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  1. Thanks again for all your good wishes folks. Had so many scintigraphies and scans and blood  tests of late so you cannot say they are not being careful! Even had me on a exercise bike pedaling away for 15 mins while they checked out me ticker. Will post more on my return..............JR
  2. As an experiment I have downloaded a trial copy of Wondershare streaming audio recorder. This does not produce the distortion that I am hearing with Windows recorder or Audacity. So I can download music with Wondershare and then transfer the file and edit with Audacity but it is strange that Wondershare works ok in Windows 8 and Audacity and Windows own recorder has this problem.................JR
  3. No there are a few progs available, a banner comes up when you go to BBC iPlayer Radio, and they are talking about make downloading, I assume of all progs, available in 2014.............JR PS The daft thing is that if I download stuff and then transfer the file to Audacity all is well but if the audio is streamed from the net or from a file stored in the computer the distortion occurs. In other words it is only recordings of sounds passing through the computer that are distorted on playback.  
  4. Ok after much fiddling can now load files of music and edit and resave them with no obvious distortion. However distortion very obvious when playing back after recording streaming audio. Not too much of a problem except where you cannot download files as in BBC iPlayer radio. I notice that when recording streaming audio the slider at the top right hand side of the Audacity control panel with the loudspeaker symbol controls recording level which strikes me as being odd. The other slider with the microphone symbol does nothing but then I don't have a mic connected to this machine.........................JR
  5. Is anybody else having problems with Audacity or Windows sound recorder when using Windows 8. When I listen to audio coming from sources like BBC Radio iPlayer or Youtube directly the quality of the audio is mostly fine. The same is true of music files I have transferred from my old machine running Vista and listening to them on the Windows 8 machine. Windows 8 on this machine is set up for English and French keyboard.   However if I use Audacity or Windows 8 sound recorder to record audio being played on the computer on playback there is a strange distortion. Not so noticeable on speech but music sounds like it is coming from under water. I have tried changing recording levels and sample rates but with no good result. The same thing happens to known good recordings loaded into Audacity as a file and  again on playback distortion. There is no question of acoustic feedback as there is no mic on the Windows 8 machine and the distortion occurs when the speakers are on or off during the recording. So any thoughts anyone?.................JR
  6. Hi folks so I have having taken various opinions and having looked at various league tables decided to go for Montsouris in Paris. Had a scintigraphie done today which showed that the right lung was good and could support me without the left lung being there. So only the heart bloke to see and the anaesthetist at Montsouris and then the op on the 17th to look forward to! Thanks to you all for your good wishes and thoughts.....................................JR
  7. Ok well have been up to Paris twice in the last few days. To cut a long story short I have had an offer of surgery to remove the lung at Montsouris Hospital in Paris. Amongst other things they specialise in this sort of operation and I was quite impressed by the senior surgeon that I consulted there today. The choice is difficult. Do I go with his suggestion at the reported number one hospital for this sort of thing with a stay of up to 15 days in the hospital and the wife staying nearby or do I go for the local hospital in Niort who are very good but don't have the reputation that Montsouris has. Will see my generalist tomorrow to see what he thinks. Montsouris were very complimentary about the way Niort had done all the right tests and as you might expect could not comment on the surgeon at Niort who locals I have talked to have said is very good. The point is that the local bloke does a range of stuff including thoracic, vascular and general surgery whereas the guy at Montsouris is dedicated to thoracic surgery. The statistics are encouraging with a 90 to 95% chance of making it through the surgery. Further tests yet to be done to check out me ticker and to make sure that the right lung is good enough to keep me going on its own. So that is the situation at the moment folks............JR
  8. Bon courage and thinking of you too minnie.........JR
  9. Again thanks for your advice and good wishes folks. I have had so many scans and x-rays during the last couple of months I am surprised I don't glow in the dark. Had two bronchoscopies and biopsies and when they came back negative had a long needle biopsy which proved positive and also gave me a pneumothorax which ain't pleasant. Hence the stay in hospital. I may also have a second problem in the throat but have another 2 weeks to wait for the result of that biopsy. Have also to see a urologist soon as they also found a small something in a kidney but they don't seem worried about that just now. The P.E.T. scan I had at La Rochelle showed a lot more detail than the other scans I had locally. Should know more tomorrow when I see the surgeon and I guess I don't have to accept a date for the op right away so might need to make a decision then. Last time I had an op in France I asked the guy how many he had done and he got a bit shirty with me!......................JR 
  10. Thanks for the info and advice. This is a much bigger op than my last in 2005 where they removed part of my colon, a Crohn's problem, at the Polyclinique Inkerman in Niort and really don't know what to do for the best. Niort does not score as high as some Paris hospitals and Poitiers on a league table I came across and does not appear on the site you kindly gave. Anyway will see a surgeon at Niort tomorrow and see what he has to say! Cannot fault Niort hospital, not a teaching hospital I gather, so far as have spent more than a week in there for various biopsies and tests but don't know what their post operative care and surgery standards are like compared with others...........JR
  11. I would welcome any comments or experiences on finding the best place for major lung surgery in France. Could go to the local hospital in Niort Dept 79 who have done most of the investigations but it has been suggested by relatives that there are better places................JR
  12. Ok tried this and whilst it appeared to work on switching off the computer and switching on again got the message Bad_Pool_Caller. On switching off again and then on again the computer works but this is clearly not right. Tried it more than once with the same result each time........JR PS On deleting Expat shield the computer returns to normal working.
  13. Out of curiosity has anyone else had Login probs today. Been trying all day and noted that it became possible just after 6pm local time or was it just me?......................JR
  14. Ok took some photos of the problem and the sun was partly covered in light cloud. Problem much worse than these photos show in bright sunlight! The last one shows the effect of placing a large piece of black painted cardboard on the dash. http://s1313.photobucket.com/user/johnross10/media/P8171010_zps74e719e8.jpg.html http://s1313.photobucket.com/user/johnross10/media/P8171006_zps5efedc47.jpg.html http://s1313.photobucket.com/user/johnross10/media/P8171008_zpscc330303.jpg.html I want to make it clear that this is not a criticism of only the Zoe design but all modern cars with windscreens at that angle. In all other respects I love the Zoe and can find no other fault in her. However yes it is a bad problem and much worse than my shots show in really bright sunlight. One thing we noticed when we moved to Deux Sevres in France in 2001 was that the light values are much higher in general compared with the UK so the problem might not be so bad there. As you approach a wooded area with the road in shadow and you are still in sunlight you would not be able to see a tractor, very common in rural France, or someone or something lying in the road until you were on top of it when it was too late to stop! The test drive we had in a Zoe was in a car with a near black dashtop so the problem did not show itself then………….JR
  15. Ok Sid and no need to apologise. In fact your suggestion promted me to go there so thanks..................JR
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