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The problem with being too busy to blog on the day, is by the time I get around to it, I've forgotten half the details...
I can't remember what we did in the morning before TumbleTastics. I think Sarah dropped Zoe around a bit late because she wasn't going to work.
We popped down to the post office to collect some mail, and then the supermarket. After that, Zoe was a bit tired and grumpy (apparently she'd woken up early) and didn't really want to go to TumbleTastics, but after some morning tea, perked up and reconsidered.
We scootered to TumbleTastics, and discovered that one of the boys from Kindergarten, Lachlan, is in her class. She had another really good class, and I invited Lachie and his Mum and little sister over for lunch afterwards.
Lachie and Zoe had a great time playing together, before and after lunch. I think that was the extend of what happened on Friday that was memorable.
Good news everyone! Tyan has announced the availability of their first OpenPOWER system! They call this a Customer Reference System, which means it’s an excellent machine to start poking at OpenPower and POWER8 (or deploying applications on).
Because it’s an OpenPower machine, it runs the open source Open Power firmware (all up on github) and will happily run Linux (feel free to port your other operating system kernels). I’ll be writing more on the OpenPower firmware soon as, well, technical details are fun!
Ubuntu 14.10 is listed as recommended as not only have they been building for POWER8 but have spent some time ensuring things work fairly well out-of-the-box (both as a KVM guest and running native on the bare metal). Or, you can always just boot whatever the mainline kernel is at – build for the POWERNV (POWER non-virtualized) platform (be sure to include all the required drivers) and have fun!
Just to remind myself.. add systemd.unit=emergency.target to the kernel line, or if that fails, try init=/sbin/sh and remove both quiet and rhgb options.
Afterwards, exit or:
Can also enable debug mode to help investigating problems with systemd.log_level=debug
You can get a console early on in the boot process by enabling debug-shell:
systemctl enable debug-shell.service
We’ll also have our traditional BlueHackers “BoF” (birds-of-a-feather) session in the evening, usually featuring some general information, as well as the opportunity for safe lightning talks. Some people talk, some people don’t. That’s all fine.
The Open Source Developers’ Conference 2014 is being held at the beautiful Griffith University Gold Coast Campus, 4-7 November. It features a fine program, and if you use this magic link you get a special ticket price, but the regular registration is only around $300 anyhow, $180 for students! This includes all lunches and the conference dinner. Fabulous value.
It's been a while since we've done any bike riding practice, and as the day was a bit cooler and more overcast, I thought we could squeeze in a little bit first thing.
We went to the Minnippi Parklands again, and did a little bit of practise. Zoe actually (really briefly) rode her bike for the first time successfully, which was really exciting. We'll have to have another go next week.
After that, we dropped past the supermarket to get a few things for lunch, and then had lunch.
I've managed to forget what happened after lunch, so it can't have been particularly memorable. I miscalculated when swim class was by 30 minutes, and thought we were in more of a rush than we really were. We biked to the Post Office to mail off my US taxes, but I thought we didn't have time to do all the extra paperwork for the mailing, so I paid for the postage, but took all of the stuff with me to swim class to finish filling out. On the way there, I realised I had an extra 30 minutes up our sleeves, which was nice. It gave Zoe some time to have some fruit before class.
Sarah picked up Zoe from swim class, and I biked home to ditch the bike and meet Anshu at the movie theatre to watch Gone Girl. Hoo boy. Good movie.
The forecast maximum was supposed to be 32°C, so I rather spontaneously decided to go for our first visit to Wet and Wild for the season.
I whipped up some lunch, and got our swim gear together, and after a quick phone call with my REIQ tutor to discuss some questions I had about the current unit, I grabbed our gear and we headed off.
I thought that because school had gone back this week, that Wet and Wild would be nice and quiet, but boy, did I miscalculate. I think the place was the busiest I've ever seen it, even on a weekend visit. It would appear that a lot of people have decided to just take an extra week off school with the Labour Day public holiday on Monday.
Once we arrived, I discovered that I'd left my hat on my bed at home, so I had to buy a hat from the gift shop while I was queuing up to pay for a locker. Then we went to get changed, and I discovered I'd also left my swimming stuff on my bed as well, so I had to line up again to purchase a pair of board shorts and a rashie. I was pretty annoyed with myself at all the unnecessary added expense, because I'd left in too much of a hurry.
After we'd got ourselves appropriately attired, we had a fantastic day. Zoe's now tall enough for a few of the "big kid" slides, so we went on them together as well. The first one just involved us sitting in a big inflatable tube going down a wide, curving slide, so that was pretty easy. The second one I wasn't sure about, because we had to go separately. I went first, and waited at the bottom to catch her. As I went down, I was a bit worried it was going to be too much for Zoe, but she came down fine, and once she surfaced, her first word was "Again!", so it was all good.
She napped on the way home, so I swung by the Valley to check my post office box, and then we got home and Sarah picked her up. In spite of the extra expense, it was a really good day out.
Free and open source software is based on key principles that are firmly grounded in instrumental advantages and ethical principles. It is heavily used in infrastructure and in new hardware forms; it is less used in user-end applications and traditional forms (laptops and desktops); however there is a good range of mature and feature-rich business applications available. The development of increasingly ubiquitous and more powerful computing is particularly well-suited for FOSS and workplaces that make use of such software will gain financial and positional advantages.
Presentation to Young Professionals CPA, October 8, 2014
I know I like Scalzi stuff, but each series is so different that I like them all in different ways. I don't think he's written a murder mystery before, and this book was just as good as Old Man's War, which is a pretty high bar. This book revolves around a murder being investigated by someone who can only interact with the real world via personal androids. Its different from anything else I've seen, and a unique idea is pretty rare these days.
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The moment that you have been waiting for has finally arrived! It is with many hugs of sincere gratitude to the team that we can announce that Earlybird Registration for LCA2015 is now open.
Now is the time to chose - are you a Professional, a Hobbyist or a Student attending LCA2015? Will you be one of our fantastic army of volunteers? Go to lca2015.linux.org.au to register and buy your Earlybird ticket or register as a volunteer.
All of the information that you need is there - what you receive for your ticket price, accommodation options, THE Penguin Dinner, as well as Partners Program and creche options for those of you who are bringing your family with you. You can also register as a volunteer right now, and begin to get involved with our wonderful conference.
There have been months of anticipation, and several sleepless nights, but we are now at a truly exciting stage of the conference organising process - registration!
We look forward to seeing you all in January 2015 in Auckland.
The LCA2015 team