Profile cover photo
Profile photo
John Tocher
322 followers -
You can find me on mastodon at @jmtocher@mastodon.social if you;'re headed that way! (Dad, Geek, Skeptic, Tech, etc!)
You can find me on mastodon at @jmtocher@mastodon.social if you;'re headed that way! (Dad, Geek, Skeptic, Tech, etc!)

322 followers
About
Posts

Post has attachment
Dong my bit to keep the Internet's cat-quota at proper levels:

The cat-pad I've installed above my mouse-pad seems to have worked. Hopefully I will now still be able to see the screen when he's not lying down.
Photo
Add a comment...

I'm interested in finding a podcast series with an entry level take on IP and networking in general. I have a pretty huge list of podcasts myself, but most of the stuff I listen to generally assumes a reasonable working knowledge of networking. (The TWIT stuff, RiskyBiz, Packet Pushers or is development specific).

Does anyone have any recommendations for someone just on the edge of the field looking to learn more?

My colleague specifically asked for audio (for commuting), but might be open to some video / youtube stuff if it's attractive enough.

Post has attachment
Our high tech offspring:

Upstairs bathroom light not working:
Me: It's on, but it looks like the lamp is dead. I'll change the bulb"
13YO: "How long will it take? I'll just use a torch, you can do it tomorrow when it's light"

(2 minutes rummaging in tub of lamps in the garage, gets step ladder, changed bulb, just leaving bathroom as 13YO enters...)

13YO: "Wow, that was quick!"
Me: "I changed a light globe, I didn't renovate the bathroom"
13YO: How did you do it? Did you, like, just screw it in?
Me: Exactly.
Add a comment...

Post has attachment
At an Amazon AWS immersion day. I've dabbled with AWS personally in the past, interested to see if there is a likely path to using it at work.
Photo
Add a comment...

Google cop a lot of flack for poor, or non-existent technical support, but I've just had a pretty good experience.

I was on the +Google Home support page, which didn't quite answer the question I had, but saw the "live chat" option and thought it would be worth a shot.

I've just a had a brief text chat with either a real person, or an incredibly impressive AI bot. The issue was escalated for some more technical advice, and worked through as best as I could expect, I know more now than I did before, and am continuing the network configuration for a network containing a Google Home, a home mini, chrome-cast ultra and multiple chrome-cast audio devices. The devices, and system aren’t; perfect, but I've generally been pretty happy with them.
Add a comment...

Post has attachment
At t#NDCSydney (Norwegian Developers Conference - now worldwide), helping out at the +CoderDojo stand. Unusual to be in a room with hundreds of people who (kinda sorta) understand (at least some of) what you do.

Drop by if you're in the area.

Currently almost listening to the lighting talks on Spectacular Failures.
Photo
Photo
17/08/2017
2 Photos - View album
Add a comment...

Post has attachment
Some images from Today's +CoderDojo session at North Parramatta. Not the biggest turnout we've had, but still a number of kids having fun with Scratch, Python and html/CSS.

Some working standalone on their laptops or a raspberry pi, others talking to Arduino modules, or using the Makey Makey kits bought by +North Parramatta Australia for input.
PhotoPhotoPhotoPhotoPhoto
06/08/2017
6 Photos - View album
Add a comment...

Post has attachment
I didn't bring a wireless speaker on this work trip. The not-quite parabolic bowl in the room does a not-terrible job of augmenting the phone's loudspeaker.
Photo
Add a comment...

Post has attachment
If you're at all into python (you're reading this python community posts, so not a huge gamble there), and like ebook resources, I highly recommend you check out the Python humble ebook bundle. Different bundles available depending on what you want to pay. I bought the lot for $20

https://www.humblebundle.com/books/python-book-bundle

Post has attachment
If you're at all into python, and like ebook resources, I highly recommend you check out the Python humble ebook bundle. Bundles of 3, 6 or 9 available depending on what you want to pay. I bought the lot for $20

https://www.humblebundle.com/books/python-book-bundle
Wait while more posts are being loaded