In a perfect world I would spend my time between inventing great new devices and systems that inspire and revolutionize things and following up on hobbies like photography and movies. In the imperfect world that we live in I work in IT to pay the mortgage and food bill by creating and maintaining computer systems that make the world of business tick over.
My original training began with computers and physics back in the early 80’s at Canterbury University weaving a career that included pumping gas, frying at McDonald’s, driver education and finally a long spell in IT.
Like most parents of school aged children my life revolves around kids, school, work and kids. Our son is our life right now and we love him dearly but we yearn for our own space and time.
This blog is about things that interest me, things that inspire me and my particular slant on life. Drop by anytime and flick me a comment if you like. I have currently disabled comments on posts because I get no-end of spam but we can still be reach on the contact us page.
During a conversation in the weekend I was reminded of a visit to Motat 2 where they hide the steamies. We paid a visit in November 2016 as a member of the Western District Model Railway Club and we had … Continue reading
The goal when I archive CDs is to get the best possible digital quality from my CDs and be protected against the loss of my collection. I don’t have as big a collection as many but I like most of … Continue reading
Looking at a CD which only has only writing or an image but no background color you will be able to straight through to the reflective back of the CD. Thus if you hold the CD at just the right … Continue reading
All modern hard drives come with SMART, Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology, which in essence allows you to monitor the status of your disks and if they have any errors. This will often alert you to dangerous situations where you … Continue reading
I have a OMV box with two disks in RAID 1, mirroring, with one disk failing. This post describes the process. Write down, on paper, the serial number of the failing disk. If you are like me all your disks … Continue reading
Zoyinc is my “brand” and this is my site so when I decided to auto-post to Facebook I thought it would be straight forward, but it did quite work out that way. These are some of the tips I found … Continue reading
On the last day of 2017 I took the boys to the beach at Mission Bay and found this on the sand a little above the high tide mark. Nearly missed it at first but really glad I didn’t. When … Continue reading
Once again at the direction of deputy principle Chris Hood, Swanson School puts on a fiery rendition of another classic full of life, energy and fun. Back to the Future has to be one of the best classic movies of … Continue reading
Swanson School had it’s first production under the leadership of Mr Hood as they weaved the classic J. M. Barrie tale of Captain Hook and Peter Pan with this adaption for stage written by Mr Hood. Follow Peter, Wendy, John and … Continue reading
Frequently you want to set the color balance for an image in Gimp but don’t want to do it manually. Fortunately it’s easy with Gimp using the eye dropper. Just select “Color | Levels” from the Gimp menu and you … Continue reading