Apr
05
2009

Made of fail

Today has just been one of those days.

I have been broken the last week with what feels like one of the more vile forms of the flu and Demelza left for Italy today to go for a holiday with some friends. Both of these things suck, but not nearly as much as I have today.

This morning I have barely been able to construct a coherent discussion or argument with Nik. I have struggled all day to build sentences that, for lack of a better word, make sense.

This is liveable with if it wasn’t for the strangle mistakes and bad luck that seem to have followed me round all day.

I think this is summed up today by the trip I made to Sainsbury. Our Sainsbury’s  has a set of escalators that deal with the single story people need to go up to get to it. To allow trolleys to be taken on them, instead of the usual steps, ours is more of a set of long ramps.

As I arrived at the shops the “up ramp” was stationary so I had to walk up it. The “down ramp” was working just fine. OK, a little annoying. 10mins later and I am coming out of the shop only to be greeted by a closed “down ramp” and yup, you guessed it, a fully functional “up ramp”.

I don’t know why I bother.

Apr
02
2009

Killer joke

Ever get the feeling your girlfriend is just keeping you around in the hope she can later kill you and steal your money?

Either that or she was a serial killer in another life. Love you too dear 😛

April fools card joke

Mar
18
2009

Get what you pay for?

I have for many years had trouble free computing.

OK, maybe that isn’t quite true. Let’s try again. For many years I have never had a computer break down in any way whatsoever. I have never lost a file, I have never broken a piece of hardware. Actually, not quite true, I broke a single external harddisk which I took everywhere and to be quite honest, expected to fail. Disks were never meant to be moved around like that, they are too fragile.

I have spent a long time fixing other peoples computers and something strikes me. It is always the cheap bit of kit that fails. It is the cheap power supply which dies and takes the motherboard with it, the cheap disk which last a year and dies, the cheap case where the fans clog and die etc etc.

Let’s give a couple of examples.

My case cost about £70. It is fairly expensive as cases go for the size. It is of high build quality, it is big, heavy and solid. I have never had any issues with it. On every air intake for fans there is a filter. I am always having to remove dust off the front of these. Every time I remove the side off the case there is almost no dust in there. As such my fans still run just fine, they can still run quiet and the rest of the machine is in good order.

My power supply is made by Antec. These people have been the gold standard for any IT enthusiast since as long as I remember. There is good reason for this. I have a large high powered computer, it has 5 disks, a 4 core CPU and 2 graphics card. I am still running it on my 5 or something year old 550Watt power supply. It has to be fairly fully loaded and yet it still runs just fine. I have seen much larger power supplies give up and die at the mere sight of this hardware. Also, everyone I know who has ever killed an Antec power supply notes it never took anything else with it. This is a common problems with cheaper kit. As with before, Antec is not cheap.

Hard disks have moved on a bit in recent years. When you start seeing 5 year warranties on disks you know it is going well. Although, bear in mind that the disk my OS is on is again 5 or so years old and still going. I would say this is at least in part due to not picking the cheapest disks out there.

I will admit some of the bits in my machine have changed, but all the computer hardware I have ever bought is still in active use. My old motherboard, RAM, CPU and graphics card are in my brothers machine and running just fine everyday.

I will be the first to admit that my computing life has been far from trouble free, however, hardware wise I don’t really have any issues to my name. Compare this to the countless machines I have fixed, clearly there is more than just luck going on here. Perhaps the next time your thinking of buying a new machine that extra £50 might save you something.

Mar
06
2009

Advanced Facebook

Looks like Facebook knows what I am going to say before I do

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(this was last night on the mobile Facebook. I had just written that comment)

Feb
25
2009

I’m a neat freak!

OK, well this I didn’t expect…

Living away from home has taught me many things. It has taught me to cook (not just muffins and cakes but real food). It has taught me to (at least try to) manage my time in a sane way. It has taught me In part to be more independent and more self sustained (although I had a fair bit of that before I moved out). However, the point I have most changed on because of living away from home is in household chores. When you live at home the place is for the most part pretty tidy and you don’t really have to do much about that, it just happens. I’m sure my mother could go into the detail of exactly how “it happened” but lets face it, it was never my forté .When it comes to your own room you care less. Fine, it is a bit messy, but it is not where you live, you just sleep there. When you move into somewhere shared and rented etc you have just the one room you can say is yours as such. Then all of a sudden having to clamber over 3 piles of papers isn’t just an inconvenience, it is downright annoying all the time. It simply isn’t sustainable.

In a little under one and half years I have gone from someone who didn’t mind that much about mess to someone who craves order and perfection. My room is always tidy, I am always sorting papers and checking things are in their correct place. I don’t just hoover my room, I work my way down through pretty much the whole house. If there is stuff on the drying rack by the sink I always put it away making sure it is all clean. Even my room at home is now tidy and assuming my parents don’t fill it with stuff then it remains that way.

There is a part of me that feels this change is more than a little creepy. After all, whoever heard of a tidy boy? Maybe it is just another part of growing up for me, maybe I was always a tidy person, just stuck in a more lazy body than I knew…

Maybe it is just Demelza’s influence that has brought it out… well in part at least.

On a plus side, at least I can find stuff!

Feb
08
2009

Anyone know where we’re going?

Why can’t people just say what they mean?

So I left Cornwall yesterday afternoon knowing full well this was almost certainly going to be a bad day for travelling. I mean, have you seen the weather of late? Actually, I ask because I haven’t. Cornwall has been fairly well shielded from most of it. Devon on the other hand had up to 55cm the other night. Suffice to say I assumed my travel problems would be there.

How wrong could I have been? Sailed through Devon without a hitch, In fact, sailed all the way to Paddington station without a hitch. Slowed a little in places, but for the most part it was a fairly boring journey I spent watching the rest of the firefly TV series on my laptop.

The trouble all started just as we were coming into London. The announcer on the train told us that we had made good time and were in on time and that to add to our good fortune all the underground lines were running just fine too. Well that’s handy, maybe I can get an earlier train than the hour later one suggested to me.

Yeah, as if things could go that well! As I go out the main station and into the underground I can’t help but notice a lot of lost looking people, even for a big tourist place like Paddington. Turns out the circle line was shut down, the whole thing! Well, that’s handy. Thinking cap on, I know, District line down to Earl’s Court, then District along to Victoria. OK, sorted. At Earl’s court I am met with about 3 times the number of people that station can handle and a train that claims Victoria isn’t on the District line. Quick look at my map and I’m still right thankfully. Find a train that claims to be going to Victoria, get on that, they announce all stations. It is pretty packed, not much room to move. We rattle through the stations one by one until we get to Sloane Square (the one before Victoria) and then they decide our next stop will be St James’s Park. Oh come on guys, no, not again. You see, several years ago I was on a train to Victoria when they decided it was closed (twice) and we sailed through it. This time I had already given up and just stood there waiting to sail through. Thankfully, little luck on my side and we actually stopped there this time.

All in all, I love the underground. That is not to say it is without faults. I have been on much cleaner; better, easier to understand systems in other parts of the world, but none of them have quite that character. Maybe it is the little mistakes from time to time that make me like it so much, even if it does cause me to almost miss my trains from time to time…

Jan
16
2009

Legal tango

OK, the last few days events have been, well interesting.

On Tuesday I received an e-mail sent from my website via my contact form. The e-mail claimed to be from someone at the law firm Hewitsons asking for a response regarding a letter and e-mail sent to me on the 10th of December regarding me infringing copyright on something called the “Belbin SPI“.

First reaction: “What the hell?”.

So, I typed back an e-mail saying I had received no such e-mail and could they please re-send.

Wednesday morning I got a reply containing a PDF of the original that was apparently sent. Unsurprisingly it had been sent to the wrong place. I have always made sure you can’t trace my address, phone number etc from my site. In fact, you can’t really even get my e-mail. That said, I do have a contact form which by the very fact I replied to him, I do monitor.

The letter detailed a URL to a copy of the Belbin test I had on my blog. That link in fact comes from this blog entry made back in 2005. I wrote this having just done the Belbin test in college, and thinking it was quite interesting I took the document we were given at college and put it online for others to try out. The document I posted had no copyright notice on the bottom. Call me a little naive but I didn’t see an issue with this.

In the letter they firstly accused me of “passing off” my document as my own work and not their clients. The first thing I did was go back and re-read my entry. Although that entry is now different, the first 4 lines are the same. I explain in the entry who it was by and what the name of the book it was first published in. In my mind I don’t think that really counts as passing off.

Then they gave me a list of things they wanted done:

We are instructed to demand that we receive by close of business on Wednesday, 24 December 2008 the following:

1. a written undertaking that you will not hereafter whether by yourself, your servants, agents or any of them or otherwise howsoever

(a) supply or offer to supply services, not being services of our client, under, by reference to, or including the name BELBIN (or colourable imitations thereof)

(b) infringe our client’s copyright in the Belbin SPI

(c) cause, enable or assist others to do any of the aforesaid acts

2. the delivery up to this firm of all material (including without limitation, promotional or other business literature and hand-outs) in your power, possession, custody or control, the supply of services using which, would be a breach of undertakings in numbered paragraph 1 above

3. the names and addresses of all persons, firms and companies to whom the you have supplied services relating to BELBIN Team Roles using the Infringing SPI and/or the Belbin SPI

4. an accurate written statement setting out in reasonable detail the dates and numbers of SPIs provided by you or downloaded from your blog together with details of any remuneration received by you for providing these

After I spent some time pouring over that wonderful legal babble trying to decipher it into English I came up with the following: Remove the document.

You see, I can’t do much more than that of their list. This is the internet, I don’t know anything about the people who may have downloaded it. As an individual I am not required by law to keep access logs of my server and I can’t possibly have names and addresses. In fact, the only real thing I can do is work out how many times it has been downloaded and even that proved hard, I don’t have logs past 2006 and a lot of the early logs are incomplete or for the wrong site etc… (the web is a complicated place and I have moved the document around as I have changed sites).

The other reason I couldn’t do much more was because I had never supplied the document to anyone bar putting it online, nor had I ever had any money for this.

So, I removed the document (plus the other couple like it that they never mentioned, better safe than sorry). I then replied saying I had done all I could and would like confirmation that the issue was closed. I waited until yesterday lunchtime for a reply. I then phoned only to get through to voicemail. I called a couple more times before e-mailing again. This time I got an auto response saying he was out off the office that day.

This morning I finally received an e-mail saying that they were going to drop the issue and not pursue it further. They thanked me for helping and removing the document.

It has to be said, I am glad that is over, I never would have thought something posted almost 4 years ago would cause me so much trouble.

As a side note, I was rather unimpressed with the bullish wrong attitude taken by the Belbin company and their law firm. Had they simply used the contact form on the bottom of every page of my site instead of trying their hand at investigating my e-mail address and postal address they would have got in contact with me first time. I am also not impressed at such impossible demands made and the accusation that I was passing off the test as my own. They could well have been sending their message to someone without the technical knowledge to call them on the impossibility of most of what they asked. They would have been complete fools to go after me for this, things like this have been tested in court over and over and they simply wouldn’t have got anywhere. That said, they did give me a scare.

Dec
31
2008

End of year roundup

So, time to round up the year. I did this last year and the year before and it seemed a bit of fun then… so I figured, why not do it again. Can’t hurt.

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
Be a Groomsman, Spend a night in an airport, go to a graduation (just not mine), go to a ball (two no less).

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
As per usual I didn’t really make any. One day I will make some and give it a shot, but for now I have enough to be getting on with as it is.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Again, nope. Although I get the feeling the days when that happens a lot are soon coming. Silly getting old thing…

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Again, thankfully not.

5. What countries did you visit?
France, Italy (just for a night) and I was meant to go to Japan, but it was not to be.

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
Last year I said “More enthusiasm about my uni work”, and to an extent this still rings true, but things are quite different this year. I still don’t want to do it, but I am. For this coming year I would like more travel and a lot more time with my girlfriend Demelza

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Jonners and Beth’s wedding, Holiday to France with Demelza and my family. The two balls I went to for end of university for some people. I also moved house in Brighton which was actually quite fun, although a lot of work. Visiting Demelza in Cornwall and her coming to stay with me a few times have all been really nice too.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Coming out of the mess of my level year at uni not completely broken springs to mind. I’m not sure if achievement is the right word, but how things have gone with Demelza spring to mind again (note the reoccurring theme…

9. What was your biggest failure?
My final year project at uni. Although a great idea and in a lot of ways it was also my greatest achievement, I still failed at it.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
As per usual, colds and alike, but nothing interesting.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Flights to France. Best family holiday ever for me.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Well, I normally become political at this point, so I see no reason to change that. The great voting public of America. They finally got it together and voted the right man into power. Hell, it was almost even a woman, and that is really impressive.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
US and UK governments, as always. There are of course many stories from around the world each day that scare me and appal me, but there is nothing more consistent that these governments. Actually, if you want a classic from a few days ago that I found scary, try this out

14. Where did most of your money go?
Probably in the following order: Bills, food, trains, planes

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
I wouldn’t say I got quite that excited, but Holidays, going down to Cornwall, Beth and Jonners wedding.

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
Probably Top loader – Achillies’ Heel, although KT Tunstall – Suddenly I see is in there somewhere. Oh, and Sia Furler – Breathe Me

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

a. Happier or sadder?
Happier. Last year I was expecting to fail or mess up my degree (well, I already was). This year I am being more hopeful with lots more to look forward to.

b. Thinner or fatter?
I think about the same.

c. Richer or poorer?
So much poorer. Last year I still had a nice big pill or Merrill’s Money, now it is all gone… *sobs*

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
I will I did more uni work, but I also wish I had figured out I wasn’t going to complete my degree that year a bit earlier and used that time better. As per usual I wish I had seen more friends more times.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
I actually don’t know.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
At home with my family as per usual.

21. Did you fall in love in 2008?
Not technically, but I fell further in love *que soppy music*

22. How many one-night stands?
none

23. What was your favourite TV program?
Still the legend that is Top Gear. That said, love Stargate Atlantis and Bones too

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I don’t think so. I guess I could if I really wanted to, but I don’t really hate people. They bug me and grate at me, but I never hate them as such, more wish they weren’t in my line of sight.

25. What was the best book you read?
What is this reading you talk of? I only look at pictures books. So, on that note, here is the best picture book of the year in my eyes. D.I.Y Dentistry

26. What did you want and get?
I put “love” last year, and I see no reason to take that out. The year you see me take that out, it was a bad year.

27. What did you want and not get?
A degree… But that’s my doing. I’m sure as usual it was lots of little things.

28. What was your favourite film of this year?
So many to pick from this year, Probably Quantum of Solace, Changeling, Wanted or Hancock would have to be high up there.

29. What was your favourite game of this year?
As I said last year, Burnout 2 on the GameCube, still. I still play it more than anything else. That said, Boom Blox is really cool.

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
It was my 22nd birthday and I spent it with Demelza in Brighton.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
More spare time and more time with friends, more money would be nice, oh, and moving to Cornwall.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
North Face advert

33. What kept you sane?
Well, it certainly wasn’t my housemates, or my family. Has to be Demelza. She is very good at calming down if I get wound up about something, which me being me happens a fair bit. She puts up with a lot from me, will have to do more to pay her back for it. As with last year, this is assuming I am sane… I make no promises.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy/respect the most?
Barak Obama without any doubt.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
The usual “war on terror” still winds me up. Anything to do with McCain, Palin and the republican campaign really got to me too.

36. Who did you miss?
Demelza, relationships at distance suck and require Skype.

37. Who was the best new person you met?
Did I meet anyone new? I mean, there were a few faces at the wedding, but that’s about it. Again, mainly it was a year of getting to know a lot of people a lot better.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008:
Admitting you messed up is harder than messing up.

Happy new year everyone.

Dec
25
2008

Christmas cheer!

Today has been a long learning curve. When I say “today” I technically mean yesterday, but I always consider today and tomorrow to be relative to my sleep, not the time.

Today I have felt pretty pants all day. Not Christmassy, fairly moody and all I have really wanted to do is be left alone. Of course that is far from what happened, what actually happened is I was bugged left right and centre about fixing technical things, computers, media centres, working out why a radio stream wasn’t holding, working out why an aspect ratio wasn’t working in recordings… you get the idea, lots of bugs and issues that I just haven’t cared about all day. I have also been fairly argumentative to top it off (yes, I know, even more than I usually am).

I am pretty sure I know why today was such a bad day. Demelza was staying the past week and a bit and yesterday she went back home for Christmas, and while this doesn’t leave me in tears, “it sucks” doesn’t quite do it justice.

In all of today I have however learnt one thing about myself. I have always assumed I neatly rode line between introvert and extrovert and never really fell either side of it. I can today with some certainty say that I lean to introvert. I needed peace and quiet today to recharge.

With that analysis out the way I do now have some Christmas cheer. Unfortunately it has come in a rather sad form, but it is sticking which is nice.

My website has a gallery. It has had one for a number or years and it works fairly well. Over the last few months I have been re-writing it to have a multiple upload script so I can add whole folders worth of images at a go. I have also been taking in meta data like camera shutter speed etc and adding tags to images. As such it has been a full re-write. I got the basic set of features working about a month ago when I finally transferred all the old images to it. Unfortunately, when I did this I noticed a CSS rendering bug (AKA, the thumbnail view looked very strange and just didn’t work). This bug completely threw me because it didn’t happen with the Flickr images page.

This new gallery is the last price in the puzzle of moving my site to the new theme however and this has been very frustrating. The incentive has always been there however to finish this or work out the bug.

So, after a conversation with Dan on MSN about how he may actually roll out the new version of his site before I fix this bug and roll out the last price of my site gave me an extra reason to work mine out. So, i set about trying another method of displaying the thumbnail grid view with CSS only. I tried it and the same thing happened, it was a mess. At this point i realised I had a common bug. 2 mins later I had solved it… just typical isn’t it.

The issue came up because some of my image titles were going onto two lines. On my Flickr page they only ever used one. The padding above my images never took this difference in height for different titles. One height variable later and it is solved. ” other simple changes and the new gallery is now live. All the old data is there, all the comments, all the old links work and finally, in a long time my site is on the same theme. It finally looks like a site again.

Please feel free to try it out and tell me what you think: http://www.craigk.org/pictures/

Of course there is lots of work to do first, but for now i feel i better use my new found Christmas cheer for something more immediate, like Christmas.

Happy Christmas.

Dec
07
2008

Onward…

So, better update this thing really.

Life has been going on (as it does you know) with not that much of note happening. One thing that has been getting some of my attention however is my final year project. As part of this project I have to keep a log of it as I go along. This being me I am doing this in the form of a blog which I will then print at the end.

This blog has been up for a little while now, but as I’m starting to make some progress I thought I would draw peoples attention to it now. For those who are interested I suggest reading the first couple of entries at least as they explain what I am trying to do in the most simple terms i feel I can muster at this point.

Location: http://www.craigk.org/uni/

Project description: http://www.craigk.org/uni/2008/10/11/deferred-success/

I am kind of winding down for Christmas (which as per usual seems to have crept up on me again. I don’t know why it let it do this each year, it’s not like I don’t know the date). As is always the case I am disgusted at how soon some decorations have gone up. There was a house on my walk to uni which had decorations up by mid November. This is taking “too far” to a whole new level.

I myself will continue to do my best to play scrooge until i am at least not in uni but home for the holidays. Otherwise it is just not that special.

Oh, another little project I am have been working on is the new version of my gallery for my site. I won’t link to it as Google will pick that up, but if you put a “2” at the end of the current pictures link you will see it. It almost certainly won’t work very well. (well, actually, I tell a lie, it will work well, it just won’t look very good).

Right, time to go battle this damn cold or whatever it is… bring on the z’s

Nov
12
2008

Stop making my life hard!

I cannot think of a harsh enough punishment for the person at Adobe thought when I selected that I wanted 2 copies of pages 7-16 from a PDF I meant I wanted it printed like so:

page 7

page 7

page 8

page 8

page 9

page 9

… you get the idea…

What were they thinking!

Oct
28
2008

Right or left?

OK, we must all be familiar with the concept of right brain or left brain. This is where different sides of your brain perform different functions and the side of your brain that is used more tells us something about which you lean in things like logic and feeling or being safe or a risk taker.

So, I came across this test here. Basically it has a girl spinning and depending on which way you see her spin determines which side of your brain you use more. Apparently most people see her rotate anti-clockwise. Clockwise is for people who are right brained, and anti-clockwise is for people who are left brained.

dancing_girl

Here is a table of attributes which each side is meant to show you have:

Left brain functionsRight brain functions
Uses logicUses feelings
Detail orientated“Big picture” orientated
Facts ruleImagination rules
Words and languageSymbols and images
Present and pastPresent and future
Maths and sciencePhilosophy and religion
Can comprehendCan “get it” (i.e meaning)
KnowingBelieves
AcknowledgesAppreciates
Order/pattern perceptionSpatial perception
Knows object nameKnows object function
Reality basedFantasy based
Forms strategiesPresents possibilities
PracticalImpetuous
SafeRisk taking

I have now been looking at this test for some time. It is driving me a little mad. I see the girl spin in both directions, I can make her change direction or keep her spinning the same way by thinking about it. Every time I glance at the image she is spinning a different way.

Then I thought I would identify which side I am by reading through the table. I think I know why she spins both ways for me. I split almost perfectly down the middle with that table. Many I an neither one nor the other and for the rest I have an even number of both sides.

Oct
17
2008

Dumb smart

I feel like a very stupid clever person.

Let me explain. Last year I did my final year at university. Clearly that didn’t go too well given I’m still here. Last year one of the major contributing factors in me decided to skip the year and start again was my final year project got out of hand. It was too big and I focused so hard on building it I would have never got all the documentation done and would have almost certainly failed it, despite having a fairly in depth and working product. As I think I have explained before, my system was called SORT (Scouts Online Records Tool) and it was for my scout group in particular but really, for any group. The idea was to get all their records online for the leaders to access in one place. It also contained a messaging system allowing them to e-mail parents and parents contact them.

Now this sounds a lot like a webmail to me, so being me I went and built one. I built an integrated webmail system that handled connecting to an IMAP account, getting headers, reading if they were new and un-read, handling importance flags, handling the replying, forwarding, the replying to all, the sending of attachments as well as the downloading and viewing of received attachments.

This is all a lot more complicated than it sounds. Almost every e-mail client sends e-mails in slightly different ways, and yet more ways depending on if you have them set to use HTML etc. Then yet more ways if you send an attachment and yet more ways after that if you send more than one attachment. In short, making your e-mail client(webmail in my case) work with every other one is very very complicated.

Being me, I went and did it. I built this system. It worked. It worked with every e-mail client I could find to test. It worked with attachments and without, it supported HTML e-mails and plain text. It was all pretty smart stuff. It took me just over a week in total.

Today I had a meeting with my project leader about my new final year project. I was pinning down the structure of my project as I’m not a great fan of repeating mistakes. I recounted this story to him. He then explained that a year or so ago he was the tutor for a masters student who did a whole project on just solving the getting attachments, plain text and HTML issues I had with all e-mail clients. He did a project on something I solved in 2-3 days.

In short, less than one sixth of the deliverable I designed which I did in 2 or 3 days was someone’s whole masters project.

I feel like a very stupid clever person.

Oct
06
2008

Pavle Bataveljic

Well today was a good start and yet a rubbish start to uni.

I went into the school office to sort out my module choices for this year. I hadn’t done at the end of last week because I wanted to talk to a few people about what I’m allowed to do. One of the things that came up when discussing me staying on and re-doing the year is they might place restrictions on which modules I could do. I had never managed to find this out so far. So, I went into the school office, picked up the form and then as a side note asked which office Pavle (who is my course head) was. I was told that he has actually died last week.

Now I didn’t know the man that well, but he was the person who helped negotiate with the university for my re-doing the year. I had several length talks with him about what went wrong, what I would do differently etc. He managed to put me at ease over something which had worried me for some time. He gave up a fair bit of time to help me best he could and it would be fair to say that without his help I may not be getting this second chance.

I thanked him many times for his help, but I can’t help feel I didn’t thank him enough. I credit this man with my second chance, he even wrote a letter of recommendation to the course board on my behalf.

This is very saddening news to myself and anyone he worked with him I’m sure. Before today I was planning on going back into university and thanking him again.

Note to self, take opportunities when they present themselves, you never know how long they will be there for.

Sep
05
2008

Officially cool

OK, so it’s slightly old hat, but when it works it’s just scary cool. Im using my phones data connection (you know, that unlimited one) via bluetooth and the random bluetooth widget plugged into my laptop to be using scary fast and usable. When i say usable, I’m using several tabs, big pages and collecting my e-mails at the same time.

Now in theory i should have been able to do this for years, and i sort of have before, but now i have a new battery for my laptop this is actually a viable solution long term.

Somethings Tech just rocks, especially when all of this is happening on a train…