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James Le Cuirot
18 March 2014 @ 01:38 pm
This is a whole new form of entertainment. I'm sat at my desk at work and I've got a direct view of a guy in the process of earning himself a Darwin Award. He's fixing a window on a high roof with no safety equipment whatsoever. He recently dropped something off the roof by mistake and peered over precariously to see where it landed. It now looks like he's locked out and waiting for someone to notice. This is taking a while so he's having a smoke in the meantime. And as I type, he's decided to take a lie down. *lol*
Current Mood: amusedamused
James Le Cuirot
14 January 2014 @ 10:40 pm

Amnesty International

Dear Mr Le Cuirot,

I'm delighted to let you know that your lottery number 123456 has come up in the draw this week and you have…

*turns over the folded letter, shaking with excitement*Collapse )
Current Mood: amusedamused
James Le Cuirot
31 December 2012 @ 01:22 pm
Nothing inspires you to move house quite like a potentially serious case of arson right outside your kitchen window. Marna's eagle eye saved a garden furniture store from burning down. I think we at least deserve a free lawn chair or something. =P
James Le Cuirot
17 November 2012 @ 08:26 pm
My sister just called. She's at a CAMRA real ale festival in Saltburn. She wanted to inform me that she'd tried an ale and she hated it. I informed her that ales vary a lot and it took three months before I actually developed a taste for them.

"Are you saying I have to drink three months of ale in one night?"
"That's exactly what I'm saying."

Hehe. Now I wish I had a beer in the fridge. All I have is wine and whisky. I may have to settle for the latter. Hell, I might even need it. Marna tells me that snow is on its way.
Current Mood: thirstythirsty
Current Music: Nightwish - Dead Boy's Poem
James Le Cuirot
08 October 2012 @ 04:01 pm
(15:47:00) Draggy: i'm doing javascript all day
(15:47:09) Draggy: with an incomplete API
(15:48:25) Draggy: i can pull back info, i can't send any :(
(15:49:50) James: Mr. Anderson... what good is an API call... if you're unable to send?
(15:50:09) Draggy: I should smack you for typing that
(15:50:13) James: hahaha
Current Mood: geeky
James Le Cuirot
10 September 2012 @ 08:12 am
I occasionally have to take the coach to work and there's this one guy I never fail to notice. He's a dead ringer for Cancer Man from the X-Files. He even wears a suit and gets off the coach to have a smoke. I wasn't a massive X-Files fan but I know enough about it to appreciate how cool that is.
Current Location: 55.96035, -3.24424
James Le Cuirot
Back on the train again. Nearly missed it but I won't tell that story now. I'm sharing this time but the guy is very friendly. Also feel like we're sharing with the two Americans next door. I joked about how "piercing" the accent is.

They've actually been talking about the same thing for over 40 minutes now. After a while, I started to listen in and it sounds, but probably isn't, somewhat sinister. I keep hearing things like "clinical trials", "cytotoxins", "at some point you'll have to tell them what's in it", "make it up" and "tell them it's garlic and ginger". Fuck knows lol.
Current Mood: nosey
Current Music: Americans
James Le Cuirot
...you have a dream about two medieval knights standing on a stage, one in a red cape, teaching the audience about RedCloth, and the other in a blue cape, teaching the audience about BlueCloth. Yes, I really had this dream and yes, I do question my sanity. :|
Current Mood: crazycrazy
James Le Cuirot
12 June 2009 @ 05:20 pm
Haha. I'm the biggest geek. I'll get to the point now because you'll probably stop reading after this. I've made it so that when we make a phone call on either of our cordless phones or when a call comes in, it automatically fades the music/TV/whatever volume down and when the call ends, it fades it back up again. Why? BECAUSE I CAN.

I've used Asterisk for this. That's the software I was paid to set up a few years ago to create a joint phone exchange between London and Shanghai. I resisted the temptation to install it at home for a long time because I already had a VoIP phone and they're prone to problems enough as it is. Having said that, until our router died, the phone was actually very reliable. Rather than replace the router, I set up this PC as the router and that did lead to the occasional breakage but I've since ironed out some of the glitches so it has been behaving a bit better lately. Since the phone now relies on the PC regardless, I figured there'd be little harm in adding Asterisk to the mix. Asterisk itself is pretty solid, it's just things like flaky graphics drivers that tend to cause problems.

I didn't install Asterisk just to do this nifty volume thing though. I'm not that bad. (-; Marna recently acquired a new toy. I say acquired because I'm the one who signed up for it. It's a Nokia E71 on a contract from 3 for £20 a month. The phone has every bell and whistle you can think of and the contract allows free unlimited Skype-to-Skype calls. I think this is an excellent deal but while Skype is very popular these days, I think there are relatively few people who use it as a conventional phone and so I suspect that most people won't take advantage of it for practical reasons. I, for one, don't like being chained to my PC by a headset. I can do better than that though. Skype has traditionally been quite a closed system and I haven't been its biggest fan for that reason but lately, it's started to open up a bit. Skype themselves are introducing Skype for SIP and Digium are introducing Skype for Asterisk. These are aimed at businesses though and will probably cost a packet. In the free world, there is something called Skypiax. This allows Asterisk to integrate with the regular Skype client. It's a bit clunky but I have got it working here. That means, Marna can call our regular phone for free and vice-versa. In fact, anyone on Skype can call us for free. One annoyance is that Skype has to be started before Asterisk but a little tinkering with the code will fix that.
Current Mood: accomplished
Current Music: Rahul Sharma - No-Mind
James Le Cuirot
22 September 2008 @ 02:04 am
This entry won't be interesting for many of you but it's mainly just to tell the world that it is possible to PXE boot BartPE when it is built from an OEM installation of Windows XP Professional SP3. There are pages saying that it works with SP2 but no one has mentioned SP3. It took me most of the weekend to get it to work but that was mainly because I was new to slipstreaming and PE Builder was not uppercasing the filenames like it should. I used the excellent RyanVM Integrator to do the slipstreaming. Don't enable the "optimize" setting because this seemed to cause problems for me. Maybe it was something else in the end but I would leave it disabled to be on the safe side. I fixed the filename case problem with a quick and dirty Ruby script. Finally, as the guide states, you do still need to fetch ramdisk.sys from Windows Server 2003 SP1, as well as the other files it mentions.
Current Mood: geeky