Monday, 29 December 2014

End of the year retro-retrospective

It's about this time of year that the world and his/her significant other look back on the year about to end.


Oh no, I look only forward!

So what will 2015 hold?

A change of job into IT consultancy
More work on Epimetric
More work on Loqualia
More of the new wrestling podcast (
More guitar stuff
More magic
More work on my film script
More work on TV ideas
More BSD
More philosophy
More work on everything else

Keep watching the skies!

Monday, 7 July 2014

How time flies

Has it really been a month? Why, yes, it has.

So main activities have been reading Nietzsche (OK), thinking about Camus and the myth of Sisyphus (inspirational), tinkering with laptops (keyboards are a pain to replace, I've learnt that) and general stuff like that.

I've got some cosmology reading to do, too, which bizarrely I'm looking forward to.

I've got some software-y type things to do - again around the healthcare material primarily, which is moving forward albeit slower than I may wish.

Loqualia plans progress, too - all offers of help to build a forum/news site gratefully received.

Listened to some CD's I've dug out - I'd forgotten (almost) how good the KLF are/were.

Oh yeah, GhostBSD has failed to install in VirtualBox, which is annoying, but I'll try again.

And finally, check out the podcast: here.

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Long time coming

Sorry about the gap between updates.

I could say I've been too busy, but that would only be about half the story!

Finally got the editing done on the Oddly Compelling podcast - the new episode is about wrestling - and got that uploaded. Check it out!

What else?

Oh yeah, found some additional healthcare data sources, but need to do some more documentation fairly soon.

Back on the podcasting front I have an idea to bring in a single-theme feed, which I need to plan out a bit better - watch this space!

On the FreeBSD Thinkpad tonight - crikey, it's good, although slim seems awfully slow to start. If I can get LXQt then I'll try that out as a replacement for XFCE which I'm on at present.

The desktop machine is running Kubuntu 14.04 nicely - the upgrade went pretty smoothly, apart from pausing for user confirmation a couple of times which as I was attempting an unattended upgrade did slow things down a bit. The Netbook is on vanilla 14.04 with Unity (still don't like the KDE Netbook interface, sorry...!)

Played a bit of guitar today, too - really enjoyable!

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

What next?

If only there were more hours in the day!

Upgrade to 14.04 on the desktop machine tonight, but I'm on the FreeBSD Thinkpad at the moment.

Need to extend some plans I have for stuff, and er... lots more.

More next time.

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Like ice in the sun

As Status Quo once sang.

Well, probably more than once, given that they would have rehearsed and performed this song live more than once.

I digress.

Today has been a bit of a scorcher. Out first thing to strim and mow the lawn (but not too early, given it's a Sunday), then a barbecue this afternoon after gently roasting for a few hours, even in the shade.

There is a jolly vocal Coal Tit who sits shouting at a couple of his mates/enemies/rivals (delete as applicable) from the corner of the roof, which provides a bit of a distraction, and I'm reasonably sure that there are a couple of Buzzards living nearby one of whom I saw in the distance this afternoon.

Other than that I also managed to squeeze an upgrade (maybe) to Ubuntu 14.04 from 12.04 on my netbook in. Slightly scary having to do it from the command line and update the sources from precise to trusty, but after a couple of hours of quite warm running it appears to be there. I will try it out gradually, and if I'm happy maybe shift this desktop Kubuntu machine up to 14.04, too.

Sadly the podcast recording is postponed tonight, but rest assured it will come back bigger and badder!

Monday, 12 May 2014

Psychic wrestling

Yes, you read that right.

Podcast uploaded - Oddly Compelling, episode 03.

You probably won't like the discussion of psychics and wrestling, but who knows, eh?

Next episode due to be recorded on Sunday, with a focus on wrestling... yes!

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Hiatus over

So, it's been a quiet few days for me, blogging wise.

I've been getting in some G+ postings, some guitar playing (which I can tell I've had a couple of days off from as my left thumb is sore...?), some card handling and general thoughts.

Tonight is podcast recording night, and I have some story ideas to jot down for a bit of a philosophical piece which I need to capture - maybe some kind of a graphic novel/web comic would work for this, I need to develop it a bit further first.

Tonight's podcast: "Psychics"...

The Oddly Compelling podcast

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Headset woes

Made a terrible move today.

Ran the Dyson around and managed to catch the leads to my (plugged in) headset next to the desktop machine.

Ripped the plugs from their sockets - luckily no damage there - but the headset is toast now.

Ah well.

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Films and TV

A quiet evening watching some streaming content.

"Mysteries from Beyond the Earth" - Von Daniken style nonsense.

"Zontar" - awful.

"Incense for the Damned" - seen it before. Passable.

Friday, 25 April 2014

Car trouble

Not gone as I'd hoped today looking for a new car.

Ah well, just have to keep looking.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Another day, another USB stick

So... current plan is to wipe the PCBSD install off the 40GB drive in the 17" Acer and go with NetBSD instead.

Found that I already had a PCBSD install stick, so have wiped the TDK one and stuck NetBSD on it instead, ready for an assault on installation over the next couple of days once I've decided on a desktop (maybe FVWM for a change?).

Other than that, got a nice quick card trick down and not picked up a guitar for a while - I need to get back onto that!

Monday, 21 April 2014


So, this Easter weekend I have:

Cleared a garage of junk, loaded a load of recyclables into the car, looked at a couple of new cars, switched hard drives in the 17" Acer, installed PCBSD, tried GhostBSD, tried out Chakra Linux (which failed to work for me AGAIN), sorted a 3rd birthday party and, er, walked the dog, fixed a toy kitchen, removed a car roof box, shifted some furniture...

Of course my wife should take credit for this, too.

But I am going to claim it :-D.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Hard drives and podcasts

Ordered a new (to me) 40GB HDD off eBay on Saturday, with the aim of putting it in the Acer machine (nice 64 bit laptop) I'm typing this one, probably to run either GhostBSD, which I'm trying out in a VM, or OpenBSD (which I'm also trying out in a VM...)

No firm decision yet, although the initial failure of the GhostBSD installer - possibly due to too small a virtual HDD - was a bit of a pain. May even go wild with something else, who knows?!

Recorded the third episode of the Oddly Compelling Podcast on Sunday, and finished editing and uploading it tonight. It's about the cinema-going experience this time around.

Here it is.

You won't like it!

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

I remember now!

Or at least I will, because I now have a shiny new 32MB microSD card in my Galaxy Note phone. At some point I'll hook it up to my OpenSuSE machine and transfer some files across onto it (mainly some music - links will come below).

The Ports of Amsterdam


Ecce Homo Pietoso

Monday, 7 April 2014

Cards, despatch, podcast and security consciousness

Cards - well, I ordered myself a MicroSD card (and a more versatile USB card reader than I currently have) from eBay, and I've had the notifications that they've been despatched.

Let's hope that this card doesn't decide to suddenly claim it is corrupted in my Samsung Galaxy Note, eh?

Podcast - quick link to Episode 01 - you won't like it, but I'll link to it anyway.

Security consciousness - intrigued to find an OpenBSD derivative in FuguIta, and intend to try it out in a VM when it's downloaded. And going to try OpenBSD itself with something like IceWM to see how it fares on some aged hardware, as I know I can pick up another laptop for around fifty quid...

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Phones, certificates, tedium, frustration and confusion

So, I rang EE with the intention of cancelling my mobile contract... and ended up staying for another 12 months because they offered me a good deal.

Then I received a second SMS, which gave a higher price than I'd agreed, which confused me.

So... I went onto the website and my browser told me that the SSL certificate didn't match so I couldn't (and wouldn't!) log into my account to check.

I'll need to watch my bank account to make sure I'm not being swizzled a bit here.

The next moan tonight is Ant & Dec's "Saturday Night Takeaway". What a tedious programme! I really can't see how anyone finds this particularly entertaining, goodness knows that Noel Edmonds flogged this kind of format into submission years ago, and seeing this stuff just causes deja vu overload.

Got some guitar and sleight of hand in stuff today, though, which is a bonus! Other than that some general housekeeping chores, got some beer in for the evening and sorted out some G+ circles so I have less chaff in my feed. YES!

Thursday, 3 April 2014


Dragged the Ubuntu netbook out today - given that U1 is to be ditched there seems little point in sticking with Ubuntu (I found U1 a handy place to dump files that I wanted to access less frequently than those on Google Drive), so will shortly cast around for a decent netbook-friendly OS.

I've never got on particularly well with the KDE netbook interface, so may go for an LXDE or similar i/f.

Actually I have LXDE on here - perhaps I should just go the whole hog and switch to Lubuntu!

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Podcast (again)

I'm delighted to say that Episode 01 of Oddly Compelling was recorded on Sunday (it's Tuesday today), and this week I'll be editing and uploading it.

Topic this time around was UFO's, and whether there is life out there, and if it's ever been here to Earth.

Of course, no conclusion was reached.

Please take a listen to Episode 00 in the meantime!

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Guitar and things

Broke out the Yamaha RGX tonight... amazingly it was pretty much in tune, despite the fact it has been several months since it was last out of its case.

It never ceases to amaze me just how good this early/mid 90's Indonesian axe sounds - it is just fabulous.

Rattled through a couple of Metallica songs along with TuxGuitar on the desktop, loads of fun!

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

SD card woes

How annoying. My phone has decided that the SD card is broken and so won't access any of the music files on it.

Cue 20 minutes fixing my ringtones and so forth, putting them from a PC onto phone storage. Harumph.

Monday, 24 March 2014

An Oddly Compelling podcast

Last night (Sunday 23rd March 2014) marked the recording of episode 00 of the Oddly Compelling podcast.

I've done a quick edit down to around 29 minutes, and sent the mp3 & ogg to my co-host for approval before I add on a quick intro music sting and an outro piece and the upload to Soundcloud.

As soon as this is done I'll throw a link on here so everyone can listen and hate every second!

Friday, 21 March 2014

Friday night

And I feel worn out.

Assembled a bedside cabinet flatpack earlier, which was a satisfying way to spend 40 minutes.

Did a bit of magic-y card handling, cleared some podcasts (still got loads to listen to), applied for some jobs, cooked myself some sausages and, er...

Oh yeah, checked out broadband packages (turns out it's worth sticking with current provider), contacted my local MP via my union, booked the dog into kennels for later in the year and had a nice bottle of Wychwood Hobgoblin beer.

And for good measured checked out Gentoo as well! Still not convinced I'd prefer it to FreeBSD or PCBSD, but worth checking again (I'm on my OpenSUSE machine, by the way, tonight).


Thursday, 20 March 2014

Quiet night in

All is well at present.

Back on the FreeBSD Thinkpad tonight, done a quick pkg upgrade, and before I switch off I'll check if there is a system update.

Other than that, not a lot to report, but just wanted to keep on posting regularly.

Monday, 17 March 2014

Research under way

First off, I found Epicollect via Yellowhammer dialects (a fine project - please support it), which looks really interesting and useful for my tree-ident idea.

Second, I've done a bit of thinking about Loqualia, and typed up an outline which I can start to flesh out.

Third, I've started some thinking about the Gaul, and have an outline for what I want to know about it.

Fourth (yes, the list goes on!), I've written this blog updated.

Fifth - a plug for my Cafepress shop! Please buy something!

Sixth, thoughts about Mother's Day and possible gifts like this or this.

Finally, some guitar strumming earlier which I really enjoyed, even if the batteries in my Pocket Pod had given up... GRRRR!

Sunday, 16 March 2014

So much to do

Just spent a cosy 10 minutes writing out my to-do list for the coming week. I keep promising myself I will move to an electronic one, but still haven't got around to it.

I could complain that there simply isn't time to fit everything in, but the truth is that there is, if only I used some sensible time management like putting proper slots into my days set aside for specific activities.

I'm already doing this to an extent - I have recurring reminders for guitar and magic every evening, and a few other things I book myself out for using my Google calendar, which handily syncs to my phone.

Main things this week will be to clear some things in the early evenings, and if I can prioritising some of the bigger items and breaking them down into more feasible 10-minute slots, which is possible but just requires some serious will.


Spring is here

I know this because I mowed the lawn for the first time this year today.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Another night, another OS

Well, here I am on the PCBSD machine.

WOW, it is so cool. Smooth and so east to use (thanks in part to KDE I think, which is a fabulous DE). Only difficulty I am having is that the cursor left key is broken, so I need to think about buying a new keyboard and fitting that.

I'm also thinking now of ditching Ubuntu 12.04 - it just isn't what I am feeling at the moment - from the 17" Acer and either going for OpenBSD or Gentoo.

I must be a masochist...

Any thoughts?

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Quiet evening

A very short post just to let everyone know that I'm having a quiet evening.

Other than that not a lot to say, really.

Stay tuned for more - podcast recording due on Sunday...

Monday, 10 March 2014

The start of another week

Monday is over. More or less.

I'm back on the FreeBSD Thinkpad tonight, for a change.

Can't figure out why it should complain about conflicts when I run pkg upgrade -fy, but I'm sure it will all become clear in time.

If anyone knows... please tell me.

Other than that I have slowly started ticking a few things off on my (new) to-do list, which is good, although I always feel guilty about the failure to use the rather brilliant taskwarrior or something similar.

Did a bit of widdly-widdly stuff on the Ibanez, earlier, which was fun, and I'll try and fit in some card handling later, too.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Practically speaking

I really don't know what has come over me today.

First, a stroll outside.

Then, back indoors and set to work on assembling a bedside cabinet and a chest of drawers from Argos. A bit flimsy, to be honest, not as good as the IKEA stuff, but rattled through the build pretty quickly.

Alongside this a load of furniture moving, tidying and sorting, resulting in a car full of junk to go to the skip tomorrow, as well as some charity shop donations.

Not managed to get any guitar practice in, and only a little card handling stuff, but tomorrow normal service shall be resumed.

Yesterday, by the way, I had a really useful chat about my film script - yep, I have one - and some other media projects which I plan to push ahead more over the next few weeks.

Next Sunday sees the first recording of the "Oddly compelling" podcast, too - keep an eye/ear out for that one.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Password woes

Lo and behold I have forgotten a password...

Ah well, I'll just have to reset it on another machine.

I'm on my FreeBSD Thinkpad tonight, for a change. Seems to be happily up to date, so not going to do anything to break it!

More tomorrow, all being well.

Monday, 3 March 2014


I've been thinking about the Gaul lately, and Googled it this evening.

I was interested to see this story in the Hull Daily Mail, as I've not been there in a while I'm a bit out of the loop on this one.

Not sure what more I can say on this one.

Sunday, 2 March 2014


It's raining.

Quite a lot.

I know this because the dog has just barked to be let out, and it's my duty to escort her outside to prevent her/discourage her from barking randomly at every slight environmental noise, and this is not welcome at 9:30 at night.

Done a bit of guitar-y stuff today, had a play with Rosegarden (can't tell if it's using my Digitech interface yet, will have to play further to confirm), got frustrated at forgetting how to use Ableton Live, and had a go at some card sleights (really basic ones, but starting to see a little improvement from where I was!).

What else? Well the plan this week is to pound the keyboards to write a load of stuff down that has been buzzing around my head, and try and actually create something!

I've also been looking at portable digital recorders... I think that's what I might break into my savings for!

Monday, 24 February 2014

Slave to the rhythm

Rhythm is both a song's manacle. And its demonic charge.


My copy of Troy Stetina's Metal Rhythm Guitar Volume 1 arrived today - looking forward to working through that over the next few weeks to get my basic chops down.

Also intriguing news (via the excellent Guitar Noize) that Music Man amps may be revived - maybe a Joe Strummer signature model would be good?

What else... not a lot. I'm on the road for the next couple of days, so will probably take my netbook with me to get some stuff done on the train, if I can.

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Saturday night

No, not a Whigfield revival, but the weekend is here and that can only mean one thing...

Well, a few things, actually.

So, it looks like the desktop (currently on Kubuntu 12.04LTS) will be moved up to Kubuntu 14.04 when it comes out - in an ideal world I think I'd like to leave Ubuntu derivatives altogether, so if I can get Din Is Noise to compile and work under openSUSE then I'll go to that instead.

The Netbook is a slightly thornier problem, as Ubuntu (especially with LXDE) runs really nicely, so I think I'll stick with an Ubuntu derivative there - I've never got on with KDE's Netbook interface for some reason, so will probably look at Lubuntu - although if I can get another nice Debian derivative then maybe I'll go with that, but after the PCBSD/FreeBSD migrations I really, really can't be bothered with months of testing again.

I'm rambling, aren't I?

Had a bit of a sesh with a couple of guitars this morning, which was really cool - nothing spectacular, just some scales and chords and stuff, and some CAGED moves.

I'm sure there's more to add, like my dismal cosmology studies, fishing and hunting for a radio control car/buggy (!), but I'm running out of steam now, and would much rather just aimlessly surf teh interwebs for a while.

See you later!

Monday, 17 February 2014

Practice make permanent, and community

Been breaking out the old Troy Stetina stuff again, and man, is it boring - but the key is cutting down to little chunks.

So, three minutes of 1-2-3-4, then a bit of blues scale/pentatonic wailing, then back to picking, then some more wailing, and then after a couple more rounds of that quarter of an hour has passed and your technique has just been embedded that little bit better.

Quick addendum to the Google+ stuff, which is that I've dropped out of a few communities, particularly the Ubuntu, Xubuntu and Lubuntu ones, as I'm mainly a PCBSD, FreeBSD, OpenSUSE and Kubuntu man now.

I will switch my netbook to Kubuntu at the weekend, swiftly followed by the 17" Acer laptop, both of which are currently on stock Ubuntu.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Weekend wonderland

My, what a weekend it has been!

Nothing much doing on Valentine's day - well, apart from the normal day at work and a really nice sirloin steak for tea.

Saturday - the usual sort of Saturday, except for a brief excursion for a couple of pints of Stella Artois at my local - very welcome! - and then out for a curry for tea at a place with S-L-O-W service which really, really lets down the food. Review to be posted in due course!

Sunday, out up to the shops as my wife's Samsung decided it didn't want to work any more, and she needed a cheap PAYG mobile while trying to get it fixed. £12.99 later, including £10 of call credit, she has a working phone with her own SIM in it.

Of course, she hadn't saved her contacts to either the SIM or Google, but had stored them on the phone because she hadn't used that option... but enough on that subject!

Then out for Sunday dinner - pretty good, and a pint with it, too, and then back home for some guitar practice and now this evening getting some Troy Stetina learning materials onto this laptop (the OpenSUSE one... again).

Work tomorrow - groan!

Monday, 10 February 2014

Sore hands

Ouch. I have a large patch of skin missing on the palm of my right hand where I've been wielding a screwdriver again.

Finished off the chest of drawers these evening, adding on the bracing to the bottom of the drawers.

Need to try and squeeze some guitar playing in somehow, if I can.

Other than that, a quick bit of writing this (OpenSUSE again), and a new to-do list, submitting some programme outlines for TV (anyone interested?) and there we go...

More in due course.

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Some assembly required

Now, if it had been Z80, or even 6502 assembly [language] then that would have been OK with me, but it was actually a piece of IKEA furniture.

It was out for a shuffle around the store on opening at 10 this morning, followed by a few minutes struggling to fit the flat-pack into the boot of the car, then back for a 3 hour stint assembling the 6-drawer chest of drawers.

As it happens it wasn't that bad, although as always the screws and fastenings supplied were so soft that any attempt to use a ratchet or electric screwdriver - and yes, I know you only use them for unscrewing, but they are handy to get things started - stripped the heads, so I ended up with no skin in the palm of my right hand.

I wonder if there could be a design for a more ergonomic screwdriver?

And there it stood in all its glory. Now it just needs the stuff transferring from the bottom of the wardrobes into it, which will happen this coming week.

This outbreak of sudden domestic capability was followed by some highly enjoyable Ibanez action, just running through some exercises and scales, and then onto the OpenSUSE machine to write this.

Oh, and another night with nothing on telly, so I'll watch Episode 2 of "Star Trek Continues" and the Linux Action Show!

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Big data

Well, it seems like a lot of data to me.

I've downloaded a load of information on prescriptions and stuff, and started looking through it tonight. I think there is stuff in there I can use, but I am really going to have to approach it more methodically than I have to now.

Still, it's a start.

What else?

Well, the usual guitar and magic stuff, and coveting a Line6 combo, as they are on offer at the moment, although I really can't justify it. Can I?!

Switched to pkgng on this FreeBSD Thinkpad (what I am typing this on), got some LibreOffice templates and, er, just general stuff.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Today I have mostly been playing

My rather marvellous Ibanez Prestige RG, which never ceases to amaze me with its rock solidity.

Other than that, a typical Sunday, with a bit of this blogging stuff, a bit of magic practice, general pottering about and... not much else.

Monday, 27 January 2014

PCBSD reinstall

Managed to break X a bit with a KDE/language botch... my fault entirely, so reinstalled.

So, a few minutes on a reinstall and away we go.

Niw I just need to resync Firefox and I am good to go!

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Get your digital watches in synchronisation

Yep, and if you know the song that comes from - well done!

So, last night (or was it Friday?) saw the clean installation of FreeBSD 10.0 on the Thinkpad. Took no time at all, although the X server authorisation error on startx is annoying (although apparently not uncommon), and trying to remember how to re-enable the powerdown option in XFCE is a battle.

What else? Oh yeah, got the wallpaper set, a couple of applications on there - not sure why they don't have icons properly - and struggled because I was convinced for a while that Konsole was called Kate - D'oh!

All working now!

The PCBSD machine goes on, too - although I've not worked out how to add English (UK) as a language, and the keyboard layout is wrong, but I can fix that later.

Firefox is now synchronised across all devices, too! YES!

And yesterday I borrowed a Westbury Standard guitar - wow, the DiMarzio PAF and SD in there have some serious grunt! It shall be mine, oh yes...

Next up - I need to write about 18 documents to outline some ideas I have for videos, television series, applications, films, bogs, podcasts, C64 demos and music. Oh, and a makerspace, too! And I have two weeks to write an essay about cosmology.

If only I had the self-discipline to just do it.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Working hours

Well, a good deal of discussion has led to a number of decisions, mainly around working patterns and how viable different ways of working and locations would work.

Delighted to say that things are looking really positive.

Oh, and for information tonight I'm writing this on my OpenSUSE machine - the weekend promises a FreeBSD install on the Thinkpad, as the upgrade from 9.2 to 10.0 managed to fall apart a bit.

Not sure what went wrong, but X went a bit wonky (it was temperamental anyway), and so I'll have to shuffle some files around - probably using a live Linux distro and then go for it.

As an aside last weekend I threw all my Linux live DVD's away... but luckily one with Manjaro and Ubuntu 13.04 on it managed to survive by hiding in the drive of the machine which is now running PCBSD on a nice 120Gb HDD!

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Podcast plans

I've been looking into starting up a podcast with Chris.

We've done some test recordings on Skype (not tried Google hangouts yet), and I think we can make it work, certainly we've not struggled to generate a solid hour of stuff before editing, and even with some edits I reckon we can get a good 45 minutes a fortnight.

Now, I don't know if anyone out there actually reads this blog (do you?), would you be interested in listening to a podcast?

Thus far our test recordings have covered: UFO's, space, conspiracy theories, cryptozoology, ghosts, the paranormal and stuff like that.

I've got a hosting package lined up, all we need is a solid name and our first recording (slated for early February) will be good to go before Spring for all you wonderful people who (may be) out there.

Let me know if you'd be interested!

Oh, and in the fullness of time we'd like to boost our YouTube channel (GhostlightTV), too!

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Loose ends

Not a lot going on here.

Ordered a 2nd hand HDD for my newly inherited laptop, which is looking increasingly likely to be PCBSD-based, although I am tempted to set it up as a Lubuntu-based music-making "thing".

A bit of guitar strumming already fitted in tonight - nothing spectacular, just some scales and stuff - and if I can I'll try and fit a bit of card handling and shuffling in, too.

What else? Oh yeah, clear some telly, I think.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

I come to your emotional rescue...

Oh what fun, finding that whatever I tried with my wife's ageing and increasingly flaky Vista laptop it refused to open a Samba share across a network. I lost count of how many reboots later I finally decided it was screwdriver time.

Yep, out came the mini screwdrivers, and out came the HDD, into a caddy, stuck into USB and a whole bunch (20K+, something like 60GB) of photographs, which were of course largely not stored anywhere else... backup, where art thou?, were copied over to my desktop machine (well, the little-used 1TB drive I have for my Win7 boot) in just over an hour.

The laptop still works, but is now sans HDD as I don't have a SATA spare lying around, so it looks like an eBay order will be going in later, along with one for a new keyboard as one of the cursor keys (the left one) is kaput, which is not a major problem but a nuisance.

I tried PCBSD from a USB, and it seemed to start OK, before falling over because there was no hard drive, so that will be probably be OS of choice here, although I was a bit confused/unconvinced about the wifi scanning as it didn't seem to offer up my network. Ah well, maybe that is something to fix later.

Just as a double-check I ran manjaro off a DVD, too, so that was all good.

Other than that, a bit of guitar practice, some shuffling practice (still on the overhand), a bit of light reading with some Kensington Gore - highly recommended - and away we go ready for a few bottles (Ringwood Old Thumper and Bad King John from Ridgeway) this evening!

Monday, 6 January 2014

A day of mixed fortune

Had an interview - went well, to a point, mainly that point being that the job wasn't really playing to my strengths, so possibly not the best fit. Ah well. Other irons in the fire and all that...

PCBSD didn't want to work from a USB stick on an old 64bit laptop. I suspect it is the USB key that wasn't formatted right, so not overly fussed, I can fix that next time.

FreeBSD dependency problems are bugging me on the Thinkpad - it still works, and is rock solid, but it bugs me so I might back up my files this weekend and reinstall and rebuild. Depends if I have the will, ha!ha!

OpenSUSE on this laptop continues to be delightful. I know some people find KDE a bit slow and bloaty, but my word is it ever flexible!

Fired off a couple of emails around the place about some projects, too - let's see what happens there. I have more ideas to follow, too.

Had a good knees-up on Saturday, which meant I could catch up with someone about some other stuff we have going on - hopefully, hopefully this year we will have more to show for it! Watch this space...

Friday, 3 January 2014

pkg install cleanup and make

A whole bunch of compiles and updates in an attempt to get libreoffice working on FreeBSD again.

And why is there no 32bit PCBSD 9.2?! AAAAAGGGGHHHH!