Archive for July, 2008

Lancaster over Horwich

July 13th, 2008 No comments

I had just gone out of the front door this afternoon when I heard an aircraft approaching – nothing surprising, we get a few planes and helicopters flying around here, but as I turned around to look I was treated to the rarely seen sight of a Lancaster bomber (PA474) flying over at low level. (There are only two remaining flying Lancasters in the world, the other is in Canada). According to this page it must have been doing a fly past at Crosby and was on its way home to Lincolnshire.

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Re-installing Canon Scanner after moving to Leopard

July 11th, 2008 No comments

After moving to Leopard, my Canon LIDE 60 scanner was not working, however when I tried to reinstall the driver it just hangs. I found the solution however on the Throwable Blog where you can get links to a download to uninstall the old driver and install a new copy of the LIDE driver.

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Drobo finally gets Firewire

July 8th, 2008 No comments

According to the Register, Data Robotics’ Drobo storage device has finally got something any serious storage device should’ve had from the start – Firewire, and its FW800 too. It finally makes sense to buy one of these.

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Proof that the UK has gone PC mad

July 8th, 2008 No comments

If you’re still unsure as to whether the PC Brigade have finally lost the plot, then read this article in the Telegraph – I thought it was a joke, but April Fool was 3 months ago.

Blackrod Scarecrow Festival 2008

July 6th, 2008 3 comments

I have added some photos taken today of the Blackrod Scarecrow Festival to our photo gallery.

Blackrod Scarecrow Festival

Update – 2009 Festival Dates

The 2009 festival is taking place on 4th/5th July. (I am getting a lot of search engine hits on this post as, for some reason, there is no official website for the festival)

2010 dates are here

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Replacing the Hard Drive in a LaCie d2

July 6th, 2008 3 comments

I have a couple of external firewire hard drives, including two LaCie d2 drives, one of which is a 160GB. Recently however, it started acting up: while being accessed it would click as though it had been powered down and not respond. The only way to recover from this was to cycle the power. It was not time related nor was it related to a particular part of the disk.

Realising that the drive was on its way out, I managed to move everything off the drive onto another before it died completely.

Then, rather than throwing it out, I opened up the case and found that the drive itself was a Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 (ATA) i.e. a standard PATA IDE 3.5″ Hard Drive. I did a bit of googling an decided to replace it with a 320GB drive. I bought a 320GB Western Digital WD3200AAKB Caviar SE16, 7200rpm, 16MB cache, 8.9ms drive from Scan for 44 quid, so I now have a replacement external drive with twice the capacity for only the cost of the hard drive.

Don’t forget to set the hard drive jumpers to be ‘Master’.

Inside the LaCie d2 case


Screws holding the Hard Drive in Place


Hard drive connectors
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