Hello there… 

As you can probably tell,  I aint been doing much in the way of keeping this blog up to date. 

Truth be known, I have been hard at working planning, prepping and generally editing RBCJ Hub v2. I have literally been “burning the candles” at both ends over these last few months. 

All this couples with the kids being off school due to summer break and visiting the hospital,  it’s been exhausting. 

On that note,  I’m off to bed as it’s  2.28am and I’ve got (yet another)  blood test at the hospital. 

Where have I been???

If you been over to RBCJ-Hub lately, you will have seen a post where I touched briefly about how everything about the site etc has suffered due to ill health.

I thought I would update in more detail as to the situation.

A couple of weeks ago, I woke up struggling to breath, and every time I tried to walk anywhere, I had severe pains in my chest and side causing me to quickly get out of breath.

Panicking, I asked my wife to ring 101. The paramedic arrived and did all the routine checks etc, after about 10 minutes the ambulance crew arrived and after a short conflab with the paramedic, they decided to give me gas and air to relieve the pain, alongside codeine & paracetamol.

The pain subsided enough for me to board the ambulance and be taken to Barnsley General Hospital.
On the way, I asked what the problem could be (as rather stupidly, I left it and left it thinking it was a chest infection, lesson learned!).
Of course, they could only speculate with the symptoms I had described.

Waiting in A&E for what seemed like an eternity with my brother (god bless him for coming and meeting me at hospital) I was told I needed several blood tests.
I can’t really say what I thought, but to put it politely, I thought “Oh dear”.
After 35 years, this was my first ever blood test, and I’m scared of needles…
Now I will just clarify something, I say I am scared of needles and certainly the first thing the doctor said,
“How can you be scared of needles when you have tattoos?”, and simply my reply was, “I was pissed!”

In short, throughout the course of the day, I had 8 needles! (not much to some, but enough for me).
Trying to get blood from my wrists to test blood gases (or something like that) and blood from my arms. The reason I had so many, was, well, in short they couldn’t find a suitable vein lol…

After spending 10 and a half hours in hospital (A&E (Accident and Emergency) and AMU (Acute medical unit)) I was sent home. Yey…or not.

The suspicion of blood clots was believed to be the cause of everything, but they could not confirm this at that moment.
As they suspected blood clots, they had to treat me as such and start treatment right away to get a “head start”. In addition, I had to go to DVT for a daily blood test to monitor my INR (international normalized ratio).
Click here for more information on INR.
My INR was very low, 1.1 in fact, my therapeutic range is between 2-3. My blood was too thick, so I was given a regular (daily) injection into my stomach of Clexane. Great, more needles…

After a week or so of this action being taken, I had to have a scan on my lungs which involved laying flat on a ‘table’ and have a very noisy ‘polo mint’ type machine scan my lungs after they had injected me with a special (radioactive) dye.
The medical staff’s suspicion was confirmed. I have indeed got blood clots on both my lungs and I had suffered a Pulmonary Embolism.

Anyway…Having overcome my fear of needles (and pretty bloody quickly! (no pun intended)), as mentioned, I now have to attend regular blood tests to continue monitoring my INR, and continue on a prescribed anti-coagulant ‘Warfarin’.
So far my INR has fluctuated from 1.1 to 4.0 over the last month, but at least I am only having to go to hospital about once or twice a week now.

So, there you have it. My month in a nutshell…
Despite the seriousness of the condition, I am quite well in myself. I have a few pains and twinges now and again, occasionally I have to walk with a stick to support myself if I get breathless when I’m out and about, but other than that I am fine.

Just as a side note, after 6 months I have to be screened for something called “Factor 5 Leiden“, which is a genetically inherited blood disorder. It basically means, my blood is trying constantly to clot.

Lots to do…

As I said before Christmas, I am re-planning the RBCSoftware domain and the contents within and how I utilize my time on here.
Read more Lots to do…

Swearing at work memo

Dear Employees:

It has been brought to management’s attention that some individuals throughout the company have been using foul language during the course of normal conversation with their colleagues.

Due to complaints received from some employees who may be easily offended, this type of language will no longer be tolerated.

We do, however, realise the critical importance of being able to accurately express your feelings when communicating with colleagues.

Therefore, a list of 13 New and Innovative “TRY SAYING” phrases have been provided so that proper exchange of ideas and information can continue in an effective manner.

1. Try Saying: I think you could do with more training Instead Of: You don’t have a f***ing clue, do you?
2. Try Saying: She’s an aggressive go-getter. Instead Of: She’s a f***ing power-crazy b*tch
3. Try Saying: Perhaps I can work late Instead Of: And when the f*** do you expect me to do this?
4. Try Saying: I’m certain that isn’t feasible Instead Of: F*** off a*se-wipe
5. Try Saying: Really? Instead Of: Well f*** me backwards with a telegraph pole
6. Try Saying: Perhaps you should check with… Instead Of: Tell someone who gives a f***.
7. Try Saying: I wasn’t involved in the project. Instead Of: Not my f***ing problem, mate.
8. Try Saying: That’s interesting. Instead Of: What the f***?
9. Try Saying: I’m not sure this can be implemented within the given timescale. Instead Of: No f***ing chance mate.
10. Try Saying: It will be tight, but I’ll try to schedule it in Instead Of: Why the f*** didn’t you tell me that yesterday?
11. Try Saying: He’s not familiar with the issues Instead Of: He’s got his head up his f***ing a*se.
12. Try Saying: Excuse me, sir/mam? Instead Of: Oi, f*** face.
13. Try Saying: Of course, I was only going to be at home anyway Instead Of: Yeah, who needs f***ing holidays anyway.

Updates…

As many of you will have already seen RBCSoftware.co.uk (the landingpage) is now up and running. It will be the source or gateway if you will, to all things RBCSoftware, whether it be The Blog! (this thing your reading now, (which as been renamed The Blog!)), my art work, my music or store (still under development at time of writing).

Along side this, I have also setup and additional site (www.rbcsoftware.co.cc) which, once integrate will be replacing my Error 404 pages etc.

A few minor adjustment to the Blog! has also taken place, namely navigation and a few tweaks here and there with the look.

As always, I hope you like what I have to offer, and keep coming back for new things. Again, please update your bookmarks etc to www.rbcsoftware.co.uk which is the new landing page/gateway.

Onto slightly more, morbid news, due to personal issues, certain things cannot be completed the way I intended, I know what your probably all thinking “Same old story”, but as with anything in life, nothing is certain, and even the best laid plans can go “tits” up.

So, over time, things will start to change/disappear from the site in a bid to make the whole of RBCSoftware Domain easier to cope with.
As previously mentioned, this was largely a “rota” system I was going to put in place so I had “dedicated” chucks of time to the whole operation. I have tried to get other people involved to help out, but unfortunately, the ones who said initially that they could help, no longer can.

That’s life I’m afraid, so the whole “caboodle” is down to me, the updates, the maintenance, the uploading, sorting you name it, I do it.

So please be patient, I do have a lot to offer, but it takes time.
Thanks in advance for all your support, the constant visitors and emails I receive are allows a big “pusher” on motivation.

Back soon…

Roy

PS. As you have may have seen, there are a number of posts that dont seem to make sense. These are becomes they are snippets from my responses to a good friend Deano aka DJ Flight regards to his recent activities. In sort, Deano is fed up and tired of the crappy English weather and decided at a “drop of a hat” to sod off to Canada to see his Auntie…must be nice huh?
Anyway, Deano, if your reading this, have a good trip dood.

Updates

Hi guys,
Just a post to say, as you may or may not have noticed, download central along with other parts of the site are closed.
This is the case and will be so until further notice.
I’m currently planning major overhaul of each and every part of RBCSoftware, both on and offline.
Over the coming weeks the galleries and photo albums will be gradually updated alongside download central.
Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. The blog will be open as usual, but may have some short outages due to essential maintenance work.
Thanks for your continued support.

I’m back…

No, I’ve not been on holiday or anything like that.
We have had no phone line for the last 10 days.

Apparently some “travellers” decided to steal some wiring, that knocked out 1600 homes of their phone line.
That was the initial rumour anyway, personally I really don’t give a toss how it happened, just the fact I’m glad we’re back on.

So that’s it, we’ve been offline and I haven’t had chance to update the site or anything.

Work I have been able to get on with is my software project, Fetch!
The bad news is, a pre-alpha version was being worked on, to be released early April.
However, due to a few problems here and there, this looks as though this is going to be delayed slightly.
To make matters worse, with not being online, I have now got to catch up and a number of tasks, to the point I can’t remember in which order to do them in.
D’oh.

You may have noticed now I have a support request page, in other words, if you are having any problems with software (not just our own), hardware or just a general issue with your system, you can request a support ticket.
This enables me to track requests in a logical order and still provide answers you need that I can resolve online rather than visiting your home (for those people was I go to their homes and resolve issues etc)

So, if you have a problem, just pop it on a support ticket (At the top of the site, marked “Support Request” (What could be simpler?)), and I’ll see to it as soon as I can.

More later…

RBCSoftware.me.uk to stay open!

From the sombre mode, to total elation!

Yes, RBCSoftware is able to remain open.

So I would just like to thank (again!) my Uncle Geoff for his kind help,  without which, RBCSoftware.me.uk would have just been another distant memory within a few weeks.

THANK YOU

Other news, I will shortly be switching broadband providers, and although there should be no interruption to connection, I may be offline for a short time.
I’m switching from Sky to TalkTalk, and here is the reason why…
For £18.99 Sky offer me 40gb bandwidth limitation, 2mb connection and sod all else!
TalkTalk…£6.99 (Free for 1st six months) 40gb bandwidth limitation, 3mb connection…
Real no brainer!
Granted, I know there are other providers out there that more than likely do better deals, but I’ve made my choice!

Amidst the long weekend I have off (Sat, Sun, Mon, Tues & Wed (Yey!)) I plan on catching up with a few projects that are long over due.
To name but one, Fetch! (The new project taking over XPRunnerNG) is starting to take shape.

Loading times have been optimized by re-writing old, cumbersome scripts and generally freshened up by de-clogging the program from unwanted image files etc which adds bloat to the final compile application.

Generally speaking, the progress is slow, but steady with Fetch! and I’m really wanting to take my time with this one, now that XPRunnerNG (the Genuine Pig) has been tested, ripped apart and dissected in the world of VB programming.

2010 is the time I really want to focus on getting a partner to help run the site, you know, write posts, maintain, make the teas, general sort of stuff.
At the moment, there are no takes, so if you are interested, please email webmaster@rbcsoftware.me.uk.

For now, thank you visiting, please keep on visiting and tell your friends.

Roy

RBCSoftware to close

Yup, thats right.

Unfortunatly, due to my own personal finances, I am unable to support RBCSoftware Online any longer.

Bascally, my hosting fees are due, as are my domain package, so basically, I have £39.98 to find by 16th of February.
Personally, I can’t see this happening, so RBCSoftware is scheduled to close.

Its with great sadness that RBCSoftware is to close, and the site has developt in many different ways.
I thank all the people that have ever visited or contributed, and hope that sometime in the future RBCSoftware may return to continue from where it left off.

For now, thank you one and all.

Roy
RBCSoftware Team

Mobile Update…

Well, time has been long, and communications have been non-existent.
This is due to the fact I really haven’t been arsed to do anything, purely because My wife, Caitlin and myself have been too knackered to do much!
Put politely!

Anywhoo, as Orange have very kindly upgraded my tariff at no extra cost, (I now have 500MB web access anytime, as opposed to before when I could only do it after 6pm and weekends) I am accessing my sites via my mobile.
But as always, load times on mobiles, PDAs etc take forever, and can become quite costly. So, because I’m such a nice guy, I have found some clever chaps over at http://mobilepress.co.za/ who can help me optimize my sites and make them operate quite smoothly, with minimum effort on mobile/cell phones using browsers such as; Opera Mini etc.

The downloads site will carry this, as it will soon be promoting some of the best software for mobile devices. As yet, however, the site is down for maintenance, as some weeks ago the database corrupted, and essentially I lost everything. On that note, what puzzles me, is why even the friggin’ backups failed to import correctly into MYSQL databases (shaking fist) curse you!

The time that I have had to do as I please, has been spent constructively testing new software.
The major of these, is Virtual DJ.

As accustomed to using turntables & CDDJs I thought I give it a whirl (turntables….whirl…geddit!?!?!)
I’ve done a few live mixes, ranging from 10mins to 1hr, some of which are online ready to be listened to.
I have to say, its quite difficult to get to grips with, as initially VDJ should be used with additional hardware, but once you have a couple of sessions with it, its ok. It is NO substitute for the real thing though.

Still as I don’t have the cash, or the space to set up the entire gaff, I’ll stick with CDDJ dex, Philips F3538 Sound processor, amps and 2x100watt speakers and my trusty computer.

As you’ve also probably guessed, as there has been no updates, my sessions at producing have very much took a back burner, alongside everything else.
Apologies to everyone expecting “miracles” of me getting it online. It aint happening yet…Perhaps a couple of samples, only maybe though.

Maybe I’ll watch Star Trek: First Contact, but first, I need to feed…