Joining the Rasberry Pi revolution

Joining the Rasberry Pi revolution

I picked up a few Rasberry Pis from Amazon.com and I’m glad I waited a while so I could get the Pi 3, which seems to be a step up from its predecessor in terms of performance. Amazon.com now delivers to Thailand and includes taxes in the shipping so there’s no more to pay. This is a huge step forward as previously dubious import charges were levied by the courier. Thankfully a thing of the past I can now browse Amazon with confidence. As a bonus, it only took 3-4 days to arrive at my doorstep. Yeah! My total was…

Emmet & Notepad++ on Ubuntu

Emmet & Notepad++ on Ubuntu

Had a wander around the web in the wee hours of this morning and came across Emmet which I thought looked interesting so I downloaded npp to get it going. I’ve been hand-coding my HTML for 18 months now which has been a great learning experience. It’s getting a little tiresome now and I need some help 🙂 Opened and installed with Wine and guess what? It just worked! Amazing. Next I had to get the plugin manager going which is no longer bundled with npp. Grab it here Note the C:/Program Files folder is under the (hidden) .wine folder…

German Potato Salad

German Potato Salad

Thought I’d give one of these a go, as I love the one from the joint in Soi 11. Using the recipe I found here. Ingredients • 12 red potatoes, each cut into 6 pieces • 1/2 cup chopped bacon ends, visible fat trimmed • 1/4 cup white vinegar 1/4 cup cider vinegar • 1/4 cup white sugar • 1 teaspoon salt • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper • 1/2 cup light sour cream • 1/4 cup mayonnaise • 1 small red onion, diced • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives Recipe Prep: 20 m…

Ditching the junk food for 30 days

Ditching the junk food for 30 days

Because I’ve been eating too much of it lately. And boy do I love those double Big Macs! For the record I weighed in at a svelte 118 kg at the start. Would be happy to lose a couple of kg over the coming month. Junk food – food that has low nutritional value, typically produced in the form of packaged snacks needing little or no preparation. So no Dominos, Pizza Hut, Pizza Company, KFC or Maccas for the next 30 days. An experiment of sorts. Not a diet. Using the principle of kaizen I want to be aware of…

Fixing search in wordpress

Fixing search in wordpress

Hey folks – I noticed it wasn’t working here anymore. Sorry ’bout that! Here’s what I had to do to get it back on-line: Firstly, I reverted back to the default WP search using the Search widget in the sidebar. I was previously using a plug-in and wasn’t sure if it was playing a part in my problems. (I had recently switched hosting providers and made changes to my site and home URLS) After adding the widget, it threw the search box in a strange place on the sidebar. Had to get that sorted. Used the following CSS in my…

Building the Zyxel NAS326

Building the Zyxel NAS326

Editors note: Changing the featured pic on this post took the best part of an hour, thanks to the 2MB limit I had to get around. Done it before but this time it was harder. Seems on the web server I’m using (h2o) you specifically need to restart the php7.0-fpm service for the php.ini file to be reloaded If you’ve been keeping up then you’ll know I’ve got a few projects to work on. That’s a good thing. First cab off the rank is the build of my new Zyxel NAS 326 Unboxing and assembly The assembly itself didn’t take…

RIP DVD in Ubuntu

RIP DVD in Ubuntu

Off course they’re my DVDs! Just need backups.. Info below based on this post. 1. Get ISO info from your DVD

2. Use dd and modify count param to match vol size displayed in step (1)

3. Calc and compare checksums

NB: I am unable to get an md5sum directly from the cd-rom, getting error md5sum: /dev/sr0: Input/output error Instead I’ll use this:

Same checksum twice and I’m GTG

A new NAS – Zyxel NAS326 2-Bay Personal Cloud Storage

A new NAS – Zyxel NAS326 2-Bay Personal Cloud Storage

This has been a project 5 years in the making. It happens. Was going to build my own NAS many years ago but it never eventuated. Purchased a few Seagate 500GB SATA II Internal HDDs from eBay back in April 2011 for around $100 each and was going to put them in a Thermaltake HDD canister picked up from newegg. (via PriceUSA ; a great service!) USD 70 down the drain 🙁 I think I ended up jettisoning the canister during one of my many moves. Also picked up a CF Adapter Card and a Kingston 8GB CF card on…

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