.... but finally a new window has been fitted to the sitting room. The problem started about 5 years ago when the seal of the double-glazed unit failed. At first it was just a little discolouration in the corner but eventually the entire window became opaque (see the previous post for photo). The size of the window made it very difficult to replace as no local companies were able to manufacture such a big unit. Last year I tracked down a company in Angoulême who undertook the job, but in the end they pulled out because their attempts to create the unit failed. Twelve months further on, and they have finally solved the manufacturing difficulty by using thicker glass and removing one of the two rubber seals with which the old unit was mounted. A silicone seal has been used instead, and the final result is most satisfactory. It will take the bank account a while to recover, however!!
..... was foreshortened by a strike on the ferries in the Western channel. This meant a lot more driving to get back on time using the Dover-Calais route, and an earlier departure than originally planned. In the end this worked to our advantage as we travelled before the bad weather set in. It's been quite stormy for the last couple of days and the two-month drought has finally ended.
I've spent some more time working with Windows 8, installing it on a new SSD. I've also made a start on the article for the 7300 page, but there's a lot more to do before that will be ready to go online. Hopefully I'll have some time to spend on it over the next few days.
I have spent many hours this past week looking for a reliable solution to using my Xerox Phaser 7300 printers under Windows 8. Unfortunately Xerox are not supporting the 7300s now, and there are no drivers in the comprehensive list found with Windows 8. It has taken me a lot of time using trial and error to find something which works - initially I used the Ricoh AP3800c driver, which works for basic stuff, but for anything a little out of the ordinary there were problems - mostly stack errors. Today I've finally hit on a driver that works with all the 7300 functions - although I've had to modify the driver to provide the 600x2400 resolution of the 7300. There's no GUI, as provided by the Xerox drivers under earlier OSs, but you can access all the functions via the "advanced" and "preferences" buttons - not as easy but perfectly workable. I intend to write up a detailed "how to" article for the 7300 page of the website, but it may be a week or so before I get time to do that.
Having now got my old Epson scanner and the printers functioning, it's only the Ricoh AP3800CMF scanner which still has to be resolved. I've found various programmes which can access it, but as soon as you scan, they all crash. More research required!
Well, I spent a lot of time today finding my way around Windows 8 a little better, and trying to persuade my Epson Perfection 1200u scanner to work. I tried modifying the Win7 64bit drivers and succeeded in getting it to install, but it wouldn't run. Eventually, I installed an Epson Artisan630 from the Windows 8 list of devices and this is able to drive the 1200 without any problems. Using a third-party scan software (such as vuescan) it even integrates seamlessly into Photoshop CS6 (64). I've not been so successful with the Ricoh AP3800CMF - the printer is fine, but the scanner is networked and relies on TWAIN. I've managed to get it to show up in Photoshop x86, but it crashes the program if you launch it! I shalln't be getting rid of the XP machine just yet ...
I've finally found time to write up my method for installing the Epson Perfection 1200 in Windows 8 - you can download it below :
The Ricoh AP3800CMF scanning problem has also been resolved very satisfactorily - you can see the solution at the bottom of this page.
.... has characterized the last couple of days. The garden is very parched and brown, so it's in need of serious water now.
Having finally caught up with most of the urgent jobs following my return from HK, I've spent a little time evaluating Windows 8 over the last day or so. My main concern/interest was to see whether it would be able to talk to my trusty "old" printers. It's quite a different environment from XP, where I currently am, but using various tweaks it can soon be made more desktop-friendly than it is at initial install.
It comes with a driver for the Ricoh AP3800c, which is the good news, but the Xerox 7300 is not so lucky. The first phaser model included is the 7400. However I have found a work-around, which I will write up on the 7300 page in due course. So far I've had less success with scanning, as the TWAIN drivers for both my scanners are 32bit only, and I'm testing a 64bit Windows 8. I've not given up on that yet, however. I was diverted away from the testing etc. when the hard drive in the Ricoh failed last night ..... fortunately I had a suitable spare drive in a pile of stuff I had put out for recycling ..... a good job it had not already been taken away! It was a simple job to swap out the dead one, and all is well again now, so I will return to the challenge of the scanners
.... and it's peaked well over 38c for the last few days, although the mornings have become progressively more chilly - it was only 7.8c minimum over night last night.
The new rain water collection system is finished after a couple of days effort - on and off. The hardest part of the job was digging out the flat area upon which it sits below the sun deck. There's no rain in the forecast for a while, but no doubt some will come along soon to test it out.
The pool water has continued to increase in temperature over the week, peaking at 30.9c this afternoon. The cold over-night temperatures mean that much of what is gained in the day is now being lost over night. As the days shorten, the balance will tip ever further in the wrong direction - let's hope this winter will be a little kinder to us than the last.
.... where the weather has been settled and warm since my return last Sunday. Mostly low 30s at the peak of the day. The water in the pool is cooling from its summer peak now, but it got back up to 30c yesterday afternoon, so it's still very comfortable for swimming.
Our rain water stock (2,500 litres) ran out some weeks ago so keeping th plants alive is relying on tap water at the moment. In a hope to have enough to last the season next year, this 1000 litre tank has been purchased. We intend to install it under the sun deck, where it will be fed by water collected on the roof of the house.
Have you sampled any of the live recordings of choral music featured on the Moments Musicaux page of the website?
Or there's a Christmas Carol selection available here.
Michel - just an ordinary guy, I guess. A musician by trade and into 'techy' things as 'relaxation'. Originally from the UK, but resident in France for 13 years.
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