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31 December 2006 @ 11:46 am
Yesterday was the first day for ages where we spent most of it with just our own company, which was rather nice :) I did enjoy Christmas, but now I'm somewhat socialed out.

We spent Christmas itself with J's family - Jo and Chris were our hosts this year ... even the dog came along (and discovered that laminate floors don't work well if you're trying to run somewhere ;) ). As might've been predicted we had too much alcohol & too much food ... a good Christmas :)

Then we were off to Oxford to see my folks for a couple of days. Oh and to fix their computer - well, not quite, it was just Norton being difficult to update. A nice UI would've had the "activate product" button somewhere visible when it's telling you it's not activated, rather than hidden away where you need the help files to find it. And a nice help system wouldn't have two articles about each thing, only one of which matched the UI one was actually presented with. But we sorted it out in the end.

Then, to my uncle & aunt's house near Kings Lynn to see my Grandma, who was visiting them for Christmas. Despite the rather long drive, it was a nice lunch & nice to see Grandma. My parents came back to Ipswich that night, as it was a lot easier than going back to Oxford, and we went out to Zizzi's for some nice Italian food.

They left just after breakfast, and we spent rather a lot of the rest of the day playing Guitar Hero (which I gave J for Christmas). We'd played a lot while we were at Jo & Chris's, with J & Chris between them getting halfway through Hard (from starting with Easy) and me & Jo between us getting halfway through Medium (we didn't spend as long playing, and anyway, we drank more while we were playing ;) ). But J & I started again yesterday - we skipped Easy and went straight into Medium & completed the game on that (J did the last 5 tracks, I was playing a bit of Quake4). It's a good game :)

We also went & got our cat back - the cattery people loved him, and he seems nice & happy, so we'll likely use that cattery again. It's also nice & convienently on the way out of Ipswich wherever we're driving to.

Today's likely more of the same, with hopefully a bit more Quake (it's Sunday after all) :)
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
white_hart on December 31st, 2006 01:55 pm (UTC)
We've just given up on Norton, as the latest updates went spectacularly wrong on both our computers in the space of a week...
Margaretpling on December 31st, 2006 02:49 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I remembered your post & my heart sank when it paused for a loooong time while updating ... but thankfully it recovered.

We stuck with it mostly coz Dad had just paid for another year's subscription. If it's a faff again next year I may suggest they get something else on there ;)
Philvento on December 31st, 2006 03:56 pm (UTC)
Norton is unnecessary imho - I installed the free Antivir on my parent's PCs as it works silently in the background and updates itself over t'internet automatically every few days. I use "Avast!" which does much the same. For PC novices I would install an AV prog that talks to the user as little as possible (if at all), rather than constantly asking them if they are using their home or office profile, etc. Combined with the advice that opening every attachment you are sent by email is generally a Bad Idea, my folks have never had any virus problems :)
Margaretpling on December 31st, 2006 04:14 pm (UTC)
Sure - I run Avast, J runs AVG (Avast ate his machine once, dunno why), and J's folks run AVG.

Neither I nor J had anything to do with the setting up of my folks' PC (my brother did, iirc, tho I dunno to what extent). We just fix stuff when it barfs ;) (oh, and at some point we put firefox/thunderbird/a firewall on when we realised they were using IE/OE/no firewall).
Philvento on December 31st, 2006 04:40 pm (UTC)
I think a lot of the risks of "internet attacks" and viruses in general are massively overblown. Companies like Norton create the paranoia with one hand, then sell products to calm people down with the other. The biggest problem imo is adware, but even that can be avoided by watching what you install.

Thanks to remote desktop software (also free), now whenever my folks have a problem I just log on to their machines remotely and fiddle with things myself, which is much easier than trying to do it just over the phone :)