More detail

Filed under: General - Mark @ 4:13 pm


In case you’re reading from top down and haven’t read my other posts yet, Melanie Jewson was killed in a car accident last night just outside Geelong. It was a head-on smash with another car. She was killed instantly, the other guy is in hospital with severe head injuries. That’s all I know really.

So who is Melanie Jewson? I’ve never mentioned her in here as far as I can recall. She’s actually one of my 2nd cousins (I probably have upwards of 50 of them). I also knew her from the Lutheran Youth of Victoria and Christian Life Week. She was one of the most musically talented people I know. She was a wonderful singer, and her and her brother had a two-person act. Heh I actually tried to recruit her about 3 years ago as a guest act at our school’s Battle of the Bands. I must admit I didn’t really know her that well, just to say Hi to or have a short conversation with. I don’t think she’s been on MSN for about 3 years. But it’s just… weird. I’ve never really known anyone who’s died before.

Anyway in other news, I got my Programming marks back today. I got 7.5/8 and 24/25. Can’t complain with that.

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Filed under: General - Mark @ 12:46 pm


Melanie Jewson was killed in a car accident last night, just outside Geelong ๐Ÿ™



Pretty colours

Filed under: General - Mark @ 8:23 pm


I liked all the pretty colours that come up in Windows Disk Management now:

Disk Management

If I had a mirrored partition it would be red, and when I get my RAID-5, well I don’t know what colour they come up as because I’ve never seen it before…

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Sit down and relax

Filed under: General - Mark @ 7:03 pm


Right – time to catch up! Hmmmmmm to say…

Well Angela and I went on a date to Gold Class Cinema’s at Greater Union, which was the way movies SHOULD be! Beautifully comfortable big comfy couches with a table and a winecooler between the two of them. Only 30 seats on the cinema with a normal-sized screen. Food is delivered when you want/need it. Was VERY expensive though so maybe just a once-a-year thing ๐Ÿ˜‰

Our wireless router was completely stuffed for a while, hence why there’s been no entries, because I haven’t been able to write! I’ve had a chance to check my emails briefly once a day but thats about it. But it’s back now and it’s working heaps better than it ever did in the first place (got a v4 instead of a v1 now).

Work – Good. Uni – Good. I have a new banner/slightly different layout which will be uploaded when I get my desktop back onto the network.

Speaking of which I’ve finally got some decent SCSI devices in there. 2x 18Gb Ultra-2 disks. I’m considering getting a 7 disk external array. Just adding up prices and seeing how much it’s all going to cost in total. Not too much actually, as it’s Ultra SCSI-2 which is about 4 years old, but still faster than SATA-150. Plus when you have 7 disks all striped in a RAID-5 array that’s 5x the speed as well. Awesome.

I have time off work over New Years, so I’ll be visiting Melbourne for a week or so. I’ve got from the 29th Dec – 5th Jan off, so probably fly down on the 31st and come back on about the 3rd. Garrett’s having a new years party which I’ll be there for! Yay. I haven’t _really_ seen most of my Melbourne friends since I moved. Last time I only saw them for a few hours before I decided to go to Bianca’s place. Never kinda came home from there lol.

To be honest that’s about all there really is to tell! It’s been quite a slow week, nothing much has happened.

Ange is good. We’re good. She’s sweet. ๐Ÿ™‚



I’m back!

Filed under: General - Mark @ 10:59 am


Whohooo sorry about the serious lack of posts/activity here, I’ve been without internet for the past week. Stupid router packed it in and I only just got the replacement one a week ago.

Anyways so much to say, so little time so I’ll fill it all in later!



Another delivery

Filed under: General - Mark @ 6:35 pm


Well the internal wireless card and extra battery for the laptop arrived today – sweet.

It all worked without a hitch, plugged the battery in, all good, screwed in the wireless adapeter, and not a problem (I’m using it right now). Only catch being that now the laptop is a lot heaver (the 2nd battery almost adds half again the weight of the laptop, so its now almost a “normal” weight, I’m just used to it being so light).

As for the hard drive caddy, well, they shipped the wrong one. Well I’m not sure if I bid on the wrong one (there were three), but it definately is never going to fit in this computer! Imma check now if it was my mistake or theirs

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Denise Richards is not as good looking as Ange

Filed under: General - Mark @ 10:04 pm


Look Mum! New Layout! Features Denise Richards.

I took a lot of the other crap off the site, like the involve and whatnot areas. Oh and the “ask me” button now works too, I gave up on the old stupid CGI script I was using, it just wasn’t happening.

Leave feedback as to what you think of the layout. I’m a bit meh about it, 75% sure. Its not as professional as the last one, I know.

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Filed under: General - Mark @ 10:44 am


I hate centrelink SO DAMN MUCH




Filed under: General - Mark @ 10:05 am


At work when we get our call stats, we have a number of “RTQ” or “Return To Que”. Basically if we don’t answer the phone and it rings for 30 seconds, the call gets diverted to someone else’s phone, or they get put back in the hold que – or, if you decide to decline the call and “bounce” it, it does the same thing, and you get an RTQ against your name. The montly acceptable level is 2 (sometimes you can’t answer the call because you’re busy or something just came up).

Someone in our office whome I won’t name (Kate!) has 600 RTQ’s over the last few months. I have had 2. Everyone else has had like 4-5. Thats like 9-10 EVERY SINGLE DAY from her. I knew she wasn’t doing any work. I don’t remember if I bitch about her in here, but we sure bitch about her a lot at work.



Progress is progress!

Filed under: General - Mark @ 9:20 pm


INFO117 – Done
INFO205 – Done
INFO116 – Done as I can be
Doom3 – Almost finished
NFS:UG – Almost finished (107/111)

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Busy body

Filed under: General - Mark @ 10:12 pm


It’s been four weeks since I had a day off, excluding last saturday when I went skirmishing, cos that was still an exhausting day. It’s OK though cos weekend shifts at work are piss easy most of the time. I enjoy going to work most of the time, because I know that 1) I’m not going to be in trouble when I get there, 2) It’s going to be a relativly stress-free day, 3) I can probably knock over a movie or do my homework while I’m there and be paid for it.

It would be nice to see Ange a bit (lot) more, but she’s very busy too. From the 23rd – 5th she has clinical so I won’t be able to see her at all for those two weeks. Clinical is when she actually goes and works in a hospital for practice kinda stuff, but she does real jobs on real people. Scary stuff. She showed me her nursing stuff yesterday, how to do an IV drip and all that kinda stuff. Made me realise how smart she is. My line of expertise you can’t really sit down and show someone how to do an IV, or take blood pressure. It’s all logical, nothing physical. Plus who really wants me to show them now BiPolar AMI encoding schemes work? Or about Pulse Code Modulation (PCM – the same thing CD’s are recorded in), or how many ISDN/T1 lines you need to properly transmit 8-bit quantisation levels with VoIP? How about the way that OSPF (Open Shortest Path First) gathers the information for its topology routes? She’s doing real stuff with real people and will help save and enrich real lives. I’m so not going to do any of that stuff. But hey, we’re both doing something we enjoy – which is the main thing! SHe’s gunna be a great nurse, I can see it already. She really cares about what she does and about other people, which is great.

Speaking of which I left her place at about 1am yesterday. We only get to see eachother once a week so we like to draw it out for as long as we possibly can. And unlike *someone* else, she actually *wants* to spend time with me and isn’t cancelling so that she can do other things that don’t involve me.

I’m glad that Bec is out of my life. Well as far out of my life as she possibly can be, I guess. The internet draws everyone in just that bit closer, so I still see traces of her here and there, whether it’s on IRC, or she might leave a comment in someone’s LJ that I know. At least she hasn’t found ilati. That would really ruin my day. I actually blocked all her sites on our router. As soon as URL is entered with her nickname (becster) in it, it’s rejected. She’s not someone who was out to enrich other people’s lives. Admittedly she was doing something she loved and enjoyed, but it’s a profession that a lot of people hate, it’s also a dishonest one and one where people make a lot more money than they should. I’m not saying that real estate agents are bad people by any means! But her kind of real estate agent, well, I’d take everything they say with a grain of salt.

Also about last night/this morning, the cops were everywhere on the roads. I was radared by three (that I saw). I wasn’t speeding (I don’t speed usually), but just as I drove past the first one I saw he put his flashy lights on and turned around after me, but I turned off and he kept going. Phew. ANd they were on Homebush Bay Drive too, which is great because everyone does 90-100 there and it’s a 70 zone. They would have had a field day that early in the morning! I was passed by someone easilly doing 120, and that was before I saw the cop. Damn I hope they got done!

Add Comment (0) | 14/8/2004



Welcome to the internet

Filed under: General - Mark @ 8:11 pm


This was written by Robert “redpaw” Jung, Webmaster, managing editor, chief techmonkey of Deeplight.

Welcome to the Internet.

No one here likes you.

We’re going to offend, insult, abuse, and belittle the living hell out of you. And when you rail against us with “FUCK YOU YOU GEEK WIMP SKATER GOTH LOSER PUNK FAG BITCH!1!!”, we smile to ourselves. We laugh at you because you don’t get it. Then we turn up the heat, hoping to draw more entertainment from your irrational fuming.

We will judge you, and we will find you unworthy. It is a trial by fire, and we won’t even think about turning down the flames until you finally understand.

Some of you are smart enough to realize that, when you go online, it’s like entering a foreign country … and you know better than to ignorantly fuck with the locals. You take the time to listen and think before speaking. You learn, and by learning are gladly welcomed.

For some of you, it takes a while, then one day it all dawns on you – you get it, and are welcomed into the fold.

Some of you give up, and we breathe a sigh of relief – we didn’t want you here anyway. And some of you just never get it. The offensively clueless have a special place in our hearts – as objects of ridicule. We don’t like you, but we do love you.

You will get mad. You will tell us to go to hell, and call us “nerds” and “geeks”. Don’t bother … we already know exactly what we are. And, much like the way hardcore rap has co-opted the word “nigger”, turning an insult around on itself to become a semiserious badge of honor, so have we done.

“How dare you! I used to beat the crap out of punks like you in high school/college!” You may have owned the playing field because you were an athlete. You may have owned the student council because you were more popular. You may have owned the hallways and sidewalks because you were big and intimidating. Well, welcome to our world.

Things like athleticism, popularity, and physical prowess mean nothing here. We place no value on them … or what car you drive, the size of your bank account, what you do for a living or where you went to school.

Allow us to introduce you to the concept of a “meritocracy” – the closest thing to a form of self-government we have. In The United Meritocratic nation-states of the Internet, those who can do, rule. Those who wish to rule, learn. Everyone else watches from the stands.

You may posses everything in the off-line world. We don’t care. You come to the Internet penniless, lacking the only thing of real value here: knowledge.

“Who cares? The Internet isn’t real anyway!” This attitude is universally unacceptable. The Internet is real. Real people live behind those handles and screen names. Real machines allow it to exist. It’s real enough to change government policy, real enough to feed the world’s hungry, and even, for some of us, real enough to earn us a paycheck. Using your own definition, how “real” is your job? Your stock portfolio? Your political party? What is the meaning of “real”, anyway?

Do I sound arrogant? Sure … to you. Because you probably don’t get it yet.

If you insist on staying, then, at the very least, follow this advice:

1) No one, ESPECIALLY YOU, will make any law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

2) Use your brain before ever putting fingers to keys.

3) Do you want a picture of you getting anally raped by Bill Clinton while you’re performing oral sex on a cow saved to hundreds of thousands of people’s hard drives? No? Then don’t put your fucking picture on the Internet. We can, will, and probably already HAVE altered it in awful ways. Expect it to show up on an equally offensive website.

4) Realize that you are never, EVER going to get that, or any other, offensive web page taken down. Those of us who run those sites LIVE to piss off people like you. Those of us who don’t run those sites sometimes visit them just to read the hatemail from fools like you.

5) Oh, you say you’re going to a lawyer? Be prepared for us to giggle with girlish delight, and for your lawyer to laugh in your face after he explains current copyright and parody law.

6) The Web is not the Internet. Stop referring to it that way.

7) We have already received the e-mail you are about to forward to us. Shut up.

8) Don’t reply to spam. You are not going to be “unsubscribed”.

9) Don’t ever use the term “cyberspace” (only William Gibson gets to say that, and even he hasn’t really used it for two or three books now). Likewise, you prove yourself a marketing-hype victim if you ever use the term “surfing”.

10) With one or two notable exceptions, chat rooms will not get you laid.

11) It’s a hoax, not a virus warning.

12) The internet is made up of thousands of computers, all connected but owned by different people. Learn how to use *your* computer before attempting to connect it to someone else’s.

13) The first person who offers to help you is really just trying to fuck with you for entertainment. So is the second. And the third. And me.

14) Never insult someone who’s been active in any group longer than you have. You may as well paint a damn target on your back.

15) Never get comfortable and arrogant behind your supposed mask of anonymity. Don’t be surprised when your name, address, and home phone number get thrown back in your smug face. Hell, some of us will snail-mail you a printed satellite photograph of your house to drive the point home. Realize that you are powerless if this happens … it’s all public information, and information is our stock and trade.

16) No one thinks you are as cool as you think you are.

17) You aren’t going to win any argument that you start.

18) If you’re on AOL, don’t worry about anything I’ve said here. You’re already a fucking laughing stock, and there’s no hope for you.

19) If you can’t take a joke, immediately sell your computer to someone who can. RIGHT NOW.

Pissed off? It’s the TRUTH, not these words, that hurts your feelings. Don’t ever even pretend like I’ve gone & hurt them.

We don’t like you. We don’t want you here. We never will. Save us all the trouble and go away.



I had a dream!

Filed under: General - Mark @ 8:01 pm


I had a weird dream last night.

And that’s all Im saying about it.

Add Comment (2) | 12/8/2004

Filed under: General - Mark @ 3:16 pm


I love the internet:

1x SlimSelect Bay Battery for Toshiba Portege 4010 – $24
1x 802.11b Internal WiFi Card for Toshiba Portege 4010 – $19
1x SlimSleect Bay HardDrive Adapter for Toshiba Portege 4010 – $9


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Filed under: General - Mark @ 1:15 pm


I got a bit bored, and Kris asked me to write this, so I am. It’s a comparison of how computer parts relate to body parts.

PSU – The PSU (Power Supply Unit) is the ‘heart’ of the computer. It doesn’t perform any logical functions, but provides the physical link for data communication, keeps things pumping, as they were. If there is an overload or a leakage, certain parts of the computer may cease to function (much like if blood stops flowing to a part of the body).

CPU – The CPU is the brain of the CPU. The brain and the CPU are alike in many ways, in that the brain and the CPU are both the processing part of their respective systems. When something needs processing, it’s the brain/CPU that takes care of it, or tells its components (body parts) to follow orders.

ALU – ALU (Algorithmic Logic Unit) is simply one part of the CPU that takes care of algorithms (x + y – 2^4), much like the part of your brain that is activated (or sent to sleep!?) when you go to maths classes.

BUS – The BUS is the vein/artery system of the computer. Every piece of communication that flows between any pieces of hardware in the computer travel over some sort of BUS. There is more than just one BUS in the computer, but they are all linked in some manner, usually via the chipset.
Chipset – The chipset is the spinal cord of the computer. It provides a medium for all the necessary parts/BUS of the computer to communicate effectively. If one part of the chipset fails, that part of the system is inaccessible.

RAM – RAM can be described in many ways. In one way it’s like the liver of the computer, in that the more you drink (or programs you load), the less you’re capable of doing, or doing quickly. Perhaps a better analogy is of muscle power. The more RAM you have, the more stuff the computer can do at once without having to slow down. In the same way someone with stronger muscles can lift 5 packages in one trip, someone with smaller muscles may only take 2 packages at once, meaning it has to go through 2.5 trips to move the same amount of data.

Cache – Cache on Hard Drives is much like RAM on a motherboard, in that the more Cache you have (generally 2 or 8mb) is the amount of raw data the device can hold before it has to send it away.
HDD – The HDD (Hard Disk Drive) is a long-term permanent memory.

PCI – These are like your hands. A computer may have 5 or 6 ‘hands’, but each one can only hold one thing at once. For example you may have a TV tuner in one hand (PCI slot), and a SCSI controller in another. There is more than just one type of PCI slot, and peripherals from different types of slots cannot be mixed in most situations.

AGP/VGA – These are your eyes. The better AGP or VGA card you have, the better quality visual output you can produce. An AGP/VGA facility may be built into the chipset and not require a peripheral card.

Modem/Internet – these are your social/language skills. They allow you to communicate with other people (computers). A computer can survive without them, but will not co-operate or communicate with any others (much like a person without the necessary social/language skills


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