July 17, 2015

The saga of the AirBag Warning Light

About 6 months ago our car (2008 Nissan X-Trail) started to have it’s AirBag light flash. This could be a worry we thought. After some googling we found a way to reset or go into a new diagnoses mode. This involved carefully timed ignition key turning with the airbag light showing up on the dash. (as it turns out there are at least a couple of these combinations which interact with various systems in the car) Read more

August 17, 2014

Community Hubs

I have been putting a lot of thought recently into how the Australian and NSW government are pouring money into road infrastructure in Sydney. I think they are about 20 years too late, and believe they should stop throwing that money away and change directions. We are living in a world where telecommuting is a reality. I am fortunate enough to work for a great company where I can do that. Read more

August 17, 2014

Is it the cache?

We do a lot of support of OpenSource CMS’s at work, and one of them happens to be WordPress. I recently thought it might be cool to have a bit more of a play with W3-Total-Cache as it is a plugin of choice to assist customer with scaling issues. Since my blog is massively popular (not!), I decided to use the S3/CloudFront option, presented here. Well it didn’t work. Very sad face. Read more

June 22, 2014

Adventures in Go and File Handles

I’ve been mucking a bit with go recently. Nothing special, just doing some small problems that I needed to solve. At work, I have built up a challenge for new candidates. One of them is the old trick of using all the inodes on a file-system. This is a quick one to rule out the ones who have real world experience. So I wrote some code: `I’ve been mucking a bit with go recently. Read more

April 21, 2014

Crashplan GUI Won’t run in Trusty Tahr

I upgraded my laptop to Trusty Tahr today. One thing that didn’t work immediately was the Crashplan GUI. It crashes with a SIGSEGV. In summary “C [libsoup-2.4.so.1+0x6c2a1] soup_session_feature_detach+0x11”. I managed to find this bug, and then I found /usr/local/crashplan/bin/run.conf  which has a variable GUI_JAVA_OPTS. Adding ” -Dorg.eclipse.swt.browser.DefaultType=mozilla” to the end of that variable, and the GUI starts without fail. Win!

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