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  1. GaryC

    Regular Car Reviews: 2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster (ft. BlaRo)

    Latest Regular Car Review with the '12 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster. Featuring special guest, BlaRo! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilDx44g-VzA
  2. GaryC

    Ownership Verified: Gary's Czech Beluga

    There and Back Again... A Beluga's Tale At the Melbourne Tullamarine Airport Arriving at the dealer after a short taxi journey Paperwork done, the car is ready to be driven! Majestic! Not so majestic... At Murray Bridge for dinner, fancy that! Another Skoda Octavia! Obligatory, I...
  3. GaryC

    Car Buying Dilemma

    I've been looking around for sometime to add another steed to my garage. Among other uses like the occasional drive to the wineries/beaches/hills, it'll mostly be used to by the girlfriend for her to drive to/fro work. Currently, I own a 1990 Mazda MX5 as my DD. The plan is to get a nice...
  4. GaryC

    NAS Build: Advice Needed

    This NAS will be for content backup and media storage. This is what I've planned so far: Case: Coolermaster RC344 CPU: AMD Athlon II X2 245 Mobo: Asus M5A78L-M LX RAM: Patriot-S 8Gb 1333Mhz (4x2) HDD: 3x Seagate NAS ???Tb OS: FreeNAS I might swap out the PSU that comes with the case if it...
  5. GaryC

    Recommend Me A Good Backpack!

    Summer is coming to Adelaide soon, and I can't stand another season of my messenger bag clinging to my sweaty back as I ride to uni. I'd like to get a backpack that has a mesh layer than seperates my back from the bag to keep my back cool. Does anyone know what type of backpack this is? And do...
  6. GaryC

    Good Online Cloud Backup Solution

    Do you guys have any good and secure online cloud backup services to recommend? Especially with 2-stage verification log-ins, that'll be great. My greatest fear is losing all my graduate work 1 month before the thesis is due. Also, what happens if the cloud backup service goes bankrupt?
  7. GaryC

    2007 Octavia RS - What to look out for?

    I'm interested in getting a wagon and chanced upon a 2007 Skoda Octavia 1Z RS. It has about 67,000 kms on it and looks decent (to me, at least!). Seller has a price of 17,750 AUD for it. You can see it by going to carsales(dot)com.au, then pasting this...
  8. GaryC

    Nissan Stagea: Poor Man's Audi Avant?

    I've been looking at wagons on my local online car classifieds and chanced upon the Nissan Stagea. I'm not knowledgeable at all about this, but it seems to me that it's a poor man's Audi Avant. Seems to have a good motor, decent space and good boot. Why wasn't this more popular?
  9. GaryC

    Advice On Where To Spend $800?

    So I'm getting a little bonus of $800 from a teaching assistant job. I could (and should) just save it in the bank, but I've been tempted to get something with it. I've thought about WCing my desktop, and that came up to around $900. But then rejected it as it was mostly stuff that didn't...
  10. GaryC

    Engine Sounds Like 2-Stroke

    I've got this problem recently where the car exhaust sounds like an old fishing boat's 2-stroke engine. It only has the sound when I'm accelerating; lift off and constant speed doesn't have the sound. Here's a video from about 1 week ago, I've sinced replaced the headers as I thought they were...
  11. GaryC

    Phone Charging Speed & USB Cable

    I bought a $1 micro USB cable on eBay from Hong Kong. It's plugged into my computer and charging, and has been for around 5 hour. But I swear, the battery meter isn't even going up, it's probably even slowly going down. Does the price (quality?) of USB cable affect the power it transmits?
  12. GaryC

    dSLR for Dad

    My dad's suddenly declared that he wants to buy a dSLR. We discussed it and basically boiled it down to Nikon/Canon due to the market size and range of lenses (though I would like him to go Pentax :P). He's a complete amateur and has no leaning towards either and wants to take landscape shots...
  13. GaryC

    Remote Access To Desktop

    I'm going to China for a holiday in 2 weeks, but I'll need remote access to my workstation from my laptop (because I'm a workaholic). It's to run simulations on ANSYS and to do CAD as well, so it's best if I can get full mouse/keyboard emulation. Any good programs to recommend?
  14. GaryC

    Inspecting 2000 Toyota Celica

    My friend's asked me to go with him to inspect a 2000 Toyota Celica. Are there any things particular to this model that I should watch out for? I only know it's done around 170,000+ km. And it's in Adelaide (of course). Thanks!
  15. GaryC

    2012 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix

    Circuit Kuala Lumpur Race Date: 25 Mar 2012 Circuit Name: Sepang International Circuit Number of Laps: 56 Circuit Length: 5.543 km Race Distance: 310.408 km Lap Record: 1:34.223 - JP Montoya (2004) Weather Friday: Rain...
  16. GaryC

    2012 Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix

    Circuit Melbourne, Australia Race Date: 18 Mar 2012 Circuit Name: Albert Park Number of Laps: 58 Circuit Length: 5.303 km Race Distance: 307.574 km Lap Record: 1:24.125 - M Schumacher (2004) Weather Friday: Rain Saturday: Cloudy Sunday: Sunny Pole Lap And we're back for...
  17. GaryC

    Reconnect RAID0 in SATA?

    So I got a new CPU and mobo yesterday and switched to the new mobo last night. Obviously, I'm an idiot and didn't consider that the RAID chip in the new mobo is different, so now the RAID0 won't be recognised. As an extension of this idiocy, I didn't remember the attachment order of the SATA on...
  18. GaryC

    European Idiosyncrasy Thread

    So you guys won't flood the Funny Picture Thread anymore! And to get the ball rolling: How do they queue for buses in Germany, then?
  19. GaryC

    Hotwire Car Like in Movie?

    In the movies, you can start a car by short-circuiting two wires. Is this possible in real life?
  20. GaryC

    Good Conferencing Software?

    I posted this in the FSAE thread, but I thought here I'd get a lot more responses. So, the situation here is that the Formula SAE (FSAE) team currently uses GoggleTalk and email to communicate with each other online, mostly. The situation is that when I might be replying to the team email...
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