Alfresco in a Perth Summer
Date Created: December 1, 2015  Date Modified: December 1, 2015

Alfresco was never my fav or most used EDMS (TRIM, and SharePoint are by far the most used), but a new contract has me developing with this system again and there are quite a few changes between the last version I worked with to this one–5.0.d.

Nobody wants to have to remember 2 different logins for their business processes, so LDAP to AD was the primary goal to kick. PhpLDAPAdmin made this easier, its like PhpMyAdmin, but not for MySQL–its for LDAP!.

Another help in this was the following blog post:

So Long and Thanks for All the Fish
Date Created: October 23, 2015  Date Modified: October 24, 2015

Due to extrinsic circumstance I will be moving off this server and to a new host. Its likely that I will keep this domain re-directing to my new server, but in the chance you return here to a blank space, that is because of his move.

To clarify in case of speculation: This site was found to be in a “bad IP neighborhood” and I was having trouble with some emails bouncing. No malware was found on this site, so please dont be alarmed.

EDIT (10-Oct 23, 2015 @ 20 : 25): Funny how things turn out. The issues experienced were not due to the server (who I have remained with the whole time), but with some negative SEO that was used against me by a competitor. I have not changed hosts at any point and the problem is no-longer present, I appreciate the work the crew at my hosting company have put in, and I must re-state that they are in no way at fault.

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[MAP] Environmental Impacts…
Date Created: October 18, 2014  Date Modified: October 18, 2013

The map API is giving me some issues at the time of writng this so I have set this post to publish at a later date when I hopefully have the map thing sorted…

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[MAP] Crime Statistics – International
Date Created: October 18, 2014  Date Modified: October 18, 2013

This is a work in progress which I aim to add information from a number of sources for a number of years. Primarily I am taking my info from, but I will reference data sources as they are added. Currently only shows homicide figures for 2009-2010.

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New Media and Democracy: Freenet
Date Created: July 29, 2014  Date Modified: July 29, 2014

Its been a long time since blogging on the New Media and Democracy theme, and its been a long time since I have published anything on this blog really; however today I found myself sharing to some technophobs the Freenet project.

This user was advocating that we as a public adopt a similar initiative, the fact there exists such a project is largely unknown in the broader community. Hopefully I have put this person onto technology they will actually use, and hopefully they will put others onto it.

Code is only of any use when it is being executed.

More Audio Experiemnts
Date Created: May 25, 2014  Date Modified: May 25, 2014

I dont want to get into the hum, sounds of spheres, Sherman resonances or any of the ilk. I just fiddled with some Mhz and came up with something that I think does work.

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Date Created: May 9, 2014  Date Modified: May 9, 2014

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Out of touch, out of time
Date Created: January 21, 2014  Date Modified: January 21, 2014

Slowly progressing with the rebuild, these pics were from a couple of days ago when I removed the RH rocker cover–and found a broken timing chain guide!


I’ll actually have the engine out by next week I think, then start on the head work.

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Re-build Time!
Date Created: January 14, 2014  Date Modified: January 14, 2014

After performing compression tests to trouble-shoot an oily plug on 7, I came to the “complete rebuild” point. Im going to pull the top end off before removing the block, and this morning was the removal of the K-jet…

Its currently a mess under there

Its currently a mess under there

The K-Jet removed and ready to be stored till needed again in the rebuild

The K-Jet removed and ready to be stored till needed again in the rebuild

The left rocker cover was removed yseturday in the trouble-shooting process--it revealed a worn cam-shaft as well as the already known oil leak.

The left rocker cover was removed yseturday in the trouble-shooting process–it revealed a worn cam-shaft as well as the already known oil leak.

During the rebuild I aim to put a M117 in there, as I have located one within my price range, and that will still give me a usable car during the long rebuild process.

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Law Journals
Date Created: November 7, 2013  Date Modified: January 6, 2016

I may make this a page at some point, but for now its just a post; links to Criminal Law Journals:

British Journal of Criminology — Oxford Press.
Buffalo Criminal Law Review — State University of New York
Georgetown University American Criminal Law Review — Georgetown’s often cited criminal law review.
Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology — Northwestern University.
New England Journal on Civil and Criminal Confinement — New England School of Law. Abstracts.
The Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law — University of California Berkeley Law School, Boalt Hall.
University of Texas American Journal of Criminal Law — University of Texas publication on criminal law.
Washington College of Law Criminal Law Brief
Western Criminology Review — Western Society of Criminology. Full Text.
National Criminal Justice Research Service – US Gov. Resource

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[MAP] Digital Attack Map
Date Created: October 30, 2013  Date Modified: October 30, 2013

Someone just shared this with me this morning so I thought I’d put it here so I can come back to it. The map represents DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacls from data gathered by Google…

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[REPORT] should video game players face the same dilemmas as real soldiers?
Date Created: October 4, 2013  Date Modified: October 4, 2013

First off the report title is not the same as the post title, as I have tried to do throughout this blog; The reason for this is however to pose the question: shouldn’t video game players face the same dilemmas as real soldiers?, which may seem out of place being that the player is removed from the same risks as the solider–A solider risks death, which is certainly a “dilemma” not only for the solider experiencing the death but also his fellow soldiers. With this outcome removed from the players reality outside the game, it would seem unfair to implement the same sorts of penalties. However this superficial appraisal is forgetting to take into account actual in-game penalties. Is it possible that the Playstation generation allow itself to become the war criminals of the present or future, by the moralities of war are being taught by CGI insurgents?

‘Video games and international humanitarian law (IHL)’ is a relatively new and fragmented field of enquiry, spanning a range of discourses. There is little in the way of IHL-focused literature on the subject. This article is very much an exploratory piece. Its purpose is to highlight the potential impact of these games on players’ perceptions of the normative framework governing the use of force.


This report, Beyond the Call of Duty: why shouldn’t video game players face the same dilemmas as real soldiers? by the International Red Cross addresses this emerging area.

[REPORT] Freedom of the Internet
Date Created: October 3, 2013  Date Modified: October 6, 2013

Freedom House, a human rights group has published their 2013 Report of Internet Freedom, and being some of the major developments this year it is worth reassessing where we think we stand:

1. Blocking and filtering: In 29 of the 60 countries evaluated, the authorities blocked certain types of political and social content over the past year. China, Iran, and Saudi Arabia were the worst offenders, but filtering in democratic countries like South Korea and India has also affected websites of a political nature. Jordan and Russia intensified blocking in the past year.

2. Cyberattacks against regime critics: Opposition figures and activists in at least 31 countries faced politically motivated cyberattacks over the past year. Such attacks are particularly prevalent during politically charged events. For example, in Malaysia and Venezuela the websites of popular independent media were repeatedly subject to DDoS attacks in the run-up to elections.

3. New laws and arrests: In an increasing number of countries, the authorities have passed laws that prohibit certain types of political, religious, or social speech online, or that contain vague restrictions related to national security that are open to abuse. In 28 countries, users were arrested for online content. In addition to political dissidents, a significant number of those detained were ordinary people who posted comments on social media that were critical of the authorities or the dominant religion.

4. Paid progovernment commentators: A total of 22 countries saw paid commentators manipulate online discussions by discrediting government opponents, spreading propaganda, and defending government policies from criticism without acknowledging their affiliation. Spearheaded by China, Bahrain, and Russia, this tactic is increasingly common in countries like Belarus and Malaysia.

5. Physical attacks and murder: At least one person was attacked, beaten, or tortured for online posts in 26 countries, with fatalities in five countries, often in retaliation for the exposure of human rights abuses. Dozens of online journalists were killed in Syria, and several were murdered in Mexico. In Egypt, several Facebook group administrators were abducted and beaten, and security forces targeted citizen journalists during protests.

6. Surveillance: Although some interception of communications may be necessary for fighting crime or combating terrorism, surveillance powers are increasingly abused for political ends. Governments in 35 countries upgraded their technical or legal surveillance powers over the past year.

7. Takedown and deletion requests: Governments or individuals can ask companies to take down illegal content, usually with judicial oversight. But takedown requests that bypass the courts and simply threaten legal action or other reprisals have become an effective censorship tool in numerous countries like Russia and Azerbaijan, where bloggers are threatened with job loss or detention for refusing to delete information.

8. Blocking social media and communications apps: 19 countries completely blocked YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, or other ICT apps, either temporarily or permanently, over the past year. Communications services such as Skype, Viber, and WhatsApp were also targeted, either because they are more difficult to monitor or for threatening the revenue of established telecommunications companies.

9. Intermediary liability: In 22 countries, intermediaries—such as internet service providers, hosting services, webmasters, or forum moderators—are held legally liable for content posted by others, giving them a powerful incentive to censor their customers. Companies in China hire whole divisions to monitor and delete tens of millions of messages a year.

10. Throttling or shutting down service: Governments that control the telecommunications infrastructure can cut off or deliberately slow (throttle) internet or mobile access, either regionally or nationwide. Several shutdowns occurred in Syria over the past year, while services in parts of China, India, and Venezuela were temporarily suspended amid political events or social unrest.


Sub-Sonic Experiments
Date Created: September 24, 2013  Date Modified: September 24, 2013

I have been playing around with Sub-sonic audio for a few months, using research from various sources. I’m still in the early stages but I’m happy with this sample below, it only lasts a minute but if played on a loop it aids relaxation. I named thie track due to its similarity in sound to that of a cat purring.

Note: Sub-sonics do not work on a home stereo, you need to listen thru good quality headphones or the resonance will not be effective.

I also wanted to test the soundcloud short-code, it didnt work so I iframed it

For those wishing to learn more, or even make their own–try the following software called Discord (the above was made with Audacity tho):

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MCC315 – Fieldwork 1 – Are RSS Feeds ‘Dead’ Technology?
Date Created: September 23, 2013  Date Modified: September 23, 2013

I should have published this live day-by-day (but that would count as plagarism with TurnItIn??), anyway as a follow-on from Fieldwork 0 Is Generic Theory a Valid Tool at Cataloguing Websites?; Here is Fieldwork 1: Are RSS Feeds Dead Technology?

Are RSS feeds a dead technology?

Day 1 – Background

I was an early adopter of RSS so to speak, I don’t reacl exactly what year tho I can date a conversation on RSS I had with a tutor here in 2002 where I was advocating the use of RSS to deliver content to the desktop without the need for browsing multiple news sites for stories.
I ditched the desktop reader for Google Reader in 2006 when I found my bandwidth was being chewed on the thousands I feeds I had set to download, as RSS shifted from being text only to having rich-media content.
I have relied on RSS for more their technical simplicity. During the migration of the University of Notre Dame Australia’s old static-HTML website onto an CMS, I used RSS as a method of leaching parts of the sites content, automatically placing it in the database of the new CMS. Additionally, the bushfire alerts on the Department of Parks and Wildlife (formerly DEC) website is managed by RSS as the approval process for the alerts needed to be not just simplified but also immediate[1].
But then, earlier this year Google sent me a notification that it was going to discontinue its Reader product. I panicked and asked online what Reader alternatives people were using, I had a few answers, but tried this product Feedly… and really haven’t checked my feeds much since.
Day 2 – Opening Feedly

Ok, this kinda looks familiar, theres none of the ads Google use to run, cluttering the screen. First stop XKCD–this should give me a good calculation of how long I haven’t checked my RSS for; 13 unread, I swore it was longer than that, I’ve got time to look at comics later, I want to see some news!. I check an RSS from a Yahoo! Pipe[2] I created a few years ago, its a mash-up from a number of tech sources to filter content related to my particular interests in IT[3].
I browse over the other feeds I have, all grouped by subject: Drupal, Flex, Joomla!… I want something a bit lighter, the category “funny” should have something to spike interest[4]. Reconfirming I have a bad sense of humor I decide to look back over my list, not being a developer at this time I don’t really want to read about the latest updates to WordPress, or release notes from whatever git repository I was following. I need to find some new feeds. Reader had a way to search and browse for new content, what Is Feedly going to offer me?

Day 3 – Mobile Application

I downloaded the feedly app for my tablet, it has a far prettier UI, but it presents the feeds dissimilar to the web version, which is closer to Reader. I flipped thru the usual feeds… In the early days of mobile app development, when everyone and his proverbial canine absolutely needed an app, the pushed for time web developer would build a simple RSS reader app, plug the clients RSS feed from the corporate homepage or media releases and re-skin the app to fit corporate styling[5].

Day 4 – Datasets and XML

The inherent beauty of RSS is that most of the time its essentially XML, which is the same markup used in a wide range of applications. In the interests of this excersise I decided to visit and see if I could find some cool XML dataset in RSS format[6] and publish it online, in the end I chose to re-publish ACT FOI applications RSS over the national public toilet registry[7].
The praising of the XML was facilitated by the CMS itself; WordPress. No actual coding was needed on my part to get the feed to display onto the site, tho filters can be added with additional scripting. This method of aggregating content with RSS is more common on the net than is obvious from the front end.
So what is the point of this? well I have the GitRepo of my WordPress themes RSS their changelog to my site so I dont have to publish changes to the page[8]. This automation is invisible to front end users–but its a crucial time saving tool for me. If RSS were “dead” I would have to find a new way to automate publishing.

Day 5 – Who is JSON?

Facebook are slowly depreciating RSS for their pages, in favor of a newer format called JSON[9], however the concept behind JSON feeds is much the same as RSS[10]. A cynical interpretation of this move by one of the webs biggest content generators is that it limits the re-publishing of Facebook originating content on extrinsic websites.
Due to the amount of content generated on Facebook, and the associated issues of ownership and privacy, it makes sense from Facebook’s perspective to make it harder to syndicate content.

Conclusion – Are RSS Feeds Dead?

From a users perspective RSS may be a disappearing technology, but as shown with my weeks “research” into the phenomenon, it is clear that RSS feeds are still a vital technology for publishing and syndicating web content–even if the end users are oblivious to said technology. As new media professionals it is highly ignorant to dismiss a technology just because its mainstream use is not as dominant as its esoteric use.
[3]The Pipe itself is not public so there in o URL to link, but the following articles were accessed from that feed:
[7] This page is fed by RSS from the URI above and praised by the CMS, then published as to the sites pre-defined CSS.
[8] As above.
[10] will return an RSS like feed, structured in a more formal variation of XML.

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