Simon's personal website and blog

This is where I write about whatever is going on in my life. Mostly family or photography, also some tech, sport, travel, blogging and comments.

NBN Connection Kit (FTTN)

Telstra NBN Connection Kit (modem & wifi phone) The National Broadband Network (NBN) has arrived in Pakenham, it may not be the fibre to the home (FTTH) concept of the former Labor government (which we weren’t going to see until closer to 2020) but it is... read more

Give trucks room

Pic: Herald Sun Pic: The AGE There was a horrible truck roll-over crash on the Calder Highway at Keilor yesterday.  A fuel tanker rolled, crushing a car and, sadly, fatally injuring the driver.  A substantial amount of fuel, reported as a mixture of petrol and diesel,... read more

Throttle on a thread

Worn and fraying throttle cable Replacement throttle cable fitted Recently I wrote about my little 2005 Mazda 3 clicking over 300,000km.  Well, it turns out I was lucky to make it that far! I was making a routine check under the bonnet and discovered the throttle... read more

Karla’s self portrait drawing

This is just a quick post this morning to show off my seven year old daughter’s drawing. Sure, I’m a biased parent, but Karla is turning into a very good little artist.  She loves painting and colouring, but even with just a black pen I’m amazed at... read more

Reading the paper – on paper

I did something different today, I read the newspaper.  Ok, so that’s not so different, but rather than getting my news online, today I picked up a copy of the Melbourne Herald Sun for free from the local aquatic centre, where my daughter was having her swimming... read more

Smarty pants Brad

I’ve just found this YouTube video of my 12 year old son on a football show, getting all ten trivia questions correct about our favorite AFL team, Essendon. Brad is on for a couple of minutes from the 30min 33sec mark.  Behind him on the panel, keeping score, is... read more

Three wheel mower

It looks like I have an excuse not to mow the lawn for a while.  I was almost finished the nature strip lawn today when one of the back wheels broke off.  It was quite a balancing act to finish the lawn with one wheel missing, especially the one that controls blade... read more

Tree on car

Way back in 2001, not long after buying our first PC, I experimented with online publishing.  I’d bought some computer magazines to learn about that Windows 98 beige box and came across an article about Homestead.com  The site allowed you to create your very own... read more

Truckies Chow Mein

I was covering the afternoon shift Albury run again recently and stopped at the Euroa Shell Roadhouse / Truckstop for my compulsory logbook break and a quick dinner. I was thinking of just a cheeseburger and coffee from Maccas, but when I walked through the truckies... read more

Change to simple slugs

Whether you call it the "slug", "permalink" or "URL" the web address can get a bit messy and complicated, depending on your WordPress settings, so I've cleaned things up little for my personal website and blog.  Traditionally, for various reasons, the URL web address... read more

Another new WordPress Theme

If you’ve read some earlier post of mine, you may have seen that I’ve been experimenting with different WordPress Themes for this site.  I’ve had to make some back-end changes to my web host to allow larger theme files to be uploaded and give myself... read more

300,000km on the clock

I’ve had my little Mazda 3 since February 2005.  It was purchased new to replace a company ute (two seats wasn’t good for the family) and was paid for with a car allowance from my employer at the time.  When I picked it up from Dandenong Mazda it had just... read more

Channel 7 Game Day TV audience

This morning my wife and two youngest kids went into Melbourne Docklands to be in the audience of Channel 7’s live Sunday morning TV panel show, “Game Day”.  The show is all about AFL football with special guests from various clubs. We support the... read more

Bombers win, nobody tipped it

I’ve been a supporter of the Essendon Football Club (Bombers) in the AFL for as long as I can remember (even when it was called the VFL).  I went along to the MCG today to see the team take on the Melbourne Football Club (Demons) with my wife and younger son,... read more

NBN Connection Kit (FTTN)

Telstra NBN Connection Kit (modem & wifi phone) The National Broadband Network (NBN) has arrived in Pakenham, it may not be the fibre to the home (FTTH) concept of the former Labor government (which we weren’t going to see until closer to 2020) but it is... read more

Give trucks room

Pic: Herald Sun Pic: The AGE There was a horrible truck roll-over crash on the Calder Highway at Keilor yesterday.  A fuel tanker rolled, crushing a car and, sadly, fatally injuring the driver.  A substantial amount of fuel, reported as a mixture of petrol and diesel,... read more

Throttle on a thread

Worn and fraying throttle cable Replacement throttle cable fitted Recently I wrote about my little 2005 Mazda 3 clicking over 300,000km.  Well, it turns out I was lucky to make it that far! I was making a routine check under the bonnet and discovered the throttle... read more

Karla’s self portrait drawing

This is just a quick post this morning to show off my seven year old daughter’s drawing. Sure, I’m a biased parent, but Karla is turning into a very good little artist.  She loves painting and colouring, but even with just a black pen I’m amazed at... read more

Reading the paper – on paper

I did something different today, I read the newspaper.  Ok, so that’s not so different, but rather than getting my news online, today I picked up a copy of the Melbourne Herald Sun for free from the local aquatic centre, where my daughter was having her swimming... read more

Smarty pants Brad

I’ve just found this YouTube video of my 12 year old son on a football show, getting all ten trivia questions correct about our favorite AFL team, Essendon. Brad is on for a couple of minutes from the 30min 33sec mark.  Behind him on the panel, keeping score, is... read more

Three wheel mower

It looks like I have an excuse not to mow the lawn for a while.  I was almost finished the nature strip lawn today when one of the back wheels broke off.  It was quite a balancing act to finish the lawn with one wheel missing, especially the one that controls blade... read more

Direct .au registrations go ahead

The news is a few weeks old now, but I’ve just seen that the .au Domain Administration (.auDA) have decided to allow direct registrations of .au domain names.  That is, there wont be a requirement to use .com.au or .net.au, soon you will be able to register an... read more

Tree on car

Way back in 2001, not long after buying our first PC, I experimented with online publishing.  I’d bought some computer magazines to learn about that Windows 98 beige box and came across an article about Homestead.com  The site allowed you to create your very own... read more

Truckies Chow Mein

I was covering the afternoon shift Albury run again recently and stopped at the Euroa Shell Roadhouse / Truckstop for my compulsory logbook break and a quick dinner. I was thinking of just a cheeseburger and coffee from Maccas, but when I walked through the truckies... read more