I miss the internet

May 18th, 2007

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Well the move went well, my wife and I have arrived in Oxfordshire with no major breakages, and starting to adapt to the English way of life.

What I want to know is why does it take so long to get ADSL installed? What are BT doing for those “7 to 10 working days”?

Anyway, if you’re ever looking for wireless in Abingdon, look no further than Cafe Gia’s. They also do good cups of tea.

Oxford

May 8th, 2007

(Disclaimer: this post should probably be on my personal blog, but I got rid of that after I never posted there. If you’re only reading this site for the Google Sightseeing meta-news then I suggest you stop reading now.)

My wife and I have both lived in Edinburgh, Scotland for our entire lives so it is with some trepidation that this Friday we will be permanently relocating 400 mile south to Oxford, England.

Apart from the stress of moving away from all our family and friends, I was a little worried about employment in Oxford. We are moving for my wife’s new job, so I have given up my position at LEWIS (who are hiring by the way, great people to work with) and, for the time being, I will be unemployed.

Edinburgh seems to be overflowing with design agencies, which means there’s a lot of Web Development work around. To be fair I’ve not exactly been looking until now, but I’d never heard much about Oxford’s design agencies. The last thing I want to do is write software for a bank, so I was worried about job prospects.

I voiced these concerns to a few England-based visitors to last month’s Refresh Edinburgh and they all told me there was loads going on down south and mentioned a few names of folk in the area. I subscribed to a few key blogs and soon discovered Oxford Geek Night, a regular get-together of web geeks in a pub somewhere in Oxford. It’s very comforting to know that there’s enough people in the business down there for them to get together and fill a pub with geekery.

I’ve missed the most recent Geek Night but will be attending the next one, and in the meantime I’ve subscribed to a bunch of job-based RSS feeds and begun updating my CV. Since the last time I was seeking work the percentage of boring .net development jobs seems to be even higher, but it looks like there’s one or two positions doing agency web development.

Of course, with some free time I may even manage to implement a few things from the massive Google Sightseeing to-do list.

Wrapping an iPod

February 12th, 2007

I just watched a video on Lifehacker about how to wrap your headphones around your iPod. It reminded me of the “Oooh, that’s clever” moment I had when I first watched Ninja T-shirt folding – a movie that revolutionised my holiday packing forever.

So I followed the movements in the clip and ended up with this mish-mash of cables:

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I think the clever system fails when a) Your headphones are of the “different length to go around the back of your neck”1 style and b) Your cheapo eBay iPod case has a cord attached. I guess I’ll go back to the old “stuff em in your pocket” style.


  1. Side-rant: I wish all headphones of this style came with a large yellow card that says “Warning: The cord goes around the back of your neck – having it hanging down in front of your face is a waste of time and you look like a plonker”.