Peter Maydell

Sep. 13th, 2014

09:03 pm

So it turns out that the computer conference I'm at overlaps with YaoiCon, and when I arrived to check in the lobby was full of cosplayers ^_^

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Apr. 9th, 2014

02:57 pm - current account switch dropped a mortgage payment...

So I switched current accounts recently; supposedly this is now a fully automatic process where they transfer all your direct debits and payments across, and for 13 months any payments to the old closed account are forwarded to the new one. Luckily I was cautious enough not to trust this entirely, because it didn't work for my mortgage payment...

What seems to have happened is that Lloyds told YBS about the account change and provided a new set of direct debit information. YBS then said "OK, we'll throw away the old DD info and use this; except we can't take a DD payment from a new setup instruction for 14 days. Whoops, your monthly payment happened to be within 14 days of the changeover? We'll just fail to take that payment, then." I think this is YBS' fault fundamentally -- they need to either be able to handle having two lots of DD info simultaneously, or to be flexible enough to postpone the payment until the 14 day timeout has been reached. YBS however seem to think the banks shouldn't be sending them DD changeovers close to mortgage payment days.

Anyway I've manually made the mortgage payment now; I don't think I have the effort to try to complain about this to either institution. If you're planning a current account switchover you might want to look out for similar pitfalls, though.

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Jan. 5th, 2014

09:28 pm

Back to work tomorrow. Over the last few days I've reinstated my "bits of card pinned to a corkboard" todo list system, knocked off a bunch of the easier items from it, and confirmed that there isn't anything critical lurking around that I absolutely have to do; so I'm feeling pleasantly accomplished and on top of things.

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Dec. 5th, 2013

07:36 pm - Tradesperson day success!

First time paying people to do Stuff to the new house today.

The boiler is serviced, the thermostat has been replaced with a programmable timer one, the leaning fencepost in the garden has been reinforced with a concrete post, and the rotten board on the decking replaced. I feel pleasantly accomplished despite not having done any of the work myself.

(I was mildly surprised that they both said they'd invoice me and I should pay by bank transfer then, rather than wanting a cheque on the spot.)

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Oct. 7th, 2013

11:55 pm

Holiday photos, part III:

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Sep. 29th, 2013

10:06 am

More holiday photos:

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Sep. 23rd, 2013

09:50 am

A first installment of holiday photos, mostly from a day-long hike I went on in one of Japan's more pointy regions. Not pictured: the horrible sunburn I got because I am an idiot.

I think Yudonosan shrine is one of the best I've been to -- I'm not going to tell you what's there because you're not supposed to spoil the secret for other people, but I will say that it's best appreciated if approached via the five hour hike from the other side of the mountain...

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Apr. 1st, 2013

01:48 am - my QEMU patch for today

hw/wom: Implement write-only-memory device

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Jan. 10th, 2013

11:03 am - snow country

Went to the Fitzwilliam's exhibition of Japanese woodcuts of snow; particularly liked this one and this one. (NB: exhibition closes on the 13th, last chance to see...)

Picked up A History of the Japanese Language and Ancient Jomon of Japan cheap in Cambridge University Press's sale (they're flogging damaged books out of a little shop on Peas Hill at 3 quid per paperback and 7 quid per hardback).

Fitzbillies' chelsea buns are quite good.

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Nov. 18th, 2012

06:30 pm - no boom!

I have replaced the exploded capacitor in my PERQ, fixed a memory diagnostic failure by unplugging and reseating the CPU and memory cards, and it now boots to the operating system. Not bad for a thirty year old machine..

(Next question, is anybody at work fool enough to help me lug it in for the 'Curious Computing Celebration' the week after next? :-))

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