Friday, 21 February 2020

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 21-2-2020: The Phone Book.

21st February, 2020.

You know BT — my internet service and phone provider — are wonderful.


They’re kind, warm and wonderfully fluffy, and you can pet them for hours.

He says, with his tongue very firmly stuck in his cheek.

On a more honest front?

They’ve decided to stop supporting desktop email clients.

Which means I can’t use Thunderbird or Mail to access my email: just the website.

Not something I’m happy with … 


Thursday, 20 February 2020

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 20-2-2020: Rihanna

20th February, 2020.

Right … I’m eternally grateful to YouTube!

I woke up this morning, with Steve Earle’s Copperhead Road ear-worming its way through my head.

But managed to replace it … 

With Rihanna’s Pon de Replay.

Which has now, stubbornly, taken up residence.

I may have to start listening to the theme tune to El Ministerio del Tiempo* … 

Alonso and company manage to chase most things off … 



Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Fishermen’s Friends — A Review.

19th February, 2020.

Right … 

You’ve possibly watch that introduction video … haven’t you?


I confess to not knowing my own mind.

Not knowing if I’d want to settle down in front of the TV … with a film or a TV show.

Granted: there’s a few of each I wanted to check out.

Being in the mood I’m in … ?

I fancied a movie.

And, to be perfectly frank?

I fancied a feel-good movie.

And … ?

In deciding on the Chris Foggin directed Fishermen’s Friends, I think I picked a good one …


Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 19th February, 2020.

19th February, 2020.

Yes: it’s true … 

I’ve had Kenny Rogers’ Lucille floating around my head.

Although, frankly?

I seem to have Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town, doing the rounds, as well.


I do not know.


You’ve possibly — if you’ve read the past few days Teasers — realised I’m trying to set up a USB stick as an Ubuntu OS installer.

And not had much luck, using balenaEtcher to do so.

And not had much more luck: using various Terminal commands.

The last batch I got … ?

Seemed to work.

Art least, the stick showed up on my Mac as unrecognised, yesterday: I assumed the process had worked.


I went to Brentwood Library, yesterday: to try it there.

It didn’t.

The stick initially showed as unrecognised, when I logged on.

I tried booting into BIOS*: to see if I could rearrange the boot order.

I couldn’t: as I didn’t have the Administrator password.

Hmmm … 

I think the phrase ‘back to the drawing board’ is going to turn up … !


Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 18th February. 2020.

18th February, 2020.

Right then … 

THAT seemed to work.

As you know, and as far as I know … ?

I’m in line to get a cheap laptop for my birthday.

And thinking of putting the open source operating system, Ubuntu, on the thing.

To that end, I’ve been eyeing ways of making an installer: out of a disk image, and a USB stick.

Which HAD proved difficult.

At least with the copy of balenaEtcher I have.

So I used the Terminal commands on Ubuntu’s page.

Which didn’t work: as the files I had weren’t gzipped* files.

I did frantic hunting.

And eventually got a suggested set of Terminal instructions from Quora.

To cut a long story short?

The process seems to have worked: as, when I plug the stick brought up the macOS dialogue that asks what to do with an un-initialised USB stick.
Usually, it should show up either with that warning … or one that tells me it has no mountable file system.

Which means?

All I need to do now, is check whether this is now an Ubuntu installer on a PC.

Looks like I’m walking to the library …