Funding and the joys of adventure

Well last week I took my first trip over to Germany and had a meeting with everyone involved about the job.. So I have learnt that hardly anyone (maybe 2-3%) of the people in the area I’m going to be working speak English.. They also don’t like credit or debit card with Cash being king..

Not a lot else was learnt really though as I was in a meeting all of one day, although we have another meeting in a couple of weeks time where we (as in me and my back to back) should know our rota and also have some more IT setup as well.. Nothing is setup.. No email nothing.. Whoops.. So unable to look at documentation or anything else.

Decided to pay a little more next trip and travel form a more local airport too.. So will see how that works out.

Lastly had to approach the Bank and ask for an overdraft facility for a couple of months as this job is costing a fortune to start (although I will be paid all this money back it isn’t very helpful right now to be paying out a couple of thousand to get to and from work).. :(

So for the first time in about 6-8 years we are effectively borrowing money.. something we have wanted to avoid.. :( The plan is to kill this off in a couple of months once we have money in the account again.. Oh and I’m having to have a Euro account as well.. and change money backwards and forwards.. Poor old Angel has spent a lot of time on the phone. Talking of phone had Fibre installed again on another line (as we are going to drop the current ADSL line and just keep the phone).. And well it connects at 15mb.. But we can’t use it lol (looks like routing is broken) so she has had to deal with that too.. Opps..

So one more week at home and then going to be taking some stuff over to use in when not working for the next year, lots of kindle books me thinks 😉

Only a couple of days until

So flights booked and my back to back, who I have yet to meet, has been kind enough to meet me and give me a lift to the meeting next week.. All going to be very strange moving to another country for a year.. Well ok not moving but I am going to be renting a place there.. This is the sort of thing I should have done when I was much MUCH younger lol..

Anyway last night spent some time going over my old posts and you know what I done some corkers over the years, can you believe I have had this blog for ten years!!

So in light of that I’m going to try and do two things, 1 – Make light hearted comments that are *not* related to work or anyone in particular and 2 – Bring some more information of projects I have done at home and some details on things people might find interesting.

I’m also thinking about making a section for old software, C64 and Amiga like that I have worked with or on.. Source code demo’d that sort of thing.

Of course I probably won’t keep to any of this but I’m determined not to use facebook, twitter or whatever else is the current fad.. Why start now 😉

Well what a busy month

So no posts again and it seems that my online presence has started to drop off the map again, but why? Well I’m older and I guess a little wiser, I used to post some seriously interesting stuff on here but now I’m a Client Rep for large companies I’m not really able to talk or post anything about what I do.. Well if I did I wouldn’t have a very long contract.

So for the last month or so I have been re-training, spending what most people make in six months so I can get a chance with another role. Things in the UK have changed in the last couple of months and I have seen a massive distancing of companies who have been doing business in the UK.. I’m not sure that it will continue but either way this year is going to be a very slow year with restrictive options and the possibility that money and conditions will be lower.

All this is really just a case of me trying to rationalise my choice to take a role which puts me away from home for a year :(

So anyway I was offered a role, just after completing my re-training (only time will tell if it was worth it) so although I’m happy I have something in these lean times I’m still not thrilled about the new challenges it brings. But then again they say that without change life can become dull.

Here’s hoping next year I have more lucky locally.

In other news managed to buy an SD card reader for my C64 so now able to save a load stuff from SD card, which is handy. I have also setup the link between my Amiga 4000 and the C64 which allows me to do cross compiling.. Lastly I changed the code on a flash cart so I can now boot straight to a piece of link code.

So now it is just a matter of finding all my old code and converting it for use on the Amiga and also the PC (as I’m using some software on there too).

What else.. Hmmm.. Not a lot really..been feeling a little down and worried about money in a couple of months, once I’m into the swing of things I’m sure (hope) it will get a little easier.

Second sunny & warm day of the year

Bit of a late start today, feeling a little knackered so no reason to rush about.

Had plans on going to the cinema this afternoon, but feeling like this has made me think again about sitting for ages… Must have a bug or something, regardless is nothing changes by Thursday then going to have to make plans to see the Doctors.

A comment on Lemmy’s blog got me thinking a lot about this Blog and how is has changed over the years, at one time it was kinda fun and non-serious with some technical information thrown in for good measure. Things changed and I started to see how people on the internet are treated.. Which has made this site become more plain (sorry).. I’m probably going to remove all search engine access to it soon too just in case it has a negative impact on mine or others lives in the near future…

That will possibly remove a lot of the spam comments too, although I can’t be 100% certain on that 😉

Hows things otherwise? Well today is a lovely warm day and have to admit sitting out in it for a bit while having a cuppa and Banana earlier. Got Brother down at the weekend with the hopes of removing some trees.. if thew weather holds might even get some of that done.. Not sure I want him to spend all weekend cutting trees down though :)

Angel has just spent the last couple of hours mowing the grass so that’s done for this week at any rate.. Think I really need to just do the pond.. maybe tomorrow I will just go out and do it.. 😛

Been trying to find a box for a laptop.. And having no luck.. hmm.. I know I have it somewhere.. Guess just a matter of looking some more 😉

Cheers Bubble!

Well sorted out the problem with the phone having email reappearing after deleted, so thanks Bubble :)

Not a lot else to report, not been feeling 100% the last couple of days so have been taking it easy, really want to clean up the garage some more and sell some more of the gear but just felt so tired.. Perhaps it’s the weather.. Suddenly gotten cold again and overcast after a great day on Friday :(

Still slowly working my way through the DD collection, so far not managed to do even one shelf out of 17!! Going to be a long slog I fear.

Well don’t expect to hear anything about possible jobs now until end of next week as everyone will be away on holiday all over Europe until then, although I have spotted some comments which suggest that things are not very good for work.. If things don’t seem to be improving then I will go back to the tools come May.

I left my PC one for a few days to test something and sure enough it seems to be running processes about 10-25% slower than when it was switched on Friday! The thing to remember here is that it has been idle and doing nothing so should be no excuse of swap memory getting out of hand etc.. Another reason to seriously consider moving to Linux for most of my operations I guess. The PC’s in the office do hardly anything that requires Windows now.. Even the account package could run in a container under Wine I suspect.. Something to try next week maybe?

Made a little list of stuff to do.. So far it’s reads Fence pond and wall (around Oil container).. Oh and Earthing point for Office (as really needs one) which should get done next week with any luck.. Just need to “do it” rather than vegetate and consider, or even make lists lol..

I worked out the next project electronics project for me.. So that will be fun (I hope)..

Right looks like I need to clean the gutters just spotted grass growing on the one on the garage.. Oh joy 😛

Spam.. Email and comments..

I do find it rather annoying that I get upwards of 100-200 emails a day now that are spam.. Worse still I get them on the phone/tablet(s) and clicking delete just brings them back again as the phone/email app is stupid and downloads it again.. ARGHH!!!.. On top of that I only really check the office PC once or twice a week at the moment and that then takes forever to start as it wants to download and then delete about 20,000 emails that are (mainly) spam.. It’s got to the point now where I turn my phone,tablet(s) etc off at night!

So what’s been happening? Not a lot really I washed an Amiga 500+ that had bad corrosion caused by a leaking battery, what a daft idea sticking them on the mainboard. Angel was rather amused when I asked to use her dishwasher to clean the board (yes seriously) and once dried out (in the oven lol) for a couple of hours and then left over night it….. … Oh I’ll tell you later 😛

Talking about Amiga’s and brings up the point that I had five A500’s and only two of them where not suffering from rust on the back.. I’m guessing this is because the loft at Whitley Road was damp and ruined them :(

Oh sold some more stuff too got rid of all my Atari 2600 stuff, bar one woody console and Pole Position, mainly because the woody need repairing and the cart has sentimental value being one of the first ever games I played with Steven Bishop.. Another person I lost contact with many moons ago..

Decided to probably keep the Gamecube and Dreamcast systems and offload all my other stuff in the coming weeks so that will be Sega master & Mega drive systems and games together with the SNES and N64 games and systems.. .

But first is the Saturn and all the extras.. Although that will have to wait until next week now as it’s going to be a big box! :)

Oh the Amiga 500+? Well it boots.. and sort of works.. I’m not sure if the floppy drive is knackered or there is an underlying problem with the system, I had to solder the Gary chip directly onto the board as the socket was totally knackered.. And when doing this four or five legs broke in half.. I’m almost certain this is not the issue however.. But I have to some more work to do with it as the keyboard membrane is damaged and I will replace the cap’s in it before I go any further.

And now I’m toying with the idea of letting a lot of my old PC games go too.. I’m not getting much for these things but it is getting rid of a lot of the junk I have been collecting over the years… My intention, as mentioned before, is to reduce my collection to a more realistic level.. On that note I’m going through my DVD’s too and probably sell upwards of 400-500 of them soon too. And I guess I should think about reducing the amount of radios I have too as some are just boxed and sitting around, someone may get more use from them…

I think the hardest thing right now is what do I do with all the magazines I have stashed.. when I moved out of Tugwell road I half filled a skip with magazines.. Fast forward two years and people started collecting them.. The ones I had thrown away.. They were worth in some cases hundreds of pounds for a couple.. Now those days are gone but I’m thinking more of passing them on to collectors rather than the price now anyway.

I have of course left out the Magic the Gathering cards that are sitting in boxes.. I suspect they are worth in excess of 6-7k and I even offered to sell them to someone awhile back for 2k but they only wanted to pay 600-700 for them.. 10% of the bulk value.. I suspect if sold out they could clear maybe 10-12k.. But I don’t want to go through them as I fear I will want to play again and it also drags up memories which I would prefer not to relive..

Right enough waffle.. You are already bored stiff.. Hello?.. Opps.. 😛

Nearly all white..

Angel painted the sides of the extension over the last couple of days looks damn good, not sure why the builders thought it would look better left as is.. The rest of the house is painted white so the extension would just look odd.. Hmm..

Not really sold anything else off, although I have a stack of stuff I need to get rid off.. Thing is after the last guy asked me to take a million photos of some tapes that were only a quid each I’m not too interested in the hassle preferring to stick all the stuck in boxes and hide it in the garage again.. Which I have started to do again.. Oh well..

Had a call last week about a Job and since then I have heard nothing.. no surprise really but getting a little frustrated.. This time last year I had a job lined up, right now I have nothing!.. :(

In other news, cut a small hedge back this morning.. Got a whole load of stuff to burn (FIRE!) in the coming days and still exercising on the treadmill most days.. I have one or two days offf a week.

The plan tomorrow is to paint the front of the extension and if possible the front and side of the office need treating so I will try that too.

Work wise.. I’m going to have to think about applying to roles soon!.. :(

Getting on with stuff

Finally starting to see changes in the place and the overall garden too.

Managed to cut down some more shrubs after Angel attacked them last week.

Also slowly started selling retro stuff (did you know I have 7 Megadrives), not to mention at least 3 Amstrad CPC’s.. and I never owned one before so why now???.. Think I will stick the Amiga 1500 on the retro for sale thread tomorrow and see what happens.. Maybe even stick the 3000 on there too.. Hmm.. And then there are all the discs and Amiga 500’s I have (seriously I have 6- or 7 I think..).. I might keep a couple and set one up with AmiCom on it lol.. oh the joy 😉

Anyway fixed a PIR which turned out to be full of water, seems these are made for outside but not to et wet?… Common fault too from what I understand.. how about that then eh?

Got some plans for some decorating which Angel thinks is ok (ok she had the idea,, lol..), So probably start at the weekend with the utility room and give that a lick of paint and then maybe look at doing the extension (whitewash outside) as long as the weather holds.

So now the section besides the garage is done and the woodshed is semi sorted I guess the next big thing is the end of the garden with the trees beside the road and then around the pond, I’m thinking about the roadside tomorrow if I can.. Depends as a fair bit to cut down there but I will have a think tomorrow.

Started to do the treadmill again, only 45mins (3km) but something I guess I want to run a bit on it but as it is so small I’m afraid it will fall to bits even doing 6kph makes it rattle like an old aged pensioner on medication… Hmmm.

Had a call yesterday morning about a possible role, but I haven’t heard anything since so I guess that’s that then 😉 Anyway I have come to terms with the fact that I won’t be doing anything before April now.. and even then probably first or second week in May if I’m honest with myself.

Not a lot else to add really.. Been playing Destiny on the 360 still and about to get my last character to level 20 probably in the next day or so.. The others are 29 and 30 respectively which sucks as one should really be nearly 31 now but for some reason I’m unable to quiet get there without running RAIDS which mean I have to contact people on forums to do.. :( what’s the point of the forced matchmaking when doing strikes then?..  I mean why not offer that as an option to those of us who have like 3-4 people in our friends list.. :(..

I think I shall start another couple of lists to work through, one of which is going to be create something in Game Salad just to prove I can 😉

Oh and still have to knock out two more vents in the office.. Hmm.. Tomorrow or the weekend.. Hmmm… Lets see eh?.. :)

Two for the price of one..

So drilled a couple of huge holes in the Office wall yesterday and added in the vents which have been sitting on a shelf for oh around 8 months 😉

Ordered up two larger ones to go in at some stage next week (these will go up higher as the one fitted yesterday was low down. Looks ok though and that’s the main thing.

Got up early today and popped to Kings Lynn for a cooked breakfast and wander about, bought a couple of DVD’s (Anime) and then headed back.. Managed to annoy two people one a woman who I didn’t see in my mirrors and nearly side swiped, yes I nearly hit someone.. In my defense I noticed as I started to move out of my lane and moved back into it again before anything happened. I also waved sorry as she passed looking very vexed (hmm).. The other was a lorry that had sat in the outside lane on a dual carriage way for about 2 miles before approaching a roundabout.. I figured they were either going for the third exit or being an arse.. Seems they were being an arse as they then tried to drive into the side of me beeping their horn and probably waving about in the cab and mouthing expletives in a vague impression of a rabid stand up comedian.. Hmm perhaps Lorry drivers could take that up ?

Anyway I ignored him, and they then spent the next 10 miles or so moving to the bump and then back again in an attempt to annoy me.. Well I writing this so I guess it worked.. Hmm.. Thing is who was more annoyed.. I’m guessing them?

Got back and Angel cleaned the Van.. Now what am I going to do it’s bloody clean!

I finally got round to moving the sand from the drive and breaking up the crappy planters out the back, which I then proceeded to shove about 2 tons of grass seed on (not really but one of those jumbo boxes from B&Q)… Not a lot else to add.. probably shouldn’t have done too much as was getting fairly warm.. Still getting there.. :) Angel cleaned up out the back too looks much better now, really need to trim the trees soon before the log cabin looks like it;’s from a forest scene.. ahem..

Changed an address on someones website and here we are (well I’m here and you are there but generally we are all here now so that’s good enough for me). huh?

Tonight I’m planning on playing some more Destiny on the Xbox and I may then play about with the PC in the other room or start another electronics project, after all I have a load of addressable LED modules and a hankering for some fun and games.. 😉

For those who wonder/ponder as to why

So I thought I would actually come clean, I mean why is my blog not updated as regularly as before? Ok the answer is.. I can’t be bothered.. Sorry but it’s true I have moved away from everyone, as I wanted, and now find myself shutting off the valve to most other people out there (sorry unwashed masses).

I’m not a very thoughtful person really rather selfish in my ways these days, plus of course I can’t add much more than – Woke up, did chickens (or Angel did chickens), mooched about, did some stuff in the garage/garden/sky then watched some tv and played some xbox, went to bed…. Sorry but that’s pretty much it, I mean today.. well went out bought some chainsaw gloves and stuff and then drilled a hole in the wall of the office for a vent.. exciting stuff I know!.. Calm down dear!

On the other side I find myself wanting to do lots of things but having a hard time committing to just do one of them.. Like everyone I guess 😉

Work is frankly depressing at the moment, as there isn’t any and worse still I’m not sure when there will be, come end of April I’m going to be getting extremely worried if something hasn’t come up.

And on top of that I read all about the massive 1984 ere world we suddenly find ourselves in, with even more pressure to follow what you are told, I’ve looked into VPN and TOR which is remarkable if you think about it. I don’t download pirated material and yet here I am freaking out.. Worse still employers scan the internet to find information about every person who they might deem interesting for a role and so I find myself thinking should I delete my blog/facebook/linkedin profile?

Amazing how much we give away for convenience isn’t it, I have an Android phone and it syncs with my gmail account.. so google/(insert government body here) knows who I’m calling/emailing/texting and at what time.. We really have lost all privacy… And this depresses me even more.

I’ve slowly started to sell off my retro collection, which is a bit like me a general and unfocused anyway. I’m going to keep what really means something to me and clear the rest it’s about time I accepted the fact I’m going to die and leave nothing in my wake.. So time to reduce my worldly goods.. Gosh that sounds so depressing but I’m keen on dumping the excess baggage that this collection of junk brings, after all it’s only worth something to me.. Even Angel looks upon it and sighs lol..

Right well that is about it for today, I’m guessing this rant may keep the masses entertained for at least 5 minutes.. Later’s dudes I’m off to surf the mental highway and read a book while drinking a nice cuppa tea, oh how I live on the edge eh?!