Macbook broken. again.

Dear World,

Please remind me why I bought a mac?

Love,
Trent

[i was typing away the other day and *blip* my backlight stopped working, permanently, seriously, wtf.]
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Traveling to sydney...

Howdy all,

I will be traveling to Sydney on Sunday the 20th and 21st - if you're in sydney and want to catch up for a beer or something let me know.

Only timeslot will be Sunday (20th) afternoon as I fly out Monday night (21st)

- lathiat

Joining sun...

As most of you reading this are likely aware, I work as a Support Engineer for MySQL AB - which was recently acquired by Sun Microsystems.

If you have been living under some variety of rock-like object, you can see the press release here:
http://www.mysql.com/news-and-events/sun/



As part of that, as of this month I now work for Sun Microsystems Australia.


Trent Lloyd
MySQL Support Engineer
Sun Microsystems


However I am really doing the same job I was before.. so far the acquisition seems to have gone fairly positively. I was a little concerned about some of the employment/IP restrictions that our new fangled contracts bring but in the end I was able to sort out enough to satisfy me.

I am still working from Home, and there are no plans (at least for me) to move around within Sun - I plan to continue my role as MySQL Support Engineer.

I really hope this acquisition is beneficial for MySQL in the long run.. there are potential ups and downs but so far for me the experience has been very positive and the Sun team have been very welcoming.

The MySQL Users Conference is upon us this week, which means there will likely to be some interesting announcements from various MySQL-related companies as tends to be the case around major conferences (there are already some talk of a new product from "Kickfire" that sounds interesting, albeit sketchy at this stage)

In more personal news, they sold the house I am renting so I have to move. For more amusement Aleesha is over-seas until after I have to move so I have to move before she gets back, oh well. I applied for a house today and the Property Manager seemed very enthusiastic so I guess thats a good sign.

It's a very nice 3x2 townhouse:
http://gallery.mac.com/lathiat#100525&bgcolor=black&view=grid

It's also only a couple hundred meters from the local telephone exchange, so ADSL2+ speeds should be fairly flat (24/1 M) which will be nice :)

To follow me closer, check out my twitter: twitter.com/lathiat
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Returning home for surprises...

Back home in Perth from Linux.conf.au... couple surprises when I got in.

First up, I made Qantas Silver Frequent flyer. This is mainly a yay for the priority check-in - and I get 1 free Qantas club invitation.

Had I thought about it when I started travelling, and taken Qantas the whole time I probably would have been gold by now but I took 2 big european trips on emirates.. and a whole stack of Virgin Blue domestic. Oh well.

Secondly, I left my air conditioner on.. It's a crappy old wall unit and it has apparently continually frozen and unfrozen up over the week and theres a nice trail of water down the wall onto my mattress which is very damp and has several water stain marks. Obviously been through the cycle a few times. It also managed to eat a bit into the plasterboard under it. -woops-. When I got in it was frozen solid out the filter and nearly out the plastic grating.

Note to self: check this in future.

And last but not least, its too damn hot in Perth.
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Poker

While I'm in Melbourne for linux.conf.au (which finished yesterday), I thought I'd head down to the Crown Poker Room to get some action.

Unfortunately I missed the Aussie Millions by a couple of weeks, but I did run into one of the final tablist while there. He made alot of money.

I set myself a limit of $300.. so first I tackled the Sunday $100 ($85+$15) NLHE tournament. I didn't fair so well.. I got up in chips early (doubled up).. had a really unfortunate hand..

I was dealt [Kd] exposed, next card was [Ac] and my redealt card was [6s]. I elected to fold and out flopped [Kh][Kc][3d] - I was not happy! I definitely would have been in with [Kd][As] and my trips would have more than likely got me a healthy stack. D'oh.

I endeed up going out just before level 4 with my [Kh][As] vs [Jh][10s]. The flop was a blank and a [10c] came on the river sealing my fate.

From then I moved onto the $2/$3 NLHE. I bought in for $100 and about an hour later was up to $254 and cashed out when my seat in a $50 Sit'n'Go came up.

I didn't do too well in the Sit'n'Go either.. busted out in 6th place calling all-in with my [As][10s] against my offenders [Ah][Ac]. The aces held up.

Then I nearly left.. but decided to head back to the $2/$3 NLHE cash game again for $100. Only about 30 minutes in I was up to $306. At this point although I felt guilty leaving the table a couple hands after winning an $80 or so pot; but I knew it was starting to go to my head and I'd loste up and likely lose it all and probably more back. So I left, $210 up for the day.

Not a bad effort! Tournaments bad.. cash games good.. probably a bit lucky but the tables were quite soft, very often folding to reraises or calling down with bugger all.

Woo!

MacBook even more broken than I thought... Asus EeePC is good...

So having taken my MacBook to the apple store on Tuesday, they replaced the logic board and subsequently found out that not only was the logic board toast, so is the hard drive.

How the hell did I manage that?

So anyway, being 10AM Tuesday morning, and a talk to give at 1:30PM - I cruised down to Myer (by way of a $6 taxi, didn't realise how close it was) and bought an Asus EeePC.

I then rewrote the talk in <2 hours and did it. It was a bit of a rush job but it worked OK.

I'm fairly impressed by the EeePC.. it's got 4G flash, 512MB ram, Webcam.. and comes with a pre-installed and customized Xandros-based OS. It has all the good utils.. Pidgin, Firefox, Skype, Openoffice, etc... although I hope to install Ubuntu on it later.

It did manage to compile a kernel in <hour earlier.. so its not *that* slow.. altho the kernel was a little minimalistic with the features needed for it.

MacBook broken

I've really hit a wall with my MacBook.

it has stopped booting after a kernel panic, which was caused by unplugging a Sony Ericsson phone that was just charging.

I can't even boot a cd or into firewire target mode.

This is the 3rd trip now I have had something go wrong with it, dammit. I think life is telling me to go back to a PC and ubuntu!

I guess its
kindof poetic my MacBook running macosx broke at Linux.conf.au.

Posted from my iPod touch.
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Linux.conf.au - Sunday, 27th January

Well, I made it through my first day in Melbourne for linux.conf.au 2008

Due to horrible travel planning, I arrived in Melbourne at 6am but was unable to check-in to Trinity College until 1PM. Thus I had to wast a couple hours then met some of the organisers and helped shuffle boxes of conference bags out of one room, into cars to then be unpacked down at the venue.

Following that I spent some time folding up t-shirts and finally I was able to register and check in at the college.

Having taken the midnight flight over, I hadn't slept and so I carked it from 4PM to 8PM. This is going to really throw my sleeping out! But oh well..

Following on from my lazing, I located the Trinity common area, with semi-working wireless (some rogue client is handing out DHCP leases that are useless, so you have to refresh 30 times)

So far I have ran into lots of people I know from work and past LCAs.. I'll certainly miss some but they include.. Stuart Young, Stuart Smith, Colin Charles, Giuseppe Maxia, James Iseppi, Arjen Lentz, Joel Stanley, Leon Brooks, Donna Benjamin, Daniel Stone, Grant Diffey, Michael Kedzierski(sp?), Ryan Verner, Tim Ansell.. there are a few people who escape me at the moment!

As wireless is only available in the common area, my 2GB of 3G data with three is certainly proving helpful :)

Until tomorrow... (or well, today)
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Linux.conf.au 2008

Heading off shortly to Linux.conf.au 2008 in Melbourne, Victoria.

I've got the red-eye, so I'll be landing in at 6AM Melbourne time - for any other LCAers i'll be staying at the Trinity college.

I'm giving a talk at the MySQL Mini-conf @ 1:30PM on Tuesday - it will be about my experiences as a MySQL Support Engineer and the common sorts of problems that people run into and how to avoid them!

Should be a good week for the conference, and maybe I can lose^H^H^H^Hwin a few dollars at the Crown with my handy dandy poker skills :)

Anyone up for a game? Unfortunately I've misplaced my small, portable and travel-friendly chipset - I really must find that.
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