Blogging again, first blog post in 1 year, 7 months

It’s pretty obvious I have never been a massive blogger, using my amazing maths skills… (also known as the calculator on Windows 7 that calculates differences between dates) I have worked out its been 1 year, 7 months, 1 week and 3 days since I last posted anything on this blog.

589 days is a pretty long time, I have never really been big on blogging or even status updates on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. I do however find it intresting looking back over stuff i have wrote, and done many years ago which is why i keep telling myself I should blog more… which never usually happens.

A lot has changed since i last posted in 2010, I have graduated from University which is the achievement i’m most proud of so far in life. I remember back to when i started in September 2007, the first few weeks were a massive shock to me… everything i was taught on the first day just went streight over my head and i remember thinking i had made the biggest mistake of my life going to Uni. At the time i was 21 and had not been in education since i finished college when i was 18, so i dont think that really helped as i was not used to been back in a class room.

However i really wanted to succeed and started doing a lot of reading up on stuff related to the modules i was taking. I have never been that great with maths, one module “Introduction to computer systems and networks” had a lot of maths related material in it. Looking back it appears quite easy now, however at the time i found it hard to get it in my head how to convert decimal to binary, binary to hex and so on. I was pretty proud when i ended up getting an “B” in that module.

In the end i graduated University with a 2:1 which i’m very pleased with, for anyone who doesn’t know you can get a First, 2:1, 2:2, Third or Unclassified. A 2:1 would be the equivalent to a B+.

I now works as an ICT / Network / Website and Office Admin for a company based in my home town, as you can probably guess my job involves doing a bit of everything, which is nice as it keeps things intresting as i never quite know what I will be doing from day to day.

I have recently been tasked with re designing the companies website, which sort of leads in to why i’m making this blog post.

I decided to use wordpress as the CMS for the website, as its very easy to customise, SEO and update. 3 things which were very important. The site has to look to to generate enquries from customers, we need too SEO as the company works in a very competitive market, and finally WordPress is very easy for a non technical user to log in and post a new blog post or news article.

Working with wordpress over the last few weeks reminded me i needed to fix this blog, its been offline since last October as we moved Digiex (a website i co-own) to a new server. After this i never re imported the database for my blog so i guess if anyone has actually visited it in the last 3 months will have just got a nice database error.

However now its back online, has a new layout, is updated to wordpress 2.3 now looks very sleek thanks to a little re design.

I actually do have a fair few posts on here, i did actually used to blog quite a bit from 2004 – 2006 on my MSN Space, mainly just random stuff really. Anyway last year i got an email to say MSN spaces was closing down, and that i had the option to download my blog or export it in to WordPress. I wanted to keep my old posts so i exported it, then imported it to this blog and set all the posts to private. Only people on my MSN Messenger contact list could see my blog, so i really need to  go through the old posts and make public the ones i dont mind anyone seeing.

I have also imported the blog posts i had on insanenutter.com and my blog on Digiex.net here. This will now be my sole blog so i can keep everything in one location.

I could go on about a lot more stuff in this blog post however i think ill leave it here for now, i just wanted to post something so i felt it was worth while restoring the database, updating wordpress and playing about with the layout.

I might do another blog post before the year is over… you never know! however as its 2:12am now i think its time to get some sleep.

Looking at the word counter at the bottom here ive wrote about 850 words in the last 15 mins, if only i could have done 2000+ word essays at uni this fast, i would have been done in 30mins!

Anyway im rambling on again now, bye for now 🙂

Wisdom Teeth

My Wisdom Teeth have slowly been growing for a couple of years now, I really do wish they would hurry up and finish… they appear to grow a bit, then do nothing for 6-8 months then grow a bit more. Usually they don’t bother me much at all when they grow, a slight discomfort but nothing more.

However these last few days it feels like a bomb has gone off in the back of my mouth, one minute my mouth will be fine then the next it will feel like someone is trying to drill in to my mouth for hours at a time.

Not great at all, Ive not been able to concentrate on much and have found it really hard to stay asleep without waking up every hour.

I never really understood how a tooth growing could cause so much pain, but now I really do understand. Anyway rant over! I hear the pain of them growing is nothing compared to having them taken out, so ill be quiet and hope it never comes to that!

Talking of removing Wisdom Teeth, thats something you probably should not Google when there giving you pain…

I posted this post two years ago now, looking back now (September 2012) nothing much has changed, they still havnt totally grown, however have never been as painful as when i posted this blog post back in 2010.

The speed that I work at

The speed at work at caries massively i have noticed during my time at University, in less than 24 hours i’ve managed to type 2903 words, do a loads of screen shots and even go though and check the document ive been working on.

For me thats great, in other assignments at University where ive had to write 3000 words i must have spent well over a month researching, struggling to understand what i’m supposed to be doing, deleting stuff ive done or simply just re wording half of it and generally feel like ive wasted a lot of time.

Wouldn’t it be nice if it was possible to work at that speed all the time? that would mean the majority of essays ive had this year would be out the way in less than a week, leaving months to work on my final year peoject.

Maybe im just a slow worker? the majority of the time i just find it hard to work at a decent speed.

Then again if i look at tutorials I have done for Digiex like the: How to hack a 250gb sata drive to work in the 360 tutorial i have typed 1400+ words, taken many screenshots and made the post presentable in less than an hour. Going at that rate I could produce an essay worth 50% of a module at University in 2 hours… but yet it takes me weeks!

I guess that just shows when i understand something i can go for it, and break it down in to steps for others to understand with ease! Just a random thought i guess, however the main thing is i get there with University assignments.