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Monday, 30 April 2007

Oooh, shiny!

The new beastie has been ordered. Maybe by the end of the week, certainly next week I'll have a shiny new computer sitting on my desk at home, purring away. All I need to do now is work out which OS to infect it with. Suggestions?

Thursday, 26 April 2007

Magic Blue Smoke

...has escaped from my hard drive. It's been flaky for a bit, but a defrag and cleanup seemed to fix things. Then it crashed Tuesday night shutting down IE (yes, I know, but I had to use it) then wouldn't reboot. It'd get half-way through loading Win2k then BSOD with an error stating it couldn't load a hive (file) from system32. Argh. A quick check at work and it looks like a complete reinstall is the only way to bring it back, and that's not guaranteed if the HD is failing.

Fortunately 99% of the data is stored on an external HD. So very little will be lost. Time to break out the credit card (sob!) and buy a new machine, then xfer what is left off the old HD.

Any experts on SLI systems feel like advising?

Tuesday, 24 April 2007

W00T! I'm in!

"Pants" has made it into Black Box!

Monday, 23 April 2007

BUS TRIP!

Saturday was our first premier league game, which involved a bus trip to Gunnedah. We left at around 9:10am and got to the ground around 11:50am. Not a bad effort, only one quick stop on the way for food, etc. I grabbed a couple of sports drinks, which turned out to be a very good idea.

It was hot - 26 degrees or so, and the first game kicked off at 1pm. We were pretty drained at half time, but we were up 1-0 so were keen to hold our advantage. The second half wasn't as hot, fortunately, and we held on for a scrappy, but hard-fought 1-0 win. Sweet!

I was on the bench for first grade, so plenty more fluid and sunscreen and I was good to go. About 5-10 mins before the end I thought I was going to get on when our keeper got flattened, but he was back on his feet after a minute or so. End result was a 3-0 win for firsts. So we managed to beat Gunnedah at their home ground in both grades in our debut return to the premier league. Stoked!

The bus trip back was pretty loud. Lots of singing, lots of beer and rum being drunk. Fortunately no-one threw up on the bus and everyone was in a top mood. We even managed to get a feed in Tamworth without getting arrested - not a bad trick when a number of the guys were rather drunk by then. So then back to Armidale and the St Kilda Hotel (our sponsor) for more singing and man of the match presentations. It'd be very interesting to see how some of them pulled up Sunday.

I'm still waiting on word from the Black Box anthology. Now I'm back into study and contemplating the next bit of "Movies 2107". Stay tuned.

Tuesday, 17 April 2007

Spare a thought

In the NRL (National Rugby League, for those not in the know) the Sydney City Roosters are so far without a win this season. Normally, that would be fairly dreadful, but there is an added twist. As one of the League's foundation clubs (the competition started in 1908), they have notched up quite a few victories since then - 999, to be precise. They've been stuck on that number since just before the end of last season, and are still waiting to break the 1000 mark. They will, I believe, be the first club to reach that particular milestone. However, it's looking rather distant at the moment. As their first ever match in the League was against Newtown on April 20, 1908, I'm sure they are hoping it won't take another 12 months to get that next victory.

Sunday, 15 April 2007

Sunday

So I'm kicking back, enjoying some peace and quiet after a very hectic week of guests and general household mayhem. The munchkins are in bed, my feet ache, and the PC refuses to update from the MS website. So here I am, blogging away with chips and rum&coke by my side. Tired bliss.

I'm back in the office tomorrow, so it will be interesting to see how much I get done on software development rather than answering queries and dealing with the minuate of helpdesking for our dept. Our people are generally pretty computer literate, so I don't get a plethora of idiotic questions. The downside is that any problems people have are generally more complex, so take a while. I'm hoping for a clear run so I can get myself back up to speed on my main project. Other than my other main task of ensuring we have enough coffee beans for our machine. I sometimes think our entire building is run on caffeine.

This weekend was supposed to be our first game back in the Northern Inland Premier League football competition, but with the university holidays Ex-Services/UNE didn't have enough players. So the game is going to be rescheduled and we had a 1st vs 2nd game amongst ourselves instead. This means our first real game will be a roadtrip to Gunnedah next weekend.

Thursday, 12 April 2007

Yawn

I've not blogged in a while mostly as I've been on holidays and couldn't be bothered. Also we've had a houseful of people so things have been rather hectic, but in a good way.

Marcus has been at a soccer camp this week. It's just a morning thing, but he's really enjoying it. He was at the same camp the last two years as well. They get two soccer kits out of it, as well as a ball and drink bottle. Pretty decent value, really, when you consider how much even a cheap jersey costs these days.

The two girls are a bit crook, both with slight temps, coughs, runny noses and lethargic. Tough on Ang as Phoebe just wants to be held and fed.

Thursday, 5 April 2007

9:05pm Thursday

It's nearly, nearly done. I just need to finish it off before my brain explodes. That would slow me down considerably.

Tuesday, 3 April 2007

And so it ends

It's 11pm, I've got around 1400 words done, time to call it a night. "Hey, you're a night!"

Foot strapping Tuesday

So here I am, back in front of my almost steam-powered home computer working, yet again, on this Equity assignment. At least is is a bit earlier than I've been of late, thanks to not heading off to soccer training for a change.

My foot is strapped as I've been having knee problems of late.

Sunday, 1 April 2007

5pm on Sunday in the office

Yup, I'm at work at 5pm on a Sunday. Why? LS240: Equity and Trusts, that's way. 3000 words due Thursday and I need a quiet place to get into some serious writing. I think the coffee and fresh donuts are going to help.

Good thing about Armidale: 5 minutes from work to home.
"Bad" thing: there is only one place to get hot, fresh donuts. But they are very very good.