So what happened last month then?

I was going to fill in the gaps, as it were, on what happened last month. But after thinking it through why? I’ll just recap a little bit here instead –

Most of my last working trip in November was weather days with me getting home fairly early on in the day, which was nice. This allowed for the re-jig of the Extension somewhat. Then went to Eastbourne for a week and fretted when the remote access to the CCTV went down (this was preceded by some motorist mowing down one of the telegraph poles on the road out the front) which meant I was relying on the microwave link, which is to say it failed on the Tuesday after we went leaving me wondering if someone had robbed the place.

Had a good time in Eastbourne and although I suffered with a bad back for a couple of days I rather enjoyed going round the old places, although maybe next time some nicer weather would be better ;)

Managed to get to see a few people but missed a few more in the dash around places. The town hasn’t changed much really.. Drove past our old house and saw that it looks empty right now with the same curtains and blinds up we left over two years ago!.. In general a bit like Eastbourne I guess ;)

Played some Magic with old friends and enjoyed it a lot, although for some reason it felt as if there were less rules and the cards/combinations were not as strange/difficult to get to grips with.. Maybe its just me?

Anyway had a great time, even though the weather was terrible most of the time, before we headed back on the Thursday evening. The trip back wasn’t too bad either stopped off at the services before getting back late (10pm-ish), turns out no one had pinched anything and a Bird had landed on one of the cameras (I looked at the footage and had a chuckle when it happened too).

Noticed that the radiator in the Games room is leaking from the valve so I have to sort that out, for now just turned it off.

Had the Boiler serviced the other week and seems the pressure vessel has failed? When replaced Tuesday it appears the flexible pipe going to it was blocked hence the reason for the failure.. Fingers crossed that sorts it out, the small spare bedroom is going to be the retro room as after thinking about putting another log cabin the garden for it I came to the conclusion that it wouldn’t be worth the hassle.

So a new desk arrived for that room yesterday and I put it up.. looks ok too.. :)

Bonus point is I now have a corner to set up my soldering station and work on little projects too!

Monitor on the Gauntlet machine has failed, started to replace it with a butchered TV unit that I’m hacking about (fits ok but need to play with it some more for the picture at the moment).

Found out that the job I thought I might have next year is now going to be in 2016 :( So I have to look for something else come the new year, got me a bit down the last couple of days because I was hoping to continue with this company, but I shall have to see what happens.

The dogs have been ill the last week as well with Angel also suffering from a cold.. All at once eh?

Looks like might be offshore for the first time in a week tomorrow.. Fingers crossed as a safer place than in the office ;)

Oh and got Angel a corny Xmas card ;)

The Trilogic Expert Cartridge

What is it you wonder, or perhaps you have just Googled it up?

It was a RAM based cartridge that allowed the user to load various utilities from floppy disk on to it. Most were of limited use however the monitor debugger was one of the best around. With many people using this to write games and demos it was also not long before people started to modify and write their own cartridge’s for it.. There are plenty of sites that detail it, a couple even have the layout of the cartridge itself, it also appears on eBay from time to time and this is the reason it bring it up today.

Seems someone thinks it’s incredibly rare and has it on there for £120 BIN, which is rather amusing as I have 3 (one in need of repair). Still this had the box and manuals so I though hell might be nice to own one of the newer versions boxed (the ESM was incorporated onto the main PCB of the newer version cartridges). However £120 is a little like howling at the moon and expecting to sprout fur and grow fangs. So I put in an offer of a MASSIVE £40 which was more than I paid for all three of mine I currently have. I was surprised when they came back with a counter offer of £80… And declined the offer of opening my veins for the obvious vampire!

However this did get me looking around and noticed a cartridge I don’t have which I wouldn’t mind getting hold of again, owned one in the 90’s, which is the Final Cartridge III (3). I see they are currently going for huge amounts too, which makes me wonder what *is* classed as rare? Or is it just something that is sort after?

Had a reply back from the agency that it is good news about the contract extension, talking of which it’s nice to finally have the extension finished ;)

I will stick a picture up at some stage, I promise :)

Stuck in the office

Well my hopes of an early day today failed when I was asked to hang about just in case I’m required, which strangely I was!.. So ok I see the point, in the afternoon there was a meeting about something that didn’t happen which was urgent to happen/not happen.. Anyway ended up getting back late in the evening after having to stop in a lay by and make a conference call.. Ho hum..

With any luck it will be a short day tomorrow as no not working it due to an increasing forecast… Saturday looks good though.

Oh did find out that may be required to work until Feb next year (doubtful it will last that long but been told may be required)…. Sorted out the Christmas rota (probably will be required) and generally tried to be useful.


Rug’s and assorted objects

As the extension isn’t being used due to the floor (dusty and cold) is not really suitable right now when home this afternoon popped into town and had a look around at some rugs, before Angel found some on-line that are pretty neat, handy as going to have one in the other room too which is currently laminated flooring and pretty nippy.

I would have been back a bit earlier but I had an ton of paperwork to do before I could get away so that needed to be done and tomorrow looks like it might be a long day as I have to go into some meetings etc.. Although I may not be needed in the actual meetings rather as a reference afterwards.

Had a call from an agency looking for someone to work as an engineer (which of course I’m not) but I said I would have a look.. Sadly the job spec doesn’t match the money so it’s not for me, even though I could probably do the role.

Long day

So up mega early and offshore working all day, done some inspections and then waited for some testing to be completed which took rather longer than everyone expected due to a failure on a couple of splices, still it was fixed and we headed back.. Tomorrow is a weather day for certain and it looks likely that most of the week may be the same (maybe Thursday is a working day at the moment).

Also had to sort out some issues when I got back relating to a MySQL server issue that I had missed.. and trying to let someone know that in fact there is nothing wrong with the server. Hell everyone else’s email is fine his is not.. and he has admitted to updating his PC with new software and suddenly it doesn’t work.. Well let me see.. now.. :(

So tired… Zzzz

Busy day rushing about..

So today went out and managed to do some inspections and look at bits and bobs, not too bad but still feeling it with the neck feeling sore.. Tomorrow is a mega early day too as we need to get some testing done before a large weather front comes through and stops work for a couple of days.

Oh and found out that Angel was getting my text messages but I wasn’t getting hers mainly because whisperpush doesn’t seem to be working properly at the moment.. So had to disable that.. :(

Bad Neck

So the weather was ok on the way out but started to get bad throughout the day and on the way back I managed to whack my neck with all the bashing about in the chair, if it had gotten much worse I would have needed to do up my seat belt :(

It wasn’t too bad but I think my neck had gotten cold a couple of days ago and was starting to give me hassle anyway, this just made it that much worse:(

Anyway tomorrow the weather is supposed to be better which I hope will make it a little easier to deal with the neck pain… Besides I’m climbing about all over which means I won’t have too much time to think about it.

Also for some reason Angel is not getting my Text messages.. And out here at the moment there is no Internet, I’m guessing this is because of the weather.. :(


Back to work then

So popped into work this morning only to find that we are not going offshore due to the weather!.. Seems probably not going offshore until Sunday now.. Oh well.. Of course when I got back that did mean I could put most of the arcade machines back in the extension with Angel helping while we both pushed and pulled these buggers about. how the HELL I moved Gauntlet on my own last time is beyond me!

Then wired up the sockets in each of the rooms, the room still looks empty and although finished for now (having it tiled early next year) we probably won’t be using it for sometime anyway as need something on the floor.. Still it’s done now (YEY!)..

Need to arrange some blinds of curtains now I guess?

Oh and backed a Matt Gray kickstarter where the guy is remaking a load of C64 tunes from Last Ninja and such and releasing them as a special package.. I suggest you check it out

Got a text last thing this evening looks like will be going out to work after all tomorrow as the weather has come down some.. Oh well..

Rads are go!

The roofing guys popped back and fixed the leaky bit and we picked up Angel’s car.

Spent the afternoon/evening soldering up the pipework and got it all working, no leaks and ok.. Apart from using the spirit level to fix the pipework to the wall.. FATAL mistake.. because it now looks pissed.. :( Oh well might have to box it in anyway.

Been seeing tons of spam from Amazon of late (which actually isn’t as it contains a trojan/link to trojan) still it is getting harder to see these things.. Hmmm..

Getting some very stranger comments on here too of late the robots are getting clever but I’m afraid if I don’t know you random stuff just makes me chuckle, hell some of the comments even the people I know make me chuckle so what chance do these have of getting through ?


Firework night or as I used to call it “Reason to blow the living crap out of the garden”.. however I’m an old fart now who values peace and quiet, along with a mega nervous dog that tries to hide in your jumper if she hears a bang.. So Videos and chilling out instead.

In other news popped into Kings Lynn had an “ok” Nando’s which reminded me never to bother ordering cheesy garlic bread there again, as it was crappy break warm  with a TINY bit of garlic butter on and half a piece of synthetic cheese on it.. :(

Bought a few dvd’s and then took a drive back (missing the Costa much the Angel’s horror), then dropped into Wickes picked up some pipe and found they do indeed have a pipe bender in stock.. with no bits and an open box.. :( so that’s not going to happen then.

Back to work on Friday so only tomorrow to chill out before back to it.