I’m still full of enthusiasm as January draws to a close and was again up at some ungodly hour plonking away on here, I’m sure it will soon pass but for now I’m making the most of it and even managed to catch up on some paperwork. OK I’ve still not done the VAT return that should have been in today but as it’s the VAT man that owes me money I’m sure he’ll let me off 🙂 Who knows at this rate I might even do it tomorrow before I go to work! Anyway being Saturday today it was pretty quiet enabling me to do some serious boaty type jobs on the ferry without getting distracted by loads of traffic. Today is also bin day, the bin men went north today to empty our bins and scratch the pigs! OK they didn’t actually drive the whole 11 miles to go on a pig scratching mission but whilst they were there that’s what they did 🙂 Sandy our intrepid postman dropped his camera off along with the mail from Thursday and Friday that had been storm bound, he’d been busy taking pictures of the Loch Striven trying to get on the slip with the mail the last two days and gave me permission to put them on here.
Here she is approaching the slip on Thursday at around 11:00am
Here she is a few moments later caught in a squall
And this is her exactly 24 hours later on Friday and that’s me on the ramp 🙂
A technological milestone
Despite being quiet, the day flew by and I was home just after 7:00 to discover some exciting mail, the much awaited cheque and a wireless router for my laptop. Now normal people in the real world seem to have no problems with getting Broadband internet and a wireless connection to their laptop but here at the ‘end of the road’ it’s been a 3 year battle. It took me about 3 months to get the pathetic dial up working at 31.2kbps! then a further two years to get satellite broadband via http://www.avanti-communications.com/ and the http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/People/BroadbandforScotland/SEBroadbandInitiatives/LatestNewsAnnouncements . A nice man came and installed our 90cm dish on the 21/11/08 https://lifeattheendoftheroad.wordpress.com/2008/11/21/broadband-at-last/ and since then I’ve been trying to get it to work wirelessly. Well today a ‘Lnksys WRT54GP2’ cable router arrived in the post and I actually managed to get it working! having tried an ‘Apple airport extreme’ and a Phillips without success I wasn’t going to hold my breath until I got it working but much to my surprise I configured it quite easily and now I’m able to have one less ‘booby trap’ trailing accross the floor!