Contaminated Sausages!

Tuesday's dinner was effectively ruined, the meat for the dinner proved to be contaminated with some sort of plastic! It reminded me of the sort of plastic you find under the glass lids of higher-end brands of instant coffee, or perhaps the seals used in food producing machinery (it didn't …

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Dental Hospital

Off to work earlier this week, then home for a single night before heading out to my parents place. I ditched the van there, and Dad took me in to Carlton in his ute, to facilitate easier parking (parking a van that's about three meters tall isn't easy in the …

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I hate working on SSL stuff

I spent a bit of time over the last two weeks working on the SSL stuff for Mumble - I very much would like to be able to use Let's Encrypt for Mumble servers (I suppose the plural isn't really necessary, as I only have one left) and currently it involves …

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SteelSeries Rival: Great mouse, terrible software

The mouse wheel on my Microsoft "Comfort Optical Mouse 3000" is giving up and irritating the piss out of me, so while we were in Ballarat today waiting for the van to get it's windscreen replaced, I picked up a new mouse. My friend Neil is batshit about SteelSeries stuff …

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New Toy: Linksys SPA-3012

Today while browsing through the local thrift shop, I found a Linksys SPA-3012 for five bucks. I've wanted to experiment with VOIP telephony for a while now, and I figured five bucks was a small price to pay - unfortunately I don't know when I'll find time to play with it …

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Fuck yeah, Childhood!

Duncan and Lego We took Duncan to see the Lego Movie recently, and I have to say... I thought, when seeing the previews for it prior to seeing Frozen, that it'd be one of those movies where the previews show all the good parts and the rest of the movie is just filler …

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More Sprinter Fixes

Stopped in Adelaide on my way home to pick up some parts for the van - I needed to stop being cheap and just get another indicator stalk, and I decided to grab the headlight and grille finally as well. It didn't take too long to get all the parts together …

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Run to the Border

I'm sitting at Border Village, after doing an emergency run from Melbourne. I'm all done, and about to head home but I wouldn't actually get very far so I'll leave tomorrow. Because this run was emergency, and Sabriena had no clean clothes, she stayed at home with Duncan and I …

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ADSL Modem Issues

After a lengthy session with tcpdump, Wireshark, and World of Warcraft (a story for another day) I finally figured out one of the major causes of our bandwidth management ailments - the old Netcomm NB7 ADSL modem I'm using since we switched to a FreeBSD powered router appears to be royally …

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Debugging Squid PAC on Chrome

I'm tearing my hair out trying to get our Squid proxy to play nice with WebSockets, so one of the things I decided to try was to use a PAC file to get browsers to skip the proxy for websocket URLs. Should be easy right? The URL for Ripple's websocket …

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Blogger template grumblings

There are some times when I really miss running my own Wordpress installation, and one of those was today when I was hoping to get rid of the "date line" above groups of posts on this very website. Blogger's template language is quite powerful, providing the data is in the …

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NTFS Failure under FreeBSD

In the past I've had absolutely zero problems getting FreeBSD to write to FAT filesystems - I'm under the impression that even FAT32 is a relatively "simple" filesystem and it seems like the code to read and write FAT is well tested.

We do a fair amount of torrenting here - not …

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Ballarat Computer Market - Really going downhill

Into the Ballarat computer market this morning to see if I could find a reasonably priced motherboard for the router, that would use less power than the Pentium 4 it's currently rocking. Dad went too, in search of a decent XP laptop to run the Mercedes Benz diagnosis software he's …

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Diablo 3 Downloader issues

I've had some free time lately and I thought I'd install Diablo 3 and check out what's new in the latest patch. I have an old version of Diablo 3 on our old hard disk, so I thought I'd copy the files over. The installer then failed to update it …

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Github's Octicons

I don't know if this is the post that people are talking about some apparent "negative comments" on, but I think this is fantastic. I've toyed with the idea of adding SVG images to some of my websites before to improve how they look on really small or really big …

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Bonfire

Voomf! When the cat's away, the mice will play!

There's been a couple of piles of garbage wood sitting on my parent's place for ages, and now that we're into Autumn/Winter, it's safe to set them ablaze.

Watching the fireThe transit's out of commission for the time being, but Dad's picked up …

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Still waiting on the Transit...

Unfortunately, we're still mostly grounded. We snuck the van off for a "short" jaunt - a 720KM round-trip to do both parts of the course for my accreditation over the course of two days. The van actually ran moderately well for those trips, but it was still pretty stressful.

The local …

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Gmail time saver - Preview pane (now with 20% less ads)

I actually stumbled upon this when trying to find out what exactly got updated in the Google Sitemaps Plugin for Wordpress, but it's kinda neat. I'm not sure if I'll keep it, since I had a horrible experience with Outlook Express's preview pane back in the day, but here goes …

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Long night

Man last night seemed like it went on forever. In the grand scheme of things, this kid of our’s is pretty awesome – he doesn’t fuss too much and he did give us a chance to get some rest the first day, but we were too worried about getting …

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So… I’m a Dad now…

… and it actually feels great. People aren’t kidding when they say it’s a life-changing event, and in more than the obvious ways.

The labor went really quick, but the first few parts didn’t seem like it. Sabriena has had back problems since forever, so we were hoping …

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The New G-Ride

So we got a pretty good deal on a "new to us" car - it's a 1993 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera and we've got just over $300 in it so far. The downsides: it needed a harmonic balancer, the rear half of the exhaust (cat-back), and a tune up.

Harmonic BalancerToday I finally …

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My time at the Shelter

Sabriena and I are basically huge animal lovers. I like to think we’re not misguided, I (and my wife, for the most part) understand there’s a circle of life and try not to interfere. I’m an animal welfarist, I think we’ve got an obligation to ensure …

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banner exchange up!

YAY!

i finally got around to doing my banner exchange site, which just needs a domain and then some cleaning up to make it look more presentable (oh and the sometime soon i have to figure out a way to automate the banner upload part a little). but if you …

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magazine madness

well, after being bugged by kleptic i decided to mirror outbreak magazine on my site. this didn't really seem too fair to me considering i also used to mirror the discordant opposition journal too, so tonight i mirrored the doj, as well as possibly i'm going to mirror SoLJo too …

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boredom reigns supreme!

well, i sat on the bus with my laptop, "nomad", and i wrote up some content for fwaggle.net today. i came home and uploaded it, as well as making a few minor changes to the php code to enable me to make a links page work right. i added …

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brand new design!

well.. i got sick and tired of my old design before i even really got it completed, so i elected to create a brand new design. i've also elected to code this version in php, because it's just so damned easy ;) i'm not sure whether or not it's going to …

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