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mac osx lion

lion

Just half way through big network swap out loosing a load of windows boxes and moving up to so nice apple iMac’s. The main target has been shared calendars and address book which has been accomplished pretty easily using the built in ical and address book and spanning sync and a free goggle calendar, also swap the mail into imap folders which has allowed us to drop the unreliable exchange server that needed fixing and also add the expandability of adding external calendar connections onto iPhone and home devices easier.  Also i split the 500 gig internal hardisks into 250 partitions and this gave me a drive for the OS and a drive for time machine to do incremental backups, not a solution for permanent backups but daily weekly or monthly files you require back its damn easy to use and very effective. The other problem we had was sage and solid works. Autocad works native and seemed to work very well just a few bugs on some of the installs which was solved easily. Now solid works and sage I’m afraid i have to include parallels into the picture – basically its a windows install that brings the software into the mac software screen. Now you buy parallels for like 40 quid then you pay for a crappy windows licence – install that then install antivirus then run all the crappy windows updates blah blah blah…. so far the sage products have worked but been buggy and solidworks does work but doesn’t have the edge of running it on the PC. Now solidworks has a native mac osx version coming out sometime next year so I’m afraid there is no option but to bootcamp the mac till it comes out… i did try vmware fusion but had no luck running the software i ill try this again as this could be a solution… please solidworks bring out a native version soon!! now sage well i just realised how dated and yes widely used but craply old and dated software as we have payroll one program – accounts one program and job costing one program which is no longer really supported?…. also only windows native support – bring in quickbooks… I’m just looking at pricing for software and support but to install this its easy drag on drop the software on the mac or setup on the windows box… add the server by dropping it on the mac or installing on windows and your away – not only does it have payroll and job costing and accounts in one program but loads of other features plus support is fast 8-8pm – we rang sage the other day they made us wait a hour and basically wasn’t very helpful telling us they don’t support parallels.. trying to get out of support! ill blog the results and outcome of this…… some of the new features i really liked in the new lion setup was airdrop! awesome! lion was breeze to setup – lovely operating system very polished and great in the work environment – one thing thats annoying and i need to find out how to remove is icons like app store… yes the user needs admin password to install software but the fact is I don’t want them in there full stop… try removing chess game …  you can’t .. ! i don’t want staff sat there playing chess instead of job costing etc! a quick call to apple care hopefully will work again ill let you know….. our sage guy didn’t sam to agree that mac on the desktop at work and quickbooks was the way to go but hey everyones moving the apple way whether he likes it or not! and he don’t like quickbooks because he sells sage? thats hardly working in our interest therefore i can’t trust the guy! I’ve yet to test a few apps to see if they will fit into the requirements merlin for project management and maybe daylite to expand the tasking and productivity …. evernote is worth a look …

anyway i have to say not as bad as i thought but migrating over to a new system takes more time and configuration the what you think – one thing i would advice is get a full list of requirements don’t miss a thing and then setup one test machine and test the environment before you launch! also the end user can be awkward to move across to something new and might need training so look into whats required there.

its defiantly a big move dropping the windows boxes for macs just take your time and get it right and I’m sure the results will be great 🙂

 

just getting round to a quick blog…

just getting round to a quick blog… its been kinda without my macbook
although using a normal laptop is pretty shite i like using linux again infact ubuntu has matured hell of a lot lately support for like skype and other proggies like spotify is great to see!
anyway weekend has been a mad one with gigs started saturday at the stonewell with blackheart afterglow at a private party – my mate belly was doing the DJ’ing and the theme was like old skool funk – i loved it !! real funk some shit i never heard real funk is awesome!! band played well – i need to get myself a mark bass or a TC electronic this year as im not in for lugging this trace elliot around anymore 🙁 although its the best and ill never get anything like it im just getting to struggle on my own with the amp and its not very often you get offered a lift with it…. ill keep you posted on the amp i go with 🙂
played guitar sunday @ the park – bloody great day! i played electric acoustic for the first round and then tried the ricky copy which sounded bloody great! then kicked some ass on the last spot on my beloved strat! great gig!
looking forward to rehearsal with new band this week and the gigs lined up for next week – im just loving music at the moment
im defo going to strip the body for my unlined fretless this week its waiting for me ….
im liking this blogging client in ubuntu called drivel nice easy and lean woks well only a couple of things I can pick it on when adding the site you have to add the url you have to put the full url which is a bit akward if your not a techie it needs a option to say its wordpress and add the last part to the domain automatically as you have to insert this: http://your_wordpress.com/xmlrpc.php
and one the category is a drop down box so you can only select one category? i prefer to add more than one category because i tend to blog on multiple categories so im going to remove it!! and go back to lekhonee!!

 

macbook RIP

I put my mac into sleep mode then left the plug out for a few days and
now its dead 🙁

Called apple care sounds like a logicboard fault – so a new one is on the cards 🙁
And we just had our 13″ macbook stolen hen we got robbed little twats!

linux
xmas tux

So ive built myself a linux laptop using ubuntu 🙂
Works damn great ! setup no problems ive got access to my contacts and calendars using thunderbird and all its great plugins!! ive got my bookmarks as I use xmarks to sync them! and ive got access to my evernote notes using a application called nevernotes.. seems to work fine
Ive had to mount my music/movie/photo shares using upnp and xmbc client which works great 🙂
Im just writing this blog on lekhonee which is a nice wordpress editor 🙂
LINUX KICKS ASSSSS

Was fairly ratted yesterday went to the wagon and horses in lancaster @ ellisons work do and then wandered off into morecambe to watch a soul band in the cheiftan – not bad at all! Got a few bits to get for my close family today and im set for xmas 🙂 – im a bit disapointed with this year and feel let down by mainly one person who has caused so much trouble and split ythe family I hope this person is ashambed of itself as if you are readsing this you know who you are you disgust me with your interfearing habits but its bred into you and you know you are known for it so have a nice xmas…..
Im looking forward to the new year lots of new projects on the horizon – ive had to stop all domestic work as its simply a waste of time and its hard telling people i cant fix there computers anymore but ive let a few slip through and they are more hassle than anything so im defo not doing anymore! 100% – Im sticking with websites and commercial business only – and one of my new projects which i will start to reveal more on here in the new year…. had to knock all favours on the head and had to stop administering any sites ive been running there just aint no point putting in all the time I have time is money and if projects dont kick in within a year screw it – next year is for me and my family fuck everyone else simple as.

Bands are going well im now in two bands one doing covers and one doing original stuff which is great as im writing some great parts on the fretless and they always have new songs and plenty to do instead of stood round like a bunch of amateurs scratching heads saying what shall we do then! ppphhhffff!
Ive just stripped another bass body this ones going to be a jazz fretless and this one is unlined 🙂 my number one is lined and I use this nearly all the time now – although a alembic is on the cards for the new year…… aswell as a new rig – yes i use a proffesional trace elliot not a little shitty practice amp! but im looking portable like a mark bass 2×10 combo which does like 500watt – ive tried a fre ashdowns and they suck dogs assssss.
Been having some good jam days with dan / gary / wrennie frank on a sunday – we have boxing day lined up which will be interesting !! i play bass and guitar which i enjoy!
Im going to get a film lined up for tonight on the apple TV for tonight and order a curry and have a few beers – looking forward to tomorrow nice easy day got my dad and andrew coming over so should be interesting 🙂

im popping to promenade music for a few last minute bits – you have a merry xmas you hear

ho ho ho ho

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good gig last night

good gig last night ! at the old smokey conners
played upstairs for works do with dan – i like playing rhythm / lead funny how some people are just crap and just think rhythm guitar is just strumming you can do so much with rhythm guitar (if your a natural that is)
got finished up and got a taxi through to lancaster to meet fiona on her work do
its been a while since ive been into lancaster as I dont want trouble from some people
but i thought sod it let them start and show themselves up
Bloody good night went to bentleys and ended up in lounge
although I have to say the bar staff in lounge rip you off if you pay for a double they put singles in
so beware – I personally dont like the place and will not return after they try to rip me off.
Suppose im just used to the good service in my local the george pity there wasnt any other decent watering holes in the area with bands…

just doing my last day of domestic repairs as most of the people in this town either have no money or will harass you as they so desperately need the computer back ! its quiet funny i was going to keep doing some for friends but to be honest ive just tried a few tricks out … ill basically go do a job for a mate for free and then ask them to do me a job for free and it doesn’t seem to work ! mad isnt it they dont want to return the favour – im out of favours – so basically no more mr nice guy – im zero tolerance now I will not be used for a mug by nobody – I no longer do computers for friends or family. Apart from that commercial work is going great – plenty of commercial work and websites.

just got back from marbella – had a smashing time – met some great people – looking forward to going back very soon…

Band stuff is going well black heart afterglow has plenty of gigs for the new year and hecklers is trying a new vocalist this week to kick some asss in the new year 🙂

Got all my bits together for the unlined fretless – this ones called number two and number one is a lined fretless – im going to strip her over the xmas holiday – looking forward to trying my hand at the unlined now my lined technique is spot on and have some great compliments regarding my playing and sound when i use number one. But lets face who can touch me round here? gary this and simon willan are the only people i know who are shit hot !!
calling all bass players….

 

hey!

yer its been a while – check my new hendrix picture i created! <- over there ;)
dont you just love it – ive decided to turn my back room / office into a rock and roll shrine!
Ive ordered some prints for my unique beatles picture…
Well again ive been buy as ive now knocked all the domestic work on the head for reasons such as
Bringing the computer back a year later and saying i never did it right! scratty trouble makers saying I sold em a pile of shit when they know it wasnt and people like asking you to go do a job I dont so they come to my house and offer me a fiver ppphhff you get the picture
so now im 100% commercial – networks – websites – VPN’s – optimisation and work only for businesses – plus my new policy I will work for any company the ones that pay straight away get my fast track service others well they just have to wait im afraid I cant be assed chasing cash.
So yes its going great infact im better of since I did this just ashame for the decent people who appreciate me and pay well.

Global band network is going to get pushed this year Ive put so many hours into coding the site now I need to populate it – ive give it a overall and its functionality is great now I also plugged a iPhone app into the site which works well. Musician search and soon im adding the shop 🙂

Gigs going well – did my first gig last night at the uni with black heart afterglow which was pretty good apart from the sound enginners were dunb as per usual and got feedback and generally didnt have a clue as per usual! the ashdown amp i used was a pile of shit I only use pro style trace elliot rack systems anything else is shit and designed for amateurs ! well we played well set was spot on – got some good feedback – looking forward to playing yorkshire house as he is a good engineer and not a bad rig. Got pissed on 6 beer tokens and had great phone when we did the photo shoot looking forward to the pics coming back – some metal band was on which werent bad shit singer like but good band – convulsions were on last and the guitarist started being a prick with me as he said I was at there gig and was giving him shit but i put him right as the silly cunt got me up to play zep rock and roll on bass – prick.
The hecklers are currently looking for a vocalist although rehearsals are going very well have a poke round my sound cloud to hear how the 1st and 2nd rehearsals here

“Its by far the best band i played in – pure talent.”

Just finished another site this time for suzanne jackson – nice jewellery site with shopping cart – take look here


 

great weekend

it all started friday – got a message asking me if i could do les’s birthday at the nellie so me and dan had a stormer there was another act on 1st so we didnt hit the stage till about 11 !! plenty of ska and some hendrix – went down a storm – didnt do i saw her standing there or like dumb asses call it just 17 becuase i dont do that anymore that so like ten years ago – get ya timing right before you slag others! ha oh im 38.
so yer had a top one seen loads of good friends out had some hot pot yum yum our gary was out and our james had a good few beers and we was the last ones out!
had a night of saturday night our scott come over and lind and cheree what a lovely little lass she is funny! we ordered pizza and had the crack – what a good lad our scott his nice to have decent family around me couldnt have asked for a better nephew. Anyway sunday listen to a bit of beat club before i went out great 60’s program with small faces – the bee gees and go go dancers simply amazing times in the sixties would have been nice to share this time.
anyway got to the park for around two and took the fretless and the octave pedal of course as they go cap in hand! knocked some pino parts out on my warm up which frank the drummer liked bit of slap with some octave on the fretless does sound great! played a good few sets did some blues and rock and roll – we play all genres thats why were better than the rest! me and dan had a good chat last night and we know thats why we have the edge on “the others” great being a real muso.
Golly hit the stage with derek on vocals sounded bloody great and then dougie mckinnell hit the stage and sang with citizens band which was damn good. Our gaz and james came to see us which was great! Also good to see john ellison and alan crookal – what a good laugh! I hope bob luptons ok as he came in with a patch on his eye which didnt look good… john jeffries spot was a nice contrast plenty of acoustic guitar!! Then we headed down to the ma murpheys as loads of good bands were on during the day – good to catch up with all my decent like minded musician mates 🙂 bloody great night – dan treat me to a burger and i went home 🙂
So great weekend apart from reading what the little trolls have been writing so Ive removed any connected with that lot from my facebook which was hard because its hard to pick out the bad people from the good – so im afraid ive had to remove decent people which i have doubts about… we will see im not that arsed about having a facebook account really.
Start a new job this week after being head hunted again for my multi platform talents which is good – see how we get on…
looking forward to rehearsal 2morro night its great working with the new setup – learning songs properly is good and not having to blag it and play it all wrong is a bonus – the songs are awsome – just keep watching this space for exclusive news ………..

“Worthless people blame their karma.”


 

another good gig

played a quiet one with dan last night – nice and easy acoustic set and then threw some livelier stuff out in the second set – great audience ! overal good crack..

preparing for rehearsal wednesday and friday – just listened back to some of the wavs ive recorded so far – its shit hot – its nice not being limited to what you can play!

going to check up on the status on my spray job on the new rickie 2morro could do with it back now!!

had a mega weekend and im busy with work

all is good overall – keep tuned for hot news…


 

times do change

yes times do change usually for the best – in my case yes for the best
things are all good – business is ticking
gigs are rolling and the music is better than ever!!

Im writing songs now which I admit i was okay at helping out before
Specially in when someone else was laying the words out
I just blast out the chords and help along! no worries
Just always got held up blocked when writing myself
Started writing using thoughts of things that happen and happend is helping a lot
Inspiration doesnt come easy and neither do good lyrics
Although I see some people write bullshit lyrics sometimes the bullshit is good?
As i do more like anything else I get pretty deep into it and get better
Although so far im pretty impressed with my self
I just need this big 12 string acoustic to inspire me to write the chords……..

Anyway in celerbration on my new successes ive changed out my blog theme!!! I hope you like it..
Cause I do !!!
I cleared and tuned my itunes collection on my laptop today and im getting ready for my main collection which should be interesting!!
Im just a third of the way through a new tune this one is real tidy “Rock and roll jigsaw”
Wait till i post these up – far better than the stuff ive done in the past they were shoddy work
Im so much more for getting things right these days……

Im just stepping down from being lugmaster and im waiting for the new person to come along and take role Ive said ill keep attending when i get chance – im sorry to leave the position but i feel its not fair the group should suffer while im so busy – thanks so far to all the support. Great group.


 

google chrome for mac

ive just took the plunge and thought id try google chrome on the mac.. after using firefox from version one its been a while but sometimes nice for a change!! I can say the install was easy but isnt it always on a mac?… the gui is very simplistic and i like this a lot. Now the extensions i needed were mostly for SEO which i found some great ones actually better than the ones i had loaded before! i also found a great little ebay extenesion and a shareaholic extension which lets me post to multiple site! plugged in a nice little search bar and a pretty neat wordpress extension which is handy for fast blogs.. i found the usual digg / delicious and stumble upon extensions and of course xmarks which brought in all my bookmarks which id been syncing with the firefox xmarks extension.. alexa plugin works well so extensions 10/10 !! browser speed and rendering 10/10
so id say go for it ! i love firefox for being a great browser and certainly better than internet explorer – for lots of reasons including security!!!…

give is a whirl… available for windows and apple mac and linux!!!!!!! i just love multiplatform

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