Archive for August, 2006

Rumour has it that if enough e people were to petition the case for “digg” to become a real word.This is done (with no promises) by sending a comment around something like:

I think “digg” should become a verb, as to “digg” a site meaning to blog it and the “digg” effect meaning the impact of multiple mass of digg users visiting a website in large numbers often resulting in that site being overloaded with visitors due to over a 60,000 simultaneous users visiting the site.

There are not guarantees this will work but a couple of hours a day are spent considering new words to be added to the next dictionary.

Animal Mix Up’s (Pics!)

Posted: August 26, 2006 in Misc Tech

These are a bunch of great photoshoped pictures of animals mixed together.

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Shreveport Lousiana USA

Nine black children attending Red River Elementary School were directed last week to the back of the school bus by a white driver who designated the front seats for white children. The nine children had to share only two seats, meaning the older children had to hold the younger ones in their laps.

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More here as well.

And here
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Fusion LAN Event in Melbourne

click an image above (goes to the fusion website)

define:// “A LAN party is a temporary, sometimes spontaneous gathering of people together with their computers, which they connect together in a local area network (LAN) primarily for the purpose of playing multiplayer computer games.”

Any Questions or for any more info visit the fine folks at fusionlan:

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It says they are $30 each, 10 or 11 of them. Not bad for free.
Worth every penny at least.

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Chowhound Digg for Food !

Posted: August 24, 2006 in Entertainment


This cnet site offers a digg-like site offering a whole community for food recipes, places to eat etc.

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Hacker fears ‘UFO cover-up’

Posted: August 22, 2006 in Misc Tech

Is the US Government aware of alien life? Did this hacker who hacked in to US Military and NASA computers discover the truth?

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Found this website while looking for a way of finding dns information. It is a great resource for anyone in the IT field.

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Click on the thumbnail picture to see the app full size

The software to configure the keyboard 3 also runs quite well on other keyboards or on your own desktop (without the actual keyboard)

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This takes your Digg profile and makes it into a card that you can display on your website. Basically its like the xbox live gamer card but for digg.

I am interested in getting some feedback on this. It is very easy to use.

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Hello Vader!

Posted: August 20, 2006 in Misc Tech

The Dark Lord of the Sith as perhaps you haven’t seen him before. Prepare to be alternately awed, bemused, and dazzled by this fantasticness.

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A One Stop Shop For A Crashed PC

Posted: August 20, 2006 in Misc Tech

After rebuilding my 2 year old PC into a 2006 vista ready beastie, I was missing some files, drivers, etc. This site has saved me on more than 1 occasion. Hope you agree.
Not a pretty site but like a dolphin waiter, it serves it’s purpose (or is that porpoise)?

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What Is Web 2.0

Posted: August 20, 2006 in Misc Tech

Defining just what Web 2.0 means, still engenders much disagreement. Tim O’Reilly attempts to clarify just what we meant by Web 2.0, digging into what it means to view the Web as a platform and which applications fall squarely under its purview, and which do not.

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This past weekend, the OSU Linux Users Group descended on a field in Oregon to create a 45,000+ square foot crop circle of Firefox. The photos of this, taken from planes and helicopters, are incredible

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I thought this was a joke at first but a new weapon is being developed in the battle against the millions of unexploded landmines that kill innocent children and adults around the world – the African pouched rat.

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Ford Mustang Shelby GT unveiled!

Posted: August 10, 2006 in Cars

God I love the look of this new car.
Observe the 2007 Ford Mustang Shelby GT, the car that, until now, was only available as the Ford Mustang Shelby GT-H, the black and gold pony exclusively rented out at your local Hertz Rent-a-Car.

I have only ever had 1 mustang, a 1972 351 Clevland 4 speed. I bought it from a cop who tricke dout the gears. It was a beast.

Observe the 2007 Ford Mustang Shelby GT, the car that, until now, was only available as the Ford Mustang Shelby GT-H, the black and gold pony exclusively rented out at your local Hertz Rent-a-Car.

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This seems a strange week for 9-11 conspiracies. This one revolves around the sad freak accident resulting in the death of a baby sitter for Bush’s Brother Marvin. See the 9-11 connection? No? Read on? The original story (supposedly sat on by a week by the Washington post) Click Here for the orignal story

Strangely (and likely coincidentally), Marvin Bush (brother to you know who) and their cousin Wirt D. Walker III, served on the board of Securacom (since renamed Stratesec).

Securacom had contracts to provide security for Dulles International Airport (the airport from which American Airlines Flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon, originated) and the World Trade Center in New York.
Read More About The Babysitter Conspiracy

See the video about the overall conspiracy

SO is this all a bunch of junk or is there any truth at all in it?

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Updated Feb 2013

Costco Ringwood, Vic (east Melbourne) on Target for July 2013 Opening



Updated  20 August 2009

Wow! – Hard to believe this one story has been going on longer than many folks have been blogging period (since September 2006). I still get comments from folks thinking I work for Costco.

No this is just a blog, and Costco is just something I had missed from the US and more recently the UK, having been in Australia for 6 years.

Enough of that. Costco opened this week and I was there, as were the rest of Australia. Lines were 200 deep at one point just to get in and peek (no buying or purchasing allowed) . For those of us that had our membership already there was only a 15 minute wait to get in the door. It was packed.

So for the nitty-gritty review. I was pretty impressed overall. The Costco experince for most depends on your expectations. For me being in both the US and UK stores I was expecting either, and really got neither (and both).

Part of the ‘ charm’ of Costco is the revolving stock. You can go in one time and then a month later some items will be gone never to be repeated and new ones take their place, and others are there all the time.

For me I had some expectation on the American food supplies.

Some were there (great seafood from Australia and even Russia, and the most amazing scallops from California).  Others were not there and severely missed (Chicago baby back ribs), any American bar-b-q sauce at all, no American carbonated beverages, eg. Rootbeer, etc.

Some I had forgot about form the UK was there – Campo Viejo – Rioja Spanish Wine, Std and Reserve. and a pretty good selection of other wine and spirits at a pretty good price in some cases. Not a huge drinker I left cases of Campo in the uK when I moved here due to the import tax being higher than the cost per bottle, so that made me happy.

For the uninitiated Costco sells everything from Electronics – (TV’s, iPods, computers, blue ray players, ) Appliances, Clothing, Jewlery, Books, Dvds, luggage, food and alcohol,  and have their own Butchery, and Bakery on site. , selling meat, fish, poultry, dairy and fresh fruit and veg.

It is the bulk purchases and large container sizes of some things that are not that easy to find elsewhere, and Pampers seemed to be flying out the place as well.

Overall giving the US and UK a 10/10 I give Australia an 8 with a hope some more USA type lines are added.
Other lines were a bit thin, but I have seen that at new Costco’s before.

I was told a head of time the seafood selection would be better than the UK and USA and I have to agree it is.

Finally the big one pricing – A mixed bag really, I found nothing expensive but many items are the same price on the high street.  A big deal on the electronics side of things where competition is fiercer in Australia that I would say the USA or the UK.

My favorite with Costco, there are always a few hidden gems in electronics a TV or iPod they have cheaper than anyone, and I did notice a couple of these, like a Samsung 50” HD TV 1080P, for $2200, and its baby sister the 50” 780 for $1600. Both cracking sets (I have the 780), and I was tempted on the 1080P, but I am a big fan of Samsung everything (and I work for a competitor…. Shhh)

So the overall selection makes it a very worth Mecca of shopping and one that competitors will have some sleepless nights over as many were there when I was , comparing their products to Costco’s.

Updated- June 2009

 For Expat Americans and English (or both as I am) that have been blessed before moving to Melbourne Australia to having a Costco on our doorsteps and miss it, the wait is on almost over

 Well met some of the new management team  from Costco, Melbourne food and wine show and they seem lie a nice bunch. THe new merchandising manager is from Canada and gave an inisght to what to expect.

Larger freezer section than you would expect in the North America or UK Stores.
Due to some issues on importation of fruit and veg to Australia there will not be as much US produce as I had hoped. (Ths is making COles VERY nervours.

Kirkland Products a global brand for food stuffs offering everything from cookies to paper towels will be a big brand

They have also launched their website and are taking memberships online. I got mine yesterday.

My favorites the baby back ribs are not likely to make an appearance due t how well they travel unfortunately


Updated – 16 March 2009



Hard to believe I have been tracking this for almost 3 years now !


Now slotted for mid-late 2009 ,
As you folks know (and can tell from the date trail), I have been following this for some time.  If anyone has been past the Docklands area in Melbourne recently (below the expensively broken wheel in the sky). The boards are now up for Costco, and hiring has started. The store is costing $(AUD) 60m and a Sydney store is also in the works. For those have nto drank the Costco Kool-Aid you are in for a shopping treat. Costco charges an annual membership fee of $USD 50 (likely to be $AU60). If you combine the size and sort of selling mentality of a Bunning’s Warehouse (lower profit margin but higher volumes) but selling everything from food and wine, to furniture, to electronics, cameras and computers, then Costco is the place. What I find most interesting is the product mix Costco Australia will have. Will there be more American food selection (let’s hope). In Australia some electronics are very cheap compared to the UK or even the US, will that mean even lower pricing (as well as selection) at Costco ? With inventory valued at around $10m (AUD), this will be no easy task, but I cannot wait to find out.


Updated 21 June 2008

Well with the site in Melbourne Docklands now confirmed in the shadow of the new $40m Southern Star Observation Wheel two words come to mind… Hurry Up… It seems like forever I have been picking up on the story with what were early rumors. For me I miss most was the ‘Chicago’ baby back ribs, that were pretty darn good.

It will be approximately 13,000 square metres with around 553 car spaces and will operate seven days a week. Construction is scheduled to commence in September 2008 and is due for completion at the end of 2009.

What about you?


Updated 27 December 2007
Looks like it is getting closer.
Updated 18 October 2007 – Had some emails burining hot to me today that in the Q4 report, out recently the CIO mentioned that Australia was being seriously considered.

Updated 9 August 2007- I had a word with the CEO of Costco USA (long story how). He was coy about Australia but reading between the lines, suffice to say but there are no immiedate plans for a move here, but they remain interested in the Australian market.

Updated 25 Feb 2007
Well word is spreading, it looks like Docklands near the Melbourne CBD is the 1st Costco in Australia. place but Costco still refuses to confirm, but the opening date is looking like 2009. The latest story has it sharing a site with Ikea that is known to be hunting another Melbourne site as well.

If you love Costco and want them in Australia why not email the chief of online marketing Rob Walters at

More on the Q4 Report

Sony has introduced MYLO, Personal Communicator, as the proliferation of on-line networking and communications via the Internet increases each day, especially amongst young teens and college students, a need to provide this market with communications while on the go has emerged. Pics here

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