Saturday, April 28, 2007

First Night

Last night was the first time I slept in my new apartment. I am living like a junkie. I have a matrass on the ground and pretty much no other furniture. I spent the whole day today taking down the old wallpaper that is on most of the walls. What a pain in the ass. I've got about a third of the livingroom done. There is a LOT of work to do still. I have a feeling it will be a while before the place is set up the way I want it. I hate wallpaper. I think it should be illegal. I think the person that invented wallpaper should be punished by spending eternity taking down wallpaper... I think it may be in my best interest to stop working for the day. Last thing I want is to hate my apartment before I am really living in it.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Restart at HH:MM and then run this script

Every morning I come to work I have to turn my machine on and spend at least 15 minutes starting up the various apps I use to get productive. (There is some issue with the BizTalk schema designer combined with Source Safe that causes Visual Studio to use 100% CPU power for 5 minutes per each schema I open.) I've learned to live with this, but I realized today that it would be really cool if I could do the following:

Create a script, macro or something of the sort that specifies the apps I want to run when I start my machine. Instead of shutting down my machine, specify that I want to do a delayed reboot. Here I should be able to specify how long the delay should be, or what time the machine should come back up. I should also be able to specify my script/macro that would be run when the machine comes back up.

This way I would come in and my computer would be ready to go after a nice clean reboot. Kind of like a coffee pot with a timer. :-)

I know I can somewhat achieve this by hibernating my machine, but I have 2GB of RAM and hibernation rarely works for me. I also like to start the day with a freshly rebooted box.

Any ideas on how this could be done? Would hardware support be necessary or can this be done with software only?

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Trip to Canada

I've been meaning to post this for a while and keep forgetting. I've bought a flight to Toronto for the fall. A wedding and then Oktoberfest? Why not.

I leave Amsterdam Oct 3rd and fly back Oct 14th. See you there.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Weird feeling

I was looking through the contacts in my phone today, seeing whom I've not talked to in a while. I do this every now and then to make sure I someewhat keep in touch with people I know. This time was a bit different though. I came across a phone number of a colleague who died last winter. The logical thing to do is to delete his phone nr, but it feels weird. I'm not sure why, and I'm sure a psychologist could explain it, but it just feels weird. I didn't even know the guy that well.

Monday, April 16, 2007

A few close calls

The last few weeks have been stupidly stressful. Both the banks I had gone to for mortgages suddenly decided my company was too new and that I was too much of a risk to lend money to. The contract I had signed regarding my apartment could be dissolved on the basis of two such rejections but that wasn't exactly the plan. I like the apartment and didn't want to lose it. So I spent a week and a half on the phone trying to figure out some alternative options for borrowing money (not the mob but it did cross my mind) and didn't have much luck. Finally my dad got pissed off at his bank for jerking me around and went there with a threat to take all his business elsewhere if they didn't commit to their promises from a few months ago. Guess where I got my mortgage from. :) They still didn't give me a mortgage for the entire sum, just the execution value of the place. This means I am house poor. I've got just enough money to pay income tax for last year and the difference on the apartment cost vs the mortgage. I think I'll be down to a few hundred bucks very soon. Oh well, I'm working and I should get paid within a month on a few invoices. In any case, it was a close call as I thought I would have to back out of the contract just because banks decided to change their minds and royally fuck me. It goes without saying that my current bank will not be seeing my business for much longer.

Another close call was my driving theory exam. I studied for it most of the weekend and managed to get 45 out of 50. 43 is a fail so I had a buffer of one question. The test here is a LOT harder than the Canadian one, and most people taking it failed. I heard some people saying it was their 4th or 5th time. Ouch.

I should be doing work but it's so hard these days. 25 Celcius and a nice breeze. Best time of year in this country. Patio beer is so good......