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DaveH

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  1. I think there was a branch of the London toy store Hamleys that opened on Pinstone Street that was in competition with Redgates before Beatties opened
  2. Very sorry to hear that you have been so ill Hilldweller. I hope you are recovering well and manage to get back to some degree of normality.
  3. Sounds similar to me. Looks like you were in the top A forms then in the, then new, glass tower extension building. I had Man Everett 1A Pop Ward 2A Man Gill 3A Man Rosenberg 4A Man Chapman 5A Man Gill registered in his Geography room at the end of the bridge, just as well really because it was a massive room and I was in his class the year we went Comprehensive and they started bussing hundreds of extra kids in from the old Wybourne school. There were 42 in our class that year. In 5A we were in Man Chapmans room in the old school, - first classroom down the Cradock Road corridor from the staffroom. Previously Man Whitham had had 5A in the new building and all the the A forms, except Man Gills, had been in there.
  4. So were you in the same year as SteveHB? He was in the year above me. I started secondary school in 1967 and left in 1972 after staying on for CSE / GCE exams.
  5. Sorry for the long delay smallfry. For over a year now the site has been blighted with technical problem since our last big server upgrade. Hopefully these problems are behind us now. You are not the only one who has been waiting for a long time to join. Most of the Norfolk School topic has been provided by me and Wayneybabes, it is the most extensive of the local school topics and we have around 20 members that are ex students of the school. What years were you at Norfolk smallfry?
  6. Not been a good year since the last update has it. I tend to use the site now as a reference source more than making new posts.
  7. DaveH

    Windows 10

    There were also some changes to the Windows Edge browser in that update. I have made the previous post using Edge and the "duplicate post" problem seems to have gone. Wonder if this one is OK, - I may be speaking too soon.
  8. DaveH

    Windows 10

    Finally got this upgrade last night Steve. Fortunately, - mainly thanks to your warning, I was able to schedule it at a time I wasn't doing much. Altogether it took 4 hours before the computer was usable again. It installed OK but had messed up a lot of settings (silly things like screen brightness) that needed putting back, logons that had to be asked for again (just as a security measure you know), false security warnings as Windows 10 tries to run Defender rather than any other security program, - even though the alternative is up and running and doing a better job of things. It had not messed up any programs or data though (which is good) but for ages it did run very slowly and "locked up" occasionally while it was doing other things in the background. However, now it is finished all seems fine again.
  9. DaveH

    Windows 10

    Edison and Ford were big mates and they both just wanted to maximise profits, - particularly Ford when he introduced mass production techniques on the model T. I hate it when car companies announce their "new car" (like when Ford replaced the well loved Cortina with the Mondeo in the early 1980s) which isn't a "new car" at all. By "new car" they effectively mean that some art and design student has reshaped a few bits of the bodywork and painted a go faster stripe down the side, - but lift the bonnet up and its practically the same old engine that they were using on the model T. If it really is a "new car" why doesn't it do over 200 miles per gallon instead of 50 and have practically near zero emmisions?
  10. DaveH

    Windows 10

    Software development seems to follow the "Tom Edison principle of invention" as does all modern electronic hardware (especially computers and phones) development. The simple problem seems to be they have already produced equipment and software that does everything you would ever want to do on a computer and have nothing new left to offer, so rather than go out of business when everyone has bought the stuff they make subtle little insignificant and cosmetic changes so they can sell exactly the same stuff again. Edisons principle by the way is "Why invent something once when you can reinvent it thousands of times" First make something new that hardly works, - and sell it Then improve it just slightly, - not too much mind, - then sell it again When everyone has bought it then improve it just slightly more, - and sell it again By doing this you can maximise sales and prolong the life of your company by giving each previous product a built in calculated obsolescence. Microsoft have been doing this since they started, - in fact each of their products comes with a "life support cycle" Load Windows 95 into a computer, switch it on and it works, it still does exactly what it was designed to do 21 years ago, there is nothing wrong with it. Unfortunately it can't handle modern software running on it and cannot be expanded with modern hardware so nobody wants it anymore, - exactly what Microsoft had planned when they introduced it.
  11. DaveH

    Windows 10

    So far I have been lucky with Windows 10 in that all my legacy programs, most of which date back to the Windows 98 operating system all work under windows 10. although a couple are a bit quirky now. First time I tried Win 10 last July nothing much worked at all, but since giving it a second chance for 2016 so far it has been fine. The main difference I made to avoid problems was not connecting everything on the computer to a Microsoft / Hotmail / OneDrive account.
  12. DaveH

    Windows 10

    Not my advice Steve, advice from the net given by those wanting to remain with earlier Windows versions
  13. DaveH

    Windows 10

    Not had that one yet Steve, - thanks for the warning. Also, Microsoft are to become even more aggressive at "pushing" Windows 10 onto windows 7/8/8.1 computers which are eligible for the "free upgrade" and are likely to download it in the background without asking. Top advice to avoid having Windows 10 forced onto you is to switch off Microsoft updates, - the updates that Microsoft are supposed to provide for quite a few years yet according to their own life support cycles for Windows 7/8/8.1 However, having got Windows 10 successfully installed now for over a month I am happy to stick with it, it seems good so far. ....and I always have my Windows 7 cloned onto another drive for if I ever want to go back.
  14. You may use the image of the Arbourthorne with the credits that you describe. Just credit DaveH at sheffieldhistory.co.uk as the source The image is already "scanned" to upload it onto this forum in the first place, but I will email you a copy anyway in case images are compressed when used on the Internet. The image quality isn't actually that good but could be used in a book showing historical content. The Arbourthorne Hotel (to give it its full, original name) was built with the Arbourthorne estate in the late 1930s in the mock Tudor style which was popular at that time. It had 2 main bars, an off licence around the back and a function room / concert room upstairs. It closed in 2014 and currently awaits demolition. There are many stories in the history of this pub including a visit by Marc Bolan and T-Rex in 1975 and at least 2 murders, - one of which involved the landlord as the murderer.
  15. The Vulcan was built in the mid 60s when the last of the old asbestos Uni - Seco Mk II prefabs were removed (1966) and built along with the new Finnegans housing which replaced them (1967). It would have opened some time around 1968. The Finnegan houses are currently mostly boarded up awaiting demolition. Not sure when it closed as I had moved off the Arbourthorne in 1986 and it was still open then, I think it closed some time in the 2000's. SteveHB has provided a link to a topic I did some years ago for Sheffieldhistory about this area with pictures, some history and memories of the area. Most of the pictures and information in that topic have come from me. If any of these pictures (sorry, most are from 2009 and show it closed and boarded up, not as a working pub) or the information discussed is of any use then you may use them in your pubs topic but please acknowledge the source of the information as sheffieldhistory.co.uk
  16. I think this has always been the case Steve. Back in 2008 -9 when Stuart was an admin, but I wasn't at the time, he could send me attachments but I couldn't send him any. It seems that only admins can send attachments
  17. DaveH

    Windows 10

    I installed Firefox 29 as the latest version when I retired in August 2014, and now, January 2016 they are on Firefox 43. That's 14 versions in 18 months, or about 1 new version every 5 to 6 weeks. Is Firefox really that good if it needs updating with a new version this frequently? It must be full of faults if they find something wrong and patch it up every few weeks.
  18. DaveH

    Windows 10

    Seems to work so the answer may be to use Firefox for Sheffield History posts.
  19. DaveH

    Windows 10

    I do have Firefox on my computer but rarely use it. It has been transferred successfully from Windows 7 to Windows 10 but is hopelessly out of date Having updated from version 29 to version 43 (the latest version) in several steps I thought I would give it a try to see if duplicates every post. Lets see what this one does
  20. DaveH

    Windows 10

    Yes it duplicated it !!!!!! I have already deleted it I suppose this one will do the same. It's going to be a bit of a bind posting and then having to delete a copy each time Any ideas how to sort this one out?
  21. DaveH

    Windows 10

    I've deleted one of them Steve, hopefully the other one is still there as it was a long post. I was not aware of the duplication, I wonder if its because I am now using Edge browser again? Edge does some to be better than it was before No idea why I am getting this duplication, - it does not happen on Facebook for example. I wonder if this post will be in duplicate when I press the submit reply button?
  22. DaveH

    Windows 10

    New Year, New start, new try. Having successfully installed Windows 10 on both my sons windows 8 computer and my wife's new (comes with Windows 8.1 but ready to upgrade to 10) and seen it working at its best it was slightly bugging me that my Windows 7 would not update properly without messing up files and settings and that many of the windows 10 features were not working, - so I decided to give it a second try over the new year. First off I recloned my computer with an updated copy of the Windows 7 system so that it could easily be reinstated if anything went wrong, I also backed up all my files and data separately in case Windows 10 worked but corrupted the files, - I even made sure I had copies or downloaded installers and copies of all licence keys to reinstall the programs separately as I was prepared to go as far as doing a clean install of windows 10 and then put the software and data back over time on a need to use basis. Secondly I restored the hidden windows 7 updates so that the windows 10 nags came back (which they did immediately) and then told them to install Windows 10. The update took about 4 to 5 hours before the computer was usable in Windows 10 form, - but I do have a lot of stuff on my computer which automatically gets transferred from 7 to 10 and then all the programs have to be reconfigured so it takes a lot longer than a clean install, which you can't do directly from windows 7 due to product key / licencing issues. The update did not proceed as it had done last year and it did not ask me lots of questions for setup, - it just got on with it, this is probably due to a Windows 10 update which came out in October. Once installed Windows 10 worked, - it was not slow and sluggish like it had been previously, programs opened and worked as they should, all data was available and most programs started from the point where windows 7 had left them. Even the date was now displayed in my preferred date/ month/ year format. I was not asked initially to log on with a Windows account so it didn't steal my administrator rights like it had done last time (leaving me as a guest on my own computer and having to ask for access to every file I wanted to access each time) but when I did log on later again that worked properly. All the windows 10 "apps" worked this time, - including the Edge browser, the mail client and the video player, none of which had worked properly or even at all first time round. There were some problems but they were relatively minor, a few programs did not work without glitches, these were manly older programs I had kept for legacy reasons and were designed for windows XP or earlier (Windows 98) so are probably no longer compatible but I haven't lost anything I can't manage without, or I can't get back buy buying the latest version. Some programs had "lost" their registration details and reverted to trial versions or just "expired". These were reinstated by just putting the licence keys back (which I had saved) and it worked again. The worst problem is that my wireless printer/scanner no longer works. To be honest it wasn't working that well on windows 7 either and I think it has "driver issues" which need putting right. Not done it yet but I will try uninstalling it and reinstalling from new, then updating drivers. The only bit of windows 10 itself that didn't work was the new assistant "Cortana". Cortana wouldn't switch on because "It is not available in your region" It then gives a long list of "Regions in which Cortana is available" which includes "United Kingdom" and finishes by telling me "Your current region is set to, - United Kingdom" !!!!!! (Don't you just love these idiotic, contradictory and totally unhelpful bits of information). However, after a lot of googling and clicking on various bits of Microsoft help it turns out Cortana has to have its language set to match the region. Sounds simple enough, but windows 10 has at least 3 language settings, - system language, display language, voice language. 2 of these were set to English (English) but the third was set to English (US). Once this was altered Cortana immediately came to life and asked me (annoyingly) what it could help me with !!!! Having now had a better experience of Windows 10 I think this time I will be sticking with it. I do have my Windows 7 clone, so I can always go back, even after the month has passed after the upgrade in which Windows 10 lets you switch back from its own backup old file. Once running properly Windows 10 seems OK However, Microsoft would have you believe that the upgrade from Windows 7 / 8/ 8.1 to 10 is quick, easy and faultless, - it isn't.
  23. DaveH

    Happy New Year.

    Happy new year everyone. Been off for a few days at start of the new year so this is a bit late. However, like Richard I hope 2016 sees a revival of Sheffield History with more content and more activity again.
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