Fixing Dad's PC

When my sisters came out to visit yesterday, they brought what's left of Dad's PC (an old Q6600 that was a very nice machine in it's heyday) with them so that I can try and put it back together. His PSU blew out a while back, and conveniently didn't take …

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Crash in atheme-services!

While stuffing about trying to upgrade this ancient infrastructure, Atheme promptly exploded in a core-dump. I guessed (correctly) that it was related to the old configuration file being used on a newer version, rewrote the configuration file, and off we went. After I got everything mostly squared away, I decided …

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Linode: IPv6 Pools on FreeBSD

Well, we abandoned the Slackware experiment, and I started configuring a de-systemd'd Debian installation, when my co-admin Avi admitted defeat: "I'd rather you used FreeBSD than Debian if you can't run Slackware". We went back and forth about how Slackware was a "man's distro", and how "real men" don't need …

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Slackware: Linux, the hard way

I run a small community shell server for a group that's going on about 20 years old, I'm sure I've mentioned it here before. We're running Debian Wheezy LTS, which is coming up on it's EOL this year, but the registrant of the domain has gone AWOL and it was …

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No Wipers on the Commodore?

Wiper Motor Short

It's grocery shopping today, so out and about. On Saturday when defrosting the windscreen, Sabriena noted that we had no windscreen wipers, so after a bit I diagnosed that the fuse had blown. I suspected that it blew because the wipers were frozen to the screen and had caused too …

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AV Cables

SNES with AV cable

Yet more eBay stuff today... I could get used to this.

Today it was the AV cables I bought for a couple of our video game systems. I bought a component cable for the Wii, which is supposed to help the interlace tearing in some games such as Skyward Sword …

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New screen for Duncan's tablet

Tablet Screen Broken

More eBay stuff today, this time an unexpected delivery knock at the door in the morning. It's the digitizer to Duncan's tablet! He broke it a few weeks back playing Pokemon Go, when he managed to drop it in the main street. He was utterly devastated, and I gotta admit …

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eBay Goods! New NIC for the TV machine!

The first of the fistfull of things I bought on eBay last month has started arriving - I'm addicted to buying $5 shit from Hong Kong, but not addicted to waiting the time it takes for surface mail shit to arrive.

One of the first things I bought was a Realtek …

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Speeding?

I got pulled over this morning after dropping off Duncan at school, and I just thought it was the usual random breath test thing. Nope, apparently I was speeding.

I was incredulous.

After dropping Duncan off at school, we left the parking space on Bleakley St (at 8:59am per …

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Back to the Wii, again

On a whim, I picked up Skyward Sword for Duncan's Wii, not realizing that we lack the requisite WiiMotion Plus controller for it. :(

I had a quick look on EB Games' website, and they wanted $60AUD for the Nintendo branded one, so I thought maybe they'll have a used one …

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Toothless Kid!

Toothless!

Duncan managed to lose his second front tooth this morning, so all he wants for Christmas is his two front teeth!

It's been wiggling for a few days now, but unlike the other one which came out very easy this one saw fit to stay put. This morning after biting …

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Xbox 360 Controller woes

I woke up this morning to Duncan and Sabriena discussing the Xbox 360 wireless controller attached to his PC (our old desktop) - she ended up abandoning it and plugging in the wired one instead.

She replaced the batteries in it and it still wouldn't turn on - but what the fuck …

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PS4 Cleaning

PS4 Dust

I've noticed some frame drops while playing GTAV and the characteristic roaring of a device that's working too hard to keep itself cool and came to the conclusion that it was time to clean the dust out of the PS4.

I took a look for a guide online, and found …

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Damn Heisenbugs!

Last night someone came into the Mumble IRC channel with a complaint about our permissions system not working correctly. Initially, I responded with some skepticism - our permissions system looks pretty complicated to an end user, but the code to actually implement it is merely a pair of for loops toggling …

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Super Nintendo!

Super NES!

I arranged to take Duncan out to Mum and Dad's today so he could hang out with his cousins for a while - the entire way there he wouldn't shut the fuck up about playing Terraria on his tablet with Cody.

We got through to Avoca, where he revealed he had …

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Taxes: Done already

The end of the financial year is upon us, and rather than leaving it until the last minute, I decided to get in early and thus spent the morning doing taxes. I'm not due a refund or anything (in fact, I had to pay a small portion), but I've gotten …

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The drowned pump

We had a minor flood at Mum and Dad's place recently, and unfortunately no one had retrieved the pump for the horse water prior. I guess it just slipped everyone's mind as we've not had to use it in quite a while, but either way Dad pulled it out of …

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You can never find a Koala when you need one... :(

We were delayed a day up here in Gunnedah, NSW (the "Koala Capital of the World") so we decided to go see some stuff. My wife's been in Australia for almost seven months now, and has never seen a wild (and live) koala, so I figured now might be a …

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Google Authenticator on multiple phones

This might be obvious to others, but I'm posting it here because it took me a while to realise I could do it. Basically, I have two phones here in Australia: a Motorola Defy I use for work-related stuff, and my personal Galaxy Nexus which I'm addicted to flashing new …

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Doing pushups means no sleep?

Duncan Tummy
TimeAs you can see in the image to the left, Duncan can do pushups now. This is a monumentous achievement, and I have no idea whether he’s early, late, or on schedule with it, but it’s awesome that he’s doing it.

Problem is, it apparently messed with …

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Duncan’s growin’ up!

Our kid is growing up so fast. It seems like only yesterday we were passing out cigars and celebrating in shock the new life we’d brought into the world, and now he’s discovered kicking legs, that one hand can grab the other, and he’s almost figured out …

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Duncan got his shots :(

Last Tuesday, Duncan had his two-month well-baby checkup, which involved a battery of inoculations. This time we knew exactly where his new doctor is (though it wasn’t particularly difficult to find last time, Google Maps’ directions were spot-on) so we made it there perfectly on schedule.

We went inside …

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It's alive! It's also alive!

Note: This is an historic article originally published on Hungry Hacker, which I moved here instead.

Yesterday, after floating around several projects, I opened up the package to my MSP430 evaluation set and made a decision. I was either going to make a working B-trigger prototype, or kill my paintgun …

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got f1sh?

Note: This is an historic entry originally published on Hungry Hacker, which I moved here instead.

On my birthday (the 15th) my wonderful wife got me a powertool - a cordless drill to be exact. I was going to link to the exact one she got me, but Home Depot's website …

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Wiki-mania!

Note: This is an historic entry originally published on Hungry Hacker, which I moved here instead.

I really need to find a way to manage my time better.

It seems like for the last two weeks (maybe even three), I've run around like something that runs around a lot and …

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sugarbaby go bye bye

my mainboard for sugarbaby blew up, so i was forced to use another board which i was only testing and planned on selling.. to make matters worse, it's video card sucked and wouldn't support x windows, and it only lets me use 32mb ram... i've remedied the video card problem …

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