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Title: Post race ... Continued
Post by: simmo on January 02, 2009, 02:18:11 pm
Morning all  :coffee2:

First post of '09 :sofa:



(this thread is a continuation of Post Race (http://galahtech.stinkbugonline.com/forum/index.php?topic=976.0))


Title: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on January 02, 2009, 02:43:22 pm
Good Evening  :jamie:


Title: Post race ... Continued
Post by: simmo on January 02, 2009, 02:49:27 pm
What time is it where you are now? (Not used to you not being in aussy timezone :p )


Title: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on January 04, 2009, 12:50:37 pm
India is GMT +5:30 while Australia is GMT +10:30...

Got my 5000 meter string all done and prepared for kite flying day. Got a 9 cord glazed string and then had it prepared with added powder glass and red colour. Gonna be fun, will cut half of my fingers but then again whatz the joy without it  :bruce:


Title: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on January 04, 2009, 04:09:10 pm
You're going to get some pictures posted. Would love to see what it looks like with so many kites.


Title: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on January 05, 2009, 04:04:47 am
Absolutely Jason. It's on 14 & 15th Jan so will post them after that.

Morning all :Wave:


Title: Post race ... Continued
Post by: simmo on January 05, 2009, 02:37:01 pm
morning all :wave:

First full week in what seems like forever that I am back at work :horse:

Have a 3rd party company sending a guy in this morning to assist with the Citrix upgrade :rock: Not sure what to expect but I'm fairly excited since I've always been fairly scared of teh Citrix farm because I know so little about it. I got a crash course when I moved all the servers [alone] to the data center and I think some of the issues that I had were due to the age of the boxes.

No more rocking chairs
Sitting on the front porch
No more soft drugs
Playing the space race
All I remember
Was you levi sta-prest
All I remember
Was the catholic day


Title: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on January 07, 2009, 04:05:17 am
You're in a rocking mood dude :rasta:

Morning all  :cheers:


Title: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on January 07, 2009, 05:34:57 am
Morning everyone. Off to work today for the first time in a couple of weeks. It feels so strange. William will be going to Kindergarten today too. I'm not sure how he feels about that, of course once he is there he will think it was his idea to go ;)


Title: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on January 07, 2009, 10:23:02 am
Hey JR :jamie: Wow they do grow fast, don't they. Sounds like William is a little soldier :)


Title: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Slowhand on January 07, 2009, 12:06:58 pm
Afternoon :)


Title: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on January 07, 2009, 12:24:52 pm
Hey Slowie you still hanging about? Where have you been hiding?

Hey JR :jamie: Wow they do grow fast, don't they. Sounds like William is a little soldier :)

Yeah he really likes to go to Kindergarten. What he doesn't like is to stop playing long enough to get dressed to go there.


Title: Post race ... Continued
Post by: simmo on January 07, 2009, 02:30:49 pm
morning all  :eek:
Was too hungover yesterday to post :sofa:


Still working on rebuilding Citrix. I took one of the servers home last night and built it there cos, sadly, my internet connection at home is faster than at the office :flex:


Title: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on January 07, 2009, 02:54:33 pm
You know your department is underfunded when you have better connection from home :D


Title: Post race ... Continued
Post by: simmo on January 07, 2009, 03:40:58 pm
Yeah, we have a gremlin in the system here than no one can seem to find. Hopefully when we move to our new office (still in the 'post-hurricane temporary office') I will be in-charge again and can just have the whole network rebuilt from scratch.
Although, even at the top level, plugging straight into the raw internet, running speedtest.net will yield 3m in the office (dual 1.5 t1s) and about 9 to 12m at home (cable). (Not to mention mine is about $450 cheaper a month :lol: )


Title: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on January 08, 2009, 03:15:40 am
Morning all  :jamie:


Title: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on January 08, 2009, 06:04:17 am
Morning everyone. Still have a cough but the worst of my illness is over :yay:

Have a good day!


Title: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Slowhand on January 08, 2009, 09:32:48 am
Hey Slowie you still hanging about? Where have you been hiding?
Holidays, work, stuff like that.

Good to see everyone's still here :)


Title: Post race ... Continued
Post by: simmo on January 08, 2009, 02:23:00 pm
Morning all, just blew a fuse in teh new citrix device :rolleyes:

(seems that a pci slot cover fell inside (had standing on end by my desk) and must have caused a short :crash: )


Title: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on January 08, 2009, 03:27:57 pm
Slowie :rasta:

:yikes: they have a fuse?


Title: Post race ... Continued
Post by: simmo on January 08, 2009, 03:59:22 pm
Well... they should :p But no 'user serviceable parts' inside... nor will they just send us a damn power supply... so gonna have to get a new one shipped to us, repload the firmware, reload our last saved config, and redo a couple hours worth of work that was not saved (was applying the last step then was going to save *right* when it happened...)
 :banned2:


Title: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on January 09, 2009, 03:12:27 am
Arrrgh....annoying stuff there mate  :console:

Morning all  :evil:


Title: Post race ... Continued
Post by: simmo on January 09, 2009, 02:41:06 pm
Wow GT is slow this morning... or this thread is...

Morning all :wave: taking off after lunch to wait for my garage strorage/workbench (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001B0TX8S) to be delivered  :construction:


Title: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on January 10, 2009, 07:26:26 am
G'Day...

Simmo, that is one mighty fine stuff going in the "car hole" (aka Garage :))


Title: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on January 12, 2009, 09:42:31 am
Morning everyone.

Finally shaking this bronchitis and sore throught. Just another day with Antibiotics should do it.

Got a neat little toy recently. A friend of mine had an extra so he gave it to me. It's a really thin GPS receiver. http://www.antares.com.au/products/gps/mt2000/

Not sure what I'm going to actually do with it (my mobile phone doesn't connect to it via Bluetooth) yet but I figure I could play around with it and come up with some stuff :D


Title: Post race ... Continued
Post by: simmo on January 12, 2009, 02:38:46 pm
morning all  :mf_Dr_Evil:

Only got 1 of teh 5 (or 6) cabinets put together so far :lol: a cold front came through last night so the garage should be cool enough to do some more this evening though. Still working on the Citrix project, I'm scared we are going to fall behind schedule  :construction:

That GPS is tiny :o


Title: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on January 13, 2009, 03:54:38 am
Morning all :wave:

Kite flying day tomorrow so should be fun.  I will post some photos as they are talken.


Title: Post race ... Continued
Post by: simmo on January 13, 2009, 03:59:54 pm
Awesome, can't wait to see some  :cheers:

Morning all, the building is trying to cook me again... "oh noes, there is a slight breeze outside! crank the heater!!!!" :rant:


Title: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on January 14, 2009, 09:27:47 am
Morning everyone :coffee:



Title: Post race ... Continued
Post by: simmo on January 14, 2009, 04:30:58 pm
Morning all  :cheers:

Citrix project coming to an end. New farm is being lightly used, adding another app server and more users today. The old farm is still up on limited resources but will be shutting it down soon, to leave off for a little while (just incase something bad happens we can bring it back up) then going to repurpose some as new app servers, a new domain controller, and to replace our anti virus server that i left when we fled the old building (if we recall, I haddent slept much in days, had been on my feet for days... saw that 8U monster and said "oh hell no")



Title: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on January 15, 2009, 04:51:09 am
G'Day all.

Day 1 of the Kite Flying is over. Now off to the roof for more fun :)


Title: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on January 15, 2009, 06:56:04 am
Morning everyone.

Pictures Wrack we need pictures!


Title: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on January 15, 2009, 09:18:51 am
Allright...allright here they are :) I knew you were going to ask for them.... :lol:

Apologies in advance but I am only going to keep them there for couple of weeks and delete them once everyone here had a chance to see them.

As you can see ppl are on the roof. All black outfit is me. My bro is flying his kite and I am assisting with the string.
http://www.patel.com.au/indshare/from_wrack/to_gt_friends/uttarayana_2009/uttarayana_2009_01.jpg

Few friends enjoying the sun. As always we are wearing finger protection tape which lasts about 3-4 hours.
http://www.patel.com.au/indshare/from_wrack/to_gt_friends/uttarayana_2009/uttarayana_2009_02.jpg

Few friends are preparing kites for flying.
http://www.patel.com.au/indshare/from_wrack/to_gt_friends/uttarayana_2009/uttarayana_2009_03.jpg

My bro is flying and I am talking to my cousin.
http://www.patel.com.au/indshare/from_wrack/to_gt_friends/uttarayana_2009/uttarayana_2009_04.jpg

My bro is flying and I am assisting in a kite dog fight.
http://www.patel.com.au/indshare/from_wrack/to_gt_friends/uttarayana_2009/uttarayana_2009_05.jpg

My sis is flying and a friend is assisting.
http://www.patel.com.au/indshare/from_wrack/to_gt_friends/uttarayana_2009/uttarayana_2009_06.jpg

Sis, cousin and a friend.
http://www.patel.com.au/indshare/from_wrack/to_gt_friends/uttarayana_2009/uttarayana_2009_07.jpg

Some kites & my 5000 meter powder glass coated roll of string lying around.
http://www.patel.com.au/indshare/from_wrack/to_gt_friends/uttarayana_2009/uttarayana_2009_08.jpg

Me and my bro.
http://www.patel.com.au/indshare/from_wrack/to_gt_friends/uttarayana_2009/uttarayana_2009_09.jpg

When we are on the roof there is always some food around.
http://www.patel.com.au/indshare/from_wrack/to_gt_friends/uttarayana_2009/uttarayana_2009_10.jpg

I am trying some nice hot green chilly.
http://www.patel.com.au/indshare/from_wrack/to_gt_friends/uttarayana_2009/uttarayana_2009_11.jpg

Friend trying to force me to eat some nice hot green chilly.
http://www.patel.com.au/indshare/from_wrack/to_gt_friends/uttarayana_2009/uttarayana_2009_12.jpg

My bro trying the same.
http://www.patel.com.au/indshare/from_wrack/to_gt_friends/uttarayana_2009/uttarayana_2009_13.jpg

Cousin and friend preparing a kite.
http://www.patel.com.au/indshare/from_wrack/to_gt_friends/uttarayana_2009/uttarayana_2009_14.jpg

Cousin and friend flying a kite.
http://www.patel.com.au/indshare/from_wrack/to_gt_friends/uttarayana_2009/uttarayana_2009_15.jpg

As you can see there are 4 ppl flying kites on one tiny roof. Imagine the number of buildings and roofs here given the population. As always there is a lot of food and music always going on with full volume.
http://www.patel.com.au/indshare/from_wrack/to_gt_friends/uttarayana_2009/uttarayana_2009_16.jpg

Me and bro.
http://www.patel.com.au/indshare/from_wrack/to_gt_friends/uttarayana_2009/uttarayana_2009_17.jpg

The gang :)
http://www.patel.com.au/indshare/from_wrack/to_gt_friends/uttarayana_2009/uttarayana_2009_18.jpg

Me and bro.
http://www.patel.com.au/indshare/from_wrack/to_gt_friends/uttarayana_2009/uttarayana_2009_19.jpg

Friends preparing few kites.
http://www.patel.com.au/indshare/from_wrack/to_gt_friends/uttarayana_2009/uttarayana_2009_20.jpg

I am sitting down and preparing few kites.
http://www.patel.com.au/indshare/from_wrack/to_gt_friends/uttarayana_2009/uttarayana_2009_21.jpg

My sister preparing few kites.
http://www.patel.com.au/indshare/from_wrack/to_gt_friends/uttarayana_2009/uttarayana_2009_22.jpg

Cousin and friend flying.
http://www.patel.com.au/indshare/from_wrack/to_gt_friends/uttarayana_2009/uttarayana_2009_23.jpg

Three bad boys upto no good :evil:
http://www.patel.com.au/indshare/from_wrack/to_gt_friends/uttarayana_2009/uttarayana_2009_24.jpg


Now the rest of the three photos are taken at night, we fly some kites during the day and if found very steady then they are taken down for night flying. Basically we can't see them but it's steady so they don't muck around. Now comes a good part. We hang a little candle light after flying the kite a little bit and then tie and let each candle go with the string.

My sis and friend preparing the candle.
http://www.patel.com.au/indshare/from_wrack/to_gt_friends/uttarayana_2009/uttarayana_2009_25.jpg

We are tying the kite to the red string to let go.
http://www.patel.com.au/indshare/from_wrack/to_gt_friends/uttarayana_2009/uttarayana_2009_26.jpg

As you can see a faint red string going up from bottom right to middle up. There are 3 candle lights attached to them. We keep attaching as many as 10 on single kite. We normally had to kly 2-3 solo kites around the lights to protect them in case some sickos decide to do a dog fight on that during the night.
http://www.patel.com.au/indshare/from_wrack/to_gt_friends/uttarayana_2009/uttarayana_2009_27.jpg


Title: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on January 15, 2009, 10:53:41 am
Awesome pictures. Especially that last one with the candles hanging out there like they are just floating :D


Title: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on January 15, 2009, 02:45:16 pm
Thanks JR....yeah the hanging candles is the best fun part of the day especially when it lasts longer.

Today we managed to hang onto it for nearly 30 minutes and this time around we had guardian kites protecting our asset :lol:. We cut down 4 predators trying to cut our candle line with no luck, finally a bird of pray got us and we were all like Huuuurrrrraaayyyyyyy............ :happydance:  :happydance:  :happydance:


Title: Post race ... Continued
Post by: simmo on January 15, 2009, 02:54:47 pm
 :clap_1: Awesome! I was checking my email all day yesterday waiting for pics, I didn't realize it goes on after the sun goes down. That is really interesting. How many stories up are you? The 'railing' around teh roof is too low for my tastes but you might not be as high up as you appear :p

morning all  :cheers:


Title: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on January 15, 2009, 06:28:30 pm
Yeah it does go on when it's dark, not too late though because every one is tired of days hard work of dog-fight of kites (it's a very physical). So we hang around for 1 candle kite fly and then off we go for dinner and sleep and it's winter too so it's dark by 7 PM.

We are 10 stories high but we were on top of the water tank 2 more stories high on top of 10 stories so even if we fell off we would be on roof of the building :D I guess it's not comfortable but we are very much used to it since we were kids. Though the building committee doesn't allow anyone else to climb on the water tank except us (adults i.e.  :evil:)


Hope y'll get to experience this once :)


Title: Post race ... Continued
Post by: simmo on January 16, 2009, 03:02:24 pm
Yeah, I guess only falling 2 stories isn't so bad :lol: but 12 is a bit too high up for me :p

Morning all :tgif: Nothing too exciting going on this morning, gonna have to stop by the datacenter this weekend to pop 2gb of ram into 3 servers  :wicklaugh:


Title: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on January 19, 2009, 12:24:59 pm
Well the joy of flying them from higher roof is not too bad at all...I get to attack more kites. Besides I am not that bad with heights so can live with that.

Now I am off for few days, my flight back to Aussie land is tomorrow and I am going to Sydney on another 2 days trip right after landing in Melbourne.

See y'll in a week or so. Have fun time.


Title: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on January 19, 2009, 02:47:03 pm
Have a safe trip home wrack. Thanks for sharing the pictures.


Title: Post race ... Continued
Post by: simmo on January 19, 2009, 03:06:10 pm
Have a safe flight wrack :thumb:

Morning all :wave:





Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on January 20, 2009, 07:46:09 am
The post race has now been split. This is because of performance issues.

This is where it will continue. The older posts will still be available but are locked and stickied.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: simmo on January 20, 2009, 02:33:00 pm
Thanks JR :thumb: its working awesomely now  :happydance:

morning all  :cheers:

morning all  :cheers:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on January 22, 2009, 04:34:38 am
G'Day all :wave: I am back in Aussieland and have tons to do. Clean the car, fuel her (the car ofcourse :p), book tickets to Sydney for Saturday, go to work tomorrow as there is an urgent issue...


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: simmo on January 22, 2009, 02:36:31 pm
Welcome back, how was teh flight?


mornin' all
 :smiliesmaker_h4h:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on January 22, 2009, 09:27:44 pm
Thanks Simmo :) It's good to be back.

The flight was as always umm let me think...uneventful :mf_Dr_Evil: For once I would like something exciting happening there like a massive turbulence hitting the plane or something nice and scary :evil:

How are things at ur end?


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: simmo on January 23, 2009, 02:45:06 pm
The flight was as always umm let me think...uneventful :mf_Dr_Evil: For once I would like something exciting happening there like a massive turbulence hitting the plane or something nice and scary :evil:

lol, be careful what you wish for. I personally hate flying and any little bump or noise makes me start sweating. Its kind of odd that it scares me so much, have been flying since I was a small child.

Not too much going on in my world, working out a few issues w/the new citrix farm before migrating more users over, for example, there is no "change password' icon like the older version has and the only way around that that I can find is a piece of freeware that say "freeware" on it :rolleyes:


Morning all :wave:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on January 24, 2009, 07:15:50 am
Hah...I was flying to Sydney today and we had some nice and good turbulences, scary wish :lol: but it was fun. I am not that bad with scary flights. I like butterflies in stomach  :horse:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: simmo on January 26, 2009, 02:25:57 pm
lol, I could see liking roller coasters, but bumpy flights is crazy  :happydance:

Morning all, back to work  :jamie:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on January 27, 2009, 02:07:50 am
Ohh god how I wish there were some good roller coasters in Melbourne but there aren't :(

G'Day...back to work  :banned2:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on January 27, 2009, 07:41:26 am
I love rollercoasters. However, it looks like I'll have to wait until Vincent is old enough to ride them or I'll always ride alone. William is probably going to be like his mother and not like them :D


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: simmo on January 27, 2009, 10:14:00 pm
I can't stand them, not sure why :p part of it is a fear of heights, part of it is that I just get dizzy easy, and of course part of it is a fear of dieing  :lol:

afternoon all, busy busy, and I haven't really done anything.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on January 28, 2009, 12:52:02 am
I love rollercoasters. However, it looks like I'll have to wait until Vincent is old enough to ride them or I'll always ride alone. William is probably going to be like his mother and not like them :D
LOL...Vincent keeps coming back as a little soldier as days pass by!
Posted on: January 27, 2009, 07:49:21 pm
I can't stand them, not sure why :p part of it is a fear of heights, part of it is that I just get dizzy easy, and of course part of it is a fear of dieing  :lol:

afternoon all, busy busy, and I haven't really done anything.
They are not that bad once you start experiencing it and then keep a deep breathing cycle, after a while you start to actually like it.

Too much work and the phone wont stop ringing  :crash:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: simmo on January 28, 2009, 03:06:14 am
Ever wonder what $1,500 USD of sausage & cheese assortments looks like?

Well, a company that sells the gift assortments of sausage & cheese that people like to give as gifts was having a 75% off sale a couple of weeks ago, my guess is cos most of it expires in July and there are no sausagy type holidays before then ... so yeah, went a little overboard & spent $200  :eek_yello:


Sausage, top 2 drawers (http://stinkbugonline.com/me/lol/1sausage1.JPG)
all 3 drawers, bottom open (http://stinkbugonline.com/me/lol/2sausage2.JPG)
Cheese! (http://stinkbugonline.com/me/lol/3cheese1.JPG)
More cheese! (http://stinkbugonline.com/me/lol/4cheese2.JPG)
Can it be? even more cheese! (http://stinkbugonline.com/me/lol/5cheese3.JPG)
Dont forget the condiments (and my OCD fridge, condiments top 2 shelves of door) (http://stinkbugonline.com/me/lol/6mustards.JPG)
random crackers, candy, coffee & spreaders (http://stinkbugonline.com/me/lol/7crackersandcandy.JPG)

 :drool:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on January 28, 2009, 05:25:52 am
I can't stand them, not sure why :p part of it is a fear of heights, part of it is that I just get dizzy easy, and of course part of it is a fear of dieing  :lol:

afternoon all, busy busy, and I haven't really done anything.

Personally I'm terrified of heights, however I can ignore it long enough to enjoy a rollercoaster.

I love rollercoasters. However, it looks like I'll have to wait until Vincent is old enough to ride them or I'll always ride alone. William is probably going to be like his mother and not like them :D
LOL...Vincent keeps coming back as a little soldier as days pass by!
Posted on: January 27, 2009, 07:49:21 pm
I can't stand them, not sure why :p part of it is a fear of heights, part of it is that I just get dizzy easy, and of course part of it is a fear of dieing  :lol:

afternoon all, busy busy, and I haven't really done anything.
They are not that bad once you start experiencing it and then keep a deep breathing cycle, after a while you start to actually like it.

Too much work and the phone wont stop ringing  :crash:

Yeah Vincent is going to be the hell cat child once he gets better at moving himself around. We're really going to have to watch him.

Ever wonder what $1,500 USD of sausage & cheese assortments looks like?

Well, a company that sells the gift assortments of sausage & cheese that people like to give as gifts was having a 75% off sale a couple of weeks ago, my guess is cos most of it expires in July and there are no sausagy type holidays before then ... so yeah, went a little overboard & spent $200  :eek_yello:


Sausage, top 2 drawers (http://stinkbugonline.com/me/lol/1sausage1.JPG)
all 3 drawers, bottom open (http://stinkbugonline.com/me/lol/2sausage2.JPG)
Cheese! (http://stinkbugonline.com/me/lol/3cheese1.JPG)
More cheese! (http://stinkbugonline.com/me/lol/4cheese2.JPG)
Can it be? even more cheese! (http://stinkbugonline.com/me/lol/5cheese3.JPG)
Dont forget the condiments (and my OCD fridge, condiments top 2 shelves of door) (http://stinkbugonline.com/me/lol/6mustards.JPG)
random crackers, candy, coffee & spreaders (http://stinkbugonline.com/me/lol/7crackersandcandy.JPG)

 :drool:

Wow your fridge looks so organized. I don't think I've ever seen such an organized fridge, and yeah that's a lot of sausage and cheese.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on January 28, 2009, 06:35:35 am
Ever wonder what $1,500 USD of sausage & cheese assortments looks like?

Well, a company that sells the gift assortments of sausage & cheese that people like to give as gifts was having a 75% off sale a couple of weeks ago, my guess is cos most of it expires in July and there are no sausagy type holidays before then ... so yeah, went a little overboard & spent $200  :eek_yello:

Sausage, top 2 drawers (http://stinkbugonline.com/me/lol/1sausage1.JPG)
all 3 drawers, bottom open (http://stinkbugonline.com/me/lol/2sausage2.JPG)
Cheese! (http://stinkbugonline.com/me/lol/3cheese1.JPG)
More cheese! (http://stinkbugonline.com/me/lol/4cheese2.JPG)
Can it be? even more cheese! (http://stinkbugonline.com/me/lol/5cheese3.JPG)
Dont forget the condiments (and my OCD fridge, condiments top 2 shelves of door) (http://stinkbugonline.com/me/lol/6mustards.JPG)
random crackers, candy, coffee & spreaders (http://stinkbugonline.com/me/lol/7crackersandcandy.JPG)

 :drool:
Wow...not too bad and the organization is good too! Can only eat cheese from there though :p

On the other hand this indeed looks like you are enjoying your bachelor days! Reminds me of my uni days where the freeze is full of coke, more coke beers (not me) and stacks of pizza boxes.



Quote from: Jason Reed
Yeah Vincent is going to be the hell cat child once he gets better at moving himself around. We're really going to have to watch him.
I am sure you will manage!



Disgusting weather this week :bruce:

43C = 109.4F


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: simmo on January 28, 2009, 02:45:44 pm
Yeah its pretty organized but other than cheese its just V8 (weekday morning breakfast), water, & milk (weekend morning breakfast)  :lol: I don't cook or really eat at home much though so don't really need anything... and when I do eat at home I think its gonna sausage & cheese for a while :eat:

morning all :wave:


Wow wrack, that weather sucks :( Its nice outside here (but inside feels a bit like your weather, cos the colder it gets outside the hotter these people make it inside :sweat: )

http://www.weather.com/weather/local/77003 (http://www.weather.com/weather/local/77003)


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Post by: wrack on January 28, 2009, 11:27:19 pm
Hah the weather there looks fine. Worst part is we are in a warehouse kinda building so basically the roof is right above us with a little gap for ducting an all. So we get all the heat, even the AC gives up at 26C and can't go below.

Morning all :Wave:


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Post by: simmo on January 29, 2009, 02:35:51 pm
Today is a day that the windows should be open yet they have the damn heat on :(


morning all  :mf_Dr_Evil:


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Post by: Jason Reed on January 29, 2009, 03:06:55 pm
Still freezing here :D

Hi guys :wave:


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Post by: wrack on January 29, 2009, 11:22:35 pm
Morning all :wave:


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Post by: simmo on January 30, 2009, 02:34:20 pm
Morning all :wave:

I *finally* got up in my attic and made some real progress on my home network  :happydance: I bought a box to mount that can be fitted with different components. For the inside of that I bought a module that has 8 punchdown blocks to RJ-45 and a "universal product holder" (basically a clamp that will hold my hub). I punched down the 5 cat5 ends in the attic and toned & tested both bedrooms (had to put a new jack in the master bedroom as the cat5 line was being used for two telco jacks), found a third jack in the kitchen (havent tested it) but cannot find the other 2... I hope its in the living room somewhere.  :bruce:


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Post by: wrack on January 31, 2009, 06:34:10 am
Simmo is building home "Skynet"  :mf_Dr_Evil:

G'Day...the worst heatwave in Australia since nearly last 100 - 155 years has poured upon us. Hopefully it will be over in few more days  :horse:


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Post by: simmo on February 02, 2009, 02:54:55 pm
Morning all   :cheers:


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Post by: wrack on February 02, 2009, 11:58:08 pm
Morning :wave:


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Post by: simmo on February 03, 2009, 02:36:12 am
Today sure was busy... Our network at the office is crawling, we have a 3mb pipe and are maxing it out during the day... since our servers are at a datacenter now, this affect everything  :crash: So spent today researching fixes such as tracking down what is eating the bandwidth and of course increasing the bandwidth. I found some weird entries in our content filter but gonna make a seperate post in the networking forum about that now... go check it out  :mf_Dr_Evil:


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Post by: Jason Reed on February 03, 2009, 10:48:46 am
Yeeee Haww.

I'm being invited to almost every meeting in the company. How the hell are they expecting me to get anything done when I'm constantly sitting in a meeting :dunno:

Morning all ... If this keeps up I'm going to need to start popping Caffeine pills


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Post by: simmo on February 03, 2009, 02:41:03 pm
Do the meetings have anything to to w/you or is it one of those meetings where less than 5mins *might* have something to do w/you? Get a smart phone and make out lines of things you should be doing, thats what I always do if I'm not really needed in a meeting.

Morning all, looks like I may get approval to bring in someone to work with me to re-architect the network :happydance: Not sure how long it will take, I *hope* i over estimated at 40 hours.


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Post by: wrack on February 03, 2009, 11:16:35 pm
Unless they are tech meetings, waste of time!

Lots to do today :( and no time.


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Post by: Jason Reed on February 04, 2009, 10:08:10 am
Sadly all the meetings do seem to pertain to me.

I'm currently working on three projects at the same time. The problem is that on one project I'm not the senior software guy and so the senior guy dumps his workload on me so that he can do other "important" work on the project. We are upgrading our clients from an older version of our software to a new one. However, that means the new one needs some additional features and have some features removed to fit the customer. I've got the most experience with the new software and he has the most experience with the customer.

During the meeting I was tasked to make a list of features that can be safely removed from the new version that we know that the customer doesn't want or will get overly picky about. While the senior guy was tasked to make a comparison of the two versions so we know what features of the older version to include into the new.

However, after the meeting he gives me this really short list where he had started doing just that about two months ago and said I should add to it. :grrr: :crash:

Needless to say his Mii I created on my Wii is getting the hell beat out of it in boxing ;)


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Post by: simmo on February 04, 2009, 05:22:18 pm
Needless to say his Mii I created on my Wii is getting the hell beat out of it in boxing ;)
:rofl:

What a rough 24hrs its been :o

Was in the data center till midnight last night, something i did made 2 server not talk to each other which affected a very visable web app, and the last changes to the firewall were not saved to memory so when I rebooted it a lot of rules went poof :rolleyes:


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Post by: wrack on February 04, 2009, 11:33:30 pm
Needless to say his Mii I created on my Wii is getting the hell beat out of it in boxing ;)
Made my day  :lol: :lol: :lol:
Posted on: February 04, 2009, 06:24:05 pm
What a rough 24hrs its been :o

Was in the data center till midnight last night, something i did made 2 server not talk to each other which affected a very visable web app, and the last changes to the firewall were not saved to memory so when I rebooted it a lot of rules went poof :rolleyes:
Ahh the crazy firewall changes! I have done something nasty in the past by changing subnet to outside of our network range and then breaking the whole VPN tunnel between Australia and USA :D


Morning all :Wave:


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Post by: simmo on February 05, 2009, 03:01:24 pm
morning all  :cheese1:

morning all  :coffee2:


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Post by: Jason Reed on February 06, 2009, 02:49:34 pm
Might be attending a software training course in Tennessee in March. Details to come later.

Hi everyone :wave:

Hope you all have a good weekend.
Posted on: February 06, 2009, 03:40:43 pm
This is totally cool (other than the fact it has something to do with the iPhone).

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7874291.stm


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Post by: wrack on February 06, 2009, 09:38:12 pm
Ahh not bad, guess he will miss all the fun bits in childhood.

My laptop crashed :( and I have managed to get most of data except my outlook files. This is the second hit against my outlook files in past year, someone is watching me...

G'Day


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Post by: simmo on February 09, 2009, 02:41:15 pm
Morning all, damn tired...  :crash:
The ex needed someone to watch her (at one time our) cat for a few days and it seemed like a good idea that I do it being that he lived w/me even after she moved out, until i got my new place. Apparently he has forgotten who I am and who fido is... cos hes done nothing but hide under the bed all day and hiss and howl all night. Neither of which would be bad if he would switch his damn schedule to be hiding all night...


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Post by: wrack on February 09, 2009, 11:18:26 pm
Arrrgh..I hope he gets to know you sooner than later :)

G'Day


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Post by: simmo on February 10, 2009, 02:50:58 pm
Yesterday evening/night he was ok  :happydance: I was playing a game on the comp and he just comes up like the old days :p He and Fido still not friendly, but they used to have their disagreements back then too.

morning all :wave:
Desktop guy called in again today :rolleyes: Yesterday was car, today is sick, and I know his wife is on vacation :lol: Funny part is, I told him last week to take this week off. Oh well, atleast I have an excuse for not getting anything done. Too bad I need to get some thngs done that arent here (have to go to old building and remove some network equips) but cant stray too far incase a user needs their hand held while they reboot  :mf_Dr_Evil:


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Post by: wrack on February 10, 2009, 11:07:59 pm
Ahh the harmony!

Morning all :Wave:


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Post by: Jason Reed on February 11, 2009, 06:56:09 am
Morning everyone :yawn:

Had a busy day here in the office yesterday. I finally got down to it and started building the master page for our company's Sharepoint installation. At one point I walked into the IT department (the ones who are in charge of this insanity) and told them that I'm at the point where I want to put a gun to Ballmer's head and say "Program your :poop: to ducking standard!" I swear it was the most painful learning experience as a programmer I've had so far :D

I guess it comes from normally having free will over what happens on a web app that I'm building. Working with sharepoint to me is like having one hand tied to a very uncomfortable portion of my body.


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Post by: simmo on February 11, 2009, 02:39:07 pm
Morning all :wave:

Sparky goes home this evening  :cat: Gonna tell teh ex now that I've done her a favor she can do me a favor and sign the damn divorce papers. I've a court date next month and I think if I don't have them I have to start all over :rolleyes:


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Post by: wrack on February 12, 2009, 12:21:48 am
Morning everyone :yawn:

Had a busy day here in the office yesterday. I finally got down to it and started building the master page for our company's Sharepoint installation. At one point I walked into the IT department (the ones who are in charge of this insanity) and told them that I'm at the point where I want to put a gun to Ballmer's head and say "Program your :poop: to ducking standard!" I swear it was the most painful learning experience as a programmer I've had so far :D

I guess it comes from normally having free will over what happens on a web app that I'm building. Working with sharepoint to me is like having one hand tied to a very uncomfortable portion of my body.
Tried and tested is what we like to stick with  :horse:
Posted on: February 11, 2009, 07:19:01 pm
Morning all :wave:

Sparky goes home this evening  :cat: Gonna tell teh ex now that I've done her a favor she can do me a favor and sign the damn divorce papers. I've a court date next month and I think if I don't have them I have to start all over :rolleyes:
Thought all that was done and dusted!


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Post by: Jason Reed on February 12, 2009, 07:31:09 am
Morning everyone :yawn:

Had a busy day here in the office yesterday. I finally got down to it and started building the master page for our company's Sharepoint installation. At one point I walked into the IT department (the ones who are in charge of this insanity) and told them that I'm at the point where I want to put a gun to Ballmer's head and say "Program your :poop: to ducking standard!" I swear it was the most painful learning experience as a programmer I've had so far :D

I guess it comes from normally having free will over what happens on a web app that I'm building. Working with sharepoint to me is like having one hand tied to a very uncomfortable portion of my body.
Tried and tested is what we like to stick with  :horse:
Posted on: February 11, 2009, 07:19:01 pm
Morning all :wave:

Sparky goes home this evening  :cat: Gonna tell teh ex now that I've done her a favor she can do me a favor and sign the damn divorce papers. I've a court date next month and I think if I don't have them I have to start all over :rolleyes:
Thought all that was done and dusted!

Tried and tested what Microsoft? Come on you've got to be joking. Sharepoint is generating horrible looking HTML and errors in the JScripting. If they tried and tested this I'd be really surprised ;)

Needless to say we're just getting started here and basically we are all on the same foot. Our own network admins have no idea about Sharepoint (although they are the ones pushing it). I'm beginning to know more about the administration side than the administrator ;). I told them that the problem with the Sharepoint books we bought is that they are all for the administrator and nothing for the developer. I need development books! Looks like I'll be making a new request for books here soon ;)

Morning all. Things are looking good for my MOSS experience. No negative comments as of yet.


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Post by: Slowhand on February 12, 2009, 08:41:54 am
Morning people :wave:


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Post by: Jason Reed on February 12, 2009, 09:56:12 am
Hey Slowie. How's it hangin' :D


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Post by: simmo on February 12, 2009, 02:36:07 pm
Thought all that was done and dusted!
Nah, never finalized the legal part. With the first one, I wanted to sever ties asap. This time it wasn't so bad, no hard feelings on either side or anything, so getting it done wasn't much of a priority. Took me about a year to get around to working up the documents and submitting them to the courts, then they have been in her hands for about 9 months to sign (in front of a notary).

Morning all  :bouncesmile:


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Post by: Slowhand on February 12, 2009, 03:15:22 pm
Hey Slowie. How's it hangin' :D

Quite alright :) :p
Been rather busy...


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Post by: simmo on February 12, 2009, 03:20:26 pm
Must have been to not even say hello once in a while :bye:


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Post by: Jason Reed on February 12, 2009, 03:31:15 pm
Yeah we missed you slowie ;)


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Post by: wrack on February 12, 2009, 11:11:27 pm
Yeah man we missed you  :mf_Dr_Evil:

G'Day :rasta:


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Post by: Slowhand on February 13, 2009, 09:18:35 am
Aah, I'm glad to hear that guys :D

Yeah, I was rather busy for a while.


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Post by: simmo on February 13, 2009, 02:59:54 pm
Adobe is the most horrible "software" ever.


morning all :wave:


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Post by: wrack on February 14, 2009, 12:17:09 am
And is that an observation or rewording the world wide fact! On a serious note I am with you Simmo. I have had my share of troubles with them and not to mention their prices, I mean come on.

G'Day all :wave:


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Post by: Jason Reed on February 16, 2009, 09:20:13 am
I hate the Adobe reader stuff because it is slow damned slow on the startup. When I want a document I don't want to see a splash screen for 5 minutes telling me what it is loading. If they need that many external interfaces and libraries then they really need to rethink their architecture.

Morning All :wave:

Dealing with a bum knee today. Not sure what I did to it but I can barely stand on it. Glad I work in an office and sit on my Keister all day :D


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Post by: simmo on February 16, 2009, 03:45:41 pm
And is that an observation or rewording the world wide fact!
Both!

I hate the Adobe reader stuff because it is slow damned slow on the startup. When I want a document I don't want to see a splash screen for 5 minutes telling me what it is loading. If they need that many external interfaces and libraries then they really need to rethink their architecture.
Not to mention that it wants to install updates, and that usually requires a reboot... so that brings the time to view 1 document way up.

Try FoxIt Reader (http://www.foxitsoftware.com/) its awesome fast & free (and no I'm not getting paid to say that or any other way affiliated :lol: ).

Dealing with a bum knee today. Not sure what I did to it but I can barely stand on it. Glad I work in an office and sit on my Keister all day :D
Maybe its gonna rain!  :surfing:


Morning all :monday:

ADD is kicking my ass this morning... I am just jumping from project to project not making any progress at all on any... I am RDCed into 3 completely different servers as I type this...

Is the economy thing affecting y'all or is it just america? I didn't think anything of it but I got a little freaked out Friday after noticing that the employees exiting vs entering definatly is showing a trend to the negative...

ah well, I'm not too worried *knock on wood* since I have such a diverse skill set I would think it wouldn't make sense to let me go, and if I wind up jobless cos the company goes bankrupt I should be able to find something... :sofa:


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Post by: Jason Reed on February 16, 2009, 07:52:22 pm
ADD is kicking my ass this morning... I am just jumping from project to project not making any progress at all on any... I am RDCed into 3 completely different servers as I type this...


Ah but are you doing it in a chain. RDC into first server, then from the first server RDC into the second, then from the second RDC into the third? That can cause some confusion :lol:


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Post by: simmo on February 16, 2009, 09:51:45 pm
lol yeah there are occasions that I have to do it but not this time. This morning was "oh backups are still going, let me check on the speed [log into one of the backup servers], oh accounting wants this record modifed [log into one of the DB servers], oh this user wants their office phone forwarded to their cell [log into vmail server].

The datacenter's netowrk crapped out today for 1.5 hours  :crash: I lost contact w/the servers that were at the datacenter and couldn't send/recieve email via my phone so I jumpped in my jeep and headed to the datacenter. I powercycled the firewall there (has worked in teh past :lol: ) and as i was waiting for it to come back up i saw on of the datacetner's techs sprinting past so i asked if they were having an issue... yup it was them :doh: Funny thing is, I actually had the contracts open on my desktop on an unrelated note and noticed "[datacenter] guarntees 100% uptime on [datacenter] provided bandwidth." I guess they should have said 99% :rofl:

Finally got the array controller batteries to replace the dead ones in one of the DB servers so I'm leaving here early since I'll be working in the datacenter tonight  :jamie:


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Post by: wrack on February 16, 2009, 11:22:10 pm
Wow you guys seems to be very busy!

Morning all :wave:


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Post by: simmo on February 17, 2009, 02:05:31 am
yeah the hurricane uncovered a few things that were broken, and a few that i put off doing that i shouldnt have :p Not to mention the normal wear & tear, and, of course, day to day maintenance  :happydance:

and after a long days work (not over yet, going to the datacenter in 15mins) i like to come home and... work on my home network  :lol: got it all done :yay: my last leg of that project was the 2nd floor (the main floor as its where i spend 99% of the time im not sleeping (and some of that time too :rofl: ). There was only 1 jack on this floor and it was on the other side of the kitchen :cry: so i put a male end on one side of a cat5 cable to plug into that jack, then drilled a hole into the cabinets (that side is hidden by the refridgerator)... then ran inside that side of the cabinets and around the corner, outside of the cabnets ran behind the stove (is an "in counter" type) and back into the cabinets on teh other side. Then out the cabinets & through the wall on the other side where I then put a proper jack & faceplate. Just 15-20' from my router :rock:
So now I have ajack on each floor that run up to a gigabit hub in a nice little service box mounted in the attic :D

(And that opens up a whole new slew of items on my todo list that I couldn't do untill I had network run to my server rack downstairs :sofa: )


k off to the datacenter!


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Post by: wrack on February 17, 2009, 11:09:15 pm
 :lol: I thought there was something wrong with my hard disk since a program was constantly crashing and me getting BSOD! I also had to do CHKDSK over and over, so I formatted the PC and all starts again! Turns out I was using the wrong runtime libraries  :construction:

That would teach me to jump the guns!

G'DAy all


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Post by: Jason Reed on February 18, 2009, 09:34:02 am
Morning everyone. Trying to decide how best to layout our intranet. Apparently IT didn't think about this before they put me to work on building it :D


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Post by: wrack on February 18, 2009, 11:36:14 am
thatz IT for ya...Information Terminated  :ntw:


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Post by: simmo on February 18, 2009, 02:33:15 pm
Morning all :coffee3:


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Post by: wrack on February 19, 2009, 02:35:45 am
G'Day :evil: Mmm Mathematics  :mf_Dr_Evil:


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Post by: simmo on February 19, 2009, 05:00:15 am
maths? :nono:


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Post by: Jason Reed on February 19, 2009, 07:33:28 am
Morning everyone :yawn: So much to do so little time. Especially when I want to play Starpirates instead :p


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Post by: wrack on February 19, 2009, 11:47:12 am
Playing card games :velho:


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Post by: simmo on February 19, 2009, 10:26:23 pm
wow, today has been rough... had an early in teh morning meeting which was basically my boss bitching at us (because a partner bitched at her) for the new citrix not being the super fast, when it turns out half of the test subjects are still using the old farm, which is going to run slower than it ever did (since i stole some of the servers for the new farm :p )
THEN the old farm totally cratered, for no reason, for a few hours... decided to go to lunch at about 2pm cos the only options I was left with were 1 )pay someone to come fix it or 2 ) move everyone to the new farm asap and my boss was out for me to ask which she wanted me to do... and when I got back, the ducking thing worked again  :crash:

its time for a nap


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Post by: wrack on February 20, 2009, 12:56:56 am
Yikes man...Good luck with Monday :)


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Post by: simmo on February 20, 2009, 02:35:54 pm
Have to get through Friday first  :lol:

morning all :wave:


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Post by: wrack on February 21, 2009, 07:49:43 am
Yeah :poop:, forgot that you guyz almost are 1 day behind! Darn the weekend is nearly half over :(

On a plus point, I have seen a house I like so I am going to make an offer and see how that goes with few more offers already being made.


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Post by: Sue on February 23, 2009, 06:25:08 am
Good morning everyone. :wave:

Sorry I've not been around for a while.  Life has been....lets say.... :mf_bookread: :hmm: ... "interesting".....   :giggle:

I do care you know! :shifty:

Anyway...good morning hugs to all. :hug:


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Post by: Jason Reed on February 23, 2009, 06:42:34 am
Hi ya Sue :wave:

We figured you've been busy with everything. Hope whatever it is turns out ok for you. Oh BTW did I mention to you guys yet that we are expecting our third in mid September?


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Post by: Sue on February 23, 2009, 07:37:15 am
Hi ya Sue :wave:

We figured you've been busy with everything. Hope whatever it is turns out ok for you. Oh BTW did I mention to you guys yet that we are expecting our third in mid September?

Oh thanks JR....

You all here have been in my thoughts believe me. 

I trust all is well with your family? :)

Congratulations on "the third". :yes:  Perhaps a girl this time? :shifty:


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Post by: Jason Reed on February 23, 2009, 09:39:06 am
We're hoping for a girl this time. William (the oldest) is expecting one. He says he already has a little brother and this one is going to be a little sister.

We asked him if he understands that it could be a little brother again. He says "Nope, not a brother, a sister!" :lol:




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Post by: Sue on February 23, 2009, 10:00:28 am
LOL  I guess you have your orders then. :yes: :lol:

What are William's thoughts on school? :)

I have a 20 year old girl living with me now and she is expecting a wee boy March 27th so we'll have that to tend to soon enough.  It will be weird for me to be in the 'tending to the mom to be' position while she is in labor instead of me being the one suffering the pain in bed this time. lol  Im trying to figure out what to bring with me in order to help pass the time.


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Post by: Jason Reed on February 23, 2009, 10:12:35 am
He's going to Kindergarten right now. Here in Germany they start that at age 3. There's no real learning how to read and write and count really, kindergarten here is more on the social level kind of "Learn to deal with others your age" kind of thing. He's integrated himself pretty well with the other children. He has his times though and I've noticed some bad habits he's picked up from other children that we've been trying to put an end to at home. Other than that he is your normal 4 year old. Constantly in to things, pushing his boundaries, trying to see how far is too far. Then after he knows he went too far giving you the "I'm so sorry" look that melts you like butter ;)

Vincent is trying his best to walk. He really doesn't like to crawl but he doesn't have the balance to take more than a step without holding on to something. He will crawl when he really wants something or if mommy is not right next to him. He's very much a mama's boy right now. He'll accept daddy when mommy is elsewhere, but as soon as she comes into sight then he's trying his hardest to get a hold of her so she will hold him. We're not too sure how this is going to work out when the new baby comes. Hopefully he'll be able to share mama and throw too much of a fuss.

I have no idea about what to bring to pass the time. I usually have snacks, coffee for me in the bag everything else if for Gina and the baby. We do bring CD's because the hospital has a separate CD player for each room so you can listen to some music while you are waiting.


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Post by: Slowhand on February 23, 2009, 10:59:44 am
Pfff, formatting your pc is never a bad thing.. :thumb:

provided you have backups, of course :p


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Post by: wrack on February 23, 2009, 11:05:57 am
Yeah format.... I did it last week and the week before and the month before. It's all good.

Good to see you here Sue :)

Slowy  :mf_Dr_Evil:
Posted on: February 23, 2009, 06:04:34 am

playing Command & Conquer 3 - Kane's Wrath.....brings back so many memories :happydance: :happydance:


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Post by: Sue on February 23, 2009, 11:11:14 am
JR

Your education system is the same as ours.  My children started at 3 years old too and what you describe above is what we had as well.  I know exactly what you mean about how they pick things up from other children.  The battle never ends believe me!

Vincent as well rings a memory to me when I recall how mine were.  Nothing replaces their mother obviously where they grew out of. :)  Good to hear he is walking however now he is taller and better able to get into new things. hehee

I plan to bring food and drinks yes... I'm trying to get a portable DVD player since the HP laptop is not functioning right now.  (broken mother board and screen. :shifty:  I don't know if we will care to watch any films but its maybe good to have it just in case.  She plans to bring her MP3 filled with songs.  I won't bring books because that's the last thing I need at that time as if I sit still long enough I tend to sleep too.  I likely will try to rest when she does and help her when she is awake and or "active". hehee  

Hi Wrack and Slowy! :wave:  Good to see you both here too!
Posted on: February 23, 2009, 11:10:20 am
Slowy?  Is your webcam working yet?


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Post by: simmo on February 23, 2009, 02:44:51 pm
Morning all :hiya: i see a couple of (for lack of a better word) older members popped in this weekend :D

Here's to this week being better than last  :cheers:


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Post by: Sue on February 23, 2009, 03:47:52 pm
Good morning msimmons. :wave:


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Post by: wrack on February 23, 2009, 10:19:33 pm
:rasta:

Working from home today, have to go to the bank to sort out loan thingy, so I will be wearing formals :yay:


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Post by: Sue on February 23, 2009, 10:53:39 pm
Nice thought!  Send pictures! :yes:

Best of luck with the "loan thingy". :)


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Post by: wrack on February 24, 2009, 02:23:32 am
I ended up wearing nice pair of jeans, even better shirt and even better leather jacket. So no need for formals!

Yeah the loan will be approved but I now realize how complicated the darn thing is.


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Post by: Sue on February 24, 2009, 02:31:41 am
Yeah it sounds like you dressed well. :)

Congrats on the loan and yes....it is very complicated...


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Post by: simmo on February 24, 2009, 02:55:58 pm
Yeah the loan will be approved but I now realize how complicated the darn thing is.
Grats! Yeah, read back in the post race to my nightmare of a first house, May of 2005? I know was but forget the year, maybe 2004... but on second thought, you might not want to read it, might scare you away from wanting to buy one :p

Have you picked out a place, or just working on the pre approval now?


Morning all :tuesday:
Been pulling my hair out trying to find wtf is causing lag in some of my systems here. The backups for example have not been finishing (they go over the wire to a company offsite) cos they are running so slow, going at dialup speeds... the bandwidth monitor was saying we were hardly using anything but all my tests were showing we had no bandwidth...
turns out the datacenter had our 'portal' pointing to the wrong damn rack, I've been looking at someone else's bandwidth (who hardly uses any btw) while ours has been maxing out  :crash: waiting on a quote for a bigger pipe now, my boss is getting tired of the 'shotgun approach' at this point though.


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Post by: Slowhand on February 24, 2009, 03:54:48 pm
We only have bandwidth problems when I'm downloading the latest Linux distro :p
Posted on: 24-02-2009, 16:51:39
btw, I saw a lot of new (old) people in the introduction thread, but they haven't moved to other sections. (or so it seems).
Have we scared them off? :)


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Post by: simmo on February 24, 2009, 04:35:55 pm
We have ok bandwidth at the home office, but crappy at the datacenter. Not only that, we are tunneling all branch office traffic through the datacenter for content filtering and all that... It really has become a bit of a mess and I'm too busy putting out fires at the moment to get to work on a re-architecture diagram :sofa:

btw, I saw a lot of new (old) people in the introduction thread, but they haven't moved to other sections. (or so it seems).
Have we scared them off? :)
Bored them off more like it :lol: Its a Catch 22 really, its hard to make the place interesting w/o members and its hard to get members w/o making the place more interesting :p


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Post by: Sue on February 24, 2009, 08:26:12 pm
 :shifty:  Advertise. :hehe:


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Post by: simmo on February 24, 2009, 08:48:12 pm
I can see the banner now...

Quote
Come to Galahtech!
We have an American, an Australian, a German, and a Canadian!
(did we mention one of them is a female?)


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Post by: Sue on February 24, 2009, 08:56:27 pm
You underestimate the caliber of our members sir! :lol:

You also have from Holland and other places....DF was here this week too. :shifty:

I know the site is used for reference even though they do not post.


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Post by: simmo on February 24, 2009, 09:12:23 pm
yeah i left slowy out cos I couldn't figure out how to add him, is it "a Dutchman"? :p


and it would have taken away from the joke  :lol:


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Post by: Sue on February 24, 2009, 11:23:17 pm
So you thought it wiser to eliminate him all together then and make us look worse? :doh:  :jamie:


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Post by: Slowhand on February 24, 2009, 11:34:50 pm
What's all this talking about me? :)


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Post by: Sue on February 24, 2009, 11:37:27 pm
:shhh: :shifty:


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Post by: wrack on February 24, 2009, 11:52:04 pm
Yeah it sounds like you dressed well. :)

Congrats on the loan and yes....it is very complicated...

Thanks :)

How are things at ur end?
Posted on: February 24, 2009, 06:48:16 pm


Yeah the loan will be approved but I now realize how complicated the darn thing is.
Grats! Yeah, read back in the post race to my nightmare of a first house, May of 2005? I know was but forget the year, maybe 2004... but on second thought, you might not want to read it, might scare you away from wanting to buy one :p

Have you picked out a place, or just working on the pre approval now?


Morning all :tuesday:
Been pulling my hair out trying to find wtf is causing lag in some of my systems here. The backups for example have not been finishing (they go over the wire to a company offsite) cos they are running so slow, going at dialup speeds... the bandwidth monitor was saying we were hardly using anything but all my tests were showing we had no bandwidth...
turns out the datacenter had our 'portal' pointing to the wrong damn rack, I've been looking at someone else's bandwidth (who hardly uses any btw) while ours has been maxing out  :crash: waiting on a quote for a bigger pipe now, my boss is getting tired of the 'shotgun approach' at this point though.

Yeah I have read about ur first home horror stories and I am not going to back off from that!

Yes I have picked the house and all, here it is.... http://www.realestateview.com.au/Real-Estate/Property-Details-buy-residential-1307533_S.html
Posted on: February 24, 2009, 06:49:39 pm


We only have bandwidth problems when I'm downloading the latest Linux distro :p
Posted on: 24-02-2009, 16:51:39
btw, I saw a lot of new (old) people in the introduction thread, but they haven't moved to other sections. (or so it seems).
Have we scared them off? :)

They would think here are 5 people sharing their life story but nothing else....hmmm let me think!
Posted on: February 24, 2009, 06:50:33 pm
I can see the banner now...

Quote
Come to Galahtech!
We have an American, an Australian, a German, and a Canadian!
(did we mention one of them is a female?)

:lol: :lol:
Posted on: February 24, 2009, 06:51:25 pm


You underestimate the caliber of our members sir! :lol:

Got that right :)


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Post by: Sue on February 25, 2009, 12:32:53 am
I agree! :yes:

I am okay thanks wrack. :)  Enjoying the sunny days melting away winter's snow. :)


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Post by: wrack on February 25, 2009, 02:38:34 am
Nice...Winter is about to begin here  :mf_Dr_Evil:


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Post by: Sue on February 25, 2009, 02:47:04 am
Yeah I know....I'm more than willing to hand it over.  My gift to you any time you're ready. :)


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Post by: simmo on February 25, 2009, 04:25:37 am
NO! I WANT IT! its sooo about to be hot here....

k, what lvl of geek is this? I have a brand new game (well, new to me, 2 days old) (oblivion) and here i am reading a book about packet sniffing and watching my tivos whore themselves over my network :redlight:

I've a little (very little) experience with it already from when our (company) network slowed to a crawl and we thought there might be a 'zombie' on teh network but have been wanting to know more. Now that we have our servers over in a datacenter and are maxing the bandwidth I want to see what the servers are being so chatty about... for one, the desktop manager believes that all the printers in the company are spamming their addresses (much like my tivos are doing now).

WOW WRJACK  :drool: that place looks nice! how many square feet? Is it really 350k?


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Post by: Jason Reed on February 25, 2009, 05:47:16 am
Wrack the place looks nice, however my wife feels that you have no desire to have children. She can see by the fact that all the floors are white :D


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Post by: simmo on February 25, 2009, 05:56:48 am
I feel a little dirty, *had* to visit a forum I swore never to return to but i think the name of a game (to get a pic) to respond to one of JR's post (on yet another forum) is there, but i cant find it... although this gave me a both a laugh and a feeling of sad nostalgia

Quote

Slaine:
Prove I am not almighty god
I am The Lord and the first one to get a lighting strike up the old chocolate starfish is Jesus4U.


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Post by: wrack on February 25, 2009, 06:54:03 am
NO! I WANT IT! its sooo about to be hot here....

k, what lvl of geek is this? I have a brand new game (well, new to me, 2 days old) (oblivion) and here i am reading a book about packet sniffing and watching my tivos whore themselves over my network :redlight:

I've a little (very little) experience with it already from when our (company) network slowed to a crawl and we thought there might be a 'zombie' on teh network but have been wanting to know more. Now that we have our servers over in a datacenter and are maxing the bandwidth I want to see what the servers are being so chatty about... for one, the desktop manager believes that all the printers in the company are spamming their addresses (much like my tivos are doing now).

WOW WRJACK  :drool: that place looks nice! how many square feet? Is it really 350k?

Yeah you are geek at an alarming level :p

Thanks, the house is 2800 Sq-fts and yes it's 360K + Stamp Duty after negotiations and beating the competition. Keep in mind that the AUS$ is very different to US$ (~220K in US$ but then again the inflation here is way highter than in US housing market) Even the darn interest rates are 5.04% variable...Though the reserve bank's rates are around 4% or something here and there but banks don't reflect those rates when dealing with normal peoples.


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Post by: wrack on February 25, 2009, 07:08:12 am
Wrack the place looks nice, however my wife feels that you have no desire to have children. She can see by the fact that all the floors are white :D
:lol: ...I can tell them to be nice or go play in the back yard  :horse: and then ofcourse they will ignore me!


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Post by: Slowhand on February 25, 2009, 08:23:16 am
Morning :wave:


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Post by: wrack on February 25, 2009, 08:37:29 am
Morning CJ :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on February 25, 2009, 08:49:20 am
Hi CJ :hiya:


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Post by: Slowhand on February 25, 2009, 08:51:26 am
Morning guys :)

How's life going?


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Post by: Jason Reed on February 25, 2009, 09:53:24 am
Not bad. Struggling through Sharepoint right now but not bad.


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Post by: Slowhand on February 25, 2009, 10:41:41 am
I'm struggling with a SSIS package. Stupid thing won't recognise the line feed at the end of each line in my CSV file.


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Post by: wrack on February 25, 2009, 11:55:07 am
I am struggling with Recursion :mf_Dr_Evil:


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Post by: Sue on February 25, 2009, 12:16:17 pm
Im struggling to drink my morning coffee. :shifty:

Msimmons Ive enough winter to share with both you and wrack. :yes:  :cold2:

Where is this pic or wrack's potential home with the white floors? I feel left out.  :mf_seehearspeak: :ermm:


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Post by: Jason Reed on February 25, 2009, 12:38:01 pm


Yes I have picked the house and all, here it is.... http://www.realestateview.com.au/Real-Estate/Property-Details-buy-residential-1307533_S.html


Here's the link Sue. Wrack kind of wrapped it in with a bunch of quotes.


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Post by: Sue on February 25, 2009, 12:58:04 pm
Thanks JR...I didn't catch that....

I think the house is perfect. :) Not too much to keep clean and more than enough space to enjoy for those who live life without but have future space if one chooses to share or for future children. lol  I love the white everywhere too.  My apartment is the same size and I've a lot of room to suit my needs.

Good luck wrack. :yes: You'll let us know when we can attend the house warming party will you? :shifty:


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Post by: Slowhand on February 25, 2009, 01:22:53 pm
Afternoon people :wave:

Posted on: 25-02-2009, 14:22:30
I am struggling with Recursion :mf_Dr_Evil:
I am struggling with Recursion :mf_Dr_Evil:
I am struggling with Recursion :mf_Dr_Evil:


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Post by: Sue on February 25, 2009, 01:26:09 pm
Good afternoon Slowy! :hiya:


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Post by: Slowhand on February 25, 2009, 01:31:29 pm
:hiya: Hi Sue,
How goes it?


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Post by: Jason Reed on February 25, 2009, 01:40:15 pm
Finally got the Sharepoint server to do what I wanted it to do :D


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Post by: Sue on February 25, 2009, 02:01:50 pm
Im fine Slowy....

A bright sunny melting the snow away day today here. :thumb:

JR.....Im glad you got what "YOU" wanted. lol


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Slowhand on February 25, 2009, 02:02:50 pm
It was bright and sunny here as well, until it started to rain :( :rain:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on February 25, 2009, 02:09:43 pm
Ahh...that would do us well to help wash away the snow. :yes:


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Post by: simmo on February 25, 2009, 02:52:41 pm
Thanks, the house is 2800 Sq-fts and yes it's 360K + Stamp Duty after negotiations and beating the competition. Keep in mind that the AUS$ is very different to US$ (~220K in US$ but then again the inflation here is way highter than in US housing market) Even the darn interest rates are 5.04% variable...Though the reserve bank's rates are around 4% or something here and there but banks don't reflect those rates when dealing with normal peoples.
:o Thats huge and cheap! My 1736 sqft was 200k, there must be a bit more to the place than shown in the pictures.

Y'all sure were chatty last night :sofa:

morning all :wave:


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Post by: Sue on February 25, 2009, 03:01:17 pm
'Mornin' msimmons. :hiya:


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Post by: Jason Reed on February 25, 2009, 03:29:41 pm
Thanks, the house is 2800 Sq-fts and yes it's 360K + Stamp Duty after negotiations and beating the competition. Keep in mind that the AUS$ is very different to US$ (~220K in US$ but then again the inflation here is way highter than in US housing market) Even the darn interest rates are 5.04% variable...Though the reserve bank's rates are around 4% or something here and there but banks don't reflect those rates when dealing with normal peoples.


:o Thats huge and cheap! My 1736 sqft was 200k, there must be a bit more to the place than shown in the pictures.

Y'all sure were chatty last night :sofa:

morning all :wave:

You know having Sue show up gets us going again. She's a real shot in the arm for this site :D


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Post by: Sue on February 25, 2009, 04:24:37 pm
*clicks heals together three times and closes eyes* There's no place like home...there's no place like home.....

I could never stay away from my GT family....I missed you guys. :hug:


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Post by: simmo on February 25, 2009, 08:17:49 pm
Have been in pointless meetings all day... This morning was a 'surprise, since you don't have the network running as fast as it should be, we hired someone to wast time and money to get up to speed on our architecture, then tell us exactly what you already said'
 :crash:

needless to say I didn't win the lottery last night


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Post by: wrack on February 25, 2009, 09:49:24 pm
Morning all :Wave:

Thanks Sue, yeah you are all welcome to the house warming sometimes around May (settlement is then!). JR already promised to visit Melbourne the next time he is in Aussieland.

Yeah Simmo there is more to the house than shown in the pic. It's a two stories as you can see with higher ceiling, sat on a concete slab rather than pillers so thatz good and stable. Nice double garage with individual remote for each door, 4 bed rooms, 1 study room, 1 powder room, storing closet, formal launge room, open kitchen, dining room and family room. So not too bad at all :)


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Post by: wrack on February 25, 2009, 11:18:31 pm
It was bright and sunny here as well, until it started to rain :( :rain:

We need rain here mate, been few harsh and dry months :(


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Post by: Slowhand on February 26, 2009, 08:50:43 am
Morning people :wave:

Wrack: What's your address? I'll send you some rain :p


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Post by: wrack on February 26, 2009, 10:57:11 am
Ahh super dude, just fax it :ntw:


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Post by: Sue on February 26, 2009, 12:06:35 pm
Good morning all....  :hideingbhindcurtian: :yawn: :coffee:

Wrack:  May sounds perfect....:)  I saw the slide show on the website....several pictures of most of the rooms there...excellent view from the balcony too! :thumb:

msimmons:  Good luck with all that.  :mellow:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Slowhand on February 26, 2009, 12:25:31 pm
Afternoon :wave:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: simmo on February 26, 2009, 02:46:11 pm
Morning all, only 2 more days till the weekend  :bangin:


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Post by: Jason Reed on February 26, 2009, 03:03:59 pm
:yay:

Actually only one day for me.

BTW Simmo did you up my webspace amount again? I noticed an email that said I was running out and when I looked I was 400MB instead of 200.


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Post by: simmo on February 26, 2009, 04:13:57 pm
Not recently (that I recall)... usually I get copied on those notices and will just login and up the quota  :happydance: Like I always say, I've got the space going unused, so if a 'client' (paying or not) could use it, then have at it.

Yeah, your Saturday may be closer but so is your Monday :dr_evil: I'm just not feeling like being here... I haven't take any time off in a while and have been running full bore for a couple weeks so I think I'm just getting a little burnt out :p



This is one sweet home office  :drool:
http://lifehacker.com/5159194/before-and-after-barren-attic-to-programmers-paradise


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Post by: Sue on February 26, 2009, 04:51:31 pm
Do I hear a weekend wack-out comming msimmons? :shifty:

Don't be so hard on JR...he does live 6 hours in the future so he has an advancement on us for several reasons. :wise: :buddies: :boat: :artist: :beak: :eat: :drive1: :fishing1: :gathering:  :medieval: :duel: :music_band:  :surfing: :stereo: :starwars: :winner_first_h4h::giggle:
Posted on: February 26, 2009, 04:45:15 pm
The new home office is amazing msimmons!  What an intelligent effort on his part. :yes:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: simmo on February 26, 2009, 05:05:30 pm
Makes me want to do something to my attic... but then I remember that here in TX the attic is not a place to hang out 9 months out of the year :sweat:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on February 26, 2009, 05:17:43 pm
If I remember correctly...you have ample space elsewhere in your home?  You could always build a rebarred, rubber insulated concrete room much like a bomb shelter. :D :shifty:


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Post by: Jason Reed on February 26, 2009, 07:36:09 pm
This is one sweet home office  :drool:
http://lifehacker.com/5159194/before-and-after-barren-attic-to-programmers-paradise

:drool: When I saw the pictures I kind of moaned in pleasure. My wife asked me if "it" was hard :D


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Post by: Sue on February 26, 2009, 08:28:51 pm
 :lol:


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Post by: simmo on February 26, 2009, 09:42:27 pm
lol :unsure:


Just found out that after the move we (me and the other 2 IT managers (we are split between desktop/development/servers & infrastructure))  may still be sharing an office... although the dev manager swears I jsut misunderstood what our boss said or that she was ducking w/me... but I think he is just in denial  :furious: :ranting: :ranting_1: :blowup:


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Post by: Sue on February 26, 2009, 10:09:53 pm
Oh oh.....I hope you get your privacy back soon.  You most certainly have earned it. :yes:


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Post by: wrack on February 26, 2009, 11:17:35 pm
Good morning all....  :hideingbhindcurtian: :yawn: :coffee:

Wrack:  May sounds perfect....:)  I saw the slide show on the website....several pictures of most of the rooms there...excellent view from the balcony too! :thumb:

msimmons:  Good luck with all that.  :mellow:

Thanks Sue, I am looking forward to getting things done and move there but wont be quick. The settlement is 90 days!
Posted on: February 26, 2009, 06:07:19 pm
:yay:

Actually only one day for me.

BTW Simmo did you up my webspace amount again? I noticed an email that said I was running out and when I looked I was 400MB instead of 200.

Bah 8 hours for me to start the weekend!
Posted on: February 26, 2009, 06:12:41 pm
Do I hear a weekend wack-out comming msimmons? :shifty:

Don't be so hard on JR...he does live 6 hours in the future so he has an advancement on us for several reasons. :wise: :buddies: :boat: :artist: :beak: :eat: :drive1: :fishing1: :gathering:  :medieval: :duel: :music_band:  :surfing: :stereo: :starwars: :winner_first_h4h::giggle:
Posted on: February 26, 2009, 04:45:15 pm
The new home office is amazing msimmons!  What an intelligent effort on his part. :yes:

Party tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiime
Posted on: February 26, 2009, 06:13:12 pm
If I remember correctly...you have ample space elsewhere in your home?  You could always build a rebarred, rubber insulated concrete room much like a bomb shelter. :D :shifty:

Bomb shelters are useless expect playing hide and seek :evil:
Posted on: February 26, 2009, 06:13:49 pm
:drool: When I saw the pictures I kind of moaned in pleasure. My wife asked me if "it" was hard :D

 :lol: I did the same thing with 6 monitors....Damn
Posted on: February 26, 2009, 06:14:33 pm
lol :unsure:


Just found out that after the move we (me and the other 2 IT managers (we are split between desktop/development/servers & infrastructure))  may still be sharing an office... although the dev manager swears I jsut misunderstood what our boss said or that she was ducking w/me... but I think he is just in denial  :furious: :ranting: :ranting_1: :blowup:
Ahh crud..there is nothing like not being able to work quietly :(


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Post by: Sue on February 26, 2009, 11:39:32 pm
I was suggesting the bomb shelter thing due to the reason he is in a hurricane area.  His electronic setup would be well protected from the elements in there.

Have you decided wrack on what style of furniture you will likely be purchasing?

Happy weekend wrack! :)


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Post by: wrack on February 27, 2009, 12:31:55 am
Ahh...I think I am still sleeping. Didn't have my tea :)

So far I am inclined towards nice leather sofas with dark colour theme so to contrast the house colour theme. Other than that not too much of thinking going there!

Thanks. Y'll have a nice weekend too.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on February 27, 2009, 12:43:52 am
What is your favorite tea?

I think that leather decision is a very wise one. :yes:

I plan to!  Thanks! :D


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Post by: wrack on February 27, 2009, 07:18:51 am
Tea umm let me think, mostly Black Aasam Tea which is pretty strong. If can't find it then I prefer Lipton Extra Strong. Not that I can't live without Tea, I just like the taste of it compared to Coffee or anything else.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on February 27, 2009, 07:39:00 am
Yeah I like a strong tea too but I like it with sugar.  I like and prefer coffee too though and it doesn't stain the teeth like tea does.


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Post by: Slowhand on February 27, 2009, 09:40:51 am
Morning people :wave:
:silly:


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Post by: Jason Reed on February 27, 2009, 11:13:39 am
Hi all :progin:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on February 27, 2009, 12:44:26 pm
Good morning! :yawn: :wave:


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Post by: Slowhand on February 27, 2009, 12:57:21 pm
Morning Sue :wave:

Time for  :coffee:? :p


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Post by: Sue on February 27, 2009, 04:34:53 pm
'mornin'.....It sure is now yes. :yes:


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Post by: wrack on February 27, 2009, 11:44:04 pm
Never knew Tea strains teeth more than Coffee does!

Morning all :wave: Off to a nice cup of spiced up tea. Tastes great in cold weather.


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Post by: Sue on February 27, 2009, 11:51:16 pm
Dentist told me that coffee is not a worry.  It is tea that we have to really worry about staining teeth.


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Post by: wrack on February 28, 2009, 10:45:08 pm
Hmm gotta do some research for myself then :)

Morning all :Wave:


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Post by: wrack on March 02, 2009, 01:08:27 am
Good afternoon from Monday!


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on March 02, 2009, 05:19:10 am
Checkout this nice weather building upon Aussieland. Should hit Melbourne round about tonight with winds varying 70-150 KM  :happydance:  :happydance:  :happydance:

http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDE00902.loop.shtml


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on March 02, 2009, 08:27:15 am
So you guys are finally going to get some rain :D


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Post by: wrack on March 02, 2009, 08:44:53 am
I would go nuts if it doesn't rain after that  :bruce:


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Post by: simmo on March 02, 2009, 09:26:58 pm
afternoon all :wave:

after bitching that i still had a day to go till the weekend last thursday i decided not to work friday :bird: din't do a damn thing cept sleep or play video games, was nice. Then come here this morning to a broken internet connection... never did determine what the issue was, I rebooted all teh network devces and as I was testin step by step (isp's router? nope, raw internet switch? nope) it all started working again...


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Post by: wrack on March 02, 2009, 11:20:50 pm
Good old rebooting things.

I can't see any signs of massive rain. I mean there are few droplets from the skybut I can't see the sky falling down :( and where is the darn wind?


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Post by: simmo on March 03, 2009, 04:52:29 am
there is almost always a delay from when the weatherman 'expects' the storm and the hitting, iver learned that from all the hurricanes :p


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Post by: Slowhand on March 03, 2009, 11:56:22 am
Afternoon :wave:


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Post by: Jason Reed on March 03, 2009, 12:05:42 pm
Hi everyone :wave:

I think I'm starting to get the hang of this Sharepoint stuff.

Although I'm not sure I want to :eeewwww:


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Post by: simmo on March 03, 2009, 02:49:34 pm
Its an employable skill to have though. We have a sharepoint server here that I helped install (just the server & network bits) but I've only logged on to it once or twice. I created a page w/no content for IT and its been on my todo list to make something useful there, although I've yet to figure out what that could be :p most of my docs I like to keep close and with a tight grip :paranoia:

morning all :wave:


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Post by: wrack on March 03, 2009, 11:44:17 pm
Morning :wave:

Hmmm seems like the SharePoint needs to be explored :doctor: and see what is the big deal anyways.


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Post by: Jason Reed on March 04, 2009, 08:01:53 am
Wrack,

The big thing about Sharepoint is that is a collaborative system. Through a web browser you can handle all kinds of team things from event tracking to forums, and messaging. It works closely with Exchange and stores everything in a MSSQL 2008 database. You can take a template website and add lists (database tables) and libraries (file storage?) and modify it into something that is useful for your team. It is expandable by external classes written in C# and the web browser part comes from ASP.NET.

For me however, it is difficult for several reasons:

1. The HTML generated by the Sharepoint is depreciated and very very ugly.
2. The ASP placeholders allow content pages to change items in the master page (which makes the master page not such the master).
3. Instead of using SQL queries you have to use CAML which is cute but totally unreadable in the code
4. Nothing is done to proper web standards honestly with the developers using "Inline" styling in the HTML or mixing Inline styles with CSS which makes things difficult.
5. Application Development is clunky.

For me basically is that Sharepoint has a lot of potential but once again Microsoft rushed into the market without actually taking the time to do it right.

With my current project I've got several things that will need to be done in the future:

1. Once I get all the functionality working for the company I will need to go through and re-write ALL master pages and HTML so that it not only passes validation but also is readable
2. Rewrite all the CSS so that everything is handled correctly
3. Find this annoying "Browseris" error and get rid of it since apparently NO ONE in the world knows where it comes from!


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Post by: Slowhand on March 04, 2009, 01:26:47 pm
It sounds like a sucky application then.

Might hold off on that installation :p


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Post by: simmo on March 04, 2009, 02:45:32 pm
One cool thing about it is the more parts you buy the more integrated it becomes (assuming you have a Microsoft based company)  like tieing in MSN messenger with outlook calendars and things like that... we just use the free version here :p

morning all :wave:


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Post by: Jason Reed on March 04, 2009, 03:12:40 pm
Most of what we need it for is the team collaboration stuff. Most of the development I've got to do is making applications so that the teams can work together and track what each other are doing.

Although it is hard to work with once you get over this it is fairly powerful as a collaborations tool.


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Post by: simmo on March 04, 2009, 03:27:17 pm
Yeah, here our employees that are out in the field use it to share & store files since our NAS is a little tricky to get to from teh outside. I was weary of implementing it since I knew naught about it, but other than setting up / maintaining the server (and the desktop manager setting up a few things including the different groups' admin users) I haven't had to touch it :p


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Post by: wrack on March 04, 2009, 11:24:55 pm
It sounds like a sucky application then.

Might hold off on that installation :p

Yeah indeed it sounds like a sucky application. I think I will stay away from it for a while since I have tons to do and don't have time to muck around things like that.
Posted on: March 04, 2009, 06:19:55 pm

One cool thing about it is the more parts you buy the more integrated it becomes (assuming you have a Microsoft based company)  like tieing in MSN messenger with outlook calendars and things like that... we just use the free version here :p

morning all :wave:

Ohh so you have to buy individual functionality like modules?
Posted on: March 04, 2009, 06:22:57 pm
Ok this will be given some thought in future but not now.

Morning all :wave:


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Post by: simmo on March 05, 2009, 06:44:33 am
yeah, there is a base, free, package, that gives most all they would ever need, but there are many addition features for a price and if you ever go to a MS sponsored event, its what they showcase :p


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Post by: Jason Reed on March 05, 2009, 06:55:54 am
One cool thing about it is the more parts you buy the more integrated it becomes (assuming you have a Microsoft based company)  like tieing in MSN messenger with outlook calendars and things like that... we just use the free version here :p

morning all :wave:

Ohh so you have to buy individual functionality like modules?
Posted on: March 04, 2009, 06:22:57 pm
Ok this will be given some thought in future but not now.

Morning all :wave:
Actually there is the WSS or Windows Sharepoint Services that I think is totally free when you buy the Windows Server software. Then you can buy the Microsoft Office Sharepoint Services as an extension of the WSS that provides you even more stuff.

Then you can either purchase or develop your own webparts, and applications as well. In any case to make it functional you really would also need a SQL Server, and an Exchange Server. These of course should be on their own server machine.

The thing that gets me is that when I start looking for information about how to do things I find all kinds of things where the people sound like Fanboys or something:

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Sharepoint is totally F@%#ing awesome and to do this functionality that would be standard in some S@$! open source project you only have to pull your head through your arse! Isn't that like totally awesome to the max !!!!111!11one

Morning all :wave:



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Post by: simmo on March 05, 2009, 07:02:59 am
yeah, wht JR said...

mornin? been drinking for 6 have a meeting in 12 night all :zzz:

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totally awesome to the max!
[/edit]


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Post by: Slowhand on March 05, 2009, 11:52:52 am
Afternoon people :wave:


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Post by: simmo on March 05, 2009, 03:34:18 pm
morning :sofa:


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Post by: wrack on March 06, 2009, 04:34:14 am
G'Day!

Has anyone here got any experience with Subversion? At the moment we are using Perforce but the licencing cost of Perforce has started to rise through the roof!


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Post by: Jason Reed on March 06, 2009, 07:10:47 am
G'Day!

Has anyone here got any experience with Subversion? At the moment we are using Perforce but the licencing cost of Perforce has started to rise through the roof!

We're using it here in our office now. I'm not an expert at it but it seems to do well. You can even get a windows client called TortoiseSVN which integrates directly into the Windows Explorer. You just right click and select Checkout from the menu and boom you've got code. Then you right click and select Commit and boom your code is uploaded.


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Post by: Jason Reed on March 06, 2009, 12:05:24 pm
Hi guys,

For a long time now I've been trying to think of the best outlet for my thoughts about living in a foreign country. I wasn't sure how I could do it since many of the stories and things are just short little things that really don't have much of a story. At one point I thought about doing a comic strip but the problem there is I can't draw to save my arse.

Well the other day I found a way to do a comic strip without actually needing to draw. So now I'm producing a small web comic called "Stranger in a strange land". http://www.bitstrips.com/user/39727/read.php?comic_id=203395&subsection=1

Take a look and tell me what you think? I'm still getting use to using the tools and working with the layouts and such but I think I'm getting better.


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Post by: Slowhand on March 06, 2009, 02:07:54 pm
Cool :thumb: really nice :)


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Post by: simmo on March 06, 2009, 02:57:03 pm
That is cool and a very cool idea  :happydance: added to my rss feeds :thumb:

morning all, for once I didn't stay up crazy late or drink too much, feel all refreshed today, I should do that more often :lol:


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Post by: wrack on March 07, 2009, 12:54:58 am
Morning all :wave:

4.7 intensity earthquake felt across Melbourne and Victoria
I felt it. It was very tiny. Having experienced 6.5+ this felt like just crossing a gravel patch on a road in a 4WD.

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FRIGHTENED Victorians were left shaken by an earthquake measuring 4.6 on the Richter Scale and spanning more than 200km tonight.

Police were flooded with calls from hundreds of worried residents from north of Melbourne to Sale in Gippsland after the earth shook for a few seconds just after 9pm.
http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,25150188-661,00.html


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Post by: simmo on March 07, 2009, 06:07:40 am
:o thats crazy, never experienced on myself... although i kindof imagine a big truck driving by (though i guess that pales in comparison )

morning all, for once I didn't stay up crazy late or drink too much, feel all refreshed today, I should do that more often :lol:
but not tonight...


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Post by: wrack on March 07, 2009, 07:44:49 am
Haha...actually a big truck driving past is exactly how it felt.

No more sober for you mate  :cheers:


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Post by: simmo on March 07, 2009, 08:05:35 am
No more sober for you mate  :cheers:
apparently.., here it is 2am and no one knows how many glasses of whiskey later... glutton for punishment?


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Post by: Jason Reed on March 07, 2009, 09:07:06 am
Hi all

:wave:


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Post by: wrack on March 07, 2009, 10:51:13 pm
G'Day :wave:


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Post by: simmo on March 09, 2009, 02:28:20 pm
morning all :wave:

Silly time change :zzz:


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Post by: Slowhand on March 09, 2009, 02:42:26 pm
Afternoon :wave:


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Post by: simmo on March 09, 2009, 03:07:56 pm
I don;t get this one:
http://www.bitstrips.com/user/39727/read.php?comic_id=204279&subsection=1


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Post by: Jason Reed on March 09, 2009, 03:37:07 pm
I don;t get this one:
http://www.bitstrips.com/user/39727/read.php?comic_id=204279&subsection=1

The German word "Notausgang" is actually a compound word (that Germans love to make) "Not" (pronounced Note) meaning emergency and "Ausgang" (pronounced like it looks) meaning exit. However, in my Dinglish addled mind I thought "Not" as in the English term and Ausgang in its standard German meaning. Needless to say I thought my wife wouldn't stop laughing (yes it is based on a true story as much of this series does).

I had hoped I clarified it in the text in the second panel but it's not easy to convey that meaning really.


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Post by: simmo on March 09, 2009, 04:06:03 pm
oh i get it, makes perfect sense now. Probably wouldn't confuse someone that has only spoken 1 language all their lives :lol:


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Post by: wrack on March 09, 2009, 11:57:20 pm
I speak 3 languages and German isn't one of it so I still would have had trouble understanding it!

Morning :wave:

What a sad weekend this has been. Friday evening started out so nicely and within an hour I get a news that one of my best friend's brother who also happens to be my friend and his buddies were out at a beach and relaxing and enjoying the long weekend and all of a sudden, not sure what happened but one of the boy drowned, another one is in a serious condition that doctors have no hope for the moment and my friend's brother's body hasn't been found yet :( 3 nights it has been and no luck with searching around about 100KM of the coast with police helicopters and other friends running around in a car. Damn life...sorry if I sounded crap, just upset :closedeyes:


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Post by: Jason Reed on March 10, 2009, 06:22:42 am
:console: sorry to hear about that Wrack.


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Post by: simmo on March 10, 2009, 02:25:33 pm
:( really sorry to hear that wrack  :console:


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Post by: Slowhand on March 10, 2009, 03:18:12 pm
Yeah, sorry to hear that Wrack. :(


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Post by: wrack on March 10, 2009, 09:44:21 pm
Thank y'll :) Police have found the body late last night so time to identify it today. I can't imagine my friend's mental state after looking at the body that has been in the water for 3 days.


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Post by: simmo on March 11, 2009, 02:32:22 pm
Yeah :( thats gotta be rough. on so many levels :(


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Post by: wrack on March 11, 2009, 11:43:08 pm
The body was way too deformed to be identified so they are going to check the DNA now but from primary description when we got the call it's most likely his body.

Yeah it has been rough days but he and his wife are pretty strong and are holding up well. They are more concerned about her mother since she has high BP problem.


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Post by: simmo on March 12, 2009, 01:58:17 pm
morning all, still having trouble with this daylight savings, haven't been to work on time all week


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Post by: Sue on March 12, 2009, 02:31:27 pm
Good day everyone! :)

msimmons?  Have you not changed your clock alarm to wake you up on time yet? :shifty:  Or is it just you being stubborn? :lol:

Wrack...I hope everyone is holding up well considering.  What an awful thing to happen.  Was it a rip tide that your friend was caught in?


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Post by: wrack on March 12, 2009, 11:13:24 pm
Morning all :wave:

Not sure what that was but the sea was mad that day and even police said that a full grown expert swimmer would have difficulty that day. Guess just a wrong place at a wrong time :(


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Post by: Sue on March 12, 2009, 11:33:52 pm
I understand..... :(

Good morning wrack. :wave:

How is the house working out for you?


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Post by: wrack on March 13, 2009, 02:30:06 am
G'Day Sue

House is a work in progress :) So many things to take care of so it will take time.


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Post by: Sue on March 13, 2009, 03:48:45 am
Yes have a good day wrack and thanks for your wishes.

When do you think you can move into the new house or are you already there?  You mentioned furniture the last time I was here and I agreed with your choices if I remember correctly.  Sorry Ive been away...Ive been very much occupied elsewhere...Today is the first time Ive been able to get back to my desk really...

Hope you have a fantastic weekend! :yes:


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Post by: Jason Reed on March 13, 2009, 07:09:59 am
Morning everyone.

I'm a progin' :type: today. Lots to do lots to do. Just got the copy of full Visual Studio 2008. Sadly it has to stay on my Sharepoint development server (need to be able to link in to the processes for debugging).

Yesterday I deployed my solution for changing the navigation for the masterpages (getting away from those :poop:ty table layouts that microsoft loves so much) went to run it through the debug process only to find out that I didn't finish the initialization function :doh: no errors but no menu items either :crash:


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Post by: Slowhand on March 13, 2009, 08:49:47 am
Morning people :wave:


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Post by: wrack on March 13, 2009, 12:14:05 pm
Yes have a good day wrack and thanks for your wishes.

When do you think you can move into the new house or are you already there?  You mentioned furniture the last time I was here and I agreed with your choices if I remember correctly.  Sorry Ive been away...Ive been very much occupied elsewhere...Today is the first time Ive been able to get back to my desk really...

Hope you have a fantastic weekend! :yes:
No the settlement day is set for 22nd May so no joy on moving yet. Will sort out some furniture stuff within 1 week of moving in there. Have 1 more surprise for everyone once I move there, during the house warming party.
Posted on: March 13, 2009, 08:12:09 am

Morning everyone.

I'm a progin' :type: today. Lots to do lots to do. Just got the copy of full Visual Studio 2008. Sadly it has to stay on my Sharepoint development server (need to be able to link in to the processes for debugging).

Yesterday I deployed my solution for changing the navigation for the masterpages (getting away from those :poop:ty table layouts that microsoft loves so much) went to run it through the debug process only to find out that I didn't finish the initialization function :doh: no errors but no menu items either :crash:
You will like VS2008. Way better than 2005 :) I thought Microsoft moved away from tables to using DIVs! When did they started using them again? The only time it uses it internally is when rendering a grid.


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Post by: Sue on March 13, 2009, 12:14:13 pm
Silly JR. :shifty:  I hope it all works out for you today. :)

Good morning or afternoon to you too Slowy... :wave:

Wrack: One more surprise?  What could that be I wonder....New house...New furniture....a new car perhaps?  Or a pet or wife?  :wink:


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Post by: wrack on March 13, 2009, 12:16:14 pm
Morning people :wave:
Morning :wave: How are things going?
Posted on: March 13, 2009, 08:14:31 am
Silly JR. :shifty:  I hope it all works out for you today. :)

Good morning or afternoon to you too Slowy... :wave:

Wrack: One more surprise?  What could that be I wonder....New house...New furniture....a new car perhaps?  Or a pet or wife?  :wink:
Pick one :evil:


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Post by: Sue on March 13, 2009, 12:26:42 pm
Darn!  My long hair just dipped into my fresh cup of hot coffee as I was sitting down on my office chair here at my desk.  Why do these chairs have wheels but no brakes? :grrr: :lol:

Anyway......wrack....I pick the wife because I believe that you are long overdue. :yes:


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Post by: Jason Reed on March 13, 2009, 12:35:49 pm

You will like VS2008. Way better than 2005 :) I thought Microsoft moved away from tables to using DIVs! When did they started using them again? The only time it uses it internally is when rendering a grid.

I've never used a full version of Visual Studio before, only the express editions.

Nope sorry Microsoft developers are lazy bar stewards. Their master page and the AspMenu tool all use tables within tables within tables within tables ad infinitum for all their layout needs (less CSS to work with). Then not only that but they have a tendency to use in-line styles so you get table cell tags with the height, width, padding information hard coded into the HTML. Apparently they have no idea what CSS is for there, I mean it's bad enough that their browser doesn't support W3C standards correctly and I have to make hacks in my CSS so that things display right.

Sorry for the rant but since I'm being forced to learn to use Sharepoint I'm complaining a lot ;)


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Post by: simmo on March 13, 2009, 02:04:22 pm
msimmons?  Have you not changed your clock alarm to wake you up on time yet? :shifty:  Or is it just you being stubborn? :lol:
:lol: Yeah I remembered to set my clock, its just me being stubborn :p its still dark[ish] when i should be getting out of bed and lately has been cold & rainy  :happydance: so I just want to get back under the covers.

morning all :yawn:


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Post by: Sue on March 13, 2009, 03:33:54 pm
Oh believe me...I definitely understand. :yes:


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Post by: simmo on March 13, 2009, 06:52:46 pm
well I won't have to worry about that anymore... just got laid off  :eek_yello:

I got a call from my boss to come up to her office, no biggy I thought... of course in my mind I'm going through all of the things it could be and getting let go... So i get there and HR is there and as i sit down she closes the door, I assumed we were just discussing terming someone... didn't really think it was me :p
So my boss says (loosely translated) "Well the business has made a business decision and we are going to be outsourcing our network stuff, so your role is affected." So I think to myself, no biggy, not the first time this company has said 'the job we hired you to do isn't here' so I'm thinking I'll just be doing programming, DBA, telephones, etc... but that wasn't the case :doh:
So my boss called the other IT guys (who still have their jobs atm) out of the office to ease any ackwardness i guess (and to let them know) while HR and i went to get my stuff :p Which I had a lot, as with any IT (i assume) my personal stuff gets a little intermixed, like a box of MY cat5 that I had at the office since the hurricane cos i was making cables by hand rather than spending time/money getting them :p As I was wrapping up, the guys came back and we went to lunch.
I think they were more upset and supprised than I was, being that all 3 of us figured I would be the last of all of us to be let go.
As far as anyone (who would know) said to any of my inquirys is that it is just the economy (although afaik I am much cheaper than outsourcing :p) and nothing that I did wrong/ could have done differntly.

Well I better get to looking into unemployment, polishing my resume (good thing I re-did it last month, just needs some tweaks), and following up on a few leads I already have received in teh last few hrs. I think w/my paycheck from today, pto, and 2weeks(?) severance im good for a couple months on bills and if unemployment is ok that should hold me for a while.


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Post by: Sue on March 13, 2009, 07:18:43 pm
Oh my gosh this is all utter bullcrap!!   :eek_yello: They seem to be royally $(^#@!*% you over. After all the overtime hours etc that you have given them and where would they be without you.  How do they figure its cheaper to outsource when they are only eliminating your position?  It doesn't make any logical sense at all.  What about seniority?  :dunno:


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Post by: simmo on March 13, 2009, 09:19:46 pm
lolyup, that's exactly how i feel. As far as seniority, I had the least in the IT group, but as far as salary I was the cheapest (and most versatile) which confuses me.
So far I've submitted my application for unemployment and have an interview Monday with a company that has 3 programming openings, just need to get my resume finished before then. I also received a call from one of the partners who said, under direction of one of the board members, if I get my resume to her she will pass on to the recruiters (the company i worked for was a consulting firm) and she has a few contacts in mind herself.


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Post by: Sue on March 13, 2009, 09:32:09 pm
Well that sounds better so far then.  Hopefully this 'opportunity for change' will be a great move for you in the end. This "everything happens for a reason" thing might be just what you need for better happiness and less headaches.  Time will tell I know, but in general...you have good news now considering the bad news you were first given this morning.  Everything is happening so fast and I'm glad you are getting support there at this time.  What a way to start the weekend though.  :console:


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Post by: wrack on March 13, 2009, 11:40:11 pm
Darn!  My long hair just dipped into my fresh cup of hot coffee as I was sitting down on my office chair here at my desk.  Why do these chairs have wheels but no brakes? :grrr: :lol:

Anyway......wrack....I pick the wife because I believe that you are long overdue. :yes:
Yikes....to the hair incident ofcourse :p As for the other one, time will tell.
Posted on: March 13, 2009, 07:24:49 pm
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I've never used a full version of Visual Studio before, only the express editions.

Nope sorry Microsoft developers are lazy bar stewards. Their master page and the AspMenu tool all use tables within tables within tables within tables ad infinitum for all their layout needs (less CSS to work with). Then not only that but they have a tendency to use in-line styles so you get table cell tags with the height, width, padding information hard coded into the HTML. Apparently they have no idea what CSS is for there, I mean it's bad enough that their browser doesn't support W3C standards correctly and I have to make hacks in my CSS so that things display right.

Sorry for the rant but since I'm being forced to learn to use Sharepoint I'm complaining a lot ;)
Yeah now that I think back, they do use tables for those things. Guess that is the price you have to pay for rapid development using .NET :D However I must say, you can style menus to reasonable extent. Well IE8 seems to more closer to the standards and then there talks of ditching IE engine all together and do a fresh start! Fingers crossed :)
Posted on: March 13, 2009, 07:31:19 pm
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:lol: Yeah I remembered to set my clock, its just me being stubborn :p its still dark[ish] when i should be getting out of bed and lately has been cold & rainy  :happydance: so I just want to get back under the covers.

morning all :yawn:
Yeah sleep has that effect on all of us :D
Posted on: March 13, 2009, 07:32:44 pm
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well I won't have to worry about that anymore... just got laid off  :eek_yello:

I got a call from my boss to come up to her office, no biggy I thought... of course in my mind I'm going through all of the things it could be and getting let go... So i get there and HR is there and as i sit down she closes the door, I assumed we were just discussing terming someone... didn't really think it was me :p
So my boss says (loosely translated) "Well the business has made a business decision and we are going to be outsourcing our network stuff, so your role is affected." So I think to myself, no biggy, not the first time this company has said 'the job we hired you to do isn't here' so I'm thinking I'll just be doing programming, DBA, telephones, etc... but that wasn't the case :doh:
So my boss called the other IT guys (who still have their jobs atm) out of the office to ease any ackwardness i guess (and to let them know) while HR and i went to get my stuff :p Which I had a lot, as with any IT (i assume) my personal stuff gets a little intermixed, like a box of MY cat5 that I had at the office since the hurricane cos i was making cables by hand rather than spending time/money getting them :p As I was wrapping up, the guys came back and we went to lunch.
I think they were more upset and supprised than I was, being that all 3 of us figured I would be the last of all of us to be let go.
As far as anyone (who would know) said to any of my inquirys is that it is just the economy (although afaik I am much cheaper than outsourcing :p) and nothing that I did wrong/ could have done differntly.

Well I better get to looking into unemployment, polishing my resume (good thing I re-did it last month, just needs some tweaks), and following up on a few leads I already have received in teh last few hrs. I think w/my paycheck from today, pto, and 2weeks(?) severance im good for a couple months on bills and if unemployment is ok that should hold me for a while.
Ahh son of a darn doodley arn of the boss  :crash: Sorry to hear that bro. I am sure you will be able to get back to the business in a few mate :) They didn't even cater for your hard work you put in after the natural disaster. Bunch of inconsiderate morons.
Posted on: March 13, 2009, 07:37:41 pm
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lolyup, that's exactly how i feel. As far as seniority, I had the least in the IT group, but as far as salary I was the cheapest (and most versatile) which confuses me.
So far I've submitted my application for unemployment and have an interview Monday with a company that has 3 programming openings, just need to get my resume finished before then. I also received a call from one of the partners who said, under direction of one of the board members, if I get my resume to her she will pass on to the recruiters (the company i worked for was a consulting firm) and she has a few contacts in mind herself.
Might just work out to be a good thing after all. Good luck with this all dude :)


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Post by: simmo on March 14, 2009, 07:14:32 pm
thx :)

Spent most of yesterday evening and sent it off to an ex-coworker (the dev it manager at the company i just left, who often has to review new hire consultants) and he said it looked good. [edit] he said "wow..a whole lot better..i'd hire you  :-) "[/edit]
Am 100 pages into my asp.net 2.0 book and so far its just a review of things I know and re familiarizing myself with VS05. My thinking is, code is code, vb is vb, I just need to get used to it again. It came w/a 90 day trial of vs05 pro, I have my own legal copy of vs05 standard but I cant find the damn license key :doh:


[edit]
200+ pages into my book, stopped 2.5hrs ago and boy howdy am i drunk now :o and its only 1030 :p well early to bed early to get back to learnin i guess.
today had been a little more rough than yesterday... realization setting in or prolly that i paid the bills today, its looking like i only have a little over 2mos to go :p but on a positive note... wow, lol, ok 2mos is 60 days (plus the rest of this month), deep breath.... i still have a lot of leads and there are a lot of postings on the job boards that i [over] qualify for :)
I'm not sure if this happening on a weekend was a good or bad thing, bad because I can't do anything (non-business hrs and all) but probably good since I would feel worse if I 'could' do something but not 'doing' anything... at least this gives me a bit of prep time.
k, sorry for bringing everyone (myself included) down :p im just drunk, I'm sure i'll have something by the end of the month :D
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Post by: wrack on March 15, 2009, 11:52:44 pm
Morning all :wave:

It's ok Simmo. I am sure you will manage. Just a suggestion if you don't mind, go sober for 2 months you have and you might be able to hang onto for 2 months and 2 weeks :)


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Post by: simmo on March 16, 2009, 12:17:55 am
lol maybe so :cheers:

Still cranking away at this .net  :happydance: After 400 pages of the book i bought (.net framework 2.0 (exam 70-528)) I started noticing I needed to brush up on some of my basic stuff... Maintaining a large app for years makes you lazy and I could just reference or cut & paste bits of my other code (that i really wish I had a copy of... i was planning on making a back up soon too, not something i could do while hr was there :p ) so writing classes and stuff from scratch were throwing me but its all comming back now.
And of course that gives me added confidence for the upcoming interview(s).

Gonna have to get a haircut tomorrow before hand :p


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Post by: wrack on March 16, 2009, 02:04:56 am
Ahh good stuff there mate. It's always hard to read a book and get back to basics but then you should be ok.

Best of luck with the interview  :jamie:


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Post by: simmo on March 16, 2009, 03:46:11 am
thx :) I also need to send my resume to another contact i have tomorrow, didn't have his name so didn't want to send an email w/o a "greetings [name]" but i have it now. and as I said before, a partner of my last co is passing along my resume to a cio she is having lunch w/tomorrow (and going to give to the internal recruiters as a pro-bono case). and there were quite a few postings on some TX job boards I will respond to this week (as well as my information being posted there as a requirement of unemployment pay).

but speaking of drinking and coding, this was pretty funny to me
http://visualbasic.about.com/od/learnvbnet/a/eventcode.htm


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Post by: Jason Reed on March 16, 2009, 08:36:27 am
Good luck on the Interview!

Great code. :D


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Post by: wrack on March 16, 2009, 11:18:41 pm
Code gurus :lol: ... not that I drink to get to that level anyways!

Morning all :wave:


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Post by: simmo on March 16, 2009, 11:40:07 pm
Eve'nin all :wave:

I think the interview went very well, but it was just with a recruiter :p He says he has 2 jobs that I should be good for and a 3rd that has rejected some of their people already so he is waiting to hear why before seeing if I am a fit.
I also had to take a test that I'm not sure I did too well on :p
Quote
Test Name:    .NET Programming - Visual Basic
Test Date:    3/16/2009
Elapsed Time:    00:11:53
Questions Correct:    24 out of 36
Percent Correct:    67%
Percentile Ranking:    20
Global Average:    74%
But 67% might blow his other candidates out of the water... who knows.

I also mentioned that I didn't put my AS degree (2yrs college (well 6 for me but I was just going to keep from entering the workforce, until I had no choice :p )) and he said its more than some have and same with my certs (even though my certs are more on the infrastructure side). So that, plus the recruiter at my old job had some suggestions so I've made an even better resume. Currently it ONLY mentions development but that recruiter at my old job thought I should have all so I sent her the one I started that was 'jack of all trades' to see what she thinks, personally I'm thinking unless its a small company that needs an all-in-one IT guy I don't want to mess w/servers & network anymore :p but that might just be cos I think its what got me picked for deletion at the last place.

I still have a couple of contacts to follow up with, waiting to see what that recruiter thinks of the resume before i send it to anymore people. And there are some I haven't gotten a response back from (it is spring break here :rolleyes: ) and I haven't yet posted on any job boards or updated my rent-a-coder profile yet :p I'm expecting a call sometime this evening about setting up a small network environment for a company much like the 6 person company I used to work for though, before the layoff I told them I didn't have time but could make some suggestions on who to call, but thats changed now :lol:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on March 16, 2009, 11:45:17 pm
Good morning/evening to whom it may concern. :shifty: :wave:

Good luck msimmons. :yes:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Bonker Gudd on March 17, 2009, 12:38:44 am
The goat is with you msimmons  :deadhorse:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on March 17, 2009, 12:44:01 am
:shifty:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on March 17, 2009, 03:54:20 am
Eve'nin :)

Sounds like things are heading in the right direction for ya.

Sue :)

Holy cow of the living lights, it's Bonker :doctor:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on March 17, 2009, 04:44:40 am
Ah, leave it to Bonker to give inspiration in a time of need. Now if only Simmo could understand it ;)


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on March 17, 2009, 05:50:00 am
 :imouttahere:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Slowhand on March 17, 2009, 11:23:15 am
Afternoon people :wave:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on March 17, 2009, 11:27:39 am
Good afternoon Slowy. :wave:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Slowhand on March 17, 2009, 12:47:18 pm
Hi Sue :hiya: :wave:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on March 17, 2009, 01:00:36 pm
Hi all :wave:

I'm working on this Master page for my company's sharepoint intranet. I'll hack together some CSS only to find that IE ignores it :doh:

I've been using GT's search an awful lot to find information on how people have done some CSS stuff in the past ;)


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on March 17, 2009, 01:27:53 pm
hehee  Cool!  :jamie:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on March 18, 2009, 02:14:20 am
G'Day all :wave:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on March 18, 2009, 06:06:57 am
Morning everyone :wave:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Slowhand on March 18, 2009, 10:18:27 am
Morning :wave:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on March 18, 2009, 11:03:54 am
Yikes what a day this has been. Flat out busy and then got a news that one of my good friend's dad passed away today in a heart attack. Just a bad week I suppose.

Sorry JR but it's going to take me a little more to give you the modified version of the ColourPicker. I have to go help my friend with some arrangements and then I have a funeral (this is for my friends brother who drown) to attend on Friday and a social function following day. Then depending on the situation my friend will decide weather to take his dad's body back to India or finish the process here and take the ashes back.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on March 18, 2009, 12:11:05 pm
No problem wrack, take your time. It was only a suggestion. The app is working fine without the modification.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: simmo on March 18, 2009, 04:49:14 pm
The goat is with you msimmons  :deadhorse:
Ah, leave it to Bonker to give inspiration in a time of need. Now if only Simmo could understand it ;)
Understand it or not it made me smile :D

The other contact I was given Friday was out of town but got back today, had one of his recruiters call me right away and had me take the same test again :p not wanting to be dishonest I did let him know I took it already a few days ago (and that i got 67%) and he said go ahead and take it... here are my results this time...
Quote
Test Date:    3/18/2009
Elapsed Time:    00:11:50
Questions Correct:    32 out of 36
Percent Correct:    89%
Percentile Ranking:    80
Global Average:    74%
3 seconds faster!

I might have an actual job interview today or tomorrow :rock: I wasn't clear on timing/details but either phone interview today or tomorrow or phone today and in person tomorrow.

In other news I canxed some auto insurance that i tried to cancel when i bought the house (got new, cheaper, coverage elsewhere to make the loan papers look better) but it never canx'ed and I was just auto paying 90$ a mo (hopefully this experiance will make me a bit less wastefull w/money)... so that at least took some $ off my needed monthly, and I *think* i get a refund :p
I also got around to cleaning out 1 of my storage spaces and moved the boxes here (have 1 more small trip) so that will be some more off my monthly :lol: now i need to seperate my stuff from the ex's and then go to the other storage (that i pay for) and take my stuff out, put her stuff in and x-fer ownership.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on March 18, 2009, 11:13:44 pm
No problem wrack, take your time. It was only a suggestion. The app is working fine without the modification.
Thanks JR :)
Posted on: March 18, 2009, 07:11:00 pm
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The goat is with you msimmons  :deadhorse:
Ah, leave it to Bonker to give inspiration in a time of need. Now if only Simmo could understand it ;)
Understand it or not it made me smile :D

The other contact I was given Friday was out of town but got back today, had one of his recruiters call me right away and had me take the same test again :p not wanting to be dishonest I did let him know I took it already a few days ago (and that i got 67%) and he said go ahead and take it... here are my results this time...
Quote
Test Date:    3/18/2009
Elapsed Time:    00:11:50
Questions Correct:    32 out of 36
Percent Correct:    89%
Percentile Ranking:    80
Global Average:    74%
3 seconds faster!

I might have an actual job interview today or tomorrow :rock: I wasn't clear on timing/details but either phone interview today or tomorrow or phone today and in person tomorrow.

In other news I canxed some auto insurance that i tried to cancel when i bought the house (got new, cheaper, coverage elsewhere to make the loan papers look better) but it never canx'ed and I was just auto paying 90$ a mo (hopefully this experiance will make me a bit less wastefull w/money)... so that at least took some $ off my needed monthly, and I *think* i get a refund :p
I also got around to cleaning out 1 of my storage spaces and moved the boxes here (have 1 more small trip) so that will be some more off my monthly :lol: now i need to seperate my stuff from the ex's and then go to the other storage (that i pay for) and take my stuff out, put her stuff in and x-fer ownership.
Busy busy it seems.  :jamie:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: simmo on March 19, 2009, 01:40:44 am
lolyup, I woudn't feel right playing vid games all day (haven't touched one since thurs :p ) and have to feel like I accomplished something :)

never got a call back regarding that interview but he did say it may be tomorrow  :cheers:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on March 19, 2009, 07:20:42 am
Fingers crossed.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Slowhand on March 19, 2009, 01:36:46 pm
Hello people :wave:  :music_band: :shaunsheep: :wolverine2:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: simmo on March 19, 2009, 03:14:05 pm
Morning all :wave:

Still no call but it is only 10am here :p

[edit]
damnit... I emailed the recruiter letting him know that I had not heard anything and if he had any news... the reply back that I got was:
"Sorry Michael, I just heard from her that they are changing the scope on the position and now they insist on someone with at least 6 years of vb.net coding experience.  It’s weird that they changed it the last second.  I apologize, I will call you as soon as I get another opportunity."

I guess I better start posting on job sites like monster.com... I think I'll go get the last of the stuff from that storage site though now to clear my head :p
[/edit]


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on March 19, 2009, 11:52:02 pm
Morning all :wave:

Sorry to hear that Simmo but I am sure things will work out.


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Post by: simmo on March 20, 2009, 01:10:57 am
Yeah, its still early in the game and still options to pursue. The IT recruiter at my last company forwarded my resume to her contacts this afternoon (or tomorrow) and I have another contact to send my info to. Plus the first recruiter I talked to last Friday mentioned another job or two he was going to submit me for. And there is still job sites to post at :p


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on March 20, 2009, 06:51:26 am
Hang in there Simmo I'm sure you'll get through this.

Morning all :wave:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Slowhand on March 20, 2009, 09:38:12 am
Morning people :wave:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on March 20, 2009, 12:43:36 pm
G'Day all :wave:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: simmo on March 21, 2009, 02:15:31 am
[insert salutaion here] all :wave:

Had lunch w/2 remaining IT managers today :p I had some stuff that belonged to the company (took here in the flood, didn't need at the office and no real room to store, so just left in my garage) and they had some stuff that was mine, (a portable drive receptacle that was installed in teh PC, my office chair, speakers keyboard trackball) so we made the swap. One of the guys had a gift cert for a sushi place that we never had a chance to use so he used that  :happydance:

Other than that I didn't do anything productive today :p tomorrow I plan to get back to coding and maybe finish sorting out the remaining (shared) storage space I have :sofa:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on March 23, 2009, 06:57:05 am
Morning everyone :wave: Hope everyone had a good weekend.

My wife and I had the wonderful chance to see a movie this weekend without the kiddies. We saw Journey to the Center of the Earth with Brendan Frasier. Great movie, I really enjoyed it;


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: simmo on March 23, 2009, 05:09:37 pm
Morning all :monday:

No real news here, just been plugging away at coding in vb.net :p


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on March 23, 2009, 11:29:02 pm
Yo :wave:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: simmo on March 23, 2009, 11:54:08 pm
Having my resume on monster.com prompted half the recruiters in town to call me :p all of them wanting to submit me for the same job that I already "got shotdown" for... must be the only job around :p
One of them just had an admin call me to make an appt to come in... I'm gonna go, cos not ruling out any opertunities, but I'm gonna be pissed off if its a waste of my time.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on March 24, 2009, 06:16:43 am
You could always do Craiglist as well. Probably get the other half of the recruiters calling you ;)


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: simmo on March 24, 2009, 05:26:22 pm
afternoon all :hiya:

they wanted 4.5k to find me a job :P but I told her that Ive got 2mos to live and she said she couldn't morally continue her sales pitch and sent me a list of recruiters & temp agencies :lol:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on March 24, 2009, 11:29:06 pm
They must think ppl are idiot :mf_Dr_Evil:

Busy weeks coming ahead :(


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on March 25, 2009, 06:33:21 am
:yikes: $4500 for a job? Hell if I could afford that I wouldn't need the damned job! At least she said she couldn't go on with the sales pitch and didn't waste your time further.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on March 25, 2009, 06:05:08 pm
Morning everyone :wave: Hope everyone had a good weekend.

My wife and I had the wonderful chance to see a movie this weekend without the kiddies. We saw Journey to the Center of the Earth with Brendan Frasier. Great movie, I really enjoyed it;
  Yeah we (4 adults and an 8 year old child) rented that DVD in January and watched it at home with the 3D glasses on.  Was pretty cool actually.  Haven't done that since I was a child.

Where have I been you ask?  In hospital helping to deliver a new wee baby boy called Nathan Patrick. :)  I cut the umbilical cord and have not really slept since. :)  Stayed in since St. Patrick's evening...got out on Friday...had to take mom back in this week.  They kept her all day but baby is fine.  Mom needs lots of help so Im doing most of the care and feeding nights and days.  Mom basically nurses and sleeps.  Baby is here with me now and all is well. :)   :cloud9: :baby: :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: simmo on March 25, 2009, 07:05:26 pm
afternoon all 
No news here :p An ex-co-worker did IM me this morning saying that she was talking to someone at their kid's softball game and they mentioned seeing my resume, not sure if anything will come of that though :p


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on March 26, 2009, 05:13:00 am
Morning everyone :wave: Hope everyone had a good weekend.

My wife and I had the wonderful chance to see a movie this weekend without the kiddies. We saw Journey to the Center of the Earth with Brendan Frasier. Great movie, I really enjoyed it;
  Yeah we (4 adults and an 8 year old child) rented that DVD in January and watched it at home with the 3D glasses on.  Was pretty cool actually.  Haven't done that since I was a child.

Where have I been you ask?  In hospital helping to deliver a new wee baby boy called Nathan Patrick. :)  I cut the umbilical cord and have not really slept since. :)  Stayed in since St. Patrick's evening...got out on Friday...had to take mom back in this week.  They kept her all day but baby is fine.  Mom needs lots of help so Im doing most of the care and feeding nights and days.  Mom basically nurses and sleeps.  Baby is here with me now and all is well. :)   :cloud9: :baby: :bigsmile:

Glad to hear things went well. I take it she's a first time mom? Well it's a good thing she has someone there to give her a hand.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Slowhand on March 26, 2009, 09:18:22 am
Hello people :wave:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on March 26, 2009, 12:31:16 pm
Evening' :wave:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on March 26, 2009, 02:38:38 pm
Wife called me today about my son's visit to the ear doctor. He recently had a nasty ear infection and we took him to the hearing doctor just to make sure things are getting better. The doctor decided to give him a hearing test. After the test the doctor said there's this strange outcome from the test and that she would like to test him again next week.

While walking out the door my son turns to his mother and says, "Actually I heard beeps in both ears I just didn't tell her." :doh:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: simmo on March 26, 2009, 03:54:45 pm
lol that's pretty funny :p

Still nothing on the job front, but I've only been talking to recruiters and former co-workers... haven't been 'hitting the pavement' yet. Today I plan to email about 4 people I have worked with in the past (a server guy, a network guy, a telco guy and my boss at the company I worked at previously), not sure they will have anything but worth a shot.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on March 27, 2009, 12:23:23 am
Wife called me today about my son's visit to the ear doctor. He recently had a nasty ear infection and we took him to the hearing doctor just to make sure things are getting better. The doctor decided to give him a hearing test. After the test the doctor said there's this strange outcome from the test and that she would like to test him again next week.

While walking out the door my son turns to his mother and says, "Actually I heard beeps in both ears I just didn't tell her." :doh:
LOL...may be he was afraid of the doc!
Posted on: March 26, 2009, 08:21:14 pm
Still nothing on the job front, but I've only been talking to recruiters and former co-workers... haven't been 'hitting the pavement' yet. Today I plan to email about 4 people I have worked with in the past (a server guy, a network guy, a telco guy and my boss at the company I worked at previously), not sure they will have anything but worth a shot.
Stay on top of it dude and you will get there :)


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on March 27, 2009, 07:46:40 am
Wife called me today about my son's visit to the ear doctor. He recently had a nasty ear infection and we took him to the hearing doctor just to make sure things are getting better. The doctor decided to give him a hearing test. After the test the doctor said there's this strange outcome from the test and that she would like to test him again next week.

While walking out the door my son turns to his mother and says, "Actually I heard beeps in both ears I just didn't tell her." :doh:
LOL...may be he was afraid of the doc!

No more likely he his head strong and likes to play games "his" way and not the way that is expected. He did this earlier for his kindergarten checkup where the doctor wanted him to say "Alexander" and he refused. So his mother asked him to give his Godmother's name, he quickly said "Alexandra", then she asked him to say "Alexander" like the doctor wanted, he said "nope I can't". :p



Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Slowhand on March 27, 2009, 09:34:37 am
Morning people :wave:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on March 27, 2009, 12:12:40 pm
G'Day :wave:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on March 27, 2009, 12:56:53 pm
:hiya:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: simmo on March 27, 2009, 04:46:18 pm
Morning all  :boat:

I received replies to 3 of the 4 emails I sent.
 One (the server guy) does a lot of contract type positions so he got em in touch with a recruiter, nothing really came of it, but at least its another person w/my name in the database for when something does come up.
Another (the telco guy) works at a pretty big company (i think not far from my house at all) and sent me an email "You should get a call from [name removed] today." but I haven't heard anything (nor do I know what position that person is, maybe another recruiter).
The last one was my old boss, he didn't have any leads for positions but did have a project that I can do. Not sure of the pay details but anything is good since I can't even seem to get any work off the freelance sites :p


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on March 28, 2009, 01:52:19 am
Morning everyone :wave: Hope everyone had a good weekend.

My wife and I had the wonderful chance to see a movie this weekend without the kiddies. We saw Journey to the Center of the Earth with Brendan Frasier. Great movie, I really enjoyed it;
  Yeah we (4 adults and an 8 year old child) rented that DVD in January and watched it at home with the 3D glasses on.  Was pretty cool actually.  Haven't done that since I was a child.

Where have I been you ask?  In hospital helping to deliver a new wee baby boy called Nathan Patrick. :)  I cut the umbilical cord and have not really slept since. :)  Stayed in since St. Patrick's evening...got out on Friday...had to take mom back in this week.  They kept her all day but baby is fine.  Mom needs lots of help so Im doing most of the care and feeding nights and days.  Mom basically nurses and sleeps.  Baby is here with me now and all is well. :)   :cloud9: :baby: :bigsmile:

Glad to hear things went well. I take it she's a first time mom? Well it's a good thing she has someone there to give her a hand.
 
Yeah things went well for her. The staff were amazed and wished all births went like hers did.  Only 9 hours of very mild labor. She was literally laughing while pushing!  Well...except for the head and shoulders but that was only for a few seconds.  Then there were tears of joy.  Its her first child.  

She has needed two weeks of intense help so far.  She hasn't been well and is nursing.  She developed mastitis so she is on antibiotics now too which causes fatigue.
Posted on: March 28, 2009, 02:45:10 am
Wife called me today about my son's visit to the ear doctor. He recently had a nasty ear infection and we took him to the hearing doctor just to make sure things are getting better. The doctor decided to give him a hearing test. After the test the doctor said there's this strange outcome from the test and that she would like to test him again next week.

While walking out the door my son turns to his mother and says, "Actually I heard beeps in both ears I just didn't tell her." :doh:


LOL
Posted on: March 28, 2009, 02:46:40 am
Wife called me today about my son's visit to the ear doctor. He recently had a nasty ear infection and we took him to the hearing doctor just to make sure things are getting better. The doctor decided to give him a hearing test. After the test the doctor said there's this strange outcome from the test and that she would like to test him again next week.

While walking out the door my son turns to his mother and says, "Actually I heard beeps in both ears I just didn't tell her." :doh:
LOL...may be he was afraid of the doc!

No more likely he his head strong and likes to play games "his" way and not the way that is expected. He did this earlier for his kindergarten checkup where the doctor wanted him to say "Alexander" and he refused. So his mother asked him to give his Godmother's name, he quickly said "Alexandra", then she asked him to say "Alexander" like the doctor wanted, he said "nope I can't". :p


  God help you as he grows up.  Imagine the teen years!  :crazyeyes: :sweat: :pullhair:
Posted on: March 28, 2009, 02:50:31 am
Morning all  :boat:

I received replies to 3 of the 4 emails I sent.
 One (the server guy) does a lot of contract type positions so he got em in touch with a recruiter, nothing really came of it, but at least its another person w/my name in the database for when something does come up.
Another (the telco guy) works at a pretty big company (i think not far from my house at all) and sent me an email "You should get a call from [name removed] today." but I haven't heard anything (nor do I know what position that person is, maybe another recruiter).
The last one was my old boss, he didn't have any leads for positions but did have a project that I can do. Not sure of the pay details but anything is good since I can't even seem to get any work off the freelance sites :p

I hope that everything works out well for you very soon msimmons.  Sorry you have to endure all this BS. :no: :(


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: simmo on March 28, 2009, 02:42:58 am
I got another call from a recruiter as a result of the one guys efforts, still no jobs but she said usually after teh end of the quarter companies loosen the purse strings a bit.
I spoke to my old boss (from 2004) some more, he doesn't actually have the project yet and isn't sure of the scope yet but we have an appointment (both he & I) to go meet w/the prospective client tues or weds. So might be a weekend project or could turn out to be a pretty big one...
Basically its either implementing a 3rd party booking engine, similar to the ones I wrote for that company but for air travel and not hotels. The project might be just integrating the 3rd party's frontend into the clients website (a few hrs work) or writing a custom frontend that will talk to the 3rd party's database via webservice calls (about a month of work at most).
He also mentioned a few ideas for startups that he has that if I wanted to put the time into it I could trade work for business equity. Those don't often go anywhere but 1) i'm jsut sitting here all day coding whatever pops in my head, might as well do it toward something that could turn into something and 2) thats how his company started and its been around for over 10yrs :p
And I never did hear back from that one expected call, but the acquaintance said he would follow up on it, he thinks there is an interest but not an opportunity (just like the other 20 recruiters :p)
But all in all, I think the "I might have some freelance work" prospect of that one job should last me through the weekend :D


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Post by: Sue on March 28, 2009, 05:59:13 pm
Sounds like it's enough to keep you occupied for a bit anyway.  I guess like you say...the companies are being a bit reserved at the moment until they see how they are going to fare with his economic situation world wide.  No one wants to lose money, but the world's people still have to eat and live.  Its a scary situation as the domino effect is running wild right now. :no: Pathetic for too many. I blame Bush. :yes:

Good luck msimmons. :)


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Post by: wrack on March 28, 2009, 11:03:30 pm
Well as much as I hate Bush, I don't think he is solely responsible for this crisis. This all started with Clinton's free trade and easy policies and it was a right move to progress but what he failed to do was put proper laws and legislatins to keep these companies at bay and keep them in limits. Instead these companies are like wild cows and they run free above the law!

I mean look at the arrogance of these company executive who has balls to take bonuses in these time and worst is these companies ask for a package from government to make them stay afloat, PATHETIC. If I were Obama then I would have taken some control on the board and then would have said yes, you will get a package and you are free to use it the way you want it to get the company out of trouble while cutting unnecessary costs but WE decide the salaries of your executives, lets then see how many would be laughing.


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Post by: Sue on March 28, 2009, 11:30:39 pm
I agree. :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on March 30, 2009, 06:36:32 am
Morning everyone :wave: Hope everyone had a good weekend.

My wife and I had the wonderful chance to see a movie this weekend without the kiddies. We saw Journey to the Center of the Earth with Brendan Frasier. Great movie, I really enjoyed it;
  Yeah we (4 adults and an 8 year old child) rented that DVD in January and watched it at home with the 3D glasses on.  Was pretty cool actually.  Haven't done that since I was a child.

Where have I been you ask?  In hospital helping to deliver a new wee baby boy called Nathan Patrick. :)  I cut the umbilical cord and have not really slept since. :)  Stayed in since St. Patrick's evening...got out on Friday...had to take mom back in this week.  They kept her all day but baby is fine.  Mom needs lots of help so Im doing most of the care and feeding nights and days.  Mom basically nurses and sleeps.  Baby is here with me now and all is well. :)   :cloud9: :baby: :bigsmile:

Glad to hear things went well. I take it she's a first time mom? Well it's a good thing she has someone there to give her a hand.
 
Yeah things went well for her. The staff were amazed and wished all births went like hers did.  Only 9 hours of very mild labor. She was literally laughing while pushing!  Well...except for the head and shoulders but that was only for a few seconds.  Then there were tears of joy.  Its her first child.  

She has needed two weeks of intense help so far.  She hasn't been well and is nursing.  She developed mastitis so she is on antibiotics now too which causes fatigue.
My wife always tells women when they get a mastitis that they should first try to cool the breast. Here in Germany they proscribe the use of Quark which is like a soft cream cheese to spread on the breast to cool it and reduce the infection. This way the need for antibiotics is lower.
Posted on: March 28, 2009, 02:45:10 am
Wife called me today about my son's visit to the ear doctor. He recently had a nasty ear infection and we took him to the hearing doctor just to make sure things are getting better. The doctor decided to give him a hearing test. After the test the doctor said there's this strange outcome from the test and that she would like to test him again next week.

While walking out the door my son turns to his mother and says, "Actually I heard beeps in both ears I just didn't tell her." :doh:


LOL
Posted on: March 28, 2009, 02:46:40 am
Wife called me today about my son's visit to the ear doctor. He recently had a nasty ear infection and we took him to the hearing doctor just to make sure things are getting better. The doctor decided to give him a hearing test. After the test the doctor said there's this strange outcome from the test and that she would like to test him again next week.

While walking out the door my son turns to his mother and says, "Actually I heard beeps in both ears I just didn't tell her." :doh:
LOL...may be he was afraid of the doc!

No more likely he his head strong and likes to play games "his" way and not the way that is expected. He did this earlier for his kindergarten checkup where the doctor wanted him to say "Alexander" and he refused. So his mother asked him to give his Godmother's name, he quickly said "Alexandra", then she asked him to say "Alexander" like the doctor wanted, he said "nope I can't". :p


  God help you as he grows up.  Imagine the teen years!  :crazyeyes: :sweat: :pullhair:
Yeah everyone thinks this is such a funny story but I know what he's going to be like when he gets older. I just hope isn't as sneaky as I was :shifty:

Posted on: March 28, 2009, 02:50:31 am
Morning all  :boat:

I received replies to 3 of the 4 emails I sent.
 One (the server guy) does a lot of contract type positions so he got em in touch with a recruiter, nothing really came of it, but at least its another person w/my name in the database for when something does come up.
Another (the telco guy) works at a pretty big company (i think not far from my house at all) and sent me an email "You should get a call from [name removed] today." but I haven't heard anything (nor do I know what position that person is, maybe another recruiter).
The last one was my old boss, he didn't have any leads for positions but did have a project that I can do. Not sure of the pay details but anything is good since I can't even seem to get any work off the freelance sites :p

I hope that everything works out well for you very soon msimmons.  Sorry you have to endure all this BS. :no: :(

Me too simmo!
Posted on: March 30, 2009, 08:35:28 am
Morning all :wave:


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Post by: Sue on March 30, 2009, 07:25:41 am
Warm compresses are recommended here and they do wonders.  She is getting better but had an itchy rash reaction to the antibiotics that drove her nuts so I told her to call the pharmacy and stop the meds right away.  The pharmacist agreed.  She sees her doctor today so..hopefully she will have good news.

Good luck with your son when or as he grows up. :shifty: :)

Good morning everyone. :wave:


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Post by: Slowhand on March 30, 2009, 01:01:37 pm
Morning everyone :wave: Hope everyone had a good weekend.

My wife and I had the wonderful chance to see a movie this weekend without the kiddies. We saw Journey to the Center of the Earth with Brendan Frasier. Great movie, I really enjoyed it;
  Yeah we (4 adults and an 8 year old child) rented that DVD in January and watched it at home with the 3D glasses on.  Was pretty cool actually.  Haven't done that since I was a child.

Where have I been you ask?  In hospital helping to deliver a new wee baby boy called Nathan Patrick. :)  I cut the umbilical cord and have not really slept since. :)  Stayed in since St. Patrick's evening...got out on Friday...had to take mom back in this week.  They kept her all day but baby is fine.  Mom needs lots of help so Im doing most of the care and feeding nights and days.  Mom basically nurses and sleeps.  Baby is here with me now and all is well. :)   :cloud9: :baby: :bigsmile:

Glad to hear things went well. I take it she's a first time mom? Well it's a good thing she has someone there to give her a hand.
 
Yeah things went well for her. The staff were amazed and wished all births went like hers did.  Only 9 hours of very mild labor. She was literally laughing while pushing!  Well...except for the head and shoulders but that was only for a few seconds.  Then there were tears of joy.  Its her first child.  

She has needed two weeks of intense help so far.  She hasn't been well and is nursing.  She developed mastitis so she is on antibiotics now too which causes fatigue.
My wife always tells women when they get a mastitis that they should first try to cool the breast. Here in Germany they proscribe the use of Quark which is like a soft cream cheese to spread on the breast to cool it and reduce the infection. This way the need for antibiotics is lower.
Posted on: March 28, 2009, 02:45:10 am
Wife called me today about my son's visit to the ear doctor. He recently had a nasty ear infection and we took him to the hearing doctor just to make sure things are getting better. The doctor decided to give him a hearing test. After the test the doctor said there's this strange outcome from the test and that she would like to test him again next week.

While walking out the door my son turns to his mother and says, "Actually I heard beeps in both ears I just didn't tell her." :doh:


LOL
Posted on: March 28, 2009, 02:46:40 am
Wife called me today about my son's visit to the ear doctor. He recently had a nasty ear infection and we took him to the hearing doctor just to make sure things are getting better. The doctor decided to give him a hearing test. After the test the doctor said there's this strange outcome from the test and that she would like to test him again next week.

While walking out the door my son turns to his mother and says, "Actually I heard beeps in both ears I just didn't tell her." :doh:
LOL...may be he was afraid of the doc!

No more likely he his head strong and likes to play games "his" way and not the way that is expected. He did this earlier for his kindergarten checkup where the doctor wanted him to say "Alexander" and he refused. So his mother asked him to give his Godmother's name, he quickly said "Alexandra", then she asked him to say "Alexander" like the doctor wanted, he said "nope I can't". :p


  God help you as he grows up.  Imagine the teen years!  :crazyeyes: :sweat: :pullhair:
Yeah everyone thinks this is such a funny story but I know what he's going to be like when he gets older. I just hope isn't as sneaky as I was :shifty:

Posted on: March 28, 2009, 02:50:31 am
Morning all  :boat:

I received replies to 3 of the 4 emails I sent.
 One (the server guy) does a lot of contract type positions so he got em in touch with a recruiter, nothing really came of it, but at least its another person w/my name in the database for when something does come up.
Another (the telco guy) works at a pretty big company (i think not far from my house at all) and sent me an email "You should get a call from [name removed] today." but I haven't heard anything (nor do I know what position that person is, maybe another recruiter).
The last one was my old boss, he didn't have any leads for positions but did have a project that I can do. Not sure of the pay details but anything is good since I can't even seem to get any work off the freelance sites :p

I hope that everything works out well for you very soon msimmons.  Sorry you have to endure all this BS. :no: :(

Me too simmo!
Posted on: March 30, 2009, 08:35:28 am
Morning all :wave:

Please don't quote too much! :banned2:


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Post by: simmo on March 30, 2009, 08:51:01 pm
rofl slowy, i was just thinking that as I was catching up and then came to your post and was thinking "holy crap" till i read your comment :rofl:

evenin all :wave:
Today has been a pretty good day after an uneventful/unproductive weekend :D I got a call this morning form a recruiter (one I had spoken to before) that has a senior web dev job  :happydance: I just interviewed with the recruiter about an hour ago, she said the client turned away 2 applicants so far but I sound like a perfect match :-O
and tomorrow morning I am meeting w/a potential client for the freelance work i mentioned last week AND have some freelance network stuff that shouldn't be to hard, i did set up the orig network and backup solution... I think they are just not adding new pc's to the domain.

You breeders need a forum... as exciting as "a soft cream cheese to spread on the breast" sounds, its gonna be a while before i get the rest out of my head :p


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on March 30, 2009, 08:58:44 pm
:lol:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on March 30, 2009, 09:31:35 pm
 :lol: Morning all :wave:

JR, sounds like your son have real problem with authority!


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Post by: Jason Reed on March 31, 2009, 05:20:23 am
:ROFLMAO:

Morning everyone :wave:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on March 31, 2009, 05:33:22 am
Good morning! :hiya:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on March 31, 2009, 06:43:17 am
:rasta:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Slowhand on March 31, 2009, 07:43:31 am
morning people :wave:


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Post by: wrack on March 31, 2009, 11:05:07 pm
Morning Slowie, Sue, JR, Simmo :)


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on March 31, 2009, 11:46:09 pm
Hi :wave:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on April 01, 2009, 05:23:45 am
Morning everyone :wave:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on April 01, 2009, 06:35:27 am
Good morning JR. :wave:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Slowhand on April 01, 2009, 07:54:37 am
Look everyone! The forum is burning!!!!!!








:p


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on April 01, 2009, 10:01:38 am
Cruel


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Post by: simmo on April 01, 2009, 06:33:08 pm
 :eek_yello: I don't see it.

Morning all :wave:
Had a busy day yesterday :p In the AM went w/my boss from 2001-2005 to meet with a prospective client, nit sure how it went but that's my bosses job to determine  :construction: Then we went to lunch and after I spent the rest of the day working on their network/servers. They have 6 users all w/roaming profiles which doesn't make sense to me since each person has their own desk w/a pc and a specific job. But "a folder disappeard" so I turned sharing back on for that folder, discovered that users were saving personal pics & downloaded install files (I swear every pc there had acrobat.exe on the desktop) in directories that were being backed up, and they they were excluding some directories from the backup that I knew were important to them, and some other general maintenance.

Still haven't heard anything about the latest job prospect but the recruiter just submitted me yesterday so there is still hope :)


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on April 01, 2009, 10:08:25 pm
Sounds like things are turning slowly but surely for you mate.

G'Day all :wave: Last day of the week for me. Heading to CodeCamp tomorrow morning for 2 days so should be a fun trip. http://www.codecampoz.com/


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on April 02, 2009, 07:51:57 am
Just got our TestComplete software. Now I'm busy learning it :yay:


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Post by: Slowhand on April 02, 2009, 10:51:53 am
AARGH!! The neighboring company is doing some construction work, and the noise is unbearable!
For two days now they've been drilling non-stop with some sort of super-drill. We can't hold phone conversations and have to shout to hear each other..


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on April 02, 2009, 01:48:56 pm
Yeah we had that last year while they were putting a building into what was once our parking lot. Really annoying and yeah we couldn't talk to each other much either. At least not in our office. You had to go back further into the building.


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Post by: Sue on April 02, 2009, 01:59:06 pm
:wave:


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Post by: simmo on April 02, 2009, 10:28:20 pm
Evening all :wave:

Haven't heard anything back from that job, except a call from teh recruiter letting em know she hasn't heard anything :p
Had an interview this morning with yet another recruiting agency... apparently there are tons in town :p


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on April 02, 2009, 10:40:53 pm
I hope that you find what you are looking for soon msimmons.  :)


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Bonker Gudd on April 02, 2009, 11:05:57 pm
Quote
You can't report your own post to the moderator, that doesn't make sense!
:furious:


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Post by: wrack on April 05, 2009, 12:30:15 pm
Nice try llamaman (aka Batman) :construction:

G'Day all :wave: Just got back from CodeCamp. Lot of interesting stuff happening and met some new peoples.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on April 05, 2009, 07:15:17 pm
All is good then in the land of Galahtech. :yes:  Lets frolic in the meadow and drink ale. :shifty:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on April 05, 2009, 10:18:24 pm
Ahh the fairytale!


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on April 05, 2009, 10:27:06 pm
 :hippi: :mf_farmer: :mf_aussie: :medieval: :mf_viking: :hehe: :cocktail: :beak: :buddies:  Yeah something like that I suppose.....


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on April 06, 2009, 01:18:28 am
Haha...

How are things progressing with life Sue? How is the mum and the baby you helped deliver doing?


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on April 06, 2009, 06:42:35 am
Morning everyone :yawn: had a busy weekend with the family. Hopefully the Easter weekend will be a little more quiet :D


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on April 07, 2009, 01:18:36 am
Yay the easter weekend is coming soon!


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on April 07, 2009, 02:50:56 am
Haha...

How are things progressing with life Sue? How is the mum and the baby you helped deliver doing?

Life is progressing however it is quite busy lately.  My friend and her son are dong much better now.  Mom is feeling better and I've had the baby most of the time since mom wasn't well and was too overwhelmed.  He is with me now but sleeping.  Life now wasn't what mom expected but she is adjusting well just the same and is looking after her son more and more on her own now.  :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on April 07, 2009, 05:07:34 am
Looks like I might have a chance for a TestComplete class again. This time in the middle of May. Sadly it will happen in California and I'll return home the day before going on vacation (where I am expected to drive).

We'll see if this works out or not ;)

Morning everyone :wave:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on April 07, 2009, 06:49:32 pm
Talk about jetlag. :yawn:

To whom it may concern:  Should you bold or highlight the new 'Post Race' and not the old one perhaps?



Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: simmo on April 07, 2009, 09:26:04 pm
Quote
You can't report your own post to the moderator, that doesn't make sense!
:furious:
:rofl:

Looks like I might have a chance for a TestComplete class again. This time in the middle of May. Sadly it will happen in California and I'll return home the day before going on vacation (where I am expected to drive).
That has happened to you before hasn't it?

To whom it may concern:  Should you bold or highlight the new 'Post Race' and not the old one perhaps?
Yeah, I'm thinking we just unsticky the old one, there is a link to it in the first post (er well there is now :p )

Afternoon all :wave:
Still don't have any good news yet... the company for teh job I want is too busy to look at resumes this week. So kind of not motivated to do anything even though I know I should as this gig isn't a sure thing.
I still have a few recruiters I didn't get back to last week so returning those emails now, and got a freelance gig doing some coding in SalesForce coming up this week.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on April 07, 2009, 10:20:13 pm
Is it possible msimmons that you are working much harder while unemployed than you had to when employed? :lol:  I sure hope you find peace soon as all this seems very stressful for you to endure.  I know that reading about it sure concerns me. :yes:  Good luck....


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on April 08, 2009, 12:50:13 am
G'Day :rasta:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on April 08, 2009, 01:06:19 am
I hope that you have a fantastic day today wrack. :thumb:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on April 08, 2009, 05:26:33 am
Thanks Sue :console: It's turning out to be nice and productive so far.

Hope you have a good one too.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on April 08, 2009, 05:51:59 am
You're welcome and thank you too! :hug:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on April 08, 2009, 06:11:29 am
Morning people,

No work for me today :puke:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on April 08, 2009, 06:24:14 am
Oh oh...hope you heal soon JR.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on April 08, 2009, 08:39:39 am
Thanks.

Wifey got it yesterday. She's still not 100%. Last night I wasn't feeling great and thought it was just gas. Tried to give her a quieter night with Vincent and when I woke up this morning sure enough if I didn't have the gastro-pyrotechnics as well.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on April 08, 2009, 10:09:18 am
Oh my gosh I can't imagine your distress. :( 

I sure hope it all heals soon for both you and your wife.


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Post by: wrack on April 08, 2009, 10:36:29 am
Arrgh....hope u get better soon.

Simmo, looks like things are on/off for you. I have asked couple of my friends back in states to see if they have any contacts to get some work. Will know in couple of days to see what they have.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on April 09, 2009, 10:55:37 am
Hi everyone

Back in the office today. Feeling quite a bit better, however, can only eat zwieback and chicken broth with sprite.



Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on April 10, 2009, 02:06:13 am
Happy Easter Y'll :)

4 day weekend :happydance:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on April 10, 2009, 06:18:43 am
Yep Same here :D


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Slowhand on April 10, 2009, 07:37:26 am
Morning people.
I only have the afternoon of. 3.5 day weekend :P


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on April 10, 2009, 01:23:13 pm
Have a great weekend everyone! :wave:


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Post by: simmo on April 10, 2009, 07:05:30 pm
afternoon all :wave:

Been a pretty unproductive week :p Billed a couple hours researching Google vs exchange :lol: (its a small office so i think Google is going to win).


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Bonker Gudd on April 10, 2009, 11:24:50 pm
Get produtive :construction:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on April 11, 2009, 01:54:45 am
:rasta:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on April 11, 2009, 08:42:28 am
:wave:  Happy weekend everyone. :wave:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Slowhand on April 14, 2009, 10:47:07 am
Hello everyone :wave:


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Post by: Jason Reed on April 14, 2009, 11:45:31 am
Hope everyone had a good weekend. I'm back in the office and working on getting my business trip stuff organized so that I have no problems with getting there and back :D


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on April 14, 2009, 06:16:49 pm
Hi all. :wave:  Im glad everyone survived Easter. :)

Hope all goes well JR with your business trip. :)


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on April 15, 2009, 12:18:12 am
G'Day :wave: Yeah all back to office.

Something weird is going here. I can see there was a new response in the "Post Race" but when I click the link on the top to get me the unread posts since last visits, I get nothing.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on April 15, 2009, 05:36:27 am
Yeah there's something funky in the cache system of the forum. I'm not sure what exactly is causing it though.

Morning everyone :wave:

Thanks Sue. I'm not looking forward to the flight but the information should be pretty helpful.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on April 16, 2009, 01:15:16 am
Hmm... Could you not just disable the cache seeing we don't have traffice to justify that!


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on April 16, 2009, 06:42:57 am
That's the problem. I don't have the cache enabled. I'm not sure where the problem is coming from.


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Post by: simmo on April 17, 2009, 04:43:51 pm
Howdy all :wave:
No job news here :p Went to see my siblings on easter (no job, no excuse :p ) and I think one of them gave me the flu :doh: so been sick all week. I'm pretty sure its on the way out now though, I feel much better. I've yet to make my required weekly 3 job contacts for unemployment purposes though... have to do that today :(


[edit]
But I did just get a $1k refund from a car ins policy that I intended to canx but must have never done :p (proof of how careless I was w/money, hopefully this experience will change my ways :p )
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[edit2]
and i'm babysitting Sparky (6 toed cat I let teh ex take) this weekend. If y'all recall, last time was a nightmare... I think he is going through the stages faster this time. He is still growling and hissing at fido but he is actually out from under the bed already.
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Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on April 18, 2009, 01:02:15 am
Haha...man your life is eventful, thatz for sure.

G'Day all :wave:


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Post by: Jason Reed on April 20, 2009, 10:17:03 am
Hi everyone.

Was away this weekend for the first communion for one of my nieces. I've got another one this weekend as well. Although I'm not a religious person my wife's family are and it is kind of expected for everyone to be there. The good news is that if the priest is long winded then I can aggravate my boys to the point where I have to take them out of the church. Maybe we'll go for ice cream :D
Posted on: April 20, 2009, 12:15:09 pm
Hmm that was odd. Has anyone else been getting 500 Errors (Internal Server Error) when posting? If so let me know via email if all else. I'll have to sort this problem out in a hurry.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on April 21, 2009, 04:34:47 am
Hey JR. Not sure about the 500 error but I did got couple of errors when posting few days back. Then I was just too busy lately to even come here.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on April 21, 2009, 06:18:38 am
Do you remember what kind of error it was? Database or something?

Oh well. I'll keep an eye out for anymore errors. Might need to check about upgrading the software eventually.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on April 21, 2009, 09:55:46 pm
I think it was a timeout.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: simmo on April 23, 2009, 08:52:21 pm
I can't recall seeing any issues since we split up post race.

Howdy all :wave:

Same ol same ol here... every week its "they plan to move forward next week" :p I've yet another freelance project that hasn't started yet... should net me $2k for a bout a weeks worth of code though :) (hopefully the client has that much :lol: )


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on April 23, 2009, 10:47:51 pm
:lol:

Well the board is more responsive since splitting up the post race but there are odd issues that come up just on it's own. More to that the board has mind of its own :p

Howdy all :wave: I am off to Sydney for couple of day so see y'll on Monday.


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Post by: Jason Reed on April 24, 2009, 07:29:48 am
Have fun in Sydney.

I'll be off to Regensburg this weekend for the first communion of another niece. We're also going to spend Saturday at a wild animal park near Regensburg. It should be a blast :D


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Post by: wrack on April 27, 2009, 03:07:52 am
Thanks JR. It was a fun trip there.

Howdy all :wave:



A good news is posted at http://galahtech.stinkbugonline.com/forum/index.php?topic=13125.0


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Post by: simmo on April 27, 2009, 03:58:38 am
Howdy all :)

Another week, another "They plan to move forward next week" :p Hopefully this week will be more fruitful, I'm getting to used to not doing anything :lol:


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Post by: wrack on April 27, 2009, 04:03:07 am
:D Getting too used to not doing anything can only mean one thing. More time to plan to take over the world!


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Post by: simmo on April 27, 2009, 04:11:46 am
lol, sadly that's a conundrum... for example, I still have all the garage cabinetry to assemble, but I don't want to in case I wind up losing the house :p Same with "skynet," my next step is running speaker & mic wire between rooms & floors (not to mention the electricity to have the server running.


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Post by: wrack on April 27, 2009, 04:41:01 am
:D Makes sense. I think you can manage to hold off the fort for a while there mate.


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Post by: simmo on April 27, 2009, 04:47:23 am
yeah I'm not too worried yet :) I know I have May covered and I *think* i have June, maybe even July if all these freelance leads turn out. (and I technically haven't looked for a job yet :p just letting the recruiters do that for me, if it gets down to the wire I'll start applying to anything :p )


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Post by: wrack on April 27, 2009, 05:26:37 am
Haha...Still in a relaxed mood ehh.


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Post by: simmo on April 27, 2009, 05:31:31 am
yeah i don't think i have any other mood :p


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Post by: Jason Reed on April 27, 2009, 07:46:56 am
Morning everyone :wave:

I had a very busy weekend with my wife's family and all. Best of all I finally made some headway through the working on my own Dynamic SQL functionality for my website framework. I'm pretty happy with the way everything looks, now all I have to do is the code for actually building the SQL.

Originally the problem was that I didn't know how I was going to pass the information for building a query without actually writing a query (which would just be a bit redundant), finally I looked at it from a different angle and there the solution finally showed itself. Now that I've got my structure for passing the query information I'm working on the actual builder which seems pretty straight forward now :D



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Post by: wrack on April 27, 2009, 08:16:33 am
Sounds good JR.

I am in a middle of building a sql query builder myself using C#. Mind sharing some ideas? I am inclined towards an object oriented model with every method or the function returning itself so the whole thing can be used as extended way.


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Post by: Jason Reed on April 27, 2009, 09:22:00 am
I'll post what I'm doing in one of the programming forums.


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Post by: wrack on April 27, 2009, 11:06:26 am
Excellent. Looking forward to see what you have got.


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Post by: Jason Reed on April 27, 2009, 11:12:36 am
Post is up in the Web Development board. That would be the best place for now.


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Post by: wrack on April 27, 2009, 01:08:04 pm
Sounds good. I have shared what I am thinking too.


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Post by: Jason Reed on April 28, 2009, 05:59:34 am
Morning everyone. I hope every one is staying healthy in the light of this nasty flu bug that is popping up everywhere.

:wave:


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Post by: wrack on April 28, 2009, 12:26:26 pm
Hasn't reached Melbourne yet! Resident Evil anyone? :evil:


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Post by: Bonker Gudd on April 28, 2009, 11:04:16 pm
I've got goat fever :pope:


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Post by: wrack on April 29, 2009, 12:35:53 am
As always :)

Good to see you here Bonker.

Howdy all :wave:


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Post by: Jason Reed on April 29, 2009, 05:04:54 am
I've got goat fever :pope:

Baaaaa


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Post by: wrack on April 30, 2009, 01:06:00 am
Aaaaaaaaaaaaa


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Post by: Jason Reed on April 30, 2009, 09:19:12 am
Actually don't goats go ääääääääääääää?


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Post by: wrack on May 01, 2009, 12:34:00 am
Yeah well I couldn't find that character  :mf_Dr_Evil:


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Post by: Jason Reed on May 01, 2009, 09:20:27 am
Yeah well I couldn't find that character  :mf_Dr_Evil:
German Keyboard !


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Post by: wrack on May 01, 2009, 01:42:32 pm
Go figure!


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Post by: simmo on May 02, 2009, 09:54:01 pm
Another week, another "They plan to move forward next week" :p Hopefully this week will be more fruitful, I'm getting to used to not doing anything :lol:
Maybe NEXT week :p


Howdy all :D


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Post by: wrack on May 02, 2009, 11:46:22 pm
Morning all :wave:


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Post by: simmo on May 07, 2009, 08:55:46 pm
afternoon all :wave:

Finally decided to call the unemployment office to see why they have not approved or denied *any* of my claims... turns out they were waiting on my last employer for info on my severance... so I gave them what they needed to know and should be getting $ monday :D So I am good till July 1st now.

I'm *still* waiting to hear from that one company, and I registered w/a few more recruiters :p


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Post by: Bonker Gudd on May 07, 2009, 11:08:00 pm
Chicken :sp_ike:


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Post by: wrack on May 07, 2009, 11:12:16 pm
Morning all :wave: Hope you will get back to your feet soon mate.

Bonker :rasta:


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Post by: Jason Reed on May 12, 2009, 05:06:54 am
Well my business trip to the states has been canceled.

I've got Chickenpox :(


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Post by: wrack on May 13, 2009, 12:49:11 am
Yikes! How the hack did that happen? Hope you get better soon.

Morning all :wave:


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Post by: Jason Reed on May 13, 2009, 05:44:32 am
Not quite sure where I got it. We don't think the boys have had it yet, and I never had them as a kid. Looks like I just got unlucky :(


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Post by: wrack on May 14, 2009, 03:25:58 am
It's easier when you get them as a kid.


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Post by: Slowhand on May 14, 2009, 02:46:56 pm
Hello people.  :hiya:

Been away for a while.. Was quite busy. Sorry :)


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Post by: simmo on May 14, 2009, 08:01:04 pm
Howdy all :wave:

Finally heard from that one job I was waiting for... they decided to hire internally :p But, I did get a lead on another job, its not as good  of a fit as the other but pays well :) I should know something about that Monday  :happydance:
I just paid bills and I have June covered for sure and it looks like July too :D (and am 90% sure im going to win a bid on rentacoder, $150 for 4hrs of work :p (now just need to be able to get 1 of those a day and won't need a proper job))

JR, you might consider infecting the kids (check w/DR first ofcourse :p ) cos afaik it is better to get young (and actually dangerous to get later in life). Hope its going ok for you.


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Post by: wrack on May 14, 2009, 10:11:09 pm
Hey Slowy :)

Good work Simmo :) I am sure you will pull it off.


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Post by: Jason Reed on May 15, 2009, 05:57:04 am
Good news Simmo,

Yeah the boys have spent enough time around me that if they haven't had them yet they will soon. Most likely when we go on our family vacation at the end of the month.


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Post by: wrack on May 16, 2009, 05:27:29 am
:lol:


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Post by: Sue on May 19, 2009, 04:16:39 pm
Hello everyone.  Seems like a lot has happened since Ive been away. 

Sorry to learn JR about the Pox...you must be miserable. :(  I remember exactly what it felt like to suffer through mine as a child and I can't imagine what you are enduring now as an adult. :(  Has your wife had them before and what are you doing to cope?

Msimmons....my gosh...its awful what you are going through in order to find stable employment.  Have you considered moving elsewhere if there were offers?

Wrack. Slowy, Bonks :wave:

Ive been away for a long time I know but I was actually trying to stay alive in Ottawa General hospital for a few weeks.  Was rushed in by two ambulances to two hospitals.  I am home now but still recovering for another few weeks and have grueling tests to do again in order to monitor my health progress....I am so sick of needles and IV...every part of my body has needle holes and I won't get into where hoses were or how many. :)

All I can say is thank God for the health care professionals who choose such a career and who are there when we need them during a life/death crisis or during illness.  I think that they are over worked, underpaid and that they deserve the hero status and accolade that unfortunately society gives the Hollywood actors and other people in the media for example...



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Post by: wrack on May 20, 2009, 12:30:16 am
Holy cow batman it's Sue :hug:

Morning all :wave:


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Post by: Sue on May 20, 2009, 02:31:11 am
Hi wrack! :hug:

Good morning! :wave:


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Post by: Jason Reed on May 20, 2009, 02:06:45 pm
Hi Sue :wave:

I'm doing fine now. Actually they weren't too bad. A little annoying at first but not so bad.

William (the eldest) has them now. We're waiting for Vincent to break-out next.


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Post by: Sue on May 20, 2009, 05:02:38 pm
Im glad then that you fared well. :)  I hope you do not have scars left.  They say when adults get them they don't usually do as well as children do. :hmm:

I bet William isn't too happy right now with having to resist all the itching is he? :no: 


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Post by: wrack on May 21, 2009, 12:42:36 am
Morning all :wave:

JR, it's good that they get it once, will save them the trouble later! Though you won't be popular with girls in the school when you have them :D

Sue, how r u feeling?

Simmo hope you are getting back on track.

Slowy :rasta:


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Post by: Sue on May 21, 2009, 01:11:28 am
Good morning wrack. :wave:

I am feeling better thanks.  No alarms going off yet. :shifty:  Gradually getting my strength back which is great. :yes:


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Post by: wrack on May 21, 2009, 01:03:44 pm
Hasta la vista!

No alarms yet :evil:


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Post by: Jason Reed on May 28, 2009, 07:17:58 pm
Hi everyone what's going on! It's pretty quiet around here. I've been on vacation what's your excuses :D


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Post by: simmo on May 28, 2009, 11:27:50 pm
No excuses here, just tv & video games :p

Had an interview this afternoon though, I think it went rather well. They said they ahve 2 more to interview and will let me know :o

howdy all :wave:


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Post by: Jason Reed on May 29, 2009, 10:44:38 am
I'll be crossing my fingers for you there then Simmo.


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Post by: wrack on May 30, 2009, 06:34:54 am
G'Day all :wave:

Sorry I have been a total ghost lately. I got the keys of my first home so was kinda busy with moving and getting settled down. On top of that my fiancée was here so I needed to spare a lot of time with her too.

I have yet to get the landline connection and thus the internet so not sure if I can manage to get back here for few more days.

Hope you all are well.


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Post by: Jason Reed on June 04, 2009, 11:41:05 am
Ok Smilies are back to the way they should look.

Man I really would like to pound and the arse that injected that :poop: into our site.


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Post by: Slowhand on June 04, 2009, 07:14:38 pm
I've had my personal website hacked a few times, and everytime they got in through the forum software.
Two times they even turned my website into a phising site. I was even contacted by the Bank of Scotland, informing me my website had turned into a phising site :D


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Post by: wrack on June 05, 2009, 12:21:07 pm
The forums softwares are known to do this!


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Post by: Jason Reed on June 05, 2009, 12:26:57 pm
It has to do with the fact that there are so many user inputs, and now with the use of javascript and cross site attacks it can really make for a headache to keep everything safe.

The big problem is that when a web application starts getting popular then it gets targeted a lot more. Look at what happened to IPB. I mean they were always under attack, and look at how many times they got us here at GT when we were using that software. It was enough to drive Martin and Chris batty.

On a happier thought what does everyone think of the new theme? I looked around and sadly the themes available were pretty much crappy. I saw this one and I kind of liked it so I made some minor modifications to fit our site here. I think I'm going to need to do something about this dark gray text areas though. It makes it hard to read my own posts as I'm writing them. Maybe I'll go with a lighter gray, what do you guys think?


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on June 06, 2009, 12:36:20 am
Yeah the new theme isn't so bad  :jamie:


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Post by: Jason Reed on June 08, 2009, 06:42:45 am
Good morning everyone. I hope everyone had a good weekend. I've got a short week this week due to a holiday on Thursday. Maybe, just maybe I might get some programming time to myself over the weekend (as far as I know we only have plans for one day of the four day weekend and they aren't solid).

Of course I have to mow the grass this weekend as well :(.

I'm going to be on a business trip to San Francisco area (actually a bit south of there but I'm flying in to San Fran), at the end of the month. It is for the same reason I was going to go back in May before I came down with chickenpox.

So basically I'm doing my best to ward off all sick people until after this business trip. I really don't want to get sick and miss this again :D


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Post by: wrack on June 09, 2009, 01:26:48 am
Morning all :wave:

Mostly did the housework over the weekend and helped my fiancée with her assignments!


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on June 09, 2009, 07:34:51 am
That's the problem with owning a house. All the house work :lazy:

Sounds like you are keeping busy there wrack.


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Post by: wrack on June 10, 2009, 02:30:12 am
Haha yeah...took me nearly 90 minutes to vaccum the whole place! Talk about getting your 10000 steps of walk a day!!!


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Post by: simmo on June 11, 2009, 06:41:44 pm
Howdy all, been a while :p

Well, last I left you I had an interview w/a company... they called my back for a 2nd one, then they chose someone else 2 days ago :cry:

at the moment I don't have any leads but I still have over a month an a half (at least) so am still searching :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on June 11, 2009, 07:19:44 pm
Well keep trying!

I'm flying to California in two weeks. My class was postponed after I caught Chickenpox.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on June 13, 2009, 10:47:49 pm
Keep trying Simmo :)

JR, when I use IE I get a JavaScript Exploit shown by AVG. Possible that we are hacked again!


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Post by: Jason Reed on June 14, 2009, 07:43:59 am
Confirmed and fixed again.

We were attacked again. This time I think they actually came through the server. I couldn't make the changes from the website control panel. I could only do this through FTP. Thankfully I was able to do it and the damage wasn't so bad as before. They only hit one of our files and I was able to clean it up.

However, for those of you who use Firefox may have problems visiting the site as they use Google's attack site black list and we got put on it.

I've asked for a review for removal. I don't know how long that will take.

If you want to give yourself access you can delete the file urlclassifier3.sqlite found in your Local Settings folder of your Windows XP. turn off the Attack Site Warning functionality in your browser options under security.



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Post by: wrack on June 15, 2009, 12:14:16 am
Yikes!


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Post by: Jason Reed on June 15, 2009, 05:45:33 am
Actually it seems that our site isn't just the target. According to Simmo the support forum at his wholesaler (the people who manage his servers) has a thread that dates back to April about these types of attacks. It seems they are under attack right now. Since we use their servers we are getting the brunt of it.


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Post by: simmo on June 15, 2009, 08:35:31 pm
They better get it sorted soon :doh: I'll probably ask for a credit for this months charges, but it is seriously cheap hosting so you get what you pay for i guess :p

I have an interview w/a recruiter tomorrow :o If that goes well I will be interviewing for a 7 month project management gig, sounds like my main role will be over the sql side of things  :happydance:
I *also* have a lunch meeting with a friend of a friend who said he "may be able to throw a few dollars my way" so not sure what kind of projects he has, he works for a recruiting firm.
AND am waiting to hear back from friend of another friend on a sql migration, wont be a big job but any money to give me more time to find a more permanent job is money I will gladly work for.

The economy is still terrible here, the 2nd friend I mentioned, the company he works for just filed for bankruptcy so he will be looking for work soon :( he is a cisco guy and never spends money so i'm sure he is set for a while though :p

Hope all is well w/teh rest of y'all :)


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Post by: wrack on June 16, 2009, 12:15:41 am
Hang in there Simmo, you will get by. I heard that the market was recovering there as most of my friends have told me so!!!

Things here are good. I am preparing for the house warming next month as well as an engagement ring ceremony so will see how that goes. I did the numbers quickly and it comes to around 150 peoples! Gonna be a hell of a day.


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Post by: simmo on June 20, 2009, 12:05:17 am
I have an interview w/a recruiter tomorrow :o If that goes well I will be interviewing for a 7 month project management gig, sounds like my main role will be over the sql side of things  :happydance:
Doesn't sound like im getting this one, the recruiter says he get feedback on others he submitted after me and no news is bad news :p He thinks is cos i don't have any info about ssis on my resume :doh: gonna have to revise it since i do know it a bit, and i guess being mcts on sql 05 doesnt say it enough :p

I *also* have a lunch meeting with a friend of a friend who said he "may be able to throw a few dollars my way" so not sure what kind of projects he has, he works for a recruiting firm.
This panned out a bit, turns out he has a 1 person consulting firm and more work than he can handle. Not sure if its enough work to keep me afloat but is work :) so far i drove an hr to reboot a router for a quick $40 (+mileage (not sure at what rate the mileage is though)).

AND am waiting to hear back from friend of another friend on a sql migration, wont be a big job but any money to give me more time to find a more permanent job is money I will gladly work for.
Still haven't heard more on this one, my friend says i should soon though.

And now am waiting to hear from a company, I had a phone interview w/a developer, I got to see what he wrote about it and i aced it :D so hopefully have an interview next week  :happydance:

Hope all is well w/y'all, gl on your events wrjack :D


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Post by: Sue on June 20, 2009, 12:33:58 am
My gosh msimmons....if only you could earn a salary for your proactive 'looking for work' attitude and efforts! :lol:  It's a full time job for you as it stands... :)

Good luck wrack with all your plans ahead.  I'm thinking of you with smiles...  :)

JR...I'm glad you're feeling better and I hope that you have safe travels and fun time at your destination. :)



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Post by: wrack on June 20, 2009, 03:26:46 am
Hey there Sue :) Long time no see!!! How are things going?

Did some gardening taking out some wild weed and crap, sprayed the weed killer. Now off to vacuum the whole house except the garage which leaves me to do around 2200 SqFt :bruce:

Then gotta help my cousin with her IT exams so will be driving 40KM to her place. So busy busy weekend for me.

Howdy JR, Simmo :)


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Post by: Sue on June 20, 2009, 05:45:50 am
Im still recovering Wrack.  Thanks for asking.  I've another CT scan on Tuesday...looking forward to positive results. :)

Your house sounds great.  Seems you have loads of room for your GT family to move in and share. :lol: ;)


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Post by: Jason Reed on June 20, 2009, 06:24:28 am
You've been ill Sue? How did I miss that?

I do hope you are doing well and that you are healing quickly.

Last weekend before I go on my trip. Kind of excited but also pretty busy trying to help get the house in order. While dealing with a four yearold with Authority issues today :rolleyes:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on June 20, 2009, 07:01:33 am
Yeah JR...You'll have to look back at my last maybe five posts?  :)

Thanks for your wishes. :)

Give your "four year old with authority issues" something else to command? :lol:


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Post by: Jason Reed on June 23, 2009, 09:46:53 pm
Thanks for the update PM Sue. Like I said I'm glad you are on the road to recovery.

Well everyone I'm now in California. It was odd to see the Atlantic and the Pacific in the same day. Jetlag doesn't seem to be much of a problem at this point.

The car rental company really did me a nice turn (I guess anyway), they gave me a Nissan 350Z. The funny part is that my suitcase doesn't fit. It has to ride in the passenger seat ;).

I kept having to remind myself that California has speed limits though. Then of course the roads here are crap compared to what I'm use to so really didn't feel like I wanted to risk losing control of the car by speeding.

It is nice though that it is a convertible. The weather here is warm and sunny so it feels good to ride with the top down :yes:

It is amazing all the places you can find free wireless access. Not just the coffee shops either, it seems like almost everyone is giving free wi-fi access as long as you visit their shop.


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Post by: Sue on June 24, 2009, 02:42:31 am
You are welcome JR. :)

Welcome back to North America too! ;)  Cool about the car they gave you. Niiiiiiiice. :yes:  A convertible too! :)

I can imagine the change you are enduring with the roads.  I've seen the German roads on TV specials and they are top notch compared to most other countries. 

Wi-fi everywhere huh?  All your stuff is encrypted right? :hum:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on June 24, 2009, 03:55:52 am
You know it. My hard drive is completely encrypted, and any sensitive software is also encrypted.


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Post by: Sue on June 24, 2009, 04:00:18 am
Excellent! :thumb:  As I suspected it would be with you...

How is the jet lag thing?  You seem to be fine tonight. :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on June 24, 2009, 04:03:41 am
Yeah I'm doing ok. I still get a little drowsy and don't feel too tired before bed either but I'm getting through it.

I arrived last night at about 22:00 so I went right to bed after calling home. That really helps.


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Post by: Sue on June 24, 2009, 04:11:05 am
Great thinking!  Long flight though?  Nine hours?  I hope that you were able to get up and move around. :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on June 24, 2009, 04:14:20 am
Flight was a total of 12 hours long. Good thing we had a pretty quiet flight. Only a few times where we had some rough turbulence. So I would get up every so often and stretch and walk a bit.

I tried not to sleep too much in the flight so that I would be tired enough when I got to the hotel.


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Post by: Sue on June 24, 2009, 04:32:18 am
Great thinking but why 12 hours?  Was there a stop somewhere?  What airport in Germany did you leave from and what direction did you fly?  East or West?  I forgot that you flew to the West coast of North America and not the East side.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on June 24, 2009, 04:46:43 am
I flew a non-stop flight from Munich to San Francisco.

We actually flew North over Greenland and came down over Canada.


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Post by: Jason Reed on June 24, 2009, 04:47:30 am
Actually it was really neat because the clouds parted enough over Greenland that I could see the ice flows and icebergs in the water. I got a couple of pictures.


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Post by: Sue on June 24, 2009, 04:53:03 am
Oh wow...I didn't realize they flew that way.  Shows what I know about air travel.  What luck to have daylight and to have been able to see what you did.  Amazing!  One of my friends flew here from Munich to Ottawa and it took the nine hours.  Sorry about earlier..I wasn't thinking straight.  Obviously you flew further than my friend did. :)


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on June 24, 2009, 04:55:44 am
JR?  What happened to my avatar? :dunno:


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Post by: Jason Reed on June 24, 2009, 05:17:19 am
After we got hacked I had to completely remove all the old files. If your avatar was uploaded to the site then it was lost. You would need to upload it again.

Sorry about that but the hacker had edited files on our server and so I couldn't trust any of the files and had to remove them.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on June 24, 2009, 05:20:05 am
Oh sorry...I wasn't aware that this happened.


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Post by: Jason Reed on June 24, 2009, 06:17:34 am
I'm just sorry we got hacked. I didn't expect them to get in but apparently they were attacking multiple sites on our host.

But I think I've got it all figured.

Time to go to bed for me now. Good night.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on June 24, 2009, 06:44:07 am
Good night JR. :wave:


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Post by: wrack on June 29, 2009, 02:19:00 am
Morning all :wave:

Spent the weekend setting up for my house warming and stuff. Projection looks for around 120 ppl so should be good.


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Post by: Sue on June 29, 2009, 02:27:28 am
Holy crow wrack! 120 people!?  :eek_yello: You all take this ceremony quite seriously don't you? :)  That's fantastic! :thumb:

Have a fun day! :yes:


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Post by: wrack on June 29, 2009, 03:15:44 am
Hey Sue, good to see you up and about :jamie:

Yeah there is no fun in a celebration if it's limited to 10 ppls :D


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Post by: Sue on June 29, 2009, 03:57:12 am
Thanks wrack. :)

I understand what you mean about celebrating and having a lot of friends around to share in the joy of your union.  I wish you both every happiness. :)


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Post by: wrack on June 29, 2009, 04:12:12 am
Thanks :)

BTW the invitation looks like http://www.patel.com.au/ausshare/Invitation.png


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Post by: Sue on June 29, 2009, 04:26:49 am
Aww that is so amazing.  The first time I see an invitation like that and its the first time Ive heard of this type of gathering.  It all sounds so exciting!! :yes:  Do the guests bring gifts? :dunno:


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Post by: wrack on June 29, 2009, 05:11:06 am
Yes they do bring gifts but we don't believe in setting up gift registry so it's upto one's choice rather that what I want :)

I assume you have housewarming celebrations, just not the engagement ring ceremony part!


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Post by: Sue on June 29, 2009, 05:26:08 am
In Canada...any excuse for a party works I think.  :) However I've not participated in any of these events you mention.  Im not the sort of person to attend them here as I seriously dislike crowds; and I do not hear of them here anyway.  I think I'm becoming eccentric or something. :shifty:

The engagement is usually a secret or private thing done with each partner alone here I think.  I don't know because it has never happened to me. :)  I see on TV and have heard of the stories about others though.  Ive never heard of their being a party and ring ceremony like you are having.  Its a great idea Im thinking.  Makes it all seem so much more precious.

Gift registry's are done for the wedding part here by some people but most do not follow it I think.


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Post by: wrack on June 29, 2009, 05:35:19 am
Yeah engagement ring ceremony is mostly a personal affair in western culture but has a lot of value in Indian culture so I thought it would be a good idea to have it along with Housewarming as I can't efford to give 2 parties at the moment and they both have exactly same peoples so makes sense to combine them.

Yeah gift registry is also common for weddings and stuff but not so common again in Indian culture and I am not a big fan of it anyways.


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Post by: Sue on June 29, 2009, 05:56:56 am
I think if there were more engagement parties...more people would value the entire process more and marriages would last longer like they once did.  I think in North America...generally the process is no longer a sacred or religious custom as it once was and some people seem to only be as loyal as their options at the moment.  Makes one wonder why people bother anymore.  Its pathetic really...so many variations these days.  Not as much value in tradition and longevity. 

I think combining the two celebrations in your case is a grand idea wrack. It makes perfect sense to me as I believe it would for everyone.


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Post by: wrack on June 29, 2009, 06:04:52 am
Thanks Sue and yes it made sense to combine as it's hard to gather these many peoples once let along twice in their busy days.


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Post by: Sue on June 29, 2009, 06:19:31 am
Yes I agree. :) It's like this when anything is planned these days no matter what it is really.  Too many people working too many long hours and over stuffing their week with activity.  Its not healthy and not a great way to have a peaceful life.  Too many stressed people have a hard time getting away to enjoy life as they once did.  I am really glad wrack that you are able to have this party of yours.  Its a rare and tremendously special occasion.  I am glad that so many of your family and friends value it as you do as well.


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Post by: wrack on June 29, 2009, 06:45:35 am
Thanks Sue :) That means a lot :hug:


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Post by: Sue on June 29, 2009, 07:44:08 am
Oh you're welcome wrack.  :)

I can only try to imagine what that experience is and will be like for you both.  I am in awe actually.  A really moving or emotional experience I'm sure. :)


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Post by: wrack on June 29, 2009, 07:59:15 am
Yes it is quite an experience for the both of us.

On one hand I am no stranger to big parties in Australia as I have been to many but Snehal has only been here for a year or so, so she would love it.


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Post by: Sue on June 29, 2009, 08:04:40 am
Oh it sounds so exciting. :)  Do you all require a planner to organize this or is it just an informal gathering?  I do not understand how these ring ceremony things proceed.  The house warming part I understand though. :)

Where did Snehal come from?  I know that you mentioned it before but I now forget.  I am just wondering how foreign all this will seem to her compared to a pro like yourself. :D LOL


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Post by: simmo on June 29, 2009, 07:58:15 pm
I think if there were more engagement parties...more people would value the entire process more and marriages would last longer like they once did.  I think in North America...generally the process is no longer a sacred or religious custom as it once was and some people seem to only be as loyal as their options at the moment.  Makes one wonder why people bother anymore.  Its pathetic really...so many variations these days.  Not as much value in tradition and longevity. 
ouch ><

(speaking of I need to finalize my last divorce, never finished the legal process)

Howdy all :wave:
Sounds like everyone is doing well :D

I'm still waiting on 2 leads that I may or may not had last time I posted (I can't even keep up anymore) but my bank account looks like I still have money for a few more months (when I first got laid off I thought I would be bankrupt earlier this month). I also am working freelance for a guy when he has work, hasn't been a lot so far but isn't bad.


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Post by: Sue on June 29, 2009, 08:13:29 pm
I'm glad msimmons that you are enduring relatively well considering your fears. :)

Some of us are dong better than others I see.   :bigwink:

Divorce?  That's still lingering... :humm:  The stress would drain me if it was me.  ???


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Post by: simmo on June 29, 2009, 08:32:23 pm
Divorce?  That's still lingering... :humm:  The stress would drain me if it was me.  ???
If anything it should stress her if my finances tank :p But nah, we have been split up for over 3 yrs now its just a legal formality now.


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Post by: Sue on June 29, 2009, 09:04:12 pm
Okay...well..as long as you're both amiable...I guess it's not stressful for you.  Am I to understand that you pay her an amount of money?  Why?


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Post by: simmo on June 29, 2009, 09:42:54 pm
lol no, but lets say I crash and cant afford the house or my my other debts, legally they are half hers so guess who the collectors will go after (and would affect her credit).


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Post by: Sue on June 29, 2009, 09:51:16 pm
Oh okay.  I understand better now.  :blink: :doh:


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Post by: wrack on June 30, 2009, 12:35:30 am
Oh it sounds so exciting. :)  Do you all require a planner to organize this or is it just an informal gathering?  I do not understand how these ring ceremony things proceed.  The house warming part I understand though. :)

Where did Snehal come from?  I know that you mentioned it before but I now forget.  I am just wondering how foreign all this will seem to her compared to a pro like yourself. :D LOL

Ring ceremony is where we exchange rings in front of everyone, cut a cake in celebrations and that is it. It was meant to be so people from both bride and groom family can mingle and get to know each other better. There is nothing extra ordinary to it really. She is from Sydney and we met by a common friend introduction. I think she can handle the party easily, just not the cold weather  :mf_Dr_Evil:


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Post by: wrack on June 30, 2009, 12:37:15 am
ouch ><

(speaking of I need to finalize my last divorce, never finished the legal process)

Howdy all :wave:
Sounds like everyone is doing well :D

I'm still waiting on 2 leads that I may or may not had last time I posted (I can't even keep up anymore) but my bank account looks like I still have money for a few more months (when I first got laid off I thought I would be bankrupt earlier this month). I also am working freelance for a guy when he has work, hasn't been a lot so far but isn't bad.
Well not the best time but we are good thanks :) Seems like your life train is still on track and I have a feeling that you will get enough push just in time :)


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Post by: wrack on June 30, 2009, 12:38:16 am
If anything it should stress her if my finances tank :p But nah, we have been split up for over 3 yrs now its just a legal formality now.
Lol, like your attitude towards it :jamie:


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Post by: Sue on June 30, 2009, 01:36:23 am
Oh it sounds so exciting. :)  Do you all require a planner to organize this or is it just an informal gathering?  I do not understand how these ring ceremony things proceed.  The house warming part I understand though. :)

Where did Snehal come from?  I know that you mentioned it before but I now forget.  I am just wondering how foreign all this will seem to her compared to a pro like yourself. :D LOL

Ring ceremony is where we exchange rings in front of everyone, cut a cake in celebrations and that is it. It was meant to be so people from both bride and groom family can mingle and get to know each other better. There is nothing extra ordinary to it really. She is from Sydney and we met by a common friend introduction. I think she can handle the party easily, just not the cold weather  :mf_Dr_Evil:

I thought that was what wedding ceremonies were for though?

What is the weather difference where you are located compared to Sidney?


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Post by: wrack on June 30, 2009, 02:44:06 am
Indian weddings are different than just exchanging the rings.

Oh there is no major weather difference between Melbourne & Sydney but at the time of the ceremony it will be the middle of winter and because of so many guests we have to open the doors to backyards thus making the house cooler. She just doesn't like cold that much as she is not used to it as much as I am.


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Post by: Sue on June 30, 2009, 02:54:03 am
I know about the Indian ceremony but the people still get to mix and mingle right?

Oh okay I understand now about the weather situation with her. :)


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Post by: wrack on June 30, 2009, 03:13:50 am
Oh yeah they still get to mix and mingle. Then we also have a wedding reception the next day so again a whole bunch of peoples.

Traditionally wedding expenses are catered by bride's family so the groom and the family and other guests just have to go there. So the only exepense we have for the wedding is jewellery and clothes for the bride. The reception expenses are catered by groom's family so the bride and her family with few selective guests just have to attend. Kinda very different to the western theme!


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Post by: Sue on June 30, 2009, 05:34:48 am
Yes its very different. :)  Its a huge deal when your wedding lasts two days.  Here the guests would not do that as they usually have to travel great distances and do not want the expense of paying to two days accommodation.  Why a few selective guests from the brides family?  Why can't they invite all they want to attend the reception?


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Post by: wrack on June 30, 2009, 06:34:37 am
I don't know honestly but I guess it has something to do with keeping the expenses from both sides to a practical limits! That is why in the wedding groom's side takes in total of 100-150 guest and rest of the guests are from bride's side. It's other way around in the reception so for those who is from the groom side and couldn't attend the wedding can still attend the reception. At least that is how I understood it.


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Post by: Jason Reed on June 30, 2009, 06:55:24 am
Congratulations Wrack for the upcoming housewarming and engagement ring ceremony. Sounds like it is to be a grand event. I hope you'll be kind enough to post pictures afterwards so that we can all can see.

I'm back in the office today after my week in San Francisco. Still dealing with a little jet-lag but not too much. The boys were really excited that I came home. They know that there are usually things in my suitcase for them.

Vincent got an American Football, smaller than standard since he's a little guy yet, and William got a baseball, baseball glove, and a bat. He's pretty anxious to try them out. I told him that maybe we'll do some this weekend. He's still a bit small for the bat and glove but he'll grow into it ;)



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Post by: Sue on June 30, 2009, 06:58:01 am
Wrack: Interesting..... :)

JR:  Hey. :wave:  Welcome back and I am glad you are well in general.  I think you brought home the perfect gifts for your boys!  :)


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Post by: wrack on June 30, 2009, 10:56:17 am
Yeah it is interesting Sue but it's really hard to explain until you get a chance to attend one.

Thanks JR. Sounds like you had a good trip and I know what you mean by boys were excited to see you as I have a friend who goes on business trip all the time and everytime he comes back I see his boys just jumping over the roof :lol:

Yes the pictures will be up here once it's all done.



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Post by: Sue on June 30, 2009, 04:01:56 pm
Ive watched a few on TV over the years wrack.  However I am not clear on the details and how it would work in Australia instead of India where everyone apparently lives closer together family wise....My observations show me that its a much more sacred event than it is in North American modern 'Christian' type weddings in general.  We do have all cultures of the world represented over here too so I assume that we also have the same Indian wedding ceremonies you describe...I just don't hear of them. Its not something Ive discussed with my married Indian friends.  I did have one girl friend who returned to India to marry though and then came back here with her husband.


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Post by: wrack on July 02, 2009, 11:42:44 pm
Morning all :wave: Weekend is pretty close and since I am working from home today, it's even 1 hour closer due to me not driving to work :happydance:


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Post by: Sue on July 03, 2009, 01:46:58 am
Good morning wrack. :wave:

Has anyone started to prepare your house yet?


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Post by: wrack on July 03, 2009, 02:27:30 am
Hey Sue :wave: Nope nothing started yet. Just managing the caterer and going to cake shop tomorrow for the order and doing some cleaning and stuff.

How are you feeling now? Have a good weekend.


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Post by: Sue on July 03, 2009, 03:46:40 am
Okay I understand.  Is it you who shops for the cake or both of you?  Or another family member?

I am progressing.  Ill keep you up to date after I see my doc tomorrow.

Thanks for the weekend wish..Same to you!! :yes:


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Post by: wrack on July 04, 2009, 08:23:30 am
Yeah at this stage I will be doing all the ordering since she can't be here at the moment due to exams and other stuff but I will show her pictures before I finalize the cake and also the topping and other stuff.

I have a meeting with the caterer tomorrow or in the coming week so all set there too. I think everything will be well in order and I don't have to bug anyone even though many of friends has asked if I needed a hand.

Hope you get back on track with full health.


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Post by: Sue on July 04, 2009, 11:41:29 am
It all sounds great then wrack.  I am very happy for you, :thumb:

No I am not back on track yet Im afraid.  Ive to see the doc next week as he has my CT scan results to discuss.  They phoned me to go in so....I hope its good news. :)  I am still not able to eat right yet.  Hopefully soon enough. :)


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Post by: wrack on July 04, 2009, 11:55:24 pm
Morning all :wave: Hope things are well at your end. I am away for couple of days so will see y'll after I come back.


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Post by: Sue on July 05, 2009, 12:02:09 am
  :wave:  Take care. :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 06, 2009, 07:34:53 am
If it rains much more I'm going to need hip waders to get to the office. We've had rain pretty much everyday for about a week. Our poor tomatoes are going to burst before they get a chance to ripen.

Then when it isn't raining it is like a sauna. It is driving my poor wife insane. High pregnant with hot and humid days in summer.

Hope everyone else is doing well. I'm pretty busy again at the moment. Applying what I learned while in California here at the job. The midwives have come up with a new series of enhancements they want in their software so I'm looking into those while still fixing bugs. The boys are becoming a pair to be reckoned with. If they aren't getting into things separately they are working together to get into things. I swear the older is learning as much from the little one as he is teaching. Now that Vincent is self propelled he is everywhere!


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Post by: Sue on July 06, 2009, 07:46:16 am
God help you in ten years with your boys JR....You have my empathy believe me. :yes:

Is your wife expecting another child?

We are having a lot of rain here too but not the humidity you are having.. Usually we are sweltering hot here but not this year so far and Im loving it.  Right now it's 15C but we are used to having upwards of 40C at this time of year.  I welcome this cooler weather instead this year. :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 06, 2009, 10:24:47 am
Thanks Sue,

Yep come September boy #3 will be here. We're still trying to come up with a name we both like. My wife wants Elliot and I would like Thomas. However, I'm willing to give in and take Elliot but she won't hear of it since I didn't really like it to begin with :rolleyes: so for now we refer to him as "He yet to be named."



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Post by: Sue on July 06, 2009, 11:24:07 am
OH don't call him Elliot!!!  My first cousin whom I was very close with growing up is called that and he has been teased all his life as a result of that name and he hated it.  Most people called him "Lut" or "LellyLut".  Give the boy a strong name like Thomas John or something like you suggest pleeeeeeeeeeeeze!  You could go 'Thomas Elliot'.  I think that name is famous for being an author or scientist or something?  T.S. Elliot?

Congratulations anyway....he will be here soon!  Wow!  So exciting....


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Post by: wrack on July 06, 2009, 10:16:23 pm
Morning all :wave:

Congratulations JR :)


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Post by: Bonker Gudd on July 06, 2009, 11:23:16 pm
I have called him Bruce.


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Post by: wrack on July 07, 2009, 12:29:02 am
Holy cow Bonker. How are you? :mf_Dr_Evil:


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Post by: Sue on July 07, 2009, 02:03:26 am
'Morning wrack.  Bonks :wave:


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 07, 2009, 06:54:33 am
I have called him Bruce.

Tried that idea Bonker, the wife didn't go for it. Same for Tim. She didn't think much of Tim.

OH don't call him Elliot!!!  My first cousin whom I was very close with growing up is called that and he has been teased all his life as a result of that name and he hated it.  Most people called him "Lut" or "LellyLut".  Give the boy a strong name like Thomas John or something like you suggest pleeeeeeeeeeeeze!  You could go 'Thomas Elliot'.  I think that name is famous for being an author or scientist or something?  T.S. Elliot?

Congratulations anyway....he will be here soon!  Wow!  So exciting....

We're looking at now possibly naming him Allan. We need to discuss it some more.


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Post by: Sue on July 07, 2009, 07:03:18 am
Your wife has a thing with "ll's" in a name huh? ;)

Allan is a nice traditional name.  Have you named any of your children after either of your fathers or grandfathers?


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 07, 2009, 07:08:36 am
Gina's family has a tradition of giving the child the middle name from the Grandfathers' first name. Since we've had two boys already the next in line to have the name used is me.

So the names are as follows
William Lee (my father said we could use his middle name since he hated his first name and didn't want to saddle the boy with it).
Vincent Josef

So the third son will be something like.
***** Jason

where ***** is the unknown first name of the child.


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Post by: Sue on July 07, 2009, 07:44:27 am
I named my son Corey Adam and my daughter EmmelieAnne Amanda.  Everyone calls her Em for short.  I didn't name Corey after any ancestor but for Emy, Amanda was after my maternal grandmother's middle name....and EmmelieAnne was from my father's grandmother who was Emily.

I can tell by the names of your first two that you like strong traditional names and not the modern type names like Jarret, Jordan, Bandon or Taylor..

I think your next child better be female as you've run out of middle names unless you start to use them again.  Memories of George Foreman who named all his sons the same first and last name as his. :yikes: lol


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 07, 2009, 08:05:25 am
Yeah we prefer more traditional names. Although we have thought about more Gaelic names as well just never came across any that we both liked.

William we tend to shorten to Liam. Vincent however, we normally use the full name as we don't really care to call him Vinnie.

Well unless we hit the lottery this will be our last child. Just can't afford a place big enough to raise more than 3 :(. My wife wouldn't mind having more I think. She always said she wanted a big family ;).

Yeah I mentioned the George Foreman thing to her. She was surprised that it was allowed. I explained it made things easier when calling everyone together. He only has to yell "George". Where as talking to the individual he would have to go with numbers which isn't so nice.


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Post by: Sue on July 07, 2009, 08:23:59 am
I think that GF is mildly insane really. :)

You can call Vincent "V" for short? :)

How about Hamish?  Short for Jamie I believe?  Or Ryan is another name...I've studied a lot of Gaelic names myself.  Settled for Corey as its a good Irish name to match my family name and Emily was my Irish great grandmother's name so....both my children have Irish names.


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Post by: Sue on July 07, 2009, 08:31:11 am
Oh and my dog is called Nuala...another Irish name from the Children of Lir Irish folk tale where the new step mother turned the children into swans...   http://www.ireland-information.com/articles/thechildrenoflir.htm (http://www.ireland-information.com/articles/thechildrenoflir.htm)


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 07, 2009, 09:05:53 am
Our problem is the fact that my last name starts with an R. Many of the Gaelic names I like have too strong of an R in the last couple of syllables that my wife feels funny saying it (German accents, Bavarian especially, have a very strong pronunciation of the "R").

I probably could have gotten away with Duncan IF we would produce kids with darker hair. I've got little blondies running loose in the house, would be really surprised if the next one takes after his mother and has dark hair.


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Post by: Sue on July 07, 2009, 09:17:12 am
What does hair colour have to do with the name one chooses for a child?  Both my children were blonds even though each parent had dark brunette hair.  Today they have brown hair.  Perhaps your boys will change as they age as well?

Why not name him a traditional German type of name then if your wife's family is of that heritage?  I know that most of them have the same names we have though.

Are your boys bi-lingual? :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 07, 2009, 10:25:59 am
Are your boys bi-lingual? :)

Technically yes. However, they prefer to speak in German. Vincent is just getting started in talking, so his vocabulary is very basic "Mama, Papa, Bitte (Please in German although it comes out as a very cute sounding "Bibbe?"), Ja, Nein, bro-bro (trying to say brother)". However he understands me when I speak English with him. William can also speak in English but likes German better. He does have a tendency to use German grammar in English so some of his sentences come out a bit odd although understandable. I usually correct his grammar when he changes them around like that.


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Post by: Sue on July 07, 2009, 10:39:31 am
Very good JR. :)  I had to do the same with mine with English French and Irish.  I love learning new languages.  Ive been learning Austrian the past few years.  Its a dialect of German as you know. :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 07, 2009, 10:56:36 am
Yeah I know. The funny thing is the only "Proper German" is what they teach in schools. No where in the German speaking areas of Europe do they really speak Hochdeutsch (although there are plenty who claim they do).

Pretty much every region in Germany has their own dialect. Heck Bavaria alone has about three or four distinct dialects, and don't even get me started on the Swiss. Their German is so different, when they are speaking on the television (for example the news) they are given sub-captioning (come to think of it so does one of the Bavarian dialects).


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Post by: Sue on July 07, 2009, 11:09:22 am
Yeah Ive been hearing that a lot. :)  I studied German for a year in school but most of it has been lost.  I can understand a lot of it really but I can no longer speak it like I used to.  I listen to German programs on TV sometimes and I can generally understand the conversations but I wish I knew it much better than I do now.  I hear and speak Austrian German every day but I have a lot to learn believe me.


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 07, 2009, 12:33:59 pm
The biggest difference that I find between German in Austria and that here where I live is the term for Whipping Creme.

In Austrian dialect it is "Schlagobers", and in German it is "Schlagsahne". The mystery for me is how the Austrians changed "sahne" literally creme to "obers"?


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Post by: Sue on July 07, 2009, 01:15:54 pm
Okay well I just got off the phone with Austria but Ill be back on within an hour or an hour and a half and Ill ask okay? :D


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 07, 2009, 02:08:00 pm
So who's in Austria that you would be talking too so much ;)


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Post by: Sue on July 07, 2009, 02:14:11 pm
I plead the Fifth. :D


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Post by: wrack on July 08, 2009, 12:26:19 am
We're looking at now possibly naming him Allan. We need to discuss it some more.
How about "Aamon"?


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Post by: wrack on July 08, 2009, 12:28:45 am
You can call Vincent "V" for short? :)
I was just going to suggest that too!


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Post by: Sue on July 08, 2009, 01:57:46 am
Hey wrack :wave:  How is your day going?


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Post by: wrack on July 08, 2009, 07:16:18 am
Hey Sue :) Day is going well with in meeting pretty much all day which is a welcome break from constant coding. How about you?


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Post by: Sue on July 08, 2009, 07:33:16 am
Im okay considering...received more bad news from the doc yesterday so....apparently getting worse instead of better....


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 08, 2009, 09:14:44 am
Ooo that's not good Sue. I really hope you get better.

On the name front we are now thinking over the name Christopher. We'll talk about it tonight before bed. If that doesn't fit then we talk and find another name to sleep over and think over. Eventually we'll get there ;)


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Post by: Sue on July 08, 2009, 09:45:44 am
I really like that name.  Good luck and let me know what you name him in the end.  Im anxious to know. :)

Thanks for your wishes. :)


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Post by: simmo on July 08, 2009, 07:43:00 pm
wow this place has been active :o

Currently waiting on 3 job leads (two may be from the last time I posted) , been coding to keep my skills honed, watching tv & playing vid games, other than that, not much going on here.

@sue  :console: gl & feel better

@jr gl on names

@wrack did you have the party yet?

@bonks :onion:

:wave:


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Post by: Sue on July 09, 2009, 12:01:01 am
Thanks msimmons. :)


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Post by: wrack on July 09, 2009, 12:01:21 am
Sue, not good to hear that you are not improving. Hope the tides turn in your favour real soon :console:

JR, I am sure you will figure out a good name.

Simmo, yeah it's been busy and no the party is on 18th July.


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Post by: Sue on July 09, 2009, 12:14:37 am
JR?  How about Colin? :hmmm:

Thanks wrack. :)  More meds soon I imagine. :yuk: Now I have to wait for the ultrasound scan and confirmations before he chooses what meds etc to put me on.


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 09, 2009, 05:57:49 am
JR?  How about Colin? :hmmm:

Naw, it sounds too much like colon for my taste. We're still reviewing Christopher right now.


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Post by: Sue on July 09, 2009, 06:09:50 am
LOL...I really do like Christopher and Chris for short. :) 

Won't his initials be CJ?  :hmm:  :shifty:


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 09, 2009, 09:00:38 am
Yeah. The wife doesn't really care for the shortening to Chris which is one reason we're still thinking about it, and she definitely doesn't want us to use C.J. as she says it sounds too much like we're trying to make him "cool".

I figure once the kid gets the name they decide what they want to be called when they reach a particular age. So if we name the boy Christopher Jason, and he wants to be called C.J. well that's his choice ;)

 


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Post by: wrack on July 09, 2009, 09:16:09 am
Wow you guyz are off the roof with the name thingy so I will submit my entry :lol:

Name him "Aamon" if a boy and "Anise" if a girl.



Bought some furniture for the master bedroom from Ikea and now that I have started assembling things, turns out that the chest of drawers is of wrong colour :bruce: Arrrrrrrrgh...pain in a** to go back and get it exchanged. I assume it's a straight forward process but this thing is darn heavy so I need to borrow my friend's UTE :mf_Dr_Evil:


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Post by: Sue on July 09, 2009, 02:52:02 pm
Sorry to learn that wrack. :(  At least the return area is at the front door. :) 

I have seen those names you suggest when I was looking for names for my own children. :thumb:

JR I mentioned C.J. because of one of our GT members has those initials. :)  I am pretty sure that your son would only be called Chris.  My French nephew is called "Christian" and he is called Chris for short.


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 10, 2009, 05:39:54 am
I have seen those names you suggest when I was looking for names for my own children. :thumb:

JR I mentioned C.J. because of one of our GT members has those initials. :)  I am pretty sure that your son would only be called Chris.  My French nephew is called "Christian" and he is called Chris for short.

Yeah I wonder how ol' C.J. is doing. Haven't seen slowie online for a while now.

The other bad thing with Christopher is that in Bavaria (where we live) they tend to shorten it not to "Chris" but to "Stoffel". Which doesn't seem bad until you realize that the German word stoffel is used to describe someone who is a boor :eek:. Not really something that you want your kid called.

We're still talking it out, and we'll see what we come up with.


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Post by: Sue on July 10, 2009, 11:59:40 am
Well his name won't be 'Stoffel'....it is pronounced 'Chris'....so you can't translate a name when the sound has to stay the same.  Do they for example translate President Obama into a German name?  I doubt it.  It is what it is and shouldn't be translated like general words are in a conversation.

CJ is fine.  We talk every day. :)


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Post by: simmo on July 13, 2009, 01:40:44 pm
Morning all, been busy the past few days  :cheers:

Friday morning I had an interview with a recruiter, basically they just want a face to face so they can effectively "sell" me. Went well, but I can't imagine an interview w/a recruiter going badly. He has already landed me an interview for today at 3pm.

On the way home from that, two different freelance clients called me w/in 15mins of each other :p So I spent the rest of Friday assisting on the install of a spam filter network device and setting up a backup system that uses a hot swap hard drive setup like a tape system. I didn't finish in time to get to the 2nd client so he said he would call me sometime today for some "server work" (My guess is they lost the shared folder again).

I also have a tech, via phone, interview today for a company that has turned me down 2x already :p Was the 1st job I applied to after being laid off, I have 4yrs .net, they want 5 so didn't even look at me. Then (a month ago?) I took a 3rd party tech interview, via phone, and did very well... but they still said nope. So now someone from the actual company is going to grill me :p If that goes well then I get a face to face interview :p

I also need to get a haircut sometime today, I think I will give the client another hour to call (while I finish this pot of coffee) and if no word I'll get my day started.

Hope all is well  :jamie:


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Post by: Sue on July 13, 2009, 01:50:18 pm
My gosh! :yikes:  That's a lot of pressure!

Good luck with everything and have a fantastic week!

:)


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 15, 2009, 07:56:32 am
Morning everyone.

We have the son of one of our company bosses in the office. He's 17 and wants to learn web development. So they sent him to me.

I'm having to start from the ground up but hopefully I can instill the need for w3c compliance in him while he's young ;)


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Post by: Sue on July 15, 2009, 08:10:03 am
LOL  Good luck. :)

Have a good morning and a fantastic day in general too JR! :wave:


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 16, 2009, 05:28:51 am
Oh I think I'm getting him in the right direction :D

Looking forward to Friday. We have our annual Volksfest here in town. Friday is half-price rides for the kids so we're taking the boys there to ride a few rides and have some fun.


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Post by: Sue on July 16, 2009, 05:39:31 am
Excellent!  I hope that you have great weather too!

That whipped cream thing you were wondering about the other day?  My friend doesn't know why either.  This was the reply when I asked: "I don´t know it either. Just to confuse you and your friend totally. In Tirol we often say only "Schlag"." :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 16, 2009, 07:31:02 am
That's funny.

Tirol? That's a nice area. Good bacon too :yum:

My wife says there is a monument in Salzburg or Wien where it says "The thing that separates Germans and Austrians the most is the language they have in common." I think that is just a wonderful way of describing it.


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Post by: Sue on July 16, 2009, 07:45:02 am
I agree with your wife. :)  My friend wants me to learn "high German" (what ever that means) but I already took a German language course years ago, and some since; so now I want to learn Austrian since I'm around that more than German now.  Training in both though wouldn't hurt.  I'm still working on my Gaelic and Spanish but I'm fluent in French.

I agree with you about Tirol too.  Absolutely stunning there. :yes:

I don't eat pork of any kind but the other food selections are fine. :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 16, 2009, 08:19:18 am
Honestly "Hochdeutsch" (High German) is really only used in correspondence. My wife says there is a particular region in Germany where they speak the closest to Hochdeutsch but for the most part every one usually speaks differently in each region.

Now the funny thing is if you ask them most will say "No I speak proper German" , or "No that group there says they speak proper German but they don't really."

My favorite though are the Bavarians in Oberbayern when asked if they speak Hochdeutsch, "Hochdeutsch? Ja, ich kann aber ich will nicht." or something in that direction. I actually had one guy tell me "Working here I get to speak two foreign languages, English and German." (he was from the Oberbayern region of Bavaria).


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Post by: Sue on July 16, 2009, 08:27:38 am
   :lol: Yes that's exactly what I've been told too. :)

It's a pride thing I swear. lol


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 16, 2009, 08:45:37 am
It's a pride thing I swear. lol

:yes:


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Post by: Sue on July 16, 2009, 08:59:22 am
Its odd really.  In the entire continent of North America most people speak English.  Yet in a small geographical area around Germany..there is such controversy over the German language. :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 16, 2009, 09:07:01 am
They've been at it longer ;)


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Post by: Sue on July 16, 2009, 09:23:53 am
 :hmm:  True enough. :yes:

I read that 'Tirol' was there since 43 B.C.


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 17, 2009, 10:37:52 am
Here's a post for Martin if he decides to make his appearance again:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZ4uMlbanB8


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Post by: wrack on July 21, 2009, 12:28:22 am
Hi all :wave: Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

My engagement and house warming on saturday went very well and I just got back to work. Among 140 invitation 106 RSVPed and 102 turned up so I would it was a bloody good success :happydance:

I will organize the photos soon and post some links :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 21, 2009, 11:01:30 am
Great to hear you had a good party. Congratulations again on everything :D


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Post by: simmo on July 21, 2009, 07:09:25 pm
I start work monday  :cheers:

Its only a 3month contract (the guy i'll be working for said don't be surprised if it goes to 6 or more) but the pay is good, its close to where my old office was (before the hurricane took teh roof off), and its web dev in .net  :happydance:

glad to hear your party went well wrack :) hope all is well w/everyone.


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Post by: Sue on July 22, 2009, 12:02:29 am
Wrack I am very happy for you both that your house warming engagement party was a grand success. :yes: :thumb:

Looking forward to the photos and again...congratulations! :flowers:


msimmons....that's great news for you as well.  Good luck! :)


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Post by: wrack on July 22, 2009, 01:10:33 am
Congratulations on the job Simmo :happydance: That is a great news.

Thanks Sue and JR :)

Well here are some photos.

http://www.patel.com.au/ausshare/fromNirav/01.jpg
http://www.patel.com.au/ausshare/fromNirav/02.jpg
http://www.patel.com.au/ausshare/fromNirav/03.jpg
http://www.patel.com.au/ausshare/fromNirav/04.jpg
http://www.patel.com.au/ausshare/fromNirav/05.jpg
http://www.patel.com.au/ausshare/fromNirav/06.jpg
http://www.patel.com.au/ausshare/fromNirav/07.jpg
http://www.patel.com.au/ausshare/fromNirav/08.jpg
http://www.patel.com.au/ausshare/fromNirav/09.jpg


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Post by: Sue on July 22, 2009, 01:36:18 am
My gosh wrack! Excellent photos!  WOW! 

Thank you for sharing. :)


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Post by: wrack on July 22, 2009, 01:53:08 am
Thanks Sue :)

There are heaps more photos but I have to manage few more things before I can get all photos into a collection.


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Post by: Sue on July 22, 2009, 01:56:21 am
Beautiful clothes and a beautiful home and some of you should be on magazine covers too!  All too good looking. :)


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Post by: wrack on July 22, 2009, 02:25:57 am
Haha...thanks Sue. Snehal & I decided to wear something diffrent than others so we went for the high end traditional clothes. Others were just waiting for an excuse to wear the suit :D


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Post by: Sue on July 22, 2009, 02:30:09 am
LOL Well they all look great and you and Snehal look absolutely royal and fantastic! :)


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Post by: wrack on July 22, 2009, 04:28:41 am
Thanks Sue :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 22, 2009, 05:50:12 am
Nice pics Wrack. I always liked the Traditional Indian formal outfits, especially for men. The are just so colorful and really fancy looking.

You two make a lovely couple. I hope I get a chance to come down to Australia again soon. This time I plan on making the trip to your neck of the woods :D


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Post by: Sue on July 22, 2009, 06:00:39 am
Oh I'd love to be able to wear those clothes too.  Its been many many years I've wanted to find a shop where I could buy them.  One of my friends years ago was supposed to take me to where she shops but I've lost contact with her over the years. I don't know where the shops are in Montreal where she goes and I can't go on my own anyway. 

Like you JR, I like the colours and the style. :yes:


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Post by: wrack on July 22, 2009, 06:08:03 am
Nice pics Wrack. I always liked the Traditional Indian formal outfits, especially for men. The are just so colorful and really fancy looking.

You two make a lovely couple. I hope I get a chance to come down to Australia again soon. This time I plan on making the trip to your neck of the woods :D
Thanks JR :) We always wanted to wear that outfit and even before we decided the date we had the outfits bought.

You are always welcome here along with family too mate.


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Post by: wrack on July 22, 2009, 06:13:51 am
Oh I'd love to be able to wear those clothes too.  Its been many many years I've wanted to find a shop where I could buy them.  One of my friends years ago was supposed to take me to where she shops but I've lost contact with her over the years. I don't know where the shops are in Montreal where she goes and I can't go on my own anyway. 

Like you JR, I like the colours and the style. :yes:
I am sure there are many shops around Montreal but it's more easy to get them from back in India as the choice you get there is much better. Trust me when I say this but they are hard to maintain as clothes because they are delicate.


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Post by: Sue on July 22, 2009, 06:25:55 am
Yes I am well aware of their delicacy as my friends wear them every day and have lot of variety.  The women tell me there are many great shops here to get their clothes as we have a huge East Indian community of immigrants here all over Canada.   The trouble for me was that they have to get their husbands permission first and all their husbands work in Montreal yet the women and children live her in my town 40 minutes from the city by car.   They say they are often traveling back to India too though and said they'd bring me materials but again....we lost track over the years and they've moved often so I don't see them very much anymore.


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Post by: wrack on July 22, 2009, 07:48:17 am
Weird...none of my friends here wear them everyday but then again the indian community population in Canada is larger than we have it here. Well let me know if you plan to visit Aussieland and we will go shopping :)


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Post by: Sue on July 22, 2009, 07:57:42 am
Oh my gosh they sure wear them here.  Not as much the teens but the adults sure do.  I'm often being invited to Aussieland and NZ but I can't afford to go there yet nor do I have my health so it wouldn't be a great idea to leave my country just now.  The shopping part sounds fantastic! :yes:  Thanks wrack!


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Post by: wrack on July 22, 2009, 11:05:45 am
Yeah for sure your health comes first and you have to take care of it first. Anyways whenever you have a chance to come here let me know.


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Post by: Sue on July 22, 2009, 11:34:25 am
Thanks wrack. :)  Hopefully one day soon. :)


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Post by: wrack on July 23, 2009, 02:25:56 am
Yups, you are most welcome :)

Howdy all :wave:


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Post by: Sue on July 23, 2009, 03:13:40 am
Thanks and have a fantastic day wrack! :wave:


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 23, 2009, 07:37:12 am
Morning everyone. I hope all is well. I've added Article capability to the site. Plan on adding a couple articles myself in the future. Have a look and tell me what you think so far:

http://galahtech.stinkbugonline.com/forum/index.php?action=articles


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Post by: Sue on July 23, 2009, 07:40:39 am
Niiiice. :)

Good morning JR :wave:


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Post by: wrack on July 23, 2009, 07:48:10 am
Nice work JR :wave:


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 23, 2009, 07:48:21 am
Yeah I figure there might be one way to get Wrack's and Martin's brains out where I can pick through them to learn new things ;)

So I hope you guys will use it :D

I'm going to do some articles on PHP later.


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 23, 2009, 12:59:07 pm
If you ever doubted that Google is full of geeks, I present this evidence to you: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=recursion


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Post by: wrack on July 24, 2009, 01:15:35 am
ROFL

Yeah I will see what I can do to contribute to the article section! I am so flat out at the moment.


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 24, 2009, 03:24:41 pm
My first article is up


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Post by: wrack on July 25, 2009, 12:42:00 am
Looks good though out of my knowledge range :D

Howdy all :wave: Had 2 parties last night and I think I hit the sack around 4am so kinda still feeling sleepy!


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Post by: Sue on July 25, 2009, 01:26:54 am
Parties?  You?   :jamie:

Well at least you can rest today right? :)


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Post by: wrack on July 25, 2009, 02:47:02 pm
Nope, just came back from another one of office party at a place called Puffing Billy in Dandenong Ranges. It's a wine and dine experience in an old steam engine train and then dinner at an old shed with great fireplace and live music. I think I will just sleep whole sunday.


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Post by: Sue on July 25, 2009, 05:39:32 pm
Well that sounds interesting and a pleasant experience. :)

I think sleeping your entire Sunday is a great idea considering what you've been doing all week so far. :)


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Post by: wrack on July 26, 2009, 12:13:13 am
Well I got good 10 hours sleep now and I feel better. Now the plan is to get ready, eat, talk to Snehal and then sleep again. Boys wants to play cards tonight and it has been a while since we have done it so should be a good fun.

Hi all :wave:


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Post by: Sue on July 26, 2009, 12:49:46 am
Good morning. :wave:

Excellent wrack!  Everything is going fine for you as it should! :thumb:

What games do you all enjoy when playing cards?


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Post by: wrack on July 26, 2009, 05:07:16 am
We play non-gambling games like Judgement, Chance.

For those who wants to see more photos of my engagement, I have created an album and I will PM the link to Sue, JR & Simmo for the moment. If anyone else wants to see them then please let me know.


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Post by: Sue on July 26, 2009, 05:23:38 am
Ive not heard of those games. I do not like gambling either. :)

Thanks for the photo link wrack. :)


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Post by: wrack on July 26, 2009, 06:09:56 am
Mostly innocent games they are. We don't gamble either.

You are most welcome :)


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Post by: Sue on July 26, 2009, 06:19:05 am
Neither do I.  I only play solitaire with real cards anyway. :)


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Post by: wrack on July 26, 2009, 09:25:18 am
Solitaire! We play the game of Hearts using card but that is where we stop.


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Post by: Sue on July 26, 2009, 09:53:23 am
I don't know how to play Hearts.  Obviously its a group game though. :)  It has been so many years since I played cards with another person I've forgotten how to play group card games.


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Post by: wrack on July 26, 2009, 11:46:01 am
Man we play card games more often then anything else. So much fun playing those games.


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Post by: Sue on July 26, 2009, 12:01:14 pm
Yeah I know.  My parents often had up to and over 20 people a night playing cards at home while I grew up. :doh:  It was insane and obsessive.  :yes:


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Post by: wrack on July 27, 2009, 12:21:42 am
Hah...that sounds like a great experience. We used to play a lot but since I have bought the house and moved out, it's been very hard to gather the gang to play cards along with their study and assignments and jobs (you know how it is). So when this opportunity arrived, we wanted to take it. Even back in school days when it's very hot during summer break, all we do is cram in a room with air conditioner and just keep playing cards :cheers:

Howdy all :wave:


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Post by: Sue on July 27, 2009, 03:12:38 am
 :lol:  Yes I understand.   A good a pass time as any other. :)


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Post by: wrack on July 27, 2009, 06:21:41 am
Yay :happydance: The marriage date is all set. 3rd December.


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Post by: Sue on July 27, 2009, 07:09:32 am
That's wonderful!! :thumb: :yes: :yay: :hug_cute:

Congratulations wrack! :)


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Post by: wrack on July 27, 2009, 07:16:39 am
Thanks Sue :jamie:


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 27, 2009, 07:50:22 am
Great pics BTW Wrack,

Congrats on the marriage day. I thought to myself at first that "boy it's going to be cold for their wedding day". Then I remembered you are in the other hemisphere :doh:

I don't play cards that much anymore. I just don't have time. I can play poker (real poker not what people play recently), but I haven't played in years. Normally I like to play Euchre which is fun and fast paced and a pretty innocent one (technically you can bet on anything). I was taught to play Euchre at an early age since it is a very common card game in the mid-western US states. Now the funny thing was that one day I was attempting to explain to my mother-in-law and wife how Euchre is played. After I finished my mother-in-law looked at my wife says, "did he just explain to us how 'Sheep's Head' is played?" Oddly enough the game I know as Euchre is played in Bavaria and called Schaffskopf (Sheep's Head). So now I'm all anxious to finally get a chance to find some other players :D


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Post by: wrack on July 27, 2009, 08:35:31 am
Haha...I am heading to India for the marriage so it's going to be the winter again but then again I am looking forward to the winter, not the summer!

I can't think of not playing cards. I sometimes do play poker but not very good at it.


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Post by: Sue on July 27, 2009, 08:53:05 am
Yeah my family played all those games and more.  They really played cribbage a lot.  With cards, a board and pegs. Ive no clue how to play it.


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 27, 2009, 08:59:11 am
Cribbage.. I knew a long long time ago but have since forgotten.

Yeah India in the winter would probably be more comfortable for the winter :D


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Post by: Sue on July 27, 2009, 09:07:27 am
Yeah it would be a heck of a lot warmer than winter in Eastern Canada that's for sure. :yes:


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Post by: wrack on July 27, 2009, 11:22:13 am
Oh yeah...You don't wanna be going there during summer but on the other hand, Australia during summer isn't best either.


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Post by: Sue on July 27, 2009, 12:37:10 pm
Yeah I know. Same as our summers at 40C heat.  However this is the first year in my life memory that it has rained heavily every day and has only reached 30C or so maybe twice so far since Spring.  It's really bazaar weather this year all over.  Maybe August and September here we will bake though.  I hate the heat. :(

I'd rather be cold and able to put more clothes on than to be hot and not able to find comfort at all. :)  I think a winter wedding is wise.  Its more comfortable I suggest. :)


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Post by: wrack on July 28, 2009, 01:11:06 am
I don't mind the heat and the sun so long the temp stay within 22-24C limit. Anything after that is nasty business except when we go to the beach I actually prefer 38-40C


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Post by: Sue on July 28, 2009, 01:46:03 am
Well I never enjoy the heat or the sun so I avoid it as much as I can. :) 

I prefer vampire hours of the day to live. :shifty: Cheaper on electricity, not as bright and cooler too. :D

I really do not like the "38-40C" temperatures at all as it is inhuman to suffer in that much heat.


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Post by: wrack on July 28, 2009, 04:39:33 am
Well that vampire hours explains your very very pale skin :p Goes buys a neck protector collar :evil:

I only prefer 38-40C when going to beach since the water is much colder than the air temp, rest of the days I like 22-24C.


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Post by: Sue on July 28, 2009, 04:53:52 am
Wise vampires do not bite where it can be seen. :shifty:

How do you know that I have very pale skin? LOL Your vision is excellent from that distance. ;)

I guess that I might be able to endure that heat if I was near water yes and I love swimming.

I hate being sweaty though if I wasn't near a place I could wash. :(


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 28, 2009, 04:57:15 am
Morning everyone :wave:

Anyone heard from Simmo recently?


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Post by: Sue on July 28, 2009, 05:28:21 am
Good morning JR. :wave:

Yes we have.  Wasn't he around a couple of days ago?  Said he had a job finally. :)


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Post by: wrack on July 28, 2009, 05:34:23 am
Wise vampires do not bite where it can be seen. :shifty:

How do you know that I have very pale skin? LOL Your vision is excellent from that distance. ;)

I guess that I might be able to endure that heat if I was near water yes and I love swimming.

I hate being sweaty though if I wasn't near a place I could wash. :(
OK so you are as unwise of a vampire as I am :lol:

I have seen some photos you shared a long time ago and in those you were very pale.

I love the sea but I don't know how to swim so I normally stick very close to the shore.


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Post by: wrack on July 28, 2009, 05:35:16 am
Morning everyone :wave:

Anyone heard from Simmo recently?
Morning :wave:

Looks like he is very busy preping for his contract job.


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Post by: Sue on July 28, 2009, 05:48:45 am
Wise vampires do not bite where it can be seen. :shifty:

How do you know that I have very pale skin? LOL Your vision is excellent from that distance. ;)

I guess that I might be able to endure that heat if I was near water yes and I love swimming.

I hate being sweaty though if I wasn't near a place I could wash. :(
OK so you are as unwise of a vampire as I am :lol:

I have seen some photos you shared a long time ago and in those you were very pale.

I love the sea but I don't know how to swim so I normally stick very close to the shore.

What do you mean by saying that I am unwise about vampires as you are?  I know just about everything about vampires possible.  Anywhere the blood flows is where one can be bitten wrack.  It doesn't have to be on the neck. :)  As long as they get the blood. :)  I've been seeing a lot of bites on the inner thigh lately. :shifty:

Shared photos of me?  My gosh they must be ages old.  I should send you new ones. :)

I swim like a fish so I bet I'd love to swim in a warm ocean for a change. :yes:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on July 28, 2009, 05:54:52 am
Yeah Sue you should share some photos with us. It would be nice to see a pic of you so I have a face to put with the comments you leave here :D

She's right Wrack vamps can bite you anywhere. Although I don't really see them biting people in the big toe :D

I float more than swim (I have my own built-in flotation device :D). Although I do enjoy swimming I would never consider myself a strong swimmer. I'm currently trying to get my oldest boy to enjoy swimming more. Right now he likes to play in the water and wants to go to the swimming pool just to play in the kiddie pool. He has no desire to brave the deeper water even holding on to me.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on July 28, 2009, 05:55:20 am
Also it is good to hear that simmo's got a job. I must have missed that post.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on July 28, 2009, 05:58:41 am
Yeah Sue you should share some photos with us. It would be nice to see a pic of you so I have a face to put with the comments you leave here :D

She's right Wrack vamps can bite you anywhere. Although I don't really see them biting people in the big toe :D

I float more than swim (I have my own built-in flotation device :D). Although I do enjoy swimming I would never consider myself a strong swimmer. I'm currently trying to get my oldest boy to enjoy swimming more. Right now he likes to play in the water and wants to go to the swimming pool just to play in the kiddie pool. He has no desire to brave the deeper water even holding on to me.

JR I'd show you all heaps of pictures of me if I knew how to upload them here or email them to you. :)

Have you tried getting him to jump from the side of the pool into your arms or teaching him how to hold his breath underwater yet? :)


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on July 28, 2009, 06:05:35 am
Hmm should I add a gallery here? I'm pretty sure that there is a mod for it. I'll look into it :D

As for the boy. I don't want to rush him. One of the reasons I am not as good a swimmer as I should be is that I started really late because of a fear of water. Not sure what exactly caused it but I do have some vague memory of being pushed under by another child when I was really little. Then for the longest time I wouldn't go into water where I couldn't touch bottom. My grandmother actually paid for my swim lessons to help me get over the fear of deep water. It worked although it wasn't easy. Funny thing is that even today, when I know I can swim and really have no fear, I have a slight hesitation before I jump into deep water, like a little butterfly in my stomach. So I don't want to rush the boy. I figure he'll get it eventually, he just needs to do it in his own time.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on July 28, 2009, 06:13:52 am
I understand you JR however I've taught many to swim and it is extremely wise right now to teach him how to hold his breath while around water in case he slips in or like in your case...someone pushes him under and he panics

None of my business, but may I suggest you getting him lessons now or getting a friend to teach him for you for his own safety?   You can even teach this in the bath water at home. :)

I think a Gallery is an excellent idea. :yes:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on July 28, 2009, 06:16:05 am
I kind of thought the same way. I'll have to look into it.

Hey there you are :D. Nice smile :D


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on July 28, 2009, 06:20:10 am
Yeah I think it's wise to think safety first. :)

Thanks JR...I'm not sure what picture works here.  I may try others that are closer up...


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on July 28, 2009, 06:21:51 am
We'll have to look into swimming lessons as well. He's currently in a sports group but that is more for his balance and just running out his energy.

He's doing much better with that. So I would like to have him do swimming as well.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on July 28, 2009, 06:23:06 am
It all sounds great JR. :thumb:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on July 28, 2009, 06:27:39 am
What do you mean by saying that I am unwise about vampires as you are?  I know just about everything about vampires possible.  Anywhere the blood flows is where one can be bitten wrack.  It doesn't have to be on the neck. :)  As long as they get the blood. :)  I've been seeing a lot of bites on the inner thigh lately. :shifty:

Shared photos of me?  My gosh they must be ages old.  I should send you new ones. :)

I swim like a fish so I bet I'd love to swim in a warm ocean for a change. :yes:
I was just kidding :p Yeah I know that about vampires too and I also know that anywhere where there is a blood flow can be bitten.

Yeah I think the photos you sent me were around 2-3 years ago.

To me swimming is a challange :D


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on July 28, 2009, 06:32:12 am
What do you mean by saying that I am unwise about vampires as you are?  I know just about everything about vampires possible.  Anywhere the blood flows is where one can be bitten wrack.  It doesn't have to be on the neck. :)  As long as they get the blood. :)  I've been seeing a lot of bites on the inner thigh lately. :shifty:

Shared photos of me?  My gosh they must be ages old.  I should send you new ones. :)

I swim like a fish so I bet I'd love to swim in a warm ocean for a change. :yes:
I was just kidding :p Yeah I know that about vampires too and I also know that anywhere where there is a blood flow can be bitten.

Yeah I think the photos you sent me were around 2-3 years ago.

To me swimming is a challange :D

Wow those are old pictures then. :(

Ever think of getting swimming lessons wrack? :shifty: :lol:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on July 28, 2009, 06:36:34 am
Yeah Sue you should share some photos with us. It would be nice to see a pic of you so I have a face to put with the comments you leave here :D

She's right Wrack vamps can bite you anywhere. Although I don't really see them biting people in the big toe :D

I float more than swim (I have my own built-in flotation device :D). Although I do enjoy swimming I would never consider myself a strong swimmer. I'm currently trying to get my oldest boy to enjoy swimming more. Right now he likes to play in the water and wants to go to the swimming pool just to play in the kiddie pool. He has no desire to brave the deeper water even holding on to me.
I find it more easier to float than swim too.

Vampires rule :) Below is my vampire name.

The Great Archives determine you to have gone by the identity: Vesh Flanders
Known in some parts of the world as: Him of The Lost
The Great Archives Record: A lonely one who guides the lost - but not to safety, to their doom.


http://www.emmadavies.net/vampire/


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on July 28, 2009, 06:39:52 am
I understand you JR however I've taught many to swim and it is extremely wise right now to teach him how to hold his breath while around water in case he slips in or like in your case...someone pushes him under and he panics

None of my business, but may I suggest you getting him lessons now or getting a friend to teach him for you for his own safety?   You can even teach this in the bath water at home. :)

I think a Gallery is an excellent idea. :yes:
Good idea. Once you grow up it's hard to manage to learn the breathing while swimming because the younger you learn it, the easier it gets. I started learning when I was 25 and I still find it hard after couple of years.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on July 28, 2009, 06:41:47 am
Ever think of getting swimming lessons wrack? :shifty: :lol:
Yeah I am taking the lessons. I can swim easily but it's hard when the time comes to take some air as the moment I try to do so my legs stops moving and off I go to the bottom of the pool :lol: Though I am still trying.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on July 28, 2009, 06:43:29 am
Yeah Sue you should share some photos with us. It would be nice to see a pic of you so I have a face to put with the comments you leave here :D

She's right Wrack vamps can bite you anywhere. Although I don't really see them biting people in the big toe :D

I float more than swim (I have my own built-in flotation device :D). Although I do enjoy swimming I would never consider myself a strong swimmer. I'm currently trying to get my oldest boy to enjoy swimming more. Right now he likes to play in the water and wants to go to the swimming pool just to play in the kiddie pool. He has no desire to brave the deeper water even holding on to me.
I find it more easier to float than swim too.

Vampires rule :) Below is my vampire name.

The Great Archives determine you to have gone by the identity: Vesh Flanders
Known in some parts of the world as: Him of The Lost
The Great Archives Record: A lonely one who guides the lost - but not to safety, to their doom.


http://www.emmadavies.net/vampire/

:lol:

The Great Archives determine you to have gone by the identity:
Sorceress of The Arctic

Known in some parts of the world as:
Curse of The Tormented

The Great Archives Record:
A soul in torment and tumult - hell of their own making!


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on July 28, 2009, 07:04:17 am
Nice one, you have outdone me :mf_Dr_Evil:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on July 28, 2009, 07:13:15 am
The Great Archives determine you to have gone by the identity:
Uriel Choiseul

Known in some parts of the world as:
Demon of The Steely Moon

The Great Archives Record:
A child of the Moon Goddess - Cold, determined, but of the light in the night.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on July 28, 2009, 07:17:13 am
I wasn't trying to out do you wrack. :lol:

Good one JR!! :)


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on July 28, 2009, 07:27:17 am
Good demon, even JR has out done me. Looks like I am a baby vampire :eek_yello:

I know Sue, I was just joking :lol:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on July 28, 2009, 07:34:15 am
I think that you should reverse your first and last name or try another of your names if you have one? :hmm:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on July 28, 2009, 07:47:15 am
LOL good idea :lol: Ok here it goes with reversing the first and last names.

The Great Archives determine you to have gone by the identity: Caesar Tussand
Known in some parts of the world as: Magician of Russia
The Great Archives Record: The scourge of Russia - insane and dangerous!


Now thatz more like it.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on July 28, 2009, 07:52:25 am
:hehe:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on July 28, 2009, 08:04:55 am
Swapped my names around but I think I like my first one better:

The Great Archives determine you to have gone by the identity:
Maharaja of Drac

Known in some parts of the world as:
Poison of The Cursed

The Great Archives Record:
The cursed and the curser - bringing downfall and ill favour to kings and peasants alike!


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on July 28, 2009, 08:07:30 am
This is mine in reverse:

The Great Archives determine you to have gone by the identity:
Marion Beau Pre

Known in some parts of the world as:
Lodemai of Gypsies

The Great Archives Record:
A traveller of travellers, of good humour but dangerous.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Slowhand on July 28, 2009, 08:40:42 am
Hello guys :wave:
Long time no see :)

How's it going here?


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on July 28, 2009, 08:51:02 am
Hi CJ!!! :hug:  Good to see you back! :yes:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on July 28, 2009, 09:10:44 am
Hello guys :wave:
Long time no see :)

How's it going here?

It's a "drive-by" CJ'ing!! :yikes:

Hey CJ where have you been hiding? Hope you come around more often :D


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Slowhand on July 28, 2009, 09:13:22 am
Hi :hiya:
It's good to be back :)


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on July 28, 2009, 09:33:01 am
Hello guys :wave:
Long time no see :)

How's it going here?
Holy cow, it's CJ. Good to see you around. Things are going well here. How have you been?


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on July 29, 2009, 06:40:31 am
In case people are only following the Post Race and not using the full RSS I would like to announce that we now have a gallery. The button is in place and everything looks as though it is functioning fine. If you have any comments or requests please feel free to let me know.

Current configurations:
Max File Size: 1024 Kb (approx 1 Meg) need more let me know
Max Resolution: 1024 x 1024 System will attempt to resize images bigger than this. If it slows the server down too much though I'll just have them reject it and bump the resolution a bit.

Users can have their own personal albums where only you can upload but others can see and comment.
I've created a General GT Album for just anything that members want to post.

For security reasons people must be a member of GT to view the Album.

Enjoy


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on July 29, 2009, 06:52:11 am
Thanks JR. :)  I''ll go take a look. :)


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on July 29, 2009, 08:37:48 am
Good stuff JR :)


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on July 29, 2009, 09:50:10 am
Glad you all like it.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on July 29, 2009, 09:52:53 am
Yeah I like what you did too.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on July 29, 2009, 09:54:31 am
Wrack...I like your new title. :thumb:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on July 29, 2009, 09:58:31 am
Wrack's new title?


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on July 29, 2009, 10:07:24 am
"Knight of The Most Excellent Order of the Ancient Poster"  I thought it was new. Something similar to the vampire titles we were dealing with yesterday.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on July 29, 2009, 10:10:15 am
Originally I had just "The Most Excellent Order of the Ancient Poster" but I've just changed it to "Knight of the Most Excellent Order of the Ancient Poster" because I thought maybe it would be fun to have a couple more levels.

After Knight there is Master of TMEOotAP and Grand Master TMEOotAP. I'm not sure what to do if anyone reaches these however :D


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on July 29, 2009, 10:18:00 am
I figure if we get more people posting articles and I see more activity from new members interested in posting articles then I will be thinking of resurrecting the old "Guru" member group as kind of a bonus.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on July 29, 2009, 11:26:56 am
Wrack...I like your new title. :thumb:
I didn't change anything!


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on July 29, 2009, 11:28:28 am
"Knight of The Most Excellent Order of the Ancient Poster"  I thought it was new. Something similar to the vampire titles we were dealing with yesterday.
Yeah the vampire thing was fun :evil:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on July 29, 2009, 11:30:01 am
I figure if we get more people posting articles and I see more activity from new members interested in posting articles then I will be thinking of resurrecting the old "Guru" member group as kind of a bonus.
I don't consider myself to be even 1/10th of a GURU.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on August 03, 2009, 08:09:55 am
I've been using the Ban hammer today :banned:

We had some Russian who has been sitting on the site for a couple of months without actually posting anything. Then suddenly yesterday he posted some thing in Russian with links. I clicked on a link just to see if he didn't know to post in English :rolleyes: and it was to some Russian porn site so I banned him. So I thought I would take a look at a couple other new members and found that one hadn't posted yet but in his signature and website information were for sexual enhancement drugs. Banned him too before he decided to start posting.

If anyone sees anything that looks suspicious then let me know and I'll take action.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on August 03, 2009, 09:27:55 am
Wow....great catch JR! :thumb:

I will keep my eyes open as always...but I can't see what you can. :)

Have a fantastic week! :)


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on August 03, 2009, 11:07:10 am
Yeah I saw a post today morning too and reported it to you.

Hi all :wave:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on August 03, 2009, 11:20:25 am
Hi Wrack :wave:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on August 04, 2009, 01:01:40 am
Hey Sue :)

It has been very quiet here lately! What gives?


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on August 04, 2009, 05:45:21 am
I'm busy with my framework development. I've got the Database layer, and the sessions and error handling libraries done, and I'm so very very close to finishing the Display layer (template handler) that I'll probably finish it tonight. Then I'll have the main core of my web framework built :D

That and work has kept me pretty busy recently :D


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Slowhand on August 04, 2009, 10:00:28 am
What's going on here?  :vader:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on August 04, 2009, 10:04:49 am
Im not admitting to anything. :wink:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Slowhand on August 04, 2009, 10:05:42 am
Im not admitting to anything. :wink:
That must mean you're guilty of something! :nono:

Hi Sue :hiya:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on August 04, 2009, 10:08:51 am
Nothing ... :shifty: ... nothing at all


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on August 04, 2009, 10:09:26 am
:hmm:  :aha:

:shifty: :bigwink:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on August 04, 2009, 10:10:16 am
Hi Slowy. :wave:  :giggle:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Slowhand on August 04, 2009, 10:19:03 am
Nothing ... :shifty: ... nothing at all

And I'm the Easter Bunny! :p


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on August 04, 2009, 10:33:10 am
Can I see? :shifty:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Slowhand on August 04, 2009, 10:39:42 am
:shifty: Perhaps :shifty:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on August 04, 2009, 11:00:52 am
I've fresh carrots and salad. :D


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on August 04, 2009, 11:11:52 am
Oh I see how it is. I shall post something random.

"Something ramdom"


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Slowhand on August 04, 2009, 11:12:54 am
I've fresh carrots and salad. :D
:eatyum:

Oh I see how it is. I shall post something random.

"Something ramdom"
If you had followed the conversation, you'd see we are far from posting random stuff :P


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on August 04, 2009, 11:16:21 am
Oh I did and I shall stood by my decision :mf_Dr_Evil:

How is it going, slowhand? Long time no see. Hope things are well at your end?


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Slowhand on August 04, 2009, 11:17:44 am
Hi Wrack.

Things are fine here. Been on holiday to France, and spend another week at home, so I'm completely rested and relaxed.
And now I'm back at work... :( :p


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on August 04, 2009, 11:25:36 am
Good for you mate. It always helps rejuvenating once in a while. As for me, I haven't had too much sleep since I bought the house and settling down. I think I will be ok in few more months just in time to get married.

BTW sent u a PM.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on August 04, 2009, 11:29:47 am
Oh I see how it is. I shall post something random.

"Something ramdom"

How is it exactly? :hmm:

When ever I see bunnies I feed them.  What is wrong with that? :(


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on August 04, 2009, 11:38:44 am
Nothing wrong Sue :) I was just trying to be weird :artist:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on August 04, 2009, 11:45:29 am
You were!  Mission complete! LOL

:hug:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: simmo on August 04, 2009, 01:10:42 pm
Morning all :wave:
My first post from work :p

Its going really well so far :D As far as I know I am only here for 3 months though, but they guy who I am working under introduces me as "he'll be contracting for us for a few months, hopefully longer" so who knows.

My current project is making a vb.net site multi-lingual, using resource files. I had never done it before but its pretty easy. Going through the site finding all the static text atm :p

Hope all is well w/the rest of you.  :cheers:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on August 04, 2009, 01:29:37 pm
Good morning and congratulations msimmons!  :wave:

I hope it all lasts for you indeed! :yes:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Slowhand on August 04, 2009, 02:12:55 pm
Why does everyone has a lot more stars than I do? :grrr:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on August 04, 2009, 02:47:51 pm
*reaches for her crayons to try to colour some new stars in for CJ*

You can have mine if you like too CJ.  I don't need any. :)


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: simmo on August 04, 2009, 03:03:47 pm
Why does everyone has a lot more stars than I do? :grrr:
Its based on number of posts, when GT first started there was a "bring over your post count from the other forum" since we were trying to just make this one a copy of the other but with out all the negative aspects, so maybe you didnt do that, or Sue & I jsut post a lot of crap :p


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on August 04, 2009, 04:00:39 pm
Why does everyone has a lot more stars than I do? :grrr:

That is because I don't have a special supporter tag created yet. I do plan on it but I'm kind of swamped with things right now ;)


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on August 04, 2009, 04:02:03 pm
Only people with Yellow stars are based on post count, and I tried to make sure everyone has a somewhat accurate post count when I brought the site over to SMF.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: simmo on August 04, 2009, 07:56:15 pm
I finished my project that wasn't "due" till tomorrow evening >< Off to find more work :p


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Slowhand on August 04, 2009, 09:37:32 pm
Only people with Yellow stars are based on post count, and I tried to make sure everyone has a somewhat accurate post count when I brought the site over to SMF.

I believe I'm missing over 4000 posts :p


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on August 05, 2009, 01:09:23 am
Morning all :wave:
My first post from work :p

Its going really well so far :D As far as I know I am only here for 3 months though, but they guy who I am working under introduces me as "he'll be contracting for us for a few months, hopefully longer" so who knows.

My current project is making a vb.net site multi-lingual, using resource files. I had never done it before but its pretty easy. Going through the site finding all the static text atm :p

Hope all is well w/the rest of you.  :cheers:
Good to hear from you Simmo and congrates on getting the contract and finally working. I am sure you feel much more relaxed now.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on August 05, 2009, 01:10:44 am
Why does everyone has a lot more stars than I do? :grrr:
Its based on number of posts, when GT first started there was a "bring over your post count from the other forum" since we were trying to just make this one a copy of the other but with out all the negative aspects, so maybe you didnt do that, or Sue & I jsut post a lot of crap :p
Yay...count me in with the crap too :happydance:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on August 05, 2009, 01:12:42 am
I finished my project that wasn't "due" till tomorrow evening >< Off to find more work :p
Good job dude and I am sure you will get more work :)


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on August 05, 2009, 04:35:17 am
I agree. :)


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on August 05, 2009, 04:43:14 am
Why does everyone has a lot more stars than I do? :grrr:
or Sue & I jsut post a lot of crap :p

Yeah... :shifty: that's it.  Crap...that's all I post. :yes: :no: :blush: :bleh:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Slowhand on August 05, 2009, 07:25:14 am
I don't post crap!

Besides, I have a much higher post count than Sue :nana:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on August 05, 2009, 07:39:11 am
:poop: :poop: :poop: :poop:

well my attempts at making specialized tags looks really like :poop: will have to try again later.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on August 05, 2009, 07:58:36 am
I don't post crap!

Besides, I have a much higher post count than Sue :nana:

Unfortunately...I've a life away from my computer though. :(  :giggle: :flowers:

Seriously....I don't work in the same fields as you all do  :ntw: so I can't discuss computers on the same levels as you all can.  :detective2: :dunce:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Slowhand on August 05, 2009, 10:52:58 am
You think we actually discuss computer on multiple levels? :rofl:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on August 05, 2009, 10:55:25 am
No.  You clearly misunderstood what I said.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Slowhand on August 05, 2009, 11:03:14 am
Hmm, I must have been distracted when I typed that.
What I wanted to type was: "You think we actually discuss computer on any level, other than 'silly' :p "

But nevermind.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on August 05, 2009, 11:04:23 am
Yes.  There are other parts to Galahtech than the 'Coffeebreak' section. :)


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on August 05, 2009, 11:05:17 am
There are :yikes:

Oh yeah there are :shifty:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Slowhand on August 05, 2009, 11:07:24 am
We only post there because it looks interesting on our resume's :p
or we want to become a Microsoft MVP :p


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on August 05, 2009, 11:12:33 am
:yikes:  :spor: I thought you cared.  :ranting_1: :sad_2:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Slowhand on August 05, 2009, 11:15:04 am
:yikes:  :spor: I thought you cared.  :ranting_1: :sad_2:

What can I say? I like solving newbies' problems, but there haven't been any newbies around in a long time.

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I want to program Windows. Please give code!
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I need helps! Plz giv!!
Those are my favourites :p


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Post by: Sue on August 05, 2009, 11:40:44 am
Ahh...you like to dominate huh?  The rush of power and control! :vader: :robot: :bangin: :deal: :theborg:

:whistle:


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Post by: Slowhand on August 05, 2009, 11:41:15 am
Me? Naah! :whistle:
:onto:


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Post by: Jason Reed on August 05, 2009, 12:33:05 pm
Ok I've gotten some better member group tags built. I like these a bit better.


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Post by: Sue on August 05, 2009, 12:38:17 pm
Nice..

What does the plus and minus something mean though?


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Post by: Jason Reed on August 05, 2009, 12:51:29 pm
Oh the + and - stars thing is part of SMF. It is called "Karma" but I changed the name to stars. Basically if someone gives a good post you can reward them with + star, or if they give a really bad post you can give them a - star.

Completely optional at this point.

I'm looking into a normal award type system as well just haven't quite figured out what I'm going to do with it yet ;)


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Post by: Jason Reed on August 05, 2009, 12:51:58 pm
I just gave you a good star Sue ;)


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Post by: Sue on August 05, 2009, 12:57:37 pm
CJ will be upset about that. :shifty:  He doesn't have any still.  8) :eat:


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Post by: simmo on August 05, 2009, 01:03:16 pm
Morning all :wave:


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Post by: Sue on August 05, 2009, 01:09:11 pm
Good day msimmons!  How goes it so far today? :wave:


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Post by: Jason Reed on August 05, 2009, 01:13:05 pm
If you all want to look to the left of this post where all my stats are you can see an example of our award system.

Sadly I can't just have a bunch of awards already done up and then just assign them to members. I have to do it one member at a time but eh not so bad.

The dummy award is just a test to see how if it works on this theme.


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Post by: simmo on August 05, 2009, 01:20:08 pm
Good day msimmons!  How goes it so far today? :wave:
So far so good, in teh 1st 10mins I fixed something i was stuck on before leaving yesterday (I love how obvious the solution becomes when you stop looking directly at the problem)

If you all want to look to the left of this post where all my stats are you can see an example of our award system.
Do you already have an idea of things that people will do to earn rewards?


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Post by: Jason Reed on August 05, 2009, 01:23:28 pm
Well I've got an idea for a "Necromancer" award. For people who like to dig up old topics ;) I just have to create a little skull icon to use ;)


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Post by: simmo on August 05, 2009, 01:34:22 pm
Well I've got an idea for a "Necromancer" award. For people who like to dig up old topics ;) I just have to create a little skull icon to use ;)
lol good one  :jamie: just an hour ago I found the first nominee

http://galahtech.stinkbugonline.com/forum/index.php?topic=13133.msg164328#msg164328


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Post by: Slowhand on August 05, 2009, 01:38:03 pm
CJ will be upset about that. :shifty:  He doesn't have any still.  8) :eat:

:grrr:  :bomb: :furious: :ranting_1: :ranting: :rocket: :weeping:


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Post by: Sue on August 05, 2009, 01:51:30 pm
Well I've got an idea for a "Necromancer" award. For people who like to dig up old topics ;) I just have to create a little skull icon to use ;)

Does singing and dancing etc. count?  :happydance:


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Post by: Sue on August 05, 2009, 01:57:29 pm
CJ will be upset about that. :shifty:  He doesn't have any still.  8) :eat:

:grrr:  :bomb: :furious: :ranting_1: :ranting: :rocket: :weeping:

 :rain: :sofa1:


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Post by: Jason Reed on August 05, 2009, 02:02:40 pm
Well I've got an idea for a "Necromancer" award. For people who like to dig up old topics ;) I just have to create a little skull icon to use ;)
lol good one  :jamie: just an hour ago I found the first nominee

http://galahtech.stinkbugonline.com/forum/index.php?topic=13133.msg164328#msg164328

You need to get off of my Neuron sir ;)

CJ will be upset about that. :shifty:  He doesn't have any still.  8) :eat:

:grrr:  :bomb: :furious: :ranting_1: :ranting: :rocket: :weeping:

Post an article or two and I'll bump up your stars :D

Well I've got an idea for a "Necromancer" award. For people who like to dig up old topics ;) I just have to create a little skull icon to use ;)

Does singing and dancing etc. count?  :happydance:

:hmm: A life of the party award maybe ;)


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Post by: Jason Reed on August 05, 2009, 02:05:25 pm
I just got done modifying the mod (boy say that several times fast), because I didn't want it to save multiple copies of the same image for each award we give.

Basically if I created an award for Simmo and then wanted to use the same image (for maybe the same award) for CJ then it would have saved the image twice once for each time I made the award.

Now it actually allows the user to either upload a new image OR choose one of the existing images :yes: much much better.


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Post by: Sue on August 05, 2009, 02:11:21 pm
I don't think I could ever be "the life of the party".  I'm not that type of girl.  Sorry.   I think that the only award I'd be worthy of is being the only female poster around lately. :D


Great job JR! :yes:


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Post by: Slowhand on August 05, 2009, 02:29:32 pm
Post an article or two and I'll bump up your stars :D

Allright, about what?
A C# beginners guide to Hello World?
A programming tutorial? :p


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Post by: Jason Reed on August 05, 2009, 07:18:41 pm
Post an article or two and I'll bump up your stars :D

Allright, about what?
A C# beginners guide to Hello World?
A programming tutorial? :p

Why not? It's a start ;) We could use some articles, as I feel that might help get us some new blood in here.


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Post by: Sue on August 05, 2009, 08:49:51 pm
 *sigh* Vampires... *sigh*


:shifty:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Slowhand on August 06, 2009, 07:30:20 am
Good morning :wave:


Vampires!?! Where! :eek:


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Post by: Sue on August 06, 2009, 10:36:34 am
JR is looking for "new blood". :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on August 06, 2009, 10:49:38 am
I need everyones help on this please http://galahtech.stinkbugonline.com/forum/index.php?topic=13158.0


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Post by: Sue on August 06, 2009, 11:33:45 am
Okay. :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on August 06, 2009, 12:17:55 pm
Martin really needs to come here more often. Someone just tweeted these two links:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWscn8PrbjE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJqoRaphiEk

Both of which are people playing the Star Wars Imperial March with high voltage Tesla Coils!

Awesome.


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Post by: Sue on August 06, 2009, 12:36:25 pm
Yeah I watched a report on that yesterday on Discovery Channel's 'Daily Planet'. :)  Im not sure if it's pretty cool or pretty darn high risk foolish.  The guy in the metal suit...if his skin accidentally touches the metal...he will be dust in a second. :(


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Post by: Slowhand on August 06, 2009, 12:39:26 pm
Star Wars! :dribble:


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Post by: Jason Reed on August 06, 2009, 03:03:45 pm
Yeah I watched a report on that yesterday on Discovery Channel's 'Daily Planet'. :)  Im not sure if it's pretty cool or pretty darn high risk foolish.  The guy in the metal suit...if his skin accidentally touches the metal...he will be dust in a second. :(

Not too sure about that actually Sue. Electricity will always take the path of least resistance. The metal suit he's wearing is pretty conductive or less resistant than the human body. I would gather that his metal suit probably provides a maximum of 1K Ohm while we humans, even with all the water in our bodies, are several hundred Megaohms (I think the last time I measured my own electrical resistance my body was about 390M Ohm which is pretty high).

His biggest worry is if suit he's wearing isn't properly grounded. THEN he might have some serious issues, other than that I figure he's probably ok.



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Post by: Sue on August 06, 2009, 03:29:41 pm
Well JR Im only repeating what they said on the TV yesterday. :)  Your numbers are off from what they were saying yesterday.  Perhaps I can find the episode online today and send you to it...let me check...


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Post by: simmo on August 06, 2009, 06:24:16 pm
Eve'nin all

Keeping pretty busy here.  :happydance:


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Post by: Sue on August 06, 2009, 06:32:16 pm
Good afternoon msimmons. :wave:

JR I found the episode for August 4th 2009 on Daily Planet however I can't get the videos to play. :(


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Post by: Jason Reed on August 07, 2009, 06:10:31 am
Thanks Sue I'll take a look at them as soon as I can. I personally love to watch Tesla Coils in operation. They have one here in Munich at the Deutsches Museum. It lets out a pretty big bang, loud enough that when my wife was a child my mother-in-law had thought the building had been hit with a bomb and grabbed her and ran outside.


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Post by: Sue on August 07, 2009, 06:19:04 am
Yeah I can imagine the sound that made.  Ive heard similar myself.

Good luck with the videos. :)


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Post by: Slowhand on August 07, 2009, 07:01:51 am
Morning people :wave:


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Post by: Sue on August 07, 2009, 07:04:21 am
Good morning Slowy..... :wave: 

Congratulations on your award.  :thumb:


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Post by: Slowhand on August 07, 2009, 07:07:48 am
:hiya: Hi Sue.

I got an award?


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Post by: Sue on August 07, 2009, 07:31:15 am
Yeah...

Can't you see it?


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Post by: Slowhand on August 07, 2009, 07:36:23 am
Ah, yes, I see now. I usually don't much attention to all the stuff there :p


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Post by: Jason Reed on August 07, 2009, 07:36:35 am
:hiya: Hi Sue.

I got an award?
Yep the Topic Necromancer award for posting in old topics ;)

Basically the whole reason I wanted an award system :p


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Post by: Sue on August 07, 2009, 07:54:47 am
Well you did notice the missing stars. ;)

Anyway...congrats! :)


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Post by: Slowhand on August 07, 2009, 08:40:57 am
:hiya: Hi Sue.

I got an award?
Yep the Topic Necromancer award for posting in old topics ;)

Basically the whole reason I wanted an award system :p

We have old topics here? :yeahright:


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Post by: simmo on August 07, 2009, 03:17:50 pm
We have old topics here? :yeahright:
Its more about the relevance than the age :lol:


Morning all
This morning I am researching a 3rd party [.net component] tool they have here just to use one or two aspects of it. I'm working on a proof of concept app to prove whether or not it is worth using some of the other items over the plain old built in ones.


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Post by: wrack on August 10, 2009, 07:28:01 am
Yeah try going through the old topics and read the member spotlights. Damn they are fun to read :lol:

G'Day all :wave:


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Post by: Jason Reed on August 10, 2009, 08:59:59 am
Morning everyone :yawn: had an awful night last night, the bad thing is I can't blame it on anyone or anything in particular, I just couldn't sleep.

Yesterday we found out that we lost our internet connection at home. We were waiting for our transfer between two providers but we also figured there would be a last minute message letting us know when things were going to go offline. Basically everything was working Saturday before I went to bed. Woke up Sunday to no internet. Now we're just waiting for the welcome package from our new provider so that I can configure our router/modem. They said there would be approximately 6 days between the shutting off of our account with our old provider and getting reconnected by our new provider. Personally I don't know why it takes 6 days when it probably is nothing more than a few key strokes to get it going.

So yeah :bleh: Monday.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Slowhand on August 10, 2009, 09:54:06 am
Good morning people :wave:

It's monday again..  :yawn:


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Post by: Sue on August 10, 2009, 10:44:27 am
Good day everyone. :wave:

JR that's ridiculous and a horrible way to run business over there.  Id be really upset with them. :no:


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Post by: Jason Reed on August 10, 2009, 11:17:08 am
Well it is one of the reasons we're getting rid of GMX. They don't have good customer service. We're going to be getting T-Online which is part of Deutsche Telekom and thus bring all our communications under one company (Home phone, Mobile, Internet). Usually when you do this T-Com gives you some reduction in pricing.

We actually wanted to change a year ago but GMX said they didn't receive our cancellation in time and so we were stuck with them until this year. We're hoping that T-Com sends our welcome packet soon and I can at least be ready for the connection.

Here soon my wife's new laptop will arrive and I'll configure it for the house network, and then next weekend we're buying a new printer which we will also connect to the house net so that she can work from where ever she wants. Before she had to work at the desktop which sits in our winter garden. This means in the summer it is too hot to actually work there for long periods of time (house is too small to put it anywhere else). So now with her laptop she'll be able to find a nice cool place in our house and do all her work :D


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Post by: Slowhand on August 10, 2009, 12:47:07 pm
Good day everyone. :wave:

JR that's ridiculous and a horrible way to run business over there.  Id be really upset with them. :no:

It's quite common here in the Netherlands too.
I believe parliament wants to introduce a law that forces ISP's to make sure there's a 1 day down period at most.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: simmo on August 10, 2009, 01:20:00 pm
Morning all, tons to get done before a meeting in a few hours  :mf_Dr_Evil:


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Post by: Sue on August 10, 2009, 01:51:43 pm
Well it is one of the reasons we're getting rid of GMX. They don't have good customer service. We're going to be getting T-Online which is part of Deutsche Telekom and thus bring all our communications under one company (Home phone, Mobile, Internet). Usually when you do this T-Com gives you some reduction in pricing.

We actually wanted to change a year ago but GMX said they didn't receive our cancellation in time and so we were stuck with them until this year. We're hoping that T-Com sends our welcome packet soon and I can at least be ready for the connection.

Here soon my wife's new laptop will arrive and I'll configure it for the house network, and then next weekend we're buying a new printer which we will also connect to the house net so that she can work from where ever she wants. Before she had to work at the desktop which sits in our winter garden. This means in the summer it is too hot to actually work there for long periods of time (house is too small to put it anywhere else). So now with her laptop she'll be able to find a nice cool place in our house and do all her work :D

This all sounds great for you all then JR. :)  

Here in Canada I've never heard of such a system though.  We don't have to wait for things like you seem to.  No down time etc....My home phone, internet, satelite and mobile are all with the same 'Bell Canada' company and I have better services and pricing than if I'd taken the service from any competition out there.

I think your wife will be extremely happy to have her new laptop.  I have wireless everything here but I also have hardwired computers too on the home network set up.  All I need is a new laptop one day I suppose.  I smashed the last one on purpose. :D  Believe me I had good reason.

Good morning msimmons and Slowy. :wave:  

Good luck with the meeting msimmons. :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on August 10, 2009, 02:13:14 pm
... I smashed the last one on purpose. :D  Believe me I had good reason.

I can completely understand ;) You finally gave in and did what so many other people have wanted to do to their computers :D


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Post by: Sue on August 10, 2009, 02:15:58 pm
Yeah....cost me over $2600.00 though. :(  The euphoric reward of the smash was worth every penny! :evil:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Slowhand on August 11, 2009, 08:28:37 am
Morning people :wave:

Sue, smashing laptops is not good :nono:


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Post by: wrack on August 13, 2009, 12:30:57 am
Good morning all :wave:

Sorry I was out for few days. We had a major performance problem with the software release and even though the testing team was aware of it, it was never bought to our (Developers aka Code Monkeys) attention so they just decided to go production. Anyways long story short, since Thursday and Tuesday I have worked almost 12 hours a day to get things moving and it's all behind us. Dirty hacks rulez :evil: :evil: :evil:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Slowhand on August 13, 2009, 10:04:51 am
Morning people :wave:

Luckily I haven't been as busy as Wrack :)


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Post by: simmo on August 13, 2009, 03:15:51 pm
Morning all :wave:

I got a jury duty summons for next friday... I can't afford to go (unless it takes 5 minutes) and I only have 7 more business days working with the lady that is leaving on maternity leave after the 21st (who I am replacing while she is out) so I rescheduled it for 2 more weeks... maybe I can keep rescheduling over and over  :mf_Dr_Evil: Its not that I don't want to do my civic duty, as I very much would like to, its just as a contractor I'm kinda self employed so would lose too much money doing it.

Other than that, things are going well  :happydance:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on August 14, 2009, 12:49:01 am
Just go for the jury and show some real grudge about the offence in question and you are out.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Slowhand on August 14, 2009, 09:30:26 am
It's said to be very easy to get out of jury duty :p


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Post by: Jason Reed on August 14, 2009, 09:34:16 am
Seriously wondering what I can do to get back at my old DSL provider.

Last Sunday they discontinued out service since we wanted to change to another provider (which they've known about since last year). We contacted our new provider and they said they will send the welcome package as soon as possible. Well it turns out that they can only send the welcome package AFTER the other company releases our line, which apparently 5 days later they still haven't done so. Yesterday our new provider escalated this with the arbitrary board to attempt to force our old provider to release our line. The wife said she would try to call the old provider today to find out what is taking so long. Needless to say it looks like I'll be without Internet at home for another week. ooo I'm just totally pissed off right now :angry:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Slowhand on August 14, 2009, 10:08:58 am
Sue them! (I'm talking about the legal procedure of course, not sending our member Sue at them :p )


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on August 15, 2009, 12:18:41 am
Morning all :wave:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on August 17, 2009, 05:42:22 am
Blah ... don't want to be here today :(


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on August 17, 2009, 07:36:13 am
Nor do I but here I am!


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on August 19, 2009, 06:00:00 am
The wife had an appointment with the doctor yesterday. Apparently sometime in the last couple of days Christopher has turned around so now instead of head down (like he is suppose to be) he's now butt down and so not in the right direction for birth. Apparently he wants to back out.

We are starting an exercise to try to get the little booger to move back around to where he belongs. We started last night, the exercise in German is called the Indishe Brücke (translates into Indian Bridge) where she lays on her back and I kneel and lift her hips and rest them on my thighs.

This morning she reports that Christopher has moved a bit and now seems to be laying diagonally in the belly. So we're going to do the exercise again tonight. Hopefully we can get him to move. The wife is naturally quite annoyed with this situation.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Slowhand on August 19, 2009, 06:03:12 am
Morning people :wave:

I sounds to me as though kids are nothing but trouble :p


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Post by: Jason Reed on August 19, 2009, 08:30:48 am
Even when they aren't even born yet :p


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Post by: Bonker Gudd on August 19, 2009, 11:20:44 pm
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Post by: wrack on August 20, 2009, 02:16:11 am
The wife had an appointment with the doctor yesterday. Apparently sometime in the last couple of days Christopher has turned around so now instead of head down (like he is suppose to be) he's now butt down and so not in the right direction for birth. Apparently he wants to back out.

We are starting an exercise to try to get the little booger to move back around to where he belongs. We started last night, the exercise in German is called the Indishe Brücke (translates into Indian Bridge) where she lays on her back and I kneel and lift her hips and rest them on my thighs.

This morning she reports that Christopher has moved a bit and now seems to be laying diagonally in the belly. So we're going to do the exercise again tonight. Hopefully we can get him to move. The wife is naturally quite annoyed with this situation.
I hope he gets back to the natural position.


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Post by: Jason Reed on August 20, 2009, 05:08:33 am
So do we.

Tonight we are going to try to Moxa her and see if that helps. Moxa someone you use Mugwort cigarettes and place the burning cigarette close to a pressure or acupuncture point. For some reason burning this herb near a place on her small toe actually helps get the baby to move. Weird stuff but apparently it has been used this way for quite a long time here in Europe by midwives :D


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Slowhand on August 20, 2009, 01:22:29 pm
Hello people :wave:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Bonker Gudd on August 21, 2009, 12:46:09 am
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Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Slowhand on August 21, 2009, 06:43:54 am
It's the Bonker!!


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Post by: Sue on August 21, 2009, 03:36:38 pm
Morning all :wave:

I got a jury duty summons for next friday... I can't afford to go (unless it takes 5 minutes) and I only have 7 more business days working with the lady that is leaving on maternity leave after the 21st (who I am replacing while she is out) so I rescheduled it for 2 more weeks... maybe I can keep rescheduling over and over  :mf_Dr_Evil: Its not that I don't want to do my civic duty, as I very much would like to, its just as a contractor I'm kinda self employed so would lose too much money doing it.

Other than that, things are going well  :happydance:

I wasn't aware that you were at all allowed to modify.  In Canada you have no choice and they don't give a rats about any losses or inconvenience to you when you are summoned to attend jury duty.  You've no choice but to attend or they will arrest you as far as I am aware at this time.


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Post by: Sue on August 21, 2009, 03:37:26 pm
Seriously wondering what I can do to get back at my old DSL provider.

Last Sunday they discontinued out service since we wanted to change to another provider (which they've known about since last year). We contacted our new provider and they said they will send the welcome package as soon as possible. Well it turns out that they can only send the welcome package AFTER the other company releases our line, which apparently 5 days later they still haven't done so. Yesterday our new provider escalated this with the arbitrary board to attempt to force our old provider to release our line. The wife said she would try to call the old provider today to find out what is taking so long. Needless to say it looks like I'll be without Internet at home for another week. ooo I'm just totally pissed off right now :angry:

The poor service you are experiencing is utterly ridiculous. :(


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on August 21, 2009, 03:39:23 pm
Sue them! (I'm talking about the legal procedure of course, not sending our member Sue at them :p )

I am great at negotiating.  I show no mercy to idiot incompetent intake staff who have no power to influence change in the first place. :shifty:


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Post by: Sue on August 21, 2009, 03:40:14 pm
The wife had an appointment with the doctor yesterday. Apparently sometime in the last couple of days Christopher has turned around so now instead of head down (like he is suppose to be) he's now butt down and so not in the right direction for birth. Apparently he wants to back out.

We are starting an exercise to try to get the little booger to move back around to where he belongs. We started last night, the exercise in German is called the Indishe Brücke (translates into Indian Bridge) where she lays on her back and I kneel and lift her hips and rest them on my thighs.

This morning she reports that Christopher has moved a bit and now seems to be laying diagonally in the belly. So we're going to do the exercise again tonight. Hopefully we can get him to move. The wife is naturally quite annoyed with this situation.

Ahh!  The wee lad has been named! hehe....  Sorry for the trouble you're all enduring though. :(


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Post by: Sue on August 21, 2009, 03:41:56 pm
Morning people :wave:

I sounds to me as though kids are nothing but trouble :p

Children are about 50/50 'trouble' and loving awesomeness combined. :yes:


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Post by: Sue on August 21, 2009, 03:43:57 pm
So do we.

Tonight we are going to try to Moxa her and see if that helps. Moxa someone you use Mugwort cigarettes and place the burning cigarette close to a pressure or acupuncture point. For some reason burning this herb near a place on her small toe actually helps get the baby to move. Weird stuff but apparently it has been used this way for quite a long time here in Europe by midwives :D

As long as the nerve is stimulated...it doesn't have to be a burning herb outside the body.  Perhaps acupuncture would be safer? :)


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Post by: simmo on August 21, 2009, 04:02:50 pm
Howdy all :wave:

Been pretty busy at work :eek_yello: and next week will be the first week I am on my own (if I haven't said, I am just holding the desk of their lead developer while they are out for a couple months and today is their last day).
Everything is holding steady otherwise  :happydance:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Sue on August 21, 2009, 04:16:38 pm
That's great then msimmons. :)


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: wrack on August 23, 2009, 12:09:53 am
G'Day all :wave:

It's TAX time so is the time to wonder around in every single room and collect every single piece of paper you need to claim different things.


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Post by: Sue on August 23, 2009, 03:57:20 am
Tax time now?  In Canada everyone does them in February to April.

Have a fun remainder of your day and evening. :)


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Post by: wrack on August 23, 2009, 08:53:46 am
Our financial year is from July - June.


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Post by: Sue on August 23, 2009, 01:45:33 pm
Ah okay. I didn't know this.


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Post by: Jason Reed on August 24, 2009, 05:30:47 am
Gina thinks the baby turned over the weekend, so we stopped doing things that would make him want to move. Today she goes in for a quick check to see if he did move, and then she'll call me with the news. :cross-fingers:


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Post by: Sue on August 24, 2009, 08:40:56 am
Oh that's good news JR....:)  I bet  you are both quite relieved so far. :)

:fingers crossed:


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Post by: wrack on August 25, 2009, 12:48:06 am
Good to hear that JR :)

Hi Sue :wave:

Slowy, Simmo :rasta:


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Post by: Sue on August 25, 2009, 01:22:16 am
Hi wrack. :wave:  I hope all is progressing well for the upcoming wedding. :)


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Post by: wrack on August 25, 2009, 01:54:17 am
Oh yeah. It's all getting there.


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Post by: Sue on August 25, 2009, 01:56:57 am
Glad to hear.  Very good. :thumb:


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Post by: Jason Reed on August 25, 2009, 05:18:29 am
Yep baby is back in the correct position.

Friday begins the possible delivery time. We are getting the last minute stuff around the house ready.

Gina hates heartburn.


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Post by: Sue on August 25, 2009, 05:44:14 am
I don't know of anyone who likes heartburn. :P

So the count down is on huh?  My gosh...such a miraculous time in your lives... :)

Are the older boys ready for their wee brother?  Do they have any plans made for him yet? :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on August 25, 2009, 07:00:34 am
I'm not sure if Vincent really understands what is going to happen. He's just turning two so it we'll see what happens. William on the other hand is excited. He like being the big brother, mostly because then he gets to boss them around :rolleyes:


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Post by: Sue on August 25, 2009, 07:12:38 am
Yeah the older ones usually take pride in taking care of the wee ones. Showing them all their toys and how they work. 'reading' story books to them etc.  and all the baby does is offer a blank stare in response. lol :)


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Post by: wrack on August 27, 2009, 02:06:55 am
LOL


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Post by: simmo on August 27, 2009, 02:28:53 pm
Morning all  :cheers:

All is going well here. Coding by day, gaming by night, as it should be :happydance:

I guess tomorrow is the big day then JR? :o GL on that :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on August 27, 2009, 06:01:20 pm
Morning all  :cheers:

All is going well here. Coding by day, gaming by night, as it should be :happydance:

I guess tomorrow is the big day then JR? :o GL on that :)

Not quite tomorrow. Tomorrow just begins the range for possible birth. I think the baby will take a bit longer yet.


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Post by: wrack on August 28, 2009, 01:27:33 am
Morning all  :cheers:

All is going well here. Coding by day, gaming by night, as it should be :happydance:

I guess tomorrow is the big day then JR? :o GL on that :)
Ahh glad to see old simmo back :) Good stuff mate.


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Post by: wrack on August 28, 2009, 01:29:32 am
Not quite tomorrow. Tomorrow just begins the range for possible birth. I think the baby will take a bit longer yet.
Best of luck JR :) I hope it goes nice and smooth.


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Post by: wrack on August 28, 2009, 01:33:41 am
:happydance: Snehal is coming over for the weekend so it's going to be fun. She had so many assignments that she couldn't be here since the engagement so we both are looking forward to spend time together and relax. Should be a good weekend. I have got her a really good perfume and body wash and lotion of the same brand, she will love it.

Off for few days......................

Y'll have a nice weekend........


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Post by: Slowhand on August 31, 2009, 10:59:57 am
Afternoon people :wave:


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Post by: wrack on September 01, 2009, 01:24:44 am
G'Day Slowy :) How are we all  here?


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Post by: Jason Reed on September 01, 2009, 04:54:23 am
Busy :prog: I'm still doing software testing and then last week, before he went on vacation, my boss came in and said he wants me to think of how best to build an X.400 to teletype format gateway. I should brief him on it when he is back next week :yikes:


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Post by: wrack on September 01, 2009, 05:49:53 am
Is that IBM X.400 Mainframe?


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Post by: Jason Reed on September 01, 2009, 06:58:26 am
Not IBM but X.400 is an international standard. The military have been modifying it for their use and we will need to implement it eventually. The big problem is that many of our users also want to connect to older RATT type communications systems (like the one we sell already) and so I have to work with the military standards to convert the X.400 to the RATT format.


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Post by: simmo on September 01, 2009, 06:21:47 pm
Howdy all :hiya:

I got my jury duty pushed back to the 1st week of december  :mf_Dr_Evil: They said its the last time I can change it though... But by that time I will either still be working here (that would be ideal) and can afford to take a day "off" or I will be in between jobs and the $6 will be better than nothing :lol:

@jr - pop out that baby yet?

@wrjack - when is the big day again? I forget and too lazy to search


 :jamie:


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Post by: Jason Reed on September 01, 2009, 06:29:53 pm
Nope no baby yet. Although according to doctor it could happen any time. Pretty much everything is ready to go.


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Post by: wrack on September 02, 2009, 01:28:20 am
JR, sometimes I think your work is so cool when I hear the militay involved but from what I hear it is just smokes and mirrors! Real interesting stuff, ppl never get to see.

Simmo, the big day is on 3rd December.

Howdy all :wave:


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Post by: Jason Reed on September 02, 2009, 05:12:28 am
Actually the new project I'm doing brainstorming on is actually based on civilian standards. Almost all militaries are going to a CotS (Commercial off the Shelf) type systems. They use civilian standards with slight modifications for military requirements. The system we're working on is based off the X.400 standard which is a high secure email system.

In the civilian world it didn't take off because of the infrastructure it needed as compared to the current email system was too much and too expensive. Apparently some companies use it internally for their business transactions and such.


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Post by: wrack on September 03, 2009, 01:11:54 am
Yeah I thought that the X400 was widely used by banks in their ATM network for transaction purposes!


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Post by: Jason Reed on September 03, 2009, 05:17:28 am
It makes sense. No one can send a message without an entry in a directory and each user and transfer agent must have a certificate. It makes a system pretty much closed to the outside world. Naturally it's not perfect but it does make it much more difficult.


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Post by: wrack on September 04, 2009, 01:06:27 am
Yeah hard to get hold of an ATM line and just jack in :evil:

Morning all :wave:


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Post by: Jason Reed on September 04, 2009, 09:21:15 am
Especially if they connect to each other over VPN tunnels. :yes: See why the military would want to use it as well?


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Post by: simmo on September 04, 2009, 05:38:48 pm
Howdy all :wave:

3 day weekend here in the states (monday is labor day(?)), I've mixed feelings about it cos as a contractor I lose a day of pay :doh: but I get a day off  :beak:


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Post by: wrack on September 06, 2009, 07:10:46 am
Good old labour day! No labour at all :mf_Dr_Evil:


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Post by: simmo on September 10, 2009, 09:07:36 pm
Howdy all, quiet in here  :mf_Dr_Evil:


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Post by: wrack on September 11, 2009, 03:54:08 am
Yeah quiet is has been here!


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Post by: Jason Reed on September 11, 2009, 04:40:29 am
Yeah. Been really busy with work so I haven't had much time to post anything new.

The company has decided that instead of spending the thousands of euros to send me to the Microsoft Tech Ed that it would be better that they send me to school to learn to program Java. This way I can start working on our next project that will be Java based.


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Post by: wrack on September 14, 2009, 07:37:18 am
Darn...You would have had a chance to visit the Aussie land again JR! We have decided not to go to Tech Ed either.

Been pretty flat out at work too lately and no time to do anything online.


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Post by: Jason Reed on September 14, 2009, 09:43:58 am
Darn...You would have had a chance to visit the Aussie land again JR! We have decided not to go to Tech Ed either.

Been pretty flat out at work too lately and no time to do anything online.

I would have been going to the European Tech Ed in Berlin.


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Post by: simmo on September 14, 2009, 06:57:41 pm
Happy Monday all  :lol:


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Post by: wrack on September 15, 2009, 04:59:32 am
Happy Tuesday Afternoon :banned2:


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Post by: Jason Reed on September 15, 2009, 06:49:38 am
Morning everyone. Had a late meeting yesterday. I didn't get out of the office until 6:30pm.


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Post by: wrack on September 16, 2009, 12:44:38 am
Bah late meetings...I work till 7:00 everyday! :horse:


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Post by: Jason Reed on September 16, 2009, 04:15:51 am
What time do you start?


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Post by: simmo on September 16, 2009, 01:11:23 pm
Happy Wednesday all  :lol:


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Post by: wrack on September 17, 2009, 11:14:03 am
What time do you start?
10 :sofa:


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Post by: wrack on September 17, 2009, 11:14:59 am
Happy Wednesday all  :lol:
Easy for you to say :bruce:


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Post by: Jason Reed on September 17, 2009, 12:51:45 pm

I'm in the office at 7:30 at the latest (unless I bring the eldest boy to kindergarten then I'm there by 8:00)


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Post by: simmo on September 17, 2009, 01:46:55 pm
Happy Wednesday all  :lol:
Easy for you to say :bruce:
But soon it will be Friday for you and i'm still stuck here on Thursday  :waycon1:


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Post by: Sue on September 17, 2009, 10:49:01 pm
Hi guys.  Sorry Ive been away so long but was in hospital again since late August.

I hope everyone is doing well. 

I have to take time soon and go back to read what Ive missed.

Also..Im not getting my emails to notify me when someone has replied to a thread even though I check out every one I get.


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Post by: wrack on September 18, 2009, 12:25:44 am
I'm in the office at 7:30 at the latest (unless I bring the eldest boy to kindergarten then I'm there by 8:00)
Yes I am aware of you going office early JR, I was just making fun :D


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Post by: wrack on September 18, 2009, 12:26:18 am
But soon it will be Friday for you and i'm still stuck here on Thursday  :waycon1:
Friday it is :scooter:


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Post by: wrack on September 18, 2009, 12:27:01 am
Hi guys.  Sorry Ive been away so long but was in hospital again since late August.

I hope everyone is doing well. 

I have to take time soon and go back to read what Ive missed.

Also..Im not getting my emails to notify me when someone has replied to a thread even though I check out every one I get.
Hey Sue :wave: Good to see you back. Hope things are going well.


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Post by: Sue on September 18, 2009, 12:47:31 am
Thank you wrack. :)

Yeah Im doing okay for now I think. :)

How are the wedding plans going? :)


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Post by: simmo on September 18, 2009, 03:24:37 pm
Friday it is :scooter:
yes it is, and 1/4 done w/the workday  :happydance:

@sue sorry to hear the bad news :console: glad to hear you are doing better, stay that way :)

happy friday all (or all who it is friday for :p )  :cheers:

Have a bit of freelance computer work to do tomorrow, not quite sure what, they just have a computer that "isn't playing nice." They have a set up that I am not quite used to w/hosted profiles and whatnot, but I'm thinking worst case I just rebuild the box.
Also got word of a freelance project (if it comes to fruition, the others didn't so I'm not holding my breath) that will coincide tiemwise with my contract ending here.


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Post by: Sue on September 18, 2009, 04:01:03 pm
Happy Friday to you too msimmons. :)

I am not well but I am home from the hospital for now anyway.  Seems I have to go in soon to have a body part removed so I can avoid the frequent emergency trips and extended stay hooked up to all sorts of life saving and narcotic meds which I hate. :(

Good luck with the freelance projects. :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on September 18, 2009, 06:28:18 pm
Sorry to hear about your illness is still causing you problems. Glad you are home though.


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Post by: Sue on September 18, 2009, 07:08:24 pm
Thanks JR...not for long though...pain is starting already so that's a bad sign indicating I will likely be returning soon. :(

Its great to be at home though in my own bed with electronic entertainment and peace from hospital staff and other ill people who keep me awake night and day.


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Post by: wrack on September 20, 2009, 01:18:09 am
Sorry to hear about your health Sue. Get better soon :hug:

Morning all :wave:


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Post by: Sue on September 20, 2009, 01:27:18 am
Thanks wrack.  I appreciate your care and hugs. :)

Good day to you as well. I hope that you have a fun remainder of your day. :)


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Post by: wrack on September 21, 2009, 01:38:42 am
Thanks Sue but the work has been taking it's toll lately with lots of extra hours and too many projects running at the same time.


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Post by: Sue on September 21, 2009, 01:50:37 am
Oh.  Im sorry to hear of the stress burden but hopefully the money is good for your efforts. :)


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Post by: wrack on September 22, 2009, 01:35:04 am
Oh yeah, money isn't a problem but it's just, I wish I can stop time for a year or so and get all things done :D

Morning all :wave:


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Post by: Sue on September 22, 2009, 02:19:54 am
Perhaps an extended honeymoon? :shifty:


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Post by: wrack on September 22, 2009, 05:55:52 am
We have already decided to go on Honeymoon twice in year 2010.


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Post by: Sue on September 22, 2009, 06:18:28 am
Well then.....I hope it helps you accomplish the stopping time thing.  :)


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Post by: wrack on September 23, 2009, 01:07:59 am
LOL


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Post by: simmo on September 23, 2009, 03:52:35 pm
howdy all :hiya:

It turns out I actually got paid for labor day, that was a very pleasant surprise :happydance: I thought they just messed up so I sent an email letting them know, but they meant to do it.
After next week I'll be starting the 3rd month here and the original job listing was for 3months, so not sure what to expect come November :p



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Post by: wrack on September 23, 2009, 11:31:19 pm
If things go well you might be stuck to the contract for longer which is good :)

Morning all :wave:


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Post by: Jason Reed on September 25, 2009, 09:25:54 am
Good luck with that Simmo,

Sorry I've been offline recently guys. I'm staying with my middle son in the hospital. Apparently he got an acute asthma and was taken by ambulance to the hospital I've been with him the whole time. My wife is giving me a break today so that I can get some internet time at a cafe ;).

I'll let you guys know when we are back home.


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Post by: simmo on September 25, 2009, 02:34:30 pm
If things go well you might be stuck to the contract for longer which is good :)
Yup, I really like this company and the people, so it would be awesome to stay longer, or even permanently.

Good luck with that Simmo,
Thanks :) Part of me is actually looking forward to having time off again :p

Sorry I've been offline recently guys. I'm staying with my middle son in the hospital. Apparently he got an acute asthma and was taken by ambulance to the hospital I've been with him the whole time.
He doing ok now?


Happy friday all (cept wrack, he had his already)  :happydance:

Spent most of the day yesterday trying to stop a page from taking 26seconds to load. I thought it was just data intensive so i was trimming all the fat, optimizing loops, etc... turns out it was some "IE fix" that the graphics people had me add some javascript link to the css... after pulling that out i have it down to 6-10secs, I think i can trim off a few more too. :doh:



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Post by: Sue on September 25, 2009, 09:08:31 pm
Msimmons I hope all goes well with you with your work.  Its time you had a break.  You've been busy for too long I think. :)

JR Im sorry to  learn about your struggles with the new wee one being so suddenly sick and back in hospital again.  Scary situation I bet. :(  Hopefully he feels better soon and both you and your wife get some well earned rest.

Have a fantastic weekend everyone and stay well! :wave:


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Post by: wrack on September 25, 2009, 10:40:47 pm
Good luck with that Simmo,

Sorry I've been offline recently guys. I'm staying with my middle son in the hospital. Apparently he got an acute asthma and was taken by ambulance to the hospital I've been with him the whole time. My wife is giving me a break today so that I can get some internet time at a cafe ;).

I'll let you guys know when we are back home.
Arrrgh...hope he gets better soon JR :)


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Post by: Sue on September 25, 2009, 11:14:37 pm
Hi wrack! :wave:

Have a fun weekend! :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on September 26, 2009, 01:18:41 pm
All is well again. Vincent and I returned home today. He's doing better but still needs lots of meds.


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Post by: Sue on September 26, 2009, 05:01:06 pm
That's good news JR. :)  Shame that he has to have the meds though.  So young. :(


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Post by: simmo on September 28, 2009, 08:14:42 pm
Happy monday/tuesday all  :bangin:

finally fixed a "bug" that i spent all friday on and most of today :p 2 hours left till i get to go home, but hard to get back to whatever it was I was doing thursday :nuts:


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Post by: Sue on September 28, 2009, 08:31:01 pm
Happy days to you too msimmons. :wave:

I am glad that you are able to make the progress you've worked hard for. :)

What are your latest game console games that entertain you lately? :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on September 29, 2009, 07:52:19 am
Hi everyone,

Vincent is doing much better. He's still taking a meds to help his breathing but he's playing quiet well.


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Post by: Sue on September 29, 2009, 07:59:48 am
Glad to read that great news JR! :thumb: 

Is he able to nurse normally or does his breathing interfere with that a bit? :(


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Post by: simmo on September 29, 2009, 03:56:49 pm
Still playing an mmo that i started back in July' 06  :lol:
/me resists temptation to make a breeder section for the forum  :mf_telletubbies:


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Post by: Sue on September 29, 2009, 05:00:09 pm
Oh my gosh!  Still on the same game? You sure have been overworked. ;)

No need for a breeder section forum for me.  LOL 

But Im very happy for JR just the same and welcome news on the health of his family.  Perhaps one day the rest of you will have the same good news to share.  All you bachelors on here I mean. ;D


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Post by: Sue on September 29, 2009, 05:06:07 pm
JR?  I think the Gallery would benefit from a picture of your 3 boys together now.  :hmm: :)

I wish the rest of the members here would also add some colour to the photo gallery here.  :shifty:


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Post by: Jason Reed on September 29, 2009, 05:47:43 pm
Still playing an mmo that i started back in July' 06  :lol:
/me resists temptation to make a breeder section for the forum  :mf_telletubbies:

What game?


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Post by: simmo on September 29, 2009, 05:58:23 pm
nope, still playing dofus :) (we exchanged a few messages in the KOL thread about a yr ago about it)
I was just asking cos paullew posted a clan msg that he was quitting the game and dumped alot of good stuff in teh stash... and if yall arent playing  (and I just spent $20 to get one of the items last monday too...  )

but as for what I'm really playing ALOT of is Dofus. ( dofus.com ) I've a group of friends from KOL that I got addicted to it too and I spend every non-working non-sleeping hr there
:evil:


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Post by: wrack on September 29, 2009, 09:31:01 pm
Morning all :wave:

Spring is here and that means the daylight comes very early like 6:30 am and so I can't sleep till 8:30 like I used to with Winter :(

How are you all doing?


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Post by: Sue on September 29, 2009, 09:36:44 pm
Im the same wrack.  Thanks for asking. :)

Happy Spring to you!!

Have a fantastic day too! :)


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Post by: wrack on September 30, 2009, 02:55:37 am
Thanks Sue and you have a great day too. How is your recovering going?

Probably not my place to ask but it seems that your immune system is very weak, have you tried any natural ways to boost it?


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Post by: Sue on September 30, 2009, 07:36:55 am
No it has nothing to do with my immune system wrack.  My intestines burst and I nearly died twice in the past three months.

I live an EXTREMELY healthy life and diet believe me.  I know everything there is to know about food and healthy living and I live it.  The illness was caused from acute unrelenting stress over the years.  Its a long story....


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Post by: wrack on September 30, 2009, 09:47:06 am
Ahh...I understand now. I can imagine it must be very painful. Wish I had drop of "Elixir" for ya :hug:


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Post by: Sue on September 30, 2009, 11:35:45 am
There is no word for the acute 'pain' and suffering that this brings wrack.  You pray for death believe me.  I dont even seem human during that situation.

I wish you had a magic cure too. :yes:

Thanks for your care. :)


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Post by: wrack on September 30, 2009, 11:47:37 pm
You are most welcome :)

Morning all :wave:


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Post by: Sue on October 01, 2009, 12:12:08 am
Good day wrack! :wave:  Have a fun day! :yes:


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Post by: wrack on October 02, 2009, 12:40:50 am
:rasta:


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Post by: Sue on October 02, 2009, 12:50:55 am
Enjoying your weekend I see.  :thumb:


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Post by: simmo on October 02, 2009, 03:33:33 pm
Happy Friday for those of whom it is Friday  :happydance:

I got contacted a few times yesterday from a recruiter for a full time position yesterday. My contract here is scheduled to be over at the end of this month so I asked if they thought it would actually end or not. Sounds like they anticipate a couple more months. I plan to stay loyal to this company so not gonna call that recruiter back, just sent him an email saying thanks and I'll let him know when I'm back on the market. I just hope this current company doesn't make me regret it :p You would think after the last company burning me I would be jaded and not look out for anyone but myself, but ethically I just can't do that. When I took this job I made a promise to hold this desk while their programmer is unavailable, and I don't break promises.

on a lighter note, my (2nd) divorce should be finally completed Thursday :cheers: We split up over 3 yrs ago, just never got around to making it legal :lol:


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Post by: wrack on October 03, 2009, 12:22:57 am
Morning all :wave:

Enjoying the weekend now Sue :)

Good work Simmo. It is this company who got you afloat in the the tough times and you gotta stay loyal and show you care, even if they don't. Ahh finally a single man again ehh. Clubing starts or gonna stay single for a while.


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Post by: Sue on October 03, 2009, 12:26:33 am
Happy weekend msimmons and all. :)

msimmons I admire your commitment and integrity concerning your work.

Congratulations on the divorce msimmons.  Any plans to celebrate?


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Post by: wrack on October 04, 2009, 11:51:44 pm
Morning all :wave:

It's Snehal's birthday tomorrow so I am gonna fly to Sydney late evening and surprise her, should be fun :evil:


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Post by: Jason Reed on October 06, 2009, 02:26:36 pm
Hope you had fun surprising your fiance


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Post by: simmo on October 06, 2009, 03:15:33 pm
Good work Simmo. It is this company who got you afloat in the the tough times and you gotta stay loyal and show you care, even if they don't.
Yeah, and hopefully they keep me on even longer, but if not, my conscience is good.

Ahh finally a single man again ehh. Clubing starts or gonna stay single for a while.
I've been single for 3yrs :p this is just a legality  :busted:

Howdy all  :happydance:


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Post by: Sue on October 07, 2009, 12:42:27 am
I hope everyone here is well. :wave:


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Post by: simmo on October 07, 2009, 02:07:07 pm
so far so good, almost halfway to Friday again  :happydance:


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Post by: Sue on October 07, 2009, 02:12:38 pm
Yes...:)

How is the weather in Texas msimmons?

We have had frost here already and the leaves are turning various colours of orange red and gold and greens.


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Post by: wrack on October 08, 2009, 12:28:23 am
Hope you had fun surprising your fiance
It was one gooooooooood trip :) She loved it.


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Post by: wrack on October 08, 2009, 12:30:16 am
I've been single for 3yrs :p this is just a legality  :busted:

Howdy all  :happydance:
Yes I am aware of it :) Legality was my point :happydance:


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Post by: simmo on October 09, 2009, 06:05:29 pm
Happy weekend all  :cheers: (and nope not going out, just sticking to the routine of staying & home playing on teh computer :lol: )

Yes...:)

How is the weather in Texas msimmons?

We have had frost here already and the leaves are turning various colours of orange red and gold and greens.
We just got a "cold" front, previous to today its been in the 90's, but atm its 66F


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Post by: Sue on October 09, 2009, 06:23:55 pm
Oh my gosh that's a drastic drop!  You all must be freezing in comparison. :yikes:


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Post by: wrack on October 11, 2009, 10:11:05 pm
G'Day all :rasta:


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Post by: Sue on October 11, 2009, 10:33:57 pm
Hey wrack!  :wave:


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Post by: wrack on October 12, 2009, 04:00:36 am
Hi Sue :wave:

Howz going?


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Post by: Sue on October 12, 2009, 04:16:58 am
Oh Im okay.  Nothing exciting happening.  Trying to recover and get back to living is all. :)

Is your weather warming up at all yet?


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Post by: Jason Reed on October 12, 2009, 06:06:05 am
Morning everyone, I'm back in the office. Feels kind of funny after being away for 3 weeks.

On the bright side my wife and I are looking into buying a house? Apparently the market is good right now and there is a town not too far away that is having a Generation Change where older people who had families are selling the large old home for something smaller and we might be able to benefit from this. Will keep you all posted as to how this goes. Needless to say my wife is the more cautious of the two of us and I'm the one who's chomping at the bit to buy ;)


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Post by: Sue on October 12, 2009, 06:11:27 am
LOL  Welcome back! :cheers:

Good luck with the house hunting JR. :)  I bet your wife is that way because she stays home more than you do with the boys?  Perhaps she is looking at the ease it will be to clean and maintain as well.


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Post by: Jason Reed on October 12, 2009, 07:04:17 am
Probably something like that. We're making a list of what we feel is important in a house that we would use when we look at houses.


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Post by: Sue on October 12, 2009, 07:09:49 am
That's the best idea yeah.  Plan ahead always helps I think.  Are you looking at historic homes or modern?


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Post by: Jason Reed on October 12, 2009, 07:31:00 am
Most of the houses we are looking at were built in the mid 80's so fairly modern. We could never afford a historical house. Too much work and to many requirements. My wife's family have a historical house in her home town it is fairly expensive to maintain and since it was built in the 16th century there are a lot of laws to limit what can be done with it.

The town we are looking at is actually older than my wife's home town (founded sometime in the 8th century) so we definitely don't want to go with something historical.


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Post by: Sue on October 12, 2009, 07:46:34 am
Yeah some historical homes though have already been 'renovated' to the standard the town council will allow.  That's what I was thinking about.  I do not know the prices in your country there.  Are the parents not allowed to better insulate the inside, or update at least if they leave the outside alone?

You both certainly do not need to get any home that requires work.  You have enough on  your hands with 3 young boys to tend to and the general family life without having to take on extra work.

There are costs vs. benefits to both I suppose.  Modern are more energy efficient of course; and like you said...you are not restricted to how you can modify your own home.


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Post by: wrack on October 15, 2009, 04:32:19 am
Hey y'll :wave:

Howz going? I have been busy lately so didn't have a chance to visit.

Sue :scooter:

JR :rasta:

Simmo  O0


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Post by: Sue on October 15, 2009, 06:13:50 am
Hi wrack! :wave:

Its going okay thanks.  Feeling much better now. :)


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Post by: wrack on October 15, 2009, 10:41:02 pm
Good to hear that Sue :)

Morning all :wave:


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Post by: Sue on October 15, 2009, 11:50:41 pm
Thank you wrack and good morning. :)


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Post by: simmo on October 16, 2009, 06:11:09 pm
Happy friday all  :happydance:

Got files back from the company doing the translations, been punching them into resx files all week, in a nutshell, glorified data entry :p I'm not complaining though :)


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Post by: Sue on October 16, 2009, 09:17:02 pm
OMGosh!  I had no idea that today was Friday already! 

Glad you're content msimmons with your work. :)

Have a great weekend everyone. :wave:


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Post by: Jason Reed on October 18, 2009, 02:14:12 pm
Looked at our first house yesterday. It was nice but not what we are looking for really.


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Post by: Sue on October 18, 2009, 02:22:06 pm
Oh great!  The hunt has begun!  Good luck JR. :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on October 19, 2009, 06:14:36 am
Thanks Sue.

We're trying to take our time but there is this next house we are looking at and right now it seems to be a good candidate. We're going to make an appointment to see it this week hopefully.


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Post by: Sue on October 19, 2009, 11:15:02 am
Sounds good JR. 

Would you mind having to move during the winter?  Or are you looking more towards Spring even if you were to acquire a new home now?


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Post by: Jason Reed on October 19, 2009, 02:00:18 pm
We have to give a minimum of 3 months notice before canceling our apartment contract, and I think it will take a month or two before we are actually ready to buy and get all the paperwork started. The biggest challenge will be to reduce the amount of time that we'll be paying twice (once for the rent and once for the house payment) there's going to be some overlap but we want to make it a minimal as possible. I figure we won't move until late winter early spring at the earliest actually.


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Post by: Sue on October 19, 2009, 07:00:05 pm
Yeah here its two months notice before leaving an apartment so I understand that as well as the double monthly payments as you transition. 

At least you're progressing now towards a different location to live...I hope that everything falls smoothly into place for you all at the right time for everyone. :)


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Post by: simmo on October 19, 2009, 07:28:03 pm
OMGosh!  I had no idea that today was Friday already! 
And now its monday again  :bye: But only 2.5hrs left in the workday for me  :happydance:


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Post by: Sue on October 19, 2009, 08:42:06 pm
Yeah.... :(

Have a good evening though. :)


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Post by: wrack on October 22, 2009, 12:06:09 am
Hi all :wave:

Howz going? I have been flat out busy at work lately and hardly finding any time to come here :(


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Post by: Sue on October 22, 2009, 12:11:08 am
Seems that you are not alone.  Most members are not having time to come here anymore. :(

Nice to see you again wrack. :yes:  I hope you get some rest soon. :)

Everything is okay with me.  Thanks for asking. :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on October 22, 2009, 05:20:58 pm
Yep seems like we are all pretty busy right now. New project for me at the office has me humping like I did when I was in the Army only with my brains instead of my muscles. We look at another house tomorrow afternoon. Then Monday I'll be in a week long course for learning to program with Java. Come back to do more work on my project for a week. Get to meet my intern and then back to school for another three days for the second part of the class.

Busy busy busy busy.  :type:


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Post by: Sue on October 22, 2009, 06:28:10 pm
Good gosh! :yikes:   I am sure you are exhausted each evening with a work load like that.


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Post by: Jason Reed on October 23, 2009, 04:54:47 am
Yeah and you figure that's just the professional stuff. That didn't really include spending time with the family.


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Post by: Sue on October 23, 2009, 06:33:50 am
Yeah...the family take up alot from you when you get home too...You can be overwhelmed sometimes after a hard day out of the house.  They miss you so much and have to have bonding time before its their bed time....   You must sleep very well at night.  :)


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Post by: simmo on October 27, 2009, 08:14:49 pm
Howdy all :hiya:


When using the "previous" button at the top right of a thread (i thought it would take me to a previous page) I wound up in a thread i had long forgotten. Seems almost fitting that was probably her last sentence.




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Post by: Jason Reed on October 28, 2009, 03:59:03 pm
Yeah.

I really wanted to get that project up and running again here, but I just didn't have the time to work out the bugs. The engine kept tripping up and causing all kinds of problems and I didn't feel right about installing it here and risk it crashing the site.

Hey everyone, sorry I've been so quiet this week. I've been in a Java programming course. It finishes up tomorrow and I've learned some good things. In two weeks I'll be back for a three day course on the more advanced stuff like threading and such. Needless to say I'll probably be quiet during that time as well.

Right now I'm sitting in a Cafe in Regensburg having a Latte Macchiato just for some internet time. Looking forward to going home tomorrow and spending time with the family.


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Post by: Sue on October 28, 2009, 04:18:11 pm
I wasn't aware that your course was takign you away from your family when you told us about it last week.  I thought it was around where you live.  Safe travels! :yes:


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Post by: simmo on October 28, 2009, 06:12:24 pm
I really wanted to get that project up and running again here, but I just didn't have the time to work out the bugs. The engine kept tripping up and causing all kinds of problems and I didn't feel right about installing it here and risk it crashing the site.
No worries, I wish I more time to devote to AI as well, its a pretty interesting facet of our craft. Although knowing what is behind the curtain does take some of the fun out of it (and out of terminator movies).

Halfway to Friday :happydance: I think I'm getting sick though... better not be swine flu  :doctor:


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Post by: Sue on October 28, 2009, 08:07:49 pm
I hope you're not getting the H1N1 either msimmons.  Are you interested in that flu shot they keep hyping about?  Im not.

Get well soon. :)


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Post by: simmo on October 30, 2009, 02:07:30 pm
Are you interested in that flu shot they keep hyping about?  Im not.
Nope, I never get flu shots. I won't even take medicine if I can help it :p

Feeling much better, it didn't really get very bad either.

Happy Friday all, and for those who celebrate, a happy & safe Halloween.  :holloween:


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Post by: Sue on October 30, 2009, 02:17:22 pm
I dont celebrate Halloween but its nice to see how people use their imagination for decorating and costume designs. :)  A lot of vampire and Micheal Jackson costumes this year.

I am glad that you are feeling better. :)

I dont get any flu shots either and Im never sick with a virus or cold.  I hate being intoxicated on medications so when I have been in the hospital...believe me its misery.   At least they keep me alive but the process is not fun at all..


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Post by: Jason Reed on November 02, 2009, 03:05:41 pm
Back in the office today. Busy busy busy working on this demo project. I go back to class next week for three days to learn some new stuff (Yeah Threading).

Actually the class was pretty informative.

We think we've settled on a house. We're doing some more checks and getting ready to talk to the bank. Then we'll hire a house inspector to check that the house is ok. Tonight though we measure all our furniture and try to come up with a way to put it in the house :D


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Post by: Sue on November 02, 2009, 10:27:53 pm
Wow!  That was fast! LOL  Id make sure your house inspector's work is checked as well because some house inspectors overlook things the buyer is not aware of until later when he has to make the repairs to a cost to him all because the house inspector's work wasn't competent.

Why do you have to measure your furniture?  Is your new house a tiny house where your current furniture will not fit in?


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Post by: Jason Reed on November 03, 2009, 10:26:15 am
The house is cut differently and the living room is a little smaller than what we have now. So we have to figure how to get our living room furniture into this room. We will have more room overall just that the individual rooms are just a tad smaller.


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Post by: Sue on November 03, 2009, 12:02:14 pm
Oh.  Okay I understand better now. :)

This reminds me of my brother when he first moved into his condo apartment in Ottawa.  He had, after months of searching, finally found the living room set that he wanted...but it was in a city two hours drive away, so he had to have it shipped to his home in Ottawa. 

Once there..the delivery men could not get it in through any door or window no matter if they were removed or not.  Thankfully he was on the ground floor of the building.

It ended up that my brother had to have the furniture returned to Montreal where he again had to order the furniture in a smaller format which would fit better into his living room.  A costly and time consuming mistake. :)


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Post by: wrack on November 04, 2009, 12:35:42 am
Hi all :wave:

Simmo :scooter:
Sue :hug:
JR :rasta:

Sorry I have been away again! Snehal & I got married here in Australia last Thursday and we were away from internet for 5 days. Couple of wedding photos are below.

http://www.patel.com.au/ausshare/fromNirav/w1.jpg
http://www.patel.com.au/ausshare/fromNirav/w2.jpg
http://www.patel.com.au/ausshare/fromNirav/w3.jpg
http://www.patel.com.au/ausshare/fromNirav/w4.jpg


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Post by: Jason Reed on November 04, 2009, 05:18:50 am
No need to apologize for getting married :D

Congratulations Wrack! :yay: I hope you both have a wonderful life together!


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Post by: wrack on November 04, 2009, 06:22:38 am
Thanks JR :)


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Post by: simmo on November 04, 2009, 09:56:15 pm
GRATS!  :cheers:

How's married life treating you so far? Is she living with you now?


Howdy all  :mf_farmer:

Been a little busy lately. Last weekend I got hired by a guy that works at the company I was laid off by to help with IT needs of his side business. They have a couple computers there and a software package that runs in a client/server scenario, except they are trying to use the computer that is serving the data as a client as well... So this week I'm building a server (out of parts I had on hand, was intended to be a home automation server but have been wanting to liquidate all the hardware I have) and this weekend will go install it for them and hope it clears up all the latency.

Technically my contract ended here last week (was for 3months) but no one has said anything, and there is still work for me to do, so I'm continuing to work till they say not to :p


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Post by: wrack on November 04, 2009, 11:35:47 pm
Thanks Simmo :)

Life is different after marriage, I am having to make breakfast for two and yes she is living with me now. I can't now promise anyone to be there on time since things are always delayed :lol:

Good to hear that the work is flowing nicely for you.


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Post by: Jason Reed on November 05, 2009, 06:32:52 am
Wait until you have children Wrack.


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Post by: wrack on November 05, 2009, 11:55:40 am
Hah, it will be a while.


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Post by: simmo on November 06, 2009, 09:59:26 pm
Happy Friday all  :cheers:
I have to be mindful that I'm working in the morning though  :crash: and I shouldnt have put off building the server i'm installing tomorrow till the last day either :p Not sure what is wrong w/it but it is not posting (nor beeping), I have a few more tests to run, but will prolly just wind up using desktop class hardware for tomorrow.


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Post by: Sue on November 08, 2009, 04:59:56 pm
Hi all :wave:

Simmo :scooter:
Sue :hug:
JR :rasta:

Sorry I have been away again! Snehal & I got married here in Australia last Thursday and we were away from internet for 5 days. Couple of wedding photos are below.

http://www.patel.com.au/ausshare/fromNirav/w1.jpg
http://www.patel.com.au/ausshare/fromNirav/w2.jpg
http://www.patel.com.au/ausshare/fromNirav/w3.jpg
http://www.patel.com.au/ausshare/fromNirav/w4.jpg

OH my gosh!!  Married already!! I thought the wedding was to be in December?  :yikes:

Well this is a surprise!  Congratulations to you both wrack!!  You both make a handsome couple indeed!!  It's all so exciting! :yes:  Very very nice pictures. :)  Thanks for sharing.... :)


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Post by: Sue on November 08, 2009, 05:01:54 pm
Im wondering why Im not getting my GT email notices when someone here makes a new post reply? :hmm:


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Post by: Jason Reed on November 08, 2009, 07:30:11 pm
Could be something with the mail server again. I'll look into it


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Post by: Sue on November 08, 2009, 07:38:27 pm
Okay :)


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Post by: wrack on November 08, 2009, 11:19:13 pm
OH my gosh!!  Married already!! I thought the wedding was to be in December?  :yikes:

Well this is a surprise!  Congratulations to you both wrack!!  You both make a handsome couple indeed!!  It's all so exciting! :yes:  Very very nice pictures. :)  Thanks for sharing.... :)
Yeah we are heading to India and we will have marriage in Indian style on 3rd December but we wanted to register it in Australia too. Thanks for the wishes and no problems at all with sharing.


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Post by: Sue on November 08, 2009, 11:37:54 pm
Oh well it makes sense now then.  I was likely confused. :)  Looking forward to seeing the wedding pictures in December. :)  I learned that the Indian weddings are HUGE affairs....you two will likely be exhausted by the time you return home? :)  All the memories you will make though....I wish you both always the best of health and happiness and safe travels too!


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Post by: simmo on November 09, 2009, 09:58:36 pm
Im wondering why Im not getting my GT email notices when someone here makes a new post reply? :hmm:
They are working for me  :mf_Dr_Evil:


Well, the server I was building for that company turned out to be DOA  :blowup: I'm pretty sure I got it for cheap, but was too long ago to remember, or return... I jsut ordered a PCI post tester so maybe that will tell me why it won't post. In the mean time, I built them a server out of a nicer machine that I had laying around, but I don't want to sell them that one :p

Wrapping up another freelance project too, after about 7 emails back & forth (including a diagram I made in paint :lol: ) trying to get their IT guy to make some domain name changes, he finally jsut gave me the passwords so I can make the changes myself.

Happy Monday all  :horse:


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Post by: Sue on November 09, 2009, 10:08:57 pm
Happy Monday to you too msimmons. :wave:

I received one GT email notification today. :)  But I don't get them regularly even though I use every one I get.  I dont get some for days and when I come here to check in...I see that many posts have happened since my last visit.  I make sure I reply to each email I get or it will prevent me from getting new notifications for that particular thread.

Good luck with your work! :)


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Post by: simmo on November 09, 2009, 10:17:32 pm
The way it is supposed to work, is you only get 1 email per thread until you view the thread again.

for example:
you post
i post (it sends you an email)
wrack posts
jr posts
i post again
you view the thread and/or post
jr posts (it sends you an email)

That way you only get 1 email and not 4 (in the example i made). I use a forum for the game i've been playing the past few years and it sends an email every. time. someone. posts.... so if you post in some threads you could wind up w/100 emails by the morning.


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Post by: Sue on November 09, 2009, 10:51:18 pm
Exactly.  I have been well aware of this for years. However my situation is that I am not getting it that way.  Today its working....but it for example I may leave this page....now that Ive been here....and not get another notice via email until next week even though you all have continued to post. :(  Its supposed to send you only one email when the first person posts after your last post.  Not for every consecutive post in that same thread.


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Post by: wrack on November 10, 2009, 03:05:24 am
Oh well it makes sense now then.  I was likely confused. :)  Looking forward to seeing the wedding pictures in December. :)  I learned that the Indian weddings are HUGE affairs....you two will likely be exhausted by the time you return home? :)  All the memories you will make though....I wish you both always the best of health and happiness and safe travels too!
Yeah the wedding has around 1000 guests and reception has around 900 guests. And we will be exhausted partly due to the distance between the family of around 400 KM and we need to make several trips.

Photos will follow as soon as I have them.


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Post by: Sue on November 10, 2009, 03:23:31 am
I wish you all well.....That's one HUUUUUUUUUUUGE wedding to plan.  Do you hire a professional wedding planner or do the family members prepare it all; or is it you and your wife that are responsible for it all?  I think you two will sleep for a week solid after all of that. :yes:


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Post by: wrack on November 10, 2009, 04:20:51 am
No the family members do it all. Since Snehal and I are here, my parents, brother and sister and Snehal's parents, brother and sister are managing it all. In minor matters my friends are there too and so are my uncle and cousins.

Yeah we will have no energy left for 3-4 days after the wedding which is about time we are flying back here so we are looking forward to come back and relax during Christmas's quiet time.


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Post by: Sue on November 10, 2009, 04:44:35 am
Awesome timing then. :yes:

Its amazing that peace is kept among all those family members working on this wedding.  Are their guidelines that each family are responsible for, or is it all personal choice and negotiations between the families? :dunno:


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Post by: Jason Reed on November 10, 2009, 05:46:00 am
Oh well it makes sense now then.  I was likely confused. :)  Looking forward to seeing the wedding pictures in December. :)  I learned that the Indian weddings are HUGE affairs....you two will likely be exhausted by the time you return home? :)  All the memories you will make though....I wish you both always the best of health and happiness and safe travels too!
Yeah the wedding has around 1000 guests and reception has around 900 guests. And we will be exhausted partly due to the distance between the family of around 400 KM and we need to make several trips.

Photos will follow as soon as I have them.

My god where do you put all those people?


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Post by: wrack on November 10, 2009, 06:46:16 am
Awesome timing then. :yes:

Its amazing that peace is kept among all those family members working on this wedding.  Are their guidelines that each family are responsible for, or is it all personal choice and negotiations between the families? :dunno:
Nah my parents manage the groom side of the stuff and Snehal's parents manage bride side of the stuff. Parents have total control and the work is promptly given to family members at their choice, no force.


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Post by: wrack on November 10, 2009, 06:48:12 am
Yeah the wedding has around 1000 guests and reception has around 900 guests. And we will be exhausted partly due to the distance between the family of around 400 KM and we need to make several trips.

Photos will follow as soon as I have them.

My god where do you put all those people?
Bride side manages the wedding so they have arranged it at a big ground and groom side manages the reception so we have arranged for a a big party plot and stuff.


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Post by: Sue on November 10, 2009, 04:11:32 pm
Hopefully you all have good weather on your side.  I can't imagine a wedding that huge.  I think if I ever got married Id have some legal place sign papers and Id return home right after.  I guess a five minute process would be fine. :lol:  I hate crowds you see. :)


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Post by: wrack on November 11, 2009, 12:19:14 am
Not a big fan of croud myself but this is how it works in our society and that is how I gotta do it.

It will be the winter so I wouldn't mind the weather a small bit at all. All in all it's going to last around 3 days in total a lot of travelling.


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Post by: Sue on November 11, 2009, 12:25:37 am
Why a lot of traveling once you are there?  :dunno:


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Post by: wrack on November 11, 2009, 02:48:42 am
Because our family are 400KM apart and we need to make several trips back and forth to finish the whole process.


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Post by: Sue on November 11, 2009, 02:55:17 am
oh my goodness!  Why not have a central location and rent a  hotel on or near the property?


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Post by: wrack on November 11, 2009, 06:45:08 am
The wedding happens at brides place and the reception happens at grooms place. Wedding expenese are on bride's side and reception expenses are groom's side.

Kinda hard to explain the way the whole social system works.  It's really hard to explain unless you have actually experienced it.


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Post by: Sue on November 11, 2009, 03:13:37 pm
Yeah I understood that the first time....but in Canada...we usually find a central location for people to gather.  Its not the bride and groom that have to travel between families...its the families that have to travel to the location that was chosen for the celebrations.  Here its like your way...the bride's family usually pay for the wedding and the grooms side for his clothes, the ring for her and the reception after. :)  Of course there can be variations depending on what the bride and groom decide they want for their own wedding.  It is they who tell the parents what sort of wedding they want and if they want the parents involved at all.


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Post by: wrack on November 11, 2009, 11:51:24 pm
Yeah kinda like that but there are differences.


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Post by: Sue on November 12, 2009, 12:20:41 am
Ive seen some of the weddings you speak of on TV...yeah there are a lot of differences.  Unfortunate that some of us in the world no longer take marriage as seriously anymore as Indian tradition does. :(


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Post by: wrack on November 12, 2009, 03:25:15 am
Yeah and sadly the culture is changing rapidly and we are adopting more and more western culture.


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Post by: Sue on November 12, 2009, 03:48:14 am
Oh that's not good at all. :(


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Post by: wrack on November 12, 2009, 05:13:52 am
Yeah well that is how things change.


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Post by: Sue on November 12, 2009, 05:37:33 am
Change is not always good though.  Its sad really. :(


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Post by: wrack on November 13, 2009, 03:15:16 am
Yes this particular trend is not good but there is nothing I can do. That is where the generation is heading.

On the other hand, how y'll been?


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Post by: Sue on November 13, 2009, 08:48:05 am
Yes of course. We are well aware that we are powerless as one to stop it. :)

Ive been great.  Thanks for asking.  Feel back to normal at least. :)


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Post by: wrack on November 13, 2009, 10:57:08 pm
Good to hear your health is much better now :)

I am now winding up few things at home in preparation of flying home. Since summer is here the backyard now has a lot of weed that I need to get rid of so off to get some weed-killer and stuff.


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Post by: Sue on November 13, 2009, 11:08:01 pm
Thank you for thinking of me. :)  Its great to finally feel healthy again. :)

Good luck with the weeds...nasty they are for sure...I think Id like to have a Japanese garden instead.  No grass.  Just water gardens, rock and sand. :)


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Post by: wrack on November 14, 2009, 09:48:51 pm
Yeah I am thinking the same thing but we have water shortage here in Victoria state so can't really make anything that has too much water flowing.

Morning all :wave:


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Post by: Sue on November 15, 2009, 02:20:26 am
Perhaps you can alternate the water for your favorite beverage instead then if there are no restrictions? :shifty: Use salt water...no shortage of that in the ocean if you live close enough. :)

Good morning/day to you too wrack. :)


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Post by: wrack on November 16, 2009, 12:01:18 am
I drink a lot of fruit juice and use a lot of petrol (my car drinks it via my credit card :construction:). Don't think I can use either one of them in the garden! Not a big fan of salt water and I don't live close to the beach anyways.

Morning all :wave:


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Post by: simmo on November 16, 2009, 08:42:58 pm
Thank you for thinking of me. :)  Its great to finally feel healthy again. :)

Good luck with the weeds...nasty they are for sure...I think Id like to have a Japanese garden instead.  No grass.  Just water gardens, rock and sand. :)
Not gonna suggest he get a goat? :hmm:


Happy monday all  :blahblah1:


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Post by: Sue on November 16, 2009, 09:34:03 pm
I drink a lot of fruit juice and use a lot of petrol (my car drinks it via my credit card :construction:). Don't think I can use either one of them in the garden! Not a big fan of salt water and I don't live close to the beach anyways.

Morning all :wave:

Salt ocean water is free and plentiful...hence the suggestion.  You'd just have to run a marine filter system instead of the traditional fresh water type.  Juice would be a problem because it would bring bugs and rodents....gas....well...hopefully no one would carry a flame near buy, but you'd have your home supply ready to top up your tank in your vehicle anyway. :shifty:


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Post by: Sue on November 16, 2009, 09:36:16 pm
Thank you for thinking of me. :)  Its great to finally feel healthy again. :)

Good luck with the weeds...nasty they are for sure...I think Id like to have a Japanese garden instead.  No grass.  Just water gardens, rock and sand. :)
Not gonna suggest he get a goat? :hmm:


Happy monday all  :blahblah1:

:lmao:  LOL Yeah....but he doesn't have the trouble to the extent you had and he also is willing to look after his regularly...you had mentioned that you don't like to so....hence the goat/sheep suggestion. :D LOL


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Post by: wrack on November 16, 2009, 11:27:20 pm
Not gonna suggest he get a goat? :hmm:

Happy monday all  :blahblah1:
Noooooo no goat :eek_yello:

Morning mate :)


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Post by: simmo on November 17, 2009, 04:47:38 pm
:lmao:  LOL Yeah....but he doesn't have the trouble to the extent you had and he also is willing to look after his regularly...you had mentioned that you don't like to so....hence the goat/sheep suggestion. :D LOL
Ah yes, very good point  :happydance:

Howdy all  :cheers:

Been looking at my net worth recently and exploring my options, one thing on my todo list is to get a 0% apr credit card to transfer my current balance to (since my current lender didn't want to give me a better %  :mf_Dr_Evil: ). In doing so, I found out my credit score is less than perfect... which it was perfect 1yr ago when I bought my current house. When I looked at my credit report I found 2 items that were negative, and neither of them were my fault (and shouldnt be there). I can't remember if said when each happend but:

item 1:
When I moved there was a little mix up with the power company, so in order to not be late on my payment I had to call them to make a payment. Turned out, the operator I spoke with was crooked... and decided to use my card # for more than jsut crediting my acct  :cell: So even though I got everything cleared up, I show an account that got turned over to a collections agency... that was never my account AND I called them to correct it when I learned about the fraudulent activity (I will NEVER do business with DIRECTV and tell everyone I can that they should not... they were very unhelpful (and are messing w/my score atm :p )

item 2:
When I was shopping for the new house, apparently my lender was checking rates on insurance... and the company signed me up :lol: I was never notified, never got a bill (prolly cos I didn't live there yet) so when the bill collectors started calling I was cussign them and accusing them of being scammers :rofl: Once I finally figured out what had happened, I sent them a nice little copy of my closing statement on the sale of the house, stating that it was months after they were trying to collect for, and the calls stopped... but its still on my credit report...

So, I have submitted a dispute and am waiting on the results :p


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Post by: Sue on November 17, 2009, 08:45:31 pm
Oh my gosh that's awful!!!!  I can try to imagine your state of mind...Id be angry too!  Hopefully it all clears up for you soon.


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Post by: wrack on November 20, 2009, 03:20:09 am
Heading to India tomorrow night so not sure when I will be able to come online. So have fun till I see y'll :)


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Post by: Sue on November 20, 2009, 04:26:32 am
Oh my!   Congratulations and best wishes for you and your family!  Save travels and get some rest!!

Hoping to see pictures when you return. :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on November 20, 2009, 03:19:30 pm
Safe Trip Wrack. Have fun we'll still be here when you get back :D


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Post by: simmo on November 24, 2009, 04:46:22 pm
Happy Tuesday all  :cheers:

The credit fiasco is still at "1 of 4 items completed" but the estimated completion date is 12/14 so I guess there is still time :p

Short week this week due to thanksgiving, getting out early tomorrow (Wednesday) then thurs is thanksgiving, then off Friday, not sure what days I'll be paid for since am contractor though.  :construction:


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Post by: Sue on November 24, 2009, 06:30:51 pm
I think that the American Thanksgiving is waaaaaaaaaaaay too close to the Christmas season.  Also its long past since the leaves from the trees fell etc...In Canada our Thanksgiving is early October when the leaves are turning etc and its far enough from Christmas to feel like two separate holiday seasons.  Oddly enough...when the Americans have their Thanksgiving...we all 'share in the celebration' in Canada so to speak anyway because you all do it HUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE in the US. LOL  Its on all of our TV stations and of course...no one does a parade like the Macy's Thanksgiving each year. :)

Good luck with your "credit fiasco" what ever that refers to...I seem to be out of the loop on that one. :(

Happy Tuesday to you too msimmons! :wave:


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Post by: simmo on November 24, 2009, 07:11:01 pm
Good luck with your "credit fiasco" what ever that refers to...I seem to be out of the loop on that one. :(
The stuff in my last post (November 17th) that you even commented on :lol:


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Post by: Sue on November 24, 2009, 07:18:16 pm
Okay...I see that now. lol  I should have read back.  No excuse for me really but truth be told... I've too much going on and in my head today....sorry I didn't remember.

Im glad its all progressing for you at least.  I hope you find peace soon...You've had enough stress the past while. :(


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Post by: Jason Reed on November 25, 2009, 12:13:11 pm
Hi everyone,

Working a lot here just to keep treading water. House is as good as bought. We talk to the owners to set a date on the purchase and we should know in about two weeks about the loan although all the bankers say everything looks good and they don't see any problems.

Wife's new laptop has lost it's WLAN adapter somehow. Not sure what the hell happened but even the little blue light on the computer's body doesn't come on any more.

Boys are doing well. Liam is really excited about his birthday party on Saturday. Vincent is excited too but only because his brother is. Christopher is doing his best to break his mother's will by keeping her up late at night. I do my best to alleviate the problem on the weekends since I don't have to get up early then. Not much else I can do about it.

Hope all the US residents have a good Thanksgiving. We're meeting up with some American friends to have a little something on Thursday as well.


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Post by: Sue on November 27, 2009, 05:50:45 am
Congratulations on the new home JR. :cheers:

I hope your wife's computer is healed now.

Im glad the boys are excited about the birthday party.  They are fun.  Its the clean up part I don't like. lol 

Sorry about wee Christopher keeping mom up so much at night though. :(  Must be hard on her considering she has the other two wee fellows to tend to during the day as well.


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Post by: simmo on November 30, 2009, 04:31:37 pm
Happy monday all  :construction:

@JR: grats on the house! when is moving day?


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Post by: Sue on November 30, 2009, 11:50:09 pm
Happy Monday and the rest of the week to you too msimmons. :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on December 03, 2009, 05:31:40 pm
Hi everyone, things are starting to wind down for the year finally. Still busy but not near as bad it was. I'm hoping that this will leave me more time to visit here ;)

I've finished the demo application for my boss. He's already looking into expanding it for a product, which means more work for me :D

Tomorrow we're going to talk to the house owners to make the final planning on when we are ready to go to the Notary and make the contract. We're looking to move in April.

Wife's computer is fixed. Apparently it was some sort of system short. We called the service department and they told me to take the battery out and remove power then hold the power button for at least 10 seconds, then plug it back in and give it a shot. Sure enough the WLAN reinstalled. Really strange error there.

I've got a three day weekend this weekend and next weekend I'll have a 4 day weekend :yay: because I have vacation I need to use up before end of year. After the 18th I'm done with the office until New Year.


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Post by: Jason Reed on December 04, 2009, 11:13:49 am
How not to design a website!

Warning may cause seizures http://www.frnz.de/


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Post by: Jason Reed on December 07, 2009, 10:49:13 am
Looks like it was a quiet weekend for everyone. Things went well on Friday with out discussion with the current house owners. We were able to talk them down 2000 Euros which isn't too bad. The plan is that we'll begin the moving process at the beginning of April with the goal of turning over our current apartment keys no later than April 30th.

The new house needs a bit of work before we actually move our things into it. Carpeting must come out as a top priority. With my allergies and asthma as well as Vincent's breathing problems we just can't afford to keep something like carpet in the house. Fortunately it is only in two rooms and the stairway, and only the stairway has it glued into place. Another big point is two walls in the living room. They were decorated by a very rough plaster finish so that there are little waves or nooks and crannies. In any case we need to make those walls smooth again. Those little places can hold dust which of course causes me to have problems. Talked it over with my father-in-law and although I had this idea of renting one of these industrial strength wall sanders to make things smooth again he said that would cause more dust than it would eliminate. Instead we're going to put new plaster over top of the old and make everything nice and smooth.

Naturally everything is going to need to be painted. The master bedroom is currently lavender which really isn't all that nice. We're going to keep the kitchen that is already in there. It looks nice and it is a bit newer than ours and has better equipment.


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Post by: Jason Reed on December 08, 2009, 02:16:38 pm
Wow look at that three in a row... Where the heck is everyone besides Wrack (I know he's busy with his wedding in India.)

Just got a message from Martin over on Twitter. He's still alive, just real busy. Apparently the company he works for is opening a US office and they are sending him there. His family is also moving to a new house.

I hope Sue is ok? I worry when she's not posting.


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Post by: simmo on December 08, 2009, 08:10:55 pm
Wow look at that three in a row...
Actually its 4, you got the last post on the previous page too :p


Been a bit busy on my end. Last week had jury duty  :bangin: Basically a guy was trying to beat a $200 speeding ticket, so I lost $300 and my time...
Friday it snowed :o most snow I saw fall my whole life (i've seen a few inches snow on the ground once), and snowed for a few hours, none stuck to the ground though :p

Where in the US is Martin's new office, does he have hiring powers? :p


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Post by: Sue on December 09, 2009, 08:44:00 pm
Well hello everyone. :wave:  Yeah JR Ive not been well....

msimmons I just got out of jury duty due to my health concerns. :P  Too bad you lost the $300 though.  What a bummer that is. :(

JR I just read all your posts.  Incredible about the house.  Ive asthma too because I damaged my lungs while working years ago....anyway...I am like you...I only have hard wood floors and keep the house dust free or else Im in trouble.

Good news on the move and what you are planning to do with he plastering and floors etc. :)

That was unusual for a computer to have to have all the power sources removed before it would work again.  I bet your wife is pleased though now. :)


Msimmons...we are getting 30cm snow blizzard here today and -27C temperatures are expected.  Its only -5 right now though but we are burried in snow already. :(  It was already snowing the past few days before this blizzard today.  Later it will rain apparently and turn a lot to ice....with the freezing temperatures....I bet fools will be out there driving and have car accidents too. :(


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Post by: Jason Reed on December 10, 2009, 08:36:49 am
Hi everyone,

Sorry to hear that you've not been well Sue. With temperatures at -27C I hope you are staying warm :cold:

We've not had it too cold yet. Although today I had to scrape the windows before I could drive to work. No snow sadly :(. Wouldn't want a blizzard but enough to make the ground white for Christmas would be nice.


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Post by: Sue on December 10, 2009, 08:58:50 am
So far we didn't get the -27.  I hope we don't.  However I don't mind the cold as much as I mind the dump of snow that we have to maneuver around in. :(  Dangerous to drive in as you have to watch out for the other fools out there who joy ride and think they are invincible; and they do not know defensive driving skills either.   

As well, its work to keep the yard shoveled clean.  Its great when someone else does it when I don't have the health to. :)

The ground is white here for sure now. :)  I'd insert a photo or more here if I knew how to upload from my computer and not a website.



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Post by: Jason Reed on December 10, 2009, 03:14:15 pm
Just attach the photo. If that doesn't work let me know because if the image is too big the forum will not upload it, but I can adjust the settings :D

Yeah I know what you mean about people not driving safely in bad weather. They do it here as well. It really irks me especially when I have the family in the car.


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Post by: Sue on December 10, 2009, 03:55:27 pm
I cant attach a photo though.  It wants a url and I don't have one. :)

I heard that there was a five car pileup in Ottawa city yesterday.  A few people in the ditch...but in general everyone reduced speeds and took care. :)


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Post by: simmo on December 12, 2009, 01:54:52 am
I cant attach a photo though.  It wants a url and I don't have one. :)

Between the box you type in and the post/preview buttons is an "additional options" button. One of the options is to attach files  :cheers:


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Post by: wrack on December 15, 2009, 12:49:14 am
Hi all :wave:

Hope you all are doing well.

JR :rasta:

Simmo :scooter:

Sue :hug:

Back to office now but still feeling very very tired. The wedding and reception went well, much better than I expected (I was scared to sit infornt of too many people on the wedding stage!). We had 1500 guests in the wedding and 500 guests in the reception. Whole thing went for 4 days and 3 hours sleep for each of those days, made me well tired.

Off to do some work then. Ciao :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on December 15, 2009, 08:59:39 am
Welcome back Wrack. Glad to hear you had a good time.


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Post by: wrack on December 15, 2009, 11:42:17 pm
Thanks JR :) and yeah it was fun time and wish I had more break from work but no choice since we had some fixed price, fixed delivery date projects that we need to tackle.


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Post by: Sue on December 16, 2009, 07:19:29 pm
Hi Wrack! :wave:



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Post by: Sue on December 16, 2009, 07:20:25 pm
Weather pics this week.


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Post by: Sue on December 16, 2009, 07:24:15 pm
Another:


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Post by: Sue on December 16, 2009, 07:25:23 pm
I need to learn how to put them all in a folder here :(


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Post by: Sue on December 16, 2009, 07:28:38 pm
This weather is heading my way:

"Deep Freeze in the Prairies
Global warming advocates might have trouble convincing anyone in the Canadian prairies of global warming. They are in the second week of their record cold snap. A bitter Arctic air mass is seizing the prairies with the coldest winter temperatures on record. The temperature at the Edmonton airport Sunday morning was -46, and with the wind chill, it felt more like -59. The same day coldest temperature record of about -33 was set in 1968. "


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Post by: simmo on December 16, 2009, 10:19:23 pm
howdy all :wave: been keeping busy.

@wrjack: wb  :cheers:

@sue: that hill looks like it would be fun to slide down, not sure i would want to do so in a vehicle though :p



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Post by: wrack on December 17, 2009, 02:25:02 am
Wow Sue, that is pretty cold.

Thanks Simmo :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on December 17, 2009, 07:03:17 pm
Yikes Sue. Stay warm, extra blankets and lots of hot cocoa.



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Post by: wrack on December 17, 2009, 11:21:38 pm
Lots of Brandy :evil:


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Post by: Sue on December 18, 2009, 01:49:56 pm


@sue: that hill looks like it would be fun to slide down, not sure i would want to do so in a vehicle though :p



I think that all those vehicles already did the huge slide wrack.  Its a multi vehicle pile up as a result.  Click on the pic and it enlarges if you can't tell from the small pic. :)  Glad I wasn't involved in that.


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Post by: Sue on December 18, 2009, 01:53:42 pm
Thanks guys for the wishes.  Right now its -22C up from -23C a bit ago this morning. I'm keeping warmly dressed and Ive good heat in my house so I'm okay.  When I go out I make sure I'm dressed so I don't feel the cold much so I'm okay in general.  The cold is hard on the lungs though when out after a while.  I tend to cough a lot.

Took this pic a few mins ago from my back door...




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Post by: Jason Reed on December 18, 2009, 02:03:16 pm
Except for the cars and power lines that is a very pretty scene.


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Post by: Sue on December 18, 2009, 02:45:46 pm
Yeah I know but there is no way I was going to get fully dressed to go out there just to take a shot. lol  It feels like -30C and some with the windchill out there this morning.  I hate the power lines a lot too believe me.  They ruin every snapshot I take unless I go down the stairs under them and walk back to that Ottawa River behind my house.  I live in a commercial business area so I can not avoid the parking lots surrounding me or the streets.


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Post by: wrack on December 21, 2009, 12:41:59 am
Hi all :wave:

First weekend after coming back from marriage and now I feel much better. Fever and upset stomach is gone but still have a little bit cold.


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Post by: Sue on December 21, 2009, 12:49:40 am
Hello wrack. Welcome back. :wave:

Any wedding pictures to share? :)

I hope you feel better soon. :)


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Post by: wrack on December 21, 2009, 04:29:22 am
Thanks Sue :)

Nope no photos yet. I have got a call from my brother who got a call from the reception ceremony photographer that a draft is ready for us to pick photos to go in the album so hopefully I will get a chance to see the draft in 4-5 days.


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Post by: Sue on December 21, 2009, 04:40:16 am
Okay...

I thought some friends might have sent you some digitals they took.  That's what I meant.

Good luck with everything. :)


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Post by: simmo on December 21, 2009, 05:09:22 pm
Happy monday all :wave:



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Post by: Sue on December 21, 2009, 10:01:59 pm
Happy Monday and all week to all.  Christmas season is once again upon us. :(


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Post by: wrack on December 22, 2009, 03:13:25 am
Okay...

I thought some friends might have sent you some digitals they took.  That's what I meant.

Good luck with everything. :)
No we had 3 photographers from 3 different studios so others can enjoy the time rather than taking snaps. Since this is a wedding season up there, each studio is busy with the wedding rather than developing albums.


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Post by: Sue on December 22, 2009, 11:07:16 am
Yeah well here we hire proper wedding etc photographers like me, but the people who attend also take pictures for their own enjoyment and memory of the time of the wedding too.  They often send copies to the bride and groom after the wedding to add to the memories shared by all.


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Post by: wrack on December 23, 2009, 03:14:03 am
Yeah we hired professional photographers too but since all my cousins wanted to enjoy the wedding rather than carrying a camera, I asked them not to bother and relax and enjoy the day.

My friends on the other hand all had cameras so I am sure there are many photos there but I want to see the professional version not the tiny digital camera version.


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Post by: Sue on December 23, 2009, 07:53:23 pm
I totally see that you have a different cultural thing there.  In North America...the guests take as many pictures as they want without anyone else's permission.  They take the photos for their own memories of that day's events.  Often they share them later with the bride and groom even though the bride and groom hires their standard wedding photographer.  The guests like to have their picture taken with the bride and groom and all the other guests as well while they are all having fun. :)


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Post by: wrack on December 24, 2009, 12:34:21 am
No no it is same up there too. Guests can and do take as many pictures as they can. This was the first occasion in our family which everyone was waiting to enjoy and be part of rather than taking snaps. So they just told me that your friends can take as many pictures as they want, we are going to dance, eat, laugh and enjoy and I told, go crazy guys.


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Post by: Sue on December 24, 2009, 01:34:47 am
Guests who choose to bring a camera also enjoy themselves all night and once in a while take a few pictures if they feel like it or if they want to...they are not hired to donate them to the groom and bride nor are they ever controlled by the people putting on the wedding.  They are free to take pictures or not just as they are free to dress like they want or anything...there is complete freedom. :)

I guess every religious culture has their own style...but the weddings Ive been hired to photograph or generally attend, and the general public who's pictures Ive processed for years....all tend to have the same style Im telling you about here in Canada and the US. :)

Im glad it all went well for you and I sure hope that you have rested up since and are now enjoying your new home as a couple.  Are you still making the breakfasts?  I think you might have mentioned that in the past. :)  Easier to cook for two than one huh? :D


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Post by: wrack on December 24, 2009, 09:24:50 am
Yeah I am not making breakfast anymore but Snehal and I both prefer to cook the dinner together since I love cooking, I am not yet to let it go.


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Post by: Sue on December 24, 2009, 09:35:30 am
It sounds great. You are very lucky to have a partner to share your new home with... :D   Nothing wrong with cooking together at all.  I think its great. :)


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Post by: wrack on December 24, 2009, 12:01:41 pm
Thanks Sue :hug:


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Post by: Sue on December 24, 2009, 07:11:06 pm
Happy Christmas season to all those who observe the holidays. :wave:


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Post by: Jason Reed on December 24, 2009, 07:30:57 pm
Want to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season.


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Post by: wrack on December 25, 2009, 03:02:57 am
Merry Christmas y'll :wave:

Hope you have wonderful, memorable, joyful and safe holidays.


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Post by: Sue on December 25, 2009, 03:09:33 am
Thanks wrack! Same to you if you observe these holidays. :)


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Post by: wrack on December 26, 2009, 08:16:44 am
We don't observe it but we surely do enjoy the break :happydance:


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Post by: Sue on December 26, 2009, 08:25:37 am
 :giggle:


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Post by: wrack on December 27, 2009, 01:59:31 am
Morning all :wave:

Went to a great place called Puffing Billy (http://www.puffingbilly.com.au/ (http://www.puffingbilly.com.au/)) and since Snehal loves train rides, she enjoyed it a lot. A good day for a day picnic.


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Post by: Sue on December 27, 2009, 03:08:26 am
Sounds like fin wrack. :)  I've never been on a train in my life yet.  I hope you had fun too. :)

Have a nice day today :)


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Post by: wrack on December 29, 2009, 02:06:35 am
Yeah it was a fun day :)


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Post by: simmo on December 30, 2009, 09:16:42 pm
howdy all :hiya:

Just popping in to tell everyone to have a safe & fun new years celebration  :cheers:


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Post by: Sue on December 30, 2009, 09:22:24 pm
I do not celebrate but thank you, :) ...and I hope that you have a safe and fantastic celebration too! :)


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Post by: wrack on January 03, 2010, 11:32:37 pm
Morning all :wave:

HAPPY NEW YEAR :)

Back to work!!!


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Post by: Sue on January 04, 2010, 01:13:54 am
Good day wrack. :wave:

Happy 2010 to you too! :yes: :yay:

All the best of health, happiness and good fortune to all GT friends in 2010. :newyear:


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Post by: Jason Reed on January 04, 2010, 10:44:37 am
Happy New Year everyone.

Anyone heard from Simmo since the 30th? Kind of need his help.


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Post by: Sue on January 04, 2010, 10:55:39 am
Thank you JR. :)  How did the boys enjoy Christmas season this year? :) Have you snow yet?

No I have not seen msimmons around at all since then.

:)


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Post by: Jason Reed on January 04, 2010, 11:22:51 am
We had snow the week before Christmas, then it warmed up and rained the week of Christmas, we then had snow in parts of Germany yesterday. We didn't have much at home though :(

They boys had a blast. They loved their new things very much.


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Post by: Sue on January 04, 2010, 11:45:49 am
Well we've had snow since a month before Christmas year, and plenty of it, so I'm glad to shove some your way if you want? :bigsmile:

Id be happy if we wouldn't get any more this year, but since the season has just begun...Im expecting much MUCH more than we have already. :(  I hate having to shovel it when no one else will. :(

Im glad the boys had fun.  I bet the new baby was  perplexed at what was going on. :baby:

How is the situation with the new home coming along? :deal:


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Post by: Jason Reed on January 04, 2010, 12:35:11 pm
We've got the loan. We told the bank to have the money ready for us at the end of March. Once it is in we'll transfer it and should get the keys to the home just before Gina's birthday. We'll start with preparing the house for our move and will make our actual move in the middle of April. Then it is just clean up of the old apartment and turning in the keys.


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Post by: Sue on January 04, 2010, 12:40:44 pm
Great plan.  The Spring and summer weather will be easier to do things in I suppose. :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on January 04, 2010, 01:11:52 pm
Just hoping for some nice weather in April so that we can put the boys in the playground across from the house while we are busy moving things into it :D


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Post by: Sue on January 04, 2010, 01:16:32 pm
Yes that would be a good idea if they are supervised.  No handy relatives around to help? :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on January 04, 2010, 01:24:32 pm
Mother-in-law will be there to help herd the boys at least part of the time. I just sent you a map showing the distance from the house to the playground.


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Post by: Sue on January 04, 2010, 01:37:12 pm
Great for mom in law to be available. :)  Your photo location is in the middle of a field without roads...but I assume it wont be that far from the house itself.  I think maybe Id be able to tell better with Google Earth instead of Google Map because its not detailed enough to get a proper view.  Thanks though for what you did send.  :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on January 04, 2010, 01:41:31 pm
Hmm I wonder if the satellite pictures are updated regionally. The ones I have are fairly detailed. You should be able to see it from Google Earth however, and I think there's a link for that in the Google Maps page.


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Post by: Sue on January 05, 2010, 08:21:40 am
Thank you.....I'll check it out and let you know.. :)


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Post by: Sue on January 05, 2010, 08:28:45 am
Yeah that's perfect!  Much better. :)  The park is right across the street so that is a great place to own your house when you have children to watch.  A nice back yard too. :)   Is the field set up for children with play structures and all?  It won't allow me to zoom closer to tell, but zooming out reveals an absolutely beautiful area in which to live!  A beautiful country indeed. :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on January 05, 2010, 09:06:02 am
What's even better is that is not really a street but a sidewalk.

Yep that's a real play ground for children up to 8 years.

Not far away is also a place to play soccer and other sports.


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Post by: Sue on January 05, 2010, 09:25:30 am
It certainly looks like a street to me from my view.  Otherwise how do you drive past the houses because the back yards are all joined and confined? :hmm:  

Its a large lot of land for the children to have so close to the homes anyway.  I bet they'll love it....and later when they are growing larger they have that football pitch nearby. :)  

It all sounds great. :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on January 05, 2010, 09:33:52 am
The walkway is wide enough to drive through, however, you can only do that to drop things off and you must drive at walking speed (no more than 10km/h). Pedestrians have right-of-way. Parking is done either in your garage space or in the underground garage which accessed by car from the road ringing our neighborhood. Everything inside the ring is pedestrian zone so you have limited access.

Also the schools are really close by as well. They are just on the other side of the highway and that is crossed by a bridge both foot bridge and car bridge. Kindergarten isn't too far away either.


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Post by: Sue on January 05, 2010, 09:50:11 am
It all sounds awesome.  Id love to live there! :yes:

I didn't know about the underground garage thing and it makes sense to have that road for vehicles to access or you'd likely not be able to move in furniture etc. :)

Its great that the schools are so close by and that you do not have to worry about traffic safety as much around your young children while at home. :)



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Post by: simmo on January 05, 2010, 09:08:28 pm
Anyone heard from Simmo since the 30th? Kind of need his help.
Haven't seen him  :mf_Dr_Evil:



howdy all :wave:
2010, a new year, a new decade, time for a new start  :drool:
My contract is over at this job on the 15th so (if all goes according to plan) i'll be loading up and heading north to the country on the 16th :cheers: It was my fallback plan when I was unemployed and I sold myself on the idea :lol: With the cheaper cost of living I should be able to sustain myself on jsut freelance work until I come up with the million dollar idea :jamie:
 


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Post by: Sue on January 05, 2010, 09:21:19 pm
I like that plan. :)

All the best in 2010 and :cheers: to a new start. :)


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Post by: wrack on January 05, 2010, 11:14:30 pm
All the best with the plan Simmo :)

JR the plan for house moving sounds very good.

Sue :scooter:


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Post by: Sue on January 06, 2010, 03:10:39 am
Good day wrack :wave:


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Post by: Sue on January 07, 2010, 12:48:10 pm
 Thin screen TV...  http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/01/06/lg.flatscreen/index.html  Pretty soon they are going to be painting the TV screen on to walls. :aha:


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Post by: Jason Reed on January 07, 2010, 03:09:38 pm
Yep that's thin. Actually I think it would be cool to be able to paint electronics onto a wall. Although you might need to be an interior decorator as well as an electrician to "re-wire" your house :D


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Post by: Sue on January 07, 2010, 09:24:29 pm
I think the wall could be electrified itself in some way?  Even wirelessly? :hmm:


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Post by: simmo on January 07, 2010, 09:40:12 pm
They are toying with wireless electric as we speak, and getting pretty close to having something usable i think. I would worry that we would be living inside a microwave though :tinfoil:


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Post by: wrack on January 07, 2010, 11:33:53 pm
Thin screen TV...  http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/01/06/lg.flatscreen/index.html  Pretty soon they are going to be painting the TV screen on to walls. :aha:
Yeah heard about them some time ago. They are pretty good but I would rather have them spend their time improving the technology of picture quality than aspects.


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Post by: wrack on January 07, 2010, 11:34:52 pm
They are toying with wireless electric as we speak, and getting pretty close to having something usable i think. I would worry that we would be living inside a microwave though :tinfoil:
Tinfoil won't help. We need something heavier!


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Post by: Sue on January 08, 2010, 08:21:47 am
They are toying with wireless electric as we speak, and getting pretty close to having something usable i think. I would worry that we would be living inside a microwave though :tinfoil:

Yeah....I agree. :aha: :(


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Post by: Sue on January 08, 2010, 08:24:07 am
Thin screen TV...  http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/01/06/lg.flatscreen/index.html  Pretty soon they are going to be painting the TV screen on to walls. :aha:
Yeah heard about them some time ago. They are pretty good but I would rather have them spend their time improving the technology of picture quality than aspects.

I've seen some pretty excellent HD 1080P picture quality out there.  I think the only way to improve it is to have 3D holograms one day. :D


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Post by: simmo on January 08, 2010, 04:49:13 pm
I've seen some pretty excellent HD 1080P picture quality out there.  I think the only way to improve it is to have 3D holograms one day. :D
I have a 46" 1080 res 120mHz lcd and its too good... nothing like watching starwars and its looks like red dwarf, sometimes you need the picture to be a little blury to make it more believable :lol: (also makes me dizzy if teh camera moves too much)

got some major sinus pressure between my eye and bridge of the nose today  :sport_boxing:


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Post by: Sue on January 08, 2010, 07:18:04 pm
Oh gosh...I haven't seen Red Dwarf in  years! :lol:  I'd hate to see Star Wars with such low image quality. :(  Did you ever think that maybe you're sitting too close to your screen?  Or are you dizzy from moving your head right to left and back again too much? :lol:

I hope your sinus pressure goes away soon.  That can be painful. :(


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Post by: simmo on January 08, 2010, 09:23:12 pm
I'd hate to see Star Wars with such low image quality. :(
I mean such good quality, so clear that you can tell all teh background is cardboard (or whatever)

Did you ever think that maybe you're sitting too close to your screen?  Or are you dizzy from moving your head right to left and back again too much? :lol:
I kindof think so, but Amazon.com said it was the right size for my room :p


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Post by: Jason Reed on January 09, 2010, 05:37:50 am
Wrack if you are safe please make a post on the forum!

Saw this news article and it seems a little too close for comfort:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8449731.stm


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Post by: wrack on January 09, 2010, 11:34:04 pm
Oh yeah I am safe Simmo. Thanks for your concern. Though this incidents have happened, I still don't believe they are targeted but on the other than I also like to believe few parts of the story.

For the moment, I would say Australia is not a place to come by for study for couple of more years.


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Post by: Sue on January 10, 2010, 09:57:03 am
I'd hate to see Star Wars with such low image quality. :(
I mean such good quality, so clear that you can tell all teh background is cardboard (or whatever)

Did you ever think that maybe you're sitting too close to your screen?  Or are you dizzy from moving your head right to left and back again too much? :lol:
I kindof think so, but Amazon.com said it was the right size for my room :p

Are you serious about that cardboard stuff? :O  Oh my gosh that's awful! :no:

I still like a large TV...Id not care about the dizziness. :D

Anyone hear about the 2010 CES? http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2010/ces/


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Post by: Sue on January 10, 2010, 10:05:34 am
Oh yeah I am safe Simmo. Thanks for your concern. Though this incidents have happened, I still don't believe they are targeted but on the other than I also like to believe few parts of the story.

For the moment, I would say Australia is not a place to come by for study for couple of more years.

That's absolutely horrible!  I hope you, your wife and friends stay safe wrack. :(  Scary stuff. :ohmy:  :dontgetit: :no:


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Post by: wrack on January 11, 2010, 01:19:56 am
We all are safe Sue. See the problem is those who got cought up in this stuff are ppl who wonder around late at nights in suburbs where crime and drug is common. Though this incident was different, I would suggest that ppl should be more careful and not to get into arrogant arguments that would cause them to be a target.


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Post by: Jason Reed on January 11, 2010, 09:40:15 am
Oh yeah I am safe Simmo. Thanks for your concern. Though this incidents have happened, I still don't believe they are targeted but on the other than I also like to believe few parts of the story.

For the moment, I would say Australia is not a place to come by for study for couple of more years.

Actually that was me Wrack but I'm glad to hear that you are safe. When I heard it was an Indian and in Melbourne I got worried. Really glad to hear that you are ok.


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Post by: simmo on January 11, 2010, 08:42:46 pm
Wow that is crazy news, glad to hear it wasn't you Wrack and hope the victim pulls through ok.


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Post by: wrack on January 11, 2010, 11:25:43 pm
Oh yeah I am safe Simmo. Thanks for your concern. Though this incidents have happened, I still don't believe they are targeted but on the other than I also like to believe few parts of the story.

For the moment, I would say Australia is not a place to come by for study for couple of more years.

Actually that was me Wrack but I'm glad to hear that you are safe. When I heard it was an Indian and in Melbourne I got worried. Really glad to hear that you are ok.
Sorry JR. I was extremely tired when I replied. Rather than looking for the name, I looked at the RED Admin badge and assumed Simmo. Thanks for your concern. Yeah mesa well.


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Post by: wrack on January 11, 2010, 11:27:02 pm
Wow that is crazy news, glad to hear it wasn't you Wrack and hope the victim pulls through ok.
I think that guy was announced dead. Such a sad story though.


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Post by: Jason Reed on January 12, 2010, 07:18:27 am
Oh yeah I am safe Simmo. Thanks for your concern. Though this incidents have happened, I still don't believe they are targeted but on the other than I also like to believe few parts of the story.

For the moment, I would say Australia is not a place to come by for study for couple of more years.

Actually that was me Wrack but I'm glad to hear that you are safe. When I heard it was an Indian and in Melbourne I got worried. Really glad to hear that you are ok.
Sorry JR. I was extremely tired when I replied. Rather than looking for the name, I looked at the RED Admin badge and assumed Simmo. Thanks for your concern. Yeah mesa well.

NP Wrack. I'm just glad to hear that you and your wife are safe.


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Post by: Sue on January 12, 2010, 09:58:46 am
We all are safe Sue. See the problem is those who got cought up in this stuff are ppl who wonder around late at nights in suburbs where crime and drug is common. Though this incident was different, I would suggest that ppl should be more careful and not to get into arrogant arguments that would cause them to be a target.

Well said.  However I am not aware that there was an "arrogant argument"in this case.  It seems that it was just a random attack towards a couple out late at night. :(

The man was barely burned and now you mention that he died from the burns?  I don't understand because many people are burned much worse and do not die from them.


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Post by: simmo on January 12, 2010, 03:41:37 pm
I think he took a beating before they set fire to him, the human body can only take so much trauma before it shuts off.



 :construction:

Time for a new topic :p

Only 3.5 more days of working in an office environment for me :o Working on landing my 1st official freelance gig now.  :happydance:


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Post by: Sue on January 12, 2010, 03:51:25 pm
Oh okay...I never thought of a beating beforehand.

Good luck with the transition msimmons. :)

I need software help so can you please look in the software section here and I will go there now and post a screen shot of what Im having trouble with okay?


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Post by: wrack on January 13, 2010, 03:38:44 am
We all are safe Sue. See the problem is those who got cought up in this stuff are ppl who wonder around late at nights in suburbs where crime and drug is common. Though this incident was different, I would suggest that ppl should be more careful and not to get into arrogant arguments that would cause them to be a target.

Well said.  However I am not aware that there was an "arrogant argument"in this case.  It seems that it was just a random attack towards a couple out late at night. :(

The man was barely burned and now you mention that he died from the burns?  I don't understand because many people are burned much worse and do not die from them.
No he was involved in an argument before (not the same day but some time earlier). He must have had a third degree burn so he died from there.


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Post by: Sue on January 13, 2010, 03:59:32 am
Oh okay. :(  I understand now.


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Post by: Jason Reed on January 13, 2010, 06:16:33 am
Hi everyone,

Had the first of two Asthma management classes last night. Actually some useful information. Next week is part two.

Did you all see we got a new member who actually posted something!


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Post by: Sue on January 13, 2010, 06:41:59 am
No I didnt notice a new member who posted something. :(

Why do you need asthma classes?

Have a fun day today JR. :wave:


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Post by: Jason Reed on January 13, 2010, 06:51:54 am
I have asthma.

I was diagnosed last year. I don't have it too badly and my current therapy seems to keep it under control. However, since it is something that I will have for the rest of my life (it is incurable) I need to learn more about it so that I can manage it. If I keep it managed and know how to prevent attacks I will have a better quality of life.

Last night they gave us a tool to help see how our lung capacity is doing. It is called a Peak Flow and I'm happy to say my current Max is 700 Liters/Minute that I can exhale. Not bad really. If I ever blow less than 80% of my max then I know I need to take my inhaler a bit to open things up.


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Post by: Sue on January 13, 2010, 07:19:50 am
I have had asthma for many many years after enduring a work related incident.   I have an 'aero chamber' and a prescription for a variety of inhalers.  I know about everything you mentioned above.  Ive never taken a "class" but Ive studied medicine all my life and hence didn't need to. :)

Be careful of extreme cold or hot weather or sharp changes in the climate or aromas like that from smokers.  Tends to set me off very easily.

Best of luck with your studies and health as well.  I understand how much of a pain this is.


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Post by: simmo on January 13, 2010, 02:33:31 pm
Did you all see we got a new member who actually posted something!
:happydance: (play it cool, don't want to scare them off :p )


Happy humpday all  :cheers:


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Post by: Sue on January 13, 2010, 02:50:11 pm
Happy day to you too msimmons. :wave:


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Post by: wrack on January 13, 2010, 11:27:57 pm
Yo :rasta:


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Post by: Sue on January 14, 2010, 03:07:01 am
Hi wrack. :wave:  How is the weather today?  First day of Summer is it? :)


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Post by: wrack on January 14, 2010, 04:58:59 am
Summer started a while ago. Weather is not bad today. It was ~112F couple of day ago and now has cooled down to ~72F. Melbourne has really weird weather fluctuations.


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Post by: Sue on January 14, 2010, 05:31:22 am
Incredible drop.  That must be weird to deal with. :(


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Post by: wrack on January 14, 2010, 10:57:08 pm
Nah you get used to it after living here for sometimes.


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Post by: Jason Reed on January 18, 2010, 09:43:45 am
Hope everyone had a good weekend. I'm back in the office and working on a document to describe the product I'm going to be building. I've got a large book on the standards and have to understand it all :yay:!

Thursday will be a little break as we've invited my company for Coffee and Cake so we can introduce Christopher to everyone who donated a little money for a present for him after his birth.


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Post by: Sue on January 18, 2010, 01:07:53 pm
The little gathering sounds fun. :) 

Good luck with the document. :)


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Post by: Sue on January 18, 2010, 01:54:18 pm
http://gizmodo.com/5449052/10-gadgets-that-terminate-snow-and-ice/gallery/?skyline=true Ten Gadgets that Terminate Ice and Snow.

Admin: I didnt know where to post this link on this site.


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Post by: Jason Reed on January 18, 2010, 02:58:15 pm
Absolutely fine where it is Sue.

I like the first picture in the group. Those look awesome.


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Post by: Sue on January 18, 2010, 03:22:31 pm
LOL  A little much don't you think?


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Post by: wrack on January 19, 2010, 12:19:04 am
Liked the first one :ntw:

Morning all :wave:


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Post by: Sue on January 19, 2010, 12:54:35 am
The first one will remove the road all together! :yikes:

Good day to you wrack. :)


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Post by: wrack on January 19, 2010, 02:46:17 am
Only if roads are made up of ICE :mf_Dr_Evil:

Howdy Sue :wave:


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Post by: Sue on January 19, 2010, 05:20:07 am
Hi wrack. :wave:

It will melt the tar in the ashfelt too!


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Post by: wrack on January 19, 2010, 11:05:03 pm
Yeah it will but it will be fun.


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Post by: Sue on January 20, 2010, 12:34:10 am
LOL  Not for the vehicles that drive there later... lol


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Post by: Sue on January 20, 2010, 06:41:25 am
I was wondering what you all think of this software program that is considered "internet suicide".  http://suicidemachine.org/ ....

.....and the original article: http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1954631,00.html?CNN=yes


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Post by: Jason Reed on January 20, 2010, 09:40:36 am
Not a bad idea but I don't think it gets rid of your profile completely. The only way to do that at most places is to issue it with a legal warning. For example here in Germany the privacy laws forbid the keeping of personal information (email etc.) when the person deletes their account. So here in Germany you have to inform Facebook that by keeping your email when you want the account deleted is against German law and makes them liable under German law, after that they will remove your account totally.


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Post by: Sue on January 20, 2010, 12:27:40 pm
Yes but how could you know for sure?  Like the Time article says...they delete your account and remove all access, but it remains on their servers without anyone able to see it but them.   Facebook hosts are really angry with this program as the Time article mentions in detail why. 

Canada has recently had issues with Facebook as well for the same reasons mentioned above.  I am not clear at present what our current standing its but I believe that it is also illegal here if memory serves...


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Post by: simmo on January 21, 2010, 07:48:07 pm
Howdy from Tennessee (almost spelled it right that time :lol: )  :cheers:

I left Houston Saturday afternoon (the last bit of packing took much longer than I expected :doh: ) and got here Sunday afternoon. Took my time unloading and am only unpacking some for now.
Fido made the trip ok, I bought a really nice small dog carrier (he is a cat if you didn't know) that took up the passenger side and all of the middle of the u-haul so he had plenty of room. He threw a fit for the first two hours but slept most of the way after that :p

Working on a few freelance projects atm and culling my resources for more work  :construction:


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Post by: Sue on January 21, 2010, 08:24:54 pm
Forgive me but I do not remember and am not clear on what is happening in your life msimmons. 

I think I remember that you are looking for work elsewhere as you mention above...but you just bought a house not long ago this past year...are you now selling this and moving elsewhere?

What I am curious about now is...what is with the U-Haul move to Tennessee? Are you looking to buy another home there?


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Post by: Jason Reed on January 22, 2010, 05:17:30 am
Well I have to give it to you simmo when you make a new start you really make a new start. Where abouts in Tennessee are you? My mom lives about an hour out of Chattanooga. Maybe the next time I go to visit we can have a meet up (not sure when that will happen though).


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Post by: simmo on January 23, 2010, 09:01:24 pm
ah crap, I wrote a long post and due to attaching img's that are too large, when I hit to go back, it is gone  :crash: Time to re-write.


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Post by: simmo on January 23, 2010, 09:14:32 pm
Forgive me but I do not remember and am not clear on what is happening in your life msimmons.  

I think I remember that you are looking for work elsewhere as you mention above...but you just bought a house not long ago this past year...are you now selling this and moving elsewhere?

What I am curious about now is...what is with the U-Haul move to Tennessee? Are you looking to buy another home there?
You don't remember cos I was pretty vague about the whole thing :p I also didn't spend too much time thinking about it before doing it. I just kinda went for it after my last contract job ended.
I was also a little dishonest when asked if "I was going to remain single" when my divorce was finally done. I had a bit of an internet romance going w/a gal that I had been hanging out in the MMO that I play and decided to make it an IRL romance.  :inlove2:
We are just renting right now but are in process of shopping for a new house. My 'current' house in Houston has been on the market for a few months now and I hope it sells before I run out of money. It was kind of a ballsy move to head out before it sold, but I can't be logical all of the time :nuts:

Well I have to give it to you simmo when you make a new start you really make a new start. Where abouts in Tennessee are you? My mom lives about an hour out of Chattanooga. Maybe the next time I go to visit we can have a meet up (not sure when that will happen though).
I'm pretty much right in between Nashville & Knoxville.
Yups, this was a bit of a crazy move, but I think I have it all handled with my freelance connections, as long as the work is available of course. So far its nice being my own boss, and even though I set my own time, it is more work than having a job I think and I don't get paid for looking for more clients (or writing posts here) but I think once I find my stroke it will be very nice (I hope :sofa:).

Here is a pic of Fido who woke to look at the Mississippi river as we were going over it:
(http://stinkbugonline.com/me/trip/Fido_Crossing_Mississippi.jpg)

Taking the Jeep off the trailer:
(http://stinkbugonline.com/me/trip/Unloading_Jeep.jpg)

And Fido sharing my lap with his new pal, the GF's dog :p
(http://stinkbugonline.com/me/trip/Jimmy_and_Fido_in_lap.jpg)



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Post by: Jason Reed on January 24, 2010, 06:25:31 am
Gutsy move Simmo. :cheers: here's to everything working well.

Maybe the next time I visit my mom I'll find a way to come up a bit and we can have a coffee.


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Post by: simmo on January 25, 2010, 05:22:52 pm
Sounds good  :cheers: Happy Monday all  :happydance:


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Post by: wrack on January 26, 2010, 11:38:02 pm
Hi all :wave:

Snehal and I were away in Sydney for few days. 25th was the anniversary of our first meeting so we went to the park and took photos where we met and talked for a long time.

Howdy all?


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Post by: Sue on January 27, 2010, 01:59:35 pm
Sounds great wrack. :)  I don't remember anniversaries etc. I think Id make a good wife as I'd not be on my husband's back to also remember holidays and dates either. lol

I didn't receive any email notifications of your posts here hence why Im late in replying. :(  I should logically check in more often. :)

That's a great story msimmons. :)  Thanks for sharing and for the photos too.  Ive been through that area a couple of times and its quite the nice area to live.  There is a fantastic music store somewhere there that I went to...but my goodness..you're right in the heart of the music world there aren't you?  There are likely hundreds of great music stores around. :)

Good luck with the job and house hunting situation.  I hope your last home sells fast and that you find every success at your new location. :thumb:

ps: forgive me but that last photo of your pets...to the left it looks a bit pornographic at first glance. :yikes: Or it could be my perverted view too...:doh:



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Post by: Sue on January 27, 2010, 02:01:44 pm
Ottawa firm sees a future without remote controls
 
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Forget the remote. A small research and development group in Ottawa has big plans to change the way we interact with electronics such as television sets and computers.

The Ottawa tech workers, who do the lion's share of research for California-based GestureTek Technologies, see a future where remote controls are no longer necessary and keyboards are almost never used.

Read more:  http://www.ottawacitizen.com/travel/Ottawa+firm+sees+future+without+remote+controls/2488488/story.html


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Post by: simmo on January 27, 2010, 11:51:28 pm
ps: forgive me but that last photo of your pets...to the left it looks a bit pornographic at first glance. :yikes: Or it could be my perverted view too...:doh:

I don't see it :o but I can assure you, no porno there.

Happy wednesday all, the week is flying by.  :construction:


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Post by: Sue on January 28, 2010, 12:10:00 am
Its likely your hand and thumb...but it looks like another part of the naked male anatomy. :)  You don't see it because you know what it is... but to me who can't decipher the photo all that clearly...it looks like the male sex organ which of course it isn't...it just looks that way. :)


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Post by: wrack on January 28, 2010, 11:27:35 pm
Nice eye there Sue :p Just kiddin'

Morning all :wave:

Watched Avatar in 3D at IMAX and loved it, now I don't feel bad by not watching the movie.


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Post by: Sue on January 28, 2010, 11:49:44 pm
My eyes are really sharp sometimes wrack. lol

I dont understand.  You said you didnt watch the movie yet you watched Avatar.  Which is it?

Its odd you are saying right now that you went to go see Avatar because I was just sitting here at this moment wishing I could see it myself.  Im watching Discovery's Daily Planet episode that I recorded yesterday which shows how they filmed the movie in 3D.  I am sure Id love the movie too if I could see it.  Guess I have to find a friend with a vehicle to get me into Montreal or Ottawa to see it. lol


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Post by: wrack on January 29, 2010, 04:52:50 am
I love movies but what I meant was; I was feeling left out when everyone was talking about the movie Avatar that I haven't seen so far until yesterday, so I won't feel bad (leftout) anymore for not watching the movie.


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Post by: Sue on January 29, 2010, 11:17:00 am
Yeah I know exactly what you mean.  I do  feel that way very much.  Ive not been to see a movie since a year ago early March 2009.  Ive missed many awesome movies that I wanted to see and still do.  Id love to go see Avatar in a proper movie theater/cinema building as it was intended to be experienced.  Not the same on DVD at home later....


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Post by: Sue on January 29, 2010, 12:06:12 pm
Good morning/afternoon to all. :wave: Have a fun weekend. :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on January 29, 2010, 01:11:40 pm
Weekend is almost here and I'm hoping it will be a quiet one ... of course hope always dies last.


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Post by: Sue on January 29, 2010, 01:16:46 pm
You have three very young sons and are hoping for a quiet weekend? LOL  Good luck with that. :D


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Post by: wrack on January 29, 2010, 11:32:20 pm
Morning all :wave:

Weekend is here but no rest for me as we have 2 social gathering over Saturday and Sunday.


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Post by: Sue on January 29, 2010, 11:39:03 pm
Have fun!  Happy, safe and rewarding weekend. :wave:


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Post by: wrack on January 31, 2010, 11:17:51 pm
Morning all :wave: Back to work for me as we run fast when it comes to time :lol:


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Post by: Sue on February 01, 2010, 12:02:08 am
Good morning wrack. :wave:  Have a fun week.  I hope that you had a fantastic weekend. :D


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Post by: wrack on February 01, 2010, 06:19:19 am
Hey Sue :scooter:

Yeah the weekend was great but it ended up with upset stomach due to heartburns which was solved later on Sunday night but never the less it was annoying.

Hope you have a great time too.


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Post by: Jason Reed on February 01, 2010, 08:47:04 am
:yawn:

Morning everyone. Need more :coffee: today. We had a bit of illness run through the family this weekend. So far I've been left out thankfully. Neither the less the weekend wasn't so restful as we were hoping.


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Post by: Sue on February 01, 2010, 11:30:19 am
wracK: Well eating all that excellent food sometimes has an unwanted kickback for some people. :(  Im glad you were able to solve the discomfort though. :)

My weekends are deader than my weekdays are so Ive nothing to report other than housework. :rolleyes:

I have a CT scan this morning here and an eye doc exam this afternoon.  Not looking forward to either. :(

JR:  I am sorry to learn that you all had to endure illness this past weekend.  More misery than the entire work week is I bet. :(

Im having a coffee right now too...Ive two hours I have to be fasting for before the CT scan in case they have to inject iodine into my arm...so...Ive about 20 minutes to eat then I am banned from eating after 7am. :(


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Post by: simmo on February 01, 2010, 11:10:54 pm
Happy Monday/Tuesday all  :cheers:

Work is starting to roll in :happydance: I was starting to worry, but then I received two clients back to back, and one immediately had another project for me  :construction:
Working on a site (for free (maybe)) for my bother-in-law while I wait for more projects  :mf_Dr_Evil:


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Post by: Sue on February 02, 2010, 12:35:17 am
Sounds great msimmons!  I hope everything works out much better than you can even dream for yourself. :)

Have a happy week. :)


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Post by: wrack on February 02, 2010, 11:21:14 pm
Howdy :rasta:


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Post by: Sue on February 02, 2010, 11:37:04 pm
Good afternoon wrack. :wave:


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Post by: Jason Reed on February 03, 2010, 03:08:04 pm
Been doing some challenging code work recently. Think I'm making progress though.

Hi everyone, looking forward to the weekend already. Next week we sign the contract for the new house :D


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Post by: Sue on February 03, 2010, 05:10:39 pm
Hello JR. :wave:  I am glad that life is going great for you and that you are enjoying your work. :)

I bet you are eager for next week's house contract signing. :)  A new phase of family living in a new location soon....

Have an enjoyable evening. :)


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Post by: wrack on February 03, 2010, 11:18:11 pm
Morning all :wave:

Heard from the studio and got our wedding videos. Dad has got them now and we are waiting for the photo album, once dad gets them all a courier to me will be in order. Can't wait.


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Post by: Sue on February 04, 2010, 12:13:47 am
Good morning wrack :wave:

That's great news!  Its a long time to have waited.  No wonder you and your wife are so eager to see the video and photos.  I hope everything works out well and that they arrive to you very soon. :)


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Post by: wrack on February 04, 2010, 03:22:59 am
Yeah we all are waiting to see them as we have been asked to see them by pretty much everyone!


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Post by: Sue on February 04, 2010, 03:30:51 am
Yeah it has been an extraordinarily long time to wait.  No wonder everyone is so eager.  Now you will likely have to go shopping for photo frames so you can decorate your home with a few wedding pictures? :)


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Post by: wrack on February 05, 2010, 01:48:51 am
All pictures frames (empty though) are present and accounted for :evil:


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Post by: Sue on February 05, 2010, 04:20:49 am
Thinking ahead!  Fantastic! :thumb:


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Post by: Jason Reed on February 05, 2010, 06:27:10 am
Last day of the week.

Next Thursday we sign the contract for the house. We're all pretty excited and we've begun to pack boxes already.


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Post by: wrack on February 05, 2010, 11:22:32 am
Thank Sue :)

Good on ya JR. I am sure things will go smooth as planned. Good luck with it all.

Simmo, I hope the bold move you have made pans out well for you and you get tons of projects.


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Post by: Sue on February 05, 2010, 12:32:41 pm
Last day of the week.

Next Thursday we sign the contract for the house. We're all pretty excited and we've begun to pack boxes already.


We're excited just reading about it.  :yes:

I can imagine how you all are feeling.  Its a beautiful place to live. :)


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Post by: Sue on February 05, 2010, 12:33:30 pm
Happy weekend everyone. :wave:


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Post by: simmo on February 08, 2010, 08:16:18 pm
Next Thursday we sign the contract for the house. We're all pretty excited and we've begun to pack boxes already.
Its getting close!  :happydance: Have you ever closed on a house before? Be prepared to sign your name about 3dozen times, usually by then end of it, I start forgetting how to sign my own name (odd cos I would think I would improve after doing it over & over & over & over & over).

Simmo, I hope the bold move you have made pans out well for you and you get tons of projects.
Its slow going, I had a burst of work there for a few days, then nothing since :( Since its on a bid process, I put in bids daily, but have to wait for them to close, so I'm hoping I am still in the period of time where I am waiting on a bunch to close and soon will start the period where I am working on ones I bid on weeks ago, while still bidding on new ones to work on when the current ones end.
Still waiting on the house in Houston to sell too...

Just a bit stressed :p It'll pass.

Here's to a good week for all :cheers:


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Post by: Sue on February 08, 2010, 11:52:28 pm
Good luck msimmons with everything. :)

Thanks for your wishes and I hope that you have a safe, happy and successful week ahead too. :)


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Post by: wrack on February 10, 2010, 11:32:44 pm
Morning all :wave:


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Post by: Sue on February 10, 2010, 11:38:39 pm
'Mornin' :wave:


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Post by: wrack on February 11, 2010, 02:02:51 am
Hey Sue :wave: How are things going in that part of the world? Here the summer is gone and we are waiting for winter which will be another month or two!


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Post by: Sue on February 11, 2010, 02:54:42 am
Things are okay. Nothing really new.  No snow here n a while now.  Im not complaining at all. 

Yeah our Spring will be here soon too.  British Columbia needs a lot of snow by the 12th if you know anyone who has any to spare. :D


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Post by: Jason Reed on February 12, 2010, 05:05:29 am
We're getting snow again. Been snowing pretty much non-stop for the last couple of days. Roads here are a total mess, but it didn't stop us yesterday. We signed the contract for the house. We now only have to wait for the family to move out and then we pay the money to get the keys.


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Post by: Sue on February 12, 2010, 05:13:41 am
Oh thats great news about the house.  When do you think you will be able to move in?  I mean when are the people expected to move out so you can move in?

I think that snow should have fallen in BC Canada instead.  They are desperate for snow there.  We haven't had any in a while around here. :)  I go outside in my summer clothes and sandles every day with the dog for a few minutes and I like it that way.  No snow to have to walk through.


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Post by: Jason Reed on February 12, 2010, 07:36:44 am
They should be moved out at the beginning of April at the latest. It sounds like they have a line on a place to move to until they build their new home. Funny thing is that they may be moving just next door as that house is for rent :P

They are nice people though and I don't mind if they live next door. I'll just be happy once they are out and we can get our stuff in. Lots of work and we have to do it all before my mom arrives in June for a visit.


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Post by: Sue on February 12, 2010, 07:51:04 am
Well at least they will be handy next door if you have to ask them any questions during and after you move in. :)

Do you have to have all the work done by the time your mother visits?  I am sure she will understand the huge transition in your life. :)

Good luck with everything. :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on February 12, 2010, 08:36:25 am
Well my wife wants it all the major stuff done, meaning the furniture setup and most boxes emptied or at least put in the attic for storage, before my mom's arrival. My mom is bringing an old family friend this time, a woman she grew up with. So it would be nice if the house isn't a total wreck when they arrive.

Not really a big deal. We have to be moved out of our apartment at the end of April and my mom isn't coming to visit until early June so that gives us a good month to get things sorted. The majority of the furniture should be back up within the first couple of days.

We also recently ordered our new bed and the new dining furniture for the new house. It should be ready for pickup when we start the move, meaning we pick it up and put it straight into the new house :D.

This whole moving thing is really an exciting time. The boys are excited but I sometimes think that they don't really believe that we're moving to a new home.

We've got the oldest registered in the new Kindergarten. Sadly he won't have a space for the remaining year but for the start of next year he'll have a space. Since his birthday is after the cut off for going to school he'll get 1 more year of Kindergarten before going to school. I felt that this was also a good idea so that he has time to make new friends before starting school. The middle boy we also registered but he most likely won't have a space next year as he will be just turning 3 in December. Not such a big deal for us but we figured we should try the worse they could say is "no". However, since the oldest will be there next year the year following that the middle boy will have a space as siblings of children in or just leaving the Kindergarten have a bit more priority. The Kindergarten is about 500m from our house so easy to get the boys there even in bad snowy weather (much shorter than their current trip which is closer to 1k).



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Post by: Sue on February 12, 2010, 04:37:32 pm
Why not have the bed and dining set delivered by the store on a certain date to your new home instead of going to collect it and bring it yourself?

You live amazingly close to your children's schools!  I used to have to drive at least an hour on the bus every morning and another at night to my school when growing up.  In Canada, if you live under 1km from any school you have to walk no matter the weather...otherwise..every student takes a school bus.

Also every province here has different regulations on when classes start or what age students can begin jr. kindergarten, kindergarten and grade one.  One of my girls turned 3 November 30th so she was allowed to start school a year before a lot of other children.  She was the youngest in her class because most were born that Spring.  Then she graduated school completely at age 16 with honors and a scholarship while a lot of her friends had to do one more year in order to earn their diploma.  She is now out working and taking extra advanced courses for her college she has chosen in Montreal.

Her sister was born on March 1st and had to wait until the following September to begin school.  She will be 17 this year on March 1st and has another year yet to go.  She isn't pleased.

Anyway it will be a nice time for your mother and her friend to visit your home in the Spring in Germany.  It must be beautiful there at that time of year and the following warmer months.  Its nice of you to think of getting most of the work done so they will be able to enjoy time with your wife and children and of course yourself instead of having to be in the middle of moving traffic. :)

Good luck with everything.  Im eager to learn how it all turns out. :)  Hope Spring comes soon! :)


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Post by: wrack on February 12, 2010, 10:07:38 pm
Morning :wave: Weekend is here and today Snehal & I are going to make a trip to CostCo along with few friends and see if the membership is worth it or not!


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Post by: Sue on February 12, 2010, 10:22:11 pm
Yes the membership is worth it if you know how to shop wise.  This is why the company is still in business and why they have members all over the world packing the stores every day. :)

Have a nice weekend. :wave:


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Post by: wrack on February 13, 2010, 12:12:52 am
What do you mean shopping wisely? Any tips? We are looking at CostCo purely to buy house hold items such as cleaning stuff, paper towels and such but no white goods.


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Post by: Sue on February 13, 2010, 12:15:41 am
LOL  Its ridiculous to go there only for a couple of items.  The place is HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE!  You get great deals on a variety of things.


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Post by: wrack on February 13, 2010, 12:25:23 am
No no I didn't meant to go there for just few things. Snehal & I went there few weeks ago to just look around and take a note of prices. Then we headed to another big chain here to compare prices and we noticed that if we make smart purchase then apart from item that can go bad (i.e. pass the expiray date), we can buy most of our stuff from there and still recover ther membership cost in 1 single shopping sweep.

Today I am going there with a very good friend of mine who has a family of 4 so he has been wondering to see the prices himself.

I have already seen the prices of the electronics there, I must say I can bargain a way better deal by shopping around at just 2 places.


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Post by: Sue on February 13, 2010, 12:52:55 am
I think then that you are on track. :)  Good luck. :)


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Post by: wrack on February 13, 2010, 01:05:37 am
Thanks Sue. Lets see how this experience goes. Last time around we didn't have enough time so we just went there for a quick visit. This time around we shall see it all.


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Post by: Sue on February 13, 2010, 01:10:55 am
Yeah well they have a lot of dry and frozen goods too.  I like their potatoes. Restaurant quality. :)  I like a lot of their foods and the ability to buy in bulk when the price is great. :)  Ive spent a lot of money there and seasonal stuff you can get is great too if you need it.  Don't forget to bring in your carriage with you as they are hard to find empty and available once inside past the checkpoint. :)


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Post by: wrack on February 15, 2010, 02:28:32 am
Oh yeah it all went well. I have seen all prices and while they compare well to other shops, some food items are just not worth as they are in big containers that we can't finish past their use by date.


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Post by: Sue on February 15, 2010, 03:14:21 am
Yes that is the same for everyone.  It works best for those in the food service industry like caterers and restaurants or large families or party gatherings...however....some things do have a very long shelf life so I hope that you take advantage of that.   Other things like laundry or dish washing soap and house cleaning supplies too..  Remember you can freeze things that you buy as well. :)


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Post by: wrack on February 15, 2010, 11:46:21 pm
Yeah that is what we have bought, things that have long shelf live.


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Post by: Sue on February 15, 2010, 11:56:57 pm
Very good. :) 

Nothing like picking up a case of your favorite candy or chocolate. :shifty:



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Post by: wrack on February 16, 2010, 11:35:46 pm
Staying away from chocolate, can't control once I open the box :evil:


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Post by: Sue on February 17, 2010, 12:08:36 am
:)  Depends on the quality and how I feel at the time.  :eat:


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Post by: wrack on February 17, 2010, 01:11:01 am
http://www.lindt.com/int/swf/eng/products/excellence/ :ntw:


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Post by: Sue on February 17, 2010, 01:40:07 am
Oh I have the exact stuff in my kitchen.  Many many of them.  However...the round ones with the liquid centers are much tastier. :yes:  I prefer Godiva chocolate though.


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Post by: wrack on February 17, 2010, 02:44:19 am
I don't mind packing them in house but I have a sweet tooth and it's kinda hard to control. I control it but not buying it but once it's bought I gotta eat them. Might as well only buy once a month to satisfy the taste buds.


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Post by: Sue on February 17, 2010, 02:49:06 am
Mine were sent in the mail as gifts....still haven't eaten them...all due health issues with diet controls since Ive been so sick....

I am off of sugar completely so I use Stivia as a sweetener in my coffee now.  No desire for chocolate at all lately either...its a mystery. :shifty:


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Post by: Jason Reed on February 17, 2010, 06:59:28 am
Morning everyone. I had a nice weekend without the family (wife and boys went to in-laws for the weekend). I watched a lot of Star Wars (ep 1 - 4) and I went out to a movie, the Wolfman.

Family is back and it is nice and noisy at home again :D.


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Post by: simmo on February 17, 2010, 04:37:46 pm
Just checking in :D Howdy all  :cheers:

At the moment I have two pretty big clients that have a laundry list of items they want done so now my problem is balancing time between them (and still finding time to place bids so that I'm not w/o a project or two when these end (if they ever do)), not a bad problem to have.

Still working on getting the house in Houston sold, the realtor had some new pictures taken and they look pretty nice  :happydance:

(http://harpictures.marketlinx.com/MediaDisplay/22/hr2451322-2.jpg)
(http://harpictures.marketlinx.com/MediaDisplay/22/hr2451322-17.jpg)
(http://harpictures.marketlinx.com/MediaDisplay/22/hr2451322-20.jpg)
(http://harpictures.marketlinx.com/MediaDisplay/22/hr2451322-8.jpg)


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Post by: Sue on February 17, 2010, 07:27:59 pm
Well done msimmons. :)

Im glad you enjoyed your weekend JR. :)


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Post by: wrack on February 18, 2010, 12:54:10 am
Morning all :wave:

Sue I prefer honey instead of sugar if I have to.

JR good break :cheers:

Simmo the new photos look nice, hope you get it sold soon.


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Post by: Jason Reed on February 18, 2010, 07:16:23 am
Nice looking place Simmo. My wife liked the flooring. Too bad it's in Houston TX and not Moosburg Germany :D


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Post by: Sue on February 18, 2010, 12:41:01 pm
Morning all :wave:

Sue I prefer honey instead of sugar if I have to.

JR good break :cheers:

Simmo the new photos look nice, hope you get it sold soon.

Yeah honey is great too however not as easy to use, take with you or get when out and about.  What I am trying to do it avoid sugar all together even if it's natural from bees or sugar cane.  Stivia is from a cactus and does not have the health risks sugar does.

Good morning/day to all. :wave:


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Post by: wrack on February 19, 2010, 11:00:16 pm
Oh ok. I thought Stivia was one of those artificial sugar, if so they are bad bad bad.

Morning all :wave:


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Post by: Sue on February 19, 2010, 11:25:04 pm
No I agree with you completely about sugar replacements.  However this Stivia is highly recommended by all the holistic health professionals who also agree about Aspartame etc being toxic to your health and a cancer causing additive we need to remove from our diets.  I never buy anything without reading the labels. 

I refuse to have any 'diet' foods, drinks or 'sugarless' products because they all have these toxic artificial replacements for sugar in them.  If I have no choice to have the rare soft drink beverage...Ill have the full sugar one before Id ever accept a diet version.  I may treat myself to one regular Coke Classic a year though so Im not worried about having too much sugar in my diet.  One can apparently has up to 11 teaspoon's or 60ml of sugar in it.


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Post by: wrack on February 21, 2010, 01:40:32 am
I used to be a Coke junkie (i.e 3-5 cans per day) but those days are long gone. Now I prefer 100% no added sugar fruit juice with pulp so I get fibre too. Very fond of it actually.


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Post by: Sue on February 21, 2010, 01:58:52 am
Yeah I used to prefer that too but due to my current health situation I am not able to any juice at the moment.  It makes me violently sick.  When I used to buy juice it was always 100% pure.


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Post by: wrack on February 22, 2010, 12:49:04 am
Morning all :wave:


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Post by: Sue on February 22, 2010, 01:10:02 am
Good morning and day wrack! :wave:


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Post by: Jason Reed on February 25, 2010, 12:56:25 pm
Hi everyone,

Sorry I've been a bit quiet lately. Between work and family life I haven't been online much.


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Post by: Sue on February 25, 2010, 03:28:06 pm
Its okay JR...we understand and expect this from an employed man with a family. :)


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Post by: wrack on February 26, 2010, 12:00:52 am
Morning all :wave: Sorry lately I have been a ghost here too, just so busy in work that it's not funny anymore!


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Post by: Sue on February 26, 2010, 01:58:46 am
It seems we all go through these periods wrack.  Not to worry. :)

Have a fun day.    :wave:


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Post by: wrack on February 27, 2010, 12:53:51 am
Yeah we all do, the thing is; we have a massive project that must be delivered on 1st May and we are 1 month behind schedule so we need to get things moving and on top of that one of the programmer has taken 5 weeks off and getting married so we are under more pressure.

But then again Friday was a nice day. I dropped Snehal off to a friend's home and went to client office near by for mettings and bug fixes, Snehal & my friend's wife had a nice ladied day out and we all cought up after work for dinner. Great day and evening.

Morning all :wave:


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Post by: Sue on February 27, 2010, 01:16:41 am
Well that all sounds very nice indeed. :)  I am glad live is good and I sure hope that you all do not get too stressed out trying to meet that deadline. :)

Have a fantastic weekend. :)


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Post by: wrack on February 27, 2010, 05:19:37 am
Oh no...no stressing over the project. Still taking it easy even though working hard :mf_Dr_Evil:

You have a nice weekend too.


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Post by: Sue on February 27, 2010, 05:31:02 am
Glad to hear it then. :yes:

Thank you for your wishes.  :)


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Post by: wrack on March 01, 2010, 11:25:19 pm
Morning all :wave:

Filling out forms for Snehal's residency in Australia! Never realized how much repeated information I have to fill out in darn forms! For example, I have my date of birth 3-4 times in the form!


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Post by: Sue on March 01, 2010, 11:49:02 pm
Good day wrack! :wave:

I can only imagine how difficult it is for you.  Too many headaches and they are usually overly strict during the process too.


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Post by: wrack on March 02, 2010, 12:10:27 am
Nah, not that difficult, just annoying and the time frame! She gets a temporary visa for 2 years and then we need to send them a stat dec and proof that our relationship is genuine and ongoing and then she will get a permanent visa!


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Post by: Sue on March 02, 2010, 02:07:59 am
Why doesn't your marriage certificate grant immediate permanent residency status?


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Post by: wrack on March 02, 2010, 06:25:28 am
Only if it were that easy! I can't even get my parents residency even though I am a citizen here...


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Post by: Sue on March 02, 2010, 06:46:35 am
Well that's news.  If you were in Canada I think they let all your family, friends and neighbors in and also provide them free money. Its ridiculous here.

Anyway...are you not allowed to have your parents sponsored as long as you can prove that you can provide support for them for a while?  Or is the Government not like Canada who also allows them in and allows them old age pension even though they never worked a day in their life here paying taxes into it?

Forgive me but I prefer more the way Australia handles things because I think Canada isn't strict enough.  I wish though that you could find a way for your parents to be with you.


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Post by: simmo on March 02, 2010, 07:37:59 pm
Nice looking place Simmo. My wife liked the flooring. Too bad it's in Houston TX and not Moosburg Germany :D
or in Tennessee :doh:

Howdy all, been pretty busy lately. Did get a house found and started the processes on that, should be closing & moving at the end of the month  :mf_Dr_Evil:


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Post by: wrack on March 05, 2010, 10:57:28 pm
Morning all :wave:


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Post by: Sue on March 07, 2010, 06:30:58 pm
Good day everyone. :wave:  I hope you're all doing fine and enjoying good weather. :)


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Post by: Sue on March 07, 2010, 06:32:07 pm
Nice looking place Simmo. My wife liked the flooring. Too bad it's in Houston TX and not Moosburg Germany :D
or in Tennessee :doh:

Howdy all, been pretty busy lately. Did get a house found and started the processes on that, should be closing & moving at the end of the month  :mf_Dr_Evil:

Congratulations! :yes:


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Post by: wrack on March 08, 2010, 12:50:11 am
Howdy all, been pretty busy lately. Did get a house found and started the processes on that, should be closing & moving at the end of the month  :mf_Dr_Evil:

Good on ya mate :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on March 09, 2010, 06:40:25 pm
Well it is my conclusion that the universe must be ending in June. It seems that EVERYTHING is trying to happen at once right now.

Family planning for a move in April.
Demo for customers this week.
Systems to be installed and configured this week (only to be updated again in the near future to fix more bugs).
Possible business trip to Oman in May
Training classes on Windows 7 in April (Mandatory).
Training classes for Java been (trying to fit them in for the last 4 months.)
My mother comes to visit in June.
Dentist visit later this month for my bad tooth.
Lung doctor visit for regular check up in May.
Baptism of youngest in May.
Wife's birthday at the end of the month. Where she'll be taking classes so I'll have all three boys for the day. :yikes:


So if you happen to not see me for a bit don't worry I shall return.




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Post by: simmo on March 09, 2010, 09:34:28 pm
Finally got an offer on teh house in Houston, if all goes well it will be sold by may. Its going to cost me to sell (never again will I go 100% financing :p ) but will save my credit rating and best of all keep me from bankruptsy  :happydance:

Had a nightmare client yesterday... My regular clients didn't have any work for me so I popped over to the job boards and almost instantly got accepted on a simple "change the font and add two sentences" gig. No sweat, easy money... well the client was getting more rude by the minute and just kept reposting "change the font on all text, this is the 3rd time I have requested this" so I finally realized he must not have the font on his machine and asked him to check / show me that he is seeing some fonts in the font that he was requesting... to which he replied "change the font on all text, this is the 4th time I have requested this"  So then I got mad :p and replied kindof rude, (something to the effect of "maybe I need to speak your language... [repost of my request re:font on his machine], this is the 2nd time I am requesting this" and this morning he marked my work complete and paid :lol:


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Post by: wrack on March 10, 2010, 12:40:15 am
JR take your time and get a breath after that. All is well here :)

Simmo good work. Sometimes people only respond when you speak their language!


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Post by: Sue on March 11, 2010, 01:46:45 am
JR....I really think you should consider cloning of yourself for the next while. :wink:  When are your holidays starting? :)

msimmons...That's really good news on the Houston house.  Except for the costing you to sell part. :)

I'm glad all worked out well in the end with your client.  I have similar experience believe me. :yes:

Hi wrack! :wave:

Im not getting my email alerts again hence why my replies are delayed unless I check in here on my own....and yes I replied to the last ones I did receive. :)


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Post by: simmo on March 11, 2010, 04:38:17 pm
Except for the costing you to sell part. :)
Yeah, I keep thinking that it sucks to have to pay out just to sell, but a lot of what I am having to pay is taxes for January - April that I guess I would have to pay regardless :p The main issue was that I just didn't pay enough of the loan off before selling, in hind sight I probably should have just been renting the past year or so :lol:


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Post by: Sue on March 11, 2010, 05:01:18 pm
Yeah...be also glad though that the 'recession' hasn't made it worse for you.  I agree that renting until you are settled is a wise idea...then again...nothing is certain in life...well...the taxes sure are. :(

Good luck with everything. :yes:


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Post by: simmo on March 17, 2010, 04:48:34 pm
Not a lot new here, just checking in :)

Freelancing is still going well and I have been making my daily quota I set for myself before I moved :D I actually sent my resume to a company I thought was near by (I'm not too sure on the proximity of some of the towns yet) and it turned out to be over an hr away. He couldn't afford me anyway :p But we decided it would be in both of our interests if I did work for him on a contract basis, so landed another client  :happydance:

Hopefully moving in about 2 weeks, then I'll have to split off some of my time into some [non-computer] hardware projects, first on the list is putting in a new stairway (the current staircase is crappy and prevents me from enlarging the kitchen). I've already got a 'sketchup' model of it and will be sure to take pictures of the project as it progresses  :construction:

back to work!


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Post by: Sue on March 18, 2010, 01:10:34 pm
Interesting....looking forward to seeing the results of your "non computer hardware projects". :)

That's great that you landed another client. :)

Not a lot new here either, but we have been enjoying +18C weather instead of what we had last year at this time was around -27C.  Everyone is out enjoying life outdoors again wearing summer clothes, and the Spring flowers are blooming....I heard on this morning's news though that we may be getting either rain or snow on Monday. :(


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Post by: Jason Reed on March 21, 2010, 07:19:59 pm
Hi Everyone,

Just wanted you to know that today Sunday 21 March 2010 we've been undergoing a constant attack on the forum and our server. I'm working on cleaning things up. It seems that there was in fact some unwanted codes installed on the Galahtech.org URL but the others seem clean.

The next step will be to start IP blocking direct from the server using .htaccess. I'm hoping I don't need to do that.

So if the site seems a bit slow you know why ;)


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Post by: Sue on March 21, 2010, 07:48:26 pm
Sorry to learn what you are dealing with JR. :(  I wasn't aware of this situation and I think its disgusting that nutters are out there sabotaging people trying to make a positive difference out here in internet land... Good luck with everything and thank you for keeping this running as great as it is for us.  Especially considering how busy your work and home life already are....Greatly appreciated what you do indeed... :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on March 21, 2010, 08:04:24 pm
Thanks Sue,

I think I found what was drawing them and it looks like things are calming down. :D


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Post by: Sue on March 21, 2010, 08:18:30 pm
Okay that's great then!  I'm glad you have it sorted.

Now you have me curious...:shifty:


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Post by: Jason Reed on March 21, 2010, 08:37:19 pm
Someone was able to install some scripts on our galahtech.org directory, that from what I could tell allowed people to attack other sites. However, they weren't aware of our domain level redirect. So when they got redirected to our site they started attacking here with SPAM and links. I've deleted about 150 spam messages, and banned a couple of IP ranges.



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Post by: Sue on March 21, 2010, 08:45:08 pm
Ahh...I understand. :)  Im sorry that you have to take your time to clean up this mess though...

I hope everything else is running smoothly for you and that you have a fantastic week ahead. :yes:


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Post by: wrack on March 23, 2010, 11:35:59 pm
Morning all :wave:

Sorry I have been away again, work is quite a lot. How you all been?

JR hope things are running smooth with the site!


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Post by: Sue on March 23, 2010, 11:48:49 pm
Good morning and day wrack. :wave:

I hope now after all that work you can manage to get in some rest time. :)

Im the same.  No interesting news to report here I think. :)


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Post by: wrack on March 24, 2010, 01:41:21 am
Hi Sue :hug:

Nope sorry Sue, I just finished coding a specific module and now doing the next piece of chunk from the requirement specs. The project is due on 3rd of May and we are few weeks behind so everyone is working hard. Not going to get any quality free time till then. After that 2 weeks light work and another monster project going for a year!

Snehal has started her uni yesterday so 1 more semester to go for her and that will keep her busy and me less distracted :evil:


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Post by: simmo on March 24, 2010, 03:34:56 pm
I've deleted about 150 spam messages, and banned a couple of IP ranges.
Excellent work  :cheers:

Snehal has started her uni yesterday so 1 more semester to go for her and that will keep her busy and me less distracted :evil:
What is she studying?

I *think* I am moving this weekend... the lender is giving us the run around, one second he says its all good to go, the next he is asking for more documentation... so I don't know yet :p The lease isn't up on teh rental house yet so we have to pay for April anyway, but I want out of this house and into the new one!  :construction:


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Post by: Sue on March 24, 2010, 03:39:15 pm
Hi Sue :hug:

Nope sorry Sue, I just finished coding a specific module and now doing the next piece of chunk from the requirement specs. The project is due on 3rd of May and we are few weeks behind so everyone is working hard. Not going to get any quality free time till then. After that 2 weeks light work and another monster project going for a year!

Snehal has started her uni yesterday so 1 more semester to go for her and that will keep her busy and me less distracted :evil:

My gosh there is no rest for you is there? :(

I hope you don't mind Snehal distracting you. :shifty: :)


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Post by: Sue on March 24, 2010, 03:40:52 pm
Msimmons I hope everything works out well for you and that you can soon move in and get settled.  Spring is here and I bet you are looking forward to getting this transition sorted so you can better relax and get on to your new endeavors....Good luck with everything! :)


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Post by: wrack on March 24, 2010, 11:21:10 pm
Snehal has started her uni yesterday so 1 more semester to go for her and that will keep her busy and me less distracted :evil:
What is she studying?

I *think* I am moving this weekend... the lender is giving us the run around, one second he says its all good to go, the next he is asking for more documentation... so I don't know yet :p The lease isn't up on teh rental house yet so we have to pay for April anyway, but I want out of this house and into the new one!  :construction:
Yeah she got 1 more semester to go to finish her degree so we might aswell just do it.

You are already living there! What more documents do they need!


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Post by: wrack on March 24, 2010, 11:21:50 pm
My gosh there is no rest for you is there? :(

I hope you don't mind Snehal distracting you. :shifty: :)
No I don't mind at all :construction:


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Post by: Sue on March 25, 2010, 01:58:34 am
 :aha: :shifty: :giggle:


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Post by: wrack on March 25, 2010, 08:27:46 am
:D


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Post by: Jason Reed on March 25, 2010, 11:39:44 am
Just to inform everyone,

I'm re-organizing our ban list so there might be a chance that something slips through. I'm watching for it and will delete them as soon as I see them and process the IP ban and alert the ISP.


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Post by: Sue on March 25, 2010, 02:19:22 pm
Thanks JR. :)


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Post by: simmo on March 25, 2010, 09:28:37 pm
Yeah she got 1 more semester to go to finish her degree so we might aswell just do it.
I meant what is her major, what field is she going to uni for?

(btw, i edited your post, you had a broken quote)

You are already living there! What more documents do they need!
Not living there yet :p Have been living in a rent house while looking for a house to buy, now just trying to wrap up the purchase of the house we found.

This morning they told us it will be monday now, then later they said could still be friday  :blowup:

And, the inspection that the buyer had done on the house I am selling turned up a $2200 AC problem... I'm getting a second opinion from my own AC guy, but I'm sure i'll have to fix it if I want to make this sell...


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Post by: Sue on March 25, 2010, 09:50:31 pm
Sorry you're enduring so many head aches msimmons...I hope it all gets resolved very soon so you can enjoy your new home and get on with your new live in peace as soon as possible.


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Post by: wrack on March 26, 2010, 01:08:27 am
I meant what is her major, what field is she going to uni for?
She is doing her Masters in Information Systems. Sorry I mis read your post, doing that a lot lately!


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Post by: Jason Reed on March 26, 2010, 06:11:58 am
I meant what is her major, what field is she going to uni for?
She is doing her Masters in Information Systems. Sorry I mis read your post, doing that a lot lately!

Darn your company for keeping you so busy that you can't read our posts ;)

Actually I'm with you wrack. I'm busy re-engineering my horrible demo code into something that could be an actual product.


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Post by: wrack on March 26, 2010, 07:48:25 am
Yeah JR, I am flat out lately. Actually we signed a fixed price contract and we let the client push us on the time and money both fronts so we are kinda hard at work so we don't have to pay $4000/Week delayed penalty! But we needed this big chunk of work in order to move forward on some of our other ideas. Also we took this opportunity to restructure some of the code that we would have never done spending our own time.


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Post by: Jason Reed on March 29, 2010, 01:33:36 pm
Hi all,

looks like I finally found a way to block the spam (at least for a little while). I've enabled CAPTCHA for guests. This seems to have stopped most of the spam from bots that we've been seeing for the last week or so.


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Post by: Sue on March 29, 2010, 03:26:49 pm
Very good! :yes:


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Post by: wrack on March 29, 2010, 11:51:13 pm
Yo!


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Post by: Sue on April 03, 2010, 03:25:19 pm
Happy Easter holiday weekend everyone. :wave:


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Post by: wrack on April 04, 2010, 11:29:14 pm
Morning y'll :wave:

Been working over the weekend so 4 days long weekend became 2 days for me!


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Post by: Sue on April 05, 2010, 02:35:21 pm
Hi wrack. :wave:

You need more time off. :yes:


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Post by: wrack on April 06, 2010, 11:07:19 pm
Yeah I do which will come shortly after this project.

Morning all :wave:


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Post by: Sue on April 07, 2010, 12:58:42 am
Have a fantastic day wrack :wave:

Hopefully your project completes soon and you are able to live again in paradise for a while.  :yes:


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Post by: wrack on April 07, 2010, 01:38:26 pm
Got the wedding album photos :happydance: Y'll should have a PM with the links to them. If you don't get them then let me know and I shall send it again.


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Post by: Sue on April 07, 2010, 03:22:45 pm
Ok thanks! :D


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Post by: simmo on April 07, 2010, 07:47:26 pm
I meant what is her major, what field is she going to uni for?
She is doing her Masters in Information Systems. Sorry I mis read your post, doing that a lot lately!
Very cool, I hope that doesnt cause too many rifts in teh relationship. I knew a couple that one was vb.net, the other was java... it led to some interesting dinner converstaion :p

Got the wedding album photos :happydance: Y'll should have a PM with the links to them. If you don't get them then let me know and I shall send it again.
Very nice, you are one lucky guy there :)

Sorry you're enduring so many head aches msimmons...I hope it all gets resolved very soon so you can enjoy your new home and get on with your new live in peace as soon as possible.
It got worse :p
Now the house wont appraise high enough for me to sell high enough to not have to pay (a lot) out of pocket at closing :( so now I am going to my mortgage company to tell them I need to get a price break or they are going to be sitting on a loan that isn't going to get paid  :banned2:

On a happier note, the GF and I have moved into our new house in the country and it is totally awesome. I've quite a few projects to do, but they will get done as time & money allows :)
After moving, my comp decided to die so I built a new one w/parts I had lying around (yes, I have that much surplus parts :p ) and other than having to go down to 2 monitors (used to have 3) its actually better than my last one so far  :happydance:


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Post by: wrack on April 07, 2010, 11:26:02 pm
Very cool, I hope that doesnt cause too many rifts in teh relationship. I knew a couple that one was vb.net, the other was java... it led to some interesting dinner converstaion :p
Nah she is pretty cool with those things and has no preferences as such. She doesn't even want to work in IT which is fine with me too. One of us has already got a stressful job, we don't need that in family.

Very nice, you are one lucky guy there :)
Thanks Simmo, I am lucky indeed.

It got worse :p
Now the house wont appraise high enough for me to sell high enough to not have to pay (a lot) out of pocket at closing :( so now I am going to my mortgage company to tell them I need to get a price break or they are going to be sitting on a loan that isn't going to get paid  :banned2:

On a happier note, the GF and I have moved into our new house in the country and it is totally awesome. I've quite a few projects to do, but they will get done as time & money allows :)
After moving, my comp decided to die so I built a new one w/parts I had lying around (yes, I have that much surplus parts :p ) and other than having to go down to 2 monitors (used to have 3) its actually better than my last one so far  :happydance:
Sometimes you wonder if this companies are just there to suck you dry. Didn't realize you had a GF after the move. Good one mate. Hope this projects keeps things going.


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Post by: Sue on April 07, 2010, 11:32:00 pm
Im still looking through your wedding albums.  Lets just say Im stunned and jaw dropping speechless. 

The photography and presentation are absolutely awesome! Hopefully when Im done looking through them...Ill be able to make better replies as for right now....I just shake my head a their infinite perfection...WOW!  Well done!  No wonder they took so long to prepare the albums. :)


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Post by: wrack on April 08, 2010, 12:27:09 am
Thanks Sue :) They have indeed done a great job on the album and besides this is one of the best studio in the whole Surat city where I come from. I am ok with the time now that I have seen the result. I haven't actually seen the printed album as it weighs around 4-6 KG so it's at home back in India but Mum & Dad tells it looks even more amazing than the digital copy.


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Post by: wrack on April 11, 2010, 10:53:27 pm
Well things seems pretty quiet here!


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Post by: Sue on April 12, 2010, 05:38:19 pm
That's partly because Ive been again sick in bed in intestinal agony for the past few days....Ive not been able to complete my viewing of your wedding album yet.....I will when I am feeling better though...today Im able to sit here and reply at least a little. :)

Have a good week...  :wave:


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Post by: simmo on April 12, 2010, 06:15:36 pm
Howdy all :hiya:

Still working on moving in :p lots of boxes everywhere but making progress  :cheers:


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Post by: Jason Reed on April 12, 2010, 08:40:08 pm
Ditto! :cheers:


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Post by: Sue on April 12, 2010, 09:02:08 pm
Good luck guys with your moving. :wave:


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Post by: wrack on April 13, 2010, 12:52:15 am
That's partly because Ive been again sick in bed in intestinal agony for the past few days....Ive not been able to complete my viewing of your wedding album yet.....I will when I am feeling better though...today Im able to sit here and reply at least a little. :)

Have a good week...  :wave:
Arrrgh, I hope you get better soon :console: Yeah there are tons of photos in the album so it may take a while.


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Post by: wrack on April 13, 2010, 12:55:27 am
Howdy all :hiya:

Still working on moving in :p lots of boxes everywhere but making progress  :cheers:
Hah...I still have 10 boxes that I haven't unpacked from last year's move! Good luck with them boxes, they are evil :evil:

On a side note, G'DAY :)


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Post by: wrack on April 13, 2010, 01:00:09 am
Ditto! :cheers:
Howdy :taz:


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Post by: Sue on April 13, 2010, 04:32:44 am
Thanks Wrack! :hug:

Have a fantastic day! :wave:


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Post by: simmo on April 13, 2010, 07:59:34 pm
Hah...I still have 10 boxes that I haven't unpacked from last year's move! Good luck with them boxes, they are evil :evil:
Yup, I still have a few that never got unpacked in the move of 2008 either, hoping to get those dealt with soon :p


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Post by: wrack on April 13, 2010, 11:18:59 pm
Hah...I know the feeling.

Morning all :wave:


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Post by: Sue on April 14, 2010, 04:03:10 pm
Have a good day/evening everyone. :wave:


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Post by: wrack on April 16, 2010, 12:25:16 am
:rasta:


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Post by: wrack on April 20, 2010, 11:22:37 pm
Slow here lately!


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Post by: Sue on April 23, 2010, 02:09:56 pm
Where is everyone? :(

Have a fun weekend everyone. :wave:


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Post by: Jason Reed on April 25, 2010, 04:15:44 pm
Sorry I've been busy with the big move. We are all moved into the new house and the old apartment is about 99% cleaned up and ready for handover to our landlord.

Here in Moosburg everything is chaos.


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Post by: wrack on April 26, 2010, 09:55:11 pm
Where is everyone? :(

Have a fun weekend everyone. :wave:
We had an Anzac Day long weekend and this was the first weekend in last 2 months that I didn't carry my laptop home so was totally relaxing this weekend.

G'Day :)


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Post by: wrack on April 26, 2010, 09:56:12 pm
Sorry I've been busy with the big move. We are all moved into the new house and the old apartment is about 99% cleaned up and ready for handover to our landlord.

Here in Moosburg everything is chaos.
Good to hear JR that you are on top of things. Moving is always painful and chaos.


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Post by: Jason Reed on April 27, 2010, 05:17:37 am
We'll be handing over the keys to the old apartment on Thursday which will be a relief. Then we can focus 100% on our house. We need to add some extra storage space in the kitchen, and unpack boxes. Eventually I would like to walk into my living room rather than wade through the boxes into my living room ;).

The boys have seem to taken well to the new environment. After the second night the 2yo started sleeping without the aid of mommy or daddy sitting near his bed. The 5yo, like my father, sleeps like a log. He's already made friends in the neighborhood and likes to ride his bike in the pedestrian zone that is our neighborhood.


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Post by: wrack on April 28, 2010, 02:11:12 am
Good to hear that you and family are fitting in nicely JR :)

Once the kids start feeling safe around and start sleeping in nicely then you know it's good.


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Post by: Sue on April 29, 2010, 07:41:22 pm
It all sounds fantastic JR!  Congratulations!

When does your mom and friend arrive?

Hi wrack and msimmons too! :)


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Post by: wrack on April 30, 2010, 12:32:33 am
Sue :scooter:

Simmo :mf_Dr_Evil:

JR :rasta:


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Post by: Jason Reed on April 30, 2010, 09:17:13 am
It all sounds fantastic JR!  Congratulations!

When does your mom and friend arrive?
Thanks,

Mom arrives at the beginning of June. Her friend had to drop out due to family issues, she's going to visit mom a bit before she flies here but can't come along.

I'm going to traveling to Oman again in May. Only two weeks this time hopefully this will close this project and I can forget about it and move on.


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Post by: Sue on April 30, 2010, 11:15:25 pm
Hi wrack :wave:  Have a fun weekend :wave:

Ah its June...thought it was the end of April...Its great then that you have more time to sort out the house before she arrives. You had mentioned this before but I didn't realize, or I had forgotten that you had a month to get settled in.

Oman in May....hummm...well I hope everything gets sorted and that you get back safe to your new home and family life there. :)


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Post by: wrack on May 01, 2010, 10:19:04 pm
Hi all :wave:

Sue, hope you are doing good and weekend is passing well. JR, that would be tough on travelling right after the move.


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Post by: Sue on May 04, 2010, 05:58:48 pm
Yeah wrack I am fine.  Thanks for your wishes...

Have a good day and a fun and safe week... :)


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Post by: wrack on May 05, 2010, 08:57:12 am
Thanks Sue :)

Y'll have a nice week too.


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Post by: Sue on May 05, 2010, 03:06:01 pm
Thanks wrack :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on May 10, 2010, 08:32:00 am
Hi Everyone :wave:

Well the house is starting to resemble a place to live, we are slowly getting through the boxes that are left.

I'm leaving tonight for Oman. Doing a red-eye to Muscat and then start work on Tuesday morning. Should be there two weeks if the ash cloud from Iceland doesn't keep me there longer ;)

I hope everyone is doing well. I'm still visiting here even if I'm not posting much. I'm pretty happy with the lack of SPAM recently, but I'm still watching for it.


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Post by: Sue on May 10, 2010, 08:15:52 pm
Im very happy for you and your family JR. :) I hope all continues to flow well for you all....

Safe time I wish for you in Oman. :)  I hope all turns out a success for you. :)

Its great that you post when you can and I definitely understand your time constraints and why you do not always post here when you visit... :)

Have a fantastic week! :yes:


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Post by: wrack on May 11, 2010, 05:20:22 am
Good to hear things are well JR.

Hey Sue :)

Where is everyone lately?


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Post by: Sue on May 12, 2010, 05:03:54 am
Im here...just no one around to talk with. lol


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Post by: wrack on May 13, 2010, 12:24:40 am
Hah...It's becoming ghost town here lately!

Apart from the interest in keeping the old archives, I am wondering if we should just create a private group in LIVE to stay in contact and be done with it!


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Post by: Sue on May 13, 2010, 06:05:37 pm
I don't know...everyone seems to be quite busy with their new situations in life lately...so many changes happening at once.  I am glad priorities are in order...however I sure miss conversing with you all at the same time.  :hmm: :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on May 14, 2010, 10:15:01 am
Hah...It's becoming ghost town here lately!

Apart from the interest in keeping the old archives, I am wondering if we should just create a private group in LIVE to stay in contact and be done with it!

Greetings from sunny and hot Oman.

Yeah we're all a bit busy. However, as long as Simmo will provide hosting I would like to keep the site up. The archives I feel are important to keep up as there is a lot of information in there from years of posts earlier.


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Post by: Sue on May 14, 2010, 08:28:07 pm
Thanks JR...

I don't want to lose this place either. :( :)


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Post by: wrack on May 15, 2010, 12:29:52 am
I know JR and please don't think I am trying to get rid of the site. It's just too much for 4 people and the we all getting busier everyday.

Morning all :wave:


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Post by: Sue on May 15, 2010, 01:00:14 am
Good morning....

Just because we are busy wrack doesn't mean we have to toss away our "home" :)


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Post by: wrack on May 15, 2010, 03:50:39 am
I know Sue and Ididn't ask to toss, just something which requires less maintenance.


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Post by: Sue on May 15, 2010, 05:47:57 am
I understand...however I believe that this has already been done months ago. :)


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Post by: simmo on May 18, 2010, 04:09:28 pm
I hope everyone is doing well. I'm still visiting here even if I'm not posting much. I'm pretty happy with the lack of SPAM recently, but I'm still watching for it.
They must have heard you were heading out for a bit :o I squashed it but sure if I didn't do all the magic you usually do :p


Howdy all, sry have been so absent, been working on a big project for over a month now :D


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lol, apparently I suck at the banning... the spammer posted right in this thread after I did
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Post by: Sue on May 18, 2010, 06:20:23 pm
Yeah Im glad you caught that..I saw it earlier this morning and couldnt do anything about it....

Glad to see you again msimmons....I hope everything is going very well with you.  How is life in your new home?

http://galahtech.stinkbugonline.com/forum/index.php?topic=12619.0 SPAM in the last post msimmons...should you remove that?


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Post by: simmo on May 19, 2010, 09:35:48 pm

http://galahtech.stinkbugonline.com/forum/index.php?topic=12619.0 SPAM in the last post msimmons...should you remove that?


Told you i'm not as good as jr :'(

(had another one today).


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Post by: wrack on May 20, 2010, 01:36:08 am
I hope everyone is doing well. I'm still visiting here even if I'm not posting much. I'm pretty happy with the lack of SPAM recently, but I'm still watching for it.
Yeah bloody spammers! I don't get what joy do they get out of it apart from monetory joy! They are not even getting anything from here given the traffice we have.

They must have heard you were heading out for a bit :o I squashed it but sure if I didn't do all the magic you usually do :p

Howdy all, sry have been so absent, been working on a big project for over a month now :D

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Good work with the project there mate :) Hope it lasts even longer. How are things there amid this european financial stuff!

Hey Sue :)

JR :rasta:


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Post by: Jason Reed on May 24, 2010, 06:00:21 am
I'm back from Oman. possible I will go again in a couple of months.


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Post by: Sue on May 24, 2010, 07:30:52 am
Glad you're home safe.  Welcome back!


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Post by: Jason Reed on May 25, 2010, 04:12:24 am
Thanks Sue.

Oman is beginning its summer cycle and so the temperatures are already pretty hot (45 degrees and humid). It is possible I'll be going back in July for a short bit.

The family picked me up at the airport which isn't as easy as before since we moved we don't have a direct connection to the airport.

Yesterday I spent with the family since we had a holiday in Germany. Today I'm going back to the office to see exactly how much overtime I generated during this trip. The boss will probably be wanting me to take more time off when he sees the amount ;).


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Post by: Jason Reed on May 26, 2010, 09:07:29 am
Someone posted a great comment on Twitter. I told them it needed to be put on a T-Shirt.

"God has an agreement with Software Developers. God doesn't develop software, and software developers don't do miracles."

About fell out of my chair when I read that.


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Post by: Sue on May 26, 2010, 11:57:33 am
LOL Very good Jr. :yes:

Im glad you enjoyed your time in Oman.  The 45C is insane heat.  Today again we are to hit 34C and Im not happy about it at all. :(  The humidity makes it hard to breathe and getting anything done with ease is unpleasant.

Unfortunate about your commute to the airport now.

We had a holiday on Monday too. :)

I think your boss should be grateful for the time you put in and not wishing you take more time off. :)

Have a fun day everyone. :wave:


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Post by: wrack on May 27, 2010, 12:05:07 am
LOL JR:)

Hi Sue :)


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Post by: Sue on May 27, 2010, 12:17:44 am
Hey wrack! :wave:  What's new?


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Post by: wrack on May 28, 2010, 12:43:58 am
Hi Sue. Nothing much new except I am in a desperate need of a sleep and a nice massage and a spa. Same with my wife as we both have been relentlessly working. She is doing her final weeks of study with tons and tons of assignments and I am in final weeks of the darn project.

How about you there?


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Post by: Sue on May 28, 2010, 02:42:41 am
Im great thanks. :)

It's so weird to finally hear you saying that you have a "wife" after knowing you so many years as single.  Its so adorable. hehehe  :giggle:

I hope you both get your much earned rest ASAP....  :yes:


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Post by: wrack on May 28, 2010, 11:52:45 pm
Haha...We didn't get a chance to relax much but went to a nice maxican restaurant and eat like a p*g and then came home and we both slept like a baby for 9 hours. Feel much better now.


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Post by: Sue on May 29, 2010, 01:17:15 am
Oh that sounds most excellent then.  I am curious as to how they serve Mexican food in Australia. :)


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Post by: wrack on May 29, 2010, 05:13:48 am
Well I am not sure if I can tell the difference since I don't know how the actual/traditional maxican food is served. But as far as taste goes, it was yummy.


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Post by: Sue on May 29, 2010, 05:24:27 am
Yeah I wouldn't know the difference unless I went there to your country to sample.  :eat: :licklips: :eatyum:  I do know that here their food is very good. :yes:


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Post by: wrack on May 29, 2010, 08:16:01 am
Exactly. Unless I come there or go to Maxico and eat something authentic, I can't explain but as far as what I have tasted; it's goooooood. And since we are vegetarian we have limited choices of dishes anyways.


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Post by: Sue on May 29, 2010, 08:21:26 am
I mainly eat the tortillias and fajhitas anyway....like you...I prefer vegetables.  I have a Mexican friend named Renatta who has made me hand made tortilias and my gosh they are absolutely the best!  The restaurants can not make them as great as she can. :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on May 29, 2010, 04:25:54 pm
Hi everyone,

Wow all this talk about Mexican food is making my mouth water. Our family have had some Mexican friends who also ran a restaurant, back in my home town. They make great food but you got to watch the salsa, the chunky stuff is not always the hottest ;).

Hope everyone is having a good time. I've started my much needed vacation, and my mom arrives on Tuesday. The boys are excited.


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Post by: Sue on May 29, 2010, 05:32:42 pm
Eager to have news on your mother's visit to your new home. :)  I hope you all have a wonderful and safe time together. :)

As for Mexican food....I am not fond of salsa as it's difficult to digest for me so I have to be careful of which sort I eat. :)  I am only using Heinz salsa right now...not anywhere near the home made Mexican sort.  I have food bought and  ready since yesterday morning to make fajitas...hopefully for supper tonight. :)


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Post by: wrack on May 30, 2010, 01:00:42 am
Here is the menu from the place http://www.tacobill.com.au/drop1/DineIn.pdf

We prefer Enchilada, Nachos with HOT sauce and Jalapenos, Taco, Quesadilla De La Casa.

JR, I wish I can take a break now :)


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Post by: Sue on May 30, 2010, 01:20:11 am
Yeah that's the name of the food. :yes:  I don't like all of those when served at various restaurants in weird ways.  Fajhitas are my favourite; and Tacos with the sauces on the side. :)  I don't like them soggy. :yuk:


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Post by: wrack on May 31, 2010, 12:11:29 am
Yeah soggy YUK. I don't like them sauces insides Tacos too. I prefer them nice and crispy.

Morning all :wave:


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Post by: Sue on May 31, 2010, 03:13:42 am
Yeah me too! :)

Have a fun day wrack! :wave:


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Post by: wrack on June 01, 2010, 11:08:12 pm
Thanks Sue.

I have finally managed to prepare the permanent visa file for Snehal. It was a huge task with 250 pages of documents and crap. Darn, I don't know why the visa department requires those! Anyways we are lodging it tomorrow and she should receive her temporary residency in couple of months and permanent in 2 years.

Morning all :wave:


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Post by: Sue on June 02, 2010, 03:59:15 pm
I can't imagine why the document is 250 pages long!  Why on earth would it have to be so long?  Are they full of things she needs to know like Australian history, economics and politics etc?  I wonder why, since she is your wife...that it has to take 2 years to become a permanent resident.

I finally made those fajhitas last night and my gosh they were absolutely delicious! :eatyum: :spoton:

Have a nice day. :wave:


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Post by: wrack on June 03, 2010, 01:09:50 am
Well there are couple of forms that we have to fill and they are alone 50 pages in total. Then we each have to write the relationship history and how it developed to the point of marriage so 5 more pages. Then I have to get them the supporting document from witnesses in our life to support that story so that is 7 pages. 2 pages for police clearance. Proofs of SMSs, Emails, Phone Logs to show that we were really in touch rather than a sham marriage so that all came to around 100 pages. 10 pages with some photos on certain occasions during our life together. Her passport's copy, my passport's copy, few more supporting documents, medical checks, marriage certificate, my citizenship certificate, birth certificate. All in all it was 1 inch thick file!

If you ask me, I think it's too private and personal but hey that are the rules and $2525.00 visa fees! Well it's all done and lodged today and she was granted a bridging visa. They will make sure that we haven't missed any documents and then will grant her temporary residency and that would be monitored at the end of 2 years and make sure that our relationship is still going and genuine and then grant her permanent visa!

Howdy all! We made one of my favorite dish called Pav-Bhaji. Damn I can cook, reminded me of mum's cooking and that hasn't happened in a while! I eat like a PIG to the say the least that I had to go for a walk of 2 KM to make me feel a little sober  :mf_Dr_Evil:


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Post by: simmo on June 04, 2010, 05:34:33 pm
How are things there amid this european financial stuff!

To be honest, I don't keep up on current events too much at the moment, but I do know a lot of people are still out of work and businesses are still closing their doors. But, I have a list of people waiting for me to work on their projects so its not affecting me too much atm *knocks on wood*

Speaking of which, between this project I have been on for over a month & projects around the house, I've been totally swamped :p
Working on putting in a new rain water drainage system currently. The previous system wasn't very good and water from the roof gutters would overwhelm it, causing it to overflow onto the back porch.
Digging trenches for pvc piping, which will snake around to the back of the house where I'm going to have them flow into a "dry river bed" that I'm going to create, and eventually end up in a pond (a project for later). I'm also going to work out a rain water collection system somewhere in between the roof and the exit for watering gardens/flowerbeds.
 :mf_farmer:


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Post by: wrack on June 05, 2010, 12:32:22 am
Wow you sure are busy there. It's winter time here and even though I feel like doing tons around the house, I am not just doing it. I want to do the front yard and remake it with nice greens and flowers and clean up the back yard. Atleast I got all the weed cleared using a spray couple of weeks ago so that is a relief. It was a jungle out there.


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Post by: Jason Reed on June 17, 2010, 11:34:36 am
Mom's visit was a success I believe. She had a wonderful time with her grandchildren. The boys all took to her pretty well and we had a lot of fun.


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Post by: wrack on June 21, 2010, 06:58:14 am
Mom's visit was a success I believe. She had a wonderful time with her grandchildren. The boys all took to her pretty well and we had a lot of fun.
Good to hear JR. Kids normally always like their grandma and pa. How are things going other than that?

It has been pretty quiet here!!!


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Post by: Jason Reed on June 21, 2010, 09:37:20 am
Yeah I noticed it had been pretty quiet. Before I left I made it impossible for new members to activate themselves. This helped keep some of the spam off the board, although it ticked someone off but eh, no big deal I guess.

As for the boys and their grandma, Liam has only met her three times, Vincent only twice and this was her first time meeting Christopher.

Vincent as normal was standoffish at first then came to accept her more later, (when he found out that she would allow him things that daddy said no about just before). William actually still remembers his previous meetings and so was pretty excited about her visit. He even spoke English with her which was nice to see. Christopher is actually a pretty easy going baby, unless he was tired or hungry he had no problem having his grandma hold him.


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Post by: wrack on June 21, 2010, 10:28:42 am
Yeah I noticed it had been pretty quiet. Before I left I made it impossible for new members to activate themselves. This helped keep some of the spam off the board, although it ticked someone off but eh, no big deal I guess.

As for the boys and their grandma, Liam has only met her three times, Vincent only twice and this was her first time meeting Christopher.

Vincent as normal was standoffish at first then came to accept her more later, (when he found out that she would allow him things that daddy said no about just before). William actually still remembers his previous meetings and so was pretty excited about her visit. He even spoke English with her which was nice to see. Christopher is actually a pretty easy going baby, unless he was tired or hungry he had no problem having his grandma hold him.
Oh yeah the bribes! They are classic.


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Post by: Jason Reed on June 29, 2010, 10:24:06 am
Good news for IE users. IE9 is living up to their promises

http://www.webstandards.org/2010/06/28/ie9-looks-reall-promising/


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Post by: wrack on June 30, 2010, 01:48:12 am
Oh yeah. I am looking forward to it.


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Post by: Jason Reed on June 30, 2010, 06:50:08 am
I might try it on my wife's computer since she's running Win7 but won't be able to run it on my WinXP


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Post by: wrack on July 01, 2010, 12:45:09 am
Yeah makes sense. All I care is improvements in the standard's implementation so the NON IE peoples can stop talking about it, even though IE8 does a pretty good job at it and also secure as any other browser. I think IE has just got the bad reputation from IE6 days!

Anyways howdy all :wave:

How is life going? A bit quiet here lately, isn't it?


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 01, 2010, 05:22:22 am
Well IE6 did get a bad reputation, but it looks like the IE Team are doing their best to patch things up.

Yeah things have been quiet, I was on vacation through a good part of June as my mother came to visit. Now I'm back in the office and hitting my next crisis. Apparently my boss is intending on making me become a real developer :jawdrop: as he insists that I do some UML class diagrams for my project, and here I was just getting a handle on Java now I've got to learn a UML too :cry:


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Post by: wrack on July 01, 2010, 06:05:47 am
Damn.

What software are you planning to use? I my experience I have found that UML and Use Case Diagrams are just waste of time to stall time!


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 01, 2010, 07:56:30 am
I found this open-source software called ArgoUML from the Tigris (subversion) team. It's not perfect but it took the code that I've already written and created the class diagrams. I'm hoping that will be enough for my boss. Maybe next time I'll actually do proper UML before I start writing code.


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 02, 2010, 07:32:32 am
I normally don't do this, but since I checked the website, and the request came from someone I went to school with who knows the little girl personally I thought just this once I would pass on such a link.

Little Skye is six years old and she is losing her battle with cancer. She would like to get messages from people around the world, I know some of you live well outside Dayton, Ohio and so if you would like to post a message to her that would be very nice.

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/skyegetter/journal?jid=5727277


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Post by: Sue on July 03, 2010, 12:08:09 am
Hello everyone! :wave: 

Ive been overwhelmed lately with activity, work and international guests visiting so Ive not had time to be here as much as I have in the past. Sorry about that.  :closedeyes:

Was able to see the yearly Canada Day fireworks (that my town puts on) from my back yard last night so that was interesting.  Our country is not that old. 143 years apparently.   Happy 4th of July to JR and msimmons this weekend!  :yay: :eatyum: :icecream: :kicking: :music_band: :note: :punk: :pepsi: :silly: :surfing: :bigsmile:


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Post by: Sue on July 03, 2010, 12:09:27 am
Glad your visit with your mother went well JR.  :)

Are you teaching your children to be bi-lingual?  I am glad that the oldest was able to converse with your mother and that he remembered her. :)


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Post by: wrack on July 03, 2010, 07:51:24 am
Hi Sue. Good to hear you were just busy not sick! :happydance:


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Post by: Sue on July 03, 2010, 03:59:31 pm
Oh well I had a bit of that too but nothing too serious or long lasting this time. :)

Thanks wrack! :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 03, 2010, 06:13:59 pm
Hello everyone! :wave: 

Ive been overwhelmed lately with activity, work and international guests visiting so Ive not had time to be here as much as I have in the past. Sorry about that.  :closedeyes:

Was able to see the yearly Canada Day fireworks (that my town puts on) from my back yard last night so that was interesting.  Our country is not that old. 143 years apparently.   Happy 4th of July to JR and msimmons this weekend!  :yay: :eatyum: :icecream: :kicking: :music_band: :note: :punk: :pepsi: :silly: :surfing: :bigsmile:
Glad your visit with your mother went well JR.  :)

Are you teaching your children to be bi-lingual?  I am glad that the oldest was able to converse with your mother and that he remembered her. :)

Hi Sue, glad to hear you are feeling well enough.

Thanks for the 4th of July wishes.

Yep our kids are bi-lingual. Typically my wife and I speak English in the house to one another. With the boys Gina speaks 99% German and I speak at least 80% English with them so that they learn both languages. The problem is that they sometimes pretend that they don't understand English so I have to speak to them in German as well, or when we are in a social setting where there are others around I will speak to the boys in German.


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Post by: Sue on July 03, 2010, 07:08:17 pm
Thanks JR. :)

You're welcome for the wishes for tomorrow's celebration. :)

I think it is very wise what you are doing with the language with your sons. :)  I wish I could speak German again.  I've lost it over the years but am currently trying to learn the Tirol Austrian dialect.


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Post by: wrack on July 04, 2010, 08:09:51 am
Knowing more languages are always good. I can read write and speak 3 languages and I plan to teach the same to my kids.


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 05, 2010, 09:27:34 am
I have always felt that it was important for our kids to be bi-lingual.

I know my brother-in-law does with their oldest daughter right now. She's a big reader (and I mean big). She can go through about 10 books a week depending on the size of them. What her parents have started doing to encourage her in other languages that she takes at school. Books in German she has to pay for herself out of her pocket money. English books, which they use to finance 100% are now financed 50% and since she takes French in school all books in French her parents pay 100%.


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Post by: wrack on July 05, 2010, 11:51:09 pm
Uhh that is a nice idea.

Other thing I am keen on teaching my kids is something called "Vedic Mathematics". This is a ancient style of mathematics which predates computer and even the invention of ZERO. I have couple of books on them and things in there kick ass of modern computer or calculator.


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 07, 2010, 02:04:12 pm
Ok now that sounds interesting. Got any links to it?


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Post by: wrack on July 08, 2010, 12:07:01 am
Some very basic ones. There are extremely advanced methods.

http://www.vedicmaths.org/Introduction/Tutorial/Tutorial.asp


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 12, 2010, 06:58:58 am
Ok, that's just neat. Just did the first tutorial and in a way it is kind of how I learned subtraction myself but not exactly so. It did seem to make it easier.

Now I'm going to need to look into this further.


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Post by: wrack on July 13, 2010, 12:06:45 am
Oh yeah this is ancient maths and it is amazing and kicks the ass of the calculator any day of the week and I think students nowdays are loosing basic maths skills to do things in their head.

Just the other day I was paying for burger $8.05 and I handed the girl over the counter (she must be over 14) $10 and she said the change will be $1.95 and I said hang on I got 5c and she was confused! I mean damn.

I have couple of advanced book on this subject.


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 13, 2010, 06:13:53 am
I've seen it too, kids today really don't have the internal computational power like we did when we were younger. I have even realized that I too have slacked. Since every computer has a calculator that comes with I find myself using it more instead of doing it in my head.

When I was in school for electronics I was one of few that could do many of the formulas in my head without a computer. Now I doubt I could do it.


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Post by: wrack on July 13, 2010, 07:07:52 am
Yeah same here. I was sharp as blade back in school with doing maths in my head, not anymore but I intend to catchup for kids in future.


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 15, 2010, 11:45:58 am
Woo using classes as database entities is really awesome. I'm doing Object Oriented database operations in Java.


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Post by: wrack on July 16, 2010, 05:41:56 am
Ahh those. Object oriented database picked up a while ago and then went down the drain!


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 16, 2010, 06:41:29 am
Actually the database is a Microsoft SQL Server 2005. It is just how I access it and handle the data. In my application I interact with the database using Objects. Pretty sweet actually.


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Post by: wrack on July 16, 2010, 09:55:52 am
Ahh I think I know what you mean.

Contacts is an object itself.
Contacts = List of Contact Object.
Contacts has a search method and probably more.

Contact is an object that has Save, Delete methods and probably more.

Am I on the right track?


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 16, 2010, 05:47:16 pm
Close maybe.

What I'm using is called "hibernate" with java persistence or JPA. This provides me with a set of libraries that handle all the database query stuff. I then write classes that it will translate into database tables. There's a very lightweight query language that I use to create basically stored procedures, but instead of being stored in the database they are stored as annotations in my classes. My class is then called an Entity and when I perform selects and such using these stored procedures called NamedQueries I receive a strongly typed List with the resulting entries. I then can access the columns and such as normal Class.Parameter or Class.Getter operation.


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Post by: wrack on July 16, 2010, 11:10:31 pm
Yeah I am aware of Hibernate and in .NET it's called, wait are you ready for this? NHibernate!

ASP.NET also has the Entity based development but the problem with all those object models is the long term performance. As long as the database is small and the number of records are limited you will see it working pretty fast but the moment you hit the numbers, the memory on the server starts to jump. Doesn't matter if it is a website, webservice, windows application or windows service.

We prefer to use the more easier modal of retrieving the data when needed and then discard it, don't just keep it in memory for next time to use.


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Post by: simmo on July 27, 2010, 06:54:16 pm
Howdy all :wave:
I know last time I was here i said I would try to visit more often :sofa: but it took a compo of JR emailing & me needing help (will post in web forum after this post) to remind me :p

Things have been holding steady here, the client I've been working with for the past few months decided they want their own platform rather than a 3rd party software, so I switched from modifying an auction site in asp classic to writing one from scratch in .net :D

I hope all is well w/the rest of you :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 28, 2010, 02:34:31 pm
Simmo Lives!!!

Glad you could pop in for a bit, it's nice to see your odd avatar in the post every once in a while.


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Post by: simmo on July 28, 2010, 03:47:28 pm
Simmo Lives!!!
I've actually been hearing that a lot lately :p Y'all aren't the only ones I haven't been in contact with.

My riding mower had been in the repair shop for a few weeks and I got it back shortly after my post yesterday. The grass had gotten pretty darn high so had to mow in little stripes...
All mowed now though  :happydance:


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Post by: wrack on July 29, 2010, 02:34:13 am
Whoa there Simmo :)

Hey JR :wave:


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Post by: simmo on July 29, 2010, 04:45:58 pm
Howdy wrjack  :cheers:

Joined the breeder club yet?  :jamie:


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Post by: wrack on July 30, 2010, 12:12:51 am
LOL Simmo :) Nope I am far from joining it just yet. Have way too many things to take care of before that.


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Post by: simmo on July 30, 2010, 04:54:39 pm
Whew, so I still have time before we get back to topics of nursing & cervical mucus  :happydance:

Yesterday I got the weirdest emails, I guess not really the weirdest, but still odd. The subject was "re:coders4hire.com" (which is a .com I own:

Quote from: random internet guy
Do u really need this domain name? 

Now I thought of quite a few ways to answer that, but I decided to be polite and responded: "Maybe, why do you ask?"

Quote from: random internet guy
we place medical coders and wondered if you were in the same business

So I just replied "No, am a freelance programmer" but really, what was the point in that? I could see if he wanted to buy the name or something, but nope, jsut wanted to be weird I guess  :lol:


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 31, 2010, 03:19:23 pm
And what is wrong with discussions about cervical mucus?


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Post by: wrack on August 02, 2010, 01:10:07 am
YUK.

G'Day :wave:


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Post by: simmo on August 03, 2010, 07:57:38 pm
:lol:

howdy all


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Post by: wrack on August 04, 2010, 02:46:27 am
Hey all :wave:

Been flat out busy lately!


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Post by: Jason Reed on August 04, 2010, 03:43:51 am
Yep me too.


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Post by: wrack on August 05, 2010, 12:35:08 am
Is it just me who thinks that the road traffic around the world is getting worst every day!


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Post by: simmo on August 06, 2010, 09:27:32 pm
not only the traffic, but the drivers too  :drive1: :cell: :busted:


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Post by: wrack on August 07, 2010, 03:20:06 am
Got that right Simmo. The area where I live has been declared as the top hoon place around the entire state of victoria.

ducking ashcans. They drive like in the movie 2012. I have had 3 close calls in last 3 months getting seriously injured.


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Post by: Jason Reed on August 13, 2010, 05:14:22 am
Yeah it is crazy. I see it on the Autobahn all the time. Contrary to popular belief there are some places on the German Autobahn with speed limits, but it doesn't stop some of these want-to-be speed demons. Then they see the exit they need and they come diving over between the space I have between me and the car in front of me. If the car in front of me had to brake suddenly causing the guy cutting through my safety zone to brake then most likely I would end up hitting him. Then I'd probably get arrested for walking up to the guy afterward and breaking his nose.

After seeing some one fly past me and driving dangerously I sometimes hope that they have an accident so that when I come to render first aid the first thing I can say to them is "Boy you sure are a moron".


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Post by: wrack on August 18, 2010, 04:42:28 am
Yeah I know that feeling too Jason. There are tons of idiots here who can't decide the lane and always take the exit at the last moment from the farthest lane!

Howdy all :wave:

Been busy lately!


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Post by: Bonker Gudd on September 04, 2010, 01:34:37 am
Turtles :eekout:


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Post by: wrack on September 04, 2010, 04:55:54 am
Wow. BG!


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Post by: Jason Reed on September 11, 2010, 03:47:21 am
Just so everyone knows I'm on vacation for this week, and so won't have much chance to visit the site.


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Post by: simmo on September 12, 2010, 06:07:33 pm
Howdy all, srsly swammped so sry for the lack of posting

just discoverd this so had to share, really thinking of abandoning FF and going back to my IE or nothing ways:

Why your 'alt' tags may not be working by Frann Leach
 (http://www.13dots.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=16429)


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Post by: wrack on September 17, 2010, 06:50:22 am
IE9  :cheers:


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Post by: Jason Reed on September 20, 2010, 06:38:32 am
IE 9 Is suppose to be really good. I doubt I will get away from Firefox completely especially since I'm stuck using Windows XP for the moment.

Oh and Simmo, the shortening of alt text in Firefox was fixed ages ago. You can put a pretty long string in the alt text of an image and it will show in Firefox and IE. You can test this by visiting the XKCD comic website. Every cartoon has alt text and they can be pretty long and they all display even in Firefox.


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Post by: wrack on September 21, 2010, 01:13:03 am
Hey guyz. How are things?


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Post by: Jason Reed on September 22, 2010, 02:06:32 pm
 :booted: :yay:


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Post by: wrack on September 23, 2010, 02:54:12 am
Ahh I see! :p

I have been snowed under work lately so no joy of serfing too much.


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Post by: simmo on September 29, 2010, 02:21:27 pm
Hey all  :cheers:

Nothing new here, the project i was working on went live but of course they are still adding & changing things :p I'm nerign the end of the todo list though :yay:

They still have 2 other projects for me and I still have other clients waiting  :lol:

Hope all is well here & with all of you :)


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Post by: simmo on September 29, 2010, 02:23:27 pm
DBL POST!

Oh and Simmo, the shortening of alt text in Firefox was fixed ages ago. You can put a pretty long string in the alt text of an image and it will show in Firefox and IE. You can test this by visiting the XKCD comic website. Every cartoon has alt text and they can be pretty long and they all display even in Firefox.
Wierd, I was not getting my alt tags to show whatsoever in FF (and they wern't very long "auction" "premium bid" for example), well i have alt & title in there now :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on September 29, 2010, 02:58:05 pm
:hmm: that's strange. I've never had problems with the alt text. What version of FF are you working with?


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Post by: simmo on September 29, 2010, 03:03:51 pm
Well, I could tell you, but I know its updated itself since then :p Also, come to think of it, I never had problems with XKCD or other comics that copied(?) the funny alt tag text idea.
I'll keep an eye out to see if it happens again  :mf_Dr_Evil:


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Post by: wrack on October 02, 2010, 02:22:27 am
Hey all  :cheers:

Nothing new here, the project i was working on went live but of course they are still adding & changing things :p I'm nerign the end of the todo list though :yay:

They still have 2 other projects for me and I still have other clients waiting  :lol:

Hope all is well here & with all of you :)
Hiya :wave:

Ahh changes and adding to the projects, it is good for developers health :lol:

My TODO list is not going anywhere and increasing in length :mf_Dr_Evil:


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Post by: wrack on October 02, 2010, 02:23:18 am
I said before and I am saying it again, use IE :banned2:


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Post by: simmo on October 04, 2010, 02:03:24 pm
My TODO list is not going anywhere and increasing in length :mf_Dr_Evil:
I totally know the feeling!


I said before and I am saying it again, use IE :banned2:
lol yeah, I was IE only for so long... really considering it.


:hiya:


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Post by: wrack on October 04, 2010, 10:03:20 pm
G'Day :rasta:


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Post by: Jason Reed on October 05, 2010, 04:00:02 am
I'm learning what happens when you don't really plan well enough a head threading. The application I'm working on is working but it needs a producer/consumer threading model to work better/smoother and have a possibility of recovery. Since I didn't plan well enough I've got to redesign that part of the application to work with this new threading model :doh: talk about learning the hard way.


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Post by: wrack on October 05, 2010, 06:10:52 am
I learned a lesson a lont time ago, try to refractor as much code as you can on every iteration to keep it shining.


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Post by: Bonker Gudd on October 14, 2010, 12:22:18 am
I learned that g is below t.


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Post by: Jason Reed on October 19, 2010, 09:58:40 am
Interesting way to test your browser http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/Performance/FishIE%20tank/Default.html


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Post by: simmo on October 25, 2010, 06:40:10 pm
Howdy all :yes:



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Post by: Jason Reed on October 25, 2010, 07:37:13 pm
Wee!!

I just finished a two day project of gluing optic fibers into a board to make a star (space?) wall for our basement. Looking forward to getting mounted and glowing!


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Post by: wrack on October 26, 2010, 12:39:16 am
Aha some activity here! How is everyone doing?


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Post by: Jason Reed on October 26, 2010, 03:49:30 am
Doing good. Just busy as hell. We are finally getting more support in my department at work. We've hired one external guy for about 6 months and we're getting a new permanent developer to replace one of our guys that left for another company.

Yesterday I put the finishing touches on a parser that I refactored to make it run faster. Took a bunch of the looping of each line of the message and replaced it with nice RegEx that pulls all the information in a couple of lines.

Here at the house we are finishing off the basement. My father-in-law has been a big help in redoing some of the walls and running some new electric outlets. We're putting a field of stars on one wall because of how awkward it was (there's a blind to hide a pipe that runs the length of the wall). So last night we finished drilling and gluing 300 optic fibers that are the stars. I'll post some pictures of it once it's finished and up.


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Post by: simmo on October 26, 2010, 02:45:08 pm
Looking forward to getting mounted and glowing!
I'm looking forward to pictures, did you take pics of the steps to make an instructable (http://www.instructables.com/)?
I've always wanted to do this for a ceiling :rock:

I've been busy w/construction a bit too :p
When we moved here, the basement was basically 2 large rooms & a bathroom. Since then we hired someone to add a new stairway, and I have split one of the large rooms into 3, (50%, 25% 25%). The 50% is the bedoom (eventually will tie into the bathroom, making it a master), one of the 25% is a walkin clothset, and the other 25% is esentually a halway to the bedroom that I plan to line with bookshelves (and maybe one covering the bedroom door, creating a hidden door  :mf_Dr_Evil:
I just have 1 more small wall to put up, then have to re-route an electrical box (have created an 'entertainment alcove' for the br tv & components), then finishing the sheetrock. The closet is already sheetrocked inside cos needed it to be useable asap.

After that, I need to take down the old stairs and incorporate that new space into the bathroom plus add a link from there to the br. I'll add flooring on the 2nd story where the hole left from the stairs "was" and that will create room for another kitchen counter  :cheers:
I also want to remove the ugly faux wood panneling and sheetrock the entire internal prerimiter of the basement.

and on top of that I have a list of projects outside the house too, putting in a garden, revamping my "tool room", a firepit, and most desirably but lowest priority, a coi pond  :happydance:


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Post by: Jason Reed on October 28, 2010, 05:25:57 am
The pictures aren't really enough to be instructional. Mostly because we didn't think about that until after we had started. I've posted some of the pictures on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=241711&id=714810162&l=5b3ed97d5e, it's a public album so you should be able to see it if not let me know and I'll try to post some here.

You want to use fiber optics for the stars. You can get them pretty cheap on EBay. Depending on the area you want to cover you can decide on how many fibers you want. A control box comes with between 140 to 200 fibers in four bundles. The fibers themselves can come in lengths of 1 to 3 meters and are between 0.7mm and 1.0 mm in diameter. Our suggestion would be if you get more than one control box that you get them from the same manufacturer, and that they should have the same diameter of fiber. We used some thick plywood for our board but I've been told that you can also use foam board pretty well which reduces the amount of drilling needed. If you choose to got the plywood route use a dremel or other small drill with a bit size depending on the diameter of your fibers. If you are using 0.7mm fibers then use a 1.0mm drill bit if you are using 1.0mm fibers then use a 1.2mm bit. This is because fibers are not perfect and can fluctuate in diameter by as much as 0.2mm. So to start with prepping the board you want to take some Spackle to both sides of the board to fill in all the imperfections that are common in plywood. Also doing it to both sides will help prevent the board from warping during the drying process. Next paint the board with all paint. We used a standard non-latex wall paint that is common here in Germany. We had it mixed into a very dark almost purple color from the local home supply store (think Home Depot). Again you paint both sides of the board so that it doesn't warp. You could paint the back part of the board with white paint as long as it is the same type of paint on both sides of the board. Then take some white paint and make stars. My wife did this with an old tooth brush and then went back with a small paint brush to make a few bigger stars. I'm not sure how she made the highlights and shadowing I'd have to ask.

Mount the fiber optic control boxes and run your fibers. Normally the fibers come wrapped in a long plastic sleeve. I would suggest that you only pull the fibers out one bundle at a time during the building. This protects them from damage which we figured out a little late.

When you run your fibers first you want to drill a hole, then put the fiber through the hole. Pull out the excess on the other side but not too fast so you don't break the fiber (they can be brittle). Normally I would start the fiber through and guide it with my fingers while my wife pulled from the other side of the board. When the fiber put pressure on my hand then I knew it was in far enough and told her to stop pulling. Then I used wood glue to glue it into place. After the glue drys then you can take a pair of snippers (I use electronic diagonal cutters) and clip off the excess fiber on the display side of the board. That's about it.


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Post by: simmo on October 28, 2010, 03:20:57 pm
very cool! (saw pics just fine)  :happydance:

I think I read one where they did on ceiling (like i want (but will probably never do, especially with having a ceiling fan)) and they used some kind of foam board in place of the plywood, but otherwise was mostly the same procedure.


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Post by: Bonker Gudd on October 29, 2010, 11:16:52 pm
I like foam.


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Post by: simmo on November 01, 2010, 08:02:14 pm
I like the body more than the head  :cheers:


@JR, for some reason I just got a ton of updates from bitstrip, I had thought you just lost interest in them.


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Post by: Jason Reed on November 02, 2010, 04:56:40 am
It wasn't me. It's not so much interest but time and material.


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Post by: simmo on November 02, 2010, 02:38:31 pm
Yeah, I can imagine that. I don't know how the guys that put them out daily do it.

I think there were about 5 - 8 I had not saw before, good stuff :)

Morning all.
Working for a new client lately, still with the same 3rd party auction software though. It seems I have been specialized :p

The directory structure on all the sites is very (exactly depending on my mods) similar, I have to be pretty careful that I don't upload the right file from the wrong users directory :boom: (and today I'm working on 3 different sites)
(I've only done it once so far)


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Post by: wrack on November 03, 2010, 05:12:37 am
LOL. I have done that one on production servers! Restored wrong database but then I pretended that the site was offline for a little longer than expected saying it's taking while to rebuild all the indexes and then restored the right version!


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Post by: simmo on November 03, 2010, 02:27:10 pm
With databases I'm a lot more careful, but I can totally see it happening  :lol:


Morning all :wave:


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Post by: wrack on November 05, 2010, 12:36:13 am
G'Day :wave:


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Post by: simmo on November 05, 2010, 02:14:34 pm
Howdy all, lots of work to do today but I just cant get motivated :p


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Post by: wrack on November 06, 2010, 01:01:50 am
Yeah I am facing that lack of motivation this weekend too!

I am in the middle of redesigning my website.

Current: http://www.codelake.com/
Beta: http://www.codelake.com/domain-beta-codelake/

Just not finding it good enough to sit down for a day and finish the damn thing :D


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Post by: simmo on November 07, 2010, 07:06:59 pm
They both look really good :)


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Post by: wrack on November 08, 2010, 08:44:22 am
Yeah but the old one is really crap compared to the new one! A very clean and efficient design but still old.


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Post by: simmo on November 08, 2010, 04:58:48 pm
Did you come up w/the new design or from a template site? If the latter, what site do you use?


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Post by: wrack on November 09, 2010, 12:34:10 am
Yeah I got a free template from TemplateMonster as I was registered with Microsoft's WebsiteSpark program and I registered a site which was using .NET or SQL Server or hosted on Windows Server 2008.

It was from http://www.templatemonster.com/

Mind you I changed few things as I didn't want them and I also used the template and converted it to ASP.NET site using MasterPage and stuff like that. I also added code to bring the Title & MetaKeywords for each page from the Web.Config file so I can tweak things a little better. I also moved the menu's and UL, LI to a javascript so they are rendered from there. Basically I made the site's basic stuff dynamic. Though each page needs to exist for me to do so but atleast this is a start.

I am going to write my own CMS so once that is completed, I will port the site over to it.


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Post by: simmo on November 09, 2010, 03:06:22 pm
Cool, I think I have used them before. I also converted a template to .net master & cms  :cheers:


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Post by: wrack on November 10, 2010, 12:46:56 am
Yeah they are not bad but too many choices with them I think. Too hard to find the right one!


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Post by: simmo on November 10, 2010, 02:34:47 am
I had the opposite reaction, I only found 2 that I liked :p (I was looking at only free though)


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Post by: wrack on November 10, 2010, 04:03:36 am
True. The one I choose was $65 or something like that. The problem comes with type of templates where there are more than 100 and damn, they are hard to choose between.


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Post by: Jason Reed on November 10, 2010, 06:16:07 am
The problem with free templates is that they are usually free because they don't look so hot. Trying to find a half-way decent free template takes me all over the place.

Some of my favorite links for Free Web Templates are:

http://www.oswd.org/
http://www.openwebdesign.org/

However, in a pinch I try to make my own. The problem with that is 1. I don't own Photoshop so use Paint.net instead which is ok but doesn't have the HTML and CSS output capability. 2. I'm not a graphic artist, so I suck at drawing anything.


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Post by: simmo on November 10, 2010, 03:31:15 pm
However, in a pinch I try to make my own. The problem with that is 1. I don't own Photoshop so use Paint.net instead which is ok but doesn't have the HTML and CSS output capability. 2. I'm not a graphic artist, so I suck at drawing anything.
I use paint.net too, but I only use it to create the elements that need to be graphical.
I am terrible at drawing & worse at planning layouts.

Ty for those links, adding them to my list for next time i need  :happydance:


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Post by: wrack on November 11, 2010, 01:17:20 am
I suck at graphics too but I tend to learn things along the way. I got Photoshop, tried Paint.NET and it's good but when it comes to Photoshop it kicks ass.


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Post by: simmo on November 11, 2010, 02:37:42 pm
Granted I don't do a lot of graphics, but I haven't found paint.net lacking. I think the only thing straight out of the box that I needed that it could not do was open .psd's, and there was a plugin for that  :jamie:


Morning all  :cheers:
I finally got my local web server all up & running, have a copy of the current client's site & database on there so now I can dust off my VB6 skills and modify the .dll that powers their auction software  :mf_Dr_Evil:


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Post by: wrack on November 11, 2010, 11:25:42 pm
VB6, yikes :(


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Post by: Jason Reed on November 12, 2010, 07:37:51 am
Talk about going backwards :D I've not touched VB6 in years, and I rarely use VB.NET now since I've gotten the hang of Java and C#.


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Post by: Jason Reed on November 12, 2010, 07:39:22 am
Morning everyone. Rainy one here today, but thankfully the weather was good for last night for the St. Martin's procession for my son's kindergarten. He was really proud because he got to be St. Martin's horse during the pageant :D


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Post by: simmo on November 12, 2010, 07:02:44 pm
Yup, I keep trying to get away from ASP classic, but projects keep sucking me back in. :suck_kr: I've been told by a few clients that its getting difficult to even find asp classic coders :p
And like I've mentioned before, I've gotten pretty specialized in a specific auction software, first by landing a client off of a job board, then getting more clients from referrals and even the auction software company themselves :lol:
Up until this most recent client I have jsut made modifications that I could do by writing more asp code, bolting on, circumventing certain functions or rewriting them... but now I'm doing stuff where I have to modify the actual .dll itself (well modifying the source & recompiling) and that part is VB6 :doh:


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Post by: wrack on November 15, 2010, 01:44:24 am
Yikes.

I guess you could start rewriting the software in ASP.NET slowly and resale it as a new and enhanced version.


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Post by: simmo on November 15, 2010, 03:40:32 pm
Not only have I thought of that, but the clients have suggested it too :p
The ethics of it is gray though, of course I wouldn't copy the 3rd party software, but at the same time I can't unlearn what I have learned.

Plus I'm not sure I want to get into the support nightmares that I know the 3rd pty company is already experiencing  :mf_Dr_Evil:

I'll just  keep modding their software, easy money  :happydance:


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Post by: wrack on November 16, 2010, 12:41:31 am
Yeah easy money is human nature!


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Post by: Jason Reed on November 16, 2010, 10:27:00 am
Easy money is the best :D


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Post by: wrack on November 17, 2010, 12:15:08 am
Oh yes is it.

100th page on the PostRace!. Not bad by 3-5 active members :happydance:

CodeCamp 2010 is here. Off I go on Friday, woohoo.

Agenda: http://codecampoz.com/agenda/


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Post by: simmo on November 18, 2010, 05:02:50 pm
It's more than 100, this is a "continued" thread :p We had to split off cos the other was too big :)

Howdy all  :cheers:


Would there be any interest here in a time/project/client tracking application?
I made one primarily for my own use (so I can track my time, send invoices, know my totals for taxes, etc) but I designed it so that I have the possibility of making it public.

[edit]
Not sure if we have anyone interested in home automation, but no one has viewed my article :p
Home Automation simplified. (http://galahtech.stinkbugonline.com/forum/index.php?action=articles;sa=view;article=3)
[/edit]


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Post by: wrack on November 19, 2010, 10:18:35 pm
I used this one a while ago, http://www.asp.net/downloads/starter-kits/time-tracker Not bad for a free one.

I also made a desktop based using VB6 a longtime ago for a client but can't reuse the code due to licensing issues.

I want to do HomeAutomation but no time and my financial priorities are different at the moment.


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Post by: simmo on November 22, 2010, 03:46:30 pm
Monday monday... just can't get started this morning ><


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Post by: wrack on November 23, 2010, 12:09:29 am
What are you talking about mon, tis Tuesday.


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Post by: Sue on December 09, 2010, 10:46:35 pm
Sorry Ive been away for so long.  Ive been extremely busy the entire year since I was last here.  Miss you guys a lot.  When I have time...Ill try to catch up on news.

I hope everyone is doing well. :)


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Post by: wrack on December 13, 2010, 12:44:57 am
Hey Sue...Long time no see!. Good to hear from you and that you are all good.

Sorry I have been also a ghost lately, just snowed under the work.


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Post by: Sue on December 13, 2010, 01:20:12 am
Its great to see you again as well wrack.  I hope that the weather is good around you.  Upper North America seems to be enduring stormy weather lately.  When you say you are "snowed under" just realize that we are actually "snowed under" here in areas.  Today it snowed all day but soon turned to freezing rain.  Not wise to be out walking or driving in this weather.  At least it melted away most of the snow. :)


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Post by: wrack on December 14, 2010, 12:30:43 am
Yeah the weather is getting nicer but also hot! No snow here though.


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Post by: Sue on December 14, 2010, 02:46:49 am
What is the temperature so far? :)

It hasn't stopped snowing for days here.  Tuesday morning here (tomorrow) it is also supposed to be -26C here with the wind chill factor.  It's not bad so far. :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on December 14, 2010, 06:36:05 am
What is the temperature so far? :)

It hasn't stopped snowing for days here.  Tuesday morning here (tomorrow) it is also supposed to be -26C here with the wind chill factor.  It's not bad so far. :)
-26C brrr too cold for me. I'd rather just stay under my blanket :D


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Post by: Sue on December 14, 2010, 07:28:39 am
Oh believe me....ME TOO! lol  It goes much lower by January so Im not complaining yet. :cold2:


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Post by: wrack on December 16, 2010, 12:47:23 am
What is the temperature so far? :)

It hasn't stopped snowing for days here.  Tuesday morning here (tomorrow) it is also supposed to be -26C here with the wind chill factor.  It's not bad so far. :)
Well here it is in the range of 24C to 30C. Not bad but I prefer 22C with nice and sunny with little amount of clouds and a little wind.


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Post by: Sue on December 16, 2010, 12:54:06 am
Yeah I agree with you.  They are comfortable temperatures indeed.   :surfing: :fishing1: :boat:


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Post by: simmo on December 17, 2010, 08:14:35 pm
I just realized I haven't been here in a while :sofa:

Well, remember last January I moved halfway across the country and moved in with a gal? We split up recently and I continued northward to Virgina and am staying with my 96yr old grandmother :) (my parents (in their mid 70s) are also on the same property (we have a bit of land up here).

So far so good, I don't know that I would say its permanent, but at least until spring  :lol: Since I am freelance, my possibilities are limited only by my budget, and hopefully living pretty cheap here will allow me to get rid of some of the debts I've been carrying for over a decade now :p I also hope I'll get back to living minimalistic. Right now I only have my computer (ok 3 computers but I need them) and clothes with me, everything else is in storage :p Many years ago that I pretty much all I owned, since buying my first house in 2004 I've accumulated so much "stuff", so gonna try to thin that out as well :D

Business is going great, still have a few steady clients and just landed a pretty big project yesterday. (oh yeah, the cellphone service sucks here ><)

 :happydance:


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Post by: wrack on December 18, 2010, 10:33:43 pm
Garage sale!


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Post by: simmo on December 19, 2010, 01:10:11 am
lol not a bad idea  :mf_Dr_Evil:


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Post by: wrack on December 20, 2010, 11:14:38 pm
G'day all. Hope you all are ready for X'Mas.

Snehal & I are driving to Sydney so should be fun!


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Post by: simmo on December 21, 2010, 01:24:49 pm
It kind of snuck up on me this year, definitely not ready for it :p luckily it doesn't matter too much  :lol:


'hiya


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Post by: wrack on December 21, 2010, 09:21:43 pm
Yeah I know what you mean. Time just flies lately!


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Post by: simmo on December 27, 2010, 11:41:47 pm
and there it went :lol:

hope y'all had a good one  :cheers:


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Post by: Jason Reed on January 03, 2011, 09:21:07 am
I hope everyone had a good holiday season. Just got back in the office today and am already busy. I'm working on a portion of one of our applications so that it can print in the right formats, and I'm preparing for another trip to Oman later this month. :yay:



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Post by: wrack on January 06, 2011, 12:59:55 am
Ahoy there! Hope y'll had a wonderful christmas and great beginning of the new year.

I just got back from my real holidays of 10 days in last 10 years too! Feels good and I am already busy cracking with me laptop. Went to Sydney and few places around. Went to see the new years fireworks at the Sydney Harbour Bridge and that was fun. Went to the beach few times and now I have a tan that I haven't seen in few years!


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Post by: simmo on January 07, 2011, 05:34:18 pm
Both holidays were a non event here and I even worked cos nothing better to do :lol:

I've been finding out about more of my family though (I grew up far from here) Apparently I am related to half the county, anytime I go with my mother some where she is all "your cousin lives there, you have a cousin there, another cousin lives there". The first of our ancestors to come to America came from Germany about 40yrs before the revolutionary war. They originally lived in Pennsylvania but moved here because it was more like "home" back in Germany.

Kinda neat. Personally I never really cared. My parents and siblings were all born and raised here but they moved before I was born so I never really knew many of the family here. I'm interested in maybe doing some sort of outline, family tree or whatever. Anyone know of decent software for this? I was thinking of just rolling my own :p


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Post by: Sue on January 07, 2011, 11:21:15 pm
All I know about is the website ancestory.com  :)


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Post by: wrack on January 11, 2011, 12:06:53 am
G'Day :wave:


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Post by: Jason Reed on January 11, 2011, 07:38:37 am
Hi All,

I started back at the office on Jan 3rd, and I've been pedal-to-the-metal the whole time.

Yesterday I finished cleaning up someone else's really horrible XSL-Formatting Objects markup so that it would work in Apache FOP. According to the original author he used Apache FOP to test that everything was well formed, but when I ran it I got so many errors and nothing was generated. Of course the original author wasn't developing for Apache FOP like I am instead he was developing to run it all under Microsoft XML parser which I'm guessing is a lot less strict with the standards (big surprise there). It took me a full 4 days to clean up the two templates. Now I've got to integrate them into our current project.

I leave for Oman in about two weeks, and I'll be there for a week. I'm really hoping that this is the last time I need to go there for a while as I've got so much other stuff to do here in the office that business trips just get in the way.


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Post by: wrack on January 11, 2011, 11:48:26 pm
Arrrgh. I hope you get more time to get things sorted mate. I have been snowed under too.


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Post by: Jason Reed on January 19, 2011, 09:47:15 am
Not likely mate, looks like the product that I've been developing is going to be offered here soon so all the documentation that's needed to get it going as well as all the changes that the customer may want will need to be handled as well.

BTW I hear that your neck of Australia is having flooding as well? I hope you are keeping your feet dry.



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Post by: wrack on January 19, 2011, 11:56:16 pm
Yeah Queensland is a disaster zone and we also had major floods here in Victoria but the Melbourne CBD and areas around are safe. It is regional area where the trouble is. Never seen this much water in Australia, India on the other hand is pretty common.

There will surely be a huge impact on the economy as the repair bill will go in billions.


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Post by: simmo on January 27, 2011, 01:46:03 pm
You have flood insurance? In Houston (TX) you couldn't get it because it was too prone to flooding :p Only water dmge you were covered was water from above, not "rising" water.

We got about 10 inches of snow yesterday!  :happydance: My 4th time ever to see snow :p I went out and walked all over the property (my legs are sore today :p not used to "exercise" ) and got some pictures (still on my phone, will post a few if any good). Th creek is not yet frozen though, lucly is not deep the few places i decided to cross  :lol:

And speaking of phone, after 4 years I finally gave up my win mobile :sofa: I got a samsung Facinate, running android (dunno what version or eve how to check :nuts: )

Work has been plentiful, trying to keep all my clients projects moving  :construction:

And as always, I'll close with "I'm gonna try to start posting more frequently"  :lol:

Hope all is well with everyone and have a safe trip JR :D


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Post by: Jason Reed on January 28, 2011, 08:27:42 am
and I'm back! Had a decent enough trip. Glad to be back home though.


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Post by: simmo on January 28, 2011, 06:20:03 pm
That was fast, welcome back  :cheers:


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Post by: Jason Reed on February 01, 2011, 01:32:03 pm
Yeah it was only a week. Now I'm back to work in the office.


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Post by: simmo on February 03, 2011, 10:55:33 pm
Here are some pictures of the south half of the property here :)

I'm toying with the idea of seeing if I can purchase it but there are a LOT of variables (plumbing, electricity, can I handle living near my parents, etc)

This house was on the property when my grandparents bought the land in the 40's. It had electricity at one point, but no indoor plumbing  :lol:
(http://stinkbugonline.com/me/va_snow/01_old_house_front.jpg)

I assume this was also there as it is built in the same style. My grandmother used it to house the chickens she raised, said she had 300 per floor (3 floors). If I do decided to live on this part of teh property I'll tear this down and rebuild on the foundation. Its right next to the creek & the dam (as you'll see in a bit)
(http://stinkbugonline.com/me/va_snow/02_old_mill_from_far.jpg)

Its the one place I've never been in. Until recently I've not been here for about 13years, the roof has since collapsed (hence why I've never been in). The old house however is still standing pretty strong.
(http://stinkbugonline.com/me/va_snow/03_old_mill_front.jpg)

My grandfather and father (when he was pretty young) built this dam. Its not real apparent in this pic but there is a small structure on the right side where a water wheel was, for generating electricity.
(http://stinkbugonline.com/me/va_snow/07_dam_southside.jpg)

I'm actually standing on the creek in this picture, you can see the water wheel housing in the lower left.
(http://stinkbugonline.com/me/va_snow/05_old_mill_creekside.jpg)

Still standing on the creek, the dam is to my back in this one.
(http://stinkbugonline.com/me/va_snow/04_creek_southofdam.jpg)

Random creek picture, teh concept of snow is still new to me so I had to take it :)
(http://stinkbugonline.com/me/va_snow/06_creek_northofdam.jpg)




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Post by: Jason Reed on February 11, 2011, 09:13:59 am
Sweet pictures. The question I would have is does this creek flood during heavy rains? If so I'd want my house a bit further away from it.


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Post by: simmo on February 11, 2011, 04:21:38 pm
Sadly the creek is pretty low :( When I was a kid, most of it was waist high and some parts would have been over my head (and the damn is about 15ft i think). Now there is only one spot that is waist high and most is between knee & ankle depth. I believe it is from people taking water out at the spring that feeds the creek, the past 3 yrs of below avg rainfall, and possibly the spring going dry.

When I visited here back in 1988, the water actually went over the top of the dam (the erosion is apparent and I may need to patch it if I ever attempt to set a hydro-electric generator up) and it would get under the building on a very heavy rain, but that is because the dam was clogged up.
I'm not that sure on how it actually works but it looks like there are a few openings, one at the bottom, one near the top and the chamber for the water wheel. Back in 1988 they were all clogged with debris (tree limbs and litter) so the water had no where to go. Since then my pops has had it cleaned up some and right now the water comes out the bottom opening.

I *think* that when all is operational and clear, if I was running a water wheel I would keep all ports closed and the creek would divert to the wheelhouse. If the creek level got too high, I would open the port that is close to the top of the dam to release some "pressure" and if I needed to stop the water from going through the wheel house I would open the bottom one and it would drain completely. So I think as long as the dam is maintained the house stays dry. Even when it is not maintained, the water doesn't touch wood, but it can get up where the stacked stone columns are and that's not good.

I'm still debating :boom: The main issue is that I don't discus things like this w/my pops unless totally necessary :p But I think that's where I would need to start cos there could be an unknown factor that would put the kibosh on the project right away.  I know he wants to sell it (his whole life is (has always been) motivated by money) and I know my siblings & I want to see it stay in the family.

And of course if I did go that route I would want to take it slow and do it all myself, so time is an issue there :p I would probably start by building a shed type building for the materials (I hope to reuse all the siding so that the new building looks old) and tools, and would probably live in a camper type trailer till its livable.



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Post by: Jason Reed on February 14, 2011, 02:14:56 pm
...I'm interested in maybe doing some sort of outline, family tree or whatever. Anyone know of decent software for this? I was thinking of just rolling my own :p

Sorry I didn't really notice this part of your post before. I'm currently using a software called "Ages" which is actually pretty good, easy to use, and makes a nice family tree. Ancestors.com is useful for research. Believe it or not I've gotten most of my research done using Google :blink:


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Post by: Sue on February 14, 2011, 05:46:13 pm
I think that this is a beautiful location msimmons to build a home.  What is the ground like to dig into around the house if you had to dig for plumbing and electric etc?  How far is it off the road's main lines?  Have you calculated what the utilities would charge you to connect to their lines if you are far from the hook up?

I warn you that living so close to the water in that climate will often bring you swarms of bugs you might rather want to avoid.  A lot of spiders and mosquitoes etc like to be around the water.  Horse and deer flies as well.

Its a lovely spot indeed.  You are truly blessed to have such an opportunity.  To be able to live on such an historic property in your family too! :yes:


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Post by: simmo on February 14, 2011, 10:29:26 pm
...I'm interested in maybe doing some sort of outline, family tree or whatever. Anyone know of decent software for this? I was thinking of just rolling my own :p

Sorry I didn't really notice this part of your post before. I'm currently using a software called "Ages" which is actually pretty good, easy to use, and makes a nice family tree. Ancestors.com is useful for research. Believe it or not I've gotten most of my research done using Google :blink:
Oh cool, thanks for that. I shouldn't need any research tools as we have quite a bit of documentation (on paper :boom: which is why i want to digitize). It looks like it has the ability for me to "attach" scanned in docs too.


I think that this is a beautiful location msimmons to build a home.  What is the ground like to dig into around the house if you had to dig for plumbing and electric etc?  How far is it off the road's main lines?  Have you calculated what the utilities would charge you to connect to their lines if you are far from the hook up?
Well I didn't get that far (was one of the many variables I was going to have to fill in before making that decision). I finally asked my pops today what sort of dollar amount he was thinking of getting for the property and his number is 2-4 time higher than my number :p So its not gonna happen, at least not soon.


I warn you that living so close to the water in that climate will often bring you swarms of bugs you might rather want to avoid.  A lot of spiders and mosquitoes etc like to be around the water.  Horse and deer flies as well.
I think with the water moving as it is the mosquitoes are pretty minimal, but we do have some in the spring/summer, and after dealing with TX sized roaches all my life, I think I can handle any insect this far north :)


Its a lovely spot indeed.  You are truly blessed to have such an opportunity.  To be able to live on such an historic property in your family too! :yes:
I agree, now to see how it pans out :) I know my father is the only one in the family that wants to sell, and with the amount he thinks its worth, its not going anywhere anytime soon :p If my grandmother outlives him (which I think is likely) then its probably a non-issue (well except my siblings and I'm sure we can work it out, they all have homes & lives in other parts of the country).


Its starting to warm up here already :( was almost 60F today.


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Post by: Sue on February 16, 2011, 08:18:46 am
msimmons has your father had the land evaluated and is he thinking realistically? 

Texas roaches don't bite.  Swarms of pesty biting flies do seriously annoy.  You have heard of black flies right? :)

I hope it all works out with your family members.  Perhaps your dad might like to have you close and bring the asking price down?  I mean..if you might inherit it anyway...why does he feel he has to charge you for the property?  It will cost enough to get it set up to build let alone complete.

60F is great!  I'd welcome that right now indeed. :yes:


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Post by: Jason Reed on February 16, 2011, 09:05:11 am
I agree with Sue, before your dad starts putting numbers in his head he might want to get the land appraised, especially since I'm pretty sure that since there are no water/sewage, gas, or electrical improvements to the land then it is probably not worth as much as he wants for it.


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Post by: Sue on February 16, 2011, 03:36:57 pm
Exactly JR.  I went through this very situation 23 years ago when I was building my home.


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Post by: simmo on February 17, 2011, 02:33:22 am
msimmons has your father had the land evaluated and is he thinking realistically? 
I thought he had, and I'm fairly sure thats where I got the number I'm thinking from, but he is convinced that everyone from DC is moving here :lol: There is so much property that is not moving around here, so I think his number is off. There is also a lot "wrong" with the property.
First off, back in the 40s when my grandparents bought it, it was a rectangle. Then (i think in 1955'ish) the state decided it was a good place to cross with an interstate highway... and you cant fight city hall :p so the land is cut directly in half making 2 squares, the part i want is only accessible by a 1 car lane that goes under the interstate bridges. Not to mention the "noise" which to me is a lullaby as it reminds me of my grandmothers house :)
I forget what the other points i was gonna make, lol, but was probably to do w/the electric & sewage.


Texas roaches don't bite.  Swarms of pesty biting flies do seriously annoy.  You have heard of black flies right? :)
I ran into them once as a kid, not too far from here when wade fishing in the Shenandoah river, i don't recall it being fun :p But I don't think they happen around the creek here, I spent quite a bit of time as a kid playing near it a summer or two.

I hope it all works out with your family members.  Perhaps your dad might like to have you close and bring the asking price down?  I mean..if you might inherit it anyway...why does he feel he has to charge you for the property?
I'll answer that with a previous quote :p
I know he wants to sell it (his whole life is (has always been) motivated by money) and I know my siblings & I want to see it stay in the family.
(yet i don't believe he ever really had any either... not while ive been a live at least)
And yeah, I would have thought that keeping me here would have been motivation, but so far it wasn't. He might think diff when is actually time for me to move on (I'm too old to be living w/my grandmother :lol: )

It will cost enough to get it set up to build let alone complete.
lol I don;t want to hear that (or I don't want to believe that). I'm hoping that i can do 99% of it myself so hopefully won't be too bad. But that is another thing I need to consider before persuing this, even if the land was mine tomorrow, would i be able to afford to make it livable.

60F is great!  I'd welcome that right now indeed. :yes:
lol sounds like I need to make canada my next destination :p at the moment im thinking Maine though, some cozy port town (or are those only on tv?).

I agree with Sue, before your dad starts putting numbers in his head he might want to get the land appraised, especially since I'm pretty sure that since there are no water/sewage, gas, or electrical improvements to the land then it is probably not worth as much as he wants for it.

Ok, y'all try to shoot down this idea that popped into my head earlier today. Now, keep in mind he can't sell until his mother dies (which if I have my way will be never), she is 97 but healthy as a horse, other than the fact that she [usually] cant remember what happened 10mins ago, she can get around, hold a conversation, etc. K enough about that, don't want to jinx her >< (nor do I like talking about her mortality :p )

So I'm thinking of proposing, that I go ahead & move forward with making the property livable, adding sewage, elect. Not sure how far to go with living space, maybe a trailer depends on timing & prices I guess.

IF he finds someone to pay his price, he sells and pays me back for what I invested (maybe * a percent for the time/energy or whatever), and if he doesn't find a buyer then either I buy it off him, or my guess is will be a moot point by then :p

I'm thinking is a no lose situation.
He doesn't lose cos its still "his to sell" as much as it is now.
I don't lose cos I would get back all that I put in.
I'm assuming if I put in 20k worth of improvements, someone would pay 220k instead of the 200k (thise are fake numbers i hope) they would pay without them (in fact, im thinking it would make it worth much more cos the hassle of having it done is out of the way). And of course, they still have me here for the duration to help out with things (like every monday I take my mother and help her do laundry/grocery shopping) which if I understood my father (again, we dont talk much, i actually try to avoid it :p ) he is turning in his drivers license in a few months (which is a crazy thought to me, he was a truckdriver for like 40yrs, so i bet wont be fun to be around afterward, or will want me to drive him to hang out w/his buddies at the gas station :boom: )

anyway, im rambling XD

Wheres wrjack been?


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Post by: Sue on February 18, 2011, 07:52:34 am
Forgive me but your father seems very unwise.  Unreasonable as well.  Its a power thing I am thinking. :shifty:  The money motivation thing....well...there is a costs vs. benefits situation here.  I think he would be wise to think harder on this and renegotiate.

If I were you, Id contact the land registry office and guarantee your father's deed and if you are able to have the freedom to build on that lot right now in this millennium as the laws might be different now.  There are so many legal regulations one has to follow now that didn't have to be in the past.  The cost of having the land surveyed, the plumbing system and electric all have to follow certain County and State standards there too as far as I am aware.  To have all of this assessed will cost many $$$$$.  To do this all on your own and still follow the guidelines towards the digging depths and widths, having the proper electrical installation done with a licensed electrician etc....using the proper materials, and then having a guy come in and inspect those before they are allowed to be covered etc...

Also you are not allowed to have a weeping tile sewage water system so close to the water table and creek.  You would have to be on the main town lines.  Remember the electric has to go through trees and there are high standards for regulations as to the length the wires have to go into your home from the road and power transformers closest to you.

Also there has to be a good solid ground foundation in order to build your house foundation upon.  Men will likely have to come in and assess that too before any permits will be issued for any work. (permits and papers for everything will have you pulling your hair out)  Also the time frame these people work at.  Not yours.  Weeks and months can go by and seasons will pass before they give you the needed papers before you can proceed.  Its all rather a long nasty headache you will likely endure while the bureaucrats sit back and enjoy the long slow process.  :w00t: :notworking: :pullhair:

Like I said...go to the authorities and ask what they figure you would have to do and a price estimate to have the lot assessed for building upon.  Once you have that...you might either reconsider or your next stop will be at Home Depot or Lowes asking them what their supplies will be costing you vs. having a contractor do it all for you.  Are you  up for the stress? :)  Or would buying a home elsewhere be easier for you again?

Canada?  Really?  Wise to avoid here at this time of year unless you like what you Americans find cold. lol :shifty:  Come in June or July or August and September for about the same heat you got in Houston.   A cozy port town in Main might be just what you need too.  Worth looking into perhaps. :)

Sorry to hear that your father might hand in his driver's permit.  Shame really.  He should hold onto it unless he is a danger to himself or to others on the road.

I think its awesome that your grandma is in such great health.  You are truly blessed to have her.  Both mine have passed on and were much younger.  Don't criticize yourself for living with her now.  Count your blessings instead.  Enjoy all the time you have and never mind what others think or say.  Just wear good headphones and turn up the volume on your game consoles and she won't mind the lack of noise at all. :) :punk: :stereo: :type: :whistle: :giggle:



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Post by: simmo on February 20, 2011, 02:16:14 am
Forgive me but your father seems very unwise.  Unreasonable as well.  Its a power thing I am thinking. :shifty:  The money motivation thing....well...there is a costs vs. benefits situation here.  I think he would be wise to think harder on this and renegotiate.
lol no need to be forgiven, I agree with you. He has always "chased rainbows."

Also you are not allowed to have a weeping tile sewage water system so close to the water table and creek.  You would have to be on the main town lines. 
There are no main town lines :) Not anywhere near here at least.

Its all rather a long nasty headache you will likely endure while the bureaucrats sit back and enjoy the long slow process.  :w00t: :notworking: :pullhair:
Yeah, I think you've talked me out of it  :lol: I had more of the mindset of build a shack and live semi-off grid. (totally off grid if I could generate enough power from the creek (and maybe solar) to power all my computers & air conditioning :p )

Come in June or July or August and September for about the same heat you got in Houston. 
Bah, is there anywhere to escape the heat? I guess at least its only for a few months rather than year round.

Sorry to hear that your father might hand in his driver's permit.  Shame really.  He should hold onto it unless he is a danger to himself or to others on the road.
His vision is going. Already has no peripheral vision on one side so I'm guessing its more that he won't be able to renew than volunteering to give it up  :banned2:

Don't criticize yourself for living with her now.  Count your blessings instead.  Enjoy all the time you have and never mind what others think or say.  Just wear good headphones and turn up the volume on your game consoles and she won't mind the lack of noise at all. :) :punk: :stereo: :type: :whistle: :giggle:
lol I guess. To be honest, its not like I see much beyond the glow of my monitors no matter what city or state I'm in :lamo: Its really being in such close proximity to my father that makes me want to move on. I feel bad for even writing that :p But yeah, I miss having my own life when family was a thanksgiving & christmas thing  :mf_Dr_Evil:
But at the very least I need to get some debts paid off before I can. since i've wrecked my credit with that forclosure, I need to do a combination of building a savings up, and getting my monthly expenses down. And of course I haven't payed 2010's taxes yet :sofa: I jsut hope it doesn't get hot before I can do that.


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Post by: Sue on February 21, 2011, 12:58:50 am
As for the town lines....you could always do it the way the others did in the old days, but I doubt you'd be allowed.  You have to have run-off for showers or toilet water; and they likely wont allow an outhouse near the creek.  I doubt you'd like to be using one in cold weather anyway. lol   Eco living can be expensive to set up.  I also believe in self sustained living; but I wonder if it is worth it to you in that location at this time. :hmm:  There are just too many rules today that make it very difficult for you.  In the 'old days' men were free to homestead as they pleased when they cut forests, built a log home and installed a cook stove.  Not as easy to get away with any longer unfortunately.  Even though it could be 'eco friendly' in a lot of ways.  A lot depends on the regulations in your area.   :deal:

Yes we like to escape the summer heat.  We enjoy the four seasons of the year.  Helps make us appreciate the others when they arrive and each are unique to the other.  At least we don't have to worry about those bugs you all do down South. :shifty:    We have had a very very mild winter here.  Hardly any snow at all and warm temperatures mostly too.  Not complaining much here at all this year. :)  Hope though that the summer isn't going to baking hot.  Seems our climate is gradually warming up here.

I understand you completely when you speak about your home life.  I empathize.  Believe me.  :yes:


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Post by: simmo on February 21, 2011, 02:19:36 am
Yesterday we had strong winds and one blew a [fairly dead] tree across the lane that comes up the hill (only way in or out of the property). so my pops has out 3 diff chainsaws and cannot get any to work... I give one a try and it starts right up... I'm guessing he wasn't able to pull the started cord w/enough force, so I'm kinda thinking I might be stuck here to handle things like that.

On a lighter note I finished one of the two projects I was trying to work on simultaneously  :happydance: cuts my stress levels in half for sure :yes:


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Post by: Sue on February 21, 2011, 05:25:14 am
LOL  I am glad that all is balancing out for you.  It appears so from what you are telling me anyway.  Its good that you are around to help out your relatives at this time when I believe they need you.  Are your siblings living far away? 

Hopefully in time, if it is meant to be, you will have your home built as you have imagined.  Maybe your father needs time to think on things and having you around, or the possibility of you moving on..will help sway his thinking and perhaps lower his asking price on the land.  Good luck with everything. :yes:


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Post by: Jason Reed on February 21, 2011, 07:59:01 am
Good to see a conversation going on here :D. I know we've all been busy and such.

Sounds like you and your dad butt heads a lot Simmo.

Sue, good to see you posting again, I'm guessing you are feeling better?

I've not heard from Wrack either for a while, I figure he's busy and such, he's not posting over at MJ's either.


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Post by: Sue on February 21, 2011, 08:49:39 pm
Yeah  Ive been very busy too.  Thanks for your thoughts JR as well.  I am feeling better right now yes.  I have my episodes but once I am well again I have to make up for lost time and it gets overwhelming multitasking sometimes but I make it through. :)


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Post by: simmo on February 22, 2011, 01:16:15 am
LOL  I am glad that all is balancing out for you.  It appears so from what you are telling me anyway.  Its good that you are around to help out your relatives at this time when I believe they need you.  Are your siblings living far away? 
Yeah, all my relatives are from here and I am the only one who was not born or grow up here. The immediate family moved to FL back in 75. Then to TX in 77 after I was born. My bro moved back to FL and now lives there w/wife & kids. My two sisters still live in TX w/their husbands & kids. My parents moved back up here in about 2005 after she gave us a scare (I'm still not clear on the story of what happened, some say heart attack, some say drunk :lol: (my parents are teetotalers, so i cannot imagine my extreeeemly pious grandmother drinking).

Hopefully in time, if it is meant to be, you will have your home built as you have imagined.  Maybe your father needs time to think on things and having you around, or the possibility of you moving on..will help sway his thinking and perhaps lower his asking price on the land.  Good luck with everything. :yes:
I guess time will tell :) Maybe I'll get the off grid electricity issue solved enough that I just go build something sans-permits, otherwise I don't think it'll go no matter who holds the land deed.

Good to see a conversation going on here :D. I know we've all been busy and such.
I'm finally trying to hold to my word of promising to return more often XD

Sounds like you and your dad butt heads a lot Simmo.
As a truckdriver, he was gone most of the time when I was growing up. I don't hold that against him or anything, I always had food & shelter, but I was always happy when he was away :p Also, factor in that he has always obsessed over gaining money, and in my youth I didn't want to have anything to do w/money (flash back to my days living out of a backpack). So we've never really had the son/dad relationship and tbh I jsut try to avoid him really. Which sucks on some lvls cos there's things I want to know about my grandfather who died when I was 7. :p


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Post by: Sue on February 22, 2011, 05:36:08 pm
Thats amusing what you say about your grandmother and the possible story in the past. :)  Seems your family have a lot of untold stories.  Any old diaries around to read? lol  Sounds like there is a good story to be told there.  Maybe ask your father or mother to write a book about the unknown family mysteries? :hmm:

It'd be nice to be off the grid on all accounts yes.  Its a lovely spot you have there. :)


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Post by: simmo on February 23, 2011, 01:21:58 am
Just don't forget, you can't unlearn what you learn. Sometimes its best not to dig for secrets  :lol:


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Post by: Sue on February 23, 2011, 03:29:21 am
Oh I know that all too well.  But he can leave out the gruesome details if he likes too.  :giggle:


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Post by: simmo on February 24, 2011, 02:07:29 am
lol, I think its best to just not chance it. Rather not think of parents & grandparents as real people :p



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Post by: Sue on February 24, 2011, 07:27:27 pm
Ha-ha!  Now that I completely understand! :yes:


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Post by: simmo on February 24, 2011, 09:17:44 pm
Although my grandmother does have some funny stories about her parents.
If her parents got in a fight, her dad would pack up and head to his mothers. Her mom would gather up her & her two siblings bring them to the window and say "lets watch him out of sight" because apparently people would say if you watched someone out of sight they would not come back  :lol:

 


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Post by: Sue on February 27, 2011, 02:42:47 pm
Oh I have not heard that one before. :lol:  I am glad that at least your grandmother likes to share family history with you. :)  Is there any way to learn of your father's history as well? :)


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Post by: simmo on February 28, 2011, 02:42:32 am
She is my fathers mother, so somewhat. I can't really pick & choose the stories, but sometimes I can guide them. I'm not sure if she doesn't hear/understand when I try to quiz her on certain things or she just wants to tell the stories she wants to tell :lol:


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Post by: Sue on February 28, 2011, 05:41:59 pm
Ah yes.  I know the sort well. :lol:


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Post by: simmo on March 01, 2011, 01:26:37 am
Today I found an old pic of the dam, looks like is from the perspective as one that I took recently. Once I get my scanner hooked up will post it :)

Not many pictures from that side of the family, couldn't afford them I believe. My mothers side however there are quite a few.


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Post by: Sue on March 01, 2011, 06:04:33 am
Yes I understand.  Anyone owning a camera was extremely rare.  Hence we had a lot of artists back then. :)

My mother has heaps of photos from both her parents side of the family.  However on my father's side...only a few on his mother's side and almost none on his father's side due to his immigrating here from Ireland then to England where his birth family stayed.  Apparently my grandfather's sister's daughter lives in the US somewhere so if we contact her one day..she likely has some of the photos.  According to what my mother has told me anyway.  I am not that eager to do the research as others are.  I prefer to focus on the future and leave the past to be hunted by other interested relatives now.  I lost interest over the years for some reason.

Good luck sorting everything out.  I am looking forward to seeing your dam picture. :)


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Post by: simmo on March 01, 2011, 08:04:20 pm
I'll probably lose interest sooner or later :p I've never really been much of a family person as they were all here (in VA) and I was down in TX my whole life. I've learned quite a bit about them these past 3 months but its not like its really useful knowledge or anything  :lol:



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Post by: Sue on March 02, 2011, 06:15:34 pm
No its not likely useful knowledge (unless there is a hidden gold mine somewhere or something) but it is interesting just the same.  You might learn that you get your music talent from a relative called Elvis Prestly or a family member was some other sort of hero or something. lol  Makes a good story when sitting around a fire sharing beers with friends I would imagine.  :)


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Post by: simmo on March 03, 2011, 02:04:11 am
lol, yeah, if there was any of that I would have found out by now :p

I just now found this:
http://www.clarksonandwallace.com/PropertiesPages/HeadwatersFarm.htm

It was built by my great grandfather (my grandmother's (who I am staying with atm) father-in-law). They have the build date wrong though, he built it (and 2 other houses on the same property) after the kids (my grandfather & his siblings) were married and moved, so that would have been around 1933. Also the "for his new wife" doesn't fit my records. The "saved his best lumber to build..." part synchs though, he ran a saw mill and my grandmother told me that he made each room with a diff type of wood.


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Post by: Sue on March 03, 2011, 05:48:11 pm
That is one beautifully built home!  Impressive!

Are you thinking of moving in with the roaming cat? :)


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Post by: simmo on March 04, 2011, 02:54:33 am
lol nearly a half million dollars? too rich for my blood  :lol: even if I did have that much dough, seems like a waste.



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Post by: Sue on March 04, 2011, 03:08:59 am
Unfortunate that you didn't inherit that place then too. :)  You're not having good luck with the family passing good things along are you? Are you aware of why it is no longer in family hands? :dunno:


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Post by: simmo on March 04, 2011, 03:42:47 am
There were 4 children, my grandfather being one of them, 2 boys 2 girls. According to my grandmother (granted you cant believe everything 100%) the other son got the place since he took care of them in their old age. I don't know a whole lot about the other son except that he lived out his years in an asylum :hide: so maybe he got ownership before that and it went to his children :dunno:



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Well again I am unsure if I should even move or not... My pops needed to change a water pump, he knows how to do it, and says he can do it. But he shakes pretty bad (is hereditary, my grandmother always looks like she is rocking out to some good music) so he couldn't get the wires spliced and taped or the water lines reconnected.
After the incident where he swore none of the chainsaws worked, but it was just that he couldn't pull the started fast enough, I asked my mother if I needed to stay and her reply was just "don't let us interfere w/your life." So I'm not really sure :dunno:

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Post by: Sue on March 06, 2011, 11:39:51 pm
No need to hide.  I hear padded rooms are comfy actually. :)  I think we all wish we had time in there on occasion. :)

I understand what your mother is saying about interfering with your life.  But your family is your life. Or a good part of who you are.  It is your decision whether you stay to help out, or to move on and continue your desires elsewhere yes.  It must be a bit of an uncomfortable decision for you at this point.  I think it might be an easier decision if your siblings were nearer to help them in your absence though.  :dunno:


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Post by: Jason Reed on March 07, 2011, 04:45:48 am
Sue I tried contacting you through PM, I guess the message didn't get through. I was wondering if attempted to contact me via Facebook? Someone with the first name of Sue has asked to "Freind", and I thought maybe it was you?


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Post by: Sue on March 07, 2011, 08:40:07 am
No I do not and never will have a Facebook account.  I think people on Facebook generally use their real names anyway and I only use the irishdancersue online.  Sue is what people started to call me so I just stuck with it as a user name.  I thought you knew. :dunno: :)  I did not get your PM.  Sorry.  I do not know why it didn't go through, however I am also not receiving emails alerting that someone has posted after I do.


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Post by: Jason Reed on March 07, 2011, 09:27:57 am
No I do not and never will have a Facebook account.  I think people on Facebook generally use their real names anyway and I only use the irishdancersue online.  Sue is what people started to call me so I just stuck with it as a user name.  I thought you knew. :dunno: :)  I did not get your PM.  Sorry.  I do not know why it didn't go through, however I am also not receiving emails alerting that someone has posted after I do.

Thanks Sue, I didn't really think it was you but I had to be sure. I've contacted the person and asked them where they know me from.

I think the host has been having some problems recently. I know yesterday GT was unavailable for a while due to some sort of switching problem, I kept getting a 404 error.


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Post by: simmo on March 07, 2011, 06:03:31 pm
It must be a bit of an uncomfortable decision for you at this point.  I think it might be an easier decision if your siblings were nearer to help them in your absence though.  :dunno:
Well basically I'm not going to stay if they don't ask me to :p Imagine these scenarios, some one asks where I live:
"I am living with my grandmother"
or
"I am living with my grandmother since my parents are in their mid-70s and need me to help around the place"

Now of course it is better for me financially to stay, but that's literally a price I'm willing to pay :) Yes, it would be an easier decision if I knew someone else was closer to help them. I'm sure once the weather warms up the decision will be easier too cos this place has no central air (does have central heat, I had to close off the vents my first few days here :sweat: ) and I can't imagine the circulation is that great.

I do not know why it didn't go through, however I am also not receiving emails alerting that someone has posted after I do.
I just realized that I stopped getting the emails too. I was getting them when you mentioned the problem before so we didnt both break at the same time. I get my notifications though the RSS feed these days so I didn't really notice till you mentioned.

I think the host has been having some problems recently. I know yesterday GT was unavailable for a while due to some sort of switching problem, I kept getting a 404 error.
Yeah they are cheap servers  :lol: Just a few days ago a client asked if I could host them and I said "well... I wouldn't really suggest running a business on them :p" and then I realized that I am depending on my email for business :insane: I have already had to resort to using gmail as my outgoing because the smtp servers here are blacklisted by a few large isps  :banned:


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Post by: Sue on March 07, 2011, 10:56:42 pm
I think if I did want to add you elsewhere, I'd ask your permission here first via a PM.   I am not the sort to sneak up on people like that.  I have had many do it to me and I do not like it, nor do I add people I didn't expect.  Good luck sorting this out. :)


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Post by: Sue on March 07, 2011, 11:03:05 pm
msimmons I think that there are other ways to reply to people asking where you live.  You can just simply say "I am currently or temporarily staying with family" and leave it like that.  I wouldn't be embarrassed to reveal that you are staying with family as it is something to be somewhat proud of really.  So many others wished they had family still around to share time with.  Count your blessings perhaps?  It is very honorable that you are there taking care of people in need at this time in their life instead of abandoning them when they are perhaps a bit helpless.  I's all about attitude I think. :)

The heating situation is a tad too much for me too.  Perhaps you can help them out a bit by installing AC for the summer months? :dunno:


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Post by: Jason Reed on March 14, 2011, 10:27:58 am
Hi All :hiya:

Hope everyone is doing ok.


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Post by: simmo on March 14, 2011, 08:55:31 pm
You can just simply say "I am currently or temporarily staying with family" and leave it like that.
The bolded part of what you wrote sums up what i've been saying :lol:

The heating situation is a tad too much for me too.  Perhaps you can help them out a bit by installing AC for the summer months? :dunno:
They do have one in the main living area. I'm tucked way in the back though, so not sure if it will reach. One of my concerns though is the months inbetween heater weather and ac weather. I think they would normally open the doors but that wouldn't do too well with my indoors only cat, hopefully we can just open the windows that are on said doors and leave the doors closed.

But anyway, my grandmother and I were discussing the weather and she said "gotta take what comes" and I said "I don't. I'm gonna move where its colder." and she said she didn't want me to go... so I guess I'll stay for now  :mf_Dr_Evil:


We got some rain last week and the creek was back up to the levels I remember as a kid :happydance: I took this after the first rain. After the second big rain it was going completely over the top of the dam making a huge waterfall and you could hardly see the dam. I went to take a picture and my damn phone decided to be too low on batteries...

(http://stinkbugonline.com/me/va_snow/a_lot_of_dam_water.jpg)
the lower "gate" is just left of the center of the picture. The water wheel housing is on the far right, and the upper "gate" is jsut to the left of that. In between the two gates you can see where the water is actually coming though the dam :( If I obtain the property I think I'd repair it.


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Post by: Jason Reed on March 21, 2011, 10:07:51 am
Cool picture simmo. It's a shame you couldn't get the picture with the dam being covered.


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Post by: wrack on March 21, 2011, 10:18:52 pm
Hey there gang :) Long time no yak!

Sorry but I have been flat out busy lately and also in-laws visiting for couple of weeks so time just flies :lol:

I have been coding like crazy lately, just last 10 working days I have done around 6000 lines of coding.

How you all been?


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Post by: Jason Reed on March 22, 2011, 04:26:42 am
Almost but not quite as busy as you Wrack. We are organizing up into a development team at the office now so things are going faster especially since we not only contribute but have to make sure that what we are doing is not counter productive with the rest of the team.

How's things with you and the wife? Going well I'm guessing. Having the in-laws over is usually a nice time (at least it is for me).


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Post by: wrack on March 22, 2011, 05:12:13 am
Oh yeah things are going just smooth :)

My father in law has cancer so they are here to see our home and also to see another one of their daughter's grand son (living in Sydney). So far so all good. They are jetting off on Thursday morning to Sydney and then back to India on Saturday.


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Post by: Jason Reed on March 22, 2011, 05:55:41 am
Sorry to hear he has cancer. I'm guessing it is incurable? Well I hope they have a nice time visiting family.


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Post by: wrack on March 24, 2011, 02:48:46 am
He had surgery twice in last 2 years but there is a small lump that is detected only and only at 1 place and that is main vein taking blood in and out of heart so there is no way to fix it. They cut that and all over. Yeah he enjoyed his visit here and was happy to see her daughter settled down and all is well.


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Post by: Jason Reed on March 25, 2011, 06:58:50 am
Well it's good that he got to come and see your home.



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Post by: wrack on March 26, 2011, 12:11:33 am
Yeah he and mother in law both were pretty happy to see us enjoying life full. They went back happy parents.


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Post by: simmo on March 26, 2011, 01:51:50 am
Yeah he and mother in law both were pretty happy to see us enjoying life full. They went back happy parents.
Sounds awesome :) I dunno why in-laws have such a bad reputation, I have always enjoyed the ones I had, even after the marriages were over :yes:


I learned some about how the hydro-electric part of the dam worked. The part where I thought a water wheel used to be, was actually an empty "box" with 2 holes in the floor. This chamber (about 5x3x12) would fill with water and the water would rush out the holes in the floor. The holes in the floor is where the water wheels would be, but not like you picture (or at least I dont). They look more like rims on a car to me, and as water flows through them the turn, an axle would come off the center of those up 12ft to a small building on top of the "box" that housed a generator.

I think if i ever got my hands on the property, i would cut that part off, even with the top of the dam and re purpose it for a "water over" wheel (the kind that i think most people imagine when you say water wheel) as those are the most effective, since natural water flow & gravity work together to spin the wheel.

This guy is awesome:
http://www.youtube.com/user/kutiman#p/c/2C189BC49E25D16A/0/tprMEs-zfQA


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Post by: simmo on March 30, 2011, 06:37:20 pm
Weeeeee're baaaaaaaaaack  :happydance:

The company that houses & maintains all my servers (including the one GT is running on) decided to up & move out of FL and into two new data centers in TX & WA... sounds good yes?

Well one small hiccup... the did NOT tell anyone :doh: AND something went wrong, so poof, all of a sudden none of their customers, and furthermore, none of their customers customers, had service....

the worst part was any email sent to me since SATURDAY NIGHT (thats 3 full days and 2 partial days ago) till just now was immediately bounced back to sender...

Oh well, supposedly everything is lightning fast and all up to date. Maybe they will learn not to do something unannounced, or even better, maybe nothing more will need to be done for another 10yrs  :crash:


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Post by: wrack on March 30, 2011, 10:51:58 pm
Yeah I did notice things not working! Good to hear we are back :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on March 31, 2011, 03:41:56 am
So did they at least grovel a little for screwing things up?


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Post by: simmo on March 31, 2011, 03:30:57 pm
So did they at least grovel a little for screwing things up?

They did for my email. That was almost a deal breaker... I was immersed in 3 projects so was able to just email those clients from a web based acct, hopefully I didnt miss any important emails from others.

As cheap as their service is, I don't complain too much. There is probably 3 days of downtime (combined) a year, and in theory this move will lower that.

now if I can just get my chron jobs running I'll be right as rain.


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Post by: Jason Reed on April 07, 2011, 02:09:04 pm
And we're back again from another host related oops....

Sorry for the problems everyone. Like Simmo mentioned the hosting company he buys from and loans to us just made major changes to the system, and they don't give you much warning ahead of time.

It looks like there is another possible outage planned soon when they upgrade the database server software and hardware that we're using. Hopefully that won't take too long.


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Post by: simmo on April 07, 2011, 03:57:27 pm
or hopefully they already did it while we were down  :construction:


To add to it all, now my ISP is going in and out... very frustrating when you work via the internet.


BUT as im typing that i remember that my phone can be a hotspot, so i think i may fire up the lappy and give that a test run  :mf_Dr_Evil:


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Post by: wrack on April 08, 2011, 03:16:20 am
Damn...problems, problems.

I would offer my hosting account but I normally tend to screw around a lot with settings and stuff so I can't promise of anything safe!  :evil:


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Post by: Jason Reed on April 12, 2011, 01:40:48 pm
Looks like MJ is down. I wonder what happened?


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Post by: simmo on April 27, 2011, 03:15:00 pm
We own galahtech.COM once again!!  :mf_Dr_Evil:

Starting about a week ago, I started getting emails from different companies saying to contact them if I wanted to buy it (I guess they assumed I'd want it since I have .net, .org, .info :lol: ). I figured they would want a lot for it, and we don't really need it, so I just marked as spam and sent to spam cop  :jamie:
THen I realized, since these emails were coming from different companies, they didn't actually own it to sell... What they would have done, if I said i was  interested, is register it for themselves and negotiated a price w/me  :banned2:
Instead, I jsut ignored their emails, and registered it myself for LESS THAN $10!

Maybe some of our old friends (if they haven't tried in the past few years and since given up) will find us again  :welcomel:


Here is a picture of the creek going over the dam, the levels are back up to what I remember them being as a kid... not sure what my dad was on about the creek drying up, seems fine to me:
(http://stinkbugonline.com/me/va_snow/more_dam_water.jpg)

The water is *almost* warm enough to get in... not that I haven't been in it :lol: I've set up a nice spot that is very secluded now that the greenery is coming in. In the late 1940s to early 1950s this was my dads "fishing hole" as a teen, now its my swimmin' hole :p (the water is a little murky cos all the spring rain, it stirs it up pretty good)
(http://stinkbugonline.com/me/va_snow/swimmin_hole.jpg)


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Post by: Jason Reed on April 28, 2011, 03:56:50 am
Great news Simmo. Who had Galahtech.com before do you know? Well looks like those greedy guys lost out since they were jumping the gun.


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Post by: simmo on April 28, 2011, 04:36:50 pm
Not sure, it might have even changed hands a few times. I forget if it was Jeff or Martin but somehow the .com slipped away and I don't think the people that owned it in between now & then ever used it... or it was one of those advertisement portals.


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Post by: Jason Reed on May 01, 2011, 04:26:28 pm
Glad we could get it for a cheaper price.


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Post by: wrack on May 01, 2011, 11:56:28 pm
Hey guys :) Sorry I have been away for so long lately!

I had a busy few months with work and personal life. My sister is getting married in January 2012 so I was busy planning the event with mum & dad over last few weeks and work hasn't been easy too. On top of that I am making my own CMS to create websites as I want to start a business of creating websites too.

Good to get the .COM domain, those cheeky buggers who snapped it lost it big time.

Hey JR :)

Simmo that creek looks very nice and calm. Wish I could setup my small office there. I love flowing water, so energetic. The closest thing I have to flowing water is a small water feature on my office desk (see the image).


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Post by: Jason Reed on May 02, 2011, 06:52:17 am
Hi Wrack  :punk:

So you are building a CMS or are you building a framework? I'm guessing you are building it in ASP. When I decided to roll-my-own when it came to website stuff, I decided to build a framework that was flexible enough I could do what I want with it. I'd say my first release is about 95% done. It is all Object Oriented and works smoothly. Naturally I wrote it in PHP ;)


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Post by: wrack on May 02, 2011, 08:34:18 am
Actually I am building a Web Portal Engine as I call it. It is a framework to build multiple websites quickly.

So basically my Web Portal Engine would allow me to build websites but the stuff within the page would be coming from CMS such as, Menus, Header, Footer, Photo Gallery, Articles. Hope this makes sense.

Yes I am doing this as a learning excercise in ASP.NET using Visual Studio 2010, .NET Framework 4 and C#. Pretty much all backend logic is OO and database is nicely organised. I would say I am at 27% mark with it's completion!


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Post by: Jason Reed on May 02, 2011, 09:31:59 am
I hadn't thought of calling mine a Web Portal Engine, I like the sound of it. Basically you have the same idea as me. A base for building multiple website types. The big difference I'm guessing is that you are doing it with ASP.NET and I with PHP5+ :D

One of the things I really want to do with my website is have multiple sub-applications working under the same login system. Forum/Blog/BugTracker/etc. etc. etc.


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Post by: wrack on May 02, 2011, 09:42:05 am
Is that the whole point of CMS? Being able to manage & share content?


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Post by: Jason Reed on May 02, 2011, 10:50:48 am
Well that is what I think it should mean. However, most "CMS" systems that I've found have not been very flexible. They are little more than blogging systems. They didn't seem flexible enough for me to extend for my use, or their documentation was horrible.

Besides I wanted to learn myself how to do something like this :D


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Post by: wrack on May 02, 2011, 10:56:52 am
That was exactly one of the main reason I went for making it myself and can't complain the learning curve.


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Post by: simmo on May 23, 2011, 09:30:07 pm
Howdy all :)

Nothing new here, just been working & playing. I did get into so poison ivy last week (not sure exactly where) and my arms have been terribly itchy (just about over now), I do NOT recommend it :)




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Post by: Jason Reed on May 24, 2011, 03:44:15 am
You need to remember to stay way from Poison Ivy. Thankfully you don't find it here in Europe. Apparently there are some other plants that are poisonous but not like Poison Ivy.


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Post by: simmo on May 24, 2011, 02:23:26 pm
I knew what it looked like when i was a kid, but all i could remember was "leaves of 3, let it be." Problem is, I swear every plant down there has 3 leaves.

I did find one that my pops says is poison so I took some pics so i will know :p But i haven't been in the brush for over a week now, and not sure when i'll go back :lol:


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 02, 2011, 08:24:01 pm
Sorry I've been out of touch. Just came back from vacation. In about a week I fly to Italy for a couple of days for a meeting. :yay:


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Post by: wrack on July 04, 2011, 12:42:55 am
G'Day :)

Things seem very very quiet here lately! What is going on?


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 04, 2011, 03:49:23 am
I just came off 2 weeks vacation, before that I was up to my ears in work. How about you?


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Post by: wrack on July 04, 2011, 06:06:21 am
LOL same here. Upto my eyeballs in work!

Plus Snehal & I are heading home for my sister's marriage next week so things are kinda busy and I will be away for 6-7 weeks.


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 06, 2011, 10:47:24 am
Woo big party! Hope you enjoy your time back home with friends and family.


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Post by: simmo on July 06, 2011, 01:24:32 pm
Ive been off so long my login cookie expired :doh:

I'm not complaining but have been completely swamped in work  :mf_Dr_Evil: Currently am trying to juggle 7 different clients and still fielding emails from prospective new ones. Not bad for not advertising at all  :evil:

We had yet another scare with the hosting company, the control panels were un-accessible for a week or more and the techs were totally silent... I'm usually the last one to believe the sky is falling, but I got to the point where I picked out a new host to move to :eek_yello: I really didn't want to since I have been with this company for 11 years (crazy to imagine its been that long) but I couldn't modify or create new sites  :construction:
All seems well now though :closedeyes: control panels have been up and running for over a month and the techs respond to tickets within the hour again  :happydance:


Hope all is well :)
M


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Post by: wrack on July 07, 2011, 02:32:27 am
All is well here. Good to hear things are going well with you JR and Simmo :)

Yeah the time back home should be fun. Will see how things go.


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 08, 2011, 04:59:45 am
My company is celebrating its 40th birthday today. Hopefully the rain will stop in time for the barbecue. Looking forward to the weekend.


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 12, 2011, 03:58:20 am
Simmo was the 11th or 12th your birthday? Happy Birthday!


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Post by: simmo on July 12, 2011, 01:42:25 pm
lol the 12th (today)  :bday:

I'm now closer to 40 than 30  :crash:


A colleague sent me a google+ invite this morning, so I now have the power to invite others. Let me know if any of y'all are interested :) I'm not really sure what it is good for just yet :hide:  I had a facebook acct years ago but deleted it after people from wayway past started finding me. I like to keep my "rock star" past seperate from my present, mostly cos I don't want to ruin people's memories of what i was :rock: So I'll prolly keep my account pretty devoid of details so if anyone does find me.


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 12, 2011, 02:13:44 pm
Happy Birthday to you then.

I'm already closer to 40 than 30 :couch:

I'm already on G+ send me an email with your account name and I'll add you to a circle.


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Post by: simmo on July 12, 2011, 02:24:01 pm
Ty for the b-day wishes  :cheers:

I'm on the G+ under the email addy you have :)

(is it good for anything? curious what uses it has, especially curious to hear from a FB user like yourself)


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Post by: wrack on August 23, 2011, 07:30:47 am
G'Day :) Howdy all?

Just got back from my trip to India. It was great catching up with everyone there.


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Post by: Jason Reed on August 23, 2011, 07:40:00 am
Welcome back Wrack. Hope you had a good time visiting family and all.


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Post by: simmo on August 23, 2011, 07:03:04 pm
howdy wrjack, all :hiya:


(we jsut had an earthquake  :construction: my first ever. Wasn't bad, I just thought a big truck was driving past, till i realized i dont live in the city anymore.


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Post by: wrack on August 24, 2011, 06:42:08 am
Welcome back Wrack. Hope you had a good time visiting family and all.
Oh yeah it was hell of a fun and my sister's wedding went really well too. All in all it was a great trip.


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Post by: wrack on August 24, 2011, 06:43:12 am
howdy wrjack, all :hiya:
All good. How about you mate?

(we jsut had an earthquake  :construction: my first ever. Wasn't bad, I just thought a big truck was driving past, till i realized i dont live in the city anymore.
Oh yeah they are good fun to experience so long they are not destructive.


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Post by: simmo on August 24, 2011, 06:27:57 pm
they are good fun to experience so long they are not destructive.
Yup, no destruction off of this one. I was unaware VA was even in a fault zone, but I guess anywhere with mountains potentially is. Seems they have one every few years. I used to come here for summer when I was a kid every few years but I guess the two never coincided.

 


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Post by: simmo on October 24, 2011, 12:34:57 pm
Wow exactly 3 months since my last post!

I hope all is well :) I'm anxiously awaiting December 20th when the new Star Wars mmo is released  :mf_Dr_Evil: I have pre-ordered so supposedly I will be granted "early access" but there has been no date on that yet.

Other than that, things are status quo, I've got a list of clients waiting for me to do work for them :p A few of them have ongoing lists, so at this time I'm not going to take anymore new clients since I am starting to get behind ><

I would say the number one most difficult thing for a freelancer is finding a new project when one project ends. Of course, you want to be finding that project before the previous one ends. I've had great clients that have been actually finding work for me (they know someone that needs work done, so they point them to me). About 6 months ago I had a handful all ask for stuff at once and I said "I'd be happy to do this work but I have to say I'm busy for about 6months." Now I'm not sure what i was thinking, maybe I thought some of them would see that and say "ok never mind," but now that the six months is up, I have like 4 clients "are you ready to start on my project now?" :doh:

But I'm going to try to do a 2 day a week thing, working on 3 at once... like mon thurs for one, tues fri for another and weds sat for the third, might be a little rough  :horse:


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Post by: Jason Reed on October 24, 2011, 02:14:24 pm
Hey Simmo,

Sound's like things are going well for you. I personally am swamped. I'm trapped in the project of doom! Because there was never any requirements list originally we are constantly having to redesign the thing because our boss keeps says "Yep we can do this!" which is just making life horrible.

I'll be taking next week off and that may help me a bit. Hopefully we'll get something sorted out so that things quit changing all the time.



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Post by: simmo on October 24, 2011, 03:15:47 pm
Good old scope creep. Its actually why I prefer to charge by the hour rather than by the project. As long as everyone understands that deadlines & budgets change when the requirements do then its not always a bad thing.

For an example, they give you project A, you say it will take one month. At the end of that month you are only half done, but here comes addendum B. You think B will take a week, so you say "probably a month and a half" and therefore recovery time you need for A  :cheers:

I'm pleasantly surprised how well my freelancing is going. I had an old friend give me some work as well and actually scold me for not having a site & business cards, but I've been too busy working to do any marketing!  :jamie:


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Post by: Jason Reed on October 25, 2011, 05:49:40 am
I'm not even sure you can call it scope creep. It's more a complete redesign of the architecture. What really sucks is that this will be the third time!


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Post by: simmo on October 25, 2011, 12:46:18 pm
Oh I see, so having to throw out a lot of what you worked on? Yeah, that would suck.

I was just thinking in relation to my projects where they keep having more ideas of what they want their web app to do, most times it is just pulling data in a different fashion.


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Post by: Jason Reed on October 26, 2011, 06:54:00 am
I'd say my biggest problem is that my boss is always interested in creating architectures without a finalized list of requirements so we draw a bunch of UML and make an architecture plan document as he wants and start building, then everything changes (including how the software will be used) and we have to start again at square one. The worst is that nothing we say seems to penetrate his head about that we want a requirements list and a specific scope.

I guess the best way to say it is that we have no development procedure and that's costing us time which costs the company money.


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Post by: simmo on October 26, 2011, 12:42:31 pm
Ouch, yeah that sounds frustrating. I had a boss who had a saying "pencils work whether you are writing or erasing." The only problem I can foresee is, can you catch trouble from your boss' bosses when they find out he is wasting so much time /money?


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Post by: simmo on October 26, 2011, 01:00:13 pm
I wonder if Martin is getting this for his coffee table:

Chicks With Guns Photo Book Doesn’t Disappoint (http://www.wired.com/rawfile/2011/10/chicks-with-guns)


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Post by: simmo on November 09, 2011, 04:59:14 pm
Wednesday already  :construction:

At 2am tomorrow morning (tonight if you ask me :p ) I'll be taking my mom to the airport. My niece is getting married on 11/11/11. My parents were going to drive, I was going to loan them my jeep, but my dad changed his mind a week before they were supposed to leave :lol: So now my mom is just going to fly down for a few days.
I think I'll just take a nap later and stay up :zzz:


Of course one of the many beauties of being my own boss is that I can do that, and sleep all day tomorrow if I want  :mf_Dr_Evil:


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Post by: simmo on November 14, 2011, 02:40:18 pm
Happy Monday all  :happydance:

I have to pick up my mom from the airport this evening. She has never been to a Japanese Hibachi style (where they cook the food on your table) restaurant so going to take her to one on the way back. Will see if I can get her to try some sushi (not necessarily raw as media will have you to believe) and even some sashimi (raw fish, what people think of when they hear the word sushi). :yum:

The Star Wars MMO I have been waiting for is going live in about 35 days but I have been invited to a beta release (along with everyone else that signed up to be a tester) sometime between now and then, the suspense is killing me  :vader:


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Post by: simmo on November 23, 2011, 05:57:33 pm
Wednesday again  :eek_yello:

Star Wars : The old republic (http://www.swtor.com/) beta weekend starts in less than 48 hours! :starwars:


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Post by: wrack on November 30, 2011, 04:31:44 am
Hey guyz :) Long time no yak! Sorry I have been busy again and this time it was much busier! I am still busy in more projects too.

Simmo :rasta:
JR :cheers:


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Post by: simmo on November 30, 2011, 01:37:11 pm
Busy is good :) Much better than the alternative.  :happydance:

Busy here too, and 16 days until I lose all my "free" time to the new starwars mmo. I got a taste last weekend and now I really can't wait to play it  :gun_nep:


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Post by: wrack on November 30, 2011, 11:11:02 pm
LOL. Still doing the gaming I see. Any plans for Christmas?


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Post by: simmo on December 01, 2011, 01:06:47 pm
No plans for Christmas here, just how I like it :grinch:


 :lol:


Yourself?


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Post by: wrack on December 01, 2011, 11:02:11 pm
Yeah nothing much here too. May go out camping with friends for 3-4 days if we managed to get bookings otherwise will wonder around nice places around Victoria and relax.


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Post by: simmo on December 01, 2011, 11:30:18 pm
Both sound fun :yes:


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Post by: wrack on December 02, 2011, 02:05:18 am
Yeah they are but Snehal is inclined to get out of the house.

Not too sure if I mentioned but we were in India for my sister's wedding during July and then she stayed longer as her dad was suffering from cancer from past few years and she got to spend good one month with her family and then her dad passed away (she was there) so she was feeling bit down and now that she is mostly over with the grievance, I do think she needs to spend some fun time outside of the house with friends. She is already doing it now but the Christmas break are a perfect opportunity to put things behind.


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Post by: simmo on December 02, 2011, 01:05:46 pm
Sorry to hear for her loss.  :console:

Yes, getting out should be a good idea then. Usually holidays are rough for people how have recently lost family members so getting out and focusing on other things is probably good :)

The weekend is upon us  :happydance: Not much going on here, Steam is offering a game I have never heard of (Brink) for free for the next 2 days so I guess I'll give that a try. Only 14-19 more days till star wars!


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Post by: Jason Reed on December 02, 2011, 06:21:24 pm
Hey Wrack...

Sorry for being so late posting, things are going nuts around here right now. Wife's been ill and will have to spend some days in the Hospital next week, same time as we have customers in the company so I'll be working really stupid hours to try to finish projects that we never had time to properly work on in the first place.

I go on vacation on the 16 and will need the break before I have a breakdown.

Sorry to hear about your wife's father. Never easy to lose a family member, even if you know it is coming. Any way I hope you all have a good holiday season, Christmas, New Years, What-ever-you-want-to-call-it-so-that-it-doesn't-offend.

Back to the grindstone.


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Post by: wrack on December 04, 2011, 11:48:35 pm
Thanks Simmo & JR :)

Yeah getting out is a good idea. In fact we were out for the weekend since it was our 2nd wedding anniversary and Snehal is doing very well and I think she has put sad memories behind.

Simmo, hope you have a great Christmas and a fun and relaxing holidays with your games.

JR, no need to worry about saying have a nice Christmas since we don't celebrate it but still enjoy the break and the spirit of it in other people :) I see your boy is growing up fast with the ice skating and stuff (on Facebook). Have fun with the holidays and days to come.


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Post by: Jason Reed on December 06, 2011, 10:46:03 am
I didn't mention on facebook, that his younger brothers (2 and 4) want to skate next time as well. :doh:


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Post by: simmo on December 06, 2011, 01:03:18 pm
In fact we were out for the weekend since it was our 2nd wedding anniversary...
Holy crap it has been 2 years already?!?  :eek_yello: Doesn't seem that long, congrats!

I hope your wife feels better soon JR (if not recovered already :yes: ) I guess that means you are home alone with the kids?


Had a slow week last week, work wise. One of the sites I have done work for's site was running very poorly, VERY poorly. And of course, the programmers blame the network guys, and the network guys blame the programmers... I was almost starting to doubt myself, as it was pretty coincidental that I had just done some additions to this site and immediately it craps itself. Of course there was no way I could have caused it, my additions were database intensive, but that would only cause a meltdown of that magnitude if users were importing thousands of records around the clock.
Turns out, a failed dts (not my doing, I have limited access to their database) was creating tons of temp views and hammering their database server.  :crash:

The bad part though is I was just getting started for another company (running on the same servers/software) and was not sure when the techs would have time to provide me with the files / database backups (so I can create my own version locally), I didn't want to start a new project just to have to come back to a previous one, so I spent a lot of time twiddling my thumbs :p

Why couldn't the time off have come AFTER my star wars mmo releases  :lol: (9-11 more days!)


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Post by: wrack on December 06, 2011, 11:19:10 pm
I didn't mention on facebook, that his younger brothers (2 and 4) want to skate next time as well. :doh:
You have your hands full mate.


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Post by: Jason Reed on December 07, 2011, 07:24:54 am
Hi all,

wife is back from the hospital. She's doing much better and we have her parents visiting so that gives her a little more recuperation time.

Yes Wrack they are definitely a hand full. They keep me busy and that's not a bad thing. 


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Post by: simmo on December 07, 2011, 02:18:54 pm
Glad to hear she is home & doing better!


Yesterday I worked on some code for a company i worked for back in 2005, in the header I had written "last edit: dec 4th 2005" so I was just 2 days off from it being exactly six years  :lol:


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Post by: wrack on December 07, 2011, 11:25:42 pm
Glad to hear that your wife is getting better JR :)

Simmo, it is an ancient art of putting the last edited date-time stamp that you have kept alive. Bravo :cheers:


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Post by: simmo on December 08, 2011, 12:37:44 am
I don't do it as often as i should sadly, and half the time I'm just marking my territory :rofl:
 (like when i name include files "inc_msimmons_combobox.asp"  :mf_Dr_Evil: )


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Post by: wrack on December 08, 2011, 11:07:28 pm
ROFL :)

I wonder when you start doing full on .NET development what would the assembly names be like!

CompanyName.Product.....


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Post by: simmo on December 08, 2011, 11:44:30 pm
I plan on getting into custom components eventually on the .net side, then my name can be all over the webconfig  :jamie:


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Post by: wrack on December 11, 2011, 12:33:42 am
LOL...

Web.config has got a lot cleaner lately :p


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Post by: Jason Reed on December 12, 2011, 10:49:26 am
4 more days until vacation. Wish it would hurry up.


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Post by: simmo on December 12, 2011, 06:36:44 pm
Going anywhere or just hanging around the house? Wifey all recuperated?

happy monday all :hiya:


Tomorrow starts the first day of early release for the new starwars mmo ive been waiting for, for the next 7 days they will let people who pre-ordered start playing, Pre-orders started in july but I didnt order mine till late october... I didn't realize there was a reason to pre-order, my thought was "its a download, they cant sell out." So not sure what day I'll get in, and they aren't saying anything until that "you may now log in" email... soooo i'll probably be checking my email every 5 minutes till that email is received  :crash:


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Post by: wrack on December 12, 2011, 11:20:53 pm
G'Day :)

Well christmas is around the corner and all my days and weekends has been booked out. I am taking my leave from GalahTech until next year.

You all have a Merry Christmas and a Fantastic & Happy New Year :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on December 13, 2011, 05:13:43 am
Going anywhere or just hanging around the house? Wifey all recuperated?

Nope not going anywhere special. Mostly staying at home. We probably will visit my wife's parents over New Year. Yep my wife is fully recovered and feeling much better now.

G'Day :)

Well christmas is around the corner and all my days and weekends has been booked out. I am taking my leave from GalahTech until next year.

You all have a Merry Christmas and a Fantastic & Happy New Year :)

Have a good one wrack and see you here next year.


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Post by: simmo on December 13, 2011, 01:16:35 pm
Glad to hear she is fully recovered :yes:

So weird to think that xmas is just 12 days away :grinch:


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Post by: Jason Reed on December 13, 2011, 01:48:32 pm
Thanks...

I've just added a nice holiday smiley :D

:grinch: :grinch: :grinch:


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Post by: simmo on December 13, 2011, 03:28:52 pm
Thanks...

I've just added a nice holiday smiley :D

:grinch: :grinch: :grinch:

Very awesome! I bet I can go back years in this thread and see that I have been using it all this time  :mf_Dr_Evil:


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Post by: simmo on December 26, 2011, 08:29:24 pm
merry xmas and/or whatever holiday(s) you celebrate!  :happydance:


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Post by: Jason Reed on December 26, 2011, 09:21:13 pm
I will never buy a lexmark printer again. Damned thing requires that there is ink in ALL the cartridges even if you are only printing black and white. Also if you don't go in to the properties and specifically tell it to print using the black cartridge it will print black and white with all the colors. Lexmark == Crap Crap Crap.


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Post by: wrack on January 03, 2012, 05:24:02 am
Happy New Year :)

JR, I have seen that with many printers. They use all 4 cartridges CYMK to produce black and white prints. That way they can make more money on cartridges.


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Post by: Jason Reed on January 03, 2012, 04:37:32 pm
Happy New Year :)

JR, I have seen that with many printers. They use all 4 cartridges CYMK to produce black and white prints. That way they can make more money on cartridges.

The most annoying thing is that it also has a black cartridge. So it uses the color ones instead of the black unless you tell it to use only black, every time you want to print. However, what really annoying is that if I have a full black cartridge and the color ones are empty, even if I tell it to only use the black it won't print at all. Says "You need to have all cartridges full". Last Lexmark ever!


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Post by: wrack on January 08, 2012, 11:20:23 pm
LOL. I think most other brand printers are like that too.


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Post by: simmo on January 11, 2012, 07:43:24 pm
I don't know a lot about printers (except that i dislike them and any physical paper & ink combo really) but I *think* my sister went for a cannon as they had a cartridge for every color so you can replace just the one you use.

Not too much going on around here, mostly working & playing :D

Next month my parents will be going to Texas for almost a month, leaving me in sole care of my 97 yr old grandmother.

I've been looking at some 'travel trailers' lately. My thinking is this (in no particular order):
1) will never be homeless
2) when i do get an apt/house again I can use it for storage
3) I've been living in a very small space for the past year (my office/bedroom is 7x9) so i'm used to the small living space (it might even be an upgrade!)
4) I could travel around if I desired and/or scope out a new place to live (still got my sights on Maine) and have a place to stay while apt hunting
5) if I pursue the "caretaker" jobs I was thinking about a year ago, many would be easier done with my own facilities (see #5) and/or its a place to stay in between gigs (see #1)

Still not sure if thats what I want to do though. I'd also need a different vehicle as my jeep is a little underpowered, but that shouldn't be much of an issue. I've read that I can get all the internet I need through my cell phone, not sure if that will handle my gaming though  :construction: (and around here i have no cell signal... ) but I think my main concern is power. I could probably pack a generator, or maybe even something to piggyback off the vehicle's alternator. I'm not sure if solar has come far enough that I could mount panels on the trailer to power my computers or not.



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Post by: Jason Reed on January 12, 2012, 04:47:51 am
Then you have to think of the fuel costs.


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Post by: simmo on January 12, 2012, 01:55:22 pm
Only when going from place to place (long distance I mean) I think. And that cost would be outweighed by the cost of (well im not sure how I would really pull off looking for living arrangements in a new area not knowing anyone, but I imagine hotels) and rental trucks moving stuff once I do find a new location.
Other wise I would have the trailer "parked" and teh vehicle unhooked. Sure, it will probably be a little more of a fuel hog than my current jeep, but I don't really drive that much (one of the features of being freelance).
I'm hoping that I find a place where all my shopping needs are in walking distance like I had them in Galveston. There, with the exception of college, I lived, worked, played, and shopped all within a 10 block radius :mf_Dr_Evil: At least on tv, Maine looks like it has little towns like that.


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Post by: Jason Reed on February 07, 2012, 07:40:07 am
Wow we've been having a weird winter. First we had spring like temperatures, then we had Siberian cold, now we are getting snow (along with some left over Siberian cold). I wonder how long this will last this year.


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Post by: simmo on February 07, 2012, 01:34:14 pm
We had snow one day in October (was bad because the leaves were still on the trees, causing them to be too heavy and breaking. Lots of damage reported throughout the county) but no snow since (two times we had snow falling but didnt stick to the ground so I dont count it).
Maybe this global warming thing is true  :mf_Dr_Evil:

I made the jump from WinXP to Win7 last week  :eek_yello: I wanted to add more ram but XP (32bit) maxes at 3gb. Unfortunately my motherboard maxes at 4gb but 1gb more than I had is still nothing to sneeze at  :happydance: So far I am liking it but there are a few things I need to get used to.

Other than that I've been swamped between work & gaming  :lol:

I hope everyone is well  :happydance:


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Post by: Bonker Gudd on February 19, 2012, 01:01:39 am
Get your goat.


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Post by: Jason Reed on February 19, 2012, 06:45:26 am
Hi Bonk!


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Post by: simmo on February 20, 2012, 07:35:53 pm
Howdy bonker  :insane:


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Post by: Sue on February 22, 2012, 03:27:04 pm
My goodness.  Its like trying to pull teeth from a rabid wolf to get back in here. lol :waves:

Good to see everyone is still around. :)  I've not taken the time yet to read past postings, however I hope that you all are doing well. :)


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Post by: simmo on February 22, 2012, 06:28:57 pm
Howdy Sue :hiya:

All is well here, hope the same holds true on your end :)


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Post by: Sue on February 22, 2012, 07:10:07 pm
Hi there msimmons!!  Great to see you again!  Glad to see that you are well.  What state are you living in now?  Im sorry Ive been away for so long...however heaps of stuff has happened in my life and I wasn't able to spend time here.  Ive been very very busy.  Also, when I did try...I couldnt log in.  JR has been helping me out lately.  Glad to be here finally. :D


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Post by: Jason Reed on February 22, 2012, 07:34:07 pm
Sorry for all the trouble.

I'm starting to look into bringing the forum up to the most recent version (2.0) but that is a big jump and I want to make sure it don't break when I do.

Hope everyone is doing well. I've got a break this week (took a little unused vacation time from last year), but on Monday I'll be back at the office working my tail off again.



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Post by: simmo on February 22, 2012, 09:02:11 pm
What state are you living in now?
I'm still in Virginia at the moment. (Still taking care of my parents that will be 76 & 77 in April, who in turn are taking care of my grandmother that just turned 98 on the 10th.) Watching the market for used  travel trailers for when the time comes to move on :construction:

I'm starting to look into bringing the forum up to the most recent version (2.0) but that is a big jump and I want to make sure it don't break when I do.
If you want, we can use one of the many GT address (we have .com, .net & .org) and create a duplicate hosting environment that you can upgrade.


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Post by: Sue on February 22, 2012, 09:40:13 pm
Its okay JR.  Often I wanted to post here, but due to the headaches of trying to log in...I ended up just moving on.  I had no time to sort it.  Thank you though for all of your help over the past while. 

The upgrade sounds good. :yes:

Happy holidays. lol


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Post by: Sue on February 22, 2012, 09:43:37 pm
msimmons that is so good of you to be near your family at this time in their lives.  Well done! :yes:  You all seem to have great genetics in order to achieve the ages your parents and grandmother are. :)  What ever happened to that property you wanted with the water mill or something?  I am sorry I forget what it was at the moment.

JR?  How is the new home now that you've been in it for what?  Two years now?  How is your mother and your three boys?  I bet they have sure grown since I last viewed pictures of your family. :)


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Post by: simmo on February 22, 2012, 10:59:47 pm
msimmons that is so good of you to be near your family at this time in their lives.  Well done! :yes:  You all seem to have great genetics in order to achieve the ages your parents and grandmother are. :)  
Her father lived to be 97 and her sister was just a week or two shy of her 99th b-day.

What ever happened to that property you wanted with the water mill or something?  I am sorry I forget what it was at the moment.
Its still here, on the property :) Eventually this property (i think its 16acres) will be owned by my dad & uncle and I've no idea what they plan to do. I know my dad wants to liquidate and get away from here. I don't think they will have any luck selling being as the lot "next door" has been on the market for a while. There is an interstate that bisects teh property and it probably doesn't perk, but it does have a creek that runs the length of it. I'm not sure if I'd still want to build here or not :p


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Post by: Sue on February 22, 2012, 11:29:12 pm
The ages your relatives have achieved are quite impressive!  Family secret? :shifty:

I understand about the property.  If you have no inheritance of the land....hopefully you will eventually have some of the cash one day so you can better afford the life and home of fantasy. :giggle:


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Post by: simmo on February 23, 2012, 01:46:56 am
lol not sure if there is a family secret, probably not the diabetes  :lol:

well, lets say they dont (or more likely, cant) sell it, we'd have some 50/50 boundary line disputes (in my mind there is a pretty clear division between 2 pieces of property, but not sure if its even as far as value). Then, my dad's side (when the time comes) would go (i assume) to me and my 3 siblings. The 3 of them grew up in this county whereas I (born 15yrs after the youngest) only visited a few summers as a kid, the way they talk, they want to live here (here as in this county, not necessarily this property)


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Post by: Sue on February 23, 2012, 10:04:10 pm
Whoa...diabetes in the family and yet they have achieved these ages?  Incredible!

Can't you get your share of the land one day though?  Or someone buy out your share?  You didn't mention what country you were born in or why that may matter.

I think when the time comes...you will have access to the surveyors maps and property boundary lines and all can be sorted legally and proper.


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Post by: simmo on February 24, 2012, 12:27:52 am
Whoa...diabetes in the family and yet they have achieved these ages?  Incredible!
lolyup, both grandparents and their siblings, my father, and my sister that I know of.

Can't you get your share of the land one day though?  Or someone buy out your share?  You didn't mention what country you were born in or why that may matter.
if the land does not get sold by that point im sure my siblings and I can come to an agreement (we are friendly, unlike my dad and his bro). If it does get sold, im sure my dad will be sure to waste all the $ before he goes  :lol: It doesn't matter where I was born (florida) I was just saying that they were all born & raised here but now live elsewhere, so they always talk about coming back to retire & whatnot.

I think when the time comes...you will have access to the surveyors maps and property boundary lines and all can be sorted legally and proper.
Yeah, we know what land the simmons own, the issue will come to how the two brothers will split the land 50/50 as its not like all acres are equal in value. For example, the part that I like is cut off from civilization by an interstate, so others might think the "front half" of the land is worth more. But its not worth thinking about since its none of my business at this point :p



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Post by: Sue on February 24, 2012, 02:02:37 am
I think its wonderful that even though they have diabetes...they have managed to live so many years.  Impressive indeed.

Pity about your dad and his spending potential.  Hopefully you and your siblings will settle this and you will profit in the way you want.

I dont know how these disagreements are settled, but I am sure there is someone out there that knows how to sort out the land in a fair manner one day.  Good luck!


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Post by: simmo on February 24, 2012, 12:53:28 pm
Yup, I'm not worried about it at this point (the diabetes or the property)  :happydance: Whatever happens happens :)

Happy Friday all!  :cheers:


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Post by: Sue on February 24, 2012, 11:01:20 pm
That is the perfect attitude. :yes:

Happy Friday to you too msimmons.  We are expecting 15-20cm of snow today.  For the past 2 or so weeks its been like Spring out there and we were out in summer clothes.  At least I was. lol  Now this. :)
 
Happy weekend to all!  :cold2:


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Post by: simmo on February 25, 2012, 12:52:25 pm
We got some snow here too, for like a full 45seconds ><

I got my box of long sleeved shirts out of storage months ago and haven't worn a single one (ok, maybe just one, but everyone else was wearing jackets that day :p )


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Post by: Sue on February 26, 2012, 08:59:29 am
LOL  It was Spring like here...but we apparently received from 15-20cm of snow according to the radio.  My stairs looked like a ski slope rather than steps. :)  Saturday the icy winds arrived and no one went out doors really.  It was blustery and howling.  I could hardly breathe when I let my dogs out or when I was out with them in the yard.  Its the sort of wind you have to keep your back to if you want to inhale.  The cold takes your breath away too.  It makes me cough once Im back indoors.  Too cold... :( :cold2:


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Post by: simmo on February 26, 2012, 08:20:38 pm
I have my window open :p but I'm always hot, you can actually feel heat radiating off me  :blowup:


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Post by: Sue on February 27, 2012, 03:37:32 am
I keep mine open all winter too. Im not always as hot as you are though.  You should live here if you are always that hot.  Houston wasn't the place for you without A.C. lol


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Post by: simmo on February 27, 2012, 01:12:54 pm
I'll never forget the few days I went without AC in 2007... the outside unit literally caught fire  :crash:
I haven't ruled out Canada as a possibility, if Maine isn't like it seems on tv then that might be my next choice  :lol:


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Post by: Sue on February 27, 2012, 05:13:48 pm
Ha-ha!  Canada has a lot to offer in each Province.  It depends on what you are looking for.  The country is vastly different between cities in each Province.  East Coast people are not the same as the West either.  The Atmosphere here in Montreal area are not the same as Calgary Alberta or Toronto Ontario.  Halifax Nova Scotia or Newfoundland areas are more like Ireland and Scotland people.  I suggest you avoid the Northern parts of the Provinces...Im not sure if you are into Inuit culture and climate but most of them speak English I think and supplies are very expensive.

The AC actually caught fire!?  Whoa...never thought that would happen...The heat gets unbearable here too in summer on some days.  It must have been brutal for you considering your 'inner furnace' body temperature. ;)


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Post by: Jason Reed on February 28, 2012, 07:07:35 am
Hi all,

Sorry I've been so quiet. Work has kept me pretty busy, and last week I took a week off to spend with the family. Now I'm back in the office again with more work than is probably good for me.

My family are doing fine, the boys are getting bigger.


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Post by: simmo on February 28, 2012, 01:12:07 pm
Ha-ha!  Canada has a lot to offer in each Province.  It depends on what you are looking for.  The country is vastly different between cities in each Province.
I think for the most part I'm looking to be a hermit so outside of my computer screens the scenery & culture doesn't matter :p Then again, I do miss the big city at times, but I think that's more when I reflect on my younger days of just being able to go to any given bar or venue and run into a handful of friends and/or a night of wild adventure.
Regardless, I'm not planning too far ahead :p My thought is with the travel trailer I'll have the basic life "necessities" and from there I'll just take what comes :)

The AC actually caught fire!?  Whoa...never thought that would happen...The heat gets unbearable here too in summer on some days.  It must have been brutal for you considering your 'inner furnace' body temperature. ;)
Yeah it was a nightmare week (due to my intolerance to the heat). I forget what happened first (can probably look back in post race, summer of 2007 i think :p) but the ac died and I had a guy come out and fix it, down about 24hrs. A few days later the outside part caught fire (electrical part shorted out) so I had it replaced, down about 48-72 hours because it went out after hours, so the guy came out the next day to diagnose, then the day after with to instal the unit. THEN that very night some drunk dumbass drives up a power pole (literally, his headlights were pointing to the sky) a few houses down, taking out power to the whole subdivision.  :lol:

Its about 35F outside this morning  :cheers:


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Post by: Sue on February 28, 2012, 10:18:40 pm
That situation about your AC is insane!!! :o  My gosh!  No luck there at all.

I think you would like Canada then.  Just avoid the cities and you are all set.  :yes:

Your lifestyle choice or hermit status sounds all too familar. :shifty: 

I seem to get a lot of chaotic madness at times here, and then nothing for long periods in seclusion. lol


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Post by: Sue on February 28, 2012, 10:20:43 pm
Hi all,

Sorry I've been so quiet. Work has kept me pretty busy, and last week I took a week off to spend with the family. Now I'm back in the office again with more work than is probably good for me.

My family are doing fine, the boys are getting bigger.

You're fine JR. :)  Family always should have priority. :yes:  I am happy to read that they are all fine.  I bet the boys have grown a lot since I last saw a picture of them  The youngest was just born at the time.


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Post by: Jason Reed on February 29, 2012, 08:54:21 am
Hi Sue,

I've added a new photo of the boys to the gallery

http://galahtech.stinkbugonline.com/forum/index.php?action=mgallery;sa=item;id=4

ok not so new since it was Christmas last, the youngest (Christopher) now has short hair.


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Post by: simmo on February 29, 2012, 02:29:23 pm
Your lifestyle choice or hermit status sounds all too familar. :shifty: 
I guess because I grew up fairly alone. My siblings are 15,16 & 17 yrs older, so they were all moved away and/or married, and my dad was a truck driver so home once or twice a week (and then would be sleeping). But then again, with games, forums, email & chat programs I'm always talking to someone  :lol:


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Post by: Sue on March 01, 2012, 06:53:02 am
Hi Sue,

I've added a new photo of the boys to the gallery

http://galahtech.stinkbugonline.com/forum/index.php?action=mgallery;sa=item;id=4

ok not so new since it was Christmas last, the youngest (Christopher) now has short hair.

I left a few comments there. :)  A wonderful photo.  Thank you so much for sharing. :)


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Post by: Sue on March 01, 2012, 06:55:38 am
Your lifestyle choice or hermit status sounds all too familar. :shifty: 
I guess because I grew up fairly alone. My siblings are 15,16 & 17 yrs older, so they were all moved away and/or married, and my dad was a truck driver so home once or twice a week (and then would be sleeping). But then again, with games, forums, email & chat programs I'm always talking to someone  :lol:

I live in a similar situation.  Ive not seen mine in many years either.   I am estranged from my family.  :)


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Post by: Jason Reed on March 01, 2012, 10:46:31 am
I talk to my mom about once a week via telephone. It gives her a chance to hear the boys. We keep talking about getting her on Skype but she doesn't have the technical know how to do that herself.

We're hoping that we'll be able to have her over again next year.


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Post by: simmo on March 01, 2012, 01:30:46 pm
We keep talking about getting her on Skype but she doesn't have the technical know how to do that herself.
Get a "cheap" (since it only needs to run skype) laptop that has the camera built in, put nothing on it but skype and configure an account for her, then set skype to turn on when windows boots. That way all she has to do is open the lid and hit the power button :) Be sure to put logmein (or whatever you prefer) so you can tech support it from overseas if she does decide to explore other features :p
The only other bit would be the internet connection which an isp should be able to set up and tech support for her.


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Post by: Jason Reed on March 02, 2012, 09:26:23 am
Well she's already got a computer, and mom's the kind where if she has one and it works no need to have another. There is a young guy in her congregation who comes by and fixes her computer when it has problems. I think we can get him to install it the next time he comes by.


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Post by: simmo on March 02, 2012, 01:50:16 pm
Ah then she is in better shape than I thought, shouldn't be too hard at all. The trickiest part is getting the AV input/outputs working (hence my suggestion of a built in), and it sounds like she has a tech for that :)


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Post by: Sue on March 04, 2012, 06:38:15 pm
I talk to my mom about once a week via telephone. It gives her a chance to hear the boys. We keep talking about getting her on Skype but she doesn't have the technical know how to do that herself.

We're hoping that we'll be able to have her over again next year.

Why not tryTeamViewer?  Surely someone can get her that far? :)

Another visit would be very exciting for her I imagine.  To see you and the family again and actually give real hugs and kisses. :)


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Post by: wrack on March 13, 2012, 03:43:36 am
Hello gang  :mf_Dr_Evil: How is everyone here? Sorry again for being a ghost latey, I have a lot on my plate lately but I am floating.


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Post by: simmo on March 13, 2012, 11:58:44 am
Howdy stranger  :welcomel:


Been keeping busy here too. Been working on multiple projects at once, giving each about 1 day a week. Not sure if that's better for my clients or not :p I like to think that some progress is better than no progress while they wait for me to finish the other projects in line ahead of them.  :construction:


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Post by: Jason Reed on March 13, 2012, 12:17:09 pm
Wow I was wondering if Wrack had forgotten us. Glad to see you still alive and kicking. I think we're all pretty swamped lately. Things here re just crazy.  :insane:


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Post by: simmo on March 13, 2012, 02:45:50 pm
Like I always say, "too much" work is better than no work, and i say that from experience :jamie:

I even got a call from a recruiter looking for a programmer in Houston, I may call them back to see if they are dead set on having someone in house or if they are willing to hire a "remote" contractor.


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Post by: wrack on March 15, 2012, 05:42:19 am
I assure you, I have not forgotten GT.

Lately I find it hard to find any time at all for any personal projects. May be I have too many things on my plate and things just keep coming as I finish one of them.


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Post by: simmo on March 15, 2012, 12:55:38 pm
I can totally relate to that. I keep thinking "ok, I'll get this project done and then I can devote TWO days a week to this other client." Then something else pops up or gets added.

I still have to do my taxes for 2011 as well  :banned2:


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Post by: wrack on March 15, 2012, 10:51:53 pm
LOL. I did my taxes just few months back way past the due date and within few months the 2012 taxes will be here too.


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Post by: simmo on March 16, 2012, 12:33:43 pm
In the US, the previous year's taxes are due by April 15th (or somewhere around there), the past few years I was dating an accountant so she handled them :p (Being self employed makes it overly complex or I would do them myself) I keep telling myself to get all my numbers together and find an accountant, but jsut haven't gotten around to it. Maybe next week  :lol:


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Post by: wrack on March 19, 2012, 12:51:23 am
I found a good accountant and planning to stick with them unless something nasty happens  :lol:


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Post by: simmo on March 19, 2012, 05:33:11 pm
That's always a good plan :) Saw a sign for one here in town (or the next town over, they are so small I'm never sure what town I'm in :lol: ), I'll all them sometime this week (or next :zzz: ) to see if they do self employment taxes.


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Post by: wrack on March 19, 2012, 10:54:06 pm
Yeah those taxes always tend to be very complex due to many streams of income as well expenses and darn offsets!


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Post by: simmo on March 20, 2012, 12:46:37 pm
And the trickiest part is what can be considered an expense. I don't want to cheat anyone but I don't want to be giving away all my money either :p


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Post by: wrack on March 20, 2012, 11:05:53 pm
Over here when you freelance or work as a contractor almost anything can be justified as an expense as long as it makes sense.


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Post by: Sue on March 24, 2012, 06:08:14 am
Great to see you here again Wrack.  You and your wife still living in the same home?  Anything new and exciting going on in your life?  Have you been back "home" since the wedding? :)


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Post by: wrack on March 25, 2012, 03:33:24 am
Hi Sue. Good to see y'll here once again.

Yes we are still living at the same place and I don't see it leaving anytime soon. Nothing new in life, same old same old!!! Yes we both are back home after my sis's wedding. My sister has already gone to US and living there. For some reasons all my friends and relatives and I think that year 2011 came and went so fast that we all are bit surprised by that.

Funny you should mention "home". I was talking to my mother in law and mentioned that I consider my home in Melbourne as "home" as opposed to my house back in India. May be because I spent 1/3 of my life here in Melbourne and my first home is here in Melbourne too.

Anyways howz life at your end? Anything new? Any new ventures?


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Post by: Jason Reed on April 03, 2012, 01:31:52 pm
Woo! I'm stoked. I just came up with a piece of code that works pretty well (at least in my limited test cases). I found that I had a problem with memory usage (not a leak though) where I had to store information being read from a comport to display when a user wanted to see the raw data (just to make sure all is working). The problem was on both sides of the application (client and server).

Basically if the user didn't actually want to read the data then the service would just keep storing the raw String data in a buffer, and the buffer would continue to grow until all memory was used, which even on a server might take a while could eventually cause some problems. The other side of the problem was if they did read the information from the service then the buffer used to display on their side would eventually use up the client's memory, which naturally isn't as much as a server.

So the initial fix was to calculate how much was in the buffer and trim off what was not needed, but I felt that this wasn't a very elegant solution. What I wanted was a buffer that I could set a maximum size and not worry about what I dump into knowing that it will automatically trim itself, and still the ease of use of the normal StringBuffer class that I was originally working with. So I developed a class that does just that and I'm really happy with it (in my tests). I can't wait until we get it on to a live system and I can see how it behaves.


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Post by: simmo on April 03, 2012, 02:26:03 pm
Funny you should mention "home". I was talking to my mother in law and mentioned that I consider my home in Melbourne as "home" as opposed to my house back in India. May be because I spent 1/3 of my life here in Melbourne and my first home is here in Melbourne too.
Yeah when I read it I was thinking of your house in Melbourne so it was confusing at first.

Home is a weird concept for me, but i have lived in so many different places and scenarios I guess, even at some points being considered homeless. I don't refer to my current address as home and I used to get "offended" when my last wife called her parents house home. Maybe it has to do with where you spent your childhood, and then where you pay bills, like a sense of ownership. 

Woo! I'm stoked. I just came up with a piece of code that works pretty well (at least in my limited test cases).
Sounds awesome. While yours sounds much more complex, I've had these "I even impressed myself" functions and it is a great feeling for sure  :happydance:


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Post by: simmo on May 22, 2012, 01:58:41 pm
Almost a full month since my last post :p

After doing extensive research on the travel trailer life, I decided its not a viable solution :p First, electricity would be an issue. Even if I installed solar, I would need to switch to laptops and go on a serious electricity budget, and absolutely no AC. Unless I parked and plugged in at a campsite or someones house. The campsites can cost an avg of $300 a month. So I started evaluating that number, plus all the start-up costs, and that's not that far from renting an apartment... except in a trailer there are a lot of sacrifices (space, water, etc).

So I decided I'll just rent an apartment when it is time to move on :p (If I were wanting to change locations often then it would be worth it probably).

And on that note, I might be moving sooner than expected :p Well, of course I never had an expected date because it was based on taking care of people here, but now my uncle is "threatening" to stay here as well... I can't even stand to be here when he comes to visit because he and my father do not get a long. So if he does decided to spend any amount of time here, I'll move on. My father has done a lot of stupid things in his life, but giving his brother PoA (legal rights to make all decisions for my grandmother) was the stupidest.   

I have a "vacation" planned (hopefully in the end of June) to tour Maine, staying overnight in 3 different towns and exploring all the ones in between  :happydance: My main goal is to decide what town I want to be in/near and get the contact info of some realtors in the area :yes: that way I'll be ready to go when needed.

Everything else is same as usual :) Staying busy with work & video games  :construction:


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Post by: Jason Reed on June 19, 2012, 11:21:00 am
Hi All,

Man I'm busier than a one-legged man in a butt kicking competition. Thankfully I had a nice restful vacation at the end of May and beginning of June. Already started having at least one day a week where I work over 12 hours. Yesterday I was here at 7:30 am and didn't leave until 11:30 pm, only to be back here at 7:00 am this morning.

So I hope everyone is doing fine. Wrack if you see this let me know how things are I just saw that there was an earthquake in Melbourne, and I hope you all are ok down there.



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Post by: simmo on June 19, 2012, 12:47:56 pm
Already started having at least one day a week where I work over 12 hours. Yesterday I was here at 7:30 am and didn't leave until 11:30 pm, only to be back here at 7:00 am this morning.
I might be cynical from getting laid off from a job that I made a lot of personal sacrifices for (like saving them from a hurricane ( http://galahtech.stinkbugonline.com/forum/index.php?topic=976.msg162721#msg162721 ) ) but remember to keep your priorities, like your boys, in order :) Cos in the end, you want to be sure you don't have any regrets on where your time was spent.


Wrack if you see this let me know how things are I just saw that there was an earthquake in Melbourne, and I hope you all are ok down there.
:eek_yello: I don't pay much attention to world news (typical american) so I didn't hear about this, I hope you didn't get much (or any) action Wrack!


I'm still here and haven't heard any more regarding my uncle moving to this property so I'm going to chalk that up to him getting my father wound up. Over the past few months, my grandmother had been slowing down, hardly talking where she used to talk all the time. Then a few weeks ago she started falling. Eventually she fell and hit her head on the corner of a night stand so I carried her, covered in blood, to the car and rushed her to the hospital. Turns out, that was the best thing that could have happened... she was going into kidney failure (most likely from medicines that were dehydrating her, being over medicated, etc). She spent last week in the hospital with tubes for fluids going in and out and now she is back home and just about all better. I have to keep on her about drinking plenty, and making sure her glass of water is full (well half full, she has tremors so if it was more than half full she would be wearing it). I also have to be available to help her walk to the restroom (not fun for a grandson, but its just a bodily function so getting past it). But the most noticeable improvement is that she is back to talking :D
I'm still trying to wrap up my latest big project. I was hoping to be done last week so I could take a "vacation" to Maine and scope out some potential towns to live in. July will be a bit more expensive due to the tourists, and my sister is planning to visit from Texas. So I'll probably have to wait until August. My brother is planning to visit (from Florida) in September.


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Post by: Jason Reed on June 19, 2012, 02:14:58 pm
I might be cynical from getting laid off from a job that I made a lot of personal sacrifices for (like saving them from a hurricane ( http://galahtech.stinkbugonline.com/forum/index.php?topic=976.msg162721#msg162721 ) ) but remember to keep your priorities, like your boys, in order :) Cos in the end, you want to be sure you don't have any regrets on where your time was spent.
Absolutely. My wife makes sure I don't get too wrapped up. She reminds me when I start slipping too much into work. It helps.
If it were just she and I, then I probably would look into going freelance, but with the kids, and the house for them , I need the steady job. Although I'm keeping my eye out for anything else in the area where I could jump to if this one gets too bad.

I'm still here and haven't heard any more regarding my uncle moving to this property so I'm going to chalk that up to him getting my father wound up. Over the past few months, my grandmother had been slowing down, hardly talking where she used to talk all the time. Then a few weeks ago she started falling. Eventually she fell and hit her head on the corner of a night stand so I carried her, covered in blood, to the car and rushed her to the hospital. Turns out, that was the best thing that could have happened... she was going into kidney failure (most likely from medicines that were dehydrating her, being over medicated, etc). She spent last week in the hospital with tubes for fluids going in and out and now she is back home and just about all better. I have to keep on her about drinking plenty, and making sure her glass of water is full (well half full, she has tremors so if it was more than half full she would be wearing it). I also have to be available to help her walk to the restroom (not fun for a grandson, but its just a bodily function so getting past it). But the most noticeable improvement is that she is back to talking :D
Good to hear she's back getting up and around. My grandma is bed ridden now. I get updates from my Aunt who goes by here assisted living apartment to make sure she's doing ok and that she eats ever day.

I'm still trying to wrap up my latest big project. I was hoping to be done last week so I could take a "vacation" to Maine and scope out some potential towns to live in. July will be a bit more expensive due to the tourists, and my sister is planning to visit from Texas. So I'll probably have to wait until August. My brother is planning to visit (from Florida) in September.

Sounds like a trickle in family reunion. ;)


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Post by: simmo on June 19, 2012, 03:37:32 pm
Absolutely. My wife makes sure I don't get too wrapped up. She reminds me when I start slipping too much into work. It helps.
Good to hear! One thing that will really set my blood to boil is how I was just cast aside after doing so much, and in the overall picture it all comes down to quantifiable numbers.

If it were just she and I, then I probably would look into going freelance, but with the kids, and the house for them , I need the steady job. Although I'm keeping my eye out for anything else in the area where I could jump to if this one gets too bad.
Yeah, it gets a little scary at times, especially when finishing a project I've spent the last 6 months on since I haven't thought of much else but that project. The worst part about freelance is I'm not only a developer, but am in marketing & accounting as well :p

Good to hear she's back getting up and around. My grandma is bed ridden now. I get updates from my Aunt who goes by here assisted living apartment to make sure she's doing ok and that she eats ever day.
I don't know what we'll do if it comes to that here. Mostly due to bathroom issues that no one wants to think about :p My guess is that we'll sell the property to pay for assisted living.

Sounds like a trickle in family reunion. ;)
Yup, they are all from here so they like to visit. Our other grandmother (died before I was born) was their grandmother and they didn't see this one that much, whereas this one was my only grandparent but I'm not from here. I would come up from Texas (fly by myself) for a couple months every few summers, so me & my grandmother are pretty close. I've a feeling my bro will spend 98% of the time driving around looking at places where he grew up.


I love post race XD I just spent all morning reading forward from that hurricane post I linked (1-2 months shy of 4 years ago). How "exciting" my life has been :p I never even realized that I had a "surprise meeting" with the company that my job was going to be outsourced to just 20 days before I go laid off. All my job searching, then getting a job, and transitioning into freelance while moving across the country :lol: (and I'm far from done, barring a catastrophe of course)


lol i just realized I am responsible for lunch today, off to Mc Donald's! :eat:


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Post by: Jason Reed on June 20, 2012, 07:18:09 am
lol i just realized I am responsible for lunch today, off to Mc Donald's! :eat:

In your office of one aren't you always responsible for lunch? :D


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Post by: Jason Reed on June 20, 2012, 07:19:35 am
Strange just got a Server error when I posted that last one. I hope the server guys are fooling around again.


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Post by: simmo on June 20, 2012, 04:13:46 pm
In your office of one aren't you always responsible for lunch? :D

My mother has been cooking for my grandmother the past few years and since I've been here, she just makes a bit more :lol: but every once in a while she has something to do, like sewing at her church, so I handle things. The only issue is, sometimes she forgets to tell me  :banned2:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on June 22, 2012, 06:47:21 am
Yay customer is gone! A week from Monday I must fly to Italy for business. Not sure if I'm looking forward to that.


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Post by: simmo on June 22, 2012, 12:36:26 pm
Probably better than Oman  :lol:

STILL working on this project... I need to get paid! :boom: I have some clients that like to pay on a schedule, project done or not, and some that pay when the project is done. The current one is the latter of the two. I've mentioned previously that one of the worst things about freelancing is being my own accountant, so I've not managed my finances as well as I should have :p Once I get paid though, I'll be set for a while, then I'll have to force myself to earn more so I don't get in this situation again  :construction:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on June 25, 2012, 06:07:48 am
Always best to have a buffer.

New news. Looks like I'll be in Italy longer than originally expected. An updated plan was in my inbox when I arrived this morning. In stead of 2 weeks there, 2 weeks here, and another week there, I'll be there for the entire 5 weeks. :yay:

Called home to deliver the news, my mother-in-law, who's visiting today to help us out, said "No problem, we'll handle it!"

Kind of wondering what the wife is going to say though  :sofa_bricks:


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Post by: simmo on June 25, 2012, 04:13:40 pm
Always best to have a buffer.
I had one, just wasn't big enough I guess  :lol: I also usually try to spread my work out among clients, especially ones that like to pay on a schedule regardless of completion, but I was racing the clock (and that original date has come & past :p )

Kind of wondering what the wife is going to say though  :sofa_bricks:
I guess taking her [and the kids] is out of the question?



Currently pricing cloud servers for a client, for a single table database. At these prices (for a single table) I'm wondering if it would be better to make a spot for them in one of my servers  :mf_Dr_Evil: Its for something I wrote (over a decade ago... wow) that basically logs a users actions in the web app I wrote way back when. They want it separate from the main database server, and I'm not sure if that is because of the added stress to the server, or as a type of backup.


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Post by: Jason Reed on June 26, 2012, 11:49:40 am
Ok so the dates given are a range of possible dates when I could be there. The problem is I can only go if we get everything working here first, which it isn't. So we still have no exact idea when I'll be down there which is just as bad really.

My wife would probably be happy to come with, but the eldest boy is in School until end of July and she has her classes she has to give as well.

Currently pricing cloud servers for a client, for a single table database. At these prices (for a single table) I'm wondering if it would be better to make a spot for them in one of my servers  :mf_Dr_Evil: Its for something I wrote (over a decade ago... wow) that basically logs a users actions in the web app I wrote way back when. They want it separate from the main database server, and I'm not sure if that is because of the added stress to the server, or as a type of backup.

From what I've seen Cloud sounds awesome but if for what ever reason your app starts using up more resource when you don't expect it too, you start paying craps load for it.


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Post by: simmo on June 26, 2012, 01:04:00 pm
From what I've seen Cloud sounds awesome but if for what ever reason your app starts using up more resource when you don't expect it too, you start paying craps load for it.
From what I gather, at Rackspace at least, it is basically a virtual server. The "cloud" portion is that I don't have to actually buy a server and then be locked into hardware specs. So if I get a 4gb server today but realize I need 8gb, I just click a button.

As far as resources, it would be good for my testing servers that I only use once in a while (like when I have to work with .dll's, I have to install those on a web server to test the code before installing on a clients web server). I would "create" my server(s) and have them sitting dormant till I need them, and only pay for the time I have them turned on. As for this project though, the server would be on 24/7 but not need to be very powerful, so far cheaper than adding a physical server.

Of course, for about 5% of that cost, they can just set up a hosting solution like GT has. With shared hosting so cheap, I think the cloud solution only pays off when you need access to the OS (like to install your own software/dlls).


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Post by: Jason Reed on June 27, 2012, 10:13:36 am
Ok I thought you were talking Cloud like Amazon's which can be stupid expensive, I just remembered how they charge, by the amount of time and resources needed to complete the operation. Crazy so yeah a cloud like Rackspace sounds better.

Hey found out something new today. Microsoft's DCOM doesn't work over a NAT. Wish I would have known this when we first planning this server fail over design.

Whelp back to the beginning we go.


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Post by: simmo on June 27, 2012, 01:16:41 pm
Ok I thought you were talking Cloud like Amazon's which can be stupid expensive, I just remembered how they charge, by the amount of time and resources needed to complete the operation. Crazy so yeah a cloud like Rackspace sounds better.
I should probably look into Amazon's as well, sounds like they are using the same buzzword for two different things. It would probably be near impossible to determine the cost of Amazon's though. (and still far more expensive than just using some shared hosting).

Hey found out something new today. Microsoft's DCOM doesn't work over a NAT. Wish I would have known this when we first planning this server fail over design.

Whelp back to the beginning we go.
Ouch  :crash: That always sucks, either having to start over, or coming up with some nasty workaround.


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Post by: Jason Reed on June 27, 2012, 08:31:49 pm
Yeah, fortunately we the original software architecture might provide us a work around with out using NAT.

On better news, lately I've been working on my own set of Java classes that contain some functions that I've created and find useful in more than one place and want to use in other applications.

Tonight I finished creating a plain TCP Telnet server that I can use in any of my Java applications and can build the commands. That way I don't have to recreate the code over and over again.

I tested it out tonight using PuttY and it worked a charm. Now I can think about someday expanding it to allow SSH and things like that, but one step at a time :D.


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Post by: simmo on June 27, 2012, 09:57:59 pm
I can't say I know what any of that meant, but I think grats are in order  :happydance:


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Post by: Jason Reed on June 28, 2012, 06:38:00 am
You've never heard of Telnet? It's like older than me! .. Wait, that might be the reason ;)

Telnet is a remote command line functionality that was originally designed for COM port connections. It of course migrated to TCP/IP connections later.

I wanted to have a way to send commands to applications I write (like services that don't normally have a GUI) so I could make adjustments without the need of creating a client GUI, or until a client GUI is completed.

So thanks for the congrats, it was interesting to build it, now I just need to expand it. The biggest problem with Telnet is that it isn't secure.



Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: Jason Reed on June 28, 2012, 06:38:49 am
Are you getting HTTP Error 500 as well when you post or is it just me?


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued
Post by: simmo on June 28, 2012, 01:01:23 pm
I wanted to have a way to send commands to applications I write (like services that don't normally have a GUI) so I could make adjustments without the need of creating a client GUI, or until a client GUI is completed.
This part made it makes sense  :booted: I used to use telnet to configure Cisco devices, but never was very good at it :p

I got the error "oops google cant find the page" once yesterday when posting, but my connection here has been a little flaky so assumed it was me.


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Post by: Jason Reed on June 29, 2012, 06:26:13 am

This part made it makes sense  :booted: I used to use telnet to configure Cisco devices, but never was very good at it :p

I got the error "oops google cant find the page" once yesterday when posting, but my connection here has been a little flaky so assumed it was me.
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Remember I started computing before GUI was common place. So I learned DOS commands. Not that I really remember them much now, but since I've switched to Linux on my development machine I'm finding more enjoyment in learning the command line commands for Linux.


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Post by: simmo on June 30, 2012, 12:12:16 am
Remember I started computing before GUI was common place. So I learned DOS commands.
I had a TRS-80 and wrote (copied from a book) a few programs in basic, back then we saved to a cassette tape (and rarely got them back). Later, my sister (15yrs older than me) had a computer