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Nginx in OpenBSD 5.2-Release

Nginx(8) is the replacement web server for the old patched Apache 1.3 in OpenBSD.  As of OpenBSD 5.2, Nginx(8) is still not the primary [default] web server in the BSD release and allows for users to slowly migrate from Apache to Nginx(8) without additional  package install.

Operating Systems Windows

Windows 8 has been released

All the news around the webs states that Windows 8 has been released.  I was meaning to get down to Harvey Norman for the midnight launch (something that I did back when Windows 95 hit the streets) but funnily enough, I forgot.

No big deal really, the internet reminded me, so I went to the Microsoft Windows 8 website to check out how much they were selling upgrades for.  I was floored straight away, a total of $40 and a bit of my bandwidth, it was mine.


Tubsta house finally goes solar

The time was right to finally go with a solar array on the Tubsta household.  Prices have come down significantly and with NSW turning the tap off on their very lucrative feed-in tariffs (FITs), the market was awash with heavily discounted, high quality gear.

OpenBSD Operating Systems

OpenBSD 5.2 pre-orders are up

The OpenBSD project has announced that pre-orders for the up coming 5.2 release of the operating system are now on-line.  The release is due to hit shelves and mirrors on 1 November, 2012.

The inexpensive 3-CD sets of OpenBSD 5.2 are $50CDN, Posters $2oCDN and T-Shirts $25CDN.  While you are there, you can also make a donation or buy back copies of editions if you have some that you are missing (something that I have done for this order).

Accessories Computer

Logitech C920 HD Camera – Tips and Tricks

I am starting a new project which needed a better quality webcam (vodcast) so I have been looking around a bit and eventually came across a local supplier that had a great deal on the Logitech C920 HD Webcam.

Out of the box, it is a pretty decent webcam but I wouldn’t give it to higher status even though it is 1080p.

Blog Response

Sorry Dick Smith – You’re not 100% correct

I was reading an article on a blog that appears to be a new outlet for Dick Smith called Australia What is the Real cost of Shopping at Costco & Aldi.  I have sat on this for the last couple of days just making sure I really thought about what to write before shooting my mouth off.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I am a big fan of Dick Smith Foods products.  I have been eating Bush Foods Breakfast for years and we always have had Dick Smith’s Crunchy Peanut Butter in the cupboard.  Just recently, we have been able to compliment our stash of 333 MightyMite with OzEmite (just a shame the jar is so small, any chance of a bulk pack?).

Communications Featured Mobile

Telstra extra mobile coverage Warragul – Thank You

We have been living in Warragul, VIC for over 18 months and during that time it has really been pointless in having a mobile phone at home (well our home and the surrounding area).  The signal was extremely weak from the two towers that covered town due to the land topography.

Congestion was also a previous issue.  When you did have reasonable signal, data conectivity was patchy at best due to the amount of hand sets that would connect to the current infrastructure.

Well, all that changed just on a week ago when the third tower in the area came on-line.  We now have full signal at home, even in a fully insulated house.

I am pleased to report that data congestion on the Telstra network has been mitigated and that you are able to place and receive calls with ease (no more ventures to the nature strip just to make a call hold).

So a big thank you to Telstra for your continued investment in regional Victoria.  So not only do we have Telstra 4G LTE access, we also have superior network coverage.

OpenBSD Operating Systems

OpenBSD 5.1 Released…

Yes, I know, OpenBSD 5.1 has been released since 1 May 2012, however my blog wasn’t up then.  It did get a mention on my Twitter and G+ pages so all is not lost.

I highly recommend supporting the project by buying a CD release or making a donation.  While you are waiting for your physical media, do download the installer and get cracking with this fine, very mature and secure operating system.



Begin Blogging

After numerous false starts in blogging, I am hoping to keep this one going.

I suppose the reason behind the false starts is that previous efforts have been subject based with a very narrow focus.  The problem with going down this sort of path is that when your hobbies and/or ideals change, the blog becomes pointless.