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Friday, 17 May 2019 Dereel → Ballarat → Dereel Images for 17 May 2019
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Still more solar electricity documentation
Topic: Stones Road house, general Link here

Still more mail today regarding the solar electricity installation: a Certificate of Electrical Safety, a copy of “fully paid invoice for your solar system” (I had only done a part payment, and it's a photovoltaic installation, not a “solar system”) and an STC Assignment form, 4 pages of it, with serial numbers for each and every component, including each solar panel (with 24 digit serial numbers), but nowhere explaining what an STC is. I had assumed something like “Solar Trade Credit”, but it proves to stand for Standard Test Condition, which means barely any more than STC.

But the best was at the end: the confirmation of the “digital signature”:

Agreement was accepted on 2019-May-16 13:07:22.694+10:00 by Greg Lehey
Accepted via email to: groggyhimself@lemis.com
IP Address:            192.168.240.216
Browser Identity:      Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.3; rv:36.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/36.04

Now isn't that a convincing proof that I signed it? Admire the RFC 1918 address. But where did it come from? Not from me. I don't use RFC 1918. My best guess is that this is an address in their internal network.

So what happens next? Will I finally receive credit for the power I put back into the grid?


Simplifying bank transfers
Topic: technology, general, opinion Link here

Yvonne is collecting money for the next Anke Hawke clinic. She received an interesting question: “Do you have PayID?”. Huh? What's that? Off looking and discovered https://payid.com.au/, which tells me that it's a way to replace two numbers (BSB and account number) with one number, apparently useful for people with limited memory. It wasn't until later that I discovered a real advantage, one that they don't seem to have bothered to mention: it's portable, so if you change banks, you can at least theoretically take it with you.

But why wasn't I informed? Logged in to my ANZ “Internet Banking” and saw nothing. OK, “What's new”? Yes, PayID is here:

Forget your BSB and account number. Create a PayID and get paid quickly by sharing your mobile number or email address.¹

Look at the small print. ¹ refers to a text:

1. Available when the sending and receiving accounts are capable of processing faster payments. Not available on some ANZ accounts, including ANZ One, ANZ Home Loans and ANZ Personal Loans. Technical interruptions may occur.

“Technical interruptions may occur”. Doesn't that fill you with confidence? I translate it as “the application is buggy”. OK, let's set up, anyway. Select “Create PayID”. A too-small popup window appeared with the login screen. OK, log in again (why?). And there I was back at my “Your accounts” screen. No mention of PayID anywhere.

Clearly a broken application. In case of doubt, try Microsoft; they might have tested it there. Nope. Nothing. Help? No. Contact? Either call us on the phone or come into a branch (I can imagine how much help the latter would be). So basically, from this perspective, it Just Plain Doesn't Work.

This is supposed to be easier? Of course, maybe it's a technical interruption. What a wunch of bankers!


More physiotherapy
Topic: health Link here

Into Ballarat today for another round of physiotherapy with Heather Dalman. Apart from a misunderstanding on her part about the time of the appointment, nothing of great interest. She seems happier with my progress than last time, and it'll be a month before I see her again.


Microsoft update, day 3
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

Left the Microsoft update running overnight for a second night. It didn't help:

 
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Like Schrödinger's cat, it has both failed and is still working. OK, do what I had planned and install only some of the updates.


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But it came back with the same error message as before. Or did it? Ha, ha, only joking. I left it like that, but next time I looked, it had reconsidered:

 
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As far as I can tell, it didn't even download anything else. The installation succeeded, but being Microsoft, it would required a reboot and endless reconfiguration. Another 6 times? It's clear that something big has failed. So leave out the biggest one, the security “rollup” KB4499164, and try the remaining 5:


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That went off and did the Microsoft thing:

 
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And that was it for the day.


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Microsoft update, day 3
Topic: technology Link here

So now I have installed 6 out of 7 Microsoft updates; it has only taken 2 days. On to the last one:

 
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It stayed that for long enough that I lost interest, and the next time I saw the same picture, but claiming that updates had been installed today at 14:22 (sorry, 2.22 PM). Nothing that I saw, and definitely no reboot.


ON1 again
Topic: photography, technology, opinion Link here

ON1 Photo RAW 2019.5 (isn't the shouting nice?) has just been released. It offers a surprising number of features that I've been looking for, especially since it gives the impression of being an incremental release:

Terms like “A New Workflow for Layers” and “User Interface: The new user interface will have a fresh and modern feel” look ominous, but I can always try it.

Or can I? I noted that I tried it 18 months ago and discovered that it required OpenGL 3.3 and later, but didn't tell me how to install it. Today I had the same issue after finally installing it (and watching the install process just die without any message, leaving me to search the maze of twisty little icons, all different, for the one that started ON1.

So why don't I have OpenGL 3.3? And how do I install it? It seems that it should be installed on just about all systems, but I couldn't find it in the program list, and it failed both on dischord (desktop) and euroa (laptop). Is this something to do with the fact that I'm running Microsoft “Windows” 7 on both? Or maybe because I'm running via a remote desktop? Too much pain for today, but maybe tomorrow...


The people have spoken... the bastards!
Topic: politics, opinion Link here

Federal election today. When should I vote? After a bit of consideration, decided that mid to late afternoon would be the best choice. Finally off round 15:00 and found the place closed, though a couple of people were standing round a stand in the car park, presumably selling sausages.

Oh. This was at the Dereel Hall, and we had always had elections in the side hall. Have they moved to the main hall? Yes, it proved that they had, and they were too polite to assume that anybody would make the mistake to go to the place where it was last time, so there was no sign on the door.

The place was pretty quiet, and I didn't have to wait at all to get my ballot. I had hoped to find supporters of the main parties there, but it seems that they had given up and gone home. Pity: I had plenty of opinions for both Labor (“why do you want to cut my pension by $1000 a month?”) and the Liberals (many, mainly human rights and climate). Clearly I didn't agree with either party, but given the small choice, Labor seemed better.

In the evening, Chris Bahlo and Margaret Swan came to dinner, and after the polling booths closed (20:00, 18:00 in WA), we followed the results, rejoicing as Tony Abbott lost his seat. But that was the only good thing. Not only did the The Coalition stay in government, it seems to have received more votes than before. How could that happen? As we discovered (and I confirmed on IRC), while we're not rabid Labor supporters, we're all agreed that the Coalition as it stands today is one of the worst things that has happened to Australia in recent years. Who are these silent majority? And what are they thinking?


Schnitzel: deep fry or pan fry?
Topic: food and drink, opinion Link here

(Crumbed) veal schnitzel for dinner tonight, along with gratin dauphinois. Normally we eat this as Wiener schnitzel, in which case it should be deep fried. But somehow that seemed wrong to me in combination with the gratin, so I made half pan fried in butter (left) and half in the deep fryer (right):

 
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The result? The deep fried ones were marginally overdone, but the consensus was that the deep fried ones were better.


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