News In Brief

  • Enjoying the summer sun! My grass isn’t.  I’d love an automatic watering system – but far to lazy to build anything like that! (Granddad did). Have been gifted a herb planter so at least I have partially green fingers.  No BBQ event as yet – hoping thats something that will change.
  • New Car – VW Golf. Meaning I can go back to vw festivals and look jealously at buses thinking what my old T25 is up to.
  • Tried Kodi again – still didn’t get on with it.  It is great , but kept segfaulting. (Its was run on a diskless NUC using NFS share for / ).
  • Carrying on my learning journey I’ve been following a few tutorials on using Laravel with React JS.  Seems pretty neat – looking forward to building a bit more serious than a gallery and/or something for work.



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Spent some time in the Lake District , great views!  However, the place I stayed was like a faraday cage.

Tech news update – Continuing to plug away at learning Laravel. First real sites will be up soon hopefully! In as much as I like the framework itself, its some of the integrations with services that I’ve never got round to looking at is one of the real benefits for me personally.

Start Of Autumn Update

After spending the summer months learning Shopware my brain is ready for another assault.

The awesome Doctrine will be used in a future project!

My long serving text editor (gedit) could well be replaced with something else. Tried Atom , Brackets and PhpStorm. All overkill and dont work with gnome remote mounts very well.

Lastly. Https added by.certbot. hopefully cron will renew it without any grief. Http2 next job

Total totti

Snr Totti has been around for so long and this weekend he helped I Lupi (Roma) embarrass Joe Heart making a debut for his new club Torino. Insert relevant emoji here. Irony is, Man Citys new keeper Bravo didn’t exactly do a stella job.

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Always a tough choice when starting Championship Manager 2001/2002 as to which team to manage. AC Milan (Maldini, Shevchenko, Pippo) OR Roma (Totti, Walter Samuel and Batigoal). Usually the influence of Maldini wins it.

Maldini Italia 90 Sticker

q2dm8 – the warehouse

I’m talking it back to the old school
‘Cause I’m an old fool who’s so cool

Yisss, quake 2 is possibly the greatest game ever*. The early quake series , were so far ahead of their time – many of its algorithms are still used today. With most of the current games using something from quake. There was a far better experience on dial up than than the grief you have with todays video games – how long does the matchmaking take on call of duty!

If someone had an ISDN connection they was the digital equivalent of a Rolls Royce.

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Yamagi Quake 2 – basically q2 with some updates and bugfixes. Additional texture pack added.

Next up – quake2world / quetoo

* Championship Manager 2001/2002 is the greatest game ever.

Bye bye 2000s

Major clear out.


3dfx – glquake ftw!
PII 200mhz MMX CPU – not quite a t800 neural net terminator processor

Nova dvb-s PCI card

Gonna Miss

lots of cables

random selection of ram

few nvidia graphics cards

compaq dual PIII 800 ( workstation – yes dual cpus. None of this modern multicore rubbish. Two actual CPUs back when little software was to use them both. This ran mythbackend for many years.


Why did I keep this for so long!

power adaptors. mostly all broken.

first bt adsl usb modem

ultra 2 (i think) scsi hdd – even though I never had an adaptor to use it.