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Andrew Pollock: [life] Day 336: New Years Eve

Fri, 2015-01-02 17:26

It was a hot day, so I figured getting out of the heat and seeing a movie would be a good idea, so after Sarah dropped Zoe off, we didn't spend too much time at home before walking down the road to the cinema to watch Big Hero 6.

Zoe had already seen it with Sarah, but I was pretty keen to see it anyway, and Zoe didn't seem to mind seeing it a second time. She gave me a bit of a running commentary throughout.

After the movie, we dropped into Ooniverse for lunch. I learned that Nicky Noo is pulling up stumps next week, and moving to Western Australia to manage a bar in the mines. She said it's time for Nicky Noo to take a bit of a break. Ooniverse was nothing fancy, but it was a nice thing to have within easy walking distance of home, and Nicky always remembered us whenever we dropped in. I'm glad we got the opportunity to say goodbye.

After lunch, we went home, and Anshu came over. We went and picked up her new bike from the bike shop, and went for a little test ride at home. Zoe's been asking for her training wheels back on her bike for a while, so I finally caved in and put them back on, and she did a lot of pedaling.

After that, we got some pizza for dinner, and settled back to wait for the 8:30pm fireworks. Zoe and I watched them from the balcony, but Zoe didn't seem that into them, and went to bed after they finished.

I was nodding off on the couch watching a movie, so we went to bed before midnight ourselves, so much for seeing in the New Year.

Maxim Zakharov: Happy New Year 2015!

Thu, 2015-01-01 22:25

Happy New Year to everyone with best wishes from Sydney!

Here is the culmination of Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks:

Michael Still: Urambi Trig

Wed, 2014-12-31 22:28
Another day, another trig. This time with Doug, who got to play with his new radio at the top of the hill.


Tags for this post: blog pictures 20141231-urambi_trig photo canberra tuggeranong bushwalk trig_point

Related posts: A walk around Mount Stranger; Taylor Trig; Walk up Tuggeranong Hill; A quick walk to Tuggeranong Trig; Wanniassa Trig; Another lunch time walk

Comment News: Happy New Year 2015

Wed, 2014-12-31 21:28
The team at LCA 2015 would like to wish all of our friends in the FOSS community a Happy New Year for 2015 and safe travels to New Zealand!

(Tickets for LCA 2015 are still available - we can't wait to see you!)

Michael Still: The Martian

Wed, 2014-12-31 11:29

ISBN: 9780091956141


I bought this book because of a review I saw online recently, and I have to say I loved it. Its interesting, humorous, and a generally fun read with a story line that I haven't seen before. Its refreshing to encounter a new author who has some genuinely new ideas to explore. I highly recommend this book.

Tags for this post: book andy_weir mars colonization exploration space_travel space_station

Related posts: Marsbound; Starbound; Red Mars; Mars: A Survival Guide; Earthbound; The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress Comment Recommend a book News: Speaker Feature: Timothy Terriberry, Tomas Miljenovic, Alexey Kardashevskiy, Vik Olliver

Wed, 2014-12-31 06:29
Timothy Terriberry The Daala Video Codec Project

2:15pm Wednesday 14th January 2015

Dr. Timothy B. Terriberry has volunteered for the Xiph.Org Foundationa nonprofit organization that develops free, open multimedia protocols and softwaresince 2002, and has worked for the Mozilla Corporation in various capacities since 2008. In addition to running the Daala project, he was the lead developer of the Theora video codec, one of the developers of the Opus audio codec, and has helped maintain most of Xiph's other codecs. Timothy received dual B.S. and M.S. degrees from Virginia Tech in 1999 and 2001, respectively, in both Mathematics and Computer Science, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of North Carlina at Chapel Hill in 2006.

For more information on Timothy and his presentation, see here.

Tomas Miljenovic Crossplatform development in QML

10:40am Friday 16th January 2015

Tomas is a freelance scientific programmer and mobile application developer with a keen interest in open and portable scientific software. With the rise of functional and declarative programming in both the scientific and embedded space, he has worked to transition groups to easyentry yet fullfeatured open platforms for their frontend, data manipulation and visualisation needs.

For more information on Tomas and his/her presentation, see here.

Alexey Kardashevskiy VIFOVirtual fabric IO a.k.a. PCI passthrough.

10:40am Thursday 15th January 2015

Alexey Kardashevskiy, linux kernel engineer in IBM Australia/Ozlabs team since 08/2010. Area of focus PowerKVM, QEMU on POWERPC, VFIO on POWER. IBM Australia, LTC, Ozlabs team since 2010 on KVMonPOWER, specifically on QEMU (sPAPR machine support) and VFIO (adapt originally developed for x86 driver to work on POWER7/8); 20072010 IBM Russia, STG, developed SAS/Ethernet drivers for CellBE blade system firmware (known as SLOF); 20052007 Emcraft systems, reference design for microcontrollerbased IPMI firmware; before 2005 Windows (win api, network, GUI, OLE2, DirectShow).

Application development (win32, linux, c++, java), firmware development (linuxppc64/ mips/arm, atmega, h8), networks (from ethernet to http), multimedia, linux kernel, powerpc, ppc64, qemu, kvm.

For more information on Alexey and his presentation, see here.

You can follow him as @kardashevskiy and don’t forget to mention #lca2015.

Vik Olliver Hacking 3D printers

2:15pm Friday 16th January 2015

Vik Olliver is a longhair Open enthusiast who does actually make a living out of Open hardware. He is best know for his work in the RepRap 3D printer core team but enjoys diddling with all manner of Open projects, from Alcohol to Zeroemission transport.

He spends a lot of his time expounding the virtues of Open to the world, and encouraging local groups to collaborate in an ethical manner. He has a Green philosophy but eats meat and doesn't do any of the airyfairy crystal wavey stuff.

With his wife Suz, daughter Tamara, and a few lesser mortals he runs a factory and open workshop in Henderson. This notionally produces Open 3D printers and printer filament, but in practice gets used as a brewery, metal foundry, CNC emporium, hydroponic garden and zombie apocalypse refuge. LCA delegates are welcome to drop by.

He also raises a pride of arrogant cats.

For more information on Vik and his presentation, see here.

You can follow him as @VikOlliver and don’t forget to mention #lca2015.

Michael Still: A quick walk to Tuggeranong Trig

Tue, 2014-12-30 21:29
This one was a super quick walk on the way to the hardware store. As well as the trig point, there was a defunct radio repeater at the top of the hill -- I believe this one was for the old analog Police radio network.


Tags for this post: blog pictures 20141230-tuggeranong_trig photo canberra tuggeranong bushwalk trig_point

Related posts: A walk around Mount Stranger; Taylor Trig; Urambi Trig; Walk up Tuggeranong Hill; Wanniassa Trig; Lunchtime geocaching

Comment News: Speaker Feature: Peter Gutmann, Rusty Russell, Tim Potter

Tue, 2014-12-30 06:28
Peter Gutmann Crypto Won't Save You Either

2:15pm Thursday 15th January 2015

Peter Gutmann is a researcher in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Auckland working on design and analysis of cryptographic security architectures and security usability. He helped write the popular PGP encryption package, has authored a number of papers and RFC's on security and encryption, and is the author of the open source cryptlib security toolkit and an upcoming book on security engineering. In his spare time he pokes holes in whatever security systems and mechanisms catch his attention and grumbles about the lack of consideration of human factors in designing security systems.

For more information on Peter and his presentation, see here.

Rusty Russell Pettycoin: towards 1.0

11:35am Friday 16th January 2015

Rusty Russell has been developing Free Software full time since 1998. He's founded various projects over those years: ipchains, iptables, moduleinittools, ccan, lguest, nfsim, ntdb and pettycoin. And he's hacked on many other people's projects, mainly in C. He has two delightful children and one delightful wife.

For more information on Rusty and his presentation, see here.

Tim Potter OpenStack for nondevelopers

10:40am Thursday 15th January 2015

Tim is a longtime systems and Unix programmer currently working for HP in Canberra, Australia. He was instrumental in creating and launching the world's largest OpenStackbased public cloud from a pile of machines in a research lab to something customers actually paid money to use.

Tim has made many contributions to various Open Source projects over the years, including Samba, Wireshark, OpenPegasus and SBLIM.

For more information on Tim and his presentation, see here.

You can follow him as @timothypotter and don’t forget to mention #lca2015. News: Speaker Feature: Monty Taylor, Nathan Willis, Pia Waugh

Mon, 2014-12-29 06:28
Monty Taylor NoOps with Ansible and Puppet

3:40pm Friday 16th January 2015

Monty is a long time Free Software Hacker. He is founder and currently a core team member of the OpenStack Infrastructure program which runs OpenStack's massively scalable dev/test and CI system in a fully Open Source and NoOps manner. You should never let him name projects, because if you do, you'll end up with something like "jeepyb" or "TripleO". Before OpenStack he was a MySQL consultant and a core dev on the Drizzle fork of MySQL. Monty has a degree in Theatre, lights shows in Seattle, Austin and New York, and is an Associate Artist with Seattle's Satori Group. He's also a Distinguished Technologist at HP.

For more information on Monty and his presentation, see here.

You can follow him as @e_monty and don’t forget to mention #lca2015.

Nathan Willis The Free Ride: How to RoadTest Automotive Linux on Your Own

1:20pm Wednesday 14th January 2015

By day Nathan Willis works as an editor at the Linux and opensource news site He is also an open typeface designer, contributor to the Open Font Library, and coauthor of the book Design With FontForge ... mostly at night. In the past he has spoken at, Linux Plumbers Conference, the Automotive Linux Summit, SCALE, GUADEC, and Libre Graphics Meeting.

For more information on Nate and his presentation, see here.

You can follow him as @n8willis and don’t forget to mention #lca2015.

Pia Waugh Government as an API: open {data|source|standards}

1:20pm Friday 16th January 2015

Pia is an open data, open source and open culture ninja. She has worked in industry, community organisations, government and spends her time, as does any good sysdamin, trying to figure out all the moving parts around her and how to tweak the config files.

For more information on Pia and her presentation, see here.

You can follow her as @piawaugh and don’t forget to mention #lca2015.

Michael Still: A walk around Mount Stranger

Sun, 2014-12-28 17:28
This is a walk around another hill a short drive from my house. The track was less well defined this time, so more bush bashing. There were these star pickets with white caps along the way which marked a join between two fire trails -- I think they indicate where fire trucks should go if they need to, but I am guessing. Bagged another trig point this walk as well.


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Related posts: Taylor Trig; Urambi Trig; Walk up Tuggeranong Hill; A quick walk to Tuggeranong Trig; Wanniassa Trig; A quick walk to William Farrer's grave


Michael Still:

Sun, 2014-12-28 10:28
I've been doing a lot more wood work recently, and I decided I wanted to write that up somewhere. Instead of posting it here, I also wanted to play with wordpress as an alternative hosting solution. The wood working is therefore being blogged on a new site, So far I've made a Thien Baffle cyclonic separator to stop my dust extractor filling with planer shavings, as well as documenting the process of making home made vanilla essence with turned bottle stoppers for Christmas. Oh, and I found a source of cheap high quality bar clamps in Australia.

Not too bad for the week before Christmas I don't think.

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Related posts: A couple of days of turning; More turning; More wood turning; More bowls and pens; I've been making pens; Initial play with wood turning