Smudge’s Diary April the 3rd 2017

Smudge’s Diary

Having been kept in the kitchen all night with nothing but a drop of milk to drink the big male giant, aka ‘Man Giant’, let me out to see the study. I found She Giant’s chair was quite comfortable so settled myself down on it. I was a little shall we say ‘nervous’ when Man Giant left the room the first time so I aroused myself and followed him. The next time I did not bother as he did not go anywhere interesting.
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Weather in January 2017 – West Of Ireland (Mayo)

These are the figures for January 2017. We are at 109 metres above sea level in the West of Ireland and have the benefit of having a weather station at Knock Airport close by (11 miles as the crow flies) We are about 24 miles from the nearest coastline. Knock is higher than us at around 200 metres. You can see the Monthly data for Knock Airport produced by Met Éireann but what that misses is the thing that we see so little of, the Sunshine! I acknowledge Met Éireann as the source of my Sunshine, Rainfall and Mean Soil Temperatures and the comparison Max and Min temperatures to my own under the terms of Met Éireann’s copyright.
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Weather in December 2016 – West Of Ireland (Mayo)

Title: Weather in December 2016 – West Of Ireland (Mayo)
Categories: Climate Change; Weather

These are the figures for December 2016. We are at 109 metres above sea level in the West of Ireland and have the benefit of having a weather station at Knock Airport close by (11 miles as the crow flies) We are about 24 miles from the nearest coastline. Knock is higher than us at around 200 metres. You can see the Monthly data for Knock Airport produced by Met Éireann but what that misses is the thing that we see so little of, the Sunshine! I acknowledge Met Éireann as the source of my Sunshine, Rainfall and Mean Soil Temperatures and the comparison Max and Min temperatures to my own under the terms of Met Éireann’s copyright.
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Weather in November 2016 – West Of Ireland (Mayo)

These are the figures for November 2016. We are at 109 metres above sea level in the West of Ireland and have the benefit of having a weather station at Knock Airport close by (11 miles as the crow flies) We are about 24 miles from the nearest coastline. Knock is higher than us at around 200 metres. You can see the Monthly data for Knock Airport produced by Met Éireann but what that misses is the thing that we see so little of, the Sunshine! I acknowledge Met Éireann as the source of my Sunshine, Rainfall and Mean Soil Temperatures and the comparison Max and Min temperatures to my own under the terms of Met Éireann’s copyright.
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Meteor.ie – A bunch of complete incompetents!

Rarely is it my displeasure to be confronted by such a complete bunch of incompetent numpties as Meteor.ie.

This all started when I wanted to change my email address on the account from an eircom.net email (owners of Meteor) to another email account, which itself came about because I was unable to access my eircom.net email account via POP in Outlook.

I changed the email address and password, and their system acknowledged the changes but I could not log in as my changed password did not work so I emailed them (after a chat session):

Comments: I am getting sick to death of this website. I had problems changing my email address and password. This was not satisfactorily resolved and I had to wait overnight to try again. I did that using the password I was given on the chat line. This worked and I changed my password, and logging in OK. Now I can’t log in again.
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Windows 10 freezes

Some time ago I had a very real problem with Windows 10 freezing if I left the computer for a few minutes. I was locked out of the computer for up to 10 minutes at a time which was, shall we say, somewhat inconvenient. If I waited it out the screen unfroze and everything started working again.

2016-11-21_110151Eventually I narrowed it down to a scheduled task. These can be found by going to Control Panel and then selecting administrative tasks.

The task scheduler is the one you want. The task is under Windows > Microsoft and is called DiskCleanup. See the graphic below for where to find it. This task is set to run after the computer has been idle for 5 minutes and basically trolls round your disk removing the dross, however you really do not need to be doing this whenever the computer is idle! At best once every 6 months is sufficient.

So how do I know this is the culprit? Well when I first disabled this task my freezing problem went away completely. That in itself was enough evidence but there is more.
2016-11-21_110600When the Anniversary update came out it crashed my PC twice so I got fed up with every other day having this happen and I was worried that the next time it would not recover from the experience of rolling back the operating system so I disabled Windows Updates. That was at the end of September.

Three days ago (November 18) I enabled Windows updates again to see if Microsoft had fixed the problem. Eventually the Anniversary update came through and installed correctly this time BUT yesterday the freezing problem had returned.

This morning I went to Scheduled Tasks and found that the task DiskCleanup had been reinstated. I right clicked on it and disabled it again and the problem has gone away again.

This is conclusive proof that the DiskCleanup task was the culprit. To all you out there who are rebooting your computer when it freezes – and there are as I found this when researching the problem – be patient. Let the task finish then disable it. You could leave it in there disabled so it is easy to do a run now if you want to use it.

Hope this helps someone.

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Weather in October 2016 – West Of Ireland (Mayo)

These are the figures for October 2016. We are at 109 metres above sea level in the West of Ireland and have the benefit of having a weather station at Knock Airport close by (11 miles as the crow flies) We are about 24 miles from the nearest coastline. Knock is higher than us at around 200 metres. You can see the Monthly data for Knock Airport produced by Met Éireann but what that misses is the thing that we see so little of, the Sunshine! I acknowledge Met Éireann as the source of my Sunshine, Rainfall and Mean Soil Temperatures and the comparison Max and Min temperatures to my own under the terms of Met Éireann’s copyright.
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