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Tuesday, July 24th, 2007
10:58 am
It's been a looooong time
It's been way too long since I poted anything. I finished building the slot car track that I was racing about 2 years ago. now, that has expanded somewhat.....

I, along with a friend, have started a new business. It's a slot car centre. I still have a 'real' job, and we run the centre after hours and on weekends. It's in a large (234 sq. m) factory unit not far from my house. 3 large wood tracks, including my first one, plus I've built a 5 lane portable track.

I'm in the process of building a Drag Strip down one wall. 1/24th scale drag racing is very popular. We also have an Aurora AFX track and will be holding a round of the national titles for the kids.

We've really gone out on ta limb here, but we are pretty sure that we'll do okay. We've been open 6 months and we are very close to paying the bills, so that's a good thing.

For anyone interested the website is http://www.xlr8raceway.com

This basically means that I've been flat out for the last year sorting this out and running the shop, so nothing else is getting done. Ahhh, well, I hope to retire to potter around in the shop in a few years......

Thursday, July 14th, 2005
8:37 pm
It's finally happened. I've started the track. Here are the results so far.


It's 3 day's work, flat out. Had the day off today, coz I've got a shocking head cold. No, it's not the 'flu, people die from that, it's just a bloody cold. (I hate people who say they've got the 'flu when they're upa and about.

Suffice to say that the track looks like it's going to fill the garage, and that's what I wanted. It'll be a challenging course to drive on as well. I hope to get the entire 'bed' of the track done by the end of next week. I'm on holidays until then. After that, it will be evenings and Saturdays, as both Helen and Kurt are now racing RC cars. Both doing very well at it, too.

That's it for now.
Tuesday, May 10th, 2005
10:17 am
It's been a while
Wow, it's been more than a while. Lots has happened over the 2 months that it's been since I last posted. We had Ian over for a BBQ and he seemed to enjoy himself. (We'll have to do that again).

Kurt has just started his second season of competition in Radio Controlled touring car racing. He got third place in his division (novice) in the first season, which is quite an achievement considering that almost everything was borrowed and he didn't actually do the whole season. The problems that we had with the radio gear and other stuff was incredible, but he got there.

I have now obtained a sponsor who is picking up the tab on most of the things and so we now own almost everything we need. Having spent about $4500 so far, I'm glad we got the sponsorship. Helen has been great. She's been coming down to the track, bringing lunch and supporting Kurt all the way. So guess what I bought her for Mother's Day? Yep, a race car. It's a Tamiya TT-01, which is a slower car with almost no adjustable parts and it's very easy to drive. A nice-looking Nissan Skyline GT-R body on it as well. She drove it for the first time on Sunday and did very well. Now we're looking for a different bodyshell, maybe a Lamborghini.

As for me, I'm okay. Still too busy at work, We really need another person, but the argument is that there isn't anywhere to sit them. I'm thinking of suggesting that I work from home!!

The slot car track is still on hold. R/C has been taking all my time and money, but I'm determined to finish it one day.

That's about it.
Wednesday, March 16th, 2005
7:22 pm
Murphy has an incredible way of stuffing things up, doesn't he? Here in WA, there was a long weekend a couple ago, for Labour day. The Thursday before, while out in the shed, I had a stabbing pain in a tooth on the upper riht side. This developed into vomiting, diahoreea and other nasty stuff for the rest of night and friday morning. I didn't go to work and ended up getting to sllep through pur exhaustion and some very strong narcotics at about 10 AM.

The pain continued right through Saturday and Sunday, and finally, on the Monday, Helen decided that enough was enough nnd took me to an emergency dentist. He pulled two teeth, and found a bloody great abcess on one of them. it appears that the abcess was poisening me and making me sick (I haven't been well for some time now).

Where does Mr Murphy come in? On the Tuesday, daughter number 2 was due to get her licence. Being a good dad, I popped an incredible amount of pills and wandered blearily down to the local traffic department with Helen and her. I also needed to hand in some plates.

Apparently, we ran across Ian. I was in a very comfortable haze by the time we got there, and I think Pink Floyd describes it best - "comfortably numb". I don't remember anything about the whole thing. Helen tells me that it was all very cordial, and for that, I'm glad. I'm sorry that I wasn't compus enough to actually remember the experience. Maybe it wasn't meant to be, who knows?

Off to work on the bloody RC car again
Tuesday, February 15th, 2005
12:57 pm
Hmmm... I thought I said....
Heh, I did a baaaad thing on Sunday. I bought Kurt a Radio Controlled Car chassis. What can I say? It was a bargain. If bought in the box, it would have been $650+ but because the guy had bought it, built it and never used it, I managed to get it for $140. Brand new, with dust and spiderwebs. Now *that* is a bargain. Thing is, I told Helen I wasn't going to buy him his presents ahead of time again. Ahhh, well, always in the shit, only the depth varies.

The great thing is that the chassis is the same make and model as the one lent to us, so that we can use all of the running gear, radio, wheels, etc from the borrowed one to flesh this one out until Kurt can afford to buy the bits. He's a very fortunate young man and I keep reminding him of this fact.

On the subject of the slot car track, although it has taken a bit of a back seat since the advent of the RC racing every week, I have at least managed to start the installation of the Scalextric track in the garage. The track is laid out in it's new shape on the supports now. There's still a lot to do, but at least I can see progress. It's something I'll just potter away on, and in winter when it's too wet to race RC, Kurt will probably take an interest again, lol.

Bye for now
Friday, February 11th, 2005
2:00 pm
Erection problems (almost) solved

I don't believe it!! I have a patio. And a shed !!! The fact that neither was erected on the dates given to me and that I took leave from work for nothing is no longer important. They have arrived. The company still have some work to do, but at least I can lock it up.

The patio is fantastic, a huge gabled structure covering around 25% of the backyard. The garage is also a biggun, (yep, I'm a size queen), and I've just finished installing the alarm and have started the electrics. I hope to start laying the Scalextric track on the weekend.

As for the rest of life, it goes on. I'm pretty content with work. I have a performance review in a week and I'm not worried about it. Helen is working a lot at the moment. She is only supposed to be two days a week, but seems to be full time all the time and I think it's starting to annoy her. I'm not the homemaker type and I don't really tidy up a lot. Basically I'm a slob, okay? heh

The kids are all good, back at school for the youngest two and Monique is still putting in a lot of extra hours at the salon and courses to get ahead. Kurt is still chafing to get a job, as he has a very expensive habit to feed Radio Controlled car racing. A very generous person has lent him a car to let him compete in the regular Sunday racing season, and he's doing quite well. That's when I can keep the car going. These cars are verysophisticated things and right now, I'm trying to figure out what's wrong with the front diff in it. It's a four-wheel-drive touring car chassis and he has a Honda Integra body on it. If you think these things are toys, the guy who lent us this one paid over $2500 for his new one, and that's with no radio gear, motor, wheels or body. That's why I say he is very generous.

Current Mood: Motivationally Challenged
Thursday, January 20th, 2005
3:19 pm
Don't fall off your chair!!

Yup, I'm finally going to update.

A lot has happened in the past few months, but most of it is boring family or work stuff. We’re still here. The job is still full-on, but I think I’m getting on top of it now and I can actually see the changes in the level of service that my team is providing. The organization seems to have seen that as well, because we were nominated for the Team High Achiever’s award for the year. We didn’t win, but getting the nomination (the first for the IT Services Team in the 10 or so years that the award has been running) means that my people have been rewarded in a little way for the hard work and extra effort that they have put in.

Home life is good. I’ve decided that, after going to the Doctor and finding out that I weigh 110.8 Kg, I need to do something about my weight. I’ve hired an electric treadmill, and I’m walking almost every day. Walking ‘till I drop. I haven’t lost any weight yet, but I think my fitness level, which was really bad, has improved a lot. I’m now also drinking Chinese tea instead of coffee. Two of my team are Chinese, as is a very good friend, and they all advocate it as a fat-burner. I like it as well, so it’s no hardship. Helen is doing well, working a lot (she says too much) and I’m working hard at getting to relax more at home. The kids are okay, my eldest is still hairdressing the middle one has moved her part time job from fast food to retail and is happier, and my son just can’t wait to get a job.

The dog is still alive!

And on to the latest saga… we still don’t have the garage or patio yet. We signed the contract in the 3rd week of September and so far, all I had seen for the $3000 deposit that I gave them is a copy of the $70 building licence that they obtained. Then the company rang me last week to tell me that they would be starting work on the patio on the 24th (Monday). Ah hah!!!

But wait, there’s more

They rang me yesterday and told me that they wouldn't be starting Monday. In fact, the fellah couldn't tell me when they were going to start. I was in a meeting, so I couldn't spit it like I wanted to. By the time I was free, It was after 5PM and they were closed.

I rang this morning and told the guy I wasn't happy, his reply was "It's the building game and that's the way it is". I then told him that if I wasn't happy, then the job wasn't going to go ahead, and that the garage was the more important part of the job. His attitude changed a bit when I mentioned getting my money back, and he told me he'd ring me back.

The upshot is, they are turning up Monday morning to do the pad for the garage, and then Tuesday (at the moment) to start the patio. To tell you the truth, I'm just bloody sick of it and ready to tell them to stick it anyway. All it’s going to take is one more phone call from them and I’ll be telling them it’s over, I’ll go to someone who needs the work.

Maybe I’m getting grumpy in my old age, but it seems to me that if I’m made to wait more than 4 months, something is wrong. Not only that, but the story keeps changing. First of all they’re coming Monday, then it’s Thursday. Ah, well, not a lot I can do now unless they ring me.

That’s it for now. I intend to move the servers out to the new shed (whoever builds it!) and I’ll be spending a lot of time out there rebuilding my old track and starting the new one.

Stay tuned

Current Mood: blah
Wednesday, October 13th, 2004
10:10 pm
Horses for...

last day of the week at work for me today. I'm on a course tomorrow. I'm not saying that it's not work, but at least it'll be different. Things are going okay otherwise, I've ordered the new garage for the slot car track and, after tearing down the old one in one weekend, I've found out that the new one won't happen until after Christmas!! I'm over being mad about it, it's just not worth stressing about any more, because the people doing it don't give a shit. Problem, is, they make the best sheds in Perth, and I've already given them $3K as a deposit.

On the subject of the new track, i've finally finished the design.

It's 4.8 metres by 3.o metres and all four lanes are a bit over 76.5 metres long. It will be built from chipboard, with slots routed in it for the cars to run in. I'm allowing myself 8 months to make it and I hope I can complete it in that time

Enough of my blathering

tha wumpus

Current Mood: cheerful
Wednesday, September 29th, 2004
7:54 pm
Thursday, September 23rd, 2004
8:50 am
Dog day afternoon



About the dog. About a year and a half ago, I had to have our dog put down. It broke my heart. One of the hardest things I have ever had to do was phone my (then) 11 year old son who was away with his Nan and Pop on holidays and tell him that I had had to take his best mate to the vet to have him put down. Kurt didn’t know life without a dog. We got Scruffy when Kurt was less than 12 months old and they became best mates (and partners in crime) for the next 10 years. The dog had become quite grumpy and eccentric over the few months leading up to this time, and as he was quite a large dog (size of a Labrador), when he became stubborn, it was difficult to get him to do as he was told. The end finally came when I took hold of his collar to move him out of my way (he was standing in front of a gate I wanted to get through and he wouldn’t move). He whipped his head around and sank his teeth into my right wrist deep enough for the top and bottom ones to almost meet. Thus the trip to the vet, who told me that it was very likely to be old age and that there really wasn’t a way around it. I could never really trust the dog with my children again. So I had him put down.


Some 12 months later, we decided to get another dog, if we could find one that fitted into our family. It was decided to try the local pound, and I put in a request for a small dog, male or female with a friendly disposition. I was phoned by a Ranger a few weeks later, who told me that there was a dog in the pound that I might be interested in. I went along and was introduced to a very thin, almost emaciated little black dog that just sat there and trembled. When I squatted down he bounded over to me and seemed happy to have someone pay him attention. I took him home on trial for the night (yeah, right) and of course, wasn’t allowed to take him back. The kids named him Buddy, and when I took him to the vet and had him checked, I asked her if she could take a guess at the breeds involved. Even the vet couldn’t pick out a breed, so that will give you some idea when I say he’s a true ‘Heinz variety’ dog. Buddy has lived with us for around six months now, and has fattened up. His coat now glistens with health and he has gone from a crouching, cringing, obviously abused dog to a bundle of pure joy and energy who gives his unconditional love to everyone in the house.


On the Friday before I left for Bali, I was phoned at work by my eldest daughter who told me that the dog wasn’t well. I went home straight away, to find that he could barely walk, and whined when his stomach was touched. We immediately took him to the vet, who put him under observation for the day, and when I picked him up later that evening, he seemed fine. The vet seemed to think that it was a stomach upset of some sort. Next day, he was a bit lethargic, but picked up after having something to eat, so Helen and I flew off to Bali.


Apparently, on the Sunday morning, he became worse again, and the kids took him back to the vet. My son played football, then the kids met back at the vet in the afternoon to find out what was going on. The vet told the kids that it was rodenticide poisoning, and that there wasn’t much of a chance for such a small dog. The upshot was that the kids made the decision to have the dog put down. They said goodbye, and left. I received an e-mail in Bali Sunday night telling me this. To say I was devastated is an understatement.


I then got another e-mail on Tuesday night saying that the dog was still alive. Apparently, the vet had taken Buddy out the back to euthanise him and couldn’t do it without trying to save such an obviously loved pet. He gave Buddy a blood transfusion and doses of vitamin K and Buddy responded well. He is obviously a fighter. The vet then rang my daughter to tell her to come and pick up the dog’s collar and tags, not telling her about the dog. When she arrived, he let Buddy come out first, and apparently she sat on the floor of the waiting room for 10 minutes hugging the dog and crying.


So now we still have a dog. We have checked around the back yard to see if we could find where he got the rat baits, but we aren’t sure. He could have eaten a mouse or rat with the poison still in it’s system. It’s powerful stuff and should have killed him. We will watch him closely from now on and at the moment he isn’t allowed strenuous exercise or hard food, in case he bleeds to death. He is also on tablets for another 4 weeks, but I think the worst is over.


If Buddy were a cat, he would have used one of his lives up on this one. How many do dogs get???

Current Mood: contemplative
Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004
12:14 pm

Back from Bali, back at work. Let me get this bit off my chest right now. We heard about the bomb in Jakarta while sitting in the new Paddy’s Pub. To say that we were shocked and stunned is not enough. I was saddened and angry as well. We resolved while sitting there to not go home early, no matter what happened. We still had almost a week of our holiday left, and I wasn’t going to let idiots ruin it for me. End rant.


Bali is an incredible place. The people are awesome, the sights are unbelievable. I can’t believe that it took me 41 years to get there. We stayed at the Mercure Bali, right across the road from Kuta Beach. The hotel is in a brilliant spot, right next to the Hard Rock Hotel and in the middle of the teeming mass of people that is called Kuta. This being our first trip, I figure we had “mug tourist” written on our foreheads as me walked around on the first day, just after arriving at the hotel, because we were accosted by every street vendor and hawker as we walked around! We had a tour booked for the second day (Sunday) and I’m glad that we did, it taught us a lot about Bali, it’s people and their customs. That tour encompassed the volcano called Kintamani and some temples and other sights as well as some Balinese dance.


We spent the next couple of days exploring the areas of Kuta and Legian, walking everywhere so as to experience the sights and the sounds. We turned up little alleyways and ended up in small markets that didn’t seem to see many tourists. We spoke to the people on the streets and in the stalls and found the Balinese to be a happy, laid-back people, just like Aussies. Considering that a lot of the street stalls and markets had whole families in them, I never once heard a child cry or get told off. Arguments between people in the street were so rare as to be not really noticeable (I think I heard two in ten days) We found that, even if we didn’t buy anything, we were warmly welcomed and felt safe and at home. I think it’s obvious the people made a deep impression on me.


We relaxed after a few days, and I managed to forget work enough to really unwind. I probably drank a bit too much, but that’s me. Helen had a ball shopping and bargaining and I enjoyed just watching her and taking lots of photos. (I’ll put them up on the website one day!) and generally just being a tourist. There was a huge drama about our little dog, Buddy while we were away, but that’s for another entry.


So, here I am, after ten glorious days on the Island of the Gods, Bali. We are going back very soon. As far as I am concerned, we have only just scratched the surface of the people, traditions, and culture of this marvellous place. If I have to go ten more times to get tired of the place, then so be it.

Current Mood: happy
Friday, September 3rd, 2004
11:49 am
By Royal Command...

Here it is, the Royal Command Journal Entry, A very good friend of mine has had a go at me about not posting enough. Happy now, ted_e ???

As for what's going on, it's been very busy just lately..... lots!!

We leave for Bali tomorrow morning. Helen and I really, really need this break. The stress at work has been building, somewhat due to the pressure I have been putting on myself. I had my 12 month performance review last week, and my boss told me that he is very happy with the way I have started, but that I have set myself and my team some very high standards to keep up in the future. With the quality of the people I have in my team, I don't forsee a problem, and I told him so. The pressure at work has, of course made me a bit grumpy at home, and I once again fall at the feet of my wife, who tolerates my bad temper with the patience of a saint. (she tells me to bugger off out to the shed a lot just lately!!) I've never been to Bali, and Helen was there over 20 years ago, so it will be a completely new experience for both of us. I am sooooo looking forward to just tossing the watch away and doing what I want, when I want. I hope to come back refreshed and ready for the new challenges that life will, I know, theow at me.

As reported in my last post, the slot car track is now operational. To say it has become an obsession is to put it mildly. I now have 7 cars, with two more to come today, if they come in in time at the local hobby shop / track. Kurt and I have found a new place about 5 minutes down the road that runs organised races in different classes on Thursday nights. We race against other like-minded people and have an absolute ball. Last night, I was entered in 3 classes and scored a win in each of these. each driver races 4 times in each class, and then the final points are added up at the end. Considering I've never won a race before, I was stoked!! And jsut to show how badly I've been bitten by this bug, I am ordering a new shed when I get home from the holiday. it will be 4.5m x 9.2m and dedicated to the slot car track and everything slot car. The current shed leaks quite badly and is in dire need of repair, so I have managed to talk Helen into letting me get a new one! To be able to spend time with my son, in the preperation and use of the cars in competition, as well as the construction of the track, has been a joy for me.

For those who know them, the kids are great, my eldest now has an apprenticeship in hairdressing and is enjoying herself enourmously. The others are at school and doing well.

and that's about it at the moment. Looking forward to seeing the Melbournite when he actually graces us with his presence and hope that we can catch up a bit more.

Cheers all

Tha wumpus

Current Mood: excited
Tuesday, July 20th, 2004
1:59 pm
Success is sweet...

We've done it. Kurt and I got power to both lanes late on Sunday afternoon. It's still not perfect, but we can now run all of the cars we own on the track. The rough joins between the second-hand track are still causing some problems, but we are gradually ironing out the bugs. Now I can start adding the buildings, people, signs and other things that make this the great hobby that it is. Both Kurt and I now have four Scalextric cars each and my daughter Megan also has one. She bought the red Mini Cooper from the movie "The Italian Job". Nice car, and it goes well, too.

Life otherwise is going well. Work is getting more sane. Being a lot more in charge of my destiny now is really a double-edged sword. I can make some decisions that dictate just how my life is going to be for the next few years and I have to be really careful. Anyone who knows me knows that I don't know how to do things half-way. The slotcar track is probably a very good example of that. Any sane person would go out and buy a small figure-eight track. Not me. I buy 13 metres of track and throw out almost everything in my garage in order to build a good raceway. I have to be really careful that I don't approach the next few years here at work with the same intesity, or, I'm sure, a heart attack will ensue

What I need to do is sit down and plan the next few years clearly. Of course, thechnology being what it is, things will change, but I will at least have a course for myself and my team to steer. It sounds sorta corny, I know, but it's very important to me that I don't become one of those 'cowboy' managers that rushes in one morning and says "Hey team, today we're gonna do this". I hate it when people do that to me, and I hate surprises and guessing games. I don't want to set impossible targets, just realistic ones, and God help you if you let a deadline go past without coming to me beforehand and telling me it's going to happen.

Enough pontificating for one day. If I ever get time, I'll post some pics of the track and my cars.


Current Mood: contemplative
Friday, July 9th, 2004
7:46 pm
Firedragon International Raceway...

Woo hoo, it's finally happened. I've actaully done a lap of the track that I'm building. On one lane. With one particular car. But, it's a start. There's a lot of bumps and problems, especially at the joins. We hope to have power to the other lane tomorrow (Saturday) and start on the skidpans.

My health hasn't been too flash for the last couple of weeks, and I've been really busy both at work and at home, so the track hasn't had as much attention as it should have. (not has my LiveJouenal, LOL) and so I have to re-commit to it. It WILL happen, IT WILL be finished!!

On other fronts, I have just purchased a new digital camera. I've wanted a good one for years and now I have one. An Olympus C-5060. I've been told it's a good one. What attracted me were two things, it has a point-and-shoot interface, so Helen will use it, and it does macro and super macro. I can get as close as 3cm without losing clarity. the great thing is, I took some shots of some toys I bought last night as scenery, and I didn't have to use macro. The camera focussed in on the items really well, even though they were literally only 5cm (2 inches) away. Bloody amazing. I hope to take some shots of the track, and lots of the family and such.

Well, it's off to bed for me!!

Night all

Current Mood: artistic
Thursday, May 27th, 2004
5:39 pm

Considering how cold it's been here in Perth just lately (it was 1 degree Celsius when I got up this morning), I'm quite proud of the fact that I've spent the last couple of evenings in an unheated shed, clearing out mor stuff to fit the track in.

Now I'm not sure aboiut you, the person reading this, but I do know that I have a really bad habit or two when cleaning up. The first is that I never, ever want to throw anything away. I am a hoarder of the first degree and still whinge about the time that I was in hospital for a couple of weeks years ago and the Lioness had a few of my mates over and they threw away four Mini engines that I had in the back yard.

Now, I know I didn't own a Mini at the time, and I haven't actually owned one since, but you never know. You never know when they will come in handy and I hate to waste anything. It's the Scot in me I s'pose!!

Number two bad habit is finding treasure while digging through a pile of stuff that I haven't looked at for a few years. I'll find something and go "Wow". That stops the cleanout process for a while while I decide how I'm going to store this particular (important) bit of my life so that I don't lose it again. Of course, this leads to a very impatient wife, who ends up sending me off to do some task or other while she ruthlessly tosses away the entire history of my life up untill now.

Ahh, what would I do without her? The lump of granite that resides where any other himan's heart is allows her to do things like that when I can't even contemplate it. (and no, she doesn't read this journal, heh). Due to this particular skill of hers, I have asked her to help us finish the cleanout on Saturday. With her in charge, it won't take long.

The rest of my life is incredibly busy at the moment. Work is a flat-out 11 hour day, and the only respite I get on weekends is slotcars for a couple of hours. I'm hoping that it will settle down soon, or I think I'll go mad!!!

Current Mood: rushed
Wednesday, May 26th, 2004
2:04 pm
Making Tracks

I've changed my mind about the way I'm going to construct the slot car track at home. Up until now, I was going to rout the slots in sheets of chipboard and lay down copper braid for the pickup rails. This is still the best way to make a track, but it is incredibly time-consuming and I really don't have the time at the moment. So, I compromised. The pro race track that I go to has a lot of Scalextric track sections for sale second hand. The prices aren't too bad, either. Kurt and I visited on Monday night and I took Monique's b/f with me, because he's been into Scalextric for quite a while now and he could help us pick some good stuff out.

We spend about an hour going through virtually all of the track that was there, and I came home with 48 track sections that only cost me $50. Take it from me, this is a bargain considering that 1 new section of standard straight can cost $7 or $8.We spent until very late Monday night, and then another few hours last (Tuesday) night putting the sections into a shape that worked for us. What remains now is to prepare a large table 3 by 1.8 metres to accomodate this setup. Since I've already started the shed cleanup, and the wood that I have accumulated will make a good tabletop, I don't see that it will take more that a couple of weeks to get it up and running.and then, (those that know me will grin here), I'll fit the computer timing and lights so that we can know how fast we are to the thousandth of a second and we can go night racing. Hmm, maybe I'm obsessed. I hope so.

I'll post some photos as the project begins to take shape, and keep up the progress reports. And Kurt still whups my arse, even on this track!!

Current Mood: chipper
Friday, May 21st, 2004
4:22 pm
Watta week

It's been a beauty this week, we installed a nice strong firewall on the weekend, and have had a few small problems to iron out during the last few days. Also, I'm being harrassed by some people a bit higher up in the food chain here than I am. These people want me to do something that I feel will compromise security on our network (and we've just installed a firewall to increase security), and when I gave an alternative that will cost a little more, but lessens the danger by a massive amount, I was told that what this person wanted done was being done in other companies all the time.

Now, I am hired to do the best job that I can do, and I really don't care what other people do with their data and their security. Hell, I've worked in a company that handled financial information and had a live connection to the Internet with no firewall (not my choice, mind you). Basically, I told this person that I wasn't willing to take the easy/cheap way out, and that if that was required of me, then I would demand that the instruction was in writing, and signed by him. He called for my head on a platter, my Manager and Director stood firmly by me and stated that what I had advised was the only way that it would be done. Although I am very chuffed that they stood up for me, I am sick of internal politics and bullshit. As this person is elected by the people, he feels that it gives him the right to tell me how to do my job. It doesn't. In fact, he is required to ask for the advice and recomendations of employees at all times.

Today, I hired a network security company to audit our network and report back. Part of their scope is to recommend a method of doing what this person wants. I already know what the answer will be, because what I recommended is world's best practice!!

On to better things... The slotcar track hasn't progressed much, I've been waaaay too busy. I was saying to the Lioness the other day that I'm not sure where my time goes. Granted, I spend a lot of time at work, but I try to leave by 5 and get home. The only problem is that I have a DSL connection direct to work and I'm usually back "at work" by around 7. Also, over the last two weeks, I've had both of my servers at home die slow deaths, so it's been a rebuilding process. I actually enjoy that, tho, because it relaxes me to just be able to sit and bulid a Linux or Windows server without the pressure that we have at work.

I have done some work for the track, though. The shed is just about cleaned out, and I've found a source for the copper braid that is used for the power rails on a routed track. I've also accumulated enough wood to build a reasonable size track. Kurt and I will hopefully spend a couple of fun hours at the professional track tomorrrow, and if the weather stays wet, we'll probably get some work done on the track. I'm really enjoying spending the time with Kurt, he's getting into the hobby, and really enjoys beating Dad's arse on the track.

Time to go home, I'm hoping to finish off the Win 2000 server tonight and get our domain and storage back, lol


Current Mood: content
Saturday, May 15th, 2004
1:19 pm
A Quickie..

Just before we head off to the slot car raceway again, I thought I'd better update. All of the problems in the former post worked out okay. It was two days of Royal pain, though. Now we are installing a new firewall. Can't have enough grief in your life, I suppose, lol.

As for 'brighter' things, my Corvette slot car has head and tail lights fitted standard, and neither Kurt's Camaro, nor his V8 Supercar do. I've done a bit of research on the 'net and also pulled my car apart to see what makes the lights work, and I've decided to have a go at doing it myself. We visited the local electronics store this morning and bought all the bits I think I'm gonna need to fit lights to at least one of Kurt's cars. The actual circuit isn't a problem, it's how to get it all into a 1/32 scale car!! The LEDs that I bought for the headlights are the super bright sort, and if they turn out brighter than mine, I might just swap mine over.

Well, time to go. Have a great day, y'all

Current Mood: busy
Thursday, May 6th, 2004
12:09 pm
The Great Pretender...

I don't believe it!! We have a consultant here from the other side of the country, and our Database Administrator is off sick. It's not his fault, I happen to know that he really is crook, in hospital, in fact, and would much rather be here. The only problem is, I'm not a DBA. In fact, I'm not a DBA's arsehole, and what I know about Microsoft SQL has been learned on the fly and because I had to when i was a Sysadmin.

The guy from Brisbane is here to install a major upgrade to our financial software. Not a small thing. And it's costing us a few thousand. Again, not a small thing. So, I have had to remember some of my database stuff and come in VERY early and try to make sure everything is ready. He seems to be happy enough, so I think I got it right, but I just know that MR Murphy worked in IT, I just know it. How else could he have described my day soooo accurately otherwise.

Oh, well, back to it. I'd better go make sure he hasn't broken anything yet. When I rose to the lofty heights of lower management, I didn't think I'd have to get my hands dirty doing actual work ever again!! LOL


Current Mood: stressed
Wednesday, May 5th, 2004
11:27 am
Cars, cars and more cars

It's been an interesting few days....

It was Kurt's 13th birthday on Thursday, so I took him to the slotcar raceway to buy him his present. He had his heart set on a limited edition Camaro Scalextric car that was on display. I had put a deposit down on it the week before without him knowing, so that it wouldn't be sold.

Thing is, I'm really just a big kid at heart, and I couldn't help myself. I bought a Corvette so that we would have something to compete against each other with. Of course, when I got home and told the Lioness that I had spent another $65, I wasn't the most popular fellah in the City of Perth!! Ahhh, well, married life is like that. Always in the Sh*t, only the depth varies. And before I get the comments about it being my own fault - Of course it's my fault, what's the fun in living with a Lioness if ya don't rattle the cage occasionally??? ;-)

After the fun that was had on the trip down to the South-West, we have been talking about going on a trip and we finally decided to go to Bali. No kids, no work, no pressure. 10 days of sheer pleasure. It looks like we'll go sometime in September. The kids are old enough to look after themselves for a couple of weeks (with the in-law's help) and so I don't feel one bit guilty.


Anyway, work to do...........

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