Life at the end of the road

May 2, 2012

Seeing red :-)

Filed under: daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:30 pm

all Rocky’s fault really, almost 22:00 and I’ve just started typing after a magic day that went seriously pear shaped in the IT department a couple of hours ago. I friggin hate computers, all the geeky language and all the unnecessary carp that goes with them. Why is it that every couple of days I have to download these friggin Windows updates???? why does Firefox keep insisting that I get the latest version????? am I so friggin stupid that I can’t type in a box with Google friggin instant knowing what I want more than me and what is it with this predictive text carp??? Every yoof and computer nerd I know speaks in a different language that doesn’t work with predictive text or txt as they say anyway. And don’t even get me effin started on that voice recognition bollox that does not understand Lancastrian or Glaswegian. I’m sure it was only invented for the equally stupid ‘touch screen’ phone that you can’t see the feckin keys on when the silly voice says ‘press option one’ 🙂

OK, I know that fast approaching 56 I’m a bit of a dinosaur but my recently demised  IBM 600X thinkpad’ performed faultlessly for years on a pirate copy of Windows XP that never had a single update in four or five years. The version Firefox, probably BC (Before Christ) that I browsed with never had a single update either and I only installed an anti virus recently, all without issues. So do we really need all this stuff, and why can’t people speak properly when it comes to computers?

Sorry for the rant, it’s put me well after 22:00 and I’ve not even gotten to 

Your server has unexpectedly terminated the connection. Possible causes for this include server problems, network problems, or a long period of inactivity. Account: ‘’, Server: ‘’, Protocol: POP3, Port: 110, Secure(SSL): No, Error Number: 0x800CCC0FIt’s

The message that I kept getting every time I tried to open ‘Outlook Express’, or should I say every time I received a couple of pictures from Dave and Sarah at


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He went to Staffin to service two gilts and just look at him, fast asleep on the job 🙂

Anyway I managed to sort it out by accessing my email via Yahoo and then deleting the email there before reopening ‘Outlook Express’ but that wasn’t before I waded through pages of ‘geek speak’ on the net and uninstalled my antivirus 😦 Then of course when I reinstalled it it tried to install Google Chrome also. I don’t freakin want Google Chrome, I didn’t friggin ask for it so shove it 😦

So here I am at 22:30 and I’ve not even mentioned


the fine bottle of McGuigan Bin578 that wifey found in our post box today. OK, she phoned me up and told me it was whisky so I was just a tiny bit disappointed John 🙂 Not by your gift and the thought I hasten to add 🙂 Normally I’d not drink on my working week but two hours of messing about on here has driven me to just a single glass, and I can tell you now, after a couple of weeks without I’ve got a fine rosy glow about me!

The first of May

After rushing yesterdays post and not really doing the day justice, I forgot to mention the cuckoo,

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this beautiful bench that appeared at Brochel and a whole heap of other stuff but I’d better move on.

The first full day of the ‘week on’ dawned bright and clear with the sun beating me out of the door for the first time this year.

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Six thirty in the morning and the fiery ball was already above the hills of North Arnish.

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Five minutes later after firing up the ‘Old Girl’ loading up the coffee cup and turning on the radio I was off down a dry, sunny and wildlife strewn ‘Calum’s road’ to work. Not just the usual deer but wheatear’s, rabbits, lapwings and of course

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sheep 🙂 This pair being at Lot Eachiann or Hectors croft as I call it which is just at the bottom of Game Brae where the path to Inver leads down to the shore. It has always struck me as a beautiful place to build a house, there is water nearby for a turbine, it’s well sheltered and not too far from electricity or phone. Of course the chances of actually getting planning permission would be slim because it’s ‘outwith the plan’ 🙂

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Just for a change and because I was early for work I drove by the youth hostel to take some pictures of the Orchard cottage and cemetery that are now clearly visible since the removal of the forest.

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The day on board the good ship Loch Striven was busy enough with me making a start on painting things red 🙂

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However close inspection of the ‘fire main’ revealed some rusty bolts

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so I changed those before checking all the others

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as this is the pipe that supplies all the water for fire fighting, fortunately all was peachy in that department 🙂

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Raasay House’s Oigh Niesach and the Spindrift IV in Churchton bay gave a right summery feel to the day which was over in record time.

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Before I knew it I was heading home and by 20:00 was in sight of Torran and Pipers rock that was just about to get shrouded in mist.

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That was my working day over but I suspect that Calum and Alison of the MBA were working hard at Kyle Rona.

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  1. Hi Paul.
    At the first opportunity get yourself a Mac computer. I myself have an iMac computer for the heavy stuff and use the wife’s mac laptop when slumming with general emails and stuff, none of your window update carp every time you turn it on. All can be blue tooth connected to transfer files, connect your calender and automatically update all your diaries, photos,address book and it goes on. The choice is yours. I won’t mention the phone because I know your a basic on phones man.

    Comment by Polite Scouser — May 2, 2012 @ 11:26 pm

  2. It only seems right that a Macintosh computer would work well in Scotland! And you were disappointed in a bottle of McGuigan Bin578 ? Was that because it didn’t help fix the computer?

    Comment by drgeo — May 2, 2012 @ 11:58 pm

  3. Hi Paul,
    Thanks for perservering with this post as the pictures are fantastic! What a beautiful day in your part of the world. Looks like your spring day are giving us a run for our money here in Northern California. Keep up the great work!

    Comment by Morgan — May 3, 2012 @ 3:01 am

  4. Hi Paul, Another peach of a day on the island, it seems. We had one a few days back; yesterday was very, very windy and cold all day – could have been Lewis, really! I second Walter’s comments about Macs: we have a similar set-up. A main Mac desk-bound, and J has a Mac lap-top. Hard to beat, I’d say and no carp generally!

    Comment by yractual — May 3, 2012 @ 5:57 am

    • Must admit Iain, Walter I’ve always been tempted by the Mac, more so now because I do little more than browse and blog. It’s just I feel you can’t teach an old dog new tricks 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 3, 2012 @ 4:44 pm

  5. Morning Paul heard first Cuckoo yesterday at Hutton Roof.

    Comment by MW — May 3, 2012 @ 7:22 am

    • Hi Mark, Morning Paul heard first Cuckoo yesterday at Hutton Roof. spot of cycling was it ?? brings back happy memories 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 3, 2012 @ 4:45 pm

  6. Delivering a bottle of wine in a Laphroaig tube is cruel if you ask me. I can imagine the disappointment when a wine screw top appear out of the tube and not a cork 😉

    Comment by Simon — May 3, 2012 @ 8:14 am

    • Still it was a nice thought and a lovely bottle Simon 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 3, 2012 @ 4:46 pm

  7. Google instant search can be a pain in the rear – bit like people interrupting your question. Go Here: ,
    then scroll down to ‘Google Instant predictions’ and select ‘Never show instant results’. It usually works. Sometimes if there is an update or you logout of gmail it can change. You just then reset it. As for Outlook and all that other windows smindows bloat wear I removed it and run another system based on Linux now which works but for you I would recommend using Libre Office for windows instead of Microsoft (it is free and really quite good) and Thunderbird instead of Outlook Express or Outlook. LInks here: ( i remembered this time 🙂 )
    for Libreoffice.


    The only thing you will need to do is get it to save your files as .doc so others can read them. Easy guide here:

    and official help here

    For Thunderbird
    Thunderbird is made by the same people that make Firefox (Mozilla) and I used it for years before finally wiping the pc completely of Windows

    Let me know if you get stuck
    Glad to see a bench up at Brochel….nice perch for the Buzzards

    Comment by Andy Bleaden — May 3, 2012 @ 9:25 am

    • Thanks for all that Andy, I really wish I was capable of doing the Linux thing I’ve heard glowing reports about it but I’ve just not got the time for all the faffing about to get me up to speed.

      I do know how to turn the instant off but what really pisses me off is the fact that it’s the default setting, you see i used to run my ‘C cleaner’ every time I shit down to get rid of all the carp but now I don’t because of the Google friggin instant reappearing every time I start up. Same with my phone, I can switch off the predictive txt but next time I send one it’s back on 😦 Will definitely give Thunderbird a go as on the whole I really like Firefox. I’ve always used it and find internet explorer completely pants after Firefox.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 3, 2012 @ 4:56 pm

  8. Perhaps its time for the computer to go back in the fridge? Failing that,connect it direct to the Lister for a night just to show it who is boss 🙂


    Comment by Andy — May 3, 2012 @ 9:42 am

    • Fridge Andy, it’s going in the freezer 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 3, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

  9. Turn off automatic Firefox updates:
    Tools | Options | Advanced | untick “Automatically check for updates to Firefox”

    Comment by San — May 3, 2012 @ 11:35 am

    • Your clock showing the posting times of comments still seems to be on GMT 🙂

      Comment by San — May 3, 2012 @ 11:38 am

    • Cheers San, had a look then ‘bottled out’ 🙂 it said ‘high risk’ 🙂

      Your clock showing the posting times of comments still seems to be on GMT 🙂 Bit like me then 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 3, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

  10. If Hectors house was there,why can’t another house go on the site?
    Lovely day here but glass falling.. I feel a visit coming on ..Mon or Tues? Any thoughts? Cheers xx

    Comment by SOTW — May 3, 2012 @ 3:58 pm

    • Hi She,

      seems like a good plan, weather great and forecast good 🙂 perhaps a spot of rain on Wednesday but fine after that. Monday would make more sense than Tuesday as I may be away early.

      XX P

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 3, 2012 @ 5:04 pm

  11. Hey Paul, before you went SCUBA diving I bet you did some training. I bet you did lots of training and learning before you went solo underwater. I bet you didn’t even think of going solo with knowing a lot about diving, working out times to decompress, knowing the medical effects diving can cause etc.

    So what makes you think you can use a computer if you’ve not had training and you don’t know what the words mean?

    Comment by Andy — May 3, 2012 @ 5:07 pm

    • Hi Andy and welcome,

      I can’t use a computer and don’t for one minute think that I can 🙂 if I could get training I would but it’s not Accrington I live in any more it’s the middle of nowhere 🙂 I can’t read because I’ve the attention span of a gnat and don’t have the time. I only use the fecking thing to write this friggin blog and buy stuff Oh how I wish I’d never started it 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 3, 2012 @ 5:47 pm

  12. Hi Paul,
    Come on now, you know as much about computing as most of us do and what would we do without our regular Raasay updates and amazing pics? I’m tempted by the Mac stability too and don’t think there would be much difficulty getting used to it. When my fairly new laptop gets too old, I’m going for a Macbook. Go on, you know it makes sense!

    Comment by Carolyn — May 3, 2012 @ 6:32 pm

    • Morning Carolyn,

      if I know as much about computing as most people then Lord help us 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 6, 2012 @ 9:11 am

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