The “Dining Room” is gradually taking shape

Progress is happening – sloooowwwwlllly… Framing for the boiler box-work is complete and a door’s been hung. The flooring, skirting & architrave are all complete, and we’re now waiting for the plasterer to arrive next week to cover up the boiler 🙂 Next stops, more door hanging; reskimming over a couple of holes in the…

Oracle 11g RDBMS.. Never thought I’d say this, but I’m slowly being converted

A few years ago some colleagues and I ended up in a relatively heated debate around the relative merits of Oracle vs Microsoft’s SQL Server in terms of which product was the “best” database. At the time, I seem to recall I was more on the side of SQL Server than Oracle – probably because…

Data Recovery – When is a disk unrecoverable, what do you do next?

As you may have been reading in previous posts, we’ve been trying to get some data recovered from a failed laptop harddisk. If the marketing material put out by leading data recovery companies is taken at face value, you end up with the belief that nearly anything can be recovered from… be it a disk…

Getting there part 2; how hard can it be to find stuff that matches laminate in colour?

The new dining room is really taking shape now, and it’s finally beginning to look like a completed room rather than a building site. As the floor nears completion however we realised that we needed to get some door bars to join the flooring under hall door, across the threshhold into the lounge and where…

Data recovery… Why is life never as easy as it should be? An update!

Why is it that computer equipment, and especially any form of computer equipment that stores data, always only ever fails at an inopportune moment? Laptops for work never break the day before you go off on holiday leaving plenty of time for them to be fixed while you don’t need them; digital cameras never fail…

Old kitchen… Progress!

Today saw the start of work to transform our house’s original kitchen into what will hopefully end up being a dining room / additional reception room / somewhere to relax with a book / we’re-not-entirely-sure-just-yet room. Our electrician’s been busy all day removing dodgy old wiring for cookers & an excessive amount of badly-fitted additional…