Another day

Another day, another bunch of problem reports. My job at the moment is an unalloyed joy as I wade through elliptic descriptions of supposed problems that may, or may not, have appeared when users have tested our system. To make matters even more interesting, we are still developing parts of the system as we approach that mythical ‘go live’.

Expect to see me become more manic as we edge closer to having a working system which will go live (whether we like it or not) on the 19th of November.

Meanwhile, my tennis game is getting shot away. This may be connected to work, or it could just be a reflection of my talent.

And finally (as they say on all good news bulletins), I’ve discovered that at least some of my contemporaries from university have done well for themselves since we graduated. Steve Clews is a director of Anisa Consulting. Not bad, for a Cornish boy, I always said he was going to go far 😉

Techie Tasks

Update on the techie tasks;

The list of archive pages will not appear in the panel to the left anytime soon. For the curious amongst you this is because that section is populated by executing a javascript script in place which doesn’t work with my hosting company ( They do funny things with my html to add the banner ad you can see at the top of the page and that stops the archive listing appearing. Until I can figure out a cunning plan we’re stuck with it I’m afraid.

The web site makeover is still progressing though. All this work just for a different background colour, blimey.

Good news of the day, Bobo is home safe and sound. It is now about 12:30 and she is having a ‘snooze’. The sweepstake is open for when she will actually complete her impression of Rip Van Winkle. Answers on a postcard to the usual address.

Technical Diversions

Sorry to get all technical in my diary, but it has to be done every now and then.

I’ve got two techie tasks on the boil which will affect your viewing pleasure. The first is to get the archive listing to the left of this page to work. It is generated automatically by the lovely people at Blogger but doesn’t want to render properly from this web server. It shall be fixed.

The second top techie task is to conver the whole web site to the look and feel of this web page. This may take some time so bear with me whilst this work is done.

There is not a lot else to report at the moment. Bobo will be coming home this weekend so preparations for her arrival will probably start soon.

In the absence of any actual content, please send me some. Email me at It will be a good way to see if anyone is actually reading this drivel.

Another Birthday

You will be glad to know that I survived another birthday. It was rather a good one actually.

I normally try and take the day off when it is my birthday but circumstances conspired against me this year. The good news about working on my birthday was that we had a ‘morning tea’. This is the custom of stopping work for ten minutes and having a cup of tea (or coffee in my case) and a slice of cake (or pies and sausage rolls yesterday) with your colleagues. A cross between a tea break and a tea party sums up the experience.

The best thing about birthdays is definitely presents. My beloved bought me a number of things, but the item that got the most notice was my new sailing watch. It is the ultimate gadget and everyone in the pub last night was very impressed that I could tell them the ambient temperature and atmospheric pressure from it. As for the compass, well …

I will pop over to the Casio web site and try and find a picture of this watch to end all watches.

12 hours

The post I attempted to make yesterday has disappeared into the ether. This reminds me that although is very, very cool it isn’t under my control.

The original version of this diary was written in html and posted to this server by ‘me old mate’ ftp. That meant that whenever I had something to say I fired up my html editor (Vim usually) and ftp’ed the results to my hosting company. This version is written by pointing a web browser at and using their application.

This means that any problems with their servers or the network between me and them will mean that my words of wisdom aren’t published and you, my smashing reader, are bereft of reading matter until the technology is back on track.

Whilst this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it is a salient lesson in the drawbacks of the application service provider (ASP) business model. I have to weigh the complexity (and therefore cost) of maintaining my own system against the convenience, sophistication and uncertain availability of

I’m sticking with blogger ;-

2 days, 4 hours

When I got home from work this evening I found a couple of surprises. The first was from that nice Mr Ruddock, inviting me to go and swear a lot and thus become an Australian on Thursday the 15th of November. The service is at 4:30pm at Manly Council Chambers, in case you were wondering.

The second surprise was a box of six wines from the lovely people at Ivanhoe, the first of my members packs from their round table club which I have just joined. I get six bottles three times a year as tasters of the soon to be released wines. This pack contains two each of the 1999 Chardonnay, the 1999 Chambourcin and the 2000 Stephen Drayton Shiraz. The idea is that if we like any of these samplers we can invest in a case at knock down prices. As the Naked Chef would say – “Luvverly Jubbly”