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Goodbye Broken Mac Mini – Hello New Mini Mac!

For anyone interested my brand new day old Mac Mini is going to the place that they send useless pieces of electronics soon. You may remember that I have had a problem with it unless of course you are suffering from Alzheimer’s of something.

Yesterday I spoke to Apple customer service because as you may recall the retailer unhelpfully suggested as they were busy counting my money and washing their hands of my problem. Of course I was dreading speaking to Apple customer service – let’s face it the word ‘service’ doesn’t fit nicely with the word ‘customer’ these days so I was dreading trying to get my point over to someone who didn’t really give a damn or worse was Indian and thought that they spoke English obviously my first language is ‘Cat’ and my second language English but in my experience Indian customer service people’s English is closer to Cat than the sort of English I and the rest of the English speaking world get by on. Not only that I have found that I get these poor souls very confused but that is just in my nature I suppose.

So imagine my surprise when I spoke to Apple customer service and the young man from Newcastle was very understanding (no wonder Apple is so successful if this is a taste of what they are like these days).

The Apple customer service chap and I discussed all of the options open to someone who can’t hear themselves think above the noise of a defective hard drive, all of which this desperately intelligent Cat (in this case I was ‘desperate’ and ‘intelligent’) had tried before I decided that I had to throw in the towel. Then the Apple customer service chap listened to the drive when I put the phone on speakerphone just to demonstrate what I had put up with all afternoon and wasn’t prepared to put up with for the life of the computer.

“That isn’t right!”He suggested helpfully!

“I thought that.” I replied.

There was one trick up his sleeve (I have always thought that you humans are lucky to have sleeves and tricks up them) he suggested an SMC start, you do this by shutting down the computer and waiting ten seconds. You have to disconnect everything except the power supply and so that makes ten seconds fly by frankly. Then you simply have to press and hold the power button for five seconds as you start the computer. For all trainee computer nerds reading this SMC stands for ‘System Management Controller’ and is the process that controls the fans, heat sensors and indeed start up and sometimes helps to make loud hard drives shut up a bit.

After we play the trick from his sleeve the nice Apple customer services man gave up and said that the Mini Mac should be replace obviously the hard drive was fitted so badly by the Chinese, as they raced to get another unit off the production line and out into the world and grab even more dollars, that it was never going to work properly.

I have said this before it is such a shame and a terrible waste of time, effort and the environment that we have what seems to be ‘everything’ knocked up badly in China and then shipped to us in the west, we have to stop it and so I am afraid to say that we have to stop buying lovely new Kitchen appliances, Indian rugs (made in China tee hee), furniture, Macs, iPhones, other computers and just about everything else before we forget how to make things in the west.

Of course you could say that I would say that because I have just arranged to have my new Mac Mini replaced – I did mention I was a clever Cat though didn’t I? Tee hee!

So on to today’s picture! Well it had to be a Mini Mac didn’t it? And I thought as it was getting ever closer to Christmas and pocket book raiding time I would add a picture of a nice Mini Mac with a picture of the cover of my wonderful book which is waiting in warehouses around the world to be shipped to you so that over Christmas instead of cooking for the children, being nice to your spouse and feeding the Dog you can lock yourself away somewhere cosy and read what has been called a masterpiece of feline literature and not only by me, though of course I may have started the rumour!

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Your can, of course, buy my book from any book shop anywhere in the world but here are some alternative suggestions at Amazon.com and as regular readers of my blog will tell you – possibly with a sigh you can of course always get a signed copy of my marvellous book from my www.thecatsdiary.com.

and so much more – and most of what is there you don’t have to pay for which is handy these days isn’t it?

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Photographic Competition Winners And The Young

Recently the results of a photo competition run by the Sunday Times, the British Tourist Board and the people who don’t do a very good job of looking after the railway network were announced and while the winner of the main prize produced a stunning picture of Corfe Castle in Dorset very near to where this Cat lived a long while ago I have to say, the entrant that this Cat liked best of all was from a much younger person.

Don’t get me wrong – Corfe Castle, Dorset, taken by Antony Spencer is an excellent photograph it has everything that was needed to win a British landscape photo competition and it also proves that Mr. Spencer takes his art very serious and gets up very early in the morning and makes meticulous plans to achieve stunning results.

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On the other paw “Breakfast View,” by Taliesin Coombes from Cardiff who won the ‘Young Landscape Photographer of the Year’ competition demonstrates everything that is great about young people he wanted to win a prize, he didn’t want to get up early in the morning and most of all he wanted a full English breakfast, toast and a cup of tea and the result is perfection. One thing I would ask is where is the pepper and salt because I don’t like the brown Sauce (HP)? But what and idea! What a picture! And what a nice tasty breakfast!

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You know I have a feeling that if I had submitted the photograph on the cover of my book I would have won first prize, especially if there was a category for “amazingly talented daredevil Cats” – maybe next year, what do you think?

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In the meantime if you need to get a copy of my wonderful photograph then happily you can get one or more here at Amazon.com or of course you can always get a signed copy of my marvellous book from my www.thecatsdiary.com.

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Lost Picture!

Hi All,

I am afraid that I have to admit that this Cat is only human – well as human as the idiots who do all of the clever work on his blog and website – you didn’t expect me to accept any blame did you?

Today I wrote a blog about the inhuman treatment of a yet another poor Cat who was dyed pink by some clown in the UK and to add impact I added a picture which seems to have vanished from my blog duh!

Where the picture went I have no idea and so I thought I would try again and see if the web fingered, ham fisted web designers and fully qualified fools can get it right this time.

Here (hopefully) is the picture.

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Purrs,

 

The Cat

New To My Website Near You! Games!

My lovely fans you are so very lucky, not only can you read a lot of my latest and most wonderful my book, Getting Out – Excerpts from The Cat’s Diary on my website and so much more to put a big smile on your face in these dark times but now you can have a lot of fun playing some marvellous Games which of course are all free online games all you have to do is click here – Games or of course on the previous link tee hee!

The Games (if you forgot you can click the word Games to play these super Games) are all free and best of all, about things that Cats really like such as themselves, Cat food and Kites – oh there’s one game about a Dog for Dog lovers because they probably like Cats as well and yes even the Dog’s game is free.

I think my favourite game is the Kite game because I love Kites and saving Mice (for later when no one is looking tee hee), but the Virtual Pet game given to me expecially by Purina Cat Food is pretty cool. Of course there will be some advertising on the free online games page – but hey a Cat has got to live and although times are hard and a click is easy!

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Ok Where Did You Put Summer?

Would you believe it, this is the view from my window today. It is exactly the same view from my window yesterday and for the day before and probably knowing my luck tomorrow.

What I want to know is where have you put summer and more to the point when are you going to bring it back. I can’t sit here with my nose pressed up against the window blowing patches of mist over cold glass and not being able to see out for raindrops can I? I am an action Cat who needs preferably to be outside but if I can’t be outside then it would be good to be able to see outside, so that I can tell when it has stopped raining and make my escape through shafts of sunlight across the rapidly drying landscape.

Still I suppose life isn’t too bad at least if you are stuck inside on a very rainy day you can read my book or visit my website, you can get my book here Amazon.com and my wickedly wonderful website or www www.thecatsdiary.com

E-books Outsell Hardbacks On Amazon.com

Apparently Amazon.com, the online retailer and owner of the Kindle e-reader, has announced that digital books have been consistently outselling hardback books for the last three months in the US.

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I would like to stress that my ebook (pictured above with me on the cover) is not the only one helping to outshine the old way of reading books there are others who are doing their bit like that nice little Dan Brown, the old geezer Leo Tolstoy and last but not least – well you know who you are!

But the big news is that because Amazon.com decided to stock my wonderful masterpiece of a book they have managed to sell enough to overfill a good sized shed or as they put it “they have sold shed loads which I think means the same thing, personally I think that you would need five or six sheds but then what do I know about storing books in sheds!

Don’t forget if you want a hard paper copy of my book you can still go to Amazon.com for it or you can get an ebook, they don’t really mind taking your money for either.

And if you want my wonderful book personally signed then do click here and get transported to my wickedly wonderful website or www www.thecatsdiary.com where you can get all sorts of wonderful things.

I couldn’t resist sharing my wonderful picture which is on the cover of my book with you all once again so here it is.

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