Around Pine Rivers

Here’s a brief description of each of the photos in the “Around Pine Rivers” theme for iGoogle.

If you’ve got any suggestions, corrections or improvements, please let me know.

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[singlepic id=33 w=480] Bell’s Scrub is the only remaing parcel of virgin lowland vine rainforest in the Pine Rivers district.

[singlepic id=34 w=480] [singlepic id=35 w=480] [singlepic id=38 w=480] [singlepic id=40 w=480] Some of the stunning late afternoon views in my street.

[singlepic id=36 w=480] Fleeting glimpses of childhood on the North Pine River.

[singlepic id=37 w=480] Christmas Beetle.
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[singlepic id=39 w=480] Lightning in the Gum Trees.

[singlepic id=41 w=480] Ebert Family Vineyard.

[singlepic id=42 w=480] Stephen Lawn Park.

[singlepic id=43 w=480] Lake Samsonvale.
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[singlepic id=44 w=480] South Pine River near the site of the old Normanby Rum Distillery.

[singlepic id=45 w=480] Yebri Creek.

[singlepic id=46 w=480] Sunset on the North Pine River.

[singlepic id=47 w=480] Lake Kurwongbah.
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Cool technology

Six and mean

Lilly came in to my office the other day. “Dad I have to go out now. Can you get the TV to record my favourite show in an hour”.

“Hmmmm????”, I replied in typical pre-occuipied father mode.

But she had an intensity in her eye that made me realize I ignored this six year old at my peril, despite my displike of leaving my desk while in the middle of solving a problem.

Happily, I didn’t have to get up from my chair. I just logged in to IceTV, found the program she was interested in, and told my PVR to record it via the website.  My PVR is a High-Definition Beyonwiz DP-S1. It’s wireless, but I’ve wired it in to the house LAN so we can watch movies from our D-Link DNS323 1TB NAS

We also have an older Topfield 5000 PVRT.  It’s only standard definition, but the cool thing about it is that it has an open programming interfacem , so a lot of people have written their own software to get it to do cool things.  One application I added to it was ToppyPC by John De Angelis.  It has a program called “TWIN” which adds a web page to your Topfield PVR.  So you can set timers, and record shows, like IceTV lets you do with the Beyonwiz.   ToppyPC needs another utility to run – an FTP server (ftp4t by Aldarin) which runs on a PC which I connect to the Topfield via a USB cable.

All this technology is both good and bad. It’s convenient, but I don’t get the exercise I need going up and down stairs to program the PVR!

But at least I don’t have an angry six-year-old to contend with!