My wife and I had friends over yesterday, it was 44 degrees, you could fry an egg in the shade.

As we have two boys, they both love our pool, being 2 & 4 they are both still wearing floaties. We have been taking them both to swimming lessons as we think learning to swim is a must.

Our friends have a little boy and girl and they are a little bit older so can swim without floaties.

It’s always a little stressful for me as a parent with kids that can’t swim unattended, I find myself never being able to relax as I’m constantly monitoring them.

We all enjoyed a swim, even when in the pool, your face felt warm due to the temperature.

Another nice day with Friends!


New Phone OS Launches

# Ubuntu Phone OS

I both read and viewed a few articles on this new OS this morning it looks very good, however when seeing the real deal on a phone it looked laggy and well… Average.

A big part of a phone to me is the underlying ecosystem and available apps etc.

I personally rate Apple IOS and Windows Phone, these are both well thought out and we’ll controlled, Unlike Android which has had it’s market flooded with malware and questionable apps.

Build quality is also always a big one when I spend upwards of $500 on a handset.

Nokia have come to the table with the lumina series which even though are a bit bulky seem to be quite popular.

My weapon if choice at the moment is the iPhone 5, but unless Apple starts to innovate the home screen and icons this could be my last iPhone. A natural move for me would be to Windows Phone, I like the live tiles and how everything integrates tightly.

The new Ubuntu OS could be quite good but it will be hard to capture the huge market that is mobile at the moment.

This OS promises to be able to dock with other hardware and create either a desktop, laptop, tablet environment from your phone, something no one else has done YET.

The future looks good for gadgets.

Today I thought I would start a blog, just to record events. Perhaps even share some comedy from my life.

My name is Chris and I work as an Infrastructure Manager and Systems Engineer/Integrator at a private school in Adelaide, South Australia.

Bumming around on holiday until the 7th of Jan, not long ago I put a relatively new Epson printer in for warranty work as it would not take it’s own genuine cartridge, the second one I have ever installed.

> Printer cartridge not recognised


Tried 2x genuine cartridges just to make sure I wasn’t being stupid… Fail, same error. Awesome printer that can’t see it’s own cartridges… Magenta only…. Piece of crap.

Sent it to the local mob here in Adelaide, booked it in and forgot about it.

Got a call today, “come and pick it up” so I did.

Arrived to pick up my repaired printer and instead was given a new one, a different model too. Got it home, works as did the first one out of the box. Looked at my old cartridges and guess what, they are different. Crap!

Rang Epson, they said they would replace the cartridges as this was their fault for the model swap out.

Now I have to send this crap somewhere else and they’ll send me new ones for the new model.

Can anyone see where this is going?

How stupid are Epson when it comes to warranty? I bought a printer through Apple mind you, had to spend countless hours driving this stupid thing around, just to get a new printer and then can’t reuse my cartridges.

Now I should know better that my hourly rate at about $180AUD I should’ve just bought a new printer but this printer was brand new. It has a scanner, wireless and AirPrint support and its relatively cheap for an inkjet to run.

Firstly, Epson suck! This has not been a pleasurable experience.
Secondly, I’m not getting the 2 hours I’ve wasted back.
Thirdly, I have to send these stupid cartridges back.