Sunday, 22 September 2019

Taking a Strole

That moment when you're out walking and wish you weren't... No, I'm not talking about the company, the weather or the time of year... I'm talking about the sudden warning about military debris...

Saturday, 21 September 2019

Annoying Neighbours Update - The Solicitor Speaks

How have things gone with the annoying neighbours?.... Well, from bad to worse, though they'd argue otherwise.

A turn up for events, which gave us hope they'd seen things with a modicum of empathy they started to park one of their cars in front of their house, not in front of ours.  The other one remained where it was, but remember we'd been told they planned to clear the garage out and move one car into their.... So we were under graces that there'd now be one car out of sight and the other in their own double garage.... NO MORE CARS ON MY LAND....

Except, immediately, this meant they had one car parked and a space.... or what everyone coming to their house took to be a space... and they had a slew of visitors, ranging from a few hours to overnight stays, all coming and going too-ing and fro-ing using the right hand end of my drive as their parking spaces.

It struck us immediately that they've only moved the car to free up a space and please themselves, it was NOTHING to do with empathy for us.

We've tried to speak to them, we've sent them a nice letter setting out a few rules and granting basic permission so long as they tow the very thin rules, but to no avail, we've tried to mediate and let them but giving and inch simply seemed to see a mile taken.

It was solicitor time.

We actually spoke to our solicitor in July, he's asked us to just sit on the topic, see if it was a one off and to be stern with ourselves to ask "are you being unreasonable", but then these visitors started and then th eguy began using the area as a place to drill out and nail length of wood - nails or gawd knows what potentially going down the hill onto my drive - and then with the doors open on thei double garage all summer as he's been "working" in their... it became apparent it was a joke, they'd unilaterally decided to convert part of their buildings for another use and their solution to parking was to just park on my land.

So, our solicitor did his thing, and he turned up an interesting covenant from the original construction of the houses..... That the occupants of that house can not do anything which disturbs or which causes a loss of environment for occupiers of my house.... This was set out in 2002 when they were built.  There is apparently an auxiliary list of things, like not parking a vehicle in front of the garages, no vehicles, caravans, storage units or other unsightly items to be stored unless explicitly agreed and not for more than reasonable for the purpose of access... So, lets say they were moving house and they hired a huge van, they could ask and I would reasonably say it could be parked there maybe over night, or for a few days whilst they moved... see... but not for ever, not the norm.

Our solicitors letter was quite to the point and polite.  We know it was sent yesterday.... it clearly just arrived.

The woman from next door is literally out stalking the street telling anyone and everyone who'll listen of her plight.  I'm sure she's making something up about her being old and their having been reasonable, and it being us whom are unreasonable.

What she doesn't quite get is, I'll hear all this, I'll hear what she's been saying, I'll extend my solicitors instructions on any defamation occurring.  And that we're in the right, we have all the photographic proof of cars routinely being there and coming and going, visitors, family and their own... Which are not just for access, but are to park literally occupy that end of my drive way, in full or part the cars are parked on my drive that's the point.

And you may recall my attempts to speak to them:
* Moving in day - totally overwhelmed me, gave them verbal permission to carry on as we saw no harm.

* Easter 2019 - verbally he approached me to check whether being "so far your land" was acceptable - for you and your wife yes - and he immediately had visitors, a camper van thing and then his daughters parking all the time, they'd even go so far to move their own car down onto the road to make space for the vistors to park (and these aren't infirm visitors, these are fully able bodied people - before that comes up).

* Camels back - The incident of my asking them not to park cars there and the guy went crying at me, then crying at the other neighbour, and then later his wife came over and when I asked about the cars not parking there, especially the large camper van thing she said "Camper van, do you not know how much that cost?" - I don't really care love, move it.

* The massive blow out - their visitor had completely blocked the drive the day my Rabbit needed vetinary care, utter nightmare... But they didn't even have the decency to talk to me about it.  This was when the next day, I stopped to just heads up about it, I was even going to say "That's not your fault he'd parked there, just ask them to move, no biggy" - and the guy just literally moaned at me and waved his hands as he could not be bothered with me...

Solicitor time, done, lets see what the idiots say, we've been basically advised if they've got a large double garage and have found a space besides their property for a car anyway, they shouldn't be parking at all in front of mine ever and a judge would essentially conclude they have adequate parking and their repurposing the building shouldn't impact on the use, enjoyment of environment of our property.

This whole thing is long since due, as we understand it, the vendors who sold to us; very sneakily not mentioning these issues; moved partly because of this issue, except they themselves had enflamed the problem by blocking the right of way... Instead of talking and checking their rights, the old fella who lived at mine before me just pulled his cars forward to completely block the road... which put him himself at a loss.

So, here we are just shy of a year of moving in, finally getting it down official, don't park on my land kids, go park on your own or the road, enjoy!

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

1am Cavalry : A follow up

As a follow up to the horses being loose the other night, my wife and I were the ONLY people to go out and get them home, to corral them out of the street and back up the hill, to wake the yard owner and get her and her partner to help get them safe.... THE ONLY PEOPLE.

Yet, my wife has been stopped three times by people to tell her all about it... As though they were there.

Folks who were NOT there, who were NOT out helping, who do not even own horses, "Have you heard about the horses, they were up and down here".

One woman even said "Oh yes, I looked out and saw you were on it so knew they'd be safe"... Really, two people sorting out nine loose horses, you were a lot of help, jog on, love... Jog on.

The arrogance of these people, trying to feel involved, especially when they try to patronize that they know all about it and they're doing you a favour of involving you.... I think they feel that by telling you about their little world they're involved in the community, but their community is based on gossip and bullshit, there's nothing solid to it, nothing real about their little suburban folly.

It's a little bit sickening.  

You were not involved, watching out of the window does not make you part of the solution, it does not make you part of events, to be involved you have to get out and get doing.

Total idiots these people, total and utter idiots, and they've quite annoyed the both of us.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

The 1am Cavalry

I'm having a hard time sleeping tonight, we ate late... And it's lucky I'm disturbed, as in a hazy half sleep laying here I could swear I heard horses hooves, then I definitely heard horse shoes on iron (once you've heard that sound you'd never forget it)... And then I heard something (or somethings large) on our gravel...

Oh yes, turned out to be something like 8 or the horses from our friend Julies at the top of the hill.

Strangely one of the horses in this pack I'd actually owned, Ted.  So he knew me and calmed right down, but it appeared the rest of them were not happy at being loose.  So, using Ted as a guide pony I let them lead off back up the hill... They had a few pit stops on the way, notably one of the gardens now totally lacks all the roses it had earlier in the evening.

But disaster did nearly strike as instead of finding the gate open for them to return through there was a closed locked gate, how the heck had they gotten out?  And more to the point how was I going to get them back in.

Luckily the wife arrived with a torch and kept them in a building site area at the top, not the best place but no-one, literally NO ONE else came to help, despite our seeing lights springing on, no-one came out to help, they just stared slacked jawed.

So with the wife holding them in a little, I went to get Julie up, she only lived a few doors down... She was mightily surprised and soon reinforcements to our make shift corralling arrived.

After they were back roughly in a safer place we paced back, they'd gotten out of their paddocks through two gates, two gates opened and left open by pedestrians....


Eight, if not more beautiful horses could have been killed or worse passers by trampled or car drivers insured or themselves killed by stampeding panicked horses all through your taking a short cut rather than going through the allotted human sized, self closing, appointed foot path gate... Just because the large animal gate is 30 feet closer to where you want to be use the stiles, use the county council fitted weighted gates DO NOT open animal gates!

So, here I now am 2am and wired... I've been on a post-midnight mission...

I hope all the horses are back, and I hope they've not got cuts or grazes after going through the brambles and detritus in the builders yard.  I hope the lazy builder puts the wall he's taken down back.

And I hope at least on lazy pedestrian reads this and stops taking short cuts.

Friday, 13 September 2019

PC Overclock and Boot Issues

I've had a bit of a rough ride the last few days, my main workstation PC has been playing me up chronic.  The first signs of problems were a failure to post, then I had a VGA missing error in quick succession.  Power cycling at the wall I got a post but the drive order has been lost.

My immediate thought was perhaps the graphics card had worked loose, I ensured it was seated and rebooted, all seemed fine.

However, getting into windows I immediately felt a sort of sluggish feeling, taking a look around I quickly saw the problem I'd lost my overclock...

To remind you the machine is sporting a Xeon X5670 overclocked to 4.0ghz, but it was running at a stock 2.53ghz, and I could really really tell.

So, back to the BIOS and I suspected I'd lost the overclock and the drive settings because of a flaky motherboard manual.

Swapping the battery out and reapplying the overclock and everything seems fine, I've even reset which drive to boot from as I'm not booting from an M.2 PCIe NVME.

But it has been a trying time, and it's really set me back... Watch this space for a 6 core, 12 thread potential replacement...

Saturday, 31 August 2019

World of Warships : Code Give Away

Hey readers, sorry I've been absent so long... To make up for things, for my five readers who use these codes there's free stuff on WarGamings World of Warships.... The code can only be used once and only one per account, so once you've used one you've used all you can.

Find me in-game on the EU server as "Xelous" for some Coop battles.

Codes for Existing Accounts:



Existing players can redeem your codes via the shop.

Codes for new players opening an account:




If you want to sign up for a World of Warships account, click the link below where you'll get some bonuses and so will I...

Monday, 15 July 2019

Willful Ignorance (C++ Templates)

I had a moment last week where I was a little down on my C++, you see I'm a very old programmer, by programmer standards, and my experience with C++ stems from a time before templates, this may amaze and delight in equal measure as template use is so ubiquitous today, however I've been using find & replace style boiler-plate code in the form of both macros and code-gen for literally decades.

Templates however have not been my go to option, because of that weight of experience.  I actually find picking apart heavy template code quite hard going at times (I think a lot of us do).

But I was down as a valued colleague (Hi D if you read this, you know it's you) described this approach of mine as "willful ignorance".  And he was right, I have to put my hands up and admit he's right.

As such I took a look over my old state machine repo on github and realised there was a bunch of boiler plate stuff I was doing with both macros, or not doing at all, which could easily be made to leverage templates.

Watch this space...