Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Time for USA troops to leave Syria

You have to wonder how much this is costing per day and where the money could be better spent eg building bridges/roads in the USA - heck Nancy Pelosi how about we tie to border wall to removal of USA bases and troops in Syria and we would probably come out in front.

Sunday, December 02, 2018

Bios chip removal without a PLCC extractor

Who would have thought a bent paperclip would solve the day.

Found this suggestion on google while trying to swap out a bios motherboard chip today.....bent the last 5mm of a paper clip with needle nose pliers as shown below and it totally works, popped straight out.

Felt total MacGyver worthy.

Saturday, November 03, 2018

Bohemian Rhapsody

Just saw Bohemian Rhapsody - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1727824  tonight, awesome movie, well worth seeing on the big screen.

Rami Malek is an awesome actor (interesting as always thought had limited range in Mr Robot).


https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1727824

Friday, November 02, 2018

Watson Twins

Happy Friday everyone, an oldie but a great one.

Watson Twins - Waves

Never understood why these guys weren't more famous.



Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Disk Smith 2.0

Sounds like he's becoming Dick Smith 2.0
- https://www.theage.com.au/national/fair-dinkum-power-pm-inspires-atlassian-co-founder-to-create-pro-renewables-brand-20181031-p50d69.html

Good on him, we need more successful founders to shake up the status quo in Australia.

https://www.theage.com.au/national/fair-dinkum-power-pm-inspires-atlassian-co-founder-to-create-pro-renewables-brand-20181031-p50d69.html

Friday, October 19, 2018

Spouses of H-1B visas banned from working

https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2018/10/19/spouses-of-h-1b-visa-holders-banned-from-working.html


https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2018/10/19/spouses-of-h-1b-visa-holders-banned-from-working.html

As a spouse who came to the USA on a spousal visa (I was on a L2 as part of my wifes intra-company L1) i find this very short sighted on the part of the President.

However.....since when has that ever stopped him making bad mistakes.

(BTW signing up for a greencard is a terrible idea....make sure you google "Heart Taxation Act" or click here http://bit.ly/HeartTaxationAct to understand the issues around going down this path).

Monday, October 15, 2018

Sydney traffic

Proof yet again we need more subway underground railways in Sydney.....yes they are expensive.....but until we do - living in Sydney is only going to suck more an more

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-15/traffic-congestion-australian-automobile-association-report/10376444

(and no- sorry these toy trams that they put out to the uni dont count- absolutely ridiculous).

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-15/traffic-congestion-australian-automobile-association-report/10376444



Saturday, October 13, 2018

First Man

Jodie and i just watched First Man https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1213641/



Congratulations to Ryan Gosling. We weren't actually planning on seeing this at the movies and ended up watching it by accident. But very glad we did as it was an amazing piece of true cinema art.

Very interesting watching this 50 years later in a time when we are just on the cusp of "space tourism" in that it shows the gritty true engineering nature of space flight.



I came across this review - perfectly accurate.

"First Man" is so immersive in its glitchy, hurtling, melting-metal authenticity that it makes a space drama like "Apollo 13" look like a puppet show.
- https://variety.com/2018/film/reviews/first-man-review-ryan-gosling-damien-chazelle-1202920157/




https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1213641/

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Bloomberg SuperMicro article

Reading this my thinking is huh? Whats the big deal - https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-10-04/the-big-hack-how-china-used-a-tiny-chip-to-infiltrate-america-s-top-companies  


I'm not sure if the Bloomberg reporter either doesn't understand the technology OR its a govt led PR propaganda piece they are making out this was a hack, its simply management access "out of band".


Here’s a shocker......every CPU made by Intel since the P6 in 2008 (eg Core2 Duo's and Core 2 Quads) has something very similar.


https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-10-04/the-big-hack-how-china-used-a-tiny-chip-to-infiltrate-america-s-top-companies

Monday, October 01, 2018

American finance websites commenting on Australian property

American finance websites commenting on Australian property.....
https://wolfstreet.com/2018/10/01/australia-sydney-melbourne-house-price-condo-unit-bubble-new-construction-supply/#comment-154939
Every housing bubble requires the connivance of the banks and their regulators, and Australia is no exception. A banking scandal of enormous proportions has partially come to light via the Royal Commission investigation



My Thoughts;
1/ Australia doesn't have jingle mail.....so borrowers are unlikely to leave banks on the hook for anything.
2/ Australia has 2 big cities and 5 country towns.....so borrowers tend not to sell because they are moving interstate for a better job.
3/ Australia only has 2 "high cost cities" eg imagine trying to work out cost of living in the USA if 50% of people lived in LA and NY......
4/ Unless you bought in the last 6 months of the peak.....you are still in the money. eg 15% up in 2017 means down 5% you are still ahead.
5/ We don't have strippers buying 5 properties (well not as many as the USA) so you wont have a Las Vegas style contagion happening in Australia.

Instead what will happen is, as banks increase mortgage rates due to RBA and out of cycle mortgage increases....hard working people will pay down their debt and reduce leverage.

Snoozefest.


Cheers,
Dean

Oh and people wanting a 40% crash so they can "get in to the market" are still going to be whining in 5 years everything is still too expensive.....

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Living Colour

Im #NowListening to Living Colour - Everything Is Possible
I forgot how much raw funk and power is in these tracks :)

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Fragrance Hotel Singapore

So the SysOps engineers at Fragrance Hotel, Singapore are negligent and dont secure their wifi network leaving guests traffic vulnerable....but the guest who writes about this is sent to jail and fined??

Wow......gives "enjoy your stay" a new meaning.

- https://www.scmp.com/tech/enterprises/article/2165855/tencent-engineer-slapped-fine-hacking-hotel-wi-fi-singapore


https://www.scmp.com/tech/enterprises/article/2165855/tencent-engineer-slapped-fine-hacking-hotel-wi-fi-singapore

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Google domain naked url forward problem

Ugh......don't know why this isn't more obvious in the help docs....but I found it online after 20 mins of futzing around trying different combinations.


When you register a domain with google domains you can set up to 100 sub-domain forwarding etc eg
www.Acme.com
Sales.Acme.com
Accounts.Acme.com


The problem I was finding is if I typed in www.Acme.com it was forwarding fine. However, if I typed in http://Acme.com it wasn't working at all.

Basically would return no such domain....... (even though I had already setup the *.Acme.com wildcard to work - and it was working fine, eg if I typed in random subdomains that didn't exist.....would send them to www.Acme.com just fine).

What I was missing is forwarding "the google naked domain" and how you do that is setup subdomain forward as you always would......but then enter just  @  on its own in the subdomain then fill out www.Acme.com as the destination.

Ugh like I said.....simple but lots of futzing around to get there.

Hopefully through SEO this post will help someone out :)

Friday, September 14, 2018

Syrian "exclusion zone"

Can you imagine how the USA would react if China set up a 35 mile "boundary zone" in Texas for Mexican "refugee protection".....

- https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-09-13/us-marines-conduct-live-fire-drills-syrian-rebels-unprecedented-display


https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-09-13/us-marines-conduct-live-fire-drills-syrian-rebels-unprecedented-display

Steve Eisman ....10 years later.

Worthy reading.


Interesting point about nothing major to 2020 and govt manipulation changing the rules  (my personal echo-chamber...?) i still think there will be a short dip in March when people start filing USA tax returns and learning what the Trump tax cuts mean to them.


- https://business.financialpost.com/news/economy/what-the-big-shorts-steve-eisman-thinks-of-the-financial-crisis-10-years-later?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FP_TopStories+%28Financial+Post+-+Top+Stories%29#comments-area



Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Sydney Rents going up

Going to be interesting to see what happens to Sydney rents as people realize they cant get funding for their first homes under the new APRA lending rules......

- http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-11/property-prices-in-sydney-melbourne-likely-to-remain-stagnant/10231796


http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-11/property-prices-in-sydney-melbourne-likely-to-remain-stagnant/10231796

Monday, September 10, 2018

Are we being racist when it comes to live sheep exports?

https://www.facebook.com/stockjournal/posts/10157716736644622?


https://www.facebook.com/stockjournal/posts/10157716736644622?__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARBnreUpATrlhjQ7XuFMcTmRiGbfMN3QtUFuLTWZKChmwcTnQIe0ilbQJ3R67mqMxF83XIpsbtyH5bVCCHHFM1Cc3MXdouapARqutNWTbSZHPPHvV8MyYGjcHHcmMsfYrZpAxPmdg2deQsTDp6-49bbl6FsE_gS4nMmIJzID775QB1kqPLqyDFE&__tn__=-R




Makes you wonder if we could ever see a future where the consumption of meat is banned entirely...... eg this political movement seems to have come about fairly rapidly.....


Whilst i support penalties against mistreatment of sheep, and some carriers have done a shockingly bad job so deserve to be fined/lose their license; I wonder how city folk would feel is we said sheep can only be transported a maximum of 240 kilometers before processing and their retail prices in Coles/Woolies doubled overnight as a reflection of this.....because basically this is what we are saying to customers in the Middle East eg you MUST purchase refrigerated or frozen meat from Australia and you MUST have the refrigeration/power capabilities that come along with that requirement.

Friday, September 07, 2018

#MelbTechCity takes Silicon Valley

Should have said...."no poop in the streets in Melbourne" if they really wanted people to consider moving there from SF......

https://www.facebook.com/PhilipDalidakisMP/videos/694007384287673/

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Huge Kaepernick billboard in SF today

https://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/Colin-Kaepernick-billboard-nike-football-just-do-i-13204328.php
https://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/Colin-Kaepernick-billboard-nike-football-just-do-i-13204328.php

Assholes on CNBC talking tonight about how "businesses shouldnt do politics" FU....what was Citizen United legislation all about then?

Half of your guests have lobbyists on speed dial and now that you have someone standing up for what cant be bought you are telling me "businesses shouldnt be getting involved in politics??"

Friday, August 31, 2018

DDNS client for windows

I've come across a problem recently in that my Zywall 110 only has a max of 10 DDNS entries
- https://twitter.com/deancollins/status/1035287844066152449


Ive been slowly moving my domains over from www.Noip.com to http://domains.google as they come up for renewal but Google domains uses Dynamic DNS (eg dyndns2 protocol).

You would think finding a windows update client would be easy right....?

Nope - they are all either scripts you can update dynamic dns urls from a bat file etc or are for unix/Linux installations or a lot of android versions (....im assuming so you can browse to your phone via ip to do updates).

Ugh for some reason the exact solution I was looking for was hidden away after 1 hour of google searching / links etc  DynSite - http://noeld.com/dynsite.asp


Supports a ton of providers located at http://noeld.com/services.htm

Supports a ton of routers for obtaining networked ip address - http://noeld.com/routers.htm (not the Zywall 110....but it can obtain ip address with a websearch)

Took me a bit to work out the configuration (my dumb mistake....) see below, but this windows client does exactly what I need so hopefully with some SEO magic this link will help someone else out find DynSite - http://noeld.com/dynsite.asp faster.



Cheers,
Dean

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Waymo

I take it my $GOOG shares aren’t going to benefit from Waymo anytime soon :(

https://twitter.com/amir/status/1034442936774258688


https://twitter.com/amir/status/1034442936774258688

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Buy a bale.....?

Interesting timing on this video.....

This weeks Landline is about 'destocking livestock" and infrastructure preparation in a drought......which is what i posted about in reference to the "buy a bale" campaign recently
Worth a watch.

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Sometimes in April sniff..... :(

Thinking about seeing them in October as 34 years since Purple Rain was released....
- https://youtu.be/bsVJWXnjyVA?t=2m59s



Sunday, July 29, 2018

Woman in the Wilderness

Just finished reading this book after seeing a BBC interview on Miriam Lancewood
- https://amzn.to/2LWisGB

Quick read, but interesting insights.

I hope there is a followup to come in another decade or two, ignore the wilderness part...its really a love story and a comment on choices we make in life.

https://amzn.to/2LWisGB

Thursday, July 26, 2018

The Well

Love Love Love this album. - https://amzn.to/2AdFGGN

Found out about Charlie Musselwhite when he toured with Ben Harper, have been devouring all of his albums in the last few weeks.

https://amzn.to/2AdFGGN

Friday, June 29, 2018

Fleetwood Mac (the early stuff)

Been noticing lately that im constantly replaying over and over Fleetwood Mac's - Need Your Love So Bad - https://amzn.to/2Kvrk5l   (the 13 minute versions on The Pious Bird Of Good Omen album track 10).

Its like I hear a different intonation with every listen. Pure perfection


https://amzn.to/2Kvrk5l

Monday, June 18, 2018

The Damned by Ivo Van Hove

Just bought tickets to Ivo Van Hove's play "The Damned".


This will be the 3rd play we've seen of his and love his innovative stage and production techniques and having watched the video snippet of the european production.....dont expect anything less than another masterpiece - https://vimeo.com/275337121


For friends of ours living in New York....if you are going to be here in July 17th to 28th you should definitely get tickets that are on sale now.


http://www.armoryonpark.org/programs_events/detail/the_damned





The Damned from Park Avenue Armory on Vimeo.

Sunday, June 03, 2018

#DPSS18 - Dawn of Private Space Science Symposium

Just spent 2 very enjoyable days watching the livestream of the #DPSS18 conference.


http://www.privatespacescience.com/
The Dawn of Private Space Science Symposium is a platform to facilitate communication between the private space industry and scientists. The symposium brings together leading scientists, foundations, corporations, policy makers, and commercial spacelines under one roof to create opportunities for scientific research in space.


The stream is a bit rough eg you need to fastforward over the starts/breaks but the content/discussions are pretty good (it went for 2 days - so Saturday is video 1, Sunday is video 2)

https://livestream.com/InternetSociety3/dpss18/videos/175748661
and
https://livestream.com/InternetSociety3/dpss18/videos/175791353 

Thursday, May 31, 2018

TicketFly

Hmmm @TicketFly hacked and offline.


Was about to log in to print out some tickets for next week......should be back up by then but interesting for people who have tickets for this weekends events.


An interesting world we live in.



Tuesday, May 22, 2018

EU questioning of Mark Zuckerberg

I'm @NowWatching the European questioning of Mark Zuckerberg.

Wondering what people are thinking about these claims by the EU on how Facebook is "just wrong" and people in Europe don’t want to use it apart from lol...apart from millions of people keep signing up and using it every day.

I keep thinking.....he doesn't get paid enough.

The smartass asking 6 questions without pausing for answers/or the questions to be written down with final part 6 saying Facebook should be broken up because he wants to see a European competitor.....

My response would be GAGF.

I've never been pro Facebook.....but these questions are a witch hunt.

No wonder Europe is in such a mess.

Eg the guy who was late to the start of the meeting because of the strikes in France but now asking for $198 compensation for every facebook users data.

Or the Irish politician wants Facebook to prevent fake accounts (idiot Irish kid who posted embarrasing sex photo and killed himself).....but the other EU politicians want to ban Facebook from building shadow accounts. (Which are used to prevent fake account generation).

This is why EU is screwed up they can't agree on what they want.

Lastly....just plain ugh, this questioning format is ridiculous but well done by Mark in not getting frustrated with their incompetence.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Belinda Carlisle - Since You've Gone

Happy Friday everyone one.

Been listing to The Go-Go's and Belinda Carlisle ever since I read this post yesterday - https://www.facebook.com/OfficialGoGos/posts/1648190308552126 .

Happy Friday and enjoy the weekend everyone :)



Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Twitter implements system wide censorship

Twitter implements system wide censorship.....lol let's guess what's next....pay for your account otherwise your posts won't get seen.

- http://amp.slate.com/technology/2018/05/twitter-will-start-hiding-tweets-that-detract-from-the-conversation.html

Lol stick a fork in them if this gets widespread adoption which is a shame as they were providing a nice real time counter balance to Facebook.

So lame @Jack


Saturday, May 12, 2018

Promiscuous forms of CRISPR

Nothing to see here.....move along.
https://www.statnews.com/2018/03/05/crispr-off-target-editing/


lol that there is even a term "promiscuous forms of CRISPR ".......and that this isn't freaking people out.


https://www.statnews.com/2018/03/05/crispr-off-target-editing/

Saturday, May 05, 2018

CRISPR

Watched an interesting 60 Minutes episode this week.
- https://www.cbsnews.com/video/crispr-the-gene-editing-tool-revolutionizing-biomedical-research/  


and the "deeper conversation" 60 mins overtime - https://www.cbsnews.com/news/scientists-can-use-crispr-to-edit-genes-should-they/  that they didn't cover in the basic story.


Been reading up on various sites today, interesting to see lots of issues with immunology that crispr will have - https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/01/crispr-humans-immune-system/549974/  


And some of the potential causes of concern eg this one https://www.nytimes.com/1999/11/28/magazine/the-biotech-death-of-jesse-gelsinger.html  


Whats really interesting is how "DNA specific" CRISPR can be....lol Kim Jong Un using a porta potty and taking his poop back home with him from the meeting doesn't seem so dumb after all anymore......


No need to use "laced toothpaste" anymore and worry someone else will use it.........just get a DNA sample, cook up some gene editing substances specific enough and ship an entire case through channels.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

How to Add IP Addresses to Exchange 2007 IP Block List

You would think this is fairly simple right.....


You want to block an IP address from sending you spam and you google to find out how and get this page as the number one result...
- https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb123801(v=exchg.80).aspx



This topic explains how to use the Exchange Management Console or the Exchange Management Shell to add IP addresses to the IP Allow list and IP Block list for connection filtering in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. The Connection Filter agent is an anti-spam agent that is enabled on computers that have the Edge Transport server role installed.
IP Block lists and IP Allow lists are administrator-defined lists that specify IP addresses and IP address ranges that are acted on by the Connection Filter agent. The Connection Filter agent disconnects the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) session after all MAIL FROM: headers in the message are processed if the following conditions are true:
  • The Edge Transport server is connected directly to the Internet.
  • An originating IP address matches an IP address or IP address range on the IP Block list. 
What they don't explain is ....you turn IP Blocking On/Off at the "Organizational Level".... and you enter individual IP addresses on at a "Server Level".






"Organizational Level"....
Turn on here




"Server Level"....
Selecting the Internet facing connector THEN enter IP addresses you want to block on Anti-Spam tab.






Seems obvious when reading the TechNet instructions at https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb123801(v=exchg.80).aspx after you've worked out "how to block spam ip addresses in Exchange 2007" but you think they could edit the article to make it a little clearer.

Hope this saves you 15 mins of digging around......

Cheers,
Dean