Monday Mourning

Monday Mourning

Happy Monday bitchez! Surely you can here the Boomtown Rats song screaming their way out of the boombox? Productivity is a funny thing, especially as a coder or developer. The concept of ‘flow’ is being in this Utopian space where the work essentially just flows out of you and productivity soars. It’s a great place to be when you’ve got a lot on your plate, but somewhat paradoxically, the more you want it the harder it is to find. In that spirit, I’ve discovered over the years that Mondays are my least productive work days, so I either try and…

Tiny Tiny RSS Migration

Tiny Tiny RSS Migration

♦ Nothing is simple. You learn that after a few decades in IT. All you can see are the tops of icebergs. Tiny Tiny RSS Tiny Tiny RSS (ttrss) is a fantastic application and tends to work flawlessly, once installed. I’ll repeat that last part – once installed, as installation often comes with a few challenges. It has been embraced after the demise of Google Reader and has an extensive user base. Software Engineers oversee another Tiny-Tiny RSS installation ttrss is comprised of a php front-end and can connect to either a MySQL or PostgreSQL db backend. I favour the…

Wat Chao Arm

Wat Chao Arm

It was a rainy Sunday when we decided to head to Bangkok Noi to vist Wat Chao Arm. The sky was dark and the weather unseasonably cool. Bangkok on the whole felt a little angry. Hopefully the gods could be appeased with our visit. Were I catholic I would have to confess that it had been some time since my last confession, if you get my drift. First order of business was some fuel in the belly. Off to our favorite Dim Sum for a big feed that set us back a whopping 280 THB. Yum yum! The taxi ride…

Woeful Wifi

Woeful Wifi

The condo in which I live flogs wifi for THB 350 a month and has a few access points on every floor. Try as I might, however, I can not get a decent connection in terms of stability or signal strength. When I lived in Hua Hin, I had a cable modem attached to a wifi router that worked great and cost about 800 THB per month – just not possible to replicate that setup where I am now. Sigh. I wasted a few days last week trying to sort out my wifi issues. I have an old router lying…

SSH using WinPutty

SSH using WinPutty

I’m somewhere in the midst of a server migration for a project I’m working on, and it’s a Saturday 🙁 I really wish that I had documented this the first time round. Not doing so has left me with a sense of deja vu and frustration. If nothing else, this blog serves as a useful journal along the tech highway. Install WinPuTTY I have both WinPuTTY and Pageant.exe working under Wine. Here are some breadcrumbs: Download the Win32 apps and place them somewhere under your home folder Create new KDE icons: Run kmenuedit and copy/paste/modify an existing entry to point…

The Digital Age

The Digital Age

I can’t think of too many things that have been a game changer as much as digital photography, especially when you couple that with a smartphone. There used to be a cost associated with photography and you would have to make a conscious decision to take a camera somewhere with you to take pictures, and then pay to have them developed before you could see the results (or own a Polaroid) – now almost everyone has a camera with them all the time and we are drowning in a sea of selfie-sticks. The result, of course, is an alarming amount…

GoPro Hero3

GoPro Hero3

Even though I’m someone who’s unlikely to ever get onto a surfboard, I somehow got sucked into buying a GoPro Hero 3 (Hey at least I got it duty free, so saved some bucks there.) After letting it sit unused for the requsite 6 months I finally got around to using it as a means to teach myself more about video. Opening the enclosure Should be easy right? Noooo. Obviously there’s a latch but several attempts to open the case have me feeling like I’ll break the bloody thing. YT to the rescue! Let’s hope this video never disappears as…

Koh Samed

Koh Samed

Due to it’s proximity to Bangkok, this island1 is usually busy. While many claim that it’s not the hidden gem that it once was, I still find it to be a pleasant getaway for a few days, especially to escape the stifling heat of Bangkok. Getting There Head to the southern bus station at Ekkamai and about 3 hours later you’ll arrive at the wharf at Ban Phe in Rayong Province. You won’t even notice that your wallet is a few hundred baht lighter. The well-heeled will be able to high-tail it in a speedboat across to the island while…

Getting around Bangkok

Getting around Bangkok

BTS and MRT The skytrain, or BTS, is the above ground transit system, with two lines – the Silom and Sukhumvit lines which interchange at Siam station. Bangkok’s MRT metro system is very straightforward with a single line1 running from the main train station at Hua Lamphong in the south to Bang Sue at the north. Both systems have a separate re-loadable contactless travel card, which will save you a lot of time if you use them frequently. Otherwise you will need to queue twice – once to get change and then again to purchase tickets from coin-based ticketing machines…

Four Wheels

Four Wheels

I must have a genetic defect in my DNA as I’ve owned1 exactly ONE car in my life. For the male of the species, that’s highly unusual to say the least. Where I live now, there is absolutely no reason to own one – about as useful as a chocolate teapot. Where you headed? Jump in and I’ll take you for a drive down memory lane. 94 Nissan Pathfinder She was a good ride, even if she did chew through the juice having a V6 under the hood. A 1994 Nissan Pathfinder 4WD, she got me from Tassie all the…

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