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Ramblings about cats, games and miscellanea.

There is never enough time

It has been a busy couple of months since my last entry. As ever, there has been a lot of work to be done - my to do list is down to a mere 70 items. Not that I'm complaining of course - with the economy continuing its merry journey to the bottom, it's good to still have lots to do.

On a sadder note, my gran passed away last month, at the impressive age of 105. These days I try not to let this diary get too sentimental, but thought I would at least mention it, as she made ...

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Archery

My dad is an archery enthusiast, and so, therefore, am I.

Growing up I was vaguely aware that my dad was keen for me to take up the bow - subtle little things, like an archery target appearing in the middle of the lawn, or him saying "I am keen for you to take up archery" - but until recently I have always been too busy learning too many musical instruments, or being too tired from my strenuous days spent typing away at a keyboard.

However, I recently decided to take up archery, entirely of my own accord and without my dad ...

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Ubuntu 11.04 classic and separate x sessions

Forgive me regular readers, it has been almost 3 months since my last diary post. As usual I have many excuses (lots of work, fair amount of DIY, and two holidays), but for once I have a lot to say, so I'll try to get writing real entries soon. For now though: I'm alive, and stay tuned for my next entry, which should be here in a day or so and will most likely be about cats.

Now for a public service announcement. Here's a helpful hint for the two other people in the world who use ...

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Reinventing the wheel

Sometimes things are good enough. Sometimes you can work around the problems and make do. Sometimes you have to start from scratch.

Last week I was tapping away in SciTE, trying to overlook its obvious shortcomings as a text editor, as I always do, since it's the best that I can find. I was writing a program to tunnel telnet over HTTP, because neither protocol on their own was good enough for what I was doing. I was writing it in Python, which doesn't offend me as much as some languages, but it's still not perfect. I ...

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A busy couple of months

Once again, the diary has fallen silent while I've been caught up with other things.

Work-wise, I've nearly finished the CMS, and I've written a bunch of Django components as part of it, which I plan to release gradually as separate projects, so I'm hoping they should prove interesting to those of you who like that sort of thing. I also have several other projects that are nearly there (sysadmin, javascript etc), so I'm hoping 2011 will be full of releases, although that depends on how much real work I've got on.

Of course ...

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