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Grandad turns 100!
jawapro
Mon 15/09/2014 09:28 PM


 
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Wow! Some things are a once in a lifetime event – turning 100 is a once in a very rare lifetime event!

Grandad celebrated his 100th birthday this weekend. The family gathered from around the country, and he had a ball (so did I).

Born at the start of the Great War, Fred (my mother’s father’s father) has seen so much in his 100 years. It’s great to stop for a while and have a yarn with him.  And yes, he is still very much ‘with it’.

Happy Hundredth Grandad!



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My new server - Deep Thought
jawapro
Fri 05/09/2014 10:40 PM


 
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Taxtime! In my case that means I get some money back from the taxman - but only because I pay too much during the year. It’s sort of enforced savings on my part.

Last year that allowed me to purchase Pandora (my main PC). This year I’ve spent part of it replacing my server.

Allow me to introduce Deep Thought! Well, basically it’s a black box, but it’s now my new server.

It has 8TB of disk which should last me a few weeks, and a brand new SSD for the OS.

While I’m at it, my TV PC has been replaced with a Dell I got from Jason (I swapped him a smaller HP I was using as a monitor stand). The old HP that has been handling my media centre duties has done well over the years, but it was getting pretty old. The new Dell wasn’t much better initially - but a heap of extra RAM and an SSD and it flies now! Although a completely different PC, it retains the name Jordan, as that was the name of my media centre.

And yet another Dell - this time named Sputnik - has taken up residence in the shed. This little guy is so I have internet access and more importantly, so I can watch my TV shows out there! And once again - some extra RAM and an SSD made all the difference.

I tell you - it’s dangerous shopping for computer gear - an SSD here, some extra RAM there - it adds up quickly...

Deep Thought will also host a pair of VMs called Trillian and Zaphod to run specifics tasks for Jason and myself, which will replace the old Castle and Beckett.

Sometimes I really am a geek...



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Lego Iron Throne
jawapro
Mon 11/08/2014 10:15 PM

 
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I finally put my Lego Iron Throne project together.

I hope you agree - there is really only one person with the rights to be sitting on that throne - good old George himself!



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Storm Damage
jawapro
Mon 11/08/2014 10:13 PM

 
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In all that bad weather a few weeks back - my fence blew down!

Fortunately my retired neighbor had been planning to replace it anyway - and put in all the work - I just need to pay for my half of the costs.



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Another G60!
jawapro
Wed 23/07/2014 07:09 PM

 
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Ok - so I bought another G60, but it’s not going to live in my parent’s paddock, this one is living on my desk!

It’s an awesome little model of an awesome car - but there’s a bit of a tale that goes with it too.

For a long time I’ve said if I ever saw a model of a normal G60, I’d buy it in a flash. The only model available has been of the FirePatrol (a G60 firetruck from Japan). Now although I admit there is coolness in being a firetruck, I just don’t like the look of the Fire Patrol - it doesn’t look like a G60 to me. (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fb/Fire-patrol.jpg)

So when someone sent me a link to a US ebay auction for a model G60, I was stoked.

Except the auction had ended before I saw it.

So I started hunting around the net, and discovered that the models came from Colombia (which has a lot of G60s) and was part of a special release celebrating the cars of Colombia. Most of the sites were in Spanish.

But at last I found a seller on Ali Express who had 20 of them for sale. For a decent price too.

 
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I’ve never used Ali Express before, and I didn’t entirely trust it. So instead of giving it my credit card details, I figured I should get a prepaid Visa card so the worst case is that they get the money I’d put on that.

So the next morning I stop at the post office and get myself a prepaid Visa. I log on to Ali Express and plan to buy a couple - but the seller has sold out!

Doh, in 12 hours he went from 20 to none.

So I hit the G60 forums and find (of course) that I’m not the one person hunting these down. But they’re a friendly bunch, and post whenever they find an ebay seller who has stock.

"Hey, this guy’s got some" they posted. Unfourtuantly that was during the night down here, so I didn’t seen it until the morning, by which time they’d all gone.

The next time someone posted "Here’s some more, but Jawa’s probably asleep". The good news is, I wasn’t!

So I jumped on ebay and snavelled one. Not exactly cheap anymore (I’ve bought a full-sized G60 for double the price) but at least I had it.

It turned up in the mail today, in a box saying it was a Chevy - but that doesn’t matter. The model itself knows what it is - nice Nissan Patrol badges all over it.

So the model has joined the others on my monitor stand at work. It might not look like it’s got pride of place, but it’s certainly the one I’m most proud of - and the hardest to obtain.

 
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Looking at that photo, I should probably dust...



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