It has been a busy month....
Phew, just got some time for a blog post! It has been crazy! For those that emailed me asking what had happened, I apologise for not getting back to you!
I would like to point out that during this time, Ricky Gervais and his original podcast series as well as the new free Podfather series have kept me sane! Excellent stuff! Get it!
So, where to start...? I suppose the Apple iMac and finding out that Core Duo does not actually mean 64bit! Doh! How did I find this out you ask... well, simple really... I tried to install Windows Vista RTM 64Bit and it gave me a nasty error, spat the CD out and told me to go away. It turns out that the Core 2 Duo is 64Bit... guess I should stop buying things too quickly! However, apart from Apple's Bootcamp not supporting a few of the devices, it works pretty well using the 32Bit version. I am actually very impressed with the performance, and Outlook 2007 (also RTM'd recently) is much quicker than on my XP machine.
That brings me nicely onto Vista... Which is now released to manufacturing which meant only one thing was going to happen. Yes, you guessed it, everyone tried to download from the Microsoft MSDN / Technet / Licencing servers at the same time and promptly brought Microsoft's download servers to their knees. It took me 5 days to download 3GB, but WOW it was worth the wait! Remember people... if you order a PC with OEM Windows XP or Office 2003 you are entitled to the free upgrade from Microsoft!
What next? Oh yes... My Netstreams project. It is still early days, and I have finally got over the initial bumps. I have on the way one of the new Streaming Music Managers for a client, this device is really clever... essentially, it "sniffs" your network for shared music, indexes the metadata and then gives you 6 streams out to the Netstreams DigiLinX system. You can read more about it on my site or on the nice freshly redesigned Netstreams Site!
Also, since the release of the Rako Controls DigiLinx Driver, and the soon to be released Honeywell Hometronic Driver, we can now integrate lighting Dimmers and Heating control to the Netstreams system here in Europe. All very cool and exciting news!
Now some shocking, but good news!
You know how much I give out about Sage and how they don't listen to customers and essentially dump a product release on you every two years... well, it turns out that it is a matter of getting the right person!
I found a bug with Sage Line 50 version 12 and 13 (2007) that gives you an error the second time you send a report / invoice / po etc via email PDF export. The error is on the file ACCREP32.DLL.
I contact a few forums about this issue and was told "you are mad to think that you will get them to fix this in an older release of Line 50" (12). So, I took on the task of calling support and seeing who I could talk to. Luckily, I got through to a support member in Ireland who was extremely professional and escalated my problem up the line. Finally, my message got to the development team in the UK and I was told "It is not an known issue, thanks, we will look after this next Tuesday". That was today, and I received an update from them that it was being looked at this afternoon, fantastic news and I hope they release a fix soon! I also hope that Sage, as it is a large organisation, consider a program like the MVP one.... and start working closer with the community ongoing!
Rugby rugby rugby....
I am not a big fan of the "corporates" getting tickets for sports events, but I suppose that is the way things have gone. Luckily for me, I managed to land my hand on one of these corporate tickets (thanks Dave) and got a front row sideline seat for the Ireland / South Africa match. What a game! Great result for Ireland. However, the weather was good at this match.
For the Ireland / Australia game, I got a "poor mans" ticket, and ended up on top of the south terrace, uncovered with a gale force wind and rain lashing down from above. Thanks to Garren, who brought the whisky! It kept me warm enough to watch the whole game, which again we won... 2 down, one to go with the Pacific Islanders left to play.
That's the update for now... sure, if I think of anything more, I will post another entry :)