One of the High Voltage Power Lines Destroyed by the Storm

SA Power outage Blackstart in relatively plain English

On Wednesday 28 September 2016 at 4:16pm South Australia had a state wide power outage, a black start event. I, like most people were still at work and managed to continue working for a couple of hours thanks to laptop batteries and mobile phone internet. Although riding my bike home would have been crazy given the…

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Personal Weekly Review – 12 item list

If you don’t learn from your mistakes, you are doomed to repeat them. As such, doing a regular review is important and talked about in plenty of life hacking / self-help books. The thing is, I’ve had a weekly repeating Google Calendar entry about doing a weekly review for years, but it just said “Weekly Review”….

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Initial Ansible Install on Ubuntu

Because I have to run this on any new Ansible or Vagrant machine, here’s a note to myself to make this a little faster. For Ubuntu Linux machines sudo apt-get –assume-yes install nano man git python # For a new, minimal install of Ubuntu, e.g a Vagrant Box, they don’t even include a ~/.bashrc file nor nano…

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Can the REM stack be a thing

REM stack : React Express MongoDB   It’s like the MEAN stack which means Mongo, Express, Angular Node. But Express is built on top of Node and is redundant. The other stack I still use a bit of LAMP. Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP. If you like the idea then you can retweet this. Can the…

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PHP5.6 (or higher) on Ubuntu 14.04

Ubuntu 14.04’s official repo isn’t going to support PHP 5.6 or above. I’m currently on v5.5.9-1 and needed to move to a higher version for a Symfony PHP app I’m working on. Most googling shows you the outdated answer so here’s the commands that worked for me. sudo apt-get install python-software-properties sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php sudo…

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Synology NAS – Start with the smaller drives first

When you are setting up a Synology NAS, such as the 8 bay ( DS1815+ ) system I got, you’ll want to start with your smallest drive first and add larger ones over time. If you start with your biggest drive, you won’t be able to make use of the smaller ones.   The reason is best…

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Windows 10 Anniversary update broke Vagrant

If you are like me and use a Windows machine to do web development on, but use a Linux Vagrant virtual machine, then you likely had issues with the virtual box VM not working after the Windows 10 Anniversary update. I found that after spending hours waiting for Windows 10 to update, my usual vagrant…

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Lets Treat Violence like a Contagious Disease

A number of years ago I watched Gary Slutkin’s TED talk on treating violence like a contagious disease and it has drastically changed the way I think about terrorist attacks, military war, police brutality, world peace and more. If you haven’t watched the presentation already I HIGHLY recommend you do. Actually the rest of the…

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The Wealth of Nations but not of the world

So I recently started listening to the audiobook of Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations. It’s an epic 36 hour long audiobook. I’ve got the physical book as well and it’s also an epic tome. But, within the intro chapter Adam Smith already makes some presuppositions or at least conclusions which irritate me.  For example…

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I’m choosing to do what I love

I’d been feeling down for a few months now. My girlfriend was worried I was depressed, I likely was. My productivity was barely 30% of what it could be. I would work a couple of hours, feel exhausted and go home to play computer games or watch TV shows. There was a whole variety of…

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