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The random ramblings of a Star Trek-obsessed schools ICT Systems Manager who likes a good moan.
This is a place where I can whinge about life, and express my love of my family, 80's music, retro computer gaming (especially on my Commodore 64),
 oh and Star Trek. I'm very open with my opinions and I like a good moan. If you don't like what I say, then you might want to consider not reading this blog.

Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year!

Well, this is going to be my last post in 2007. To all the readers (well, the one or two of you) who read this blog - I hope you all have a wonderful 2008.

Besides suffering some of the worst headaches/migraines that I have had in years over the past couple of days (no they are not drink induced headaches), Michelle, Kieran and I are both in Laindon to see in the new year. Sorry to my friends who we never got a chance to see while we were visiting - We just haven't had enough time and unfortunatly I need to get back to Evesham by Wednesday afternoon to help organise a Wireless network survey at the school.

So, what are my hopes for 2008?...

...That'll be telling :)

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Ho Ho Ho....


In the words of Shakin' Stevens - MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

To be honest, I'm not a very merry person at Christmas, but as I write this, I'm watching Kieran playing with all the great presents that he got, and I think back to this very day 20 years ago - Yep, Christmas 1987 - the best Christmas I ever had......

Why was it so great..... Because it was when I got my Commodore 64, the best present I have ever had in all of my 30 Christmases. It was the one present I got the most enjoyment out of (and I still do, 20 years later!!). I don't know if it is just me, but Christmas just isn't the same now that I am older, but I think to myself that Kieran has still got all this enjoyment, and excitement to come, and it's nice to know that I'll be able to share it with him and see him happy opening his presents over the coming years.

Well, the excitement of Kieran opening his presents has now finished. We are now off to spend the rest of Christmas and Boxing Day at Michelle's hotel... Ho Hum.


Catch you later!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

BARGAIN ALERT!!

To anyone who is reading this and is interested - I am currently selling the complete collection of Star Trek Deep Space Nine VHS videos over on ebay for an amazing price of just £55!! Thats 101 video tapes - over £1000 worth of videos (at a cost of about £0.50 per tape).



BARGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!



Ok ok... before I start sounding desperate, these videos are in really good condition and deserve a new home. Every single episode of all 7 seasons of the hit show Deep Space Nine AND the first season of Enterprise thrown in free!!! Seasons 1,2 and 3 have been watched three times whereas season 4,5,6 and 7 have only been watched twice.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=320197302288&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT&ih=011

I want to eat your braiiiinnns.

Dan over at http://www.0ddness.co.uk/ did this, and since I love anything 'zombie' related, I thought I'd try it out - What would be my chances of surviving a zombie outbreak? (chance would be a fine thing!!!!!! Bring it on!)

64%

And this is the best one - I took the 'How much of a geek I am?' test, and I managed to score 105%!!!!!! Just getting a score I shouldn't really be able to get has got to be geeky enough - (Honest, I swear I didn't cheat!). I think I found a bug in the code somewhere because for one of the questions, it asked me for the answer twice.


105% Geek

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Baa, Humbug

Apologies for the lack of updates lately. This has been down to me not having any 'me' time. Why?? I've been busy with work, putting together a special video for the school which will be entered into a national competition (I've done it for the past two years and both entries came 2nd place in the whole country!)

Anyway, as you can see from the picture, we have decided to put our Christmas tree up, much to the delight of Kieran. I've never been a festive person - infact, I cant stand this time of year. For me, its a very depressing period (not forgetting to mention how much I feel Christmas has become more commercialized). Infact, if it wasn't for Kieran, I doubt I'd even bother with it. I mean, if there is something that myself or Michelle wants to get during the year, we will get it - we wont wait until Christmas - I mean, whats the point?

Still, it's all about Kieran. Thats what I keep saying to myself. Its important that he enjoys it, and that has a great time! We've already done the Christmas shopping, and I think Kieran is going to be pleasantly surprised with what he gets on the 25th.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

OH CRAP!!!!!!! Don't forget to backup

As a Network Manager, I am always telling the teachers and staff at school to make regular backups of the work they bring into school from home on a USB flash drive. Well, I should listen to my own advice because one of the worst things possible happened last week - 1 of 3 hard-drives in my home computer packed up, causing me to lose over 20Gb of MP3's, and over 10Gb of pictures (including personal pictures such as our Wedding day, honeymoon, and Kieran's birth pictures).

Fortunatly I did backup my music collection in July on one of the servers at the school, so I have only lost a couple of albums (which I am sure can be downloaded again if I can be bothered to look for them), but the pictures are a different story. After frantically searching through all my old backup DVD's in our bedroom, Michelle did find a backup that I made in mid 2006. Thankfully, I was able to restore the Wedding, Honeymoon and Kieran pictures, but it does mean that I have lost all pictures that I took between July 2006 and November 2007 - including last Christmas, and Kieran's 2nd birthday photos. Bugger!

Suffice to say, I am now backing all my data up - The original copies on my desktop PC, one backup on an external drive used only for backup purposes, and a copy on each of my 2 laptops.

So there you go.... A message to everyone - REMEMBER TO BACKUP YOUR VALUABLE DATA.