Blogging test from MS Word (and a lightweight comparison with OpenLiveWriter)

Microsoft Word has also been able to function as a blogging tool for some time, so this is a test from Word 2016 with a picture of a Herdwick sheep. Figure 1: a sheep It's good, but not as good as OpenLiveWriter. For example, image handling isn't as easy (e.g. we cannot add alt text or title on the img element) and I've not found a way... read more
 

Test post from OpenLiveWriter

I saw with dismay that Windows Live Essentials is reaching end of support in Jan 2017 – dismay because it contains the fantastic Windows Live Writer. Also, on a PC I’m setting up for middle child, I cannot get the old installer to work. But now I’ve found that OpenLiveWriter is available for download. I’d heard that Microsoft were making it open... read more
 

A walk up Fleetwith Pike and Haystacks

From Gatesgarth we first climbed Fleetwith Pike. The memorial to “Fanny Mercer, accidentally killed 1887” Looking back over Buttermere Up onto the ridge Looking back to Buttermere The summit of Fleetwith Pike Innominate Tarn in threatening weather Descending Haystacks to Scarth Gap in a howling gale Descending Scarth Gap Pass A Herdwick... read more
 

Ethernet LAN vs Devolo dLAN 1200+ Powerline

We just got a Devolo Powerline dLAN 1200+ Starter Kit, with the intention of replacing the rather unreliable ethernet connection to our study. We had ethernet installed when we had the whole house re-wired, but JBW didn’t know what he was doing and this particular room has always suffered from dropouts and slower speeds. (Aside - this is actually... read more
 

Creating a new website for Peter Tranchell

Do dead composers need websites? Of course they do! Perhaps they also need Facebook pages and twitter accounts, I wouldn't know about that. Well Peter Tranchell has had one for ages, running on free web hosting with up to four free pages, set up by John Gwinnell at www.patranchell.info. Or rather, he did have one, until... I was contacted a... read more
 

Managing and publishing our photos: workflow notes

I’m writing this as notes to self really, as I’ve developed a new workflow that seems to work OK, and I’ll forget it if I don’t write it down. It may be of interest to others, and please comment if you think anything can be made simpler. The topic is… how to manage all the photos we take with camera and phone, and how to share these with family... read more
 

Finally, the RZ85 meets the Usk

Some time ago I noted our dismal failure to get a Pouch RZ85 collapsible canoe from the shed into the foaming surf. Well with Naomi, Hel and Robin away, and a long weekend to fill, Lois and I had another go. Lessons learned, it was much easier this time, though still pretty tricky and some bits seemed warped with age (know the feeling). We looked ... read more
 

Robin beats thousands at massive local athletics day

Here’s the Brecon & Radnor Gazette’s coverage of the South Powys Primary Schools Track and Field Championships, making the most of the day by confusing “pupils” and “schools” in the headline and opening sentence. Good to see local journalism thriving. The main photo showing Robin hurtling to a very close second place in the sprint. read more
 

Can’t send emails after upgrade to Windows 10 fix

This evening I took the Windows 10 upgrade plunge… I “sat back and relaxed” as ordered, and all was going swimmingly – the kids oooo’d and ahhhh’d as we tried things out, and we all said it looked like how Windows 7 and 8 should have really been, etc etc, until I tried to send an email from Outlook 2013. Nope. Stuck in the outbox. Rebooted. Nope,... read more