February 21, 2006

GroupWise Webmail Success?

Success? Not Quite

For anyone who has used webmail recently they will be aware of the poor uptimes and lack of general use over the past few days due to a hardware failure. However I have finally received an E-Mail which was sent 20 Months ago!!!! I wonder how long the "hardware failure" has existed for.

It is thankful that the E-Mail wasn't regarding a job offer, or for that matter anything from my department. We rely so much on the E-Mail infrastructure at Warwick and in my opinion it seems to be less than reliable. An example from yesterday is we got an E-Mail at 10am telling us our 12pm lecture was cancelled. I didn't get that E-Mail until 4pm at which time it was obviously no use. I have recently applied for internships and after almost missing an interview the last time the system was down I have now switched to a more reliable E-Mail system completely separate from what is provided by University. Maybe we should revert to old fashion mail or even carrier pigeons either would be quicker or more successful given it takes 20 months to receive an E-Mail in my case.


May 20, 2005

Speed Camera Partnership Response

Follow-up to Police officers are speeding all the time, why do they get away with it? from Jim's blog

To follow up what I wrote I passed on my feelings to the West Yorkshire Casualty Reduction partnership to which they answered as follows:

This matter has gone through the due process of law and as such I could not
make comment on individual cases.

As far as I know police must be on official duties and must be able to
justify the speed at which they are travelling. There are many instances
where enforcement action has been taken against serving police officers.


May 18, 2005

Police officers are speeding all the time, why do they get away with it?

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/shropshire/4559173.stm

Police officers are speeding all the time, why do they get away with it? With reference to the case of PC Mark Milton who has been cleared of dangerous driving and also police in general in my personal experience are mocking the very thing safety cameras are campaigning against. In a report from the BBC I read the officer admitted to driving 60mph in a 30mph zone, which to anyone else can result in a ban. He claimed the road was clear and driving conditions were good even so at 60 it takes roughly 16 car lengths to stop, a child runs out he wouldnít be able to stop clear road or not. I personally adhere to the speed limits at all times, but I am fed up of being tailgated by both other angry motorists and overtaken (in some cases quite dangerously) by these motorists and in the past police also. What is the actual law about police officers speeding, can they do it when they like, or only with there blue lights on? I personally see it as the police setting a bad example to other road users when they themselves ignore speed limits, and publicity of cases such as the one mentioned, which travelling at 159mph over twice the speed limit and rough stopping distance of 95 car lengths is accepted by the courts on the grounds of heís a policeman is a mockery and counter production to what the police are trying to achieve with speed cameras and casualty reduction partnerships.

November 10, 2004

Bridget Jones 2

After being dragged along to the regional premier with my house mates to the Coventry Sky Dome I actually quite enjoyed this film. Thinking it was going to be another girlie style film (in some ways it was very girlie) and bore me all the way through I was suprised at the humour and reasonably amusing story line. Is a film to definatly see if you found the first one funny, or if like me the girls in your kitchen last year watched it at least once every 2 weeks.

November 09, 2004

Professional Football: An excuse for violence and destroying the sport in general?

This is just a summary of my personal thoughts at the direction in which professional football is heading. There is no source material or evidence to support what I am writing and it is only an opinion, so feel free to comment.

After watching several games since the Premiership kicked off this season I have noticed the increase in what if was not on a football pitch would be described as unacceptable and in some cases anti social behaviour.

One of the main things which is not physical abuse but is the way a player will get a decision made against them and will go charging up to a referee or linesman and shout in their faces. I donít think this is a very sporting attitude to have. But not only that but if someone said something that wasnít agreed upon it normally be the case you would charge up to the person in question and shout in their face.

The next thing which aggravates me is the constant attempt to cheat the officials. A player diving is possibly the worst right after the fake injuries that occur just to land a colleague from another football team into the refereeís book. I think this is a terrible example to pass down both into the amateur game and to children that watch the game from a young age.

My final point of a list which could go on forever is tackling. Tackling in general is clearly a big part of football; however I mean the tackles where no clear attempt is made for the ball. If this occurred in the street a person would be charged with assault, and often the reaction of the tackled player if they chose to hit back is assault also.

I think the only way for football to save itself from what is becoming in my opinion worse to watch game by game is to first of all start by having an adequate punishment system. It clearly isnít at the moment for example take drugs and get banned for a month less than a player who missed a drug test by accident. And from the level of the players play fair to make a better game for not only the players but for everyone who is involved and help it remain a fair sport at all levels of ability.


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