Bloody sparkie thing... so I'm just brave enough or rich enough to start switching out the electrical components yet... but maybe next month... but on the plus side - at least I think I just *may* have found a solution to this intermittent starting problem. I'm going to try this same technique for the next month or so and will report back if anything changes.... *sigh*
So - ever since breaking down in San Francisco and being rescued by a mobile mechanic.... and discovering the mysterious 'take off number 1 spark plug and thou shalt start' commandment.
Here we are and the 11th commandment is still working.
Friday is just another day in breakdown Boris land
After the last bout of engine work (replacing the crank sensor thing) Boris was nice for nearly 3 months... before acting up again. Although a lot less frequently.... Up until this month hes only refused to start once every few weeks... I've been just living with it.
Last month he had major sulk and left me stranded on several occasions... I left him at another LR specialist in San Francisco who could not reproduce the starting problem (imagine that!)
Luckily he happened to break down within an hour of me collecting him from the garage and they came straight out... saw him refusing to start.. plugged in a spark plug tester and it started first time. The same thing happened a few days later... plugged in a sensor and it started again.
I had a kind of "aha" moment.... so left the plastic cover off the top of the engine so I could get to the sparks quickly when it happens again.
he's been good for 2 weeks now.... including a cross country drive back to here (Folly Beach, SC)
This morning it happened again..
But this time... is there a spark of light at the end of the long dark tunnel of Landrover ownership? (pun fully intended)
Last week was an exciting one... driving from San Francisco to Las Vegas on Friday (including the obligatory but less than amusing Boris Breakdown)... packing and loading my moving truck on Saturday/Sunday and then driving across country to my new home here at Folly Beach South Carolina.
Unpacking was fun, courtesy of three little helping hands (Nate, Fin and TIggy) and four little paws (Bailey) and now a week later I'm delighted to say that I'm mostly settled. Pictures on the wall, wireless network up and floating around the beach air, media server is serving and the coffee maker is bubbling.
Bailey the super dog is getting his regular walks around the neighbourhood and I'm feeling myself de-stress on a near hourly basis. No wonder folks who live at the beach have this perpetually smug, self amused and content look to them.... Life is Good!
A woman awakes during the night to find that her husband was not in their bed. She puts on her robe and goes downstairs to look for him.
She finds him sitting at the kitchen table with a hot cup of coffee in front of him. He appears to be in deep thought, just staring at the wall. She watches as he wiped a tear from his eye and takes a sip of his coffee.
"What's the matter, dear?" she whispers as she steps into the room, "Why are you down here at this time of night?"
The husband looks up from is coffee "Do you remember 20 years ago when we were dating, and you were only 16?" he asks solemnly.
The wife is touched to tears thinking that her husband is so caring and sensitive. "Yes of course I do" she replies.
The husband paused. The words were not coming easily. "Do you remember when your father caught us in the back seat of my car making love?"
"Yes, I remember" said the wife, lowering herself into a chair beside him.
Kate flew out to San Fran to visit me for Valentines Day. We had a lovely time visiting the wine region of Napa, and when Boris refused to start we were prepared. We still hung around and tried to start for 30 minutes. No joy as expected! Wander off for a coffee and croissant, returning an hour later and it still won’t fire up. So, never to be deterred, we just googled ‘car rental’ and walked five minutes to rent a cabriolet for the day. This really is the only way to look around Napa.
Sure enough, later that day – returning to Boris and he fired up as if nothing had ever happened.
Anyway, it’s an hour or so drive back to San Francisco then we went out for a lovely Valentines evening at a great Curry House. It’s a Indian/Mexican Fusion restaurant which satisfies my craving for eye watering Curries and Kate’s craving for Mexican grilled chicken wrapped in flat bread.
The only shame was coming out to find Boris sulking again.
Total refusal to start.
Short cab ride back to the hotel.
In the never ending quest to break down in every state of the United States of America, Boris the Land Rover most recently refused to run while visiting the beautiful wine regions of California. Miss Kate is inside Avis Rent-a-car while I type this and Bailey the superdog and me are amusing ourselves standing around outside.... sigh
Wordle is an excellent website for a some serious lunchtime cyberloafing.
Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.
It basically takes any string of text, parses it and creates a nice little word-cloud graphic with the most used words. It's neat stuff, and gets even neater when you feed it a website address. Give it a URL and it looks at the whole website and comes up with a graphic of words used through the site and makes it look kind of... well... just funky.
This is what I get when I feed it http://www.nicklitten.com
I got this little digital thumbs-up from LinkedIn, telling me that my LinkedIn profile ranked among the top 5% of most viewed profiles during 2012! Woooo! Queue long armed over the shoulder patting for Moi!
I'm in the top 5% of my industry....
Well, thats not quite true. It's not even remotely true actually. To be honest, its a big fat lie! What it should say is:
Of all the lots and lots of people on Linkedin - 5% looked at my profile and thought "What has that clown got in front of his eyes?"
I've been working with a new customer recently which means I'm once again, finding myself in the i-vangelist pulpit. I was about to say that I'm tired of responding with "Huh? You said AS400? Do you really still have one of those old machines? I thought IBM stopped making those in the nineties..." but a little secret part of me quite enjoys the sarcastic bluster of it all, and if I'm honest - gets a kick out of it ;)
The IBM Power System is still being referred to as either (a) an AS400, (b) the 400 or (c) an iSeries. The Dinosaur developers need to be educated and reminded that our lovely box has been through some changes in the last ... fifteen... years! Yes, it really is that long since the AS/400 was replaced with the iSeries. How can IT professionals have failed to notice that the AS/400 no longer exists?
Mr Trevor Perry has long been a proponent of the IBM i moniker and tries hard to educate the masses via his excellent blog at http://blog.angustheitchap.com/
Crank Sensor didn't fix anything :(
However, on my life mission of looking on the bright side, it did work for nearly eight weeks straight. Before refusing to start while parked outside a client office in San Francisco, which is only really a minor embarrassment. I suppose it could have happened half way across the golden gate bridge which would have been far more excruciating.
That is a world record for this dodgy Landrover LR3.
But it seems the ghost that used to haunt the engine has tracked me down again.
So, I'm typing this from my hotel room.. with a rental car parked outside once again. The most annoying thing is that when I go into the office tomorrow morning I can guarantee the car will start first time.
UPDATE: the bloody thing did run perfectly the next morning. At time of typing this update it has also been two weeks of error free starting. Aaaaargh
I got an email this morning telling me that I have somehow, miraculously, out of nowhere inherited over ten million dollars. Yahooo! I'm rich beyond my wildest dreams.
All I have to do is email my personal information, my bank account details and my drivers license information to The Very Reverend Doctor David Anderson in China. Once they have verified my information - they will send me $10,500,000.00!
I wrote a data encryption routine a few years ago. In my ongoing mission to refactor my old utilities, I was looking at it this weekend thinking about ways to improve it. The basic premise behind my routine is to read a row of information from a file, perform encryption of said data based on a specific 'key' and then hide the key within the encrypted data - so it can be decrypted correctly at a later date. Keeps data safe from prying eyes even if they manage to get access to the file data itself. This worked very nicely for obfuscating the source code for my Projex4i programs, but has bitten me on a few occasions when somebody has tampered with the data in the file, therefore making my encryption key incorrect. Tampered data means I have effectively lost my ability to decode it.
There must be a better way right?
There is - FIELDPROC in IBM-i v7.1
What is Field Proc?
It Consultant desperately seeking long term relationship with single white beach front location
So, after spending the bulk of 2012 working in the desert (Las Vegas Nevada to be more precise) the New Year means it’s time to head back to my spiritual home... for a little rehydration, southern lifestyle and early morning walks on the beach. I'm officially addicted to Charleston, South Carolina. I’m moving out of my condo in Vegas this month, packing up and heading back to Charleston on Feb 1st.
I'm looking to rent a beach-house (no condos please) with at least two bedrooms, preferably first or second row on Folly Beach, Sullivans Island or Isle of Palms. I'm looking for something long term, a minimum of a year preferably longer. As an IT Consultant I work from home - so all I need is a fast internet connection, smartphone, shorts, flip-flops and if the home office has a view of the beach then I'm sold!
If you want a memorable website that attracts new customers, a website that explains who you are and explains how to contact you... You've come to the right place.
I have always focussed on quality affordable websites designed and built to your requirements. I offer input where needed but strive to build a site that matches your vision. Over the Years I've developed websites for clients worldwide. Once the website is delivered I still stay with you because building your website is only half of the job, your website needs to be properly marketed to generate fresh visitors and sales.
- Need a website?
- Want a cool domain name?
- Email that you can access just like Hotmail?
- A family website for sharing photos and videos like YouTube?
- Is your search engine ranking high enough?
I've built websites ranging from single pages to complex eCommerce sites allowing customers to interact with each other on a forum. The key is in listening to your needs and creating a solution that exceeds your expectations.
I recently installed the DRUPAL MEDIA GALLERY module and really like it. Finding a simple to conifgure Drupal Image Gallery has been a thorn in my side for an age. This one works nearly perfectly - except it just will not handle COLOROBOX as its image handler because of its inbuilt integration with LIGHTBOX - a similar function but I prefer the way colorbox looks looks. So before I was forced to unisntall colorbox and integrate lightbox instead, a quick Google search showed me this simply excellent blog post by Paul Junior.
It's not often I repost someone elses blog but this one is just spot on:
Anyone who has tried to user the Media Gallery module on a site that already has the Colorbox module installed will know that they do not play well together. If you have both modules enabled, create a gallery (with lightbox capabilities) and try to click a thumbnail, the lightbox will not show.
How to view big fat fields using the RPG Debugger
In my on-going mission to to prove that you can teach an old dog new tricks… I learned a neat one today. I was trying to debug an IBMi Web Interface program (IBM RPG/FreeFormat Language) that was blowing the 64k field size limit when reading in an XML string containing hundreds of order lines.
"Yes, I know the upgrading to IBMi 6.1+ will solve the problem and increase the field limit to 16MEG (Yum!) but the client is on v5r4 and I’m stuck with that….”
So, after a little XML cleanup routine I go the field size down below the 64k limit but still had a problem with XML validation. More scratching of head and after running around in debug I discovered that my XML-RPG validation routine didn’t like something at character position 34,381 in the string. Of course, when in debug and you look at a variable it only shows you the first 1000 character of any fields data:
Hello... my name is Nick litten and I am a curry-a-holic.
I was talking to a colleague yesterday and he asked what I missed most about England. I didnt even need to hesitate in answering the Good old Anglo/Indian Curry (closely followed by 'the local boozer').
I've now been on this side of the pond for nearly four years and have still yet to find an Indian Restuarant that comes close to The Surrey Tandoori for their excellent Chicken Patia or my late night favourite the Diwan-E-Khas, where I would stroll every week for a post-pub noshup. My mouth is watering just remembering.....
I love to make my own little spicey dishes of random stuff. Everything ranging from my vesion of a Curried Duck to a pot of left overs with lots of chillis and spices. The Hotter the Better!
Randomly surfing looking for inspiration for this evenings meal I stumbled across this excellent little page talking about how to make a simple curry sauce which can be cooked with anything... just add chicken, pork, vegetables, seafood, etc... Yummy!:
Question: How do I promote External Procedure using Turnover and get them to automatically *REPLACE on the destination machine?
Answer: Like this!
The problem here, is that SQL Stored Procedures have no equivalent of *REPLACE on the CREATE PROCEDURE statement (they do in IBMi 6.1+). That's easy - "just add a Drop to line one of the SQL source code" I hear you say... Well its not that easy in Turnover either. Adding a DROP to the SQL, while using IBMi V5R4 issues a Severity 20 warning message and unfortunately a SEV(20) causes the Turnover SQL Promotion to *FAIL. Aaaarrrgh!
But wait... help is at hand. We just need to over-ride the default SQL *EXTPRC command to only fail if the severity breaches 20. How about we set it at 25? Luckily thats easy to do:
1 - Set 25 Default
Setup Turnover to over-ride the default severity on the TRUNSQLSTM command (this is the command that Turnover runs to create stored procedures during promotions). So, luanch Turnover and goto DEV | ADMIN | Type Codes and select EXTPRC.
The answer is "YES"
Here is the green screen (5250) way of doing it.
1 - Go into Turnover main menu using cmd(TURNOVER)
2 - Option 6. Work with Forms
3 - Press F17(Filters) and enter the Filter information you want to look for
When you press enter you will see just the FORMS that satisfy that particular filter condition.