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Strange Cats & Broken PDA's

Well today marks the end of a quite weird weekend my cat, Alex, has had a quite traumatized weekend.

For some reason she got spooked and was afraid of everything and anything. The washing basket, feet etc. and both Merinda and I are a little worse for the wear. You know cats and all. So she has us both worried since she wont come out from under the bed and will bang her head against the bottom of it when she frightens herself and jumps.

On the other topic my Tungsten E PDA didn’t want to turn on last week got me thinking if I would replace it and if I did what would I replace it with.

With my constant search for open platforms and non-Microsoft solutions would I buy another Palm or go for Windows Mobile. I have always had a soft spot for Palm since they invented the market but they haven’t released any PDA’s with a new operating system since version 5. And although they say that a Linux based Palm OS is in the pipes not even previews have been seen. So I think if my PDA does really die I might be swapping one proprietary platform for another. Or maybe a Laptop is enough techno junk for me.

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Geek Strength

Well I just can’t win just a day after I got rid of the Band-Aid on one hand I get a blister on the other.

I can never seem to win with this car thing, one week I crunch another I had a battery that needed a jump start. This week it’s the radiator yet again. A few weeks ago our new car needed a top tank in the radiator because it broke. When it broke we were just pulling up at my parents in-law’s house, my farther in law is a mechanic, and there was steam everywhere as the coolant leaked out.

Well today it was the radiator again wasn’t it, again with the steam everywhere and the temperature in the red, somewhere you would never like to see it. So I went to a service station to get some water for the radiator but I couldn’t get the cap off. I struggled for almost 30 minutes to get the cap off, seeing as I’m not the strongest person in the world it wasn’t a huge stretch to think that it was just too tight for my little arms.

Luckily I was at a service station that had a garage attached so I was able to ask for assistance in getting the cap off. Though it wasn’t my strength because he had to use a pair of multi-grips to get it off :). Which made me feel a little better about the situation.

The car was down about 2 litres of coolant which was not good the initial thought was that the thermostat had stuck, however this morning I checked the car and it seems that it has been leaking coolant, so I bought some radiator stop leak. It is the weirdest stuff, I thought it would be a liquid but it’s a liquid with rubber pellets in it. Obviously they melt with the head an stick in any leaks in the cooling system. Hmm hopefully it has done the trick and I wont need to worry about the car again for a while…. Fingers crossed. Hmm some days I just hate cars.

Names and Tags

I also took the Band-Aid off my finger for real today and it’s been very strange. It wasn’t too bad typing with the finger incapacitated but now with it working again it feels really strange as though all of the nerves in the finger have become more sensitive it is quite disconcerting actually and I am still using my middle finger for a lot of my picking up of different items. Quite strange.

O yes and as for the Tags I kept going back in time modifying each post back at least half way but there are just so many and I really wonder the point hmm maybe during the hours of compilation at work this week.

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Rant Alert!

Well everyone is up for a good rant at some time or another and today is time for mine.

We have a credit card, sometimes I really wonder if it is worth it, and we needed to fill in an identification form for the secondary card holder. However we were only told of this 6 months after we started using the card but anyway we only know a few people who are classified as a referee for this, and we don’t see them that often so the other card was suspended before we even had a chance to get it refereed. That is more of an annoyance than a complaint and this post is about a complaint.

My complaint/rant is about Part D, see below:

Part D

My complaint is about the second half of this form in particular, the place where you check the boxes under the words “I have examined EITHER”, you are presented with three mutually exclusive options here. I thought to myself why go to the bother of getting the Birth Certificate, Primary Identification, out when you can just use a Drivers Licence, Secondary Identification, I assumed by option 3. Wrong! Since I failed to see the section about a reason for only using a Secondary Identification Document in the section above my document was rejected.

Now I can understand that yes you should have a Primary Identification Document and that if you have a good reason for not having access to one you can use only a Secondary Identification Document, I just feel this document is misleading and can easily, like I did, be filled out incorrectly.

I’d just like to add typing without the use of my left hand index finger is turning out to be a little easier than I would have thought but it is still very annoying.

Ouch

Well today is an interesting one it started off normal but before I had even got to work this morning it had gone down the proverbial gurgler.

On my route to work which takes me about an hour I go through one set of traffic lights which with two right hand turning lanes. Today there was a truck in the left hand lane of the two so without even giving it a second thought I scooted down the right and side thinking I had plenty of room. Oh but how I was wrong it was not quite enough room I didn’t clear it’s tail gate and I went with a big *screech* down the side of my car leaving me with a bent aerial and my mirror not quite right.

No Aerial

Small dent

But as if this was bad enough by itself, once I got around the corner I pulled off and went to have a look at the damage I pulled up the aerial and fixed the mirror, but gashed my finger in the process. So off I went blood dripping to the nearest Petrol Station to clean it and get some Band-Aids, dripped my lovely blood through the shop and got cleaned up.

Then went off again to work now with no aerial and a throbbing finger with and ever darkening dressing. I would have to say that changing gears was now a bit more painful than before and I must have looked a bit strange with my hand up in the air, above my head, whenever I stopped at a set of lights.

I would finally like to say it’s a darn sight difficult to type without the use of my left hand index finger, which is not good since my occupation kind of requires it. Oh well back to waiting for programs to compile and requirements to import. :D

Maybe tomorrow will be better.

Downtime

Hey all. It’s been a while but hey buildtolean’s mysql server was down for about 5 days making blogging impossible and made me start to thing whether or not it is time to move to a more stable provider. Possibly one I would pay for. But hey I’m a tight arse and I’m not going to start paying for webspace just yet.

We upgraded or mobile phones on the weekend and jumped on the 3G bandwagon because Orange in Australia is now dissolving because of Telstra’s decision to dismantle their CDMA network in 2 years time.

But my new phone has a camera so now I can shoot any time I want without having to remember the digital camera. Here’s a shot of my new laptop running the program I am working on at the moment.

Benq s52

Software Engineering

It’s been a long time since my last post, in that time I have moved house, done summer school and started full time work. And that goodness for that last point I am so sick of study. Only one more exam tomorrow to go yey.

Anyway today I came across such a great article that I just have to share it with the no readers I have here :P. Software Engineering, Not Computer Science it talks about how Software Development should really be thought as engineering and not a science or an art so much.

Lucky for me I am now a qualified Software Engineer however with the decline in numbers my Course at Swinburne will no longer be offered. And such a relevant course to do o well alot of maths isn’t for everyone.

Woooo Ho

I Passed

Now it’s only this summer school subject to go now and then it’s all over and I get to goto work and forget about Uni. And go to my job where work stays at work and I can just get on with being a Software Engineer.

Summer School

Well today I started summer school, o yey, doing Professional Issues in Information Technology and as most people who read this would know the first lecture consists of watch i, robot and writing an essay on it. But lucky me with the accelerated course doesn’t get the week to write the essay I get just one day so before I go off and start to write the next masterpiece I thought it was time for a bit of procrastination.

I have finished work for the year since this summer school stuff will just be too much work to even think about working in the afternoons and on top of that we are moving Thursday week so the house is a mess and you know that moving is a stress in itself at any time in your life.

We also finally upgraded our digital camera the other day. We went out and got a Canon S2 IS, which doesn’t have any RAW format but that is my only gripe about the camera it takes images and video and stores it fast which is a nice change from my previous camera, my trusty Kodak DC215 which in it’s time was the first cheap camera with optical zoom. But it just doesn’t cut it today anyway here is pic of me sized down from the giant 5MP which is just a bit too much to put on a blog :P.

I am also now working on a piece of software for my wife, scratching an itch as always however it is hers not mine. It is a teachers journal program for keeping track of different aspects of students and teaching. I am hoping to have a working alpha for her when school goes back in the new year but we will see. Software Development always takes longer than expected. It is written in Java of course but this time round I am going to use SWT instead of Swing which is a bit of an adventure. I will keep you posted, maybe a few screenshots when I get something working and a link to the site once it is release, open source of course.

Till the sands of time do we meet again, “Keep on truckin’”