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Monday, 16 April 2007

sick day and associated (lack of) productivity..

It's been a bit of an odd day for me, since I found my energy levels slowly disappearing over the weekend, to the point where I could do little else but sleep after the children went to bed last night, to counter the achiness and sore throat. As a result, the idea of a twelve hour shift was a little too much, so I've taken today off to attempt to recuperate, and spent much of it sleeping. Maybe I'm fighting off a bug, or perhaps it's my body's response to the onset of early season hay-fever, but I really dislike being unwell, so I'm hoping a good night's sleep tonight (and some antihistamines in the morning - it's great that they've come down in price so much over the years.. back when I really suffered, they were almost prohibitively expensive!) will prepare me for a return to work tomorrow.

techy Mac stuff (again)
Still, I finally managed to install webmin this afternoon - this was intended to help me back up my Mac Mini to the removable hard drive in case of disaster .. there were some very useful instructions here, which assumes you're using Mac Server, but works just as well on a standard OS X 10.4 installation. I selected the latest versions of the ancillary software, but didn't encounter any errors (probably for the first time ever!) which was good, since I don't think I'd have had the energy to fix it if it had gone wrong.

I was also sent a link to a rather interesting part of the new Harvard Observatory website, which gives visitors the opportunity to take a 'photograph' of what might be (or could become) a black hole. I've set it going - hopefully I'll have an email in the next couple of days with the picture. Definitely one for Christopher if it works!

Well.. I'll let you know how I get on at work in the morning. It's still a very strange situation there - although I can't go into any details, suffice it to say I used to have eight engineers in my team, and now I have three. Was it something I said?

Posted by james at April 16, 2007 5:53 PM

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