Entries from October 2005

Buzz Off

Posted on 31 October 2005 in Work (No comments yet - be the first!)

As you may or may not have heard, the BBC Broadcast has renamed itself. It’s done this cos it’s not part of the BBC, being now owned as it is, by an Australian bank, who are of course an obvious owner for the company.

Oh, Sweet Internet!

Posted on 31 October 2005 in Internet (No comments yet - be the first!)

Oh thank goodness for that. I have internet access again. I wasn’t quite sure how I could live without checking my emails for a few hours!

Ubuntu Upgrade

Posted on 30 October 2005 in Computers (No comments yet - be the first!)

I can see it now. In forty years time, little children will be running up to us saying "Daddy, daddy! Tell us again about the old days when to upgrade your computer operating system, you had to wipe the whole thing and start everything all over again". And I’ll laugh and go, "Well little ones, sit down and I’ll tell you all about it…".

Credit Card

Posted on 25 October 2005 in Money (No comments yet - be the first!)

Rather oddly I’ve just had a call from Mint querying some transactions on my credit card. I’d wondered if something was up when I came to pay for my newly upgraded travelcard at Colliers Wood tube station, and the guy in the ticket office had to phone up to get the card confirmed. Then at Sainsburys I had the same problem - I just put the whole £8 on a different card.

Back To Zone 1

Posted on 25 October 2005 in London, Transport (No comments yet - be the first!)

And so all good things must come to an end. And by that, I mean a real end. Yes, I’ve put Zone 1 back on my Travelcard.

SQLized

Posted on 24 October 2005 in Planet Bods (No comments yet - be the first!)

Well all good things must come to an end. After over three years, I’ve finally moved Movable Type over to using mySQL instead of the old Berkley DB database. Wiith several hundred posts in it, things were just getting a little too slow to work with, so it had to go.

Iceland 2005 (Day 8)

Posted on 23 October 2005 in Travel and Holidays (1 comment)

On 19 August 2005 Catherine and myself flew out to Iceland for a ten night touring holiday round Iceland. We drove round the country and saw many an exciting and interesting thing. This is one of many blog posts about that holiday - it’s now day 8, and we’re in the tourist zone. Geysirs, ancient parliament sites and more waterfalls.

Trafalgar Mad

Posted on 22 October 2005 in London, Pubs (No comments yet - be the first!)

I don’t know what it’s like anywhere else in the country, but Merton has officially gone Trafalgar Mad. Little did we know when we arranged to meet in the Colliers Tup that we’d be there during a Trafalgar Day Party (late license to 1am, live music, and bar staff dressed in naval uniforms).

Moving The Type

Posted on 20 October 2005 in Web Development (No comments yet - be the first!)

For well over a year or so, I’ve been working, in my spare time, on a content management project for the erstwhile Transdiffusion - a project which has, ultimately, resulted in the neglect of this blog, the upload of my photos and goodness knows what else.

Success Criteria

Posted on 18 October 2005 in BBC (No comments yet - be the first!)

A month ago I blogged about a project we’d launched on BBCi on Satellite where the result would be that the average user wouldn’t have been able to tell the difference between what was there before, and what was there now.

Iceland 2005 (Day 7)

Posted on 17 October 2005 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

On 19 August 2005 Catherine and myself flew out to Iceland for a ten night touring holiday round Iceland. We drove round the country and saw many an exciting and interesting thing. This is one of many blog posts about that holiday - this particular post is about day seven where we drove along the south of Iceland, admired several waterfalls, drove up an appalling road and admired lots of black sand.

Your Leave Request

Posted on 15 October 2005 in Work (No comments yet - be the first!)

Wow. Either someone has decided I can take 17 months off work, and only decided to tell me 10 months in, or someone was testing a new system.

Northern Line

Posted on 13 October 2005 in London, Transport (No comments yet - be the first!)

So we all get in a stupid mess, and trains are withdrawn on safety grounds and I have hassles getting into work because the entire tube line is shut.

Paying For Time

Posted on 12 October 2005 in Life, London, Transport (No comments yet - be the first!)

A discussion in the canteen recently involved around one of my colleagues saying about how he is less inclined to do DIY and more inclined to get someone in to do things - it’s about balancing up how much your free time is worth in comparison to the cost of getting someone in.

Iceland 2005 (Day 6)

Posted on 9 October 2005 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

On 19 August 2005 Catherine and myself flew out to Iceland for a ten night touring holiday round Iceland. We drove round the country and saw many an exciting and interesting thing. This is one of many blog posts about that holiday - this particular post is about day six where we saw icebergs, glacial tongues, basalt columns and a very nice gorge!

Satellite Signal Found

Posted on 6 October 2005 in Television (No comments yet - be the first!)

I know, I know. You’re all desperate to know what the state of play is on my satellite signal. I can tell this because of the flood of emails that have been bombarding my email address ever since I first mentioned the problems.

Protection Racket

Posted on 4 October 2005 in Music (No comments yet - be the first!)

I don’t often comment on news stories but I loved the Media Guardian article about the fact that 90% of entertainment companies are failing to protect their products from illegal online use, and that only 50% of products have any protection.

Online TV Gateways

Posted on 4 October 2005 in Internet, Television (No comments yet - be the first!)

The Guardian’s Emily Bell seems to suggest that that the iMP is the bold new world for the BBC, and that the BBC backed service could be opened up to ‘host’ services from Channel 4 and ITV. The suggestion is a sort of TV programme version of Google News - do a search and find legal-to-download programmes.

Iceland 2005 (Day 5)

Posted on 2 October 2005 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

On 19 August 2005 Catherine and myself flew out to Iceland for a ten night touring holiday round Iceland. We drove round the country and saw many an exciting and interesting thing. This is one of many blog posts about that holiday - this particular post is about day five. A day of stones, rocks, fjords and a stunning glimpse of the glaciar.

Decorated Result

Posted on 2 October 2005 in House (No comments yet - be the first!)

It was about six months ago that an epic journey was started. A journey that would see a complete redefinition of the way I lived my life. A journey that would shake the foundations of the world I lived in. It’s impact is larger than can be imagined. Yes. I started decorating.

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