I have started growing some corn, because corn on the cob after being roasted on a bbq is awesome.


A lot of my early posts refer to my unfulfilled leet status. Why do I blog now,. \ to get status in the fact that i can dribble shit for a very long period of time,. I am leet in accounting? I am leet in computers?


First Post

I have been trying to restart my blog recently, but there have been a few thoughts about what I should write. But mostly its about how I write. Not my grammar, speeling etc. But who might read this, employers, coworkers, family, friends, enemies, the government, clients, extraterrestrial beings, the list goes on...

The fear that what I written could be used by someone to deprive me of an opportunity because they may not agree with what I have written. The same goes for twitter, facebook etc.

Some places you can hide because its not necessary to identify your true self. But on twitter facebook etc you have to. Its a way to connect with IRL people.

I just went back to look at my very first post for this blog (or should I say weblog... as it was that long ago). It is about developing the technology and actually using the technology. I do not delve into programing much these days unless its work related. From what I recall (the vagaries of the mind will make the following statement incorrect) most of my blog posts related to my trying to do something and other random cool shit. Not all of it PC. Which makes it potential fodder for 'special interest groups'...

the mere thought of a threat has put the blog on permanent hiatus. And as one of the things that I have enjoyed doing in the past, ignoring the threats with the old fuck off if you don't like it attitude is sure to win back my own heart.

A statement of things, what I'm going to do etc is probably the worst thing to start off with. But it atleast gets things started and a review of this blog will show there are many...

Fixing Shit

Reasonalby productive day, didn't get a chance to mow the lawn but did complete the following tasks:
  • bike is now road worthy, took it for a spin around the block. This is definatly going to help with the exercise.
  • Fixed the plug for the stab mixer. Need to find the hot glue gun to stop the wire from being so loose
  • Fixed the plugs that have fallen off the walls, more double sided tape used to keep them up... not really long term solution, but just a bit scared of drilling holes into power board then attaching them to the wall with screws. Probably an easier solution I'm not aware of just yet. Need to do some research
  • Started testing sync programs to establish some sort of backup regime. I hate proprietary file containers. Much prefer just having the files naked on a drive. Just syncing the documents folders which is where all the important data is kept.
  • Probably some other shit I can't remember. Going to have a shower then think about doing some study... kinda need to at least make a start

Small vs Large Proprietary Company

Are you a small or large proprietary company? You need to satisfy at least two of the following:

Consolidated Revenue
Small <$25 Million> Large

Consolidated Assets
Small <$12.5Million> Large

Small <50> Large


I have for a long time tried to implement rechargeable batteries into the household. The main problem is that at times its a pain to wait for the battery to charge, then you forget about it, then you just end up buying normal batteries as its more convenient. The second problem is that rechargeable have in the past, not been consistent. After a few charge cycles the power would just not be there and the predictability of when one might need the power wont be there.

Enter the Maha MH-C9000

Its a battery charger that costs $90 (not including postage (I ended up spending close to $150 in total as I bought new rechargeable batteries to go with it))

The cost of buying batteries is a pain. I will probably keep a few regular batteries on hand for emergencies, but on the whole will be replacing everything with rechargeable. The cost of recharging is negligible so its mainly the cost of the equipment. I do like using the energizer e2 lithium in my torch/flash light as they are lighter then alkaline and rechargeable and they have a lot of power, no power drop off and last for ages (currently have a single AA in a Fenix that has been going for the last 3 years), torches are a different type of device and when in use require a constant but high load... once my stash of e2's run out I will be using rechargeables for my torches as well.

I already have a recharger that I purchased from dick smith about 7 years ago for $30. I was thinking of getting a fast charger, but the more research I did the clearer it became that quick charging is actually a bad idea and will ruin your batteries.

  • Remotes x4x2=8
  • Salt & Pepper = 8
  • Torches = 4
  • Keyboard & Mouse = 4
  • Total = 24 batteries in use
I have over the years purchased rechargeables so the batteries (appart from the ones I purchased with the charger, should not cost me anything.

On to the charger, why this charger. Basicly it is capable of bringing battery back to life through cycling through charging and discharging based on fancy electronics. It will analyse each battery individualy and program it self to best suit each battery. My old rechargables that cost $5 each (about the same cost as e2) can now be brought back to life. Also all charges from now on will be to the batteries full potential and I will not have to keep charging them because they are in a bad condition.

Drawbacks: As I said before I was looking at fast chargers, but that was wrong. The problem now is the break in/bring back to life feature takes 38 hours to complete (2 days (based on the minimum number of cycles)). So its going to take a while for me to get all my batteries in order.

I would like to implement this solution at work to reduce the cost of buying batteries every month, but I cant see how people will be able to wait 2 days to get batteries, you can obviously just have a few extra sets on charge.

Hopefully this will work out. My only other fear is my idiot family will throw away my rechargeable if they stop working and replace with regular batteries.

Nice write up of why some people dont like rechargables, also check the other posts for more info