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by on May.26, 2012, under Asides

I may have slightly ignored this new eu cookie law thing, sounds like it effects every site, not like I’m that popular to be noticed I’m behind

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Room upgrade All Done.

by on May.21, 2012, under News

Its been a while but I’ve finally got a better room.
It was done in a few stages so took longer than a simple redecoration, partly because it involved changing rooms and partly because there was a lot to do and I have a lot of stuff, but its finally done.

The first stage of my upgrade, involved emptying as much as possible of my new room, to make room for new built in wardrobes and a new desk. The wardrobes are built in, with sliding doors hiding drawers and shelves, a hanging area, and room for my snowboard. The desk’s just a big desk with built in drawers and a computer bay.

Stage 2 was to make room in my old room for the bed and wardrobe that had to come out of my new. This involved the complete removal of my old wardrobes desk and cupboards, after moving everything out of them first obviously.

Stage 3 was once everything was out and my stuff in, to connect everything up properly, my computers connected to the TV working as a DVD player and console. As part of the wiring everything up, I’ve got myself a 5.1 surround system as my old 4.1 speakers wouldn’t fit the room.

Stage 4 is my book case and TV stand, the last thing needed to fit all my stuff properly.

Not really as part of the room improvements, but I’ve also got a new Virgin Media Tivo box and internet upgraded to 60Mbps (that’s your average mp3 downloaded in under 1s), they claim its so fast YouTube video’s will never buffer, never had a buffer problem with the 10mb so nothing special there, but new games download in under an hour so that’s good :). The Tivo’s pretty good a nice upgrade over the V+, the TV guide looks better and its quite responsive, series linking is better as you can tell it to only record new episodes and ignore repeats. Sothat’s pretty good, oh and its plugged into the sound system so the Tv sounds pretty good 🙂

So yeah bigger room, better Tv, PC as a console, I think I’ve all the tech kit I need 🙂 Maybe some computer upgrades for a little more power and speed but I don’t really need them yet. And to finish off a bit of art for the walls as I’ve gained quite a bit more wall space than I used to have.


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Banff Canada Snowboarding 2012

by on Feb.26, 2012, under Holiday

Quiet Slopes

Typical View of the weekday slopes

I’ve been back almost a month so maybe its time to write something

Flew there via Amsterdam, not a lot to say about that really, get to airport, wait, get on plane, plane goes up, plane comes down, get off plane, wait get on new plane, plane goes up, stays there a while, plane comes down and we’re in Canada.

Apart from a heating problem in our first room – which  may have been because it was almost directly over the hot tubs, sauna and steam rooms – the hotel was fine, we even had a balcony in the second room that when its -11 outside wasn’t really much use.

We arrived the same weekend they do the ice sculptures at Lake Louise, so on a day off we went up there to have a look, a few had broken al little but were mostly intact. View the photos here

We also got a trip to Calgary to see the Flames play, my first hockey game, wasn’t too bad but I was surprised how often they stopped to clean the ice. View the photos here

A few other albums from the holiday

The few photos with Helen in them, didn’t really matter that some were the back of her head as both of us had our faces covered so are pretty much unrecognisable anyway.

On the way back our luggage got left in Amsterdam which was a little annoying but they followed us in the next flight the same day so not so bad, at least it wasn’t on the way out with a long time till the next flight.


P.S yes I know no-one uses Google+ but my pictures were stored on Picasa and they merged the services. Also some photos have geotagging information in them some don’t, it depends on if my phone had a signal or not.

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I’m certain I used to have my own links…

by on Feb.25, 2012, under Asides

…but only have the default WordPress ones now, maybe something I lost in an upgrade or rebuild. Shame I can’t remember what I was linking to

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So I came home to a box on my desk

by on Feb.24, 2012, under News, Random

And this is what I found when I opened it[pe2-gallery]


Box just opened


Out the box with the certificate

[/pe2-gallery]Shame we already have this one at work, I guess he’ll have to stay at home.

It’s taken a month since buying car insurance, but whoever came up with the Compare the Meerkat idea must have been a genius, and the team that got to put it all together must have had loads of fun.

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