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.
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
I have running VMware ESXi servers for years, sometimes at work on servers but recently at home on a whole bunch of older desktop machines. Not too many problems and when I did have problems it was usually about an … Continue reading
I need to run some scripts every night to move some files around in OMV. I want something that simple and easy to maintain and more or less stock standard. There are probably many variations on how this could be … Continue reading
I had a working Open Media Vault system with notifications going out and then it stopped. OMV runs on Debian. In the log I started seeing: The actual error was: postfix/error: 1D96741676: to=<email@example.com>, relay=none, delay=175894, delays=175853/41/0/0.24, dsn=4.4.3, status=deferred (delivery temporarily … Continue reading
I have a SonicWALL TZ 205w sitting behind my fibre connection with my web server running on an ESXi server connected to the SonicWALL via a VLAN to isolate it from my LAN. This has proved to be a bit … Continue reading
I have an ESX server on my LAN and I want to connect it to the DMZ on my SonicWALL using a VLAN as the ESX server only has one network adaptor. The SonicWALL is a TZ 205w which is … Continue reading
We recently got fibre to our house using Spark as the ISP and of course Chorus as the installer. The fibre terminates in the house at the ONT, optical network terminal. The ONT has an Ethernet RJ-45 socket that you connect … Continue reading