The first 3 minutes.

We were out at a party last night and whilst walking up the stairwell to the top floor we ran into one of the guitarists. He said hi to us and the usual name exchange went on. And then that first question most people ask was different.

Glen asked “What’s your passion?”

Such a better question than “….. and what do you do?”

Glens passion was making music and he was presently writing a screenplay.

For many it’s a much more difficult thing to answer. My passion at the moment is designing and building planes.

Either way. It’s a great question to ask next time you meet someone new. “What’s your passion?”

Question for Linux music nerds like myself?

This post will prompt me to get Akismet or something antispam happening here so people cna reply on these posts.

The question:

What’s the best option you’ve found for streaming music via Webdav:// or sftp:// which works cross platform including touch screen devices?



Rhythmbox using an sftp mount (Fairly automatic from Caja in Mint 19.1,)

VLC half looks like it wants to, but more has an option for a UDP stream. I’ve not tested this yet. Thing is that it doesn’t have a column browser like Rhythmbox or Itunes.



Time lapse really gives the world a different point of view. It makes everything somehow look smaller.

Time lapse equipment here:

Which lead into this guys project of taking footage of Antarctica and projecting it onto a building (The Auckland War Museum). It’s interesting what people become obsessed with.


Fortunate error and discovering Linux Mint Mate 19

A few weeks ago I was trying to fix a blue tooth pairing issue from an old laptop to a blue tooth stereo. It was late at night and I was over tired, thus I removed some dependencies because I was a bit gung ho. Well I knew where all the data was and that it was safe so it was OK. It was an experimental laptop also so care factor was minimal.

Either way I saw Linux Mint 19 was available and it seemed like a shorter path to reinstall……. and now I’m glad that I did! Mint 19 is awesome. Much like Ubuntu Gnome 2 was back in 2007 / 2008. Things just work. It took the old laptop HP Elitebook 8780w (circa ~2010ish) which was useless under MS os’, quite good under Mint 18 and now actually my preference with Mint Mate 19.

It actually goes better than my macBook 2010 with Yosemite on it. (Although if I put some effort in to clean it up it would be OK) Still, apple OS has gone downhill since Jobs passed away. Moving to IOS was understandable, but poorly implemented.

Nice work Linux Mint Mate team. You’ve brought back Gnome 2.

For anyone else out there with a laptop that doesn’t go from 10 years ago. Try Linux Mint Mate 19. ‘Tis very nice.