Saturday, April 30, 2011

New Site

Hey guys.

My site has been down for ages, and i've not updated the blog in forever.

Got a new site running at so update your bookmarks and feed readers.

Have Fun,

Monday, January 18, 2010

See you soon

Maybe something I said.. maybe something somebody said to me.... maybe even
some song lyrics. Either way It's just some words that really meant something
to me (or that was funny and memorable) over the past few months while we've
been changing countries. It's been a busy and difficult time and I really wanted
to atleast document something about it.

In a reasonably cronological order (as memory serves):

*singing* "'cause I'm not a loser!! not a looooser! ... "
"OMG... We are really going to do this!"
"No Mum, I hope I do feel that way one day... Because then I'll know that I've rasied my son to follow his dreams no matter what!"
"Hunny... I just realised that we are now living out of the back of our car!"
*Walks out of the pub* "Have we forgotten anything ?.. o.. wait.. EVERYTHING WE OWN is in this car!"
"We've just upgraded to living out of my Mum and Dad's garage!"
"If you miss somebody, you have to let them go" -- Ruben
"OK... lets go and burn some memories"
"I knew atleast one of our bags would go missing!"
"No!!!! That's gross! I don't want a scorpion on a stick! :("
"These undies are NOT desinged for a westerners undercarriage!"
"No... we didn't come halfway across the world to go to McDonalds!"
"Now we are living in my brothers back bedroom!"
"Burger rings!!! nom nom nom"
Ruben: *Shouting* "I just did a great big poo!!!"
"Can you beleive we are actually here ???"
*!!!SMASH!!!* "Dude! you should just not come into people's new houses anymore OK !?"
"She reminds me of an asian version of your mum!"
"I am soooo happy"
"Living the dream"
"WTF is Yum Cha?!"
*thinking* "Yeah... I could live around here.. Oh.. wait.. I do !! yay!"
"Will I ever get tired of this view?"
"Lets go home!"

And the single sentence that started it all 8 months ago:
Ruben: "My heart feels like it's falling out"

Thanks to everyone who helped us out (even if it was just listening to me whining)
Thanks to everyone who came to get drunk with us before we left.
Thanks to all my nay sayers for giving me the strength to want to turn around and say "Screw you!"

Mike, thanks for putting up with us for so long (and for so much longer neigbourino!!)
Dan, thanks for buying all my crap and throwing it in the tip!! Come see us soon!

Dad. You are amazing! I couldn't have made my dream come true with out your support. You rock. I love you!
Mum. I know you hate me for leaving. I miss you so much it hurts! Please know that I am happy. I love you!

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Australia: Week One

Hey all! A quick montage of our exploits in Australia over the past week....

I only got the camera on sunday so that's why it's pretty sparse ! :)

We've also looked at a few houses over the past week but the Sydney rental market is a little trickier than what we were used to in the UK.

Have fun !

Capn' BiSScuiTT

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Resignation 2009

Below is a copy of the actual resignation letter I handed in today. I used to work for a HUGE multi-national as an IT engineer and I'm leaving these dingy UK countryside for the sandy shores of sunny Sydney.

Sadly neither my Manager or my Boss were available to accept the resignation so I had to hand it into a senior memeber of management (with hilarious consequences).

Yes: I drew the T-rex myself as a tribute to spider guy.

Date: 20th of October 2009

Dear Sirs,

Under the watchful eye of his Noodlyness, Her Majesty's Royal Service has condemned me to deportation to the colonies. Due in part to several recent acts of piracy, heresy, excessive web browsing and a recent attempt at regicide (those damn Corgi's should keep the hell of my lawn). Fortunately, I have been granted one month to get my affairs in order.

I hereby give notice of my termination of employment with your company as of today, leaving my final date of employment as the 20th of November 2009.

As a token of my appreciation for all the enjoyment and excitement I've had working with you over the last few years, please accept this picture of a Tyrannosaurus Rex which I have drawn for you.

May the sauce be with you!

Capn' Ian Bissett


Thursday, June 11, 2009

HOWTO: KDE 4 and Google Pim data (akonadi)


Wondering how to setup KDE with your favourite google PIM data ?

The following howto is based on Ubuntu Karmic Koala but you can tailor it to your distro.

  1. Install the required packages for building
    $apt-get install build-essential libgcal-dev libgcal0 kdelibs5-dev kdepimlibs5-dev akonadi-kde

  2. Get the googledata Akonadi resource from KDE's svn
    $ svn co svn://

  3. Build the module:
    $ cd googledata
    $ cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/usr
    $ make
    $ sudo make install

If you hit problems with the initial cmake then make sure you have all the required packages it is asking for.

Once you've got the library installed you need to configure Akonadi:
System Settings -> Advanced -> Akonadi Configuration

Click Add and choose one of the new Google resources listed. Enter your login details and it will automatically sync.

Congrats, all your KDE PIM Apps now have access to your Google contacts and calendar.

Feel free to post a comment if you need any help / advice.

Happy Hacking!

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Solaris Password change one liner

I searched for a while this morning looking for a quick and simple answer to a very simple question: "How can I set a password non-interactively for a user on Solaris 10 ?".

Under Linux this job is very simple (use the '-p' option to useradd) but for Solaris I found ridiculous posts about admins using multi-line PERL scripts or even expect scripts to change a password. Expect?! EXPECT? I didn't even realise people still used such things ?!

Any how... here is a simple PERL one liner for updating the shadow file:

perl -pe 's/^USERNAME:.*?\:/USERNAME:NEWPASS\:/' /etc/shadow > /tmp/shadow.tmp && mv /tmp/shadow.tmp /etc/shadow

Note: This oneliner requires the password to be crypt()'d first. This can be done easily as a one liner in PERL:

[bisscuitt@asimov ~]$ perl -e "print crypt($ARGV[0], substr(rand(date),2));" PLAINTEXTPASSWORD

Hope this helps someone.

Have Fun,

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Saw the Ride Video blog - Review

I've been following the Project Dylan blogs for months now and to be honest I was expecting to be let down by all the hype.

When the e-mail came out from the Annual Pass guys to win 2 free tickets for the preview day on the 13th of March you can't imagine how fast I was clicking! An instant win... what a result and very rare for me to actually win something!

The park entrance had a red carpet.. but there was nothing special laid on until we actually got near the ride entrance. Thorpe Park certainly know how to put on a show. They had scary ass (but VERY sexy) stilt walkers freaking people out AND they had a fire breathing pirate juggling body parts. The first thing that got my attention was the Head Chopper spinning, it looks awesome! The rest of the theming is spectacular and I love the way they have integrated the photo both and shop into the theming as with the other rides in the park.

I was amazed to see an empty queuing system?! I couldn't believe my luck. From the video you can see some of the theming elements from the queue... it looks very authentic. Entering the final stage of the queue system inside the building is awesome. The staff were in a great a mood and even though they were blue shirts; they still put on a great show. After walking past a (once again quite sexy) actress being *tortured* in an original film prop, we were half way up the stairs when two blue shirts stopped us. They wouldn't let us past, and wouldn't tell us why. It was confusing at first, but it worked out pretty comical when they started freaking out the only girl in our group before sending us up to get straight on the ride.

At this point I paused the camera phone, which sadly meant we missed some important theming inside the building. Then, at the top of the stairs we approached a blue shirt at the station. We checked our bags and queued in Row 2. (Back of first carriage). The station is laden with theming making it look just like one of Jigsaw's game control centers.

The ride starts (this is where the camera comes back on). Gears and machinery is moving around on the theming by the track. Jigsaw's puppet rides out on his tricycle to meet you laughing freakishly. The countdown is zero. We've made our choice, and we are stuck with it...

Around the corner are swinging axe blades in front of the track, but before they hit the car suddenly falls on to spikes and proceeds quickly around sweeping bend. Suddenly an array of mechanised crossbows begin firing at us as we ascend slowly along the track... Then its down as we slowly corkscrew over the jigsaw lying face down on the floor and proceed to the climb outside.

At the bottom of the climb there is a brief video from Jigsaw (via the puppet of course). We are left to wait a few seconds to take in the gravity of the 100 foot drop and climb we are about the take.

The vertical ascent give you little more to look at other than the sky which really starts the adrenaline pumping. As the camera cut out we went over the summit... The configuration of the track over spinning blades of the head chopper really makes you feel like you are going to fall directly onto the them. The 100FT, 100 degree drop reaches speeds of 55 MPH.

From then on the coaster experience is not themed, but still incredible. This is an extreme ride which will leave even the experienced coaster buff like myself feeling at least a little dizzy and unsteady. Don't be too quick to leave the station building... there is lots more theming on the stairs on the way out that you should check out.

After riding 4 times my body is physically exhausted. I still ache 2 days later and I have several bruises on my shoulders from the harnesses. Either I'm getting old... or this ride is just THAT extreme! I'm going back to ride again in 3 days time!!!

Tips for riding:

  1. Check out the blood splatters just after entering the building while in the queue.

  2. The best place to ride to get the BEST experience is ROW 3 at the station. You get a little more theming and a great view from a front row seat

Conclusion: BEST COASTER *EVAR*!