Hobbyist computer programmer from Melbourne, Australia.

Currently studying a Diploma of Software Development.

Contributor to and member of Open Live Writer, .NET Foundation member.


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  • Suburban Rail Loop and Melbourne Metro 2–my thoughts…

    N.B. This is my first political blogpost. You have been warned…

    Rail loop map

    Photo credit: Suburban Rail Loop Authority

    An article from The Age regarding the viability of the Suburban Rail Loop (SRL) has recently been brought to my attention… I’ll quote a few sections below;

    A powerful coalition of transport groups, councils and planning academics is urging the Andrews government to prioritise a long-promised rail tunnel connecting Melbourne’s north and west suburbs over its ambitious Suburban Rail Loop.

    …the government said it was pressing on with the Suburban Rail Loop, after it took the plan to last year's election.

    A hit with voters, the project was conceived in secret within an agency called Development Victoria. The state’s transport bureaucracy knew nothing of the plan until moments before Mr Andrews posted about it on Facebook.

    Before I go on, I must disclose that I regularly travel along the SRL’s effectual footprint, but not Metro 2. The SRL would be of enormous benefit to me, where-as Metro 2 would be of little. In saying that, I believe it’s fundamentally irresponsible of the Andrews’ Government to not produce a formal and reasoned retort to the concerns raised by this transport coalition, as from an objective perspective their concerns are very real and valid.

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  • The last day of the 1194 time service and 1196 weather service

    Tonight, Monday the 30th of September, will be the very last evening one can dial ‘1194’ or ‘1196’ from any Australian mobile or landline phone to receive the current time read continuously, or a spoken weather forecast for their nearest major capital city, respectively. Dial either of these numbers, and you would’ve heard an old-timely British male broadcaster voice that easily sounded like it could’ve been recorded in the 1950s or 60s. You can see below a video of both numbers in action on their last day of operation, recorded by ThebusofdoomFSX on YouTube.

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  • First Saturday of September

    Hi all. It’s been some time since my last post, and really I’ve been meaning to write more often. Life has been a blur the past few weeks, with my uni course, a new job and my work on Open Live Writer all underway and happening simultaneously, leaving not much time for really anything else. Right now however, I find myself on a replacement V/Line Traralgon coach after train services were suspended between Dandenong and Berwick, easily adding an extra hour or so onto my journey to my hometown to visit my parents for the weekend. Oh, and it’s raining – a perfect time to jot down some thoughts I guess.

    My work on Open Live Writer has been progressing steadily, albeit slowed by uni and work. Jon Galloway, from the .NET Foundation, has been in touch, supporting efforts towards preparing a new release. We intend to begin transitioning the project to MSIX, providing a much more stable and user-friendly installation experience, as well as resulting in just one package which is distributed through both the website and the Microsoft Store. It’s presented some trouble – with the technology being relatively new, and the Writer codebase being relatively old, I’ve been required to make various modifications to disparate parts of the codebase as to allow the project to even compile to MSIX. Currently I estimate the 0.7 release to be about one-to-two weeks away, but I’m not making any guarantees for the time being.

    It really is quite hard just to sit down and write. I began this post in Dandenong, and I’m nearly already at my destination of Moe, about a 50 minute journey by road coach. I collect rough dot-points for possible future post material in a OneNote notebook, but even then it takes a good few hours to transform any one of those into a fleshed-out blog post. Blogging is very much a skill that I can only assume will become easier with practice.


  • Hello there!

    Hello from .NET Meetup Melbourne!

     

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  • Bye Blogger, and hello GitHub Pages

    After over a month of work and 243 commits, Open Live Writer now has the ability to publish to static site blogs. And as such, I have decided to move my blog to a static Jekyll site, built and hosted on GitHub Pages. Open Live Writer works brilliantly with this setup, and in fact it’s how I’m authoring this post right now.

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