Power Corrupts

g5macDamned and blast. The Power Supply in my Mac G5 went tits up. A call to my usual suppliers (CancomUK.com) revealed that they no longer offer servicing on the premises and would require the machine to be sent away (some 3 or 4 weeks) which was completely unacceptable.

Cancom, however, gave me a contact number for a company that I had never heard of, called Backstage Services, in Esher. They promised a turn around of 2-3 working days. I was a little surprised, but if they say they can I will give them a go.

THe G5 was dropped of at their offices in Esher on the Wednesday 22nd April, with a promise that it would be ready on the Friday.

Friday came and went (OK they did call to say that they were waiting for the part), which I have to say didn’t surprise me, knowing what Apple are like, they don’t hold any stock, no matter what you order they have to assemble it prior to shipping.

Anyway, Tuesday I get a phone call to say the part has been delivered and that the machine will be ready for collection in the afternoon.

Whilst they managed to return the machine without connecting the DVD drive power supply and the internal speaker everythingelse seems fine.

Will I use them again? Yes, why? Two reasons; One, because they had the right attitude, they called regularly to update, and I am sure the next time they work on one of my machines they will get it “bang-on”. Two, because I didn’t think that £130 (inc VAT) was expensive.

Want to give them a try? Here is their website, Here or phone +44 (0)1372 471100 and speak to Guy (the MD) and say that Paul Burgman said to give them a try.

If there are any suggestions that I would make is their website is a little simplistic, which is great, in some ways, but, if I was to be involved in repairing and maintaining apple macs (which I was for many years for professional photographer colleagues) I would also maintain a trouble shooting guide on the site. OK my G5 problem was easy to work out, not much diagnosis required for a PS failure. But some problems are less easy to resolve. And who has their diagnostic disks and favoured utilities to hand?
Cheers Suckers.

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Pissed Footballer

24th  April 2009.  John Michael Nchekwube Obinna (Jon Obi Mikel) of Chelsea Football Club leaves  West London Magistrates after pleading guilty to Drink Driving, and recieving a 15 month ban.

24th April 2009. John Michael Nchekwube Obinna (Jon Obi Mikel) of Chelsea Football Club leaves West London Magistrates after pleading guilty to Drink Driving, and recieving a 15 month ban.

Not been that many jobs in the diary this week, a couple of court jobs, one in Winchester one in London and obviously some St Georges Day pics. I really must get my shit together and keep on top of this blogging lark.

But then I have spent more hours this week dismantling and re-assembling PCs (note I said PCs not Macs) than I have taking photographs.

Hey Ho, I haven’t had a chance to formulate just how pissed off I am with the Jock twats in parliament this week. Fucking Gordon Brown, Fucking Alastair Fucking Darling.

St George’s Day

Georges Day Celebrations in Guildford.  House festooned with the Flags of St George and St George Cross Bunting in Bellfields Guildford.

Georges Day Celebrations in Guildford. House festooned with the Flags of St George and St George Cross Bunting in Bellfields Guildford.

As usual St George’s Day goes by almost un-noticed by the great unwashed, with a few (and I mean a few) noticable exceptions. I at least made the effort, I went out and drank as much as I could in the name of celebrating the day that is a celebration of a Roman Soldier, that objected to the murder of christians, and paid for it with his life.

Not sure that he ever even visited the UK, so quite why he is our patron saint i really have no idea, anyway “Cry God For Harry, England and Saint George”.
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Well It Started Peacefully Enough

boe-protest-008The April 1st demonstration outside the Bank of England in Threadneedle Street, seems to have made all the main news bulletins today.

It started off peacefully enough, but shortly after I left, it seemed to have degenerated a little bit. There was nowhere near the 100,000 plus that the organisers had promised, in fact when I arrived at about 0930hrs, there must have been about 150+ Press Photographers, ENG teams etc. Even when the first tranch of protesters arrived, they were still out numbered by the media.

By the time the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse arrived I guess there may have been something like 10,000 protesters.

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