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March 22—31

From: Dennis Read
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Angulocaste Red Jewel
Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2011 09:40

attached is a photo of my Ac. Red Jewel. This was previously posted as Ac. The Judge URG as it had not been named by it's breeder Kendolie of Taiwan.
I think my plant is way better than the photos posted via Google but as it is a complex hybrid it could be all combiations of white, yellow and red.
Regards

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From: Geoff Hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: me and my Pc
Date: Sun, 27 Mar 2011 11:25

I think its fixed, and normal business will be resumed, I know other
peoples problems are boring, so you don't need to read this , except out of
curiosity !

I had a problem − disagreement about what it was, except that I couldn't
boot except in safe mode ; there I could see the names of files, but not
open them, or copy them . I couldn't open "My Computer" and couldn't drag
files to a memory stick, so it was not of much use !

The computer maker − a local repair shop said it was being locked/blocked by
Norton − true enough a scan was always running but never got beyond 5 %
complete.

Norton said it was Malware − but Malware removal tools − including about
US$100 worth of programmes paid for − didn't find it.

Then it was said to be a corruption in Windows.

Windows Repair couldn't fix it. ( Tried half a dozen times over the past
month)

I got so frustrated that was within minutes of going off to PC World to buy
another, and then I went to WindowsBBS ( chat and help forum).

I more or less went around the same circuits three times with them, but a
Moderator said I needed to Format the disk and re-install, but his
instructions for formatting came to nought − except that the machine seemed
to spontaneously start into Repair again .

I was not optimistic and nearly pulled the plug − I had been there so many
times before , but this time it went on and on , and after saying " Too
difficult − can't fix it " or words to that effect, it asked if I minded it
going to get help ?

I said OK- half an hour later the machine booted up perfectly ( crossed
fingers) OK..

So with a bit of luck and a following wind, I'll bring my picture record up
to date and fill up you mailboxes.

Merry Christmas . oh sorry − this just seems to have been going on for so
long now !

Geoff

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From: Peter Fowler
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Emailing: DSC00167 (3) Pleione feugo
Date: Sun, 27 Mar 2011 18:00

Hi everyone, New Pleiones are in bud and ready to come out, One attached
is labelled as Pleione feugo, although the second word is a bit rubbed.
Hope you like it. Took it with my new camera.
Other to follow. Pl. Fireball looks dark on the sepals.

Nice sunny day
Peter Fowler

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From: jns tropic
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] me and my Pc
Date: Sun, 27 Mar 2011 23:25

Geoff I'm sorry to see your problems with your Pc.
You might look at Linux. We have been using it for 8 years. In the
last 2 years my wife used only Linux (and she's 80). With Linux we
don't worry about virus.

Years ago I used Photoshop
($600) and then had to pay for the new things every other year. Now I
use Gimp and it's free. I the first 2 years I uses both because Gimp
just didn't do some things. Now Gimp is better then Photoshop for my needs.

When I started with Linux there was very little help. Now the Internet has all sorts of help.


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From: Geoff Hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] me and my Pc
Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2011 09:55

I am told by IT professionals in the family, that most viruses are specific
to Windows − but Malware is universal − after all the numbers underlying
digital technology − 000-111 − are just the same, whatever appears on the
screen ..

The Linux idea − or indeed the Apple alternative often seems attractive at
times like this , but the prospect of starting from scratch to learn a
completely new system, and collect a completely new set of Software, is even
more daunting than the challenges I have here !

Actually my burst of euphoria − at "my problems solved" was rather short
lived. I can − as you will see − receive and send e-mails, I can even create
a new Word document, but I can't open image files, I can't copy anything,
and there are strict limits to what I can print.

But they do say that the best way of avoiding dementia is brain activity -
and I am getting plenty of that.

But thanks for the suggestion, even if its not a road I expect to try.

geoff

jns tropic wrote Re: [OrchidTalk] me and my Pc

Geoff I'm sorry to see your problems with your Pc. You might look at Linux.
We have been using it for 8 years. In the last 2 years my wife used only
Linux (and she's 80). With Linux we don't worry about virus.
Years ago I used Photoshop ($600) and then had to pay for the new things
every other year. Now I use Gimp and it's free. I the first 2 years I uses
both because Gimp just didn't do some things. Now Gimp is better then
Photoshop for my needs.
When I started with Linux there was very little help. Now the Internet has
all sorts of help.

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From: tony garthwaite
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Emailing: DSC00167 (3) Pleione feugo
Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2011 13:25

Peter,

Congrats on getting the bud to open!

I say that because my Forrestii is in bud but two on one stem went brown and
withered last week due I suspect to the sunny days we had taking the
temperature in my Greenhouse too high too quickly.
My compost is still bone dry, but I'm spraying a very fine mist over all the
bulbs and buds once a day to try and overcome the problem.

Hoping for a bloom this week!

Tony G.

Peter Fowler wrote re [OrchidTalk] Emailing: DSC00167 (3) Pleione feugo

Hi everyone, New Pleiones are in bud and ready to come out, One attached
is labelled as Pleione feugo, although the second word is a bit rubbed.

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From: geoffrey hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: FW: test
Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2011 21:40

I gave up, after a Malware removal tool caused the (old) pc to crash -
producing one of those famous blue screens we used to see so often in the
days of the first Windows. Now have a brand new machine with a HD so big its
measured in squigabytes.

This is my first e-mail, just to see if I remembered the settings right.

Still have a lot of stuff to put on, before I try and get images from the
old machine onto this.

Geoff

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From: Tricia Garner
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: FW: test
Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2011 23:10

Seems fine, Geoff. Are you not able to restore your files from your
backup disk?
--

Tricia

How do you tell when you run out of invisible ink?

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From: geoffrey hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] FW: test
Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2011 04:10

I think so − actually it's a folder on an external hard-drive which I can
USB plug into any other machine ; but in practice it is rather a pain ,
since the back-up consists of hundreds of files, without any name or
description − just a number in the sequence, each one is a compressed file ;
so it is necessary (?) to open and look at each before deciding where to put
in the new machine .

At present it seems that I can copy to a memory stick, so I plan to do it a
folder at a time − e.g. all my map files in one folder, so that I know what
I've got and can see where I am putting them.

But it all takes a devil of a long time − I spent all last evening getting
security working, and − (I thought) − Outlook for my e-mail/calendars etc -
then found that the Outlook was quite different and a hundred times more
elaborate than the same program was on the old machine, and I couldn't get
it to keep copies of e-mails sent ( seems to be organized for the benefit of
industry, − asks me whether I expect to receive hundreds of e-mails a day,
or thousands ( and if so where shall it dump all of them except ones bearing
a special code ) ... I can see why I don't get answers from big companies !
) so started all over with the simple Windows Mail.

Now that doesn't work, and I'm back to my lap-top.

Why did I ever start this ?

Do you know a good source for forked twigs and small boys to run errands for
me ?

Geoff

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From: Tricia Garner
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] FW: test
Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2011 10:30

That does sound stressful!

My backup strategy is a bit different. As I use a Mac it comes with
Time Machine, which does hourly incremental backups (useful for
recovering 'mistakes') to the external disk. This disk is partitioned
into two and the other partition is used by a program called
SuperDuper which clones the hard drive, making a bootable copy. This
can simply be copied in its entirety on to another machine, or files
can be 'cherry-picked' from the Time Machine copy. Whichever, all the
files are as the originals.

I have SuperDuper set to automatically run several times a week in
the wee small hours. Once it had made a complete copy of the hard
drive I have it set to only copy any altered files so it doesn't take
several hours every time. I'm actually thinking of getting another
external drive to back up the existing external drive... I'm not
paranoid, but they're out to get me!

--

Tricia

On the other hand, you have different fingers.

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From: Geoff Hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] FW: test
Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2011 12:15

As I later realised, it is capable ( it says) of restoring all files to the
right places, with one click...
Took some time − it was a complete back-up done for the purpose of changing
machines − 23 Gb ... and when it had finished it warned me that things might
be in different places on the new machine.

So far I haven't actually found anything.

I think I'll go back to growing orchids as a hobby − its less stressful than
computers !.

Geoff

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From: john Stanley
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] me and my Pc (Here's another fine mess . . . etc)
Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2011 01:05

just a penn th of possible salvation Geoff.

You may know more than I about such matters but nothing is lost by suggesting the following;
It may not cure the computer ?infection but it may enable your files to be retrieved.

If you have a second working PC with USB sockets, even an old laptop or a desktop in the loft, it should be possible to remove the troublesome hard disk, set its jumper connectors to slave , and put it into a USB case. If the drive is then read as a slave drive by the second PC, it will not be controlled by the software (operating system) of the faulty drive and my guess is that the files may be read, ie removed, copied or whatever to (say) a DVD or two. Alternatively you may designate it as a slave plugged into a spare location in the mother board if you know how (I d guess you do).
You can then replace the drive to the original machine without fear of the files being lost n gone forever (so long as you ve checked that you ve got em rescued!).

Of course, modern drives are attached by cables different from the old multi-pinned ribbon cables so you need to check the kind of connection and cable and get an appropriate USB case. The last one I bought cost about 12

The small print;
I suppose there is a minimal possibility of the infection being within files you want, in which case I suppose the problem could be passed on to the second PC. All I can say is that I have rescued files this way ( Word .doc and .jpg) without problems. That is to say, on at least four occasions.

The bottom line;- will I be responsible if this becomes a case of Here s another fine mess you ve gotten me into Stanley! Huh! ?
I can but answer honestly ......... NO ! (but has your computer repairer friend who will be more knowledgeable, thought of it?)

Best of luck

John Stanley

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From:
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] me and my Pc (Here's another fine mess . . . etc)
Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2011 09:50

A little bit extra information to John s suggestion.

If your
problem disk is IDE (i.e. old) you could do the following:

If you have
access to an "old" PC with internal IDE-connections to the hard disk,
you won t need any USB case. Just change the settings on the old disk to
slave (might also work with "cable select"), open the old PC and connect
the hard disk to a free connection on the flat cable that connects the
internal hard disk and the power connector, then restart the computer
and you will be able to access the files if the disk is OK. The jumper
settings to make it slave you could find on internet.

If the problem
disk is newer i.e. SATA, just open the extra computer and connect two
cables, the easiest way to determine which cables is to look at the
other disk in the computer. "Your" disk should be connected in the same
way. You don t need to change any settings on the old disk, just connect
it. In the worst case, you ll need to the change the computer s setup
(BIOS), but in most cases it s just to start up and the computer will
find the new disk itself.

A good suggestion if you connected your disk
to another computer is to start by virusscanning it, that is a safe way
to clean it.

Good luck

Mats Linde

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