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Warning and random chat [Jan. 3rd, 2005|11:54 pm]
Peter Sheil
First the warning:
If you use the feature of the bio page that lets others send you a text message be aware that if the text message fails for some reason they may receive an e-mail bounce that includes your phone number as part of the "sent to" address. I discovered this when trying to send a friend a text. She was less than pleased when I told her about it - thinking I might be stalking her - but we are OK now.

Chat:
I am now the proud renter of a storage unit at Brent Cross. I'm trying to get my spare bedroom of my London flat set up as an office I can actually use rather than a tip of assorted things. I've ordered a corner desk unit with drawers for files and storage for a processor (I'll have to add space for the others by careful positioning of shelves:) ) and don't actually have space to build it let alone get it in to the office. My sister and I transferred the first load of crates and boxes on Sunday and have the storage unit about a quarter full. There's a lot to go though - I inherited the "collecting" gene from my father and have difficulty throwing things away.

Cars are a pain some times. Why do headlights always fail at night? [OK, I actually do know, but it does seem that that is when they do fail] After packing everything into the car - bags and PCs galore - I discover that one of the headlights is dead. Actually I see it fail as I turn the lights on. After gettin petrol for the trip I drive to my local Halfords and get there just before they shut - usually I get there just too late and they refuse to let me in. So good luck eh? I hunt around, find the right bulb and get two of them, join the queue to pay then go outside to my car. On my Honda Accord you get to the headlights from inside the engine compartment. I open the bonnet, wiggle the rubber cover off the back of the headlight and only slightly scrape my hands in the gap that is slightly too small to do this, remove the electric connector to the bulb and stab myself in a sharp bit. Next I had to remove a spring clip holding in the bulb ... could I get this to move? Could I hell! After about 20 minutes of swearing under my breath and cursing car designers I couldn't get it to move at all and my fingers were quite numb. So I put the bits back together and drove off with my fog lights on so I had a light on each side {I actually get really annoyed at people who drive with fog lights on when it's not foggy but there was nothing else I could do). I'll try and have another go at it on Tuesday lunch time, if my fingers will take it.

Passed an accident on the M4 on the way here, just before junction 15. There was a car on the hard shoulder pointing the wrong way, a bit further along there were two cars in the fast lane and just along from that another on the hard shoulder. The police were already there and the fast lane was coned off so it looked under control. I always get a bit of a shiver when I pass something like that. I once came off the M3 backwards at 70 mph so I have personal experience of how scarey these things can be.

Thursday night is the Morris side's Christmas dinner, late again as usual :) I'll be stopping over in Southmpton so I can actually have a drink during the evening, a rare treat for me as I'm usually driving back the same night. It will be good to see everyone there - and the meal will be a treat I'm sure.

Right, off to bed soonish
Peace to you all
peter
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[User Picture]From: phlump
2005-01-04 12:12 am (UTC)
I always buy the bulbs and then plead ignorance from being a woman and get somebody to fit them for me :D

On the way yesterday I saw a HUGE accident on the M1, as I passed they were putting a body bag into the back of one of the ambulances :S
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2005-01-04 12:23 am (UTC)
I always buy the bulbs and then plead ignorance ...

Doesn't work for us men. The thing is I know exactly what I need to do, indeed I have done it before, it's just that the damn clips are a pain to undo in the confined space behind the headlight. *sigh* I'm not a "practical" type of guy, don't enjoy taking cars apart or putting things up on walls (they usually fall down quite quickly) - still I can persuade computers to do things for me sometimes so that's something a bit blokey :)

Peace
peter
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[User Picture]From: phlump
2005-01-04 12:24 am (UTC)
I know exactly what to do too, but pleading ignorance is so much easier :D

And since when had persuading computers to do things been a blokie thing mister!!! :P
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2005-01-04 12:37 am (UTC)
LOL

Of course computers are blokey things. You look around and you'll find that all the engineers are either men or "tom-boy" type women. Go on - just look around at your work and you'll see ;) [Should I duck and run here?]

Back when I first started programming in ... erm ... 1971 I think ... computers were things that the Maths or Physics departments had access to and very few girls trained on them. [Pause for a long "Back in my day ..." paragraph or two, but I'll keep them in my head to save boring you] Don't get me wrong, I think women in the IT industry is a very good idea and indeed when I was recruiting for an IT position once I was biased towards having a woman. [there is a whole other post just in the hoops we had to go through to try and recruit for that post - restrictions put on us in an accademic institute in North London managed by three different local authorities]

Peace
peter
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From: fruitbatz
2005-01-04 12:20 pm (UTC)
i dont think your talking about - me? btw - the text you said you sent was never recieved over here - odd lol
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2005-01-04 12:45 pm (UTC)
No, not you.

The text was straight to your mobile, not via LJ. SMS is not a guaranteed medium so I guess it got lost on route. 8shrug*

God thing I rang up then eh?

(hugs)
peter
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