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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.


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.


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