Monthly Archives: June 2007

Bullshit baffles brains?

The new job is going reasonably well, I’m not sure that I’m over-keen at being introduced to people as the solution to all their troubles, but I hope I can be useful.

Tomorrow I have to entertain, persuade and divert some industrial partner visitors. Progress on the project they are coming to see is pretty much non-existent and the person working on it is, rather conveniently, away from looking after her sick child…

Tomorrow I’ll probably quickly set up a laser and some optics to launch some light into the sensor to at least make it look plausible (it might even work…), but explain I can’t show any results yet because I don’t have the samples (this is true, I don’t even know what the samples are).

Hopefully a spot of hand waving and illusion will send them off thinking they’ve seen something great, after all we are supposed to know more about this side of the project than they are.

Of course if they send someone possessed of a clue, I’ll just explain the situation and pick their brains for some ideas.

New job…

I started a new job today after discovering, applying for and being appointed to it in the space of five hours. I’m now designing water quality sensors based on optical waveguides.

I expect I shall have a busy few weeks while I get into the project. I shall try and write something about the work here as and when I can.

The post I was going to make…

has been delayed by the fact something is dying/has died/is under stress in my Powerbook’s LCD. So I can’t type for long before all goes dark.

I hope it is a dodgy wire. I suspect it is the backlight inverter. I really, really hope it isn’t the backlight.

Tech support to random neighbours…

The door bell rang earlier – I answered it to one of the lesser seen neighbours carrying a laptop.

“Hello, I’m Brian from number 18, I wondered if you could do me a favour, Tony says you are good with computers.”

“Hello, Er, Ok. What’s the problem?”

Brian had been using someone else’s WiFi connection and now he couldn’t connect. He’d been told by someone else that the WiFi owner had probably changed the key and he needed to use WEPcrack to get the new key. He didn’t have a clue how to use it, could I help?

I suggested that maybe the key had been changed to keep him out?

“Nah, nah mate, he said I can use it.”

I take a look at the laptop screen and see that the SSID of the access point he is trying to crack is 8bob. This being my WiFi connection. I asked him how long it had been since he was unable to use the WiFi?

“About 3 weeks now”

“Yeah, that’s about right – that’s when I fixed it to stop others using it. Don’t think I can help you really. See you later.”

I upgraded from WEP to WPA about three weeks ago when I noticed the odd connection I couldn’t account for.

“Oh, um, right. oh. er. fookin’ hell. So you can’t help then?”

“No, not really. Can’t help you.”

I think he missed the bit where I said I’d changed it to stop it being used…

He left.

Play

Having just had to suffer several hours of commercial radio due to builders some distance away with a loud radio, I needed to hear some decent music again. So does Bill Hicks…

Bill Hicks at his most passionate – contains language

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