Archive for November, 2003

Diary Upgraded

Friday, November 28th, 2003

[ from the dept. ]

Well I finally got annoyed with the new and improved services from easyspace and decided not to pay them for hosting or email any more when I have a colo server available and broadband to do mail delivery directly rather than a third party.

If they decided to leave the service as it was then they probably would have got 160-something pounds in renewal fees…but no.

I began the process of upgrading the site as part of the move.


National Demonstration on Thursday

Sunday, November 16th, 2003

[ from the not-in-my-name dept. ]

Stop the War Coalition

The National demonstration against the State visit of “President” Bush takes place on Thursday afternoon at 14:00 in Central London.
I am not anti-American (in fact I generally have no issues with most Americans – although I think we could all do with more people like Michael Moore to enlighten.) however I am very much not in favour of the actions of the POTUS such as drilling our Artic or renouncing the Kyoto treaty. War is just one issue I have with this guy – he is welcome to voice his opinions and millions of the Britisih public are free to tell him where to go.

Ordinarily I am not likely to go to National Demonstrations however I feel this is one which deserves as much support as possible.


In Fields Of Gold

Sunday, November 9th, 2003

[ from the music-from-dave-loew dept. ]

I bought a copy of Safari in Classics and Safari in Classics 2 by Dave Loew having met him in W H Smiths in Reading yesterday. This was an impulse buy with a difference – the guy rules as far as his music is concerned. Very very very good.

I went to Cambridge on Thursday and saw Matrix Revolutions with friends. The film was interesting in that I am not really able to describe any particular ending nor deduce any great higher meaning from it. Did I miss something or is it that the film does not contain all of the answers fans have been seeking for several years? :-) .

I think I am starting to finally understand slab allocation, the buddy memory system and virtual memory allocation in Linux. It is one thing to read about these things and quite another to sit in Starbucks for hours pouring over the code discussion in the book. I have been having my regular grapes and smoothie from Marks and Spencer or Tesco when the former is not available but have also started eating a lot more figs. I really like figs. I eat these things while sitting in various coffee houses pondering or reading whatever book I feel a need to read.

I have now had two driving lessons and drove in to Oxford City centre for the first time the other day. I think it will take some time though I hope to eventually be able to drive when it is not practical to travel by train. I still like travelling by train for the time and meeting of people.
For example most people seem to agree driving in to London is best done when train travel is somehow an issue.

On Tuesday I am planning to go to an Apple talk on Mac OS X UNIX. I really quite look forward to that. In the mean time I am attempting to make progress with my article on Embedded Systems and Star Office review.


Fireworks and travelling around

Monday, November 3rd, 2003

[ from the where-do-you-want-to-go-tomorrow-then? dept. ]

I have not done an update in a while. Sorry. Here is something random:

Since the Marriage of Figaro I have been in to London a bunch of times. The most recent was on Friday to meet Robin and Beckie for supper and fireworks back in Reading. I went to London last weekend too, with my dad for a change, and we visited Foyles, Borders, Blackwells (well I popped in there briefly while dad was still in Foyles, in search of a particular book by Barron on Electronics I could not find elsewhere and ended up not getting but did end up getting yet another one in Waterstones instead), and Waterstones. We went to Wagamama afterwards in Covent Garden. I have in the past few days discovered that the Yellow River Cafe in Reading do something similar to the famous Wagamama 42. There is also now another Starbucks in Reading but this time in the town centre. I walked in and said I would be living there.

That weekend we went to London (on Sunday 26th October at least I presume) was the latter part of the same weekend that I went to visit Tom in Congleton and ended up getting screwed over again by Virgin Trains. We saw Finding Nemo in Macclesfield and I was introduced to a very nice country pub which does great Greek Salads and real coffee.

This weekend we had some fireworks in Reading with Hannah and Joe Wrigley and Robin and Beckie along with the rest of my family. I went half way to Brighton with Robin and had some very nice pasta on Friday night. I also got my Birthday present a little over a month early since I had already guessed from the clues that I should check before buying books and that I had a boxed set coming, Hannah and Joe Wrigley bought me a copy of Volumes 1-3 of The Art Of Computer Programming. We had older editions somewhere but they are not handy and this set means that I can start reading the stuff on algorithms I have been wanting to look at.

I have been reading the Understanding The Linux Kernel book again because I need to fix a bug in mmap which seems to have been introduced in the stuff that I am doing and therefore necessitates that I really understand exactly how the memory management layer does in fact work. :-) . I am also nearly finished on the Michael Moore Stupid White Men book which I picked up in the trip that I mentioned to bookshops in London.

I was in Cambridge at some point recently too and saw Kill Bill. That is an interesting film if you like that kind of thing. Whatever you do remember that Cabin Fever is one of those films which one finds funny for the wrong reasons. I am going to be in Cambridge this coming Thursday and having another driving lesson on Friday. Did I mention I am now finally learning to drive cars on road? I had my first lesson last week and was so impressed with the instructor that I booked 5 more with BSM.

I am writing a review of Star Office and working on a feature on Embedded Linux so welcome any input from people who randomly happen upon this page. I met a Gentoo Linux user on a train a couple of weeks ago and a Doctor who uses Linux too. The other evening I bumped in to another person reading a Michael Moore book and he told me he writes IOS Packet Forwarding code for Cisco.