Author Archive | rich

New Domain

hey time for a new domain, unroutable.net because it appeals to my technical mind. I evaluated a few options for a new domain some really appealing such as dirtymemory.net – which I liked because in a computational sense, it means memory that hasn’t been written to disk. I like that as it references memory that […]

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Nagios, Cacti and Centos 7 with Firewalld

Unfortunately one of our clients uses CentOS instead of Debian based Ubuntu. I think that Ubuntu has much better packaged configurations, but I am biased. Centos 7 means learning systemd commands instead of upstart and dealing with firewalld… here is a little bit of info to help with Nagios and NRPE with Firewalld   There […]

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South American Logic

So there is a one way road out the front of my apartment: and here is how the cars are parking: you go past the park, and reverse into position. And here is how the rest of the world would do it:  

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Stocking up

I love cooking food and traveling has been an experience – trying to make great food in limited environments such as hostel kitchens. I found it best to adopt the local flavours as I traveled as cooking Gringo style cooking attracts a price premium and and supply and quality problems. Anyway I wanted to discuss […]

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Rurrenabaque and the Bolivian pampas

15/02/2013 After celebrating carnival in La Paz and a well timed cut-throat shave and a haircut in La Paz, I decide to go to the jungle. So the next morning I was at the airport with a dude called Adrien from Louisiana. We’d met at the Wild Rover, La Paz. Gonna find me a sexy jungle ape. At […]

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Living in Cordoba – Wine

One of the benefits of living in Argentina – access to awesome cheap wine. A bottle of wine to accompany an awesome pasta meal… around $5, check it out wine geeks. Argentina are famous for Malbec but they do a pretty nice Cab Sav, for AR$35 which is less than 5 Aussie dollars, you can easily […]

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Latin American Popcorn

Always thought I’d figure this out one day, the word for popcorn in Spanish is confusing! have some more pipoca… in Spain they say ‘palomitas de maí­z’ – (what as in ‘paloma’ – a pigeon?) but in every latin country there is a different word: Argentina – Pochoclo – they call corn ‘choclo’ instead of […]

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Dealing with HostGator support

So I have some database stuff to do on a website hosted by HostGator and the MySQL database is basically responding excruciatingly slow to authenticate my requests. (We’re talking a minute or so to run the most simple SQL command.) I’m using  their live chat support and the dude broke my already working access to MySQL […]

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Spending Gringo Money in Argentina

Thanks to the government of Argentina – buying and selling USD is practically illegal in Argentina. Pretty crap for the locals – no one wants their pesos! Christina showing that she has no USD in her pockets. You can sell USD officially at banks and at the airport etc, but they ask you to fill […]

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Living in Cordoba – Food

Cordoba is Argentina’s second biggest city, about 650km from Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital. Cordoba is smaller, cleaner and cheaper than BsAs, so lets have a look at prices of shopping here: I went to Mercado Norte, which is the cheaper place to shop in Cordoba. At Mercardo Norte you can find most types of food – […]

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Summiting Huayna Potosi, La Paz, Bolivia

24/02/2013 La Paz, Bolivia is an awesome city, I’ve said this many times. Anyway I hooked up with a bunch of dudes earlier in La Paz and we’d been through the rain forest and back to La Paz and then off to Isla del Sol having a blast. La Paz, Bolivia –  All Class! It was […]

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Argentine immigration – fun fun fun

In an effort to preserve the fact that Argentina is the most broken an chaotic of all the South American nations they have enforced their “reciprocity fee” scheme, probably because they are so desperate for money, at all border crossings and Airports for Aussies and Gringos. Earlier, because, Argentina is broken, you could cross by […]

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Getting your head around Spanish past tense

As an English speaking Australian, I barely learned to use English correctly besides trying to learn an actual foreign language. After trying to make the french teacher cry in school, the idea of learning a foreign language was so very foreign to me. It’s probably because we live on a island insulated from the rest […]

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Avoiding bank / credit card skimming

I know a few travelers have been caught out by card skimming scams. It doesn’t matter where you are, you could be done over, and it is a pain in the ass to get cards reissued when your on the road! (Not to mention the possibility of loosing money and going through the bank’s fraud […]

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Queenstown – New Zealand

A quick jaunt to Queenstown, in order to snowboard, was on the cards and I took the offer. Sadly the snow fall was very poor this season (2012) and as the disappointing snow reports came in we decided to go anyway. I jumped on a a DeathStar flight, with the board and equipment borrowed from […]

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Returning to Australia

After a frantic search for flights back to Esperance, Western Australia, I managed to secure a ticket for AU$5500. A hefty price, which – TID insurance – ended up paying for. Thanks guys. This was the most painful trip I have ever taken: Here the deal, gotta get from La Paz, Bolivia to a remote […]

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Back to La Paz

After a few failed attempts to leave Cusco, I returned to La Paz in anticipation to go to the jungle. I managed to meet up with my favorite English travelers again, we’d become good friends in Morro do Sao Paulo and I was stoked reunite in La Paz. A game of chance, if you loose […]

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The Inca trial and Sacred Valley

SAS Travel Peru USD$580 per person!!! 4 days / 3 nights The famous Inca trail… is awesome, despite being a complete tourist trap and absolute rip off. I used SAS (http://www.sastravelperu.com) for the trip and the price of US$580 per person. Extremely expensive given the prices of Peru. As expected the company provided excellent service […]

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Cusco – 3 days of rafting the Apurimac

Swiss raft S/.450 = AUD$165 3 days of rafting the Apurimac river was awesome, unfortunately, the entire group except for one other were Israeli, which meant very little English or Spanish was spoken. some basic instructions   I booked with Swissraft for S450 / (AU$165) in Cusco. It seems that only Israeli’s take on this […]

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