Archive for April, 2011

Voor alle de Nederlanders dat ik kent…..

by on Apr.30, 2011, under Life

Fijne Koninginnedag allemaal!! Ja ik zit hier in NY  maar mijn hart is op de plein met mijn maatjes en een Amstel!

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As April comes to an end

by on Apr.29, 2011, under Life

I thought I would add an update as I now realize I have been in the US for 6 months – and it has just flown by. The things that frighten me about it are that it has gone so fast but mainly how quickly I have adapted and settled. I scarily find myself referring to things by their local as opposed to proper names (Trash Cans, Garbage – however and Arse is still an Arse!) and my attitude can be quite scarily New York – the worst being the whole ‘How are you’ thing and not meaning it – the platitude rather than a genuine enquiry. Still I guess when in Rome.. just kick me if I behave like that back in Europe.

If you hadn’t known the place in Jersey was a temporary thing and I now live in Queens – Queens is undoubtedly the most civilized place in the world ever – I can walk 20 feet from my foot door at most times of the day and get a Weihenstephane and an Irish Breakfast, and should I desire to travel further for a Shepherds Pie or Fish and Chips and a pint of Guinness, there are no less than about 6 establishments within a 5 minute walk that cater to the very apparent Irish population that share the lovely village of Sunnyside, the particular area of Queens I reside in. Oh and add to that I can get proper Irish Bacon, Creme Eggs and Walkers Prawn Cocktail Crisps all just a 5 minute walk from here.

The job is wonderful as well – my little Data Centre is growing and is firmly under my control – its something I am fiercely proud  and extremely protective of. Its just under 2 months until it is supposed to be fully built out and have taken over NJ1 – the largest of the DC’s we are consolidating – but that’s going to be a push.

And life itself? Well its pretty damn good so far. Life with my beautiful fiancee is wonderful, although we have our problems but she is very understanding and forgiving when I need her to be and all the while I am trying to be a good husband to be. No news as and when and where we will be getting hitched for sure, but fingers crossed it will be sooner rather than later. As well as that it seems financially moving here was the best thing I could have done – for the first time in my life I actually have a savings account – with money in it!! That’s all going towards  a new appartment one day soon and most probably a car, but its an interesting concept actually having a little nest egg with money for a rainy day if need be.

Things I miss? My friends and family, that goes without saying – but I get to see some of them in a couple of weeks with my annual AMNAS jolly to Cadiz.  Oh and a good bed – but me and Ana are working on that :o)

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Techno git

by on Apr.24, 2011, under Geekstuff, Life

So I have now become such a techno git that I can now blog from my iPhone. I don’t know if I should laugh or impale myself on a mobile repeater. Or move to Williamsburg, grow a whispy beard and listen to bands you have never heard of

Impaling seems the most humane option…

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Nathan Barnes – a thank you

by on Apr.24, 2011, under Life

I guess after a few years of messing around on computers, both for a living and as a hobby you get to know your way around things – skills improve – I mean if you look at how this website evolved from my earliest hand coded endeavours you’ll see a marked improvement (okay yeah I am using a proper open source backend product and someone elses design – I admit that). It’s like my own evolution in skillz – and up until a few weeks back I was satisfied with this and another site I run for a community (namely AMNAS.com) – all was fine in my little online world

Then one day one of my bestest buddies – the sickenly talented darryn.r of TMO fame alerted me that our long running web partners web-mania had adopted a new policy of taking money and running – as opposed to supplying a service for which we give up our hard earned cash. Sure enough withing a couple of weeks of me already renewing my subscription amnas.com went to a holding page pending renewal – after I had already paid up.

An ongoing battle commenced of emails and fruitless phone calls – the online support service was down, no one picking up the phone, no one answering – yet all the while a gawdy new website is uploaded (with the most childlike error in security fail – a password fail revealing your password) and news of a brand new data centre – well it seems that Mr Barnes has the time and (our) money to spruce up his business

Anyway to my point – easter weekend in NYC – and I have spent most of it spending my hard-earned dollars, my much needed free time and skills just trying to rebuild my 2 websites from scratch – fortunately with my new hosts AMNAS.com was a lot easier – this here site was something more complex and my SQL hacking skills had to be tested to the max – still I am pleased to announce we are back

So Mr Barnes, thank you so much for giving me something to take all my time this bank holiday weekend – I am sure my beloved lady is much happier for the fact I have been kept away from paying her the attention she deserves. Also for improving my skills in SQL, PHP, WordPress as it was only proper hacking that could get my site back – and also for all those spare dollars you helped me shed by paying through the nose to onlinenic.com just to get back the property which was actually mine in the first place. I don’t suppose I will be of course seeing my 50 quid that I paid you back in March will I?


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