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Saturday 19th July, 2008

EOS 450D

Something that wasn't mentioned was the other new toy the below photos were taken on - a brand new shiny Canon EOS 450D. Using the same lenses we cart around for use with the 40D, this one's a slightly higher resolution, but slower framerate, lighter but not as durable body, and cheaper but not as featured overall.

It'll be nice to play around with - it'll be coming along to the You Yangs with me tomorrow to maybe take some snaps after the race; at the same time Stephem may head out to Beaconsfield solo to take snaps of the Dirt Riders Winter Series race.

Tuesday 10th June, 2008

Silly phone.

Ugh. So it got to a little after 12:30 today and I thought it odd that a few particular people hadn't called me back. It wasn't until I went to put my phone on charge that I realised that was because it was completely flat - so flat in fact that I couldn't even turn it on with it attached to the charger. Looks like I'd completely discharged the battery, doh.

Took me a while to figure this out though - was rather annoyed when I thought the phone was completely dead as it wouldn't turn on with the charger attached. Seems the 6500 powers itself only from the battery, and doesn't take power from the external source - that's saved only for charging.

Wednesday 5th December, 2007

All I want for Christmas is a Blinged-out Swarovski Wii.

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Holy crap, Swarovski certainly put a lot of Crystal into this one - they've gone and made a gorgeous Twilight Princess design from crystal pieces and encrusted it onto the side panels of a Nintendo Wii.

Twilight Princess Swarovski Wii

I wonder what this thing costs? I'm going to start the bidding with $craploads.

Wednesday 31st October, 2007


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This may just be the coolest digital camera accessory I've seen to date, and I want one - the Eye Fi

The gadget: The Eye-Fi. It's an SD memory card that adds Wi-Fi to any camera. Plus the free Eye-Fi service supports automatic uploads to 20 different web photo sites (like Flickr) as well as a computer on your home network.

The verdict: It works flawlessly.[source]

USD100 for a 2GB card with WiFi and some very cool builtin features... that's not too bad actually, considering a 2GB standard SD card would probably run at about AUD40 at the moment.

Wednesday 17th October, 2007

Leopard - What's the big deal?

So this morning I get into work early and am greeted by an Apple announcement that Leopard is set to ship later this month. That's fine, and it's been all hyped, but after looking over the features list I just don't quite get what all the fuss is about.

Obviously one of the biggest additions is Spaces (and perhaps Time Machine), but really without some getting used to it, I don't see myself using Spaces at this point in time.

Apple claim there's 300 'new' features, but how "Control Exposé with any button on your mouse." constitutes a new feature considering I already have Exposé bound to mouse5, I'm unsure. Other than perhaps Spaces, the list of things I find particularly interesting or useful though... well, I think I can list those on one hand:
- Dashcode
- Photo booth can now record video (which is only MAYBE useful).
- Mail now has RSS support... but unless it squashes Vienna, so what?

OSX Server looks a tad more interesting, with CalDAV (think synchronized calendars) and a Wiki server (though nothing I couldn't already download and just install).

Unfortunately they're really failed to address what OSX is really missing - Mail+iCal still fall way short on Outlook because it's missing a usable to-do list. Networking on Macs is still confusing and barely functional. It'd be nice for it to also have a *good* task scheduler, and maybe even a nice easy to use/auto scheduling backup tool.

Sadly those blinded by being Mac fans will disagree and see it an absolutely necessary upgrade - and though I'm not saying I won't upgrade eventually, right now I'm just failing to see the media fuss.

Tuesday 28th August, 2007

Exception handling the bad way

One of the things I've had to battle with quite a bit over the past three years both here at work and back at uni was getting people out of the habits of just catching and ignoring exceptions.

Rob Walling put up a good post today giving examples, and partially showing why ignoring exceptions is such a bad idea. It's summarised as this though:

Rule #1: If you can't add helpful information to an error message, don't catch the exception.
Rule #2: If you catch an exception, log it.

For the sanity of all programmers you'll ever have to work with, please adhere to these two simple pieces of advice :)

Saturday 25th August, 2007

Not surprisingly, cracking that ISP filter aint that hard.

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This is exactly why
a) Our government shouldn't be allowed to make IT spending decisions
b) Trying to censor what people see is just BS.,23599...

30 minutes to bypass the filter, 40 minutes to get past the 'fix'... and I'll bet this is just an average person/noob :)

But clearly having our own Great Firewall of China equivelant in Australia is seen by our pollies as a 'good idea' :/

Thursday 23rd August, 2007

Glassfish lives

Seven reinstalls and setups later, I've finally managed to get glassfish working with our platform here - but there's two problems.

The first is that for some reason, after getting it working, it completely breaks the asadmin control panel, so I have to hand-edit any settings in the config file.
But the most disturbing problem is that I don't know what I did differently this time to ensure that it works! As far as I'm aware, I did everyone as close to how it had been set up every other time, yet every other time ended up failing to start or having some other problem and just generally not working! ;/

Anyhow, clearly some things with Flash Remoting and Glassfish don't want to play nice together. But at least they do actually work.
(Hint: don't use flashgateway.ear - extract it as a jar instead and put the mappings in your own web.xml).

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