Day 5–Helsinki

After waking up early, realising the internet was out and eventually going back to sleep we had a lazy morning of eating through the rest of our non-transportable food and generally packing before heading off to Helsinki. Great run with no dramas and with the petrol station leading into our drop-off we bid farewell to…

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Day 4–Spin around the Archipelago

After another bad night of sleep with a throbbing arm I was wide awake for 3:30am. Switching sides had made it a lot better meaning my good side got bumped in the night. Good time to do the previous day’s post. I’ve given up on finishing my deck till I get to Helsinki tomorrow where…

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Day 3–Rainy Day In Turku

As we settled into our cabin it started to rain. It rained most of the night and the early hours of the morning. After a full day of being out of my arm brace and battling for bed space in the not king size bed my arm was sore so I was promptly awake at…

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Day 2–Cruisy Drive to Turku

After crashing hard, unsurprisingly I woke up crazy early. Luckily I packed a bag of lollies we quickly devoured at 2am. We have heaps of time to kill before we head to Turku so lots of light napping till about 8 when we venture out to the big shopping centre on the other side of…

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Day 1– To Helsinki

Our journey began with a delayed flight. Many thanks to Cathay Pacific for the sms around 6pm to tell us our flight was delayed till 2am so we could alter our pickup and spend a little less time at the airport. Unsurprisingly it is fairly quiet at that time so getting through security was pretty…

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Ignite Australia 2017 Wrap-up

Last week I had the pleasure to present at Ignite Australia. I’ve missed the last few as it’s coincided with overseas trips so moving to February worked out well. I presented Lessons from Hollywood: Building the interactions of tomorrow today. It was a big different to the techy talks I normally do as it was…

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Creating a Diprotodon for HoloLens–Dippy is Born

I recently presented at Ignite Australia on Lessons from Hollywood: Building the interactions of tomorrow today . For that talk and for fun I wanted to create something from scratch rather than use assets someone else made. Now I have 0 graphical ability but fortunately my brother Adrian did get those genes instead. My brief…

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Using the C for Airtap in HoloLens

When I first used HoloLens almost two years ago I was taught the air tap. I looked a lot like the picture above. It worked for me and I was content. A few months ago, I got my own device and started sharing how cool the device was. So then I had to teach people…

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Brisbane .Net–Reality Check Wrap-up

Tonight was the Brisbane .Net User Group where Dave was kind enough to introduce me. There were so many options for what to show and talk about I had to step back and think that most people will not have even seen a HoloLens in the flesh before so went right back to basics. I’d…

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Quick Reset of Unity Transforms

I was working through Rick’s Creative Coding with Unity sessions and one of those nice little tips he gave was how to quickly reset your transform properties. Instead of painfully setting them all to 0’s each time : Select the little cog menu on the far right of the transform section SelectReset

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DDD 2016 Wrap-up

DDD Brisbane is done and dusted for another year. After 5 years at QUT this year we grew yet again and took on a new venue. The lovely Advanced Engineering Building at UQ. At 6:30 this crew started arriving to help setup. We had over 400 bags, lanyards, agendas, many tables, lecterns etc. to get…

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HoloLens–First Reactions

After getting a real HoloLens I thought the best thing was to take it out into the world to meet some real people. Normally I’d spend some time to put together a nice presentation. I hadn’t had time so I was bad and winged it. My first experiment was an interesting one. I’d configured the…

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Factory resetting your HoloLens

After playing with the emulator for awhile I finally caved and bought a real device. While doing the initial setup I got stuck at the network connection screen. At first I thought this was due to the hotel internet needing a special browser page with details to login so I left it. The next day…

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Day 26 Humberstone

I booked us a rental car so we could go to Humberstone for the morning. The Thrifty was a few blocks away and we picked up our little car. It’s manual (neither of us has driven a manual for almost 3 years) and they drive on the wrong side of the road here and almost…

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Day 25 – EarthQuake

After a good sleep-in after yesterday’s long bus trip we went for a wander around the town and to look for some lunch. There’s a long ‘boardwalk’ along the coast. There’s a bunch of construction going on all along here which I’m guessing is getting ready for summer. They’re adding some nice timber walkways and…

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Day 24–ANZ Outage and Bus Change Fun

Sleep-in after yesterday. Tomorrow we head off but not till 9:30pm and have to check out at 12 so we’re trying to find options to keep us amused. Then I notice we could get an alternate bus but it’s not “direct”. We can’t book online which is really odd. So we pop out for lunch…

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Day 23–Tour Day

Today was a long day. We did a big tour of some of the main sites. First main stop was at the old bell tower and we saw the nun from the church across the road climb the ladder and ring it. Next up Tropic of Capricorn. Pass some vicunas. Next we arrived at some…

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Day 22 Checking Out the Desert

Saturday morning we had a bit of a sleep in after lots of travel it starts to catch up with you. We have the biggest bed I’ve ever seen. It’s like sleeping in a bed by yourself the other person is so far away and we’re used to sleeping in a King. The afternoon was…

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