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30 Nov 2008

Windows?

<rant>

People choose to use Microsoft Windows and various Microsoft products on Windows?

Today I've been catching up with documentation for work. My employer requires me to use a MS Windows client and MS Office to do my work. So far I've spent over 50% of the time waiting for MS Word to catch up with my typing - that must be a good way t maximise shareholder value, pay your staff to wait for their software to do something!

Don't even get me started with the pile of stinking poo that is MS Exchange and MS Outlook, possibly the most vile pile of faeces ever to be defecated by Microsoft...

There are people who use Microsoft products because they don't know any better, there are people who use Microsoft because they are required to and finally there are people who choose too. Any one who makes an informed decision to use Microsoft products can only be described as stupid... and that's being polite!

</ rant>


My Blogs

Yesterday someone commented that I hadn't blogged for a while. I realised that if you don't have my combined "planet me" feed you may not know that I blog in three different places and you may believe I've dropped off the net because I've not written in one of the blogs for a while.

You could say it's sad that I even thought about this but when you are crammed in a train in conditions worse than a sardine you think weird thoughts...


My Blogs

Yesterday someone commented that I hadn't blogged for a while. I realised that if you don't have my combined "planet me" feed you may not know that I blog in three different places and you may believe I've dropped off the net because I've not written in one of the blogs for a while.

You could say it's sad that I even thought about this but when you are crammed in a train in conditions worse than a sardine you think weird thoughts...


29 Nov 2008

London Perl Workshop 2008

Today was the London Perl Workshop for 2008. Though a tad hectic and it didn't have me speaking, it was a much better and cheaper event that the UKUUG Linux 2008 meeting a few weeks ago.


28 Nov 2008

Boom!

Yesterday we spent a good 2 hours standing in the car park at work as the building was evacuated because of "chemical incident" in the server room. Our clapped out infrastructure struck again, an UPS failed in a fairly destructive way - the battery exploded!


21 Nov 2008

Ikiwiki

I've started to use the ikiwiki wiki-engine. It's a really nice wiki engine in it's own rights but from my perspective it actually makes for a good web CMS.

It all stemmed from an interesting talk at this year's UKUUG meeting: Organising sysadmin documentation. I knew about ikiwiki but not bothered with it previously, preferring to to use the Kwiki wiki-engine. I've made really good progress with ikiwiki so far, I even plan to write something up for DA.org.


18 Nov 2008

Feeling Foolish

Yesterday a card I have was declined by a shop and a whole in the wall refused it today. I was waiting on hold with the card provider this morning when I realised the card had expired and that I've had the new one for months. However I've not made any card payments since the start of the month so I'd forgotten that I needed to swap the cards this month...

Previous cards came with an overlap period so you could use the new card as soon as it arrived, the new one didn't so it's been sitting around unused for more than a month...


12 Nov 2008

(Silly) Book Meme

  1. Grab the nearest book.
  2. Open it to page 56.
  3. Find the fifth sentence.
  4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
  5. Don't dig for your favourite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.

It's silly but as I happen to have a book on my desk I followed the aforementioned instructions.

  1. Backup & Recovery by W. Curtis Preston.
  2. Page 56 is blank
  3. There are no sentences at all
  4. Meme posted here

11 Nov 2008

UKUUG Day +1

Set of home today. No problem getting into Manchester or getting to the station on time - the same couldn't be said of Virgin Trains, my London train was 20 minutes late to arrive. We made up some time on the way to London but I was at least 10 minutes late when I arrived for my connecting service home. Thankfully the connections were very generous so I actually managed to get an earlier train than I intended!

Though it was a very wet and miserable day I managed to dodge it all arriving home perfectly dry - if a little tired.


08 Nov 2008

UKUUG Day 2

Made it to Manchester by bus today - the trains don't run early enough on a Sunday.

The second day was quiet, lots of people left early to go home which meant my talk (the last one) wasn't the best attended. However I think it went really well - got laughs where I expected and plenty of discussion at the end.


UKUUG Day 1

Getting to the conference centre wasn't too bad, the train arrived early and I had some time to wander around Manchester.

I checked in and waited for things to start. One talk I was looking forward to didn't take place as the speaker was ill - which is a shame. Not many people at the meeting which was also a shame. Still the people who were there were nice and the talks that did take place were good.

In the evening I went along to the conference dinner which was also fine - even better for me as a speaker I didn't have to pay. I made it home to my dad's place okay managing to dodge the Manchester rain.


07 Nov 2008

UKUUG Day -1 to 0

I made it up north on the trains okay - to my surprise I was actually early in the end.

I spent Friday setting up my dad's new Viglen MPC-L computer system for him. It's running Debian Lenny rather than Etch so there are some nice new features - which is good, and the Viglen is essentially silent which the old Compaq wasn't.


05 Nov 2008

UKUUG - Linux 2008

I'm off to the UKUUG Linux 2008 meeting in Manchester. I'm presenting a revised version of my Desktop Adapted for Dad talk and upgrading my dad's computer to Debian Lenny over the same weekend.