Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Do you need a crutch (no not a crotch) to get you through the day? Apart from the Sauvignon and espressos I have another strange addiction.

It started years ago when we were going through a bad patch at work - everyone in the department was hooked. Students, marking and lesson preparation were all shamefully neglected.

I do it first thing in the morning, several times during the day and usually last thing at night. But last week it was cruelly taken away and I had to go cold turkey.


The kind insurance people sent me a new computer to replace my lap top which had met with an accident - the usual thing but it was water not coffee and clumsiness not LOLing.

It’s a beautiful VAIO with everything a girl could want including Windows Vista Professional ………………………………................ BUT NO FREECELL !!

They don’t do a download from Microsoft, the online versions were excruciatingly slow and had terrible graphics and
I couldn’t buy it in the Arndale.

I love Zoo Keeper (thanks Lubin) but it’s just not as comforting.

After hours searching the web I found a letter from a nerd which said :-

'Here is how you do it.

Get onto a computer running windows XP.

Search and copy these five files onto a disk or thumb drive:





On a computer running XP, these can be found in the following folders:



Copy these five files into the machine running Vista.

C:\Program Files\FreecellXP
Make a shortcut to C:\Program Files\FreecellXP\FREECELL.EXE'

So - I borrowed Kev’s XP laptop and I did it.

Aren't I clever?

Have you got a crutch that gets you through the day?




Blogger Rog said...

You are such a saddo Kaz. "Same" is quite addictive. There's a Javascriptversion here.
Tell us about the Vaio accident (or did I miss a post?)

8:07 am  
Blogger Mopsa said...

until I saw your screenshot of the solitaire I had absolutely no idea what you meant by freecell...I am a luddite!

8:30 am  
Anonymous NiC said...

Yes, well done on getting Freecell onto Vista against Bill Gate's wishes! Ha, take that global capitalism.

Despite "knowing" that coffee only works because of the previous day's coffee intake (ie: if I hadn't drunk one yesterday I wouldn't need one today), I do still require at least one cup of decent coffee most days to get me going. It tastes absolutely wonderful and as I type I can it doing its dirty deed (or waking me up as it's also known).

What's wrong with needing a crutch anyway? When I had a broken leg I needed two!

As for Freecell, I don't even know how to play it! Don't tell me, I'd end up with yet another crutch.

9:24 am  
Blogger garfer said...

This post is just an excuse to show off your shiny new Vaio.

As far as I'm concerned retired people should be down the community centre supping soup, nut buggering about playing Freecell.

9:44 am  
Blogger Dave said...

Shouldn't you be playing bingo?

9:52 am  
Blogger scarlet-blue said...

I used to be addicted to minesweeper.
Now it's just shoes.

10:12 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Garfer and Dave are very rude. You're very clever Kaz.

For a pensioner.

11:06 am  
Blogger I, Like The View said...

oh! I'd forgotten. . .

I used to play that at lunchtimes in the office, when on telephone duty

everyone did, come to think about it

and then we'd leave our computer screen blatantly displaying the cards pinging around all over the place and the fireworks going if any of us had managed to get to the end

happy days


11:25 am  
Blogger I, Like The View said...

(see how neatly I managed to avoid fessing up to what currently counts as my addiction)

11:26 am  
Blogger Geoff said...

It used to be Game Boy Golf in the early 90s. Then a bee game on Sky. Now there's nothing but blogging and bloody TWITTER!

11:36 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Thanks Rog:
You say the sweetest things.
It wasn’t a big accident - the water seeped on to some paper which then seeped under the computer. A day later the keys on the left hand side wouldn’t work.
I had quite a fight to get a proper replacement.
As I said to them - you wouldn’t offer me a Skoda to replace a BMW.

Apparently Freecell is one of the Solitaire games.
I like to play for speed rather than to win.

Yeah - watch out Microsoft - remember Woolworths.
I wonder whether I’d swap espresso for Freecell if it came to the choice.
Don’t even think of starting! You’d only blame me if you got addicted.

I’ll do all the nut buggering I want to - thankyouverymuch!
Oh btw - where’s that community centre?

12:03 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

I’ll get you back for that.

I’ve had to up on shoes.
I just admired them in the cupboard and kept on wearing the same old pair.
Now clothes - that’s another story.

(in menacing tone)
Just watch it!

“I used to play that at lunchtimes in the office”
So that explains the global recession.

G’won - you know you want to!

‘Game boy Golf’.
Now that really makes me titter!

12:03 pm  
Blogger BEAST said...

I am addicted to reading my daily horoscope.
It all started as a bit of a joke to wind the auditors up . We have a list of morning checks we have to do on the systems that has to be signed each morning and audit toddle along every so often and check you are doing everything on the list .
I added a check of a couple of horoscope websites as a laugh , claiming our support personel HAD to know of any adverse planetary influences for that day......only now I have become addicted , and even check them at the weekend :-(

1:24 pm  
Blogger Hyde DP said...

I do play freecell sometimes but I'm more addicted to spider solitaire (the two pack version which I can get out 57% of the time)

The thing about freecell is if you get to the point where you are definitely going to lose - but don't actually make the fatal last move - you can preserve your score by rebooting the computer - which is what I'm going to now after shutting down all my open apps.

1:55 pm  
Blogger Arabella said...

I had no idea what freecell was, either. aye thank yha.

My crutch is tea and biscuits.

2:10 pm  
Blogger MJ said...

Apart from the Sauvignon and espressos and crotch, what is there?

Oh yeah...vodka.

3:02 pm  
Blogger MJ said...

And Jamesons.

And I just found out they're raising the price of spirits in my part of the world.


3:02 pm  
Blogger CyberPete said...

I'm addicted to reading blogs. I can't think of anything else at the moment. I used to be addicted to coca cola but a year and a half after quitting cold turkey I don't think about it or crave it anymore. The only thing, when I pick soda I make sure not to get a coke.

4:13 pm  
Blogger tony said...

I just dont understand Games nowadays...........Im lost in Pubs with Modern 'Bandits....All those buttons& lights!........Unless its "3-Cherries to win" Im just useless............
Is that SNAP you play?

4:54 pm  
Blogger garfer said...

I hate to burst yer bubble but Freecell is on Vista. Click all programs and then games. If it doesn't appear on the programs list click explore games.

5:00 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Do they get it right?
My ex husband's ex girlfriend makes a living out of doing those extended horoscopes.
I could introduce you.

Thanks for the tip about scores.
I play quickly and make a lot of mistakes - so that will improve my percentage.

It's very therapeutic.

and cake ....ooh and shoes (see Scarlet).

MJ 2:
I'll send you my condenser (I stole it from the lab).
Then you can distil your own.

Well done on quitting the coke (?)
The word soda is funny - in UK we usually mean soda water as in 'Whisky and soda'.
Horrid on its own.

Freecell is a game of skill and dexterity not to mention intellect, nerve and cunning.

I only get the option to open 'Games Explorer'.
There's a sort of page for keeping score and nowt else!
I know that Vista should have freecell - is it because it's Vista professionaland professionals don't play games? :)

5:26 pm  
Blogger MJ said...

Yes, shoes!

And lingerie.

5:33 pm  
Blogger Donn Coppens said...

You are a GENIUS!

Now that that is done, can you please find out how they get the caramel in the caramilk bars, why people like James Blunt, and who really shot JFK?

6:20 pm  
Blogger Steve said...


Checking my emails frequently.

And, sad as it sounds, writing.

Spending money online (though I'm trying to cut down on this one).

7:55 pm  
Blogger CyberPete said...

Soda water is that like a tonic thing?

I love carbonated water,

9:08 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

See - life is good eh?

Use a syringe - it was Bing Crosby's daughter.
The James Blunt one is inexplicable - I blame Linda Perry who is otherwise rather cool.

I would probably spend far more dosh on line if there was any way we could get delivery to our flats.
It's OK if you are actually in - but otherwise no good - Amazon gave up and cancelled my order

Soda water is not just fizzy water - it tastes like Alka Seltzer i.e. medicine.
I think it contains sodium bicarbonate.
Tonic is wonderful especially in gin with a colurful umbrella.

9:35 pm  
Blogger CyberPete said...

I will have to try Soda Water sometime. Just to see how it tastes.

Tonic works very well with gin indeed.

9:55 pm  
Blogger The Poet Laura-eate said...

Oh it takes me all my time obssessively checking my e-mail and statcounter every 10 mins or so when near a computer. Hardly got time to blog indeed!

10:22 pm  
Blogger Ponita said...


Reading blogs.


Have just gotten on Twitter... so now that.


Did I mention chocolate?

10:40 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Vey few things can compare with a G'nT with ice and lemon ..... or lime.

Statcounters are addictive - but mine is dominated by people who want to see that lovely nude pic from C@momile lawn which I posted ages ago.

Ah 'Twitter' I am very very tempted.
But, apart from the addiction problem, I'd miss the pictures

10:58 am  
Blogger BEAST said...

Kaz , if she was any good , she would know where to find me :-)
There is one Astrologer Shelley Von strunckle who can be frighteningly accurate on occasions

2:33 pm  
Blogger mandingo said...

When I began reading this, I thought you were a bit sad.

But you're not sad at all, are you?

You don't even need my comment; you have more friends than 'Friends'!!

Well done anyway, with whatever it is you figured out on your computer.

My crutch, BTW, is reading blogs like yours...

2:58 pm  
Blogger Rol said...

Before we had the net at work, I was addicted to Freecell, Solitaire, and Spider... but the worst was Hearts, which we used to play against each other in the office till it became a tournament and management had to take it away because we weren't getting any work done.

"Quick game," someone would say - and that'd be it for the afternoon.

3:40 pm  
Blogger zIggI said...

my new one (vaio mit Vista) came with Freecell and also Mahjong which is my new favourite!

la la la mine must be betterer!

5:47 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

'Shelley Von Strunckle' - Why are astrologers never called Tracey Fishwick?
Hope she predicts true leurve and oddles of dosh for your near future!

I'm not sad - but I am a bit of a saddo.
But I'm happy to be a part of your crutch.

"Quick game" ... that's like popping into the pub and saying 'Just the one for me'.
Ha Ha ha!

Is it Vista Professional???
Perhaps you simply aren't professional enough!

7:27 pm  
Blogger Life With Dogs said...

Oh I am all too familiar with the addiction theme - check today's post about Sola's condition.

I would likely lose it if I were without my laptop as well!

2:13 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Poor Sola!
Vermont sounds great.

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