PC Parts!

Jealousy from Shaina's new PC has set in, so I finally got off my arse this weekend out to Mum's to pick up an old PC case I'm trading off my sister - I swapped her a bunch of NDS games for it, so we both did rather well.

It's a …

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Commodore: Heater tap failure

Today we were supposed to head out to Mum and Dad's for a visit, but when Sabriena looked out the window this morning she noted that there was a bunch of water on the driveway. I shrugged and said "it's probably condensation" since the top of the car was covered …

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Shaina's PC Built

Sabriena's sister Shaina has been dealing with an old (Vista-era) PC since forever... while we were visiting, I cleaned all the (significant) dust out, reinstalled a modern-ish OS (Windows 8.1, unfortunately) and installed a discrete GPU (a ~5 year old, low end nVidia). It worked for things like Team …

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Hike: Mackenzie Falls

Mackenzie Falls

I'm exhausted!

We decided to make the trip out to the Grampians today to check out Mackenzie Falls, because Sabriena saw it on a website and thought it looked great. We walked around the lookout loop, which is almost 2 kilometres of seriously light-grade walking on pleasant tracks. The falls …

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Trying out Laravel

I shit on PHP all the time, but I haven't actually done anything substantial with it in quite a while. I wrote a couple of WHMCS modules, including open-sourcing one, but none of that was more than elaborate copy+pasting and a bit of logic involved.

Someone on #mumble mentioned …

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Guitar Surgery and fixing Mum's TV

Duncan and I went out to Mum and Dad's today - we had originally planned to go fishing with my sister and her kids, but they didn't have their fishing rods so that went out the window. Instead the plan was Duncan could play with his cousins, while I worked on …

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Good Friday at Grandma's

We spent last night in a motel in Beaconsfield - not much of a motel, either, really - then out to Grandma's at about 9 o'clock to hang out and then have a big family lunch. The Monash freeway was absolutely stuffed last night, but the drive home today was excellent. We …

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BSA: Headlights have arrived

Disaster!

Checked the mail today after picking Duncan up from school, and I have a package waiting for me at the post office. I'm expecting the LED headlights for the BSA, so that must be them! In to pick them up, and sure enough it's a package from China - this …

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Reflections on winding up a business

It's with great regret today that I announced that our little company MumbleDog will cease trading imminently. I expect to have wound everything up in the next 30 days, but the email finally went out this morning after much soul searching - I wasn't even sure it's what I wanted to …

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BSA: Electrics and Clutch lever

I put much of the finishing touches on the electrics of the BSA today. I have some LED headlight bulbs (could only buy a pair) on the way for it, so I thought I might as well get ahead of the curve and rewire the connector (which has seen better …

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Fishing!

Fishing!

A few days ago, Duncan entered a colouring competition as part of Horsham's fishing contest, and ended up winning one of four fishing rods as a prize. This put Sabriena and I in the awkward position of having to take him fishing, despite not really knowing how to do it …

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Bombed in Calculus

Ugh, I'm mentally exhausted!

I've spent about the last 6 weeks, non-stop, studying Calculus both at Uni and hitting up Khan Academy every single day. Today was the exam, and I don't think I did very well.

I've checked the marks for my assignments, and I got a distinction on …

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A little Python hackery for IRC

An IRC network that I try and have as little to do with administering as possible has merged with another IRC server. While we originally were happy to throw away their services database (honestly, I'd throw away services completely for our purposes, but that's not my call to make) I …

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That time again, SSL certs

I got that yearly email I always dread: it's time to renew SSL certs for all the things.

I use StartSSL for almost everything, simply because it's nice not to have the warnings pop up but I don't care enough about them to actually pay for a certificate. I still …

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More PHP

After stuffing around a bit, I managed to test our my module in two ways: a), Dwolla have a test account that is a "reflector", it sends any payments you send it back; and b) I forced a friend in the US to sign up for Dwolla, then sent him …

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Writing PHP again...

I really dislike PHP - I much prefer Python, despite the fact I was instantly turned off by using indentation for blocks. But unfortunately, while I dislike it and I'm not particularly good at it, I always seem to wind up getting stuck writing it.

We've had a couple of clients …

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MtGox Yubikey not reprogrammable. :(

Since MtGox went down in flames a while back, I thought I'd go through and pull the trigger on trying to reprogram the Yubikey they sent me for free ages ago.

It turns out that it won't actually report an error until you try to reprogram it, but MtGox programmed …

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Scavenged a few more posts...

So today I learned the cyber-squatting fuckwits still holding my old vanity domain have switched their system up and it no longer produces a robots.txt denying everything. This means that archive.org are free to serve up the archived versions of my site.

Tragically, they didn't appear to grab …

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Sea Lake: Telstra outage

Up to Sea Lake for another quick job tomorrow, and it turns out the Telstra wireless internet service here is trash for some reason. I kept getting Connection Error (26) on the LCD of the unit, helpfully no error message whatsoever on the web administration page.

Sat on the phone …

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Crystal Brook -> Moulamein

Amazingly, we picked up our first trip of this year. Yep, things are pretty rough, haven't worked since Christmas and I'm going a bit stir crazy. Hopefully there's a light at the end of the NHVR tunnel and things will get back on track soon. We're back in debt again …

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Guild Wars 2

Finally got around to picking up GW2 and got lost in it for a few days. I actually feel like this might be a really good MMO fit for me, because I'm done with the current "living story" fortnight and I find myself a little bit bored.

If they do …

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Lunch on top of the world (not quite)

Duncan at Mt Hotham After departing Grandma's over easter, we decided to take a break from our constant life of driving and go for a drive...

... sounds stupid, except that we decided to do the Great Alpine Road, which is something we'll likely never get to do for work. We had a really great …

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Family Reunion #2

King of the StumpSince we were back in Victoria for Easter weekend, we'd basically never hear the end of it if we didn't head down to Gippsland for Grandma's Good Friday get together. Dad took his van and we took ours, and we figured we'd stay at Grandma's overnight which wouldn't make it …

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Resurrecting my Skype

I've had Skype since forever. It was the second VOIP package I'd ever used (the first being some steaming hunk of crap in about 1998 that didn't really work over a 56k modem at all), and the fact that it'd "beatbox" with more than two people on a call was …

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Adelaide Zoo

Delayed. Again.

Adelaide ZooWe decided to make the most of having an entire day off and head out to see the Adelaide Zoo (which was formerly most likely going to have to wait until after easter, but was always on the agenda). The weather seemed slightly inclement, including the heaviest shower …

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Hanging about in Port Adelaide again

We're grounded again in Port Adelaide, this time due to lack of work. We are scheduled to leave again on Wednesday, so we spent Monday getting things organized and getting the van serviced. While we're at it, we had a bullbar fitted, in the hopes of avoiding a repeat of …

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Mildura - Rio Vista House

We stopped in Mildura last night, due to the funds available on the credit card running out and the bank being too closed to do anything about it. We looked around for a free place to camp with a toilet, and it turns out outside of skipping back across the …

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Parenting Win?

SPOTTY WOT! I'm not sure whether we can claim this as a win just yet, but Duncan had the greatest day out ever today. What was on the agenda that thrilled him so much? Shopping at a local Opportunity Shop, where he picked up a pre-loved WotWot, followed by a trip to …

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Sprinter back together, on the road

Fan Carnage After lightening our bank account to the tune of almost $800, we managed to get the necessary parts to put the Sprinter back together. In the back of a service station in Adelaide, I pulled the old radiator out, removed the radiator support, put the new fan back on, pushed …

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Telstra 4G Wifi Hotspot

After a couple weeks of stuffing around with Telstra not liking the fact that I've got zero history with them (having lived in the US for 12 years until just recently), I finally managed to get a hold of a 4G hotspot through Bigpond. While I have several friends who …

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I've reluctantly taken a second job!

I don't think I've made any secret of the fact that the #1 thing I want to do with my professional life is MumbleDog, but it's just not making the sort of money our growing family needs to accomplish the things we wanted to do. We came out to Australia …

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Over-the-Air HD out in BFE

So we live out in Middle-of-nowhere, Indiana. When we first moved here, there was an old UHF antenna up on the roof, facing north, with some ladder-wire to a connection in the kitchen. We hooked a TV up to it (this was back in the VHF/UHF NTSC days) and …

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This is how you don’t write PHP

A friend (and client) of mine started building a site using Jupiter CMS, so I decided to take a quick audit of it. It’s pretty much an example of how not to write code, and in my opinion the people who wrote it should take up farming or something …

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