Locked files on a CD

Still working on the plumbing book and got a CD of images from a manufacturer but unfortunately over half of them are locked so I can’t open them or even copy them to my PC. Tried Linux and Windows XP. I have a feeling Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator which is where these originate have a lock feature and it looks like it was left on. Asked the supplier for help, but meanwhile if anyone out there is reading this and has any info, please get in touch!


Just had a very useful meeting with Dave Cawley of Denbighshire Enterprise Agency about provision of training for SMEs on Open Source software. Basic idea is that start-ups don’t need to buy a PC with Vista + Office on when a cheap machine from their local shop and a Ubuntu CD, plus a little training from me would be cheaper, more reliable and better for the local economy. Need a business plan next…

Intrepidly going

I’ve just upgraded Kubuntu 8.04 to 8.10 using the distro upgrade tool rather than re-installing, there were one or two issues with unsupported software I’d installed manually in 8.04, but only SK1 remains unresolved. KDE 4 is big on eye-candy but a resource hog so I’ve switched off the ‘effects’ and it’s a lot more responsive. When I have time (huh?) I’ll re-install from scratch to see if it’s better. Meanwhile, looking good.

Trustworthy Blogging

Can you trust this blog? Or any blog? I’ve no problem with blogs from regular media outlets, if you read Indyblogs or you known where they are coming from, the problem arises when you don’t know who’s paying the piper.

A few years ago if you found some badly written rant about a product you could assume it was a genuine disgruntled customer, if you found a lot you would maybe think twice about buying the product. Likewise spontaneous outpourings of praise might make think it was the best thing since the last best thing cliche. Now I’m not so sure.

PR companies already have specialised search engines to check on how their clients products are perceived, how hard would it be for them to create hundreds of apparently independent blogs? How do we know they haven’t?

Open Office 3

Today’s Beginners’ Linux page features Open Office 3. Since writing it I’ve discovered a snag.

Normally I rely on KDE’s ‘Save Current State’ feature so that when I boot my PC in the morning it opens all the stuff I was working on when I shut it down the night before. Normally it works like a dream but this morning I found I’d lost all the Open Office work I did yesterday despite several saves, autosave and a backup on my file server. It seems that the new version of OO which I installed manually isn’t integrated into KDE properly so it reverts to the version that was saved last time Open Office was shut down maually. Fortunately it wasn’t much work, I spent most of the day researching not writing!


I’ve had a static web site for a few years and gradually got better at designing them, but not good enough and the rest of the world has been getting better quicker, so I’m setting up a new one on a new domain using wordpress. If you’ve stumblemd across it already, don’t tell me what’s wrong, it’s a work in progress and I’m learning fast.