28 Jul 2004 rossigee   » (Journeyer)

It's been a rough few days. I went to see my accountant, and realised I'd slightly underestimated my tax bill for last year. That put my budget out by 2000 quid. However, I then found out that the UK to Thai exchange rate has improved, so the land I'm looking to buy will turn out to be about 1000 quid cheaper than I had planned. The main problem is that the abundance of work that I was told would be available on my return to UK has slowly degraded into stories of 'they haven't paid up for the last job yet' and 'we're waiting for our client to commit before we can start', which has meant that most of this month has been a non-earner (well, I only managed to invoice a couple of hundred quid). Still, I should start seeing some action next month.

So, I've mostly been playing. Playing with subversion, trying to get myself more familiar with setting up a private CA and signing SSL certificates for web and mail services etc, working on my Harmony library and using it to develop a more reliable and useful homepage, and a few other bits that may prove useful for some upcoming jobs.

I also did some tedious jobs that I've been putting off for a while, like going through my 'birthdays calender' in Evolution (1.5), and making sure I have a contact record for each person, with an up-to-date birthday field. As Evolution has a 'Contacts' view, the birthday calendar will become redundant (or can be generated from the contacts database). I also moved all the old (2000-2003) information out of my main calendar into 'archive' calendars to reduce the size of my main calendar (for when I can get gpe-multisync to sync stuff with my iPAQ). I know the GPE project needs some help in this area, but I really should get on top of my other responsibilities first (e.g. gtranslator and some of the GNOME sysadmin jobs I've started but not finished).

I also saw one of the new ZX6Rs out on the road the other day. Seeing that, plus discovering my real tax liability has made realise that, as much as I love my bike, I'll have to sell it before I go back to Thailand. Instead of wasting money trying to get it shipped over to Thailand, I might as well stick with the CBR400 I've already got there, and save up for a new ZX6R. Actually, just looking at their site, based on where I'll be living a quad might be a bit more practical :)

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