Monthly Archives: January 2008

NSIS is very cool

NSIS (Nullsoft Scriptable Install System) is a fantastic piece of software I have been using to create an installer for a project at work. It is highly customisable and handles both the installing and un-installing of files. From the website:

NSIS (Nullsoft Scriptable Install System) is a professional open source system to create Windows installers. It is designed to be as small and flexible as possible and is therefore very suitable for internet distribution.

The software itself is small and integrates nicely with my favourite (Windows) text editor: NotePad++.

ISP Mathematics

I am on a 5GB/month wireless broadband plan from Optus. For the purposes of selling the plan to you, Optus define 1GB as 1000MB (see screen shot below).

For the purposes of billing you, however, Optus define 1MB as 1024KB (also see the screen shot below). This means that they would define 1GB as 1024 MB for data used. Hence the 5GB plan is actually a (5000/(5 x 1024)) x 5 = 4.88 GB plan.

5GB should give you 5 x 1024MB = 5120MB.

Given that excess usage (not that we are at any risk of that) is charged per MB, not shaped, it would be good if they were consistent.

First new sighting for the year!

Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (Acanthagenys rufogularis ) seen near the Rio Tinto West Angelas mine camp (23°07’53.96″ S 118°41’39.18″ E). They were reasonably difficult to find and identify but thankfully I got a few good photos. This is my first new honeyeater for a while.