Grekwood Miniatures

Monday, 24 December 2012

Merry Christmas!! :)

I want to start by thanking those who have recently started following my blog. I also want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas (or Happy Holidays) to all those who celebrate something this time of year.

Ok, so not too much to say apart from we've been working on more roads. I think I may create a page on the website just for road downloads. We want them to be as versatile as possible, and are therefore creating all options you might need.

I have recently uploaded a new set of "Town" roads (right). You'll notice that this pack has paved pavements, which are those that are more seen in towns.

We also have the "town" packs which include single yellow lines and double yellows. So keep an eye out for those as they will probably be online in the next few days or so.

My Laptop
So, it's known that me and laptops apparently just don't work. I have no idea why. Here's a brief history:

2005 - Went from PC to laptop. The screen eventually broke, and turned all whites yellow. (So nothing I did). I think my mum had this as she didn't mind about the screen. But it eventually broke down a couple of years ago.

Second Laptop (2006- end of 2008) I bought this to replace the other one. I think the hinge on the screen broke, and then the laptop got a virus (my mistake!!). The hinge was always flimsy. But yeah... virus was my fault. I was expecting a parcel from Fed Ex, so it only seemed ok to open the attachment as I thought it was my order. Epic fail! But again, I never open up stuff I don't know, but this seemed legit as I was expecting an email from Fed Ex...

3rd laptop (2008 - present) - Given to me by the university ... it still works! But I eventually gave this laptop to Kate, and had to change the hard drive after a "blue screen of death".

4th - (end of 2009 - 2012) I bought this one as Kate now had my Uni one. The screen eventually broke on that one this year, and then for some reason it stopped working all together. No idea why.

May this year (2012 to present)... I bought my current laptop. Last week the charger connection stopped working unless I put loads of pressure on it, which was difficult to charge, and involved placing heavy books on the laptop charger connection, whilst the laptop was standing on its side.

So bought a new cable, and that didn't work. So I knew it was an internal issue. So I opened up the casing (which isn't so difficult when you know how! ... Google..) and I noticed there was a slight gap in one of the bits of solder. Now I'm talking microscopic, it was SO small. So I got out my soldering kit (I have one as I rewired two of my guitars a few years ago), and I put solder on the joint.

The laptop didn't work at all then! So I removed some of the solder, but not all of it, and now it works...whooooo Huzzah! So yay, the laptop lives... which is good because it's not even a year old!!

So yeah, not really sure why they break so much. Maybe it's because I use them all day every day..

Anyway.... Merry Christmas, and have a great new year :)


  1. Hmmm .... use "all day every day" ? that might have something to do with it! Congrats on the successful fix Carl!

    Thanks for providing miniatures and downloads this year, been very appreciated!

    Hope you and yours have a great Christmas and New Year!

    1. Thanks, lol yeah I think I use them too much!

      You're very welcome, thank you for buying them!

      Merry christmas and happy new year to you! :)

  2. Merry Christmas Carl have a good one. I'm surprised that at a year old its still not under its base warranty? Well not now you opened it and fixed though! But win win for getting it working.

    1. Thanks Brummie, I don't think I ever sent off the warranty, but yeah, luckily I didn't blow it up! lol

      Merry Christmas to you too, and a happy new year! :)

  3. Happy holidays!

    As for laptops, I've heard they are not supposed to last more than 2-3 years. So it's not that you're unlucky, but you aren't lucky either! :)

    1. Happy holidays/xmas to your too :)

      Yeah they don't last too long. I probably need to invest in a desktop at some point, for the business. Maybe when it grows more!

      Have a great new year Mathyoo!

  4. Happy Christmas, Carl :). Have a great time and enjoy the massive amounts of good cheer!

    I have a lap-top and mine works... but that is about it really. I just view them as travelling tools and I rarely use mine so I can't comment on why they break.

    1. Yeah they are best for short term use, best for travelling or moving about the house. I just use them for too long... that might need to change!

      Happy Christmas to you and your family! Have a great new year too! :)

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    1. You too! and have a great new year :)

  6. I wish you all the best for Christmas, Carl.

    1. Thank you! Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you too :)

  7. A belated Merry Christmas to you, Carl.

    What kind of laptops are you buying? :) I use mine every day almost all day for work (usually longer than I'd like to) and after hours for private stuff. And although I experienced stuff like that charger problem with my university laptop once, recently I didn't encounter any problems with DELLs and Lenovos we currently use at work. They might be a little bit more pricey but I think that pays off in longevity. We only changed from the last one because there was no way to put that 16Gig of RAM into it ;)

  8. Thanks Stefan, Same to you and a happy new year!

    My current laptop is an Asus one, before that a Packard Bell, Before that Acer, and the first one was a Toshiba.