Many thanks to Ursulakaterina for suggesting that I use a live distro of Linux Ubuntu to access my Windows files and folders, I wish I'd thought of that earlier, I had a copy on disc sitting idle. Anyway, all of my recent pictures are now safely stored on my external hard drive and on DVDs.
I've also actioned an in-place upgrade of Windows with just a few odd little problems to clean up now, including a large Windows Update, but to be honest I really enjoyed using Linux for a day or two and I'm sorely tempted to format my drive and install Ubuntu and make it my choice for the future. The only downside is that Photoshop won't run on Linux and I'm not really keen on the Gimp!
The answer to that is to install Photoshop and its plug ins on my laptop and do my editing there, once I find a decent way to calibrate the screen, I can then grab pictures wirelessly from the desktop to upload to AM3.
Hopefully I'll have Windows all cleaned up in a few days and then seriously think about getting rid of it for ever!
So "cleaning up windows" will be the theme this week with a set of pictures taken during a zoom down to the car wash at Westoe Bridges, South Shields. You must understand that there are no bridges there at all, but there used to be many years ago, and old names and places just get "died in the wool".
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Read my views in Curly's Corner Shop, to find out a little more about my home town South Shields.
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