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Well, it’s been a lot longer than it should have been since my last update! – things have been a bit hectic.

The swift kick up the backside that caused me get this site up and running ASAP was the unfortunate demise of the previous company I worked for. It was a messy, protracted, experience for all involved and has only just been wrapped up. Luckily, I managed to find a new job very quickly and all is now good. It made me want to write a guide as to what happens regarding invsolvency in layman’s terms as it really did seem like we were venturing into the unknown at the time. Hopefully this’ll happen one day.

Along with this, I’ve also been getting to grips with what I now believe to be IBS; causing abdominal pain, dizzyness and nausea – I’ve spent over a year having various tests discounting potential issues and was recently discharged with the affirmation that “it’s nothing serious”. It’s a frightening complaint that I now seem to be coping fairly well with but it’s something else I’d like to find the time to write about to help others who may be just starting their journey of discovery.

At the same time I’ve been beavering away on It’s had quite an overhaul – new name, new design, new site. All should be revealed within the next couple of months but I’ve spent more time in Photoshop than PHP recently! That’ll change once the new site is deployed – lot’s more to do on the code side..

On top of this I’ve been trying to allocate more time to working on theRedEngine – it’s not dead! Up until recently I’ve only had a laptop to work on which, whilst good, I found restrictive – especially for engine/3D work. Now I have a shiny new desktop/server/media player/beast to work on, specs for anyone bored/interested:

  • Case: Silverstone Kublai KL01B-W
  • PSU: 750W Seasonic X-750 DC- DC Ultimate Performance PSU Gold 90% Efficiency
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 930 2.80GHz
  • RAM: Corsair 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz XMS3 CL8
  • GPU: XFX 1024MB GDDR5 ATI Radeon HD5770
  • SSD (Boot): 128GB Crucial RealSSD C300
  • HDD (Data): (*3 in RAID 5) Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB SATAII NCQ 3Gb/s 32MB
  • Monitor: (*2) SAMSUNG SyncMaster 2443BW 24″ wide TFT
  • OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

Needless to say, it’s rather good! Windows 7 is brilliant and SSDs make such a difference – the degradation does concern me, hence storing all my data on a separate HDD RAID array, but if it can sustain this performance for a few years (355Mb/sec sequential read!) then it’s a price I’m willing to pay. Now all I’m missing is time!

Along with this update I’ve made a few fixes to this site, it now views correctly on iPhone/Safari and the menu button hover shouldn’t flicker blank anymore (for anyone interested you need to combine the normal/hover image into one and use the CSS “background-position: bottom;” to reference the hover image). I’ve a lot more plans for this site too – better design, blogging, code snippets/tutorials etc.. but a lot of what I want to do relies on me using PHP/MySQL which I can’t currently do with this hosting.. I feel a migration may take place at some point..

I think that’s enough rambling for now.. :)

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