Monthly Archives: April 2008

New to the collection

An original Apple Airport Base Station (the “graphite” one). This was easy to reset (to clear the existing configuration and password) and set up. I have it configured in bridge mode, basically extending my wired Ethernet network. I’m not really planning on using it much (all my computers are in one room and most don’t have wireless) but it is a cool piece of hardware nonetheless.

This reminds me that I need to update the computer collection page.

(PS: if you understood the title of my previous post you qualify as a nerd).


Just scored a new Power Mac – a dual 500MHz G4. The machine currently has a 40GB HDD and 512MB of RAM running Mac OS X 10.4. For some reason I have always wanted a dual CPU Macintosh (the earlier 604 based models always seemed to be too expensive or rare). Thanks to David for this one – much appreciated. To top it off, it has on-board gigabit ethernet (although I have nothing else that has this, rendering it cool but redundant at the moment).

I am not 100% sure of what I will use this computer for, but I think it will fill the role of home server nicely. I have already installed my USB 2.0 PCI card in it (allowing it to access the 160GB USB 2.0 HDD I have already). I have also fitted a PCI SCSI card as I have a few 18GB SCSI drives lying around that it could use.

New Book (and a few new sightings)

Just received my copy of Systematics and Taxonomy of Australian Birds (by Les Christidis and Walter E. Boles) in the mail, purchased from Andrew Isles Bookshop. I can highly recommend this shop: the delivery was quick, email notification fantastic and the packaging top notch. This is the first bird related book I have purchased that is not a field guide. It should make for interesting reading.

I have finally seen Emus (Dromaius novaehollandiae) in the wild – we saw a group of them in the Stirling Ranges a few weeks ago. Spotted a Yellow-throated Miner (Manorina flavigula) at Joondalup Health Campus last week – this is my first metropolitan area sighting.

Updated Planes to Karratha

Just flew back on an Alliance Airlines Fokker 100 (although the flight number started with QF). Generally fly on the Boeings though.

On the last flight to Karratha I realised that I had flown in a few different Qantas/QantasLink planes. A quick check of the Qantas website jogged my memory so here is the list:

  • Boeing 737-400 (generally the plane I seem to catch)
  • British Aerospace 146 (great fun landing on the short Karratha runway!)
  • Boeing 717-200