Good news and bad lately, but hey what's new?!
I've accepted the job at the Open University, so hope to be starting there as
from 2 September. For less regular readers, this job is to entail the
specification, design and coding of all kinds of software applications to
support the university's courses. They are moving over to multimedia and
internet based education increasingly, and have made a heavy investment,
including running this department called the 'Centre for Educational Software'
for three years with a couple of dozen full-time staff. I'll be earning about
17500 pounds a year, which is highly respectable, and I think I've got
somewhere sorted out to live, since I'm going to be moving to Milton Keynes.
The bad news is of course on the car front. It seems that Direct Line are
going to write it off. I can't say I'm over-sorry about it, especially if their
concerns about hidden damage are justified, but it's going to be yet more
hassle shopping around for a replacement, especially when it's such a short
time before I am due to move - plus of course the ever-present worry as to
quite how much they will pay out; recall that I paid 2800 pounds for it, had
owned it only two weeks and driven less than 100 miles - that should act in my
favour, but insurance companies are of course in the business of minimising
Still no news on an Ireland trip aftermath web URL, and in any case we've still
got to get our pictures back, and then get selected ones scanned. The Obscure
Orchard talker has moved to a new machine and it is likely that the Ireland web
page will appear on there, seeing as most of the participants were Orchard
members, but web support for the talker has still to be finalised.
In the meantime though, for those wishing to visit the best talker in the land,
orchard.imaginary.com port 4141
Prepare to get hooked! Nice domain name, eh? It's got a certain ring to it!
If no-one else is on, and you'd like a permanent account, send a
suitably-pleading e-mail to email@example.com with your first and
second choice user-names, and you will receive a temporary password in due