I do all kinds of things with my online time. Facebook and you tube.. perhaps scattered on various forums and websites around the net you will find traces of my input… or not.. depending on your access levels..

I have created quite a bit of dibble in my Blog. Feel free to read and comment. I created Lazerzap's Googlemaps.

You can also view 3 of my old cars. The 92 Ford, Customline, and VP Commodore. (currently featured)

Currently living in Rural Vic.

The blog mostly contains content from when I was long term unemployed on a single parents payment.

Meanwhile… back in the 2000’s when I wrote all this:

 (SIGH) I tend to run foul of [[CentreLink]] more often than I'd like.

I rent an old farmhouse called Clovelly. It is situated between Robe, Kingston SE and Millicent in the South East of South Australia.

The kids attend the KIAS. (Kangaroo Inn Area School)

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Here is what I recently found out about myself. Seems I am one of the 16 human personalty types that make up the world. (Well I had to be one of them..)

Looks like I’m what they call an INFP.

Lazerzap Personality Info

Introversion (I) 95%

Key words: inner world • ideas • reflection • depth

People who prefer introversion are energized and excited when they are involved with the ideas, images, memories, and reactions that are a part of their inner world. Introverts often prefer solitary activities or spending time with one or two others with whom they feel an affinity, and they often have a calming effect on those around them.


Intuition (N) 95%

Key words: symbols • pattern • theory • future

People who have a preference for intuition are immersed in their impressions of the meanings or patterns in their experiences. They would rather gain understanding through insight than through hands-on experience.


Feeling (F) 74%

Key words: personal • value • warm • tenderhearted

People who have a preference for feeling judgment are concerned with whether decisions and actions are worthwhile. More personal in approach, feeling types believe they can make the best decisions by weighing what people care about and the points-of-view of persons involved in a situation.


Perceiving (P) 95%

Key words: flexible • open • adaptable • spontaneous

People who have a preference for perceiving use their preferred perceiving function (whether it is sensing or intuition) in their outer life. What this often looks like is that they prefer a more flexible and spontaneous way of life, like to understand and adapt to the world, and like to stay open to new experiences.


Intrapersonal Intelligence 75%

People with intrapersonal intelligence are adept at looking inward and figuring out their own feelings, motivations and goals. They are introspective and seek understanding. They are intuitive and typically introverted. They learn best independently


Logical/Mathematical 60%

People with Logical intelligence are abstract thinkers and are attracted to logic and reasoning. They are good at investigation and scientific processes. They learn best by logic.


Musical Intelligence 45%

People with musical intelligence love music. They appreciate rhythm and composition. They are gifted with the ability to compose, sing and/or play instrument(s). Able to recognize sounds, tones and rhythm, they have a “good ear” for music. They learn best through lectures and often use rhythm and music as a way to memorize things.


Visual/Spatial Intelligence 45%

People with Visual intelligence are artistic. They are very aware of their surroundings and are good at remembering images. They have a great sense of direction. They like to draw, paint and read maps. They learn best through drawings and visual aids.


NF Temperament (iNFp) - The “Visionaries”

NFs are introspective, intuitive and highly idealistic. They are subjective, compassionate “feeler” people that desire to contribute goodness and meaning to the lives of others. They are effective at doing this through their nurturing, insightful and encouraging nature. NFs despise conflict. They will do everything they can to make sure their loved ones get along with each other and are happy. NFs are imaginitive, creatively inclined and passionate about their choice causes.


Now… You know all about me..

2011-03-15 lazerzap

Internet in Australia 1988

MX Records

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I was reminiscing about the early days of the internet. My first contact with the internet was around 1988. Back then trying to get the internet in Adelaide Australia was very difficult. I remember I had obtained a list of people/organisations that obviously had internet connectivity. Their full contact details were listed in the internet email MX records. But trying to get these people/organisations to provide an internet "feed" to me proved virtually impossible.

I remember working my way through the various businesses, government departments, educational facilities etc on the phone. Begging/Asking anyone/everyone for internet connectivity to my Tandy 16a Xenix computer.

Unfortunately, the Model 16a operated a Version 7 Unix (Xenix) that had been repackaged by SCO and Microsoft. Version 7 Xenix didn't come supplied with a TCP/IP stack. This complicated internet connectivity matters for me considerably.

UUCP to the rescue

However, difficulty is the mother of invention. Being an operator and user of BBS (Bulletin Board Systems) back then. I had encountered another Unix system that was acting as a BBS. The system was called Vortex, it was owned by Mark Gregson and located in Geelong Victoria. One night I found myself in a chat session with the owner (Mark) who informed me that he had obtained an internet feed from a local University.

I asked him if I would be able to “hook up” to his Unix system so that I could grab Usenet News and Email. He agreed to this. We began to UUCP between Adelaide and Geelong via 2400baud modem. At this point a friend (Daryl Tester) compiled some C to sort and toss the data into email. I could then distribute that “Usenet news” to other local enthusiasts Unix computers that were located in and around Adelaide.

I guess you can kinda blame me for a few people in Adelaide having Xenix computers back then. lol. Over time I had upgraded the Xenix hardware and software. Hardware wise, I went from a Tandy 16a to a 16B and then to a Model 6000. Sofware wise, I went from Xenix Version 7 to Xenix System III. I passed on older hardware to my (soon to be) Unix guru friends. lol

Mini Network

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I ended up selling machines that I had collected and rejected to other computer enthusiast friends. In the end we had 4-5 Xenix systems in twice daily modem communications with each other. Each would call my system after I picked up "todays feed". We were a tight knit little community with our mini network of Adelaide based Xenix systems. lol

We operated this way until 1991. At that time I transfered with my work to Sydney. After only a couple of calls to Geelong from Sydney on the Model 6000, with no-one bothering to call Sydney from Adelaide to pickup waiting traffic. I gave up on the old Xenix System III hardware and private/public networking and started concentrating on 80286/80386 based Xenix System V in my workplace.

Eventually, I saw Linux come up from 2 floppy disks (Version 0.97/0.98) to what we have today. (and with a TCP/IP stack too) Luckily, with the improvments of Linux, I have never had to look back at Xenix and UUCP again. I hope you enjoyed my little trip down memory lane. Thats how hard it was for me to get internet access in 1988. lol

Comments on 2011-03-15 lazerzap

Interesting experiences with early “interwebs”! My first experience was just pre-Internet in late 1986. I was hired as a Research Officer [background in medicine & psychology, not programming] by a department at Flinders Medical Centre to set up a computer database of information on a specific research topic.

The db would have to be accessible between offices at FMC and at the Repat Hospital in Daw Park. I’d previously had a bit of experience logging into the UniSA computer system at Magill via modem to do statistics crunching, plus I’d been programming and using the early Apple computers like the IIe etc, with the cassette memory!

Then my partner, who became a systems analyst at Adelaide Uni library, brought home a VT220 so he could be on call 24 hours a day at weekends. With the help of Mike Wiseman at Flinders Uni, I was able to submit jobs to a Flinders processor and to send and receive files via TCP/IP using Vi and Emacs- I used the anonymous file server that was always the great fallback for sending large files around.

Between Flinders Medical and Repat, we had Telecom put in a dedicated dataline at Repat to separate the wires from the busy switchboard there and Flinders agreed to a modem line through their switchboard, although we started with a direct line which our research money paid for installation at FMC!

It was a complicated business, as we had Mac desktop computers, but the database system was only available for 286/386 (do you remember “Status” [text-searching and concatenation], another product of CERN and British Atomic Energy Commission?) Anyway, I managed to figure out how to configure all this stuff and we had a program that Mike Wiseman hadn’t tried out yet given to us to link the 2 hospitals- can’t remember its name now.

Meanwhile, I had heard about AARNET and tunneled my way through the wires of Adelaide so I could talk to some random others who had similar quirky access! I was able to get onto early Usenets and BBSs via universities all over the globe, obviously mostly via satellite and very unpredictable! Then the early versions of Mozilla and the like came out and more connectivity allowed the REAL Internet to arrive, with modems becoming faster by the week!

It seems hard to imagine that time now, but it certainly makes me marvel at how everyone these days takes the Internet, email and cable/satellite TV so much for granted! Who needs an oscilloscope to find out how fast a line is any more?? I was very glad of my 1st year physics!

Murfomurf. 2011-07-03 08:07 UTC.

Fantastic story Murfomurf Thank you for sharing it here. The VT220 brings back memories.. We had a few VT100’s and various other terminals I’d picked up. Brings back memories of wandering thru the termcap file. lol Cheers..

lazerzap. 2011-07-03 13:58 UTC.

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