More Gear!

Dad dropped by real quick on his way back to work and dropped off some more gear I'd left at his place - an old P4 box which I probably won't hook up, but which should have a compatible batch of RAM that I can put into the Windows 2008 machine …

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Pong!

The local Facebook group that lists garage sales (mostly one guy, doing the lord's work by aggregating notices posted on other sites, but on occasion people post their own for him) had a huge list of garage sales this weekend, so we decided to go out and have a look …

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Ethernet Over Power

I've recently been playing around more with infosec related stuff, after it dawned on me the other day I haven't hacked anything except webapps in years. I decided to set up a small lab, ideally out in the garage where it'd be away from anywhere we'd like to keep tidy …

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Immigration Physical - Redo

It's almost time to finalize our application for an immigrant visa to the USA. We're not even sure that's what we want any more, but we've sunk so much money into it it seems like a waste to just drop it - plus with the visa snafus from last time (I'm …

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Trigonometry for Pilot Vehicle Signs

Dad rang me up this morning with an interesting problem, and I'm ashamed to say it took me most of the day to get this straight in my head so I could solve it. I think I have the math correct. Basically, you have a sign that's about 600mm tall …

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Chromium on Debian in VirtualBox woes

A while back I discovered that at some point my Chromium inside my Debian VM has stopped working satisfactorily. It ends up drawing black elements everywhere, gets stuck on top, and just generally messes up the entire VM unless you happen to have a shell handly where you can blindly …

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Water heater

Sabriena woke me up yesterday morning because the water heater was leaking. Huh?

I go out to have a look at it, and water is positively streaming out of copper pipe connected to the pressure relief valve. I waited until after they opened and phoned the property manager (spoke to …

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Laptop GPU crashes

My laptop hasn't felt "right" on various games in about a month, and today my framerate on Counter Strike: Global Offensive was just appalling, which I had attributed to a recent patch or something like that. I then jumped on World of Warcraft to fight something with Sabriena, and noticed …

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Home ADSL connected

Finally!

Exetel were actually on-time, which is something that I wasn't convinced was going to happen. The ADSL sync light came on sometime around lunch time, and I gave them until about 4pm for the credentials to show up before I called.

I also tried using the "default credentials" scheme …

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House issues resolved

Several contractors came by today to fix various things wrong with the house, starting with the electrician to fix the light in the range hood and the fan switch in Duncan's room. Again, most of this shit I could just live with but the property manager has to protect the …

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New Router Woes

Today's the day our ADSL is supposed to be turned on (of which I'm sceptical, but regardless), so yesterday we went and picked up a modem/router so we'd be ready if it came on in the morning. We opted for a Netgear N600 (specifically DGND3700v2), based on the good …

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Sabriena Online... sort of

I've brought the 4g hotspot in from the van so we can get a little better signal, and then this morning I picked up a wireless adaptor for Sabriena's desktop. It seems they do not sell PCI/PCIE adaptors anywhere any more, so I opted for a USB one - specifically …

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House condition report

Went in to see the property manager this morning, and they gave us until Monday to finish the condition report. They were exceptionally helpful through the entire thing, spelling out basically what they wanted sent in as maintenance requests and what should just stay on the report.

Most of the …

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First night in the new house

We spent our first night in the new rental in Horsham last night, and Duncan spent his first night in his own room. It went better than we were expecting, considering he's never slept away from us due to our former circumstances - when we were at home he was in …

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Wings and Wheels

We spent the weekend in Maryborough (coming home to sleep of course), to check out the Wings and Wheels event going on this weekend. If you were looking for something free to do, the historic car show and the air museum were both free on Saturday, but regrettably we forgot …

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Three things I learned about Android today

It's a good day if you learn something.

It's not often you learn something simple that saves you a heap of time, and certainly not three such somethings in one day. But here I go:

  • Two finger swipe the notification bar to immediately access the settings. I think I may …
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Cape Nelson Lighthouse

Out to Portland for another job today, and it got delayed. It was rainy all day, meaning Duncan really didn't get to do much outside, until very late in the evening when it dried up. The playgrounds were all still wet, so we set off to look for the local …

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More Chrome gotchas

I'm having a harder and harder time liking Chrome at the moment. I dislike what Firefox has become, and the Chrome sync stuff has been sublimely useful for traveling between devices.

But god damn if it doesn't piss me off sometimes. We're blocking outbound HTTP connections that don't originate from …

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ADSL Success?

After giving Telstra ample time to figure out it wasn't entirely a problem their end, I decided I'd had enough of the terribly unreliable internet and went in to town to pick up a new modem. The tiny office supplies place in Maryborough only had three to choose from - a …

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Squid - does this do what I think it does?

We've been using Squid's delay pools feature as one of several tools to help manage the abysmal bandwidth issues with our Telstra ADSL here. One of the frequent issues has been one thing or another unfairly tying up the pool and leaving nothing for any other user of that pool …

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Duncan's soft-modded Wii

With the release of the Wii U, used game retailers like EB Games have been inundated with trade-ins (now closed, apparently) that are no longer worth all that much. A while back I saw a sign advertising $50 pre-owned Wii systems, but we didn't have any spare cash to do …

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New Laptop - Toshiba Satelite L50

As mentioned earlier, I decided to spring for a new laptop so that we could make use of the Mercedes Benz DAS system we have, without having to drive the van up to the front of the house and pass the cable through the bedroom window.

I'd been looking around …

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Finally my ringtones are back...

I neglected to grab the ringtones off my desktop the last time we were down there, and we haven't been down there for weeks now. The lack of attention-getting tones is really making using my phone a pain, so today I cracked it and went in search of the same …

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Off to the WA Border

So we have a few things to do over the long weekend before we embark on our journey to Border Village. I've been there before, but Sabriena never has (not to mention Duncan) and my last trip over there was in a crappy station wagon with barely any gear,  so …

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'Give it heaps!'

Duncan is a bit of a petrol head, there's no denying it. Ever since being really small and going for rides on his uncle's ATV, he's loved things that go zoom.

When we first got to Australia, he picked up the nasty habit of yelling "Give it shit" whenever someone …

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Duncan's immunization record

Got a call today from "Leanne" at Duncan's Australian doctor's office, that they've received notice he's overdue on some vaccines scheduled at 18 months.

Huh? He only needed one when he got here, and then he was up-to-date until 4 years when the first round of school ones start. I …

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Mackay - Shoplifting like a Boss

So we saw the most hilarious thing in Big W today: someone obviously high on something (or extremely mentally deficient, though that's probably insulting to the handicapped) attempting to shop lift with a swagger, only to completely ruin the thing.

We're checking out at the self-checkout, and we see a …

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The DSL nightmare is over...

... hopefully anyway.

It all started about three months ago when we got official notice from AT&T about the new data caps they were instituting, and how they really weren't bluffing and we'd get three months of reprieves before they start charging us. I spaced on the date, and we …

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I love the start of Fall

Trevor fired up his ATV, to stock it in the trailer and go ride somewhere in Wells county, and as soon as he heard that thing start up Duncan wanted outside.

After a few laps around the house, Duncan spied Colton and Nick playing soccer on the lawn and decided …

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Using an Android phone that won't activate in your house

Since in the near future we might be spending a little while outside of Verizon's service area and we can't really afford to pay for a phone that won't work, and our phones are still under contract, Sabriena's giving her phone to her sister (who's taking over the contract). This …

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Eleven Long Years

My wife and I have been married eleven years today.

Well, technically yesterday - but we got married on her brother's birthday, so we tend to celebrate our anniversary on the 9th instead. I feel like at this point that we're over the hump - if we've made it through the things …

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Presenting: Mutter for Mumble!

It's been ages since I've maintained anything this ambitious, and it's not even a huge project... but I'd like to formally announce mutter - a command-line interface to Murmur. I've had this project a while now, and it was in it's own tree up until today, when I decided to rewrite …

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I may have created a very expensive monster...

Just ask my wife - it's absolutely no secret that I would love for Duncan to be into dirt bikes or something similar when he's a bit older. I've always loved tinkering with small engines, and I've loved dirt bikes ever since my cousin and I used to tootle around on …

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Our first ever Karate demonstration

Our little karate school had it's first ever demonstration today, and I think it went really well. In fact despite that I can't seem to get rid of this beer gut, this karate thing has helped me out a lot, really. I've always been less than comfortable in new social …

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Old Posts Resurrected

Because I've moved my primary journaling over here, I decided to go back through my old blog's history and take some of the posts that I liked and bring them here.

I didn't bring all of them by any stretch - most entries were the "random thought" affairs, which I'm going …

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Sit up straight, boy!

So Duncan is getting really good at sitting up now, so much so that for the most part he’ll keep himself articulated and vertically oriented for quite some time – he spent about 45 minutes yesterday playing, and even managed to keep his balance through a sneeze:

I think that …

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