Almost there…

I’m concerned about recent news that my dad left his cancer (located at the back of the tongue) too late and it might have spread to his lungs do they’re going to run tests before conducting radiotherapy. I’m preparing for the worst but hoping for the best – that it can be treated and dad has a good quality of life without having to worry about it coming back. I’m going head over to my parents for dinner, offer them my support then drop into see my sister to organise her to pickup the screen I bought for my computer which has been recycled into a birthday present.

Courier Post came to pick up the XPS 8700 and XPS 13 (2015) so that is all sorted out with the promise that it takes around 7-10 days for the refund to be processed and the money appearing bank into my account. Once all the money is sorted out I’ll wait to see what happens on the iMac front but I’d say that it will be skylake that’ll be used in any updated iMac and iMac 5K. On a good side I was able to trade in my Lumia 830 and bought an iPhone 6 128GB because Windows Phone was driving me up the wall – I was going to hold off 6 months before the refreshed version came out but it became annoying enough to justify moving the timetable forward. I’m very happy with iOS 8.2 and having access to the Kiwibank application once again not to mention the great experience of Safari knowing that websites will work correctly.

I recieved an email confirming that my MacBook Pro (early 2015) will be delivered on 26 March which is an improvement on the initial estimated delivery of 30 March. I’m looking forward to getting back on the Mac platform after going through hell and back having been sucked into the marketing of Microsoft believing that long standing issues have been resolved when in reality they’re as prevalent as always.  On the good side the computer attached to my television I have replaced Windows with Fedora 21 – remembering to disable over scanning on the television (leaving it enabled results in the GUI being larger than the physical screen size) whilst installing the legacy nvidia drivers with hardware accelerated video deciding which makes full screen video decoding possible. The experience over all has been very good and getting used to using yum for system updates.

2 thoughts on “Almost there…

  1. I hope that all works out for your dad, hopefully it is just localized as you say.

    Glad that you decided to do what’s best for you rather than slog it out any longer than necessary with the new gear – you gave it a shot, but in the end you have to go with what works best for you.

    I still have to figure out what to do myself, but as usual I have kept my gear in very good shape so barring the death of the machine due to old age (!) I do have some time.

    1. I’m hoping it is localised but my sister blames the doctors for not doing something sooner but with that being said the doctors can only do so much if the patient is unwilling to fully disclose their full health history. If the patient holds back then sure the doctor could go on a fishing expedition but time and resources are wasted finding something that should have been disclosed. I visited my parents last night and my dad isn’t able to speak but he was pretty quiet realising the situation he has not only put himself in but also the fact that his actions have impacted on others such as his granddaughter. I have to admit personally I’m more frustrated than sad because at least if it were caught early then at least there would be a much better fighting chance.

      My laptop finally arrived and it is very fast – loving how everything just seems to work together so well; the GUI properly scales, the applications are stable and reliable, Office 2016 no longer makes me cry, the graphics experience with the new GPU is pleasurable to use and the new flash being used (based on the benchmarks on YouTube) is substantially better than the previous generation with the flash playback performance very good without the usual battery sucking issues. I’ve installed the latest Safari update and it has been rock solid – no crashes or hangs etc. All in all, I’m pretty damn happy and will be uploading a video soon.

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