Category Archives: General

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January 14, 2018

One Month In, Tesla’s SA Battery Is Surpassing Expectations

“Following the early success of the SA model, Victoria has also secured an agreement to get its own Tesla battery built near the town of Stawell. Victoria’s government will be tracking the Hornsdale battery’s early performance with interest.”

Imagine an intelligent Australian Government where they put together an energy budget that would fund building one of these in each state, along with a great big solar farm.

Imagine the effect that would have on other Government’s around the world.

Imagine the impact that would have on the planet, the environment.

matpacker

January 14, 2018

Marvel is finally giving Black Widow her own movie

“One of the longest-running fan complaints in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been the studio’s reluctance to give Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow her own standalone film, but now it looks like the studio is finally serious about making the project happen.”

About damn time!

We’ve seen glimpses of her background across a couple of the Marvel movies, but nothing that really gives us a better understanding of who the character really is.

matpacker

January 7, 2018

After using Windows 10 for the last 12 months or so, I think I’m going to switch back to Mac OS for a while, specifically High Sierra.

I’ll also switch back to iOS for a while too, as opposed to Android, and see how that goes.

Why am I doing this? I’m bored and need a change, that’s about the only reason I can come up with…

matpacker

December 11, 2017

“I finally have a great use for IFTTT’s Do Note app. I’ve wired it up to my WordPress blog so that I can quickly publish microblog posts there.”

WordPress microblog posting from Do Note | Manton Reece
http://ift.tt/1dIRjWn

matpacker

December 5, 2017

Are you kidding @manton? So I could ditch WP and move to micro.blog, or do I bring micro.blog into my WP?

As much as I try, I just can’t stick to an iPad only workflow

I always find myself jumping back onto my MacBook to do ‘trickier’ things that I just can’t do on an iPad. There’s probably a way to do those things on an iPad, but I feel like I’m having to jump through too many hoops, make too many compromises, etc. 

Starting today, right now in fact, I’m removing all the apps from my iPad Pro, and will just use it for gaming and watching Netflix, Foxtel, editing Photos, etc. It excels at all those things, and I don’t feel like I’m making any compromises.

19 years

According to LinkedIn, today was my work anniversary, 19 years with the same organisation.  

Goodbye Flickr

I’ve been umming and ahhing about closing my Flickr account for a while now, with the Verizon acquisition of Yahoo! pretty much a done deal, now is the time to hit delete. 

Web trends that shit me…

This is likely to be an open ended post that gets updated from time to time, as trends change and websites seemingly follow them;

  • Websites that paginate everything, i.e. instead of posting the full article on one page, each ‘step’ is a separate page that you have to click through, meaning that they get more and more page views, more page views means more advertising. 
  • Click bait headlines, e.g.  “He Changed His Name for a Horrible Reason. Now He’s Telling Us Why”
  • List posts, e.g. “14 Things That You Have to See to Believe” and for bonus hate, when they combo list posts with over the top pagination and click bait headlines
  • Sites with slideshows that inject an advertisement every 4th-5th slide, or even at all

There seems to be a bit of a theme here, advertising. Basically, I’m sick of all the damn advertising that is being injected into websites, time to reinstate Ad-Block. 

Here we go again…

I’ve been really diving back into photography the last couple of months, and whilst Medium is awesome with words, it’s less awesome with images, in particular, galleries. So I’ve decided to move my blog away from Medium and to give Squarespace another go. 

This move will take a week or two to complete, one of the problems I’ve currently got is that there’s no easy way to export my posts from Medium in anything that Squarespace can read. The other problem I have is that my domain name, matpacker.com, is still associated with an old blog here on Squarespace and until that finishes being deleted (up to 30 days) I cannot point my DNS records at this new site. 

Anyway, long story short, I plan on writing a little more and posting a lot more photos over the coming weeks and months, and hopefully, I can get myself back into the habit of regularly writing and posting new content. 

In the interim, sit tight, there will be photos and words to look at soon enough.  😀

Don’t you hate it when you can’t remember the name of a book you read years ago?

Alt title: Do you know the name of this book?

Years and years ago, I’d guess at least 17 years, I read a book that I’ve been trying to remember the name of for past 5 years. It’s been bugging the heck out of me.

Long before Goodreads and Amazon, kept track of what I bought and read, back when Borders was still a thing, I read a book about a detective / private eye that was set in the future.

In this future, and in this particular line of work, it wasn’t overly safe to leave your house so you would download a copy of your consciousness to a robot blank and set it a task to perform. Depending on the type of task you set this robot you would use different coloured robots, each different colour had different capabilities, some were faster, some were stronger, some had longer lasting fuel cells, etc.

From what I recall, I really enjoyed this book…but for the life of me I can’t f*#king remember the name of the damn thing.

Help!

My iPhone #homescreen, 2016 edition

I’m putting this here just to see how sticky some of these apps are over the next 12 months, basically I’ve added MyFitnessPal, Momento, Strava, Kindle, and Periscope, to the home screen of my iPhone 6 Plus in line with the goals I’ve set for myself this year.

So far I’m hating on MyFitnessPal, the interface is clunky and slow to refresh, the app icon is a bit on the ugly side too. Other than MFP, I haven’t spent enough time in a single app to really form an opinion.