The wrong Good News

April 2, 2010

In Western Australia, most bars can’t trade on Good Friday: This sign has it wrong, though. That isn’t the Good News. The Good News of Easter is that Jesus Christ rose from the dead!

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Skewing the results of a survey before the results even arrive

March 28, 2010

The Perthnow/Sunday Times website is promoting “WA’s biggest law and order survey”. Questions on police, justice, road laws, bikie gangs and that sort of thing. Perhaps you’re even willing to ignore the unanswerable question 31, “Do you view bikie gangs as social clubs or as conduits for organised crime? (tick one box) Yes No Don’t […]

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Setting up a Bigpond NextG wireless connection on Linux – Part 1

January 28, 2010

Recently, Telstra Bigpond have changed the pricing on their NextG broadband that makes it (gasp!) actually competitive if you have your mobile and home phone already with them. So, interested in having a postpaid wireless broadband/redundant Internet link for an all-up price of a couple of takeaway coffees a month, I go ahead and sign […]

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Welcome to the 21st Century…

January 25, 2010

It’s only taken 15 years or so, but I’m finally using a Content Management System for my home page. Hand-coded HTML is so 90s! Oh, and the picture pane is random… refresh for a new view 🙂

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Whoa. Abandoned blog!

October 1, 2009

It’s time I started updating my blog more. So… I will 🙂

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Note to self: Go to the dentist more often!

August 30, 2007

Ouch! Have come back from the dentist today (I’ll spare you the gory details, but boy I hate needles!!), minus one tooth, several hundred dollars and with a cheerful appointment to have more poking, prodding, drilling done to me next week. Joy. Sucker for punishment I reckon!

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Why can’t I get ADSL2…?

March 30, 2007

Over the last week, I’ve been investigating ADSL2 ISPs. The lure of a 1Mbit upload rate is just too good to ignore. Upgrading would mean changing my static IP address from my ADSL provider (who don’t offer ADSL2 at my exchange, and likely won’t for a long time), which I can handle. The one thing […]

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Holden lemons leave a sour taste

December 31, 2006

I’ve just read this article by John Connolly about a poor Holden Vectra driver stuck with a four grand repair bill after the cam belt died prematurely. John invites responses about what car should win the award for car so bad it should be “taken out… and shot”. Here is my reply. Enjoy 🙂 Hello […]

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Stamp duty on new cars – thems expensive stamps!

November 21, 2006

So I make the carefully considered (yeah, right!) decision to buy a new car, then the dealer says that there is a tax called stamp duty that I have to pay. So I expect to receive with my new car two thousand dollars worth of stamps inside! 🙂 What does stamp duty actually buy, anyway? […]

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The great Telstra ADSL conspiracy?

November 5, 2006

The social and economic benefits of faster Internet access in this country is being hampered by one company – the one and only – Telstra. Telstra would have us believe that they would love to offer their customers ADSL2 but there’s no way they’re going to have the ACCC tell them how to sell it. […]

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