The weather is fantastic, people are friendly, I can see palms trees out the window, petrolgas is cheap and I can own a gun. Life is good.
Saying that... I've been here over five years now and I've definitely noticed that I'm picking up a few verbal american'isms. I find myself developing a transatlantic inflection on many of my speech patterns. I'm frequently asked either (a) "Are you Australian?" or (b) "My cousin lives in England - do you know him?". Luckily, the answer to both questions is "No"
I regularly recharge my English Accent Batteries by listening to podcasts from the BBC. A fun alternative to the incessant twang of country music geeetars on my local radio. If you haven't played with podcasts yet grab yourself a free podcast listener like Juice(or even iTunes if you have gone to the dark side) and click one of the links below.
The big list of most excellent British Broadcasting Corporation Podcasts follows:
BBC Radio 4 Podcasts
What The Papers Say takes a look at how the broadsheets and red tops treat the week's news.
A week into my #WINDOWS10 Experience and I'm definitely more than pleased with the whole thing. Thumbs up Windows chaps and chapettes :)
I just discovered a cure for my only other little VPN niggle.
Last week I had a problem getting Cisco AnycConnect to work, but a little registry tweak seemed to fix that problem. This week I had a similar problem installing another VPN client, in this case the older legacy CISCO VPN Client. So, just to be awkward I am running three VPN clients on my laptop and I am happy to report that all three are running happily together while I type this blog:
Cisco VPN (the older unsupported *legacy* version
Problem with the older CISCO VPN
Error 27850 Unable to Manage Networking Component - Cisco VPN
Initially, i had a problem with the CISCO VPN LEGACY installation giving me this error:
IBM has announced it's latest round of "technology Refreshes" (aka PTF's or service packs) for the IBM i operating system. A couple of nice tweaks to RPG are included in TR9 for IBM i 7.1 and TR1 for IBM i 7.2. For RPG, we will have enhanced ALIAS keyword support, and a streamlined DataStructure I/O support making tihngs just a bit easier for us coders:
Extended ALIAS support for files
The ALIAS keyword can now be specified for any externally-described file.
If the ALIAS keyword is specified for a global file that is not qualified, the alternate names of the fields will be available for use in the RPG program.
In the following example, the field REQALC in the file MYFILE has the alternate name REQUIRED_ALLOCATION. The ALIAS keyword indicates that the name for this field within the RPG program will be REQUIRED_ALLOCATION.
dcl-f myfile ALIAS;
if required_allocation <> 0
and size > 0;
Relaxed rules for data structures for I/O operations
An externally-described data structure or LIKEREC data structure defined with type *ALL can be used as the result data structure for any I/O operation.
Cisco AnyConnect reported "Failed to initialise connection subsystem" and would not connect to remote VPN
OK, so this one is a little trickier to fix as a simple re-installation did not fix the problem. I read a few different sources from the web and finally found a straightforward solution. I am going to place the blame at Cisco's feet but also blame Microsoft as well... shame on you both! I want you both to go and sit on the naughty step!!!!
The company’s new operating system is a long-awaited replacement for its beleaguered Windows 8.x platform. That version of Windows saw limited business adoption, and consumer fatigue.
On stage, Microsoft executive Terry Myerson stated that Windows has 1.5 billion users. Myerson indicated that Windows is at a “threshold,’ ironically. For more on the new operating system, head here.
The ‘Insider Program” is designed to let people get the new code, but with the expectation that they new stuff will be a bit off, here and there. New code is new code, after all. Myerson indicated that the new code is an attempt to “share more than ever before.” The goal, he said, is to build something for every Microsoft customer.
Windows 10 is the name for the “product family,” according to the company.
OK - So I must admit to being slightly biased as Rob Litten happens to be my cousin but... Rob has grown from the gangly kid that I remember into a quite astounding musician. When he's not drumming away on any nearby acoustic surface (my granite kitchen has never quite recovered) he is either being very loud playing in his band or... in professional mode.... he earns his living by being one of England's best known drum instructors and the force behind the astoundingly successful Drums the word website and youtube video phenom.
Rob Litten - Drums the Word
Rob is college trained and one of the elite few to achieve a National Higher Diploma in drum performance as well as BA(Hons) Degree in music specifically for the drum kit. A Percussion genius. Nuff said.
I use a neat little sync tool called GSYNKIT: it keeps my personal GMAIL calendar/contacts/tasks/notes fully synced with my work OUTLOOK setup.
gSyncit is a Microsoft Outlook add-in that allows for the synchronization of Outlook calendars, contacts, notes, and tasks with your Google account. In addition, gSyncit also supports synchronization between Outlook and Toodledo,Pocket Informant Online, Evernote, Dropbox, Simplenote and Nozbe.
Welcome to my life... obviously this chaps life is slighty different as he *cooks* his cheese'n'biscuits/cracker/frenchstick/insert-crunchy-carb-of-choice-here... cooking cheese? weirdo!!!!
"I don't like vegetables, Kelly Rippa said "I would love to do that everyday... if i could.." Well you can.. why would I eat a pizza with mushrooms when a I really a want a standard cheese pizza.. I dont want to corrupt the taste of the pizza." Makes sense to me... but change the word Pizza with the phrase "cheese, yummy french stick and wine"
ps: Pizza gives you diabetes and obviously given the fact that I am a beautiful Grecian god like persona of a human being.. nearly Norse Thor-like in fact, a diet of cheese, crusty bread (crackers at a pinch) and cheap table plonk builds the bodies of gods. Forget Bullworker, shake weights or that P-90-Cheddar-X....
Moving house is always tricky... Remembering all the virtual places that have been setup to find you at your old address is even trickier.
I've moved around this huge country a lot during the last few years but hopefully, here in #SOCAL I've finally found a place to put down roots. So, as a little memory jogger perhaps this list of online sites with address specific accounts will help:
SQL has been a major game changer in the RPG programming world.
I first played with SQL back the golden days of RPG3 and RPG400 when we were all wrapped up in using Commitment Control. Journalling files and making changes to data in our RPGSQL programs before issuing a COMMIT or ROLLBACK was exciting and new. Roll forward a few years and database access times have massively increased and the entire concept of commitment control is not something we focus on so much in the RPG programming world.
Because of this history, in modern RPG4 SQL programs, we still have to tell the program not to use commitment if we don't want to use it. This also means you can use embedded SQL in RPG4 programs without journaling your files.
COMPILE TIME PARAMETER
The easiest way is to enter the create parameter of COMMIT(*NONE) thing so it turns it off after the first commit without the isolation level nonsense.