It’s probably about time I satisfy the gaming portion of this site title.

For Christmas my most awesome girlfriend bought a PlayStation 4. We’ve been having a great time every day since playing The Lego Movie game and Little Big Planet 3 together, as well as me playing FarCry 4 and streaming my adventures on twitch using the PS4’s inbuilt share function.

Here are some details of where you can find me:

PlayStation Network

PlayStation ID



Activating Windows 7 on an OEM licensed desktop after a clean install

So I’ve been racking my brain and farting about on the web trying to find a way to activate our OEM machines at work which don’t contain a COA (Certificate Of Authenticity) on them.

Using the Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder tool I was able to see the OEM cd key, but when trying to activate a fresh install of one of these machines (Lenovo M73 SFF) it just states that it couldn’t be activated.

After a bit more fluffing about I came across this thread on the Lenovo support forums.

Note post 15 from p1nh3a6. In it he describes success with using a tool to extract the activation certificate from the standard OEM installation, which can then be used on a fresh install of Windows 7 to reactivate using the same details.

So I went to his first suggestion of ABR.

Using this tool on a stock OEM machine from Lenovo I was able to create the backup files, then simply have them in the root of the ABR folder, and on the clean install run the restore executable and it automatically did it’s thing to import the certificate. The Windows install was activated after this was done.

Now on to creating a clean and shiny SOE!

First week of work

Lots of unboxing, running around, playing with new gear, meeting new people and having a blast while doing it.

Built a Server 2012 DC on a workstation to handle temporary logins for users until the Ballarat site is hooked in to the global network, set up 4x ADSL2+ connections for temporary internet access to then be the backup/guest network. Racked, connected and configured 2x Fortinet FortiGate 200D appliances and configured policy based routes to get the Fusion Broadband ADSL2+ connections from one server room, through the DMZ link, over fiber to another server room incoming to it’s DMZ link, and distributed to the LAN clients. Got there in the end!

Now that all the computers and monitors are out on desks, the next task is creating a base Windows 7 image with Office 2013 and some other bits and pieces to then distribute to the rest. ImageX and WDS will be used for this. Fun fun!

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One false start and a bit over one month after the initial install date, we’re finally online with NBN!

I’ve chosen to go with Exetel on a 100/40 500GB plan for $89/month, and managed to use over 100GB in updates and streaming in 2 days… might need to up that to unlimited for $10 more… hmmm….





New tent and location!

In continuing my completely ad-hoc use of this blog, here’s an update!

We bought a new tent. It’s going to be used for camping. Pretty revolutionary stuff. The tent is the best I’ve ever had. Bastard of a thing to get up at first, but then I pulled my head out and pinned all the corners down which made the process a hell of a lot easier.

Alice and I have also moved to Ballarat Victoria!

I’ve gotten myself a nice IT job here which I’m stoked about. Started today and my heads still spinning at all the possibilities :) Looking forward to the challenges ahead.

Here’s some happy snaps.