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Friday, 15 November 2019 Dereel Images for 15 November 2019
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Powercor loses to NBN
Topic: Stones Road house, general, opinion Link here

Wednesday's planned net outage wasn't the only one for the week. Today Powercor tried to match the NBN, with a planned 6 hour outage. That loses automatically, since the NBN outage was nearly 6½ hours. But they were only able to keep it up for 3 hours, 42 minutes.

More to the point, though, was the question: “How do I weather the outage?”. Yesterday evening I changed the inverter settings to charge the battery from grid up to 95% charge instead of the normal 40%, but I couldn't find the setting for minimum. There are two that come into consideration: “SOCmin: Minimum limit for switching to standby” and “SOCrecx: Value to generate voltage in the loads”. The settings (20%) match, but somehow neither seems to be related to “start charging from the grid when SOC drops to this value”. So I left it as it was, and it was only by chance that the battery had 98% charge (grey line) when the power went out at 9:7:29:


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And that's the way it stayed. The power came back at 12:49:16, but it's only visible on that graph by the grid feed-in that started then. We didn't need any significant grid power until evening, though the inverter did its usual low-level to-and-fro between grid and inverter.

Could it have been different? Yes, of course. Firstly, we knew about the outage, and I was waiting for it. Otherwise we could have been running the air conditioner and not notice the problem until it was too late. Surprisingly, I did receive a warning message from Ingecon:

Date: 15 Nov 2019 01:00:45 +0100
From: ingeras.noreply@ingeteam.com

Serial number Start End Description Type
0AM172B16A22 (E10017220395) 11/15/19 9:07:38 AM Grid voltage out of range Active for more than 1h

Apart from the incorrect date format, it's interesting that it decided that the power failed 9 seconds after it really did, and that the message wasn't sent until 11:00, nearly 2 hours later. And this was the only message. Nothing further when it continued, or when it finished. Basically, not much use.


More garden work
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Mick Solly around this morning to finally finish the first lawn mowing of spring. And he didn't bring his ride-on mower with him.

But he managed to tidy up relatively well with the push mower and whipper-snipper. Here before and after:


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The down side is that that's the last of the green grass for this year.


Boobialla after all
Topic: gardening, opinion Link here

For some time I have been puzzled by this bush in front of the shade area:


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What is it? Lorraine Carranza took a cutting to Formosa Gardens and came back with the information that it was Boobialla, poisonous, and that we should get rid of it.

Was it? Is it? I did some research at the time, but for some reason didn't mention it in this diary. But finally it's flowering:


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Yes, that's clearly Myoporum insulare, better known as Boobialla. Should we get rid of it? Maybe. Not because it's poisonous, but because it's far too big, and the flowers are barely visible. But it's too late this year; it'll come out in the autumn.


Still more flash pain
Topic: photography, gardening, opinion Link here

The photos of the Myoporum insulare were an absolute pain. I took the first two with available light, but it was clear that that wasn't enough. OK, that's what I have the mecablitz 15 MS-1 ring flash for. Put it on the M.Zuiko Digital ED 60 mm f/2.8 Macro and the Olympus OM-D E-M1, along with the FL-LM3 to trigger the flash, and off to take photos.

After 6 attempts, I gave up. The flash didn't fire. Dammit, I've been having issues with (electronic) flash almost since I first got one. Why is it such a pain?

Afterwards, a more rigorous examination showed:

  1. The Olympus FL-LM3 that came with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II doesn't work on the OM-D E-M1 Mark I. Why? It relies on power from the camera. But so does the FL-LM2 that came with the Mark I. Other flashes work on the Mark I, but not that one. And of course that was the combination I had tried.

  2. But that's not all. Unlike the FL-LM3, the FL-LM2 doesn't have an on-off switch. You need to lift the head to turn it on. I had guessed that the FL-LM3 might have been part of the problem, and tried the FL-LM2 without “turning it on”.

  3. The FL-LM2 uses the old accessory port that went away a few years ago, so it won't fit on the E-M1 Mark II. It does fit and fire on the Olympus E-PM1, but the results suggest that it hasn't synced correctly. I have enough pain with flash without chasing down that one.
  4. The mecablitz doesn't fire just because the trigger flash fires, at least not when set to understand the Olympus flash protocol The trigger needs to be set in remote flash mode. That wasn't the case in the image that I finally used, but fortunately the exposure was adequate.

  5. There is a difference between “On” and “off” in the remote flash menu for the E-M1 models. Here an example, without any other flash, showing what you get if you press the shutter while looking at the LCD display:


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    Clearly “off” is a relative term.

Why is this all such a pain? 55 years and still not there.


A new home for Wotan
Topic: animals, opinion Link here

Wotan (and despite his Icelandic breeding not Oðinn), once Yvonne's favourite horse, injured himself years ago and is no longer rideable. Yvonne has found a number of homes for him, but somehow they all didn't work.

She didn't give up, and today Danielle Teo and two daughters came along to look at him. They're not overly experienced with horses, but Yvonne is happy with them, and there's a good chance that he will go to them in the near future. But nomen est omen: Oðinn was the wanderer.


Saturday, 16 November 2019 Dereel → Ballarat → Dereel Images for 16 November 2019
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More storage space
Topic: general, language, opinion Link here

ALDI had some shelving on offer today, just what I needed for the garage, so off early to pick some up.

Started trying to assemble them in the evening. The assembly was supposed to take 30 minutes and not require any tools except for a hammer that was suddenly mentioned towards the end. After 45 minutes I had the first one about 80% assembled:


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After that I had to prepare dinner, so it had to wait for tomorrow.

At first the “instructions” looked a cut above the average for this kind of equipment, but that was just the first impression. What language! It refers to two different kinds of cross members (“cross beams”), horizontal and vertical. What's a vertical cross member? It's one along the long side. Why “vertical”? Either the person writing the documentation was lying drunk on the floor, or it's an artefact of translation (the shelves come from Poland, so presumably the documentation was originally in Polish). If that's the case, I can only assume that the translator was working without the illustrations.

There are more issues, but I'll leave that until it's complete.


Goodbye, LEMIS
Topic: technology, general, opinion Link here

LEMIS ceased trading in 2007, but I've dragged my heels for years to get it deregistered. Finally it's done, as I discovered after asking my accountant what was going on—on 26 September. That's something like 40 years since it came to be, back in Friedrichsfeld. How time flies!


Rumours of my demise...
Topic: photography, politics, opinion Link here

Interesting, but slightly disturbing, news today: Olympus closure is near, can happen in less than 8 months. Huh? That's a blog entry of a certain Vitaly Kiselev, whose home page seems to consist mainly of ban notices. The content implies, rather than clarifies, that he's talking about the imaging division.

OK, some random detractor. What does Olympus say? 奥林巴斯公司 公布新经营战略称不会关停相机业务, surprisingly in Chinese. Google translate offers Olympus announced that its new business strategy will not shut down the camera business .

OK, who's behind this? We see lots of use of web sites to influence politics. This one looks to me like a (possibly paid) attempt to influence business. My first thoughts were: “Sony” and “Tony Northrup”.

Why? I don't trust Sony's business integrity—we saw that years ago with their abuse of the Gnu public license, though it seems that the web has forgotten this matter, maybe the same way that it forgot the elk test (which Wikipedia insists on calling a “moose test”).

And I've already noted that Tony Northrup appears to be paid to put down the Micro Four Thirds system.

And sure enough, off he goes:

There's a lot of stuff in there, but some of the highlights:

So: all just nonsense? No, this could be a self-fulfilling prophecy. And Olympus has left its users in the lurch in the past, with the sudden end of the OM system. It's concerning at least for those reasons.


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