Friday, September 22, 2017

Vangelis "Elegy" (played by Boris Andrianov)

Really enjoying this piece that I found via a link of a link of a link.

Nailed it first time

New toy for the BBQ, bought an electric rotisserie.....not bad for first attempt :)

This is the unit I bought from Amazon -

OneGrill Heavy Duty Universal Grill Rotisserie Kit- 37'' X 1/2'' Hexagon Spit Rod & 50 lb. Stainless Electric Motor

Monday, September 18, 2017

CCleaner was hacked....

Ugh CCleaner user here....makes you realise every app you download (to pc's or phones) increases your attack vector.

Ridiculous that the "release notes" for 5.34.6207 make no mention of the hack and only say "minor gui improvements" -

Friday, September 15, 2017

Happy Friday everyone

Looks like its going to be an awesome weekend.

Brushfire fairytales
Itsy bitsy diamond wells
Big fat hurricanes
Yellow bellied given names
Well shortcuts can slow you down
And in the end we're bound
To rebound off of we
Well dust off your thinking caps
Solar powered plastic plants
Pretty pictures of things we ate
We are only what we hate
But in the long run we have found
Silent films are full of sound
Inaudibly free
Slow down everyone
You're moving too fast
Frames can't catch you when
You're moving like that
Inaudible melodies
Serve narrational strategies
Unobtrusive tones
Help to notice nothing but the zone
Of visual relevancy
Frame-lines tell me what to see
Chopping like an axe
Or maybe Eisenstein should just relax
Slow down everyone
You're moving too fast
Frames can't catch you when
You're moving like that


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Monday, September 11, 2017


Something for us to consider on this day.......

It still perplexes me that Americans still have never stopped to ask "why did 9/11 happen in the first place" even after this many years.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

More productivity or just more people....?

Geat article on the difference between increasing productivity.....and increasing GDP through immigration only


This said.....Australia needs more immigration, we need to grow our inland tier 2 cities asap !!

Saturday, September 09, 2017

A Town Like Alice

I'm @NowWatching  #ATownLikeAlice Jodie thought of it a few weeks ago and we managed to find a second hand copy of the DVD in Australia.

Really enjoying it but crazy how much better quality HD16:9 is today compared to old sd4:3.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Google Domains Dynamic DNS configuration

I don't know why this answer was so hard to find.... (or why its not explained on the google support page)


For Google Domains supports Dynamic DNS to work, I usually need the following info:
  • Update URL
  • Hostname
  • Username
  • Password
Of the four variables above, I know three. From Google, I can get Username and Password. I also know my server's hostname. However, I do not know the Update URL. In other words, I do not know to what the UPDATE URL is to make google dynamic dns domains work.....

The answer which was posted above and allowed me to get google dynamic dyndns2 system working with my Zywall 110 is

DYNDNS Server :
URL                     :  /nic/update?hostname=www.domainame.url

Ugh.....took forever to find as not answered in any of the Zyxel support pages. (Hey zyxel how about you pick up your game and add this to your support pages like you have for Noip etc).

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Who is Ednaswap ?

If you were alive in the 90's you're in for a shock......

I had no idea Natalie Ibruglia "Torn" was a cover.

More here


Yeh I Very different....but still awesome.

Off to go find more Ednaswap (btw if you like them check out Bettie Serveert one of my Top 20 bands - start with Dust Bunnies then Bare Stripped Naked )

Friday, August 25, 2017

Blockchain, Bitcoin, and smoke and mirrors

I'm reading this article....-

I'm the first person to say one of my best attributes is I'm always happy to ask the dumb questions to get to the bottom of a topic/problem…..but seriously is it just me as “I’ve never understood how Blockchains will help make money transfer more efficient”?

eg you still need someone “locally in Africa” to receive the bitcoin transfer and hand over the cash……..which means they have to obtain the “local cash” from somewhere – either by selling local bitcoin to someone “in Africa” or more likely…”selling the bitcoin back overseas and getting their hard currency outside of the country….but then needing to send it back to themselves locally.

I hope that makes sense.

The 2%-10% of “fee” or “Cut” that they charge for offering the “local cash” is to pay for “interest in having cash sitting around” OR the process of changing far end cash into local cash.

Sure if you can buy a goat in Africa with Bitcoin then having your hard working son/daughter in America sending you bitcoin to buy said goat is a good thing as “zero local fee” BUT…..then this is a bitcoin ecosystem issue and NOT a blockchain related issue.

Like I said….happy to be proven wrong and lots of smart people who can maybe explain what I’m missing better.

I just feel a lot of people use “technical jargon” like “blockchain” because they want to sound smart instead of saying “distributed ledger”….otherwise known as excel spreadsheet.....which I guess doesn't raise investment funding as fast.

Dean 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Samsung are offering a $425 rebate to Note 7 customers

Sorry Samsung Mobile USA but the problem is i paid $747.50 for a S7 and now you want to give me $425 for it....?

How about you refund me the cost of the S7 i purchased 8 months ago then i pay full price for the Note 8 which would make me whole before you and T-Mobile decided to brick our Note 7's against our wishes.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Betting on the house

Australia's real estate obsession driving us to the brink.

"I think it's a powder keg." says investment consultant "The statistics are startling. Australians are carrying more personal debt than ever before".

For every one dollar earned, on average, Australians have nearly two dollars of debt. We hold the dubious position of having the second highest level of household debt in the world. Much of this stems from our obsession with buying real estate.

So on the whole......i'm 50/50 about this, on one hand it was full of gotcha journalism and the most ludicrous cherry picking of facts. Sydney is not Ireland or Detroit - happy to discuss specifics on why but you've probably already heard them from me before.

On the other hand......its good to give the general public warnings but lets face it when you have the ANZ pensioner who receives a cold call and 48 hours later is signing of mortgage on an investment property in QLD with no income....seriously what was she thinking?

She deserved to be separated from her money (a fool and their money)....and no amount of warnings will help her.

In addition how many investors did they film and reject before they settled on the clip of "Beavis and Butthead - Pina Colada" investors...?

Seriously if you are in your 40's and only have $300k for your retirement any actuarial table with a 4% drawdown will tell you that you have a retirement income of around $12k pa in addition to your superannuation (or in their case most likely pension) or about $115pw per person.

You arent going to be travelling around the world drinking pina coladas on $115pw.
(There is a longer post about Beavis and Butthead on and details on their financials are on the Binvested website).

Yes Syd and Melbourne is expensive.

Yes property investors overspent on WA/QLD properties driven up by FIFO mining workers......but if people invested in mining company equities.....they have also fallen.

Are mining company investors also crying into their beer that they over invested on margin and got a margin call??


Likewise.....neither should property investors be crying foul and claiming ..."the banks mislead me your honor and i was a poor naive victim of their trickery".

One final point i do want to make that "wasnt really highlighted by Four Corners" about our industry experts.

Why do you think they are appearing on TV talking about the future potential crash of Aussie property".....
This below was from a 2016 post

"The dream run is about to end. Price to income ratios are very high,” Mr Tepper said. “Anyone with a pulse could essentially get a mortgage,” he said.​

Hempton discloses has a short on the Australian housing market. Tepper has told 60 minutes, he will probably do the same.​"

Yep Jonathan Tepper – founder of London-based research house Variant Perception, known for his bearish views on the housing market has a short position and will make money when the Aussie market crashes.....

Lol btw as the market has gone up at least 10.9% in the last 12 months....Mr Tepper is most likely currently underwater on his own investment...........

But hey what do i know.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Filed under....where have you been and why didnt i do this sooner

Among its many awesome features, Microsoft Outlook allows you to easily map a contact's address using Bing Maps, making it simple to find their location. If you would rather use Google Maps instead, a simple registry edit will fix that……


Where have you been all of my life…..very happy to have found this.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Preppers ....dumbest or smartest?

As an Australian before I moved to the USA I would have chuckled reading this article in the SMH -

How loco are those Americans....what do they think is going to go wrong.

Having lived here in NYC for a few years I now understand how "out of the loop" and safe Australians feel. Our geography is a blessing and a curse.

Its a blessing that we don't feel the "knife edge" of potential change the way they do in Europe and we definitely don't feel the population struggle the way they do in Asia where just feeding the family is a daily win.

So feel free (and rightly so) to feel superior in your safety Australia, but remember decay and change "is" the status quo. You only have to ask an older person in Europe about "stable govt" and do they think they could see yet another change within their lifetime?

Or ask an economist in the sure are you we wont see another 08 yet again......?

There are currently 4m people in Sydney..........and the food supply in Coles and Woolworths has a 72 hour turnover.

How many of those 4m could grow and feed themselves for a month should some kind of widespread event occur there?

Do I'll never know but I do know that the average human requires 3 liters of water per day (+2 liters for sanitary) and the average human will consume 50,000 calories a month so for a could store everything you need under a single box spring mattress.

But hey....lets joke about NK and how loco preppers are (btw I also think NK is a joke.....but lots of other things go bump in the night).

BTW don't have enough space for 1x2x0.2 storage then get yourself a Waterbob from Amazon in the very least -


Would you cryo if it was cheap enough?


Friday, August 11, 2017


Pretty cool hashtag


Hampton Institute

The US has 800 military bases in 63 countries worldwide, and military personnel presently active in 156 countries.

The US has been at war or in a military conflict for 224 of its 241 years in existence.

The US defense budget is over $610 billion yearly, which is higher than the defense budgets of the next 8 countries combined: China (215), Russia (69), Saudi Arabia (63), UK (48), France (55), India (55), Japan (46), and Germany (41).

The US is the only country that has ever dropped an atomic bomb on a population, killing about 200,000 people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

A December 2013 WIN/Gallup poll asked 67,806 respondents from 65 countries, "Which country do you think is the greatest threat to peace in the world today?" 24% of respondents said the US. The next highest perceived threat was Pakistan at 8%. 5% believed North Korea was the greatest threat.

The US has 6,800 nuclear armaments. North Korea has less than 10.

The US has overthrown or attempted to overthrow 57 foreign governments since WW2. North Korea has overthrown or attempted to overthrow 0 foreign governments since 1953.

........Pretty much about sums up the "conflict."

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Home grown challenge

Great challenge for people to consider taking up :)

We are so far removed from where our food comes from I think it would be a huge game changer for society to ground us back to reality.


Monday, August 07, 2017


Doesn't really tell you anything you shouldn't already know.....but at least it does mention the 2012 near miss.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Final episode of #WestWing and moving on to #ER

I'm #NowWatching final episode of #WestWing lol finally got the Nancy and spend more time with your mother joke.

It was really weird watching the last ever episode of #WestWing last night eg thinking the next time we ever watch this series we'll probably be living back in Australia etc......

To cheer us up that we are done with the Bartlett administration and moving back into Trump reality we watched S1:E1 of ER last night as well....was awesome TV to watch.

So many people we knew and amazing 'story telling' not sure if its just the nostalgia sweeping over us that made it fun but really looking forward to watching this series end to though its a bit of an epic endurance eg 15 seasons with 330 episodes.....

Friday, July 21, 2017

Cash on sidelines at lowest levels ever......

Want to know why stocks are at all time highs..... I'll just leave this here.


All fun and games until the music stops (prob not until 2020.......but it WILL stop)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Australian super under performs yet again

Yet again Australian funds underperform USA market


We're just lucky we are saving more as a percentage of income than most other countries.

We need more competiton for our Super in the Australian market as they currently arent delivering the results seen elsewhere.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Tori Amos

Scored tickets to Tori Amos concert on Nov 8th at The Beacon

Ticking another one off the bucket list. Really looking forward to this one.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Sydney public transport

Great advice around public transport, one of the things that Jodie and I have learnt about living in New York is that subways=smelly BUT awesome.

There is no faster way to get around and it makes me sad that Sydney isn't doing enough to increase its infrastructure investments.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Dockless bikes coming to NYC

Ugh just saw on NY1 this morning that they are talking about bringing "dockless bikes" to NYC in order to compete against CitiBike.

As much as I don't like some of the locations that CitiBike chose for their docks its been great for the city and one of the reasons it works is that everyone uses the same platform, If you have competing platforms......then you are duplicating the resources so less efficient.

My other real issue with dockless bikes is because they can be "locked by themselves" you can basically leave them people end up leaving them..."anywhere" as once you've locked it up and walked away from it then its not your problem (similar issue to Car2Go cars that don't get parked in parking stations and instead are parked anywhere often causing issues with alternate side parking days here in Brooklyn heights).

lol don't think this is a problem.....check out whats happened in Beijing where there are a number of these companies competing -

Yo its Monday

"It goes a-1, 2, 3... Hey yo, it's just another bombtrack"
lol....awesome track to start a Monday with :)

I'm NowListening to Rage Against The Machine (1992)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Metric vs Imperial

To all my USA friends, repeat after me...... 60x60cm tile does NOT equal 24x24in

No i dont care what it says on the box !!!!! Would you move this POS country to metric for freaking sake. !!!!!

We didnt have a challenger shuttle disaster here today but yes we did have an expensive mistake here this morning :(

Monday, June 19, 2017

Living anywhere but Sydney is camping out

I've said it before and i'll say it again, there will not be a USA style housing crash in Australian property.
1/ Most USA loans are non-recourse
2/ People in the USA relocate far more often for work (think a bucket where water sloshes from one side to the other). There are over 100+ tier 1 cities in the USA and people will move about on a regular basis (not talking the collapse of Detroit style....just regular moving from NY to Atlanta for a new job style).

The closest thing we in Australia have is the mining boom/collapse in Perth where miners/construction people have vacated Perth to move east to take up construction jobs in "infrastructure" projects causing rents to fall. But there is no way that 30% of Sydneysiders are moving to Perth in the next 24 matter how bad the economy gets in Sydney. -

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Location checkin using QR codes

Neat qr code use (location checkin) – just saw this video and thought it might interest some of you

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Senator Brandis decides he wants to outlaw maths

Yet again another govt thinks that they can outlaw maths.

If i'm Hezbollah, Isis, Jemaah Islamiyah or Eesa and i want to communicate via encrypted can use off the shelf tools that make it impossible to crack without massive amounts of super computer time and this is all done with Simple Maths.

So Brandis......why dont you come clean and tell people this isnt about terrorism but its about surveillance of the population.

You cocked up the NBN and pretty much everything else in the last few years, why should i trust you with this?

I wouldnt trust you with my lunch money let alone access to every social media account in the world.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Australian annual budget review

I was at the New York version of this talk last night -

Lots of interesting nuggets of information in the slide deck. Especially the Tasmania "jump".
Not sure if any of you ever saw the tv show Fat Pig Farm, but if you didn’t try and seek it out, shows the “foodie” side of Tasmania so wondering if people moving there are “grey wanderers” looking for a cheaper lifestyle than Melbourne/Sydney.
I’ve also seen some people here on Property Chat talking about yields etc and with such a small market its easy to tip it to overload quickly so might be over before it even starts etc

Disagreed with Steve about the "inland rail" being a white elephant, like I've said here before ruralisation of Australia is the only thing that can take the pressure off Sydney/Melbourne property prices.

Anyway hopefully some of you find it of interest.

Friday, June 02, 2017

Disappointed in Forza 6 local multi player

So recently Jodie bought me an Xbox One (long story....plenty of you have heard the joke).

We recently hooked it up to play Forza6 game and after using /r/xboxone/ to find out how to do "head to head split screen racing" (as not really obvious) only to find out that there are no other bots in the race against each of you ???

Am I missing something basic? or is XboxOne really that badly designed?

I've been really dissapointed in the co-opt selection of games and the basic gameplay on even marqee titles.

Have Microsoft designers forgotten that couches mainly sit 3 to 4 people.....or are they that nerdy they only have "online friends" for multiplayer?

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Noora Noor

I'm #NowListening to Noora Noor - Forget What I Said

What a find.....never heard of her until recently and bought the cd from Amazon -

Looks like she only released 2 cd's even though she sounds awesome.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Sovereign bankruptcy

Interesting article.....(and hopefully should explain to my Australian friends why Australian property isnt a bubble compared to the USA-but thats a side note).

The bigger issues are countries/cities/states claiming bankruptcy.

Bankruptcy protection should ONLY be offered after all assets are sold off.

Too many states/cities love to borrow borrow borrow but then want to claim bankruptcy whilst still retaining valuable assets.

Doesn’t matter if we are talking Greece, Puerto Rico or Illinois….. you should only be able to claim bankruptcy after ALL assets have been sold off to pay debtors.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


I hate to be a bummer.....but seeing no one else is pointing out the irony about what sort of person kills innocent children - i dont know but we gave one of them a Nobel Peace Prize

In 2016 alone Obama dropped 26,171 bombs.....but we seem to care only about "one" that went off in Manchester last night.

I feel for any parent who lost their child on Monday night.....but it never ceases to amaze me that we never seem to ask....Why?

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Twitters Terms and Condition changes

Heads up on Twitters new T&C's.

They are now tracking your mobile phone movements
They are now tracking your browsing movements.

Uhm pass, uncheck and hit save.

Monday, May 15, 2017


Jodie and i saw Obsession last week. Not as good as Hedda Gabler but still very much worth the $20 tickets that they charge for NTL.
If you have a local cinema that shows NTL live broadcasts then very much recommend you check these productions out.

Two comments......

Jude Law can really act (was very surprised at this), its the small movements and intonation that he truly is a master of.

Second is.....what the heck happened to Ivo van Hove as a child that he has this thing about liquids "gushing from above"?? (if you've seen his production of A View from the Bridge and now this you'll know what I mean).

Rent affordability in Sydney

Was listening to a friend on my FB list posting about property investors are greedy and how the government needs to remove negative gearing, get rid of capitals gains discounts, and that the rent in Sydney is too damn high and his landlord is ripping him off at $490pw.

I posted a few screen shots of "reality calculations" in an excel spreadsheet

100% property cost + purchase costs/stamp duty/legal expenses (for his 2br Sydney apartment based on other local sales around $700k)
current mortgage rates (used 4.5%)
Annual expenses including Rates/Strata/Water/Insurance + avg repairs pa of $1k

Which means his current apartment actually costs $700pw and that his landlord collecting only $490pw is actually losing $210pw

(ignoring probably wouldn't have 100% mortgage and didn't purchase property "yesterday" at current market rate etc, but very accurate calculations apart from that).

Australian renters have never had it better and are actually benefitting from Australian tax policies in a big way.

When I pointed out that his apartment actually cost $700pw his response this shitbox no way I'd live somewhere not stupid enough to pay that much.


Saturday, May 13, 2017


Im @NowWatching #Prometheus on BluRay in anticipation of seeing #AlienCovenant next weekend. -

The second time around it doesnt piss me off as badly at the bad direction choices and the lack of scientific protocols.

Lets fly half a galaxy away and get laid.......

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Rage Against The Machine

I'm #NowListening to Rage Against The Machine (1992)

Forgot how amazingly awesome their baselines are....perfect timing with their step fall driving beat.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Janiva Magness

Anyone heard of Janiva Magness before? Seems to have been around for decades but never heard of her before....

Awesome track

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 -

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.

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.

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
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.

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 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.
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 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.


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) - 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).

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

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."

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.


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Coffin Club

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


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 :)

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Meat Pies = life is good

Was feeling homesick this whipped up some meat pies from scratch. Bit of Heinz is good.

Sunday, February 19, 2017


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 -