Author: Michael Fox

Finally, a roof.

Finally, we have a roof. As of today the roof tiles were being installed onto the house, and it’s about time. Pictures below can be clicked for a slightly higher resolution version.

It’s taken nearly 4 months to get to that point. Can’t wait for it to get to lock up stage, as things should start to sail along from that.

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.

New iMac 20″

The new iMac 20″ arrived that we had on order. Decided a few weeks back that it would be nice to swap to an iMac 20″ as the primary machine I use for general use. Been using the Mac Mini and ACD 20″ for the last 10 months.

Decided that the AMD64 tower that I had was getting a little too loud, and something else was in order.

Volkswagen is born

My wife and I had to purchase a new car, we ended up choosing the Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI Comfortline.

And yes, you heard that right. Turbo Diesel. Very happy with it so far, picture below.

And it’s SOLD.

As of today the cool off period on our house ended, and the real estate changed the sign to indicate it was ‘SOLD’.

Now to organise where to live, and then set about getting the new place sorted so that everything can happen. ie. it needs to be built. Which means sorting out getting various tradesmen to do some extra work for us during it being built. ie. data cables, alarm sensors and extra phone/tv cables ran.

As luck would have it.

My PCI-e video card in my AMD64 x2 3800+ system died when I was attempting to play a demo of bf2142.

The system shutdown, although before it crashed it was displaying an odd video issue. Of course it would restart when turned on, although gave a pop. No damage to video card, but a strange smell. System now gives 1 beep followed by 3 beeps. This is indicative of a problem with video card or video memory.

Tested the card in a friends machine and sure enough it don’t work. It’s 8 months old approx, and thus means a trip to the shop on Monday 8th to RMA it. Hope it don’t take too many weeks to get it replaced. I’d even opt to put in a few dollars for a better model card (as I don’t think they even stock the GT6600 now).

Talk about being annoyed.

House is going on the market

After a bit of thought on the situation, my wife and I finally decided that we would put our house on the market.

We have thought about it for a while, and when we went overseas the plan was to come home and then put it on the market before Xmas.

As of the weekend, we signed with the agent of choice. By tomorrow the paperwork for the contract should be complete. At which time we should arrive home to find a For Sale sign posted on the lawn.

Our house has served us well, but we seriously need to consider future things. Namely plan for children, so with that in mind we hope to build a place in one of the nearby suburbs. We had found a house plan we like, however it appears the blocks of land available are not as we liked. So we might even buy some land just up the road from where we live now, and build with a different builder. As it will be a bit cheaper then we had planned elsewhere. Probably about 20,000 cheaper.

Of course if and when the house sells, it means we will have to go rent for a bit. So I will probably loose broadband. Oh no..

Our 3rd year Wedding Anniversary

Tonight is our 3rd year Wedding Anniversary and my wife and I decided that we would eat out for the event.

We decided we would goto a local restaurant which we haven’t been to for atleast 3 or more years since it first opened. The first time we went the food was amazing and the restaurant was amazing too. The interior is very nice with all the sandstone walls.

We arrived at The Hermitage Restaurant and were seated fairly quickly, pays to book ahead just incase. I ordered a Snapper Fillet and I must say it was totally awesome. It came with Battered Fries and they too were excellent. My wife ordered Steak and it too looked very nice.

On the whole, an excellent evening and a wonderfull meal.

Happy to recommend this place, so if your in the area and want to eat somewhere that is nice. Go for it.

And so concludes our Alaska/Canada holiday.

Arrived back in Sydney on Sunday morning. We planned on catching a train home and then getting picked up.

Unfortunately for us cityrail were doing some major track work and had buses running, as you can imagine it was a nightmare. It took sometime to get home. Further more we could only get as far as Liverpool. At which point we got off and decided to get picked up from here. As it wasn’t worth getting on another bus service to go a few stops.

We were tired and just not in the mood.

Pictures from the trip can be found here.