Friday, November 20, 2015

Inkjet printer died

My Canon ip4300 died the other week. no power at the on button, so being a techie. managed to take the power supply board out and do a few checks, unfortunately could not find the fault. The printer served me well for more years than I care to remember, although I did replace the print head some years back. Sad to give it the old heave ho, but there have been a few problems with the quality of prints recently. Looked around for a half decent printer and after looking at various Canon inkjets and checking the reviews decided on an all in one, the MG5650 which although not in the same class as my old machine, will do what I need and at a fraction of the price, it is also wireless and was easy to set up. Cartridges are reasonable price wise and also the fact they are the same ones as my wife's, did help in my choice.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Clod War Jets twilight photo shoot update

startercrew2Set off from home 10.30am weather was quite bad, lots of rain and very cloudy, so not expecting to have a nice day out. However got there at 1pm and weather improved, even a bit of sun shone through. After changing into the working denims, went out to the Q shed where I met a few new faces, Taff Ruck a 5 squadron store man from Binbrook days and also one of our 5 squadron pilots Jim Wild, a great guy from my time at Binbrook, so had a good old chat with them both. Never seen so many folks in attendance over 500 I believe.
Lots to do, although the LPG team had the aircraft prepped prior to the event which left little to do. At this stage as we missed the team briefing, it was not apparent what role if any I would play for the forthcoming double fast taxi planned just before 5pm when the sun was going down. With barely half an hour before towing the aircraft down to the runway threshold, found out that I was to be one of the starter crew for XR728 along with the pilot Dennis Brooks, Geordie Forster and Pete O’Callaghan, we are all ex 5 guys, so well rehearsed in what needed to be done. Aircraft was hitched up to the tractor, chocks and other gear stowed in the cab, followed by me and Pete jumping in the tractor cab, and off we went down to the runway threshold. Aircraft then prepared for start, power set plugged in, power on and engines both started first time.
Enjoyed the task, and then it was up to the pilot to do his bit, which was faultless and enjoyed by the spectators. Good feedback on Facebook, with lots of excellent photos of yet another great event. Photo by Michael Hallam.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Lightning Twilight photo shoot

12184031_1264534133572481_6330947207811327365_oTomorrow I am off to assist in getting the two Bruntingthorpe Lightnings ready for the twilight photo shoot, after which they will both be doing fast taxi runs, subject to serviceability, but all looking good. I rely on other photographers for this occasion as I generally am to involved and not too good at shooting in the dark either. With a bit of luck, the weather may be good to us and make it all worthwhile. Warm clothing and waterproofs already packed just in case.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015


Another very quite Halloween with no “trick or treat” visitors, has been quite a few years now since this has happened. Looking round the local streets there are less young kids around these days, being mostly bungalows has the advantage that most are occupied by elderly couples just like us, so long may it continue.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

5 Squadron Lightning Re-Union

desktop5 at brunters 2015Saturday 10th October saw 5 Squadron groundcrew meeting at Bruntingthorpe Airfield for their annual reunion, a good turnout with a lot of new faces this year. They were treated to an anti-det run with XS904 being put through her paces, this went down well for the lads, and the aircraft was run successfully and fully serviceable.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Windows 10

My download of windows 10 became available this morning, pleased to say at the second attempt to install, it all went to plan and now finding my way around, I like what I see so far.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Windows 10

I have been running Windows Vista for what seems like forever, as it came on the desktop pre-installed I saw no need to change. However it is getting a bit long in the tooth now, and only a matter of time before Microsoft choose to stop supporting it. I bought a new laptop for my wife some months back and that was running Windows 8.1, now with the free upgrade to Windows 10, I found it to be a breath of fresh air.

I spoke to a buddy as to what would be the best way to get Windows 10 and he recommended getting a copy of Windows 7 which would be cheaper, then I would qualify for a free upgrade to 10, so took his advice ordered Windows 7 from Amazon at a good price, which arrived Saturday past. I was advised to backup all my personal files and programs which I already had done earlier 8 DVD’s worth as a safeguard. Started the upgrade which took about a total of 12 hours and had a slight problem after completion in that I lost my internet connection, which windows said had failed to find my network drivers. To cut a long story short, I found an old USB Wireless dongle, managed to get online and after 196 windows updates, it eventually loaded the missing drivers, but at least I now had an internet connection re-established.

More and more automatic updates have followed and on Sunday was asked to activate my new Windows 7 software (trepidation and a sense of fear) what if the key that came with my software did not work? fear not it went through without a hitch and then I got an icon in the taskbar offering to reserve my free upgrade to Windows 10, which I duly signed up for, although they say it could take days or weeks before the download comes my way via windows updates, so fingers crossed. If nothing comes soon I will download the upgrade direct from Microsoft.

Moral of the story is that it is a brave move to contemplate upgrading, given the choice it would be far easier although more expensive buying the Windows 10 Software.