What’s Mike Doing?Latest UpdatesRAV4 Sunroof RepairJanuary 21, 2022The first thing I had to do with my pre-loved RAV4 was fix the sunroof, which leaked. The first step was to undo someone’s previous attempt at fixing it. A previous owner, faced with water coming in, had decided the best approach was to pour silicone sealant over every inch of the sunroof area, caking the whole thing in place... Hitting the RoadJuly 13, 2021For some time now, and as documented on the blog here and there, I’ve been ticking off visiting some of the Extreme Points of Australia whenever an opportunity presented itself. I’ve also been accumulating long service leave at my current job for over a decade now, and I’m putting these things together starting in a … [Read more …]... Building a Better Wicking BedOctober 14, 2020Last year, I hastily assembled a basic wicking bed in my garden, mostly using scraps of stuff I already had lying about. This time I took what I’d learned and tried to do a good job.... Building a Wicking BedAugust 27, 2019One thing I know about myself at this point is that I only ever really learn anything by trying it and fucking up a few times. For me then, it’s best to keep the stakes really damn low the first few times so that starting over later isn’t a big deal. With that in mind, … [Read more …]... Coca-Cola SaladJuly 1, 2019I saw a couple of people posting a recipe from an old cookbook recently. It was short, and the title contained an unusual combination of things that don’t usually go together, so I made it.... How Many Computers is Enough?October 21, 2018When I broke my Commodore 64, it was the only computer I had. This meant that for years afterwards, I simply didn’t have a computer any more. These days, the situation is really different.... How I Broke My Commodore 64September 7, 2018It’s important I tell you how I broke my computer when I was 17 years old, since that act of carelessness on my part has left me kicking myself for decades and that machine shaped my life quite significantly.... Nostalgic ComputingSeptember 4, 2018The Commodore 64 changed my life in a million subtle ways and frankly if I started going into detail about some of the things that might be different in the world now if I’d owned a Spectrum or a TRS-80 or something you’d be amazed.... Tintinara RevisitedMarch 4, 2018What happens when you check back on the site of a great artistic triumph after 21 years have passed? Maybe you’ll find out you changed the world.... The Return of Cyberpope MosesNovember 11, 2017In 2002, I received “The Worst Present Ever”, and turned it into an epic saga.... Chinwag Posts Follow Mike, First of His Name https://social.chinwag.org/@mikeAdmin of Chinwag, fan of open communication standards, maintainer of communities.Winner of Time Magazine "Person of the Year" 2006 and will never get tired of that joke.I talk about #retrocomputing a lot, especially #Commodore64 stuff. I also do a lot of #gardening and am trying to make good #bread and #beer. I was a professional Unix #sysadmin for nearly 25 years.Sometimes I get up on stages and tell jokes. Don't applaud, just throw money.I live in #Melbourne, #Australia#fedi22 11 hours ago Mike, First of His Name The Raspberry Pi Zero series never ceases to amaze. It's nothing short of incredible how easy it is now to just lose an entire computer somewhere on your desk. 15 hours ago Mike, First of His Name I like it when the train you thought you'd missed is running a few minutes late and you catch it after all. 18 hours ago Mike, First of His Name I really need to get back to the Andy Warhol's Ecstatic Corpse project and figure out the workflow, because I just came up with a fantastic idea for a concept album. 22 hours ago Mike, First of His Name Hey PC hardware folks - what's my best (read as "cheapest") option for a Mini-ITX motherboard/CPU combo right now, where performance is not a factor at all, but running as cool as possible is. Fanless would be awesome. 1 day ago Mike, First of His Name Thermometer says the outside temperature is zero. As this implies all movement at an atomic level has ceased I'm calling work to say I won't be in as it would contravene the laws of physics.What? Who's Kelvin?