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The Men Of SAGE Calendar 2006!

I belong to a group called SAGE-AU - The System Administrators Guild of Australia. SAGE-AU recently had it's annual general meeting in Perth (which I didn't attend).

They've made a calendar featuring pictures taken at the event. I always thought I looked like a geek, but I'm normal compared to these guys!

Most unusual junk mail, part 2

First it was the toy MLRS, now it's a balloon. This time it's from Diskcovery, a documents and data management company.



Fear and loathing in a G-set

Tonight, I caught the 5:15 Martin Place - Port Kembla train from Town Hall to Sutherland. Usually it's a very civilised and peaceful train.

Not so tonight. I boarded the train at town hall, and headed downstairs where I spotted an empty aisle seat. So I sit down, next to me is an older lady who was sewing. While this is not usually a problem, this woman decided she had a right to use up as much space as she desired without any regard for other passengers.

She's sewing away, waving her arms all over the place - constantly elbowing me and waving her sewing needle in my face. By the time we get to Redfern, I'd decided to ask her to stop. She replied with "Well you didn't have to sit there". I wasn't even taking up all my seat, she she didn't seem to understand that she was taking up more room than she should. Explaining this to her was a lost cause, she just kept sewing.

Gallery 2.0 Released

Gallery 2.0 Released.

I've been running the beta and RC versions of Gallery2 for a while now, and it seems ok. I've upgraded Dorksville Gallery to the release version of Gallery2.

Sydney Car Free Day

Last night, council also voted to investigate holding a car-free day in the city around the long weekend in October next year.

Council says the day will coincide with school holidays to encourage parents and children to visit the city.

What a load of rubbish! How stupid is it to hold a car free day on the weekend - when public transport is at it's weakest. I never catch public transport on the weekend - it's way too damn slow.

As for encouraging families in to the city.. I don't think so. Families generally have cars. A car load of people would be cheaper and far easier to manage than taking your kids on the train or bus, not to mention far less annoying to other people when your kid starts screaming.

Most unusual junk mail

Today I received a padded envelope containing junk mail. Inside was a letter offering SNMP monitoring for $35/month - I've received many of these letters from this company in the past few months.

Today's was different. The padded envelope also contained a toy MLRS Army Rocket Launcher.

Still not as funky as the free 128meg USB flash drive I got off Pacific Internet.

Canon RC-1 Remote Control

While out taking photos for the ZGeek September photo contest, I decided to go and ask Fletchers why my Canon RC-1 remote control is taking so long to arrive (it's been two months now - apparently Canon Australia have stock control problems). What do I see on the EOS shelf? An RC-1 remote! WTF?!

Turns out that Fletchers lost my order! $%#^!

So now I have my remote, which I originally ordered for the JULY ZGeek photo contest... oh well, I still managed 3rd place without it.

Canberra Zoo

Julie has finally posted her photos from Canberra Zoo, and they're AMAZING. You can see them at

Julie has the same model camera as I have, it's very tempting to go and retake all the photos - when we went to Canberra I only had my old camera!

Dorksville downtime

Dorksville blew a power supply on Saturday. Yay for 6 year old no-name chinese quality componants.

Oh well.. $45 for a 400w no-name made-in-china replacement :)

Salary Survey

The latest Michael Page salary survey is out.

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