Sunday, December 30, 2007

Smart Shower Cap

In order to totally protect the Smart from the rain and the ievitible small leaks that occur we got a shower cap for it. It takes only 2 or 3 mins to fit and provides protection against rain, frost and sunlight. Quite why we didn't buy one ages ago I am not sure...

Friday, December 28, 2007

We're ill :(

K and I both caught colds in Sweden. K is worse than I but we are both pretty sorry for ourselves... Just hope it clears up for new year!

Sunday, December 23, 2007


Am currently enjoying being very relaxed in Sweden. My nephew is now a walking (nearly talking) 1-year old who seems very advanced for his age. He likes his food - a LOT :) I arrived mid-afternoon a couple of days back to be immediately whisked off to a local Tiki-Bar - huzzah! Several cocktails later we made it into town to carry on festivities. Celebration was due as M has received the job offer he was gunning for - a good xmas present to himself. C is happy there will be two incomes for the first time in several years :) K has found an open internet connection allowing me to check email and write my blog and as such I currently write to you from the comfort of the living room having just had a fantastic breakfast with lots of coffee - perfect!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007


I finally got round to switching to OpenDNS today after making a note to do it some months back. It does indeed feel snappier and I am already enjoying the benefits of URL typo correction and ad-blocking :)

Monday, December 17, 2007

Rich the Dancing Elf :)

Was sent this today by M - funiest thing ever. Click this link to see it in action - I am, of course, the second Elf from the left.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Starting to get cold...

It is starting to get a bit cold here. Last night it was well into the minus numbers. K picked a good day to get her soft-top back from the garage!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Xmas Tree

Our Xmas Tree - awaiting decoration this weekend... We found quite a ncie one this year.

Monday, December 10, 2007

TimeMachine and NAS

Found a nice little hack here to enable TimeMachine on a network share - seems to be working so far.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Fajitas night...

In what has now become somewhat of a tradition, we went round to L's for fajitas night :) As always the food was excellent and the chillis hot (VERY HOT). For the first time ever neither K or I were driving so we could both enjoy some cold beers with our spicy food - awesome!

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Xmas Office

I went on one of my now rare trips to the office today for a morning technical meeting. I was greeted with this on my desk - very festive! Note the expertly made bubble-wrap bows :)

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Time Machine Problems...

Apple's Time Machine appears to have a few bugs. I am not alone in finding a perfectly working TM drive suddenly become corrupt when you try and mount it leaving you with no option but to re-partition and start from scratch. Has happened twice now, the second time after 48 hours and several good backups.... Would not be so bad but an initial snap-shot takes over two hours!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Time Machine

One of the new features in OSX Leopard is 'Time Machine' - a way of incrementally taking backups of files on your Mac. I had a spare 60GB laptop drive hanging around so I ordered an enclosure for it and am now in the process of the initial snapshot process. Hopefully this will mean K will not have to worry about manually backing anything up ever :)

Sunday, December 02, 2007

K's new MacBook

A few weeks ago I bought K a MacBook as a surprise. It was not meant to be delivered until tomorow (Mon). However, whilst in Aberdeen last week they attempted early delivery. This would have been fine except that they wrote on the note 'Apple'. K twigged and the surprise was lost :( However, this did allow me to get my hands on it before xmas and as such I have been playing around with it over the weekend. First impressions are good - I'd not change my Vista machine for it but as a laptop for K it is perfect.