Solution: Belkin F5U409 USB to Serial Converter in 64bit Windows 7/Vista/Mac OSX 10

Posted by Benjamin Close on December 10, 2010 under Computers | 177 Comments to Read

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This article details how to use a Belkin FSU409 USB to Serial Converter under Windows Vista/Windows 7 64bit

Replacing an Oil Pump in a Husqvarna/Poulan/Craftsman/Johnsered Chainsaw

Posted by Benjamin Close on October 29, 2010 under Country Living, Repairs | 13 Comments to Read

It was the middle of winter, the nights were cold and we needed some firewood for our little combustion heater.  Out I went with my 2 times hand-me-down Husqvarna 136 chainsaw to cut some wood up. After only a minute of cutting the blade began to smoke. Despite the cold I thought “That ain’t right” [..more..]

Apricus Evacuated Tube Solar Hot Water System – Post Install Review

Posted by Benjamin Close on October 12, 2010 under Country Living, Disputes | 11 Comments to Read

Evacuated Tubes

Our experience buying and getting an Apricus LPG Boosted, evacuated tube solar hot water system installed.

A passive income websites, trying to join the online money revolution

Posted by Benjamin Close on October 8, 2010 under Money | Be the First to Comment

Passive Income

A while back I wrote an article about attempting to make money online since that article quite a few things have changed. Previously I had a website http://wattsituse.com/   which turned out to be a waste of time. Not because of the lack of a good idea but because of the time required to make [..more..]

Improving 3G Mobile Broadband Reception without an Antenna

Posted by Benjamin Close on August 13, 2010 under Computers, Country Living, wireless | 9 Comments to Read

3G Modem At Focal Point of Galaxy Antenna

Having moved into our new home, it was time to get internet access up and running. We have no fixed phone line and with us both having mobile phones had no intention to get one. Hence we began looking into what wireless options were available. Eventually we settled on a 3G wireless mobile broad band [..more..]

We’ve Moved In To Our New House!

Posted by Benjamin Close on July 26, 2010 under Country Living | 2 Comments to Read

Wow, has it really been that long already?… It’s now July 24th 2010, and Carly, Mitchell and I took final hand over of our new Format Homes built house way back in February 3rd 2010. We are so happy to be in our new house. It’s amazing when something that you both design, plan, follow [..more..]

FreeBSD Sudo Upgrade Gone Wrong, Password No longer working with Sudo 1.7.2p2 / 1.7.2p3, Sudo Broken

Posted by Benjamin Close on April 14, 2010 under FreeBSD | Be the First to Comment

Recently a port audit security advisor was released that indicated an exploit with sudoedit of the security/sudo FreeBSD port. At the time I was running sudo 1.6.9 and being a responsible system administrator, I decided to upgrade sudo to the latest revision of the port (1.7.2p2 at the time). The upgrade went very smoothly, with [..more..]

Using Serial Devices in FreeBSD / How to set a terminal baud rate

Posted by Benjamin Close on January 8, 2010 under FreeBSD, UniSA | Read the First Comment

Recently I was working on a php command line program that required access to a serial port. Initially developed under Linux the program was then shifted to it’s permanent location on a FreeBSD server. This is where we first started having problems. Initially we discovered the server didn’t have a native serial port. We fixed [..more..]

House construction Progresses – We’re past Lockup – Solar System is installed

Posted by Benjamin Close on December 17, 2009 under Country Living | Be the First to Comment

With Christmas just around the corner it’s time for another house update. Things have progressed quite a bit since the last update but also a lot slower. The house has finally reached lockup and  hence we only get to see what’s happening when trades men are around. Format Homes have continued working on the house [..more..]

Solar Hot Water – Evacuated Tubes – Apricus vs Hills

Posted by Benjamin Close on November 18, 2009 under Country Living | 12 Comments to Read

Solar-Evacuated-Tube-Collector-Heatpipe

In building our new house we decided to install a solar hot water system. The reasons for this was simple. We have no mains electricity and only LPG bottled gas. Hence continually heating water would have cost us a lot. Solar hot water on the other hand has an upfront cost but substantially reduces the [..more..]