Found a good site with some tips on freelance working and ensuring that you get paid on time. This page, although primarily aimed at journalists has some good links on ensuring you get paid with a very handy interest and penalty calculator to determine how much you are currently owed. So far my bad debt that I am chasing owes £18 in interest, plus a £40 debt collection charge!
Got home late last night after leaving London at 4.30pm. Amazingly the M25 was clear and I made fairly good time. 30 minutes after arriving home it started snowing. Previous to that the drive had been fairly clear of traffic, no rain or snow in sight and for once no idiots tanking at 99.99999 mph on the motorway. Woke up this morning to probably 0.9999mm of snow – wonder just how much chaos that is going to cause?
One of the servers in a remote site failed to send its usual backup email messages over the christmas holiday. When the user rang me up they explained what was on the screen (a BSOD) and I told them to reboot it. Unfortunately on the reboot the hard disk was not detected by the server. At this point I decided to jump in the car and drive to their office. An hour later I got to their site and it sounded like a cuckoo clock (sans cuckoo) was ticking in the office. The tick was the sound of the heads in the hard disk making a racket. Needless to say an order for a new hard disk was swiftly placed. When it arrives I’ll have my first live experience of doing an NT install and full restore using ntbackup. Will be interesting to see how well it goes.
As mentioned in the previous post, I had to return my Toshiba laptop for repair yesterday. The mouse has been going haywire and after being told to install the mouse drivers from the Recovery CD (of all the weird places to put drivers – personally I would have put them on the Utility and Drivers CD) and not finding it on either of the supplied cd’s I rang back up and was told they would come and collect it. Didn’t bother telling me how long it would be before I’d get it back though (and I didn’t want to depress myself by asking). Their website says that its a hardware fault so fortunately there was no arguing needed to persuade them to fix it. Shame there was no on-site warrenty purchased though.
Incidentally the nipple mouse is more politically referred to as an Accupoint mouse.
Matt Goyer had an interview with Microsoft and Amazon and has blogged about his experiences. Very interesting reading and quite daunting – especially if you are not a programmer!
With the upcoming change in law of using mobile phones whilst driving, the register has summed up the details fairly well in their document. Interesting to me is that companies that require or encourage people to use the phone whilst driving are breaking the law….wonder how that will go down with the boss! The interesting thing is that the use of two way radio’s or cb’s are not affected by this (as long as they also can’t be used as a phone). I’m not quite sure on the logic of why this is the case unless the powers that be are frightened of offending hgv drivers, or for some weird reason they reckon hgv drivers are better drivers than the rest of us.
I totally sympathise with this report that mentions that 12 million european workers have asked for a cut in salary or work shorter hours due to the amount of stress they are suffering and the lack of a quality of life in their (permanently shrinking) personal life. Now I wouldn’t have thought people would have been asking for a drop in salary OR shorter hours – I would have thought it would be both. At one point a couple of months back I was seriously considering reducing my hours by 10% by requesting to take every other friday off. That would mean a drop in pay and it would be really hard if I ever needed to go back to working 5 days a week again.
Sometimes I wish I had the guts to answer the phone like they do in this BOFH piece
I submitted my cv online this morning to a company that sounded like they had an interesting job and I wanted more information on it. By the end of the day I had 7 emails to the same address (with the email I used this morning) with the same subject “Personal details update link” from 7 different companys with 6 different email names (and 7 domains). All of them welcoming me to their company and asking me to update my details with a unique userid (all different) and telling me how my data is stored under the data protection act. I don’t remember accepting to have my details passed on and I certainly didn’t want that much spam! Say away from jobboard.com
I’m fed up with having my lap heat up every time I use it at home so I’m on the lookout for a decent laptop cooler. The ByteCC looks good and has had favourable reviews but it doesn’t look like it would be any good on the lap, but good for a desktop holder. The Acrylic cooler looks a better choice and similar to the CyberCooler. The Laptop desk does not need any power as it doesn’t actually use fans so I’m not sure how effective it would be. I really need to see/try one before I purchase it. I wonder if Argos do one? (no they don’t)