I’m not sure who to hate most.
It has to be one of Dell, Microsoft or Intel, and perhaps all three. I have spent the morning wrestling with the two miserly USB 3.0 ports on my high-end Dell Laptop. I have hitherto had two large (3TB) external drives plugged into them, but recently acquired a new USB 3.0 device, a high-speed card reader. This required that I obtain a fourth device … a USB 3.0 hub to allow me to expand (daisy chain, as USB was designed to allow) my capacity for high speed devices.
It all worked fine for a few days, then the USB drivers (supplied to Dell by Intel) stopped recognizing devices, and even caused the system to hang when booting up in the morning. Unplugging until the boot is completed usually gets around this, and they are recognised when they are plugged in later. This is an unsatisfactory solution.
The latest drivers are installed. The USB is the last in the boot priority in the BIOS. Some very expensive work-around solutions have been suggested. Any expert advice in the area of USB 3.0 and Renesas drivers would be very welcome. Explicitly unwelcome will be any evangelisation or subtle smirking from Apple or Unix enthusiasts.
The only good to come out of the morning is that I have now rationalized the mare’s nest of power cables, power bricks, and USB cables that had evolved over the last few years. And my desk is clear (though I now have to deal with the floor).
Back to photography. Yesterday was a teaching day. I spent most of the day in the office, but having got where I needed to be by mid-afternoon, took myself for a walk along the waterfront.
My love of everything maritime has been confessed previously. I regard it as a tragedy that our collective paranoia has forced the closure of the most interesting parts of the port, and for that matter, our airports. The red tugboats, for example, have been part of Wellington’s visual identity since the early 70s when Kupe, Toia and Ngahue replaced those two old heroines Taioma and Tapuhi. Kupe was sold and was replaced by the Vietnamese-built Tiaki. Sadly, it is no longer possible to walk alongside and examine them as you once could.
Shots through hurricane-wire fences are very unsatisfying. Fortunately, part of the port is still open to the public, though it is rare that anything of great interest berths in those parts. Yesterday, there was a sturdy steel trawler in port, a stranger to me. She was the “San Jennifer” owned by Hikurangi Fisheries Ltd, and normally resident in Mangonui, Northland. She left port as I walked by, and despite her rough-looking exterior, she had the sweetest sounding diesel I have heard for a while.
A little further around, at Queens Wharf, which the barbarians keep trying to develop with preposterous notions like hotels, HMAS Newcastle was berthed. She has been there for three or four days now. An Adelaide class frigate, she is based on the Oliver Hazard Perry frigates of the US Navy. They were superseded by the ANZAC class vessels. Newcastle is not pretty, but she has a purposeful look to her.
In the end, I chose to go with an image of architectural textures taken from the waterfront. As you can see there is an enormous variety of styles from the sheet glass at either end of this stack, to the textured panels and painted concrete of the intervening structures
Back now to the problem solving (and to clearing the floor before Mary gets home).