Ram Upgrade

I just upgraded the RAM in my laptop. I had to trawl the web to find some instructions; there weren’t any in the manual. So for anyone else out there who has a Medion Akoya LS, SIM 2010 or the equivalent MSI Megabook S260 or any of its derivatives, here is how I did it. I offer this for documentary purposes only, if you open your laptop, you do so AT YOUR OWN RISK.

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Out of the box

How cool is this: I just bought a new webcam, from the second-hand shop near my home, on the way home from work. Brought it home, plugged it into this computer and it worked immediately: no need to install drivers or configure anything, just started the software and there I was smiling back at me from the screen. And this is on Linux!

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Face on the water

I was taking this photo this evening on my way home from dancing at L’Haricot Rouge in Rennes. The dancing had ebbed a bit and I had been sitting with Nicolas and Matilde and some of their friends playing a hand-slapping game to a song about an elephant balancing on a spiders web (which I learned in French lessons in school many years ago but to a different tune and without the slapping). And then I decided to go. I’d arranged to call someone from home later but still had half an hour, I could have stayed and hung out there. But it frustrates me that I can’t understand the conversation, let alone participate. So I cut my losses and left.

On the way home I stopped to take this pic. Of course I took about a dozen shots in order to get one I like. A couple of drunk guys came up to me and started joking around. They were really friendly and just wanted to talk about football and laugh a bit. We struggled on in a mixture of French and English:- both were needed to get the messages across. But I had not been thinking about the process or the paucity of my comprehension, just enjoying the pleasure of meeting someone new and speaking with them; it happens so rarely these days: perhaps I’m not letting it.