November 21st, 2003

Looi Kin-Ming

Weird day

First of all, I got email from my sister, followed by SMS to ensure I'd read it. She wants me to check out propsective suppliers of her wedding cake. I have instructions to buy slices of cake and sample them. Apparently I have to start tomorrow.

Next, spent large chunk of the day round at Heidi's trying to sort out assorted PC problems. Over the course of the day, we have ascertained that the CD-RW drive is almost certainly flaky and unreliable, Norton's various security products seem unhappy installing on it, that there is someone persistently pinging her PC and a copy of the teekids worm appeared on the hard disk within a remarkably short time of XP being reinstalled froms scratch on it. Alas, I ran out of time (Heidi had to get off to work) so I'll be back on Monday, forewarned and forearmed with necessary tools/utils. Sheesh. I now have a much greater appreciation of how damn useful the NAT function on my DSL router is...

My attempts at organising the Renaissance London reunion get ever more surreal. I make one crack about Newton-Rhapson and a discussion seems to have kicked off about optimisation methods, taking in the likes of genetic algortihms and how iterative methods like N-R can lead to false peaks... Oh, BTW, should I mention a few years back, when our IT manager published a league table name and shame list of server hard disk space hogs, one of us plotted this out compared with a Normal distribution and mailed out his analysis? Yep, for anyone who doubted it, we were at least as geeky as any fanboy. Only the subject matter differs...

I've discovered a Springsteen Usenet newsgroup where people are posting lots of live recordings. Only in SHN format which, from what I can tell, is some sort of high quality, low compression, lossless format. So, tracks are weighing in at about 45Mb apiece! Still, am geeking out on The Boss right now.
"Well, we made a promise we swore we'd always remember
No retreat, baby, no surrender"
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