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Port Stephens – Day 2

Here is some pictures from Port Stephens – Day 2. It was a very hot day and extremely windy. Unfortunately the day was marked by some terrible fires here in the region.




RFS rushing to a fire. This truck had 4 police cars in front of it just 2-3mins earlier.
RFS rushing to a fire. This truck had 4 police cars in front of it just 2-3mins earlier.


Dolphin doing circuits just outside the breakwater.
Dolphin doing circuits just outside the breakwater.


XPEnology and HP Microserver N40L

As per my previous post here. I got it all installed and most things work as expected, however I just cant bring myself to keep it. As some features don’t work like wake on lan etc.

So it was a short lived installation, however very impressed with what has been done to allow it to be possible to install.

I guess it suits some people, however just doesn’t suit me with the limitations.

MediaWiki page edit issues on shared hosting provider

It appears I am still having MediaWiki page edit issues on my shared hosting provider. It appears that when you edit a page (can be any page) and insert the wiki syntax for the page. When you attempt to save it, something must be going wrong with the parsing of the content, as the edit of the page will fail as per the screen grab below.

Unable to resolve this, and do not want to waste any more time on resolving it. No errors are even displayed in error logs for the web server itself and the permissions are fine.


Intel Ivy i3 3225

I recently bought an Intel Ivy i3 3225 processor, along with a few other items. Will expand on the other items towards the end of the post.

The reason for the purchase is I wished to build another machine for some lighter duties, as I had been using my nearly 2 year old Intel Sandy i5 2400 for such work, however since it’s primary role is for gaming, it tends to generate a bit of heat. It does after all have a GTX670 video card in it.

I did want to get one of the new low power processors, but the i3 3225 came up for a good price. Glad I purchased it as the machine when built is operating nicely, the processor with the on-board Intel HD 4000 video does everything I need.

Purchased items;

  • Asus P8H77-I Mini-ITX mainboard
  • Corsair CMPSU-430CXv3 (430W power supply)
  • Liteon IHAS124 DVD burner (cause optical drives are still handy to have)
  • BitFenix Prodigy Mini-ITX case (in Fire Red)
  • Microsoft Windows 7 64bit Home Premium


Pedego Electric Bike

Recently while on holidays, I had the chance to hire our a Pedego Electric Bike. I must say I really liked it, was tempted to honestly buy one, but probably not the best idea.

My wife liked it too, until she had tumble. Shes is alright, just got a few scratches and sore.

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Nearly completed 70-620 Microsoft Press Book

After several weeks of reading, I have just about completed the book. Although I have already started doing prac tests and revision. In fact I’ve also already booked the exam. As I am confident enough to pass it. Although I just need to put in a bit more time doing some simulation review.

Like all humans, I too am scared of failure. But if I don’t attempt the exam, I may just put it off and off. So while they have that promotion on currently with a 2nd shot free, I might as well try.

Exam booked for 19th April. So ready or not, it will be an attempt. I am tempted to purchase a 70-622 book and do it next, then go do my 70-680 Windows 7 config as planned. Not sure yet. Will do the exam and then decide next action. Enjoyed reading the book though, and honestly learnt things about Windows Vista I probably never really understood. So win nonetheless I think.

Traxxas Revo 2.5R bashing

Managed to make some time to get the Traxxas Revo 2.5R out today. Thanks to my wife, she managed to capture the following clips for me to upload. The car was very dirty at the end of it. I reckon a few weeks of this and then it will be time for a rebuild.

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iPhone 3GS

Picked up an iPhone 3GS to replace that of my iPhone 3G that I already have had for sometime. The existing phone was purchased outright and was locked with Telstra. It was on a Telstra cap, and the amount it cost me was certainly not competitive.

I managed to get a new phone on a plan that includes more for less then I was paying with Telstra using my own phone. Go figure.

iPhone 3GS seems a bit different so far, in fact better then previous model. Had considered to get something else, but kept coming back to the iPod which can be used for audio/video playback. Both handy features for a phone device all in one unit.

Traxxas Rustler VXL damage

Ran the Traxxas Rustler VXL yesterday and managed to have a wall jump in front of me.

The damage this time was a shock coming apart. Good news is it wasn’t damaged to the point I couldn’t fix it. Pulled apart, added new oil. Rebuild shock. Reinstalled back on car.

All good for another use.

Amazon books arrive

The amazon book order arrived yesterday, just had to go pick up from local post office as I had a card left for me. As I wasn’t home when the package arrived.

Books shipped in good condition. Very happy with the service. Now I just need to read and study the content.

Solaris 10 update 8 printing on Sparc

Why is printing so hard to configure. Anyone able to assist?

EDIT: lprng was attempted to be compiled and installed. Although installed, had issues with the filters. So printing didn’t work. Next up someone tried to install CUPS and this too failed for certain reasons. Last attempt was then to use the native printer support in Solaris and this too seems to have failed.

Anyone got any links to any reasonable good howto’s that can be followed to have either the native stuff work, and/or get cups to work on Solaris Sparc platform. Have a few network printers that need to be printed too from the Sparc host in question and not having much luck it would appear. Grrr