Archive for September, 2008

Sep 25 2008

Twitter Updates for 2008-09-25

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  • Apparently there is an air-traffic control failure in the UK #
  • Nothing on the major news sites yet #

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Sep 22 2008

Where To Drink Coffee In Guernsey

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Being an IT contractor means that when I’m not working at a clients site I have to find my own space to work. Luckily, having a laptop with full software development environment on it (VS2008, SharePoint & CRM) means that I can work pretty much where ever I like.

When I’m in Jersey I like to work out of my employers office. There are lots of people around so you get to hear the latest news, they have a great coffee machine and it’s a generally relaxed atmosphere.

The same can’t be said for the Guernsey office. It tends to be just me there, so it’s very quiet, and there isn’t a coffee machine (yet). As a result I tend to spend a lot of time working out of cafes. I have three regular places that I go to get my coffee fix: Christies, Woodies and Pelican.

Which one I choose depends on my computing requirements. If I’m going to be there a while and/or need power for my laptop I tend to go to Christies. The coffee is of adequate quality (although they don’t have flavour syrups) and the tables by the power sockets are usually free early to mid morning. The down side of Christies is that it’s not the cheapest and wifi has to be hijacked from Moores hotel opposite and keeps dropping out – not very good of screencasts.

If I’m going to be less than an hour and don’t need power then I’ll head to the Pelican cafe. They have free wireless, good coffee with syrups (hmmm… vanilla!) and the foods tastes good at a reasonable price. I’ve been a regular at the Pelican for quite a few years now, I used to get breakfast their before school on occasions but their lack of power sockets is letting them down.

By far the best for coffee is Woodies. They have a loyalty card scheme – buy 10, get the 11th free. If you have special requirements they’re more than happy to cater for you (small cappuccino, extra shot, extra froth, easy on the milk!). They have a really nice seating area down stairs with power sockets but AFAIK they don’t have wifi. I tend to go to Woodies if I’m heading to the office.

Other place you might consider for coffee are: All in Black – lots of stairs to walk up, unknown on the wifi or power sockets front, Dix Neuf – nice enough by the far end of town to the office, pot luck as to whether they seat you near a power socket and unknown on the wifi front.

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Sep 19 2008

Twitter Updates for 2008-09-19

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  • the airport is surprisingly quiet this morning. Apparently it was manic earlier… I like quiet. #

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Sep 19 2008

Twitter Updates for 2008-09-19

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  • the airport is surprisingly quiet this morning. Apparently it was manic earlier… I like quiet. #

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Sep 11 2008

Twitter Updates for 2008-09-11

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  • I’ve just bought my most disappointing coffee ever – a vanilla latte, only it didn’t have any coffee in it just warm milk & vanilla syrup :( #

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Sep 09 2008

Twitter Updates for 2008-09-09

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  • hacked off with having to put shoes through the xray machine – the soles are only 5mm thick!!!!! where am i going to hide something?!?!? #

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Sep 05 2008

Twitter Updates for 2008-09-05

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  • It’s not looking good outside. Strong cross winds and Aurigny flights are delayed… no news from BlueIslands #
  • There’s movement out on the tarmac – unfortunately I can’t see past the FlyBE plane to see if anything is taking off or landing. #
  • Just about to take off – this could be bumpy #

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Sep 03 2008

VMWare Fusion 2 RC

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I’ve finally upgraded VMWare Fusion on my Mac to the latest release candidate for version 2. I had been holding out for the final version but I got tired of waiting.

The main reason for upgrading was that I’m using VMWare Fusion for running Windows 2008 Server on MacOS as my work development machine. The downside of using VMWare Fusion 1.x is that whilst 2008 server will run very happily, it doesn’t have support for audio.

Normally this wouldn’t both me as I normally watch BBC iPlayer, YouTube, etc. under MacOS. However, I’ve been doing some SharePoint research and watching a lot of SharePoint related screencasts and it has been really awkward flicking between watching a screencast on one virtual desktop and trying out code on another – I didn’t want to use Unity because I like my development desktop to be free from clutter and my MacOS desktop is very cluttered.

I also wanted to try VMWare Fusion 2 as it says on the tin that it is much more resource efficient. When you’re running MacOS native and two or three VMs, you need to start thinking about what effect that is going to have on performance. I’ve been tweaking CPU and memory settings on the VMs to the n’th degree but my system still drags when starting and stopping VMs… maybe a new MacBook Pro will be required ;)

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