Bloody Idiots!

Sometimes you just want to have a grill-mounted rocket launcher…

Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime (unless he lives around the Hauraki Gulf of course…)

Give a man a car and he’ll get to and from work, give a boy a car, and a baseball cap, and the obligatory array of dials and boost meters, and an annoying exhaust – and he’ll drive like a complete dickhead and make you want to kill him in a slow, crushing into his own glove box kind of a way…

What I want is an array of cameras around my car showing the road around me, so I can record with some telemetry data superimposed on the video some of the stupid things I see on the road.
Here you are, being a good lad and indicating for 3 seconds to move lanes, when the guy behind you in his black souped up Mazda decides that since he’s faster, he can indicate once (if at all) and scream up the side of you into the lane you’re indicating toward. Now the good thing about nice shiny souped up cars versus large diesel 4x4s, is that I really don’t give a toss if you’re going to be an idiot, because I AM CHANGING LANES NOW AND YOU DON’T REALLY HAVE THE EQUIPMENT TO CUT ME OFF.
Now, with my proposed camera array hooked into my carputer, I can change lanes as indicated, and if people do stupid things to cut me off, then I’ll have the evidence should we happen to involve insurance firms (if you catch my drift).

I’m really looking forward to getting a decent car so I can build myself one of these units, this isn’t the only handy thing it would be able to do for me 🙂 And with Microsofts soon to launch(?) Microsoft Automotive, I’ll have a few options (I guess) in operating platform (though I’m still tending toward the *nix distros which already exist…

I gotta get more spare time (and cash)!

Aaaargh – the pain… THE PAIN!

I’m moving servers after many years and the transition hasn’t been a comfortable experience…

Change is good, unless your pants are loose – in which case, change can weigh things down and cause a lot of embarrassment.

After a number of years, I’ve moved my sites off my server at home to a server hosted elsewhere – it’s gone from an aging NT Server 4 box running Apache 1.3.14 (which has been remarkable stable despite what you may think) to a Debian box running the 2.42 kernel and Apache 1.3.33 which is a heap faster, but nonetheless, it’s not co-operating with my efforts to get things running smoothly.

Case in point – Server Side Includes, the httpd.conf file is setup as per what a zillion sites tell me it should look like and yet the files are not being included, this leave bits of my site like the renovations and wedding pages without navigation menus – which sucks. It’s probably something amazingly obvious but with the way things are at home and work I’m just too busy to get to the bottom of it. If anyone has suggestions, I’m open to giving them a try…

For those who feel like snooping, you can check out the uptime for http://inskeep.net via this handy wee site from Netcraft, while it doesn’t give you the historical stuff due to a lack of support by NT4 to provide such useful things as uptime.

Tricks for the TiVo

As part of the on-going duplication of data around the interweb, this page is more for my reference than anything else, but if you find this page (and find it useful, then good on you. The TiVo sites I frequent the most are NZ Tivo – The NZ TiVo Community and Oz Tivo which, despite it’s name – has a lot of valuable resources for us Kiwis too!

  • 30 Second Skip
  • Setting the Time
  • Forcing a Re-index
  • Loading a Manual Slice
  • 30 Second Skip
    The most used feature on our TiVo, great for skipping the lead-in / lead-out of recordings and all that stuff inbetween.

    Grab your TiVo remote.
    Bring up any recorded program.
    On your TiVo remote, key in the following sequence:
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