Friday, March 31, 2006

Landscape Picture #2

St. Andrews Golf Club House

Taken again in October 2003, I know it's a bit dark but it was late in the day because my car had died and we had to get a rental, maybe I'll brighten it up one day.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

A sugaring we shall go

Maple, Maple and even more maple, I think I overdosed on maple.

This weekend I went to my first sugaring off and I was on a sugar-high for the rest of the day.

All the maple covered foods I could eat, there was a wide selection too and a lot of stuff you wouldn't think they could cover in maple, but they did it. Just imagine trying a poached egg swimming in maple syrup or bacon and sausages coated in this stuff.

During the day there was also a lot of Canadian Geese flying over, heading south. Just imagine if someone had brought their shotgun along.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

How much does Windows suck????

It seems to be a monthly install of that wonderful Microsoft product, Windows XP.

Come back to the PC not booting at all and after an hour of swapping cables thinking it was a hardware it was Windows screwing up the filesystem on the hard drive again!!!!!!

Just as well I made a ghost image of the hard drive last time.

Just another comment to add.......Windows Suck!!!!!!

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

So where is Bo'ness?

I get a lot of questions asking me which part of Scotland I come from and I get a lot of confused looks when I say "Bo'ness", so now it's just been relocated to "Edinburgh" or "Just outside Edinburgh", both are technically true.

Bo'ness (or Borrowstouness) is a small town on the banks of the River Forth about 10 miles west of Edinburgh. It's had a long and colourful life, where it has seen a lot of various industries come and go. Now the only industry there is the Bo'ness Iron Co. where various drain covers are made and shipped all over the U.K.

Bo'ness also used to be a major shipping port until the nearby town of Grangemouth took over as a major port, now it just sits empty collecting mud.

Here is some Bo'ness related websites:

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Landscape picture #1

The Forth Bridge from South Queensferry

This picture was taken in October 2003 from South Queensferry on the banks of the River Forth. Maybe one day I will edit out the construction work on the Forth Rail bridge.

Monday, March 20, 2006

A blast from the past

I was browsing through my picture CDs and came a couple of pics from one of my previous employers, Jabil Circuit.

I think this one was taken around October/November 2003, about 2 months before I left for Canada. (Can you guess which one is me?)

I can name a few of the people in this picture but I think there was quite a few new starts in there who didn't last long.

Here is another one of what I tested, which took about 4 hours. Interesting combination of high voltage and water cooling............

Saturday, March 18, 2006

How green do you want to be?

Last Friday was St. Patrick's day and some of us at work did do our bit for this day by wearing something green. But Eric just had to go that extra length as you can see by the picture.

Mind you it was fun watching everybody's reaction to his greeness when they arrived for work.

Montreal has their big St. Patrick's day thing on Sunday which will be televised, don't think I'll go there, it's still rather chilly outside.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Fun'n'Games at lunchtime

There seems to be a growing trend of game playing at lunchtime at work, me included.

Everybody else here likes to play Halflife: Counter Strike where they seem to enjoy killing each other (even the Boss), where me and Eric pursue our interests in Retro gaming. My choices are Commodore C64, Sega Meagadrive and Super Nintedno. Having a USB memory stick allows me to keep my games with me.

Ah well I suppose that's the advantage of working in a software & video game testing company.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Winter almost over?

When I thought the Canadian winter was showing signs of ending, we get a small present of overnight snow. So it was quick session of clearing snow from the car this morning before making our ways to work.

For nearly 4 months things here in Montreal have been rather chilly and white, things were starting to warm up and I even managed to break up some ice that's been covering the driveway.

Ah well maybe it's just a one-off dumping of snow. (hopefully)