All quiet on the Western Front

There’s not much going on at my end, the only remotely interesting bit of news being that I got hit by the Dreaded Lurgi for the second time this year last week, and that it’s really nice being able to play computer games with hardware that doesn’t let you down. It’s also quiet at work at the moment, with not much going on. That gives me a bit more free time, something that’s been really lacking over the past few months. With the rAge expo just under a month away, it gives me the opportunity to become really good at certain games.

For those of you reading this that are going (which I know is quite a few of you), take note that your power cord needs to have those red plugs with the flattened earth pin; without it you won’t be able to connect to the power grid. I’m not too sure of the reasons; I read somewhere that it’s some sort of standard that has to be conformed to, but I can’t confirm this.

I popped in to Harvey Travel in Westville the other day to get my Aussie visa application forms (they’re the ones in Durban that take care of that sort of thing). The supporting documentation is really something: I have to include financial status, a letter from my employer confirming that I’m taking leave, letters from my relatives to say that I’m staying with them – and that’s just what I can remember at the moment. Unfortunately, I don’t think that the Real Programmer approach (that of leaving everything to the last minute so you can get away without doing the documentation) is going to work in this scenario. Oh well, I suppose it’s easier than trying to get into the USA…

(By the way, I strongly recommend that you read that Real Programmer article if you haven’t seen it already. I would have really liked to be able to program like that in that era.)

The only other thing that’s worth mentioning is that we had a visit from Head Office, and they seem to be keen to one day move me up to Johannesburg to work in the “Courseware Development Division”. All because of a “How To Program” article that I compiled from various excellent sources, including Peter Norvig’s “Teach Yourself Programming in Ten Years” (another brilliant article), some of Eric Raymond’s writings, and some stuff on jerith’s website. (I had to strongly resist the temptation to put in “How Not To Cheat”.) I haven’t actually gotten around to distributing it yet; I’ll save that for next year’s students. But, getting back to the topic, Johannesburg is pretty much the last place that I would like to move to. Give me Cape Town any day. That being said, if the opportunity is good enough, I wouldn’t hesitate to take it. But it does need to be good enough.

I think I’m going to read that Real Programmers thingie again now…

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2 Responses to All quiet on the Western Front

  1. jerith says:

    Red plugs traditionally connect to the UPS/generator circuit. The reasoning is that since backup power only supplies a limited amount of current, only the essentials should be plugged into it. (This is for protection as well — drawing too much current from a UPS can cause explosive failure…)

    Glad my website was useful to you. One of these days I need to fix the code and make it pretty. 🙂

  2. KaBaDaBrA says:

    Good to hear you moving up in life mr Kieron 😛 I agree, Cape Town is a MUUUCCHHH better place to go work. But hey, beggers cant be choosers…See ya at the next lan bro 😉