The flowers in my garden provide a sweeping swathe of bright colours when the sun comes out. Today, whilst closlely admiring one of my yellow dahlias, I noticed that, with the bright yellows, it was easy to overlook the delicate textures of the flower. Hoping that a black-and-white treatment would bring out the details, I present the result here. Enjoy!
Iraq, not too long ago. I was heading out on foot across the desert, battling through a sandstorm, to reach the ruins of Uruk, that ancient city famous for its part in the Epic of Gilgamesh. Not too far from here, alone and remote, a small village eke out a living. The sandstorm had imparted a reddish-yellow colour to the entire scene but I was recently able to correct for this and, in the process, recover this engaging image of a young girl near the village edge.
This is an update of my blog entry https://www.metalvortex.com/blog/2016/07/24/1903.html where I published a Windows 10 Pro Command Prompt script to reconnect mapped network drives at log on. This was saved as a .CMD batch file and then executed twice using Task Scheduler; one in non-admin and the other in admin mode. This allows mapped drives to be visible to those applications running in non-admin and also to those applications running in admin modes.
I’ve made some minor tweaks to the code so it should be a little more robust against errors.
@ECHO OFF SETLOCAL ENABLEEXTENSIONS ENABLEDELAYEDEXPANSION SET me=%~n0 SET parent=%~dp0 TITLE Mapping network drives @ECHO Please wait whilst we reconnect your network drives. SET neterror=0 SET counter=1 SET loopvalue=11 SET /A trueloop=%loopvalue%-1 :Start ECHO _____________________________________ ECHO: IF "%counter%" EQU "%loopvalue%" ( ECHO Connection to D:\ drive timed-out SET neterror=1 GOTO End ) ECHO Attempt %counter% of %trueloop% to D:\ drive TIMEOUT /t 5 /NOBREAK >NUL IF EXIST D:\NUL ( ECHO Attempt %counter% successful. GOTO End ) NET USE D: \\192.168.49.69\Data /PERSISTENT:YES IF "%ERRORLEVEL%" NEQ "0" IF "%ERRORLEVEL%" NEQ "85" ( SET /A counter=%counter%+1 GOTO Start ) :End IF "%neterror%" EQU "0" GOTO Endofscript :userconfirm ECHO _____________________________________ ECHO: SET /P userinput="Errors were found. Do you wish to try again [Y/n] " IF /I "%userinput%" EQU "y" GOTO Start IF /I "%userinput%" EQU "" GOTO Start IF /I "%userinput%" EQU "n" GOTO Endofscript GOTO userconfirm :Endofscript ECHO _____________________________________ ECHO: @ECHO Please wait, script is closing. TIMEOUT /t 5 /NOBREAK >NUL ENDLOCAL @ECHO OFF @EXIT /B 0
Two zebras having an altercation in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya. Photo taken in May 2017.