Month: November 2009

November 24, 2009
November 21, 2009
The information in this post will be old news to many of you, but it was new to me, so I will still moan about it.

A few months ago, my increasingly-tatty paper driving licence finally fell to bits. It had already been repaired with tape, so I thought it was time to get a new all-singing-and-dancing photo-id license. It would be easy to keep in my wallet – unlike the paper license – and I would have it wherever I go.

November 20, 2009
Today I met up with my brother and sister-in-law for the last part of saying goodbye to mum; the burying of her ashes, and my dad’s plaque being updated to commemorate both of them.

It was only a short ceremony, as the main service had been at her cremation, back in August.

November 18, 2009
Although they taking a knocking on the forums these days, I have been with Pipex for some time (long before they were bought by Tiscali), and have been pretty satisfied with the quality of my connection, if not their customer service. A couple of years ago, I also paid to put mum on Pipex, so I had broadband when I was visiting her (of course, she used it as well!).

As we are selling the house, and I am not going to be back there much now, I cancelled her account at the beginning of October. I was told it would take 30 days for the account to be closed, so when I saw a payment go through in October, I did a mental shrug.

November 18, 2009
Had to get up early today, as I am working onsite today. While getting ready, I noticed my Wii was flashing me, indicating a message.

As I knew full well what that message would be – the long-awaited launch of the Iplayer Channel – I couldn’t resist having a look.

November 16, 2009
Have just ordered my ticket for the Gadget Show Live 2010, at the Birmingham NEC.

This year, they are running from Thursday April 8 to Sunday April 11. I have booked the Friday, figuring that it will be heaving over the weekend, and probably pretty busy on the opening day. Probably, all 4 days will be booked solid.

November 12, 2009
A few years ago, I picked up a copy of Nightshade, by Jack Butler. It was only a quid, and the back cover blurb sounded fun –  “There’s a vampire on Mars, and he’s the good guy”. However, when I got it home, it was added to the pile of books that were probably crap, and I would read if I was desperate.

The other day, I wasn’t desperate, but I had bought a new reading lamp, so I picked up a book at random to find a good position for the lamp. Of course, it was Nightshade, and the book grabbed me immediately.

November 7, 2009