Feb 12

I got a package in the mail today, delivered courtesy of Australia Post, naturally.  I had ordered a number plate that originated from Holland, and it was extremely well packed, complete with a packing slip professionally attached to the clearly-labelled ‘FRAGILE’ wrapping material.  The word ‘FRAGILE’ appeared in two other languages, and covered the entire package.It seems though that Australia Post does not read English, nor does it know how the word ‘fragile’ translates to either German or Dutch.  Because I was very dismayed to see my number plate (which was advertised as being in a very decent conditon) arrive at my door in the condition as per the following photographs.

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Do yourself a favour, and NEVER send anything worth more than a A4-sized letter in an envelope with a 50c via Australia Post. If you want the job done right, don’t rely on these guys. Utter dipsticks that don’t know how to do a simple job properly

Feb 01

So as I sit here, waiting ever so patiently for my replacement Mac Mini, I was thinking of another name for it, something that was more suitable for the little bugger.  I will now not christen it Anaptysium as I had mentioned in my previous blog post, but it will now be called (when I do eventually receive it) ‘Epitelius’ – again a Latinised-Greek word, but this time meaning ‘Finally’, because it’s taking so freakin’ long to get its butt here!

The machine is currently located at Sydney customs and has been since 3:30pm-ish today, but since that’s too late in the day for TNT to deliver a machine interstate, and since today is a Friday of all days, I won’t be able to receive the machine here in Melbourne until Monday.


Jan 21

UPDATE: Unfortunately, the Mac Mini that was delivered to me had a problem of not being able to boot up correctly. After a couple of days of trying to make the machine work, I had called Apple Australia Customer Technical Support, and after the standard “try this, try that” routine the machine was declared DOA and I Have returned it to Apple via courier (naturally at no cost to me). So I am now waiting for a new machine to be delivered to me again, here’s hoping that I have better luck this time!

Well I have gone out and bought my first new Apple Mac desktop machine. This time I chose to buy a Mac mini, since space on my desk is a premium (suiting the Mac mini), I wanted to provide my own monitor (so iMac was out of the question) and I didn’t have squillions of money (so the Mac Pro was, unfortunately, out of the question).I ordered it from the online Australian Apple store on Wednesday 16th January 2008 and it arrived early this morning at my work place, which is why the pictures taken of the unpacking ceremony were not taken at home. Continue reading »

Dec 16

Just to let you all know that I have added more pics of the ol’ girl to my My Car page.

Nov 15

Very well done.

Sep 02

I have removed the Captcha plugin for WordPress called “Cryptographp” because of some fatal errors / bugs in the PHP used to generate the images as of late. I guess an update with WordPress must’ve broken it. Apologies to anyone out there who was trying to post a reply in my blog — you can do so now.

Don’t think that spam isn’t blocked anymore though — Akismet is still enabled so there could possibly be a delay in seeing your message show up on screen if Akismet thinks your blog post is spam.

Sep 02

Hey everyone, just wanted to post some pics of my “new” Mac. It’s a Mac SE/30 with 8MB RAM and an 80MB hard drive. It’s got a bit of a tan but she’s a solid machine. I’m planning to put a network card in to put it on the network, and maybe run it as a web server or something — you know, something crazy. Click on Read More to see the pictures that I took of it today.
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Aug 01

Jul 03

I have recently landed a new job at a company called Digital Dogma, based in St Kilda in Melbourne. I’m pretty excited about this new position, as it brings me into a new direction and offer me challenges that I hopefully will savour. However, after having 2 interviews with the company and discussed (among other things) dress code, I had to go home and figure out what “business casual” meant.

Thankfully, Geek Etiquette has already written a huge wealth of information about the etiquette that the average geek has to face with when interacting with the rest of society. I have poured over all this information and now trying to absorb as much information as I can. I now know what to watch out for and the “look” that I am trying to achieve, so I will be shopping with the missus tomorrow to achieve that.

I doubt Kirrily “Skud” Robert is reading my blog, but in case you are, thanks for all this information. You’re a life saver!

Here are the articles that I found especially interesting and helpful:
Dresscodes: Geek vs Non-Geek
Business Casual (five star article!)
Semi Formal: the geek guide

The credit card is going to be a little extra warm tomorrow methinks!

PS. I got a little carried away with the other articles within the blog site — Geek Etiquette doesn’t just touch on personal etiquette, but other forms of etiquette as well, including web, email, phone and general corporate. Here is another extra link I found interesting:
Do I have to go to my company’s social events?

Jun 29

Dyson (the vacuum manufacturer) have developed and prototyped a new, revolutionary air hand dryer for public restrooms. Very cool idea and implementation — check out the review by Rich Demuro.