So, what have I been up to since my last outing on this ‘blog thingy whatsit doodah?
Well, I spent 4 days on a course in Cambridge studying the Exim mail transfer program, being stuffed with good food by Robinson College and having a good time with similarly geeky sysadmins from UKC and Lancs, many of which were involved with the old Hensa/lancs.pdsoft archives.
Last week I was just trying to keep awake due to not sleeping well once the humidity went through the roof. Oh, and at work I was getting some machines ready so that one of our researchers could move up to Leeds.
This weekend was pretty well a wash out due to sinusitis which started on Friday evening. I spent most of yesterday afternoon sleeping with the telly watching the Grand Prix for me.
So, what are my plans for this week?
Well, other than continuing to prepare for the trip to Tromso (such as sorting out the medical travel card thingy and ordering a GPS unit), it’s work, work, work. The techical person from Q Associates is coming in to commission the expansion of our cluster. The additional 24 dual dual-core Sun galaxy x86_64 machines will more than double the processing power.
For the last week I’ve been down in Cornwall for a week’s holiday and it’s flown by.
Anyway, here are some edited highlights in pictures…
A mutual friend has just sent this e-mail out to the junk-not list..
Please keep your fingers crossed for Alec Muffett, who has come off his
motorbike in France.
The fireman said that he will probably live, but we know no more than that
Mandy (his sister) and her husband Paul are Eurostar-ing out there tomorrow.
We will keep you posted when we hear more.
Graham and Rachel
I’m hoping that it sounds far worse than it really is.
Fingers (and everything else) crossed…
After getting not much sleep the night before last ‘cos the wind dropped out and it was too hot, last night was full of spectacular thunder and lightning for much of the night (continuously).
Having taken my iBook up to my bedroom I monitored the storms on the Met Office rain radar as they were being generated over the Oxford region and then wandered south-west. Oxford was at the boundery of a windy shear zone where the moist air from the continent, moving south-west, was hitting an atlantic stream which was moving north-east. I just wish it had met somewhere else.
Still, the ~12 hours of torential rain should have helped keep my garden plants alive. My apple tree is losing its leaves and a number of perenial plants are dying off.
No I have to go to work on reserve power. I think I must have ab IQ of about one and a half at the moment… just don’t let me anywhere near a root shell, that’s all I can say.