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Tue, Jan. 2nd, 2007, 10:10 pm
Relatively Luddite

Months ago I get a SATA (fast and sexy) hard drive to replace the IDE (SO last millennium) drive that upped and shat itself and because the entire IT world is arseways you still need a fucking floppy disk to install the drivers so you can install windows on it.
So I get a floppy drive and install it, lacerating my hand in the process but I don't have the interface cable for it because Peats sell the drive without the fucking cable. So I find a cable but I've lost the god damned floppy that came with the motherboard. So I go looking for a floppy disk but I threw all of them out in about 1996.
Mercifully the internet is full of criminal masterminds who use their powers for good. TinyXP Revision 5 is downloading right now and includes streamlined SATA support and all the service packs, updates and tweaks you could hope for.

I've also finally mastered all the controls for the Creative Vision M that followthebird got me for christmas in a fit of exceptional awesomeness AND I found a set of drivers that work on my Mac.

Go me.

The new years party went well but as usual I was utterly knackered from all the preparation and the fire was FAR from cooperative but gothwalk's notions about "patience" and "waiting" won out over my own tactics involving "petrol" and "hit it until fire comes out". I still maintain that recklessness is next to manliness but I suppose I'll hand it to him this time. Overall I had a good time and naturally I looked as debonair as is possible within safe paramaters for *sexy*. It was well worth the exhaustion, dehydration and subsequent asthma attack and cold that followed and kept me in bed today wondering how many lemsips it'd take to get you high.

The landlord is checking the place out on friday and presumably jacking up the rent for the next lease renewal but I'm feeling good enough about the state of the place as much as my latent paranoia allows. Back to work tomorrow and presumably a bit of job hunting because I'm coming up on review time there and I'm still torn between the easy but boring nature of my current job and the notion that there is more to life than closely examining the latest interactive ad for Norwich union or the welsh queen's festival horse racing thing.

Tue, Jan. 2nd, 2007 11:41 pm (UTC)

Remember, there are now laws limiting rent increases for long-term tenants to the market rate. I'm not sure of the details but basically if the landlord asks for something crazy, play for time to think about it and look into this.

Hopefully it won't be an issue.

Wed, Jan. 3rd, 2007 12:26 am (UTC)

Thats what I was thinking too, I know tenancy law in this country is fairly tilted towards keeping the tenants safe, some throwback to the days of tenaments I assume. Of course, it is frequently the case that pursuing your rights isn't worthwhile except as an exercise in principle (legal costs and time spent and whatnot) but it is often helpful just to wave it in faces as it were and see where it gets you.
Of course, hardball will only be played if he decides to do so and I doubt that'd be the case, he seems decent enough.
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Wed, Jan. 3rd, 2007 12:09 pm (UTC)

No, never met him, I'm just going on the tone of emails and his generally relaxed attitude towards rent increasing to date. I'm kind of a "no news is good news" guy when it comes to landlords, the less I see of them the happier I am and this one makes me very happy.