Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 10:16
That's right... Finally... A job interview. Next Thursday I'm off to try and convince someone that I'm worth employing as a software engineer and that the last 6 years were just a clerical error.
So I'm busily swotting up on my C++ and databases as that's what they're after.
Oddly, there was an earthquake last night. Weird because earthquakes in the UK are really rare, not being anywhere near a faultline or anything. I wonder how this is possible. It certainly merits further study.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 13:26
Well... Back from Paris and I'm absolutely exhausted.
Not only did we manage to do most of the tourist stuff: Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Notre Dame, Pont Neuf etc; but we also managed to get around a few alternative bars as well. If you like rock, metal etc then I can highly recommend either the Katabar near the Moulin Rouge or Les Furieux near Bastillle.
Another cunning little trick I picked up is that if you want free internet access from a hotel then make sure your laptop is running Linux. It seems to bypass the credit card sign-up procedure.
Anways... time for a big cup of tea and a bit of a sit.
Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 15:37
Well... This time tomorrow I'll be in Paris.
I'm really looking forward to, it's our five year anniversary and we've got the weekend away together without the sprog. :)
No really huge developments to report, I've started work on a code demo for applying for games programming jobs. My two options are either an R-Type clone or a 3-D environment walk-around. Still not quite sure which yet. It does get very frustrating when learning a new thing, you just want to be able to do it straight away instead of having to go through all the 'Hello Worlds' and other applications. Ah well...
Fun little site for you to check out if you like musical comedy:
I can highly recommend the Pachelbel Rant.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008 - 10:55
Had a call from a recruiter yesterday, based on the updated cv I sent out on Saturday. Now all I need to do is convince them that I'm still good enough at development despite many years away from it professionally.
Successes over the last few days include: Re-Configuring Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition to use the Windows Platform SDK and DirectX; Finally getting 3d support working on my laptop (cursed savage s3 drivers).
So hopefully good news will follow in terms of jobs.
If anyone out there wants to know how any of these linux/windows workarounds have been achieved then by all means drop me a line.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008 - 18:19
After several months of fighting with various installations of SuSe Linux Enterprise Desktop I finally made the switch to OpenSuSe 10.3. It is quite simply amazing. All the problems I've had trying to get WPA working in Linux were solved in one fell swoop. All I had to do was install the firmware for the bcm43xx chip and restart the interface and lo and behold it worked. No need for poxy ndiswrapper solutions any more, it works with KNetworkManager and the WPA encryption is on! :)
So if there is anyone out there having difficulties with wireless and Linux I would highly recommend that you switch to OpenSuSe...
Thursday, January 24, 2008 - 14:26
Not only did I watch all six of Kevin Smith's Jersey movies in one night, but over the last couple of days I've also done both Evenings With Kevin Smith. I think I might be close to overdosing. You'll know it's happened if I get arrested for peddling weed outside a video store, or calling a small child a fucking cunt rag.
Still having problems with getting WPA working on my damn wireless card. There must be somebody, somewhere that's had the same problem so I can google it. Needless to say, my search continues.
Harsh news about Heath Ledger. He was a damn good actor, and will be missed.
Sunday, January 20, 2008 - 21:10
My list of things I absolutely have to do has one less entry.
I sat down on Friday night with a few friends and watched the entire Jersey trilogy (I know there's 6 of them now so it's technically two trilogies). The last time I did it there was only Clerks, Mallrats and Chasing Amy and we did the drinking game. We only managed to get to halfway through Mallrats before we pretty much passed out. It's vicious. Needless to say we did not even attempt a drinking game this time.
Out of probably 15 people who attended it came down to just me and Hannah who managed to stay up until Clerks 2, admittedly I passed out about half way into it, but as I've seen that many times recently I think it still counts as job done.
For extra geek-ness I made the Clerks: Lost Scene and Chasing Dogma comics available for the sake of completion. :)
At the end of it all I have to say is: Mr Smith - I salute you.
Thursday, January 17, 2008 - 21:42
Dante said it best 'A bunch of savages in this town'.
What kind of world is it where a bunch of teenagers have nothing better to do than smash up a shop. I can't believe that scumbags like this are allowed to wander the streets. If left to their own devices they're going to grow up into the next generation of lager louts who beat the shit out of each other and anyone who gets in their way.
Give a week's notice to anyone who doesn't want to get involved to leave town. At the end of the week, seal off the town and quarantine it. Air drop in some automatic weapons and leave them to it for a week. At the end of that week, send the army in to mop up the survivors. Problem solved.
Thursday, January 17, 2008 - 15:41
It has been absolutely awful the last couple of days. The river outside of our house nearly spilled over again. We came within a couple of inches of being flooded during the last lot of bad weather. This is what it looked like from just inside our front door:
Thankfully it wasn't quite as bad this time and the river didn't actually spill over onto the path.
I must say how much I love roleplaying. It's been a hobby of mine for over 20 years now, and it still hasn't lost it's appeal. Now I'm not talking about Dungeons and Dragons here where me and a bunch of... Read more
Tuesday, January 15, 2008 - 00:20
I suppose the first thing to get out of the way is the fact that I hate my job. I make this clear from the outset so that, from here on in, I don't have to mention it again and can concentrate on more important things. Suffice to say it is the one thing in my life I would change in a heartbeat. I know people will say that it's within my power to change my own position, and I am trying, but the world is not very forgiving of silly mistakes made in employment choices over the years.
That said I am looking forward, not due to any half-baked new year's resolution that I'll forget in a few weeks time, but as a result of my re-invigorated focus on things that really matter to me.
I've spent the last few months finally getting my head around Linux, something which I have been meaning to do for nearly 7 years now. Now I'm up to speed with it and plunging neck deep into C++ and KDevelop (another thing on... Read more