Code Camp Boot Camp

Code Camp - Boot Camp 07

The South Island’s first Code Camp is firming up with dates and location having been settled, November 3/4 (2007) and here at Trimble (Chris‘s work that one).

I’ve been spending my spare time working on a coding challenge,

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 Which has been lots of fun and I’ve learnt lots that I want to blog about, but will have to wait to till after the challenge.

Best Birthday ever!

I’m sure I had the best birthday ever on Saturday. It was relaxed, I got some great presents, and just spent the day hanging out at home with Michaela and the kids.

Things that made great:

  • The weather was fantastic all day, it was that surprise warmth you get from a Canterbury nor’wester.
  • I got a hacky sack. Haven’t had one of those for years. We all spent┬álarge amounts of time playing hacky sack all weekend.
  • I got Need for Speed: Carbon for the Wii and it’s such a fun racing game. We played lots of king-of-the-hill style┬áverses racing over the weekend and Michaela was the best!
  • The Squeezebox arrived, and provided fantastic music all weekend long.

I would happily have birthdays this good every year.

Squeezebox arrives

The Squeezebox arrived Saturday morning. The boxing was very nice and stylish. It unpacked very simply. I plugged it in. Turned it on, spent five minutes configuring and it just worked. Longest configuration step was entering my over complex WPA key, but even that was straight forward.

I had read some posts on the forum saying it was a network set-up trick, shrug, it was simple (if you get networking). It had a DHCP option that worked, but I went for static configuration as I’m a control freak.

I’m not not sure what else to say, It just works! If I had a larger house I’d buy more. I still might….

Life style wise, it is one of the best purchases since buying the house. I haven’t had central music for years, and prior to the CD player dying, the stereo was at one end of the house and you had CD swapping issues. Now the sound is in the middle of the house, we have access to all our CD’s (well I have to rip them all, but I have a good starting point to begin with).

Internet radio is sweet also, I was listening to the chillout/ambient genre via shoutcast.com which was fantastic. @128kbp, I can handle ~40 hours before using up my current surplus monthly bandwidth quota.

We spent the weekend chilling out listening to music and playing hacky sack. Best money spent in ages.

Update: Just noticed a comment on Mauricio Freitas blog that Ascent have Squeezebox’s for $414.05NZD new preferred supplier found.

Fantastic Marketing

I got a pretty sweet fathers day present yesterday. And I can tell exactly why it was chosen. The company made extra effort, and nobody else did. I’m talking about Toblerone’s “To My Dad” sleeve on the normal box. Very Clever idea.

When it’s gifted by these two angels how can it not make your day.

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