The last few days in Myanmar had been good, and today it was a pre-dawn trip down to Inle Lake to photograph the Intha fisherman. It was one of those mornings with mist on the lake surface, soon to be burned-off by the heat of the sun. I saw this hut by the lake shore and enjoyed the gentleness of it all.
I’d spent a couple of days at the Lake Turkana Festival in Kenya, and the days had been hot and humid. Our last night there, dusk had arrived, and with it a fall in temperatures, allowing me to join in with the tribal dances. Pictured are members of the Samburu tribe singing and dancing well into the evening. It was a great night out.
It had been a long journey travelling by car from Yangon to Hpa An. At our destination, having unpacked, we explored the immediate vicinity of Hpa An and found a great place just as the sun was setting. Children were playing in the river, and an occasional boat would pass, but it was quiet and peaceful. A great end to the day.
This lady was hard at work in a refuse dump out in the country, several miles from the nearest town. Some of the refuse had been set ablaze and, as I ventured further in, my throat and nose became the first casualties in the onslaught brought on by the thick acrid smoke. There were two benefits though; where there was an abundance of smoke, there was a scarcity of flies, and the rotting stink from the refuse was masked. You pick your poison.
The heat of the sun, coupled with the heat of the fires, did not help. The lady worked on, moving piles of refuse from one area to another, sorting out those that should be burnt, those that should be buried, and those that could be scavenged. This was a hell to me. But these people suffer and endure. She looked over to us, and smiled.
This young girl became curious and came over to us strangers at a site being prepared for the Karen New Year festivities in a rural village. The celebrations continued long into the night. This was a few miles from Hpa An, Myanmar (Burma). Photo taken in December 2014.
When booting into Windows, the OS sometimes does not reconnect mapped network drives even though the mapping is configured with the “Reconnect at sign-in” option. This is due with various timing constraints of resources during boot.
Although there are free Third Party software available that can automatically reconnect your mapped network drives, I would rather be able to do this using built-in tools than add more unnecessary software to my system. I’ve therefore written a Command Prompt script using the “net use” command. Not the prettiest of code but it does the job. Tested in Windows 10 Pro 64-bit.
The script was saved as a .CMD batch file which is executed by twice using Task Scheduler at user log on; 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.
@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