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Random thoughts...

New Laptop

I finally took the plunge and ordered a new Lenovo X201 laptop a couple of weeks ago. It arrived yesterday after some fun and games with DHL around the delivery and HBOS around the payment. I ordered the machine with 6Gb of RAM and a 500Gb HDD as I’m planning on dual booting the pre-installed Windows 7 with Ubuntu. As I travel a lot the large 9-cell battery was a must and doesn’t add too much to the...

Holidays

Maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised, but the central pharmacy for the main hospital in Perth was closed on New Years Day – because it was a bank holiday! Apparently none of the staff were suprised by this, but the inability to get the medication prescribed until the following day certainly seemed less than ideal to us 🙁...

Pictures

Ever since moving in we’ve been debating what sort of pictures we want to have on our walls. Both us have taken plenty of pictures over the last few years and I’d like to have at least one or two of our own pictures on the walls, but choosing which ones is proving hard! Whilst looking at the pictures we already had, we soon realised that the scale of our walls demands larger pictures than we already had....

Wordpress Upgrade

WordPress seems to have a lot of updates. Almost every time I come to write a post (which isn’t as often as it used to be I admit) I’m being told to upgrade. Upgrading isn’t as easy as it should be, so I’ve sometimes been a bit slow to perform upgrades – never a good idea given the security implications that can result. While looking at this recent upgrade I came across an article explaining how to...

Holidays

After a somewhat busy time at work I’ve been on holiday this week. It’s been a great week so far with the weather playing ball and staying pleasant. The sun has even been present the last few days! (Yes, the head is slightly warm and glowing again 🙂 ) Rather than travel any great distance I’ve been staying in Scotland and spending the week with Rosie in and around Perth. We’ve been making the most of the weather...

Cartoon

This made me laugh. http://ubersoft.net/files/comics/hd/hd20070712.png...

Holiday

After weeks of fantastic weather I woke up this morning to find the trees blowing in a strong wind and the ground wet from rain. Hardly the best way to start a holiday! I’m heading over to Glasgow, then onwards to Oban and finally arriving on the Isle of Mull around 5pm tonight. I’m there until next Saturday. The plan is to do some walks and take some photographs – if the weather permits!...

feathercast

Feathercast is up to episode #5! Amazing to think just how fast we’ve gotten there and very gratifying to hear all the positive things people have said about it. Rich has episodes #6 and #7 in the bag and ready to reveal, but we’re going to pace ourselves 🙂 We’ve always said that we weren’t aiming for any particular release schedule, so if you want to keep up to date you’ll just have to subscribe to...

voip

One of the apps that’s becoming slowly more and more important is VoIP. It may have had a “slow burn” start, but in recent months has started to take off. Much of this popularity has been due to Skype. They have a prduct that fits the simplicity most people want. It may be a closed source system, be primarily windows oriented, but it’s so easy to use it has  alot of fans. It’s the single app that...

ubuntu

I’ve been using FreeBSD for about 10 years on various machines but only in the last fewyears have I really tried to use it as a desktop. It’s not as straightforward as I’d like it to be and all the development around X desktops is taking place in Linux systems, meaning that FreeBSD is constantly playing catch up. It’s frustrating. My desktop system has never been as stable as I would have liked. I had a...

sasl

Cyrus sasl has been a godsend. I’ve been using it for a few years now and it really does provide much needed functionality. I’ve also been cursing it for the last few years! It has one very large and somewhat glaring omission – an inability to handle crypt’d passwords from a database. I’m not about to store passwords in a plain text form, so I have to rely on crypt’d forms for auth checking – which means...