Duncan's GPU is dying.

I got woken up this morning by Duncan's desktop not coming out of sleep. He power cycled it, and it still "didn't work", so I got up and had him do so again. Windows loaded up, started a bit, then the monitor went to sleep. Checking things out, the PC …

more ...

Duncan's seven!

Duncan is seven years old today (ish, modulo timezones).

My sisters came by last weekend and bought him a giant-ass Lego set, which he was pretty stoked about and him and his cousin spent most of the day building it. Then today after school he got the Lego Dimensions pack …

more ...

Data loss!

Well, for the second time in my life I managed to blow away a partition by accident. In the process of trying to convert my two 1TB internal drives into a RAID0 volume, I accidentally destroyed the partition table on our 2TB external disk, our "backup drive". It turns out …

more ...

Blog Bootstrapping

Part of the process of having a new desktop is moving my Debian VM over, and by virtue of getting off the Windows Insider programme, being able to use VirtualBox again (for desktop purposes, Hyper-V is really substandard, it has a bunch of features that seem pretty great for enterprise …

more ...

New Desktop!

Okay, so the new-to-me case I picked up last week has sat empty long enough, and I didn't like the teething problems I'd heard about with Ryzen (which I was super pumped for, until I found out how unavailable they were) so I decided to go with the "safe" option …

more ...

Duncan Birthday: Bowling

Duncan's birthday fell during the school week this year, so we didn't get to do anything super-fun on the day... he got to choose what he wanted for dinner (Subway, for some reason, instead of fast food or pizza) but we decided this weekend to take him bowling at Horsham …

more ...


Portland!

Out to Portland, VIC for my first job in a long time - luckily this one was pretty profitable, as there wasn't much driving at all apart from actually getting there and back. Super long day though - start at 6am, work until 2am, few hours nap, then work again until midnight …

more ...


curl: *tableflip*

I spent way too long working this out. I'm almost ashamed it took so long.

I've been hacking on a project called murmur-rest, as it's basically a head start on what I was going to do when I rebuilt the old MumbleDog stack to open source it: abstract away the …

more ...

Laptop Wifi Troubles

Lately I've been having a bit of trouble with the Atheros AR956x Wifi NIC in my laptop - it drops packets occasionally, usually only for around 10~50ms at a time, but enough to cause real grief with gaming. I confirmed the other day while playing Team Fortress 2 with Duncan …

more ...

Signing my Git commits

Github now natively supports verifying signed commits, so uhh... why not?

After some experimenting, I signed a commit for a blog entry pretty easy because I've already used Keybase to put my GPG key on the machine I do my authoring on - unfortunately it didn't like my email address (which …

more ...

A new lounge room

Can you help me for a moment?

That's how it started: Sabriena wanted to vacuum the dust off the ceiling fan and lacked the uhh... "vertical attribute" to do it by herself. Three hours later, we're both exhausted having moved the furniture in the lounge room around.

The new layout …

more ...

Microsoft licensing still sucks

Okay, I get a fair amount of free shit from Microsoft via Dreamspark, but I've also paid the Microsoft tax and even bought several products in my life time so I feel I've a right to complain.

A while back I downloaded the ISO from "Project 2016", and today I …

more ...


Debian Update

After playing around with Laravel, it became pretty obvious my Debian Wheezy VM is grossly outdated, so I needed an update. I had originally planned on trying Ubuntu, so I span up a VM and installed it. For some reason, I found it slow as shit compared to Debian - maybe …

more ...





Updating WoW plugin for Mumble

I stayed up until 1:30am last night (this morning?), something I haven't done in quite a while. I was trying to update the Mumble positional audio plugin for World of Warcraft, and it wasn't going so well. The problem is that we typically get all our offsets and addresses …

more ...

Made it home safe

Against all odds (in my unprofessional opinion), Dad's van made it back home safe and sound sans idler pulley. The remains of the plastic around the bearing was mostly smooth, and the tensioner obviously held it out far enough to keep just enough tension on the belt to keep the …

more ...

Easter Bunny and Echuca

On board the Paddlesteamer Woke up this morning at Mathoura, NSW and decided to head into Echuca and do the tourist thing rather than just bolting straight for home. The last time we were in Echuca we really wanted to go on one of the paddle steamers, but we didn't have the money.

Today …

more ...

Broken down in Bourke

Dad's van is broke this time, not mine. It's not really broken - we'd decided to stop for the night in Bourke, and when we were checking into the caravan park I noticed that Dad's van was making quite the racket under the hood. We checked it out, and there's a …

more ...

Boxing Kangaroos

Boxing KangaroosAfter finishing up, we came back to Emerald, QLD to sleep. Couldn't get a shower at the Caltex roadhouse, because of a problem with their brand new plumbing, so we went around to the local caravan park and paid five bucks for the privilege. It was worth it though, we …

more ...

Bustling Barringun

We made it to the NSW/QLD border early, and have to wait for a second truck and different police to convoy through Queensland, so we spent the afternoon and night at Barringun, NSW. There isn't a whole lot here, but at least there's a shower (for a $2 fee …

more ...

Up north into the cyclone

Tropical cyclone Ita made landfall last night, and we're headed up there this afternoon. It shouldn't cause us too many issues, but there is the real chance that a flooded river somewhere will leave us stuck. That's what we get paid the big bucks for, I suppose.

We should be …

more ...


WebSpyder

Playing around with Jekyll for a new website idea last night (and I mean late into the early hours of this morning), it struck me that I had a fair few 404s that kept taking time to stomp out. I went to install MOMSpider, and found that even when installing …

more ...

Jekyll, where has it been all my life

Ages ago for my Hungry Hacker website I was messing around with various content management systems of my own authoring. The later incarnation essentially revolved around some hideous server-side includes hackery, some scripts to generate things, and some revision control (foolishly choosing SVN for the task). It worked well, but …

more ...

HDD mount for the PS3

Sony PS3 Stats Right after Christmas I upgraded my laptop hard disk to an SSD, so I figured I would put the old hard disk into the PS3 as it's only got a measly 8GB (CECH-400X).

We ended up buying GTA5, because I couldn't resist, and it needed more than the 8GB storage …

more ...

Air cleaner won't stay on the XF

My XF Panel Van has been retired from work, and basically exists now as a hay wagon for my parents' place, however my sister's been borrowing it for a bit periodically.

She ran it out of petrol yesterday, and I noticed that the air cleaner won't stay on. The bolt …

more ...

Almost trust-less Ripple for Bitcoiners

A lot of people involved in Bitcoin don't really get Ripple - many see it as a competitor, which must therefore be immediately attacked because there can be only one, and we've chosen Bitcoin. Others, in particular the loony paranoid types, think the idea of decentralized debt and trusting random people …

more ...

Happy Birthday Duncan

At Maryborough Train Station  Today is Duncan's birthday in the AEST time zone, so after giving him his presents before breakfast (which turned out to be a "hungry" idea, in retrospect) it was off to Maryborough to spoil him.

At Domain ParkHe's been wanting to play at the park outside of the train station ever since …

more ...


New Toy: Ripple payments

I don't think I've made it any secret on the web that I'm interested in cryptocurrencies - Paypal eats a substantial amount of our profit every month, and anything that has even a remote chance in the distant future to alleviate some of that is certainly interesting to me.

My problems …

more ...


Hanging Mum's TV on the wall

I'm such a noob, I bought the wrong LCD mount, twice. Back to Bunnings for the third time to switch them again - I thought these things were supposed to be standardized?

more ...

Toolondo, Vic

Off to Horsham for a local job, where we slept by the Information Centre the night before. After two trips back into Horsham, we learned we were needed for two more the next day, so we decided to look for a caravan park to sleep in.

Since Toolondo was closer …

more ...

Arigeitsu -> Arbok

A couple weeks ago something really weird happened on our primary California server, Arigeitsu. Ice started acting really weird, and despite the fact smartmontools doesn't show any anomalies, my gut feeling is that one of the disks in the RAID-1 mirror is going.

Since the box is still running FreeBSD …

more ...

Duncan's 2nd Birthday

Duncan's second birthday has come and gone, and a spectacular time was had by all. Sabriena finally got around to doing some baking here, which was actually quite the traumatic event - as I'm led to believe any American forced to use the metric system for the first time in a …

more ...

Finally back in Port Augusta

After a nail-biting trek back along the Stuart Highway, we finally made it back to reliable mobile service... where at least if the van died we could call someone. Thankfully it made it all the way down into Port Augusta, and in time before the Ford dealer closed as well …

more ...

Glendambo, SA

Outside either end of the tiny town of Glendambo, South Australia, is a sign that includes population figures for people, animals, and then some millions of flies. I'm ashamed to say that we've been through this town twice now, spending the night the first, and we didn't manage to get …

more ...

Coober Pedy, SA

Coober Pedy is a place that's always intrigued me, but until recently I'd never actually set foot in the entire state of South Australia. Pretty pathetic considering I grew up the son of a Truck driver, when you think about it.

Primarily known for being the source of much of …

more ...

Off to the NT border and back...

We've now officially set foot in Australia's Northern Territory, albeit only a few kilometres over the border. Duncan probably won't remember this:

Northern Territory Rest
Area

The night before we left we were up until 2am getting Dad's ute ready for it's maiden voyage: we were to be the rear pilot and Dad the …

more ...

Sabriena wants a Kindle

It's not like I have to think very hard for gifts for Mother's Day, 2012. Sabriena has made it abundantly clear that she would very much like a Kindle. She originally wanted the Kindle Fire - good luck. We're starting to do a lot better financially, but that's still a ton …

more ...

CSIRO Parkes - "The Big Dish"

CSIRO Parkes is a not-insignificant part of the Australia's contribution to the astronomical sciences, and while I'm not near as well-versed on space-related stuff as I'd like to be, the geek in me still digs things like this. Plus, it's a friggin' big dish.

When you drive past it on …

more ...

Muswellbrook, NSW

On our way back from dropping off a load in northern NSW, we ended up spending the night in a town called Muswellbrook. I looked around for a more secluded spot than the initial rest area on the northern side of the town, right next to the highway. A friend …

more ...

Duncan’s Birthday is coming up!

It’s almost here – the anniversary of Duncan’s arrival into the world. We’ve already got his present, and honestly it’s been murder avoiding the temptation to open it and let him play with it.

We’ve also bought some different things, like the start to his easter …

more ...

Trevor's Bumps... Mark II

We spent the better part of yesterday putting Trevor's bumps back in his vehicle. His first vehicle was a 1985 Ford F-150, which was severely lacking in the "tunes" department, so he put in some cheap Xplod head unit, and then later a 12" sub in some tiny choked out …

more ...


Fun things to do with Electricity

When I was growing up, I walked a fine line between above-average intelligence and absolutely zero common sense. On one fateful night, we happened to be out wondering around just after dark, me and a few friends, with nothing but a clothes hanger to entertain ourselves with.

It was around …

more ...

The “Kofta” Incident

In the tradition of great internet poo stories, I’m going to share mine. In case it’s not already apparent – this is a poo story, if you’re easily offended, stop reading.

In Victorian schools, sexism in education isn’t tolerated – for this reason, boys studying home economics and …

more ...

Schrodinger’s Baby

Well, it’s possible my wife might be pregnant – so naturally I must find a geekish way to reflect upon this.

My wife takes the “sensible” yet somewhat boring stance: “I’m not pregnant until the test says I am.”

I was explaining to my wife Schrödinger’s cat is …

more ...