Down the Docks

February 28, 2006

Wedding Speeches

Filed under: Uncategorized — ealing @ 11:08 pm

The only really important thing to remember is that the entire audience wants you to succeed. They’ll giggle at your bad jokes, and laugh uproariously at anything remotely competent.


February 17, 2006

RIP Ray Barretto

Filed under: Music, Salsa — ealing @ 4:48 pm

Ray Barretto died this morning. I missed a chance to see him when he was in London a few months ago, and now that opportunity has gone for good. His tracks “Acid” and “El Watusi” have some recognition beyond salsa fans, and on the dancefloor his high-energy recordings have been popular for decades.

I guess I need to go to New York to catch some of the remaining greats while I still can.

February 13, 2006

Building a Home Fileserver pt III: Networking and Applications

Filed under: Technology — ealing @ 8:15 am

So – the new machine boots, but it doesn’t do much more. Time for some applications.


February 9, 2006

BritSalsaFest part II: It’s All Over

Filed under: Salsa — ealing @ 4:08 pm

In short, teh roXorz (pretty darned good). In depth – (more…)

February 8, 2006

A Programmer Should Know Better

Filed under: Uncategorized — ealing @ 6:11 pm

I disappointed myself immensely last night while putting together my new bed.


Alterantive Spellings

Filed under: Uncategorized — ealing @ 2:23 am

alterantive That is all.

Natwest “Actionline” Telephone Banking

Filed under: Bad Customer Service — ealing @ 1:28 am

The automated menu took me through to somebody with whom I could talk about my existing borrowing. This person could neither close an account with a balance of zero (and no activity for about a year), nor even tell me how much it would cost to fully repay a graduate loan. She suggested I talk to the loans people, who won’t be in until eight a.m.

Just as I was about to get off the phone, she noticed that I have a personal banking manager (you know, because I’m so incredibly wealthy), and that all of these questions would therefore have to be routed through that person. I’m so special, it seems, that I can only be helped by one person. Marvellous.

Where’s my HSBC credit card?

Filed under: Bad Customer Service — ealing @ 1:23 am

Apparently, “We’ll send it to your branch.” means “We’ll send it to your home address”. I love it when a company can’t tell me the truth about something really simple.

February 7, 2006

Building a Home Fileserver part II(c): SATA & RAID

Filed under: Technology — ealing @ 8:40 am

The last OS-level problem I was having concerned the RAID array: it wouldn’t start, despite all the individual drives functioning.


February 1, 2006

Global Warming Bad News

Filed under: Current Affairs — ealing @ 2:26 pm

Within a span of a couple of days, I read about a new UK government report on climate change (BBC News articleSlashdot discussion), and heard James Lovelock talk about his new book on Radio Four (Bruce Sterling’s comments). It’s all very depressing.


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