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March 2006 

March 27, 2006
9500 memory card issues.

By LanceW


My bleeding memory card in my Nokia 9500 keeps getting corrupted.
I bought a 512mb card to prevent me using the internal memory as much as possible, the problem is now that the memory card keeps getting corrupted and then I can't open my applications.

Do I install all apps on the internal memory?
Is it certain apps killing the card?
Is it just a flakey card?

Thoughts on how to move forward would be appreciated.


* Posted on: Mon, Mar 27 2006 9:09 PM

March 24, 2006
SciFi eBooks

By LanceW

Hi all,

The good folk at Fictionwise are offering a bunch of the Nebula list finalists for FREE!

I have a bunch of eBooks from them, good place. I recommend taking a look at the following URL, where many of the freebies are.

If you decide to join up and buy some eBooks please use the code: REF216256482D441 it "should" benefit me by earning me some credits there to spend on books.

Free Ebooks

* Posted on: Fri, Mar 24 2006 10:13 PM

March 7, 2006

By LanceW

Hmmm... My foot has once again stopped me running tonight (running club). It is all a result of doing 10 miles on Saturday. Brilliant run along Itchen River. However, it is now Tuesday night and I am still limping, putting weight on my foot hurts like billy-o. How it clears up fast! Also suffering from having got an 3/4 inch long sliver of wood jammed under my thumb nail!!! OW! Pain is my friend today. :-)

* Posted on: Tue, Mar 7 2006 10:44 PM

March 3, 2006
Bloglines Vs. My site

By LanceW

I am contemplating moving my blog back to, what do you think? Bloglines is great and all, but the interface for a start kills paragaraphs. The second thing is that it drives traffic away from my site, or does it? Dunno? Third, I'd like to customise the blog which I can't do here. But I think it will go fairly low down on the to do list.

* Posted on: Fri, Mar 3 2006 12:05 PM

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February 2006 

February 27, 2006
Plusses and minusses

By LanceW

Hi all, well, the weekend has been and gone. All in all not a bad weekend. Potty training was a result, my daughter is a wee legend...literally! Shes got the whole potty process sorted and we only had two wet nappies all weekend! In other news I ran on Sunday morning, 8am to 10:30am about 15 miles! Wanted to, and should have quit a about 2/3 of the way but didn't. I am now suffering a bit, the pain I got last year is back in my right foot. (suspected sublux cuboid). It is however another milestone, it is the longest I have run both in terms of miles and minutes. In Judo news, I confirmed the dates for the 4th FDSC block today and scheduled the leave. I am excited to get back to Bath. Especially seeing as I have the official "you made it to year two" letter now. In geek news, Bloglines have released the ability to edit my blogs into folders. Which is good as I have hundreds to sort through. Its also good to see some feature improvement. Its been quiet. That reminds me, I must contact them about the formatting of this blog. I write this generally on my phone and the line breaks never seem to make it. I wonder why? Anyway, life is pottering on, I have added about 20 more things to the GTD to do list. Must be time to sort through it and start planning.

* Posted on: Mon, Feb 27 2006 11:03 PM

February 24, 2006
GTD progress

By LanceW

Well, yesterday I had to go home early in the afternoon to look after my daughter who was ill. The plus side however was whilst sitting at home watching the Garfield movie (which is rubbish by the way) with her, I got some time to write out a list of things I am trying to do. A good few pages of project sized tasks, not many "next actions". So I think now I need to gothrough the list and examine each item in more detail and find some actions. In any case, it was good to make some progress.

* Posted on: Fri, Feb 24 2006 1:37 PM

February 20, 2006
On GTD/Time Management.

By LanceW

Right.... so my big issue at the moment is time management. Professionally, not an issue, ticking along nicely in my new role. (Woot for me and the new job by the way). However, outside work and in my personal life managing all the things I have to do is getting to be a real pain. I've always been keen on and relatively good at managing all the balls I need to juggle. But lately its not been that easy for me. Kids don't help. I'm going back to basics, about to sit down and map/write out all my projects, to do's, goals, etc. Then I'll be mapping them into the calender, to get done. The hard bit then as with all time management is keeping the self-discipline going. I'd be really interested in any opinions or suggestions on keeping yourself together and going when you have lots on.

* Posted on: Mon, Feb 20 2006 10:06 PM

Security always comes down to the individual users.

By LanceW, ... 503,00.htm

The url above takes you to an article about a stunt pulled by a IT Training company here in the UK.

It highlights where the problem with security is generally to be found, with individuals. All the security in the world will not save you if someone does something silly or malicious from within your security perimeter.

From my own experience, likely candidates for security breaches are the boss, hes the boss he can do whatever he wants is al too often the attitude. Within the last 18 months I've seen exactly this happen. Installing unknown software from the web and a great case of successful (almost) phishing.

* Posted on: Mon, Feb 20 2006 10:09 AM

February 17, 2006
Sky by broadband

By LanceW

I spotted this a while back, but have only just got round to looking at it this evening. In fact I am hoping to install the software shortly.

Basically, it seems that Sky are making it possible to download their sports or movies over the internet, assuming you have these via their satellite service.

No doubt DRM'd to high heaven, but interesting none the less. From what I have picked up you are limited to one PC which might be a shame as well. But I shall confirm that if and when I manage to try the software for myself.

* Posted on: Fri, Feb 17 2006 9:20 PM

February 16, 2006
OPL progress (sreader)

By LanceW

I have been working on my OPL sreader ( with the help of the good people at I had the basic code in place, but not the text input. So... apparently this is hard in OPL as it appears to be. But I was pointed in the direction of some file->buffer subroutines which I have put in place. Next I have added the sub to convert from ASCII to unicode. So my next step is to pull it in and display it. Isuppose first into a string but perhaps straight from the buffer. Thoughts?

* Posted on: Thu, Feb 16 2006 10:17 PM

February 14, 2006

By LanceW

I see that my old friend Chris is having similar issues to me, that being a failure to blog. Following in his example I shall be endeavouring to post more...honest. Speaking of blogs run don't walk over to and read Cory Doctorow's two blogs on Google. Great reading. I listened to one of his speeches the other night (from on DRM, he has a great way of making it all seem so ridiculous, which makes that fact that DRM is slowly creeping in everywhere all the more distressing. Now... ID cards!!!

* Posted on: Tue, Feb 14 2006 10:42 PM

Windows 2003 R2 Activation

By LanceW

Bleeding Microsoft!!!! At work this morning building a DL380 with shiny new Windows 2003R2. All goes well until I add the macine to the domain. Upon reboot, the darned thing starts demanding to be activated (where'd me 30 days go?). Appeazrs at first glanced that M$ in their wisdom have changed activation so you have to do it immediately if the box joins a domain. PAIN IN THE BUTT is what that is! GRRRR, wheres that Linux CD!

* Posted on: Tue, Feb 14 2006 11:10 AM

February 10, 2006

By LanceW

Steve Eley coined a new phrase on his popular SciFi podcast magazine EscapePod. "Webfungus" is a his term for Link Farms otherwise known as Search Engine Spam. I like the term and his reasoning, linkfarm is far too positive! Well I hope this post in some small way brings the term to popular use. Bloggers, join in the "Webfungus" promotion blog about it today! :-)

* Posted on: Fri, Feb 10 2006 1:24 PM

February 6, 2006
More blogging to follow.

By LanceW

My poor ol' blog has been the victim of too much to do, in too small a time, about too many subjects. I hope to write more but it is a case of priorities. I must get back into the flow before I head off to Bath in April for the next block of the FDSc course. This time we shall be starting at the British Supercup event in Birmingham. I plan to write about the course as always, to give that day by day view of the great course they are running there. I must also write about technology!!! So much todescribeon that front, VMWare going freeware for a start. I have a bunch of writing to compile on OPL and other things pertaining to my Nokia 9500. Finally more Linux, including my developing Cluster and play with Linux on the PS2. So much, till then. Lance

* Posted on: Mon, Feb 6 2006 10:02 PM

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January 2006 

January 20, 2006
Non ex transverso sed deorsum

By LanceW

Non ex transverso sed deorsum


* Posted on: Fri, Jan 20 2006 2:15 PM

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December 2005 

December 16, 2005
Thanks (former) team!

By LanceW

Last night I shared a few drinks with my former colleagues from The Aziz Corporation. It was great to see you again, we must do it again. Did remind me that although leaving the sinking ship was good for me, others are stuck there still. What would be great right now would be a service where I could find jobs for these people. Maybe a service that allowed me to introduce my friends to companies? Anyway, great evening, flee my comrades FLEE!

* Posted on: Fri, Dec 16 2005 2:20 PM

December 9, 2005
Final Meonstoke sessions.

By LanceW

Well last night was our final sessions for the year. After a nice light session of fun and games and ne-waza randori; I "tested" each student by making them throw me!! A ball was had by all. One of my learning experiences from doing theseb two back to back sessions with such a young age group is feeling how hard it is to both repeat what you teach accurately and also how much energy you burn up alternating almost every 2 minutes. great fun though! Thanks to everyone, all the kids, to the parents and the teachers. Thanks also to Joyce and the BJA for getting this class started!

* Posted on: Fri, Dec 9 2005 1:34 PM

KES Final session and competition!

By LanceW

To finish the term & year we had a light fun session which concluded with a ne-waza (groundwork) competiton to end. Well, it was spirited and Here are the results! 1st Anna Kukla 1st Liam Kiessling 2nd Zoe Cousins 3rd Michael Ellis 4th Rose Grover Thanks all, you did really well.

* Posted on: Fri, Dec 9 2005 1:15 AM

December 2, 2005
Meonstoke Judo - Week 5

By LanceW

This is sadly the last full session at the school. We covered O Soto Gari & Kami Shiho Gatame. Next week, being the last week, I have some plans bubbling to make it a bit special. Several people have asked about a club, which to the best of my knowledge there is not one. So... I may look into starting one.

* Posted on: Fri, Dec 2 2005 2:45 PM

KES Judo - 30th Nov 2005

By LanceW

On Wednesday we prepared for next weeks end of term "bash". Like last term we shall be ending this term with an internal competition. So this week we covered the bows, procedures and goals of the sport of Judo. We discussed the objectives of the sport, namely to throw your partner on their back for Ippon. I related this back to the ethics of sport and using much of the ideas from our ethics lectures in Bath, I explained how it is all "make believe" so we choose to play a game within the made up rules. We then had plenty of Randori. Ready for next weeks fights!

* Posted on: Fri, Dec 2 2005 2:42 PM

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November 2005 

November 29, 2005

By LanceW

For some reason, I've never blogged much about my growing addiction to running. As some awill know I started running in February after forming a running club. Why form a club? Because I respond well to peer pressure to motivate me. So I started a running club, and since then I have run at least once a week, every week. My mileage started at 1-3 miles, running for a minutee, walking for a minute. Now I am averaging in the region on 15-18 miles or more. I have never liked running. I used to run when I competed to work on fitness and never enjoyed it. I have to say that I do enjoy running now, scary! The club helped a lot, it is so much easier to get going when you have others there. But increasingly now I even enjoy the solo runs. I shall try and write more after tonights club run.

* Posted on: Tue, Nov 29 2005 1:08 PM

November 27, 2005
What's on my mobile.

By LanceW

Hi, I have been using my Nokia 9500 as my main "PC" for quite a few months now. So I thought I would write a post on the topic along with a list of whats on there and why, etc. So, whats it like? Well, it's good. EMail where ever I am all that good stuff. Pretty much everything is on there. The one thing I still don't really do on it is my calendar and to do. I still find the ol' pen and paper easier. What is on my Phone: * Miles Bourne An electronic version of an old French card game. Fun. * Fit4life A electronic fitness testing application. To be fair I have not used it more than a couple of times. * Buddy Buzz A serial reader, allows you to read very fast. It is a beta and seems neglected now. * Frodo A commodore 64 emulator. I basically have this on there to play/show "Uchi Mata" * Automail Steve Litchfields great utility to pull email automatically. Used it a lot to start with. * Timelog Another OPL creation by Steve. I don't actually use it at all, keep it there though *jMirc A Java IRC client, don't use it much. Should really. * YFTP This is a terrific FTP client, allows me to access websites to update etc. * YEDIT A text editor, I use it in conjunction with YFTP to update websites. * Mobireader eBook reader, I only use it for those books that specifically require it. * AgileMessenger Instant messaging client, (MSN,AIM,ICQ,Google,Y!). * Perl Terrific, Perl has just recently been ported to series 80. Not using it for much yet. * SFcave Game, one button, good fun. * Vexed Terrific game, addictive! * OPL _THE_ language for programming on series 80. * iDesk A terrific alternative to the standard nokia desktop. Includes password register and a utility to reboot your phone. * eProfiles Great utility that extends the profiles on your phone. The best thing is the ability to schedule when the profiles activate. *eRecorder From the same folks as above. Allows you to use the voice recorder more easily. * Hotspot Finder Yet another Psiloc application. This one scans for WiFi networks. *SMS Assistant Allows you to forward or reply to calls and/or SMS messages automatically. *eBook My preferred ebook reader. *OGGPlay It along with included codecs allow you to play OGG files rather than MP3's *VNC So I can remote control PCs * Putty SSH client. So I can get to the console on my Linux boxes and so forth. * PGP Encryption tool * TomTom GPS navigation software, GREAT! Especially since getting the John Cleese voice for it! I use the built in email client and web browser a lot. I'll try and add links and also more info on hows and whys soon. Lance

* Posted on: Sun, Nov 27 2005 10:16 PM

November 24, 2005
Meonstoke Weeks 3 & 4

By LanceW

Again, been slack updating the blog, so two weeks in one here.

Week III
This week we covered covered Judo as a sport.

We did O Goshi (hip throw) as our throw and did Kesa Gatame as our hold.

Week IV
This week we didn't learn any new throws, we learn about the training methods of Judo. We talked about Shiai (competition), Kata (Formal demonstration), Randori (free practise), and Uchi Komi (repetition without throwing).

I brought my Japanese drum music with me and we all did uchi komi to music again it helped with the important requirements for Judo; timing and rhythm.

Great fun had by all, including me. Especially during what seems to be the whole worlds favourite game, Judo Bulldogs!

* Posted on: Thu, Nov 24 2005 6:31 PM

KES Sessions

By LanceW

Hi all,
Been rather slack updating the BLOG, sorry. So here are the entries about the session from last week and this one.

Last Wednesday
On Wednesday we explored "Rythmic Judo". Basically inspired by the sport acrobatics pictures in the hall and the Gymnastics instructions on the wall I wanted to introduce some of the choreographed Judo most of us have seen.

This I have not done since I left Edinburgh. At the old RCP Judo club under Jim & Shiela, we used to a parents night. On this night we did a bunch of demonstrations. So, this week at King Edward VI's the students did the same sort of thing.

It all went well and we saw some very interesting displays!
Well done everyone!

This Wednesday
This week, I brought along a CD of Japanese drum music.

We discussed training methods and focussed on Uchi Komi, and specifically static Uchi Komi and doing it to the music.

During our session I introduced the throw Uchi Mata, done in various methods as Uchi Komi. Everyone seemed to pick it up quickly which is nice. We did the "Dinky-do Dinky-Da" uchi mata, which I use. I like this method as A)it involved a silly name and B)it forces students to develop a well balanced posture whilst holding someone on their back. Then they need to hold their balance whilst taking their feet of the ground (one foot at a time of course), whilst still holding their partner on their back/hips.

We, at the end of the session, did a little self-defence. Defending a headlock/choke from behind you. We discussed the importance of not getting into dangerous situations, running away being the best thing to do. We also discussed the importance of having control, both of your body and of the situation.

It was interesting how introducing music helped people develop a rythym for their Uchi Komi.

Till next week.

* Posted on: Thu, Nov 24 2005 6:23 PM

November 12, 2005
Meonstoke, Week II

By LanceW

Well, this week, both classes were busy again, terrific!

This week we talked about the history of Judo, about it's origins in Japan in 1882 and also about the 1964 Olympics, Anton Geesink and also the Cairo Worlds and Craig Fallons gold.
All to promote the diversity and diffusion of Judo throughout the world.

Technique-wise we learnt Ippon Seoi Nage this week and Yoko Gatame.

And of course everyone enjoyed "Judo Bulldogs"


* Posted on: Sat, Nov 12 2005 1:20 AM


By LanceW


Wednesday just been, the main thing we focussed on was Tomoe Nage.
Everyone did really well, picking it up really well.

I am really pleased!

* Posted on: Sat, Nov 12 2005 1:17 AM

November 6, 2005
Work changes...

By LanceW

Well as of Friday I no longer work for The Aziz Corporation/ Khalid Aziz.


* Posted on: Sun, Nov 6 2005 3:13 PM

Meonstoke Infant School - Fantastic

By LanceW

As soe of you have been aware, I have been doing more coaching/teaching in Schools.

The latest assignment has been to run a 6 week course at Meonstoke Infant School.

Interest was so high that we are now running two sessions one after another on Thursday afternoons.

The first one was this Thursday just been and Ihad a ball, a great bunch of children who seemed to enjoy it. A lot younger than I have taught for quite a while. (4-5 years-ish), a real challenge to revert back to methods for kids after having been doing Adults and older children.

All that chopping and changing is draining, as was having just completed one session and then repeating it immediately afterwards. A real test of how well I have the session planned, as it is important to me that both sessions receive the same content with the same enthusiam!

As well as a general introduction to what Judo is, we learnt our first throw and holds. (Tai Otoshi & Mune Gatame.)

Looking forward to next week.

* Posted on: Sun, Nov 6 2005 3:12 PM

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