My cunning plan to add some diskspace to the file server was foiled when I opened my drawer and discovered that my copy of Compaq SmartStart 5 has apparently been shot. Even more puzzling is that the cardboard holder it's in is undamaged. I ordered a new one from Compaq who outrageously charge 10ukp per copy and, even more outrageously, 5ukp for postage. At that kind of price they should give away a free server with every copy bought :)
Jim and Ulf tried to have a videoconference across our VPN yesterday using gnomemeeting. Voice only worked okay, but voice and video was apparently too jittery to be useful. I've more or less drawn a blank for a Linux based Open Source videoconference solution. ISABEL is the most feature complete to date but doesn't yet work properly. OpenMCU supports gnomemeeting and NetMeeting clients, but is very unstable.
Yesterday I spent a lazy evening in front of the TV watching the third Indiana Jones movie. Five didn't want to sleep in the house last night. Still, just a week and a few days to go til the catflap gets installed.