Posts Tagged ‘Random’

Unlike Brockley

March 30, 2010

Back of Guardian Guide 27 March - 2 April

I was surprised to see Brockley mentioned in an advert for iPhone apps on the back cover of the Guardian Guide.  Here’s the relevant part:

Kensington ~ Brockley!

The interesting point is that the parallelism between Brockley and Kensington surely means that people are expected to know that Brockley exists, and perhaps even where it is.

Brockley Palace?  Brockley Gore?  Imperialist College of Science and Technology, South Brockley?  A Far Cry from Brockley, by Muriel Spark?

The possibilities are endless…

Sputnick, 88-92 Lee High Road

March 30, 2010


That spelling does suggest a pronunciation of  ‘Spootnitsk’, but never mind–this certainly seems to be one of the more substantial Baltic-Russian shops around the place.  Inside, there is (and has always been) a nice, clean, tidy grocery, together with an ever-diminishing shelf of books in Russian (I’ve never yet been moved to buy one) and some Baltic newspapers.  OK, newspapers in languages belonging to the Baltic family (Latvian and Lithuanian) rather than Estonian (Finno-Ugric family).

The section on the right as you look at the photo used to sell vodka and DVDs, now they’ve turned it into a beauty salon (that apparently does no business at all).  How about a dermatological-venereological-cosmetological clinic?–there are some Chinese versions of that kind of thing further along the road.

Maybe not with that picture window…

Oakam, 92 High Street Lewisham

March 30, 2010

APR 76.9%!

This place caught my eye today–at first I couldn’t believe the APR of 79.6%, then I thought at least they were stating it openly.  In fact, there are some much higher APRs on their website.

'Think again!', depending on how desperate you are

I also couldn’t decide whether the notice announcing the languages spoken was a sweet attempt to be helpful or a sign of determination to exploit new arrivals.

Lietuvių ‘must be’ Lithuanian, since ‘Litva’ is Russian for Lithuania.  Why Slovak and not Czech?  Probably because the Czech Republic is more prosperous, so there are fewer migrants here–Lithuania is supposed to be the poorest state in the EU (in terms of people’s incomes) so that makes sense.

Cosmopolitan or what?

Getting my Toshiba A60 Equium to work

January 27, 2010

So, my laptop (which has been pretty useful since I installed a large amount of extra RAM) had been shutting itself off with increasing frequency.  I decided this had to be down to crud getting in the ‘heat dispersal system’.  The crisis came when I couldn’t even leave it to run a virus scan without it turning itself off.

A quick search on Google yielded a useful thread here, and in particular this (edited) advice from joshmo:

I have a solution that is simple, and worked for me….You are dealing with really fine lint, which is blocking the heat sink.

Acquire a can of compressed air. Acquire a standard household vacuum cleaner. Put in a fresh bag – to ensure the strongest possible vacuum.

Look at the back of the laptop. There should be a vented area; inside, a radiator – looks like a piece of folded aluminum foil; about 1/2″ high, runs the width of the vented area. This is the heat sink, sits on top of the processor.

(1)  Vacuum off the air intake at the back of the Toshiba – probably want to use the flat vacuum pipe, will help to focus the vacuum – try to block as much air around the hose as you can, so that the air flow is forced across the heat sink. 3 -5 minutes of vacuuming here. Work the entire vented area.

(2) Now, here’s where you need an additional hand. Have someone hold the vacuum on a fan; spray compressed air thru the heat sink, go very slowly, because you want to give every vent a heavy blast of air; the vacuum should catch the crud that you are blowing free. Use the long plastic stem provided with the can of compressed air to put air directly into each fold in the heat sink. Work then all.

Your machine should be good for another 6-12 months.

And here am I putting this advice into effect:

(1) Vacuuming through the grille over the fan

(2) Squirting the heatsink with compressed air at the same time as vacuuming through the grille

And it all seems to work perfectly now!