Friday, February 29, 2008

Floppy Disks

IMAGE_058I found the most inventive use for floppy disks yet - look closely and you'll see the desk has been cured of wobbles by two of these little suckers...

Is this what they meant when they said Windows 3.11 would be more stable? 

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Remember Business Class?

Having spent most of the last few years being forced to fly Ryan Air it came as quite a nice surprise this week to find that all 'cheap' seats had sold out.  We had no choice but to stick me on a BA plane.  OH MY GOD - what a difference.  I write to you now from the business lounge in Aberdeen where I am remembering all the niceties I used to enjoy most of time at Unisys.  Free food/drink, comfortable seats with leg room, stuff to read, staff who are polite and sensible hand baggage allowances.  It is bliss...  It may well have cost around 3 times the usual fare but I am relaxed, content and not stressing.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Windows Live Writer

ukcavatarThis is a test that I am writing from the newly released Windows Live Writer.  Let's see if this works.  I'm adding a photo too.  Live Writer can be installed as part of the Live Messenger update which has just landed and maybe explains the issues I have been having with Hotmail all day :)

No Deal on the House

So, it is official - the owners of 44 refused our last and final offer. As such we no longer have a house to buy and as there is nothing else (currently) to our liking in Knebworth I guess we'll come off the market. It was worth a shot but I guess what will be will be...

Monday, February 25, 2008

House - make or break day

We put our final offer on a property up the road today. It does not look good. The owners, despite being on the market for over a year and having had no offers prior to us, appear not to want to budge. They want 360, we went in at 320 and now upped to 335. I have a feeling that after today we may be pulling out... It will be a great shame but the property is just not worth any more to us. C'est la vie right!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Amazon S3

Decided I'd try and play around with some off site DR backups for my home network. Having heard a lot of good things about Amazon's S3 service I signed up. I am no in the process of uploading some 30GB of photos for safe storage. Even better, WHS has a JungleDisk plug in that will automate this. Nice. Total cost - about £5 to do the upload and about £4 a month threafter.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Woohoo for me!

Just got my exam results for my two masters modules last semester. I got an amazing A2 on both of them - add this to the A3 coursework and I passed with flying colours - huzzah!!!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Flight Crew Licence

I had a letter from the CAA this morning informing me that my flight crew licence will expire this year. It has been nearly 5 years since I started to fly helicopters and the temptation to get back into it is strong. But alas - I still cannot justify the £200+ an hour for a bit of fun any more :)

New Printer

So - I finally had it with the Mac and printing - try as I might I could not get my USB connected, windows shared HP PSC 1355 to work with it. Having wasted hours I gave in and bought a new printer that connects directly to the network - HP C5180. This also meant I had to up my gigabit switch from 5 to 8 ports to accomodate it. Luckily it all now works - although the HP software is somewhat flakey on Vista (no surprise with HP software!). Good news is that I can now scan over the network.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Night Shots

I needed to clear my mind tonight so I grabbed my camera and snuck off for an hour outside. Despite the -4C temperature and near total darkness I had some fun *trying* to take some good shots. I have a lot to learn still. You can see more on flickr (link in title).

Friday, February 15, 2008

New Car Search

So, I have been waiting for the MINI to hit 55k before even thinking of starting to look for a new car. Well, that time came on Wed so as of this weekend I am starting to see what is out there. First thoughts are a new new MINI (although the base cost has rissen) or something different like a Fiat 500 (not sure on this yet). What I do want is another small super-mini that I can fill with toys - it has to have sat-nav and cruise-control at least.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Helpdesk system

I wonder if anyone can help - I am looking for a good open source 'helpdesk' system. It must be able to assign and track calls to staff, notify via email and have a web front end. MSSQL or MySQL preferable. I've seen a few such as OSTicket and Eventum but am wondering what else is out there...

Viewings Schmewings!

This house selling is very dynamic - one minute we have loads of viewings aranged and the next they are being changed, cancelled or delayed. Our only intrest so far cancelled a 2nd viewing as they found a house they preferred in Hertford. Meanwhile Sat has gone from 2 to 1 and we now have one on Mon morning.... difficult to keep up!

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

University WIKI

As part of one of my MSc modules (Agile Project Management) we are creating a WIKI. Wikispaces has been chosen and, apart from some unstable behaviour using IE7 on XP, appears quite simple. You can keep up with the WIKI here...

Monday, February 04, 2008

2nd Viewing

Some good news today - one of our 5 viewers so far likes the house a lot and wants a second appointment. Not bad for 2 weeks on the market :) Fingers crossed!

Friday, February 01, 2008


Having constructed a cardboard pinhole camera I thought - why not create a 12MPix one. So, using elastic bands I strapped the front of the pinhole camera over the 40D. Results are less than fantastic... neeed more light I think.