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more notes...


Assorted little scripts and apps.
Commandline/Android ToDo list stored in a text file.
Android Apps
more software...

Game Mods

A Max Payne 2 mod - more realistic and deadly.
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C Helpdesk Resources
Customising Your CS Account
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Shadowrun Notes(4th ed)
Heavy Gear Notes(2nd ed)
more RPG stuff...


Examples of my University work.


Old Image Gallery
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Sat, 17 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0800

Subnmitted the final, hard-bound copies of my thesis yesterday.
Research website updated accordingly:

New files:
   4-page summary of my honours work:
   Full, final thesis (11/175 pages):

   Research homepage:


Also, I now have a GitHub, with the source to the ZFS/ZDB Parsers,
Rastatodo and my Minetest mods now hosted there:


PS: Also fixed the .plan php so the https links above get converted.
Strage I haven't noticed this bug before, I should link to more secure pages...

Thu, 02 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0700

Someone just pointed out to me the top Google hit for "Yallara" isn't
the Wiki page on the animal, or the server itself:


On the other hand, Yallara is going to be killed in a month or so,
which is the opposite of awesome. :(

Sat, 02 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0700

My article on developing and using the ZFS/ZDB Plaso Parsers has been
published in Digital Forensics Magazine, Issue 20. The article is
available here (subscribers only):

The parsers themselves are on my research site; the readme includes
all the installation and usage instructions:


Also, fixed a minor bug in rastodo this morning:

Tue, 27 May 2014 00:00:00 -0700

I'm back in Austraila. Ottowa is awesome. More to come.

Belatedly, I should mention that the slides, paper and quick command
reference from by BSDCan 2014 presentation, "Forensic Timestamp
Analysis of ZFS" are available on BSDCan and my research site:


Also, this morning I had to create another USB stick with ZFS, and
forgot all the useful properties from last time, so I've written them
up in a new notes page for ZFS:

Mon, 19 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0700

Tonight I managed to reformat and reinstall an old system which can't
boot off CD or USB, using a variation of this technique. If the
existing but outdated OS can boot - copy the kernel and boot image to
the hard disk, use the old GRUB bootloader to load them, and install
the rest over the network:\

Wed, 15 May 2013 00:00:00 -0700

HOWTO: Number appendix pages with the appendix letter (A1, A2, B1, C1,
C2, etc) in a #latex document.

This is a requirement of the VU thesis style, but it tool me a while
to figure out how to do it without requiring manual intervention for
each appendix chapter. The simple way is to restart the page numbers
and redefine \thepage to include the chapter letter:


But then you have to put that at the start of every appendix chapter.
So the solution is to add an at-begin-chapter so the above is repeated
at the start of each \chapter. I couldn't get AtBeginChapter to work,
but this equivalent using etoolbox does, thanks to lockstep on





Fri, 10 May 2013 00:00:00 -0700

Site updates:

   - Notes: Assorted small notes updates over the last two
     months, especially Vim, FreeBSD and VU:

   - Codepile : : 

      New option to support playing the alert sound after a
      delay, with delay length read from the regex-matched line.

Thu, 14 Mar 2013 00:00:00 -0700

Interesting to see lots of articles today talking about how the
shutdown of Google Reader means "RSS is dead". RSS was alive long
before Reader - it is great software, but it is just one of thousands
of RSS aggregators (see the bottom of this post for more). Firefox
even has a built-in RSS reader with sync between devices.

For those who don't know, RSS is a system sites can use to publish
when they have new articles - you use "RSS aggregator" software to
tell you there is new content and quickly filter out what you aren't
interested in based on the title, summary or keywords. It keeps track
of what you've read and what you haven't, and articles you want to
read or refer to later.

If you read a lot of content each day its an essential tool. With RSS
you don't have to manually go to each site to see if they have
something new. You don't have to wade through all the content
yourself, and keep track of what is read and unread yourself. I
estimate it doubles or triples the amount of sites and material I get
through, mainly because I can quickly filter out what I don't want.

Many years ago I stopped reading sites unless they have an RSS feed I
can connect to (and filter for what I'm interested in) - I don't have
the time to poll-and-scroll sites that don't. I've stopped reading
sites which have poorly implemented feeds too (attention Reddit and
Hacker News, just putting a title and a link isn't useful). Reader
going away sucks, but RSS isn't going anywhere.

I mentioned Firefox's built in aggregator before, but there are many
RSS reading alternatives which operate in utterly different ways. One
is rss2email - it converts RSS feed articles into emails, so you can
read the feeds using whatever you are currently using for email
(filtering it to a different inbox is highly recommended).

rss2html converts a set of feeds into a text or HTML page - you can
run it on your own machine and generate your own page of feeds, or as
a cronjob on your web server and access it from anywhere. Of course
there are also many "cloud" based ones like Reader, many standalone
applications for all platforms, many which straddle the line by
providing local storage and cloud sync. Finding one that fits the way
you work is one of the advantages of using RSS.

Sat, 09 Mar 2013 00:00:00 -0800

   Website updates: - BibTeX file for citing me. - Minor fixes and links. - Updates from 6.xish to 9.xish.

Tue, 12 Feb 2013 00:00:00 -0800

   Website updates:

   A new section of the site showcasing some of my more interesting
   work at RMIT (including my summer research project).

   Some extra tips added; I still haven't put in the links yet.

   New quick script to serve the contents of the sdcard over HTTP.

   - Moved the deprecated image gallery to the misc section.
   - Removed some of the nested cruft from the sidebar.

UPDATE: Also split off a new .plan from my old RMITCS one. The old one
        will be kept online in an attic somewhere for post-erity.

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