A few days of misc

OK, a conscious decision to not think about this blog has meant a fair amount of stuff is getting ‘done’. But I won’t bore you with the minutiae of the past few days as it mainly consisted of shuffling stuff about (mainly into loft), a fair amount of tidying up, a large amount of throwing crap out, and a growing pile of stuff to be “put in car to take to charity shop”. You know how it is.

Aside from that a few things have floated to the top of the pool of things “to be considered”, whilst others have merely skimmed the surface leaving only minor ripples in … yeah, enough of that..

Some thoughts from the past few days:

  1. I am really REALLY beginning to miss running, starting physio on knee next week, and dieting has started (ish). Hoping to lose weight, tone up, and whatnot before I start pounding the pavement again. Considering not running until next year to give me a chance to improve other areas first. Thoughts?
  2. Hard drive enclosures – I have two large hard drives sitting dormant in my old PC. Whilst looking for enclosures I spotted some ‘media capable’ ones with various outputs and gubbins. Anyone got something like this? Is it worth it? I’m thinking: download TV episode in HD, copy to media enclosure, watch on HD TV. Yay or nay?
  3. Bluetooth mouse – I am still loving the MacBook (alas I can’t make it my main machine) but have never enjoyed using a trackpad. So I’m in the market for a bluetooth mouse. A quick Google found me the Logitech V270 which looks OK but, of course, I’d love to hear your suggestions. No cables please (duh), and I need two buttons!
  4. Leopard – new version of the Apple operating system out on 26th of this month. Β£80 from Amazon.
  5. Speaking of paying, after downloading In Rainbows for Β£0.00, I’ve since been back to offer the princely sum of Β£7.43. I think that’s fair.
  6. Ohh yeah, I’m now, as of Wednesday, 34. Birthdays are becoming increasingly pointless, I think my 35th may be the last I acknowledge (more on this later).
  7. Cape Apple and Mango juice is delicious. Alas the packaging is cack and it’s impossible to pour it without “glugging” and splashing juice all over the place. Me does not like wiping up in the morning (wait, that sounds worse than it is…).
  8. Linux – old PC lying dormant (see point 1), so maybe a chance to play with.. Ubuntu? No idea where to start though, pointers welcomed.
  9. This weekend will continue the decluttering and should see me finally finished with ripping all my CDs to MP3 and most of them will be stashed in the loft. That means I’ll have 6 Benno CD towers (from IKEA) which I would like to find a use for… creative suggestions welcomed.

Normal service will be resumed at some point, although I do have another blog you know, and I am still twittering away like an idiot.

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3. Let me know what you go for re: a bluetooth mouse. Quite fancy one for my own MacBook, since I’ve got far too many USB cables cluttering up my desk. How come you can’t make it your main machine, by the way?

4. You thinking of upgrading to Leopard? I would kinda like to, but I’m not sure it has any new features that I really need. It’s more a case of being new and shiny.

8. Ubuntu is a piece of piss to install. Download a CD image, pop it in the drive, and you’re away. It actually runs off the CD to let you try it, and if you decide you actually want to install it you run the install app from within Ubuntu itself. Neat.

8. Ubuntu is probably among the best choices. I don’t use it myself but technically speaking most distributions are pretty much equivalent so it’s down to personal taste and how much community help you can find. The Ubuntu community is large and very helpful.

Alex – not sure about Leopard yet, it’s still a maybe. Like you, I don’t NEED it. And I can’t make the Mac my main machine because a certain female member of the house is never off the damn thing!

A lot of the guys at work use Ubuntu for development, so there is plenty of in-house support. Hence the name-check! Other than Fedora and… possibly one other, I don’t think I could name any other distributions.

I didn’t enjoy turning 34 at all. Just a number, fair enough, but a small number would be better!

34? Blimey, you are young enough to be my son. You are young, dear Gordon, YOUNG. Fresh faced and innocent.

wee sis says:

last birthday you will acknowledge? Think between Louise, mum and I that is never gonna happen! 40th, 50th, 60th, 65th … etc LOL

hans says:

34 Woweee!

I thought you were 5 years older than me and heres me, older than you.

Made my day that has πŸ™‚

hans says:

Another tip…

Download VMware the free server and then use that to boot your Ubuntu distro, gives you a sandpit Ubuntu.

(We use VMware a lot….and development well…thats not a UK thing ….)

I just noticed this (I’m not too bright). Happy Birthday Gordon. It looks like I’m old enough to be your babysitter!

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