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Windows Media Player

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So I have decided to share this little problem I was having recently, I have always used Windows Media Player to manage my music library. Since Windows 2000 and Media Player 5 it has been my personal choice of Music Library. It has always been there, I tried win amp for a bit, had real one player when that was popular, I hated iTunes although it has got better in the last few years but my need for library management as decreased.

Anyway I got the error below repeatedly when using media player, media player would crash out and have to be restarted, it turns out it was searching and collecting media, and was getting stuck in my videos files folder where it was getting stuck on encrypted video file. Quick fix was just to stop media player from search for video based media, or just that file extension. Long term fix was I moved those files into another another folder which was not searched by media player.

Faulting application name: wmplayer.exe, version: 12.0.9600.17415, time stamp: 0x545046f0
Faulting module name: mfmp4srcsnk.dll, version: 12.0.9600.17483, time stamp: 0x545c1a50
Exception code: 0xc0000094
Fault offset: 0x00092e7c
Faulting process ID: 0x2fe0
Faulting application start time: 0x01d02a142248061a
Faulting application path: C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe
Faulting module path: C:\Windows\System32\mfmp4srcsnk.dll
Report ID: 6b61aeb4-9607-11e4-8261-10c37b6dc5b0
Faulting package full name:
Faulting package-relative application ID:


Trucking Time

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So I found out that moving a car without an engine from one unit to another is pretty hard, luckily my dads friend is on hand with his new truck for his track toy.

A New Front End

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The front had suffered a little damage and had been badly repaired by an insurance company.

So off it went to Neil Rainger for some TLC.

First things first strip off all the bits with bog, bad paint, bent bits and rust.

The old engine got ripped out and dumped.

New bonnet as the old one was rippled and beyond repair. When polishing the car the washer jet always used to bug me as the would catch the polish and turn horrible colour there a pain to colour code , sooo….

new bumper as the old had a weird bend in it ?

Mass of wires.

In Primmer

New Wing

new cross member

Most important bit, the front chasis leg was crumpled slightly which causes the whole front end to looked weird. So cut it off welded a new bit on.

All welded up

Into the spray booth


New Hinges

Full engine bay spray

2011 to 2012

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For 2 years the car basically sat as I concentrated on uni, due to fact I was in all day every day and had also re-involved myself in swimming , it left very little time for anything else, so the car got stuck in storage (Nan’s garage). Out of sight, out of mind.

Great North Swim 2011

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So on Sunday 19th June I decided I would join thousands of people and enter one of the Great Swims. The Great North Swim which started 2008 and is hosted every year in lake Windermere the main event being the one mile swim, there is also a half mile swim for younger or less able swimmers and also a two mile swim for crazy people. Being a swimmer from a very earlier age the distance didn’t phase me at all, what did was the fact there would be no lanes ropes or lines on the bottom and of course I had never swam in open water before so had no idea what it would be like. Elizabeth, a fellow swimmer and coach, persuaded me to give it a go, so I thought why not and jumped online and booked myself in. It is wetsuit only event so next thing I needed was to get a wetsuit, after some really good advice of some friends that do triathlons, I got onto wiggle.co.uk and ordered a wetsuit. I went for a TYR Hurricane wetsuit that had be designed for competitive open water swimming, which makes you super slippery and slide through the water with ease. Wetsuits also keep you warm in cold waters and give you added buoyancy, I am guessing the two main reasons the great swim make it compulsory to wear one. So when you run out of energy you can float and stay warm until they fish you out in a big net. I tried the wetsuit on, which is a pretty fun task…. and once on I felt like batman in the shiny rubber wetsuit, all i needed was a cape. A week before the event I received my pack from great events with my timing chip, swimming hat with my number and lot of useful information about the Great North Swim. The night before i got everything ready and decided to have an early night, which never happed as I ended up watching films as I was a little anxious and nervous about the swim. Up early grabbed something to eat, then threw everything in the car, parked my dad at the wheel and off we went. When we got there it was really busy and we spent awhile looking for parking, eventually we managed to find some parking in Ambleside, just north of the lake. Elizabeth, Sarah and their families were already there, they were also swimming , once we met up with them it was time to get changed. So I donned my wetsuit and was ready and couldn’t wait to get going, we (me, Elizabeth and Sarah) moved into the starting area with the other 300 people that were in our wave at 12:30pm, we had quick dunk in the acclimatization area. The water which was 16 degrees actually came as a relief, as I felt really warm in the wetsuit, after a few quick stretches it was time to go. I ran with the others down into the water and off we went, the first time I had swam in open water and wearing a wetsuit. I got past the initially bunching pretty quickly with Sarah out in front with a couple of others. It was a really weird feeling as i was actually floating unbelievable high in the water, and the fact i could see where i was going. I quickly realised i was useless at swimming in a straight line so after zigzagging my way up the first 800m i finial got the hang of it. The course was marked out every 200m with big yellow buoys and a big pink one at half way (800m). This still didn’t stop me getting lost and just after half way I sighted what I thought was the next buoy, after crashing into yellow jacketed kayaker the marshalled point out i was going the wrong way and had nearly beached myself. It was at this point I realised that there was not far to go and I should get a spurt on as i had been plodding long. Now going in the right direct and swimming in a straightish line I started to overtake people from pervious heats that were still swimming along quiet happily. I sprinted the last 200m jumped out the water I had done it, three people had finished before me including Sarah, Elizabeth finished just after me but the group was so spread out and it would take over an hour from when we finished for the whole  wave to complete the swim. We collected our freebies and checked our timing chips out, posed for a picture, I had to rip my wetsuit down as I was roasting then watched as everyone else finished. Chatting to Elizabeth afterwards she was telling me that she was having a good laugh at the fact I couldn’t swim in straight line…. whoops… sorry for being a distraction as well.  All I can say is I really enjoyed it, the atmosphere was awesome everyone was just there to have a great day and my advice any swimmer that’s thinking about it should just do it. There will be a next time and I am looking forward to it, I have learnt some lessons from this swim and want to do the next one faster and without getting lost.

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