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  • 29-January-2015 - Swannanoa wiring tidied up, changed so its now polled every 5mins - thanks Dave. Will change the graphs to match this change over the next few days. Working on a fix for the Tai Tapu weather station.

  • 08-December-2014 - View Hill camera working as of a few months ago, Swannanoa camera installed, built a house. Methven weather station will be out of action while a new Internet connection is installed as vodafone RBI connection dead. Tai Tapu changed to a different repeater and needs a small software change to make it more reliable.

  • 30-June-2014 - Swannanoa temporary weather station installed, needs a few hours spent tidying the wiring up and getting the rain gauge sorted. View Hill Camera battery obtained, just need some good weather to install it!

  • 15-February-2014 - Server shifted, Belfast weather station and camera will no longer be available this will change to Swannanoa in a week or so. View Hill Camera will get a new lease of life next long weekend.

  • 14-October-2013 - View Hill camera batteries are dead - will replace soonish, any volunteers to pay for the new ones?

  • 18-April-2013 - Belfast camera servo replaced, Tai Tapu temperature sensor shifted.

  • 01-March-2013 - Belfast Camera servo dead - I plan to replace it this weekend. Tai Tapu weather station operational, temperature sensor will be shifted to prevent false high readings.

  • 08-January-2013 - Good Christmas break. New server installed and running well, thanks heaps Dave. Battery capacity at View Hill weather site increased to 80Ah. Methven wind direction appears dodgy - will investigate. Another site coming soon.

  • 15-October-2012 - Server unhealthy due to dodgy capacitors onboard (had its first restart in several years due to switchboard replacement), limping along at present and should be replaced in several weeks.

  • 20-September-2012 - Methven data intermittent for the last few months. ISP changed to Vodafone RBI - seems to be working well.

  • 09-September-2012 - Back from Sydney on a pork knuckle and decent beer trip.

  • 30-March-2012 - Methven data back up. The Router had issues and has now been replaced, thanks Emily.

  • 26-March-2012 - Methven modem has died again so no data, it's not even a year since it was last replaced.

  • 27-February-2012 - Belfast rain gauge fixed.

  • 20-February-2012 - View Hill temperature sensor is currently broken - will replace soon. Belfast rain Gauge still faulty.

  • 12-January-2012 - Happy New Year, sorry about no updates for some time, last year was a rather busy one all around. Completed a quick sanity on the weather stations over Christmas - looking fine, just a few non urgent jobs to sort out over the next few months. Belfast rain gauge has been broken for some time - it will be replaced soon. I will upload some photos of a few trips and the outdoor bath shortly.

  • 22-August-2011 - Methven Internet connection is broken at the moment, so no data or camera image is available. This is the 2nd time the Orcon modem has made ticking sounds and won't work. I never appreciated how many people use this website.

  • 06-December-2010 - Belfast rain gauge faulty, will fix this soon.

  • 20-September-2010 - Methven camera working again and domain almost successfully changed over.

  • 5-September-2010 - 7.1 Earthquake in Canterbury yesterday, pretty major. Were fine for those who asked. Domain name changed over to new provider and ISP changed, will fix the Methven camera when things have calmed down from the quake.

  • 30-August-2010 - Website will be unavailable for a day or so sometime this week while I change ISP and sort out a new static address.

  • 29-August-2010 - Back from another quick weekend in Sydney to feast on pork knuckles and drink wheat beer.

  • 27-July-2010 - Belfast weather station now running of mains power - no solar panel, wind speed and direction sensor shifted to a higher location. I will remove the 'Solar' references soon.

  • 29-May-2010 - New batteries installed at View Hill, capacity upgraded at the same time. It was a wet/cold brisk walk.

  • 26-May-2010 - I've been busy with our new born Luke, he's 4weeks old today. Little Akaloa and Wharf weather stations are unavailable as new batteries are required at View Hill. I will try and get this done over the next few weeks.

  • 06-March-2010 - Little Akaloa camera on View Hill installed, image taken is towards the tip of the bay.

  • 14-February-2010 - Upgrade mostly complete, theres a bit of tidyup work to happen over the next week. Todays a relax day.

  • 12-February-2010 - Webserver will be unavailable tomorrow; Sat 13th for the majority of the day as a system rebuild, server rearrangement and recabling happens.

  • 09-February-2010 - Webserver will be unavailable for a few hours tonight as it finds a new home.

  • 04-January-2010 - Wine made, ocean temperature viewable and a now single About page.

  • 03-January-2010 - Happy New Year, Little Akaloa ocean temperature sensor installed, will display temperature on the webpage after I've finished making 40L of blackcurrant wine!

  • 27-December-2009 - Merry Christmas, pizza oven now completed - brilliant!, photos now on the Mad Stuff page, see here.

  • 24-October-2009 - Photos uploaded of a recent trip from Sydney to Brisbane, Ripapa Island and another Pizza Oven photo.

  • 06-September-2009 - More work completed on the Pizza Oven, see photos link.

  • 31-August-2009 - New weather station installed at the Little Akaloa Wharf, this is still in the testing phase and weather data will be displayed soon. This site will eventually measure the ocean temperature and hopefully wave height. Pizza Oven base course of fire bricks laid - see photos.

  • 23-August-2009 - Methven weather station running again. Poured top concrete slab for the pizza oven on Saturday.

  • 19-August-2009 - Methven Internet connection is broken and it will be a few days before a contractor can repair this; the wireless modem is making clicking noises!

  • 5-August-2009 - The network socket in the data gathering server decided to die; luckily it has two. I reconfigured the network and it seems to be working now. There will be a small of missed data from this afternoon. These things seem to happen when the servers know they are being replaced, I am preparing a new server at the moment and it will have NIC teaming!

  • 28-July-2009 - Went to Arthurs Pass for the weekend, a few photos are on the Photos page.

  • 19-July-2009 - Installed the repaired Little Akaloa wind speed sensor today at 11:30am, new bearings were fitted. Methven wind speed sensor bearings were replaced yesterday.

  • 16-June-2009 - Photos uploaded from a weekend trip to Sydney, included are a few photos from Cockatoo Island.

  • 01-May-2009 - Little Akaloa Wind Speed sensor was found to have stuffed bearings, will fit new ones and return sensor soon. Photos uploaded of a weekend trip to the West Coast and of the Pizza oven I've started.

  • 15-April-2009 - A few photos uploaded from a trip around the top of the South Island.

  • 13-April-2009 - Wind Speed sensor at Little Akaloa is currently broken, will get around to fixing this soon.

  • 23-February-2009 - Uploaded a few photos from Mt Hutt and Mt Cass.

  • 11-January-2009 - Photos uploaded from Christmas Break at Fox Glacier and Kinloch.

  • 11-January-2009 - Server maintenance complete, lets hope the new power supply and fan last forever...

  • 10-January-2009 - Server maintenance taking place for a few hours tonight, there may be some gaps in the logged data.

  • 03-January-2009 - Server up and running, CPU fan was cooked and PC shutdown due to thermal overload. Will repair fully in the next few days.

  • 02-January-2009 - Windows Server down, hardware issues. No telemetry data will be displayed until its repaired, hopefully this weekend.

  • 15-December-2008 - Methven Rain Gauge working again, installed Sunday 7th December.

  • 24-November-2008 - Went to Sydney for Show Weekend, needed a couple of good feeds of Pork Knuckles and Wheat Bier! See Photos page.

  • 05-November-2008 - A few more photos added to the Photos page. I still haven't got around to repairing the Methven rain gauge, hopefully soon.

  • 19-September-2008 - Methven rain gauge playing up again, will be replaced over the next week. Please ignore any rain recordings from this site for the time being.

  • 6-September-2008 - Cellphone pages have been changed and current camera images are on the Methven and Belfast pages. For Methven visit http://www.andi.co.nz/cell-me.php, Belfast visit http://www.andi.co.nz/cell-be.php and for Little Akaloa visit http://www.andi.co.nz/cell-la.php.

  • 5-September-2008 - Belfast Camera back online, still need to make a rain shield for it. Tidied up some HTML code.

  • 31-August-2008 - Methven Camera working well again, Belfast camera will be offline for a few days while it gets a new housing.

  • 25-August-2008 - Methven Camera appears to be out of focus, will fix soon. Belfast Camera is getting a makeover to prevent moisture ingress.

  • 12-August-2008 - Webserver will be down for 15mins at 4:45pm as it needs a good clean with out compressed air.

  • 27-July-2008 - Methven rain gauge fixed, camera installed and working, pressure max/min and averages on all Methven pages. Photos uploaded of camera construction.

  • 20-July-2008 - Methven rain gauge appears to be faulty, will repair this weekend.

  • 14-July-2008 - Methven Weather Station now live, please let me know any issues you might find. Photos of the installation are on the relevant About page.

  • 13-July-2008 - Uploaded a few photos of the snow we had last weekend, see Photos.

  • 23-June-2008 - Had a fantastic weekend, went for a Flight over Banks Peninsula - see photos. Installed ethernet communications for the new weather station at Methven, I hope to have all the sensors installed and live over the next few weeks. Godley Head photos added from a walk last weekend.

  • 07-June-2008 - Roof camera photo of the snow we had yesterday (7th June 2008) here.

  • 03-June-2008 - Back from a great weekend over on the Westcoast, spent time with the Mid Canterbury 4WD club and visited Stockton Mine, see the Photos link.

  • 12-May-2008 - Back from holiday in Aussy, for photos see Photos link. RTC on Linux machine appears to drift heaps, now using NTP to keep it accurate.

  • 29-April-2008 - Photos added of a day trip around North Canterbury and a walk up Bealey Spur Track in Arthurs Pass, see Photos link.

  • 13-April-2008 - Linux Server now live. Please let me know any issues you might have.

  • 6-April-2008 - Wind Speed displayed on the main page now shows the Beaufort scale for calm and light air winds, a good wikipedia page about it here. Completed a bit of script maintenance. Linux Server running very well, will hopefully make it live over the next week. Roof camera cleaned as there was a spider web infront of it! A few photos around the Christchurch Botanical Gardens here.

  • 25-March-2008 - Spent Easter exploring the West Coast - great fun, photos here.

  • 20-March-2008 - Appears data from belfast site is getting hideously corrupted, strange, radio might be dying, will look at it tonight. Replacement Linux server for the Windows server almost complete - should fix up a few issues and is much quicker at database requests and drawing graphs.

  • 18-March-2008 - No data recorded today so far, will resolve this issue tonight.

  • 08-March-2008 - Site1 Upgrade complete, Wind Direction correctly aligned and a few more issues solved, photos here. Walked up to Cass Peak, just a short walk on the Port Hills of Christchurch Photos here.

  • 03-March-2008 - Spent last weekend in Hanmer, great fun, spent most of the time in the hot pools and did a few walks, a few photos here.

  • 19-February-2008 - A few more photos added to the Photos link.

  • 18-February-2008 - Mad Stuff page changed so you have to click onto each individual item, this prevents all the images being loaded at once, should make things a bit quicker. Will also do this to the photos page and put some more photos on. LA wind direction still incorrect, will hopefully fix it in two weeks depending on weather, 132mm in the last week! Populating new PCB's at the moment - more weather stations to come!

  • 10-February-2008 - Wind Run graphs added to all pages, the pretty green and red coloured ones!

  • 3-February-2008 - Please note that the Wind Direction for Little Akaloa is inaccurate at present ~ maybe upto 30deg out (Resolved 08-03-08). Relevant pages now updated with wind information. Solar panel seems to be performing very well, a few images of the upgrade here and here, I will update the About page soon. To add to the adventure upgrading this site, the repair on the Suzuki's HT lead here and the gash from the barbed wire fence here. Stupid fences!

  • 2-February-2008 - Little Akaloa upgrade almost complete, need to calibrate the wind direction sensor over the next week or so. Will update the webpages with the relevant graphs and data over the next day or so. So far its all looking good. Will upload some new site images also.

  • 23-January-2008 - Went with a few friends to the Sting and The Police concert at the caketin in Wellington on the 17th - was absolutely brilliant, a few images of Picton from the Ferry here and here. Some images of the Spit Roaster and Pig after New Years here, here and the final result here. The Pig turned out succlent and very moist - everyone was impressed, it took about 9hours to cook the 25kg pig and would feed around 40 people. If you want one of these Spit Roasters made, please email me. Little Akaloa upgrade planned for the weekend starting the 2nd February, theres a chance the site might be unavailable for that weekend.

  • 08-January-2008 - Happy New Year and all that. Had a pretty good break, certainly wasn't long enough. Belfast Roof camera has moisture in it, it has been cleaned tonight and resealed together, fingers crossed if it will help! Little Akaloa upgrade currently soak testing at home, upgrade includes wind speed, direction and the ability to gather data from other sites and transmit data back to the server.

  • 22-November-2007 - Server down for about 15mins at 8:30pm due to network cabling rerouting.

  • 21-November-2007 - Back from a 10day trip to Melbourne, 3rd time to Aussy this near - not too bad. Nice weather, spent about half the time travelling the Great Ocean Road and the other half in Melbourne. Just a few pics, Magpie at accomodation here, View from helicopter here, Lighthouse view here, 12 Apostles here, Bear at Melbourne Zoo here and Polish Deli at Victoria Markets here.

  • 10-October-2007 - Rain total added to main page.

  • 01-October-2007 - mysql server issue resolved.

  • 01-October-2007 - mysql server has not changed to Daylight Savings Time - will sort out over the next couple of days. Times logged will be out by minus 1hour.

  • 10-September-2007 - Belfast webcam now working - see link to your left.

  • 01-September-2007 - Broadband speed change to Max upload - should make page loading a bit quicker.

  • 19-August-2007 - Had a relaxing in Hanmer and as always a photo, here.

  • 13-August-2007 - Server Reboot 17:45pm due to backup, down for about 10minutes.

  • 06-August-2007 - Have changed registrar of andi.co.nz domain to Orcon, saves a couple of dollars a year.

  • 31-July-2007 - 74mm of rain was recorded at Little Akaloa on Monday the 30th July 2007 and 42mm at Belfast.

  • 16-July-2007 - Went to Methven in the weekend, photo of Mt Hutt here.

  • 10-July-2007 - Temperatures were cold on Sunday the 8th July, -6.1degC at Belfast and -3.7 at Little Akaloa. There was a good dusting of snow surrounding the hills of LA in the weekend.

  • 18-June-2007 - A total of 36mm of Rain was recorded at Little Akaloa for May, 19mm fell on Wednesday the 2nd May. In May 2006 184mm fell for the whole month, 96mm of that in one day.

  • 10-June-2007 - Went for a walk around Barnett Park, which is against the Port Hills in Christchurch. A grey day but a few photos anyway, Cave here and Moncks Bay here.

  • 22-May-2007 - Back from Sydney again, mostly for work but with a fun weekend afterwards. A few pics - Coogee Beach here, flags on Darling Harbour here and a stuck concrete cutting blade at Circular Quay here. Server seems to have returned to normal for the time being. Webserver and Database will be unavailable for 15mins at 8:30pm due to a backup.

  • 16-May-2007 - Having a few server problems at the moment, should be back to normal in a few days.

  • 01-May-2007 - Missing some of todays data for Belfast due to time being set too close for Belfast and Test site - thought that this may happen. Times now slightly adjusted.

  • 29-April-2007 - Test site added to link page to your left, this will be here until the wind sensors are installed at Little Akaloa.

  • 28-April-2007 - Had a break away with a few friends to the Queenstown area, now for a few photos, jetboating here, Lake Wakatipu here and the Tekapo Canals here. Latest software uploaded to Belfast weather station, ready to install wind sensors and new pcb with software to Little Akaloa when weather and access is okay.

  • 16-April-2007 - Wind Sensor bracket for Little Akaloa made, photo here, more photos uploaded to the Belfast About page. Webserver down for several hours this afternoon to a Telecom cable fault.

  • 26-March-2007 - Back from a few days R&R in Sydney. Photos of Harbour during the day here, at night here and of the submarine at the Maratime Museum here. You can now checkout the weather in a simple format for cell phones, Little Akaloa see http://www.andi.co.nz/cell-la.php and Belfast see http://www.andi.co.nz/cell-be.php, pages are small less than 1KB. Making bracket for LA wind speed and direction sensors.

  • 18-March-2007 - New Solar Panel temporary installed, appears to be functioning fine, old panel has got moisture inside.

  • 13-March-2007 - Charging current for Belfast has been a bit suspect over the last few days, charging circuit is working okay ~ suspect the Solar Panel is playing up. Will put in a replacement panel.

  • 11-March-2007 - Walked up Mt Grey, Ashley Forest, magic weather.

  • 24-February-2007 - Walked up Mt Herbert, Banks Peninsula, rather dodgy weather.

  • 24-January-2007 - Created a new php page where you can select the day and site and it will display that days data, link to this page is under Other and called 'Select Date', any problems with this please email me.

  • 17-January-2007 - VB program crash, restarted. Added error checking into php script on main page to display "N/A" when no data for today is logged. Created a small batch file that checks the VB program to see if its still running, if not it loads the program.

  • 07-January-2007 - Bread maker recipe added to Mad Stuff page as several people have asked for it over the christmas break.

  • 05-January-2007 - Rain pages now add up the total rain for the period selected, one of those things I finally got around to doing. Playing around with battery shunt circuit at Belfast as the Battery is getting over charged. Server reboot planned for 4:30pm today as a few software updates made.

  • 01-January-2007 - Happy New Year, had a good thou short Christmas break, photos of the smoker added to the Mad Stuff page, we now have lots of manuka smoked bacon, yay. We also had a good feed of Paczki's, arrr what a life. Little Akaloa site has now transmitted over 21 thousand times and Belfast over 3 and a half thousand times. New image added to main page, above. In December 2006, 173mm of rain at Little Akaloa and 91mm at Belfast.

  • 16-December-2006 - Google map and RF coverage plot added to Little Akaloa about page, working on software for wind speed/direction sensor for Little Akaloa site.

  • 04-December-2006 - Main page slightly changed, removed photo [trying to find a better one], now displaying latest humidity, wind speed and direction.

  • 19-November-2006 - Missing data from 6am to 3pm today, server fault. Photos from Poland trip added to link on left.

  • 01-October-2006 - Glasshouse controller installed, new pic added to Mad Stuff page, only controlling the watering at this stage.

  • 22-September-2006 - Changed a few of the background colours around.

  • 21-September-2006 - Todays Max temperature is now shown on the main page.

  • 19-September-2006 - Uploaded a short description and some photos about the glasshouse controller to the Mad Stuff page.

  • 12-September-2006 - Missed some data from 5am this morning till 7pm tonight, server fault. It wasn't the sonic boom heard in Canterbury! see here

  • 29-August-2006 - 7day and 30day maximum wind speed graphs are up. No wind direction on those graphs at this stage - too many arrows on the graph to be readable! Working on a new webcamera at the moment. Private link to your left is for some testing remotely - not available to everyone. Glasshouse Controller is currently in the PCB stage and I need to get this completed before the end of September. As usual Photos will be put on the Mad Stuff page when completed. Belfast Rain Page added. Checkout Steve's link - he has updated his site with some new pics of his Russian Journey.

  • 8-August-2006 - Belfast/Home Rain Gauge installed and working at 7:30pm.

  • 6-August-2006 - Belfast/Home Photos added to new About page, no Rain Gauge at Belfast/Home as yet. Photos on Mad Stuff page of front garden - including the lizard. Navigation bar to the left tidied up.

  • 5-August-2006 - Telemetry SITE2 installed outside in enclosure. Planted black currents and a few lemon trees. Photos of both will be uploaded soon.

  • 10-July-2006 - New Processor fan to be installed, server will be down for an hour tonight. DONE.

  • 7-July-2006 - Server down today for a few hours while a new harddrive was installed. Appears to be working okay.

  • 2-July-2006 - Added scans of the designs for the Fish Tank Stand and the new Coffee Tables to the mad stuff page. Photo of the Coffee Tables also added to page.

  • 18-June-2006 - Had a good dump of snow last week in Canterbury. Server Box is now backed up via UPS. Finishing off final touches on new pcb. Plan to soak test new pcb at home for a few months before putting up at Telemetry Site. Will permanently install a weather site at home over the next month or two.

  • 20-May-2006 - Recorded 96mm of Rain on Friday 12th May, 102mm fell in 24hours! The 'Bel' links are not to be taken as real data - these are still experimental.

  • 15-May-2006 - Wind Speed and Direction graphs are 1/2 way there, see 'Bel Today' link for an example.

  • 19-April-2006 - Working on the webpage scripts at the moment, slow progress. Not enough time in the day.

  • 27-February-2006 - A few more images added to the how/why page, charging current graphs now have a pretty 'filled in' effect. Completing code for the new pcb for wind speed and direction, looking good so far.

  • 22-January-2006 - Temperature Sensors working! Installed new sensors (12:16PM 21/01/06), tidied up external cabling by installing new cable in flexible conduit with cable glands, set clock, pictures will be put on the website soon.

  • 10-January-2006 - Site now returned to normal, Temperature Sensors are still not functioning properly - they will be replaced over the next month as well as installing wind speed / direction sensors.

  • 6-January-2006 - Happy New Year and all that, website will be down for a few days while maintenance takes place. Data is not being stored and there will no doubt be a few errors.

  • 27-November-2005 - Server Box finally completed looking tidy with new switch installed. New image on the How/Why? link.

  • 14-November-2005 - Pond Camera working again, new software. Roof Camera has a few problems with pointing into the sun for most of the day, will get around to this soon. The next project is to install a wind speed / direction sensor and new working temperature sensors and do a bit of site maintenance. A bit of web site and server tidy. Router and switch moved to server box - photos soon. TV Listings have been changed to another site NZCity as the TV3 data is now hard to retrieve - they have a very annoying and slow flash media page.

  • 31-October-2005 - Server almost running again.

  • 26-September-2005 - Temperature sensor installed outside at home, data shown above and on 'Home Temp' page.

  • 9-September-2005 - Bugger - outside temperature sensor at site has died, it seems to return +10.9degC all the time! Hope to fix it over the next month.