Category Archives: Computers

Fried Computer

One of the storms we have had in Brisbane fried my computer last week.

Monday morning the computer just wouldn’t turn on.. Nothing. So.. one week and $555 later I have a new power supply, motherboard, RAM and a new appreciation of the costs of extreme weather. A close enough lightning strike or power surge will cut through even the most powerful surge protectors I have read, so the only solution is to unplug everything from the wall, which is what I will try to be doing next time I hear thunder.


Back online with a reliable connection after a lot of messing around with connecting Optus ADSL2+ last week.

Looks like I got a dodgy modem from Optus, will get a different model tomorrow to test. In the meantime I’m still running the old ADSL1 modem which works fine but not up to full speed capacity yet.

I’m not expecting much compensation from Optus for the time they lost me, but will press for all I can get and see what they say.. They have all the power unfortunately.

ADSL2+ … About Time

I’m getting ADSL2+ connected this month, can’t wait.

The following graph is a list of the speeds you can expect for various connections related to your physical (as the kitty runs along the road rather than as the crow flies) distance from the exchange. I’m only 500m from my exchange so should be near the top level for speed, presently I’m only getting 0.54 MBPS download speed so it could be a welcome visit to the first world (almost) in terms of internet connectivity. There is only a 20 Gig D/L limit but I will take what I can get for the moment, hopefully one day Australia can take our place in the 21st century and such services will arrive faster.

I’m not quite sure what it will mean in practical terms but I will soon see.


My IBM ThinkPad Rocks!

I really really like my ThinkPad. If I say I love it I could get in serious trouble, so lets just leave it at liking a lot.

For a start it’s built like a tank. My ThinkPad has been racking up the frequent flyer miles recently and I have not even had a hint of a problem with it. IBM have this technology which detects when the TP is dropping and parks the hard drive so that you don’t lose the data, not sure if I will actually test that myself; but plenty of people have.

The “Legends of ThinkPad” page has some funny stories about TP’s that have survived some nasty incidents with their data still intact.

Probably the only thing that isn’t great (for the price) on my TP R50e is the sound, which just isn’t very loud even on maximum setting, but since it’s used primarily for business thats not a problem. Who listens to music much on laptops these days anyway?

Anyway the ThinkPad is a serious computer for travel and business, and I wish I had found that out before I purchased all of my previous junky laptops.