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Just a brief "I'm still alive" post. I've now got my PC set up… - John C. Kirk

Aug. 22nd, 2004

06:41 pm

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Just a brief "I'm still alive" post. I've now got my PC set up properly at home, and I'm taking this coming week off work in a last ditch attempt to get my project under control. The deadline for the report is Friday 3rd, but I really need to get it finished by Monday 30th, so that I have time to get it bound. I was going to take that week off work (30th->3rd), but I figure that this way makes more sense. The boss was pretty understanding about it, despite me giving him very little notice, which was nice of him.

Speaking of work, we had a virus outbreak the other day (W32/Pate.B). More of a nuisance than anything else, but it took a while to get it under control. One of the consultants said that it was like having the Ghostbusters in the office when three of us from IT came rushing around all the machines, trying to identify the source. (We work in the building next door, so it's unusual to see more than one of us over there at a time.) I think that's quite a flattering comparison!

The flat is now more or less functional, although I can't unpack properly until it's all finished. That's probably about a month away, but I've lost my enthusiasm to even rant about it anymore. One recommendation - avoid UK Appliances if you're buying stuff. It's been almost three months since I placed my order, and I'm still waiting for my washing machine to turn up.

In other news, I've joined the local branch of Holmes Place, mainly to get access to a shower. I've been swimming there a couple of times, and I'm impressed. It's more expensive than the Imperial sports centre, but the facilities are nicer. I've literally been the only person in the pool at some points, and I've also been trying out the jacuzzi and sauna. I could get used to this...

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From:rileen
Date:August 22nd, 2004 11:34 am (UTC)
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Hi, the binding can actually be done in 10 minutes! I got it done in that time (from a place near Holborn circus, if i recall correctly) last September.

All the best for a good finish to the project.
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From:johnckirk
Date:August 22nd, 2004 11:41 am (UTC)
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Actually, it's printing too (although I could probably borrow the laser printers at work if needed), which will take a bit longer. I remember that last year I wound up being 10 minutes late handing it in because I took my floppy to the shop on Friday morning. Paul Sant sent around an email with some info recently, and he said that it's cheaper to give the shop a few days notice, rather than saying "I must have it in an hour!" at which point they can more or less charge whatever they like :) Anyway, probably wise to aim for Monday, in case I do overrun. Ta for the advice.
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From:rileen
Date:August 22nd, 2004 11:49 am (UTC)
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Of course it's better to aim for an earlier date, i didn't mean to advocate a last minute rush :-)

It's just that i had a good experience, binding which took next to no time and yet was good and cheap! Which makes slackers like me think one might as well 'polish' the thesis until last day, but getting it done well within time is definitely better.
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