Passport renewal

Yesterday I dropped into the post office, printed-out form in hand, to find out about renewing my passport. It doesn't expire until November, but I'll need it before then and better safe than sorry. It turns out that I needed an appointment, though they could have squeezed me ...

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More C#

I've spent the last few days messing around with C# in Visual Studio - I'd been playing with it inside Unity and found that on the whole, I'm quite partial to this language. I started up Visual Studio a couple days ago and was trying to decide what ...

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This storage shed drives me nuts!

I finally got around to driving out to Mum and Dad's today. The plan was to hang out with them for a while, maybe connect our Star C3 to Dad's van and take a look at it, and then dig through the chaff shed looking for the rest ...

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Approved for a rental

On the way home from picking up Duncan from kinder we got a call from the real estate agent, and learned that we'd been approved for a house. It wasn't our first favourite, but that's primarily for financial reasons - I'd have preferred to rent the smaller ...

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Thrift shop find: ADSL2 modem

Out to Horsham today to look at rental properties again, and while we had to wait between appointments we decided to check out the local thrift shops to price furniture (which was a dismal failure). I did happen upon an ADSL2+ modem for nine bucks though, and to my surprise ...

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Babby's first ear infection

Took Duncan to Ballarat Base Hospital last night with a suspected ear infection. Turns out we were right, they gave us some antibiotics for middle ear infection and sent us on our way. We got home around midnight and finally got some much needed sleep.

You might argue he's ...

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Variety Club Bash - Ballarat

In to Ballarat this morning to pick up a few things, and we happened to notice a minor ruckus in the parking lot for the shopping mall at Wendouree. Upon closer inspection it looked like we'd arrived just in time for the awards at the end of the Bankstown ...

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Telstra ADSL - Resolved?

We just got in from Adelaide, SA and I decided to call up and find out what was going on with our case with Telstra's "congestion management department". Apparently the case is closed, can they reopen it? Well hold on, things certainly do seem better.

Upon running some tests ...

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Dad's van broke :(

More mechanical troubles, this time it's Dad's van. Something transmission related, we're not sure what - it's being trucked back in to Mercedes Benz in Ballarat, a not insignificant journey. We absconded with his fridges and anything else he couldn't live with while he waits for ...

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More Telstra ADSL Troubles

We're still having issues with the Telstra/BigPond ADSL at Mum's place. I'd love to switch to another company, but there basically aren't any good ones that service this area and any that did would be leasing the lines from Telstra anyway so it'd just ...

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New Toy: Sony 'Mechless' Head Unit (DSX-A50BT)

Sony DSX-A50BT I just couldn't help myself, when I saw a Bluetooth car receiver for $99AUD, I had to spring for it. I got into a tiny bit of trouble by not even running the idea past Sabriena beforehand, but it was worth it. This thing was an amazing deal.

We ...

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More Latitude Woes

Tonight, while trying to accurately tag blog entries for time and location, I went looking for Google Latitude's location history feature as that makes it really easy to tell where we were and when. Unfortunately, it seems impossibly hard to find since the retirement of Latitude.

It may be ...

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Back at the base again

We're back at Mum and Dad's - hopefully not for too long, but the Sprinter needs a service and at least one tire. In to Ballarat on the way home this morning, where I stopped in at the previously-I-didn't-know-it-existed Mercedes Benz dealer to buy filters and such. Why ...

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Balladonia

We made it to Balladonia, WA almost at dark, and Sabriena still wasn't feeling well so I decided to treat her a meal at the pub. We ordered, and she went with fish and chips expecting it to make her sick again, but it was actually a really good ...

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Kalgoorlie - Super Pit

Kalgoorlie Super Pit We arrived at Kalgoorlie quite early this morning, as Leonora is not really that far out. Our first port of call was in to the BP roadhouse for a shower, and then back in to town to fetch some supplies. On our way into town, we stopped and drove up ...

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Kumarina and Leonora

We left Newman late in the afternoon, accompanying a friendly truck driver as I'm still leery of mechanical problems associated with what my wife calls the "WA curse" (incidentally we also have a "NT curse", wherein we are two-for-two for coming back with a broken vehicle). We made it ...

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No more Latitude

Google have retired Latitude with their last Maps update, but that didn't really bother me too much as I really like G+ and welcome another reason to use it over Facebook - because most people I want to communicate with are already entrenched in FB there really is not much ...

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Another look at Newman

Newman Mining MuseumWe are still around Newman, which is unfortunate because I really much prefer the weather further south. We had the most desperate of personal hygiene needs to take care of (entering my third day with no shower) and with a chronic shortage of actual truck stops it was time to ...

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The other Tropic of Capricorn

Today marks an amazing achievement - we successfully took a vehicle across the WA border and avoided any mechanical troubles.

Not only did we do that, but we're further north in Western Australia than we've ever been and I need to do some comparing but we may actually be ...

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Back to one blog...

Quite some time ago I experimented with using Google's "Blogger" to host my personal "blog", as I don't really care enough about my own site to maintain the security necessary to keep and maintain a Wordpress blog, but I also don't care for Wordpress's hosted service ...

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Dropbox+KeePass issues on Android

I appear to be having some sort of an issue with my KeePass setup on my Android phone - I appear to be perpetually using an older version of the database, as it does not have the new root password for Arbok in it. I need to investigate why that is ...

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Android 4.3 update woes

Ugh, it seems like every version bump for Android, I have a nightmare of a time trying to upgrade my phone. I try to keep the thing reasonably close to stock, but in this case I'd modified the build.prop file to do something as menial as change the ...

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Kitchen Terrorist Attack

Oh god, sometimes I wonder if my life is a Truman Show style comedy. While trying to convince my sister to make chilli from leftovers, I assured her it was nigh on impossible to fuck up.

I managed to prove that wrong several minutes into the process. While browning the ...

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Nudgee Beach

Park at Nudgee Beach Since we've nothing to do for ages, and we were north of the Airport after having checked out the Charles Kingsford Smith memorial, we decided to take a gamble and head on up to Nudgee Beach. It looked more "out of the way" and less "tourist friendly" to say ...

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Kingsford Smith Memorial

Since we have about 48 hours to kill in Brisbane, we started looking around for something free to do. Peter from #BUGS suggested checking out the Charles Kingsford Smith Memorial at the airport, and though it was a bit out of our way, a quick jaunt through the city to ...

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Clermont

Clermont. The mind boggles at how a town wins a tidy town award with a piano stuffed up a gum tree, but there it is... Apparently it's a replica of a real piano that was stuck up in a tree after a flood almost 100 years ago.

We originally ...

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Rockhampton Zoo

The Rockhampton Zoo exceeded my expectations of a free zoo by a long margin. Considering our last experience with free wildlife attractions, anyway, but I do think it rivals the paid zoos we've seen. Sabriena's already had experience with Koalas in the wild, as well as kangaroos, emus ...

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Crossing the Capricorn

Duncan on the Tropic of CapricornUpon arriving in Rockhampton, we checked out the information centre to see if there was anywhere good to camp for free (there really isn't) and just to generally let Duncan out of the car for a while. The information centre we stopped at was situated (apparently) right in the ...

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Holbrook - Prepare to Dive!

Captain Duncan On our way back south, we decided to stop in at a town called Holbrook, which houses a giant submarine. It's actually the top skin of an actual submarine, and it seems as though they almost encourage climbing on it. Naturally Duncan thought that this was the bee's ...

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King of the Mountain

Now defunct nature park at Mount PanoramaTonight we ended up in "bogan mecca", Mt Panorama. 

Much of the track is actually public roads, and there was apparently a nature park at the top of the mountain so we decided to go up and have a look. 

It turns out that there's not so much nature ...

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Koalas at Narrandera

Drop bears! I whined on no less than two outlets (in addition to copious verbal whining) about how we'd spent the entire day at Gunnedah ("Koala capital of the world") looking for Koalas that taunted us with their non-presence.

For this last trip, we neglected to bring the camera battery (our ...

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In-dash diagnostics on EL Falcon

I'm mainly posting this for my own reference.

We're currently tootling around in an Ford EL Falcon that's got a laundry list of issues wrong with it, but not the least of which is (well, was, so I thought) lack of a temperature gauge. It turns out ...

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Electronic Check Cashing - We are living in the future!

So I believe I've mentioned the ATI HD5770 I picked up a while back... well it came with a mail in rebate from the manufacturer, which finally came yesterday in the form of a check. Suddenly, a thought crossed my mind: how the heck am I gonna cash this ...

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Mucking about with Mumble Authenticators

I really don't care too much for the name "authenticators" as in my particular case it's not really a good name yet for what I'm doing (there's no authentication callbacks going on at all), but I believe it's the commonly-accepted name for Ice-powered callback scripts ...

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Fun at the Park

Since this morning was such a lovely day out, we decided to do something we hadn't found time to do lately and take a walk to the park. We even took the dog, which I'm sure was a welcome change for her (usually when we walk it's ...

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Portland's City-wide Rummage Sale

So a town near us is having their annual city-wide rummage sale at the moment, and since I had to drive out there anyway to drop Shaina off at work, we decided to tootle around and see what was available. So far the only thing I've found that I ...

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Things I've bought with Bitcoin

For those who aren't familiar with Bitcoin, I'll try sum it up. Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer electronic currency based off encryption to avoid having a central authority (that is, there's no one person in charge of it who can be corrupted). Because there's no central authority ...

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Everything always needs moar fwagglechop!

So about a decade late to the party, I've decided to give this Blogger thing a shot.

Why? It's a pretty long and uninteresting story, full of self-reflection, and I think well suited for a first post. Initially, I loathed Wordpress. Like all "good" PHP kids, I rolled ...

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Vengeance was mine that day - Part #2

Back before we had a car, my wife and I used bicycles to get around everywhere. On my days off, I'd ride my bike up to Sabs' work to keep her company on the ~2mi trip home. Well, one sunny Sacramento day that little exercise took a turn for ...

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Vengeance was mine that day

You can ask my wife... I'm a real laid back person, very slow to anger - but once you get me angry, I'm vindictive, cruel, and a fiendishly evil thinker.

So today I decided to post this story on a truck forum in a thread about people messing with ...

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ADSL issues :(

Note: This is an historic article originally published on Hungry Hacker, which I moved here instead.

Hrm, I guess OurStory.com fixed the XSS I notified them about a while ago. I was going through all the crap I'd found, and checking it out on XSSed.com to see ...

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r.i.p. moocintosh :(

well... :(

i spent three days fucking with my cute little macintosh se/30 i'd named 'moocintosh', and in three short days i'd not only customized mac os system 6 to my liking, learnt it basically inside and out (with the exception of programming it, i suck at assembly ...

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