Posts Tagged ‘PC’

I’m An ‘Addict’……….

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

They say the first step to recovery is to admit you have a problem, so here goes;

Hello. My name is Alph & I have a problem. I’m addicted to computer porn.


No,STOP RIGHT THERE!! Before you report me or this site, allow me to elaborate – it’s not ‘that’ sort of thing, so get your mind out of the gutter! (I can imagine Special Branch trying to break down my door….)


Here goes….

I’ve always been ever-so-slightly obsessed with computers & technology, but lately it seems to be getting out of hand.


Ever since my PC started to misbehave, I’d been exploring the possibility of an upgrade or a replacement. & when it finally died, things sort of spiraled out of control.

It seemed to innocent:  checking reviews against what I thought I’d need, making comparisons on websites,  & checking availability.  I’d even ask advice of my friends, family & colleagues about what sort of kit to get or advice on PC self-builds. I’ve got a couple of magazines on PC building & purchased a toolkit


However, I fear things may have gotten out of hand.


Most people waste time on Twitter, I on the other hand, seem to lose hours between e-buyer & PC World online. I feel my day isn’t complete unless checking deals in Amazon’s computer section. Each unforeseen problem sends me scurrying along the information superhighway for additional hardware to fulfil my needs.


I fear it’s getting worse.


I can barely pass a news-stand or an outlet of WH Smiths without looking into a copy of Micro Mart. My fingers twitch when I see a copy of Custom PC; I get a heady rush looking at an edition of PC Pro or Mac format; I get panic attacks when my subscription copy of Computeractive is late; who thought that I’d be furtively clicking on Scan Computers deals.


I worry that once I commit to buying or building a specific machine that I’ll have to stop my activities & settle down to work constructively – the thought fills me with terror. I REALLY need to get a grip on this before my world comes crashing down around my ears.


So once again, hello; my name is Alph & I have a problem: I’m addicted to computer TECH porn.


Easter – Needed A Break…………

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Wow, what a difference a rest makes!
It’s been a depressing, frustrating time of late – work’s been hard, I’ve still not been able to fix my PC (which is in bits in my loft), so I’ve not been able to work on any tracks, or transfer any mixes digitally. Bummer.
On the (hugely) positive side, my youngest neice, her mother & grandma came to visit. This little force of nature tore through the house & bossed me around for a week – I wouldn’t change it for the world!
I have listened to some mixes on Mixcloud & here are some of them:

(UpdateOOPS!! forgot to actually put the damn things up – here you go, with a couple of more recent offerings..)




In the meantime, if any PC company, Focusrite or Ableton want to sponsor me (well send me free stuff), drop me a line…………………………….

Not AGAIN…………………………………..???

Friday, November 4th, 2011

My PC’s died. AGAIN. This time, it may be terminal.

Was doing some housekeeping ahead of a visit from one of my brothers & left the machine to its own devices (ahem), checking for viruses, malware & the like. I Then return to find the thing appears to have tried to restart, but returned a BOOT FAILURE.

Checking the BIOS shows it’s not registering my system drive, but can find my slave  disk.

After a rather ‘hectic’ day at work, I’ll now be cursing & frantically trying to check the innards of this damn thing as well as possibly replacing the hard drive.

I DO have a drive image, but it’s several months old. That said, it’s better than nothing – ironically I HAD planned on performing said task todat.


yeah, right………………………

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Back in Stride

Monday, October 10th, 2011

It’s been an intense couple of weeks, but this weekend, I feel I’ve really gotten stuff done – I even managed to do some housework when The Wife went to a colleague’s wedding reception. More importantly I did it without any prompting/reminding/nagging from The Wife (I’m SUCH a New Man……)

I sorted out the PC paid stuff off, digitised a mixtape & did another mix in one evening. This has possibly been the most productive I’ve been for a while.

My last mix has been up for a while

I was inspired by reading a copy of ‘The Naked Ape’ by Desmond Morris. Some of the ideas touched on there are the stuff of pub/bar-fly experts, but at the time it was a truly ground-breaking & controversial piece of work.

I was taken by the part where he describes the process involved when children learn to draw & just used the idea as a starting point.

Hope you like it….

Need a Plan B…………

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

This is getting beyond a joke. Firstly, one of mt trusty decks dies. Now my PC’s playing up. Again. Or rather my OEM version of Traktor is now playing up, refusing to play any music, either via my BCD 3000 or though the PC keyboard/mouse.


I swear, someone’s out to get me.

I’ve got to get a bit creative to get ’round this & get some mixes up. I DO have a couple of other programs but this could mean re-wiring the speaker/soundcard output like a Christmas tree.

Hope we don’t need the Fire Service………………………….