Google Summer of Code 2009

Its on again, And theres only a few short hours left to submit student proposals (I think).

This year, I’ve signed up as a Mentor in the WordPress Project. To all students: Good luck, And make me proud.. err… Sure.

Anyway, I’ve seen a few projects in the queue which have been interesting, And of course, A fair few pieces of rubbish (As you may expect).. Will I be mentoring something? We’ll find out when the projects are announced :)

Anyway, Not much to say.. Other than a rainy weekend.. And i’m still looking at options for buying a camera… and phone.. and laptop.. and whatever other tech gadget you can think of.. Many people are surprised to find that I dont have decent of the above items.. No idea why, but hey. :)

How powerful nature can be: Bushfires in Victoria, Australia

Whilst I could’ve chosen any of the images, these’ll do.. (And “Something Cool” Might not be the best labeling for this, Considering its pretty hot..)

Craig Kidd looks at the melted metal of alloy wheels from his burnt out vehicles after a bushfire swept through his property on February 9, 2009 in Bendigo, 160 km from Melbourne, Australia. (Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Senior Wildlife Officer Geoff McClure inspects the fire front at Mt. Cathederal, near Alexandra, some 120 kilometres northeast of Melbourne on February 9, 2009. (WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

 Senior Wildlife Officer Geoff McClure inspects the fire front at Mt. Cathederal, near Alexandra, some 120 kilometres northeast of Melbourne on February 9, 2009. (WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

Bushfires in Victoria, Australia – The Big Picture – Boston.com

Goodbye fair machine..

Today is the day that I confirm i no longer own a eeePC, A few months back, I bought a 2nd hand EeePC 701 for use as a machine for general use while out and about, It got a fair bit of use as a MP3 player and GPS Navigator in the car, But it seems, unfortunately, this lead to its demise.

A few weeks back, A few days before I was to leave for WordCamp AU, I went to the beach for a Night, Was a nice break, Took the laptop with me, Worked great on the way down.

Coming home on the other hand.. Bumpy dirt road, It wasnt too long before it suddenly froze, Well.. GPS Navigation froze up at least.. Music kept playing for another hour until i finally pulled over to fix the machine.

Oddly enough, It was completely frozen, no input at all.. Reboot it.. all was fine.

Was fine the day after, Then it comes to leaving for WordCamp AU, And it refuses to turn on :( …It never regained consciousness.  (Just a sidenote, Thanks to Karloskar for the spare ram to test the ram with.. The new ram didnt help, And It lost its Warranty awhile, I bought it 2nd hand.)

Today marks the day i sold the eeePC 701, Hopefully its screen will bring life to a fellow owners eeePC who’s screen cracked.

So Goodbye Henry(For that is what i’ll call it), I’ll replace it with another unit at some stage, But not another 700 series.

I’ve contemplated the Aspire One, or the MSI Wind, But the chipset limitations of 1GB ram sticks seems utter stupidity (And i have a spare 2GB Sodim ram stick now..). The eeePC 901 looks like a nice replacement in all honesty, I was looking at non-asus items, simply for the fact I thought i’d get a better item from someone who i dont class as the market leader, but it just doesnt look like thats the case. Theres the Samsung NC10 which looks like a really nice unit, Unfortunately its not available in Australia, and i’d prefer to be able to use one before outlaying the cost..

Since January will be bringing a few developments in the netbook arena (New products from a a few manufacturers are rumored) I might wait until Feb before buying again.. Unless I see one of the above items going rather cheaply.. Theres also been talk of the price coming down on the Aspire and others.. But also talk of the cost going up in Aus thanks to the USD/AUD rate :(

..In other news I really need to start blogging more,