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Ok, so I’m lazy, I accept that. For the past 7/8 years I’ve always been busy, with school, college, work, socialising etc…, that I’ve never really looked after myself in terms of exercise. I’ve had random spurts of “EXERCISE TODAY!!!” or the last one I recall, the couch to 5 k running program. Now, in fairness to myself the last time I gave up on the running program was due to a faulty mp3 player and the podcast that I was using for the couch to 5 k would randomly skip ahead or back.
Anyway, excuses aside, I need to get fit. So I’ve started the couch to 5 k program again, this time with a quality functioning mp3 player. In fact today was the first day I ran it and feck me, my legs hurt. I’ve never realised how lazy I’ve gotten between the car, sitting down all day and not having to go very far with my own two legs. So here’s the deal me, if you’re reading this in the future and you haven’t completed the running program, you’re to finish that time machine and go back and kick me square in the face at the point in time where I gave up.
Day one down, tomorrow I start the 100 pushups program, <sarcasm>joy</sarcasm>.
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Hello to all still here, I’m surprised. I’d considered shutting the blog down, as obviously I wasn’t updating it. Been busy with work life and everything real world related.
But here’s the deal, I’ve gotten a second wind, decided to make a go of the blog again, not so much for you, but for me, as a scratch pad of ideas and stuff.
If you want to read, work away, will it be interesting? I have no idea. My life is different and I’m a bit less bitchy / whiny than I used to be.
Anywho, stay tuned if you want.
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Finally got around to getting the site back up and running, thanks to Avova for the hosting
Looking forward to posting again and getting the ball rolling. Still a good deal of tweaking to do and new projects upcoming so plenty to blog about
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That’s right, coming soon, a new RobRaves.com, more raving, more Rob, more everything! New server, same disgruntled Rob. Stay tuned. Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep.
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Happy Christmas to the lot of ya, all 5 of you who read this
IT WAS ME, I WAS THE TURKEY ALL ALONG!
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Now that all the exams and done and more or less the heavy drinking finished, I’ll be revamping the site hopefully before the new year, just more to mess around with the coding more so than anything, try out a few extras etc… gonna mess around with a whole load of add ons lets see if I can get productive. It’ll also help if I actually finish the dam site lol
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Posted by Arbalyst in General Ramblings, Rant, tags: Bad Product, Blood, College, Crap, Laptop, Older, Rant, Repairs, Sony, Work
Sony. What a shower of *insert expletive*. A customer dropped in a relatively new (probably about 6/7 months old) Vaio. It had received a bit of a knock and it wasn’t booting to windows anymore, he tried repairing it himself with the built in OS restore. That aside, it semi-wiped the drive and outright failed then. Ok I’ve no problem with that, customers mistake, probably didn’t read the restore warnings, but he wasn’t too bothered about the data, just needed it up and running before leaving the country, or at least to know what can be done about it.
So anyway, I bring it home, try to boot up using windows disks to do a check disk. No joy, constant “Operating System Not Found” warning, despite setting the order of boot to cd first etc.. So fine, not working, time to take out the drive and check it. Hummm no bloody access to the hard disk! To get to the drive I had to take the entire laptop apart. What muppet in Sony designed this! What normally takes 2 mins to remove a hard drive took 20. I thought maybe they designed it this way to keep customers coming back to THEM for repairs, this is just a really bad design. No regular customer would be taking their hard drive out, so why do it?
I can’t just blame Sony for this crappy design, I’ve seen Fujitsu do it too but it was on their older models. Sony seem to be taking a cheap route in their laptop design and building. I hate badly designed goods, it couldn’t have been that more expensive to add an extra panel for easy access. At the very least it’d make it easier for their own staff to assemble, repair or customise laptops. The only reason I’m ranting about this is that Sony were the expensive, quality laptop, now they seem to be going down the Iqon route. I’ll rant about Iqon another time, actually I don’t think there’s a need. Anyone that has repaired, owned or used an Iqon laptop/pc knows how crap they are and how inept the company were.
rant rant rant
Anywho, besides me ranting about crap, I’m now older, kinda only copped it this morning, when thinking about finances for year 3 of college, may be able to get the mature student grant (if the country hasn’t melted by then).
Gonna try and keep this up to date a bit more, preemptive new year resolution. Anywho back to work and study, exams Monday, fun fun…
Ooo also blood update, got an email back eventually from IBTS.ie, the soonest I can give blood in Athlone is… January. wow
Edit/Update: I withdraw my insults about Iqon, while they’re still crap, they can’t beat HP’s wonder Pavillion DV series. Yesterday I recieved yet another DEAD Hp Pavillion Dvxxxx, I’m into the double digits of these laptops that decided to roll over and die. Main cause of the problem seems to be the Nvidia graphics chip, requiring an entire mainboard replacement. Guess what? Most of these laptops I’ve dealt with are out of warrenty and some aren’t covered by the limited add on warrenty hp offered. A total recall of these units should have been performed. I’m offer repairs on a small scale, I wonder how many hp have recieved of these? Also good luck with their tech support staff, not in warrenty, you have to call a premium rate number, then you have to pay for the mainboard replacement, despite it being a widespread fault. Way to go HP, you now take number one position on manufactuers I hate.
Laptop manufacturers listed by hate:
1: HP – For faulty hardware
2: Iqon – For no driver support / no customer support
3: Sony – Bad design
4: Fujitsu Siemens – Selling loads of cheap laptops with Celerons
5: Dell – Feckin Indian tech support, your last name isn’t Smith, it’s something with 6 syllables, don’t lie to me.
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Posted by Arbalyst in General Ramblings, Rant, tags: Customers, Hate, Manners, Please, Polite, Rant, Society, Thank You, Unwell-written, Work
The title post was intended to be ironic, so don’t be jumping on my neck, it’s too shiny for that.
Anywho, the reason for this post is the astounding lack of manners from my generation, below and some above. I know now that I’m going to turn into one of those old men who look and tut at the younger generation as they beat and drink themselves stupid while swearing at each other, But well feck it I’m on the way there so why stop.
I work behind a desk, in a shop, in a town. Not a single day goes by, where someone points at something that they want without uttering a word, not to mention the lack of please or thank you. I’m talking about coming into the shop, staring at me, pointing to a computer and sitting down. Then there’s the twats who wander in, grunt “computer upstairs” and wander up there without allowing time for me to give them a number. It’s as if people expect to be waited on hand and foot because they’re a “customer”, I don’t know if it’s just me or society in general, but where the hell have manners gone?
Now I can’t tar everyone with the same brush, I do have quite a few people my age and below that ask politely, don’t even have to say please, it’s just the manner in which it’s done. I’m not asking for everyone to be verbal in their politeness, just a little bit of manners like waiting in the queue, not cutting in front of someone, not cutting in on the conversation while I’m trying to deal with or help someone, not tutting loudly because the person in front is taking more than 5 seconds to pay, yes you’re wearing a suit, but it doesn’t make you any more important.
I’m starting to feel old and grumpy. I don’t like it, but I certainly don’t think it’s acceptable for society to lose its veneer of civilization, wasn’t that the whole point of evolving and culture to better ourselves?
I’m well aware that I’m not the pinnacle of polite/cultured society myself, I swear (a lot) and enjoy dirty jokes, I enjoy watching TV and drinking beer. The difference between me and the people I complain about is I won’t answer my phone while dealing with someone that I’ve engaged, i.e. a banker, barista, shop assistant. I’ll say thank you when I’m leaving, I don’t throw my wrappers or rubbish on the ground, it’s how I was raised. I’m polite, overly polite at times, but this brings me to the point of my rant. Why does modern society appear to be coming mannerless? Was it always this way and we’ve never really changed? Maybe I’m just whining too much and should become less polite to people if they’re not willing to show equal respect. Or maybe it’s time to burn the cities down and start again.
Anywho, old man Rob needs some coffee so I’ll wrap this up.
Don’t be an ignorant mannerless twat. Thank you.
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Ok so online social networking is a fantastic idea. Great innovation of the internet but today it’s ugly side rared its head, in the form of some bollox.
I’ll tell the story in brief, some twanger, for want of a better word, decided to make a clone of my sisters bebo profile. Signed up to a bunch of groups and posted on her friends profiles, or at least the ones he/she could access. Thus trying to sully her image and making her friends think it was her posting distasteful comments etc…. (only the profile name differed slightly).
So I’ve had to call her late tonight thinkin her account had been accessed by someone else, until I relealised that it was another account completely. Apparently calling me “the worsf brother” was the best he/she could come up with. Anywho, after all was figured out, got the account banned on bebo, and fair play to the bebo abuse crowd, less than 3mins for a response and account closure. If they’d be kind enough to give me some IP address, I could work from there myself, but I doubt it. Anywho 130+ friends profiles check and messages left for those who had been commented on by the bollox.
Anywho this leads me to my point, make your profile private, well unless you’re out there for dating or whatever, just be prepared that some fuck can pretend to be you. I never bothered switching my own to private, saying that I never thought somebody would be pathetic enough to make a complete copy of a profile.
That is all.
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So haven’t posted in a while mainly because I’m busy, busy, busy, busy …….. *stares at wall*, and easily distracted. I’ve a ton of semi-ready posts, but they require a lot of editing before posting, so I’m gonna hold off on ‘em. However, the gist of some of them are; a load of friends are leaving the country, so I’ve been busy catching up with them, there will be drinking and on top of it all I have a job and college to attend (neither are fun when hungover). So essentially I’m chasing my own shadow which it seems is 20 steps ahead of me, wish I had his organizational skill.
Work over the next while will probably take up a lot of time, lots of ideas to implement and projects to chase up on, there’ll probably be a post on that too, as soon as I get my arse in gear. I need to not need sleep. So in conclusion members of the internets, I’m not dead, just sleeping.
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