Greanseas Lunchbite

This is a review of Greenseas lunchbite. It is tuna snack with rice mine was the spicy one. It can be eaten cold or hot. I have eaten mine cold. Taste wise it is ok, its supposed to be korma curry but its actually chilli with mayonnaise. The addition of chilli is a definite bonus and adds a nice kick on a cold day like today. It’s a nice amount of food and lives up to the bite sized nature. If you skipped breakfast you could have this for brunch/morning tea and you could easily carry your self to lunch or later. The main complaint is that the tuna and chilli are not mixed in well with the rice. The rice is at the bottom followed by the tuna followed the chilli, I can see how this would work in the manufacturing process and because its so full its difficult to mix it your self without eating most of the tuna to get a nice mix with the rice. Ideally you would use another bowl, but that kinda defeats the purpose of having this type of ready-made snack.
Tax needs to be broken up into different sections, and because I am learning and there always seems to be new developments etc I think we should create a folder for each section. Tying them all together after might become a bit of a chore, but the fact is I do not understand it yet. Also need to create cheat sheets/summaries of each area, then create a master summary. This seems to be the best way forward in terms of having a deep understanding and a reference guide to use in a practical sense for work or an exam. The other problem is the convergence of topics and some duplication (Tax planning and taxation of business entities). This could cause confusion, but as long as its increases my understanding I see this as only a minor problem.

  1. GST
  2. Deductions – General & Specific
  3. Income
  4. Capital Gains Tax
  5. Depreciation (Capital Allowances)
  6. Small Business Entities
  7. Tax Administration
  8. Fringe Benefits Tax
  9. Individuals
  10. Partnerships
  11. Trusts
  12. Companies
  13. Dividends (This is obviously linked to Companies but because its quite complex I have created another category)
  14. Non-Profit/Charities/Other
  15. International Tax Implications
  16. Tax Planning
  17. Deceased Estates

I’m going to buy 20 folders, not sure where I will house all of this, could just leave them at work, which probably makes sense since I will be doing most of my printing there. I can fit 10 folders on a shelf so 2 shelfs for tax seems like a lot, but it is a much better proposition than the laxadasical/lesaifair/haphazard approach I currently have, from which I can never find anything except silver fish.


The tech guy on the channel 7 morning show was briefing us on how the internet will fill up by 2012. That’s right the internet will be so full it will grind to a halt… Does this sound familiar… Sounds like a similar article released on 1 April 2009.

So now there is going to be a significant number of Australians who are going to start printing out wikipedia. Guess what, people at work are now genuinely concerned about this… If there is a god, please end it now.

File Server

One of the things that has been on my mind is the establishment of some kind of file server. I knew I would have to do this by the end of the year, so there is still a fair bit of time left. I love the ReadyNAS its small low power, plug and play, lots of plug-ins and third party support (note the bad grammar). The only problem is the price ($1k), for the same amount of money I can build a DIY server with 4xHDD. It would not be as energy efficient and take up significantly more space. I do have some spare parts from my old ‘puter that I can use to reduce the cost. The trade off seems to be $ vs Efficiency (Where efficiency = space, energy, ease of use). It may be possible to build an efficient computer, but that would increase costs.

The ReadyNas is what I should aim to build it as.

· Hot Swap Drive Bays
· Low Power usage
· Quiet
· Easy to maintain
· Easy to add HDD
· Easy to use
· Easy to upgrade
· Easy to backup

What OS to use?

· Windows XP
· Windows 7
· MS Home Server
· Small Business Server
· Server 2008 + hypervisor…
· Ubuntu
· VM Server

Using the windows server would be good as I can use hypervisor and load windows software that I am familiar with. On the other hand Linux is going to be more efficient and I can run VM server to over come the lack of native windows program support. Being able to play with Hypervisor would be cool though, and windows homeserver has lots of cool backup features and media server to record and distribute media. But what do I need it to do?

· Slimserver
· File Server
· TV Recording
· Virtual Desktop/RDP/remote login
· Cloud Computing – remote login

If I can run virtual server then all of the above problems are solved. The TV recording is the biggest problem but also the least necessary. It would be a neat feature but not essential.

The box it self will sit on top of the bookshelf

Financial Crunch - 98% Organic

Recently I have stopped preparing sandwiches for lunch the next day. Instead I now just drive home make the sandwich. However, despite an abundance of fresh ingredients I get bored. When I do purchase lunch its normally a sandwich of some kind. Which leads to boredom or really weird sandwiches (occasionally not so good).

Today I was sitting there eating my $8 sandwich, drinking my $3 orange juice (pulp free) and reading my $10.50 magazine, looking at the people pass through the checkouts at the local woolworthes. Which got me thinking about how much my lunch cost. Is this sustainable? Is it even worth it? How much ingrediants could I buy for $8? I was paying for the privalge to eat a fairly standard sandwich. Granted I did choose the ingredients, but still, I realise that someone else gets to make it. Its convenient. You don't have to drive all the way home, break out the chopping board and spend 10 mins cleaning.

What is better, both have their merits. My point is, what to have for lunch. Its a daily ritual we all have to face, but one that gives joy to an other wise boring existence.