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systems administration meanderings

Pebble watch

OK I got my Pebble Steel as a gift recently. I like it. I like the screen that I can read at anytime, twisting my wrist to turn on the back light is neat. I particularly like the ability to cancel calls from my watch, handy when you are at the barbers and your phone is in your pocket (I imagine useful for cinemas/theatres etc ….). I particularly like that Runkeeper and Strava send some of their details to the watch so you can have an easy view of duration, distance and pace. Read more →

Apple issues

No real surprises to my mate @gavincarr, but recently I’ve been having issues with the software Apple has recently released. The list is as follows:- * ios 6.1.3 on iphone 4S drains battery more quickly than previous versions. More details [here](http://www.techradar.com/au/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/ios-6-1-3-battery-drain-fix-needed-for-iphone-owners-1141201) * ios 6.1.3 on ipad, browsing seems to be considerably slower, and app updates even get retry prompts - this is new, I know we have a slow internet connection but this is unusual. Read more →

Dear Samsung Australia

I bought my Samsung Galaxy Nexus (SGN) after successfully using a Nexus One for two years. The Nexus One was made by HTC and in my mind the build quality was excellent. I never had a physical problem with this phone. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus was great to begin with no issues at all. Now after having it a year the recharging circuit failed, apparently quite common. I had the phone returned to me and then after a week the power button started to fail. Read more →


I was very fortunate at Christmas to receive a Nexus 7. The screen resolution is great. The Google Play Books app for reading ebooks is great too. Page turns are just gorgeous to watch, and I love the ability to highlight words and have their definition show up as you read. I soon read “Shadow of the wind”, which I enjoyed enormously. OK so what do I do with it now? Read more →

Recovering my Billion 7404VGPX

I’ve always liked Billion ADSL routers, this was my third or fourth over the years. One is still being used by my in-laws. This one I used for a while and then tried to upgrade the firmware. Unfortunately, it failed during the update and this stopped it working properly. I bought a Belkin and to say I’m disappointed is an understatement. It’s ok as a ADSL modem, but as a router it’s limited. Read more →