Over the next coming weeks I’ll be gradually updating old blog posts to be fully compliant to https, Should I find anything that can’t be done then depending on the content I’ll most like just delete it!
For now I’ve forced a redirect from http to https at the server level, hence why some content may not display correctly (especially links to external sites that are http only)
I’ve only ever backed one project on Kickstarter, and so far I’ve never seen the product and just keep getting updates claiming that things are going well, oops no there’s a problem with X… Ok we’re back on track… Nope now there’s problems with Y.
So I backed the ZNAPS project in July 2015 and the initial statement made was that a product would be delivered by December (2015) so here we are now August 2016 and still nothing has even been confirmed as being complete and ready to ship. Ok so this isn’t an issue with Kickstarter, because they are just a means of advertising your product and gaining funds (they take a percentage) so the problem solely lies with the people who are ZNAPS. If you read through the comments on Kickstarter you’ll see comments after comment all stating their dissatisfaction with the way the whole thing has unfolded.
It’s that time again where my phone contract had expired and my Nexus 5 battery was spending more time on the charger than active use. So I was going to look into replacing the battery, but the last time I got a so-called OEM battery (Galaxy Nexus) I got something that said one thing but its actual capacity was something totally different. So I was cautious about getting stung again, plus there was the possibility that I’d bugger up the replacement process and end up with a phone that’s only good for a paperweight!
So I decided to look at what my provider had on offer and was surprised to see that they had the Google Nexus 5X and 6P. I’m not interested in a phone that is borderline to the size of a tablet so we went with the Nexus 5X. I was a little hesitant at first about the Nexus 5X because I initially just thought it would be just a re-release of the original Nexus 5. I was wrong! it’s a new phone altogether and with some noticeable differences.
The next thing to decide on was a suitable case to protect the phone from the day-to-day abuse it will endure. After looking at what was available from the Google Play Store. I was surprised at the costs! really they were expensive with prices ranging from $34AUD to $59AUD. Because you have to purchase them sight unseen, I wasn’t keen to shell out for say the most expensive without seeing some kind of review or similar. Now this is where YouTube is your friend! so after watching several videos on all of the cases, I opted to go with the Adopted Case.
Adafruit like experimenting with products to see what will inspire the electronics enthusiasts around the world. Now I’ve been after the ESP8266 Feather, however they have been unavailable for some time (so damn popular!) so I started looking for something else that had a wifi option. Released on March 23rd was the WICED Feather and I thought that should do the trick and give a challenge as it’s using a cpu I’ve not had much experience with. I’m kind of hooked on Neopixels and from version 1.0.5 of the Adafruit Neopixel Library includes support for the WICED Feather (STM32F2 MCU)
This started back on December 21st 2015 when it was reported there was a failure in the Basslink HVDC cable. This links between Loy Yang Victoria to Georgetown Tasmania. At first Hydro Tasmania believed the issue would be resolved within 60 days. So all should be good… not to be, after delays in locating the cable, then not being able to ascertain where the fault was, the initial cutting was delayed until a better idea of where the fault was. When the Basslink HVDC cable was laid down, this also included a Dark Fibre cable that would be run by Basslink Telecoms. This was to be a crucial new link for Tasmania as a way of not being held to ransom by Telstra, who have a monopoly on the wholesale of data passing to & from the state at the time. Basslink announced on February 22nd that the revised timeline for the cable repair was unknown.
So we jump forward to March 11th, this is where things get interesting! Basslink Telecom switched off the fibre at 08:15 and services that had made prior arrangements with Telstra were transferred. This is the moment when Tasmania’s internet slowed to a crawl, with customers on iinet, Internode, Westnet affected the worst. This naturally sparked an immediate social network backlash on Twitter and Facebook with customers venting their complaints.
So how did it come to this? How could a situation that’s been known about be left like a last minute suck it a see approach? The fibre line had to be cut so repairs could take place on the HVDC line. It’s not like it was going to be left in situ while the other was repaired, after all the HVDC cable is 60kg/meter so it’s heavy and requires special teams to do the work Well this is where things get a little messy, there’s been claims that helpdesk staff have been saying that the problem has nothing to do with Basslink, or that the helpdesk staff had no idea about Basslink and it’s effect it was to have. Now I can’t vouch for such, I mean after all you can’t believe everything you read on the internet right? 😉