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They're chopping down age-old horse chestnuts in the centre of town. There's a sickness going round, and 200 out of the 3500 horse chestnuts in town have been affected; 30 so badly that they have to come down. The sight of these trees coming down makes me immeasurably sad. I love horse chestnuts. They're my favourite kind of tree. When as a child I was asked to draw a tree, I invariably drew a horse chestnut. They were the best trees to climb, and they were beautiful all year round, especially in spring when they're covered in pink or white spikes, which in my native tongue are called candles. I've always found it slightly disappointing that these aren't as fragrant as other blossoms, or that their fruit is inedible, but these imperfections don't make me love this type of tree any the less. Besides, if I want edible conkers, I'll just look for a sweet chestnut of which there are also a fair number dotted around town. And although there are plenty of other trees around, I know I'll miss the familiar sight of my favourite trees in my favourite spots.

Another thing that saddens me, is that since the last Windows Update, my pc's been having some resource problems. Before, I could leave it on all day and it would work fine. Now, I switch it on, it takes forever to get started, and after an hour or two, it'll close down or stall or seize up. I often have to manually turn it off by flicking the switch; and I don't know how to solve this problem. I've run defrag a million times, unleashed Spybot and Hitman Pro, but no virus has been detected and nothing I do seems to have the slghtest effect. Of course, I've never made a back-up; so even if I were to deinstall and then reinstall Windows, it would likely not solve anything, just cause me a lot of headache and frustration. It's sad, isn't it, that I've been working with computers on a daily basis since 1993, and I still don't know the first thing about them.


( 19 Speak Like A Child — Shout To The Top )
Nov. 5th, 2005 10:38 am (UTC)
Horse chestnuts are lovely trees, I have one in my field so I am sad for you. The 'Candles' really are pretty when in full bloom: )

As to you pc are you on XP? If you are it automatically stores a back up date. So you can try to reset to an earlier date.

Go to all programs, then accessories, then system tools lastly system restore and pick a date prior to the update.... Hope that helps, if not I have no idea: )
Nov. 5th, 2005 01:08 pm (UTC)
Go to all programs, then accessories, then system tools lastly system restore and pick a date prior to the update....

That's certainly worth a try, thanks!
Nov. 6th, 2005 08:27 am (UTC)
Well, I did try that -- it didn't work because for some reason, it could not complete the process whichever date I chose (and I went back as far as 6 months!) and therefore no changes were made, but at least I know where to find the option now for next time!
Nov. 5th, 2005 10:44 am (UTC)
I love Willow trees, even if they have twisted hearts that eat people.

I am, of course, no more help with the PC than I was last week, but have you tried looking at the Mircosoft website to see if the problem is recognised?
Nov. 5th, 2005 01:12 pm (UTC)
I love Willow trees, even if they have twisted hearts that eat people.

I take it you mean the weeping willow, and I'm not surprised, because really, you are quite the romantic at heart (and I mean that in a positive sense, I hasten to add).

The MS site had no helpful hints to offer, but I did find a reference to it on tweakers.net, pointing the finger fairly and squarely at Microsoft.
Nov. 5th, 2005 02:45 pm (UTC)
That it is MS doesn''t suprise me at all. But did they suggest a solution?

>>you are quite the romantic at heart

Bugger. You noticed. Dark romantic, I like to think.
Nov. 5th, 2005 04:08 pm (UTC)
Oooh. Very dark, certainly. ;-)
Nov. 5th, 2005 01:32 pm (UTC)
...or is it the gnarled and somewhat eerie-looking pruned willows you find everywhere in the countryside that eat people?

Either way, yes, I do think I can see the appeal.
Nov. 5th, 2005 02:46 pm (UTC)
I meant Weeping Willows, but the gnarled ones have their own eating people charm. :)
Nov. 5th, 2005 01:04 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry.
Nov. 5th, 2005 01:14 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's very sad. It'll take years for these trees to grow again. Damn fungus!
Nov. 5th, 2005 01:58 pm (UTC)
I hate to see the loss of any trees and I can see why you feel a special affinity with the chestnuts.

I sympathise, too, with the resource problems on the PC. I've been suffering similarly for the best part of this year. When I mentioned it to the daughter's BF, he pointed the finger squarely at Micorsoft updates.
Nov. 5th, 2005 02:00 pm (UTC)
Forgot to add - the laptop isn't suffering as much, though it is slower than when I first bought it. It's just over a year old so hasn't had nearly the same number of updates, plus my PC is running an XP upgrade (from Win '98) and that too seems to have a lot to do with the problem.
Nov. 6th, 2005 08:19 am (UTC)
It looks like I'm just going to have to learn to live with it for now, until I can find someone who knows his stuff to come sort it out for me.

I tried the system restore as christyreaymond suggested, but whichever date I chose, it said it could not complete the process and no changes could be made.

Oh well. It's not so bad. It still works. It's just aaaaaarrrrrrgggghhhh slow.
Nov. 6th, 2005 02:43 pm (UTC)
It still works.
My fear is that one day it will slow down so much it'll never work again.

The daughter's BF suggests removing everything from it that you no longer need/use, to free up some memory. Trouble is, it's the RAM that seems to be buggered, isn't it? How much do you have on your PC? I added more to mine some years ago.

One of the other problems is the processor speed. My PC's 6 years old so is very much a tortoise compared to newer models.
Nov. 6th, 2005 04:27 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, the problem's definitely in the RAM: my PC came with a 60 Gig memory and I still have a little over 42 left -- but then I've only had my lovely no-name for a year.

I can live with the slower access, and even with the random closing down of programmes I'm working with, but what really gets my goat is that it won't play my music or video files non-stop like it used to. I can listen to iTunes for about 20 minutes before it'll begin to distort, or play 2 or 3 videos before it simply refuses to play another.

Also, I hate that when I start it up, it'll often not progress beyond the blue Windows Welcome screen, and I'll have to abort and start it up again. I live in dread that one day, it will not know how to get past that first hurdle anymore.
Nov. 6th, 2005 01:32 am (UTC)
I hate to see trees come down. We have lost so many lately. My grandpa once told some utility workers when asked if they could trim the tree along his driveway so they wouldn't interfer with the lines, "take all that you need to but not more than you have to. I don't have time to grow another tree." (He had planted them when my dad was 12.)

I know so little about how computers work, but know full well the pain they can be when they start acting up. I hope you are able to find a solution for your problem.
Nov. 6th, 2005 08:24 am (UTC)
I can't imagine the devastation that must have been wrought by the storm. Everywhere you look now must look different to before.

Your granddad had the right idea. I hope they heeded him!
Nov. 7th, 2005 12:11 am (UTC)
They did heed him, which was nice to see.
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