Family without result…

It has almost been one year since this event took place… its time the "community" acted and get this resolved by assisting Police.

Family challenges killers: Speak up, cowards


"COME forward you gutless bastards. You may have silenced Shane, but you'll never silence me."

So says the brother of murdered Campbell Town man Shane Geoffrey Barker.

Mr Barker, 36, a divorced father-of-one, died after being repeatedly shot in the back at his East Street home on August 2 last year.

No one has been arrested – but his family is not willing to let those responsible get away with murder.

"We have our suspicions (as to who's responsible)," Mr Barker's brother Paul said yesterday.

"And our message to them is this – we are not going to forget, you cowards.

"What kind of person shoots someone in the back then moves on with their lives, after destroying those of our entire family?"

Paul and his mother Barbara, father Robert and sister Nicole Garwood gathered at Paul's Prospect home yesterday to issue a renewed plea for justice over a crime that has not only destroyed a family and left a six-year-old girl without a father, but has also divided a community.

Campbell Town residents have been left speculating whether a murderer is in the town since the night of Mr Barker's death.

But the Barker family believes it knows who is responsible – and that person is not a Campbell Town resident.

"Believe this, you coward, you are human trash," Paul said.

"We hope you're having sleepless nights the way we all are.

"We hope you spent Christmas thinking about what you've done to us.

"We hope you remembered Shane's 37th birthday in January and thought of the misery you've put us through.

"And we hope you suffer the way we have been for 11 months.

"And know this – we will spend the rest of our lives making sure you do."

Shane's father Robert said he wished the person responsible would anonymously tell the family "why".

"That alone would help us, so much," he said.

The Examiner contacted Mr Barker's former wife and the mother of his child Rachael Jordan yesterday, but she said she did not wish to comment on the family's appeals for information.

Anyone with information in relation to Mr Barker's murder is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.

Callers can choose to remain anonymous.

Police are believed to be considering announcing a significant reward around the anniversary of the murder.

If this happened to you… surely you would want "Justice" dealt to those that committed such a cowardly act.  Please assist and help us close this horrible chapter…

Me TV 1.3.1 Now in Debian unstable

I've just had my second update for Me TV accepted into Debian unstable (Sid)  😀

So I have also filed a bug report to sync this new release into Ubuntu Maverick and also uploaded to the Me TV development ppa on LaunchPad. This is to be the last package I do for Ubuntu Karmic, as this release although still supported for security updates has been superseded by Ubuntu Lucid.

Meanwhile, Me TV version 1.3.0 has merged into Debian Testing (Squeeze) and will be replaced with 1.3.1 in 10 days. Whilst version 0.5.33 is in Stable (Lenny)

LinuxMint 9 on my Eee PC 701SD

Just to test out the latest release of LinuxMint 9 So I've installed this on my Eee PC 701SD to give it a try. As this is an Ubuntu derivative, there is no real new features as such, just a different set of default applications and layout for GNOME.

So here is a screen shot, the layout having only one bar alone the bottom (much like MS Windows) the only addition I have added to the default install is Dropbox. The first thing I noticed when bringing the system up to date the mirror sites clearly have limited the bandwidth, because the average transfer was only 10-15Kb so in all it took just over 3 hours to update just on 300 packages. So this is a major backlash because I get around 800-900Kb transfer from Internode's mirror (unfortunately Internode are not a LinuxMint repository mirror) So if I was to make one complaint, the repository mirror bandwidth could be improved as to wait around 3 hours to update is a little excessive.

So LinuxMint won't stay for long on the Eee, but it certainly has improved since I last looked at it (I think that was version 4)


I've had my Eee PC now for almost 18 months and during this time I've tried many Linux distros on it but have yet to settle on one that I really like. the OS of choice for my Server and Desktop is Ubuntu, and this has mostly been what I've been using on my Eee (or ubuntu derivatives) I've come to the conclusion that I don't like the Ubuntu Netbook Edition's user interface, but the screen is way too small to use the standard desktop edition without major mods to the appearance. So at the time of writing I'm just installing the latest from Linux Mint (I know this is another Ubuntu derivative!) Oh just in case you hadn't guessed, I like Debian based distro's but there is a lot of work to get the wifi working in Debian 🙁 (it is doable I'm just too LAZY!)

The main issue with the Eee 701 is that the screen is only 800x480px so most property windows are larger than the screen height so one has to constantly use the [ALT] + LEFT click to move the screen around to get to the parts that can't be seen. Although some would say that's not a major issue, it is when the screen re-size application in the UNE doesn't work with all applications and leaves some being unusable or stuck behind the current window! Sadly, most NetBook friendly distros are targeted towards the Eee 901 or greater as the norm is now a 10" screen that allows a larger resolution so the window size isn't as critical. but as these units (701's) are the original NetBook they have been replaced with much better models … here is a clip showing the Eee PC 701SD

So although the Eee PC 701 was a good price, I still struggle to find an OS that I'm truly happy to stick with! But hey ANYTHING is better than Xandros!  😀

Sometimes it just easier!

Some time back when I built my current PC I didn't bother with getting an optical drive (initially) but as time went on and finances allowed, I go myself a Pioneer DVR-218L

description: DVD-RAM writer
product: DVD-RW  DVR-218L
vendor: PIONEER
physical id: 0.0.0
bus info: scsi@2:0.0.0
logical name: /dev/cdrom
logical name: /dev/cdrw
logical name: /dev/dvd
logical name: /dev/dvdrw
logical name: /dev/scd0
logical name: /dev/sr0
version: 1.01
capabilities: removable audio cd-r cd-rw dvd dvd-r dvd-ram
configuration: ansiversion=5 status=nodisc

Now I have a small issue with this drive, when I attempt to rip music CD's for local use (either as MP3's OGG FLAC the format is irrelevant) RhythmBox segfaults  🙁  This is due to an issue between RhythmBox attempting to acquire the Album/Song titles. This is a real PITA !! it's of course an easy issue to overcome…

Forget the pretty GUI application of RhythmBox, and go for a CLI one called RipIt, this is quite a powerful application (see man page for full detail) giving you many options on how to control the whole process! So now I simply use Ripit and then burn the disc via brasero or cdrecord and I'm done! It would be nice if this issue didn't exist, but then wouldn't it be nice if no issues ever existed!  😉

So sometimes its just easier to use the command line!