madclarinet (madclarinet) wrote,

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Staggering to the end of the week

I've made it to the end of the week. How, I don't know. I spent most of my day trying to install a BDC (Backup Domain Controller) so I can retire the current one (which is extremely old). I'm using an spare desktop computer, reinstalling it and linking it to the systems. Its not as old as the one its replacing, and for the job its doing it doesn't need to be high powered.

The way the central computing people have set the network up causes some slight problems. A BDC, on installation MUST be able to connect to the domain during the installation procedure. This is where the problems start, I have to run a LONG network lead to the server room and link it into the hub which has either a BDC or a PDC (Primary Domain Controller) on. Basically, it needs to be able to talk without going though the campus 'gateway'. Luckily it contacted one of the controllers fine and its well on the way to be installed on Monday or Tuesday. Other than that I carried on with some programming. I rewrote one section of my safety system and finished one section. Before I can do the main part I need to talk with my manager so we can work out the best layout etc - that'll be next week. A week on Monday I have 5 more computers arrive to replace the ones in the small lab. Perfectly timed for enrolement so as well as attempting to remove and set up them up (as well as the ones I still have to get on desks next week), I'm in for a pretty tiring week.

Well, I can't get away without mentioning the cricket - Australia seem to have their nose ahead - but there are 3 days left and rain interuptions are expected. I did find something which explains the game perfectly ;)


You have two sides, one out in the field and one in. Each man that's in the side that's in goes out, and when he's out he comes in and the next man goes in until he's out. When they are all out, the side that's out comes in and the side that's been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out. Sometimes you get men still in and not out.

When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in. There are two men called umpires who stay out all the time and they decide when the men who are in are out. When both sides have been in and all the men have been out, and both sides have been out twice after all the men have been in, including those who are not out, that is the end of the game.

These two links are more informative if anyone can be bothered to read them - don't say I don't try to help anyone understand.

Basic one - good solid explaination

Explained from an American Viewpoint - long, but quite informative

I know what a lot of people think - this cricket is silly, played over 5 days..... The ones that know me well enough - thats another reason why he's mad.
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