2012 October

Hi Everyone,

This month brings with it, packing and a new creation of sorts.  Building a forum of my own.

After such a sad start to the month as in my earlier post, I needed something to dive into that didn’t need too much effort.  I’m also involved with another forum right now.  FoxyRoxyLinux Distro now in development.  When released it will be amazing.  More on that another day.  After thinking about it for a bit, I thought why not have a  play in creating one for myself.  One way to increase my knowledge on forums is becoming the founder of my own. Best way to learn more is to stretch what I already know further and  just do it.

Being an Admin of a couple of forums is one thing.  Being the founder and having complete control is the only way to really increase my knowledge.  I can experiment to my heart’s content, until I’m satisfied with the look.  I don’t want the confines of another persons rules. 🙂 If I screw it up then it’s my fault. I’m also in the process of packing getting ready to move it’s nigh impossible to concentrate on any one thing for too long.

I’m hoping it will add another dimension to this website. It;s just for a bit of fun. Right now while I’m madly packing up my house to move in December.  I required a small challenge to take my mind off packing and other recent events.  I needed something that I didn’t have to think to hard to put to-gether.  Once the basis is up I hope to make it something worthwhile.

Not really worried if it doesn’t work as it’s FREE 🙂 and a bit of fun.

There are a couple of other candidates and they offer a little less in some areas and a little more in others. Mainly I wanted a Free Hosted service with No Ads.  This is very hard to find.  At present do offer for 5 users with no Ads.   I’m not sure how long that offer is valid for.  Anyway it’s where I have begun.  The other potentials are and  the latter two have Ads for everyone on the Freebie.

Good or bad we will soon find out. It’s an experiment in progress and you can browse without having to sign -up.  However if you wish to post you are then required to register.  Registration is free. You can look at it here. If you have any ideas or suggestions let me know. I’m still tossing up between and I will do side by side for a while to decide. Plus for forumotion better formatting.
If you have never been on a forum it’s a great place to gain information.  Gain knowledge on areas you need help in or help others who have issues you have the answers to.  Pretty much there is a forum for everything these days.   You are as anonymous as you want. Or be whoever you want.  If you are shy it’s a great place to strike up friendships in a safe environment.  All forums I’m involved with to date are safe.  This is true for most forums and if you are careful to obey the rules and not be silly with your information you won’t have any issues.

Please remember not everyone is genuine on forums.  So why do it well for me it’s another way of expressing myself and what I love and enjoy doing.  If you have a peek you can read more on why I decided to go ahead with this.  I have made some wonderful friends who share my common interests.  If this doesn’t work out I’m still part of a team on other forums where I can still have fun. 

If you get a message saying it’s unavailable sorry. Right now I’m doing some construction work.  Browsing could be unavailable.

This will only be a temporary issue.



July – August – September 2012

Hello Everyone
It’s been quite some time since my last post.  A lot has happened some good some sad.  This year isn’t quite turning out like I first thought it would.  Then again does any year in anyones life go exactly to plan.  I don’t think so and this one is certainly turning into a doozey for my family and I.

As previously mentioned one item on the agenda has finally been dealt with:
The second time around, we sold our house.  Hooray for that. I will state here and now I hated every stinking moment of it, and the real estate agents that were involved with it.  They truly are sleazier than car salesman if that’s at all possible, and deserve their shitty reputations. Not quite the price we wanted but it’s done.  Settlement for us is 3rd December.  At first I felt quite sad to see it sold and a lot of emotions were flying through my mind.  I really wasn’t happy at all on the day even though we really did want to sell.

The last 22 years have been a mixture of many memories and we have experienced some amazing things within these walls. We have shared many a joyous celebration and led a wonderful and fulfilled life here.  So many have been with our family, friends and colleagues.  I will take all of them along with me and in times of doubt will reflect on them in our new abode.  Of course there has been some times of grief and sadness as you would expect to experience over such a long period of time.  Thankfully the happy memories far outway any of the sadder times.  These I take with me too.

By the next morning I began to look at things in a different light.  It’s a new beginning to expand and broaden my knowledge again.  Apartment living will certainly be something neither my partner and children have ever done before.  Well apart from the family holidays. :) Will I love it or hate it.  Who know’s but I am now very much looking forward to finding out.  One thing’s for sure:
I’m certainly not looking forward to; packing everything up that has accumulated over the last 22 years. That in itself will stretch me to my limits.

Needless to say that the last three months has also brought along with it some sadness and grief.

I have lost two of my lovely friends Pete & Trevor,
My thoughts and condolences go out
To all of all of their friends, families & colleagues & anyone who knew them.
I dedicate the following to them: Kinda reflects the type of people they both were:

May they both rest in peace
Miss you both


Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be critical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.

© Max Ehrmann 1927

June 2012

Hello Everyone,

This month seems to have flown by and we are already heading towards July. Those of us in Australia are facing one of our coldest and wettest winters that I can remember for some time.
I’m writing this as I travel up to the beautiful Gold Coast to find some warmth for this time of year.

As the end of the financial year looms ahead the old Tax documents required organising.  So boring. As the old saying goes:
There are two things in your life you can’t get away from
Death and Taxes. Now that part of my life’s completed I can do more interesting things.

I have been busy testing out various bits of Hardware and software for my new HTPCs as per last months plans and this will more than likely be what I’m up to for a bit longer.

Don’t worry for anyone who finds this boring there will be plenty of other stuff going on as well.


Kazza’s Corner

May 2012

Hi Everyone,

My blog has had a very neglected couple of months.  Not much of May left but I will at least get one or two pages in.
That’s the plan. So this week now that the teenager is well and off to school again……………….
Finally I can concentrate on posting up some things.
This month well what’s left of it, will be dedicated to:

Linux, XBMC and the HP Proliant Microserver, HTPC building………………
Yep it’s time for a bit of Nerdsville…………………..Was that a yawn I hear from the audience.
I know that somewhere out there someone will appreciate this.
Already had a huge hiccup with the Microserver had to pull a brand new unit apart as I had a faulty SAS cable (powers the hard drives)

Anyway for those of you who are interested stay tuned!!!

I will also endeavour to update a few other things of interest too 🙂


Kazza’s Corner


Hi Everyone,

well it seems April came and went in a blink of an eye…………………it’s now May and well that’s all I can say.

Not a good month and hardly anytime spent here well none at all really 😦 Tried to sell our house but no takers, so

it’s now officially off the market until who knows!! LOL

Sick kids, sick parents yada yada and well most of my hardware & systems were packed away.

I have finally setup a portable unit which if required can be packed away and hidden.

So onto getting some more fun stuff posted up.