General Update

by on Jan.29, 2010, under General, Photos

Well yet again I haven’t updated this site for well over a month and with that I have decided to write about what I have been upto recently. So with that little bit out of the way lets get straight into it.

Facebook update

Bar a brief spell of an evening I have not been on Facebook since the end of November. The brief spell was to the clear down my wifes farmville whilst she went to midnight mass on Christmas eve.

I haven’t missed it and I don’t believe I am missing out of any events or what my friends are doing.

Remote Apps Via Remote Desktop / Terminal services

One of the customer at the company I work for uses the Remote Apps feature of the Remote Desktop role in Windows 2008. I had been asked to add a new remote app server into the farm.

This was of a great interest to learn something new and I can say that I have learnt on this project once this project is finished I shall write up some of the things I have learnt.

New look Photo Website

A while back I registered a domain to host my photos and stuck coppermine in the webspace and just left it without doing much. Well this has now changed it is running wordpress with a builtin gallery. The idea behind this is to host my photos whilst writing tutorials on what I am learning and reviews on items I have brought. There is a link to this site on the left marked “My Photo Gallery”.

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new addition

by on Jun.10, 2009, under General, Photos

Well the last month has rushed past me a bit quick. first with the new member of the family turning up late but welcomed.

This young man arrived on the 8th of May at 13:03

He not yet camera shy but let see if with my new camera we can make him.

The Sony A200 is a nice entry level camera which I find very easy to use.

The buttons are well placed and the auto setting just works with no real missing about. I have taken stupid amounts of photos with it but I am yet to upload them to my photo gallery site

The camera battery life is nice and long which means I only have to charge it every couple of weeks.

Now that May has rushed past and the evenings are beginning to turn into some sort of normality  I shall be able to upload photos and continue with the computer projects I have running and maybe get one completed.

I have also joined twitter and will post some useful things on there. If you wish you follow me please checkout the about me page for details on how to get hold of me.

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A Mid April Update

by on Apr.15, 2009, under Computing, General, Ice Skating, Photos

Well it has been a while is I have updated this much to my own dissatisfaction. I have been up to a few things in recent months and will try and write about everything now but I may well miss somethings.

So what have I been doing?

Ice Skating –

I have still been going fairly regularly and I am not improving at the rate I was but still a nice rate, my personal fitness could do with a lot of work but it isn’t anything to be worried about.


  1. I have been trying to setup shrewsoft VPN client to allow me to my office systems without using my desktop, this means that when I am on call I can be out and about without having to worry about staying too close to home.
  2. I have also been playing the sirens game at hack3r website I am currently on level6 trying to gain access to level7 and I hope to have that done at some point tonight.

Photography –

  1. Having played with my samsung trying to get the best pictures I could I decided to upgrade to the sony A200k entry level digital SLR. ( I shall write some more on the camera by the end of the week).
  2. I have a photo I have taken with it up at “My Gallery” and there will be some more photos added shortly.
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Camera information

by on Feb.05, 2009, under Photos

I thought I had better post some information on the camera I am using at present to take the photos. It is a Samsung Digimax A400 4 megapixel camera.

Samsung Digimax A400 specifications

lens / zoom 37mm – 104mm (2.8x) (dig: 4x)
focus / macro auto / 80cm / 5cm
metering mode multi, spot
aperture auto / F2.9 – F4.8
white balance auto | manual – 6 presets, custom
shutter auto | manual / 8s – 1/1000s
exposure +/-2EV in 1/2EV steps
flash / mode internal – 5 modes / 0.3m – 3m
viewfinder lcd
iso ratings 100, 200, 400
image size 2272×1704 / 2048×1536 / 1600×1200 / 1024×768 / 640×480
image format jpeg (exif 2.2)
image compr. super fine / fine / normal
lag/cycle times
remote control self timer 2s / 10s
video options avi 640×480 / 320×240 (24, 15fps)
audio options wav, voice memo
connectivity usb 1.1 / video (NTSC / PAL)
storage SD, MMC

This information was taken from dcviews.

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A semi new interest

by on Feb.04, 2009, under Photos

For a while now I have been interested (jealous) of the photos some people can take without even thinking. I on the other hand only manage to get a few nice shots every once in a while. So last week I took the discison to do something about it and actually learn how to take nice great photos.

My first step was to find a basic book that would help even with a non SLR camera. I found this book, the book arrived today and after having a quick look through it I start playinig with the exposer level and seeing what difference it would make.

Over the course of the next few weeks I shall upload my photos to this site to show how they may and may not be improving.

Here is one I took yesterday during one of the many snow showers I saw yesterday.


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