Holiday in Bay of Islands

Well took a totally undeserved holiday from my work at Eurekster to go upto New Zealand's largest city of Auckland (1.3m popn). From there we spent 3 glorious days being extremely lazy in the beautiful Bay of Islands. Auckland itself is not much of an attraction. Awful traffic & almost constant rain make the experience kinda stressful. Has been great visiting my girlfriends family though. Fantastic people!

The Bay of Islands is one of those places that has to be seen if visiting New Zealand. The winterless North it is called - although anywhere in NZ in winter is cold! Lovely beaches, interesting history, great food. Gotta give a plug to the Beachside Holiday Park. Wonderful place to stay!

Anyway thats it!


Linwood RLFC jersey

Picked up this Linwood Rugby League jersey (the "Keas") from a 2nd hand clothes store called "Toffs" here in Christchurch. Love the thing!

For more information on Rugby League in Christchurch visit the Canterbury League website & related forum here.



In my last post I infered I was a "tightarse". Well after a particulary rampant case of delhi belly in the weekend I can assure you that you could probably drive a truck up there right now! Phew!

Haven't figured the culprit yet, but when I do...


Learning to play harmonica

Having people around me learning to play musical instruments has inspired me to learn something myself. The sounds of piano, the occasional flute, & soon violin are frequent companions to my ear drums.

I wanted something small, relatively easy to learn, & above all CHEAP (I am a tightarse!).

So this is what I brought - only $NZ14!!!

Yes thats right...A HARMONICA!!

Here is a WAV file showing my first attempt.


After listening to that I fully expect you won't be visiting again....


Connecting Sony Ericsson T610 to Linux box via bluetooth

Thought it would be quite cool to be able to grab piccies off my phone & copy them to my Linux box using bluetooth. Ended up being very easy!

Goto my Connecting Sony Ericsson T610 via bluetooth to Linux box page on PalmHeads to see how!

Have found it very useful to archive some of those quick photos that camera phones are so useful for. Could also download/upload sounds etc.

Have fun!


Connecting Palm to Linux box with bluetooth

Was able to connect my Palm to my linux box via bluetooth, then enable IP forwarding to surf the web, SSH etc etc.

Go to my Connecting Palm to Linux box with USB bluetooth dongle page on PalmHeads.

Its a fantastic & cheap way to internet enable your bluetooth Palm!


Adventure Cat!

We've got a cat named Limey. We haven't quite figured out if he is incredibly smart...or pretty thick! Despite that he's very naughty & cute!

My girlfriend moved into this house about 8 months ago after selling her old house. Limey was born at that house. Its about 2km away from here.

Limey keeps running back to his old house! (or more particulary the neighbours of his old house). His record for being away is 4 weeks! No matter what we try we can't convince him this is his new home.

This last time he ran away thou he must have been hit by a car, as he turned up at the old place maim. The vet says has a broken pelvis & leg, so he's having surgery on Monday. We have to stop him moving around to much so we have him in a cage at the moment. Heres a piccie of the naughty we fella!

Hoping he will be OK! And the 4-6 weeks he will spend in the cage recovering will convince him that this is home!


Happy Hacking keyboard

A year or so ago I got a Happy Hacking keyboard for my Linux box. I love the thing! Unix standard keyboard etc etc. All unix/linux geeks should have one!

Here is a piccie of a white keyboard attached to a Mac that a guy at work uses...

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