Friday 30-01-2015

Diary

Last day today. Definitly ready to go home. Internet y games por favor?

Things to do on the last day: Cleared the workbench, cleaned up, put the computers back where we found them, finished the old computers, put the old computers in storage and put away the tools. I also printed the lists and some excel stuff for Lillian. Now it’s blog time!

I learned a lot about hardware these last weeks and I needed that! It was also nice to get in touch with the customers and see how they tackled slow and busy days in a workshop. Sometimes the computers to be fixed piles up. Very funny to see some real customer computers too. All the computers are done, and I did get to make a list of them and their specs. (You can never have too many lists!)

Computers are done, there was 12 after all.

Computers are done, there was 11 after all. That is Garfield on no 5!

It's this neat because I have been here, I even tugged the wires in a wireholder-thingy when I set it up! Why can't I do this at home in my room you ask? Well my boyfriend is a mess...

It’s this neat because I have been here, I even tugged the wires in a wireholder-thingy when I set it up! Why can’t I do this at home in my room you ask? Well my boyfriend is a mess…

Hans wasn’t here we said goodbye to him thursday. Kevin left at 14.00 so we said goodbye to him and his geordie accent in the siesta. I made him a parrot, because he has his own ship in Minecraft. Now it’s just us and Lillian and a very quiet shop.

Thanks to all three of you for having us, it has been a very nice stay!

Have some thin plans about going to la Cañada tonight. It is a shopping place. The same bus as Marbella, just you get off before Marbella. Hopefully we can get home and eat at Paco’s italian restaurant as we didn’t get to go thursday after all, he’ll be sad if we don’t make it. We also need to give back some silverware to one of the local restaurants, Nick burrowed it the first week.

Going home to Denmark tomorrow, I hope it isn’t as windy as when we came. We are not going to Berlin this time but flying straight there with Norweigan. That will give us some time to sleep in the plane, as we are not landing untill 23.50. Hans’ friend will take us to the airport at 17.00, that is very nice of him! He doesn’t understand what we are saying but he is supposedly the head of the Marbellan police or something… better behave in english too just in case.

That’s all for this trip, I don’t have internet tomorrow so this will be the last post!

See you in Denmark!

Notes

Basic course exam next week, uh oh!

New headers again, I couldn’t help it…

Random Reflections

I hope Kevin remembers to feed the parrot.

Doodle

Kevin's parrot!

Kevin’s parrot! It’s hanging behind him and if you see him from the right angle it will be on his shoulder, yarr!

Thursday 29-01-2015

Diary

Today’s post got a bit of a mess so it will be two days at once!

Went out at 13.30 to have lunch with Hans. After considering Marbella, Hans suggested we go to the harbour instead. It’s a quite luxurious place with yachts and expensive cars everywhere. I think it is called Puerto Banús. We had a very nice lunch there and I took some pictures of all the boats while Cherry and Nick shopped.

Expensive harbour.

Expensive harbour.

Expensive cars

Expensive cars

Expensive cars. Why yes that is a pink Audi TT...

Expensive cars. Why yes that is a pink Audi TT…

Expensive boats

Expensive boats

You can buy this one!

You can buy this one! “Princess Elena.”

Hans told us some funny facts about the area and appearently it is quite normal to not ask permission before you start building. Then when you’re done and have tenants you act like you didn’t know. That way you get the permission anyway. Even in the cases when the permissionns are revoked the houses don’t get torn down or repossessed.

Hans drove us back to Calahonda again and we had drinks across the road rom where we live. Thanks for the trip, and thanks for dinner, Hans! -And since we don’t see you friday, thanks for having us!

Picasso restaurant with Hans.

Picasso restaurant with Hans.

Also there should be an entire area outside of Malága where you shouldn’t go unless you fancy having everything stolen, and probably come home without clothes.

Our toaster makes a beep sound so loud we routinely think it’s a fire alarm. Not too far off either, it burns the bread to a crisp. It has something in common wih the shower too: It has two settings- Freezing and almost boiling. Quite the binary appliances, here.

The funky computer is now a pile of spare parts on the floor. I made Kevin keep the rainbow fan. At least till I am gone… It was number 8 in my system.

Pile of funky no. 8.

Pile of funky no. 8.

I was at the beach yesterday really late and the moon was so shiny that I had a moon shadow. Never tried that before. Sadly it was too dark to photograph but I got you this instead:

Another evening at the beach. These rocs stopped the waves and collected the water.

Another evening at the beach. These rocs stopped the waves and collected the water.

We had a regular customer flood today. And they all came at once. 2 laptops to be fixed, VoIP phones, something remote that Kevin was doing and the last two computers that needs to be done tomorrow. On top of that a guy came in the shop with an IPTV question that noone could answer.

Got to setup VoIP phones with Nikolaj. They needed a new IP address.

We still have to put up some shelves downstairs and make a whole in the display for the wires. Three computers left as well and we are done with all 13. If you are the supersticious type I will put your mind at ease with the fact that the previous number 8 was scrapped, making the number 12 instead. Number 10 is done in a moment but the customer computer I just got comes first.

If all goes as planned we will have goodbye dinner with Lillian tonight after work at Paco’s italian restaurant.

Notes

To get viruses in the OS you can boot up outside the OS and then scan them. BUT- don’t let it remove any system files without putting them back. Normal virus programs won’t alter system files in use.

One day left of work and home on saturday. Tomorrow will be the last post.

Random Reflections

I am going to miss the thin pizzas.

Windows in russian is the same but you need to navigate after the icons.

Doodle

Horse

Horse.

T-rex.

T-rex.

Tuesday 27-01-2015

Diary

Fixed the ceiling today! There was a hole in the ceiling and I changed the tiles around so there is still a hole in the ceiling but now it’s in a place where we can’t see it! Fix!

Nikolaj put up some plastic tunnels for wires today, he is very handy too. I held on to the ladder.

Had a computer with a faulty RAM today. Kevin says those faults are very hard to find as they don’t allways act up. In this case nothing was wrong when Nikolaj had it but as soon as I turned it on to check it Windows closed down all the time. It was the funky rainbow computer by the way. It only has 256 RAM now.

Have to admit I am ready to go home soon. Three more days of work and home on saturday. Miss my bed, my dog, my computer, and the dishwasher…

Notes

It’s useful to install the config thingy first on a motherbard, then it might find the others by itself.

Remember to say no to free program additions. Toolbars are evil.

Random Reflections

Being handy isn’t fun before your’e done.

Doodle

No doodle today, too busy being handy!

Monday 26-01-2015

Diary

Quiet day at the office. Beginning to notice a language barrier between upstairs in the workshop and downstairs in the office / shop. Downstairs is danish / spanish and upstairs is english.

Kevin asked us if we had the march of the catarpillars in Denmark. We looked rather confused at him and he explained it is once all the catarpillars appearently join forces and walk in one straight line somewhere. I don’t know where they are going or why but I haven’t seen it in Denmark.

At work I am continuing the quality control, though I have been stopped by a driver that is particularly hard to find. Search ongoing. Meanwhile the AVG installs and blog from the whole weekend have kept me busy.

In the siesta we went to shop some bread. We found some nice baguette and we are having mexican pancake thingies for dinner.

Notes

Motherboard manufacturer and ID can help you find all drivers for a motherboard at once.

Random Reflections

Tobacco with vanilla, and other assorted flavors smells less like tobacco but just as bad. I like to compare it to setting fire to a ice cream dessert.

Doodle

Unfinished horse.

Unfinished horse.

Sunday 25-01-2015

Diary

Day well spent at the beach!

We went up rather late at about 10.00 and made a Malága salad without fish for breakfast.We had that yesterday for tapas but there where fish in it… obviously. This is potatoes, onions, clementines, olive oil, mayo, some pepper, and a bit of lemon juice.

Malága salad.

Malága salad.

After washing my last batch of clothes for this trip Cherry and I went to the beach. We walked down the beach for a while and ended at a supermarket that had open on a sunday. Cherry and Nick had been there before.

Golfer in a rundabout. Psyke! It's a flat metal figure... Appearently there's golf somewhere here.

Golfer in a rundabout. Psyke! It’s a flat metal figure… Appearently there’s golf somewhere here.

There we bought some food and drinks and went down to the beach to sit.

Apple!

Apple! Surprisingly good beach food.

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Chocolate mousse without a spoon. This is what sets us apart from the animals I guess.

After a while things got quite girly as we had consumed an entire weeks worh of sugar and it was really, warm sitting there:

Cherry braids my hair with the weird decoration thingy I carry around. My hair kept getting in my eyes.

Cherry shows hidden talent and  braids my hair with the weird decoration thingy I carry around. My hair kept getting in my eyes.

There’s a lot of cliffs in the water here and some local birds have made this one their fort. They sat around here all day. The white ones are seagulls and the black ones are cormorants. They should be quite noisy but I didn’t hear them. There’s also still the white doves everywhere but they don’t go out there.

Bird castle.

Bird castle.

Silent waters. The wind picked up a bit later.

Silent waters. The wind picked up a bit later.

Not many people here but they came out as it got warmer, and the closer we where to the store.

Not many people here but they came out as it got warmer, and the closer we where to the store.

This dog looked like a little bear cub. Aaaw so cute!

This dog looked like a little bear cub. So cute!

Minecraft mountain?

Minecraft mountain? I don’t know what this is about…

We decided to stay and wait for the sunset because I wanted to take pictures of it, and despite my efforts I really haven’t seen it yet.

I played a little with my camera’s sport setting:

Waves.

Waves.

Waves.

Waves.

Waves.

Waves.

And at last the sunset came, as it gets darker you can see Africa on the other side. At least I think it’s Africa:

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Lastly meet Hugo, he lives in the garden of the appartment. He is about 4 centimeters and might be a she… I sleep less than 6 meters away from him and haven’t once called the firedepartment or the local authorities. The window however is CLOSED!

Hugo the spider lives in the garden.

Hugo the spider lives in the garden.

Notes

Pictures taken: 202

Total pictures this weekend: 468

In other news: My camera is out of battery.

Random Reflections

The world would have less wars if everyone had dishwashers.

Doodle

Beach girl.

Beach girl.

Saturday 24-01-2015

Diary

This will be a long one…

We took the same bus as yesterday, 220 – since there is only one and it went the other way this time. To Fuengirola. Kevin the technician says Fuengirola is full of pickpockets and prostitutes. In restrospect it would have been nice to know that before we went. But we returned in one piece. Ince in Fuengirola we met up with Lillian, she was going with us to Malága.

First sight of Malága. The train ride was quite long. Almost 1½ hour in both bus and train.

First sight of Malága. The train ride was quite long. Almost 1½ hour in both bus and train.

With Lillian showing the way we started on a very known shopping street. Calle Larios. Stopped in a lot of shops, including some clothes stores, perfumeries and a candy store. This street is very tourist minded and quite expensive.

Shopping.

Shopping street.

Candy store.

Candy store.

Cute little dog waiting on the slippery tiles.

Cute little dog waiting on the slippery tiles. They bring their dogs inside the clothes shops here, but not this guy, he had to wait outside.

Square with demonstration and a lot of police.

Square with demonstration and a lot of police.

Strange big stamps.

Strange big stamps.

After the shopping we started to get hungry. It was about 12.00 so it was way too early for the siesta, I don’t understand how they can wait that long. We went to a small place for tapas, they didnt have much but they had a view to the Carmen Thyssen museum.

Carmen Thyssen museum.

Carmen Thyssen museum.

I am not so crazy about tapas as I can’t eat most of it, but it’s nice if you are a few people ordering different things and sharing it. Actually the other restaurants have adopted this concept as well, that you actually order many different dishes and then share it.

Now more shopping.

Angry cat, and his friends the assorted bagpacks. Yeah that's a great bandname...

Angry cat, and his friends the assorted bagpacks. Yeah that’s a great bandname…

Books and steampunk... I mean weird watches.

Books and sundials.

Everything closes in the siesta at 14.00. Walked past many nice closed shops. We decided to find some food again.

Siesta.

Siesta means: You can only get food.

Siesta means: You can only get food.

Siesta.

Malága has this weird blend of old and new everywhere.

Strange building. Malága has this weird blend of old and new everywhere.

Strange building.

Square where we ate. Very spanish place. All the waiters where wearing football shirts.

Square where we ate. Very spanish place. All the waiters where wearing football shirts.

Notre dame in spanish. Bad angle but it was squished in a small street.

Notre dame in spanish. Bad angle but it was squished in a small street. It’s okay to look at churches in the siesta.

With the shops closed we looked for the Picasso museum, just to see if it was still there. After a bit of asking around, Lillian got directions to his old house.

Picasso's house.

Picasso’s house.

There’s two Picasso sights in Malága and the other one is the museum. As I think I was the only one who wanted to go to the museum we looked inside here instead. Meanwhile Nick stayed outside talking to people in the square. We got some funny phone thingies and went around the house listening to the story of Picasso and his family. He was very passionate about spanish culture and not very good friends with Franco. Nice place.

The square outside of Picasso's house.

The square outside of Picasso’s house.

Picasso on a bench.

Picasso on a bench.

Afterwards Nikolaj had his eyes on a place where we could walk up. For some reason he likes to go up.

This place.

This place.

In the front it is an old roman theater. Interestingly they wore masks both to save on actors and to make it easier to recognize the roles.

Theater.

Theater.

After seeing the theater, we decided to go up in the castle behind. That is Alcazaba de Malága.

Pictures!

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We could see Nick from here.

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King of the fort.

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The harbour.

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After getting Nick back and getting through all the stray cats hanging about outside the castle we went for the harbour.

Palm trees in formation.

Palm trees in formation.

Another park.

Park alleyway, Spain seems to like these alleys.

Another flat city. On one side of the road: mountains. On the other side: Water

Another flat city. On one side of the road: mountains. On the other side: Water.

Reaching the harbour it was even bigger than it seemed from the top of the castle. Lots of expensive boats and walking space. Even a place to rent gocarts and segways. Nick tried to persuade us to rent one but, I thought it would not be so nice of me to drive into all the people there.

The harbour in Malága.

The harbour in Malága.

It’s clear that people hang out a lot here all the year round and there’s lots of activities to try.

Segways, gocarts and other transportations.

Segways, gocarts and other transportations.

Promenade.

Promenade.

After walking the harbour for a while, we decided that it was perhaps too late to go up to the hotel view point we had intended. Instead we decided to go for the shopping mall. As we walked to find the bus we passed a horse carriage and Nick had Lillian ask him if he could drive us to the mall. I have no pictures of this for the very reason that I had to hold on tight to not fall off. Nick sitting in the front was also holding on pretty tight, but it was a nice ride and definately something I’ll remember.

Horse carriage.

Horse carriage.

Lillian decided to head home and left us to the shopping. Thanks for a very nice guided tour and a great day Lill!

The shopping mall had many things, the most remarkable being these rolling animalshaped hazards:

Mall animals. Faces blurred cause I feel like a creep taking pictures of people's kids

Mall animals. Faces blurred cause I feel like a creep taking pictures of people’s kids.

These mall animals came in all kinds, monkey, alien, yellow alien, panda, cat, donkey and probably more. We sat at a bench at one point and had three kids just circling us with these.

Once done shopping and a cup of coffee later we decided it was time to head home.

Tired!

Days shopping.

A day’s shopping.

Notes

Pictures taken 281.

Random Reflections

Not sure if the people here are hyperfriendly because they live by the sea, because they live with so many tourists or both.

That was a lot of pictures to go through.

Doodle

No doodle today, I exceeded the limit of pictures by now.

Friday 23-01-2015 Marbella

Diary

Just an extra friday entry with pictures from Marbella. We took the bus from Calahonda to Marbella. The bus goes from Fuengirola to Marbella so it was the end station. Took about half an hour to drive there. Marbella seems to be a long and thin coast city. There’s a big road going through it all, and thats where we got off with the bus.

Marbella main road.

Marbella main road.

Marbella main road.

Marbella main road.

Marbella main road.

Marbella main road.

When we got bored with the big road we took a turn down towards the beach. There’s allways water just behind the houses.

Alternative parking by a small car.

Alternative parking by a small car.

Not sure who takes care of all the plants along the roads but they sure are pretty.

Flower.

Flower. I allways wanted to see one of these for real.

Tree. I have sooo many tree pictures.

Tree. I have sooo many tree pictures.

Evidence of water nearby when the hotels are shaped like cruise ships.

Cruise ship building.

Cruise ship building.

Cruise ship building.

Cruise ship building.

There’s a lot of parcs in this city, and we went trough this one. We are still fairly close to the beach.

Park.

Park.

Park.

Park gate.

Park.

More Park.

We had a little trouble finding our way out of the park but we managed to get out on the water side. There was some sinister types throwing firecrackers so we decided on the other end.

Found the beach.

Found the beach.

And the docks.

And the docks.

Straw parasol! So cute.

Straw parasol! So cute.

We took a short walk on the beach and then decided to go in some small streets.

We immediately fell victim to the souvenir shops.

Colourful souvenirs.

Colourful souvenirs.

The streets here were very small and cozy. Had to turn my camera sideways to get a decent picture.

Streets.

Small streets.

When you have limited room you need to hang things on the wall.

When you have limited room you need to hang things on the wall.

Small church and a large square. People all greeted a statue as they went by. Turns out it was the Saint of Marbella.

Small church and a large square. People all greeted a statue as they went by. Turns out it was the Saint of Marbella.

As it went darker the shops started opening again after the siesta and while we waited for the restaurants to open we went to get a drink.

Piña Colada.

Piña Colada.

Maverick Cocktail bar.

Maverick Cocktail bar.

Street outside the bar.

Street outside the bar.

Finally found some food in a chinese retaurant that made flowers out of carrots.

We ended the day going through another park with a very pretty fountain, then we waited half an hour on the bus. They are never on time. Just like home. If you look insecure around a busstop here people start talking to you and telling you what bus to take. Thank you bus stop lady who pointed at the right stop!

Night fountain.

Night fountain.

It changed colour!

It changed colour!

Pictures taken: 138.

Friday 23-01-2015

Diary

Jedi mind tricks today:

“These are not the RAM you are looking for”

“You want to go home and rethink your life”

Had another date/time problem today, and I have become the quality control -quite self imposed too. All the machines so far has been missing Anti virus. And two has had a battery problem. I just blame Nikolaj… Also jedi mind tricks do not work on computers.

Quality control. Fixing the computer on the left, checking the one in the middle and writing down on the laptop to the right.

Quality control. Fixing the computer on the left, checking the one in the middle and writing down on the laptop to the right.

That’s three keyboards four mice, a phone to get wifi on the computer and three screens. Can be pretty confusing. When the internet goes because of too much traffic I need to reconnect them all. Annoying!

In addition to the jedi’s a lot of Minecraft talk today. Something or other about blocks and mods. Must be how it’s like to be the third (non-playing) party of a Warcraft conversation.

Dodgy is the word here, everything that doesn’t work as intended is dodgy.

Friday! We are going to Marbella today since we are off at 15.00. We will take the bus there and find something to eat. Then I believe the intend is to go home and try to make sangria.

Tomorrow we are going to Malága. Lillian will come too. Yay! She knows where to shop.

Camera is emptied and ready to go to Marbella. It is pronounced Marbeya by the way. Lillian is trying to teach Cherry spanish.

Notes

CMOS something and date time problems = Battery needs to be changed.

Wrong date means no updates.

No internet in weekends for blog, so the entries from the weekend will be here on monday.

Random reflections

XP is not good at finding drivers by itself, in other words, if you want something done right…

I found my missing USB. I put it in my bag so I knew where it was… wait…

Doodle

Castle inspired from all the tourist buildings around here. I think it looks like a giant cookie jar.

Castle inspired from all the tourist buildings around here. I think it looks like a giant cookie jar, or two.

Thursday 22-01-2015

Diary

I found myself another faulty computer. Something wrong with the motherboard, so I got to strip it down for parts again. The case was rusty so that’s going out too. The next one had a bad battery and didnt remember the settings so I gave it the one from the other computer. Hurray for recycling parts. Having trouble with the dates in the computer, if they are not right it won’t update correctly.

Cherry made shrimp for lunch today. Some spanish dish called “pil pil” and there was a cleaning crew in the appartment. Where am I going with this? The whole place smells like fried shrimps in a pool area. Anyway, maybe both smells are gone till we get home.

Made a clean install of Windows XP on a machine today and I started writing a list over the computers that are already done. That means I can check the work of the others, (mehehe!) and give the done computers, numbers. So far we have 7.

Starting to understand why Nikolaj is doing two computers at once. To do something while the other one is jerking around with loadbars. Picking the right mouse and keyboard every time proves a challenge though.

They have whole squids in the fish department… try not to look at them. I’m glad they don’t have the same size as the vegetables. Also they have legs hanging from the ceiling in the butcher’s department. I think that is Jamón.

Every time I tether my phone to my computer it makes a new network. Started on 10 and am currently on 24.

Napkins from chinese restaurant yesterday. Must learn how to make these.

Preeeetty.

Preeeetty.

Forgot to say, a few days ago the sign outside got blown away by the wind and Nick had to run down the street chasing all the pieces. I didn’t see it but it must have looked fantastic.

Notes

Even though the computer looks cleaner, it doesnt mean it works.

Delete is Supr in Spanish and Close is Agara.

Random reflections

Spanish Windows is annoying.

A CD boot works best with a cd in the drive.

Doodle

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Windows can't find your picture due to a mismatch in the date time settings. How about another Garfield?

Windows can’t find your picture due to a mismatch in the date time settings. How about another Garfield?

 

Wednesday 21-01-2015

Diary

Cold morning but the sun came out eventually.

Spent most of the morning updating drivers. Found two of three and couldnt find the last one. When I finally found it, it didnt work and I showed it to Kevin. “Oh that’s one that the windows update fixes”. Well it’s still updating so we’ll see.

*Updates done and the drivers work. Magic! Windows even updated a few of them by itself.*

So many…loadbars.

The day from 9.00 to 14.00 went fast today. The exact opposite of the install bars I have been looking at all day.

Otto came by today…with his owner. Otto the wiener dog. We’ve seen him before but this time he was there because he got the wrong thing with him when he left.

Lunch at Hong Kong restaurant. Had to order rice and curry vegetables separately. Very funny menu, but I think the idea is to put together your food. It seems quite normal for the chinese restaurants here. Makes it easier to be vegetarian too.

Cherry has Clementine juice -strange. Speaking of Cherry; last night she was stirring an egg…in a coffee cup…with a tapas fork….Also when we eat she turns into one of those aunts that make good food and then keeps saying “Don’t you want some more? Here!”. Her food really is nice though, I still don’t get the egg in the coffee cup…

Went to the beach in lunch break, for once there was sun. And some very close going birds.

Beach.

Beach.

Beach.

More beach.

Close going bird.

Close going bird.

This water goes all the way down to the beach, where I spent the lunch break quietly snickering at the old ladies who attempted to cross the stream (They have to if they want to continue walking on the beach). Hilarious! None of them succeeded.

Tiny waterfall.

Tiny waterfall.

Better start another computer now. I’ll do that once I stop giggling…

Notes

Take out the USB before you start an XP machine, or it will try to boot it.

New header picture on the blog again.

Random reflections

Updates takes a long time.

Google.es is impossible when you don’t know spanish.

My facebook tells me that seeing faces in objects that has none is called Pareidolia. Sounds like a disease I’m pretty sure I have…

Doodle

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Windows can't find your doodle, here is a picture of Garfield on a cabinet instead.

Windows can’t find your doodle, due to missing software. Please update your drivers and try again. Here is a picture of Garfield on a cabinet instead. There’s a key in the cabinet because the inside is a secret. In other news Garfield can be drawn in the time it takes to install a network card driver.