Steam Link

Out to do our usual garage sale trawl this morning, but found precious little to actually spend money on. There was a sale that advertised video game stuff, but the lady wanted absolutely insane prices for everything (a PSOne for $125!) - she did have a PS2 fat, and I went …

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Bootleg SNES Games

I've been dying to play Chrono Trigger for quite some time now, and Sabriena had mentioned that Neil had suggested she play it on an emulator, as it's basically his favourite game of all time. I'll probably never find a legitimate copy for a price I'm willing to pay, but …

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House complaints

In to sook at the property manager again this afternoon.

We complained before we left to the USA about the broken window (it looks like the foundation has shifted and caused the window frame to not be a rectangle anymore) and the security door on the kitchen falling off the …

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Playstation!

We've been heading out to yard sales for quite some time now, mainly because ever since I got bitten by the retro gaming bug, I've been hoping to score something amazing. I've found very little so far, but that makes it a rather cheap hobby. I like to tell folks …

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Asus ROG Giveaway

One of the benefits to the Nvidia card I bought (considering that in retrospect, I probably should have bought an RX480 instead if they were more available) was that it came with a free game. Neither of the games were something I was super interested in, so I didn't put …

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Duncan's Limited Steam Account

Duncan's friend Lincoln was over to visit today, and the two of them wanted to play Team Fortress 2. That's fine, Lincoln's parents gave us their old laptop that runs TF2 acceptably so that's fine. The problem, though, is that Duncan only has one Steam account - easy enough to fix …

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Wired Ethernet to the desktop

I finally got sick of the Netgear USB Wifi adaptor we bought a couple of years back. It worked okay for a while, then we moved the desktop up front and it would repeatedly fall off the network under high-PPS or high-throughput situations, and the only way to get it …

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House Inspection

Our property manager came along today, perfectly prompt, to check the house out on behalf of our landlord. She had some minor gripes, for example the lawn on the nature strip was long in places and I hadn't edged along by the back fence - but in my defense (and which …

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House clean up

We have a house inspection scheduled for the end of the month again, so naturally it's my time to freak out about all the things that are untidy around the place. The shed in particular looks like a bomb went off, so Friday afternoon and this morning I resolved to …

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Back to Portland, again!

I had an interesting experience with Maritime Security, Biosecurity Australia, or someone while on the docks at Portland this week. We were taking wind tower blades off a ship, with apparently some confusion with Biosec about checking the blades (as it was possible the frames they're stacked into was contaminated …

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Exetel: Bummer

Recently received correspondence from Exetel, that they now service our exchange... Awesome news, as they were about the only company with a genuinely interesting plan to warrant the pain of switching from Telstra. Checked out their website and then later called, it turns out that they only support it for …

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Grandma's 85th

Down to Grandma's local pub today for a birthday lunch - the results were rather disappointing. The meals weren't up to their usual standard and took forever to come out of the kitchen.

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Finally fixed the Sprinter's indicators

It's been quite some time now since I bought another indicator stalk cluster from a wreckers to replace the one that I've been limping along with, but I finally got it installed today. It's quite a lengthy job, involving removal of the driver's airbag, the steering wheel and several other …

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Trying to sort out Telstra

On the phone again to Telstra this morning, and I had some moderate successes but overall what I was trying to do was a dismal failure. I think the people at the Telstra shop see my parents coming!

It turns out Mum's mobile is still under contract, but I expected …

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Enabling GPS on Sierra Wireless AC760S

I found a pretty neat post (which I neglected to save, apparently), which talks about enabling the GPS functionality (that I didn't even know it had) on my "Telstra 4G Mifi" which is a Telstra-branded Sierra Wireless AC760S. It looks pretty easy - connect the thing via USB, install the USB …

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This is what several hundred bucks worth of copper looks like

After much thinking, I decided to trust my diagnosis (I'm not a mechanic, I just play one on the internet) and decided that the fault was most likely in the turbo boost solenoid (which Mercedes Benz has several names for), and I decided since we were in Adelaide to stop …

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No turbo again on the Sprinter

The turbo on our Sprinter has been an on-again-off-again thing for quite some time, and I've been struggling to diagnose the problem. We have access to a DAS computer, and I decided to crack the shits and buy a vacuum gauge because I didn't know anyone close by who had …

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I got my phone back from Samsung

I finally got my phone back from Telstra for a warranty claim. For those who don't pay attention to obscure threads on developer forums, don't plug an external antenna into a GSM Galaxy Nexus. Apparently it's a not-uncommon (but not 100%) problem where you plug an external antenna in (I …

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I'm not a criminal!

Huzzah!

Of course I already knew that, but we just got back the background check for me from the AFP, which I now need to forward to the immigration department for Sabriena's paperwork. I'm still waiting on the reports to come back from the FBI in the USA, since we …

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Fixing the TV at Mum's

I spent a while on the roof over the last day or so getting the TV antenna right again. For some reason, the guy who installed the brand new one Mum had put on last winter stuck it on the top of the main chimney, and the heat from the …

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Encryption is like a big, impenetrable pipe…

… at least, that’s what I have to keep telling people who just don’t grok encryption, and think it’s some magic pixie-dust that you just sprinkle on anything and it’s imbued with magical protection.

I was trying to explain this to some MMORPG folks, who think that …

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Hey Oldsmobile... shh!

On friday my brother in law and I set off out to the wrecking yard to try find an exhaust for the Olds, because it basically didn't have one from the catalytic converter back. After peeking under what seemed like a hundred cars, none of which had wheels under them …

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Trevor's Subwoofer

My brother in law Trevor recently bought his first vehicle. It's an old beater Ford pickup, but he's pretty stoked with it. Arguably he could have bought more important things, but one of the first things he decided to get for it was a stereo system. He picked up a …

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