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I now have tags for New Zealand 2009 and New Zealand 2007.

I've set the journal up for pingbacks. Just to cover for the vastly unlikely scenario where I say something worth linking to. :)

And just to round things off I've got semagic up and running on the new laptop.
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Feeling like a happy yo-yo... )

As to the title of the post, well I've already discovered that the cable connecting camera to laptop has gone astray. Hopefully I'll be able to pick up a replacement or a card reader from the duty free shops once I check in and get past customs.

In the meantime if you want to have fun speculating wildly about all the other things I might have forgotten go right ahead. :)
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I have, on occasion, noted that living car-free is a luxury. Something that I probably couldn't get away with it if I had to support a partner and children.

I think I was wrong judging by the really cool bike I saw this morning.

Picture a fairly standard hybrid/comfort bike with:
a) A tagalong tandem for the little girl who seemed to be enjoying herself; AND
b) A trailer with possibly one or two toddlers inside.

Very impressive and fun to see, even for a wedgie. :)
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In fact I'm trying to not look out the window either. Or listen for that matter...

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New chain, new cluster, new guide tubes for the chain, new seat cover, new tyres.

Oh, and the suddenly very responsive handinlg through an S-bend...
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1. The derailleur is horizontal rather than vertical when you're in top gear (because the chain has stretched about 6" in the last year).

2. You can't keep a smooth motion when on the small chain ring in back (because the teeth on that ring have worn down to the point where the chain is jumping).

3. The chain just isn't sitting right on the middle ring in front (because those teeth have worn into an interesting shark fin shape).

Anyone who wants to fill this list out to a top ten go ahead in the comments and I'll tell you if I've noticed those signs too. Oh, and did I mention that I've just ordered a new drive train?

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On the subject of the Victorian Bushfires has just been said by Talking Squid.
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I've just been hiding underneath airconditioning doing as little as possible for the last week or so.

Part one of ARIA the NATURAL arrived complete with a cute Aria-shacho vinyl figurine and a very pretty colour booklet for the episodes. Oddly, the makers went with a 5th extras disc rather than spreading them out across the 4 discs for the 13 episodes as they'd done for ARIA the ANIMATION. Go figure.

DVI cables rock - switching from the VGA to the DVI seriously boosted the resolution on the separate monitor. Or, rather, boosted the visually comfortable resolution.

Now all I need to do is work out a way to connect the laptop to the amplifier. Unfortunately there are several generations of connectors between them. My Denon amp is still a nice piece of kit but I have had it for almost 10 years now and the connector panel on the back reflects that.
 

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This time [livejournal.com profile] stephen_dedman  has provided the questions (and question 4 rocks!):

No, really, question 4 was good. More people should ask that one... )
1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me!"
2. I will respond by asking you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
3. You will post the answers to the questions (and the questions themselves) on your blog or journal.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5.When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.
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Courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] dalekboy  comes the interview meme so without further ado on to the questions
1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me!"
2. I will respond by asking you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
3. You will post the answers to the questions (and the questions themselves) on your blog or journal.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions. And thus the endless cycle of the meme goes on and on and on and on... 

Q & A )

 

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The monitor arrived while I was at lunch.

I am amused by the fact that the box for the monitor is bigger than the box for the laptop plus all the other accessories. :)

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PC Market have an order tracking facility - you type in your order number + email address and you get a list of things happening with the order.

From which I can tell that my 22" monitor has been processed and will soon (as in possibly today) be handed over to Australian Air Express.
So,  there may well be bouncing tomorrow once I have the combination of large monitor and digital TV tuner working with the laptop...

(Oh, and I downloaded BS Player + Codecs yesterday so I can watch anime on the new laptop too!)
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According to Australian Air Express my laptop and other assorted goodies arrived in Canberra early this morning.

Yay!

EDIT1: Mine! Well, except for the 22" monitor on back order. And Outlook 2007 since I somehow managed to pick a version of Office that didn't include it. My bad but I should be able to fix that locally.
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At least I hope so: The live-action Cowboy Bebop with Keanu Reeves in the lead...

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 Gears are one of the most wonderful inventions around so why would anyone want a single speed fixed wheel recumbent?

Laptop!

Jan. 15th, 2009 03:50 pm
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I've gone with one of these plus many , many options (including the swappable battery). Let the waiting begin!

Web order, will be delivered to my work address. Life is good.
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Toshiba's customer service line also rates a pass: the first person you talk to knows what she is talking about and gives a straight answer.

Alas it seems that Toshiba DO have a hot swappable bay but don't have a battery accessory for it. Sigh.
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I also called Lenovo. The first person to answer my call had the answer, the appropriate terms to look for on the Lenovo website, and which product lines to look for.

Mark: PASS

Fujitsu do not have a local reseller in Canberra but may have one soon. The first person I spoke to there promised to call me back in an hour with details once I identified the models I was interested in, and may also provide details of a NSW/VIC reseller with website ordering.

Mark: PASS (maybe not as strong as Lenovo but still WAY better than Dell).
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I called DELL's customer line to find out if any of their laptops had the hot swappable bays I'm looking for. It took at least 3 redirects, a bad connection to a call centre in India before I found out that the answer was NO while the guy on the other end started launching into a sales pitch.

Mark: FAIL
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I've just authorised the final payment for the extra accommodation on either end of the tour. So other than spending money I'm good to go.

Roll on March!