Month: January 2014

Backyard Garden Work – Progress pictures

Over the past 2-3 months I have been doing work in our backyard. It involved putting a garden bed around the perimeter of the fence and planting some bushes that will grow and fill out the space. Basically so I look at bushes instead of a boring fence.

Plants have been in for a while, bark was laid sometime after that. Only started doing the timber edge in the last 2 months, so that’s the main progress here. However if and when I post original photos, you will see trees have really grown too.





IMG_0583Starting to see some real improvement with the appearance now.


Confluence 5.4.2 installation problem – Confluence not starting post install

This is not something I’ve hit before, however this is my first time installing Confluence 5.4.2 x32 on a Exigent VPS account. Post the installation, I got the message indicating that the service has started and you should connect to it to finish the configuration.

However, nothing was found to be running on the default port of 8090, so I checked the catalina.out file in the logs folder to determine what was written. It was showing the lines below;

Error occurred during initialization of VM
Could not reserve enough space for object heap
Error: Could not create the Java Virtual Machine.
Error: A fatal exception has occurred. Program will exit.

At this point I figured I needed to change the amount of memory being allocated to java during startup so I went looking to see where this was being set from. Turns out its in the file in the bin folder.

On the first line of the file, change the -Xmx512m to something a little smaller, if your running on a VPS that doesn’t have enough available memory to let it have 512Mb of ram. Save the change and fire it up via “” and it should load up fine.

EDIT: It’s safe to say that my low end VPS account cannot really run the Confluence install, as it failed to create the database in MySQL and put the box under serious load due to all memory being consumed, which subsequently pushed out the load average. See below;

top – 09:56:16 up 45 days, 16:50, 3 users, load average: 70.49, 37.55, 15.18
Tasks: 70 total, 3 running, 67 sleeping, 0 stopped, 0 zombie
Cpu(s): 12.1%us, 87.9%sy, 0.0%ni, 0.0%id, 0.0%wa, 0.0%hi, 0.0%si, 0.0%st
Mem: 1048576k total, 1048576k used, 0k free, 0k buffers
Swap: 0k total, 0k used, 0k free, 0k cached

I gave it a go nonetheless 🙂

Confluence 5.4.2 x64 installation error

I was attempting an installation of Confluence 5.4.2 x64 from the binary file that can be executed and it failed like below;

root@hostname:/home/username# ./atlassian-confluence-5.4.2-x64.bin
Unpacking JRE …
Starting Installer …
./atlassian-confluence-5.4.2-x64.bin: 466: /home/username/atlassian-confluence-5.4.2-x64.bin.17671.dir/jre/bin/java: not found

I’ve seen this problem before with another product, so I knew immediately what the problem is. It’s due to executing the x64 version on a 32bit Linux.

Go download the 32bit version of the file and execute it. It will work.

Wifidog and Authpuppy

I’ve been trying to get Wifidog and Authpuppy going, however failed to get the end to end solution working.

I was able to get Wifidog installed and compiled. In addition to getting Authpuppy going, but getting them to work together is not working  for me.

I want to use a small pc with dual nics to connect to the local network (which gets out to internet) and the other nic connected to 1 or more Access Points.

The network with the Access Point doesn’t appear to have its traffic intercepted by Wifidog at all, and that’s the bit that I am stuck with currently.

Exigent VPS

I signed up for a Exigent VPS several weeks back and have been using it on and off. I loaded mine up with a configuration that would allow vhost mail hosting and webhosting. It ran fine, the bandwidth to the VPS itself seemed fine.

To be honest I have been very happy with the VPS service, so much so I recommended it to others. Since we signed up during an introduction of new hardware/services, we actually got a good sign up cost.

I don’t use mine currently, as I moved my services back to shared web hosting, but tempted to hang onto it for a bit longer as its good to have. Besides, if I get rid of it, I wont get another for the price I am paying at the moment.

If you need a VPS, check out Exigent.

Hyundai i30 Trophy CRDi

The day finally came. After waiting nearly a week, the new car was ready for delivery. Decided to mark the occasion with a blog post and a few pictures. Of course I should also say a few words below or post a few words in this case.

Today see’s us take possession of our new Hyundai i30 Trophy CRDi, and it’s the passing of the Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI which I traded in. The Golf served us well, and we thought it would be best to move to another diesel based car. Hyundai for us ticked the right boxes.

Here is a few pictures, just so we can remember just how clean and sparkling it was on day one.

IMG_3254e_low IMG_3253e_low IMG_3252e_low IMG_3242e_low

So far I would have to say I am totally impressed with the USB port. We plugged in my wife’s iPhone and was surprised that the music was able to be selected via album from the head unit of the radio. Further more when I played an album the cover art displayed on the head unit of the radio along with the song name etc. Will be sure to post a pic of that soon. It was also charging the iPhone while connected.

As you can see I got a tow bar fitted, and was surprised to see the wiring harness sits in the boot. It’s one of those flat ribbon cables that has enough length so that it can hang out the boot when in use. Never had one like this before. The Golf wiring harness had an adapter that plugged in and from this we could plug in the trailer wiring loom.

The difference in power from the VW Golf 2.0 TDI is certainly noticable. But this was expected, since we are talking 2 very different engines. i.e. 2.0L vs 1.6L. Although the i30 CRDi still manages to pull like a freight train. Gearboxes certainly a bit different, but both 6 speed manuals.

Will be sure to post back anything else I find with the car, but very happy with the purchase so far.

New car

My wife and I had planned on buying a new car in 2014, however the type of car we planned to purchase did change. We had looking to get a 7 seater, and had settled on a Santa Fe diesel. However it appears the wait for these is quite long and we honestly didn’t want to outlay the cost for one in the end.

We decided instead to replace our VW Diesel Golf, which is my car. We decided to replace it with a Hyundai i30 CDRI manual. We ended up going for the Trophy model that just got announced with the new year sales.

We have arranged to take delivery of the car Tuesday this week in the afternoon. I’ve already seen it, it was at the dealership last Wednesday and I had a drive. Really liked it, and looking forward to taking delivery. Car needed to have a tow bar fitted and get registered.

Registeration is to happen tomorrow, and soon as that happens I will get the paperwork to sort out the insurance to commence on Tuesday, so we can pick it up as planned.

Will be posting a few pictures once that happens, as the only ones I have so far is some taken while it was in pre-delivery phase from my mobile phone.

New BBQ built

I bought a new BBQ last week, but couldn’t pick it up until this weekend.

So after picking it up yesterday, it sat in the backyard awaiting to be opened and put together. That task was for today.

It took about 3+ hours to put together, and the result in the end is as expecting, a nice looking BBQ to use and enjoy.

Good thing, as it’s summer in the Southern Hemisphere and we have been getting some good hot days in the Sydney suburbs.