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Saturday, 22 September 2007

busy weeks and shiny web links..

It's been another busy week at work so far; it's hard to concentrate on anything else, although I've agreed to work on a separate project which will certainly challenge me! On the face of it, it is quite a simple proposition - devise a method to install some specialist software on a standard build of server. The twist is that the server has Red Hat Enterprise Linux on it, and I've not had a great deal of experience of customizing installs.

The developer of the software has given me some very useful tips to getting started, so as long as I can devote some time to it (and with plenty of looking on Google!) I think it'll be possible. Something to do instead of pootling around on Facebook in the evening!

I don't believe I linked to the rather marvellous secret Google Earth Flight Simulator that Trev mentioned on his blog a couple of days ago. I have also become aware of the next big thing to follow Flash - Microsoft's Silverlight . I've not tried it yet, but apparently it's capable of much greater quality video and - as something of a departure from their recent outings (Windows Live Messenger and Windows Live Maps only work on Windows and Internet Explorer) - it's intended to be platform independent, even to mobile phones.

So.. what else? Oh yes.. last week I went to Birmingham for a day of software testing and server tweaking. Normally I suffer the disappointing peformance of the UK's train service, but I gave hiring a car for the day a go on this occasion. It's quite convenient, since the airport's car hire centre is only ten minutes walk away. However, the delays on the roads out of Luton and into Birmingham, the parking charges and the fact that I couldn't do anything except listen to podcasts during the journey were enough to persuade me to return to the a customary delays in Leicester for my trip up there on Tuesday.

I also have a job interview on Monday - for the job I've been doing for the past three months as a temporary attachment. Apparently there are five of us vying for three positions, so it might be quite competitive, but as long as I approach it in the right way, it should be fairly straightforward. The only slight crinkle is that the position I filled previously has now been 'moved' to another department, so I have no idea what I'd do if I didn't get the job. Probably the same sort of thing, just not in an official capacity!

Links of the day:

  • www.stoppedclocks.com : from the people that brought you www.werenotafraid.com comes a website celebrating - unusually (but isn't that what the internet's about) - stopped clocks.
  • developers.facebook.com : With Facebook growing beyond all belief, it's good to know that creative folks can contribute to making it more interesting. That said, considering the number of application requests I get sent (and end up ignoring) now - it could be almost intolerable if the site becomes awash with half-written apps.. I suppose we'll have to see how it goes...

Posted by james at September 22, 2007 5:17 PM

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