londonbard: walking tabby cat, (Tyger) (a dreamcatcher)
[personal profile] londonbard
I'm quite worried about writing that I'm back on-line; it may be tempting fate.

Things have been chaotic. Basically, electricity (or electric items), gas and broadband all developed problems. It appeared to be connected, but may not have been.

At this point, electricity seems stable. However, the Tefal washing machine was ruined; I've replaced it with a small plastic twin-tub that's really meant for camping/table-top. It's performing very well indeed. My mobility scooter has been examined and at least one part was replaced. It's running, but at a much slower speed; (re-charge ability still to be tested.)

The saga of the second-hand desk-top is still to be told.

The laptop failed, of course. Froze solid, hours of work followed by every anti-virus I could access (it's apparently infection-free.) That ate most of this month...

Most recently, there was a gas safety inspection that left me with no heating. This has happened in the past - the answer to, "What kind of safety inspector would turn off a sick person's heating in the middle of winter?" seems to be, "All of them." I've got the instructions on the complicated ways one turns it back on written down - and this time none of it worked.

The engineers came back on Monday. They couldn't turn it on, either...

Cutting a long saga short, the controls are electric; apparently it needed two AA batteries (that I provided) to start it all up. At the moment - well, nothing else that was working seems to have failed (except me.) The situation with the shower was moot, throughout, so testing that is most definitely next.

The printer prints, carbon monoxide alarm working. (Heat alarm and smoke detector? Ask Brigade?) Fridge and freezer worked throughout, so did microwave and hob.

The tropical fish need checking, one light failed (angel tank); it seemed to be the bulb but was really an apparently impossible fault in the connections in the lid. Next job, checking it all, lamps, heating, filters and every fragile little fin and fry; (dear reader, fry are baby fish, it doesn't mean I'm going to cook them for lunch.) I don't know what else might be wrong there.

Now, I should just hope that isn't ending on a cliffhanger.

Date: 2016-01-29 03:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sammason.livejournal.com
It's great to see you again. Wish your news were better but at least you're warm, dry and online. Having to call out engineers isn't fun at all.

The gremlins in your home have started an epidemic! One of our freezers, and our fridge, have gone kaput and our landlady's on her way now to measure up for replacements.

Date: 2016-01-29 04:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] londonbard.livejournal.com
Oh Heck! This laptop was thoroughly checked for viruses before I came back, but I hadn't expected that.

Do you think that one of those broadband filters would stop them from passing through?

(I've switched to the Dreamcatcher icon; that might discourage them.)
Edited Date: 2016-01-29 04:07 pm (UTC)

Date: 2016-01-29 04:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sammason.livejournal.com
That icon's scary! I hope it has antiviral properties to stop the flow. In case it doesn't, here's a userpic that I think you gave me to act as a scaregrem.

Date: 2016-01-29 04:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kimuro.livejournal.com
But I *liked* the chthula-kitty.

Date: 2016-01-29 04:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kimuro.livejournal.com
Something to consider ...

We had a repairman in at the high school library to chase gremlins from the new copy machine. Naturally, while he was there, the device worked a charm and behaved as good as gold, but he's a canny metalmage and had set up a trap between the outlet and the copier.

Apparently the power supply to the copier is ... erratic. Noisy with dangerous spikes of electricity - well, dangerous to the sensitive NEW copier. The power line used has multiple other devices connected, which also draws power, contributing to the instability of the signal, and the electronics of the copier are so sensitive that ... gremlins arise.

My point is to ask, is it possible that your problems might be due to a noisy power supply interacting badly with sensitive machinery?

Date: 2016-02-01 07:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] londonbard.livejournal.com
Thank you. I'm checking it now. The new washing machine is too recent - but there is nothing else new that is plugged in for long periods when everything else is in use, too.

(I have a darlin' tablet but that couldn't have caused this.
Anyway, I was using it before.)

The second-hand desktop, perchance?
Edited Date: 2016-02-01 07:33 am (UTC)

Date: 2016-02-01 07:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] londonbard.livejournal.com
Meeeeeeeeooooooogurgle.
Edited Date: 2016-02-01 07:32 am (UTC)

Date: 2016-01-29 09:28 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] archangelbeth
Lords, good luck!

Date: 2016-01-30 04:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cornerofmadness.livejournal.com
Sorry things have been so rough.

Date: 2016-01-30 11:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] writerwench.livejournal.com
I'm hoping for the best, too! I think the suggestion about the power supply - that it's ONLY JUST enough to power the devices that need it, and any slight surge gives it a hissy fit - may be accurate.

Welcome back. I've missed you.

Date: 2016-01-30 11:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] londonbard.livejournal.com
I'm thankful to be back and I've missed you too.

After trying to write that shark story I suspect I've been away too long and lost the knack.

I'll have to be very, very careful with the power loading. Everything I've checked is working, at the moment, but the scooter hasn't being recharged yet and I don't think anything else has, either.

I'll have to recharge the scooter next and check everything very carefully during and after doing it.
Edited Date: 2016-01-30 11:45 pm (UTC)

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