Christmas Lights Progress So Far – 20 November 2010


Tonight, Dad encountered massive problems with the computer that controls the Christmas lights – a 20-year-old, clapped-out old laptop. It wouldn’t boot and the screen had failed. This wasn’t the first time it had gone wrong; a couple of years ago, the system crashed hours before we did the first performance of our ‘Open House’ weekend – meaning Dad had to re-programme the whole show.

He’s underwritten the old laptop (running MS-DOS) now, and intends to use a laptop running Windows 95 (though it’ll be booted in MS-DOS to make the software work). If you’re interested, the laptop now being used for the Christmas Lights was formerly used to run the lights for my puppet theatre a couple of years ago – which is why you can see the RBTheatre logo on its desktop background.

PC MAN_Dad rewires the controller laptop LAPTOP_Dad transfers software from the old controller to the newer one.


Andrew Burdett

Andrew Burdett is a 21-year-old from Maidenhead in Berkshire. He is now two-thirds of the way through his Journalism Studies degree at the University of Sheffield. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming, going to the theatre, and writing about himself in the third-person.