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I mustache you one question [Apr. 1st, 2014|07:21 am]
On Sunday night I was half asleep when my hand brushed across my face and I thought "WHAT IS THAT THING ON MY FACE??" Then I remembered it was my mustache.
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Ubuntu's Brother drivers [Oct. 3rd, 2012|10:13 pm]
The hardest part of installing my printer driver was realising that the one shipped with Ubuntu just doesn't work.

To get the Brother HL-3040CN printer working on Ubuntu 12.04, you have to follow these odd instructions:

...then it seems to work fine.
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Selling the sun [Jul. 15th, 2012|01:36 pm]
Even invercargill gets more average sun than Germany - and Germany has the most residential solar installations in the world. In NZ you can sell your power back to the grid:, although there's no feed-in tariff yet so you can't sell it back for more than you buy it at.
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My tweets [Jul. 15th, 2012|12:31 am]

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My tweets [Jul. 14th, 2012|12:31 am]

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My tweets [Jul. 13th, 2012|12:16 am]

  • Wed, 20:28: In keeping with Boson madness, the simplest explanation I have seen: (Video, Jonathan Amos on BBC)
  • Wed, 23:36: Nature uses random fire alarm tests to weed out those with weak hearts.
  • Thu, 08:42: The monopoly houses the ANC play with in South Africa: - a nice gift to Mugabe there, paid for by every South African
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Monopoly [Jul. 12th, 2012|09:10 pm]
The monopoly houses the ANC play with in South Africa: - a nice gift to Mugabe there, paid for by every South African.

The link is to a frame on the DA's website - I removed the frame because its annoying.
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(re) moving on [Jun. 8th, 2012|10:14 pm]
I've started at a medium sized (by NZ standards) advertising company - we are around 80 I'd say. Deja vu? I was adapting ok to big corp when something much more up my alley came along, so I grabbed the opportunity.

I'm doing Rails coding at and really enjoying it so far.
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Moving on [Apr. 19th, 2012|10:14 pm]
[Current Music |Radiohead: Street Spirit (Fade Out)]

I've started at a rather large (by NZ standards) software company - we are 180 strong. First time I've worked with so many people and first time in the financial industry - though not my first brush with big corp. There's a lot to get used to!
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Insomnia [Feb. 23rd, 2012|02:26 am]
It has been 65 days since I wrote here. How sparse my writing without South Africa to complain about! I liken this to when I got married and found that I no longer wrote hundreds of poems, mostly because a) I'd been writing them for my future wife or b) I'd written them because I was without my future wife.

Sadly, South Africa has not grown mellow and settled into soft middle age like me in my absence. It has, predictably, gotten even worse. If that entertains you, surf on over to frankvw - he does a far better job than I ever did. Only, I tried to always be extremely concise and he does no such thing.

But hang on, what is all this about soft middle age? It has been nothing of the sort! In a year we have spent just about everything we ever saved on relocating, arrived, moved twice, I've gotten a great job and now I am looking for something else again. Again I am confronted with Ruby work being rare in Auckland and again sharpening up my C# skills, like a super hero with a cape near a jet engine (badadish!) C# is such a good language, such a pity about the politics! Its so easy on Linux: type a bit in Vim, "gmcs" it, run it. Visual Studio should be that quick. Oh it is, if you can bring yourself to use the Windows "command line".

Which brings me to insomnia. I just wrote part of a C# test which I had to interrupt after the first section because it was getting to 10pm and I was getting tired. Now my "sleeping" is all C#, and muddled ideas of starting a programmer's club called "the Guild" at the local library. And its too hot and there are noises.
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