Well after a long time of thinking and more thinking, I have finally finished off ImAFish 8. Its been 20months since we have had a new ImAFish version (2 years since i started writing ImAFish 7). It seems such a long time and ImAFish is 4 years old this month too!
Hopefully ImAFish is a lot more personal to me now such as the integration of my mini site, the forum and the new gallery all onto the front page of ImAFish.
I will admit I have been slow writing articles in the past year so its nice to have some fresh content up. The new site is a lot more simple than past as there are no longer any user accounts.
This forum thread pretty much sums it all up. [url]http://imafish.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1301[/url].
My iMac has been in repair for the past week and has been given a clean bill of health ready for me to sell it. On Friday OS X 10.5 Leopard was released after two and a half years since Tiger arrived. I brought my last iMac shortly after the release of Tiger so it seems fitting that I finally upgrade to an Intel Mac. The Ars Technica review of Leopard is the most in depth I've read and highlights a lot of interesting areas with the new OS. If you want to know many of the under lying technical changes to OS X as well as the more graphic changes then its well worth a read.
There are a lot of new features in Leopard but a few stand out with Time Machine looking to be one of the best. I currently use Super Duper for my daily backup but it only takes a snapshot of my drive rather than backing up file changes. Spaces are also a welcome improvement and after using multiple desktops on Ubuntu I can imagine they will just as useful in OS X. The updated look in Leopard also looks exciting though I wont be convinced about the space theme until using it for a bit. I hope to have a new iMac within the coming weeks and if I can find anything that hasn't already been covered elsewhere on-line I will post it on here!
Its coming to the end of a busy period with loads of coursework being handed in over the past couple of weeks. Last Sunday was my 20th birthday and we had a big night out Wed that was a really good night out. Was pretty wasted but still got loads of cool photos.
Tomorrow is my last shift (ever) at Greggs! I have been there for over 3 years but cant really face it anymore and fancy a change. Its not been too bad there but experience in selling sandwiches, cakes and pasties can only take you so far.
Next week is the last week of term, in-fact a lot of people are going home this week. Not got a lot to do over Easter work wise but exams start a couple of weeks after we come back. I failed the Cisco semester 2 this week (passed the skills test) which was slightly annoying and means more revision for after easter.
We got a house sorted for next year a couple of weeks back. It's a nice size house with 4 large bedrooms. Going to be living with Ben, Chris and Rob (who I live with this year). It will be good cause we will have a living room however the kitchen is quite small. It's the same distance from the Uni as our current accommodation so wont have to get up too early before lectures.
I also brought a Mac Mini this term (for which there is a review on ImAFish). Its an awesome machine and I use it most of the time. Got myself a nice iPod Shuffle as well for all my tunes.
My music tastes have changed somewhat since Christmas, as well as the usual Trance I have been listening to the Stereophonics, Snow Patrol and the Killers. I'm going off the majority of Hip-Hop etc not that I listened to that much before anyway.
Switchweb has been going well but ImAFish is in some serious need of work. I have some plans to combine ImAFish with my blog somewhat but until I work out the details and have the motivation to do any work I cant see a lot happening.
Its been an interesting year to say the least and a lot has changed. The year started off pretty badly at Beanies where the whole night seemed to end up in arguments and unhappy people. I went back to Uni and had another cracking term including some great parties and nights out. The term peaked with my birthday where I got so wasted and got some wicked photos.
This term of Uni also gave birth to Switchweb which is now making a nice profit thanks to some hard work.
Easter came and in the first week of being home I got dumped by Steph for Shannon. It hurt lots at the time and it still annoys me when I think about it now but fortunately it was for the best.
Its a shame cause they did split the "group" for quite a while until the summer when they split up.
In this time Jonnie had setup his own forum to rival ImAFish which took good advantage of this split, it did annoy me at the time however it didn't have any major effect on the popularity of ImAFish.
I still remember the day after they split up and I was in town with Nick and Shannon when Steph walked past crying, I almost felt sorry for her but after what happened it was sickly entertaining.
Fortunately things moved on and by mid-summer everything was back to how things were before (apart from me being single). We had some good nights out over the summer normally in Liquid but occasionally Flares.
By the end of August everyone seemed to be looking forward to going back to Uni (those that go) however things had taken an unusual turn. I had met Laura years ago as one of Stephs old school friends. We had occasionally chatted on-line however our paths had never really crossed until I split up with Steph.
Late Easter we had started going out for drinks together which was nice as I was feeling quite down at the time though I soon went back to Uni. Throughout the summer we had kept in contact, whether it had been on-line, going out for a drink or bumping into each other in town.
At the beginning of September I was in Yates (on a wed night) chatting to Serena, I mentioned that I had gone to the cinema with Laura the previous night and she said it sounded like Laura was interested in me and she would find out if she was.
Later in Liquid Serena told Laura that I liked her, while it wasn't the most tactful approach thankfully for my pride Laura said she liked me too. Later that night we got together and we have been together ever since.
My main worry at the time was going back to Uni in a couple of weeks time however we discussed it and she didn't think it would be a big issue. I have seen her every weekend since, either in Coventry or at home.
The second year of Uni started really slowly, it took quite a while for the course to get going and for the first 3-4 weeks I didn't actually do anything. In a way it made the term lag a bit and its not been as fun this year like it was last year. The work load has also significantly increased and the last 2 weeks of term were very hectic with coursework and tests.
I have made a lot of new friends at Uni this term and have found I have been going out with different people from last year (apart from Ben and Chris) though its all good.
These past couple of months has also seen Jonnie's Forum go, while it was a shame it did seem slightly pointless having two forums for the same purpose. For a while the ImAFish forum saw an increase in traffic though this has slowed down over xmas, I expect it will pick up once xmas is over.
The rest of ImAFish has stagnated over the last year and 2004 was the first year where we saw no new ImAFish version! I do have some pretty big plans for ImAFish 8 over the coming year including making it into a more personal site. I know what I want ImAFish to be like - its just designing and coding it now which is what is going to take the most time.
It seemed to be the year where all the old relationships ended and new ones begun, started with Jonnie and Kelly, then Shannon and Beanie, on to Me and Steph, Nej and Lisa then Tom and Rachel. By the end of the year some are still single but others have new partners. Well done to Alex and Ami for staying together (ironic?).
The year finished with a party Friday night and I was wasted, start as I mean to go on?.... Maybe.
January has been quite a slow month it seems, not a lot has happened and I'm just looking forward to going home in reading week (mid Feb) now. Second year of uni seems so different to the first, in a way its almost boring. I'm not sure why my motivation isn't as strong this year it just isn't.
I'm looking forward to next year, getting a house in particular should be good. Advice to anyone who thinks its a good idea to stay in halls in your second year then don't. You realise how much more work you have and how much money you don't have so you just end up by being woken up by drunk people in the early hours of the morning and watching countless hours of TV shows.
I'm looking forward to my holiday in the summer with Laura to Spain, it should be good. As for the rest of the summer its too far ahead but I do intend to go away again at least once. Can anyone say group holiday? It may be hard to organise but could be good fun, even if it was just to butlins.
On the Switchweb front things are going well, we have recently expanded some more so should be able to take many more orders!