Thoughts and musings

Still raining

Submitted by Ray on Sat, 11/03/2007 - 02:01

Its still raining here, daily we must get a couple of thousand gallon falling here, yet in six weeks time they will be complaining of water shortages. Its been especially bad due to the lack of sufficient drainage with widespread flooding throughout the island, luckily we live on a mountain, but I feel sorry for those that live in the valleys where the water gathers.

Hot PC

Submitted by Ray on Fri, 11/02/2007 - 12:09

One of the most common problems that people come to me with is computers that just shut down and restart at odd moments. Now, there are a number of possible explanations for this, ranging from a PSU that is on the edge of a breakdown, a corrupt file-system, or an overheating board or CPU.

One came in the other day and after a bit of investigation I found the source of its over-heating problem.

Cool image app

Submitted by Ray on Fri, 11/02/2007 - 11:21

Even although its been a busy week here I have still found time to surf around having a look at whats hot and keeping up with technology.

Something I came across a while back was a clever application called Photosynth from Microsoft, when I first read about it there was no opportunity to test it as it was still in a closed beta, now they have opened up a development version for public download. Photosynth lets you view images relating to a particular scene with each image linked to one another through dimensional geometry and relative positioning, ie - how far apart the real objects are.

Where is Noah?

Submitted by Ray on Tue, 10/23/2007 - 10:17

Coming from Scotland, the 'rainy season' didnt really worry me too much, getting wet whilst outdoors is an integral part of life up-north. The rains here last year werent so bad, yes there were mainy reports in the Bangkok Post regarding massive flooding in Chiang Mai and surrounding parts, but it didnt really get that bad here. any Thai's we know regard last year as not really having a rainy season, well at least not on Koh Phangan, the government water was shut off daily to preserve the reservoir stocks and when it was on it was only at half pressure, it was like taking a shower under an eggcup.

When I was a lad ....

Submitted by Ray on Sat, 09/29/2007 - 10:16

I remember in the not too distant past I could go out and party all night quite easily, I am sorry to say that those days are long gone.

The first time I came to Koh Phangan, like everyone else we went to the full moon party in Haad Rin - one of the biggest destinations for backpackers in Thailand. Its a headonists playground, a mulitude of bars along the sunrise beach serving alcohol 'buckets' of various concoctions, all playing their own distinct brand of music at a volume that leaves your ears buzzing for a day or two. The first time I went [6 years ago], it was fun - granted I may have got a bit wasted on that visit, but thats ok, you are only young once.

Raise a glass to Mr & Mrs Thompson

Submitted by Ray on Fri, 09/14/2007 - 18:58

One of the hardest things about being out here is the realisation that so much is happening back home that I am not a part of. Today is a special occasion for my family and regretfully I wont be present.

My 'little' sister [Lynn] is getting married today to a great guy [Kevin] and I wish them all the happiness in the world and hope that their day goes smoothly, as does their future life together.

Visa fun

Submitted by Ray on Fri, 09/14/2007 - 15:42

Im glad to say the visa run went without a hitch, other than the drive up there [which is a bit of a pain - I wont go on about the Thai drivers again], it went well. We always try and make a list of things to do when we go on the visa run as we dont get over to the mainland that often. When you get off the boat at Donsak you more or less have to drive through Surathanni town, so a stop off at Tesco's is always on the cards.

It really is unbelievable the difference in prices between Koh Phangan and Surat, the profit margins are almost double on most items and the rest arent far behind - just because we are on an island and everything is 'imported'.

Chasing the worm

Submitted by Ray on Wed, 09/12/2007 - 14:27

It has [not] been a fun week for me on the tech side, caught a bit of a bug across all my computers - fun,fun,fun.

It started out when I noticed that my USB thumb drive would not eject when told, which always indicates something is still accessing it - obviously nothing was running. I am usually quite good at keeping everything up to date as far as adware and virus threat signatures go, so I updated my AV scanner and let it do its thing.

Time flies when youre having fun

Submitted by Ray on Thu, 09/06/2007 - 15:49

I really cannot believe that its time for a visa run again, it seems like we only did one a few weeks ago but it was 3 months ago that we last set foot on the mainland. If you ask any long term foreigner what the worst thing is about living in Thailand, its gonna be the visa run's. Many foreigners are on different 'deals' as far as residency visa's go, the legality of some of them are a bit borderline - legal loopholes that allow them extended periods in the country, but at a cost.