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Coffee, cream and cleanse [Nov. 6th, 2009|05:14 pm]
Nasty de Pasty
[Current Location |Amsterdam]
[ik voel me |hungryhungry]

Coffee, cream and cleanse

ver a two week period Jess and I have been doing "The Master Cleanse".

Two weeks of not eating. Just maple syrup, lemon and cayenne pepper drinks. All the toxins are out now. Luckily I only lost three kilos. Not that my body can actually lose more, it's just not there to lose is. Back to the normal routine of eating.

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Coffee, cream and crash [Feb. 28th, 2009|01:48 pm]
Nasty de Pasty
[Tags|, , , ]
[Current Location |Perth]
[ik voel me |infuriatedinfuriated]

Coffee, cream and crash

ewlett-Packard, Microsoft and EMC Retrospect have not always been in my best books. I've had a few problems with HP and RAID systems on their Proliant series over the last 6 months. I've never been able to do a painless system restore with Retrospect, and needed a few times. And Microsoft software is dumb*.

So here I am, again, on Saturday. Woke my ass up at 7 AM to check up on a client's server. HP came out a while back to replace the mainboard on this server and managed to 'forget' to turn the RAID back on. So they sent us some instructions on how to turn it back on and 'take a vaild backup just in case'. After turning the RAID back on, it found the existing 'Optimal' RAID drives. (Not sure how they were optimal after 2 months of changes) - Of course dumb old Windows bluescreened at first signs of booting. I was stunned it could not start the operating system, but did manage to load the blue screen kernel message.

Oh well... RAID verification then - finished this morning. Still blue screen. Only option, restore from backup. 

Then starts the good old Retrospect story. After installing windows server 2003 from scratch, restoring from a backup should seem pretty easy. As it looks in the manual. After restart, windows always asks to restart in Directory restore mode. So let's do that... No.. Retrospect has managed to break a fresh windows install with a system restore, to a level where I need to start all over again. 


I am now at rebuild 4... I've released my anger by crushing some boxes... and now by posting it on Live Journal... not  that anyone will read this or understand it... but it makes me feel better. Hope googlebots will index it and rate it high!!!!


*Yeah., MS make a lot possible, and a monkey can install a server. However monkeys are not supposed to install servers, if it doesn't work there's nothing that tells you why and how to fix it. Just click here to start ... unknown error. And no - it doesn't look nice anymore, it looked cool in the 90s, all other operating systems look 10x as cool and are at least 100x as fast. Windows Server is dumb slow and ugly!
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Coffee, cream and Cervantes [Sep. 29th, 2008|05:56 pm]
Nasty de Pasty
[Current Location |Cervantes]
[ik voel me |rejuvenatedrejuvenated]

Coffee, cream and Cervantes

riday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday. I had an extra long weekend and spent it in around Cervantes. I booked a last minute bed in a hostel, drove up (2h30) enjoyed some time walking on the beach, dinner at a nice restaurant, went for a walk in Mt Lesuer national park to see the crazy wild flowers, did a scenic flight over the Abrolhos Islands, landed on North Island for lunch, a bush walk and a snorkel, saw ship wrecks, tiger sharks and a whale from the plane, shared the hostel room with the band members of the band that was playing in Cervantes, visited our ancestors 'the stromatolites' once again, drove into the desert, did some off road racing with my 1.4ltr Hyundai Getz over the dirt tracks of WA, bought some cheap plants for the back and front yard, read a book, traveled 1255km by road and 300 by air, posted my weekend on live journal and feel totally rejuvenated.

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Coffee, cream and camping [Apr. 6th, 2008|09:23 pm]
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[Current Location |Esperance, Yallingup]
[ik voel me |energeticadventurous]

Coffee, cream and camping

hat's right, I've been camping. Two weeks ago, in the long Easter weekend, I went down south to Esperance. My dad was still there with his girlfriend. They'd been road tripping for two months through WA... and came as far as Esperance from Perth. Talking about taking your time!

Anyways, we had a great weekend. Saw a fund raising concert with the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra WASO and Andrew Winton, a local Perth musician. Very John Butler / Xavier Rudd like... He was quite a character on stage, likes to chat between his songs, which is always funny. We also drove around the area a a bit, did some swimming in the ocean. It was all good good good. And BTW in my new tent! A 6 person tent, for two people... hahaha... never had so much room with camping in my life! It was a 1700 KM round trip and only used 100 liters of petrol..

The next weekend I went to Yallingup with Tanya, Emma and some of their friends. We had a very nice time down there, did a cave trip, had nice breakfast and lunch at some wineries. And met some very nice people. ;-)
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Coffee, cream and cars [Mar. 14th, 2008|07:47 pm]
Nasty de Pasty
[Current Location |perth]
[ik voel me |happyhappy]
[mp3 herrie: |pete murray]

Coffee, cream and cars

his is a story about Nissie, Wasabi and Chloé. It's been a rough ride, so to speak... Nissie was my beautiful backpacker's van, which drove me all across the country. From Sydney to Mildura, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Broome and Perth... Nissie hasn't been happy in the last year... City life is no life for a multi-color van... So I looked for a different car.. and there was Wasabi, my Green Saab 9000 CS... which lasted me about 3 weeks... and a few more weeks of 'trying to drive it' after 7000 dollars of purchasing fixing and insuring i decided to trade Wasabi in. End of January I bought Chloé, my tiny 1.4 liter city vehicle. Chloé takes me for tours in the city , to Freamantle, the beach and down south. She's a cute little car.

So Wasabi is with the Hyundai dealer now. They gave me $2000 dollar for him. And Nissie, she's now with two German backpackers.. .They're taking her for a drive around WA and back to Darwin. So she's back on the road. Next week I should be getting off my Probationary license and have a full one... So finally all should be coming together with my car drama stories of the last 6 months... (Wasabi's story)

I'm sitting here with Loretta, celebrating life with a bottle of Vasse Felix Cabernet Merlot 2005.. Keep you posted (probably in another 7 months time... sorry for being slack!)
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Coffee, cream and citizenship [Sep. 13th, 2007|08:47 pm]
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[Tags|, ]
[Current Location |Perth]
[ik voel me |happyhappy]
[mp3 herrie: |Chemical Brothers ft. Fleetwood mac]

Coffee, cream and citizenship

his morning I woke up to a very nice phone call. My migration agent told me at 7:23 AM that I could stay in the country. I've got my sponsorship for the next four years!!!

After this it's up to citizenship!
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Coffee, cream and celebration [Jul. 3rd, 2007|09:47 am]
Nasty de Pasty
[Current Location |Perth]
[ik voel me |happyhappy]

Coffee, cream and celebration

uly the 3rd. That's right! The most important day of the year.

I turned 29 today. Happy birthday ME!!!! <:o)
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Coffee, cream and chardonnay [Jun. 25th, 2007|04:04 pm]
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[Current Location |Margaret River]
[ik voel me |drunkdrunk]

Coffee, cream and chardonnay

eople of planet earth: I have a dream job! Last week we had to install a computer network down south in the wine region of Margaret River. We're staying at a resort right on the Beach in a $2M apartment.
Every day consist of over priced breakfast, some consulting work, over priced lunch at a wineries with some wine tasting, some consulting work, very over priced dinner with local top wines. And I have to go again this week. Poor me... ;-)

The rest of my life is also good, thanks for asking. So here's my Out of office message for the week.

Sorry, I'm drunk.... I'm not in the office this week, because I am trying to taste every possible wine from the south west region of Western Australia. Please feel free to joing me from 8AM to 10AM from 12PM to 2PM and 5PM onwards.
Your message will self destruct.

Kind regards,
The King.

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Coffee, cream and cough [Jun. 14th, 2007|10:12 pm]
Nasty de Pasty
[Current Location |Perth]
[ik voel me |tiredtired]

Coffee, cream and cough

he last two days I had 4 computer screens on my desk, 2 servers to install, 11 work stations and 2 laptops to install and 5 networks to manage. And Oscar's home sick... coughing his longs out... I'm so tired right now, I can't even come up with a funny explaination about how a client called me out of bed this morning at 5 AM... Because his website was down.

Hands up for all who've had a busy week (and the week is not over yet

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Coffee, cream and contract [Jun. 11th, 2007|06:28 pm]
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[Current Location |glendalough]
[ik voel me |worriedworried]

Coffee, cream and contract

omething went completely wrong this week with the alignment of the stars. I was going to take over the rent from Paddy, cos he's moving out. Sad to see a friend leave, but I had another friend moving in.
Then suddenly Matt and Toby also decided to move out, Wara and Emma-Jane moved out last month, so suddenly I had a house all alone and a rent to pay by my self and 4 weeks bond to cough up. Now I don't swear much... anymore... but this was pretty sh*t.

The city is covered in rental notices now for a certain house in Glendalough. :-S  I signed my renting contract saturday and explained the landlord the situation. Luckily he's letting me pay off the bond in terms, cos I don't want to rob a bank.
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