Sabriena's SNES Lives!

SNES Power Socket

As I wrote a while ago, powering a US SNES outside of the USA isn't entirely trivial, but last Friday I arranged to purchase the power supply of an Aussie MegaDrive II from a seller, and it came today. I ducked into Jaycar hoping to purchase a panel-mount 4mm ...

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Copying Steam games.

GTA V is on sale apparently, and Sabriena and I have been looking for games we can play together, so we were wondering if her PC would run it. Easiest way to determine that? Copy the files over from my laptop, sign in on my Steam, and see how it ...

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Indicator switch arrived - Fixed!

For the last couple of weeks, our car's been making this annoying rapid ticking sound when the indicators are off. I had my theories as to what caused this, but searching some forums confirmed it - the indicator stalk has got excess play. I reckon the problem is that the ...

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Playing with the Dash cam

For about the last year now, it's been one of the side goals of my dabbling with my ELM327 OBDII reader to build a datalogger, which I can then feed to a set of virtual gauges and then overlay it on top of a dash cam video. The original ...

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More site fixes

Try as I might to be a careful webmaster, mistakes creep in.

I'm not sure why, but I ended up taking a peek at Google's webmaster tools and noticed I still have about four or five 404s. Why? Well, two of them were mistakes I made: one, I ...

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SNES Power

Today, after managing to get rid of our old queen size mattress, I was lost for something to do so I decided to take another peek at Sabriena's Super NES and ponder about how to get it to work in Australia when I don't have the original PSU ...

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Farewell, Barnaby

We had a bit of a shitty day today - Duncan's fish has been lethargic for a day or two and this morning was leaning over, a pretty clear indication of a dodgy swim bladder. I wasn't expecting him to last that long, and sure enough before lunch time ...

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More VM stuff

Being productive over the weekend felt great, so I decided to continue that groove and reduce the size of a Linux shell box I've been hosting as an act of charity for a few years now. It gets almost no use, and it's sitting on a 2048 Linode ...

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Productive Weekend!

Pretty proud of myself over the weekend. Thursday I managed to finish off the second assignment for my calculus class - I think a couple of my proofs are pretty weak, and it's entirely possible I got completely the wrong answer, but at the beginning of the week it was ...

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Bomb Threat

Duncan's school sent out an alert via their "Skoolbag" app - the recent bomb threats some dickhead has been making to schools across Victoria finally hit his pokey little school (along with two on the other side of the state).

They assembled under what Duncan refers to as a "blue ...

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Khan Academy: God damn it.

I'm most of the way through my semester of mathematics class for my Bachelor's degree, and I found myself "comically unprepared" for Calculus (seriously, that's my Khan Academy biography at the time of writing). I've been using Khan Academy to great effect to catch up on ...

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Rock Band!

EB Games sent me an email (but shh! Don't tell them it's effective) that Rock Band 4 bundles were 50% off, which put them into mostly-affordable range. When we last went into the music store in town, Duncan was eyeing off the electronic drums they have there, and ...

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Commodore Headliner: Is the nightmare over?

About a month ago, the headliner sagging in the Commodore started to get worse, so I come up with the genius idea of trying to fix it. My brother-in-law Luke did the headliner on his, and it stayed put for a few months until my sister was driving it and ...

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Up a mountain

Duncan at Mt Stapylton

We woke up bright and early this morning, bound and determined to do something active and outside of the house. We decided to head out to Mt Zero and go for a minor hike.

We ended up heading part way up Mt Stapylton instead, and quite enjoyed ourselves. I took ...

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BSA: Speedometer

I've been working pretty consistently at getting the BSA in roadworthy condition, but unfortunately over the last month or so I've spent probably more than I should have, so it's time to cool it and let the budget catch up.

But I'm still really manic about ...

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Pelican Success

I've been mucking around with Pelican a lot lately, and it's been working rather well. I've gotten most everything done that I wanted to, and while I still have a few things I need to fix up (mostly template issues) I managed to push the published site ...

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Parents' Rummage Sale

Out to my parents' place yesterday for a dentist appointment, and since I ended up with a double-shot of whatever they stab into the area I was feeling a bit groggy so I spent the night.

This morning was the Talbot wide rummage sale, which Mum and Dad were participating ...

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Skoolbag app updated

Sabriena updated the "Skoolbag" app the other day, and it appears to be functioning correctly now. I like to think our bug report played a small part in that.

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Trying out Pelican

I really like Jekyll, as I've mentioned before. Unfortunately it's written in Ruby, and I really just don't get on well with Ruby - and I'd like to extend the CMS so I can add features to my blog.

Hyde is a Python alternative to Jekyll, however ...

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No one can escape... the claw!

After going grocery shopping and then mowing the lawn, Duncan and I sat down to build a project we found online: an NXT robotic claw arm. This time, Duncan built almost the entire thing unsupervised. His attention to detail is improving dramatically, I'm pretty sure I can count on ...

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Duncan Robot v1

Duncan and I built his first rover-type robot today - he decided that "Alpha Rex's" time had been and gone, and it was time to build something new. So we sat at the table and mucked about for a bit, knocking out a simple twin-servo skid-steer rover in about an ...

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Robot update: I want more life, fucker!

Duncan up bright and early this morning to have breakfast and then play with the robot. I tried for a few moments to get him to understand the LabVIEW NXT programming environment, but his mind was elsewhere.

Off to play with it for an hour or so before school, but ...

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Granny's House, and Home

We're finally home!

We left Coal Creek and headed up to Bayles, to visit my Grandmother. On the way there, on the Caldermeade Road, we were turned around because of emergency vehicles blocking the intersection, which we later learned was a rather tragic multiple-fatality. It didn't take us ...

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Coal Creek

Up bright and early, then we looked online and Coal Creek doesn't open until 10. We spent the night at the showgrounds, because of the available toilet block, so we messed around at the skatepark for a while where I successfully managed to fall off because I didn't ...

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Wonthaggi, Inverloch and the Prom

Heading off the island, we headed through Wonthaggi, the place I went to school. It's blown up quite a bit, but most of it hasn't changed. The caravan park we stayed in was absolutely atrocious, and various parts of the town... while Sabriena could only see the veneer ...

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A parade of penguins...

Koala @ Phillip Island

... and a cavalcade of Koalas? I suppose that works. Anyway, after exploring Rhyll, Newhaven and Cape Woolamai, we hit the two major tourist attractions: the koala conservation centre and the penguin parade. Duncan had a really great time at both, and I've not been through the koala pictures yet ...

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One last fling in the van?

Wallaby on Phillip Island I've been trying to find another job closer to home, so that I can hopefully return to school - if that happens, we'll likely put the van up for sale, since I'm not really rich enough to keep a campervan around just for weekend trips. With that in ...

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Another go at S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

I decided to have another go at S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call of Pripyat, a game I bought ages ago under the impression it was similar in game play to Borderlands. My first disappointment came when I realized it wasn't co-op, so I couldn't play ...

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Hello Moto G

In to Ballarat today to get Sabriena another phone after something happened to hers. I originally wanted to get her a Galaxy Nexus, because I know CyanogenMod supports it and I feel like barring any crippling issues with third party firmware I can get at least another two years out ...

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Trying out CyanogenMod 11

Upon recommendation from a few people, I decided to give CyanogenMod another shot. I've been sticking to AOSP and the "Google Experience" (didn't have much luck with AOSP), because for the most part since ICS I just preferred the vanilla experience and there were always precious few bugs ...

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Duncan's new gloves

IMG_3780In to Ballarat the other day to pick up some gloves for me, because my old hands just didn't care for holding on to BMX grips all day long. Duncan saw them and immediately wanted a set just like me - this kid is one hell of an emulator.

So ...

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Sucking at something...

... is the first step to being sorta good at something.

Sabriena jogged for 20 minutes today - a huge milestone for her. I sort of tagged along behind. We then ate breakfast, then went in to the Maryborough skate park again since no one was there. I feel like I'm ...

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Kulgera, NT

As I mentioned previously, last time we were up near Australia's Northern Territory we had some troubles with the Transit and we pretty much just stopped at the border, rested a bit then bolted south.

Duncan's New Truck This time we had to meet a truck up in the sleepy pub town ...

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NT Border, Second visit

So for our second jaunt up to the NT/SA border, things went a lot more smoothly. It's still not something I particularly enjoy - going hours without phone service on a sparsely traveled highway - but at least nothing went wrong this time.

Duncan with the Opal mounds The last time we were up this ...

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Sprinter: Rear Door Lock issues

As I mentioned earlier, the Sprinter we bought is a fantastic vehicle thus far, but has some minor niggling issues that while not show-stoppers, I sure would like to fix them. One of them is the door lock system - there's a fault in one of the rear doors, which ...

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New (to me) Laptop

The eldest of my two sisters, Linda has moved back into my parent's place after Jess moved out to Wangaratta, and while unloading her stuff I noticed an old laptop in with it all. After some minor negotiations she agreed to let me use it, since she's not ...

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Technicolor TG587n Lock up

We woke up this morning to no internet access on our mobile phones - which sucks because if I'd received a ticket overnight I'd likely not have been notified. Mum and Dad's house is made of quite thick blue stone, which pretty much slaughters GSM signals and it ...

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New Vehicle: Mercedes Benz Sprinter

It's quickly become apparent that the Falcon panel van was simply not going to cut it - it's uncomfortable to sleep in with all the gear we need to carry, it's not as easy on fuel as I thought it would be, and there appears to be no ...

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Debian + Puppet == Love

If it's not immediately obvious from reading any of my websites, I'm a FreeBSD guy. It's just comfortable: I've been a FreeBSD user since the late 90s, and I just know my way around it. Despite using various Linux flavors here and there throughout my life ...

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We survived a family get together...

To my darling wife Sabriena, there are very few things more horrifying than a family reunion - her family is very tight-knight and almost don't speak to any of her extended family for one reason or another. Due to requests though, Mum organized a "little" family get-together down in the ...

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Duncan became an Aussie!

I wasn't aware it was an option when he was born, but thanks to Groogle pointing out that Duncan was a dual citizen by virtue of my citizenship, and all I had to do was some paperwork (which may or may not be a simple matter). We filed the ...

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Haha @ FreeBSD telnetd

… and here we were almost a year ago making fun of Solaris for letting silly things slip in. The good news is almost no one uses telnet anymore, and if they do they probably deserve to get owned.

Here’s a hurried patch confirmed to plug this hole, but do ...

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screen + irssi + xterm titles

Okay, so despite the fact I’m a die-hard UNIX guy, I still spend the majority of my desktop time in Windows. I’m not ashamed of that, it just seems to be the way I’m most productive. However, I can’t stand Windows based IRC clients. I used ...

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Playstation 3 + BT848 Capture

I wrote a while ago that I was disappointed with the built-in image capture from the PS3 on LittleBigPlanet, so I started digging through my box of goodies to see what I could find. I found an old PCI, Rage-based ATI All-in-wonder card that I've never been able to ...

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