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Hastings Pier

A very sad event happened in my hometown a few weeks ago: Hastings pier was largely destroyed in a huge fire; possibly started by some miscreants. This is the first time I’ve been back to Hastings since the fire and although it had been closed for several years pending repair, the pier is in a […]

Beeches Way

It’s Sunday so it must be time for another day out. Today I walked along the Beeches Way, a path from Cookham in Berkshire to Yiewsley in West London, slicing through the southern part of Buckinghamshire. It’s a very pleasant place to go walking with lots of woodland and few built-up areas until you get […]

Reading to Goring

Off I go again! Westwards this time, towards Oxford. I walked from Reading to Goring along the Thames. Pretty countryside, but not a lot to report except this picturesque church at Whitchurch: A bit later on I came across a crazy horse who was trying to nom his way through a fence. Best not to […]


Last weekend I went to EuroBSDCon 2010 in Karlsruhe, Germany. It was very interesting! I learnt lots, especially from the Kirk McKusick tutorial I did on the Friday. It was all paid for by work as well. In the evenings I managed to get outside and explore Karlsruhe a bit. It’s a nice provincial town, […]

House of competence

Wish I lived there.

Thames Barrier to Crayford Ness

Yesterday I went for a walk eastwards from the Thames Barrier and into the estuary. Why wasn’t I at work? Because this week I’m having a staycation! As is often the case with my outdoor activities, the weather was grey and miserable. Here’s the Thames Barrier itself: The visitor centre is quite good. Beyond the […]

Reducing DVD drive noise

Fan noise from CD/DVD drives can be very loud. It probably doesn’t matter if you’re just reading something off it but if you’re watching a DVD for example, it can get annoying. The fans are required in modern drives when the disc is spinning very fast – e.g. 16x – and by default it spins […]

Qemu resizing blurriness

Are you annoyed when Qemu randomly resizes its window causing all the text to be scaled and blurred? Maybe it’s just my window manager, but here is a trivial patch to disable that annoying feature: — sdl.c.old 2010-09-25 13:30:48.000000000 +0100 +++ sdl.c 2010-09-25 13:30:50.000000000 +0100 @@ -102,7 +102,7 @@   // printf("resizing to %d %d\n", […]

Waterloo to Greenwich

Yesterday I walked along the next bit of the Thames path from Waterloo to Greenwich. I think this might have been my favourite section thus far: lots of things to see and Greenwich has some interesting museums. There’s also a really good community farm at Surrey Docks. Unfortunately just past Greenwich part of the path […]

The strange world of film cameras

A few weeks ago I found my granddad’s old camera in a box in our attic. Intrigued, I hunted around a bit on the intertubes and discovered it was quite a nice camera in its period. It’s a Voigtländer Vito B produced in West Germany. This is the upgraded model dating from 1956 with a […]