Freelander for sale

Well the time has come where I have finally decided I don’t need two cars. As much as I love having them both it’s just not practical having both of them anymore. I have decided to keep my Audi A3 and get shut of the Freelander.

You can view the advert from the link above.

It’s going to be strange not having it anymore but I could really use the money to help pay for my dogs vet bills!

Breathing/Sinus/Snoring Problems!

For the past few years I appear to have had issues with snoring, now to me this isn’t a problem but for the person I am with it really does matter. Apparently It’s so loud my downstairs neighbours have heard it before. Now that is pretty good going.

Its been mentioned before that I also stop breathing when I’m asleep which all points to “Sleep Apnea” which would also explain why I am tired all the time, no motivation and basically a miserable bastard.

I’ve tried all sorts of gadgets to stop snoring:

  • Stop Snoring Rings
  • Electrocution gadget
  • Nostril plugs
  • Different pillows

Now I’m onto my latest gadget NeilMed Sinugator,


It’s a solution you mix with water and sends jets off water shooting up your nose. Now the problem with this is it has salt in the mixture… and when the water goes up your nose it comes back into my mouth (from the inside) which makes me cough all over. I’ve started to do this in the shower every night because it’s the safest place for me to do it! So far it seems to be doing some good but time will tell.

I still have a blocked nose in the morning and really dry mouth (due to breathing through it all night) but eventually I hope that will go! Snoring doesn’t seem to be bad from what I have heard on the sleep recording apps but still happening.

My first ever outdoor run

Well for those of you that know me… you will know this is not something I would normally do! So I’ll give myself a pat on the back.

And for those of you that don’t know me… here is a little bit about me. I’m not overweight, I’m not a fitness person at all, my diet is shocking and I have a massive weakness for fizzy drinks. Especially Coca Cola (full sugar) yeah I know a dentist worst nightmare, but my teeth aren’t that bad. I lived on takeaways for probably the best part of two years, not always but probably 90% of the time. I’ve never weighed more than 14st 3Ibs and I’m currently down to 13st 3Ibs. I’m not sure what my goal is going to be but I’m just going to keep going.

So back to the “My first ever outdoor run” it’s not my first ever, but my first ever since being an adult, I really wish I could go as much as I used to when I was a kid but hey ho, beer, girls, fast food and all the other good stuff had to be explored.

I went out and had all the thoughts going off in my head that I would get a stitch, be out of breath, curled up on the floor dying and an embarrassment, but this wasn’t the case. I ran the first mile before even needing to stop or have a drink, then I changed it to a quick 5 minute walk before starting again. I ran the next mile and had a 5 minute walk again. I had another two walking sessions on the way back but from start to finish my total time was…..wait for it….wait for it…. 37 minutes. Now to me that is really good to say I had all the fears and doubts about myself. Don’t get me wrong my legs were like jelly but I felt good after. The next two days were just me moaning about my legs.

So I decided to treat myself to a running coat, new shorts and man tights along with a nice running t-shirt.

Let’s see if it continues!

Time really does fly

On my old blog some time ago I blogged about how I was moving away. (the blog posts no longer there as I deleted them all for a fresh start) Well when I blogged about this, it was exactly 3 years ago today. That would have made me 27, a week today I going to be 30. It got me thinking how is it possible that I told myself I was only going to move to Bournemouth for 2 years, earn some money and move back North and buy another house? Where has the extra year gone?

It shocked me just how quickly that the 3 years has gone, I remember the first day I moved down here, my Audi completely packed top to bottom with clothes, gadgets and basically all my life possessions! In the 3 years I have lived in 4 houses, had one long term girlfriend and had some amazing holidays (route 66 and others)

I’m not sure if turning 30 is having something to do with all the thoughts I’m having but I’m not sure if I’m scared, excited or nervous! I think it is a little bit of everything, I mean, I have no kids, an ex wife, multiple ex girlfriends and yet I find myself not believing I am actually 30. So much has happened in my life and each and every person, event and adventures have made me the person I am today. It’s scary, I’m still not sure where I want to be, down south or up north. What I want to do for a living is another story too. At the age of 16 I went for an admin apprenticeship and ended up getting an apprenticeship in IT. Now 14 years later I am working in SharePoint, Drupal, Confluence and other collaboration tools. I’ve no idea how I ended up where I am or even where I will end up, all I know is this is a journey I really never expected. The Unknown is something that scares me.

Website Hosting

I’m currently looking to change my hosting provider, I’m currently with GoDaddy and so far I’ve had no issues apart from getting resource mail notifications all the time. I’m not paying anymore than I do because I know there will be some different ones out there that will fulfil my needs more than GoDaddy is currently doing!

I’ve been with a few others in the past and they start off OK and then suddenly it all goes down hill when I need some support. I’m going to start looking around for somewhere I can host my 11 websites, somewhere I can have unlimited MySQL databases and unlimited email accounts. I first switched to GoDaddy due to me having multiple domain names purchased through them.

Does anyone have any recommendations on where is good value for money without as many restrictions? I love cPanel so not interested in Windows hosting.

Wallabag – reading app

Well last night I was looking on my GoDaddy cPanel to see what I could do and see if I could make anything better. I noticed a section where I could install drupal and wordpress from and then noticed a little option saying “more” I clicked this and noticed an application call Wallabag, now I’ve never heard of this before but after reading a short description I thought it would be something I could use.

So now we know what it is, I’ve used this more than I thought I would have, they have Chrome extensions, iOS and Android applications and it syncs really quickly (although I guess this depends on your web hosting)

I like the idea that I have it all within my website too so I can access from anywhere I am. I’m a bit of a geek like that knowing that all the things I use are hosted with me. Although I do use other apps that are hosted elsewhere, I would just rather do it myself and use my own domain names 🙂

I must admit the iOS app could do with an update to make it look a little nicer but for now it is doing me fine!

Rubbish start to the day

Today did not go as well as expected, yesterday I had my Freelander in for an MOT and it went very well, passed with only a couple of advisories.

I woke up this morning to a nice sunny morning, no rain, no wind just a little chilly and that is my perfect morning. I got ready for work and set about my day. I set off driving knowing my car was all good but then the trouble started. I drove about a mile when I had to brake for some traffic lights, I knew then and there that something wasn’t quite right so I drove around the corner and pulled in off the main road… then this is what I saw..

Yep completely knackered. Typical. Just as I am about to sell the car!

Oh well, I had to call the recovery truck out because I couldn’t find my locking nut and to be honest I don’t have a clue how to change a tyre! I just wanted to get it sorted.

I’ve ordered a new tyre now and had the faulty one replaced.

Not all bad, I got to take an unexpected day off work and now get to catch up watching all my TV shows. Even though I am £110 out of pocket I’m still smiling 🙂

SharePoint post!

All this talk about Confluence recently has really made me want to blog about SharePoint so I thought I would write about something that I have recently had to do. This was built within SharePoint 2013 and although it’s not really something great to some people, it has saved a lot of money within the company I work in and has made peoples lives easier for the tasks they are set to do.

I was tasked with replacing the manual post for a complete site (400 items per day) not very much but for a small site this is still quite a lot when you take into account the opening, checking, reading and actioning it.

I created a basic SharePoint team site within SharePoint 2013 and created a library for each area (7 in total) which all had unique permissions, locked down via Active Directory group embedded within a SharePoint group with custom permissions. The users can only open, edit meta data and view the libraries that they have permissions to view. No delete options! We don’t want someone getting the hump with a piece of post and deleting it because they don’t want to action it!

INFO: All of the post is delivered to our main sorting office and is opened, sorted and then put into a machine which scans the documents, converts them to PDF and sends them to SharePoint.

I created a library called “Drop Off” which is where all the items are sent to, during the send to SharePoint options the people in the sorting office can assign meta data to the documents which when doing in bulk really doesn’t take that much time.

Once the files hit the “Drop Off” area a custom workflow with “App Steps” run on each item and move to the relevant areas using the “Business Type” column I created.

If an items has been scanned incorrectly the users can just change the “Business Area” drop down menu and another custom workflow using “App Steps” will move to the correct area even if the user doesn’t have permissions to that folder.

By doing this I have ensured that all post is captured, none can go missing and no one can delete something. It also has full auditing on so managers can see who is doing what and how many items are currently completed, outstanding etc.

The completed items are then paused for 60 days before being deleted. During this time if someone needs to edit the meta data for this post the timer is restarted for another 60 days.

This isn’t on a big scale compared to one I built previously within SharePoint 2010, it’s built in the same way using “Impersonation Steps” and gets roughly about 1200 items of post each day. Yep that is a lot of storage in use to say an item of post can have 20 pages with a total PDF size of 40MB depending on the contents of the pages and the 60 day deletion limit.

So that is just a little something I have been working on recently, I will update more when I get some of my other projects completed and the outcome of them!

Getting to grips with Confluence

Well first of all I’m not looking forward to admitting this but I’m really starting to enjoy Confluence and what it has to offer, as a SharePoint guy I didn’t think I would get on with it. I’m really interested to see how they work together and how easy it will be to connect them up and see what can be done. From what I can see though it looks promising and eventually I know the day will come where it will happen.

I paid for the full version of Confluence last night and also bought a theme builder license from the store which wasn’t too bad, I’m really determined to find better ways of using it and making sure that I can do the best for people when they ask me for something.

I’ve decided to use my installation (local to my Macbook Pro) as my own private knowledge base and testing areas to build up my knowledge of it, eventually if everything goes alright, I will move it to a public facing server so I can access from anywhere but for now it’s staying as all mine. It gives me a perfect excuse to use my Macbook in the office as well as getting all the benefits of using my own computer at work!

I’ve messed up a few times with the themes and completely messed up the pages but me being me found a way to restore them back to their full glory. Which I guess is what I wanted to do, learn how to actually use the thing!

I’m still not 100% sold on it (SharePoint in me is fighting to get out) but I’m sure they could both work well together and make something really amazing.

Installing Confluence on Mac OS X

So recently I got myself a new Macbook Pro for my birthday. I wanted it because I like it so much more than Windows especially for coding etc and because it integrates all my Apple stuff at the same time.

Anyway as part of my job I have to work with, support and develop an application call Confluence. This is something quite new that I have had to take on and support so rather than having classroom training etc, I decided to install it on my own computer and learn on my own! I must admit that it’s only a trial install, mainly because I didn’t want to use an external database and just wanted to take it wherever my Macbook went with me. I don’t plan on using it for production needs but something that I can learn, edit and get to grips with so I can support and make better my companies Confluence production installation.

I followed the guide from Atlassian, which to be fair worked pretty well for me, I just had to make a few minor tweaks to the java JDK installation home directory within one of the configuration files (not sure if this has changed in El Capitan)

For the java JDK home directory I had to use the following location


The guide can be found here and is really easy to get a trial license code for free by just creating an account on the Atlassian website.

I’ve not really played about with the installation as yet but that is what I am going to be doing over the next couple of days, I’m hoping that it doesn’t take too long to get to grips with the admin side of things and from what I’ve seen it looks pretty good. I’m a SharePoint expert so taking on new technologies like this is exciting but also at the same time I really wish I didn’t have to learn it, but hey ho! The more knowledge I get in my head the better right! I will mainly be looking at the connectors for SharePoint to Confluence and Confluence to SharePoint as this should make for a better user experience and they can choose the platform they would rather use.