Role reversal

Mar 31

I bought clothes at the weekend, and Jules got a computer (a cute little pink one – no really!) How’d that happen.

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Recording We Made This album number one

Mar 31

We are a little way down the road of recording the first two tracks for the first “We Made This” album. We have recorded rough midi drum tracks (with me playing live along to Don’s guide guitar track and vocals) to all the songs on cubase and then I have tidied up two – by which I mean gone through and edited every note that was too far out of time or miss hit back into place. Which results in a very solid but still my dynamics drum track. And we have also recorded the bass to those two tracks – with Mark off on hols soon we needed to get that in the bag. Then it’s guitar and vocals to do. Not bad for a home recording effort. All audio through my Joe Meek condenser mic and EQ/compressor. Not the best in the world but works brilliantly for us! I’ll be updating the blog with the mixing settings – stuff like cut-off frequencies and effects and the like to keep a record!...

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Computer trials and tribulations!

Mar 31

Well – I know I work in IT but really! Sometimes I properly hate computers… A while back I rebuilt my machine at home with a new motherboard, memory and groovy dual core processor. It had had an AMD single core in there and without too much hassle I had a much better performing machine. (Well after a motherboard failure, memory issues, and ending up with one more motherboard than required but that is history!) The computer performs well enough – photoshop, lightroom, games of not too modern a nature. But I twigged (after a long time) that only one core was showing in task manager performance. And this went hand in hand when the computer would hang on certain operations – like starting up outlook – when you might think a core 2 duo would easily cope. And as it turns out my machine has been running at half mast! So I turn to the internet to help with the problem – it turns out when you go from single to dual core, windows XP may need to be re(pair)installed. There is something called the HAL (hardware abstraction layer) which is not reconfigurable any other way. So I tried a few suggestions that claimed to avoid reinstall on the internet, changing a file here and there, disabling my machine in the process. One restore of the files I had moved in windows safe mode later, I realised I needed to do it the proper way. So I got my windows XP install disc, did a repair install of windows and after a few oddities – couple of hangs, couple of crashes – just kept retrying – got windows back. Then I had to patch it back up and this was a nightmare. Windows update just didn’t work, so I downloaded service pack 3 off the microsoft site (no mean feat to find). That wasn’t much help as it wouldn’t install without SP2 (contrary to what I thought it said on the MS site). So got SP2 and installed that, took several tries as it kept hanging. For hours during the install. Turns out there was a process running that conflicted with SP” installation – when I killed that...

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MY PSN portable ID

Mar 12

The title says it all… Here it is:

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Band Logo

Mar 12

Now I’m not going to go on about the band just yet – plenty of time for that in future posts. But check this logo out. Hannah developed it for us (and we still owe her a bottle of wine to say thanks). How cool is that!

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Bella’s Red Deedy Bopper Day

Mar 12

Like all charitable dogs, Bella has decided to embrace red nose day. Well sort of – red deedy bopper day in her world. Bella is my dog by the way. She has a few issues – well mainly barking at people she is a bit suspicious of. And that’s really everyone. But get beyond that and you’ll see what a cutey she is. Food is the best way to her heart (kind of like me I...

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Joskey is back on the web!

Mar 12

Well, after a fair few months of waiting I have finally got the joskey.com domain back. I rather stupidly let it lapse a year or so ago and it got swallowed up by someone who never used it for anything other than a bit of advertising. Their hold on it ran out in Jan and then after a rather short grace period I was able to pounce! I made the plunge mainly because I’m thinking of moving internet supplier and with that comes an email change so what better than to have a more permanant domain for communications. And as this post proves – ramblings. Hopefully I’ll be able to devote a part of this site to my photography, and after the wedding I might even let Jules use it (well she doesn’t really qualify until October the 3rd now does she!!!) And with that I’m...

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