It’s been eighteen years and sixteen days.


A well earned beer while the BBQ fires up. Waaaay too much gardening done. But then, I wanted a yard…

The falcon seems to be accepting its new role of trophy car. It's not been the daily driver for six months now. Instead, a sort of project car, sadly lacking skills from me though.

Given it is worth less than a set of tyres, and much less than the annual on road costs, I know it makes no sense to keep it. It's not a V8, or even a turbo six. Plain jane interior that needs a new headliner. Any money spent is crazy. Still, it was our car for nearly twenty years. Took us to our wedding, birth of our daughter and all the other stuff of life.

500,000 km down. These were always strong cars. Let down by terrible interiors. I blame the fleet buyers. Oh well. Sunset was pretty.

With the light behind her, she could pass for someone half her age.

My girl is growing up

When they are babies, what great models. But then what choice do they have?

Now at nearly eight, Amelia is off playing with friends. Not posing. And not easy to get candids of at the park.

I guess I'll have to turn to macro, or nature/landscaper now.

Why did I buy a car with a sunroof?

Yeah, secondhand mondeo. I like the car,  but a couple of late summer storms rapidly made me hate the leaking sunroof. Far out Ford, worse designs may exist, but it feels like you worked hard on this one. 

The clue was here:

http://www.talkford.com/community/topic/198169-leak-in-roof-water-on-seat-is-it-the-sunroof/page-2

But really, I know now that the stupid non return value probably needs to be drilled out. Who runs half inch water tubes through a 3mm non return value and barb, straight into a 90 degree bend? This sort of stupidity ought to be compensated for with easy access for cleaning, right? Nope. Drop the glove box, and the fuse board, clip the cable ties of various bits of loom, pull out the insulation material. Then you can start work on the press fit rubber fitting that passses through the sheet metal, into the wheel well. 

I still like the car. Just not as much. 

Ah, falcon central locking

Well. Today was the day to fit a new drivers door lock actuator.

eBay gave me an after market part. Door lining off again. Mechanically an easy fit.

But. Not. Working.

Eventually, I worked out it was half phase out of sync mechanically/electrically. For me the way to solve it was to open the actuator drive and wind it to the position the car was expecting electrically. Everything is nice now.

My old Dell Inspiron 9300

A long time a ago, I bought a Dell Inspiron 9300 with a 1920×1200 screen. We are only just getting back to this sort of resolution being available again in 2015.

Later, this went to my dad. Now, the CPU/GPU is not doing it for him in Photoshop anymore, so I guess my 6 year old is the winner!

For various reasons, we have an Ubuntu installation here (15.10). As usual, stuff could be better:

  • Touch pad only is recognised as a mouse. No tap to click, let alone gestures. Kernel issue apparently.
  • Close the lid, suspend/hibernate sort of works. It goes off, but never comes back.
  • Weird UI
  • Weird UI

I love Linux and have been a keen user since the mid 90’s. Just want me to be the target market without putting in any effort or cash to make that happen.

I guess that makes me the “average” user, right?