Monthly Archives: November 2010


I started my new job yesterday, and am still in the process of getting a machine set up. I think I’ll like it here! The only awkward thing was that the Land Rover went wrong on the way to work, so I was late; but it’s not the kind of place where people are bothered […]


On Thursday I took the ferry from Ireland to Wales, and drove across Wales and England to the Cambridge area, where I can stay for a few nights in some spare family accomodation. Friday I spent doing some of the small tasks of moving from one country to another, such as getting a new SIM […]

N900 update

I now have my N900 set up much of the way I want it; the next lot of changes will be some Emacs-Lisp to suit the circumstances. I’ve got Emacs working OK on it, but although on a desktop or laptop I rarely use the mouse, the small size of keyboard on the N900 will […]

Poised, ready to move

I’m not sure about “poised”, in fact, but I am on the point of moving. I’m in the last hour or so of my present job, and will head for a hackerspace meeting after that. Then tomorrow, I take the Land Rover to the garage to have the clutch fluid replaced (yes, I know, I […]

Another attempt at loading my N900

This time I’ll be more systematic, and record what I’m doing. I’m putting oddities related to extra things I’ve done in italics (or whatever this bit displays as). manual backup of ~/.calendar/ and ~/.ossa-abook reflash set up wireless connection access a web page, to make our wifi thing bring up its login page use the […]

Welcome back to Maemo!

I spent much of yesterday afternoon and evening installing stuff on my shiny new N900, then this morning took some nice photos with it in the People’s Park in Limerick. Then I switched it off for church, and when I switched it on again it came back with weird little boxes on the screen where […]

Something new to learn my way around: Nokia N900 and Maemo

[Update: don’t take this as instructions for what to do. When I next turned the phone off and back on again, it came up with weird collections of little boxes that appear to be missing characters in a font. It’s hard to tell what’s going on, and I’m about to try to reflash it using […]

Working unplugged

For about six or seven years now, I’ve had no network connection at home, and have shuttled the files I need on a USB flash memory device. (When I started doing this, I had a 32Mb one, built into a wristwatch; I’ve progressed to 16Gb now, in a conventional USB stick.) This way, I have […]

Busy, waiting

I’m busy, but I’m waiting. But I’m not busy-waiting. Or perhaps I am. I’m tidying up my work project, and making plans for moving, including looking on the web for accomodation (now down to two preferred houses). But I’m still waiting for my job offer to become a formal one — apparently it’s waiting for […]

I’ll be moving soon

I had an intense couple of days in the UK last week, being interviewed by two companies. Both of them made me offers, and I accepted the one back in my old home town. So, I’ll soon be looking for accomodation (over the web, mostly) and in a few weeks will be moving. I’ll probably […]