Very much back into the groove.
Been back at the client's since Friday, and the tasks are starting to pile
up. Good that I'm so popular...
Got all of the holiday photos onto the site. There are a couple of good ones
but I do have trouble taking "level" pictures with this camera. Especially where
there is a horizon, the pictures often look lop-sided. Now, of course, I'm
paranoid when I take pictures with the thing!
Downloaded some software at the weekend which will allow me to copy my DVDs
onto the computer, the same as I did with the CD collection. Found some
information on the web about good formats to store the resultant files in,
and have settled on DivX. Apparently compresses down to only 10% of the
original, and from what I can see the quality isn't bad. Takes a long time to
rip the DVDs, though - a two-hour film took five and a half hours to convert
into a DivX file. Of course, you can see how easy it is to use this software to
abuse copyright - the software is quite happy to rip copy-protected DVDs, with
only a messagebox warning along the way. From my perspective, though, I already
own the "license" by virtue of having bought the DVD in the first place. After
all, the actual pyhsical DVD isn't what costs the money, what yoiu're buying is
the license to view the thing. Whether Sony would agree or not is, of course, a
Incidentally, finally decided to do this because (a) it'll be excellent to
have all our films and music on a single hard disk, and (b) have just ordered a
new "Mary Poppins" because Alice has well-and-truly trashed the original. I've
also found out that the "Dumbo" disk is unreadable also. Maybe we should try one
of those "magic cleaner" kits?
Anyway, this has started taking a little of my time and a lot of the
Went to Exbury Gardens on Saturday. Disappointing. It's mainly a rhododendron
garden, and they'd already flowered this year. Walked around a little further
but Jacqueline complained that she was cold so we didn't stray too far. Ended up
not staying there long, and heading off to Beaulieu for afternoon tea
Sunday, met up with Simon to go to Serendipity Sams, ended up going to the
Haywain at Cadnam for lunch, then back to Simon's for birthday cake and a game
of football with Patrick in their back garden.
Lovely weather over the weekend. Saturday clouded over a little but still
bright enough for a barbeque in the evening, as we had on Friday too. Been
lovely since then too, although was foul this morning. Cleared up now, though,
good for the garden.