Oct 22, 2017

Dancers are the athletes of God - Albert Einstein

Badgers, TB and Cattle

In the UK farmers want to cull badgers because they say it will stop their cattle getting TB. It’s been a bitter fought battle with little agreement on the science and it raises emotions like fox hunting did.

In Wales it looks like they are going to do such badger culls and I think it wretched regardless of if the science says it will work or not. We don’t grow wheat at the top of hills because you can’t get the harvest machinery in. The Fins don’t have an indigenous coconut industry either, and all because nature is against it. I feel the same re cattle – what’s the point in doing things with cattle in areas where nature is against it? It will be argued that agriculture is always about Man modifying his environment for best economic effect, but we have to draw limits somewhere and eradicating a species in some areas seems wholly and totally wrong and a price not worth paying.

The bonkers thing is that farmers get state money when they are hit by TB. I can’t think of any other industry that relies on the state all the time to insure and underwrite misfortune like this. Industry is constantly adapting to new realities but agriculture seems trapped and inflexible and surrounded by subsidies that are routinely denounced as not enough anyway. Nobody seems happy and the spending of money really seems a waste.

The furor around badgers has been going on for many years and you just wish that the government scientists had really got stuck into an accelerated programme that would enable cattle to be inoculated against TB. But while we are where we are, any state money given for TB problems should be coupled to encouraging the farmers to do something else with their land.

Hard Disk Problems Part 2 and GMail annoyance

Part 1 of this.

I ended up with a 250Gb Western Digital Disk which is the largest IDE drive I could readily find – newer portable PCs all use SATA of course. I used Casper XP to take a whole dick copy of the original drive and all was great. In fact performance in Explorer when looking at long directories was notably much quicker and it was a reminder that unfragmented disks are nice to live with.

Sadly Yesterday my portable wouldn’t boot – The BIOS did its initial checks but when it went to the hard disk, it just hung waiting. Putting in a (Casper XP created) whole disk backup from 3 days back, worked fine. So I ordered a new disk – this time an Hitachi 160GB unit with 11ms access time rather than the 12.5ms of the Western Digital (which I confess I had not spotted in the wish to get the largest I could!). Not sure what I will do with the Western Digital yet- I might try using it again and just accept that it was solar flair activity or one-off act of God.

Getting everything going again, based on the 3 day old backup is not so bad, but could be easier. Critical website updates can be pulled back from Ballet.co and all my email goes through GMail so I can get the inbound stuff – which is important because of material coming in from authors and loads of pictures arriving too. The only problem with GMail is that I can’t figure out how to change an email to ‘un-picked up by an email client like Outlook’ when it has earlier been picked up. I’m talking about 100 emails or so and it would have been nice to do this and the next time Outlook collected email it scooped up these emails again. What I was left with was forwarding each one – which is annoying and slow – there seems to be no way of saying forward all these selected mails. So I forward each one which goes out and then comes back in to the same GMail account but with the bits set to be scooped up by Outlook. The final twist of course is that all this email comes flagged as sent by me rather than the original author. BUT nothing is lost in this setup and that is perhaps the main thing to note. Rejoice even!

The only thing I don’t have are emails sent out and I probably ought to do soemthing about that. Probably stick a blind copy (to ?????sent@ballet.co.uk) on to outgoing stuff  and run that into GMail and use a filter to Label and archive them?

Lets see how I get on with the Hitachi drive…

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