A new decade

Happy New Year!

It goes to show just how much I update this site that 2009’s Happy New Year post is still showing on the front page as I type this 🙂

I don’t think I’ll bother publishing a list of resolutions this time around, suffice to say that it’s 30 days since I last smoked a cigarette, I never did start swimming regularly again but I do drink less, so that’s a qualified failure.  Still, 30 days and no smoking is pretty good so here’s to that being 395 days this time next year (although I haven’t smoked full-time for years and I’ve gone far longer without a cigarette before. Ach, come on – positive thinking!)

Changing the subject, I’ve recently got around to going back over the content here categorising and tagging posts and generally tidying up.  This blog has moved hosts, changed URL and been restored from backup more than once and is in a bit of a mess.  There’s a fair amount of linkrot that needs sorting and plenty of typos and markup errors that need correcting.  My aim is to get it all sorted out so at least what is here looks OK and doesn’t make me look like too much of an amateur 😉

Looking back now I will admit to wincing a little when reading some of the posts.  I suppose this is natural when you consider that the site’s been around for 7 years or so and over this period I’ve done a fair few things, grown older, changed.  Nevertheless I’m leaving it all here unless it’s actively misleading.

As for new content… well life’s pretty busy these days and doesn’t leave a lot of time for blogging.  My employer obviously doesn’t pay me to maintain a personal blog and my family takes up much of the rest of my time.  I’m not complaining, just observing.  I’d like to think that writing is something I’ll take up more seriously in the future, but for the time being I don’t expect to post much here other than the occasional how-to piece.

Apologies (sort of)

I’d just like to apologise briefly for lots of boring, faintly rant-like original-content-free political posts recently. I’ve got some new projects in the pipeline that might be a bit more interesting. Plus, I’m going to try and write something more intelligent about ID Cards soon, based upon a conversation I had last weekend with some old friends. But don’t hold your breath.


Devon was great, but unfortunately I’ve picked up a bug from somewhere and don’t feel too good right now. Ugh.

Cosmetics (2)

Somehow got distracted from actually writing any posts by Yet Another Site Redesign.

To make up for it, here’s some token linkage:

I stumbled across nicecupofteaandasitdown.com at work while trying to find out what a particularly obscure type of biscuit was. Can’t remember what the biscuit was now, but they had a review of it on this site.

I was gonna write some more but I’ve just realised I’ve got to go out in about 10 minutes…

Back in the seat

I’ve been rather neglecting this blog of late, but I’m back now and have a few posts lined up for this weekend, should anyone out there be checking. I was away for much of the Christmas period, and couldn’t really find the time to sit down and write any linkage, let alone any discussion.

One of the things I’ve come to realise over the last couple of months is that I’m actually a bit shy of attention, which explains my tendency to lurk rather than post on Usenet and to feel a bit self-conscious about my posts to this blog. That said, I’ve decided to keep on, and just see where it takes me.

It’s an interesting exercise doing this, as some of the things I thought I’d be writing about now hold less appeal, and others seem more engaging. So, sit back and watch as I fumble my way through the world of blogging. I hope I raise more laughter than sucking of teeth!

Hello? Still quiet, I see…

I’ve been really busy at work this past couple of weeks, plus I’m doing the honours as Best Man at a good friend’s wedding this weekend, so still no posts I’m afraid. Missed lot’s of good stuff, but hopefully I’ll get it together to maintain this blog a bit more frequently as of next week. I’m going to start trying a few different Linux distros soon, so I might put up some of my thoughts about those. Maybe I’ll even get around to LFS, too.

All is Quiet

I haven’t been posting much lately, although I doubt that anyone’s reading this anyway. Not that I ever check the logs for traffic, but there you go. I was planning to write something in response to Eric Raymond’s post on Today’s treason of the intellectuals, but haven’t had the time as of yet. Hopefully I will, but it’s looking like it’ll be a bit delayed, if it ever appears. Oh well.