Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Shadow IT?

There is a Slashdot news item discussing an article about shadow IT areas within a company - users who know more than the IT department (or who think they do). I found the comments very interesting, as I'm in that position at the moment. Sure, many don't know how to administer their computers. I've had a Windows box at home for year now, without a single virus or malware (only hardware failures :-\). I do have good debugging skills (needed for how electronic equipment behaves around me - I crashed my old camera when it was off!). When I say there is a problem with hardware or some software causing crashes, the common practice is to wipe/reinstall without even looking at the logs, then stress test on the CPU in an air conditioned office.

I can repeatedly trigger the crash, however it still happens randomly, and is either hardware related (my office is not air conditioned) or one particular piece of software with which I can crash the machine when I change a setting. It means I am running my old computer, which is slow, is needed for other purposes, and has a hard drive problem (it doesn't like heat either).

I'm not sure why many companies seem to be rather Mac-phobic. We are all forced to use corporate dinosaur-era (and sized) software...

Friday, February 16, 2007

Bento #26

Bento #25
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My first character! Again I was short on time, so this is mostly a raw bento.

Rice with chive, carrot and capsicum decoration in the bottom tier; curried egg, steamed gyoza, tomato, carrot, cucumber, capsicum, blueberries in the top tier, almonds and dried cranberries in the side box; salad dressing and a green tea kit kat (my favourite!).

Thursday, February 15, 2007

The physical effects of childhood abuse

New Scientist has just published an article about why childhood trauma beings ill health later on. My doctors are desperately searching for a cause of the raised inflammatory markers (C-reactive protein) in my blood, I guess I've found it. Yet another reason to hate my father - kidney disease and now the inflammatory conditions. If I wasn't in so much pain I'd be furious.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Mmmm, naps... reported recently that taking naps reduces heart attack risk. I can't find the original source online, but I'll use any excuse to take a midday nap! ;> A shame my workplace won't approve such a policy!

Monday, February 12, 2007

Bento #25

Bento #24
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Another relatively quick bento today for breakfast and lunch.

Stir fried veggies, boiled egg, gyoza, rice and soy sauce. Oatmeal with cinnamon, vanilla and blueberries. Almonds, dried cranberries, green tea kit kat and strawberry kit kat for snacks. Mini thermos contains very hot herbal tea.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Web hacking....

Gah... tweaking stylesheets and graphics is sooo fiddly. has received a much needed update and a little expansion. [edit] Entries from my external blog are slowly being migrated over - you'll see the tag cloud changing shape as new entries are put in (backdated appropriately of course).

Friday, February 9, 2007

Sakura restaurant - Glen Waverley

About 10 years ago I went to the Sakura Japanese restaurant in Glen Waverley for the first time. The food was delicious back then. Unfortunately, that was not the case a couple of weeks ago. I had time to kill before an appointment, dinner tempted my tummy and I ordered a three small entree dishes. I aimed for variety. Tempura should be light, fluffy and melt in your mouth. This tasted cheesy and was quite tough - think the oil was too old? I may have been spoilt by a very yummy tuna tatake in the city, but the one I received at Sakura was drowned in a very heavy-handed soy sauce, raw and tasteless. Sashimi offcuts perhaps? The tonkatsu was the toughest cutlet of any meat that I have ever eaten. The daikon and carrot pickles must have fermented too long - you couldn't taste the vegetables through the vinegar. Even the inexpensive sashimi offcut salad from the Japanese takeaway place in Southbank was incredible in comparison. It was extremely disappointing and I shan't be going back to Sakura any time soon. Hopefully the chefs were just having a bad day.....

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Major flare...

And things continue to go wrong this week... my right thumb is alternately convulsing, sending firey nerve pain signals or numb. The dryer sensor seems to have broken, and I am desperately hoping all my work clothes are ok - they are currently too hot to handle. My immune system is giving in to all sorts of new problems. The future is unravelling, and I go to find pain killers....

Friday, February 2, 2007

Bento #24

Bento #26
nifwlseirff on flickr
Work has been hectic, and the heat still hasn't disappeared, so I'm not as organised as I'd like to be in the mornings!

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Short update

Working from home mid-week is good. However, I inevitably work later than normal, and stretch the work out over more hours so I can have longer breaks (pacing, as the neuro prescribed). I think it would help more if it was more often than once a week. Thursdays seem very odd now....

An interesting eco-article from UK politicians slamming Vista, not because of the software, but the hardware that needs to be upgraded. I shan't be moving to Vista at home, and will hopefully switch to MacOS when something cheaper than their tower Pro supports two monitors. I'm amazed the mac-mini doesn't support two monitors properly yet. Hmmph. Given how old the games I normally purchase are, and the alternative gaming platforms I now have, I shouldn't actually need Vista at home. If, on the other hand, work moves to Vista and my work laptop remains unfixed....