AEDT = Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time which is 11 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time)

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Family Tree Research – Taree December 2016

I took my mighty black corolla up to Taree for two nights from 11th December to 13th December (Sunday to Tuesday) 2016. Three goals; research my family history, secondly visit the Ellenborough Falls and finally see my parents and my sister and her family.

Sunday 11th December

On Sunday, it took me 3.5 hours to get to Taree. I visited my campsite, Twilight Caravan Park at 146 Manning River Drive, Taree South and then I visited CundleTown Historical Society from 3pm. I worked with a lovely lady, Pat. She was able to give me copies of Council records of my Parkers and McKinnons.

In the night, I went to see my parents and my sister and their kids for dinner at Diamond Beach.

Monday 12th December

On Monday, I went to Manning Wallamba Family History Society from 10am until 12. It was a wonderful event with two lovely people, Gloria and X.

James and Catherine Parker farm at Glenthorne

Ellenborough Falls



In the night, I went to see my parents and my sister and their kids for dinner at a Tavern not far from Diamond Beach. I had fish and chips. Yummy dinner!

Tuesday 13th December

On Tuesday,  I went to Manning Historical Society at Wingham and I worked with a lovely researcher, Kaye. I looked at Parker timelines – there are two Parker families in Taree in the late 1800s. The first family (my heritage) is from Purfleet and the other family is from Marlee. I also looked into McDonalds (my Euphemia McKinnon comes from Neil Mc Kinnon and Flora McDonald).

What was interesting about this Dena lady. Her original name is Murdena Harding (nee Parker). Her dad was Murdoch Parker who was a business man and a Mayor of Taree in the 1920s.

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Simon Monk

Simon Monk has written some great Arduino based books.

I like his Programing Arduino, Next Steps. Going Further with Sketches book. TAB the publisher. I have this book.

I plan to buy this Fritzing for Inventors book again by Simon Monk.


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Regular Expressions and Python

Python is a great scripting language.

Al Sweigart wrote great Python books;
Automate the boring tasks with Python

Read his books online or buy his books. I have all of his books!

Regular expressions allow you to specify patterns of text to search for. is a good resource.

Happy coding.

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Expectancy effect

People have reported seeing a face on Mars, or Elvis in the form of a tree, or even seeing the Virgin Mary in a toasted cheese sandwich.

This sort of expectancy effect is really common throughout cognition, and psychology, more generally.

A manager tells subordinate that they are good at analysis but bad at interpersonal influence. The person’s analysis results improve but their relationships with others deteriorates.

So What?
To get someone to behave in a certain way, first believe that they are capable of doing this and then communicate your expectation to the other person.

When people expect you to fail, reject this and set your own expectations.

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The method used to fall asleep in just one minute

Simply breathe in for four seconds, hold the breath for seven seconds and exhale completely to a count of eight. It only takes a few seconds and Weil suggests repeating the technique up to four times.

“This exercise is a natural tranquiliser for the nervous system,” Dr Weil says. “Unlike tranquilising drugs, which are often effective when you first take them but then lose their power over time, this exercise is subtle when you first try it but gains in power with repetition and practice. Do it at least twice a day. You cannot do it too frequently.”

Some users have said the technique helps them fall asleep within one minute.

It can help users relax and fall asleep, but breathing deeply and the knock-on effect this has on our nervous system offers plenty of other benefits too.

“The ability to breathe so deeply and powerfully is not limited to a select few. This skill is inborn but often lies dormant,” Harvard medical school points out. “Reawakening it allows you to tap one of your body’s strongest self-healing mechanisms.”

It improves our immune system, blood pressure, overall physical health and even helps us burn fat more effectively.

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DesignSpark PCB

DesignSpark PCB is a free of charge PCB design tool!

“DesignSpark PCB is the world’s most accessible electronics design software. Easy to easy to learn and easy to use, DesignSpark PCB is designed to significantly reduce your concept-to-production time.

At the core of this unique approach is a powerful software engine that enables you to capture Schematics, design PCB boards and layouts. DesignSpark PCB had won multiple awards and with over 250,000 registered users it emerges as an electronic industry’s standard for collaboration and file sharing!”

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Becoming minimalist: “Happiness is not a destination, it’s a way of life.”

9 Common Pursuits That Rob Us of Happiness


“Happiness is not a destination, it’s a way of life.”

Happiness. We look for it in different places. Some of us hope to buy it. Some think we can earn it. Others look for it in a new job, a new relationship, or a new accomplishment.

But one thing remains: happiness is something we all desire. We were designed to experience it.

Why then, does it appear at times to be so elusive? How can a society search so desperately for something, but still struggle to find it?

Maybe it is because the pursuits we have set before us as a means to find it are actually keeping us from it.

Consider these 9 pursuits and how they may be distracting us from happiness. Each of them are common in our lives and in our world. But  rather than contributing to our happiness, they may be robbing us of it.

9 Common Pursuits That Rob Us of Happiness

1. Following the crowd. The crowd rarely has our best interests in mind. Instead, they seek their own benefit. Scientists call this crowd mentality. And more often than not, following the crowd leads to destructive behaviors rather than life-giving. We would be wise to seek input into our lives from other sources than the popular perceptions of the day.

2. Trying to please everybody. Bill Cosby said it this way, “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” We are never going to please everybody. At some point, we will hold an unpopular opinion—one that gives us meaning and purpose and passion. And when we do, we ought to hold on to it desperately.

3. Chasing wealth. Studies confirm it over and over again: once our most basic needs have been met, money contributes very little to our overall happiness. And yet, we continue to pursue more as if it holds the secret key to lasting joy. But those who desire riches bring temptation to themselves and are often caught in a trap. Happiness is never the byproduct of chasing wealth.

4. Desiring a picture-perfect life. Happiness is not something we discover only after everything is perfect with our lives (our jobs, our appearance, our relationships). If that were the case, none of us would ever experience happiness. This world is imperfect—always will be. But happiness can still be found once we realize perfection is not a prerequisite.

5. Building our own kingdom. The size of our universe shrinks dramatically when we place ourselves at the center. Living selfishly for our own personal gain will never produce lasting happiness and fulfillment. Our lives are designed to be lived for something far greater. And only those who discover the hidden joy of living for others will find a happiness that truly lasts.

6. Entertaining distraction. Our world has become a constant feed of information, noise, and entertainment. Each distraction enters our mind with one goal: Gain control of our attention and resources. Those who sacrifice their resources to unlimited curiosity will never find the mental or financial capacity to become something greater.

7. Fighting for recognition. Searching for happiness in recognition is a losing endeavor. The world will never give you the respect or accolades you so desperately desire. They are all too busy fighting for their own. You will need to find it elsewhere.

8. Succumbing to fear. If given the chance, fear will always cripple. It will steal your life and potential. Living your fullest life will require courage in the face of fear. Sometimes you will fail. But be strong, most of the time, you will succeed—or become better because of it.

9. Searching for it around the next corner. Happiness is not something to be chased. It is a decision to be made.

And you have everything you need right now to choose it.


No I did not write this article but it was so good that I copied the text in entirety. I acknowledge the source –

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Speccy is an advanced System Information tool for your PC. Speccy a freebie will give you all the PC information you need. Its a great little program.

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OS: Windows 8 64 Bit Issues

I own a PC that runs Windows 8.1 64 bit OS on a AMD based computer . While I am very happy with this OS, but I am experiencing a few annoying issues.

1. I own a CanoScan LiDE 20 and there are no Windows 8 64 bit drivers.
2. For some reason, some applications I have downloaded in the Downloads folder will not launch and run Setup. I have to manually copy the file to the desktop and double click on this file to install (with Run Administrator priviledges).
3. Scratch 1.4, Arduino and Netbeans applications refuse to be installed on my Windows 8 64bit machine. Grrr

For unsigned installers, this means you need to restart Windows 8 in the mode where it allows you to install unsigned drivers.

Here’s a quick step-by-step guide:

1. Press win+c on the keyboard to bring up the charms side bar (or move mouse to right top corner of the screen)
2. Click the Settings button.
3. Click the Change PC Settings at the bottom of the sidebar.
4. On screen that shows up, select the General option from the sidebar then scroll down the page that appears.
5. Click the Restart now button under the Advanced startup section.
6. You will momentarily see the restarting screen, then it will switch to a blue screen titled “Choose an option”
7. Click the Troubleshoot button.
8. Click Advanced options.
9. Click Startup Settings
10. Click Restart
11. You should then see a Startup Settings screen after your computer reboots
12. Press 7 or F7 on your keyboard to Disable driver signature enforcement
13. Now Windows 8 will continue starting up
14. Log-in as normal, and then run the installer again
15. Now you should see about 4 warning dialogs about “unsigned driver installation”, click OK for all of them.

Then you should be good to go!

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