Enabling hibernation in Windows 7

I love hibernating. Conjuring up images of bears, caves and snow, it just makes the experience of turning on your PC or laptop, well, instant. But I couldn’t work out why I couldn’t set it up on a particular PC. I tired enabling the related setting in the BIOS. No luck. But then I stumbled on this article, and all was well. Seems there’s an obscure setting inside Windows Power Settings called Hybrid Sleep. turn if off and you can hibernate to your hearts...

Dominica: where customer service comes first

Today, I needed some pain killers. For a change I tried a chemist I don’t usually frequent because it has all the air of a Soviet-era supermarket – long rows of half-empty shelves of pretty much the same thing. But strangely enough, it does specialise in cooking oil – massive quantities of it – and standing fans.  Let’s call it The Old (Bonnie Prince) Charlie Pharmacy. As usual, there seems to be more assistants than customers. One comes up to me, and I begin to say that I’m looking for pain-killers, only to realise I’m right next to a shelf of them. A long row, with 4 shelves, all edged with 3 brands of paracetamol. “I’m actually looking for Aspirin,” I say, and she directs me over to where prescriptions are fulfilled. The desk however is empty. “Hello?” I ask, and shortly a woman comes out. “I’d like some Aspirin”, I say, and she asks what strength? What do you have? Well what do you want, she replies? Hmm, how about 200mg? “81ms” she says. I am taken aback. “That’s rather a strange quantity”. “Low dosage” she explains. “How do you usually take it” she then asked. My mind spins – ‘Standing up’? ‘With a glass of water’? I decide to come at it from a different angle: “I have a stinking headache and just want some pain-killers. Can I buy $5 worth of your Aspirin?” She disappears for a couple of minutes. And then, it was like a light going on in a kitchen at night – three woman suddenly appear from nowhere to deal with the order. Labels are printed...