September 20, 2020
Linux Owners Group In Newcastle (LOGIN) Wiki
Welcome to LOGIN, the Linux Owners Group in Newcastle.
We are a LUG (Linux Users Group) for people in the Newcastle and Hunter region of NSW Australia. We are affiliated with Linux Australia with subcommittee status
Do you want to help promote our Linux club then please feel free to pass on the flyer or better still print a couple & place them on a noticeboard in your local area.
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by lloyd528 at August 07, 2019 03:13 PM
August 01, 2017
Unfortunate for us our home only got FTTN NBN connection. but like others I thought I would share the speed improvement results from cleaning up wiring inside your own home. we have 2 phone sockets 1 in the bedroom and one in the kitchen. by removing the cable from the kitchen to the bedroom, we managed to increase our maximum line rate from 14.2Mbps upload and 35.21Mbps download to 20Mbps upload and 47 Mbps download.
Bedroom Phone Line connected.
Line Statistics Post Wiring clean up
we’ve also put a speed change request from the 12/5 plan to the 50/20 plan so next month we should be enjoying a bit more of an NBN.
To think that with FTTH you could of had up to 4 100/40 connections. and you wouldn’t of had to pay someone to rewire your phone sockets.
speed change has gone through
Modem statistics on 50/20 speed
by Gabz at August 01, 2017 12:15 AM
March 22, 2017
FLIR ONE for iOS or Android with solid orange power light
Troubleshooting steps when the FLIR ONE has a solid red/orange power light that will not turn to blinking green:
- Perform a hard reset on the FLIR ONE by holding the power button down for 30 seconds.
- Let the battery drain overnight and try charging it again (with another charger if possible) for a whole hour.
by Gabz at March 22, 2017 04:25 AM
January 05, 2017
Mainly for my own reference.
The New Zealand Transport Agency explanation of charging sockets and plugs.
This is pretty comprehensive and is easily applicable to Australia we have some more choice of vehicles which are not listed mainly in the hybrids but have more strict rules for imports, so no 2nd hand Japanese LEAFs here.
Their recommendation of type 2 sockets for Public AC charging, and CHADeMO and Type 2 CCS for Public DC charging is also something I agree with.
New Zealand like Australia had started to roll out Type 1 CCS but it looks like they’ll be changing all the stations to Type 2 CCS, to align with the European charging standard. Which makes more technical sense as our power girds are similar voltage and frequency.
Personally I hope Australia move to Type 2 CCS like NZ has, but at the moment all the power is in the vehicle manufacture hands, and they benefit form Type 1 CCS as Australia would become the only country in the world to have cars that are right hand drive and Type 1 CCS. Stopping any sort of importation of 2nd hand electric cars even if the rules are relaxed.
by Gabz at January 05, 2017 11:15 AM
June 18, 2016
Please sign up the mailing list below if you're interested in becoming a member of a Newcastle hackerspace/makerspace. Note: There are two separate groups.
University of Newcastle Makerspace
Access is by request to the president of the makerspace, Luke Simmons. Once this is done you will be required to pass the EE general access quiz and the EE unsupervised access quiz, in Blackboard.
June 18, 2016 01:38 PM
July 15, 2015
Welcome to my new website. Above you will find links to my current research publications and projects.
by markwallis_id at July 15, 2015 11:12 PM
October 03, 2014
So those who have been following this blog know that I’ve been a keen enthusiast for EVs attempting to grow and expand the amount of EVs in Australia and the related charging network.
Some of my frustration on how slowly it has been growing has turned into why don’t I do something about it.
So I have. I’m now a director of a new company Recharging NSW Pty Ltd. The main aim is to encourage and support EV uptake in Australia. By increase both cars on the road and public charging.
So there isn’t much I can share at present everything is still in the planning phases. but stay tuned.
by Gabz at October 03, 2014 01:25 AM
September 24, 2014
So you might of seen a couple posts about Sun Valley Tourist Park, that is because we visit there a lot to visit grandma and grandpa (wife’s parents) . So we decided because its outside of our return range we have to charge there to get home if we take the I-MIEV. but with the Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) that comes with the car limits the charge rate to 10amps max. So we convinced the park to install a 32amp EVSE. This allow us to charge at the I-MIEV full rate of 13amps so 30% faster.
Aeroviroment EVSE-RS at Sun Valley
If you want to know more about the EVSE it’s an Aeroviroment EVSE RS. It should work fine with the Holden volt, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, I-MIEV 2012 or later (may not work with 2010 models) and the Nissan LEAF.
If you are in the central coast and want somewhere to charge you can find the details on how to contact the park on plugshare. It’s available for public use depending on how busy the park is and the driver paying a nominal fee, and the driver phones ahead, during office hours.
by Gabz at September 24, 2014 10:30 AM
September 04, 2014
So after crunching some more numbers and reading the green peace green energy guide I decided to change electricity retailers. Based of my need for a high VFIT (see previous post ) it was a choice between AGL (current provider), Click Energy and Diamond Energy.
Power Saving Calculations
Ok so the savings it’s not completely fair on AGL $55 of that $70 saving is 100% green energy which I’m not longer buying. As click doesn’t offer it on their solar plan. but i can buy green energy from the a environmental trust for 4.2c/kWh and it’s a tax deduction.
Click saved me the most money has no contracts over AGLs 3 year killer and Diamonds 1 year one, it was also rated by green peace as middle range green. I’ve decided to move to click energy I’ll officially switch at my next meter read.
What about Gas well it’s going to switched later when click supports it. from twitter today:
If I’ve convinced you to switch and you want to get $50 click has a mates rates referral program drop me a message and we’ll go from there.
by Gabz at September 04, 2014 09:16 AM
June 09, 2014
If you where lucky enough to install your solar panels before 30 June 2012 then you have nothing to worry about your nsw government guaranteed to get 60c for those pre 28/10/2010 in the scheme or 20c for those later. I didn’t own my house before that date so I missed out so we’ll mainly be looking at VFIT voluntary feed in tariff.
So to safe you the research I’ve put it in a table below using Energy Made Easy Website to look up power companies avaliable in NSW.
*can’t confirm rate on company website need to ring for quote.
**Doesn’t offer certified green energy but does own green energy generators and no fossil fuel generators.
I export 3199.9 kWh/annually so at 8c it’s $255.99 and at the top rate of 10c/kWh it’s $319.99 so 10c give me an extra $64 per year. but that’s only a saving if the cost rate is the same.
There are other things to take into account when choosing a provide through, like the rates and discount for example click charge 27.39 c/kwh plus 7% discount 25.47 c/kwh which beat the discounted AGL rate of 26.44 c/kwh. Diamond energy with discount is ~26.56 c/kwh. daily service charge will also have to be factored in but it has less of an affect on the bill size. with click offering 78.10 c/day AGL 74.877 c/day and Diamond Energy 78.10 c/day.
I’m currently with AGL but I will be doing some further number crunching to work out if I can get enough savings out of click energy to justify me contract break fee that AGL will charge me if I leave.
I also dispprove on AGLs submission to the RET review so I’m not so willing to give them any more money.
Click energy doesn’t provide green power, this is a slight sticking point as purchasing green energy means not that my power comes from green sources but my money does. But that can be purchased seperatly to your energy bill and more directly to green providers so that might be an option.
by Gabz at June 09, 2014 08:34 AM
April 19, 2014
this time last year we had the solar installed well by this time it was well on the roof … this date last year we had the meter replaced and the solar turned on.
- kWh Imported 4295.3
- kWh Exported 3199.9
- kWh generated according to the inverter 4936
- Fit Collected at 8c kWh $255.99
- kWh not purchased or sold 1736.1
I’m currently on a flat rate of 29.084 c/kWh (note my rate has gone up since solar was installed) minus 10% discount plus 5.5 c /kWh for green energy = 31.94 c /kWh. So the amount not purchased or sold is what I saved by not buying 1736.1*31.94c = $554.51 + the money I got from Fit $255.99 so in a year it’s saved me ~$810.5.
Has the solar been a good investment no…the capital cost was around $8.5k so with the amount saved it’ll take 10 years to pay back. The main reason for this is that we export way too much and the fit is so low if we got paid what it costs us it would of saved us ~$1500 a year and only 5.5 years to pay back. Do I care if it was a solid investment not really.
If we look at how green it is if we take imported – exported (1095 kWh) that’s how much power I’ve used from other generators which for my area is black coal, but that has been offset by my green power money purchasing green power from wind and biogass. so does my house run emissions free when it comes to electricity according to an accountant yes, because every kWh of power I’ve used has been purchased from a green source but maybe not according to an engineer.
Other interesting notes on the power bill:
average kWh used per day including solar from April to may 2013 before purchasing the EV was 12.1 kwh
average kWh used per day including solar from July 2013 to April 2014 post purchasing the EV is 16.5 kwh
so the effect of owning an EV on our power bills is about 4.4 kwh per day $1.40 increased cost. Note: this would also include seasonal cost extras like summertime air con and winter time heating so I won’t have a clear picture until we 1 year of EV ownership.
by Gabz at April 19, 2014 02:03 AM
January 29, 2014
The Newcastle Coders Group is back for 2014 and we’re planning to make this year bigger and better than ever! Next week we’re going to be talking about programming for mobility devices. Damien Bootsma from Embarcadero will be making the trek to Newcastle to showcase Embarcadero’s cross platform mobile development studio and to discuss some of the ‘traps for young players’.
When: 6pm, Wednesday 5th February 2014
Where: Newcastle University ICT building.
Mobile App development is a hot topic right now. Businesses want to develop experiences that capture the imagination of new markets and individual developers have managed to make fortunes through the creation of wildly popular apps. However, it’s not always clear how to get started, and especially, how to leverage your existing development experience to target multiple devices efficiently.
In this practical session we’ll cover the fundamentals of mobile development:
- Making the choice between Native and Cross-platform?
- Designing your User Interface
- Accessing databases
- Accessing device capabilities such as:
- Targeting iOS and Android without rewriting your app
- Debugging in the simulator and on the device
- Deploying to the device and the App Store
This session is especially relevant for people familiar with RAD tools like Visual Studio, Visual Basic, Access or Delphi however there should something for everyone, whether you’re a developer (mobile or otherwise) or just interested in the latest in mobile development.
Damien Bootsma is a Software Consultant for Embarcadero Technologies. Damien’s background is in distributed software development where he focused on developing and designing for the application and database layers. He has also worked on a number of projects in a QA capacity, writing load and performance test scripts for various database platforms. In his role at Embarcadero, Damien is charged with ensuring Embarcadero customers are getting the most out of their Database and Software Development Tools.
Embarcadero have been kind enough to sponsor the pizza for the evening. So come along and have dinner on them! Please RSVP so we can plan for numbers.
If you haven’t been to the coders group before, or you know someone who hasn’t been, it might be time to come along. We’re a friendly and informal group who like to talk about coding practice, methodologies and technologies. It’s always good to see a new face and best of all, it costs nothing to attend.
I hope to see you there!
by david at January 29, 2014 10:14 PM
December 29, 2013
Around May 2013 betterplace pulled out of Australian operations in an attempt to keep it’s parent company a float. This plan wasn’t overly great as the parent company still went bankrupt. http://www.smh.com.au/business/carbon-economy/how-better-place-got-lost-20130527-2n7gp.html this SMH article goes into a bit more depth, on why how and what’s to blame.
The real unfortunate thing is they put in quite a bit of infrastructure, with their own money and through government support through smart grid smarty city funding and now it’s being removed or unusable.
Below is pictures from at the Morisset Level 3 Charger, before and after removal.
The good news for the Level 3 fast chargers is that schneider electric have taken possession of these units back (they originally provided them) and at least they will be resold and not placed on the scrap heap.
It also appears it’s not just the level 3 but the level 2 after noticing a local shopping centre was adversing EV charging on there facebook page I emailed them to sadly only get this reply
Good morning Gabriel
Regarding your query about our Electric Car Charges, we did have charging areas however these have recently been removed from our Centre.
Retail | Office | Industrial
Stockland Jesmond & Wallsend
28 Blue Gum Road, Jesmond NSW 2299
T +61 2 4955 9249 M +61 438 266 707
F +61 2 4955 8014 E firstname.lastname@example.org
BeGreen… and consider the environment before printing this email
So while I’m working madly to try and increase the amount of EV chargers in my area they are being removed at a faster rate that I can convince people to put them in.
by Gabz at December 29, 2013 12:21 PM
December 01, 2013
On the 27 of October met up with some LEAF drivers from Australian LEAF Owners Forum at Sun Valley Tourist Park see the above picture for a line up of their Leafs. It was a good meet up most of them had not met before and basically the whole meet up was based around interest in the cars. so naturally the talk of the next meet up came up and I suggested next years 2014 hunter EV festival it’s actually down for a weekend this day 1 at the race track day 2 the expo at the foreshore.
So in an attempt to help out I sent this email out to the accommodation around Newcastle
In the lead up the the 2014 hunter Electric Vehicle festival weekend I’m canvassing Newcastle accommodation for places that are Electric Vehicle friendly so i can provide a list to out of town EV drivers.
So the first question is would you like to be added to the list ?
If you are interested I would like to know how many power points you have within close proximity to a car park? and what type they are ? (most will be 240 Volt 10 amp)
The last piece of information I need is if there is a surcharge to the accommodation cost for EV charging and how much will it be?
Thank you for your time
What I forgot the put in the email was the dates August 16th and 17th… and the approximate cost of power which I estimated at 15kwh (~6 hours of time) so at $0.25 per KWh $3.75. So far only had one reply which was positive but you can keep and eye on my progress by checking the spreadsheet on google drive
by Gabz at December 01, 2013 10:51 AM
September 14, 2013
For years in high school I had my hockey mad team mates telling me how great a field hockey game would be…
Looks like someone finally listerned there is currently a kick starter campaign to get one made http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/urbanwarfarestudios/the-field-hockey-game-pc-mac-linux
Love hockey but thing gaming is a waste of time ….. well think of this as a promotion of the sport well worth your time. I’ve backed it !
by Gabz at September 14, 2013 10:55 PM
August 05, 2013
by david at August 05, 2013 03:45 AM
May 03, 2013
Note: This post is a work in progress and will become more detailed as I complete the project.
This post will guide you through the process of installing Bit Torrent Sync on a Raspberry PI for the purpose of syncing family photos between computers.
This system will include, Windows 7, Windows XP and Linux Mint clients with the initial server located on the Raspberry PI.
Installation of main instance on Raspberry PI
Login to the Raspberry PI via ssh and run the following commands, I am running RaspBMC (debian based).
Download the latest copy of bysync
pi@raspbmc:~$ wget http://btsync.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com/btsync_arm.tar.gz
Extract the Tarball
pi@raspbmc:~$ tar -xzf btsync_arm.tar.gz
When I tried to run ./btsync to execute the application I got the following error.
-bash: ./btsync: No such file or directory
To resolve this we need to symlink the following library
pi@raspbmc:~$ sudo ln -s /lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/ld-linux.so.3 /lib/ld-linux.so.3
Now dump a copy of the default configuration file
pi@raspbmc:~$ ./btsync --dump-sample-config >> sync.conf
We now have a sync.conf file with the default settings.
The following lines of the default configuration file require modification
“listening_port” : 55555,
“storage_path” : “/home/user/DataFolder”,
“use_upnp” : false,
“listen” : “0.0.0.0:8888”,
“login” : “admin”,
“password” : “password”
To start btsync automatically get the init.d script from https://gist.github.com/MendelGusmao/5398362
Copy the text to /etc/init.d/btsync
Allow execution of init.d script with chmod +x btsync
Edit the init.d script to set the username
copy the btsync binary to /usr/bin/btsync
Autostart the init.d script with
sudo update-rc.d btsync defaults
If you reboot your raspberry pi it should not start btsync automatically.
Following the reboot you should be able to access the web interface of bysync using the username, password and web address defined in the configuration file.
My address was http://192.168.0.2:8888
From here you can create folder shares.
On your router port forward the listening port to the raspberry pi.
The port you need is the one defined in the “Listening Port” in the configuration file.
I also needed to modify the raspbmc firewall to let external traffic into my listening port.
in /etc/network/if-up/secure-rmc look for the section with the lines that look like IP table configurations and add these two lines
iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 55555 -i $IFACE -j ACCEPT
iptables -A INPUT -p udp --dport 55555 -i $IFACE -j ACCEPT
From the servers web interface create a one time key.
Add this key to the client and you will be syncing.
by cwraigidau at May 03, 2013 06:55 PM
April 22, 2013
iTWire: Q: When is a WiFi router not a router? A: When it’s a hard disk.
by david at April 22, 2013 02:14 PM
April 21, 2013
I’ve just got my new 3.27Kw sunpower solar system up and running and started output the results to pvoutput.org
To upload I’m using the fronius easy card talking serial to a spare laptop ( will replace laptop with a raspi when i get a wireless card for it), because the sunpower inverter is a re-badged fronius i am using fslurp to do the serial commands
The only thing which needs to be changed is my device type is 0×97 Sunpower SPR-3501F-2, which is listed by fslurp as a unknown device.
I’m doing the actual upload to pvoutput using a sh script. fslurp2pvoutput-live.sh
by Gabz at April 21, 2013 10:53 PM
April 13, 2013
My first Windows Phone 8 app is in the app store: Speedo++
Actually, I cannot take full credit (even most credit). The app is a brand new Windows 8 Phone release of an existing Windows Phone 7 app by Long Zheng titled “Speedo Plus“. So, Speedo++ is Speedo Plus, plus a bit more
Long developed Speedo Plus to provide an aesthetic speedometer app for driving, bicycling, even walking I guess … anything that involves motion over distance. The app provides info on current speed, plus average and maximum speed (in this trip), along with a graph of speed over time.
Now, the trouble with Speedo Plus is it didn’t cater for new high-res Windows Phone 8 handsets and displays, but Long’s developer account had lapsed. He made the app available to the public for someone else to take on the app, which I gladly did.
This first build of Speedo++ is fundamentally Speedo Plus with little modification apart from support for higher-def 720p displays. However, I have future plans which include modernising it to use newer GPS/navigation APIs and the addition of new features.
by david at April 13, 2013 02:05 AM
January 07, 2013
because I got a comment asking for more info on the last post here is a bit of an updated
I got my quad flying but flying a quad is harder than you think see video below
If you want to fly any model aircraft i recommending finding your local club mine is this one http://www.comsoa.com
not only can you get lessons but they have insurance encase your plane falls from the sky. (remember it’s a flying lawn mower i have scars on my arms to prove it)
Currently i haven’t got a lot of time to fly haven’t in a couple months as miss 2 and the newborn are keeping me very busy.
by Gabz at January 07, 2013 01:46 AM
September 07, 2012
iTWire: CodeWeavers announces it will give away CrossOver for Linux and MacOS for free over the course of a day if 100,000 eligible USA voters pledge to vote in the 2012 Presidential Election.
by david at September 07, 2012 01:06 AM