We've Gone Green

Well Green Gully to be exact. Last month we relocated from Tecoma.

Where is Green Gully you ask? It is near Newstead - a little town down the road from Castlemaine, which is near Bendigo. If you want to come and visit from Melbourne it is about 1.5 hours drive from the Airport or 2 hours from the CBD.

I now work in a mudbrick house, with bottled gas, tank water and mains feed Green Power. The plan is to eventually convert the garage into an office, but this will take some work. For now just the servers live in the garage. The office still isn't fully setup, but it is getting there - all the important stuff is working.

Connectivity has been a challenge. I now have a pair of Optus e169 HSDPA modems giving me internet access- most of the time. I plan to blog about my setup when I get some time. I hope to start blogging more about bush tech - time permitting.

I will still be travelling for work, be it Newstead, Castlemaine, Bendigo, Ballarat, Melbourne, nationally or internationally. If you have a project you wish to discuss with me, just contact me.

green gully

Justin Kelly wrote:

hey dave,

great to hear you've move to central victoria, i'm originally from mosquito flat - which is outside of maryborough - not to far from green gully

glad to hear you've got something better than dial-up (which is all most people can get out that way)

what download speeds are you getting of HSDPA?

cheers

justin

Added Wed, 2008-10-22 12:13

Re: green gully

Dave wrote:

The train station in Maryborough has a great cafe. The rest of the town is a bit of a mixed bag.

As for the HSDPA, I am getting about 2.5/250 spread across 2 links. The down side is that I only have 2 6G quotas, which aren't aggregated. 12G isn't much data for a geek to burn in a month.

I have been looking at getting a box in the US and putting openvpn on it. I can then bond the 2 links to get better throughput. It is ok for browsing but big downloads are painful. I will also be able to access hulu and other US only content this way. Some routing magic should mean iView is still available.

An added bonus with the openvpn solution is that I will be able to side step the crazy Conroy filter - if it ever gets off the ground.

Added Wed, 2008-10-29 21:27

re mixed - your not wrong

Justin Kelly wrote:

re mixed - your not wrong there :) , maryborough normally tops the national chart for unemployment and youth suicide

as mark twain said maryborough is a "railway station with a town attached"

Cheers

Justin

Added Wed, 2008-10-29 21:42