Well hello there…

Hello to everyone, and welcome to 2015.
I hope you all had a very happy Christmas and an even better new year.

For myself, it was busy but I enjoyed the festivities, and I must say I even managed not to get drunk at our new years eve party, which has got to be a first.

Over the last couple of months or so, I have been hard at work bringing the site upto speed with updates.
Over the Christmas period I had taken most “side” parts to the site offline. The blog being one, but also Chuckles n Such.
Having noticed a number of duplicated images, I shut the site down, removed all the images and have begun the time-consuming process of checking for duplicate images as well as preparing all the new images.
The site should hopefully be up and running again soon.

As for my personal health update, over the xmas season I had unfortunately managed to get the dreaded “lurg”.
A sickness bug is currently working its way around and sadly, it has affected my eldest child Caitlin and my youngest Jack and it would seem it was my turn shortly after. I felt so ill, headaches, hot and cold shivers, painful sinuses and bodily aches adding up to quite a miserable time.
Still, I’m on the mend and my only problem is now, is trying to stay awake!
I’m not sure if it’s the medication I’m on or just that the “staying at home” is becoming so tedious and “samey” it’s sending me into an endless spiral of tiredness.

Anyway, as I say I hope you all had a good Christmas time and I hope 2015 will bring you all you deserve and want.

All the best…

~ Roy

 

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.

Server issues

I’m not so sure how long I have before the server times out again.
There is an intermittent problem with the Amsterdam server I’m on, and basically any requests keep timing out.
This issue has been reported and I’m awaiting feedback from my hosting provider.
Unfortunatly there is no resolution time frame.
I only hope that (as I am typing) the server doesnt decide to bottom out.
Again, this is an intermittent fault so you may be able to navigate rbcj-hub.co.uk for a brief time before the site throws you out or times you out.

Apologies in advance and in continuation of the problem.

Kindest regards
Roy

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.

How many of these can fit into your work?

Business Rules, or at least they can be associated with the job you work in!

I can only please one person per day. Today is not your day. Tomorrow is not looking good either.

I love deadlines. I especially like the Whooshing sound they make as they go flying by.

Tell me what you need, and I’ll tell you how to get along without it.

Accept that some days you are the pigeon and most days the statue.

Needing someone is like needing a parachute. If he isn’t there the first time, chances are you won’t be needing him again.

I don’t have an attitude problem, you have a perception problem.

Last night I lay in bed looking up at the stars in the sky and I thought to myself, where the fuck is the ceiling?

My reality check bounced.

On the keyboard of life, always keep one finger on the escape key.

I don’t suffer from stress. I am a carrier.

You are slower than a herd of turtles stampeding through peanut butter.

Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, because you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.

Everyone is someone else’s weirdo.

Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level then beat you with experience.

A pat on the back is only a few centimetres from a kick in the butt.

Don’t be irreplaceable – if you can’t be replaced, you won’t be promoted.

After any salary raise, you will have less money at the end of the month than you did before.

The more crap you put up with, the more crap you are going to get.

You can go anywhere you want if you look serious and carry a clipboard.

Eat one live toad the first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you for the rest of the day.

When bosses talk about improving productivity, they are never talking about themselves.

If at first you don’t succeed, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it.

There will always be beer cans rolling on the floor of your car when the boss asks for a ride home from the office.

Everything can be filed under ‘miscellaneous’.

Never delay the ending of a meeting or the beginning of the cocktail hour.

To err is human, to forgive is not our policy.

Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn’t the work he/she is supposed to be doing.

If you are good, you will be assigned all the work. If you are really good, you will get out of it.

You are always doing something marginal when the boss drops by your desk.

If it wasn’t for the last minute, nothing would get done.

At work, the authority of a person is inversely proportional to the number of pens that person is carrying.

When you don’t know what to do, walk fast and look worried

The last person that quit or was fired will be held responsible for everything that goes wrong.

Proof that light travels faster than sound, someone may look intelligent, until they open their mouth.

New Tunes available!

Theres a couple of new tunes/mixes available over at RBCSoftware Music Centre (here). Namely a 30 minute Gabber mix and a 1hr of cheesy Dance music (Mainly Basshunter).
These were done some time ago, whilst I was testing some new DJ software, this is the result. Not great mixes by a long chalk, but put on there for, if nothing else, for nostalgia.

Just to clarify too, the Dance mix was mainly Basshunter, as Caitlin my daughter is a massive fan and loves to jump and dance around to his choons. Bless her.

Recently I have received alot of email regards to all my software projects and requests for software. I can honestly say I have had no time to concentrate on any software projects over the last couple of months as previous posts suggests. 2011 is my defining year, and the time when I plan to really push my software projects.
As a result, and as a few of you have already noticed, the download central is currently down.
I think the main problem is, I thought it would be easy to maintain all aspects of RBCSoftware, and clearly it isnt!
So from January 2011, I will be discipling myself and creating a “Rota” system to better manage my time and RBCSoftware.

As always, thank you to all the regular readers, contributers & listeners that boost my motivation to keep RBCSoftware alive.

Another day, another…erm yeah!

A number of things to report, about time too I guess!
After finally recieving my IPhone upgrade, as you can imagine I have been scouring ITunes for the best apps to download etc.
As the advert on TV says, theres an app for just about everything, well, they’re right. Problem is, this is quite alot of shite¬†out there too.

Some of the best apps though are (as you would expect) chargable.
The best ones I can think of at this moment in time, is Ageing booth and Zombie booth.

As you can see from previous posts (the zombie pics of Caitlin and myself) I have already put it to work, with a lot more to come.
If you have also seen my posts on Facebook, look out for my OAP army page.
Basically I have taken photos of work colleagues, imported them into the app and aged them. Quite amusing.

In other news, as most of my time has be spent updating system, networking and installing a KVM splitter to my two tower units (KVM=Keyboard Video Monitor splitter, in short two separate tower units using one keyboard, one monitor…simples!), I have had no chance to update Fetch! or anything else RBCSoftware related really.

I am hoping, a little bit later in the year to produce quarterly “Newletters”, to which content is currently being decided, so please keep tuned for updates.

As some of you may know, I have also been looking into dual booting my systems with Ubuntu and Windows. I’ll be perfectly honest, I hadn’t had any experience¬† with Linux apart from “Yellow Dog” for the PS3, but I never knew how fast, stable and easy to use it was.

At the moment, I haven’t delved into the core of Ubuntu, and as such, am unaware of its capabilities.
One thing I do know, a friend of my Robin, aka Greywulf wrote a cool artical some years ago about emulation on Linux, and more accuratly, emulation of the PSX.
So now, I’m playing games such as Soul Blade (One of my all time favourite games) on my laptop running Ubuntu.

Awesome!

Anyway, for now I bid you a fond farewell, whilst I sit rather happily, musing over what I have completed in my dailey tasks today, getting merrily pissed watching the Eurovision song contest 2010.
PS. How shit was the UK entry, you wonder we never win! I quite liked Belarus’ entry and the other country who sang “My and my guitar”.