Gippsland, again

On Saturday, Duncan and I headed out to Mum and Dad's to spend the night - the plan was to head down to Grandma's for a visit, because school holidays are starting soon, we missed her over Christmas, and this would likely be our last opportunity to visit her before next …

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NTSC Games hooked up

I brought home a ton of video game shit from the US (customs people scanning our bags probably had an interesting time), and over the last couple of days I decided it's time to start looking at some of it.

Game Gear - Sort of working On Sunday, I took the Game Gear apart and started …

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Front bushes trimmed

When we came home the other day, we found a note from the council dated 4th of January. They wanted us to trim the front bushes to their specifications, because it's "obstructing pedestrians". They included a helpful diagram of what it should look like, so I set about fixing it …

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HTTPS

I saw a post on Reddit, which led me to another site, which led me to another, and so on and so forth until I arrived at a page that suggested everyone should be running HTTPS for everything because it's free everywhere, and mentioned something about AWS, which is where …

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Hard Disk Spelunking

I brought home about four IDE hard disks from the US, at least one of which I hoped to use in my Xbox console if they still functioned adequately. Unfortunately, I failed to take into account that I don't have easy access to a computer capable of reading them, so …

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Second Christmas!

Mum, Dad, my sisters, and my sister's kids came out today for "Second Christmas", which Sabriena points out is actually our third, but to me that just seems greedy. We exchanged gifts for the kids, where Duncan finally got the Brainsaw he'd been asking for the whole time we were …

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Don't Starve Together: Servers

The documentation for headless servers for this game is fucking awful.

Sabriena and her sister were playing this game during our stay in the USA, and she asked if I could set up a dedicated server for them. I had a look and the game supports Linux, and recently they …

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Home again!

After a very long plane ride, we're finally home again. The Delta rep that checked us in erroneously told us that we'd collect our luggage in Melbourne, and since we cleared customs in Melbourne instead of Sydney last time it seemed to make sense. Luckily, the Virgin people impressed upon …

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Fucking AT&T

For the most part during our time at Shaina's house, the internet has seemed pretty good. The house is exceptionally close to the central office, so her average rate is around 18mbps on ADSL2+ (unfortunately with still the same shitty upstream that all ADSL customers are stuck with), but for …

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Found my PS3!

I've been wondering where my PS3 is the last couple of weeks - I loaned it to my brothers-in-law Nick and Colton when we left for Australia, as I erroneously thought it wouldn't work with the games over there (as it turns out it wouldn't work without a stepdown convertor, but …

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BSA: Movement

A bit of a panic last night - I hooked up the regulator/rectifier I bought to the AC output of the alternator, put my DMM on it and... I get about 4vdc max and idle. What the hell? Took everything apart and measured the AC output of the alternator and …

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BSA: Beep beep!

Yesterday I ordered a gasket kit for an Amal 376 from Union Jack Motorcycles - our carb is actually a 375, but it seems that the only difference is the bore size, making the flange gasket the only part that won't fit, and mine seems in okay order anyway. I also …

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BSA: New Ignition Coil

Uh oh... Very exciting day today, the 12v Lucas coil I ordered at the local motorcycle shop finally came in. I suppose it was only two weeks, but it felt significantly longer. Shot in to town to pick it up, pulled the house battery out of the van, and wired everything up …

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Smeaton times two

Left home by myself last night, spending the night out near Shelford to take two trips up to Smeaton today. It eventuated that I drove right past Grog's house three times, but didn't have the time to go in for a visit. I actually would have between the loads, but …

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Dentist and Ballarat

We had to wake up bright and early this morning, to be gone by about 6:30am to get to Maryborough by 9am for Sabriena's penultimate dental appointment. We ended up getting there far earlier, about 20 minutes too early... but while I'd miss that sleep on the way home …

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BSA: Coil Ordered

In to town today to buy milk and put fuel in the car, and I decided to stop in to the local motorcycle shop (Wimmera Motorcycle Co, principally an HD dealer but they sell lots of other shit as well) to see if they carry a coil for the BSA …

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Infinity: The Force Awakens

Duncan (with a bit of coaxing) donated over two garbage bags full of toys today to the local animal welfare society, and so effectively as an award Sabriena bought him The Force Awakens playset for Disney Infinity. We also bought him the Kylo Ren figurine, because he can't shut the …

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GPG: Whoops!

Mikkel Krautz tried to send me something regarding Mumble today, and encrypted it with PGP. No problem, I've got GPG... but what key did he use? It wasn't my Keybase, it was something from 2011 (fwagglechop@gmail.com; created 9 sep 2011, 670de1f1).

Checked my dropbox, and I have some …

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Ugh, Moniker... again!

Once again, we reach the time of year where I want to renew all our domains again so I don't forget about them and let them expire, and once again I'm troubled by Moniker's absolutely appalling website (not new any more, so no excuse).

I selected all my domains, picked …

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Happy New Year!

I got a facebook message sometime around the 30th from my cousin Rodney, who I was very close to growing up (his grandmother, my great aunt, actually put up with me staying with her many a school holiday just so we could hang out). He'd mentioned coming out to visit …

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Duncan starts school tomorrow!

It's Duncan's first day of school tomorrow - on a Friday no less. I'm assuming it's to help the new preps acclimatize to their situation, but at first thought it does seem rather silly to have kids start school on a Friday.

He's pretty excited to go back and make some …

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"Skoolbag" app unusable

Sabriena's having difficulty with the Android app that Duncan's school uses for parental communication. I tested it on my phone, and it's broken there as well. I tried to find a way to contact the app developer, but it appears to be targeted at schools, so I wrote the school …

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Inspecting pull requests from Github

I'm ashamed to admit that there's a fair few things on git that I've just simply never learned - I've taken the hackish route around a problem and just never stopped to consider that there might be a better way.

One of those is looking at pull requests for Mumble. I …

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Back in Gippsland for the day

Work saw me down at Stony Creek today, so I decided to stop in and see Grandma on the way home and ended up bullshitting with her for about two hours before I decided I ought to try and get on the other side of Melbourne before I fall asleep …

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Replaced smoke alarm batteries

We're a little bit late, they were replaced in February 2014, but I figured while I thought of it I'd replace the batteries in our smoke detectors. I bought two decent alkaline 9V batteries from Bunnings, and came home to put them in.

The rear one was easy, hinge it …

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Ugh, Moniker support

It's that time of year again (or rather it was, last week) - time to renew the domains. I like to do them all at once, like ripping off a bandaid, so I don't have domain renewals spread out through the year.

I head over to Moniker, our registrar, who I've …

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Grumbling about desktop updates

I've been wanting to build a decent gaming desktop for a while, but travelling around in the van has meant - unfortunately - that a laptop was my best bet. Since enrolling in school, however, I've endeavoured to be at home as much as I can, which is making a desktop sound …

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Fence Damage

In to see the property manager today, and spoke to Freya, to file a maintenance request because the storm the other day blew down a few panels of fence along the side of the property. I hate reporting this shit, but it's my legal obligation - I could seriously fix it …

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Helicopter Excitement

Police Helicopter Bit of excitement for Duncan today - there was a helicopter making repeated passes overhead. Outside to take a look, and couldn't quite see where it was hovering (which was interesting, as my Dad likes to remind us hovering in a helicopter is quite expensive, they don't normally do it unless …

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Tyres in the back yard?

Called up the property manager again this morning, because when we got home we noticed another crack appearing in the master bedroom and this one's pretty big. We're almost never in there with the lights on, so this doesn't bother me too much - but I want them to have the …

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Scienceworks and Planetarium

Left the hotel this morning on our way home, and decided to do something different and check out Scienceworks, a science-themed museum. Duncan had a great time, a lot more of the exhibits were targeted at his age group than I thought there would be.

I think he ended up …

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All Zoo'd Out

It's that time again! Down to Melbourne yesterday to meet Mum and Dad, and set ourselves up in a Hotel for two nights for our yearly trip to Melbourne Zoo. We stayed in the Vibe Hotel in Carlton this time, because strangely enough it was far, far cheaper this year …

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Hello, Tomtom!

The GPS in the Cruze is suffering from a case of swollen battery syndrome, and it's ancient so despite the fact it still works I think it's time to replace it. The NavMan in the van pisses me off on a regular basis and is missing several features that would …

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Welcome 2015

Photo courtesy of my sister, Linda

Judging from recurring memes on the internet, most people's 2014 sucked. My parents did anyway - in addition to a year with very little work, someone jumped the fence and torched one of their vans last night, almost $20,000 down the toilet.

There's been a lot of curious goings on …

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Goodbye Skype for Windows 8!

I hate Skype. I mean, I really hate it.

However, I'm pretty much stuck using it - so when I got my new laptop, I installed Skype for Windows 8 on it and it was... cute. The two taskbars thing on 8 and 8.1 is still a UI tragedy (while …

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I'm so sore...

I've been bitten again by the BMX bug for months, and finally after sitting at home for the fourth or fifth consecutive week I decided to do something about it. I went and bought a used bike so I can ride around with my son - we head out to skateparks …

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Parsing GEDCOM files in Python

As Dad is coming to about the end of how far we can get using Ancestry.com, we've started maintaining copies of the tree (downloadable as a .ged file) so we still have all the data on there when we quit paying for it. I decided to take a look …

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FreeBSD on Linode - Redo

Colin Percival has apparently done a heap of work making FreeBSD stable on AWS (I'm sure plenty of other folks had a hand in the improvements, but Colin's work was the work that I saw a lot of), but much of that work was irrelevant last time I played with …

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Duncan's birthday present done and dusted

Despite having three months to go, we've gone ahead and bought Duncan's birthday present already. His cousin Elly scored a Nintendo DSi for Christmas, and was absolutely rapt with it - so much so that on their last visit she was actually excited to share. Duncan seemed to enjoy it, and …

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On a Genealogy kick

Curiosity got the best of Dad, and he decided to go through and pay for a few birth certificate pulls from Scotland on some of our relatives. This developed into us going hog-wild for a solid week, collating everything up and then.. throwing it away and starting again.

Dad's been …

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Our Phone/ADSL is back up

Got out of bed this morning to check the phone, and it's back up and working. No idea if a Telstra tech was still coming out, or if he's done something, or what... but it's working.

Rang up Telstra to cancel the ticket, and they weren't terribly forthcoming about what …

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Telstra Pain

Got a text from Telstra around dinner time - our line tests OK and if I don't call them they'll consider it fixed. Still no dialtone or ADSL.

On the fourth call back to them, they're going to organize a tech to come out. Who knows when that'll be as they've …

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Sabriena's legal!

In to Talbot to the post office today, because Sabriena has a letter we have to sign for. It turns out it's her visa notice - she's officially legal to live here. I'm quite impressed with the turnaround of DIAC once they get the ball going. It takes forever and a …

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More Python Work

Since I lack a means of procrastinating, I fired up my development VM and went right back to work on the new-new-new (we've got about 6) admin panel for MumbleDog. We're writing it in Python, and for the most part I'm really enjoying it. I'm getting the hang of test-driven …

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Power Outage

Had a power outage last night - the first proper one I can remember since we arrived in Australia, which isn't bad considering just an hour or so south Grog has horrific problems with them. Unfortunately this one left us with about 70~80v on the line for a few minutes …

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Possibly fixed our Squid?

I may have fixed our Squid proxy from Chrome continually marking it bad. It turns out in the PAC file on the router, I had a DIRECT where there ought to not have been one.

Whoops.

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Playing with SteamOS

I really like the idea of SteamOS - if anyone can push Linux to the "desktop" (becoming an increasingly blurred and useless description), it'll be Valve. One of the main reasons I've stuck with Windows (or at least, kept returning to it) is because of the inviability of gaming on any …

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SSD and Windows 8.1 impressions

My laptop is finally starting to come together after installing the SSD and going with the non-Toshiba installation (stock Windows 8). I had to install a few of the Toshiba utilities, such as the "Toshiba Function Key" (to make the hotkeys for things like volume, and turning off the trackpad …

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Back into Mercedes Benz

Had to wait until today for the parts department to return from Christmas break - the accessory drive belt they gave me proved to be the wrong one. I suspect it is for a 2.7L TurboDiesel with no air conditioning. This assumption was backed up by the parts guy explaining …

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Gran Turismo 6

For Christmas, Mum got me a $50 gift card to EB games, and I didn't know what to spend it on. I thought about putting it towards a decent headset, but they're obscenely expensive here, and because of work and other commitments I haven't spent near as much time using …

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Squid: Network unreachable to IPv6 websites

Uh oh - since I started routing everything here through a FreeBSD router as well (though putting the PPPoE process on the router rather than on the Modem is proving to be a pain with Telstra BigPond's ADSL service, but that is a subject for another entry after I figure it …

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Stuffed Cannelloni

Sabriena made stuffed Cannelloni for dinner tonight - she wanted to make Manicotti, but alas it appeared Coles do not stock the requisite noodles.

Most of the stuff was the same as her Mom would have made it, but she did deviate a little... For example not par-boiling the noodles, which …

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OBD2 -> USB Cable

Dad's Holden Rodeo started burping and farting and throwing codes on him recently, and it made me think how much I'd really like a scan tool. I still couldn't afford a decent handheld one, and my current car doesn't even need one so it'd be a bit of a waste …

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Carburettor Part Deux

So against my better judgement  I tore the carb down again... then tore down the extra one that I had laying around, and built one out of two. The accelerator pump accumulator on my car's Carb body was a bit scabbed up and I was concerned about it leaking fuel …

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I forked MumbleReader

I went ahead and forked Pimmitje's MumbleReader project, grabbing only the client-side bits - as I think having the two in one project complicates things for prospective users of it, at least coming from my users whom won't need the server-side PHP bits. I hosted it on GitHub, since I have …

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Fixin' fences

Within a few days of arriving in Australia, I was already hard at work helping my parents put up a fence to keep the ponies in a paddock they hadn't yet been in. The day before yesterday, we went down to go fix another fence and to move some of …

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Off to Ballarat

Today we have to head out to Ballarat to organize getting a Medicare card so Duncan can get his checkups. We were meant to do it Tuesday, but like an idiot we got halfway there and I realized I'd forgotten to bring all the necessary paperwork - so we're heading out …

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Droid 2 Global on Telstra

I managed to pick up a damaged Droid2Global before we left the states, and sell off my Droid X because it would be a brick if we got out here. I'm kinda glad we didnt get the insurance on it, because i took such great care of that phone it'd …

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We've landed in Australia!

After a long and gruelling trip, we've landed safely in Australia and are now staying at my parents' house. The weather when we arrived was freakishly hot, I think here locally it hit about 108F at one point - but the lack of humidity is surprisingly nice... the heat didn't really …

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Almost got in a wreck today :(

So we were coming home from Muncie, and we were about a third of the way home when some guy jumps on the brakes at an intersection, in the left hand-turn lane with his left turn signal on. "No problem," I think. "There's a passing/right-turn lane!" So I move …

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Things I learned about Parenting

… from my nephew’s Dad.

  1. Labor is rough on an expecting father, be sure to take a seat periodically to rest your weary legs.
  2. The couch is an appropriate place to leave a week-old infant unattended while you go have a cigarette.
  3. It’s a much more financially sound investment …
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The MapleStory Private Server Scene

Despite the fact I’ve had several people asking me to setup another MapleStory private server, I’ve declined… I really don’t want to get into wasting time on that crap again, and especially not when it could put my financial well-being at stake.

Rather than port over all …

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*yawn*

well.. i'm bored. really bored. i did this quite a while ago, but i only just got around to posting about it now. i don't think everyone finds it as funny as i did, it had me in stitches :(

speaking of having me in stitches, there's a couple of nice …

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