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You might try looking on Alibaba.com for a manufacturer, and from the contact info for the manufacturer try to find out if there is a distributor, nearer NZ, who will ship in small quantity ? [^], [^].
good luck, Bill
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It cost me $10-15 to mail a large envelope with two news papers from the US to Australia a few years ago. That was USPS slowmail though; as a business owner I'd insist on UPS/FedEx for tracking and they'd almost certainly cost several times as much since they only offer air freight service, not slow boat.
Did you ever see history portrayed as an old man with a wise brow and pulseless heart, waging all things in the balance of reason?
Is not rather the genius of history like an eternal, imploring maiden, full of fire, with a burning heart and flaming soul, humanly warm and humanly beautiful?
Training a telescope on one’s own belly button will only reveal lint. You like that? You go right on staring at it. I prefer looking at galaxies.
-- Sarah Hoyt
So I noticed that a couple of friends had endorsed my skills on LinkedIn. Since neither are in IT or really understand what it is I do I'm really not sure why they did that.
Anyway, I noticed a dialog with 4 very nice pictures of people I know all asking to be endorsed for various skills. So I did. An then 4 more pictures appeared. So I endorsed them as well. This went on for some considerable time. I even endorsed for people I don't really care for. Why not? How meaningful are these endorsements anyway?
I can only conclude that an endorsement from em is somewhat akin to the kiss of career death as it is really quite meaningless as are the endorsements I've been given.
I mean, how can my friend, who wouldn't know his ass from recursion know that I'm any good at c#???
"If you think it's expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur." Red Adair. Those who seek perfection will only find imperfection nils illegitimus carborundum
It's an interesting point you bring up there. About four years ago I made the mistake of admitting to my line manager about having VB6 experience. So I enjoyed the privilege of looking after a 10+ year old legacy application, a huge sprawling mess that used delimited text files and FTP in place of webservices, hundreds of forms, no code comments, a SQL data layer spread over about 500 files and not a unit test in sight.
lesson learned: never volunteer for anything and always keep your mouth shut
I've just looked at my linkedin and while all I can do is view peoples' endorsements of me, I can actually retract my endorsements of others. I guess you'd have to contact them and ask for an unendorsement, if that's even a word!
I believe it is LinkedIn trying to get you to interact in some way...LinkedIn hope you will want to go further than just clicking accept and maybe look at a profile or something else...anyway there's a method in their madness, you just have to join their insanity to find out why.
Yeah, when some one endorses you and you try to endorse them back, you are given a list of 4 random contacts to endorse, but *not* the person that endorsed you in the first place, because that would "close the loop". They want it to keep propagating like a virus.
Well, it's probably best that your non IT-friends endorse you. The rest of us know that you suck like heck at C# and would never be caught dead writing an endorsement...
Anything that is unrelated to elephants is irrelephant Anonymous ----- Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience Greg King ----- I had the right to remain silent, but I didn't have the ability! Ron White, Comedian
It might not necessary they should have to be Developers to endorse you; may be they have heard of your skills through your friends or colleagues.
But, yes these endorsements should be allowed within your direct friends (network) and if he/she is not possessing the same skill as the skill they are endorsing for you should give some remarks as to why (the reason) they are endorsing.
Previous -> Read "CLR via C#" by Jeffrey Ritcher.
Current -> Exploring WCF thru Apress' "Pro WCF" by Chris Peiris and Dennis Mulder.
Next -> Need to read "The Art of Computer Programming" by Donald E. Knuth.
Today I was reviewing the company's phone bill for irregularities prior to authorizing payment and noted an odd number. I Googled it, hoping to see who the number belongs to, but instead I got a bunch of file links. Noting one was from NASA[^], I clicked on the link. It looks like a transcript of ET's last call home!
Mine is remarkably similar to yours actually just smaller, less machines, combined devices, no VPN/WAN connection as yet.
My DVR is also my TV-PC and connection to the internet. My VMs are also spread over 2 machines but don't yet have their own internal sub net ( my networking skills are essentially non existent ) and my large scale storage hangs off machines via USB2/3 rather than being on the network.
Most of what I have is essentially salvage, recycled dead machines and stuff that should have died years ago but hasn't. A bit like a retirement home for once really good PCs that aren't quite ready to give in to entropy and the ghosts of others that exist now only as VMs.
"The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage."
Thucydides (B.C. 460-400)
Currently no real network (Wi-Fi is it), but I have some good sized plans for a full RAID backup system, a set of media servers, some CI servers, and an integrated home security and automation system. The plans are modular, and do not really depend on each other.
Good grief! I have my workstation cabled to the DSL modem/router and 2 laptops (one of which is my housemate's) on wifi. I guess the smartphone and occasionally the GalaxyTab ought to be included as well, since they use the wifi too.
Did you include your phones and tablets on your diagram?