If Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus, Computers must be from another Galaxy.
I have to relate this story, even though it’s nothing to do with Nature, because it’s so weird as to be classed as UNBELIEVABLE! It’s a long post, so give it a miss if you wish, but there are a few bird shots at the end……so read on…. or scroll through to this morning’s avian visitors.
The story goes…………and long-time followers already know of my computer idiosyncracies. This story is for the benefit of new followers.
After constantly running out of my old monthly 8 GB internet allowance last year, I rang my service provider back at the beginning of September and after some discussion, they said I was on an old plan and they now had a better one for me.
Nearly double the monthly allowance ie. 15GB…. and….. $10 less per month.
“Sounds good to me” I said and instantly signed up.
Fast forward….. and constant hiccups with my internet connection dropping out, together with a few other software issues, forced me to take my Mac Pro to the local Apple Store around the end of October, who later set me up with a new Wi-Fi connection (not the connection address set up on my new internet plan by my service provider). I don’t understand these things. I gave the Apple ‘Genius’, (aka Nerd), the proper connection address, but he invented a new one.
Worked for a while.
More problems, but I managed to restore the connection over Christmas via my back up hard drive, when I didn’t have time to take my computer back to the Apple Store. This meant my back-up hard drive had to be connected by a USB cable instead of operating remotely on the other side of the lounge room. Seemed to work pretty well over Christmas and New Year, but I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY. I DON’T REMEMBER WHAT I ACTUALLY DID or, more importantly, WHY IT WORKED.
Then, I kept losing my connection continuously in the last week or two, so I figured it was time to go back to the Apple Store and get it fixed properly. I find it easier to converse with Nerds face-to-face and I’m a bit deaf in one ear to handle long phone conversations with Apple Support Staff from home. Yesterday, I finally lucked out and couldn’t get on to the internet at all at one stage. By that time my anxiety levels had reached new heights. My Blood Pressure went into ‘meltdown’ mode.
Then my brother and his wife dropped in on the way home from their country day-trip and I had to solidity the meltdown and carry a normal conversation for an hour or so.
This morning I was woken by my ‘security doorbell’ buzzing.
No one there.
I finally got up and made my usual morning coffee and turned the computer on.
My computer is back to what it was on 1st September 2017 when I got a new Dongle and internet package.
I pulled the Apple ‘Time Machine’ back-up drive USB cable out and logged off.
I turned the computer back on again.
The computer still connected to the correct Wi-Fi address from the 1st September 2017, as per my Service Provider set-up – not the Apple Store Connection address of the last 3 months.
So can anyone tell me what happened overnight? Why did the Apple store Wi-Fi connection work for 3 months and today, it’s reverted to the Service Provider’s initial connection address all on its own?
Did the mysterious Doorbell ring this morning come from the Heavens to wake me up and tell me ‘they’d’ fixed my computer for me?
Let’s see how long this connection lasts, is my only answer.
In the meantime, this morning, (nearly midday actually), is one of those magical days when the birds are singing their heartiest songs and the wind has died down to a faint whisper. The temperature was starting to climb before this weekend’s next HEATWAVE.
I listen carefully to decide which bird species is in the bush in front of my balcony.
Is it a finch…….a wren……..or a common old House Sparrow? Bit hard to tell with the tree in full Summer Dress and some deep shadows.
The bird calls are very mixed this morning and I could hear a couple of new sounds.
My Nature’s ear and my Photographer’s eye were working in unison.
I picked up the DSLR and long lens beside me and carefully aimed through the foliage. I couldn’t tell what it was as it had its back to me.
After I downloaded the shot all I got was a House Sparrow.
How ordinary I thought.
I kept listening very carefully as I typed this post.
Then I see the faint shape of a Honeyeater’s curved beak peak out from behind a thick bunch of leaves.
I had the camera ready and picked it up to zoom in and……..low and behold, it was a New Holland Honeyeater. Haven’t see one for while. I pressed the shutter button….. too late……. and missed the shot, but here’s a few images I made of this beautifully plumed honeyeater in Frogs Hollow Nature Reserve, (behind my apartment building), when I first moved to the area. I had missed the shot as the shutter speed was far too low. With both bright sunlight in the background and shade in the foreground I tried to gauge which settings might work for both light conditions. Maybe I should have just changed the setting to Intelligent Auto 🙂
This is one time when my Foggy Brain could be a nuisance.
I’ve got dressed and come out to check up on the computer connection again. I switched the Mac Pro off. Then on. It was still connecting correctly.
Suddenly out of the corner of my eye I see a movement (and this is why you always have your desk and computer set up in front of a window, so that all corners of both eyes catch every movement happening outdoors, as well as the task of typing via your central gaze).
It was a female Splendid Fairy-wren. I didn’t have time to see what the DSLR settings were. I quickly pressed the shutter button and just caught this young female Wren within the frame.
The tiny bird quickly flew away (after finding no bird seed).
A glance to my upper right revealed a House Sparrow surveying the scene (from the divider which separates my balcony from the one next door).
Then, intent of disconnecting the USB cable from my DSLR to my laptop, I sensed a larger fluttering of wings and looked up to see a Spotted Turtle-dove land on the fence rail.
You’ve never seen me move so fast.
Both Doves proceeded to inspect my whole balcony (including the empty plant trough attached to the balcony rail which I’d put some bird seed in last year. It was now washed out and cleaned ready for Autumn planting. I’d run out of potting soil, so it has remained empty for some months.
Then a second one.
They’re both curious to see where I’d put the bird seed this year.
….not in the empty trough
Not under the empty trough. Then they flew down towards the ground and got too close for my 150-500 lens, so out with the Sony a6000 with its (only) 55-210mm lens
The sun had been steadily creeping over the building so the shade left was minimal.
….and finally after one last look. I decided to open the sliding door to throw out some bird seed on the ground. Startled, they both flew away.
So now I’m left with a scattering of bird seed over half the balcony floor……which will attract every bird once the grapevine works its magic…….and tonight I’ll have a whole new load of bird poop to clean up.
I only cleaned all the tiles last week 😀