Martin in Gatineau Park - 2018

Martin in Gatineau Park - 2018

Monday, 26 July 2010

Three Weeks of Sunshine

Sunset over the Ortler, from Trafoi

It’s nearly a week since we returned from our sojourn in the sun to the world of anaemic coffee and disintegrating sun tans, though nobody has complained about the gap in transmissions!

The image is of our evening view from the campsite at Trafoi.  The glacier was visibly melting during our time there.

This posting is really just by way of a dummy entry to which I’ll add an index and links to any slide shows of our trip, should I ever get around to that.  In the meantime, there are various other jobs higher on the list, and the continuing exercise of helping Mike to decorate his house.

Ah, I forgot, some images from the Piz da Lech Via Ferrata trip on 15 July, principally for Pete and Nicola, are here.

But I do enjoy blogging (hadn’t you guessed?) so am bound to find time to add something to these pages.

When in Treviso last Monday, Gillian and Nick told us the swifts had gone from Venice.  We were therefore pleased to find that ours had not left; indeed I can hear them outside the window as I write this.

I must learn the ins and outs of my new ‘phone – I upgraded (on impulse as I passed a Carphone Warehouse shop) a couple of days before leaving for the Alps.  It’s a Bold 9700, and seems to transmit more quickly than the old Curve. 

But I’ve noticed that not all the images I send from the ‘phone appear using the Firefox browser (it doesn’t seem to pick up all the images from Alan’s HTC phone either).  Perhaps a problem with our desktop computer?  Internet Explorer seems to work fine though.

I’ve also noticed little ‘suns’ on many of our file icons.  Here’s an example:

The yellow dot feature

Does anyone know what these mean?


The Odyssee said...

Hi Martin,
I wouldn't be too concerned about not picking up my photo's from the HTC. As you are aware we have only just started blogging on the go and it has been an up hill struggle to get it working correctly.
Some pics that Sheila sent while we were on the Rob Roy way for example, i deleted because they were out of order and i corrected it later.

As for your 'suns' i have no idea.
Just a thought, my camera has a 'smart' button and when set on this it picks out by itself if it's in trees or mountains or sunny or dull etc etc and shoots and therefore i don't have to adjust settings.
I wonder if some setting on your camera puts the type of shot icon on the image.
Purely a guess Martin. It may be worth putting a thread on a photography forum.

Phreerunner said...

Thanks Alan
It's not just the photo images that have the suns, it can be any document or directory. I'm wondering whether it's one of the security tools that have found their way into the innards of this dastardly machine.
Re the images in Firefox - another puzzle, but it is a bit annoying that they don't appear when the sole purpose of the posting was to send an image. Back to Internet Explorer, perhaps?

Gayle said...

I may not have complained about the break in transmission, but it was noted. Would have been a bit cheeky to complain, really, given the frequency of quality blogging we've enjoyed from you over the last few weeks.

As for the missing photos, I was going to say that I can see them all in Firefox - but I suppose that if the missing ones were missing completely (rather than showing a 'there should be a picture here' icon), then I wouldn't know that they were missing. All appear to be present and correct.

Phreerunner said...

That's helpful, Gayle. And thanks for the compliment. [Smug grin] It's postings like "'A Team' summits Sassongher" that are the problem. Can you see that image? If so, it must be a problem with the settings on this computer, which is behaving rather strangely at present.

Gayle said...

Yep - the "'A'Team summits Sassongher' photo is visible to me using Firefox. (For what it's worth, I'm using Version 3.6.8, but I think that I've had two version updates in the last week, and your photos all seemed to be visible before then too.)

Phreerunner said...

Hmmm, I've updated Firefox (it may already have been up to date). Makes no difference. Then it whinged about my 'Flash' not being the latest version, then refused to allow me to load that. I changed to Firefox because people seemed to think it was better than IE, but I'm not so sure about that. I think I'll change back to IE.

Paul said...


Havnt used Windows alot since seeing the light (iMac now:-)
But back in the day, windows used small icons like those to give and idea of what the default program to open them should you double click on said icon.

Oh and don't use IE, try Goggle Chrome.

Paul said...

+1 for Google Chrome. Firefox used to be great, but it's turned into bloatware and slowed down over the last few releases. I haven't used Internet Explorer for years (other than for a few infuriating online backing sites that won't work with anything else).

Your suggestion that those yellow dots are associated with another program you've installed is likely right on the money. They look very much like "overlay" icons to me -- i.e., an additional small icon placed over the top of the standard icon for jpg's or tiff's or whatever format the underlying files are.

You don't use "Carbonite" online backup do you? I know that adds coloured dots to the icons in Windows Explorer to indicate whether or not a particular file has been backed up. If it's not that, try right-clicking on one of those files, and seeing what you get in the context menu that's displayed. Might remind you of what else is installed that might be causing this!