Windows 7 took almost 4 hours to upgrade my Vista Laptop

win7_homepremium_3dl_0e89dfd3So I upgraded our Windows Vista HP Pavilion DV9000 laptop last night with Windows 7 Home Premium and the bloody upgrade took almost 4 hours. But it was worth it in the end. Windows 7 is awesome, flat out and I think for the first time in 2 years we are seeing the true capabilities of our laptop. If only it came with Windows 7 back when we bought it!

I had to remove only one application, which wouldn’t work and that was my anti-virus. So overall I am very impressed. Hopefully the anti-virus can be resolved.

I am using Windows 7 Home Premium Family Pack, which allows 3 machines to be installed. I plan to also install Windows 7 on my iMac. It was such a fast machine with Windows XP, so I can’t wait to see Windows 7 on it!

It will set you back £129.99 for the 3 licence pack at Fortunately I had a £30 gift voucher from my birthday (thanks Mom & Rob), so I was looking at £90 for the 3 licences. Definitely money well spent. I also picked up a 3 pack licence of Office Home and Student 2007 even though there are no students in the house! That was £55 at Amazon. – Bargain.

Look out for future comments on Windows 7.


Crazy” lyrics written and sung by Simple Plan.  A good song for our modern day living. So many sad truths in those lyrics. I love the song though. I discovered Simple Plan through

Tell me what’s wrong with society
When everywhere I look I see
Young girls dying to be on TV
They wont stop ’til they’ve reached their dreams

simple_planDiet pills, surgery
Photoshop pictures in magazines
Telling them how they should be
It doesn’t make sense to me

Is everybody going crazy?
Is anybody gonna save me?
Can anybody tell me what’s going on?
Tell me what’s going on
If you open your eyes
You’ll see that something is wrong

I guess things are not how they used to be
There’s no more normal families
Parents act like enemies
Making kids feel like it’s world war III

No one cares, no one’s there
I guess we’re all just too damn busy
Money’s our first priority
It doesn’t make sense to me

Is everybody going crazy?
Is anybody gonna save me?
Can anybody tell me what’s going on?
Tell me what’s going on
If you open your eyes
You’ll see that something is wrong

Is everybody going crazy?
Is everybody going crazy?

Tell me what’s wrong with society
When everywhere I look I see
Rich guys driving big SUV’s
While kids are starving in the streets
No one cares
No one likes to share
I guess life’s unfair

Is everybody going crazy?
Is anybody gonna save me?
Can anybody tell me what’s going on
Tell me what’s going on
If you open your eyes
You’ll see that something

something is wrong
Is everybody going Crazy?
Can anybody tell me what’s going on
Tell me what’s going on
If you open your eyes
You’ll see that something is wrong

Listening to Decider by Dick Francis on Nokia BH-905.

I am currently listening to a wonderful story called “DECIDER” by Dick Francis on my Noka 5800.

I decided (excuse the pun) to put my new bluetooth headphones (BH-905) to the test. They have 8 noise cancelling microphones that are meant to block out the surrounding noise.  So far they are doing an excellent job. Noise is non-existent with one switches on the ANC button.

I am using a very cool audio application called “PowerMP3” on the Nokia 5800.  I downloaded this from Symbian World and I would go as far as saying “it is better than the default music player on the Nokia 5800XM”.

Dick Francis – Decider, Architect Lee Morris has plans to restore Stratton Park racecourse to its former grandeur. But the combative Stratton heirs have violent plans of their own.

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Nokia 5800 new firmware v31.0.101 available.

There is a new firmware download for the Nokia 5800. It is version 31.0.101 and I have successfully installed it.

I was not able to download OTA (over the air), as it says not available, but it is there to download through the new Nokia Software Updater (v1.8.10en).

I can tell immediately that the new version does not bring Kinetic Scrolling in the Internet, Address book, Gallery or Music lists, but it seems a lot quicker (perhaps because it rebooted the phone) moving through the address book, music lists and gallery. Photos load immediately and I have over 500 photos on my phone and almost 5 GB’s of music and video etc.

Related Links: – competitive prices, awesome service.

I’ve been supporting for quite a while because their prices are very competitive, often the best online and their service is second to none and even more so when things go wrong.

One such example happened recently after I purchased a pair of Nokia Bluetooth headphones (BH-905) from them. The headphones arrived in a timely fashion and I listened to them a couple of times but noticed a problem. I contacted on the third day by phone and explained the problem and the support guy was very helpful and said “not to worry” and explained what I needed to do to return the goods back to them. I followed all the instructions and sent them back via special delivery.

A day or two later I received an email from them which told me my postage had been reimbursed. That was a nice touch. A few days later I had my second pair of headphones and they have been working perfectly ever since.

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Button car No. 1 for 2010.

If you asked me what I did on Saturday and Sunday all I could tell you is one thing only – I watched the F1 Brazil Qualifying on Saturday that lasted two and three quarter hours because of the rain and I watched Jenson Button battling his way through the traffic and ultimately winning the Formula 1 world championship for 2009. It was a fantastic drive from Jenson and I am sure he made up his mind on Saturday that this would be the race that he gave it his best shot to take the title. By far the best race he has driven in for ages if not ever. I think he said something similar.

Button 2009 World Champion

Yes, he won six races in the early parts of the year, but then he was driving a superior car at the time. He looked a worried man in the last few races with Barrichello and Vettel hot on his tail, but he definitely put an end to their challenge in the race yesterday. He drove with courage, skill and determination and for me is a worth champion along with all the other greats.

Isn’t the photo above an awesome sight to see. Taken by Darren Heath and published on the BBC F1 website.

Well done to Brawn GP as well. They have done a fantastic job to beat the likes of Mclaren and Ferrari, who have been in the business for years.

I do feel sorry for Barrichello, but what a good sport he has been? Right to the bitter end, the poor man had the worst luck one could have in a race, but even at the end of the race he showed true sportsmanship by congratulating Button. He looked quite cheerful in the post interviews.

TFL vs Jonathan MacDonald and his video camera!

I just finished reading this shocking story of an elderly man who had his arm caught in a closing door on the tube at Holborn tube station. The shocking part is not the fact that his arm was trapped, but the subsequent abuse he got from a Transport For London employee working on the platform at the time.

Part of the incident was caught on video, and the first half of what happened is written below and are the words of  Johnathan MacDonald.

Watch the video when you are done!

Today, just after 230pm, I saw an elderly man with his arm trapped in the closing door of a faulty train at Holborn Station.

We all thought the train was heading further east but actually, for reasons we shall never know, the train was terminating at Holborn and we were ushered out onto the platform by two (shouting) staff in Underground uniforms.

The elderly man was slow to get off in the mad rush, hence the entrapment.

A few people around called to staff to open the door again so he could be released.

About 30 seconds later the doors opened again and he removed his arm.

I watched as he calmly relayed his experience to the staff member (who was called Ian by the way).

Ian didn’t think it was a problem – in fact, he was furious that the guy had mentioned it at all, especially as the guy was standing close to the track.

After a while, Ian started shouting at the guy to “stand back there is a fucking train approaching”.

The elderly guy quietly questioned why Ian had to swear (as did several other passengers).

Ian literally screamed in this guys face (and I quote): “because there is a fucking train approaching and I need to make sure nobody is over the fucking yellow line”.

The elderly guy stood his ground – admittedly the wrong side of the yellow line (which was hard to see as there were hundreds of stranded people on the platform).

Ian then told the guy that he wasn’t allowed to get on the next train and had to “come upstairs to speak to the police”.

That was when I pulled out my video camera.

The below clip is taken immediately after Ian’s initial outburst and you can hear him repeat the police part too.

All seems fine until the incoming train arrives and the elderly guy tries to get on it – although watch how twitchy Ian is during the train arrival..

You will hear Ian telling him not to get on and then threatening a halted service until he gets off again.

Listen to what Ian says. Watch the reaction of the other passengers.

But then – right at the end of the clip (at exactly 50 seconds), you will hear Ian exclaim (again, I quote): “sling him under a train”.

I’m not sure this is cool. I felt compelled to blog it.

This TFL person (Ian) has been suspended however how many other horrible employees are working on such platforms around the city?

Finally Jonathan MacDonald did an extremely clever thing afterwards! He made a complaint on the TFL website and listed his blog of the ordeal in the complaint box (Genius) and he told the PRESS, and there is nothing like a good story that so often would be swept under the carpet and never given the time or day.

Hats off to Jonathan!

Why men are never depressed?

Mike, you need new jeans and pants as yours don’t fit you well, Mike you need new shirts, Mike you need a new coats, new shoes, new socks, Mike your underpants have holes in them, Mike, I am embarressed to walk around with you looking like a slob, Mike YOU NEED A NEW LOOK!

Does that sound familar? I have heard those words hundreds of times since I married my lovely wife. Clearly she has not read the following or doesn’t understand men:

Men Are Just Happier People– What do you expect from such supreme creatures?


Your last name stays put. The garage is all yours. Wedding plans take care of themselves. Chocolate is just another snack. You can be President. You can never be pregnant. You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park. You can wear NO shirt to a water park. Car mechanics tell you the truth. The world is your urinal. You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky. You don’t have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt. Same work, more pay. Wrinkles add character. Wedding dress R5000. Tux rental-R100.

People never stare at your chest when you’re talking to them. New shoes don’t cut, blister, or mangle your feet. One mood all the time.
Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat. You know stuff about tanks. A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase. You can open all your own jars. You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness. If someone forgets to invite you, he or she can still be your friend.

Your underwear is R12.95 for a three-pack. Three pairs of shoes are more than enough. You almost never have strap problems in public. You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes. Everything on your face stays its original color. The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades. You only have to shave your face and neck.

You can play with toys all your life. One wallet and one pair of shoes — one color for all seasons. You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look. You can ‘do’ your nails with a pocket knife. You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache.

You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives on December 24 in 25 minutes.

No wonder men are happier.

So please send this post to the women who can handle it and to the men who will enjoy reading it.

BTCC – Bowen at Brands Hatch.

A big THANK YOU to James Barrett for the free tickets to Brands Hatch today. In a way it was the perfect end to a wonderful birthday weekend.

We got to see some incredible birds (the feathered kind) and of course the skimpy clad ones simply known as “Pit Babes”. 🙂

There was plenty of bumber to bumber action and close racing on this very special track.

The highlight of the day was definitely the British Touring Car Championships where Jason Plato managed to win all three races, something that has only been achieved once before,

but it wasn’t enough to stop Colin Turkington from winning his first BTCC.

Note: The above photo and the Leyland Paints Pit babes were not photographed by and are sourced from