Nerd Shrine: Entertainment Centre

We've been toying with the idea of building an entertainment centre for a while - to buy something like we'd want would be prohibitively expensive. We bought two cheap flat-pack shelves to flank the unit and then set about designing what we wanted.

I decided to build at least a prototype …

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Windows Update Sucks

For about five days now, Windows 10 has consistenly failed to update from build 14955 to 14965 - each morning I'd get up, and it'd be stuck on the updating screen at 87%. Frustratingly, it would download another multi-gigabyte update again after each failed attempt.

Most annoyingly, despite the fact they …

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Hewlett Packard - Why do I keep giving them money?

Our plan for around this Christmas was to build a couple of nice desktops, since we'll be living in the one place for at least a year and my laptop is already starting to show it's age in terms of gaming performance.

Sabriena mentioned how Duncan spent most of his …

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Mumble WoW Plugin: 128-bit GUIDs

Updated the World of Warcraft plugin for Mumble again, and it was finally committed. This update was interesting, because as part of the 6.0 patch WoW switched to 128-bit GUIDs. Boost has code to deal with these GUIDs, which would have perhaps simplified things (I personally don't much care …

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Internet connection dodginess

Our ADSL2 connection from Exetel is "good enough", but it's not right, and dammit I want it to be right.

I've gotten permission from the landlord to have the electrician who fixed some of the lights come and replace any cabling inside of the house that isn't the phone company's …

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Quick trip to NSW

After sitting at home for a couple of weeks (I've almost dinged my 3rd toon to level 90 on World of Warcraft), we finally got tossed a bone - to take a header (combine harvester to the stateside) up to NSW. Dropped off just north of Rankin Springs, before ringing around …

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Time for a new Bike

Duncan's new Bike Duncan finally figured out the pedal motion for the little plastic tricycle my sister got him before we landed in Australia, so I decided not to bother waiting for Santa to bring him a bike and just to buy him one. Sabriena reluctantly (or not so) agreed.

I don't really …

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Back through Adelaide

Playing at the BeachAs we came I'm through the top of Adelaide, it started warming up. Duncan started to get cranky, so I decided "bugger it, let's spend the hottest part of the day at the beach, and continue after it cools off." So we spent our third day at the beach in …

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Most of the way west

Nullarbor Station  Our latest jaunt over west went better than the last one, but not flawless. We made it as far as Norseman, but that was as far as I felt like taking it - we had an at-the-time unspecified cooling issue that I later diagnosed as transmission related. Since the transmission is …

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Semaphore Park, SA

Dipping Toes So the second job we had lined up got delayed another twenty four hours, leaving us in Adelaide with nothing to do. We took a small jaunt out to Semaphore park, since it was a nice day. We didn't end up seeing the fort, but that's okay - Duncan played pretty …

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Android's gesture keyboard

It's been ages since I got the 4.2 update on my phone (at least it feels like it), and yet I hadn't tried out the gesture keyboard feature yet. I'm an avid Swype user, so it's a pretty exciting thing for me. I bought Swift Key during the sale …

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Second voyage!

So we're off on our second voyage in the Falcon, "Bessie." Sabriena has this (not uncommon) thing about naming cars, and her and Duncan discussed it and said she felt like a "Bessie," so that's that.

We're off across the Nullarbor this time, again not an easy thing to stomach …

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Bridge works on McCallums Creek

We're currently back at my parent's place, sorting out a few minor issues with our new vehicle before we head off again... hoping to make as much money as we can before the Christmas Hiatus.

Anyway, some guy showed up to dump a bunch of rock into the creek, which …

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Android 4.2 showed up, OTA.

Honestly, I simply turned my phone's screen on this morning to check my bank/credit card balances, and the 4.2 notification popped up. I have an Australian (Telstra) Galaxy Nexus, but I flashed it to Takju quite quickly upon receiving it. I guess I just got lucky in that …

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Back out on the highway

After a seemingly eternal hiatus, we're finally mobile again. We managed to scratch together enough cash to buy and set up an old Falcon panel van, and we can now run it for ourselves. This means we get all of the income, but we also shoulder 100% of the responsibility …

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Modern Warfare 2!

My brother in law lucked out today - a store we usually go to, that's rather ghetto, for some reason had Modern Warfare 2 for PS3 on-sale today. So he picked it up... I would have too but we're cutting back on toys because of the incoming baby. ;[

Anyway he went …

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