Korea (Imagine Cup) Day 0

I am in Korea with the UK Imagine Cup team and I thought a small picture journey would help

here is the team with a rangy stranger in Paris CDG


in Seoul Airport mmmm Noodles


What says Oriental efficiency more than a ride on Mop 🙂


the chaps on our transport bus ( Luxury ), Jim seems to be having some tummy trouble.


the trip in was a bit gloomy but SEOUL is HUGE


the first Imagine cup signs


Once we were all in , we had the choice of sleeping after set up or going into town, so the obvious choice was for a group of us , all without a single word of Korean , no local currency but blind faith in that a High Tech shop was nearby , all hoped on a bus to the bemusement of the driver and resulted in


TechnoMart , 10 floors of High tech goodies


this place was stunning , however after one or two identical stalls of high tech , the next 200 hundred paled. however I was thinking of a 52″ LCD but now 63″ is the minimum. Another strange note that Samsung seems to brand as LDVV here !

also TechNoMart has dancing Ladies to direct traffic into the store !



in a stroke of good luck we managed to make it back.

the rest of the day was NOT made up of donut induced last minute coding



Boss on Tour

Well after leaving home Friday lunchtime , now Sunday at 11.00am I am in Korea with the Seedlings for the World Wide Final of the Imagine Cup. Tired does not even come close to describing how I feel.


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Sysadmin Deep Doo Doo

I was out of the office on Friday and a little birdie has just reminded me that I missed partaking in the celebrations that are Sysadmin day. On Sysadmin day legend has it Sysadmin’s demand more ego massaging than normal to such an extent that it take days for their swollen egos to return to normal and they can actually fit through the door of the machine room.

I am concerned that my failure to partake could end up with my laptop being exchanged with a commodore pet and my phone replaced with something made of Bakelite, so if all of our Sysadmin’s out there are reading this , presents have been ordered and will be with you shortly.


Name Space Collisions

We have been suffering some staff problems recently, everybody we hire has a name that is already in use elsewhere in the company. So we have decided to reorganise the Black Marble name space, initial thoughts included post name numbering , but nobody could agree if the numbering base should be zero or one and Richard 0 was not complementary (Rik however liked the idea of being No 2) . The usual list of server/workstation naming suggestions came and went but in the end the solution came when clearing out the freebies cupboard and some of the devs took some old BM Red polo shirts. So next time you are visiting say hello to some of our interns Ensign’s Disposable,Expendable and Der Trihs , you will be able to find them crawling around in the Jefferies tubes before being send out as part of a customer landing party.


Update : the sad part is most of our Interns think of STNG as the old Star Trek <sigh> and don’t get the joke.

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Living with IT Managers

Rik sent me this to illustrate the pain of not having a new server within the last week and has suggested that we may need to move to this if his demands of a bi-weekly addition to the server farm is not met.


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