About this web site

This web site exists mainly for the purposes of tinkering and to serve as an online reference for my brain, which tends to forget everything it doesn’t process on a regular basis. I can sit through a much-anticipated movie then look dumb when others talk about a particular scene that may have been spectacular. It seems that technology has atrophied my brain, which is now capable of a few short sprints, but definitely not a long distance walk or run. Since the internet is only a few steps away, this web site has come to my rescue!

About Me

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My name is Marc Fearby and I live in the city of Tamworth, in the state of New South Wales, in Australia. I am 30 years old and currently work as a web/database programmer for a large organisation in Tamworth. My picture (right) was taken in Beijing in 2002 (more of the photos I took can be seen under the “Beijing photos” link at the top of the page).

Interests

  • Classical music; favourite composers: Sibelius, Ravel, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Medtner, de Falla, Brahms, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Copland, Vaughan Williams… the list goes on!
  • Programming; favourite language: perl. I have experience in ASP but I prefer not to think about it since it gives me a headache. I also tinker with java script and CSS, but these two also give me headaches because of a certain, crapulent, “web browser”. I have also studied a few Java subjects for my university degree, and given the choice between it and .NET, I will be taking “it”.
  • Languages; in particular, German, and all the Germanic languages (which includes the only language I speak fluently, English). My SBS Atlas of Languages fascinates me greatly. If only I had more time.
  • Science fiction; favourite programs: Star Trek The Next Generation, Voyager, and Deep Space Nine, Babylon 5, Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis, Battlestar Galactica (the remake), Star Wars…
  • TV Shows; favourites include The Simpsons, Seinfeld, Hogan’s Heroes, Dad’s Army, ‘Allo ‘Allo, Yes Minister, Yes Prime Minister, Frasier, South Park…
  • Movies; usually a good action film and always a good submarine flick. Oh, and sci-fi movies, too
  • Books; favourite author: Collen McCullough for her Roman sextet of novels. Actually, I haven’t had a lot of time to read books since I discovered computers, which is a sorry state of affairs I hope to correct in 2005.

9 thoughts on “About this web site

  1. Hi Mark
    You’re funny.
    I really enjoy reading your ramblings on your home page..
    Hope all is well with you, your Latin, your classical music and your
    Programming…hehehe
    How about Simon -Alison and their cute baby..How good is that story.
    Cya
    Tim

  2. Fun to see you live in Australia and your website features on top a part of Vermeers “View on Delft”. I live in Delft and this view is only a brisk walk from my appartment. Yes, it’s still there!

  3. Hi Russell,

    Posting comments is something we often do and never return to the scene of the crime (unless, of course, you posted a comment sure to stir up some contention, in which case you’d be checking back frequently to see what sort of damage you’d done… as with digg.com, for example).

    With the end in sight I wish you luck with finishing your degree. Having to do statistics as well as your major project? I can think of sharp implements I’d prefer to stick into my eyeballs than have to go through that double-whammy of delight! I’m so glad that it’s over :-)

    I’m turning 33 soon and that’s definitely time to finish school (though, I’ve recently started piano lessons, so I guess I’m still a glutton for punishment).

    Cheers,

    Marc

  4. Hello Mark,

    Please accept my very late thanks for your reply of 10th. March 2006. I had not actually realised that you had replied until I was Googleing my name today and it picked up my name on this page.

    Anyway, congratulations on your graduation. I think out of all my CSU subjects that you were perhaps the person who was in the most of the time. I am currently suffering the joys of the Major Project subject plus the Descion Support statistical subject with my graduation scheduled for May 2008. As I have just turned 50 I guess it is about time that I left school for good.

    Anyway, best of luck with your future career.

    Regards
    Russell Freshwater

  5. Hi Russell,

    The Webtemp program can be found here: http://www.coolhardware.de/ and costs 11 Euro. You don’t have to configure it to upload images to a web site, so you can keep it running in the sys-tray and use it stand-alone. I would have to say that if you have installed any Windows software before, then you could easily install this :)

    It comes with easy-to-use options for further configuration if you should be interested in tweaking it a little. Webtemp relies on SpeedFan or Mother Board Monitor to get CPU temperate information, but the product web page explains that.

    Perhaps DOS is limited, but any of the popular shells available in Linux/BSD/OS-X/Unix are miles ahead. It’s been a while since I did much with Linux, but my “Learning the BASH Shell” O’Reilly book leaves me with no doubt that DOS is an amoeba’s toy by comparison (no offense intended, since I still have to put up with the limitations of DOS and batch files on a daily basis at work, sadly).

  6. Hi Mark,

    Nice site.

    Just enquiring regarding your neat P.C. Stats.

    What software ( freeware ? ) etc. would I need to get a similiar thing up and running locally on my own P.C. ( Not intending to publish to the web at this stage ).

    Also what particular skills would I need to get PC Stats up and running ?

    Being a fair bit older than yourself ( 48 in fact ) I am a bit of a Command Line ( DOS ) fanatic. I am into administration sites such as http://www.commandline.co.uk and http://www.robvanderwoude.com/

    I find the Command Line to be both very limited and extremely powerful.

    Regards
    Russell Freshwater ( Fellow CSU Student from Sydney )

  7. I am not a lefty, and I am not a righty. I am a centrist who has voted for all of the major political parties in Australia over the years (except the Democrats and the federal ALP).

    Regarding Michael Moore not being a “respected journalist”, I will agree that his message is delivered with a great deal of personal belief, but he commands my respect. He even published a book, The Official Fahrenheit 9/11 Reader, to serve as a bibliography to the documentary so that anybody who might refute his allegations or conclusions, is free to check his sources and judge for themselves. This seems like something a respected journalist would do, don’t you think?

  8. You read way too much Michael Moore, He’s not a respected journalist but in the same vein as Larry Flint, a weirdo outside the mainstream screaming lies and conjecture. If you’re open minded enough to think that there may be truth you’re not hearing in your circle of sources (around Moore) read “Bias” by Bernard Goldberg and learn how your media has made you a lefty.

  9. I know what you’re saying about books. I used to be a reader of a minimum of 10 per month. After a C64 came into my life in 1984, that number dropped to 5 or 6 and once the internet came along, the only books I read were those I had to, for University, in the early 90s. However, all is not lost. I have discovered e-books and although its not the same as having the smell and feel of a hard copy in your hands, you can actually store so many more. My physical bookshelves are overflowing onto the floor but the digital ones never will. :)

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