Mike's web page
You have, probably quite unintentionally, reached the web pages of one
Mike Ricketts. There follows the beer induced scrawl of one who
feels he should have a web page, but has nothing really useful to
put on it. You almost definitely don't really want to read on. But
you might, if you have more time on your hands than you know what to
So, a bit about me. And I mean a bit. I don't believe in pointless
waffle, and anyone who is reading this probably either already
knows more about me than I'm ever likely to write down, or doesn't
I'm a Software Engineer, working for IBM. So now you know. Apart from
that, I am a linuxy type person. Otherwise known as a hacker. In
the correct sense, not the other one. See
Project Purple for
some of the stuff I am working on right now. Not much though,
'cos I don't have much time. When I am not working, hacking,
eating, sleeping or drinking (decent beer), I am probably either
driving or playing the trombone. I might even be doing
more than one of those at once.
Things I like: decent beer, decent cars (quality in a car is not a
function of speed - it is a function of ability to go round
corners), cool hacks, decent beer, free hardware and decent beer.
Donations of any of these, or money, is more than welcome.
Things I dislike: lager, people who claim lager is decent beer,
microsoft, ford escorts, drivers wearing hats, and probably all
sorts of other things I can't think of right now.
Other things on this site
If you are still reading, I conclude that you are totally bored out of
your skull, and therefore you might even follow the following links
- Web version of my CV.
- I doubt anyone wants it, but its here if you do. There's a lot of
detail missing, some of which I might get around to adding at
some point. Oh, and there's one thing deliberately left out.
But we won't mention that.
- Yes, I had to include it. An online diary. This is very unlikely
to be even remotely up to date. But it will show you what a
really boring life I lead.
- A list of all my computers. Probably about right. This is mainly
here for my own reference since I keep forgetting what I've got,
but some of the really bored amongst you might find it
- Computer stuff.
- A list of all the bits of computers I think I've got, where I think
they are, whether I think they work. Almost definitely very
- A web cam, usually somehwhere in the house, sometimes pointing at
me, sometimes pointing at random other things, usually pointing
at nothing in particular. Often broken.
- Yep. Keblelinux. A nice big chunky self extracting zip that runs
linux on the Keble College computer room machines. Or at least,
it used to. I very much doubt it still does. It his here
because I have nothing better to do with it, and didn't have
the heart to destroy it. Noodles (or should I say Satan) might
- Oakley linux.
- A linux distribution. Or rather, a partial linux distribution that
I started building and have never had the time to finish. I
might get around to it one day. Honest, guv.
- Be warned, it isn't small, doesn't work in nongraphical browsers,
and can cause graphical browsers to eat a hell of a lot of CPU.
But it is extremely cool when it does work :)
- The wibble file.
- IRC logs from the most memorable incident in the history of OxIRC.
That's all folks.
Last modified: Wed Feb 27 17:55:32 GMT 2002