Meadowbank Fire activates Cambridge IMT

I got a phone call at around 17:45 to ask me what I had planned for the evening! I was just a little non committal at first, but after I phoned the contact from the IMT the picture was looking pretty grim so I put aside my reluctance and headed to Cambridge.

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This is the site of the fire…

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This is the temporary radio room…

The TFS details of this fire can be found at http://fire.tas.gov.au/

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On a Beach

Just an afternoon on 7 Mile Beach…

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Images in posts?

I’ve just noticed that most of the images that should be visible within posts appear as broken links!  All the images are on the server, there seems to be something wrong within WordPress, or mySQL.

At first I thought no problem, that’s an easy fix…  No its not! as this will require me to edit every post and relink the files. Now having just on two and s half years of blog posts, that would be rather time consuming!

So for the moment, broken image links it is until I either find a semi/fully automated way of fixing the problem it’s going to remain.  😐

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Duck reach Power Station

Over the last few weeks the weather has been rather wet (rain) this of course has the byproduct of flooding, in particular in the north of the state. I happened to be visiting Launceston where most of the heavy rain has taken place. The images below are of the (now) disused Duck Reach Power Station located on the South Esk River, this flows through the Cataract Gorge (a popular swimming & picnicking place) I’ve never been or seen the power station nor the river in flood so it was certainly a spectacular sight!

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Also I’ve included a 2 minute video clip to attempt to capture the moment as the still images don’t quite achieve this!

Duck Reach Power Station

See more information on the power station here

First decent day of rain!

Oh WOW! today has been a wet one, it’s been raining now for most of the night and pretty much all day so far, but my weather station claims no rain! So what’s going on there? well although I’ve not taken the top off the rain gauge I’d say a spider has most likely made a home inside the unit and possibly spun a web inside the gauge causing the mechanism to not read (I hope this is the case!)

Here’s the link to the data I feed into Weather Underground as you can see it’ looks like this has been a problem for a while (not noticed due to the lack of rain!) and the latest observations from the BOM claims a significant rainfall amount!

So when the rain eases a bit it’s time to investigate the cause of no rain measurements…

This is what the rain gauge looks like…

HTC Weather display down

Now here’s something that you don’t see every day!  Currently I’m not receiving any weather information for my location…

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A day away from home…

Today was a day away from the house! with a drive to Richmond then followed by a visit to ZooDoo Animal Park. Although the weather was “supposed” to break up around the middle of the day, it held out nice and sunny (all be it a little windy!) So I thought I had taken more images, but I didn’t! So here are a few of ducks & bridge (c1823) and the tigers at ZooDoo…

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My HTC Desire Layout…

Now if you hadn’t heard already about the fact that I have an Android HTC Desire, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN! but if this is your first visit then you are excused! 😉

I’ve used the following application from the Android Market called ShootMe, note to use this application you do need to have your phone “rooted” as it requires superuser privileges to do its magic. As for some strange reason I couldn’t get DDMS working from the current SDK for Android to take screen shots.

Basically, all I’m showing is how I have my phone’s appearance setup, now you have seven work spaces (screens) and one overview where you can touch the screen you want to quickly jump to, but only from the home screen.

The order of these images is as follows, Overview, Weather widget, Calendar widget, E-mail widget, Home screen, Friend stream widget, News RSS widget & FM Radio and Media player widgets.

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Some New Additions…

Ok so the content on this blog doesn’t change that often! so I’ve  decided to add some interactive pages that provide real-time data. Notice now that there are two new pages APRS Live Map & Weather list at the top & down the right hand side. I’ve also added a small weather widget as well, this take a live feed from my La Crosse WS-2310. During the winter months the temperature sensor does get a little direct sunlight, so readings between about 8am to 10am may be higher than what the real temperature is, but as this is only for personal use you should not base any decisions on the weather data provided from this, please refer to the BOM for such details.

Just a little more info on the WS-2310…

As I use Linux, the software that was provided with the WS-2310 is for MS Windows. I needed to find something that could talk to and get the data from the weather station, the solution, Open2300 this give more functionality that what the original software provided!

interval2300     cw2300     light2300

dump2300     log2300     fetch2300

minmax2300     mysql2300     wu2300

histlog2300     xml2300     open2300

I won’t go into detail about all of these, but the main two I use are … mysql2300 & wu2300 (with a slight mod) and a third utility that is provided from XASTIR called open2300db2APRS. MySQL2300 places the weather data into a mysql database and wu2300 uploads my weather data directly to weather underground while open2300db2APRS is an interpreter for mysql to XASTIR.

SPAM! Did I get your attention ?

Well as we are forced daily to deal with unwanted stuff, weather this be Email, catalogues, To the House Holder or even now on Skype!

I’ve recently been getting a lot of request from so called “contacts” wanting to be added, but they have spam in their request (mainly aimed at anatomy enlargement!) In Skype Version 2.1.0.81 you have the option to both block & report as spam, However what happens to those you flag as spam? OK well in the help (when placing a block on somebody) you have a link called Help this doesn’t say much to what happens! but at least there is an option.

I’ve also found that on this blog the default Akismet plug-in does a fair job in stopping any spam from making it into your blog comments, but the one thing it doesn’t do is prevent “bots” from flooding you with random crap! So I also use re-CAPTCHA now this is a nifty plug-in (in this case WordPress) and it is just the thing for stopping bots dead in there tracks!

So as you can see, you have to enter two words that are generated at random and also are in an image format so re-CAPTCHA its self is ensuring that it can’t be compromised. You can also use this to protect Email addresses as well (as I do on my contact page)  So this is how I deal with SPAM pests on my Blog & Skype.

Email is another story! as I run my own mail server I use Amavis-New, Spamassassin & ClamAV and  this does a very good job of keeping the mail free from spam pests. Actually, the Email side is a double protection as it is both scanning the mail for viruses & spam! and yes I use Linux, so why bother with virus checking? well the way I see it to rid incoming mail of viruses then ensures that they are not spread to infect the target systems they have been written for namely Microsoft Windows!

So there you have it…  😀