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  • Origami platonic solids

    I’ve been making some of these platonic solids in origami. Thanks to John Montroll’s books From left to right. A tetrahedron, a cube and an octahedron.

  • Poor man’s router with wedge fail

    Poor man’s router with wedge fail

    I tried making a Paul Seller’s style Poor Man’s Router plane. It worked quite well but I couldn’t get the chisel’s blade edge to be really perpendicular to the surface of the wood. As an alternative I thought I’d try cutting a slot into the piece of timber and making a wedge to fit it […]

  • Workbench progress

    Workbench progress
  • Xero’s Paypal feed is crap

    I’ve been setting up a new paypal account and I thought it would be nice to get the feed of transactions directly into Xero. Unfortunately Xero’s PayPal feed doesn’t understand how PayPal initially puts your transactions on hold until your account is fully verified. This leads to having your transactions incorrectly imported twice (with incorrect […]

  • Uniquify your Buffer Names in emacs with use-package

    Recently I have been working on projects that often have multiple files of the same name. By default emacs doesn’t give much information to help you switch between the buffers of open files of the same name. At the same moment that I was thinking I need to find a solution to this Pragmatic Emacs posted […]

  • FreeTDS is a bag of razorblades use, Microsoft ODBC Driver for Linux instead

    According to @mst FreeTDS is a bag of razorblades. That’s right folks, don’t use it. The new way to go is Microsoft ODBC Driver for SQL Server on Linux. Unfortunately its a nightmare to install on debian. Luckily some very smart people wrote a lovely little howto: Install and Configure the MS ODBC Driver on […]

  • BPay View feedback

    Dear CommBank, While I think NetBank is great, the BPayView part seriously lets it down. I tweeted my feelings about this and you asked for feedback, so here it is: 1. It silently lets the biller prevent you from viewing older bills. eg. I cannot view Sydney Water bills older than 6 months. but you […]

  • Letter to the minister for small business about slow Internet in Australia

    Today I wrote to the minister for small business complaining about the crap Internet in this country. I urge you to write to your MPs also if you think the lack of NBN is a problem. Dear Mr Billson, I’d just like to express my concern over the woeful state of Internet in Australia. As […]

  • Launch emacs from cygwin

    Launch emacs from cygwin

    I have written about about using emacs in cygwin and how to launch emacs from cygwin, but I had some problems with the batch file approach in that emacs’ path differ from bash’s. Then ack fails to work from within emacs which makes me sad. After googling around a bit, I saw a few suggestion that trie to fix the […]

  • I wrote to Turnbull to complain about the lack of NBN. Here is his reply

    After traveling to New Zealand for #lca2015 and experiencing fibre to the home at my friends house, I decided to write to Malcolm Turnbull to express my concern about the slow rollout of the NBN in Australia. He actually personally replied directly to my email only 4 hours later. In the interest of openness I […]