Archive for July, 2006

Gherkins

Saturday, July 29th, 2006

As mentioned by Tom, I have a passion for this video.

http://www.profweekday.com/?p=58

It was mildly amusing :-)

No Internet at home…

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

Just when I thought it was all over, it gets worse…

The other people in the flat organised the ADSL connectiion a year ago, with e7Even, the cheapest ADSL providor on adslguide.co.uk.

It seems that they have gone out of business, so we no-longer have an ADSL Connection. What makes it even better is that e7Even have been bought up by another company. This new company is offering to quickly reconnect their customers to their own service, for something like £19 per month. It also seems that this is too expensive for the students who I am living with :-(

It looks like we may have to wait a while for internet at home.

*grr* 

The floor is done!

Monday, July 24th, 2006

Yes, it is finally done :-)

I now have somewhere to live, it really is quite a good feeling.

It seems that the housing saga is now over, at least till october when I move again.

More Flat Woes

Monday, July 17th, 2006

Well, it seems that:

  • The flooring is not finished.
  • The kitchen is not going to be refitted.

Looks like it will be yet another week when I cannot use my own flat. I have not seen it with my own eyes yet, though I am told that all but my room and the hallway have been varnished. I was under the impression that the varnishing will result in multiple coats being put on, so I have no idea if they are anywhere near finished yet.

*stress*

Flat Update

Sunday, July 16th, 2006

You can tell you’re behind on any form of blog when you have to do 3 posts in one day just to catch up.

Anyway, about 2 weeks ago, I moved into a flat in Latymer Court, Hammersmith, London.

Everything seemed fine for a couple of days (I’ll spare you the rant about how moving in didn’t go exactly to plan, but it took slightly longer than expected) and I was told that the flat was going to have all the carpets removed and the floor sanded/varnished the first weekend I was there. I had been expecting this, since I was warned about it, so I made sure I was away that weekend. Everything was left in boxes out of the way.

Sunday evening comes, and there are no carpets anywhere in the flat. This is good. However, only one of the rooms had had the floor sanded, all the furniture was either in the kitchen or in the small loo, and my bedroom had 3 beds in it… on their sides.

Everything remained in boxes for a week, as there was nowhere to put anything.

I returned to the flat yesterday at 5:30pm to be told that I couldn’t come in since they were sanding the floors. They said that they would be finished by 7:30pm, and that they would be coming back today to varnish the floor. The floor should be finished by Sunday at around 7pm.

This morning, at 11am, the workmen arrived. One of them said that they would call me when the flat was safe to use, which is nice, and apparantly everything should be finished today.

All that is left to be done is to have the kitchen re-fitted or something like that… As you can tell, I’m clearly looking forward to that.

Now, to unpack everything from boxes and to put a bed back in my room… That should be fun…

Laptop Update

Sunday, July 16th, 2006

Sony messed up :(

I will no-longer be getting a Sony Vaio TX2XP. It seems that somewhere along the order lines, something wasn’t done; and after calling their sales helpline 3 times (more on this later) I finally found out that they no-longer ship the TX2XP.

It seems that the support staff employed by Sony are very variable. When I ordered this laptop, I ordered over the phone and the sales advisor was very helpful. I then called 2 more times to enquire about the status of the order, and the reply was “I will have to check with [insert other team name here], I’ll call you back”. I did not recieve any calls back. The most recent time I called, I spoke to a very helpful sales advisor called Neil. He followed the same procedure as all the advisors before him, and said that he would call back. To my surprise, he had called back within 20 minutes. Infact, over the course of about an hour, he had called back 3 times and sorted everything out.

Since Sony no-longer ship the TX2XP, I will now be getting a TX3XP instead. This comes with the added features of a fingerprint scanner, hardware encryption for your data, and some cool device that prevents your hard drives from being destroyed of you drop the laptop.
Incidentally, a good time to call the Sony Style order helpline is at 9am. I found that at this time, I had the shortest holding time.

Here’s the eye candy:

Sony Vaio TX3XP

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I love the smell of arm pits in the morning…

Sunday, July 16th, 2006

After my morning commuting experiences, I have come to the conclusion that:

There is no god

There are actually multiple, wel-founded, reasons for this:

  • If you are running late, you ALWAYS miss your bus. However, the bus has ALWAYS only just left, so you get to see the back of it going down the road, and you have to wait for the next one for the longest possible advertised time (8-12 mins for the 319 bus).
  • Your connection from the Bus to the Tube is also poor, and you often have to wait 5 minutes on the platform for a train. This, however, may be attributed to the fast that the Tube line I use for this part of the journey is the District Line.
  • When changing trains at Earls Court, there is always someone walking very slowly down the stairs from the District Line platform to the Picadilly Line platform. This causes congestion and adds additional time to your journey.

If there were a god, surely he would smile on me and make my morning commute less painful?