Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Dual QuickCharge 3.0 WITH foldable plug

Just wanted to post a link as this seems to me to be the only Dual QuickCharge 3.0 Charger WITH a foldable plug which should be ALWAYS included feature for chargers so not to damage items around it when packed in a backpack/suitcase.

Never heard of Tronsmart but nice job - http://amzn.to/2p227Hz

No idea why almost every other charger only has a single QuickCharge port and normal "smartcharge ports" for the rest....i'm assuming a licensing or engineering reason....but doesnt everyone have two handset minimum house these days.

http://amzn.to/2p227Hz

Russia.....isnt as big as you think

Known about this for a while ever since the famous "West Wing" episode.....but number 2 with Russia overlayed on Africa surprised me.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Theremin wizardry

Theremin and synthesizer playing Babooshka.


Pure wizardry.....nothing else can be said.





Sunday, April 16, 2017

Koalas are dicks

Its Off Off broadway events like this that make living in NYC perfect.





Brody, America’s favorite koala, has stormed off the set of his hit sitcom. Holed up in a sleazy LAX motel, he's got enough booze and drugs to last for months.

Desperate to get him back on track his agent, wrangler, and co-star try to make him see reason. But is their concern for Brody's future? Or their own?

Koalas are Dicks is a dark Hollywood comedy about terrible people and the koala who supports them.

http://www.randomlyspecifictheatre.com/upcoming-events.html

Unfortunately yesterday was the end of a "too" short run.......but hopefully will get to see Grant Tambellini, Peter Buck Dettmann, Tiffany May McRae, Larry Phillips, Phoebe Leonard & Griffin Hennelly in something else sooner than later as they were all awesome in this production and deserve to be in major long run Broadway production.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

NBN - A Network Error

https://www.themonthly.com.au/issue/2017/april/1490965200/paddy-manning/network-error
He called his internet retailer to ask about their 100 Mbps NBN plan ($80 a month), and here’s where the story gets interesting. They didn’t want to sell him the 100 Mbps plan, recommending a 25 Mbps plan instead, and telling him the NBN had said that, for the coexistence period of 18 months (while ADSL and NBN technologies were running simultaneously), there’d be a slowdown in NBN speeds. Curious, Adam called the NBN and was told that was rubbish, and he should definitely be able to get up to 100 Mbps at his address. He called the retailer back and ordered the 100 Mbps plan. Off-peak he is now getting 25 Mbps, but it fluctuates wildly, and at peak times in the evening he is getting between 2 and 8 Mbps – worse than before. https://www.themonthly.com.au/issue/2017/april/1490965200/paddy-manning/network-error



All i can say is i'm glad i live in New York with unlimited download 300/30 for $70 a month while this crap is going on.

Cant believe people voted Turnbull in.

We were so close.....but now so far.

What i dont understand is why we as Australian voters arent doing more to lobby around getting this fixed.

These are our rights that are being affected.

These are services we pay good money for that are being delivered poorly.

When are we as a nation going to utilise the resources we posses in order to force a better service level agreement for our money?


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

NSW land titles "sold" to private interests for $2.6b......for a footy stadium upgrade

Come in spinner.......

Property owners of NSW.....hope you had your bran this morning because bend over....you just got shafted.

It makes absolutely no sense to sell off the family silverware today if you have to pay to rent it back next Sunday.....and why did we do this? All to upgrade some footy stadiums.

What a joke.


http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/nsw-land-titles-registry-leased-for-26-billion-to-hastings-funds-management-first-state-super-20170412-gvjcfw.html
The Berejiklian government has announced it will lease the state's 150-year-old land titles registry to Hastings Funds Management and First State Super for 35 years, after accepting their bid of $2.6 billion.


I give it about 12-18 months before they start jacking up prices due to "unforeseen circumstances" (lol=33.5 years worth of #FatProfits).

Whats the bet that HFM make more than $130m x 35 years for their $2.6b investment......it will make this "lease payment" look like chump change

Feel free to send your comments to Premier Gladys Berejiklian via twitter @GladysB once this starts to happen.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Tracy Chapman

Up late doing taxes with random mp3's playing in the background.......Tracy Chapman "Behind The Wall" came on......had to stop what i was doing and listen.


- https://youtu.be/-9BM6VsTNYg


Forgot how awesomely gifted she is and how sad sad sad this song is.......



Saturday, March 18, 2017

Westpac jacks up investor rates 0.28%

Anyone staying with @Westpac deserves to get shafted after they raise investor rates 0.28% to pump up profits.

There was NO corresponding RBA move, this is just profit driven.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Fed announcement Wednesday the 15th

You never would have thought based on the $US movement that there was a fed meeting tomorrow likely to result in the a 0.25% rate increase for only the 3rd time in a decade......

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Hedda Gabler

Just saw the #NTLive production of Hedda Gabler. Isn't technology awesome (live satellite of a play tonight in London).


If you get a chance to see the encore screenings (showing now in a lot of countries around the world) - http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/productions/59687-hedda-gabler I highly reccomend it.

Ruth Wilson is a powerhouse of an actress (though to be honest never heard of her before 2 weeks ago when we saw her on Graham Norton show as publicity for this play).


http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/productions/59687-hedda-gabler

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Strata Schemes "an Australian postal address"

Wow just been told by NSW Fair Trading someone screwed up Nov 2016 update and left the word "Australian" for postal address requirement.

1 in 20 Australians currently live overseas and some of these would most likely be property owners so even though we can have "electronic communications" and attend AGM's via skype or electronic polling.....the AGM notices can ONLY be sent via mail to an Australian registered address according to Strata Schemes Management Act Sec 178

Who do we contact in NSW parliament to get this act changed by legislation and how much is this screwup going to cost taxpayers?

178   Content of strata roll
(1) Information about lots The following information must be recorded in the strata roll in relation to a particular lot in the strata scheme:
(a)  the name of the holder of the estate in fee simple in the lot (in the case of a freehold strata scheme) or the holder of the leasehold estate in the lot (in the case of a leasehold strata scheme),
(b)  an address for service of notices,
(c)  an Australian postal address, and an email address if the holder has one, if not provided as the address for service,
(d)  the name of the holder’s agent (if any) appointed in accordance with this Act and the agent’s address for service of notices,
(e)  information provided under a strata interest notice,
(f)  information provided under a tenancy notice.


lol so you can have an AGM meeting via Skype.....but you have to get the notice about the meeting via Australian post snail mail only....

Electronic communications 
The owners corporation can decide how meetings are to be held and the method of voting.
This includes enabling voting and/or meeting participation through technology such as email, teleconference, video conference calls and the use of voting websites. Pre-meeting electronic voting is another option that owners corporations can choose to allow.



What a mess.......


Saturday, March 04, 2017

Intel Atom C2000

Ugh,,,, these chips are in everything
:(


http://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/03/03/netgear_recalling_hardware_with_bad_intel_atoms/


Asked whether Intel's flawed chip was to blame, a Netgear spokesperson told The Register, "We're not naming the vendor but it sounds as if you've done your research."

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/03/03/netgear_recalling_hardware_with_bad_intel_atoms/



Wednesday, March 01, 2017

FCC OK’s First Unlicensed LTE in 5 GHz

The Federal Communications Commission this morning announced that it had “just authorized the first LTE-U—LTE for unlicensed—devices in the 5 GHz band.” This was according to a tweet from @FCC on Twitter, and soon after, a rare blog post from Julius Knapp, chief of the FCC Office of Engineering & Technology.

I love this quote.....
"Coexist is hilarious. You can teach a canary and a cat to coexist, but you use up a lot of canaries".

So for anyone running office networks etc....having trouble with your 5ghz wifi range......might want to keep an eye out for a box that looks like this.



What you are supposed to do about it when you find it.....who knows, not my problem, call the FCC  (and shield your nuts while you wait for them to do something) I guess.



Cheers,
Dean
 


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Coffin Club

Article in todays NYT about a group of retirees forming "coffin club" in NZ for the ultimate DIY

- https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/25/world/australia/new-zealand-diy-coffins.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0


Roger Terry and his wife, Grace, have little interest in quilting, fishing or book clubs. Instead, they meet with other retired friends each Tuesday at a disused sports center to build coffins, a hobby that has gathered followers across New Zealand.
“We have a heap of fun,” said Grace Terry, 77, a former nurse in Hawke’s Bay, on the North Island of New Zealand. “I’ve seen people come alive making their own coffins.”



In case you are thinking "pine box" check out this snazzy custom build.


Inspirational :)




Sunday, February 19, 2017

#Homeland


Terrorist shooting incident in downtown brooklyn ......just kidding, they are filming #Homeland

Though seriously wow at how long standing around for 10 seconds of firing guns and car screeches etc......


Jodie has a video of the action here - https://www.facebook.com/collins.jodie/videos/1340714709325226

Australian property gains tax changes?

Reading this article - https://pfh007.com/2017/02/16/budget-2017-plans-to-cut-the-cgt-concession-not-likely/comment-page-1/#comment-651


Anyone think if they remove or reduce the 50% discount on housing......that they will still apply the 50% discount for shares and investments other than property?
(eg only 25% discount on property investments for 12-60 months increasing up to 50% on property investments more than 5+ years)


Thoughts?

Saturday, February 18, 2017

2.75m in Darlinghurst

Keep in mind $145k to $2.75m is only 12% return pa.

I think the problem in Australia is people dont understand how inflation works (also would be interesting to know what capital improvements have been done over the last 30+ years).


https://www.domain.com.au/news/historic-darlinghurst-cottage-sells-for-450000-over-reserve-in-hot-auction-20170218-gufx0u/


https://www.domain.com.au/news/historic-darlinghurst-cottage-sells-for-450000-over-reserve-in-hot-auction-20170218-gufx0u/





Wednesday, February 15, 2017

E3 visa infographics (for Australians only)

For my tech friends in Australia looking for engineering roles in the USA (and finding problems with USA based HR staff) you might want to check this infographic out.
Happy to answer any questions but the comparison on the 2nd infographic between E3 and H1b visa covers most of it.

http://gdaysf.com/e3-visa

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Bring out the pitchforks

Bring out the pitchforks the revolution is coming.......

- https://twitter.com/scottsantens/status/829086557697167361
The most interesting tweet I've read this week.


https://twitter.com/scottsantens/status/829086557697167361



Sunday, January 29, 2017

Greencard holders now prisoners

Yep Donald J. Trump these look like super dangerous people that we need to be protected from......Greencard holders and living here for years but you think you think we need to be protected from them somehow.....?? wtf??

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Perfect example of why removing Stamp Duty is a terrible idea

I noticed that YIPmagazine is pushing the idea of removing stamp duty again......

Came across this article on NZ and retweeted back to them why its a terrible idea and thought more than a few of you here might agree
- https://twitter.com/deancollins/status/824341625476435975

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

UPC codes


Wow I had no idea you could buy your own UPC numbers in lots of 1000 for only $15
-
http://fbaexpert.com/amazon-upc

 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Tap tap tap....is this Microphone on?

The irony is......now we all carry the latest and great mobile phones and not only do we pay for the rights to carry around  these NSA microphonesbut even after Snowden told us we were all being monitored....we still cant put them down.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Fire up the barbie - Australia day 2017 "lamb" commercial

AWESOME :))))))

Makes me so proud to be an Aussie with open attitudes like that :)




Tuesday, January 10, 2017

New York City taxes

Just completed our 2016 coop expenses spreadsheet for the accountant.

Our NYC city taxes for a small 6 apartment 4 story coop in Brooklyn Heights is now $41,455 a year or approx 64.3% of annual building running costs.

Absolutely ridiculous Bill de Blasio !!

City taxes are TOO DAMNED HIGH !!

Domains for sale?

I'm cutting down on the number of domains I own.

Does anyone have a use for;

www.LiveUniChat.com
and
www.LiveUniversityChat.com


Shoot me an email dean@at.Collins.net.pr



Saturday, January 07, 2017

Blue and Lonesome

Really enjoying the new Rolling Stones album "Blue & Lonesome"

Awesome new direction for them.....hope they do more albums like this i would totally continue to buy as much as they can produce !!

http://amzn.to/2iPOQwY


http://amzn.to/2iPOQwY

China FX reserves

Everyone seems to see this graph as bad for Yuan
https://twitter.com/zerohedge/status/817786925901811713



I see $1.1T in US Treasury.....what happens when they decide don't want to lend?

The USA is benefiting massively in cheap cash to pay our bills.....if the debt collector ever calls on us to repay we're screwed.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Big end of town get efficient at property management

wow 14% eviction rate per annum.....
- https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-03/wall-street-america-s-new-landlord-kicks-tenants-to-the-curb


I know BrickX and other Australian versions of "big end of town SFH property investment" hasn't penetrated much in Australia but would be interesting to see how this went down in Australia.