Shopping for more gadgets

It’s gadget shopping time for me again. Here’s what I’m getting:

  1. A new cellphone. My four year-old Nokia 3310 is pretty much on its last legs.
  2. An MP3 player so that I won’t be totally bored while waiting at airports during my Australia trip. (3½ weeks to go!)
  3. An ADSL modem for when I get that much-needed upgrade next year.

That stupid cellphone of mine nearly made me late for BarCamp, as I had to get emergency repairs done to it (it stubbornly refused to read any SIM cards). Fortunately, BarCamp was running on African Time, so it didn’t make too much of a difference in the end.

(As for BarCamp itself, voyager42 has written about it better than I will ever do and Karnaugh has all the photos.)

The MP3 player isn’t as critical as the other two, but it would be nice to have some music to listen to on my trip. My only real requirement is that it must be able to hold several trance livesets, and that means nothing smaller than a 1GB model (which should do me just fine). The ADSL modem has been ordered, and I’m just waiting for it to arrive – it should come either later this week or first thing next week. I’ve been looking at ADSL service providers and found two offerings for a 4GB unshaped option for around R500 per month. I could get a 10GB shaped option for the same price, but I don’t generally download very large files (unless I need a Linux distribution and if I’m too lazy to make the great trek to the nearest Freedom Toaster) and besides, you need an unshaped option if you want to do online gaming. Which means that I can finally join jerith’s Neverwinter Nights posse.

I’m going to end this post. There’s a student behind me, and he’s watching what I type, which is kind of freaking me out. Yes Greg, I mean you.

3, 2, 1, ignition…

… lift off.

After fighting with PHP all weekend (thanks jerith for the help), my personal website is now (hopefully) complete, and it’s over at if you’re at all interested.

(J, if you would give me a link, I’d much appreciate it.)

That was all that I was going to post about, until I received an SMS five minutes ago informing me that taxis in South Africa are now going to be referred to as “computers”, the reasons being that they all have windows, can crash at any time, and the majority are driven by a floppy with a virus…

Guess I’m not very normal.

You Are 76% Abnormal

You are at high risk for being a psychopath. It is very likely that you have no soul.

You are at high risk for having a borderline personality. It is very likely that you are a chaotic mess.

You are at high risk for having a narcissistic personality. It is very likely that you are in love with your own reflection.

You are at high risk for having a social phobia. It is very likely that you feel most comfortable in your mom’s basement.

You are at medium risk for obsessive compulsive disorder. It is somewhat likely that you are addicted to hand sanitizer.

The best maths answers. Ever.

You’ve probably seen the following maths answer, which I found on rooijan‘s blog and posted here a few months back:

To add to that, I’ve just found these…

You just have to wonder what makes people come up with these…

In other news, I’m working on a little personal site similar to what jerith and Edd have. I’m hoping to get it up by the end of next week, but that depends if I can get jerith’s PHP menu generator working – it’s not displaying the little pictures next to pages that have been updated in the past 7 days, like it should. Since I’ve seen it work fine on jerith’s page, I can come up with two possibilities – either it’s because I’m testing it on a Windows machine (I made sure that my site will be hosted on a Linux box, by the way) or it’s because jerith uses PHP4 and the code doesn’t like PHP5, which I use. Knowing Microsoft, the former seems more likely.

And in yet other news, it seems like a lot of people I know have written off cars this year. First it was rooijan, then it was Glen – now Bushman has just joined that club…

UPDATE: rooijan just e-mailed me this…

New developments.

Just a quick warning before we start. I’ve got quite a lot to post about, so this will be one of my longer posts.

The important bit of news is that I have a new job. The firm’s called AAT, and they code all sorts of SMS systems and other shiny things. They’re in the office park behind John Dory’s in Kloof, so that’s 5 minutes to and from work every morning for me (all I have to do is drive down Krantzview Road, dodge the Thomas More College traffic, and I’m pretty much there). They seem to be a pleasant bunch of people, and they’re on the same wavelength as me, which is quite important. Anyway, I start at the beginning of December. CTI is sorry to see me go, but this is quite a step forward for me, and I’m not going to let this one go.

They didn’t have a problem with my trip to Australia at the end of the year either. Which reminds me… I recently received an e-mail from SAA to say that they’d had to make some slight changes to my flight schedule. While that didn’t bother me at all, what amused me was the tag at the bottom: “This e-mail is sent subject to the disclaimer which can be found at $URL. If you don’t have Internet access, please send an e-mail to $E-MAIL.” Now, firstly if I was receiving the e-mail, I probably would have Internet access to read said disclaimer. And secondly, if I didn’t have Internet access, then I probably wouldn’t be able to send the e-mail to get the disclaimer. Idiots.

As for the Fatality LAN – we didn’t do too badly for a first time. Granted, we had our fair share of hiccups – the first being when we pulled the switches out of the boxes while we were setting up, only to discover that they used those irritating two-prong plugs and we had no adapters. So off we sped to Game in the Pinecrest Centre (the new name for the Sanlam Centre for the ex-Durban people reading this) and bought out most of their stock. Then, we had faults in our power supply and some sections of the LAN kept tripping out. We eventually sorted that out by redistributing some of the PCs, and we were all happy. We ran a few tournaments, which made everyone even happier. I didn’t do much gaming myself (spent most of the time looking after the dedicated servers and fixing nyetwork problems), but yes, I did play some Flatout 2 – had a four lap race, and by the middle of the third lap I had lapped the rest of the field. While I was impressed with that feat, there’s no fun in that – to become better, you need to be challenged to perform better (that’s actually true for most things, not just gaming). And I certainly wasn’t being challenged. The same was true for one game of DotA that I played – and bear in mind that this is one game that I don’t generally do very well at.

The next Fatality LAN is happening on the first weekend of next month. I don’t know what attendance will be like this time, especially when you consider that UberLAN is happening on the same weekend, and being more established it will probably attract more players. But we will play on. As for the next CTI LAN, I spoke to Chris and Steven this weekend (both were at Fatality), and it will only be next year.

It would have been a great weekend had it not been for a rather unpleasant experience regarding the Hillcrest Mugg & Bean. I went there last night with rooijan and some other friends from church – after eating my food I started feeling quite sick. So I hauled my sister out of there and got her to drive me home. Upon arriving, I got out of the car to open the gate, and promptly threw up on the side of the driveway. I’m not sure what they put in those Whippy Wedges, but whatever it was, it certainly didn’t agree with me. But then, I’ve eaten Whippy Wedges many times before, so I’m sure that it was a once-off event. It certainly won’t put me off having them again.

All the rest of my weekends for this month (and next month) are booked up. Next weekend is sort of free, just an important cricket scorers meeting (our lead scorer recently passed away, and we need to discuss the way forward from here). The next weekend after that is BarCamp Durban, and the weekend after that I have to do exam invigilation. Then we’re into December – first weekend is the next Fatality LAN, then the weekend after that I’m involved in a church youth camp, and then I’ll be away in Oz. Glad I’ve sorted everything out with regards to my trip now, because there probably won’t be much time to do anything that I’ve overlooked.

I think that’s quite enough for a Monday morning…

Currently listening to: Agnelli & Nelson – Holding Onto Nothing [Original Paul van Dyk Mix]