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Saturday, January 2, 2010 - 13:05
2010. A new decade. That was bloody quick wasn't it?

For fear of setting myself up for a massive fall into the apathy pit I'll just stick to updating where I am with stuff now rather than listing what I hope to achieve this year. It'll save me a lot of potential disappointment when I look back on this in a couple of month's time and start kicking myself for everything I haven't managed to achieve.

No updates to report on X-Deck or wonkyspanner.com at the moment as I set myself a goal a couple of weeks ago that I'd actually get around to writing my first novel before my birthday in March. Without going too much into the detail of it, the main plot revolves around a bunch of people with powers who are investigating ley lines and the points at which they converge: Nexus Points. It's based on a table top roleplaying game I ran a couple of years ago that I really enjoyed running and thought would make for an interesting novel. My...
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Saturday, January 2, 2010 - 12:06

And so, a shiny new blog is formed (well, I say formed, I actually mean moved as MySpace is crap). The infinite possibilities of what I can accomplish with a blog sparkle tantalisingly in the distance. The grim reality that I won't have time to post to this as much as I would dearly love to is much less inviting. However I will most certainly give it my best shot.

As well as posting random links to things I find funny/interesting, the main reason for this is to catalogue my progress with the various projects I take it upon myself to do. My hope is that: by having to update a blog with what I've been doing I will actually get more stuff done. Hopefully it'll work with the support of anyone out there who would be kind enough to kick me up the arse when I start slacking off.

So, the list of major projects at the moment:

X-Deck - This is a distribution of Linux I've been working on for the last month or so. It's main purpose is to provide a software phys-rep...

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009 - 13:06

I've had a ridiculously busy day yesterday and morning today, so I'm taking some well earned time out.

It seems that people at my work are sither not very good at forward planning when they need information, or they just have ridiculous expectations. Last week someone wanted a list of postcodes for several key towns in Oxfordshire by Friday. When did I get confirmation on the exact list of towns? Friday afternoon! Another group need some detailed population and economy data for Oxfordshire's market towns. Time frame? By the end of Tuesday.... *sigh*

Needless to say, here we are at 1pm on Tuesday and they are all done... Sometimes I ROCK!!!

I've actually got an almost finished version of my Population forecasting tool done. It just needs a bit of User Testing to make sure it does what they want it to, and then I can release it. YAY!!!

Big news is that I recently decided to get back into drama and last week went to a social night at the local amdram group...

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Friday, January 2, 2009 - 15:06

Did I make any New Year's resolutions?

No I did not.... Don't really see much point in saying I'll stop smoking. Cause I won't. Nor is there much point in me saying I'll stop drinking. Cause I won't.

It was a much quieter affair this year as opposed to the huge marquee party of 07/08. Only about 8 of us having a relaxing night in. Although it was a first in that we hooked up to another party in Worcester via Skype. Very odd virtual partying and playing of Charades.

I've been in touch with the uni as well and asked if I can do my Software Engineering degree as a part-time course starting September so I can carry on with my current job and fit my studies around them. Just waiting for the response now.

My laptop has developed an issue as well... There's now a discolored border around the LCD screen that turns white into pink. I've emailed HP tech support and after the usual uninstall and re-install and booting and rebooting and plugging in of external...

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008 - 11:05

This will definitely be the last post of the year of the "It's".

Well... A week at my parents went pretty much exactly as I'd expected.

It was a particularly cathartic trip for me as I went for a walkabout around my old neighborhood and took a lot of photos. This was me saying goodbye to the place.

Due to this, my computing activities have not been particularly exciting over the festive season. The only thing of note was borrowing a Linux book from about 15 year's ago from my wife's dad. It's wonderful to read on account of it saying things like: 'Ensure you have at least 20 meg of RAM before installing.....'

So... With some personal demons laid to rest... The future looks bright.

Looking forward to the year of the "So..."

Monday, December 15, 2008 - 11:57

Well.... Almost....

So... It's been a bit of a hectic time of late. After the disappointment of not being able to go back to Uni, I've now been made a full time employee in the job I've been doing as a temp since May. So life is now hopefully going to be a lot less stressful knowing that I actually have a salary coming in, and I'm not in a situation where they could just say 'Oh... Don't bother coming in tomorrow... We don't need you any more...' That possibility has been giving me nightmares for months.

Over the last week I've resurrected an old laptop, bunged a few different distros of linux on it before settling on PCLinuxOS (the list was: Ubuntu 8.10, DSL 4.4.1 and Puppy 4.1.2) for no other reason than I couldn't be bothered trying out a new one. The main purpose of this was to use the laptop as a kind of...

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Monday, November 3, 2008 - 14:27

Halloween is once again done and gone. It was, as always, immense fun. We had a big party round at ours with loads of people getting dressed up (the prevailing theme of the year appears to be Zombie Pirates) and having a laugh. There was much bobbing for apples and eating of treacle tart, along with the customary imbibing of alchohol.

I actually had a whole week off from work too, which was definitely needed. I took my daughter to both the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum in London and I have to say that I enjoyed the Science museum a lot more. Aside from the myriad old computery gadgets lying around there seemed to be a lot more to actually get your hands on and do. The Listening Post is a particularly good exhibit and well worth a look if you're in the museum.

Back at work as of today and I've applied for my job on a permanent basis now, so fingers crosssed!

Friday, October 17, 2008 - 10:06

After about six weeks off the road due to an unfortunate incident with a patch of oil on the road I am on to my second motorbike.

It's a very nice 2001 Sym Husky. Still a 125cc but a whole lot faster and heavier and, hell, nicer than my old SR. As of yesterday it's all taxed and MOT's and insured. And away I go! :D

Been a bit ill this week. Got another bloody ear infection. I guess I only have myself to blame for not finishing the course of antibiotics last time. At least I had several days in bed to catch up on lost sleep over the last few weeks.

Reading an amazing book at the moment: The Book Of Lost Things by John Connolly it's really, really, really good. I'd describe it as a cross between Neil Gaiman's Wolves in the Walls and Pan's Labyrinth. Very weird and very fantastical.

Friday, October 3, 2008 - 11:28

I've been busily learning all manner of new exciting and geeky things of late.

What with all the stuff I've been learning I though it would be a good idea to start a wiki to document each of the problems I've been running into and allow easy, searchable access to them for when I inevitably run into the same problem again. The wiki can be found here.

I've finally got myself a UNIX shell account from the lovely people over at the SDF and I've managed to get access to it using my Blackberry. Hehe.... Fun.

Real life has gotten slightly better. My better half has got a new job which is great news, even though it is in London. This means that she's got a very long day indeed and I'm on school run every day! Not that I'm complaining, I actually really enjoy it.

Looking forward to the weekend!

Current...

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008 - 18:09

It's all been a bit hairy in real life of late. What with redundancies and financial woes I'm no longer starting Uni this year and have deferred my entry until next year. *sigh*

At least my facebook app is coming along nicely. I've got the full application framework up and running with full directx support. Just starting to put together the meshes and then we'll get this thing rolling.

Also, my ONS application is nearing completion too.

Hopefully I'll have some more positive news soon.