Sunday…wet Sunday… very wet Sunday

CabinetIn fact I am very glad that I live near the top of a hill, and above the road level as the rainwater has been streaming past the drive this morning! Not as bad as Wiltshire where we have had quite a lot of road flooding, and of course nowhere near as bad as Cumbria.

It has been a busy three weeks though. My weekends have been taken up installing a network system for a friend. The picture shows the cabinet with some of the components installed. The finished installation has covers over all the wiring!

GroupI have also been out and about. Last weekend I went up to see an old friend (Jane) from University days. Jane has had a couple of health issues recently so I went up with another friend from that era (Faith), staying with my parents before making a dash up to Yorkshire. The years just rolled away as we went out for lunch with Paul (Jane’s husband) and her mother. The photo shows Faith, me and Jane – it was a good day.

One consequence of the visit is that I have re-activated my Skype account (I usually use a SIP protocol for Voice over IP – VoIP) with the thought of using a webcam. Unfortunately the latest Linux version of Skype is a bit buggy, and my Windows version (Win2K) isn’t compatible with the web cam, so it is either video – but no sound on Linux, or sound with no video on Windows!

Last week I was back at Cranfield for another module of my Postgraduate course – this one on systems programming. The exam at the end was open book, although that didn’t make it any easier, however I think I have passed. The problem is both learning the syntax of a new language (Python – a scripting language) as well as analysing the problem to be solved and the program written. There is some coursework to do, but provided I pass the module, I shall be just 10 credits short of the PgDip. The module that would have given me that 10 credits has just been cancelled though, so it will be another few months before I can do another course. Meanwhile I have to see what topics might be suitable for the MSc project and dissertation, if I decide to go that route.

So back to work next week for the run up to the Christmas Holiday period! However it will be a short week for me as I have some more ECP on Thursday and Friday.

So on that note – Onwards and Upwards.

9 Responses to “Sunday…wet Sunday… very wet Sunday”

  1. Richard on 30 Nov 2009 at 7:33 am #

    Skype is good here………….just shouldn’t mess with MS, having said that the MS equivalent was very unreliable…………… and sound are good.

    Good luck for the end of the week.

    Looking at the pix it looks like the person behind the camera told a joke (at your expense???) which the ladies found funny and you just amusing 🙂

    Have a good week


    Parp parp

  2. Peter on 30 Nov 2009 at 1:44 pm #

    Story of my life 🙂 – but it was the third or fourth attempt – the first two were not good! I just felt fortunate to be sitting between two lovely people!!

  3. Gillian on 01 Dec 2009 at 9:39 pm #

    Ha ha ha ha………. just a bit of encouragement, and your wine fridge looks like it’s coming on nicely, just a few too many wires in the way and it’ll be fine!

    Starting the siege plans ready for xmas, in preparation for the descent of the hordes – still it’s an opportunity to see yet another man in uniform (Santa, you gotta love him!)



  4. Peter on 01 Dec 2009 at 10:16 pm #

    Wine fridge? – bit small! 🙂

  5. Richard on 01 Dec 2009 at 11:28 pm #

    Does that mean I have to grow a beard as well Gillian?

  6. Peter on 02 Dec 2009 at 2:32 pm #

    I don’t think Gillian has a beard?

  7. Richard on 02 Dec 2009 at 7:07 pm #

    Peter, not “as well as” 🙂 If you don’t think she has one why are you raising it as a possibility?

    Surely you mean “I know Gillian doesn’t have a beard” unless you know different from the Accountant’s Circus Year Book.

    Off to practice nut roasting as Mr Toad. Parp parp (sorry about the wind)

  8. Gillian on 02 Dec 2009 at 9:50 pm #

    that’s taking wind in the willows a stage too far Richard!!

    and no, I don’t have a beard (the hair remover cream works a treat 😉 )


  9. Richard on 02 Dec 2009 at 11:07 pm #

    Sorry Gillian I lost the thread there…………well an alternative to waxing and hair remover.

    Speaking of heir remover did you see The Queen this week on Channel 4?

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