charliemouse: (Helmet)
2008-03-31 12:44 am

Here, in the U.S. of A.

Well, I survived the journey.  Flight was about 40 minutes late to take off, but still landed ahead of schedule - 6 hours 45 minutes.

Shuttle bus was fun.  Took about 30 minutes and people were helpful and chatty.  Weather is nice and sunny.  Mid 60's.

Hotel is very plush, room is basic but comfortable.  Two restaurants plus a bar, although I'm not sure what I can get away with on expenses!

Free Wi-Fi!  Which is fantastic.

More updates to follow.
charliemouse: (Helmet)
2007-04-12 09:35 pm

Phew!

(Yes I am still alive. Just haven't LJ'd for ages)

We have a server at home. It stores many things we love. Mainly our entire photograph collection but also music, videos, personal documents, etc.  When the system drive of the server died last year, I thought "Mmm, if that had been a data drive, we would have lost a lot of precious stuff."  So I went out and bought a bunch of drives and a RAID controller.  To avoid getting too technical, it means that you store your data across all the drives but if one of the drives dies you don't lose anything.  If two of the drives die at once, you're stuffed - but that's really unlikely to happen.

So, last week, guess what?  One of the drives died.

We've been biting our collective nails ever since, buying a replacement drive and hoping that the RAID controller could rebuild everything back to normal.  Also hoping that another drive didn't die.

Well, it worked.  Everything is fine!  Hurrah for RAID!!!

However, as a belt and braces approach, I have also purchased an external back-up drive, and am currently copying the irreplaceable stuff onto it.  This will live in the fire safe, except once a month when I'll make a copy of the latest data.

We're now feeling a lot less stressed than we have been so far this week!
charliemouse: (Default)
2006-09-30 07:43 pm

Follow the lemmings

So, I see the Americans have caught up with us Brits now then. Let's just have a big Constitution-burning party.
charliemouse: (Default)
2006-06-04 02:59 pm

(no subject)

Due to the nature of the quality of driving in England the Department of Transport has now devised a new scheme through the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority, and the Driving Standards Agency, in order to identify poor drivers and give good drivers the opportunity to recognise them whilst driving.

For this reason, as from the middle of May 2006, those drivers who are found to be driving badly, which includes:

- overtaking in dangerous places
- hovering within one inch of the car in front
- stopping sharply
- speeding in residential areas
- pulling out without indication
- performing U turns inappropriately in busy highstreets
- under taking on motorways and
- taking up more than one lane in multi lane roads

will be issued with flags, white with a red cross, signifying their inability to drive properly. These flags must be clipped to a door of the car and be visible to all other drivers and pedestrians.

Those drivers who have shown particularly poor driving skills will have to display a flag on each side of the car to indicate their greater lack of skill and general lower intelligence mindset to the general public.

Please circulate this to as many other motorists as you can so that drivers and pedestrians will be aware of the meaning of these flags.

Yours sincerely,

The Department of Transport
charliemouse: (Default)
2006-04-12 08:39 am

Happy 400th Birthday!

The Union Jack is 400 today.

Apparently, it can be called the Union Jack. It can also be called the Union Flag. There is no rule about it being a Jack when at sea, etc. In fact, it's illegal to fly at sea!
charliemouse: (Default)
2005-11-09 09:47 pm

Great site

(For those that don't know it already)

For people putting together icons, web sites, anything vaguely graphical. Check out GRSites. The texture library alone is really good.
charliemouse: (Default)
2005-11-03 11:20 pm

(no subject)

Clearly, some people don't always think particularly hard when devising domain names for their websites.

The following are real (and safe to open at work):-

1. 'Who Represents?' A company database for agencies to the rich and famous.
http://www.whorepresents.com

2. Experts Exchange. A knowledge base where programmers can exchange advice and views. http://www.expertsexchange.com

3. Looking for a pen? Look no further than Pen Island...
http://www.penisland.net

4. Need a therapist? Try here.
http://www.therapistfinder.com

5. Mole Station Native Nursery, based in New South Wales.
http://www.molestationnursery.com

6. Gas central heating anyone?
http://www.gasheating.co.uk

7. Powergen in italy...
(OK, this one isn't real, but still funny)
http://www.powergenitalia.com
charliemouse: (Berry)
2005-09-29 01:24 am
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Antique Roadshow for role-players

If you came across an old D&D module called ST-1 "Up the Garden Path", you might decide to put it on eBay. Since it's old (1986) and pretty thin (16 pages), you might put it up with a minimum price of 99p, and hope that someone will bid it up a few pounds to complete their collection.

You probably wouldn't expect that, after a week and 34 bids, it would sell for £1,100.

eBay Page

ST-1 was printed as a limited run of 600, and only 200 were ever sold. Only about 60 are known to exist now. Something tells me that, with an initial price of 99p, the seller didn't know that.
charliemouse: (Default)
2005-09-15 11:31 pm

One-upmanship

The classic game of one-upmanship has taken another step.

2: Gillette
2: Wilkinson Sword
3: Gillette Mach 3
4: Wilkinson Sword Quattro
3+: Gillette Mach 3 Turbo
4+: Wilkinson Sword Quattro Power
5: Gillette Fusion

Read all about it.

Two interesting side notes:

1. Wilkinson Sword is the UK brand. They're known as Schick in the US.
2. The 'proper' Wilkinson Sword, who make the swords, are closing down their factory tomorrow. Another 200 year old echo of the British Empire dies.
charliemouse: (Default)
2005-09-04 09:29 pm

Swallow your pride...

"Cuba's President Fidel Castro offered to send 1,100 doctors and 26 tons of medicine to the U.S. Gulf Coast areas stricken by Hurricane Katrina, CNN reported last night."
[bloomberg.com]
charliemouse: (Default)
2005-08-25 12:56 pm

(no subject)

Female? Technophile? Try Shiny Shiny.

And there's more.. disturbing.. news for that gender, here.
charliemouse: (Default)
2005-08-13 11:01 am

(no subject)

Poop Carrier for Dogs



poopsadaisy-1.jpgThe Poopsadaisy—“Let your dog carry the load.”—is a strap on sack so Fido can carry his own leavings on those long walks in the back country where there are no trash cans for miles. While I can't really imagine the niche of dog-owner that might enjoy this—perhaps the sort that doesn't want to share ANYTHING with ANYBODY precious bodily solids included?—I'm sure the praise you get for sticking a bag of dung on your dog's bad will be worth the mental illness you suffer.

charliemouse: (Default)
2005-08-07 03:26 pm
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Sub of Treachery

Hollywood anounces new blockbuster, Sub of Treachery.

Starring Mel Gibson (Braveheart, The Patriot, The Bounty) as Brad Archer, a retired elite American scuba diver, sent in to save the stricken ill-funded Russian submarine and its crew of disaffected, incompetent sailors. Stranded on the bottom of the sea, Brad discovers that they are snagged on one of several top secret British spy rigs, placed 30 years ago to steal American and Russian nuclear secrets. Brad soons finds out that one of the trapped sailors is really a British agent. In a race against time, will Brad Archer save the crew, find the traitor and stop the evil Empire?

Loosely based on the real-life drama.
charliemouse: (Default)
2005-08-05 05:00 pm

Rock, Paper, Scissors

Just in case any of you thought it was random...

The Official Rock Paper Scissors Strategy Guide