Author: Darryl Smith

Buy This Book – The Martian!

How could I not buy this book. I am loving it – it is a story about an engineer trapped on Mars, and how he works to try to get home. It is sort of like the story of the

Applied Microwave Engineering

After many years, I finally got to do some real Microwave Engineering today. You see, the carousel on my Panasonic Genius Inverter Microwave had ceased working. On a hunch, I guessed it was the motor that had failed, so I

Just One Small Issue With Mac OSX Yosemite

Mac OSX Yosemite came out yesterday, and I was out all working for a client, and then a friend came over to drop some packages over that he is storing under my house whilst he finds a new place to

Spamming of Facebook and Linked In By Accident

As one anonymous mailing list member pointed out to me privately yesterday, I accidentally Spammed both Facebook and Linked In with blog updates. And the comparison between Linked In and Facebook was really interesting: Facebook did not let most of

Updated Web Site

After a few years on Drupal, I have moved the Radioactive Networks Web Site to WordPress. I was rather unimpressed with Drupal as a content management system, and was actually rather more impressed with WordPress. I have been using WordPress

New Business – Redshift Wireless

This is a quick post to say that I have started a new business. It is called Redshift Wireless, and it is designed to help people manage their Air Conditioners in the Cloud.

HP Mini 110 3017tu and Vista

I have just bought a HP 110 Mini 3017tu that came with XP, and I wanted to upgrade it to Vista. To do this I blew away the old install and downloaded the Vista drivers from HP. Unfortunately, not all

Flight 1 – Bankstown to Broken Hill – 30-July-2010 Via Menindee Lakes There was a lot of early fog in Sydney so we were not able to leave as early as we had hoped. We ended up leaving around 11am.

No AutoCorrect in Outlook 2010

I just subscribed to a hosting package for Exchange with SherWeb and it came with Outlook 2010. Wanting to improve things and living in Outlook, I decided to download this and upgrade from Outlook 2007. However, AutoCorrect and underlining of

I got a new video card for my Dell GX280 computer today. I ended up getting an Asus EN9400GT video card. This is a half height design which would fit into the case. With the half height adapter it did

Interfacing a Video Intercom as a Door Bell

This might seem strange, but I have found it hard to buy a decent door bell pushbutton. They all seem just wrong. And I don’t feel like spending $40 on a pushbutton that looks horrible either. Anyway, I was looking

ESXi 4 and USB issues

I had some USB issues when installing VMWare ESXi 4 on some non-VMWare approved hardware today. I was installing onto an ICH10 motherboard. In fact, by USB troubles, I mean I had major issues. I think I have solved them,

Python SoapLib with VB.NET and C#

This is a rare post. It says how to do something, and it is something that I have spent a LOT of time investigating. It is not complete thanks to one or two issues, but it is close. Basically I

Hints Replacing a Gyprock/Plasteboard Ceiling

Removing the old ceiling is easy. Hammer or pry bar or whatever. It will generally be screwed or nailed as well as glued. Remove the nails or screws as you find them. Don’t worry about getting dried glue off any

Huawei, Optus and Maybe Telstra

The National Broadband Network tenders are all in. And Telstra is out. But someone has told that Huawei is linked to the Chinese Military. Strange Story. The opposition is really pushing the issue. But I am just wondering why. And