It’s that time again…

by Roy Jones
It’s that time again…

Yes, Christmas is almost upon us… Granted, most shops have been promoting it since September which is a massive (unfunny) joke!

So, considering my good lady wife and I have only just started shopping, I guess we need to step it up a gear lol…

I aint going to say my usual rant about Christmas, but when it’s the run up to it “bah humbug!”, on the day, I love to see the kids enjoying themselves.

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A full statement if you will…

by Roy Jones
A full statement if you will…

After writing a few days ago that I would be “retiring” from software development, I felt I didn’t explain things fully.

So, here we go…

Having been thinking over the last few months about what I do in my spare and working time, I had come to the conclusion that my life is just hectic with everything. Trying to find the right balance between everything I do in life, I concluded was almost impossible.

Something had to give.

I started programming at the age of 11, writing simple programs on our Amstrad CPC 464, from there I quickly developed a serious interest in software development, the why’s and how’s of the subject. Having studied BASIC and Pascal I moved over to Visual basic and later progressing through the versions to (dot)net.

The goalposts in the industry standards constantly shift which meant keeping up to speed with all the newest software development products, code and such like was (and still is) an arduous task and coupled with how the industry is evermore competitive too, it just made sense to move on.

I will miss it, the tight deadlines, meeting new people and the whole excitement surrounding the development and maintenance of the software projects (geeky I know) , but, I feel it’s for the best. I’ve work on numerous projects, learn many many new things, worked with some fantastic people and occasionally got the odd pay cheque.

So there you have it, now you know why. Pretty boring I guess, but still, someone may want an explanation, right?

No?!

OK then… Lol

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It’s time to hang up the towel…

by Roy Jones
It’s time to hang up the towel…

After much soul searching over the last couple of days, I have decided to make some changes in life.

There are many things that I have thought about, things that have given me late nights, thoughts of “where to go from here” .

So, after 27 years of being involved in software development in some form or other, I have decided it’s time to hang up the towel (or keyboard, lol) on my self-taught career.

I’ve worked with some cool people and worked freelance on many private projects over the mid to later years, but I feel it’s time to move away from the development scene.

It’s a competitive market and it’s always been a struggle to find a healthy mix of family, work and keeping up with software projects in my spare time. With the many things going off in my life at the moment, I simply cannot keep up with it.

So, there we go…

It’s been fun, but it’s time to leave it behind…

>shutdown

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Fuming isn’t the word…

by Roy Jones
Fuming isn’t the word…

Today, I am absolutely fuming about a so called family member.
An individual who cares nothing about the fact that other family members are hospitalized.

I’m not going into names or into any great details but this is the scenario…

I agreed with this certain family member, a price for an item that he was selling that was to be given to my daughter to use, the payment was made up of her pocket money and a contribution from us for the said item.

That to one side, recently and still current, two other family members are in hospital, one who has just undergone a major operation and the other who is actually related to the “money caring individual”.
Due to what we thought were obvious and mitigating circumstances we were late for a payment, not because we couldn’t pay, but because with all the stresses of family life and upping and downing to two different hospitals, we just plain forgot.
Now firstly, the payment is only 3 days late, 3 FUCKING DAYS!

Having had a number of unsuccessful talks with this individual, it was apparent he didn’t have the common, adult like courtesy to listen. I tried to apologize and tried to explain that in hindsight we should have contacted him to explain, but again with everything going off, rather stupidly we thought the individual would have understood and shown some compassion given the circumstances.
But no, this person showed none, to his own family member nor mine. He was solely concerned with the £10 installment and failed to understand that there are more important things in life and that things can change unexpectedly which can disrupt everyday life and plans.

Perhaps no-one within the family will read this, but quite frankly I don’t care.
His actions were uncalled for, disrespectful and upsetting. He is being nothing more than a geriatric baby, who, when he doesn’t get his own way, does not give any opportunity for a rational adult discussion that I would have expected from someone of advanced years.

What really frustrates and upsets the most, is the fact, a couple of weeks previous, I saved him from making a mistake that would have cost him anything upward of £150 and in addition, at the drop of a hat, I stopped everything to go to his and sort out some issues he had with his TV.

So to this person, money is more important than family, well understand this, his past isn’t as squeaky clean as he would have everyone think when it comes to FAMILY.

Now I’ve got the money I’d paid and hes got his precious item back with a big “FUCK YOU!”, never again will I speak or otherwise engage with this money grabbing, self-centered individual.
The only thing we did wrong was down to a genuine issue which we tried to resolve, and anyone with an ounce of common sense and decency would have understood this given the circumstances surrounding the problem.

I just hope he sees sense before he ends up distancing himself from other family members and becoming more of a miser.

As for now, I just hope the cash keeps you warm when you’re alone!

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Anxious times…

by Roy Jones
Anxious times…

I’m not going to go into lots of details, but I feel the need to ‘release’ in some way. Writing on my sites may not get lots of visitors but I find it helps me to cope when I write things.

Anyway, today I have a very nerve-wracking, anxious and difficult time ahead of me. I cannot comprehend what life will be life should the outcome of the next 24 hours be.

At the moment, I’m on autopilot and it would seem to some that I am less than emotional given the circumstances.

Rest assured this is not the case, but I cannot stop. For the sake of my immediate family, I have to carry on and “get on with things”.

The next 24 hours and indeed the coming weeks are going to be a real challenge.

So for now, I will leave you with the fact that, no, I’m not alright but I will carry on for the reasons I have mentioned.

I know the person concerned may never read this because they don’t go online etc, but I’m thinking about him endlessly this day and always.

Thank you

~ Roy

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6am start then…!

by Roy Jones
6am start then…!

Well, actually been awake on and off for the last couple of hours as my nose is running like a tap. Looks like I’ve got my bi-monthly cold again.

Oh the joy!

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All development halted… 

by Roy Jones
All development halted… 

As the title suggests, all development across the domain has halted due to personal circumstances.

As yet, I’m not sure when work will restart.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

~ Roy

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Cannot be arsed…!

by Roy Jones
Cannot be arsed…!

Life is dealing shitty blows at the moment. I’m not going into details on the world wide Web, but needless to say “it’s not a good time”

🙁

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