on the drawer was removed and the barrel emptied and cut down to become the power button. Locating the power switch behind the lock was easy enough. The main thing was trying to organise all the bits so they would a) fit b) connect with standard cables and c) not cook each other. Currently she is running in the drawer, in the cabinet at 43 degrees C CPU temp – thats low enough for me and only 4 degrees higher than when the beast was in a case.

Time to power up and see if this thing will actually fly. Holy cow she does !!!

Finally I have to do some cabinetwork on the desk she is going in. It’s an old base unit from a large office desk

few more bits to finish: cutting the CD drawer openings, securing the lock barrel to the power switch (don’t try no more nails – I discovered it dissolves the power switch plastic :D ) and then I have to cut down the cabinet and rebuild the desk. Nearly done. Will post a pic when the final details are completed.

Just her smoked glass top to come.

Full story of the build here

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Letting Go

January 16th, 2006 No comments

Letting go can sometimes be hard and sometimes be easy. It all depends on how attached you are to your ideas. For quite a while I hosted on a free package with the domain name seller I used to purchase the domain. With only 10Mb of storage I often had to let go of whole chunks of my efforts to make way for the new. Occassionally there was a slight heart wrenching as I would watch a piece of writing I particularly valued fall off the end.

Today I added commenting by haloscan to the site, exploring options as I try and move from Blogger to Moveable Type as my publishing tool. I don’t like Blogger anymore because it is not flexible enough. I want to add a list on the sidebar of all previous posts and blogger won’t do it. I want to do this because when I did it manually for a while people found more they wanted to read and stayed longer. Visitors read three times the number of pages per visit when I provided them with this easy way to find stuff.

And now I discover that by installing haloscan I have had to let go of all previouse comments because haloscan can’t import them from blogger. I liked the comments. There was useful feedback and some interesting writing therein. So if you have commented and you find it has dissappeared, accept my appologies, and join me in letting go.