How To: Export OP1a compliant MXF video files in Adobe Premiere for Channel 7

April 20, 2016Matt No Comments »

In Australia, one of the formats commonly used for television broadcast files is OP1a compliant MXF. Channel 7 has very specific requirements for how the file should be formatted for their primary and all their secondary channels. MXF is essentially a container, and inside it is the video content, the audio content, and it can also include the subtitle content. If you’ve never worked with broadcast media before it is a bit of an obscure format that you will probably not have heard of. Fortunately Adobe Premiere makes it extremely easy to export into this format. Below you will find the settings I use that are accepted by Channel 7. I cannot promise that your media will be accepted using the same settings, but I can’t see any reason it wouldn’t be. Continue Reading


Why I Stopped Sleeping With My Phone (and other tech)

April 14, 2016Matt No Comments »

When I switched from a Blackberry to an iPhone I quickly noticed a difference between silent mode on the Blackberry and ‘silent’ on the iPhone. In fact, when my iPhone was on silent mode, it still dinged every few minutes when new emails came in. Suffice to say my first few nights involved a lot of waking up.     Continue Reading


New Cadbury Choc Orange Chocolate and Tim Tam Flavours

February 23, 2016Matt No Comments »

So I noticed some new flavours of Cadbury chocolate and Tim Tams in the supermarket.

Cadbury choc orange, strawberry champagne Tim Tams, and pina colada Tim Tams.

The big question though, are they any good?

I decided to do a video on it and answer that very question. Continue Reading


13, 1300 and 1800 Number Links

February 22, 2016Matt No Comments »

I’ve been looking up info and links for 13, 1300 and 1800 numbers and thought I’d share some helpful ones:



Does Lush Dirty Shaving Cream Work With A Philips Philishave Electric Shaver?

February 3, 2016Matt No Comments »

The vital question to any man using an electric shaver when it comes to selecting a shaving cream for a wet shave. Will it actually work with my shaver? Or is it just going to clog it up?

I’ve tried a lot of different shaving creams and gels with my Philips SensoTouch 3D electric shaver, and Lush Dirty is the first shaving cream I’ve found that doesn’t clog it up. It just glides perfectly and makes the shave much more pleasant.

I highly recommend it if you have one of these shavers or a similar Philishave model that is capable of wet shaving. Watch the video review below for all my thoughts on it. Continue Reading


Does Lush Kalamazoo Beard and Facial Wash Actually Work?

January 28, 2016Matt No Comments »

I’m pretty dubious about any kind of cosmetics or things that seem a bit faddish – eg beard and facial wash.

This one though I find quite interesting so I decided to do a video review on it.

So does the Lush Kalamazoo Beard and Facial Wash actually work? Check out the video to find out! Continue Reading


Collective Dichotomy – A Fractal Animation

January 24, 2016Matt No Comments »

I haven’t made any fractal animations for a while now, but I came across this one on one of my older hard drives. I created the audio track in Apple Soundtrack Pro during my early uni days and then using Apophysis I generated a series of fractals to match it and animated it using Flam3.

I never shared it anywhere but I figure why not put it on YouTube and share it here, no one gets to enjoy it hidden away on a hard drive. I’ve been thinking about making some more if I ever can fit in the time. I used to really enjoy designing them. I hope you enjoy it, let me know what you think in the comments. Continue Reading


Creating an iOS App Using The Alarm

December 8, 2015Matt No Comments »

I’ve got an idea for an app that will use the alarm and push notifications associated with the alarm on an iPhone and ultimately an Apple Watch. So I’ve been reading up a bit on how to approach that. The below links look promising so far and I plan to experiment with them. We’ll see how I go!

  • http://www.raywenderlich.com/32960/apple-push-notification-services-in-ios-6-tutorial-part-1
  • http://apigee.com/docs/app-services/content/tutorial-push-notifications-sample-app
  • http://code.tutsplus.com/tutorials/setting-up-push-notifications-on-ios–cms-21925

Ironically Macca’s just released a new app that has a lot of similarities to what I am envisioning. Also some key differences.


Dealing With oom-killer and MySQL Crashes on Debian

December 7, 2015Matt No Comments »

I recently had a Debian server where MySQL was crashing every few days. After some hunting through the logs, it turned out oom-killer was killing the MySQL process because the system had run out of memory.

It wasn’t MySQL that was using the memory though, it was actually Apache2.

After some hunting around I found a few sites that look at how to resolve the issue.

This one primarily just suggests rebooting after figuring out what is causing it. This is fair enough, but doesn’t solve the root cause.

This site suggested limiting the amount of memory the kernel can allocate so that it can’t over allocate, resulting in crashes. I think this is a great idea but I’d rather not play with kernel settings if I don’t have to.

What I have done at this point is as this site suggested. I have reduced the amount of server processes that Apache2 is allowed to run. So far this seems to have done the trick. Where I was having 2-3 crashes a week we’ve now gone 2 weeks without a crash so hopefully this has resolved the problem.

So to summarise, what I did was open /etc/apache2/apache2.conf and changed the default

<IfModule mpm_prefork_module> 
StartServers 5 
MinSpareServers 5 
MaxSpareServers 10 
MaxClients 150 
MaxRequestsPerChild 0 
</IfModule>

To:

<IfModule mpm_prefork_module>
StartServers 2
MinSpareServers 2
MaxSpareServers 5
MaxClients 40
MaxRequestsPerChild 0
</IfModule>



D-Link DUB-1312 USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter on Mac OS X

November 10, 2015Matt No Comments »

If you are like me, and find it frustrating that you can only connect two Thunderbolt devices (unless they are daisy-chained) to your Macbook Pro, even on a 15″ one, you have two external screens, but you want gigabit ethernet, so you either have to sacrifice a Thunderbolt port and second display, or fork out for an expensive display that can be daisy-chained. Or alternatively, find a HDMI capable external display to use the HDMI port, or a Thunderbolt dock that has built in gigabit ethernet. All viable options, but none is really cost effective while maintaining dual external displays.

I personally think it is crazy that Apple have not made their USB ethernet adapter USB 3.0 and gigabit ethernet capable. I do understand that when there is a Thunderbolt one it may not be necessary for everyone, but for me. It’s nuts. I either have one screen, or I have 100mbit ethernet. Neither of these is ideal either.

Enter the D-Link DUB-1312 USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter.

D-Link Dub1312 Box Continue Reading



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