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Josh the Learner Driver

My eldest son turned 16 this week, and with a bit of encouragement from Mum and Dad, he studied the Vic Roads book and got his Learners Permit.  When I was driving Josh out to the Warragul Vic Roads to take his test I was asking him about the various things in the car and was really surprised to find out that he had no idea.  He didn’t know which pedal was which or what they did.  My parental role as a driving instructor was really going to start from scratch!

For his first drive we went down to the industrial estate at around 7pm, so there was hardly any other traffic.  My car has a manual transmission, so my first challenge was to explain the clutch pedal and gears.  Josh actually did better than I expected, but he did stall the motor a few times and got stuck trying to start in 3rd gear when we thought he had it in 1st.

These days we need to keep a log book of time and kilometres spent learning, so I was surprised to work out that Josh drove 6km around the industrial estate in that first hour lesson.  Hopefully the nerves of his mother and I will survive the next two years as he logs at least 120 hours of learning before going for a probationary licence after he turns 18.

Joshua Yeo Learner Driver with his L plates after his first driving lesson

Josh with his L plates

Windows 10 install errors

Back in September I told you of the difficulties I had installing the new Windows 10 Operating System to my desktop computer.  By contrast my younger son’s (Brad) laptop updated to Windows 10 without any problems.

Now it’s my older son’s (Josh) turn.  Josh was happy to stay with Windows 8.1 until he installed something dodgy that made his pc crazy and couldn’t be fixed.  The cure was a clean install of Windows, so we may as well move him up to Windows 10.  To get the free upgrade I had to re-install Windows 8, then upgrade that to 8.1 and then W10.  We experienced a few of the same difficulties as my machine, but got it installed eventually.

After a couple of months with Windows 10, Josh started having trouble.  The Start Menu stopped working, nothing would happen when you clicked on the Windows icon (or the Windows key on the keyboard).  My first instinct was to run Windows Update, but that was missing altogether (once I worked out a way to navigate to the old Control Panel without the Start Menu working).  Josh denies installing dodgy software again, so who knows how these problems sprung up from.

So it was time for another clean install of Windows 10 on Josh’s desktop, but regardless of how many times I tried, each time there would be any one of several error messages.

Various errors attempting a clean install of Microsoft Windows 10 to a homebrew computer.

Various errors installing Windows 10.

After countless failed attempts to re-install Windows 10 to Josh’s desktop, I gave up and installed Ubuntu Linux instead.  Ubuntu couldn’t be easier to install, it worked first time, connected to the internet, found our network printer, downloaded updates, everything just worked!

The only problem using a Linux Operating System was the game app Steam wouldn’t run on 64 bit Ubuntu, but a check of the forums and some Google searching found a fix, but it still wouldn’t run half of Josh’s games.  Josh wasn’t happy at not being able to play his favourite games, so he decided to persevere with Windows, trying, trying and trying again for hours.  Finally he was successful!

As I write this, Josh’s computer is alternating the install messages; “Installing Updates”, “We’re still working” and “We’ll tell you when we’re ready”.  Hopefully there will be no last minute crashes or other problems, fingers crossed!

We'll tell you when we're ready. Operating System install Microsft Windows 10

We’ll tell you when we’re ready.
Microsoft Windows 10 install.


The kids

As the kids get older, it’s getting harder to get them all out of the house, together, at the same place, at the same time.  Last Saturday we were on our way to my parents in Mornington and detoured to Frankston waterfront, so I could take some photos for Vic Pics, and managed to get a few pics of the kids as well.

I even managed to get all three kids to line up for a group photo!  If I’d planned the shot better they would have been facing the other way, towards the sun.  The built in Nikon flash didn’t help much, bat at least I could get rid of the shadows in Adobe Lightroom.  If only I could get the boys to smile…

Karla, Brad and Josh Yeo

Karla, Brad and Josh

My son the artist

Digital drawing by Joshua Yeo using Microsoft Surface Pro 3 stylus and OneNote app

Digital drawing by Josh Yeo

It turns out my 15 year old son, Josh, is a pretty good digital artist.  I’m not really surprised though, because he’s always been good at drawing and has said he’d like to get into digital art, animation and games creation.

I was very impressed, though, when he decided to check out his Grandfather’s new Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet computer and drew this little masterpiece with the stylus in the OneNote app.  It only took him a couple of minutes, without too much effort at all.

Well done Josh!