godricgal: (meta birthday)
This is to wish a (slightly belated) very Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] joely_jo. I hope you had a lovely day. :)
godricgal: (Gethin)
A couple of weeks ago I posted about a problem I was having with Word 2007, where I couldn't use the mouse to move the cursor or select text within the document, even thought the menus themselves worked.

After several hours of trawling various forums, it seemed likely that it was being caused by a Word add-in, most likely an Adobe one, most likely Flash. Unfortunately, I discovered that another symptom of this problem was an inability to navigate past the default tab in the Word Options menu, which of course, is where you can disable the add-ins!

I found lots of people who knew what the problem was, but very few who'd actually managed to fix it/had posted when they'd fixed it. Finally, after reinstalling Office four times between trying various things, including a registry cleaner that had worked for someone else, I happened upon a post by an individual known only as 'c-squared-co' to whom I owe a good deal of gratitude. His solution was to delete the Word Data registry key, which is safe to do because Word rebuilds it every time it start up, and if it's deleted, it rebuilds it with factory settings thus circumventing the issue.

There's no saying that it won't happen again, but at least I'll know the fix next time. I'm posting about it because it's apparently not limited to Word 2007 or even 2003, and there's no sign that Microsoft have an inclination to fix the problem because it's a result of third party software. It was one of the most baffling computer problems I've come across, so I thought if there's any chance I can stop others spending hours and hours of their time in an unpleasantly baffled state, I want to do that!

So here is the forum on which I found the solution.

[livejournal.com profile] patriotjackie, I saw mentions of your problem, too, while I was reading about this, and the same solution may work for you.

ETA: I should add that I bought the licence key yesterday, so this is unrelated to the problem from my last post!
godricgal: (meta birthday)
Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] bratanimus! I hope you had a great day, and that it was completely relaxing.

For your pressie, I've posted the opening scene from my new fic. I'm afraid there's no Sirius, though he is mentioned. ;) I hope you enjoy. :)

To Rainbow's End )
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I'm having a problem with Microsoft Office 2007 (Word) and it's driving me bonkers. Basically I can't use the mouse to move the cursor around a document or select text. I'm having to use the arrow keys to move the cursor and use keyboard commands to select text. Mouse works fine for menus, it's just within the document itself.

Has anyone else experienced this? I'm trying to edit my fic, and hitting the arrow key up and down 24 pages of text is really wearing me and my arrow keys down...

Piggy Pics

Nov. 20th, 2007 04:18 pm
godricgal: (Pink dalek)
A few weeks ago I was driving through the New Forest and happened upon this happy family:



While it's not unusual to see pigs at this time of year, especially in this area, because they put them out to eat the acorns before the horses do, it is quite unusual to see such a young (and large!) family.

And just because there can never be enough cute piglet photos, there's another, slightly closer one, underneath the cut.

Perfect Piggies )
I think this is probably a bit of a random post, but I just decided to configure the bluetooth between my phone and my laptop, so that's my explanation. ;)

Happy Thanksgiving to all those who celebrate it!
godricgal: (Default)
In July, DH came out and we all know what happened. In August, the latest book in a series I follow (that I shan't name as I know it's on at least one person's reading list) came out and one half of the ship I was rather invested in died on the penultimate page.

We found out Remus and Tonks got married in the first chapter of DH. Ship number two had just got remarried after many books of uncertainty. I've just finished reading the first chapter of another series I follow, and it ended with an engagement. I've been reading about this couple for almost eleven years, and I had several books to catch up on then, so this is very much overdue.

Going by this year's statistics, it's not looking good, is it? :(

In fic news: I'm not going to have my fic finished in time for the [livejournal.com profile] metamorfic_moon Jumble deadline. The fic keeps getting more and more complicated plot-wise and I really want to do it justice as I'm pretty happy with how it's coming together. I would like to start posting it in instalments this week -- Sunday being my goal for the first, but it all depends on how close to the end I can get on Saturday, as I'd be loathe to start a posting schedule I can't keep up with.

Hope you're all well. :)
godricgal: (Bunch of duffers)
The day I signed the lease on this flat I asked my landlady if she minded if I went ahead and ordered phone and internet so I wouldn't have to be without it for seven days. She was more than obliging and told me to go for it. So that night I spent the usual hour on the phone with BT, listening to their tin music and trying to speak to the appropriate person. They told me to expect a call to arrange installation within 5 working days.

That was four weeks ago yesterday. I've still not heard from them.

A week later, I filled out an online application form with Virgin Media, requesting a phone call to set up my account.

A week after that, I went into Currys/Dixons/whatever-they're-calling-themselves-this-week and actually managed to place an order AND got myself an installation date a week ahead of what I'd been told by James (my personal Currys/Dixons/whatever-they're-calling-themselves-this-week sales person, who is very helpful) to expect.

That was today. As [livejournal.com profile] mrstater will testify, I've looked forward to 1-6pm today with no small amount of excitement.

Of course, it wasn't as simple as that, and two Virgin Media technicians arrived this afternoon with the news that the access point for the property is on the other side from my flat, and they'd have to dig a trench across the garden and nail a cable around the side of the house. The landlady vetoed this, and I don't really blame her. So John, senior engineer, left a very unhappy me and a slightly embarrassed landlady to go and arrange another installation date.

He came back with the 6th of October. It was then that I stopped being nice about it, mostly because it came with the old favourite 'it's not my fault; there's nothing I can do about it.'

So they left and I threw things about a bit before calling my mother, who told me about adverts she'd seen for Three's (or 3's?) mobile broadband packages starting from £10 a month. So I took myself off to the internet cafe, where I ranted on AIM for a bit and investigated this package.

This post is brought to you via my shiny new 3G modem that I bought from the Three shop this afternoon, installed in thirty seconds and has worked without fuss ever since. Fifteen quid a month buys me a monthly three gig download limit, which is more than enough.

It's cheaper than BT and Virgin. I'm not forced to pay for a landline telephone that I'm not going to use, and, if I go away anywhere, it simply comes with me and I'm not going to find myself with a £230 phone bill ever again because I dialled up using my mobile for a week!
In addition to that, while I have signed a two year contract, I'm not going find myself having to pay out the end of a twelve month contract with BT or Virgin if I decide to move from here within the year.

And I have to say, I do feel very good that I'm not paying any money to BT because they make no secret of not really caring about their telecoms customers anymore and not paying any money to Virgin because, well, I don't like Richard Branson.

So that's me a happily satisfied customer (and the staff in the Three shop were friendly and knowledgeable) who is ready to recommend that everyone drops wired internet connections immediately, in favour of the hassle-free existence that is life with a 3G modem from Three!
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I emailed Gethin and asked if we could arrange for him and Camilla to give you a private preview of their upcoming samba... Unfortunately he's tied up at Television Centre and can't make it up to the Midlands but he did send me this, with a note attached saying, 'here's something I made earlier.' ;)



Anyway, very poor jokes and image editing skills aside...

Happy Birthday!!! I hope you've had a wonderful day so far and your evening is even better. xx
godricgal: (meta birthday)
Happy birthday, Chris. Hope you're having a lovely day and having a good time with your suprise visitor. :)
godricgal: (Pink dalek)
I'm going to celebrate finally being registered at uni and having my network login by doing this meme. I can't promise speedy responses because there are far too many Muggles wandering around campus to get much time to chat with wizards and witches, but we will get back to you at some point. ;)

Leave a comment to ask any of my characters, from any of my stories, any question you want, and "they" will answer you! (Warning: there may be story spoilers in these comments.)
godricgal: (meta birthday)
Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] jesspallas! Hope you've had a lovely day. :)
godricgal: (meta birthday)
Happy birthday, Jo. I hope you've had a great day. :)
godricgal: (identify yourself)
A belated Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] sea_thoughts! I hope you had a lovely day, Laura. :)
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First of all, very many thanks to all of you who've posted birthday wishes today.

I've had a nice, and largely quiet birthday. A lazy morning, slightly frantic afternoon and a pleasant meal at the village pub with Mum and Dad this evening.

Present report: I got a nice haul of clothes, including a sexy nightie that is so short I'm quite shocked at my mother! Of course, she balanced it by buying a matching dressing gown in size fourteen, presumably to make up for the length-challenged nightie? ;) Also had a few books, all of which look very interesting, even though I've not heard of them before. And James McAvoy in a box, in the form of The Last King of Scotland on DVD. :)

I had a call from the tutor at Portsmouth University at lunchtime, he was very nice, and pending the formalities of me returning an application form, I pretty much have a place on the course, which was just about the best birthday present I could have asked for. So I spent a while this afternoon decoding the nuances of the application form and figuring out how much funding I'll be eligible for.

So I suppose I'm now officially looking at moving by myself to Portsmouth, rather than moving to Bournemouth with my parents. I only hope I can find a place in Portsmouth before we have to move from here so I don’t have to do both!

If things go according to plan, I'll be starting uni the same day the [livejournal.com profile] metamorfic_moon All Hallows' Moon Jumble kicks off -- so can all you students on my f-list start giving me lessons in how to balance studying and fandom? ;)

On that note, I shall head off to bed and make a start on one of the books, but I shall leave you with this:



Click the image for details.
godricgal: (David Wenham)
Happy birthday, my Lisa! I hope you have a wonderful day, filled with pressies and Remus-y thoughts.

Speaking of which… It took me a while to decide what to write for you, but then when I happened on this idea, I knew I couldn't write anything else. Tonks takes a lesson you've had before, and at one point, Remus is channelling you. ;)

You are the very best of friends, and this comes with lots of love. xxx

Oh, and the icon is, of course, a message from Remus. :)

Title: By the Bean
Author: [livejournal.com profile] godricgal
Summary: Remus has been away for over a week, and Tonks is missing him more than she'd thought possible, particularly in light of his parting words to her.
Word count: 3002 words
Rating: PG-13 (to be safe)
Warnings: Just one phrase in poor taste. ;)
Author's Notes: Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] bratanimus for stepping in to beta this for me.

By the Bean )

[livejournal.com profile] kileaiya

Sep. 5th, 2007 10:04 pm
godricgal: (water lily)
It was surely impossible to meet Jo not be struck by the enthusiasm she had for everything she did. Ever cheerful, she was, and will continue to be, an inspiration for us all.

My early memories of her are as a reviewer of R/T fics written by mutual friends; Jo was always there to add an encouraging word and show her support. It was a pleasure, therefore, to watch her dive into the world of fic writing herself; as well as a exhibiting a budding talent, her writing showcases that wonderful sense of humour she possessed, and shared with others.

I cannot begin to imagine the depth of loss Jo's family and close friends will be feeling at the moment. My thoughts and best wishes are with you, and I hope there is comfort to be found in how much Jo was respected and loved by all those whose lives she touched.

To Jo, fellow R/T shipper, Doctor Who, and Heroes fangirl, I will miss you, and remember you always.
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Title: Asinus Protego (4/5 or 6)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] godricgal
Rating and Warnings: R for sexual content
Prompts: Chance, "I've been able to see them ever since my first year here. They've always pulled the carriages. Don't worry. You're just as sane as I am."
Word Count: 5660 words
Summary: Just days after Dumbledore's funeral, when Remus and Tonks are working to rebuild their relationship in the wake of their reconciliation, an anonymous tip off, brushed off by the Ministry, piques Tonks' curiosity. Can she and Remus get to the bottom of the mystery before it's too late?
Author's Notes: Very many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] mrstater for being my sounding board as I've fine tuned the plot for this fic, and for giving it the bestest beta treatment.

Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 |Chapter 4 )
godricgal: (Holding hands quote)
Today is my last in London. I have a couple of friends coming 'round for a few hours and then I hope to see out my last night here with a little normality: fic writing and LJ-F5ing, with periodic checks of BBC News and Facebook…

I'm pretty much all packed up, and it's looking a bit like an empty shell. Home ain't home with out your pictures hanging on the wall. ;)

Anyway, the real reason I'm here is to pimp my [livejournal.com profile] metamorfic_moon Last Chance Full Moon Showdown fic, which I don't think I've done do far on my LJ. So here it is, it's called Asinus Protego and it's a bit of romance, mystery and drama, although angst is definitely wanting to creep into the forth chapter. ;) If you should find yourself with a bit of spare time on your hands, I'd love to know what you think.

Title: Asinus Protego (3/?)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] godricgal
Rating and Warnings: R for sexual content
Prompts: Chance, "I've been able to see them ever since my first year here. They've always pulled the carriages. Don't worry. You're just as sane as I am."
Word Count: 5521 words
Summary: Just days after Dumbledore's funeral, when Remus and Tonks are working to rebuild their relationship in the wake of their reconciliation, an anonymous tip off, brushed off by the Ministry, piques Tonks' curiosity. Can she and Remus get to the bottom of the mystery before it's too late?
Author's Notes: Nothing much to say here except I hope you enjoy this latest chapter and, of course, so very many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] mrstater for all her help with this and everything else.

Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3

Also, there have been some fabulous contributions to the Showdown so far, both fic and art, so be sure to mosey on over and have a look! And if Remus/Lily or Remus or Lily-centric fic, is your cup of tea, you can check out [livejournal.com profile] redandthewolf and their Tales of Whiskey and Regret Challenge.
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Title: Asinus Protego (3/?)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] godricgal
Rating and Warnings: R for sexual content
Prompts: Chance, "I've been able to see them ever since my first year here. They've always pulled the carriages. Don't worry. You're just as sane as I am."
Word Count: 5521 words
Summary: Just days after Dumbledore's funeral, when Remus and Tonks are working to rebuild their relationship in the wake of their reconciliation, an anonymous tip off, brushed off by the Ministry, piques Tonks' curiosity. Can she and Remus get to the bottom of the mystery before it's too late?
Author's Notes: Nothing much to say here except I hope you enjoy this latest chapter and, of course, so very many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] mrstater for all her help with this and everything else.

Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 )

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