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My DroboPro just died :(

It is almost 4 years old, so it has served me reasonably well. I have backups of most of the data, but there may be some things I have lost. Ah well. I’ve been wanting to open the thing up and have a look inside for a while now. They are quite nicely built I have to say. It is all back together at the moment, but I’ll probably rip it to bits again and take some pictures.


I have been having some fun lately playing around with my old Nabaztag rabbit.  A little while ago I managed to get the compiler for the little VM running in the Nabaztag working under Mac OS X.  The compiler also comes with a simulator, and unfortunately the Linux version that I got running under OS X didn’t have much of a UI.  Last night I hacked together a little OpenGL based UI that shows the status of the LEDs.  The next thing to do is add on the ears πŸ™‚
I have to say that my UI looks nicer than the Windows one πŸ˜‰


This weekend I built a simple little Linux program that scratches an particular itch of mine. Β As part of my daily work I need to log in to various Linux VMs. Β The problem is that the IP addresses of these VMs often changes due to them being configured to use DHCP. Β I suppose I could have changed them to have static IP addresses, but that would be too easy πŸ˜‰

Instead I have written a little program I call FrontDoor that gets loaded by getty and displays some basic information about the host, including things like the IP address and so on. Β Now I can just look at the VM on my desktop and see the IP address at a glance πŸ™‚

Sadness doesn’t even come close

My boy is going to die soon.  He has been diagnosed with a degenerative brain disorder.  He is almost 4 now and we will be “lucky” if he sees 6 years old.  There are is no cure.  All we can do is try to keep him comfortable.

I alternate between numbness and weeping.  He’s such a happy little guy and he doesn’t deserve this.  It is a horrible disease.
We’re thinking of getting him a Pleo to play with as he loves dinosaurs.  I would be interested in hearing from people who have one to see if it is worth getting one for a small child.

I’m back :)

In the end I wasn’t offline for very long thanks to the great guys at Internode πŸ™‚
A total of 5 days in all off line.
In the mean time lots of interesting stuff has been happening.
Firstly I’m in the trailer for the Melbourne Internation Film Festival.

Secondly and more imporantly there is the birth of my second child πŸ˜€