Thursday, 8 October 2020

Covid-19 - A second wave?


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Covid-19 - A second wave?

Here in the UK, the government is becoming very concerned over the rising levels of Covid-19 and increasing hospital admissions. Many are talking about this being a second-wave of the virus. Is this true?

Indeed for this to be a second wave of Covid-19, the virus would have had to have disappeared from our communities to make a reappearance. It hasn't. The virus has been ever-present since it arrived in this country, and whilst due to the lock-down measure taken in the spring, the numbers went down dramatically it was still a threat. As many predicted the easing of lock-down and in some cases too much easing was allowed in England, such as unlimited travel, the case numbers have been rising. 

We had a really hot summer which went on well into September, and this saw masses go to beaches and hold parties in large numbers, ignoring government guidelines. Many people, especially younger adults, became weary of restrictions and took the view (mistakenly) that they can't die from the virus or become very sick. 

What is perhaps another worrying issue with Covid-19 is that it seems catching it might not give immunity in the future. This article in The Evening Standard, Can You Catch Coronavirus Twice is interesting. The common cold is a strain of coronavirus, and we all know that you can catch colds many times within a short period of time. We also know that no one has found a cure for the common cold. 

Stay Safe

It looks as though we will have to learn to live with Covid-19 in our communities for a considerable period of time unless it somehow burns out by itself. Masks, hand sanitisers, social distancing and other precautions will become a very normal part of daily life. If we all play our part, there is every chance we can beat the virus, but it will take conscious effort and self-sacrifice. 

Take care, and stay safe. Look after each other.

Friday, 25 September 2020

My old 2008 iMac

Over the years I have used my computers. Many laptops and PC's have come and gone. Windows ones often soon outdated and slowed to a crawl and having to be replaced far too soon. 

However, one trusty machine has survived the rigours of use and age, my Apple 2008 iMac. It's still going strong! 

I did double the Ram from 2GB to 4GB and changed the hard drive to SSD when it was around 6 years old. The hard drive was still working, it was just a preference and it has certainly helped with speed, and of course, reliability as the hard drive may well have failed by now. Although it has not been possible to upgrade the operating system for a few years, most things are just great.

One of the advantages of buying Apple seems to be longevity, not just their computers but also tablets and phones, and the fact they work with software far longer and don't slow down. 

Here in the UK, you can buy a good condition iMac 2008 for around £100 which if you're looking for a good quality computer for surfing the web and doing most other basic tasks will serve you well.