Vaccinate your kids if you want them to live

Justyn | April 11, 2014

I’ve been meaning to write a post about having your children vaccinated. I took Cayden to get his latest vaccinations awhile ago and he was a boss! Watched the woman and everything.

There is still people out there that don’t believe in vaccinating their children which I find unsettling, even a Father had to go to court due to his partner not believing in immunisation. However he won, the kids vaccinated and now will be safer than those that aren’t.

The one that got me though was one that a friend shared on Facebook linking to this Mamamia article. It originates from tumblr with this post:

Anti-Vaccination 1

Then, an immunologist saw the post, and responded.

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Microsoft kills off Windows XP support

Justyn | April 6, 2014

Microsoft is counting down until they will stop supporting one of their most successful Operating Systems, Windows XP which they will stop supporting on April 8, 2014 along with Office 2003.

What Microsoft is doing is stopping user and security support for Windows XP which means as of April 8, it will be vulnerable to any new security exploits or 0-day attacks. As one of the most widely distributed Operating Systems, this makes Windows XP a perfect target for hackers.

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Healthy work / life balance

Justyn | April 5, 2014

When you work full-time with a job that has a rotating roster, it’s hard to have a healthy work / life balance with a Wife and kids. My shifts rotate so much that I can start work at 6 am, and have shifts that finish at midnight.

The hard thing is working around having good family time with Chell and the kids with my kind of work, when days off could be a weekday when the kids are at school. For example today (Saturday) I am working 0930-1720, then Sunday and Monday I am working 1320-2110, and have Tuesday off. Being the school holidays, this is okay as the kids aren’t at school.

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A very productive day

Justyn | March 28, 2014

Yesterday I ended up having Cayden home from Daycare whilst Chell went to work. As most people know we’ve been going through a bit of a rough stage in which Chell wrote about. Now what I did today I believe lifted not only her spirits, but mine as well.

I ended up cleaning up the house, just general house work (vacuuming, mopping, dishes, clothes washing) e.t.c. to make the place nice and tidy. Then headed to the shops to buy some pots, soil and rocks to put some desert roses in that her Mum gave her.

Desert Roses

Desert Roses

Cayden helped pot them into the new pots and made them look all nice with the rocks, and I sent this photo to Chell and she loved it. They look good out the front of our house. Hopefully these ones don’t get stolen!

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Xperia Z1, SlimKat and Pimped Kernel

Justyn | March 24, 2014

I upgraded from the Xperia Z to the Xperia Z1 awhile ago. It is an amazing device, however it took Sony awhile to fix the bootloader unlocking issue, however that is fixed now and custom kernels and ROM’s now work! As I’ve done before, I will post my current setup.

Device: Sony Xperia Z1 (16GB Black)
ROM: SlimKat (Weekly Builds)
Kernel: Pimped Kernel
Apps: Pimp My Z1

First I have to thank Louis Teboul for an amazing kernel and tweaking application (and all the other devs that made this possible).  As you will notice I’m not running Cyanogenmod 11 anymore. There isn’t anything wrong with CM, however I couldn’t help flashing updates everyday. At least with SlimKat it’s a weekly release cycle.

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Stopping smoking and health benefits

Justyn | March 23, 2014

So I decided it’s time to stop smoking, again. There are a few reasons behind this move. I have to get surgery sometime this year, so becoming healthy before hand (need at least 6 weeks of non-smoking) is the main driver behind this decision, money is second.

I thought that I would just post some quick facts about stopping smoking to remind everyone (including myself) of the benefits. I did print out this poster too, and there is a female version as well.

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Google Play Store 4.6.16 helps stop accidental in app purchases

Justyn | March 16, 2014

If you happen to have kids, or you yourself may have come across the scenario of accidentally buying certain things within an application, only later to find out you’ve been charged for something that you didn’t want. Google’s newest Play Store update permits you to stop this by opting to want a password for each in-app upgrade. It’s going to not really stop you, however hopefully it’ll cause you to stop and think about the purchase.

The latest Google Play update permits you to make a choice from the default 30-minute purchase window, and a brand new setting that needs your password with each purchase. There are multiple other additions to version 4.6.16, such as batch install (my favourite), also a new settings and help menu, and security verifications.

You can wait for Google to push the update to your Android device, or head over to Android Police to download the APK.

Android 4.4 KitKat; death of the sd card?

Justyn | March 15, 2014

Earlier versions of the Android Operating System prior to 4.4 KitKat allowed applications to read/write to almost any area of your removable storage (sd card), given permission. However since Android 4.4 KitKat you can no longer do this.

Many people feel that Google may be intentionally working towards making sd cards obsolete as to promote Google Drive (which they recently cut their pricing earlier this week), however Google says there are several reasons that the changes were made.

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What is there to blog about?

Justyn | March 14, 2014

Alright so I guess this is a call to arms as to see what people out there want to read about or know about. Some people know that I also have Austech News however I’ve managed to neglect the site and am more focussed on this blog now.

Instead of cross-posting tech related information from this blog over to there (which is bad for SEO) I figured I may just do a permanent redirect from Austech to this blog. This way I can post about things that happen in my life, and tech-savvy stuff too.

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Petition for lane filtering in Australia

Justyn | March 12, 2014

Some people that ride motorcycles may not understand what lane filtering is, however it is a great safety tool for all those that do ride motorcycles and can help to ease congestion on the roads.

As of July 1, lane filtering for motorcycles will be legal in NSW. Shane Lennard, chairman for the Australian Motorcycle Council says that he will be working on making it become a national law.

In the meantime Motorbike Writer has created a petition for the government to introduce this Australia wide.

SIGN THE PETITION

When the law is introduced, only fully-licensed (not learners or provisional) riders will be (legally) allowed to ride through slow or stationary traffic at intersections, below 30km/h. Riders wont be able to filter in school zones, break-down lanes, beside kerbs, or next to buses and trucks.

There is currently no law that says you cannot lane filter, however you could be fined for other laws such as failure to stay in your lane, passing on the left or dangerous operation of a vehicle. NSW will be creating a new law which will ban riders from filtering through traffic at more than 30km/h.

I personally would like to see this law introduced Australia wide just like in Japan, Asia and Europe where lane filtering is encouraged to avoid gridlock, and legal. Some states in the USA it is also legal.

Even if you don’t ride a motorcycle, please sign the petition so those of us that do can filter legally and safely Australia wide.