July 18th, 2014

marcus 2013

Interesting timing

Last night I reached the start of the big fight scene in my Thor story, and decided to finish for the night just after Thor summoned Mjolnir.

About thirty seconds after I shut down the computer a huge thunderstorm started, and continued on well into the night, some of the brightest and most spectacular lightning I can remember in recent years.

And that was weird - as I typed the previous paragraph we had another sudden brief downpour. Obviously Thor is trying to tell me something. Here's hoping it's a good omen for the rest of the story!

Well, that was easy...

I was in Poundland today and noticed that they had teeny USB Bluetooth adapters for a quid. So I thought "what the hell" and bought one, and bunged it one of the USB ports on the iMac G4.

Result - it worked, no drivers needed, no hassle whatever. And since bluetooth isn't especially fast there won't be a problem with the computer having USB 1.1 ports.

Don't actually NEED Bluetooth for anything on this computer, but it's good to have the capability if needed.

I should add that I haven't tested bluetooth communications yet, since I don't currently have any compatible devices, but it's certainly being recognised by the computer.

later - and to add to the cheap bastard theme, I just picked up a mouse, keyboard, and speakers on ebay for 99p plus postage! REALLY good news, because my current keyboard turns out to have a small flaw - the main "Enter" key doesn't work! Fortunately the other Enter key does, so I can use it after a fashion, and if it dies more before the "new" one arrives I have another USB keyboard somewhere - it's windows, not Mac, but should still work.