Finally, the bank has shoved all the cheques I sent over 2 weeks ago back into the account. I dread that I've an overpayment of $320 from the car repayments thats winging it's way over here that I'm going to have to send back to be cashed at the bank. US banks obviously are overly happy to electronically deduct from your account but either charge a whopping fortune or don't have the ability to reverse an incorrect transfer. Sometimes I think the whole US economy is hidden in the US post.
Got my phone bill from BT,.. 100 UKP *groan* Hopefully this isn't an omen of worse to come.
Nipped down the road to get a soundcard and modem for Rosemary's home computer at PC World. After having my second close study of the store, I did finally find a copy of RHAT 8.0 lurking on a shelf for a meer 168 UKP (profesional edition) oddly *just* cheaper than microsoft's XP home edition. Anyway the HW choice was rather limited so just picked up a 4.1 soundcard and a zoom V.92 modem and headed on home through the deluge of rain.
Popped online to discover that ZenIIIb had almost run out of disk space. Bugger. So much for sorting out the new kernel for ZenII today.
Later on poped over to Rosemary's place and retired the old ISA winmodem card and the ISA soundcard with the nice shiney 4.1 PCI soundcard which went on straightforwardly. Had a minor complication in that the Internet Explorer that was on the machine was bust and wouldn't run so left that downloading and installed IE6 to get around that problem. Anyway Rosemary is happy that the machine now 'just works'. No special fiddling, it just does what it's meant to, and you can't really ask for much more than that.
Back home checked up in the progress of various orders and sorted out the diary. I shouldn't leave it a week at a time.