Monday, 30 November 2009


Ah, a great success over the weekend; Smoothwall now installed and the NTP server protected from the vagaries of Hackerz with L33t skillz - well, I hope so. Have installed snort to see whats what.

Best thing is I can now monitor what the systems doing from off-site; very handy.

In other news, the contractormobile passed it's MoT to cruise the M1 for another year! Blimey.

And I've almost finished the other internal stable's cladding, should get that done next weekend.

Not much else to report.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Silverlight - will the madness ever end?

I looked at Silverlight a year ago - when SL 2 came out - and built a photograph viewer with it - then I tried it on Chrome and it wasn't supported, so I went back to Flash.

This week I have been looking at it again in terms of using SL to display WPF content, such that I can write Smart Client and web based WPF apps sharing the same codebase.

Oh I wish. it looks like its still a bit of an integration nightmare.

But the real WTF here is this: A year later, and we're on SL 4??!? Whut? Blimey.

Monday, 23 November 2009

Happy Birthday To Me :)

Well, there you go - another year older, not necessarily another year wiser.

Saturday spent the day changing the crankcase ventilator valve on the Contractormobile - now seem to run much better and has half a chance of getting through the MoT on Friday.

Sunday I spent making my (in)famous Cassoulet; I have surreptitiously garnered the various ingredients over the preceding weeks:
  • A wild duck, suitable confitted
  • Toulouse sausages
  • Lamb neck fillet (much nicer than it sounds!)
  • Nice fatty belly pork
  • Haricot beans
And sticking to Hugh's standard recipe; happy to say it worked really well and I took his advice and added a bottle of 1985 Château Lafite-Rothschild 1er Grand Cru Classé* (well it was my birthday)

* Strictly speaking he suggests a nice robust Corbières. Ah well.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

New Camera Bag! New!

Today for my birthday I got the Lowepro Classified 250 bag. Its cavernous!

But the really neat thing is I can grab either camera really quickly as they both sit lens-down and are accessible from the top of the bag. So cool.

Contents of my camera bag (for the geeks amongst us):

Gripped EOS 50D
Venerable EOS 40D
70-200mm f/2.8 IS lens
17-55 f/2.8 IS lens
"Nifty fifty" 50mm f./1.4
EF-S 10-22 f/3.5
Teleconverter 1.4x II
EX580 and EX430
Alien Bees trancievers
Lenspen and SensorKlear
Pile of spare batteries for the various stuff
Pile of Sandisk CF cards
77mm filters: ND Grad, ND0.9, ND1.8, CP

And soon to be added:
400mm f/2.8 IS
Elinchrom 500/500 kit

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Dogs, Stables, Mud and WPF

This weeks news (in no particular order):

I have built a second internal stable in the barn, so now, just in time for winter, all the horses are able to be in overnight. Result.

The dogs have also turned their enclosure into something approaching a Somme battlefield, so they have had a smaller enclosure built holding them on the bricked area outside the stables - result there being 1) they no longer are covered in mud and 2) they can't see the dairy farmer next door so we don't get woken up by their barks at 06:30 :)

The Dogs of Passchendaele

On the IT front, work continues on NTP: It now supports Hang Seng data feeds and I have junked the UoW multithreading on the ADVFN feed as it caused all sorts of issues with DDE.

I'm writing a WPF client to connect to the data feed service and for a laugh I'm making sure its MVVM compliant - oh the joy.