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Sunday, 15 July 2007

still here, but I need to get out (in the garden) more..!

It's been a fairly straightforward week, really - so I've not had much to write in this ol' blog. On Thursday I took a trip to Birmingham, to visit the team up there. I really like the environment, and they're a very friendly bunch - oh, and the bits and bobs I wanted to work through with them went quite well. All-in-all a worthwhile trip, despite the usual unreliability of the trains!

Colourful gardenWith all the rain we've been having (this afternoon's thunderstorm has recently passed overhead and is making its way northwards) and the occasional sunshine inbetween, the garden is really thriving. The colours are wonderful, especially the striking orange of the nasturtiums and the bright green of the carrots. I keep popping outdoors to clear the weeds away - oh, and on Friday evening I had a good hack at the hedge at the front, since the unidentifiable plant that grows within it had sprouted high above the top, and was looking very untidy. Two brown bins full later and I had at least cropped the worst bits off!

The rest of the evenings have been spent either noodling on my guitar (I'm using the H4's amplifier emulation, and struggling to make a decent noise) or playing on the Mac. I've installed Ubuntu on a PC at work, just to keep up-to-date with the latest developments of Linux (oh, and maybe play with the rather swiffy Beryl desktop manager thing. I'm very impressed with it, not least because it even looks good on a 2GHz Pentium 4 with 256 MB memory and a 64MB graphics card. Considering I've not managed to get even half of the Aero effects on Vista even on the latest PC we've bought, it just goes to show there are some really clever open source developers out there.

The same, I'm afraid, can't be said for me, though. Since VNC is painfully slow, I've been struggling with trying to open up a remote 'X Windows' session on my laptop, tunnelling through SSH. Xming seems to be the best way of doing it, but I'm struggling with the configuration over a proxy server.

Still, I could always make my current pointless activity even more convoluted. I can remote control a Windows XP session run inside VMWare Fusion on the mac, using Terminal Services tunnelled through PuTTY. It's really simple ... all you need to do is, on an SSH session to the mac, add an SSH tunnel on port 1999, to port 3389 on the home network address the virtual Windows session runs on... login on PuTTY, then open Terminal Services.. connect to localhost:1999 and it works a treat.

I really should get out more, shouldn't I? We had intended to go to Hyde Park for a game of rounders with some other internet sorts, but Beth didn't feel up to it, so we dropped the children at Beth's folks for the day and just pottered around, doing some shopping and generally relaxing. I drove out to Ashridge in the evening, to enjoy the peaceful natural surroundings and have a bit of a play on my guitar. With some field recordings I made out there and the spectacular sounds of the thunderstorm earlier, I've got a fair amount of audio to upload to the Freesound Project. Unfortunately their FTP server seems to be down at the moment, so it'll have to wait...

It's the last week at school and preschool for the little'uns tomorrow - we've also got the carpet people coming tomorrow to take a look at the requirements for the kitchen, hallway, landing and stairs. The drying equipment's still in, but we're not using it nearly as much now... hopefully they'll get round to returning my calls, but - as I mentioned before - there are a lot of people in much worse circumstances, so I'm not going to be too impatient. Another busy week ahead, then...

Posted by james at July 15, 2007 8:00 PM

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