Smoke Me A Kipper

A photo of Chris Barrie as Ace Rimmer from the series Red Dwarf

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

A side on photo of the HP Microserver Gen8 with the case open

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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Best Laid Plans

A photo of the Google Pixel C tablet stood on a white bench with the optional keyboard

Hello all, we meet again. In my last post I said I’d be writing about technology here in the future rather than my ongoing health saga. As the title of this post suggests though, “the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry”. Here’s some info on the quote. I was recently informed by The Christie that they are postponing my operation with less than a week to go. I was due to be admitted on Jan 13th and now that’s been put back to Feb 10th, with the actual operation to take place on Feb 11th.
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I’ve Got A Date

Close up folder of a paper calendar
Close up folder of a paper calendar

A Date At Last

Hello all, I have some exciting news. It’s been a long time since I’ve had cause to use this sentence but… I’ve got a date! Sadly in this context I’m only referring to a date for my upcoming surgery. I’ll be going under the knife at The Christie in Manchester on January 14th 2016. Not far away. Read more ›

The Wheel Of Fortune

The Wheel Of Fortune

The Wheel Of Fortune

Hello all,

It’s been a while since my last update but regular readers will know I’ve been suffering with serious health problems since September of this year. To be honest I hadn’t written much for over a year before that but it’s great to finally have a legitimate excuse for slow updates. There are some developments to share at last and I won’t rehash the things I’ve already written about. If you want the full story then you can read the following:

Previously on Dan…

So, when we last left the story I was waiting for some kind of diagnosis from The Christie in Manchester and news of any possible treatment. I was called for more CT scans and blood tests a couple of weeks ago and then I met the consultant there earlier this week. Read more ›

No News Is Good News… Or Something

Hello all,

This is just a really quick follow up to let you know that even though it’s been a month since my last post I don’t really have anything new to report. I’m still waiting to see a doctor at The Christie in Manchester and get some kind of real diagnosis or prognosis. Hopefully then I can find out where all this goes from here and make some plans.

I did finally get called to Manchester this week for CT scans and blood tests. I’m not holding my breath on getting the results any time soon but at least it’s something.

I do feel a little better and I’m glad to say the surgical wound on my side is almost healed but it’s still far from 100%. I have to get it packed and redressed every 2 or 3 days. I’m exhausted most of the time but not really in any pain, so things could be a lot worse.

They say “no news is good news” but in this case it’s just frustrating.  I can only hope it doesn’t take too much longer and as soon there’s anything significant to share with you I will do.

Bye for now,