Today I am doing my tax. It's a fairly straightforward business model, but even so it's a bit tedious. To make matters worse, I can't find much of the stuff I need. There should be an envelope full of reciepts. There should be my 2012/13 diary.
Bren pointed out that I'd done all the sums for our working tax credit back in June. All I had to do was find the old spreadsheet and I'd have all the information.
I got a new PC a couple of months back, but the old computer has just sat in here, gathering dust. I'd removed the sound card, but apart from that, it should have needed just the application of a power supply and monitor lead.
Instead, it gave a long sustained beep, and I could get no picture on the screen, not even the BIOS screen. I checked where the power cables were going inside the case. Both hard drives were connected to both a power supply and an IDE cable, but no matter how much I tried moving things around, taking bits off, putting bits on, I got absolutely no further.
Then I remembered I had bought an external connector. It connects IDE/SATA hard drives to a USB port. I could access my old hard drives using my new PC.
Unfortunately, to do this, you also have to provide power to the hard drive. The kit comes with a 4 pin connector (and about 2 inches of power lead) but there don't appear to be any spare sockets to plug this into in my new computer's drive bay.
The whole experience is compounded by an extremely cramped working environment.
This boring post reflects my life today.
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