2010
05.27

Moving on

And so, with the last day of college, another chapter of my life is over.

I started winstanley college in the September of 2008 and in the past 2 years I have cemented old friendships and made many more. There have been bad times what with exams and also arguments between friends. But they have been far outweighedby the good times, far too numerous to mention.

Tomorrow is the leavers do which I and many others are looking forward to and then to times beyond that.

A new chapter begins in September when I hopefully start university. But I go in the hope of keeping in contact with the many friends I have made at winstanley.

2010
05.19

A time for reflection

It is a year, almost to the minute since Nana passed away and a lot of things have happened since then. Therefore a time for reflection.
The day after the funeral saw mum begin 4 weeks of radio therapy to cure a small breast cancer. Almost a year on since the treatment she is well and healthy having started back at work full time in September.
September also saw dad being re-employed back in to the fire service working on a part time LLAR contract which now means when he goes to work, he works for at least 24 hours at a time. It is bearable but I do have to admit I do miss him especially when he does 3 or 4 shifts back to back.
Katy received stunning GCSE results in August and is now studying hard for this years GCSEs. She hopes to to go winstanley to further her studies. I am proud of her and will miss her when I go to uni in September.
And that turns the subject to me. I turned 18 in September and celebrated at my house with mates. Since then I have been out on many nights out, notably and by far the best was boxing day. This year has also seen me apply to university and I now hold a firm off of AAB for civil engineering at Sheffield uni.

So what does the future hold? Who knows but while 2009 was a hard year for all of us we have emerged from it stronger and closer together. We go to California on holiday in the summer and then to relatives in Tennessee. I will hopefully begin a new chapter of my life at uni and Katy will also hopefully start college

2010
05.02

Reloading tabs

Having just had to restart my computer it meant I had to close chrome and then reopen it which in itself isn’t a problem as I have it set to open up all the tabs that were previously open.
But that is itself the problem. It had to open all the tabs again and so chrome’s blistering speed was reduced to a snails pace. And that got me thinking of an idea for a plugin which would act as as session manager.

I must confess here I have minimal coding skills (nor do I have a tin hat ;) ). I do not know how feasible this is and how you would go about doing it. Anyway here is the idea

The user upon installing the extension can specify a list of 4 -5 five sites that, when the browser restarts, will be loaded in order of preference (preferred priority list). Any other tabs/pages rather than reloading the page display a simple large refresh button that the user can press when they want to load that tab.
Therefore when the browser restarts, in my preferences would open
1. Plurk
2. Facebook
3. The Student Room (Homepage but not individual threads which I usually have open in tabs. Could possibly be done by using some sort of wild cards.
4. Reader

The main disruption to work flow is, not when I boot my computer up first thing and my first point of call would be them above sites, but when I am busy doing something. So to get round this problem the user could then right click on the tab and assign it a priority of between 1 and 3, for reference sake lets call this quick priority. Then when the browser is restarted it looks at the list of tabs in the quick priority list and loads them and then loads your preferred list. Upon closing that particular tab it is removed from the quick priority list and if there is nothing in the quick priority list then it will dive straight in and open up the tabs in the order specified in your preferred list.

And so having just had to restart my computer it would have meant that I didn’t have to wait for 16 tabs to load, half of which are articles that I am going to read another time.

2010
05.01

Ted Talks Builder

So after watching that I went on to the ted talk builder here (http://get-tedpad.com/) and this is the result. Masterpiece.

How many of you could think this way? It would be a good choice that requires great imagination. (Applause.) Thank you very much. I think that a mirror for the world would help. For every single one of us, I would like to compare our brain to recognize the exact way it’s supposed to think et cetera, et cetera. It is like French phrases such as “et cetera, et cetera”. But I should be more specific when referring to a milky weak coffee that is quite nuanced in the same way that our neurons are. Efficient trimming causes the brain to tell you that it needs to rest a little. But I would like to use the underlying data to create beautiful statistics. All of a sudden, people noticed that in the middle of voyages, there are often beautiful places that you miss. I would like to compare this to a patient who was very comfortable with himself. If you look at the science behind it, happiness is to go along where life takes you.