And Now For Something Completely Different

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HP Microserver Gen8 – case open

Hello everyone,

I know what you’re thinking “two new posts in less than a month, can this really be possible?”, well I’m as surprised as you but if you’re reading this then I guess it happened. Let’s see where it leads us. In the last couple of years I’ve hardly written anything, and when I have it’s only been updates about my ongoing health situation. So today I’d like to begin changing that trend and talking about more geeky stuff again. Between my bouts of illness I have been doing the odd techy thing when I can. I’ll give you a quick outline of what I’ve been up to and projects I’m interested in, then hopefully post more about each one individually in the future. Read more ›

Hurry Up And Wait

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A picture of a clock face

Hurry Up And Wait

Hello everyone, it’s been a long time hasn’t it? I said at the end of my last post that I’d try not to leave it 9 months again and I haven’t. True to my word it’s actually been 10 months! I wanted to reassure you that I’m still around and fighting on. A few people have contacted me directly in recent months to ask how I’m doing, I appreciate all the concern and support. Hopefully this public update will be more effective than repeating the same story privately to various people. Since it’s been so long we’ll have to consider this less of a standard update and more of a “sudo apt-get dist-upgrade” or perhaps a Service Pack (if you’re a Windows type – boo hiss!).  I said in my last post that I was in a holding pattern and I wasn’t getting anywhere solving my phantom illness. Things are much the same but I’m doing OK. Some days are very tough and I know instantly when I wake up in the morning and feel my whole body ache. Other days are a little better and I’m able to do some things, maybe even get out of the house, usually once or twice a week. I am currently cancer free (yippee!) but still exhausted all the time, I have constant cold or flu symptoms and my immune system is clearly out of whack. I’ll get into more details as we go on but there’s also a couple of life events I should update you on and even some geeky stuff, so let’s get to it… Read more ›

2016: A Year Of Unsolved Mysteries

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​Greetings everyone and welcome to this very very overdue update. My last post was back at the end of February when I had not long returned home from The Christie hospital in Manchester. Following a massive operation I felt sore and pretty ill but I was also really optimistic that my protracted health problems might finally be coming to an end. Sadly things haven’t quite worked out like that and I know I’ve been very quiet online since. Many people have been asking via Twitter, Facebook, email and other means just what’s happening. I hope I can clear that up today. Also, it’s 26 hours to the end of 2016 as I sit down to write this and it seems a good time to reflect on a year most people are quite happy to leave behind. Read more ›

Give My Regards To Ward 10

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Hello everyone, I’m back!!! Well, partially back I suppose. I just wanted to write a quick update to let you all know that I’m at home now recovering from my operation and all went as well as could be expected. At this early stage all indications are that I could be healthier than I’ve been in over a decade but it’s going to take a long time to recover. There were a few unexpected events during the operation which left me with a drain in my chest for a few days, I wasn’t expecting that but I don’t have the energy to explain it all now. Maybe I will in future. The important thing to remember is it went really well, the surgeon seems really happy and he was practically dancing when I saw him the day after the operation.

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Smoke Me A Kipper

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Hello! As that Nirvana song goes “all apologies”. It doesn’t look like I’ll have time to post my Pixel C review before my operation now. I’m actually sat here in the Christie hospital in Manchester writing this and the ward has wifi. How cool is that? I’ve already written over 2000 words of the follow up to my last post, the server story. I hope to post it tonight perhaps before my operation tomorrow but who knows whether that will happen. I’ll do my best. In the last 2 or 3 weeks I thought I’d have more time but there’s just been so much stuff to sort out. Read more ›

Philosophy & Servers – Part 1

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Hello everyone, I hope you’re well. I’ve written a lot about my health situation lately but I also promised I would write properly about technology as soon as time allowed. I’m pleased to say that day has finally arrived. I want to tell you about the changes I’ve made to my computing setup in the last 6-9 months and the thinking behind it, I’ll also dish the dirt on this new Pixel C tablet I’m currently toting. That sounds like a lot to cram in so I’ll probably split this into 2 or 3 posts, we’ll see. So let’s start with the new computing philosophy I’ve come to and the reasons for it.

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