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.
I run WordPress on Apache 2.2 on RedHat. A WordPress instance, is just a bunch of PHP files, various image files and uploaded files and a database – that’s pretty much it. So to backup and restore you need to … Continue reading
We hadn’t really watched earlier seasons of TV3’s “The Block NZ” but when Josh was captivated by Australia’s “House Rules” I suggested he watch The Block NZ — as they say the rest is history. When the time came for … Continue reading
My kit for this exercise is: SonicWall: TZ 215, (SonicOS Enhanced 126.96.36.199-1o) SonicWall setup This section creates the SonicWall stuff that takes the VLAN from the VMware ESX host and connects it to a SonicWall interface port. To keep everything … Continue reading
Manukau Live Steamers, https://manukaulivesteamers.co.nz/ at Centre Park on Robertsons Road Mangere are a great place to go for some fun out for the kids. This club “was formed in 1980 to build a ground level track so members that were … Continue reading
As a user of the Weaver WordPress theme I have moved to using the Weaver sliders in my posts. This is how to create a slider. Click on “Add Media”: Then: select the images you want, remember if you want … Continue reading
If you want to convert a dictionary object to JSON you would use something like:
myJSON = json.dumps(myDict, indent=4, sort_keys=True)
I have a Nikon Coolpix S7000 compact camera that I use for most things. Its showing it’s age and it would be nice to replace it – one day. The other day I learned a painful lesson, this camera has … Continue reading
Fortunately Open Media Vault, OMV, emails warnings when disks are failing. This is also true for the system disk. I have been getting warnings my old system disk is failing and this is what I did to fix it. First … Continue reading
Azure pipelines are great, but a frustration is how to persist variables through phases in build and release pipelines. For two tasks running in the same agent phase you can pass variables a number of ways. If it is a … Continue reading
When you try to scan a thick booklet or a book you can often get the above ugly crease around the staples when you try to lay the booklet flat. Less than desirable, the question is how to remove the … Continue reading