CAN I BE OF ASSISTANCE?

Sunday, September 16

Life

Don't Spend It All At Once - Oh

The money from that domain sale didn't last long.  Two notebooks, an external disk drive (those 8TB LaCie drives are really cheap now), a new ADSL/VDSL modem/router (since my router is old and my model is older), a bunch of cables (USB-C cables are bloody expensive) and other minor bits, and that new desk chair I'd been promising myself.  

And I think a week's worth of groceries got paid along the way because the money was sitting in my PayPal account at the time.

Well, it was nice while it lasted.  Anyone want to buy idiotpedia.com?  No, I think I let that one lapse.  Never mind.

Status Update

  • NBN: We'll get back to you in a year.  Maybe.
  • Domain sale: Unpaid.  Paid.  Spent.
  • Laptop: Out of stock.  In stock.  Out of stock.  ETA Wednesday.
  • Shiny wonderful all-singing server: Obtained! Currently testing RAID-6 RAID-10 RAID-5 RAIDZ.  Currently configuring for production with LXD 3.4 and RAIDZ1.

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Monday, July 16

Life

Freezing

Literally.  Zero degrees C overnight in my part of Sydney, and -3 in the western suburbs.  Not something that would fret those who live in temperate climes, but Sydney is subtropical; it hardly ever actually freezes here.

Brrrr.

Update: Official low at the closest government weather station was 1.4C last night, and a rather brisk -4C out in Richmond.

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Saturday, March 24

Life

Where Was I?

At my day job we've done our San Francisco and New York launch events (and both went very well), and that just leaves London this week.  This is the first weekend in a month when I haven't had to work.

I was doing something about a new social network, as I recall.

....


Nope, gone now.  Well I'm sure if it was important I'll remember it.

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Wednesday, January 31

Life

Where Has Pixy Been This Past Month?

One, busy working on stuff at my day job.

Two, busy working on taking on Facebook, Google, Youtube, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Slack, and Reddit.

Three, poking the animals on Twitter:

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Update:

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Update 2:


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Friday, December 22

Life

Fzzzzzzzzblp

First day in about six months when I haven't been rushing about in a total panic about something or other.

I'm on holidays until the 8th, the server migration is complete, the shopping is done, the bills are paid, and nothing is actually literally on fire right at this very moment.

Now what?

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Saturday, August 05

Life

And I Like It That Way

Up past 3AM repairing a broken Elasticsearch node.

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Tuesday, August 01

Life

Tohru Arrives

Was on a global conference call for work (at least five countries represented) when the knock came at my door.

Which also happened last week when the keyboard and speakers arrived...

Anyway, plugged in, switched on, works.  The included keyboard is meh, but in the US it comes with the much nicer premium keyboard that I already have.

The screen is beautiful, it's whisper quiet, and lightning fast.

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Lookit all them cores!

(Kanna also arrived.  Kanna is my fridge.)

So, first impressions: It's compact - quite a bit smaller than the iMac, though the screen is the same size. Setup was dead simple once I realised the keyboard had a USB widget and wasn't Bluetooth.

The screen is very nice - not quite as colourful as my iMac, and not quite as sharp, but there's not a huge gap, and it was little more than half the price.

It's fast, not astoundingly so, unless you've been using a $200 netbook lately in which case it is pretty astounding; and basically silent under normal load.

I used Cities: Skylines running at 4k resolution as a load test, and it runs very smoothly.  The fan definitely picked up speed as I scrolled around, but it's a fairly pleasant low-pitched sound and not noticeable if you have the game music on.  It spins back down to silent within a few seconds of exiting the game.  My main worry with this system was that it would turn into a hair dryer while gaming, but it seems to cope very well.

The sound from the internal speakers - which can't be more than an inch and a half in diameter - is okay.  I also ordered a set of external speakers because I was expecting the sound to be only okay, and the speakers are...  Fine.  Not remotely audiophile, but fine.  I wouldn't recommend buying them unless they came in a package deal from Dell.  Though there seems to be some audio processing going on, and they sounded substantially better when I switched the external speaker type in the menu, so maybe there's room for improvement.

What I wanted was a fast Windows machine for software development and occasional gaming that wouldn't take up much space and could be set up in ten minutes.

What I got was exactly that.  And a fridge.

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Monday, July 31

Life

New Fridge*

Arriving tomorrow, cleaning out the old fridge and packing anything I want to keep into a cooler.

...

Y'know, if I didn't keep things like four different flavours of ice cream, all half-eaten, I could get by with a fridge half this size.

New fridge is, of course, even larger.

* The light went on the old fridge.  Also, the door seals.  Also, one of the feet.  Also, it was leaking...  Something.  Also, it was twenty years old.

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Sunday, July 02

Life

Uh-Oh

Little Witch Academia and Doctor Who are both done.  Now what?

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Saturday, April 01

Life

Weekend

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