The new computer has been built by Edd and is up and running with Windows 7. I'm getting to grips with it and have re-installed virtually all the old software including Popcap games and those age old favourites that need DosBox to run such as Polytris. Some of the software needed to be re-licensed by the manufacturers and I'm pleased to say that Bead Tool 4 and Glasseye Professional Plus are running smoothly, although I've yet to find the folder that holds my original Glasseye stained glass designs despite everything on the old hard drive being backed up before the rebuild.
I'm writing this today hunched over the laptop as the desktop computer has finally decided to die. Edd and I thought that it was just the Windows operating system that had thown a wobbly so he installed Windows 7 for me after taking out the old hard drive and putting in a new one. I was in the process of getting all the programs and hardware sorted out when the bios died on the motherboard. John and I have decided to bite the bullet and get Edd to build me a new computer so I'm going to be ordering the bits from Scan today if possible.
Given that it tooke me about 26 miles of riding to get to the bridge I figured that once there I should really take a picture...
We Lampworkers (i.e. people who make glass beads)in UK have just had our annual meet up at Towcester Racecourse. The get together is a two day event for lampworkers with a further day for seed beaders.Traders attend, there are demos and torch tables with a variety of torches set up for people to try. Among the demo artists this year were Sharon Peters and Theresa LaLiberte with our own Di East and Lorna Prime. Di showed us how she fumes in silver and gold while Lorna did intricate patterns with hair thin stringer.A good time was had by all.
This morning I made a serious attempt at photographing star trails. Rather than sitting out in the cold for a few hours on my own I decided that to get a method down I'd try shooting out my window, allowing me to stay inside in the warm and also use my computer to remotely take photos for me. This way I could watch a dvd while seeing photos magically be downloaded onto my computer without having to press a shutter button or time exposures manually.
I'd had a previous attempt last night, messing around taking shots out my window and got to an exposure time of 990 seconds for a single photo. After managing two of these my battery gave up as it wasn't fully charged to start but with two images I could test out the stacking of the photos to see how it would go.
I've been messing about stithing and playing with the photos I took over this weeked while my friend Dave was visiting. The first day that we went out the weather wasn't that great with us only just missing getting a thorough soaking from the rain. As the panorama photos that I took are not really the cheery beautiful sunny kind I decided to have a play and do something different.
Spent some time today playing with some screen cursor tracking software. The results are below.
I only have a couple of pictures of Bill the cat but you can see them below.
I had a bit of fun photographing my parents cats over the Christmas holiday. Nancy the cat sat for a photo session...