Friday, January 27, 2006

ISPs are wankers

Ok - flat out busy at work. In fact, the only reason I have time to post this while I'm at work is because the ISP who hosts our DNS has decided to purge our records. For the uninitiated, this means that we're getting no emails. Nada, none. Not good - especially since we were meant to be doing a Domino migration over the weekend.

Anyhow, this ISP maintains that we have no account with them. This is despite the fact that I can provide invoice numbers that they have sent us in the past. Since they are a bunch of wallies I've decided not to ask them to create us a new account, but have contacted the people who host our website. They are quite happy to do it, but of course the modification automatically emails me details that I require to get up and running. Feels very much like I'm going around in circles. Meh.

On the bright side, my swanky new laptop has arrived. 2.2GHz, 2GB RAM, 256MB video card, 100GB HDD.... lots of goodness. We need to have a LAN party sometime soon - can't wait to see CS running on this thing.

Finally, a thought from a friend of mine - "the whole metro movement is about the feminization of men...and I am fighting for men to say no to becoming pussies". Very amusing.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Does my ass look big in this?

Finally got my suit sorted for the wedding. Bring on the post Christmas sales - certainly makes an expensive purchase slightly less expensive.
After trying on quite a few suits, I've ended up picking one that I like. Thing is, it's European so their sizing is yet another thing. American, my pants are 34. Aussie, they're 87. European? 52. Seems like they get the centimetre measurement, take off the inches and that's their size. Ok, so it's probably a lot different to that but it's still confusing.

Anyhow, trying on the suits was a tiring affair. Tiring in the sense of being really painful to get things just right in one style, then have to stuff around doing it all again in another - and girls think this kind of stuff is fun? At any rate, turns out that I have an 87 (34, 50) waist but a 92 (36, 52) ass and legs. Kind of amusing to think I have a fat ass. Guess it must be from the riding - at least that's what I'm saying.

On the geeky side of things, I got RIS working with my answer file. Basically means I can plug a computer into the network, enter a user name and password and Windows will install itself under a specific set of parameters without me lifting another finger. Very nice, and just in time for the rollout here.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Spending other people's money

So, since we're saving hard for the wedding I haven't had much of a chance to splurge which is very unlike me. To overcome this deficit I'm buying things for work using their money. To date I've spent around $120,000 this year. Not a bad start for half way through the first month. Anyhow, it takes the edge off wanting to go out buying things.

In other news, the server at Prospect went down on Monday. One of the channels on the RAID controller died which wasn't pretty... thought I was going to have a server to rebuild but thankfully it all came up when the replacement board went in.

Coffee news... nothing to report. Haven't been out riding in a while - the hobbies have been on the backburner while I try and get life done. Hopefully things slow down soonish. Oh, I haven't mentioned that we're moving back to the Hawkesbury. Looks like I'll have the opportunity to see more of people. Anyhow, I have a meeting to go to so I think I'll leave you with one final thought before I go - Quicquid latine dictum sit, altum viditur.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Getting on with it

Well, 2006 is here and as of today there is four months until my wedding. Starting to get on top of things - I've picked out a suit, taking advantage of the sales to save myself $200. Liz is up in the Hunter today and tomorrow checking out florists, hairdressers and make up people (do they have a title?). She's also checking photographers... and I'm amazed at how much these people charge. Basic packages start from $2500 and just get more expensive as you want more things that any human would consider reasonable. Proofs of the photos in case people want to order? Sure, just add $500. Additional pages to your album begin at $150. I'm going to make sure my kid has at least a little bit of exposure to photography, looks like there is some serious money to be made if you can do it well, and you are in a prime location.

In other news, my coffee quest continues. Espressos are getting better, a doppio ristretto has become my drink of choice and sugar is only needed to cover a bad cup of coffee. It would be nice if someone rana coffee appreciation course so that you could learn the basics of cupping - much like they do for wine tasting. While I can taste differences between different beans, I can't actually enunciate those differences. Ah well, the quest continues.