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Thursday 1st December 2011
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By Mangrove Mike

I've just come across this great, updated, article  Sarah Wilson on tinned tuna http://www.sarahwilson.com.au/2010/04/which-tinned-tuna-should-i-buy/ . Interesting reading!

Also if you have any interest in sustainable seafood then you

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Monday 28th November 2011
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By Mangrove Mike

A new battery is in the weather station and all is good again. Maybe the rain gauge is always the first to go when the battery on the Vantage Vue is on the way out.

Of course, and welcomingly, the rain has stopped so I can't actually confirm that the rain gauge is OK but all looks good with a little test of droplets.

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Category: Weather Station
Thursday 24th November 2011
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By Mangrove Mike

No reported rain for the last 24 hrs, despite it pissing down. When it all clears I'll hop up on the roof and check it out for debris (and or batteries).

 

 

 

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Category: Weather Station
Thursday 28th July 2011
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By Mangrove Mike

I've moved the webcam again, pointing it due East - it is a much better view.

But alas, the USB extension cable have deteriorated the quality significantly. I thought it would affect motion quality but since I'm not using full motion, only snapshots, I thought it would be OK. I'm going to try a small, better quality cable

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I have just purchased and installed a Belkin 1.8 M Gold USB cable and the quality is significantly better!

Posted by Mangrove Mike, 30/07/2011 10:53:38 am

Category: Weather Station
Monday 25th July 2011
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By Mangrove Mike

After upgrading to OS X Lion most of my software was working fine. But, alas, the first time I used  Oracle sqlplus (for all my Oracle scripting goodies) it died with a segment fault.

I did have a full 10.2.0.4 client installed so I tried the 64 bit instantclient and got basically the same problem.

I then

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I have the same problem. Using the 32 bits solved the segmentation fault but for those that need to use oci with php, this doesn't work. Have you any ideia?

Posted by rgodinho, 27/07/2011 12:00:10 am

I have heard that by installing the full 32 bit client software may also solve the problem. Give that a try.

Posted by Mangrove Mike, 28/07/2011 11:57:43 am

Category: Linux Code
Monday 25th July 2011
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By Mangrove Mike

The rain has finally stopped so I hopped up on the roof to look at the problematic rain gauge on the Vantage Vue. I took it all apart, no blockages that I could see. Made sure that it was all moving freely (I probably should have put some grease on) and put it back on.

It rained slightly last night and the rain was captured

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Category: Weather Station
Friday 22nd July 2011
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By Mangrove Mike

Sorry folks. Here we are in a nice significant rain event and my rain gauge is not reporting!

It probably is just some debris in the collector but I'll have to wait for the rain to stop as my wife thinks I shouldn't hop up on the roof when it's pissing down. (Something about safety).

Stay tuned.

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Category: Weather Station
Saturday 16th July 2011
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By Mangrove Mike

Moved my desk and server so the webcam has moved. At the moment it is pointing almost directly north but when I get my act together and get a USB extension cable (or find one - there must be one here somewhere ) I'll point it east wards so we can see the ocean (but alas not the waves - too many houses have built out our view).

I hope

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We want good weather for the weekend please

Posted by Sleepy, 09/03/2012 8:19:08 pm

I'll do my best Sleepy, but I can't guarantee anything!

Posted by Mangrove Mike, 14/03/2012 3:23:52 pm

Category: Weather Station
Wednesday 15th June 2011
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By Mangrove Mike

Over the last few months I have had problems with the Vantage Vue batteries that were failing at about dawn. The Vantage Vue uses solar during the day and batteries overnight which are supposed to last about 18 months.

I'd already replaced the battery in January but it started to fail during May. I don't know if it was a dodgy battery of

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Category: Weather Station
Thursday 19th May 2011
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By Mangrove Mike

I was about to un-plug the old Linux work-horse (being slowly replaced by sexy Mac Mini Server) and realised that I hadn't converted my Currentcost Envi to work on OSX.

I initially thought it would be pretty straight-forward but after a labourious and unusual CPAN update to my perl installation I hit a road block with talking to the Prolific

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