I was planning to have an early night last night - gonna be in bed for 21:00
But I got a call at 20:50 saying that work had invoked the Disaster Recovery plan and could I go in and sort out the network side of it. I arranged to be in for 22:00. Got home around 03:00 this morning :(
I've tried calling Rhiannon and Chandler yesterday and today, but they arent home. I will try again after my appraisal this afternoon - maybe when I am waiting for the train.
Greets out to Sarah, Cameron and Haydn in Aldershot - good to hear from you and speak to you soon...
Posted @ 15:50 GMT
Had a great laugh Saturday night. Didnt drink but still danced my heart out. Went to Time and they spent a couple of hours playing trance and rave - a musical style that coincides with my dancing style - so I was happy. So much
dancing, chatting and fun - I might do the sober thing more often :)
They want to do the power thing again tonight - but I dont want to as I am doing a late change at 20:00 tomorrow!
Posted @ 13:20 GMT
YAY!! I did get to see the kids today after all...
Tim and I were in town getting tattoos, but before Tim he could he had to see his sister cos she said she would pay for his tattoo if he could convince their mum to allow her to have her belly button pireced. Anyway, she was round at Bimbos, so Tim and I went round there
Spent about an hour playing with the kids while Bimbo was colouring her hair - playing guns with Chandler using a hair dryer and making him squeal with laughter by attacking him with a small stuffed tiger. Rhiannon didnt want me to leave, but I promised that I would call her in the week and that she also would be with me next weekend.
Left for work at 1600 - just got home. We have had power problems at work (worked until late on Thursday night as well) due to broken UPS that looks after the whole datacentre. The "fix" didnt work, so we all have to come in again next week to try and sort it out - ho-hum.
Off out now to see Pete playing at Nicks Bar.
Posted @ 22:30 GMT
Didnt manage to empty the Volvo on Wednesday. Went round to Petes to resolve his "pigeon" problem by checking a hole at the back of his flat and then blocking it up - as pigeons were roosting in his bedroom wall!
Then went to Jonetes for tea and didnt get home til late :)
Then yesterday - sheesh! Got into work to find that there had been a power failure at our datacentre - system was all over the place, but as expected, my network (LAN, MAN and WAN) was up and running with no problems whatsoever. You got love dodgy NT servers for being so reliable :)
Anyhow, they decided that we needed to power down the datacentre at 6pm so that the power system could be repaired. It all went wrong - ie the power failed before we could get everything shut down. It all came back on, but I didnt get back to Weston until 10:45...
And we are doing it all again on Saturday afternoon - YAY! (although they are paying me for it)
Not seeing the kids this weekend, but am ringing them on Saturday at 3pm. Not getting too drunk this weekend, as I am on call (for which they are paying me as well).
Posted @ 12:12 GMT
Back to work yesterday :( I swear it is bad for my health...
Anyway, good day at work yesterday, then came home, down the pub for a pint, curry for tea and then home to download yet more MP3s. God knows why - I dont even have speakers connected at the moment...
Gotta finish emptying the Volvo (to be scrapped) this evening... and copy some CDs for people.
Posted @ 16:20 GMT
Lazy day today and yesterday. Bit cold and occasional rain. Was meant to sort out the Volvo but the weather was against us every time.
Net access is now all around the house - although the cables need putting in tidily - will do that later this week. Been downloading MP3s like its going out of fashion - I'm sure that will wear off soon :)
Pete has lent us his 2 seater sofa - picked it up this evening. Looks and fits perfectly in the lounge.
Posted @ 23:16 GMT
I love my kids!
I was warned that Chandler had become a handful and might prove difficult, when I picked them up. He was excellent all day. Didnt cry, scream, complain, moan or anything.
Brought Rhiannon and Chandler round to my house - Rhiannon loves her bedroom and Chandler just enjoyed wandering around (Note: get stairgates). We went to the Wacky Warehouse (just open after refurbishment) for an hour and Chandler fell asleep on the way home. Rhiannon had me in tears when she told me that she was "happy right now, Daddy. I've got you back. [held my hand then held Chandlers hand] I've got you two and that makes me happy". As I was driving, I couldnt sob like a twat for fear of crashing!
Out tonight for a bit of a dance, etc...
Posted @ 19:20 GMT
Day off work today due to the Bank Holiday - yay!
My ADSL was enabled last night - it works and its quick, which is cool. All I have to do now is run cables around the house to share the single connection...
Going out tonight but not drinking, as seeing the kids tomorrow. Picking them up at 10am and dropping them back at 3pm - provided Rhiannon is OK about it all.
Posted @ 07:12 GMT
Crumbs. Had a great laugh on Saturday night. Slept at Petes flat in town and went to The London for lunch. Got back home at 13:15 and went to bed. Got out of bed at 18:45. I think I slept for maybe 14 hours in total between
4am and midnight last night :)
Emma, Gemma and John came round to play Cranium. John is Gemmas new squeeze - and he fits into the group really well... Same bizarre sense of humour, etc
Pete isnt out this week (apart from maybe Wednesday for the acoustic night at The Imperial) as he has friends down.
Posted @ 10:00 GMT
Saw the kids again today. Went round at 3pm and didnt leave until 4.20pm - which was ace. Rhiannon and I spent ages doing some pictures and Chandler didnt wake up until I was almost leaving. Bimbo got him out of his pushchair and the first
thing he wanted was a cuddle from me - yay! Took round all the clothes that I had at my house, and it looks like they will all fit them (apart from 1 pair of trousers of Rhiannons). Bimbo asked if I wanted to have them for a few hours next
Saturday, as it is the Easter weekend. I jumped at the chance. They will call me in the week to let me know when to pick them up - so it is all going pretty well. Unfortunately, I left the pictures Rhiannon made round there, so I will call in the week
and go and get them.
Off out tonight again - although I was also out briefly last night - but didnt drink. Went to see Pete at Nicks Bar and then went to the Cabot for a bit - saw Luke and had a chat about the kids.
Posted @ 17:22 GMT
Had a bit of a wild night on Saturday out in town. Spent a few hours in the Cabot, singing and dancing and then wandered off to go clubbing. Bumped into Cheryl again :)
Posted @ 09:15 GMT
Saw Rhiannon and Chandler today. Went round at 3pm and left at 3.40pm. Both were extremely happy to see me and remembered who I was. Cant wait until next week.
After I left them, I sat in the car and cried for a while where I was so happy.
Posted @ 19:40 GMT
Court went well yesterday. I start seeing both the kids again this Saturday. The plan is: 1/2hr at Bimbo and Lukes and then slowly build up to taking the kids out, etc, etc until everything is back to normal. I'm well happy :)
Posted @ 10:23 GMT
Spoke to Rhiannon yesterday evening after her party. Hopefully see her this weekend, so she can have her birthday presents...
Went to see Ian and Shellie and their new arrival. She is very cute - I love newborns. They are so wrinkly and soft. As soon as I arrived, they handed her over to me, and I sat there with her for about an hour. It was great :)
Going to the Theatre tonight to see "Caucasian Chalk Circle". My friend Jenny is in it, as well as John - the bloke Gemma fancies the pants off of!
Tomorrow I am in court to argue the case for contact with the kids...
Posted @ 09:10 GMT
Posted @ 12:25 GMT
Moved into the house today. Absolute nightmare! The couch and the large wardrobe wont fit up the stairs - so it looks like we need a plan B for some new furniture!
House is great though. I have the top floor with 3 bedrooms for me and kids, Tim has a middle floor room with an en-suite. I'll take pictures and put them up here for you all to see..
Shellie (and Ian) had their baby this evening - a little girl. Born at 7.25pm, 8lb 1oz...
Posted @ 23:55 GMT
Saw Rhiannon and Chandler today. Bimbo came round to her mums to drop off her Mothers Day cards. We chatted (amicably) and I asked if the kids were in the car and whether I could go and talk to them. Bimbo asked me not to, but
said I could look at them from the front room. So I did!
Bimbo then went outside and told Rhiannon that I was inside, and Rhiannon then wanted to see me, so I went out to the car. Went to the side where Chandler was and he was looking the other way, at Rhiannon who was excited. As I appeared at his window, he turned and his little face lit up. I then went round to the other door and opened it. Rhiannon and I chatted for a bit and exchanged hugs and kisses. She said that she misses me, still loves me and wants to see me. Hopefully that will be sorted this week in court. Then I went back round to Chandlers side and opened the door, to be greeted by him screeching, grabbing my ear and hair and kissing my head.
When they left, I went inside, happier than I have been for hell of a time and then cried for ages...
Posted @ 22:44 GMT
Packed the house yesterday. Loaded the van with most of it and was out of the house by 2pm today.
Slight problem with the new property - we only got the garage today - we get the house on Monday...
Posted @ 18:20 GMT
Fitted the doors and stuff around the house today. Did some filling and
painting, etc as the lady buying the house is coming to see it again
tomorrow before the contracts exchange.
Went out last night - didnt get home til 5 this morning. Completely sober. Been drinking coke all night - had an excellent laugh, especially Tim and Pete being drunk :)
Working late tomorrow night and moving house on Friday...
Posted @ 23:45 GMT
Well the court thing went well on Thursday. Everything was dropped and the
only undertaking was that the net equity from the house sale get held by
Bimbos solicitors until the whole thing is sorted out. Which is what I
suggested in my affidavit - although I didnt specify who held the monies
War has broken out in Iraq. I was watching the bombardment of Baghdad earlier when I got home from work. A world first - live footage of a city being destroyed with the images being transmitted around the world. Quite astounding...
Posted @ 23:59 GMT
Woah...what a weekend
Went out Saturday night and got home early on Sunday morning. Didnt sleep much, but stayed home most of the day, trying to get some sleep. I spent virtually all of Saturday in the attic digging out all the details so that I could prove my case in court on Thursday.
On Monday morning, I dropped off all the stuff to the solicitors and she drew up an affidavit, which I signed and had sworn in on Monday afternoon. Pretty extensive - about 84 pages I think (mostly copies of bank statements and financial details). Hopefully it will be enough to have all the restrictions lifted on Thursday in court
So far - my phone has been barred due to the DD failing, Halifax have contacted me regarding the cancelled DD for one of my life assurance/disability policies, and a cheque bounced as well! Thanks a bunch Bimbo... she has no idea what hassle this has caused for nothing, although I doubt if she cares at all...
Had to go back to work at 20:00 on Monday to do a reboot of a network switch that had a failure. How come that always happens? Whenever I am off on a Friday, I get into work on the Monday to find that some late work has been booked for me to do on the Monday I return! Bizarre!
Today, the court response would have been presented at court and served on everyone mine was served on. And this evening - I have been to bingo with my friends Ian and Shellie. Ian won �10, but Shellie and I won diddly squat!
Plus I bought a Gamecube today from Argos - black Gamecube, controller, memory card and Eternal Darkness for �78.99... now I need to sell some 1 of my Dreamcasts and the games I never play to get some money back on it :)
Posted @ 22:54 GMT
Had an interesting day. Spoke to the solicitor this afternoon, and hopefully
it will all be resolved at the hearing next week. I just hope that I dont
lose the buyer on the house, as that will defeat everything...
Bimbo has cut all ties with her family now... god knows what is going on in her head...
Currently sat in bed, typing this and watching Comic Relief (RND03) - damn funny, although I have got choked up at some of the Comic Relief adverts regarding anything to do with kids...
Posted @ 10:17 GMT
Well - all hell has broken loose here...
Bimbo took out a court order preventing me from selling the house and also froze my bank accounts
Cant quite work out why, as if I lose the buyer, there will be no equity in the property, therefore no money that she is entitled to!
Couldnt pay for petrol this morning, as my cards had been frozen...Its all gone mental
On the plus side, Andy has been sorting the car. Rust isnt that bad, handbrake cable needs replacing... plus he sorted out the bad running problem. Currently it has only cost me �50 in parts (handbrake cable and sill), which is quite good.
I just hope things improve today...eventually...
Posted @ 10:17 GMT
I drove the Gold Volvo up to Andy's yesterday afternoon, so that he can sort
out the problems with it:
welding the n/s and o/s sills - the n/s needs a new sill, but the o/s can be patched
handbrake and spongey foot brake - needs a new handbrake cable
leaking sump plug
bad running - it was a dodgy connection on the injectors
temperature sender - computer always registers engine as cold
He's cracked on with a lot of it already - which is damn cool. As soon as he has sorted it out and I have got it back, he is then having the Cavalier SRi for a couple of days to sort a couple of bits out on that as well :)
I need to get a new wing mirror and a couple of other bits first though. Nothing serious - electric wing mirrors not working, etc, so it shouldn't be anything major at all...
Posted @ 22:12 GMT
Bought another car today. With 3 cars outside that are undriveable, I needed
one. So I bought an H reg Cavalier 2.0 SRi from my mate Pete. Its fine. The
plan now is this:
1/ Break and scrap the White Volvo
2/ Get the Gold Volvo sorted out (being done this week)
3/ Get the Cavalier convertible sorted out for Summer driving only - ie dont worry about replacing the roof
4/ Get the Cavalier SRi sorted out and then sell either the Cav or the Volvo to pay for it all
Driving the gold Volvo to a friend (lo Motorman) tomorrow to have the welding, suspension bushes, etc, etc sorted out so I can get a full MOT on it
Posted @ 23:59 GMT
Crumbs I'm tired. Went out at 8 last night and got home around midnight.
Didnt end up going back to the Rock club, stayed in a trendy bar and watched
the women all night :) Quite nice though as I spent the evening with 2
pretty women (lo Gemma and Ruth) and Tim, participating in some people
watching - causing some "Ooohs", some "Aaahs" and quite a few "Ewww"...
Was meant to be helping Ian and Shellie do some runs to the tip - but cant drive the car... arse!
Posted @ 07:35 GMT
Unbelieveable! Someone just trashed my car!
I went into the high street to post a cheque and send off a package. I had parked in a car park behind a shop. When I returned, maybe 10 minutes later, the front of my car was hanging off! O/s headlight and indicator smashed, radiator grille on the floor, headlight surround ripped off, front spoiler broken...
The guy in the car next to mine said it was a builders van, but it had just driven off!
I mean, I know the MOT runs out on Wednesday, but thats ridiculous!
Posted @ 12:00 GMT
Mad couple of days at work. Went in on Monday to find out that a firewall
problem was being solved by a complete rebuild - starting at 18.30. Didnt
leave until 23:20 and got home just before midnight. Got in on Tuesday
morning to find that one of the connections on the firewall was having
problems. The engineer that rebuilt it was non-contactable and it wasnt
until 4pm he called to say he would come back! He arrived this morning and
solved the problem in 1/2hr - it was due to a typo in the config when he had
started the machine up! AAAaaarrrggghhh!!!
Got a letter from the solicitors this morning - I have my prelimary cour hearing on April 3rd - which is a lot sooner than I was expecting, so thats excellent!
Posted @ 23:00 GMT
Went out on the town last night. Started off at the Cabot (had a steak), then to Nicks Bar to see Pete and Jeff and then finished the night off at Hobbits. Essentially we were out for Jennies 18th (on Monday), but going to Nicks Bar was good. Met up with some old friends, had a dance and a chat. Then went onto Hobbits to headbang the rest of the night away.
The woman buying the house is coming round at 2pm - right in the middle of the Livepool game on Sky Sports!
Posted @ 11:30 GMT
Arse! The new Volvo didnt pass the MOT. Nothing very serious though, a tyre, suspension bushes and brake adjustment. I got the car booked in at a Volvo garage on Thursday to have it sorted out. It failing meant that I had to go and get the other car taxed. The MOT on that one runs on March 13th, so providing the new one is sorted before then, I will be a happy chappy!
Posted @ 12:42 GMT
Home ill today - stomach bug! :(
And today was the day of parcels - 3 parcels arrived and 1 was collected. Quite a busy day and frankly I'm glad I was home for it to be done...
The MOT on the new car is booked for Saturday morning at 8.30, so hopefully I should be driving it around next week - yay!
Posted @ 18:53 GMT
Back to work today - hohum!
Came home this evening, and Tim has sorted out the foam marks on the carpet, and then, when I got back from the pub - he had finished the filling downstairs and sanded and painted the repairs upstairs!
That leaves glossing the doors tomorrow and Wednesday - cool!
Got Rhiannon a "Maisy Mouse" door plaque today off of Ebay, and it also looks like I might have sold my GBA - meaning I should have the money to buy a GBA SP - which is damn good news
I am also considering selling the Cavalier Convertible to my ex-father-in-law Marcus, as he is looking for a project car and wants the Cav Convertible. If I do sell it, I will be down to just the 1 car owned, and have enough money for the deposit and 1mth rent in advance, without touching my overdraft!
Posted @ 22:03 GMT
Crumbs. Been to the post office, visited the ex-in laws, and found somewhere to buy the doors cheaper (�18 instead of �28 each). Going to collect the doors from Bristol tomorrow.
I have filled all the upstairs holes. Later on I will sand them and then clean up all the mess - and hoover all through upstairs. Should make the house a little more presentable. Then tomorrow I can do the downstairs.
The buyer wants to come and look at the house again next weekend. So I have to have all the holes filled and painted, and the doors in place. Looks like we will be exchanging contracts in the first week of March and completing mid-March time. Might pop down and visit the new house (renting it from a woman called Andrea). Got confirmation of the price today - so thats pretty top :)
Posted @ 15:05 GMT
I didnt play snooker on Wednesday. I had a headache and fell asleep
I've only been getting 2-3 hours sleep a night since mid January - what with all the crap going on and not seeing Rhiannon and Chandler! Might try and arrange to go and see the Dr... then again - it is all stress related, so chemicals might not help
Started ot get a couple of things sorted out from the mess Bimbo caused on Wednesday - spoken to a couple of people and started legal proceedings, etc.
Got a busy day tomorrow/later today. Some decorating, doors to buy and paint, letters to write, parcels to send, people to visit and pool to play!
Posted @ 01:55 GMT
Well - I had my joint mediation appointment this morning with Bimbo and the mediator. No progress. Bimbo got all angry, screamed and cried and then left. Its now gonna get properly legal.Which is a real pity, as I had hoped that this might work out. Ho-hum!
Anyway - going out to play snooker with Ben in later. He beat me (we play 3 frames a week) for the first time since about September. Hopefully he wont manage it again this evening. I'll update later with the results :)
Posted @ 20:24 GMT
Bought some filler on the way home, so that I can start sorting out some of the "damage" that Bimbo left
Been playing with Samurize. It adds various meters and stuff to your screen. Check out my current desktop with Samurize in the bottom right here
Posted @ 20:24 GMT
Sorting out some stuff around the house today. Plus I might go and buy a microwave - as we desperately need one. Plus some housework...
Next weekend I need to organise some doors - a built-in wardrobe and the utility room door need replacing (badly damaged, etc). I also need to get some general decor sorted out - filling holes, etc
Posted @ 12:10 GMT
Collected the new car today. I left Weston at 9.45 and arrived in Preston at about 2pm - due to 2 massive accidents on the M6, which delayed by an hour.
Left Preston at 2.45pm and didnt get home until 8.15pm - towing a car at 50mph for 200 miles is very very boring...
Anyway, whats wrong with the car? It needs the handbrake cable sorting out and a washer on the sump drain (as it leaks) - so thats pretty good. Gonna book it in for its MOT, and check to make sure nothing else is knackered
Posted @ 21:13 GMT
It didnt stay like that. Well - I havent posted anything since December 6th. What has happened since then?
Been on holiday with Rhiannon to Center Parcs for a week (December 16th to 20th). Had a great time. Chandler didnt come as he was quite poorly, and I didnt want to make it worse or ruin Rhiannons holiday.
Had the kids on Boxing day. Got a shed load of presents (yay!) and had a really good time over Xmas.
Had both the kids on New Years Eve (stayed over at Ben and Emmas) and New Years day. That was cool.
Had Rhiannon on the weekend of January 4th and 5th - Chandler was ill again!
Apart from Rhiannon coming up to my room for me to read her stories, that was the last time I saw my kids. Bimbo has moved out of the ex-marital home and moved elsewhere. That was at the end of January. I knew not of where she went, didnt have an address or a telephone number to contact her. Since the weekend before, she has refused to let me have the kids at all. We are now going through a legal process to get it sorted. Just when I though things were going well - more shit happens. Ho-hum.
Anyway, now I am online more often I will be updating this quite regularly - maybe even from work, as I can ftp the files back and forth.
Posted @ 22:33 GMT
It was a great party. He had no idea what was going on until it got time to
sing Happy Birthday to him. Then his face lit up as he realised that
everyone was singing to/for him - wish I had a picture of it - but I have a
picture in my mind as I was holding him at the time.
He has grown up so much in the last few weeks, but he still remembers who I am. When I turned up yesterday, he ran across the room to me and played with me for ages. The whole party, he kept trying to find me and give me cuddles. I just hope that it stays like this!
Posted @ 12:08 GMT
Today is Chandlers birthday. He has a party tomorrow. Should get some pics to post (in the normal area, with the normal password)
Posted @ 06:40 GMT
My friends Gemma and Jenny are going to see the Rocky Horror show tonight -
in full dress. I'm going along to take them up to Bristol, so that I can
take pictures... and no I'm not a perve :)
I have always thought Jenny was "different", but she proved it earlier in the week. She has bought a Harry Potter 2003 Organiser - and on the page entitled "My Secret Plans" she wrote the following:
"Use bees to conquer the world (oceans, incl.)
Note to self: buy bee sized scuba gear"
Posted @ 12:14 GMT
It gets worse! A whole month without an update. I really must start getting
this sorted out...
Bimbo (the ex-) got diagnosed with cancer
She has had an operation to remove it, but wont know whether it is OK until December
Sold the house
Might be divorced (not sure of the date for the Decree Absolute)
Ummm... Oh yeah - and something is wrong with my car. I was working until midnight last night (one of the firewalls died), and the car said it was overheating on the way home. Will need to get that sorted as I wont be able to take the kids anywhere over the weekend otherwise!
Went to see Harry Potter 2 on Tuesday night. Good film - but not as good as I was hoping!
Anyway - more updates when I can remember to get on the net from home and do them :)
Posted @ 09:14 GMT
No updates for 2 weeks! What am I like!
Couple of messages to anyone who has been trying to contact me..
Be patient :)
I have web access during the week - and because I am no longer at my main home - I dont have net access from where I am living. I hope to have that sorted out in the next few days - so hopefully I will be able to update here more often.
After living here since May - I have finally moved my Athlon XP machine here. I will be buying a computer workstation from Argos tomorrow, in order to keep it all together and tidy - plus give me some working space.
Anyway - hopefully I will update here a bit more regularly (Matt - I will do the SQL dumps when I can - promise!)...
Posted @ 21:04 GMT
Got the kids at the MIL this weekend. They have been very good. My little
girl is getting very headstrong though - does whatr she wants as opposed to
what she is told. I've been told that it will pass!
Bimbo is taking the kids out for lunch to her grandads today - so hopefully - I will get some computer time around the other house (while they are all out), as I need to copy a shed load of VCDs for Ben, etc...
Posted @ 08:50 GMT
Wow! Am I tired or what!
Ian came round to babysit the kids on Saturday night, as I went out.
Left at about 9pm and got home at 4.20am this morning!
Almost got into 2 fights - one because someone was verbally abusing Emma (the birthday girl) and the second was where one of our druggie friends (Phil) got paranoid that me and Luke (Bimbos new bloke) were in the same club. Luke and I dont have a problem - just Phil!
Kids woke up at 6.30 this morning - so I am still pissed and very tired :)
Posted @ 15:40 GMT
Not done any major updates for a while. Hardly been near the computers at
home (the "other" home) in order to get online.
RC5-64 has finished. So I am now doing OGR instead.
Also - some links to my Home Cinema setup:
Reoc A5 DVD Player
Reoc TT7 Widescreen TV
Plus a link to the little DVD player that I have in the bedroom Mustek V520
And finally - a link to my ickle fridge is here
I'll update some more tomorrow and Sunday to document what has been happening in my life and what I am doing over the weekend.
Posted @ 20:40 GMT
Tim came home at 10:35
If you know Tim - you will realise that this is significant.
Posted @ 23:07 GMT
Had an interesting week. Bimbo is now working extra nights, so I am having
the kids Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Which is cool - as I
am always booked up Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights. A full week :)
I ordered a mini-fridge yesterday and it turned up this morning. That will be going in my new room at the in-laws (everyone is moving around and I get a larger room so that I can have the kids in with me).
Have to do loads around the house this weekend. We have a viewing on Monday, so the house and gardens need to be spotless. Hopefully I will be getting help today/tomorrow doing the garden - I should be able to handle everything inside the house - but doing the garden with the kids is nigh on impossible!
Posted @ 12:07 GMT
Had a nice day in Birmingham on Friday. Left home at 7am. Arrived at the
Bristol office at 7.30am. Drove to Birmingham with some kit and arrived at
9.40am. Installed the hubs I brought with me. Telewest turned up - the
router turned up. I chatted to the engineers and read my book. Came home. A
nice easy day :)
On Saturday, I helped paint my SILs new bedroom. The whole house if having a swaparound - meaning that I get a larger room with space for the kids and probably a desk (I can have my PC there!)
Went to see my friends Paul and Wendy today - to get a gander at the newest addition to their family - Max (see a couple of weeks ago). Had lunch there. Came back home to Weston and then took the kids to a pub quiz this evening.
All in all - an ace weekend.
Posted @ 22:59 GMT
Crumbs - what a week! Been working like crazy on normal and projects at
work. Done a few late nights too :(
Over at my mate Andy's this evening ('lo Motorman) until 7.30 - when I have to drive back across Bristol to do some more work at 8pm - resetting a Cisco PIX firewall.
Then I am meant to be driving back to weston, so that I can go out for a meal with the family (step-father-in-laws younger brother is 21). As I wont be back until 9pm - I suspect I will just buy a bag of chips, have a shower and go to bed.
Got hold of some preview tickets to go and see "Road to Perdition" next Tuesday - apparently I need to get hold of 6 altogether, so I will have to try hard.
Traded for a VooDoo 3 3000 AGP card for one of my PCs (being built for a friend) and also got hold of some more Dreamcast games - 2 from HMV (StarLancer and Virtua Tennis for �4.99) and traded for Gauntlet Legends and NBA2K... This means that I now need to make a new link on the site pointing to a list of all the Dreamcast stuff that I have, and I reckon I have still spent less than �150 on it all :)
Posted @ 18:30 GMT
My mates Paul and Wenday has a baby yesterday. A little boy born at 14:53,
7lb 7oz, 53cms long. Congratulations!
Got my car tax on Monday afternoon - so I am all legal again now.
Went to go and see Insomnia on Tuesday - but it wasn't showing, so we watched "The Sweetest Thing" instead. Loads of funny bits, several surreal bits, too many penis jokes!
I need to get my web script up and running so I can update this site without using an SSH session to do it.
Posted @ 19:55 GMT
Arse - forgot to get myself car tax today :( Have to get it on Monday
Had a great day with the kids. Spent last night at the in-laws, sitting my SIL and BIL (13 and 8 respectively) and this morning - went to Bristol. Bought the kids some new clothes and myself a new work shirt. Also bought my eldest some "Magic Sand" that she has been on about for weeks after seeing the adverts on TV (thanks to Boomerang and Nickolodeon for that).
My tickets to go and see "Lilo and Stitch" came through a couple of days ago. My eldest (3) doesnt know about it yet - but we are going to see the preview next Sunday morning - yay! I can't wait (more excited than her - but then again - she doesnt know about it yet!)
Then this afternoon we went to the park, had tea at a friends and have just got back home. Hope they enjoyed today - spending "quality" time with them is more and more important now...
Posted @ 23:00 GMT
Bimbo has herself a bloke already. Someone she has known for a while (plus went to school with him). Slept with him on the first date (yesterday) and he was round the house when I went round there earlier to get some stuff.
How broken her heart must have been :)
Amazingly, I'm not upset! I left her with the intention that we would date, etc and get it together properly, but that is now out of the window. I genuinely want her to be happy, and I hope she is. As long as I have my kids I don't mind, although I am not too impressed with the guy being around there already - but what the hey!
As more shit happens - I'll post it..
Posted @ 21:10 GMT
Well - I was correct about it being about the weather...
Bimbo and I have split up again and I will be moving out. We have had a weird couple of days, and I told her today that I felt we had rushed into getting back together. Originally, I said that as we had spent 3 months apart - it should take us 3 months to get back together. So we are splitting up again - hopefully to put everything together properly.
I feel quite bad 'cos I wasnt honest enough with her a couple of weeks back. Although I told that was how I felt, I didnt tell how much it bothered me, and how different we now were as people - people that needed to get to know each other again.
On a brighter note... oh - there isnt one :(
Posted @ 21:15 GMT
Finished reading "Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy (A Trilogy in 4 parts)"
today. Damn how I laughed. Must track down the 5th book "Mostly Harmless",
so that I can lay it to rest.
Played Confidential Mission today on the Dreamcast this evening on one of my VGA monitors... incredible picture. Completed it on "Easy" level - quite disappointing - I will try the harder levels soon. Played it 2 player mode with my mate Ian...
This morning - my youngest got my attention by calling ".ad" - which is quite cool for an 8mth old. That cheered me up no end. I finished reading my book in the car just before I got out of it to walk to work. That cheered me up too. So much so - that on the walk into the office - I felt an enormous feeling of wellbeing settle over me..... must be the weather I think :)
Posted @ 22:50 GMT
Wow! What a couple of days at work. Our ATM MAN has been completely shagged
twice - Monday afternoon and this morning. I was called nice and early this
morning and had to make my way into work - emergency like! Quite cool :)
All sorted now (I didn't fix it)
Played 9-ball pool last night - I am getting damn good at it. Played snooker tonight - getting better at that too. Must be all the practice I am getting :)
Message to Lars - I cant reply to your emails - email me with what DVDs you want sending...
Posted @ 22:25 GMT
My order from Firebox turned up this week - my MegaJoy II (controller with
60 games built in), Buffy Top Trumps (to go alongside my LotR and Simpsons),
and Monopoly (Bristol edition)
House is on the market with another estate agent now - and they have people interested already. We have found a house we like - I am going to view it tomorrow morning - which is next door to some good friends of ours (which may or may not be a good thing). And if we sell ours for near the asking price, and get the other house at a reasonable price, I should be able to put a huge deposit down and also have enough left over to get the place done up.
Il let you all know how it goes...
Posted @ 20:25 GMT
Well - Saturday night was fun!
Got extremely drunk - although after:
1x Jack Daniels and Coke
8x Aftershock (various)
1x Southern Comfort
1x Vodka and Coke
its not very surprising... Got home at 1:25am and went straight to bed :)
Sunday was cool - got up, moaned a bit, went shopping, went to bed. Got up - ate roast dinner!
Bimbo started being really ill in the evening (not from the drink), so she didnt go to work. Watched "Gimme, Gimme, Gimme" on UK Choice - first time she had watched it. I am now going to see if I can get the series on DVD. So a big thanks to Pete and Gemma for getting me into it :)
We have also decided what is going to happen with www.poo-face.com - its going to be a collective blog for the four of us. That means I have to get hold of Andy and get him to change what he is doing - although the script he was writing (allowing 4 of us to post) should easily do what we need it to do...
Posted @ 22:14 GMT
Well - those damn Compaq servers... have had all sorts of problems in the
week - both software and hardware. Sorted now (and next week), but the 10
day piece of work is technically about 6 days behind schedule :(
Today is my 31st birthday... and I am going out tonight.
Bimbo and I are finally working things out - she has decided that the grass isnt greener on the other side of life - and that although I annoy her to hell - she still loves me. Which is good, as I never stopped loving her :)
Started ordering stuff for my in-car PC this week. First up was the car inverter - and that arrived yesterday (300W from Maplin for �29.99 - bargain!). I have most of the stuff already - but someone who has already done what I want to do (and I will be using almost identical parts) can be found here.
I have put some stuff on Ebay to sell - and hopefully, this will fund me to get the stuff I need to put my machine together. Only thing I have a problem with at the moment is how to shut the machine down when the car turns off without trashing the hard disk (good old Windows)...
I have also started up a new site with some friends of mine - that can be found here - www.poo-face.com :) Nothing there at the moment - domain only just registered - but there will be daily updated content coming soon on a whole variety of subjects... mostly a collection of insults we have heard. Greets out to Tim, Emma and Gemma :)
Thats enough for today I think - I will update again tomorrow - letting you know how the birthday bash went - and maybe even some pictures if I can find some batteries for my miniature Chameleon Digital Camera :)
Posted @ 12:38 GMT
Well - this week I have been working on a project to replace the aging
server and software for the Remote Access system at work. The new servers
are nice spangly 1U Compaq DL360... I started installing NT 4.0 server on
And managed to get it to work at 10am this morning!
Damn Compaq and their buggy drivers. Machine kept blue screening during the install - just after doing the network config. Got the updated drivers - perfectly happy. Damn Compaq again!
My memory card for my digicam turned up a couple of days ago - 32mb now lets me store 130 pictures - cool :)
I have also lost my Spiderman VCD... I'm gonna have to track one of my mates who I gave a copy to and copy it from them - arse!
Posted @ 22:24 GMT
Kids have been great. On Wednesday we went to the Wacky Warehouse for them
to play. First time for my youngest who has only just started to crawl. He
seemed to enjoy himself... although we had to leave when he filled his nappy
with something that smelt like Satan had made it by mistake! Arrived home to
find the MIL waiting for me - and she swapped a cigarette for a nappy
change! Thank god...
Started to organise my birthday do... On the 10th of August, I will be 31! So I am arranging a little b'day drinking session with my best mates here in Weston-super-Mare. Should be about 10 of us (including some female company) and the plan is to go out drinking in places that play the heavier side of music... and apparently the new Hobbits has now opened, so I suspect we will be there :)
Posted @ 07:34 GMT
Got the freeserve thing sorted out. Apparently, my ISDN connection was
trying to make thousands of connections in the space of a short time, so
they disabled my account. How that would stop the connection attempts I dont
know (FUD obviously), but my account is now re-instated and all is lovely
Bimbo went on holiday yesterday. Her plan was to go to Newquay, the same as I had. My directions were: M5 south until Exeter, A30 to Oakhampton and then A30 til it end, then into Newquay...
I had a phone call in the afternoon asking is she should be anywhere near Andover... she had got to the A30 and then gone in the wrong diretion...so I told her to turn around and then stay on the A30 all the way. She called in the evening to inform me that my directions were all wrong and that she had arrived in Torquay!
She really shouldnt be allowed out!
I am home today waiting for the auto-electrician to arrive and sort out one of the convertibles as neither will start (which currently leaves me with no transport - even though I have 3 cars outside the house at the moment!)
Got an email from DVDSoon this morning telling me that Slugs: The Movie had been despatched from Canada - yay!
Posted @ 10:15 GMT
Wow! A huge break in transmission...
I worked a fairly normal week until Friday. I had Friday off! Why!?! Because I went on holiday!
Originally, about 10 people were meant to be going, but in the end it was me, my BIL Tim and his SO Emma - in a six man tent, in a field, in Newquay!
It was excellent - I am still red from sunburn. Spent just a small amount of money (which is good). Got presents for the important people in my life, and bought myself some leather band armlets and also a Celtic necklace - damn cool it is too :)
Came home to find that my damn Freeserve account has been locked!! God knows why! Freeserve wouldnt tell me why, they referred me another company who I am now trying to get hold of. It may mean faxing a letter to them and then getting an answer faxed back...idiots! The guy on the phone said that it may be due to an abuse complaint or hacking complaint! Like - sheah! Whatever!
Should find out later and then I can be back online 24/7 as opposed to being limited to a couple of minutes here and there while I use my Pipex account!
Posted @ 13:33 GMT
Collected a parcel this morning... it was my order from Pharmacy2U. What a
I have my BIL and SIL staying over tonight - the MIL worked Friday 8pm to Saturday 8am and she didnt get any sleep during the day today, so I offered to have them (I'm nice like that - plus they are pretty good)... Their names are Jessica (13) and Joe (9)
Got to cut the lawn tomorrow :( and who knows what else...
Posted @ 21:42 GMT
Had a good week. Last night, I Played 9-ball pool for several hours at Rileys American
Pool bar... also renewed my membership and got a free pool cue and case
worth �32.95 and �7.95 respectively...
Got a great deal on some DVDs yesterday...Safeway had the Nicholas Cage boxset for �27.99 - The Rock:CE, Gone In 60 Seconds and Face Off.
Ummm - what else has happened this week... no idea. I'm still waiting for my super deal from Dixons to turn up, although I have to go and pick something up from the post office in the morning, and I have no idea what that is.
Posted @ 23:12 GMT
Yesterday my youngest was 7mths old.
Went to my mate Pauls birthday BBQ which he shares with his best mate Darrell - started at 12 finished at 6ish. Excellent laugh. The kids had fun, I had fun, ate, etc, etc - a damn good day :)
Off to my sisters and then some shopping today.
Posted @ 07:08 GMT
Had loads of stuff in the post the last couple of days - 2 Jackie Chan DVDs,
my missing groundsheet, my brother-in-laws GBA game (still to be collected),
loads of spam, etc :)
Got the kids all weekend - but tomorrow I am going to Paul's Mum and Dad's house for an all day BBQ - so thats pretty cool.
And Sunday morning I am going to my sisters and then shopping in Bristol.
Posted @ 23:52 GMT
Just finished watching "The Fugitive" with Harrison Ford. I am amazed at how
much of the film I didnt remember! What an excellent film :)
The off-side driveshaft went properly wrong on Monday, while driving home from work. The car now jerks sideways over bumps, manhole covers, etc and generally feels like you are in a skidpan when turning left or right. Quite scary!. I have arranged for the part to be sent to me, Bimbos grandad will do the work on Monday or Tuesday next week, and until then I will be driving the Mondeo... which has no stereo :(
My youngest has just had his late night milk - in his sleep - and he has now dropped off again... hopefully until 6am (but I doubt it)!
I have been frequenting the MooBunny recently. It has degenerated somewhat, but it is still an enjoyable board. The owner/writer/developer (John Sheppard) is a very talented guy - both with his coding and with his art. If I ever got into a position to employ the guy - I would... even though he is on another continent!
Posted @ 23:40 GMT
Both the kids are in bed... although how long they will stay there is
anyones guess :)
My eldest had her Ballet Exam this morning. She looked gorgeous with her full outfit on - ribboned ballet shoes up her legs, hair slicked back and into a miniature bun...
We won't know for a while how she did - until we get something through the post - although her group was only in for about 1 minute - so I doubt that she could have got anything wrong in that small period of time...
Yesterday I got my CSA papers in the post. I cant fill them in as apparently I have "special circumstances", so I will need to call them in the week. What fun :(
Posted @ 20:30 GMT
As you may have noticed - a lot of my updates are done over the weekend.
This is due to the fact that I am back in my home (with my kids) during
those couple of days as the soon-to-be-ex-wife stays away with friends. Mind
you - she is now working Tuesday nights as well - as I will also be doing
Stuck some Duck tape on the Cavalier roof today - just to patch a couple of holes as it started raining - hehe
My eldest has her Stage 1 Ballet Exam in the morning - and I have to take her. Round to the MIL first to get her hair and everything ready and then I will be off to the Dance Hall for 9am so that she can be tested. She has been practising her curtsies for the past couple of days - as that was the only she needed to work on :)
I called the Volvo garage yesterday to find out how much an off-side drive shaft for my 440 would be - �250 exchange... So I used findapart.co.uk and someone has contacted me from a Bristol breakers quoting �30 incl. delivery!
Posted @ 21:37 GMT
My camping stuff turned up in the week. Sleeping bag is excellent. Really
looking forward to going away now :)
Did something stupid in the week. I bought myself another Vauxhall Cavalier Convertible :)
A 1987 D plate one. It needs a load of work - new hood, etc and mopstly a new interior - but the bodywork and engine are in fantastic condition. It only cost me �425, so the most expensive thing will be the roof. I will post a "doing up my car" diary on here somewhere, so that people can see what state it was in, and what I have cleaned up, changed, built, etc, etc until it is a finished product. I have some cool plans for it...
Posted @ 22:21 GMT
Spent all weekend getting the tent ready. It is a 6 berth frame tent -
living area, kitchen and 3 bedrooms. We have had to some fairly major
repairs to it - waterproofing it (as it was leaking), some patching and also
some fabric repairs to the inner bedroom tent due to the number of rips, etc
in it. Still it is all done now and we have left it up waiting for it to
rain so that we can get it tested :)
Ordered my sleeping bag and some other stuff, I just need to find a power hookup cable somewhere cheap - one that converts a caravan hookup into a 240v distribution block - so I will be trawling Ebay later :)
Posted @ 17:48 GMT
Been back at work since Thursday. Got some good work done too - including
getting to grips with writing some new documentation - hurrah!
Last night I spent with Pete & Gemma in Yate - did very little but ended up nice and chilled out - yet again - another great evening. Got a couple of good jobs as well :)
Got the kids over the weekend - and supposedly a second viewing on the house. Hope that goes alright...
Oh yeah - and I am going on holiday this year - middle of July for 4 nights down to Newquay - camping with some friends. Should be a blast (and probably sopping wet as well knowing my luck).
Posted @ 23:44 GMT
Ewwww! Since Sunday afternoon, I have been suffering the effects of a sickness/diahorrea bug that has been going round. Bimbo had it on Friday/Saturday and I had it Sunday/Monday/Tuesday - not very nice at all. I tried eating something last night - only to feel queasy and turn green again - so I guess that the bug ain't gone yet. It is now 05:15am on Wednesday, and I am awake and at Bimbo's house! She called me at 04:30, as she has gone down with the bug again :( The little ones have had it midly, but they seem a hell of a lot better now - although Bimbo is really ill again...
Posted @ 05:17 GMT
I found the hack for my new DVD player :)
In fact - I might make a page listing all the hacks I have used on all the DVD players I have...I currently have a Samsung DVD709 (which Bimbo is getting), a Proline DVD1000 (which I am selling to my brother-in-law), a Reoc A5 (for my main watching experience when I get my new place) and now a Mustek DVD-V520 - which will be for the bedroom (14" TV to go with it). As it plays everything it should be quite cool - I might in fact link up my spare amplifier and speakers to it as well. Last week also saw the delivery of my new speaker system for the PC, so that would free up an amp and 4 speakers....
Oh - did I mention that I got Unreal Tournament for the Dreamcast in the week for �4.99? No? Oh. Well I did :)
And England beat Denmark 3-0 today - so hopefully nothing will go wrong and spoil my day, as so far (apart from a headache) everything is cool ;)
Posted @ 16:01 GMT
Crumbs... what can I say?
My new phone has arrived along with its free gift - a Mustek DVD-V520 DVD Player for my bedroom - which is cool. I have checked it out and I can play CDR/CDRW/AudioCD/MP3-CD/DVD/SVCD/DVCD and VCD - which is rather excellent. I am currently trying to a multi-region hack for it as all the ones I have found so far have not worked... If I cannot get it multi-region I will be well annoyed...
The Mondeo got broken into on Wednesday night. Some idiots smashed the rear windscreen, climbed in and stole absolutely nothing!
Bloody idiots - they have cost me �50 in excess now for getting it replaced :(
Posted @ 20:47 GMT
I called ParcelForce today to chase my damage claim. Apparently they had
closed the call due to being unable to inspect the goods. "Interesting" I
said. "How come the guy who has the damaged goods hasnt heard from
ParcelForce at all then?". So I demanded that they reopen the case :)
Ordered some new speakers from Dabs today - Creative FPS 2000 - front/rear with sub for �37 delivered. The 5.1 system I used to have on my PC is now attached to my DVD player and w/s TV :)
Posted @ 19:20 GMT
Nothing to see here - please move along...
Posted @ 19:30 GMT
Watched 2 things last night - Mean Machine with Vinny Jones was first. I was
expecting a lot from this film - but I was gripped by it. Well acted by
everyone and a storyline that held my attention for the whole film.
Excellent ending and Vinnie Jones was his usual hardnut self :)
Followed that up by watching the Golden Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace. Watched up until Rod Stewart was on - and then we had a power cut. That was at 22:25, and I went to bed at 23:05 - with the power still off. According to the clocks - it must have come back on around midnight...
Posted @ 07:10 GMT
Watched the football yesterday - congratulations to England for not winning
their game. The first half they played really well, the second half they
played like a bunch of schoolgirls. Lets hope they sort themselves out for
their next group games.
I need to go and get myself a lawn rake today. Bimbo and her mum mowed the lawn - but there is loads of cut grass all over the lawn that will kill off the lawn if I am not careful
Last night - I also setup my laptop downstairs. I had to relocate my hub downstairs as well, as well as use an AUI/RJ45 convertor to use the lead going back to the switch... what a pallaver!
Posted @ 07:00 GMT
Well - I called Safeway last night to reserve again at 21:30. I went in a
08:00 this morning - and they had reserved me an A3 (again) - hohum!
So I reserved another at the customer service desk and they called me at 10:30 on my mobile to say that they had one. I went in - and it actually was an A5...
Took it back to where I am living and connected up the TV, the speakers and plugged it all in and turned it on. Truly excellent.
Had a bit of a problem with the centre and sub channels - but that is due to the fact that the outputs were labelled the wrong way around :)
Posted @ 16:28 GMT
Well - I tried to get a Reoc A5... and reserved one... but they reserved an
A3 instead - the buffoons!
Anyway - I called them this evening
and they have some - so I will collect it in the morning :)
Doing some cool work at the moment - redesigning the Remote Access system for the company I now work for - right up my street... :)
Posted @ 21:38 GMT
Had a good week so far. Done some good honest work and feel quite good about
I won an auction for a Sun serial cable for my ancient Sun IPC and IPX machines - now I have that I will turn them into little useful boxes running NetBSD or something :)
Got myself a new TV from Safeway in the week - a Reoc TT7 - 28" Widescreen. I was also meant to be getting a Reoc A5 DVD player (onboard DD decoder) to add to the TV and the Bush Pro 300 speaker system I already have...
but Safeway dont get the damn things in and when they do - they sell out within minutes!
However - I have reserved one now - and will keep doing so every 12 hours until next Tuesday until I get one :)
Posted @ 23:50 GMT
Had a really good first week in my new job. I have already caused a couple of
stirs and queried the current way of working - for example:- there is no
network sniffer/analyzer for the Comms team! So I have suggested that they
get a Solaris box and we use "snoop" until they find the budget for buy a
full blown network jobbie!
This idea has already met some barriers due to the whole company being Windows based :)
Spent several hours on Friday night with Ian playing Unreal Tournament on the LAN at home - great fun!
Posted @ 07:45 GMT
I started work yesterday!
Its really cool - quite disorganised (as they werent ready for me), but I have everything I need (apart from a permanent desk although that is being arranged).
Yesterday and today I have been dealing with a problem regarding a NAT connection between the Bristol office and Notes servers in Dublin - which has meant that I have partially learnt their network and also been using Checkpoint Firewall-1 quite extensively (which is good as I have only ever used it once before and know I can find my way around it quite easily).
Ummmm - what else... oh yeah - quick message to Lars - "Thanks for the paper - it is fine..."
Posted @ 20:00 GMT
Got the kids over the weekend - they are ace :)
Also - I just won an auction for a new PCMCIA ethernet card for my Linux laptop - the last one (a 3Com) had the dongle broken when my little one and her friends decided to incorporate my laptop into a climbing game they were playing...
So now I have 2 3Com PCMCIA cards to sell - that work perfectly if mated with a functioning dongle...what fun!
Plus while looking through Ebay and Yahoo - I found an item that may not have been listed in the correct category - check here on Yahoo and remember that the category at the top of the screen is: "Auctions > Computers > Networking > Server" - LOL
Posted @ 14:59 GMT
Time for some links:
Rack mount Atari 2600 anyone - check it out here
Emulation cartridge for PSX - buy it here
I have been doing this recently and also some of this - which is great fun :)
Posted @ 21:56 GMT
Well - as promised - here is my list of Dreamcast Stuff that I have:
Dreamcast Controller (x2)
3rdParty Dreamcast Controller (no joltpack slot) (x2)
3rdParty Dreamcast Memory
3rdParty Dreamcast Jolt Pack (x2)
Thrustmaster Dreamcast Steering Wheel
Blaze MP3-DC, Revolt, PowerStone, OutTrigger, Chu Chu Rocket, Shenmue, House Of The Dead 2, Soul Calibur, Sega Rally 2, Who Wants to be a Millionaire
Bust-a-Move 4, Virtua Striker 2 v2000.1, Virtua Fighter 3tb, Worms Armageddon, Ecco The Dolphin, Sonic Adventure, Space Channel 5, Metropolis Street Racer, Quake III Arena, Sega GT, F355 Challenge
Confidential Mission, Sword Of The Berserk, Capcom vs SNK, Capsom vs SNK 2, Crazy Taxi 2, Alien Front Online, Death Crimson, DDR 2nd Mix, Speed Devils, Rez, Phantasy Star Online, Tomb Raider Chronicles, Fur Fighters, GTA2
Not bad really :)
Posted @ 13:00 GMT
Posted @ 12:42 GMT
Downloaded the new version of DreamSNES last night (0.9.7) for my Dreamcast.
Tried it out and it is perfect - found nothing wrong with it yet - was
playing Aladdin and Streetfighter into the early hours of this morning :)
Retro gaming is fun
Might try and download some more ROMS this afternoon - plus get the Nero images for the homegrown Space Invaders and Phoenix...
Posted @ 09:26 GMT
Got my contract of employment through this morning - which I have to take
with me when I start my new job on Monday...
Plus last night - I got SW Ep.II and Spiderman on VCD - yay!
Watched the Spidey film - it is ace - especially Kirsten Dunst in a wet t-shirt - but I am not gonna watch SW yet as I am seeing it on Thursday night at 9pm with a load of friends. I will post my views of it when I can.
Posted @ 15:52 GMT
Long time no update - thats really really bad.
However - I do have several items of news that I need to post here:
Posted @ 16:38 GMT
Well - I had an interview on Thursday for a network architect role.
I found out today that I didnt get it :(
Essentially due to the fact that although I have knowledge of most of the systems they used - they were looking for a guru is 3 areas - firewall (Cisco PIX), web cacheing technologies and layer 4 load balancing switches - none of which I am "expert" in :)
But on Friday I got offered the other job - which I am going to accept - although the money is not right - at least I will be earning something instead of nothing...
Posted @ 22:20 GMT
I have a second interview on Friday (for the job I interviewed for last week) and another interview on Thursday. The job on Thursday is the one I want - 10K, plus car, plus better benefits plus managerial work over the other job. Mind you - I have heard on the grapevine that the job I interviewed for last week is in the bag (basically 'cos I know about 10 of the senior members of staff) :)
Still want this other job though - although I have been considered for others in the past few days - any of which might work out nicely - including a shift manager job in Staines...
Posted @ 21:21 GMT
Still job hunting. Stilll waiting to hear if my dream job has come up...
Got a load of VCDs on Thursday night from Big Andy - incl. Blade II, Ali G Indahouse, Gosford Park, Ice Age, etc, etc...
Posted @ 18:41 GMT
Had a job interview today in Bristol city centre. My interview was scheduled
for 11am - I arrived outside the office at 10:40 and then started to look
for a parking space...
Which I could not find
Which was 1/2 mile away...
So I was 3 minutes late and rather flushed when I arrived. But the interview went well - so I am quite hopeful :)
Posted @ 19:19 GMT
Our little 3 year old started pre-school this morning...I didnt go - Bimbo
took her and collected her - I stayed home and looked after the littler one
and job hunted...I shed a few tears - she is growing up too fast :(
Spent the rest of the day at our friends (Ben and Emma) - had lunch and dinner there.
Rang up about a few more jobs - plus I have an interview on Thursday - well, more of a test/interview - personality/technical test and then they invite you back for the mainn interview later :)
Posted @ 21:21 GMT
Great weekend - nice weather and did hardly anything :)
I need to get my exhaust replaced on the Volvo - the silencer has 3 large holes in - and it is currently only supported by:
1) The manifold
2) the silencer bracket
which is not a good situation to be in :(
Back to job hunting again today - oh yeah - and bill paying :)
Forgot to mention on Friday that we have bought another car - a K plate Mondeo 2.0i 16v 5dr Ghia. We decided to sell the Escort Cabriolet as it is totally impractical for Bimbo and the kids :)
Posted @ 10:21 GMT
Got back from holiday this morning. Had a very very relaxing time apart from
last night! Our friends were staying over in our villa (2 adults, 2
children) and they are pregnant with only 3 weeks to go - anyway - last
night she went into labour (we think!), so they had to leave at 11:50pm
On the job front - apparently I had loads of phone calls while I was away - but the house sitters didnt take any names/companies/numbers....doh!
Posted @ 14:06 GMT
Off on holiday today - YAY!
Going to Center Parcs (Longleat Forest) for the week, so I will be back on Friday. Bimbos brother and girlfriend are house/dog/cat sitting...
Posted @ 12:27 GMT
Interview went really, really well. Technically I am more than qualified, and the lass reckoned my customer/personal skills were better than the other 2 candidates that they had put forward. Anyway - the guy at the company gets back from holiday on Monday, so they will call me this week to let me know about another interview, etc :)
Posted @ 12:27 GMT
This is ridiculous! I have spent 3 weeks putting my CV, etc around and have
received entirely zero interest! Then - since Tuesday, I have had about 12
phone calls regarding jobs - both permanent and contract!
This morning, I have an interview in Cheltenham, for a job based in Bristol - Infrastructure Specialist/Engineer - which will turn into a Team Leader/Manager role with 3-4 staff over 2 sites! Which is exactly what I am looking for - YAY!
Plus I have another interview for a job in Bristol next week (while I am on holiday in Center Parcs), but I should be able to make that one as well :)
Posted @ 12:27 GMT
Still looking for jobs. Had some phone calls yesterday from some agencies
that may have found me some work in Bristol. Reasonable pay, car allowance
plus bonus and benefits - should be fine (less salary than before but enough
to manage with).
I am also looking into setting myself with a 2nd income - maybe telecom related as well as reworking my website hosting charges. Currently I am not charging for anything - although I am using all my bandwidth allowance!
Posted @ 12:27 GMT
Bank holiday Monday!
And it is raining! What a surprise :)
Amazingly - the weather here has been fine for the past 3 days, but today it has been pouring down...
Today is also my little ones 3rd Birthday and she has a party at 2pm, with all her friends from ballet, etc coming - should be an ace laugh :) I've been blowing up balloons all morning and now my face aches...
Posted @ 12:25 GMT
Wow - this website is sooooooooo boring isnt it?
Nothing if interest at all is going on...
Well - apart from being suspended from Ebay yesterday, because some dolt reckoned that I hadnt sent him something (even though I have and I have the proof of posting). He doesnt even want his money back (after a claim from the post office) - he just wants blood - or rather my Ebay account. Stupid twat!
Still job hunting - both permanent and contract. Ringing the recruiters up daily and hassling them - and Thursday I will call in some favours from a a few people :)
Can't get this damn ECS P6BAT-Me motherboard working again - even though it was a few weeks ago - I knew I shouldnt have taken the memory out of it for another machine! Gonna test the memory and Celery 533 next week, plus when Ebay gets its act sorted out I will be putting a whole load more stuff up for Auction (Sun IPC, IPX, CD, Tape, 4U server, 2x AT Full Towers (brand new), plus any other stuff I can find...)
Posted @ 16:50 GMT
Not doing much this weekend. Going to visit Bimbo's grandad tomorrow and then Monday - back to job hunting :)
Posted @ 16:50 GMT
All my car stereo has been installed - and it sounds great.
Needs some tuning - and the hifi shop has offered me a 1/2hr scope session for �5 - which is worth doing as it will calculate when the speakers start to distort and what the optimum settings are - ie cutoffs and input levels on the amp.
Posted @ 16:50 GMT
I have the flu :(
My Volvo was meant to be in the hi-fi shop today to have everything fitted into it - using the existing cabling that I put in when I had the car before.
Kenwood MP6090R Head Unit (MP3/CD Player)
Kenwood KAC-846 4x100W Amplifier
Kenwood 5"+1" Component Speakers (front)
Rockford Fosgate 10" 300W Sub
Rockford Fosgate Sealed Enclosure (.9 cu ft)
I now have to arrange for it to be installed later this week when I am feeling better...
Posted @ 16:50 GMT
Well - today was my last day at Lucent - I am now officially unemployed :)
Posted @ 19:20 GMT
Well - I got my Volvo back today. It passed the MOT (after some work) and I
now have it taxed, tested and insured... And it is still as quick as I
remember it. The engine feels a bit lumpy (but it always did when I dont
have Splitfire plugs installed) but when the engine has 173K miles on
Total costs... �200 for the car, �75 for the parts and �180 for the MOT and associated work - which is not bad really...
Posted @ 15:00 GMT
Well - Bimbo's grandad has checked out the Cabriolet and all is OK. It needs
a couple of things sorting out (just for good measure) but there is nothing
stopping here from using it for the next couple of weeks until he comes back
The Volvo is having its new radiator fitted today and is booked in for its MOT on Wednesday. Bimbo's grandad is also sorting out the ignition and misfiring problem for me - so I should have it on the road and be cruising by the weekend - YAY!
Posted @ 11:30 GMT
Bimbo bought herself a new car today - a Pink Ford Escort 1.6i
It is a 1989 F reg and is in pretty good condition... I am still waiting for my Volvo 440 to be sorted out...
Posted @ 11:30 GMT
Well - yesterday I went to the scrapyard and got the bits I needed. Well -
�75 got me - a perfect bonnet, a radiator and a glove box...
The doors on the scrap car were worse than I thought, so I didnt get them and the seats were not the same as mine - I have recaro style ones - whereas these were just flat...
The new bonnet and glove box are fitted, and the car will be going to Bimbo's grandad next week for the radiator and an MOT. Then I will know what more I need to spend on it to get it looking pristine again :)
Posted @ 11:30 GMT
I bought my old Volvo 440 Turbo back from the guy that bought it from Bimbo. I paid �200 for it....
The only things wrong with it are:
Some more rust spots
Anyway - I went visiting the breakers yards today - and during the week I will remove from one white Volvo 440 the following:- bonnet (immaculate), drivers seat (immaculate), radiator, nearside wing mirror, nearside rear quarter panel cover, and a couple of doors
The breaker said that it would cost me about �100 for the lot :) Pictures of the car that the previous owner took (the guy I just bought it from) are here - Picture 1 and Picture 2
Posted @ 15:00 GMT
All hell has broken loose - my server in Holland was powered off and removed 5 days before it was meant to!!!
The new server is all in and working, and now just needs everyone to wait for the DNS changes to occur...
Some people arent happy - and me the least. I was more surprised than anyone else - but hey - this is what the internet is all about :)
Posted @ 12:25 GMT
Well apparently they have decided on the numbers and the name for this round
5 people from 18 (our section alone)
And if I haven't received a phone call by the end of Wednesday - that means I still have a job. Not a particularly nice way of it being done - but what they hey!
If I don't survive - a job hunting I will go. My CV is almost ready for distribution (needs updating slightly) and today I will start looking for permanent and contract positions in my area of expertise in the South-West of England :)
Posted @ 20:05 GMT
I have been debtaing whether to attend Alt-WOA - the first Amiga show of 2002. I dont think however that I will. My Amiga usage has dwindled down to using it purely for email and IRC... plus the occassional game. I no longer do much on the Amiga mail-lists, although I am still active on the amiga web sites that I assist in the running of.
Posted @ 16:18 GMT
I am on a course! I have been "requested" to join the Security Practice section of our Professional Services Group at work - and today is the start of a basic overview course for everyone who is in the group.
Posted @ 08:15 GMT
Good course it is too. The guy taking it (Tony) is well experienced in these areas, and the course has degenerated into a free4all discussion between him and I on exploits, secure practice, etc, etc - damn good fun!
Posted @ 15:30 GMT
Had a fantastic weekend. Strange thing happened on Sunday night though when
we got back... My MP3 server (Duron 800 Linux) started smelling of coffee
and then it switched itself off - never to power on again. So I ripped out
its generic 300W PSU and replaced it with a nice Macron 300W AMD certified
one (that I originally bought for my XP1600+ machine but didnt need) and now
it is all back up again.
Thank god really - as I have a 40gb and a 20gb drive full of MP3s, backups and VCD images!
Posted @ 20:05 GMT
My auctions have all sold... The P3 didnt go as high as I wanted but what
the hey - I got some money back :)
I'm off to Aldershot for the weekend tomorrow to see our friends Paul and Sarah - should be an excellent laugh. Kiddies party first and then we are going out int he evening - yay!
Posted @ 17:23 GMT
I've been running RC5 now for quite a while - but only recently have I been
working hard on it. Currently I have it running on my A4000T (AmigaOS3.9),
Athlon XP1600+ (Win98), Dual P3-700 (Win2k), Duron 800 (Linux) and PII-300
Check my stats at: My Stats
Plus I also put an advert up on AmiBench to sell 2x A4000D base units. I had a reply for one of them within 1.5hrs....
Posted @ 16:16 GMT
Well I got my Ebay items up - check them out here: My
Posted @ 17:34 GMT
Phew - nothing of any importance has happened for a couple of days - which
is quite thankfull!
I hope to get some items up on Ebay soon - an Apple Mac Centris and monitor, a PIII-733, P233MMX and an AMD K6/2-450.
That is only part of it - I hope to get rid of about 20 bits from my office over the next couple of weeks - meaning more space (thankgod) and some extra money (yay!)
Posted @ 09:25 GMT
A quick message to Ian Chapman if he reads this:
It has been sent - ParcelForce 48 yesterday - due to cockup at the post office I dropped it off at!
That wont mean anything to the rest of you but it will to him :)
Essentially, I sold one of my Amigas and I dropped it of at my local post office near where I work in Swindon (the PO is in the countryside as it is the nearest) on Friday morning and I had an email from Ian very early this morning asking where either his Amiga or his money was... I called the PO and they said "very sorry - big cockup - went yesterday"... Once again - the Royal Mail and ParcelFarce save the day - NOT!!
Posted @ 10:10 GMT
Well Tim finished the back garden on Saturday and it looks amazing. I should
have taken some before and after pictures really...
Had Bimbos party last night - and it was a total and unmitigated success! Everyone enjoyed themselves (thats what they told me) and the Indian buffet went down a storm.
Posted @ 19:30 GMT
Watched Vanilla Sky last night... woo - was that difficult to watch or
what!?! After the first 1/2 we almost gave up - but by the end of the film
we were saying how great it was, etc :) Lots of twists and very
Tim is still doing the back garden - path is laid, patio is 50% done and turf is arriving tomorrow..
I have to finalise all of Bimbos party this afternoon/tomorrow - paper plates, etc need to be obtained and decorations as well :)
Posted @ 11:34 GMT
Currently having my back garden sorted out - patio and grass with maybe a
little feature around the manhole cover - my brother-in-law Tim is doing it
all - and a damn fine job he is doing too. Yesterday was rotavator day,
today I have had 2 mega bags of scalpings and 1 of sand delivered, a whacker
plate and 44 patio slabs are about to arrive!
He should be finished on Saturday!
All the arrangements for Bimbos party are sorted - all I need now is the money to pay for it all :)
Oh - and greets go out to the following:
all the member of #twilightzone
JFW - I'll speak to you soon
Sam G - and you as well :)
Posted @ 10:20 GMT
An interesting weekend - went shopping on Saturday and visited Bimbos
grandfather on Sunday for lunch...didnt spend anything!!! which is quite
amazing for me...
Friday night we went out for a meal with some friends - Prawn Cocktail for starter, followed by a Mixed Grill followed by Mississippi Mud Pie (along with copious amounts of alcohol)...
Today saw my eldest cat (Allie = Albertina) visit the vet for some grooming! She had some humungous knots of hair that we couldnt remove - so she was sedated (cranky cat) and parts of her were shaved..she is now home - a hell of a lot happier and I am �77 worse off :)
Posted @ 20:20 GMT
Collected my new tumble drier last night, put it all in and hey presto! I
now have a working tumble drier again...
Sorted out my Linux server - moved it all into my old Duron 800 machine and that is now all OK. Re-arranged the mount points and the SAMBA share names and also put a 20gb drive in to it:
6.4Gb System, Swap and 4Gb "Fileshare"
20gb Movies (DivX, and VCD backups)
Also put my nephews machine together...
Pentium 166MMX, 64mb PC100, 8x CDROM, SB Live!, 8mb VooDoo2 (running from the onboard 2mb S3/Virge DX)...
all I need now is a hard disk to go in it and its all sorted - which means �60 in my pocket and less clutter in my office :)
Posted @ 17:10 GMT
Well, my new condensing tumble drier should turn up today :)
I was up until 1.30am this morning playing Soul Calibur on the Dreamcast - I think I am about 60% of the way through the game (first time I have played it) and it rocks! Why didnt I get myself a Dreamcast ages ago...
Sorted out some affiliate programs for one of my sites last night, and am looking around for another one that gets around 1500 hits a day - if I can get a click income I would be laughing and it would more than pay for its hosting costs...
Posted @ 10:20 GMT
Well I signed up for another server - primarily to do secondary DNS.
Received my stuff from BIGBEN - Dreamcast Light Gun, VMU, ShenMue and OutTrigger - �33 in total :)
Yesterday I checked all the local Currys stores for their Dreamcast stuff as they were selling all their games for �4.97 - I got Bust-A-Move 4, Virtua Striker 2000, Soul Caliber (no box) and Space Channel 5 (no box) for the grand price of �9.94 (BOGOF offer)
And to top that - I went to Currys in my local town last night to buy a new tumble dryer (our old small one still tumbles but no longer dries) and bought Chu Chu Rocket for �1.50
Posted @ 10:24 GMT
Found out more about my Linux server problems...
It happens all over the shop - core dumps, system shutdowns...
I traced it back to problem with the AMD K6/2-450 and the Chaintech 5AGM2 mobo I am using...
So I am going to move everything across to an Abit KT7 with a Duron 800 - then sell off the rest of the kit :)
Posted @ 16:00 GMT
Installed my server in Redbus internet this morning. It is all in and
working but needs configuring before it can be used :)
Also found out why my box at home keeps dying on me - core dumping while running IRC (EPiC4) and Phoebox and that takes the box down completely!!!
So I think I will install a different client and use that (BitchX) and see what happens.
Posted @ 15:36 GMT
Popped into Dixons yesterday, and in their bargain bin at the entrance to
the store - I found a DreamCast mouse... for the princely sum of �4.97 - so
I bought it :
Plus I got the fax through from the UK Dreamcast distributors with their Spring 2002 sale goods on it - gonna get some stuff from them (games for �5 and accessories from �5)...
Posted @ 14:13 GMT
Downloaded some Dreamcast stuff last night. The Utopia bootdisk (so I can
book from it and then from non-GDROM games), GypPlay - the VideoCD player
and also the MP3 player - all of which are pretty cool. Just need a few more
things and I will be a happy chappy.
I also called the Nintendo Support Centre yesterday - as apparently they are selling ex-stock Dreamcast games and accessories at ridiculous price - so I am now waiting for a fax from them with all the details :)
Today - we did nothing (apart from leaving the house to visit McDonalds for drive-thru breakfast and then into town to do some banking) - and thoroughly enjoyed ourselvs - doing nothing is very agreeable to us...
Need to finish off my Dual P3 machine (maybe tomorrow night) and also I have to deliver my new 1U server for installation in TeleHouse - it goes live this week :)
Posted @ 23:40 GMT
Bought myself the bargain of the year last night.
Argos has the Dreamcast Pack (Dreamcast std box with extra controller and 3 games - MSR, VF4 and Ecco The Dolphin) for the amazing price of �42.54 :)
So I bought one, and so did about 8 people that I know...
Now I just need to find useful things to do with it and also a VGA thingy for it so I can connect it to my monitors...
Posted @ 09:30 GMT
Well - I ordered some DDR memory from Crucial RAM at about 2pm - it arrived
8am Tuesday morning. I installed it yesterday in my Athlon XP machine and it
is now running at full speed - with no problems at all.
Those motherboards arrived yesterday as well - so I put the D6VAA into a case, put 512mb PC133, and 2x P3-750 CPU in it, along with a 32mb TNT2 Ultra. Booted first time with no problems!!!
My only problem now is whether to make it a Win2K server or a Linux workstation :)
Posted @ 08:00 GMT
Well - I think it is going to become a server. I needed it as a server
anyway for my home lab (working from home). I already have a Linux laptop
(used when in bed), so I think I will stick to that...
Posted @ 11:00 GMT
Been arranging Bimbos 21st birthday bash over the weekend.
So far I have booked the location and the live music...
just the decorations, the food and the attendees now :)
Today I will be ordering some DDR PC2100 memory for my main machine, as it would appear to not want to work when the PC133 memory is running at 133Mhz, so I will get either a 256mb or 512mb DDR to go in instead - as that might be more successful :)
Posted @ 11:30 GMT
Been back at work since Wednesday, and I have also ordered a load of used
DVDs from Djangos. Once they have
arrived, I will put my DVD database up for people to browse and laugh at :)
Posted @ 16:36 GMT
Welcome to 2002!
This year will be a good year for me :) I already have sales for 2 more PCs, my new server goes live, my old server comes back to the UK and I have a new PC. Lets just hope that it all comes together...
Anyway - New Years Resolutions:
1 - Dont make any resolutions
2 - See Resolution 1
Posted @ 09:10 PM GMT
Well - almost the end of 2001...
Had all sorts of problems with email and server access over the past couple of days - due to one of my accounts being used to launch a DOS attack... which got my userid deleted
If I ever catch the little b*****d who did this.....
Off to a party soon - so catch you next year :)
Posted @ 06:30 PM GMT
Well - Christmas is all over :)
Last night I went to the Odeon and saw "Lord Of The Rings:Fellowship Of The Ring"
Plus - due to now receiving all of my Xmas present, below is presented a complete list of present received:
10cl Jack Daniels and Shot Glass (boxed)
10cl Famous Grouse, Glass and Cigar (boxed)
Cadburys Selection Pack
AC/DC - Razors Edge CD
Neopolitan Chocolates (box)
Lynx Africa Shower Gel
Lynx Africa Body Spray
2x Plastic Motorbikes (Daughters choice)
Ratchett Screwdriver set 10pce
93 piece Drill set
2002 Desktop Diary
3 mini cookery books
The Crow - DVD
Lord Of The Rings paperback
Leopard print thong!!!! (from the mother-in-law?!?!?!?!?!)
Lord Of The Rings boardgame
�15 Virgin Voucher
Small presents (Slinky, puzzles, window climber, stretchy snakes,etc)
Posted @ 08:30 AM GMT
Well Christmas Day has been and gone. I got some very decent presents and on
the whole I am damn pleased. Got reasonably pissed on Xmas Day round at the
in-laws and I am planning to do the same today at Bimbos dads :)
Unfortunately - I have a stinking cold and am feeling really ill. Everyone else has already had this bug but I am the last one - so I suspect that it is now so strong that it will kill me :)
or maybe not...
Posted @ 09:00 AM GMT
Spent last night at Center Parcs again. Had a great time - got drunk and
also tried out my new el-cheapo webcam - a Trust Spacec@m 200
When we got home today - I had received some parcels - my Slocket so that I can fit a P3 into that ECS motherboard (as the S/370 socket only takes PPGA Celerons!) plus my DI28 IR/Modem for my Ericsson T28s
Mobile surfing - here I come :)
Posted @ 09:30 PM GMT
Spent the night at Center Parcs last night and got comfortably drunk
When I came home on Monday evening (about 8pm), there was a parcel sat on the doorstep - with just my name on it - no address label
I opened it up and inside were 2 things:
An invoice for an AOpen MX3L Motherboard
An ECS P6BAT-Me motherboard
So I sent a suitably snotty email on Monday evening :)
Lets hope they get it sorted out...
Posted @ 01:35 AM GMT
I have been playing "Return to Castle Wolfenstein"...
On my Duron 800, 256mb with a 16mb TNT2 M64 AGP4x - it is pretty fast - even with most stuff enabled. 800x600 with high detail is both gorgeous to look at and quick to play. Cant wait to try it out on my new XP1600+, 512mb, 64mb S3 Savage 2000 AGP4x that I will have finished for February...
Speaking of new PCs, I am still waiting for some parts to arrive so that I can build my new home servers. Plus - due to 2 failed orders for PCs - I currently have several bits of kit ready to build into something awesome.
My new machine (to replace the existing Duron 800), will be as below:
Posted @ 01:35 AM GMT
Sorted out some cool stuff while at work recently
For music on the go, I have a Diamond Rio PMP300 MP3 player (64mb)
For gaming on the go, I have a Gameboy Advance
For talking on the go, I have an Ericsson T28s mobile
For working on the go, I have a Palm V
And now I have got internet on the go. By the purchase of an Ericsson DI modem for my T28s, I can now surf and email (using Eudora) from my Palm V no matter where in the world (providing I have a signal). Plus yesterday, I obtained TGssh - a secure shell client for the Palm - so this means I can check on my servers and update them too...
Digital life is soooooo much fun :)
I have also obtained a copy of the new Kylie Minogue "Agent Provocatuer" advert (currently being screened in cinemas). Unfortunately, it was in Realplayer format - but I have converted it into various other formats and they will appear here on Monday - the original RM format, MPEG-1 (VCD) format and also DivX format...
Bye for now.....
Posted @ 11:00 AM CET
Ho-hum! Back to work...
Testing some security stuff for the lab at work at the moment. We need a unified authentification system for all the lab clients (Solaris, Linux, Win98, Win2K) and I am playing with a little program called WinBind. As far as I can get it to work so far - I can get the *nix boxes authenticating logons from a Windows PDC - and I am now working on getting the PDC to use PAM (Pluggable Authentication Module) to get its details from a RADIUS server. However, I think I might need to complicate the matter by making the PDC a Linux box running SAMBA and doing it that way :)
Posted @ 11:00 AM CET
Last day of paternity leave today. I have had 5 days off to spend with Bimbo and the family - and I have really enjoyed it - more than I though I would I think. The new baby is very cuddly, and as Bimbo is more focused on him - our other one is cuddling up to me more (which is great)
Posted @ 02:00 PM CET
Crumbs! Bimbo and I are getting sleep. All he does is sleep, eat, shit and
when he is awake - he just lies there watching things - no crying (unless he
is being undressed) or anything... quite disturbing at times.
I am still waiting on stuff arriving from some auctions - namely 3 motherboards. I have everything sat here waiting - cases, memory, etc, etc - just no frickin' motherboards :(
Posted @ 10:00 AM CET
Bimbo and the new one came home last night. He is deadly cute and extremely small. I though our other one was small, but he seems tiny in comparison. First night went well :)
Posted @ 06:15 PM CET
Bimbo and son should be coming home today. They were going to let her come out at lunchtime, but due to her past history (nearly died 3 days after the last birth) they have decided to keep her in until this afternoon :(
Posted @ 10:53 AM CET
At 01:15AM this morning - my son was born.
He weighed in at 5lb 9ozs and was 49.5cm long, which is 1oz heavier than our daughter and .5cm shorter :)
Posted @ 04:15 AM CET
Spoke to my Brother-in-law this morning - apparently he doesnt want the
Celeron 533 solutions - he just wants a P166MMX setup so that my nephew can
draw and write on it :)
Which is quite nice as I have a machine lying around just for that purpose :)
Posted @ 02:15 PM CET
I have a few things going on recently. First up was my appraisal at work - that
went well considering :)
Plus some of the kit for the various computers I am building have started turning up - and my Brother-In-Law has asked me to build a computer for my nephew. So a Celeron 533 with a reasonable spec will be sorted out for him, so that he can play his games (Action Man), etc...
Posted @ 08:15 PM CET
Had a hospital appointment today, and Bimbo has been booked in for the baby to be induced next Wednesday. Yay!
Posted @ 06:15 PM CET
Well - an interesting few days.
The machine I was building (after I left it soak testing for 24 hours) developed a "BIOS Checksum" error. I tried reflashing the current BIOS back onto it and it gave me write failures on about 70% of the flash... so I have RMAd the motherboard for a replacement :)
Bimbo is feeling OK - although I think it will not be long now until our new baby arrives.
More updates tomorrow...
Posted @ 02:15 PM CET
Been shopping this morning. Bought some more Xmas presents and some other
stuff (clothes for the little one).
Last night - I built and tested the new PC I am building for someone. Everything is now installed and recognised - all I need to do is put the sides on the case and install Win98 for him and everything is done. It seems pretty stable - although the CPU temp is a bit high for my liking, but still well within acceptable limits.
Posted @ 02:00 PM CET
Bimbo came out of hospital last night :)
She has been given the all clear (they think the episodes were migrain related) and she has been sent home on the proviso that she gets her BP checked on Monday and Friday and has an ante-natal on Wednesdays... so 3 days of the week will be spent visiting hospitals :)
Posted @ 11:00 AM CET
Bimbo is still in hospital. She is not suffering from pre-eclampsia and she
has also been tested for diabetes - which came back negative.
Current thinking is that she may have developed gestational epilepsy - which would explain her fainting episodes and her minor shaking fits she has been having. Today, she has some neurologists visiting her to run some tests and then she will have an appointment for a brain/heart/nerve scan to see if she is in deed suffering from epilepsy.
If she is - then the hospital can handle it - but at the moment - they really don't know what is wrong with her :(
Our little one is doing fine - although she does keep asking for her mummy - and that is very upsetting for both her and me... but it can only get better :)
Once again - more news as I get it...
Posted @ 12:00 AM CET
Well, Bimbo stayed in overnight last night and has been monitored for the
whole time. They are still worried about her as her BP is going all the way
up and then all the way down... The problem is that they have drugs that can
handle high or low pressure, but not anything that to handle the BP doing
this yo-yo thing :(
Out little one seems to be bearing up well under the pressure. She has asked about her mum a few times, and seems satisifed about her being away from home and having to stay in hospital. However, she has woken up a couple of times crying and calling for her mummy - which upsets me greatly.
So it looks as if Bimbo will be in hospital for a while, and all of our lives are affected by it. I miss her terribly, but I wish all the best for her and know that she is in the right place.
Hellos go out to Mark and Davina, Lee, Pob, Andy, Andy, Paul and Wendy and Bimbos parents (who are being great)...
More news as I get it :)
Posted @ 05:00 PM CET
Bimbo is in hospital (again). She was admitted yesterday with high bloodpressure (after the midwife did a home visit). She discharged herself last night as she was feeling fine and then went in again this morning. She is expected to be in for a while...
Posted @ 01:00 PM CET
Bimbo has been in hospital again - her blood pressure went up by 50% :( It all calmed down again though, so she came home on Sunday night... Have finished installing my new server and it is all tested and working OK. So I will be installing it in Telehouse next week - yay!
Posted @ 11:00 PM CET
Received my DVDs from HMV. Also had some conversation with Djangos customer support regarding the lack of delivery of BattleField Earth - so they are sending me another - which is pretty cool :)
Posted @ 01:37 PM CET
Made progress on installing my Intel 1010 1U server today. Plonked a PCI VGA
card into it, swapped the 10gb for a 15gb and rested a CDROM on it.
It merrily installed FreeBSD 4.4 without any problems at all...
Tomorrow night I will be seeing if it boots without a VGA card in it - if it does - then I am laughing :)
Posted @ 11:58 PM CET
Ordered a load of stuff today. From Djangos, I ordered Cast Away, Lady & The Tramp II:Scamps Adventure, The Book of Pooh:Stories From The Heart (all on DVD) and Monster Magnet - Powertrip on CD...
Then this evening I ordered some DVDs from HMV, taking advantage of their BOGOF offer and also a 10% discount from NME - which was quite cool - ordering Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Frighteners and Who Am I?... I think this will take my DVD collection to about 70... I really must get my DVD database up and running :)
Posted @ 10:16 PM CET
Well - the site got hacked last night by some idiot called "RaM". He managed to exploit the GreyMatter Perl script - got in, changed the master password and changed some web pages. So I have now changed from Grey Matter (you may notice that all the GM banners have vanished) and am doing it another way that cannot be hacked (I hope)...
Posted @ 03:00 PM CET
I'll post an update from work tomorrow about my weekend :)
Posted @ 05:04 PM CET
Well, the halloween party was a great success. However, I had to go as a Zombie at the end, as the suit trousers I thought I took with me were in fact shorts...
I would post some pictures - but no-one actually brought a camera to the party - doh!
Anyway - the hospital appointment went fine. Although the baby is now 2 weeks smaller than it should be - it is the same size as it was when we had a scan 2 weeks ago :( Shouldn't be anything major, but here's hoping...
Start building my new MP3 server as well - AT Full Tower case, Chaintech 5AGM2 motherboard, 128mb PC100, AMD K6/2-450... All installed and running fine, just need to move the hard disks across from the existing P233MMX box and it should be finished. Then I will have another server to sell on :)
I also won 2 auctions for some new ATX motherboards - 1 single and 1 dual... So I am now looking for a Celeron 533 (PPGA) and 2x PII 833 (FC-PGA) to live in them. Then I will setup one as a *nix box to test stuff from work and the dual machine will be a Win2000 box to do various testing and also a video encoding/decoding box (VOB-DivX, DivX-MPG)...
Funny page of the day - Work Place Nickname Generator
Posted @ 10:45 AM CET
Well - today a few things turned up in the post:
Mr Nice Guy - Jackie Chan DVD from Play247
City Hunter - Jackie Chan DVD from Play247
Winters Heart - latest Robert Jordan paperback from BOL
Plus we have a hospital appointment this afternoon, and following that - a Halloween Party to attend this evening... Bimbos mum has spooked up her house quite drastically, and everyone is dressing up. I was going as a Zombie Dentist but as I can't my chef's coat to use, I am now going as Lurch or Herman Munster :)
Posted @ 09:57 AM CET
Few things occurred today...
My new chair turned up from Viking Direct - Leather faced executive type for �29.99+VAT (with free delivery). I have assembled it and am sat on it right now - damn comfy it is too...
Plus I just had an email from WHSmith telling me that on 30/10/01 - my copy of Terminator 2 : Ultimate Edition was despatched - double yay!
Posted @ 02:55 PM CET
Well - another Monday and another update...
Collected my server on Saturday - an Intel NetAppliance 1010 - a 1U server.
It is a bit different than I expected (all controlled from an LCD screen on the front) but I think I will wap a PCI gfx card into it and a CDROM - change the HDD and put some more memory in - and then install FreeBSD 4.4. At least I know where I am with FBSD - not like the RedHat 6.2 distro that is on there at the moment.
Also - I broke my Xircom Cardbus Realport card (10/100, 56k and GSM) PCMCIA card in my Linux laptop last night - one of the pins on the RJ45 socket broke :( So I am back to using my trusty 3Com 3C589D again...
Also had an email from a friend and old work colleague when I got home tonight - updating me on what he is up to. Hi Jon - and I hope we stay in touch more now :)
Posted @ 10:51 PM CET
Bimbo came out of hospital yesterday evening.
She has a course of anti-biotics to take and that should deal with the infection that started this all off. Now she has to rest and stay off of her feet - so I am running around doing stuff now and for the next couple of weeks :)
Thank god everything went OK - but it still looks as if the baby will be born early (past birth history is against her), so we should have another little 'un around by Christmas...
Posted @ 04:26 PM CET
Bimbo is in hospital...
Bimbo has been having pains for the past day or so (she is 31weeks
pregnant), and today she rang the maternity hospital in Bristol and enquired
if they might have any ideas.
They asked to come up for some checks.
So we we there for 6pm.
They checked her temperature, blood pressure, urine, etc
Finally at 10pm they told us that it would appear that she has an infection
and that this has given her an "irritable uterus". If left alone, her body
will try to abort the baby...
She is now in hospital overnight for observation (they have already started
her on some anti-biotics) and might be out tomorrow, or a few days later or
even some weeks from now :(
Life sucks - especially when something as great as my Bimbo and my unborn
child are in danger!
Currently I am alone and scared...
Posted @ 11:49 PM CET
Friday - in the evening I went to a Skittles presentation evening along with Bimbo, Bimbo's mum and step-dad, and Bimbos grandad...
Basically saw this fantastic cabaret singer, and then it was followed with a disco (during which I actually got up and danced). Best thing of the evening - 5 drinks = �6.22 <- utter bargain :)
Saturday - did very, very little. Bought some stuff for Bimbo, and watched Scary Movie 2 - which was hilarious :) Then watched Meet The Parents - although we came home early as we were knackered.
Sunday - went shopping, bought some Vivastar CDRs from Argos - these work with my Sammy DVD player. Went to Gone-gones for tea.....
Today - 300 Precision CDRs arrived from Buy.com - which was cool.
Still waiting on Battlefield Earth from Djangos, my new server from Cyber Computing in the US, my Samsung CD-R 74S from Astec and..... god knows :)
My Nan is out of hospital and seems to be fine :)
It would appear however, that she wants to do a "where there's a blame, there's a claim" thing and get some money for what happened to her - good for her is what I say...
Posted @ 03:49 PM CET
Some more Djangos stuff arrived this morning - What Lies Beneath and Meet The Parents... juyst waiting for BattleField Earth...
My Nan appears to be OK (although she hasnt been released from hospital yet), but she has high spirits at the moment...
VideoCDs obtained today:
Rat Race, American Pie 2, The Parole Officer, Cats & Dogs, The Big Hit, Mike Basset:England Manager, Original Sin, Tailor of Panama and Just Visiting...
Quite pleased about that really :)
Posted @ 10:28 AM CET
Eventful couple of days here for me...
Driving into work on Tuesday morning, and at 9am I got a phone call
from my brother-in-law (Ken) telling me that my grandmother had been
run over the day before and was in hospital...
A BT van backed into her at speed, she went flying and has cracked her
pelvis... To most people, this would cause slight pain and would
repair in a month or so. However, she is 87, so it will take
her 6 months to repair.
I am now thinking about getting in contact with a "where there's blame
- there's a claim" company, and seeing what can be done about it.
Also recieved my 100 CDRWs this morning - which is a relief... Still
waiting on loads of stuff to arrive though :)
Posted @ 06:47 PM CET
Well - 1 DVD from Djangos has arrived - Final Destination...
100x Samsung CDRs arrived, but they sent me the wrong one :(
They send Samsung CD-R 74G and not CD-R 74S as I requested. I tried one, but my Samsung DVD709 doesn't like the Gold ones - only the silver ones...hohum...
On Saturday (at my User Group meeting), I installed a GVP 4060 into one of my A4000Ts (replacing an A3640) - and everything is working properly apart from my SCSI CDROM - it gets an error whenever I try to mount a CD... So I think I will stick a 8x IDE one in it instead - as that will get around the problem :)
Posted @ 10:30 AM CET
Still waiting on Djangos for my DVDs...
Still waiting for my new server to turn up from the US...
Still waiting for a Rainbow DVD, Dragon Fist, and a couple of others I think, but I cant remember what I ordered.
Oh yeah - and still waiting for 100x Samsung CDR-74S and 100x CDRWs to arrive as well - hohum!
And why have I started digging out all my old metal albums to listen to - AC/DC, Monster Magnet, Magnum, etc...very odd :)
Posted @ 08:59 AM CET
Well, the stuff from Djangos has been despatched (but not arrived yet)...
Yesterday, at 2pm, I ordered Jackie Chan:First Strike and Danger Mouse Vol.2. They arrived this morning - which is fantastic service. That was from HMV - which is quite surprising :)
Still have Rush Hour 2, Rainbow (Vol.2) and Dragon Fist on order from Play247, Amazon and Under18 respectively. These haven't been released yet, so they should arrive anytime between now and then end of the year :)
Also found this site today - check it out: Diesel Sweeties
Posted @ 09:05 AM CET
Well, today I remote hacked my 2 DVD players.
The Proline DVD1000 in the bedroom - and all is working perfectly
The Samsung DVD109 in the lounge - and all is working perfectly
This means that I can now watch The Simpsons Series 1 (R1) and also the stuff I ordered from Djangos this morning when it arrives...
BattleField Earth, What Lies Beneath, Final Destination and Meet The Parents
Posted @ 03:05 PM CET
Well, I have worked out what system I need to sell (entirely or broken up):
AT Mini Tower
Soyo S7 Motherboard
P200MMX with heatsink and fan
64mb SIMM (4x 16mb)
12x IDE CDROM
PCI 10/100 (Intel) Ethernet card
AT Full Tower
PCChip M560TG Motherboard
P233MMX with heatsink and fan
128mb SIMM (4x 32mb)
PCI 10/100 (Intel) Ethernet card
Tulip 5/166 Desktop
Tulip S7 Motherboard with onboard graphics and DEC21143 10/100 Ethernet
I will put these up on Ebay next week I think when my newer machine is installed and running, so that I can recoup some of the costs...
Meantime - if you are interested, email me
Posted @ 09:12 AM CET
I have too much stuff...
I need to get rid of loads of computer kit and software. About 100 boxed Amiga games, some PC bits and various "things". Need to get them sorted out and onto Ebay/Yahoo or just throw a load of it away...
Posted @ 04:23 PM CET
It suddenly occured to me that I have several computers (all of which are left on continually) but wasn't running the Dnet clients on them.
So today I have remedied this situation and as my other machines get powered up and configured, I will install it on all of them as well.
Currently it is running on:
Duron 800 (Win98)
PII 300 (Linux - laptop)
PIII 450 (Win98 - laptop)
and will also be installed on the following:
within the next 2 weeks. That should at least get my stats going higher than they have been.
Last year, I had full access to a load of Sparc servers and I was generating a huge amount. With a bit of luck, I can do it again and start climbing up the charts again.
Posted @ 02:17 PM CET
Yay! Yay! and thrice yay!
Firstly - After securing co-location space a couple of weeks ago, I have now secured 1 (maybe 2) Intel 1U servers! This means that my paying customers can be moved to a better server (with more bandwidth) and then I just need to find somewhere else to put another server.
Secondly - My job is not only secure, but it would appear that I am moving depts. as well - and am able to continue doing an identical role to what I do currently :)
And thirdly, I may have secured all the pieces to get a better server here at home for my MP3s and movies. What was a P200MMX with 64mb became a P233MMX with 128mb. By the time all the bits arrive with me - I should have an AMD K6/2-450 with 256mb, which should be a noticable improvement...
I am also working on a DVD database here on the site - as well as a Book database, so that people can see why I am like I am ("you are what you read"). When I have more information - I'll let you know.
Posted @ 05:54 PM CET
It would appear that I haven't been made redundant from my job in the latest round of job cuts!
For that I am truly thankful, and it has given me a bit of a boost, in that I am actually wanted by my company and that I must be making a contribution. Which cheers me up no end!
I am still shocked and saddened by the events in the US, and it will take days before we know the real death toll and also what retaliation will occur...
Posted @ 11:00 AM CET
Well yesterday was a day among days.
My heart goes out to all affected by the disasters, especially the children and partners of those that have lost their lives.
The fact that people are celebrating these deaths makes me sick. The perpetrators were evil (and now dead) and those that back them or aided them are also evil.
The world is a sad, sad place...
Posted @ 10:45 AM CET
Well I built the in-laws new PC last night. Matsonic MS1897C+ Socket A Mobo with onboard sound, Duron 750, 128mb PC133, 10gb Quantum Fireball, 52x CDROM, 32mb AGP 4x TNT2 M64 and a PCI Ambient Modem.
And it all worked first time and was as steady as a rock! Well pleased.
Plus I started building the first of my full tower systems in order to store my movies and MP3s online here at home. The motherboard is in place (with CPU) and so is the floppy drive - now I just need to rescue a gfx card and some memory and away we go :)
Posted @ 08:53 AM CET
Well - An update on Monday! I might try and do an update every day this week, just so that it stays a bit more interesting (yeah right!)
Anyway - if anyone knows of any problems with a P5VX-Be AT-format motherboard and an Intel P166MMX, I would be glad to hear about it ([email protected]) as I cannot get it to work! I have a normal P166 coming soon - so if that works I won't be too bothered anyway :)
Plus (and a head up to Troggy), a motherboard that I won in an auction a couple of weeks ago turned up on Friday and it is a PCChips M560TG (Topgun) and it is supposedly meant to support faster processors than a P233MMX - if anyone knows where the details are - HELP! I want to run an AMD K6-2 400+ on it...(apparently there is an unlabelled jumper that can allow this!)
Posted @ 09:25 AM CET
Long time no update!
Lots of things have happened since the last update. Done a load of work to the house (internal and external) and also been diagnosed as being near a nervous breakdown!
I am currently at home, chilling for a few days, keeping away from work and such-like and just generally relaxing.
Plus the great news from last week, was that I secured new co-location in the UK. High bandwidth limits and a low, low price. Should have it up and running for the end of the month, and then I can start some migration from my server in Holland.
Updates when they happen...
Posted @ 07:22 PM CET
Have a read of this - made me laugh :)
What is it with hotels and soap?
Posted @ 02:35 PM CET
Well I had a great day yesterday (Bank Holiday Monday). Did very little indeed, apart from having a picnic and a BBQ. Very stressfree and relaxing. I should do it more often.
Plus I didn't do any DIY !!!
Today being Tuesday means being back at work. I have some documentation to read up on, etc so I am working from home (also avoiding the delayed holiday traffic from the weekend).
Also - we let the cats out today for the first time - and they all walked about for 5mins, leapt onto the fences and have now disappeared... Lets hope they come back. We've kept them in for 4 weeks, so they should work out how to get back again :)
Plus I have some DIY to do today - fit a cat flap in the back door and put some pictures up around the house. But I'm not too bothered by doing that - esp. the cat flap as I have never made HUUUGGGEEEE! holes in a door before.....
Posted @ 01:21 PM CET
What did I say? DIY??? It happened!
This morning - did nothing and got up late. Then went out for dinner ("Have you been to a Harvester before?") and then did some shopping.
Returned home AND DID SOME DIY! Another curtain pole and some net hooky things!
I have already planned some for tomorrow - so that will be my own fault :)
Posted @ 11:15 PM CET
Well the damn 256mb DIMM didn't work, so it is now winging it way back to Eclipse for a replacement :(
Today, we went shopping, bought some Xmas presents (odd you might think, but with a new baby due to arrive on December 25th....you can never be too prepared), and did some DIY!
My thoughts of pleasure followed by pain (re: the Muller adverts) are being kept up - do something fun - then DO DIY!!!!! Frankly it bites....
Sunday is now designated a day of relaxation for the whole family - but I suspect that I will have done some more DIY by the end of the day! My life is doomed that way :) My mate Andy reckons I should do G.A.M.I instead of DIY - Get A Man In... which sounds like a good idea apart from the cost!
Posted @ 09:17 PM CET
Well - bizarrely, I left work last night and drove away from Swindon and my phone came back to life!
Must have been a local Swindon cell problem with my IMSI...
And this morning - all is fine :)
Last night when I got home - there was a parcel waiting for me containing:
1x 64mb PC100 DIMM
1x 128mb PC100 DIMM
1x 256mb PC133 DIMM
1x Seagate 40gb UDMA HDD
I put the 128mb into my Win2k server to put it up to 256mb and now it boots 3 times quicker!
Posted @ 09:43 AM CET
It would appear that the SIM card in my Ericsson T28s phone has died.
I have tried another SIM in the phone and it is fine - but my SIM doesn't work anywhere else either :(
And BT Cellnet are not available on their phone number! 'Cos I am trying to call them and get a replacement SIM....
Posted @ 01:43 PM CET
Saturday am - went shopping and bought baby clothes and nets for the new house :)
Saturday pm - put up the nets (I HATE DIY)
Sunday am - went to computer fair (bought some NICs and BigAndy bought some VideoCDs)
Sunday pm - put up some curtain poles (I HATE DIY)
Can you see the trend here?
Fun in the morning - painful DIY in the afternoon....
Posted @ 01:37 PM CET
Someone sent me a file with definitions of peoples names...
Boys and Girls Names
Thanks Dan for that
Posted @ 02:30 PM CET
Well - today is going pretty well.
Had my ISDN line installed so I am now surfing with all the machines on my network again (yay!) and using my BTi Anytime account again - thank god!
Need to go and buy some new trainers later on today as my current ones (Mercury ones) have got a collapsed heel - which makes them quite painful to wear - hohum...
Posted @ 12:33 PM CET