Daily Archives: Sunday, 4th Feb 2007

That wraps up week five

Today’s weight was up a bit, but that’s not unexpected after a Saturday when I didn’t do anything more energetic than feed CDs to my PC. Today started out in a similarly relaxed manner, but I eventually persuaded myself that I needed to meet my target of four exercise sessions this week, so I got on the bike and followed that with all the usual stuff.

This evening’s peak heart rate was 144, which isn’t too bad. This is the longest sustained period of exercise I’ve managed in a very long time. And I don’t feel like stopping yet…

Upgrading soon…

Although it’s nearly two weeks since I mumbled about WordPress 2.1 being released, more observant readers will have noticed that Losing it[1] is still running on version 2.0.7. This isn’t because there’s anything much wrong with 2.1[1], but there were problems with some of the plugins that I use. But over the last couple of days, new versions of the last few I need have become available:

  • Christine has released Ultimate Tag Warrior 3.14159265[2]
  • There’s a WordPress 2.1 only update to WPG2
  • There’s an update to WP-AddQuicktags. The original author seems to have abandoned it, but Frank Bueltge has updated his German translation so that it works with 2.1. The admin page is in German, but it’s easy enough to use, or you could just edit the file to change the messages to English[3]

All of which means I’m ready to upgrade to 2.1. Soon. Well, when I get a tuit.

[1] There are one or two minor formatting issues, but not enough to put me off, and I’m sure they’ll be fixed soon.
[2] And she gets maximum geek points for her version numbering system :laugh:
[3] Or whatever other language you prefer

Rebuilding for fun and profit

Well, yesterday’s computer rebuilding fun has had some benefits beyond those I was expecting. Yes, it starts up and shuts down much more quickly, and performance generally feels a lot quicker. I haven’t done any serious Photoshoppery yet, but I’m hoping that will benefit a wee bit, too.

But the unexpected bonus was when I plugged in my Canon 30D for the first time earlier today. Previously, due to one of those things that computer experts[1] like to categorise as “random weirdness”, this didn’t entirely work as intended. Windows would happily detect the camera, and pop up its “what do you want to do?” boxes, but clicking on “EOS Utility”, which should launch the thingy that allows pictures to be downloaded to a specified location didn’t actually work, and instead generated a moderately cryptic error message. This was only an inconvenience rather than an actual problem, because all I had to do was run the utility directly, and it would then work without any trouble. I’d seen reports of the same thing on various support forums, and it seems to be one of those odd problems that only affect some people under some circumstances[2].

Anyway, after updating all the Canon software to the latest versions, I plugged in the camera and up popped the “What do you want to do?” box. I clicked on “EOS Utility”, and slap me with a wet kipper if it didn’t start up instantly. Once I’d set the location for saving images and a few other settings, my last batch of pictures were soon transferred to the external hard drive. :grin:

And it seems Windows was listening to me when I said “keep doing this”, because the next time I plugged the camera in, EOS Utility started up immediately, just how it should. Woo hoo!

And yes, I could have avoided all this fun by popping the CF card into a card reader and copying the files, but it’s less effort this way, as the software automagically drops the photos into separate folders for each day, which makes it easier to find them later when I want to do things with them.

[1]See previous remarks about drips under pressure :lol:
[2] Hence the “random weirdness” thingy.