Sunday, July 11, 2021

PTV Myki website is garbage!

 If you want to lookup where your nearest Myki card retailer is located, you can't do it from the PTV Myki website!

Yet another instance of shitty govt. website design - for an overhyped, overexpensive system done by dodgy contractors and Vic govt. mandarins..  We could have had the oyster card system or even the opal card system from Sydney for a fraction of the price.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Page fiddling

Just thought I would add a blog list, but it didn't work. Link list does...strange.

We will have tomatoes out the back very soon!

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Well, the roof doesn't leak now!

 Here it is nearly the end of a not very good year for most of the planet..At least the kitchen/family room roof doesn't leak any more! I am now working on a major shed cleanout and fitting new shelving, however not sure that I can get everything that came out back in again! The Shed roof needs repair, I need to seal up the gap between the corrugated iron roofing and the brick wall capping and refix some of the sheets with roofzips.

We did get the NotBN working in October with a sane ISP (Newsprout) who were able to setup the routing and BGP for our public IP /24 network. Hooray!!!

Have done with Facebook (again); it vacuums up too much time and I spent a lot of fruitless effort trying to get it to work the way I wanted, but the Zuck machine kept sending me 'suggestions': cancelling them was a real chore. Actually, I never did understand how it was supposed to work. Instagram is even more enigmatic; I got some photos onto it, but was never able to find them again.. My siblings and children seem to spend a lot of time on it, but maybe they are more efficient! 

Saturday, August 29, 2020

roof finished, still no NBN

 The roof is finished, the back room is drying out slowly.. Still nothing from TBS about our NotBN service or the phones; If these services were critical to life, we would all be dead by now....I don't know why I am bothering waiting for Telstra..we may just pull the request and seek another solution altogether.. 

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Rainy blues

We had a load of Colorbond roofing dropped into the front garden last week, now we are waiting on the guttering and flashing to arrive along with the roofing guys from Ridgways, and for it to stop raining long enough for them to do the roof! 

The insurance guys came and looked at the interior damage which is worse than we thought, new room lining, carpeting and flooring in part...gunna run into serious money.

Meanwhile back at the network, still waiting on TBS to fix the phones and the proper NBN connection..However, with all the Covid-19 stuff going on, I am not holding my breath.. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

DTV/DAB+ wobblies

We have an older Panasonic DTV (that does HD) but the signal from Mt Dandenong is a bit borderline here (noise, pixelation). I added a 4G filter ahead of our antenna amplifier/splitter, got rid of the the 4G crud, but reduced the signal. Maybe time for a better VHF only TV antenna (cf Silicon Chip Feb 2018). We disn't have this much trouble when we had old fashioned steam analog PAL colour tv transmissions. Likewise DAB+ radio is very fussy compared to plain AM/FM..  
Still waiting on Telstra Business Systems to hook us upto the interwebs and get the phones reconnected...

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

temporary NBN

We now have a month-to month NBN connection via MyRepublic to save on the cost of Telstra 4G router connection (handy but slow - 200Gb limit). Still waiting on Telstra Business Systems to progress our phone porting and network connection..We'll see how it goes..