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#1170743 After many years, I'm back! :-)

Posted by ArchangelOfTheLamb on 26 March 2016 - 04:20 PM

Hey everyone - some of the longer-term members may remember me from a few years back as Emperor_Matej_I. Due to a number of factors, I haven't been online much lately and certainly haven't visited At0mic for a few years.

 

Those of you who know me may be aware that I was practising as a solicitor in Canberra. Although I initially loved the work, a number of stressors arose last year which put me off the job. The crux of my job dissatisfaction is that lawyering involves dealing with a lot of negative emotions and negative people. Most of my work involved dealing with people who were going through difficult circumstances - they didn't call or visit when things were going well, but rather when there was a big legal mess for me to clean up. This took a significant toll on my mental health - I became very depressed and my anxiety levels were worse than when I was going through university exams.

 

My situation was not helped by the fact that I separated from my partner of 5.5 years. I had invested heavily in this relationship and not just financially. I looked after my partner and supported us both when he was diagnosed with cancer - this included spending about a month in Sydney whilst he was in hospital after major surgery and being the sole breadwinner for about two years whilst he recovered sufficiently to be able to work again. This relationship ended somewhat acrimoniously and my partner told me that he didn't love me for about the last three years of the relationship and that rather, he stayed with me because he needed a place to stay. Not only did this make me very angry, but it crushed my self-esteem and made me even more depressed. After the breakup, I realised that my ex had been even more manipulative and emotionally abusive during our relationship - I only knew about the tip of the iceberg due to his deceitfulness. I broke up with him on 13 February 2015 and I haven't really looked back since. I'm still single and will happily remain thus until I find someone that I can fully trust and that won't abuse me.

 

I started my own business (as a solicitor practising alone) late last year, mostly for lifestyle reasons so that I could have more control over my working hours. Although things started picking up earlier this year, I nevertheless became disillusioned with the law and the legal system generally. I saw first-hand the effect that the legal system had on many people who participated in it and just how much the law often destroyed lives. Furthermore, through my time in practice, I realised just how stupid many of our laws were and just how fundamentally flawed the entire system was. Running my own practice was a bit of a rollercoaster ride that brought me into contact with the good, the bad and the ugly throughout Canberra. It was a great learning experience, but it ultimately showed me that litigious legal practice is not for me. It is far too negative and far too dirty for my liking.

 

Furthermore, due to my mental health issues, my well-being spiralled downwards from last year onwards. I battled with depression, anxiety, psychotic episodes, paranoia, addiction and severe trust issues. I have been lied to, robbed and used too many times to count and as a result, I am very much down-and-out at the moment financially and materially. I basically have to start over from zero to rebuild my life. Nonetheless, I'm definitely on the mend and feeling a million times better than a few months ago. I recently read a book on mindfulness and living in the present which greatly helped my mental health recovery. I've also found God and have been re-reading the Bible. Many of you would remember me as a demon child that hated religion, but reading the Bible again after having the life experiences that I have now caused me to reconnect with the faith that I'd lost throughout my life.

 

Finally, I've decided to change careers and move into something a little bit more constructive. As such, I've enrolled in an IT certificate and am hoping to get into programming and software development. This has always been an interest in mine, but it's one that I neglected whilst I was with my ex because of the teasing I would cop when I did anything fun involving computers. That's why I've decided to create a new At0mic account and get back onto the forums. I've noticed a number of names that I remember and I'm glad to see that many of the old-timers in the community are still around. I hope you've all been doing well and that I'll be in touch more now that I've started getting my life back on track!

 

 




#1163350 Attacks in Paris

Posted by SquallStrife on 14 November 2015 - 01:07 PM

Codecreeper, for the love of god, please stop relying on Facebook as a news source.


#1165415 What's on your mind?

Posted by .:Cyb3rGlitch:. on 22 December 2015 - 07:08 PM

Management gave me an early Christmas present today in the form of a promotion! :)




#1160846 ABC

Posted by aliali on 21 September 2015 - 07:01 PM

Yep and all the roads should be sold as why should I pay taxes for all those roads I don't use. Same for all the hospitals I don't use and every other government service or GBE I do not make use of.




#1146325 What's on your mind?

Posted by komuso on 04 December 2014 - 11:01 AM

Just got an email of acceptance to do a PhD at Melbourne University. Now waiting on scholarship confirmation to see if I can put a cake under the cherry


#1152700 Finland considers abandoning subject based eduation

Posted by .:Cyb3rGlitch:. on 23 March 2015 - 01:17 PM

I like this. Learning isn't about exams and checking off dot points in a curriculum, it's about fostering the desire to understand more about the world/universe around us. Once you've inspired someone to learn, exams no longer matter, minimum schooling no longer matters, and highly structured subjects make no sense. I hate the idea that exams are "good" because they teach you how to deal with stress. What nonsense, and a kick in the head to those with anxiety problems. My job is nowhere near as stressful as any major exam that I've ever taken, and my skills were not in any way improved by all the stress.




#1151617 What's on your mind?

Posted by Cybes on 05 March 2015 - 09:00 AM

Had a bad night last night woke with stabbing pains in my chest ,so i had to walk around a bit. Neck is a bit tender this morning. Living with my elderly Father i try not to tell him what is happening. GP says it could be a neuralgia or even partially blocked artery.
 
Hate hospitals and seeing doctors this is why i will not seek help.


... Grow the fuck up.

No, seriously, grow up. "I hate hospitals" You fucking CHILD! Being an adult involves doing many things you don't like doing, because they have desirable outcomes beyond the momentary inconvenience. Think I *wanted* to spend more than a year (on and off) in wards filled with dying people? No! But I did, because that's where I could get treatment that might let me live a bit longer.

Now, I don't give much of a hoot one way or another whether you want to live or die - that's your decision. But you don't get to complain about dying if you choose not to try to avoid it.


#1151526 This week I went solar :)

Posted by g__day on 03 March 2015 - 11:15 PM

About two weeks ago my eldest son asked a simple question "Dad - why don't we go solar?".  Talk about an idea whose time had come.  We weren't financed nicely when the solar wave first broke - and you could spend $24K for a 3kilo Watt system that guaranteed your a 0.66 cents feed in from the grid for every kilowatt hour (kWh) produced.  It was an idea that has been at the back of my mind for some time now - but I had done no research on it.  But having three teenagers our annual electricity bill is around $3,600.  So I thought why not indeed?

 

I googled a bit and found the idiots guide to and how to get decent quotes and read Whirlpool's Green forum and came to a very interesting realisation - now's a great time.  My research basically showed electricity costs have pretty much quintupled whist solar cost had gone down by a factor of three, whilst capability and energy management systems had pretty much arrived.  This is the short story of how in two weeks we sized, selected and implemented a 4.94kW system that is monitors energy provision and you can browse the web any time to see how your house, or thousands of people all over the world are producing in real time.

 

The biggest learnings I got where

 

  1. There are a handful of tier one solar cells (Trina from China and Q-Cell from Germany) seem to be the best
  2. Inverter selection is critical - you feed all the solar panels arranged in identical rows (called strings) into one big, unintelligent inverter that will die in around 8 years or you go with intelligent, programmable micro-inverters that allow amazing flexibility but cost more
  3. You plan your system to cover your average Summer day time load (for me around 30 kWh)
  4. You consider a system that you can add battery storage to to better manage peak versus average day time load
  5. You reality check that you can consume at least 70% of the energy you produce rather than over produce and feed it to the grid for a pittance of a pay back rate.
  6. You select an energy monitor that displays not only what you produce but what you consume
  7. You seek to implement a solution with a four to six year payback over a likely twenty five year life (meaning it should save you tens of thousands of dollars)!

The first week was spend modelling how large a system we wanted, and coming to the realisation it should offset our minute by minute day time electricity consumption.  So after reviewing a few quarters of energy bills I was able to reasonably determine how much we use each day.  Next it was understand the tariff system - I am with AGL so it costs me 55 cents for peak power, 23 cents for shoulder and 11 cents for off peak.  I can earn a measly 8 cents for power we feed into the grid - even at peak times! This means you size your average hourly peak load, then double it to allow for semi-sunny days.

 

I did all this and arrived at 5 kW - which every quote I got confirmed my analysis.  But the biggest realisation on gear came from just how impressive a micro-inverter solution is and how intelligent they are, and how future ready they turn out to be.  A micro inverter is simple a small programmable inverter that sits at the back of each solar cells and is constantly talking to a gateway controller and from there to the web.  Enphase have a huge lead in this market and a stellar reputation.  It brought my costs up from around $7,500 to $8,700 - but it dramatically increases the life time value of my system.  Micro inverters have a few very cool advantages:

 

  1. There mean time between failure is 129 years
  2. If a micro fails the rest of the system performs unaffected
  3. If a cell with a micro under performs - the rest of the array is unaffected.  With string / central inverters if a single cell in a row under performs the whole row performs down to the level of the worst cell (shading one cell drops the whole string by this amount)
  4. If a micro performs out of specs it will generate alerts in real time - and your energy installer will notify you before you realise an issue is even begining
  5. Micro designs allow for any size, number and random type of cells to be placed anywhere on your roof
  6. Micro's are constantly tracked and reported for all systems installed world wide - they individually report to a gateway controller and you can use any smart device with a browser to see you energy creation history in real time.
  7. Micros only run low voltage (30 - 38 volt) current across your roof to the fuse box.
  8. Micros allow for later addition of battery storage (in pilot now and coming out later this year).

So I got three quotes for a 19 Trina cell (260W) M250 Micro-inverter second story roof install on a tile roof, with 7 cells placed facing North and 12 cells facing West.  North facing cells produce more energy during the day, West facing cells produce more energy at the time of the day when our consumption is at its maximum.  Solaray eventually beat Nicholls with a cheaper price and a much faster install.  Roof brackets, meter change over and internal wiring went up on Tuesday last week (then at 2pm the skies poured down).  The team came back and installed the micro inverters and solar cells on Friday afternoon and installed the gateway controller in the fuse box.  Finally on Saturday one of their head engineers came in a also installed a Wattson energy meter (tracking both consumption and provision of energy) and then told the gateway to switch everything on voila we were producing!  By Tuesday my systems exact configuration was loaded into their world wide web database and I could see everything it was doing.

 

The Wattson really helped me understand energy hogs.  The big ones we switch out of hours to off peak when we can (pool pump - 1.2 kW, clothes dryer 1-2 kw, clothes washer 0.5 - 1.5 kw). The other main energy guzzlers running during the day are a big ducted air conditioner - 3.5 kw and a big electric oven 2kw.  The Wattson sits next to our kettle in the kitchen downstairs and shows us moment to moment what we are drawing or feeding into the grid (and many other things).

 

Anyway if you'd like to see what we produce its here: https://enlighten.en...tems/LbBY574110

 

This shows how much energy we produce - by month, day or 15 minute intervals.  The System in a fully Sunny day should produce North of 30kWh a day - but so far we have had three half days were its done between 18 to 22 kWh.  At present we have created created 76.7kWh, of which 17 where exported to the Grid and the rest we consumed for our selves.  If we keep that rate up the gear will pay for itself in just over four years of its 25+ year life.

 

Hope this is very useful information to share.  I ponder how many other folk have gone solar and has it deliver, failed or exceeded your expectations.

 

Later this year I will consider sizing additional battery storage and see if its economical to store what we over produce and feed back in when our peak consumption - say 6 kWh for a few hours - exceeds what this system can do at peak 4kWh.  So if I desire a 5 - 15 kWh storage solution is this economically sensible or should I just buy excess energy from the grid.  All up I hope this solution will at least hlaf my bills going forward - if not better if I can use it wisely!

 

Cheers,

 

   Matthew




#1148247 Need some relationship advice about a friend and her boyfriend. How to save her.

Posted by MrFriendly on 07 January 2015 - 02:37 PM

Hmmmm

 

The only person who can really save her is herself, for the most part. Abusive relationships can do really weird things to people, especially if they're not in a good place to start with. It's easy let yourself get trapped in the familiar.

 

Short of you forcibly removing her from the situation, all you can do is offer to be there and support her if and when she builds up the courage to leave him and his bullshit. It's important that she realises the world won't fall apart if she walks away from him.

 

It's extremely hard to watch, unfortunately it's extremely difficult to save people from themselves.




#1142352 Got my black belt today :)

Posted by g__day on 18 October 2014 - 10:18 PM

Well its been almost 5 years with this martial art - in a hugely fun and talented club, but to day I successfully graded for my first black belt ever with a good mate also grading successfully!

 

Half way thru my training I had a major outage for 2-3 months due to cancer which lead to a jaw re-build and having a bone and artery removed from my leg to replace the bone taken out.

 

So I am stoked that I made it - fairly long and gruelling grading at Mac Uni Sport Centre - on the slipperiest mats I have ever trained on - it was a bit like ice staking.  One technique where I was pulled forwarded saw a 25 foot slide ensue!  But it was all great.

 

Contratory to what folk might otherwise understand, black belt is the end of your basic training and the start of learning the deeper meaning and form of your chosen art - its just the begining really.  Here's to the next 10 years!

 

PS

 

If anyone is interested in learning Aikido - the gentlest martial art - please feel free to have a look at the grading photos of Shodokan Aikido Sydney Facebook page https://www.facebook...277400435724594

 

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#1140244 Now they want to shut down 4chan

Posted by Oracle X on 25 September 2014 - 12:01 PM

First they came for the /b/tards and I did not speak out because I was not a /b/tard. Then they came for the Furries and I did not speak out because I was not a Furry. Then they came for the lulz and I did not speak out because I was not a lulz. Then they came for you and I'm never going to give you up, never going to let you down, never going to run around and desert you.




#1137484 Fajw Banned.

Posted by .:Cyb3rGlitch:. on 27 August 2014 - 12:41 AM

Fajw has been banned for repeatedly ignoring moderator requests to halt spamming antisemitic conspiracy. While we welcome a diverse range of opinion, we do not tolerate copy-pasting the same conspiracy ad nauseam. In fact, we don't tolerate copy-pasting anything ad nauseam. 

 

So yeah, don't spam. Kthx!




#1137151 " Waiters Feeling The Pin-Ch As Tipping Dries Up,..."

Posted by .:Cyb3rGlitch:. on 23 August 2014 - 01:43 PM

These people should be being paid enough without tips.


#1136497 Video proof that Noddy bangs like a belt fed mortar.

Posted by Juggs on 21 August 2014 - 12:45 AM



Released only a few hours ago.


#1135829 Atomic 3.14 Changelog

Posted by Nich... on 19 August 2014 - 02:17 PM

Welcome to the latest version of IPB!

As part of this upgrade, a few things:
  • We have a slightly shinier theme.
  • There's now a real mobile theme.
  • We have a slightly consolidated sub-forum index.
  • In the technical (and feedback) sub-forums, the OP can now select the 'best answer' to their question. (I've made this thread an example of the feature, if you're curious what it looks like)
  • Youtube embedding is now done with a plain URL, rather than [youtube] tags.  Embedding will also work with vimeo and some other sites.
  • Gravatar is enabled (previous avatars (mostly) did not make the transition)).
  • You can now hit 'like' on posts you want to +1.
  • Some extra formatting options, both in .sigs and in posts
  • Notification centre now tells you about things!
  • A maximum of 30 images can be shown in a single post
  • Post below if you find other new things you think are worth making note of for new/returning users!
     
     
     
     
    There are some new BBCode tags to play with and discover.  For editing posts, one of my favourites is the [ hr ] tag, which puts in the above horizontal line. If you're using actual code in [ code ] tags, try using [ php ], [ sql ], or [ html ] for some syntax highlighting.

     

    When you're looking at an index page full of threads, if you scan over to the right - right of the thread title and who started it, but left of the last person to have posted in it, it'll say how many replies and views the thread has. If you click on 'x replies', it brings up a window showing each user who has posted in the thread and how many times. (I don't remember this happening in 3.0, but it's not something I remember checking, either.)

    Reputation has been expanded: while there is still the 5-star system on profiles (where you vote for the user), you can now also upvote and downvote specific content in threads. See link on how to not vote like a reprobate.

    Relating to the Youtube embedding mentioned up above, URLs from these sites should now auto-embed without needing to use [media] or etc tags: Youtube, Google Video, Myspace Video, YouTu.be, Flickr Image Set, MP3, Vimeo, GamesTrailers

    Users on the Lurker rank will have no ability to vote in the reputation system, and also have URLs and images turned off in their sigs until they hit 16 posts (Quark).

    Animated GIFs are currently disabled pending discussion. That being said, they can be used as your avatar: they'll be static everywhere except your profile.

    If you haven't noticed, little grey down arrows appear on threads rows on index pages - clicking it will give you a preview.

    If you click on the number of replies in a given thread, while on the index, it will show you which users have posted ordered by number of posts within.

     

    By the way, polls can now be set so the results show which users voted on what options. There's a clear option showing when this is enabled by the OP, and it can't be edited in after the poll is made. See here for an example.

     

    Taptalk integration should now be working.

     

    There are other features floating around, here and there. Please use them responsibly.



#1198365 Well hello PCPP peeps

Posted by Flouncy on 12 December 2017 - 10:48 AM

Hey Atomic :)

 

The time has come for the PC PowerPlay forums to gracefully and with dignity exit the internet. We made the decision and announcement yesterday and we're encouraging the fine people there to come and join in at Atomic.

 

So, if you see anyone new please do make them feel welcome, there's so much in common between the Atomic and PCPP community I reckon we'll all get along just fine :)

 

And a big BTW because I know what you're thinking - there is absolutely no plan or intention - right out into the longest long term imaginable - that the Atomic forums face the same situation. It won't happen. I promise. 

 

So - for any PCPPers who need a really top Au tech and games forum, with excellent people, you have landed.

 

 

Ben

 




#1188488 A bit about me

Posted by hulkster on 09 February 2017 - 12:44 PM

Its been awhile :)

The last couple of years have been full on to say the least.

I walked out of a 20 year marriage. Tough thing to do. Sold our house had had to start everything afresh. Most of our friends dumped me because I was the one to leave but thats ok.

 

I have since bought myself a little place and have been renovating it slowly. Just me and my dog. I have had 2 relationships in the mean time, last one cost me money I dont have but a lesson learnt (again). I was to move to Queensland but that was part of the ploy.

 

I still have my EK Holden but sold the charger and HG ute I was restoring.

I mainly stick to myself nowadays, dont socialise too much.

I was diagnosed with Bi-polar which wasn't a surprise. There was a reason I was like I was and that was good.

My son just got his Ps ( more worry lol) and my daughter is kicking arse at Uni.

 

So, I'm ticking along nicely at the moment.  :)




#1164798 Roll Call!

Posted by twinair on 10 December 2015 - 09:20 AM

Yo, motherfuckers.




#1146931 What's on your mind?

Posted by komuso on 12 December 2014 - 04:28 PM

Motherfuck. I got an APA scholarship!




#1136101 Signature social netwokring icons HOWTO

Posted by SquallStrife on 19 August 2014 - 11:51 PM

Nich has kindly allowed us to use 16x16 images in our sigs.

What this is intended for is social networking icons.

What this is not intended for is tiny goatse, or a grid array of 16x16 images making up a larger image. These are dick moves and will get it taken away, I dare say.

How to use this thing:
 
Twitter:

[img=http://i.imgur.com/AzpUvwG.png] [url=https://twitter.com/squallstrifeau]@squallstrifeau[/url]

AzpUvwG.png @squallstrifeau

Facebook:

[img=http://i.imgur.com/GnzZ4MM.png] [url=https://facebook.com/your_facebook_name]your_facebook_name[/url]

GnzZ4MM.png your_facebook_name

Google+:

[img=http://i.imgur.com/hymkIuv.png] [url=https://plus.google.com/116001595989695609848]RetroSwim[/url]
or
[img=http://i.imgur.com/q5O6HgO.png] [url=https://plus.google.com/116001595989695609848]RetroSwim[/url]

hymkIuv.png RetroSwim
or
q5O6HgO.png RetroSwim


Tumblr:

[img=http://i.imgur.com/KtRoRHL.png] [url=https://your.tumblr.com]your_tumblr_name[/url]

KtRoRHL.png your_tumblr_name

Linkedin:

[img=http://i.imgur.com/ZBILZwy.png] [url=https://www.linkedin.com/pub/your-name/00/00/000]LinkedIn Profile[/url]

ZBILZwy.png LinkedIn Profile


Youtube:

[img=http://i.imgur.com/SyDjDDk.png] [url=https://www.youtube.com/user/retroswim][retro swim][/url]

SyDjDDk.png [retro swim]

Vimeo:

[img=http://i.imgur.com/KsrgYPM.png] [url=https://vimeo.com/yourchannelname]Your channel name[/url]

KsrgYPM.png Your channel name

Blip:

[img=http://i.imgur.com/A2Nr62Q.png] [url=http://blip.tv/yourchannelname]Your channel name[/url]

A2Nr62Q.png Your channel name

Twitch:

[img=http://i.imgur.com/zikH1FU.png] [url=http://twitch.tv/yourchannelname]Your channel name[/url]

zikH1FU.png Your channel name
 
Of course, since you only get 4 lines on which to display your thingies, a swish way to list them horizontally is using the pipe character (shift+backslash):

[img=http://i.imgur.com/SyDjDDk.png] [url=https://www.youtube.com/user/retroswim][retro swim][/url] | [img=http://i.imgur.com/hymkIuv.png] [url=https://plus.google.com/116001595989695609848]RetroSwim[/url] | [img=http://i.imgur.com/AzpUvwG.png] [url=https://twitter.com/squallstrifeau]@squallstrifeau[/url]

Finally, for some reason if I'm using the code editor, the space between the icon and the link is dropped, but if I switch to rich-text and delete+replace that space, it renders properly. *shrugs*