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Welcome to my new home

It’s been long overdue but you can thank Blogger for being down for long enough to force me to move my blog to the same host as my web site.

I’ve been wanting categories, track-backs and finer control for some time. I looked at dasBlog, .Text and CommunityServer and rejected each for one reason or another before settling on Subtext. It is far from perfect but it’s the best .NET blogging engine for me right now – yes I know there are some great PHP blog systems out there but I have an aversion to PHP.

You’ll find the links are currently broken because SubText strips the www. portion from URLs but I think I’ve got a patch together that will address that tonight.

I’ll be going through the old posts and making minor textual changes and improving the context of the titles. I’ll try and resist the urge to mess with the actual content though and stick to fixing typo’s, spelling mistakes and bad formatting.

You’ll also notice that there are too many posts on the first page the author names of comments are missing. These will also be addressed “Real Soon Now”.

I’ll be putting up a new style too – got something under wraps for use across the blog and main site… although there’s a possibility the main site will end up as SubText articles. We’ll see.

I’ll also be putting up some information on how I managed to get 100+ posts out of and into SubText. It involves BlogML and a custom template for Blogger.

Stay tuned… and don’t forget to update your bookmarks and RSS feeds.


Open University TM427 course results out

Okay, after a few nail biting days of;

“Your course result will be available Wednesday 22 March 2006”

“Your course result will be available Thursday 23 March 2006”

“Your course result will be available Friday 24 March 2006”

Wondering if the Open University web site will just say this indefinitely but no they came through a few minutes ago and I’ve managed to grab a grade 3 pass. I would have preferred a grade 2 (Merit) but I missed it by 1% on the assignments and 8% on the written project report.

Ho-hum at least it’s a pass. I really disliked the whole project year – it sounded fun but there was way too much “reflective learning” in it for me. I don’t want to learn about learning, this is my seventh (and hopefully final) year and I want to learn about the subjects I’ve chosen.

So now that leaves me with needed a merit on T305 Digital Communications – something well on target so far on my first two assignments. In fact I’m only a little off a distinction at the moment.

Hope I don’t get too distracted…


Personal checkpoint, March 2006

Forgive me readers for I have sinned. It’s been ten days since my last post.

This is one of those rarer posts about my personal life for people who know or care…


Clarissa is back in Germany attending job interviews while we’re waiting for her license to come through. We furnishes the flat with some plants before she left including a orange tree that is producing very tiny oranges that are apparently great for marmalade. I tried one and tasted just like an orange Skittle Sour.


I’ve started on my final year of my BSc with T305 – Digital Communications. For me it’s very uneven as one minute we’re covering topics I know well like object orientation and network protocols then the next deep in state machines, SDL and calculating physical characteristics of media – which I don’t. I think I’m doing okay so far although I’ll know better once I get my first assignment back.

My result for last years TM427 still isn’t through yet – end of March apparently – and the anticipation is unbearable. It’s been over three months since I submitted my mini-eBay style project. If I can get a merit on either last year or this years course then that’ll land me a first with honours, otherwise it’s a 2:1.


Study hasn’t quite zapped all my time and I’m still getting a bit of virtual r ‘n r on World of Warcraft. I’ve almost caught some of my old Jersey mates up so will be able to go questing again with them soon I hope.

I’ve barely touched Civ4 and I’m working out a PC shuffle-round to get Clarissa with her own gaming PC here so I can also game when she’s lost in Civ3 or Need for Speed. I’ve shown her WoW but she really isn’t interested although Amy likes it but not as much as the Sims.

I’m currently trying to source a Cooler Master CM 260 case and a suitable mini-ATX Pentium M motherboard. More news as it happens.

We’ve also got our hands on a few board games too including 221b Baker Street – a rather fun Sherlock Holmes style mystery that required a little more intelligence than Cluedo. Our game of Dungeons & Dragons (basic board game) needed more players and perhaps a more serious touch. We’ve still to give Mysteries of Old Peking and HeroQuest a shot.

I think I’m a bad influence on people who would otherwise have a much more active social life… Oh well, at least Clarissa and I managed to get a game of badminton in before she left and Aims and I ran around at the park for a bit.


The DamoPlex, as it has become known, had a successful screening of BMX Bandits last week. I wanted to do a double-bill with Chuck Norris but the audience couldn’t take much more cheese.

The Hitachi projector is working really well although I decided to get some blackout curtains to help with day-time viewing. I’ve ordered an adapter for the Shuttle to enable component high-def output from the Radeon 9600SE card.

The Xbox 360 will look amazing so I’ve been told and obviously the PC will be an improvement over the non-widescreen 1024×768 res it’s pumping out at the moment. I’m interested in finding out whether the Denon 2900 DVD player can do a better job at progressive scan than the Hitachi TX-200 projector.


Four things meme

Fellow #webdev member Steven Woods has tagged me with the latest meme so here it is…

Four jobs I’ve had in my life

  1. Software Developer

  2. Software Engineer

  3. Programmer

  4. Lead Software Engineer

Err, yeah that’s the same job. It’s the only one I’ve had since school.

Four movies I can watch over and over

  1. Back to the Future

  2. Ghostbusters

  3. Groundhog Day

  4. Ferris Buller’s Day Off

I know, I know, heavy 80’s influence.

Four places I have lived

  1. England (Bristol)

  2. Guernsey (St. Andrews, St. Peter Port, St. Sampson’s)

  3. Jersey (St. Helier & Trinity)

Never lived anywhere else, looks like I’ve come up short again.

Four TV shows I love to watch

  1. Futurama

  2. Red Dwarf

  3. Father Ted

  4. 3rd Rock From The Sun

Four places I have been on vacation/holiday

  1. Canada (Vancouver, Victoria, Banff, Lake Louise)

  2. USA (Jackson, Stowe)

  3. Germany (Höchstadt)

  4. France (Brittany, Les Arcs, Flaine, Paris)

Four of my favorite dishes

  1. Chicken fajitas (cooked by yours truly)

  2. Chicken curry (my mum)

  3. Bacon stuffed chicken breasts (me)

  4. BBQ chicken on French bread (by Clarissa or myself)

Hmm, big on the chicken…

Four websites I visit daily

  1. Google (search + Gmail)
  2. Slashdot
  3. Digg
  4. Engadget

Four bloggers I am tagging

  1. Steve Streeting
  2. GrinGod
  3. Lemurgirl
  4. Joshua Marshall

But I’m not telling any of them so if they do notice I’ll know they’re reading ;-)