Escaping time based gaming
I've concluded that this style of game is really bad for me (or anyone I think). This is the style of game that demands (to make progress) frequent/regular bits of your time. Eg playing each day to collect a daily reward, or every X hours to restore your shield or collect built-up ...
More photos from our recent visit to Chartwell, this time some views from their new tree house.
All taken in August 2018.
This article follows my meandering path to building a simple Python script (and dependencies) as a binary that I could easily run on multiple machines. If you just want to see what I ended up using, scroll down to the last section.
I started out using PyInstaller as it was really simple to get running. To build a binary ...
It's late and I didn't plan this in advance, so here's a picture I like from somewhere we visited in June!
Taken in June 2018.
I recently spent a while working out how to do a completely custom install on a physical machine rented from OVH, making use of the IPMI access they provide. I thought I'd document it for future reference. So here's how to perform a custom/manual Ubuntu install via IPMI on OVH hosted hardware.
Disable OVH monitoring
First up ...
A couple of weeks ago we paid a quick visit to Chartwell and noticed a tiny companion on our walk back across the gardens.
All taken in August 2018.
I use Request Tracker as the ticketing tool for support enquiries to my web hosting company and happened to notice (while looking at email headers for something else) that it's sending out ticket emails with the header:
I can understand why this is a reasonable default, especially as RT is often configured to send automatic acknowledgement and ...
Property (and stats)
A great (well, I think so) read from the ONS in their latest house prices index. There are some big regional differences in the changes they report but it seems a drop in transactions is pretty consistent across the county. That said the historic numbers do suggest a spike in transaction numbers in April 2017 ...
If you've ever hosted a website, especially a blog, I'm sure you've considered Wordpress as the potential software to use.
Despite this personal blog not using Wordpress, I do use it for a few others, where I just wanted to get up and running really quickly with a pretty standard set of features. That was exactly what ...
Since it's now frowned upon to post repeated content (even on Twitter), and it's tedious to manually think up a new way to say the same thing 10, 20 or more times; I've been thinking about ways it could be automated. It turns out I'm not the only one - here's an ...
Somehow I managed to end up spending three hours doing Windows desktop support!! This is something I thought I'd escaped from a long time ago. There's just one special SEOSS customer who Tim still provides this for and hence w
hile he's on holiday I get to as well. It's fairly common for ...
A couple of close-ups from a bunch of flowers recently gifted to Liz (not by me), taken in July 2018.
I got some updates to the design of the buy to let profit calculator live so now it's even easier to use with clearer results. As part of improving the PDFs that the calculator can produce I moved the generation of them from Reportlab to Weasyprint. Having previously avoided PDF rendering tools that convert from ...
Today's pictures aren't quite as wet as I got today but there are some clouds. It's a slightly overcast Warwick Castle, taken in August 2017.
Car (child) trouble
Monday morning challenge this week was a flat battery in the car - apparently due to cabin lights being left on, presumably thanks to a small person!
I've previously fixed this by removing the battery and charging it in the house. But removing the battery from a Prius Plus is not very easy and I ...
As the sun is bright and the temperatures hot, here are a few fittingly bright yellow flowers. I'm not aware of any hidden bees this week.
All taken in Norfolk in May 2018.