Posted in SHOFT on Friday 12th September 2003 at 6:05pm

I had a really busy day and didn't get to check my phone until leaving work. My friend had sent me an SMS message to say Johnny Cash was dead sometime this morning.

I really thought he was immortal - he's been around forever as far as I'm concerned after all! So, among an inevitable deluge of huge tributes, a small personal one - Johnny, yours were the only records I ever stole from my dad.


Posted in Computers on Thursday 11th September 2003 at 10:45pm

So, GNOME 2.4.0 is out. Exciting times indeed. Using 2.3.x from CVS has been pleasant and uneventful all along, so not many surprises. The great thing is how its all come together on time, with sane discussion of troubles along the way rather than the flamewars of old.

Celebrated by installing Mozilla 1.5b and compiling both Epiphany 1.0 and Denzil to match.

Looking forward to 2.5...


Posted in Updates on Sunday 7th September 2003 at 11:23pm

A rare weekend when England's cricket, football and rugby teams all seem to be suddenly winning! Saw the football match yesterday, which was possibly the least inspiring of my sport viewing options. Was amused/alarmed by St. George flag burning antics in Macedonian crowd! Busy times. Got lots of tidying, moving stuff around and general sorting done today. Popped over to Burnham to collect new bookcases, which make life a lot tidier hereabouts. First one was painful to assemble, but we were like professionals for the second! Also brought back five boxes of records - the first time some of them have been with me since I left Burnham six years ago! Still more to come however... Fixed aftermath of RedHat beta updates, which didn't work well for me. This got the site and CVS back up. New GNOME build shows 2.4 promise. Sleepy.


Posted in Updates on Tuesday 2nd September 2003 at 10:09pm

For the past two days, Telewest have left the Town Hall with at best a patchy phone service. Inbound was via the switch only, and out was randomly busy, unobtainable or just plain slow to go anywhere. This coincided with schools reopening after six weeks of holiday. Possibly the most frustrating two days of the entire year to date.

Otherwise, just plain busy. Intermittently working on Gaia where time permits - and that's not as much as I'd like. Trying to stay on top of administrivia here, and keep positive.

On a more interesting note, the search for William Kent continues. An enquiry at the library of the Society of Antiquaries turns up no papers, but they have a copy of his certificate of fellowship. A lead of sorts...



I've had a home on the web for more years than I care to remember, and a few kind souls persuade me it's worth persisting with keeping it updated. This current incarnation of the site is centred around the blog posts which began back in 1999 as 'the daylog' and continued through my travels and tribulations during the following years.

I don't get out and about nearly as much these days, but I do try to record significant events and trips for posterity. You may also have arrived here by following the trail to my former music blog Songs Heard On Fast Trains. That content is preserved here too.

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