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The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes - Kindle edition by Arthur Conan Doyle. Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes - Kindle edition by Arthur Conan Doyle. Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, Second Edition: Harold Abelson, Gerald Jay Sussman, Julie Sussman
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)


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Being The Geekly Diary of Waider
(may contain traces of drinking, movies, and sport)
February 24
Finally installed the RAM upgrade in the Mac. It's already feeling improved. (possibly placebo effect)

February 21
Since 2015 is turning out to be The Year Of Memory Upgrades Chez Waider, I took a putty knife and screwdriver to the Mac Mini and bumped it from 2GB to 8GB. Woo, that made a difference! Mind you, the drive that flaked out some time back appears to have permanently flaked out now, and Drobo seem to have upgraded their dashboard software to a point at which the Drobo unit I have is no longer detected by it. Classy.

Silver Linings Playbook was a little slow to get going, but was a whole lot of fun when it did. Note, every single character in this movie is in some way disfunctional.

February 20
Finally got around to making a start on Sopranos season 6. Three episodes later and I'm still scratching my head wondering why this was such compelling and award-winning drama for so many. It just feels so flat.

February 16
Pleasant weekend away in Lisbon marred somewhat by the fact that I started coming down with something flu-like the night before we left, and I'm only just starting to recover. Nice enough place, but I'd probably have appreciated it more in better health.

February 10
Had a remarkably pleasant dealing with Vodafone's customer service today. The genesis of the dealing was not quite as impressive: looking for a NAC for an iPhone 4 that I purchased from Vodafone a couple of years back, their self-service NAC system insisted it wasn't a Vodafone issue. Customer service guy (Henry) took my details, confirmed my account, then put through the NAC request - which turned up a few hours later. Now I just need to figure out what the people who actually have the phone - currently in Australia - need to do to pick up the status change; probably a quick trip to an Apple store or even a phone kiosk will sort them out.

Doing some hairy reworking of a personal django project, involving changing a ForeignKey field to a ManyToMany field without actually using any of that nice schema migration stuff. Managed not to lose any data, but at the end of the process the code still doesn't quite work the way I wanted it to, so I'm still missing something.

February 04
I bought a memory upgrade for the Mac a while back. I still haven't installed it because... I don't have a screwdriver to fit the case.

January 28
Oh hurrah, time to upgrade all the things again. Bloody exploits.

January 24
Took a spin through some of the CS stuff on Khan Academy. It's pretty neat, other than that the coding exercises engine tended to busy out my browser until I eventually had to restart it (several times), and the grader was pretty finicky about what it would accept (e.g. i++ works, i = i + 1 or ++i doesn't). Small complaints, though for the fact that I actually learned a few things.

Interesting thing with Handoff on the Mac, which continues to not work for me: in the interests of consolidating things, I moved all my iCloud stuff from being split between my original iTunes Store account and my subsequent iCloud account to being all on the iTunes Store account - which isn't an @icloud.com account. Since I did that, Handoff hasn't shown any signs of working at all, where previously it simply worked poorly.

January 16
Evening of hardware calamities. Printer decides to randomly stop working. Wireless decides to randomly stop working. Server decides that a server update in the middle of all of this is just the thing to be doing.

January 15
There's a build of Emacs for Mac which is fully GUI-based, but it has a recurring problem where I start it up, and it never opens its main window - it just consumes a ton of CPU. I've seen this with multiple versions, and of course I've never checked if it's because of my older-than-some-schoolkids startup files, but I figured I'd go google for other victims and maybe a fix.

Safari promptly hung.

It's clearly a conspiracy.

(I did actually try moving my startup files out of the way, but since the problem is intermittent I can't tell if it's just temporarily stopped happening or if that actually fixed the problem)

Also on the Fun With Macintosh front: I got some memory from Crucial, but I haven't been able to install it because the case screws are so firmly inserted that I destroyed a screwdriver trying to remove them (it was a cheap screwdriver anyway). I remember when you opened a Mac by pulling a lever on the case. (I also remember when you opened a Mac by using a custom tool that Apple were legally upset with people for cloning.)