Williamtown Airshow

What a cracker of a show eh! Saturday was the day to be there, nice mix of blue sky and some cloud, it was a little hazy but all in all one could not ask for better conditions

It will most likely take me the better side of the next few months to trawl thru the images, however at this mpint a 25% keeper ratio is looking fairly good.

The following are some of the first cabs of the rank!

Wow! CSS has been updated!

Well it has been several months since logging on to smash a few pimpled faced teens in the cyber world of Counterstrike – so the other day I had a few minutes to spare so I fired up Steam and Gamearena only to find it wanted to update, no surprise really – however the 600mb download was a giveaway that something significant had changed!

So from the official sources;

The #1 online action game in the world, Counter-Strike: Source (CSS) has just received a major update and is now available for the Mac. CSS is a SteamPlay title, so if you own it on the PC – you own it on the Mac. Besides PC Vs. Mac cross-platform play, this update also adds achievements, stats, engine updates and more.

New match and lifetime player stats and summary screens give you insight into how you play. You can tracks your kills, your deaths, and compare yourself against other players. Learn your accuracy with each weapon so no more guessing where you should be spending your money.

Over 140 unique achievements have been added. The achievements cover everything from defusing bombs and winning pistol rounds to dominating your first foe. Can you kill 5 opponents with a blast of C4 to earn the “Clusterstruck” achievement?

Can you earn MVP by getting the most kills or defusing the bomb? Always know who on your team is contributing the most with the end round MVP award. And all your favorite Steam features have been added including avatar pictures, domination icons and more.

A new Death Cam that shows who killed you. The new domination and revenge system makes it personal. We have also included various Source Engine updates, bug fixes, and more.

which is a far cry from the the previous version which I played in July!

which, when compared to a screenie from 2005 ear, things were pretty much the same back then!

and before that, in the stoneages of Dialup internet..wow, that makes my head spin, crazy times eh? CS and dialup, brings back memories of my trick gateway server and my beloved roadstar modem, which by th eway was USB and worked like a dream under Redhat – back before it turned into the Fedora shitfight..now its pure Debian all teh way..but I am getting sidetracked, where was that screenie again?

Nikkor 300mm f4 vs Nikkor 300f4 w/ TC-14EII

In preparation fo rteh upcoming Williamtown Airshow, I have been loaned a teleconverter to supplement my 300mm f4, there are plenty of reviews and advice out about the 300mm f4 with the TC-14EII, however, not to be completely convinced until I have tried it myself!

This is a work in progress and hopefully contain some more images as time passes and after the aircraft where I am sure I will use the 300mm f4 with and without the converter.

300mm f4 with TC-14EII attached, uncropped

300mm f4 with TC-14EII cropped

Beautiful conditions on Sunday Morning for some back yard shots, the first with the TC, at obvously a greater distance but still filling up the frame:

The second with out the TC, this was closer, but again filling teh frame.

300mm f4 without TC

300mm f4 without TC

300mm f4 without TC

Malabar Sunrise

The suburb of Malabar is located in the south east of Randwick City and is bounded by the suburb of Maroubra to the north, Matraville and Chifley to the west, and Little Bay to the south. The suburb has an extensive coastline which includes Long Bay and Malabar ocean pool. The Anzac Rifle Range (owned by the Federal Government) is located on Malabar Headland and is zoned part private open space and part residential.

With an absolute epic walk in, in darkness I might add, all to reach a little secluded rock beach.

Well, for those unfortunate to miss this mornings Sunrise meet, I can tell you now, we had a absolute cracker of a walk – some were a little reluctant especially once the mud set in, which then resulted in a fairly significant deteour and slightly longer walk than anticipated, it was however a nice walk around the headland with plenty of bush bashing.

Sunrise was all but specatular and almost finished by the time we got there, nonetheless we perserved and there was no worries about the blow-in photographers at this location

Location is OK with its only real draw card probably the fact that no one else is silly enough to try and get to it

The walk back along the original planned route was a short 10 minute walk, quite the contrast to the stamina trek in, just needed to aviod the gunfire at the malabar rifle range

I am sure you are all wondering, how far did we actually walk on saturday morning? – well I am glad you asked that question!

below is a screenie of the epic trek into the location, click for larger – or even better follow the google maps link to check out all those interesting little patches of bush which we scrambled thru!

2.91 kms in!

1.22 kms out

The trek out, what a piece of cake, told yas we should have gone this way on teh way in
(oh and yes for those not aware, that little cross country bit towards the end, no, there not a track there )

Almost Silent Cocytus

I have to say, I have had it up to teh neck with shit 20mm fans, I have had three in this box, all of which have seized and stop, not that its super critical from a cooling point of view, but nonetheless, three different branded 120mm fans locked up in a relatively dust free environment, also its not like there are being switched on and off all the time, they just about just sit there running 24hrs a day…The first one was a Zalman, not particularly quiet either, but cheap, the second was some non-descript number an dthe third a coolmaster one, which seized after only 3 or 4 months I did not even notice it had stopped until I checked the temperature logs…

Nonetheless, it now has a Artic Cooling one in there, which is pretty quiet, so that sorts out the exhaust fan, however the CPU cooler is a tired old Arkua Socket A CPU cooler Arkua7228 , great heatsink, but the fan is built for performance rather than quietness, so it was off with that bad boy and on with a 80mm fan adapter and a old/new nexus 80mm fan – the space was a bit of a issue but it is a multi-processor machine so I just moved to teh other socket position – I don’t think my gateway/firewall really needs to be a dual processor number :)

Now, cocytus is suspend high above all, literally and running very quite with the most noise coming from the harddrive!

Mental note, buy up big on the dirt cheap socket 370 coolers from eyo soon, damn cheap and great for us oldies running ancient systems..