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Stressful week... [Oct. 1st, 2007|09:04 pm]
Bob Bain
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I had to change my appointment with "the doc" twice and returned some faulty equipment recently purchased only to discover that the technician that could deal with it "hadn't come in".

"The doc" wonders why I'm attending the DEN service as it doesn't seem to achieve very much. I didn't get the job I had an interview for last week - the verdict being "not proactive enough" to which I sent the agency some information regarding my adventures into the world of open source OLAP software together with an invitation to an Australian Computer Society event on Wednesday devoted to this topic.

The software being discussed which is being championed in Australia is Pentaho and the company providing support and installation services can be found at http://www.bizcubed.com.au.

The software I have been looking at and playing with can be downloaded and installed free of charge from http://www.palo.net. It is version 1.5 that I have been looking at although there is now a Version 2.0 available.

I have been examining the feasibility of creating a company and have tentatively "created a company in my name" on-line through a registration process. I haven't hit the submit button as a) it costs money and b) there are various things to consider before creating a company and then seeking an ABN etc. It takes about 20 minutes on-line to create a Proprietary Company with one director and one shareholder. I believe I could offer software support and installation services for Palo as it resembles software I am familiar with. I won't even consider that until I've had another ultrasound mid month.

In a week when various technical things went wrong I withdrew $200 from the local bottle shop ATM (Automatic Teller Machine) this morning but the machine only dispensed $150. I frantically rang the number provided by the bottle shop owner and the technical staff directed me to the bank who issued me with a number that I should present to any branch of the bank and which authorises them to provide me with the missing $50 note.

I'm told that if there are any problems I should get the bank branch to ring "on-line banking" who issued the "permitted refund" number. It was noted that this isn't a common occurrence or procedure but it seems that I will (or should) get my missing $50 note. It's not the bank's ATM. In fact there's nothing on the machine to indicate who it belongs to and the bottle shop owner didn't seem to know either.

Here's some statistics from Agent regarding received mail from the 20th August 2006 to this evening - 29,065 received emails of which 98% have been classified as "junk" (or spam)

Routing Statistics - 20/08/2006 5:16:25 PM to Current

Route by Email Filter 2428 8.4%
Route by Identity 0 0.0%
Route to Junk 6313 21.7%
Route to Default Folder 20324 69.9%
Total Email Received 29065 100.0%
1881 False Positives were avoided with RBI and Filters.

Junk Statistics - 99.8% AccuracyDescription
False Positives 2 0.0%
False Negatives 67 0.2%
Total Errors 69 0.2%
Accurate Classifications 28996 99.8%
Total Email Received 29065 100.0%
False Positives are legitimate messages that were incorrectly classifed as Junk.
False Negatives are Junk messages that were incorrectly classified as legitimate.

.... another 3 hours with DEN tomorrow morning and then I'll find a bank branch who will (or should) provide me with a $50 note to replace the one the ATM machine failed to deliver !

I'm sorry to note that Trevor is still having rat infestation problems. I've been too stressed out to answer mail or other things.

From: (Anonymous)
2007-10-05 09:44 pm (UTC)


Hi Bob

If you need advise e-mail me on bbob at om80.com


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