[12:00] Been very busy with MyDoom this morning. NAI released another DAT
update so I've been making sure all the machines are up to date again. I'm
glad I slept well last night because otherwise I'd have been even more tired
this morning. As it was I had a damned good shave (smooth as a baby's bum now)
and a shower. I really need to replace the shower with an electric one to get
a bit more heat in it. Mixer showers suck. Most of the ice and snow has gone
from the roads here but the pavements are treacherous.
The PFY's just left after coming briefly to make sure everything was OK. She
thought I wasn't coming in today. Had her child with her who is now toddling
around and learning at a tremendous rate.
[28/01/2004 - 11:30] It was nice not to have to get up early this morning. I
did get up around 09:00 though and tided a bit of the house, did some washing
up and decided to vacuum bedroom 1 (what's going to be the 'master bedroom'
when I eventually get a bed. After a few minutes (the carpet was in a terrible
state) the vacuum cleaner (a Dyson DC01) was full and I headed down with the
cylinder to empty it. At the front door I paused. Were the bins in the garage
still? I wandered through the kitchen and unlocked the internal door and
looked. Nope, they were outside. I closed the door. There was snow on the
ground so I pulled some shoes on over bare feet and wandered out. Intending to
simply pull the door to to stop keep the heat in I actually closed it. Shit.
My keys were in my shorts. I was in jeans today for a change. All my keys
were inside. My mobile phone was inside. I was in shorts and there was snow
on the ground. To cap it all I still had an NTL engineer and a fridge freezer
delivery before 12:00. I was locked out. I went to the garage door, locked
obviously. There was no way I was getting under the door either. I pondered.
The next door neighbour to my left was sweeping the snow from his driveway so
I asked him if I could borrow something in the name of getting into my house
(I'm obviously not going to tell you the details).
He provided and I spent an industrious few minutes seeing what I could do.
No luck. Being worried about people arriving I borrowed the phone of my
neighbour to ring a locksmith who agreed to be there in ten minutes for
£40 + VAT.
I bit my lip and agreed but went back out to try again. After a few minutes...
success! Hoping against hope I checked the door from the garage to the house.
Unlocked! I rushed back and cancelled the callout and went back to my house.
Won't be doing that again, I hope. About thirty minutes later the NTL guy
arrived and livened up my phone, data and TV points. As he was leaving my
fridge freezer was delivered and I quickly moved all my food from one to the
other and closed the door. Half an hour or so later (according to the manual)
I turned it on and set it to superchill. Given what I'd done that morning I
felt fairly superchilled myself.
Cormac wandered over about an hour later and we drive in to town to do some
shopping. We also wandered over to work to pick up some spare kit to put in
the kitchen as well as a wonderfully compact purpose-built 19" rack for my
patch panel. When we got back we had a DVD called
"Happy Tree Friends". It's
amusing in a sick sick way. In the evening a few more people came over and we
had the first Thursday: in the new house. They stayed late and I ended up
going to bed long past midnight as I uploaded the new photos. I now have the
ability to use the laptop from the lounge and also have a PC in the kitchen all
connected up too. Now all I need is the whiteboard up on the wall and I can
start writing down major jobs to do.
[11:15] I don't think the last few days' worth of entries is a complete and
faithful account of how the move went. Frankly much of it is a blur and I
don't really have the time or the ability to give you a blow-by-blow account.
This morning I'm dealing with the backlog of email I have, working out why some
of my machines didn't upgrade to a DAT which protects against MyDoom, install
some RAM and then get on with the normal day-to-day stuff I have to do here.
I'm off work tomorrow to have NTL come and install some services as well as
having my damaged fridge freezer removed and a spanky new one installed. While
I can't turn it on for an hour or so (to let the coolant settle) I can move all
the food into it so at least it's insulated.
[15:55] Erm, it's snowing again. Only a lot. Lots and lots. And here's me
at work wearing shorts and T-shirt. I've done a lot of stuff today but there's
still loads to do.
[17:00] Right, it's dark, it's snowing, it's icy and I'm wearing shorts. Time
to go home.
[28/01/2004 - 11:00] Tuesday morning was really busy. First of all my dad
drove me to the old place to pick up the last of my stuff (my router, the
fridge and freezer food) and then home again. We arrived a few minutes before
the fridge freezer arrived. Only it was bady dented and had no manual. I'd
ordered a reduced-price one because it was a return but there was nothing
physically wrong with it. I called the shop and told them I'd take it but I
wanted either the door replaced or a new one. The place I bought it from has a
really good policy on customer serivces and they called me back a few minutes
later to say I'd get a brand new one for a little more (but £70 less than
the original price). This one'll come packaged and with a manual, I hope!
That gets delivered on Thursday (which I have off).
So anyway, we started assembling the single futon my brother had donated as
well as the IKEA stuff I'd ordered through my parents. All in a nice beech
finish and looking rather nice. After a few minutes I realised my parents
needed to be back in Leeds by 18:00 to drop off the van so my dad drove Elaine
and I over to Tesco to fill up the fridge freezer. I ended up doing a mad dash
around and spent over £100 in less than twenty minutes. I think I have
some nice food to be starting off with. While my mum packed the appliance I
started work on more of the IKEA stuff to make sure it was all present and
correct before they left.
Elaine and my dad took a quick trip to get the laptop posted and then we made
them a quick lunch and bade them farewell. Elaine had come down with the most
stinking sinus infection which reduced her to sleeping on the futon in the
lounge while I hammered tacks into the bookcases I had to make. Unfortunately,
even though neither of us wanted her to leave and she could barely stand, let
alone travel, we got on a bus to the station and on a train back to Sheffield
so she could attend training on Wednesday.
I went home and spent some time unboxing all my books and DVDs, assembling the
DVD rack (realising I needed at least another two) and then going to bed. I
also ate a whole giant pork pie. I wish I'd had more. Oh, I plugged in some
of my computer kit and it looks like I could have fired up my cable modem and
stuff straight away, there's a signal. I checked everything was OK at work and
then shut everything down and then went to bed.
[28/01/2004 - 10:40] Monday was a very busy day. I cycled to work to pick up a
cardboard box to post the laptop to Scotland and then went back over to the old
place to go through the inventory and deal with the utilities with the landlady.
Cheque for deposit etc. For the rest of the day Elaine and I put some order to
the kitchen in preparation for my parents arriving for a flying visit. I don't
really have a clear recollection of the last few days but I do know that they
arrived late at night with a Transit van full of stuff which we partially
unloaded so we all had something to sleep on.
Oh yes, just as I was arriving home after being out in the morning the washing
machine was delivered and we had some fun getting it installed and doing the
first wash in it.
[28/01/2004 - 10:20] Sunday we went back to the house and finished off the last
of the cleaning as well as going to the hardware store for some things like
brooms, radiator keys and the like. Once we'd done everything we could we
took a quick shower each and headed home in time to meet Shaun, Tom and Linda
who'd come over to see house. Linda was impressed with the house (even the
slightly undulating floors) and Tom was totally taken with the laces in my
shoes. So that was good. Once they'd gone we grabbed some food and then
crashed out again. This moving thing is really tiring.
[28/01/2004 - 10:10] Saturday we went back to the old house, via the shops to
get some cleaning equipment, and began cleaning.
While I installed Elaine's new and old laptops (one to go to her Dad in
Scotland) I cleaned the bathroom while she took the kitchen, again. It's nice
to find someone who's as obsessive about cleanliness as I am. Or maybe I'm big
on tidy and she's big on clean. "Together they fight crime!" Anyway, by the
end of Saturday we were mostly done, but unable to to any more so we cycled
home with a few more things and had a quiet night in with a DVD.
[28/01/2004 - 09:30] So Elaine arrived last night and we spent the night
surrounded by boxes and stuff. In the morning I popped out at 09:00 for the
keys to the new house and got back a few minutes before Shaun who arrived right
on 10:00, with Cormac about an hour later. We started packing the cars (a
Cavalier and a Saab estate) and after some bacon and egg bagels made by Elaine
we began to make trips to the house, unloading into the garage at the far end.
For most of the day we made packing/unpacking driving trips across town (only
three in all, but it takes a while to do these things) while Elaine cleaned the
disgusting crap out of all the cupboards in the kitchen and made an attempt on
the horror that was the gas cooker before we all collapsed and decided to go
for Japanese food. I paid the bill as thanks for a great job well done by
everyone concerned and we headed back to the house. Elaine and I decided
after some debating to sleep at the new house because although there were
proper beds at the old place all the expensive stuff was at the new one. We
ended up on the futon in the lounge and had a hard time getting to sleep in a
new house with new noises. It turns out that the dividing wall between my
house and the next one is a little too thin and the boxing in the corner that
hides the waste pipe from the toilet is also next door's as well. So when he
flushes his loo I hear it. Still, not too problematic.
[13:10] Well the server looks stable this morning.
[13:35] Called Crucial and got the order sorted out properly. Hopefully the
machine'll be fine until I get back to work next week (I'm not in tomorrow,
Monday or Tuesday, more on that later). I'll down it and stick the new 1GB in
and put the spare modules elsewhere. We swapped the CPUs in two of those odd
machines this morning. Thus far it looks like the CPU is what's at fault as
the machine which had a problem now seems to be fine and I think the other
machine has already crashdumped twice. Still not sure if it's an overheat
issue or something else.
[15:40] Just had a phonecall from my solicitor's secretary. Apparently all the
monies went through a few minutes ago. As soon as the other solicitors say the
money's there the estate agents will release the keys and, hey-presto, I'll own
a house. How weird is that? Still this means that there's no restriction on
moving tomorrow as I may be able to pick them up this afternoon. Even if I
don't I can get them at about 08:30 tomorrow morning (before my friendly
moving buddies turn up) so we can get things done during daylight hours.
[15:50] Yes, it must seem fairly obvious to those of you who read this thing
regularlyish that I've been in the process of buying a house. It's a three
bedroom plus box room type affair with a huge kitchen and a reasonably sized
lounge. There's a 1.5-sized garage with access from the kitchen and a section
of hardstanding (not that I even own a car, but it's nice for guests). The
stairs are in the lounge, which isn't as bad as you might think and lead to a
pretty respectable landing. The bedrooms are of a pretty good size although
I'm not one for mirrors and bedroom one has fitted wardrobes with mirrored
doors. Not sure what to do about that yet. The bathroom is small but
servicable although the colour of the suite is something I'm really going to
have to change. The other bedrooms are perfectly good, one has windows on two
walls. The box room is small but perfectly adequate for a PC or two and, get
this, is where the cat-5 patch panel is. Yup, the house is wired for Cat-5
with two sockets in every room. That, coupled with the replacement of my
wireless LAN box when a friend comes back from the States is going to mean that
I have a very well connected house. When I have any money again.
The kitchen is huge. While the work surfaces and the units need a bit of
attention, and the cooker is in need of replacement, the place is really cool
and is the perfect 'party kitchen'. Some decoration, some rugs on the floor
and a bit of paint about the place and I think it'll be somewhere I can really
feel at home in. I think that's something I've been looking for in the last
year or so; a feeling of non-transitoryness (another made up word). With luck
I can throw myself into this and really settle down into something.
I bought white goods last weekend. A BOSCH washing machine and fridgefreezer.
They arrive on Monday and Tuesday of next week. NTL reconnection is scheduled
for Thursday so I have Monday, Tuesday and Thursday off next week as I
mentioned before. I'll tell you something else; everyone has been so bloody
generous with their time, spare stuff and things like that that I'm feeling
very happy and extremely beholden to some people. Just hope I can repay their
kindness in time.
I'm off now to do the last of the packing, panic utterly and make sure the
camera batteries are charged so I can document the whole exciting
process tomorrow. I may do entries over the weekend if I have time, otherwise
I'll let you know how it went on Wednesday, with back entries if I have time to
get them down.
[13:10] Spent the morning doing some tidy-up on antivirus levels around the
place. Arrived to find that the two new LCD projectors we ordered have already
arrived. Talk about fast turn around. Fixed the pathes on the analog images
(web stats reporting) which may have been buggered for months without anyone
Rang a few more people this morning to sort out address changes and such, then
realised I left my tape measure somewhere yesterday. I think it'll be fine.
Parents are loading up with some stuff to bring down, house is already cleared,
whiteboard for kitchen found and reserved. Things are looking... well I won't
say it in case something happens. Off to do some more stuff to make things go
according to plan.
[17:00] Got a few more addresses changed, including the council tax, Inland
Revenue and my employers. Kind of makes it real when you deal with the people
who control your money. Set up the two new LCD projectors, they've got a
wonderfully bright image, monster throw and are whisper quiet. Light too.
Tonight I will be doing some more packing, although there's not that much to
do any more.
[17:30] Trying to sell an Allied Telesis CentreCOM 3624TRS 24-port 10Mb/sec
hub/repeater for £15 at the moment. Not really holding out much hope
I'll get anywhere, but it's better than it taking up space here when we have
them coming out of our ears. 3Com ones that is.
[18:55] Rebooting a server to make sure the SCSI bus has reset correctly for
running the tape drive I noticed a vaguely disturbing error which said
"Single bit memory error previously detected." I've placed an emergency RAM
order at Crucial and hope they accept the
order as I've not ordered from them before. With luck the RAM should arrive
before anything goes wrong, if it's going to. If it's not then I've got a gig
of RAM to put in at my leisure which'll bring both PowerEdge 2300 machines to
1GB. All I need then is some more for the PowerEdge 2400 and we'll be
[12:00] Busy morning. Went to get some address stuff changed. In work we've
had a user who needs to get some things typed up and printed out only their
machine doesn't recognise its floppy disk any more, plus it's Windows 98 with
no CD drive so we can't install any printer drivers so she can connect a USB
printer and print from the hard disk.
Some of the money back stuff I'm hoping to get (in 2005) has foundered on the
fact that the company went into receivership a few years ago. On top of that
the three machines I've been soaktesting here have begun to show some really
odd behaviour and it's annoying me. Still, I'm off this afternoon to do some
fun things with tape measures, etc.
[12:40] Hmmm, antivirus stuff didn't update last night. Getting the machines
to do something early this afternoon. It's only Bagle, but you never
[11:50] Well this morning's been quite busy. I spend from 09:30 to 10:45 in a
meeting getting things sorted for the coming year in terms of what we'll be
doing here and how the PFY'll be getting some professional development. I've
got some LCD projectors and speakers to order and have been dealing with some
legal issues both in terms of the house/insurance and a project I'm involved
I need to order those projectors, and then get to the bank soon.
[12:50] Bloody hell, it's £10 to do a bank transfer. This sucks. Still,
off to do that, deliver some port and get a postal redirection form. Then I've
got a meeting this afternoon. Still no word from the insurance people.
[12:00] Oddly things seem to be going my way this morning, almost. I got in
late this morning but had a good shave for once. Don't ask. No-one's bothered
me this morning which is a good start. I opened my postal mail this morning
[12:45] Spent some time doing essential tasks. Where was I? Oh yes, opened my
mail and had a reply from the people who surveyed the property I'm buying
saying basically that the survey wasn't great and do I want half of the money
I paid back? I think that's easily the best offer I'm going to get, so I've
gone with it. Additionally I've got my old contents insurance to expire at the
end of the month and the new buildings and contents insurance to start on the
day I take possession of the new property, which is nice. The premium's a bit
steep and I'll be looking into moving to someone else in a few months once
things have settled down. I've spoken to my solicitor to make some final
arrangements, spoken to NTL about installations and found out that Elaine's
being given some money to buy a replacement sofa for the shocking one that's
broken in her rental property.
Other than that everyone's pulling together here and there to help me
(especially my mum who seems to be more excited than me) and frankly even I'm
beginning to think about feeling happy about everything. There's no way I'm
going to say things are going well until I'm in, things are settled and I can
think clearly about things. As it is I have furniture to pick, white goods to
select and the worry that one of my insurance policies doesn't seem to want to
activate as it's waiting for more information. I'm also getting my hair cut
this evening and Elaine's due tonight to help me do some more packing and
generally relax and have a nice weekend.
On the whole things seem to be pretty good. Backups are fine, machines seem to
be stable with this new patch and the letters I've written to people are ready
to be posted. Oh, and my current account has never had so much money in it
(and probably won't for a long time, until I move again), but I can't spend
any of it until I've had a monster banker's draft taken out and paid for the
remainder of the house. Not as much as the deposit, but what's five grand
[16:05] Grrr, still no reply from my insurance people as to whether I have life
insurance yet. I think the question is whether my climbing means I'm going to
have to pay some kind of monster premium or not, which sucks. I'm off to get
my hair cut.
[09:55] Joy of joys I got a full and uninterrupted night's sleep last night.
Just some minor bouts of body-racking coughing before bed and then I was out
like a light. I won't tell you how tired I've been lately, you're all
sysadmins (or know someone who is) so you know how things can get. I've been
packing some more and replacing my kitchen stuff with the house's stuff I put
in to storage back in October 2002. Was it then? It seems like a long time
ago and at the same time as if just a few months have gone by.
[10:35] Another item from the I Have No Use For It But I Want One
[15:25] Great. Not only is that machine still crashing, one of the LCD
projectors appears to have gone horribly wrong. And I have to go at 16:30 to
do some things, and I haven't sorted the house insurance yet.
[16:10] Projector model sorted (Mitsubishi XD300U), email asking for the cash
sent, now to tidy up before I head off for the afternoon. Shame about the
projector. Basically it's got even vertical lines of dead pixels spaced
across the image. It looks like stripy wallpaper.
[11:30] One patch this month from Microsoft and not a terribly bad one at that.
Still, time to roll out to all the machines and reboot them. One of the new
machines insists on crashing all of the time (actual BSoD). It's identical to
the other two in terms of installation and use so it has to be a hardware issue.
The problem is that we've had these ones a long, long time and owing to one
thing and another they're probably out of free replacement/repair. Personally
I'm going with some kind of stupid overheat issue.
[13:00] Oh, there's a meeting this afternoon. Off in a bit. Scheduling the
patch to run overnight on some machines.
[12/01/2004 - 16:10] Sorry I didn't actually do the entry at work today and
you're seeing it a day late. I felt so ill after about 11:00 yesterday
morning I just went home at lunch time. Still, it allowed me to take a
frightening amount of money out of my ISA and deliver it to my solicitor as
the deposit, put the rest into my current account (I'm sure I'm going to need
it) and start packing for my upcoming move. I ended up going to bed quite
early but still had broken sleep due to not being able to breath through my
nose. My head's aching and I'm forgetting things. Now I think about it
the last time I was ill was this time last year. Things have certainly
changed since I wrote about that 51 weeks ago.
This morning I got a call from my solicitor. I/we've exchanged contracts.
Pretty much everything is set in stone now. The completion date will be
coming up soon and I've got lots of things to try and juggle. With luck I
can get things like building insurance, etc. sorted out in the next few
days. Then activate my life and mortgage insurance.
I've been packing for most of the day at home, stopping occasionally to
sneeze repeatedly and check/send email. I'm going to have to go in to work
tomorrow because the PFY isn't there on Wednesdays. Still it'll give me a
chance to get the buildings insurance in place. I think the easiest thing
to do will be to take a completely new policy with the new house and get
building and contents on the same policy and then just cancel the old one
(contents only). That way I can have them running at the same time. For a
few days at least.
I should do a bit more packing before I lose the ability to move around,
then get an early night.
[11:00] I went to see the estate agent this morning. I'm ready to exchange
contracts. The only thing we need to get sore...
Heh, speak of the devil and he shall appear. I've just had a call from the
estate agent who had a really long talk with the vendor this morning. He's
agreed to pay the cost of the quote for the garage re-roofing (which was going
to bury me financially) less the cost of the cooker, which is fine. He'll be
giving me a personal cheque for the amount to make things simpler all round.
Contingent on this deal was a rapid contract exchange date, which suits me down
to the ground. I've contacted Elaine to tell her the news and am just about to
ring my solicitor to get things in motion there.
Oh, and I feel like death warmed up at the moment. I have a stinking cold.
[12:10] Been setting up some bastardly restrictive settings for the new W2K
desktops this morning. I've still not figured out which GPO setting is making
the non-locked down machines stop from allowing people to right-click on the
Taskbar to get the context menu. I've tried the obvious User Configuration
-> Adminstrative Templates -> Start Menu & Taskbar -> Disable context menus
for the Taskbar, but that doesn't seem to have worked. Unless it's not taken
Other than that I've got that solicitors meeting this afternoon, need to buy
some bike lubrication, defrost some mince, go to the shops for food for the
weekend and put a load of dark washing on. Domestic biss. Still, Elaine
arrives tonight to help me throw things out, patch up the house and generally
make us both feel nice.
[13:00] I've reported the stolen speakers to my line manager and gained
approval to buy a replacement set (plus mounting brackets). I'll try to
remember to do it on Monday. We had some basic Kef Cresta 1 boxes which I'll
be replacing with the Cresta 10 model which seems to be around the same size
and stuff. I've got another hour here and then I'm off for the weekend. I was
hoping to get my hair cut today (I look a bit yeti-like at the moment) but
unfortunately the place I usually go is booked up. I'll get it done next week.
[11:40] A few things have happened this morning. First off I've edited my
journal for content for the first time in a long, long time. I'm not happy
about it, but it was probably a good idea.
Secondly I've had a phone call from the other people who were doing a quote for
the repair/replacement of my (hopefully) new house's garage roof. He'll be
letting me know the damage (as it were) some time this afternoon, with a
written quote coming in the post soon afterwards. This means I have two quotes
to take to my solicitor when I meet him tomorrow afternoon. Whch is nice.
Someone's also nicked a pair of speakers that were attached to the wall
downstairs. Given that while I bought them I haven't had anything to do with
them for months no-one else seems to know when they actually went. This means
I have to buy some more and then try and get someone to fix them up again. I
hope they still do the same type. Why the other pair in the same room didn't
also get taken I don't know. Maybe the thief didn't have a screwdriver and
didn't fancy taking on screws in ferroconcrete. Bastard.
On top of this while I got to bed at 22:00 and only ready until 23:00 I had the
hardest time getting up this morning. I'm absolutely knackered. I had a great
meal last night though, which was nice.
I've been spending the morning trying to get an amp/DVD/speakers setup working
again (hence how I noticed that a pair of speakers was missing) which had
stopped for no good reason. In the end I just started hoping the DVD player's
digital co-axial was broken then I could get the place a new one and buy that
one for not-very-much-money. It started working after I'd swapped everything
over I could with the identical setup elsewhere (which continued to work). Go
[12:10] There's a chance a friend will be giving birth some time in the next
few hours. I certainly hope so for her sake, the baby was due on the third!
I've arranged an appointment with my solicitor for Friday at 14:30 to do The
Discussion over my house purchase. Going over the paperwork, things like that.
I'm still waiting for a second quote on how much the garage roof is going to be
to get it replaced/repaired. According to the survey I had done (which is a
whole other story I'll deal with at a later date) it has 'failed' and needs
fixing. As I'm going to be storing a lot of stuff in there and this is the
rainy season for this part of the country I think it's fairly essential I get
this done quite quickly. I'm hoping to get the cost/quote taken off the
deposit for the house because quite frankly I'm strapped for cash and the
purchase as it is is going to clean me out. Then there's the white goods, the
furniture and the new insurance costs (all of which come from living in rented
accommodation until now), plus moving money.
I've been mildy stressed about things for the past few weeks and losing out on
that laptop (Dell changed the promotion some time between yestrday evening and
this morning) and various other stuff I'm beginning to feel a bit frazzled.
[17:20] This afternoon I've mainly been doing and redoing Ghost images because
of niggling little things you don't think of until it's too late. Still once
this one's done I think I'll have it all in the bag. At least for today. I
spent lunch with Shaun who had some helpful comments on the upcoming move and
has offered his services kindly in driving the van I'm going to be hiring.
Other things keep coming back to bother me today. In fact now I think about
it, it's been a bitch of a day for running into things I didn't think I would.
I read someone's journal today and was reminded just how much I've lost contact
with a few of the people I consider friends...
[I removed the remainder of this entry because it wasn't worth keeping.]
[09:20] OK some of you might have noticed that the index page went through a
few changes last night. I copied the wrong one into place when I was redoing
the copyright notice and stuff. I think it's all fixed now though.
I was so tired when I was woken up this morning by the radio. I swear I was
in bed by just after midnight and asleep by at least 00:45. Yet come 08:30
this morning I was shocked out of a doze by the radio clicking off. I really
need an early night tonight.
[16:20] Well I've got three machines set up and ready to lock down, I should
register the names so that they're ready to be allocated tomorrow.
[17:35] I've been looking at laptops for Elaine with the idea of buying
something soonish. Does a Dell Inspiron 1100, 256MB DDR-266 RAM, P4-M 2.4GHz
CPU, 30GB HDD, DVD/CD-RW, 15" LCD - £534.63 all in sound good? I know it's a
Dell, but we've not really had any problems with desktops or laptops here.
[18:45] Home time anyway. I think I've done enough for today.
[13:30] Finally got round to updating the HTML for 2004 this afternoon. I've
been busy with getting machines unportblocked, working out that someone plugged
a laptop in and stole an IP briefly (this is in hand), getting the PFY to fix
the slight mess she made of the backup routine and trying to get the process of
buying a house back in motion. I'm still hoping to move in before the
beginning of February but can't say whether it'll happen or not yet when my
mortgage application went to a solicitors I've never heard of, rather than the
people I'm using. Still, one quote for the replacing of the garage roof has
come in and I've got about three letters to write to try and get my money back
for the shocking survey report I had done.
Other than that I've got emails to catch up on, machines to patch, stuff to
upgrade and some sleep to catch up on. I woke up this morning tireder than
the day I left work for Christmas. Surely this can't be a good thing?
[13:50] Just updated everything with 2004 notices, let me know if I've missed
[15:40] Meeting at the moment. Working out what we're going to tell the bigwigs
at the meeting later on this month. Also working out what we actually want to
do with the first half of 2004.
[17:40] Right, four letters written, franked and ready for posting on the way
home to get tomorrow's first collection. I don't think I'll get one this
evening unfortunately. I'm not particularly happy with all the chasing I'm
having to do to try and get some money back from the surveyors, but damnit I
need that money. I need anything I can claw back at the moment as
this house is going to fair strip me down to the bare bones. This garage roof
thing is just another worry and another cost that's causing me stress. Still,
it's all got to be done.
[05/01/2004 - 13:25] To be frank I'm drawing a blank on what we did today. I
know we went out again, and went in to a few shops, but that's about it. We
didn't get up before midday again. Slackers. I think I spent some of the
day getting the logs for BOFHcam sorted out so they ended at midnight on the
first of the month. Sorry guys, it's been too busy since then to remember
what's been happening.
[05/01/2004 - 13:20] The day was quiet to be honest. Most of it was spent
sleeping (we didn't get up until gone midday). As far as I can remember we
went for a walk to see what we could find in the shops but returned mostly
empty-handed owing to poverty, etc. I can't remember much more, I think we
watched some television, maybe a DVD. Scintinating reading this, isn't it?