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Jan. 2nd, 2007 | 08:27 pm

Well its now been almost 3 months since I moved to cheltenham.  The plus points are I am nearer family and friends, I am not doing silly long journeys to visit the nam, I have good housemates, and have made a few ne friends along the way.

The big problem.  Is my new job.  I wanted to work for a company completely opposite to my previous job and I have certainly got that.  This has been a learning experience at least.  The issue is in my previous job learning was activwly encouraged and people had a willingness and ability to learn.  I am now dealing with people who are for the most part completely the opposite, who have no appreciation for computing at all.

Perhaps I am getting tired of this work, I mean what other industry do you follow all the instructions and still have something not work.  But then thats down to the lack on engineering standards in software development (I mean just because your code compliles doesn't mean you can ship it as a product).

Anyhow I managed to survive christmas.  Just a few pleasent days visiting my mum and new year was fun (what I can remember of it anyhow.

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Years End/New Beginnings

Jan. 2nd, 2007 | 08:15 pm

As I look back on another year passing I hope 2007 will bring you everything you want.  As I look back on the spam I have recieved over the past few weeks I think this one is particularly relevant since I actually had this conversation in my previous job concerning greetings like these:

 I wanted to send you a holiday greeting, but it is so difficult in today's world to know exactly what to say without offending someone. So I met with my lawyer colleague yesterday, and on his advice I wish to say the following:

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, nonaddictive, gender neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced with the most enjoyable traditions of religious persuasion or secular practices of your choice with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.

I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2007, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make our country great (not to imply that Turks & Caicos Islands are necessarily greater than any other country) and without regard to the race, creed, colour, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.

By accepting this greeting, you are accepting these terms:

This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for her/himself or others and is void where prohibited by law, and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher. This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, and warranty is limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher.

Disclaimer: No trees were harmed in the sending of this message; however, a significant number of electrons were slightly inconvenienced.

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music woes...

Nov. 7th, 2006 | 09:31 pm

Anybody have any suggestions for some decent music, its rather tragic when one of the best discoveries of the year has been Dragonforce (although I blame zeke_hubris for that entirely).

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First Week Over......

Nov. 7th, 2006 | 09:28 pm

Well the first week of my job is over and it has been an interesting week.  A number of things are obvious.  The private sector expects results and you are expected to put the hours in.  Not that I wasn't expecting this mind. Although having to get up at 7am ready to dirive into work for 9am is still taking a little getting used to.  My boss is rather too busy to show me anything for very long but that will change as he will have to deligate some jobs to me.  I also bought a Tomtom Sat Nav which has meant I have been able to find all these little companies that my company contracts for.

The job is quite a learning expereince seeing what small companies actually use in their IT.  I mean the lack of investment in what for a lot of these places are now critical systems is surprising.  Most of these companies only invest when everything has broken down.  Also Windows 2003 Small Business Server is one of the most challenging products I have ever used, I mean your meant to run OS, Exchange, SQL Server, Printing, Licence Server etc on one server.  Well perhaps you can but not on a home built PC for £300 you can't.

Cheltenham is a lovely place to live now I am all settled in.  Find myself a routine is perhaps.  Although as predicted having a decent alternate/rock/metal club that serves real ale has perhaps a little worse for wear over the past couple of weekends (well that and attempts to chat up cute 19 year old girls).

Have fun people.

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Weekend and other things

Oct. 24th, 2006 | 04:41 pm
mood: accomplishedaccomplished

Well I have spent the past weekend in London catching up withphrixus_nyx and zeke_hubris. It was a quiet weekend mostly spent talking and drinking in many establishments including a Thai meal on the saturday night that made a welcome change. Of course the drive up to London and back was about 5 hours each. Which is reminder of why I never want to go anywhere near london unless I absoutly have to. Karen gave me a load of band t-shirts which was nice since that saves me buying new t-shirts.

In other news I am finally all moved in. Everything changed over and now after 2.5 weeks ready to start my new job which will be this friday. I am looking forward to it. Highlight of the change over was a refund from my car insurance a whole £9.74 (I won't spend it all at once).

Have also downloaded Semagic which will make my updating of livejournal even easier.

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Moved in finally

Oct. 11th, 2006 | 07:37 pm

Well I think I have done more work over the past 5 days moving into my new room than I have done at my previous job over the past 6 weeks or so.

Well on Friday got the van delivered a Nissan Kubistar that was remarkably easy to drive and managed on the Saturday morning to load all my stuff into it in one load.

Saturday involved moving two van loads of CJs stuff out of the house and so far two van loads and one car load to the tip. I have the room at about 95% the way I want it. Have built a chest of drawers, and got wireless internet working, and visiting my mum has got me all the linen and bedding that I need. Just the printer to buy tomorrow and I should all be set.

Sorry to all the Nam crew that I haven't been in contact yet. I just want to get everything sorted out first....

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Packed and ready.....

Oct. 6th, 2006 | 11:17 am

Well I am mostly packed and the van is being delivered this afternoon. A quick trip to Swindon to pick up some stuff and then onto Cheltenham. An observation I make every time I move, is that ever since I left home to start University I have been living in one room. I find it an interesting comment on my life that I can pack all my worldly possessions in the back of a small van (and thats one smaller than a transit). But I have never really been a materialist.

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Leaving Friday....

Oct. 4th, 2006 | 12:51 pm

Well I have just been told at work that my final day for working is this Friday. Going out with work collegues tomorrow and then moving to Cheltenham on Saturday. By the end of next week I will never see Wallingford again.....

It's funny how things move forward so quickly. Onwards and upwards I say.

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Sep. 29th, 2006 | 12:57 pm

You Are Guinness

You know beer well, and you'll only drink the best beers in the world.
Watered down beers disgust you, as do the people who drink them.
When you drink, you tend to become a bit of a know it all - especially about subjects you don't know well.
But your friends tolerate your drunken ways, because you introduce them to the best beers around.

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Common Sense RIP

Sep. 26th, 2006 | 12:04 pm

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.

He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as knowing when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the worm, life isn't always fair, and maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you earn);and reliable parenting strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place.

Reports of a six-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job they failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer Panadol, sun lotion or a sticky plaster to a student; but, could not inform the parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband; churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar can sue you for assault. Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realise that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust;his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason. He is survived by three stepbrothers:I Know My Rights, Someone Else is to Blame, and I'm A Victim.

Not many attended his funeral because so few realised he was gone. If you still remember him pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.

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