Deeside 2015 & Coventry 2015

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Well its been 12 months since we posted anything so we must be more than due an update.

It’s been an eventful 12 months for Megan including a nasty break to her left arm, and extended period off skating and then a change of coach. In spite of all that she still managed to pass Level 1 earlier this year and make it back to Deeside last Sunday to skate in the Level 1 12+ competition.

A good clean skate and a pb score of 11.92 was enough for 6th place

Not content with that though we carried on from Deeside to Coventry where an even better skate in the Level 1 13+ competition on Wednesday was good enough for a score of 15.23 and her first 1st place finish 🙂

I think there really is no stopping her…


Deeside Open 2014

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In spite of being by far the youngest (and smallest) of the competitors in the beginners category (12 and over) at Deeside, Megan managed her first podium finish. Her score of 10.42 was enough for third place, and only 0.1 behind the second place skater.  🙂

We’ve had some issues with the video but we do finally have a complete version of her skate which you can see here!

We’re Still Here

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Seems we didn’t manage a single post last year – that’s a bit rubbish isn’t it ?

In mitigation it was somewhat crazy on the work front, including a couple of trips back to New Zealand in order to get our customer down there running live – still it was good to catch up with Pete and we even managed to take in an ODI at the WestPac.

Hopefully sanity has been restored this year work wise so more regular updates may follow, particularly of Megan’s ice skating exploits now she has her Gold badge and is eligible for national competitions.

iTunes 10.5 CPU Issue

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After the recent iTunes update (10.5) I noticed the


was suddenly chewing up CPU – everything still seemed to be working, I could still sync devices, it was just grinding the PC towards an early grave.

A bit of Googling suggested it’s a common problem and previously a reinstall of iTunes was the suggested fix – unfortunately this didn’t work for me, nor it would seem for a lot of people at version 10.5.

What did work for me was doing a

netsh winsock reset

from a command prompt (as Administrator) followed by a reboot.

Apparently the Windows TCP/IP stack can get corrupted and this will reset the Winsock Catalog to its default state – i.e. one that works properly.

It certainly fixed my iTunes problem and as a bonus the PC now boots faster and general network performance seems to be improved – one to remember!