Wednesday 28 April 2010

New Priestwood Community Association Meeting

Priestwood and Garth residents are invited to the meeting of the New Priestwood Community Association at 7.30pm at Priestwood Community Centre in Priestwood Court Road.

On the Agenda :
Reports – Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer (Presenting the accounts) Manager.
Election of Officers and Executive for 2010/11.
Refreshments and Raffle.
Spokesmen on Heatherwood Hospital – Frank Minal GMB and Russell Bryant

The primary purpose of the AGM is the approval of the financial statement and elections.
Volunteers are needed to help. People who can make Priestwood and Garth and even better place for all to be.

Useful links:

Tuesday 27 April 2010

Time for a new “save” icon?

Sony have stopped producing 3.5” Floppy discs.

A spokesman for Sony in Britain said: “Due to dwindling demand, Sony discontinued European production of 3.5 inch floppy disks in September 2009. The last European sale of a floppy disk took place in March 2010.” the firm - which claims to have produced the first 3.5in (9cm) disks in 1981 - has decided to halt sales completely faced with competition from online storage and portable USB drives.

I know a number of people that still use floppy discs. They find them convenient for archiving, as there is a lot more space to write on than on a memory stick.

I still have an attachment to paper (Mylar) tape. I used to be able to run it though my fingers, and get a fair idea of what was on the tape, and there is something of permanence to it that digital media do not have. There is a bit more of that sort of thing in a Guardian article HERE.
More for the Telegraph HERE

Floppies are still available from Verbatim, Imation (3M), and Maxell.

Friday 23 April 2010

McAfee Antivirus - Very bad false positive with svchost.exe

IMPORTANT if you are running McAfee on Windows XP Service Pack 3
Your computer may CRASH.
See also
After a bad .DAT file led to blue screens for possibly thousands of McAfee customers' computers, will the company be able to prevent a reoccurrence?

This took me a while to fathom out on one customers PC. The vist to the next customer revealed the very same problem. The PC may work, but with minimal functionality. You will need to use a DOS command window to copy back the removed file. See the above link to McAfee for more

Tuesday 20 April 2010

Phillip Lee - The campaign continues

A party political blog post. But first a short story from Cardiff Blogger

Serious stuff!
I recently asked my friend’s little girl what she wanted to be when she grows up. She said she wanted to be Prime Minister some day. Both of her parents, New Labour, were standing there, so I asked her:
‘If you were Prime Minister what would be the first thing you would do?’

She replied, ‘I’d give food and houses to all the homeless people.’

Her parents beamed.

‘Wow…what a worthy goal.’ I told her, ’But you don’t have to wait until you’re Prime Minister to do that.
You can come over to my house and mow the lawn, weed the garden and sweep my patio, and I’ll pay you £50. Then I’ll take you over to the grocery store where the homeless guy hangs out, and you can give him the £50 to use toward food and a new house.’
She thought that over for a few seconds then she looked me straight in the eye and asked: ’Why doesn’t the homeless guy come over and do the work, and you can just pay him the £50?’
I said: ”Welcome to the Conservative Party!”
Her parents still aren’t speaking to me.

Anyway - moving on...

Participation and Donation

Anyone and everyone can help Dr Phillip Lee get elected.
He is eager to serve all the people of Bracknell Town, Finchampstead, Crowthorne and Sandhurst. He wants this constituency to remain a great place to live. 

Helpers are always most welcome.
You can help by distributing literature.
You could carry out surveys/canvassing in your area in order to gain information about the electorate’s voting intentions, worries and concerns, etc.  This information enables us to campaign effectively and helps to increase our membership base.
Many people find that their skills can be best utilised by helping to organise the many varied social events that take place throughout the year, helping to raise funds as well as bringing enjoyment to everyone involved.
Donations to campaign costs are always most welcome.

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Find Bracknell Conservatives on Facebook HERE

Thursday 15 April 2010

Blog Time

How do people get the time to sit and write interesting Blogs?
I get a few ideas together, but to link them up properly, and then make sense in a few words, takes time.
Perhaps I could spend less time of Facebook and Farmville? Facebook is useful for catching up with people, but Farmville is too addictive. I am not sure how to make time between work, housework council and political stuff.

On the subject of political stuff, canvassing takes up time, but is interesting to do. The Priestwood and Garth councillors try to do walkabouts quite often. With the election coming up the pace gets rather frantic. It will all happen again next year, when there are the local elections for Town and Borough.

I seem to be coming across a lot of fake virus alerts just recently. It would be good to know just how these things sneak on to people computers. There is a very useful guide to removing it HERE.

And to take up more of my time, there is an interesting event on at the Bull. The last meeting was attended by General election candidate Phillip Lee and the Borough Mayor Bob Wade. Nat West have kindly agreed to sponsor the food for the latest event. More HERE. It is all about local people and local Business.

On the subject of the election again, you can catch up with some stuff at the BBC - Dr Phillip and others on the Politics Show, and the Andrew Peach programme - Highlights HERE.

At least I got this written while waiting for a Windows Update on a clients computer to finish.