Blog cleared

After what seems to have been a very long time I decided to wipe the original site and start fresh. Today marks the day when this was performed.

The site will have some older content selective imported – so it won’t be a complete wipe. Some content will never return while some will. This gives me a chance to update some older posts and fix up missing images.

Ford Ranger XLT 4×4

Picked up our new Ford Ranger XLT 4×4 today. For a long time I have wanted to get a 4×4 ute and had been looking at various models available. I always kept coming back to the Ford Ranger in the end. Sometime’s you need to reward yourself.

Snapped the following image after we got it home. It was very clean and shiny. But that doesn’t seem to last long when you live in a new housing estate where dust is blowing around all the time.

Ford Ranger XLT 4×4 Ute – Day 1

New Tablet – Samsung Galaxy Tab A

Merry Christmas everyone.

Today I got a new tablet. My wife purchased me a Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2017) model. This will enable me to use it in situations where a laptop doesn’t really allow. The tablet is very handy when on public transport and relaxing on a cruise ship. Will give me a chance to load it with content and consume as needed.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8″ (2017) – Specifications

Farewell Buddy

Today my wife and I had to say farewell to Buddy, who was the last of our two Labradors we’ve had long before getting married (and before having kids). Buddy was over 14 years old in human years.

Those who have followed my blog for a while will remember that we said Farewell to Bindi back on May 11th 2013.

Buddy – 8th August 2015

Buddy was starting to get very old and was showing signs of his age unfortunately. We woke in the middle of the night to find he had got himself stuck on his bed and couldn’t get up. He had also showed signs that he was having trouble trying to stand and/or walk. However this was not always, just that he had some bad days where it was near impossible. We have also been waking up daily to find that he had gone to the loo where he laid.

We decided some weeks back that perhaps it might be kind to let him go now rather then continue to suffer and get worse. Still doesn’t make such a decision easy, however I do hope that he passes to another life and possibly see’s Bindi again, whom I know he missed dearly.

We are going to truly miss him and I hope he knows how much we loved him.

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.

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.

Farewell Bindi

Today my wife and I had to say farewell to one of our two dogs. Below is a picture of Bindi from lastnight, as always she would be laying on the floor in the home office while I would be doing what it was I had to do. She would always do that, even from when she was a pup.

Bindi was a very loyal friend and would do everything you would tell her. She was a great dog, and will be missed a great deal. She lived a good life and we got to spend 11.5 years with her.

Farewell Bindi, you’ll be forever in our hearts and in our thoughts always. Buddy will miss you and I am sure he will not forget you either, you’ll both meet up with each other again in the future.

Bindi – 10th May 2013

EDIT: 12th May 2013 – I should add that the issue was a toe tumour. To my surprise based on some recent research this seems to be very common. Something I wasn’t even aware of at the time. Bindi lost her nail several months back, could of been even longer. I do not remember when, just remember it happening and thought nothing of it. But I do believe this nail coming out was probably the linked item to the whole saga. I also remember her limp from time to time, I would check her foot for something caught and find nothing. She would again walk normal. I believe this condition was also related to the tumour in her toe too. Events that I didn’t link until now.

Richard Black: Rest In Peace

It’s with sorrow I announce the passing of an Uncle. We were informed yesterday evening that things had taken a turn for the worse. My wife and I were planning on travelling up to Bathurst to see my Uncle tomorrow morning, however it appears that wasn’t meant to be as he sadly passed away in the afternoon of today.

He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Rest in peace.

Anthony Rumble: Rest In Peace

I’ve just learnt that Anthony Rumble passed away after an accident at home some days ago. My condolences to his family. I’d never met Anthony Rumble personally, however I had dealt with him a number of times in the early days of Everything Linux. Further more I had exchanged emails with him in the past via SLUG.

All I can say is this is a great loss to his family and the community. Anthony Rumble was a great guy and someone whom I certainly had respect for.

Anthony will be missed by everyone who had dealt with him.

Justin Field, forever remembered

Back in primary school I had a mate who was my best friend. We would always be at each others house doing various things do. It was always fun, and our parents thought a lot of each other. It was like having another brother. Especially for my best mate, as he was the only male in his family. Apart from his Dad.

I am sure I have photos of us both doing various stupid things, I should really dig around and try to find them when I move again. As currently I am still living out of boxes while our house is still being built.

As we went to High School we still hung out, although didn’t spend as much time doing things together, however still remembered the good times of primary school.

Unfortunately, his life was taken early when he was involved in an accident on Appin Road, which was by no means his fault. Just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Other people involved came out with various injuries, however Justin Field didn’t.

Just like clockwork his family members continue to publish something in the local paper every year, and below is that published item.

I’d just like to say that Justin Field will always be remembered by me and my family, as he was my very best mate from primary school.

And he will never be forgotten, thinking of you always mate.