Sunday, December 30, 2007
The present-of-the-year appeared in the form of a bow and arrow set hand crafted by Granda, which pleased the kids no end. To be honest, it amused everyone greatly, as during the first demonstration one of our fine glasses bit the dust. Or rather it became dust! It was good that everyone saw the funny side, in fact Susan and I could hardly stop sniggering and laughing.
After dinner we got all the other presents opened, and did Christmas all over again. Great! Again!
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Saturday, December 08, 2007
The upside is that it is sunny. It was between 20-24 degrees today and sunny. Due to last minute changes in plans I was left with a 200 mile drive, from near Miami to Orlando International Airport. As I was not really under time pressure, I took the "scenic" route, driving up the West side of lake Okeechbee, and following the 27 North through Lake Placid, and Dundee.
It was a nice drive, although I think if I was doing it again, I would leave even earlier, and use more minor roads, and 20 mile straights can be monotonous.
Of course I got to the flight on time, checked in, security, etc, but Air Traffic Control decided to be silly, and we were extremely late. The 1/2 hours just kept adding to the departure time, until we were so late I knew we would miss my connection to Belfast. I had hoped that the connection would be late too, but wouldn't you know, for once it was on time! Another day to spend in NY. And this time it's freezing!
Monday, November 26, 2007
Unfortunately, at that time no-one helped me, but I figured it out. Fortunately I posted the answer myself.
Just goes to show how important it is to fill out an answer on a forum/list. How many times can you find people with the same problems as you, but no answers....?
Saturday, November 17, 2007
It turned out to be great, we didn't move a lot for the first stage (stage 12). The stage started at around 9:15am, and cars continued until about 11am. The drivers were clearly timid of the greasy roads, but there was plenty of quality entertainment.
Monday, November 05, 2007
It all installed nicely, and I downloaded TOAD to help set up my tables - another great (and free) tool.
My requirement is a simple lookup, so I set up a simple table, and a perl script to loop and insert values into it. I was reading a bit about optimising inserts, and found that dropping the index before all the inserts, and then adding it again is significantly quicker than keeping it enabled during the inserts.
Then I discovered that it is possible to insert multiple records at once. So I started to play around with this, and made the number of rows inserted at a time a configuration variable. The sql syntax is like "insert into table_name values(?,?,?), (?,?,?)" etc... where there are 3 columns in the table.
Not surprisingly inserting 10 at once rather than one speeded the times up from 2000/sec to 5000 a sec with significantly less trips to the database. Continuing the trend, I discovered that about 10,000 at a time was quite a good number, with around 130,000 inserts per second! Now that's pretty good!
After adding a single index on the 5 parameters I needed to search on, I was able to run well over 1000 queries per second, which is pretty good whenever there is over 11 million records in the database.
Another notable difference using MySql was that there seems to be no slowdown in inserts when the dataset grows.
Friday, November 02, 2007
The other striking thing about the countryside was the sheer number of animals in the road!
On the way home we happened to arrive at Greencastle just in time for the ferry. This gave us a quick route home.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
We spent quite a while rummaging around in the undergrowth too, looking for conkers, but we only found a couple. Seems like all of the village had been there before us. Maybe next year....
Saturday, October 06, 2007
One of the most unusual things were the hundreds of oil pumps draining the black gold from the soil, and beaches with oil tankers and oil rigs on the horizon. We also passed by an industrial estate with what seemed to be miles of refinery. Very interesting to see.
With every beach came more great swell, and surfers keenly waiting on the next big wave. All looked very nice, unfortunately we had no time (or equipment) to join in. Made the trip to the airport a lot more interesting though, I'd highly recommend this route to LAX, if you're ever going there.
Friday, October 05, 2007
Monday, October 01, 2007
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Aer Lingus made the flight all the more enjoyable with a personal TV system available, offering a selection of TV programmes, films and music.
It's a bit annoying travelling at this time of year, as the daylight disappears so soon, but I'm informed that it's never that brilliant in LA anyway - not like midsummer here when it hardly gets dark. But, no doubt I will try to make the most of it over the incoming week....
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Did the whole thing in second, which was a bit weird, as I had to be over the 2500 rpm to get the turbo. It was a completely different experience than I had been expecting - I'd been expecting to go round in circles, but there's just too much grip for that, even in the sand.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Today I have insurance, MOT and tax. Great!
Thanks to the hideous brother-in-law for getting it all sorted for me!
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Very reassuring, the amount of grip available
Saturday, September 08, 2007
I had considered getting some sort of new plate and screwing it all together, but I figured out that if I used the original 2 plastic mounting holes that were now unused because of the rust, I could cable-tie the remaining metal to the bumper.
It's not very beautiful, and certainly temporary at best, but it's definitely a lot better than it was!
When I had the boot open for access I noticed that the light in the boot wasn't working at all. After inspecting the bulb I saw that it wasn't the problem, so I turned to the switch. It seems that corrosion had stopped the switch from closing properly. So I pulled the switch out, and gave the contacts a good clean. All working again!
Friday, September 07, 2007
Tonight however was superb - the wind was completely steady, and just at the right speed for my 4m buster.
May the pleasant post-summer evenings continue....
Saturday, September 01, 2007
So I went ahead and got a new filter from Subaru, and some fully synthetic oil, (although I am not completely convinced this is the correct oil) and got it changed today.
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
The one visitor had a good look round, bid me bad money, we talked, he bid me better money, and I agreed.
So the car that faithfully carried me home from work tonight left for Derry again, almost of its own accord. There are some cars that it's really good to see go, but this one has done us well, and was going well, it was almost a shame to let it go. I wish the best to the new owner.
Monday, July 23, 2007
Press and hold menu button (standard menu will appear in the display)
Press and hold shutter button
(at this point, both the menu button and shutter button are still held down)
Then (while continuing to hold the menu button and shutter button down throughout the sequence below):
- 2xTELE (press right zoom button twice)
- 1xWIDE (press left zoom button once)(a blue information screen appears here)
- 1xTRASH (press trashcan icon button once)
- 1xPLAY (press upper left button on back of camera)
- 2xTELE (press right zoom button twice)
- 1xWIDE (press left zoom button once)
The developer menu will appear (you can release the shutter button and menu button now).
Sunday, July 22, 2007
So they went for the flight, and came back for us about 2 hours later.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
After waiting in the queue for about 5 minutes we decided to take up the offer of skipping the queue by signing up for a 3.50 Euro tour. It was well worth it, and the tour was pretty interesting, although it was advertised as "English" I'm not entirely convinced that it was all English.
Friday, July 20, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
The outdoor area was completely roofed by a series of intertwined vines, complete with hanging grapes. We were thoroughly astonished with the setting as we waited for the meal, if you are ever anywhere near I would highly recommend a visit.