Covid-19 Testing Experience

My son was showing Covid-19 symptoms so I finished work early to take him to get tested and myself at the same time (I had very mild symptoms – you can’t be too safe, right?). We live in Epping so I decided we’d do The Northern Hospital. There was a huge line of cars just to enter the street the hospital is on because everyone’s going to the drive-thru testing at Pacific Epping shopping center which is opposite the hospital – we couldn’t do drive-thru because my son is under 6 years old.

A Bad Time Food and Drinks Weird

Boston Molassacre

Hilarious pun but tragic disaster, in the year 1919 21 people lost their lives to a flood of molasses.

A literal sticky situation.

A large storage tank filled with 2.3 million US gal (8,700 m3)[3] weighing approximately 13,000 short tons (12,000 t) of molasses burst, and the resultant wave of molasses rushed through the streets at an estimated 35 mph (56 km/h), killing 21 and injuring 150.[4] The event entered local folklore and residents claimed for decades afterwards that the area still smelled of molasses on hot summer days.[5][4]


You can read the Wikipedia article here. It’s events like this that lead to the safer world we live in today, and there’s always a lesson to learn from history.

Speculation Technology

Apple Predictions

Based on the numerous leaks and rumors of Apple shifting to the use of their own processors in 2021, abandoning Intel as they did IBMs PowerPC architecture in 2006 I’ve come up with some predictions. Note I’m not an industry pundit this is just my guess – if I’m right I’ll bring it up later, if not this post will fade into the depths of obscurity.

The original Mac Mini from 2005, originally touted as the most affordable Mac at the time of its release.
Funny Speculation

A meal? A succulent Sophisticated State Actors meal?

The Prime Minister announced today that Australia has been under cyber attack but refused to publicly point a finger, instead referring to our adversary as a “Sophisticated State Actor”. I think I have an idea…

A Bad Time Food and Drinks

Most Caffeine in Soft Drinks is Synthetically Produced in China

Naturally extracted caffeine is burned out from heated-up coffee beans. But most of the caffeine used in soft drinks is actually synthetically produced in Chinese pharmaceutical plants. After visiting one of these plants — the world’s largest, in fact — Carpenter can only describe it as “sketchy.”


You can read the article from 2014 over at NPR. Too bad I’m a caffeine addict.

Sysadmin Thoughts

When Too Many Users have Accounts on a Domain Joined Windows Computer

When I started my technician/sysadmin job one of the first things I wanted to do was re-image and re-deploy our fleet of netbooks for the students to use as there were a few SoE’s and even Windows versions in use. I dumped Windows Deployment Services (WDS) in favor of a live Clonezilla server using PXE which allowed me to configure as many computers as I could fit on my workbench all at once (our WDS server was broken and could apparently handle only three consecutive computers before failing). Part of my workflow involved some PowerShell scripts I would leave in the local Administrator’s desktop which I ran to rename the computer, join the domain and separate functions to install WiFi certificates and add the WiFi network. As you could imagine they were like my illegitimate Lenovo children and I’d fix them up when they got injured or needed some attention. I must have done a good job of keeping them going because two years later an issue we didn’t consider had reared its head for the first time – the storage on the netbooks started to hit 100% usage causing all sorts of issues from failure of students to log in (each has their own Active Directory account) to straight up system crashes as the memory filled up (can’t page to the disk when it’s full). 120GB is not nearly enough for a shared Windows device in 2020.

My Projects

Upgrading my Home Network to 10GBe Fiber

This project has been in the works for a while but I was determined to wrap it up this weekend and to my relief everything’s working as expected (I totally knew it would). It started off with a bargain find on eBay, a HP ProCurve 2910al-24G managed switch for $65 shipped. I looked up the specifications and was surprised to see it supported 10GBe via SFP+ and thought that would be pretty neat to add to my cabinet and start working towards a network with some 10GBe equipment. It arrived and to my disquietude realised when looking up compatible transceivers an optional module (HP J9008A) was required that added 2x 10GBe SFP+ ports, a module mine didn’t have. To my dismay and stuck with 1GBe I nearly gave up when I found the modules cost entirely more than I paid for the switch!

Pulled from a production environment.

ABC News Theme – Pendulum Remix

Listening to Spotify I stumbled upon something mildly interesting from one of my favourite groups Pendulum.

My Projects

Home Network Update

I’ve wanted to post about my home network since I started this blog, about the different equipment I chose and why, the costs, benefits and lessons I’ve learned along the way (quite a few actually). What you’re looking at is one such lesson I learned the hard way.

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A Bad Time

I Should Have Been Watching my Weight

I used to use this smart scale to weigh large/bulky packages (I’d weigh myself with and without a package and the difference was the packages weight). Luckily it was tempered glass but that crunch sound continues to resonate in my mind.