Failed to boot up

shoefailNo, not a computer problem, but a footwear fail. After waxing lyrical back in December 2011 when I managed to buy a new pair of Hi-Tec Altitude hiking boots to replace my former pair that had lasted 10 years of pretty regular use, I was somewhat astonished to find this week that my new pair, being less than 2 years old, the sole of one of the boots has completely detached.

I rang Kangaroo Tent City where I bought the boots, and they were utterly useless. Yes I know the warranty is only 12 months, but for a $150 pair of boots to fail in this manner in less than 2 years is completely unreasonable.

The next step is to contact the manufacturer Hi-Tec, to see what they have to say about the matter.

UPDATE: 20th Oct 2013
Without going into all the ins and outs of it, the Australian distributor of Hi-Tec boots was able to sort the situation out to my satisfaction.

Snake surprise

diamondpythonOur family went to our church’s weekend away last weekend at Tahlee, Port Stephens. On Saturday afternoon as I was sitting outside our accommodation unit reading, I glanced to my left and saw this little beauty slithering by – a 2 metre diamond python!

I was pretty excited and pleased. The photo is a nice addition to the diamond python page on the SOFAR website.

Gemini iKey M3+ problem in mono mode

ikeym3I have a Gemini iKey M3+ digital recorder, which I’ve been pretty happy with. But I’ve just discovered a nasty little ‘gotcha’ in its operation.

If you switch the recorder to mono mode, but have a stereo line input cable plugged in, the device will only record the signal on the Right channel of the cable. That’s fine.

The ‘gotcha’ however, is that if you  have a signal plugged in on the Left channel (but nothing on the Right), the level meter shows that you have a signal but nothing will be recorded, as the device will be recording the unconnected right channel.