LinuxConfAU this year was in Hobart at Wrest Point, this is a list of the interesting talks that I want to follow up on:
My last night in France was in Angers. We didn't have a heap of time in the town, but managed to see the chateau and church in the city. We walked the city in the afternoon, it has a lot of old building from the 1500's and 1600's.
We stayed in Tours for two nights.
Day three took us back to Azay-Le-Rideau from Chinon through more farm lands ... and a random miltary training area.
Day 2 of the bike tour was a lot shorter, 14km. We started by looking through the Chateau d'Usse.
The first day of the bike tour was a slow start, we went and picked up our bike and made a start into the ride. Some of us hadn't been on bike for years, so it was a good time to get used to being on a bike seat again.
We left Switzerland on the 3rd and went into France, via Paris and Tours. It was a long day of catching trains and not much else happening, so not many photos. It was noticeably warmer in France, as we'd come out of the mountains.
Our last day in Swizerland was in Basel. We took the train from Interlaken in the morning and dropped our bags at the Hotel (Hotel Euler) and went looking around town. Our first stop was at a cafe in the park, where we spent the last of our swiss franks(*). We were 10 rappen short, but we told the lady at the cafe how we were leaving Switzerland that day and were getting rid of our money and she was very nice and let us off.
Our third day in Interlaken was pretty wet, it rained most of the day. We spent the day reading in cafes and walking along the streets.
We arrived in Interlaken from Chur looking forward to being in the mountains again. The weather forecast for the next few days was looking a little bleak, but it was clear on the day we arrived so we made arrangements to go straight up to Schilthorn and got to Piz Gloria.
Today was the sad trip leaving Zermatt, we could easily have stayed for a few more days. However the Glacier Express was a good trip through the hills of Switzerland and had some great views. There aren't many photos from the train ride as it is difficult to get a photo without glare on the train windows getting in the way.
Day 2 in Zermatt was forecast to be cloudy and snowy, so we planned on doing some walks around the low lying areas. The forecast was completely wrong, and it was a beautiful clear (cloudless) day. We were kicking ourselves for not getting a 3 day lift pass, but we still got some amazing views. We spent the morning walking up to Z'Mutt and taking photographs of the Matterhorn. It was still pretty cold, only a few degrees, especially with the wind, but it was nice to be out in the sun walking through the hills.
This was the first of two full days in Zermatt, we had some great clear (for the most part) weather and took advantage of it by going up to Gornergrat and up to the Matterhorn lookout.
Today was a train ride from Geneva to Zermatt. The trip is in two sections, the main line to Visp, then a train along a private line to Zermatt.
Day 2 in Geneva was wet and colder ... about 13 deg C. We had breakfast and planned our day. Along with having no bag arrive for me, I somehow broke my phone while trying to change the SIM card. It had previously had a ascreen problem that had been repaired. so I guess that me poking inside it didn't help ... I also partly blame being jetlagged :P On the way out to CERN we stopped in at swisscom and I picked up a new phone.
We arrived in Geneva today after 22 hours of fying. We went from Hobart to Melbourne (1.5hrs), to Dubai (14 hrs), to Geneva (6.5 hrs). We arrived at ~1330 local time and it was a nice Spring day. Unfortunately my bag had not arrived with me, it had gone awol ... maybe it preffered it in Dubai. Jules bag did arrive though, so at least we had some of our stuff.
Yesterday I had laser eye surgery, there is plenty of info around about it but it doesn't really cover what to expect, at least it didn't for me, so here is a short diary of my experience, broken down by stages.
The documentation for the Dell SAS-iSCSI bridge is generally pretty good. The one thing that is fails to mention that stuck me for a few minutes is that the web GUI won't work with firefox, with every attempt to login in resulting in an obscure message saying that someone else is already configuring the system. Switching to Chrome gets around this.
The cold water tesing voyage was run early in 2015 to test the cold water and atmospeheric capabilities of the RV Investigator. The trip went really well, we had a mixture of rough seas and beautiful calm ocean. With a mixture of birds and sealife escorting us most of the way. The science testing went really well and we were greeted by an Aurora Australis on 2 of the 3 clear nights we had. The best one was at around 57 degrees south, but we saw it again a few nights later at around 60 deg south.
Here are some photos from the recent testing of the RV Investigator, the first two are of the back deck in a pretty rough patch out past Maria Island.
Here are some photos from our recent walk to Pelion West. We spent 3 nights at the Pelion Hut, coming in from the Arm River track. The first day was a total white out, we made it half way up before turning back, without acutally seeing the mountain due to the horrible weather. The second day was amazing, some very light, high cloud, and sunny still day.
Pelion West is also one of the toughest mountains climb, there is a decent walk along the overland from Pelion hut to the start of the mountain track. Followed by some scrub bashing uphill until the scrub open out to the base of the mountain. The mountain itself has a steep ascent up a slippery track until you reach the boulders. At that point you have to pick a path up and across the boulders, which is only vaguely marked, and even when it is, there are some big gaps to jump and climb.
If you do make it to the top on a clear day, Pelion West has some of the best views of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair Park, you can see Cradle Mountain and Barn Bluff to the north, Mt Ossa, Pelion East, some of the DuCane range to the south, and far of to the south west you can see Frenchmans Cap.
I've been meaning to setup a gallery for photos for ages, so far I have a mess up of using Flickr and images stored locally on my server.
The RV Investigator arrived in Hobart on Tuesday 9 September at around 10am, the offical CSIRO blog for the ship is the CSIRO FRV Blog with a whole bunch of info. I currently work at CSIRO on the Investigator supporting the data acquisition and other IT systems, so I'll be updating this site with photos and info every now and then.
The full works, still a bit more to do on the veggie boxes, but we're getting there...
Citrix support for Linux is currently (and has been for some time) completely attrocious, I have a previous post about this same issue. They do provide a deb and rpm version of Citrix reciever. The deb certainly has issues, and the rpm apparently does as well. Apart from the 32 bit and 64 bit packages being basically the same (ie the 64 bit version has 32 bit dependencies) the 64 bit package also lists requirements that no longer exist in most 64 bit distributions.
I decided to update my owncloud instance to version 7 and came across a problem where the database update errored out due to an issue with primary key conflicts in the ocu_lucene_status. lucene is the full text search engine by apache. I was able to get around it by truncating the table and redoing the update.
Easter in Dover ... the outlook from the house was straight onto the bay ...
We have a new family member, a harp! It's made by Camac. It is pretty awesome, and I get to listen to harp music all day :)
I've finally got around to doing some more recording, this is one of O'Carolan's pieces.
I've found a way of blogging that suits my needs
A few friends of mine are setting up a WAN around our Lenah Valley, a few of the other links have been checked out. Today we investigated the link from my place. It was always going to be a bit harder for my place, as there is a bit of a hill in the way, so we have opted for a 900MHz link. The initial test using the built in antenna worked well enough to give us a theoretical 3Mb/s. Whilst thats not much, it was also from just standing at the front door holding the antenna by hand. Hopefully with a more directional antenna we'll be able to get some more speed out of it.
There are lots of websites around for finding out if there is an Aurora likely to happen in the the northern or southern hemisphere, but OVATION Aurora is the easiest one I've found so far.
I read an interesting blog today that reminded of the last 2 years I worked at Aurora Energy, this isn't exactly what working there was like, but it was pretty darn close. I chose option 1 though :P
I've finally got around to moving the last of my wordpress site over to ikiwiki. The only issue was the lack of an easy way to change the post time, ikiwiki uses the git commit time, which is annoying to change. It is possible to do, but is messy, so I've just chucked them across.
I came across a permission denied error when setting up an apache reverse proxy to tomcat on Centos. Tomcat responded correctly from the server itself when wgettting to localhost, but with an external web browser a 503 was coming up. It turns out the problem is with SELinux config … the problem can be fixed by doing a :
The last full day we had at Cradle we did a big loop around. Starting at Ronnie Creek, we went up the Horse Track past Crater lake. Up to Kitchen Hut, along the Face Track and then down to the Rangers Hut. From there up to Hansons Peak and back down to Dove lake carpark. In summer you can use the shuttle buses to get you to/from the various carparks. The loop took us about 5 hours with a couple of stops at the nicer spots. The lookout down to Crater Lake is amazing, sadly my photos don’t do it justice. Likewise looking up to Cradle from the face track. We were thinking about climbing Cradle on the way through, but unfortunately it was clouded over. Of course it cleared up when we got further around towards Hansons Peak :P
Original Date: April 3, 2013 – 9:37 am Day 2 of our stay in Cradle involved sleeping in and a long breakfast. This morning I realised that the cabin we are staying in is surrounded by native pepper berry bushes. Some of them might find their way into my dinner tonight ;) The rest of the morning was spent reading and practicing taking wildlife photos on the currawongs (I think) that inhabit the area.
I recently had a large postgresql database dump that was too big to load in one go. I’ve had this problem before and have written a similar bit of perl in the past to split the dumpall output into smaller (per database) pieces. I couldn’t find the last program, so this time I’ve put it in github … hope fully now I won’t lose it again.
After arriving at the Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village, we unpacked our gear and went looking for a short walk to do.
We did a walk into Frenchmans Cap over 2 nights. The first night was friday night, we arrived at the carpark around 8pm and walked in to the campsite near the suspension bridge (near the Lodden river?). We set up camp at around 10pm with a bunch of mosquitos helping out.
After scratching around the internet for info on what was stopping my Xen install from working, I found these on the ubuntu forums. They are for 11.04 but they did the trick for me.
The final day (28/7/12) We woke up pretty hungover after finishing a heap of gin off the previous night. We still had a little bit of cointreau left too,but had to leave it. We spent the morning by thepool before checking out at noon. The Conrad have a departure lounge where you can hang out and have a shower, tea/coffee, etc before your flight. So we went and had lunch and had one last swim before heading up to the lounge to prepare to leave. We let the Conrad at 6pm for our flight at 10pm which gave us heaps of time … the Virgin flight hadn’t started checking people in when we arrived but it took a bit of time to dodge porters (they are everywhere) and get through the initial security. We ended up going through 2 security scans and a couple of customs and immigration lines … and everything is done manually which makes it slow sometimes. A lot of people didn’t know about the 150000rp departure tax which slowed down lines (we wouldn’t have either if we hadn’t been travelling with people who had been before). In the current airport the duty free section is right before a final security gate, but you can’t get through the waiting lounge until about an hour before your flight so we hung out in a little restaurant, Prada, which was reasonably crappy, but its an airport so I didn’t expect too much ;) We boarded our Virgin flight and had one of the most uncomfortable flights I can remember (despite being in the emergency exit isle). We are now sitting in the same cafe in the Melbourne airport as when we left, waiting for our Hobart flight. Hobart has turned on some welcome home weather for us, 10 degrees and raining for the next few days …. the polar opposite of what we just left.
We spent most of the day (27/7/12) in the pool, James was at a Balinese cooking course (from Bumbu Bali restaurant) so we were taking it easy. We were thinking about going to a water park, but ended up liking being at the hotel pool more. We went down the beach front to a beach club with its own pool for lunch called Paon.
I've recently been installing citrix receiver on a couple of 64 bit Linux Mint machine at home. Mint is based on Ubuntu so the deb releases of citrix receiver work successfully apart from one side effect, it leaves icaclient in an error state so every time you run apt-get you get an error saying that icaclient isn’t configured properly.
We had dinner at a beach restaurant (27/7/12), the owner came out and chatted to everyone and we found out he used to live in Melbourne, but was born in Bali. The restaurant only a 15min walk along the beach from our hotel.
We travelled from Ubud to Nusa Dua yesterday (25/7/12), it took about an hour and a half for the trip. The distance isnt very far, but the top speed you hit is 60km/h …. mainly to do with the size of the roads, they are really narrow. We arrived at the Conrad at about 1pm and checked in. We were able to get rooms overlooking the pool and the ocean.
We had a pretty lazy morning around the pool and a pretty lazy breakfast today. Jules and I went for another massage, in the fancy part of the complex (we are staying in the not fancy part, although it’s still pretty fancy). They have the purpose made massage rooms here.
We went on a walk today that we found in a lonely planet book. The directions were rough at best, we came across a few t-junctions that were not mentioned at all …that made things interesting.
We went into Ubud for dinner, the place we are staying had a shuttle bus which makes life a bit easier. Seeing as there are no metered taxis out this way you have to negotiate a price up front every time you need a taxi, the price is pretty good, but the negotiation process can be tiresome after a long day. We got the shuttle in and headed down one of the main streets, Monkey Forest Rd, so called because of …. the money first at the bottom of it. It is packed with shops, I don’t think I have ever seen so many wooden penis bottle openers in my life. After doing the stretch of shops we went back up to the top of the road and went to a restaurant called Cafe Lotus. It had fantastic food and drinks.
We arrived in Bali on Air Asia at about 5pm local time. Our friends who are with us, Andrew and James, had warned us about the porters at Bali airport so we were ready for them to try and grab our bags (and then you have to pay them to get them back), but they back off if you tell them no. Still it was a bit of a change from what we were used to. The next interesting bit was James having to bribe the customs guy to let him in with an extra bottle of wine … but apparently it’s the norm. Jules and I weren’t checked, I think they checked James bag seeing as it was from the duty free in Perth. We went through the rest of customs without a problem, Andrew had forewarned us about being American dollars for our visa. Then we left the terminal and went searching for a taxi. The place we are at currently is up in the hills a bit so we wanted a van rather than being in separate cars for an hour and a half. We finally found one and Andrew haggled us the ride for 400000rp (around $40). He was trying to get a bit lower but they wouldn’t budge. It turns out to be fair enough as it was a long taxi ride. We stopped at a Circle K on the way out and picked up some water and beers(all the essentials) and headed off. The taxi ride started ok with a long neck in hand and chatting chatting to the taxi driver about different things. Driving in Bali is freaking nuts, it’s only one step removed from chaos, but somehow it seems to work. Having said that there is no way I’d get on a scooter here unless I had a death wish. We got up into the hills as it got dark and the traffic thinned out, at least a bit. Half an hour later and it has started to become clear that we were lost. In the dark the intersections all looked pretty similar, our driver for out 3 times to ask directions, each time we got a little more worried, but we eventually got into the laneway we needed. We got to the end to be met by a security guard which was also a bit concerning until we realised that the hotel employed him (then I felt much better). We arrived at the hotel and went straight to dinner, as it was 8:00pm by now. Dinner was great, but we had a quick dinner and went to our room(s). The rooms are amazing, we have two rooms in a private compound and a private shared pool. The hotel we stayed in is called the Furama.
Up until recently, I've been running my website on wordpress on a Raspberry Pi from home. It got to the point now where looking after wordpress has become too annoying, so I went out in search of a different blogging/wiki system. What I have ended up using is ikiwiki ... its a wiki that is backed by git, rather then a database. This should remove one annoyance from the picture, as my wordpress blog quitye often fell over due to database issues. Whilst none of them were insurmountable, I've got better things to do than babysit a database.