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I’m visiting Australia, and met Dave!

I am currently visiting Australia.

I spent several days roaming around the Gold Coast with my wife, then we flew down to Sydney today and dropped by the EEVBlog lab and spent a few hours chatting with Dave.

Dave was kind enough to run me through his production process and even bought us lunch!

It was great to be able to meet Dave and we had some good conversations.

Whilst we were there Dave recorded a video on a calculator I had gifted him, it will be interesting to see the final edited video when he publishes it.

The ability to drop by the lab and spend so much time chatting was especially appreciated as Dave was still getting over being ill.

We drove over the harbour bridge on the way to our Airbnb, I got some video whilst we drove over, it is smaller than it looks!

My new links site.

I have finally found the time to sit down and make a short url conversion site.

This now allows me to create my own short URL's and also ensures that they will work forever, giving me permanent control of the short URL links.

Mac Pro (Early 2008) Not Starting Up.

I had to work on my dads Mac Pro today as it wouldn't turn on, he was panicking a bit as he had work which he had to do on it (he is a typesetter and printer).

Symptoms were a rapid flashing power LED (approx 1 pulse per second), no startup chime, no screen coming on.

I diagnosed it down to a bad DIMM module, after a lot of swapping modules I was able to determine which one it was.

The modules are installed in pairs, so it had to lose 4GB of ram as they are 2GB modules, fortunately it had 12GB installed (4x1GB and 4x2GB) and he doesn't use it for anything that requires all of the ram anyway, so 8GB will be OK for the time being until I get OWC to send a replacement.

I purchased the modules as a set of 4 in 2013 from OWC, and they have a "lifetime warranty", we shall see if they follow through with it !

I am back in my house, sort of.

I am sort of back in my house, I am in the process of moving everything back in, and trying to set up my lab, which includes re-organising how it is setup.

There are still things that the builders haven't finished, such as the kitchen! they haven't shown up for two weeks so far... to do a days work to finish it.