Author Archives: Steve

Rutherglen – Easter 2011

Begonia and I spent the extra-long Easter weekend in 2011 in Rutherglen enjoying wine, cheese and geocaches. 389 We stayed at The Cottage on the Murray which provided a lovely base to explore the surrounding region. We visited a few of the local wineries on the first day before exploring further afield. The weather was […]

Eversolar Inverter Monitoring with Linux

In November 2010 I have a 1.5kw solar power system installed by Nu Energy. It came with an Eversolar TL2000AS inverter and since it came with an RS-232 & RS-485 interface I figured it wouldn’t be too hard to monitor & graph it on my web server. I fired off an email to Nu Energy […]

Weather Station data logger

I recently bought a wireless Weather Station on eBay and wanted to hook it up to my web server which runs Linux. Google revealed a couple of free software options (one in C, the other in Python) and a couple of useful sites, in particular Jim Easterbrook’s and Michael Pendec’s. The Python package was overkill […]

Nagios check plugin for MythTV

Nagios is an Open Source host, service and network monitoring application that I use to monitor a couple of servers I have at home as well as a couple out on the Internet that I look after. One of my home servers is a Home Theatre PC running Linux and MythTV, and while Nagios checks […]

Cook Islands Holiday

In April 2008 Begonia and I enjoyed our first overseas holiday together in the Cook Islands. 139 We left Sydney on Sunday 6th April and flew to the main Island of Rarotonga where we spent three days at the Rarotongan Beach Resort. It was very nice , but was only a taste of what was […]

Reducing the AC3 bitrate of a video file

I recently tried unsuccessfully to watch an HD movie on my MythTV box, and while the video was fine the audio (Dolby Digital) kept dropping out. The CPU load on my server was pretty low so this wasn’t the problem and I tried copying the file to the server itself rather than accessing it via […]

The Log Cabin

40 On the June long weekend in 2007 Begonia and I headed to Medlow Bath in the Blue Mountains where we stayed at the delightful Log Cabin. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t delightful, at least on the Friday & Saturday with strong winds and heavy rain which flooded the cellar of the cabin taking out the […]

Steve’s Burritos

This is my Girlfriend’s favourite recipe. Ingredients (serves 2 hungry Amigos): 4-6 Tortillas (depending on size) 1 Jar (375gm) of Old El Paso Thick ‘n Chunky Salsa (Medium) 1 Chorizo – quartered length ways then chopped 1 Small onion – chopped 1 Capsicum – chopped A couple of mushrooms – chopped 1 cup of cherry […]