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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Weather in September 2016 – West Of Ireland (Mayo)

These are the figures for September 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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The Kings – SA, TB, TTBB

The words of The Kings by Peter Cornelius (1824 to 1874) with the music from, and english words from, Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern by Philipp Nicolai written in 1597 and first published in 1599. Johann Sebastian Bach based his chorale cantata Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, BWV 1 on it and used single verses for other cantatas.

Peter Cornelius composed “Die Könige”, a song for solo voice and piano with the “Wie schön” melody in the accompaniment; this was later reworked into an Epiphany anthem in English for solo voice and chorus in which the soloist sings the text “Three Kings from Persian lands afar…” (using Conelius’s original tune) over the choir, which performs the chorale tune “Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern”, taken from Cornelius’s original piano accompaniment, underneath. A version of “The Three Kings” is included in the first volume of the popular Willcocks and Jacques compilation Carols for Choirs.

I have known this work since my earliest days and can recall singing it at age 8 with my father. I remember him singing it before that so it is at least 65 years since I first came across this carol. The copy I have dates from then and is priced 3d. in old British coinage just to give you an idea. The booklet is undated and has no copyright information so I have assumed that it is no longer in copyright as it must be over 70 years old. If this is not the case please let me know.

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A transcription to MuseScore 2.0.3 [→] of that original leaflet yields the SA version of the carol: The Kings SA with piano (PDF)

I have also transposed that to TB as it is: The Kings TB with piano (PDF)

I have additionally made my own arrangement of the TB version as a TTBB score: The Kings TTBB with piano (PDF)

If you would like any files such as MIDI, Music XML, MP3 you can get them here.

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Weather in August 2016 – West Of Ireland (Mayo)

These are the figures for August 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.

Daily Max and Min
carroward-max-min-pressure-2016-08(Click the Image for a slightly larger/clearer version)
The black line is the barometric pressure at midnight of each day and the Max and Min temperatures are from my own instrument.

The graph below shows the 7-day moving average of the Max and Min temperatures
carroward-7day-average-max-min-2016-08

In the next graphs there are figures for Knock Airport so it is useful to know how Knock differs due to the additional height. The chart below tracks the difference in Max and Min temperature between my readings and those from Knock Airport taken by Met Éireann.
carroward-to-knock-max-min-comparison-2016-08

The Sunshine graph!
knock-hrs-sunshine-2016-08

The comparison of Sunshine to rainfall and also incorporating Soil Mean Temperature. (Soil is the mean 10cm temperature in Degrees Celsius)
knock-rain-to-sun-2016-08

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Weather in July 2016 – West Of Ireland (Mayo)

Having got myself a fairly rudimentary gizmo to record max and min temperatures, and already having a good quality barometer, >68 years as it has always hung in my house – and probably more than 100 years old as I believe it came from my Grandfather’s house, I decided to start keeping some weather records. 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.

So the weather indicators for July 2016
carroward-max-min-pressure-2016-07(Click the Image for a slightly larger/clearer version)
The black line is the barometric pressure at midnight of each day and the Max and Min temperatures are from my own instrument.

The graph below shows the 7-day moving average of the Max and Min temperatures
carroward-7day-average-max-min-2016-07(Click the Image for a slightly larger/clearer version)

In the next graphs there are figures for Knock Airport so it is useful to know how Knock differs due to the additional height. The chart below tracks the difference in Max and Min temperature between my readings and those from Knock Airport taken by Met Éireann.
carroward-to-knock-max-min-comparison-2016-07(Click the Image for a slightly larger/clearer version)

Now the important bit! The Sunshine. These figures are from Knock Airport as I do not have the facility to measure this. Since knock is so close – we can see the airport – the differences in sunshine are small.
knock-hrs-sunshine-2016-07(Click the Image for a slightly larger/clearer version)

And finally a chart showing the mm of rain compared to the hours of sunshine at Knock Airport.
knock-rain-to-sun-2016-07(Click the Image for a slightly larger/clearer version)

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