As you might have guessed from the above we are in France and the weather is somewhat hot being in the late 30s centigrade. It is too hot to sit outside so I am inside playing IT.
For the past three visits I have seen an issue with my desktop having long and erratic ping times and download speeds as tested with Okla speedtest. I have had support visits from the service providers and still no joy.
I brought out my new XPS13 and discovered that if the resident desktop machine is not online everything is normal for all connected devices (25ms ping and 8Mbps download) (That is fast for rural France …). If I boot the desktop everything goes very pear shaped.
Huge frustration to say the least with all sorts of things on the desktop being checked and services stopped etc to no avail.
I noticed last night that when ever I turned the desktop off, the shut down process was held pending Backup and Sync closing down. A search today revealed that Google Backup and Sync is a connection killer. While I wasn’t really aware I had every loaded it in the first place, I certainly know now that I have unloaded it. Normal service resumed. Magic.
The other issue that has arisen which I had forgotten about is that in France the use of Port 25 on POP connections is regarded as spam by France Telecom. The XPS was not sending messages due to being set to 25 and it now is set to 587 outgoing (110 incoming).
So a useful hour (or two) spent inside from the heat has got me two ticks on the problems to be solved list.
Not getting a lot done in the workshop at the moment. Major distraction with the soccer World Cup (we dare to dream …) plus some garden engineering projects have kept me away from things.
It’s great how workshop resources have a significant use and payback when doing other activity. We had to stake some sleepers (not sure if this is a universal name – the wooden beams used to lay railway steels on) in a new feature in the garden and these needed staking together with through rods.
The Kennedy hacksaw came into play to cut the rods to length and the bench grinder to sharpen the ends to penetrate the soil. The SDS drill was indispensable to cut the holes in the sleepers etc etc. All of which justifies the acquired assets to the lady of the house so some points scored.
I also want to install a new desk in the office in our house in France. The current one is running out of space for the IT router, switch, CCTV DVR, ham radio transceiver, computer etc etc. I debated buying the materials to make a desk but then looked on EBay and found a complete desk for GBP10 in easy pick up distance. While picking it up the seller had a drawer unit in poor condition that she threw in for free. After a day’s remedial work I have a good looking desk with some new chrome handles that were on offer at the local DIY store. Total material cost under GBP15 which can’t be bad. I just have to transport it to France on the next run along with all the other items currently stacked up ready to go. The car could be low on the suspension.
Some time ago I saw an advert offering a big discount on a SDS Rotary Hammer drill from a local tool store. I had no idea what a SDS drill was but one of my associates convinced me it was a good deal and worth getting. Looking like a weapon out of Star Wars, it has since sat under the bench in its carrying case and never used …. until today …..
I had to fasten a new garden hose to the external wall through an outer cement facing and into brick. Normally if I can see the mortar between the bricks I cheat and fasten into the mortar. Today however I could not see what was behind the facing cement and the hammer setting on my normal hand drill was making no impression. Light bulb moment …. let’s try out that SDS.
The wall could have been made of cheese such was the speed that the holes were cut. Lovely machine. If you haven’t got one – get yourself a SDS !