More NBN woes

Our initial impression of our "Fibre to the Node" (aka VDSL, but selling it hard) was underwhelming, but that's later turned to complete shite. Our ISP, Aussie Broadband, have been utterly fantastic - this steaming turd lies right at the feet of Malcolm Turnbull.

As stated prior, we're literally next door …

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Duncan's Desktop: Ordered

Today, I'd successfully smashed our credit card back below the level of debt I was comfortable carrying at this point in my life. I'd like it to be zeroed again, but that's just not going to happen quite yet. Duncan's desktop has died, and the rate it's going, my old …

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Ethernet cabling done

"Baz" the electrician came by this morning to finally do the ethernet cable run I looked into months ago. I wanted off the WDS bridge (it sucks for gaming, and I thought it was a problem with my disconnects but that turned out to be unrelated), but we couldn't really …

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Skate 3

Skate 3!

Duncan has been watching a Youtuber play Skate 3 off and on for several months now, and mentions wanting it every so often. That's not a problem, I thoroughly enjoyed the first one and I'd totally play it too... only issue is, it's horrifically expensive for such an old game …

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The Great CloudFlare Experiment

A while back, I was toying with the idea of switching my site from AWS' Cloudfront to CloudFlare. Cloudfront itself is pretty great, but it requires (for my usage, and at the time I set it up, anyway) my domain to be hosted on AWS' Route53, which basically quadruples the …

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Monitoring a Netgear DM200

After a bit of stuffing about, I got our connection mostly set up how I want it: the modem (a DM200) is setup in a dumb-modem configuration. The pfSense box (A PC Engines APU) picks up the WAN IP via DHCP (so no more double-NAT), but our DHCP client is …

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NBN, finally

Another NBNco appointment (this time, where our attendance was required) came and went with no word from them. At about 12pm I as starting to consider the angry email I'd write them (just as well I work from a home office and didn't take time off awaiting their tech's home …

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Leaky roof!

Last night we had quite the torrential downpour during dinner, noting that it was about the heaviest rain we could remember seeing since we moved here. Sabriena paused the TV shortly thereafter, saying she heard a leak - and sure enough the arch between the dining and living rooms was dripping …

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SNES Mini

SNES Mini!

My wife decided to splurge and buy dinner, and while we were out I thought I'd just check and see if EB Games happened to have any of the SNES Classic Mini left over. The NES ones were hard to find, so I didn't like my chances, but as it …

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Telstra plus-packs - What's the point?

On my way back to Melbourne, I had a four hour layover in Qatar, so as soon as the GSM signal came back I sent Sabriena a message on Telegram (I know it's shit security, but her and her sisters like the stickers) to let her know we'd landed safely …

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Walking around Budapest

Budapest, HungaryHaving regretfully missed the escape room, but feeling much better having slept a bit, I decided to throw myself into the experience and take every opportunity presented to me. That consisted of two night-time walking tours of the city, led by two different folks from our office.

The first night …

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Laser Tag!

Another company-sponsored event - this time I wasn't on duty, so no laptop. Laser tag!

Another shopping mall, this time we took the metro underground and then approximately six escalators. I did substantially better at lasertag than I did in go-karting - coming in second over all, second only to Tom, our …

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Go-karts!

Today, during my shift, my employer paid for everyone to go Go-karting. How's that going to work when I'm supposed to be working? Simple, those of us with active shifts brought our laptops and setup a makeshift office in the cafe area of the karting arena. We travelled to the …

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Budapest!

My new employer is paying for a week for quite a few of us in Hungary, and I was pleasantly surprised to learn that despite the fact I was only hired a few weeks prior, I'd be included in that group too.

I met my coworker Raam (who I'm still …

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Internet Outage

Had our first negative interaction with Exetel's support today. :(

Shortly after about 3pm our connection dropped entirely, and when I checked things out the PPPoA was failing. I rang their support line, and got told that our modem had apparently reset to it's factory settings and they'd email me the …

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Talbot Swap Meet

It's a long weekend (4 days, for Duncan!) this weekend so I decided on Saturday to take Duncan out to my parents' place so he could hang out with his cousins for a while. We went yard saling and then had his appointment to apply for his Australian passport (a …

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Duncan's School: Parents forum

This morning we were invited to a "Parents' Forum" at Duncan's school. Apparently every few months they invite a small group of random parents and ask them different questions and discuss what the school can do better, and we were one lucky group of parents.

There wasn't much there that …

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X Boxes

Out and about this morning doing my usual crawl of garage sales - there's a guy who runs a Facebook group who compiles a list of them based off several sources, and other people can post theirs as well, for the entire Horsham area, which is super handy - then to the …

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Hello, Hyper-V

A few days ago I noticed that, once again, a Windows 10 update has killed VirtualBox. What a fucking joke this is. I get that I'm on the insider track (I wish I wasn't, as I've not had any time to work on Mumble at all, but unfortunately there's no …

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Immigration Success!

This morning, Sabriena and I got emails - approximately 10 minutes apart, for some reason - stating that they'd received all my documents (passport, physical, etc) and we'd been approved for a visa.

Hurrah!

There's still a ton to do. There's some sort of a payment we have to make immediately upon …

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Duncan's Passport(s)

We had to have Duncan skip a day of school, and pile into the car to head down to the US Consulate General in Melbourne in order to renew his passport - apparently minors can only renew their passports in person. The drive down was uneventful, though somehow we screwed up …

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A desk for Duncan

It's been a couple of years now since Sabriena got a laptop and we connected the desktop to the TV to allow Duncan to play on it, almost completely on his own (we rarely use it these days). In the early days, he'd use an Xbox 360 controller, sitting back …

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Duncan's New Whip

New Bike

Duncan has been rapidly outgrowing the last bike we got him, and I wasn't convinced he'd make it through until Christmas so we ended up springing a new one on him early.

He's finally off the training wheels, which has been great. Once he got over his stubbornness, he took …

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Preparing for Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner, and will be here before we know it. Unfortunately, it doesn't really make a whole mess of sense to buy up a ton of Halloween decorations (not that there's a huge assortment to choose from here), but Sabriena and Duncan decided to make a …

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Eclipse photography


Eclipse Partial Eclipse


Despite the fact it meant staying up late, I decided to try my hand at lunar photography since we have a half-decent telephoto lens. It's not quite good enough to get the moon into the frame, for that we'd need a telescope and the appropriate adaptor, but it …

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Out to Mum and Dad's for a visit

I took a short trip out to Kalkallo, which basically put me just the other side of Mum and Dad's, and I would have to drive right past them to go home - so we decided to have a visit. Sabriena and Duncan drove out here themselves, and we're going to …

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Back to the folks' place!

We finally managed to sneak the van back home to my parents' place, and it's not looking good. It's really starting to look like the engine computer's shit itself now. It has, in my mind, all the symptoms of a blocked catalytic converter (the diesel mechanic who undid the EGR …

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This van is cursed....

So we made it about 400km into our trip to WA, when the van split another fuel line. We managed to limp it into Blackall, QLD and rang RACQ who helpfully have a depot right in Blackall with a "very good mechanic".

Unfortunately said mechanic ignored my advice about air …

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New Toy: NameCoin

Since the well of things I actually cared enough about to part with Bitcoins over appeared to dry up, I decided to go ahead and pick up some NameCoins on the BitParking exchange, and register a few NameCoin domains.

NameCoin still doesn't work on FreeBSD - I can't manage to build …

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Kickin' ass and taking names...

I've been neglecting MumbleDog the last couple of days: there are things that I should have been working on (like our idler auto-move feature I hope to launch soon), but the open source work on Mumble proper has simply been more fun. I've learned a huge amount lately too.

One …

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Tracfwned.

"1999 called, they want their e-commerce exploit back"

This is a class of vulnerability that really shouldn't exist these days. I don't know if anyone remembers this, but around 1999 to 2000, when e-commerce was still in it's infancy, there were many "e-tailers" who were ripped off blind by people …

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