So here's a fun Apple/Windows bug I've had for quite some time.

I have a php script which looks at the Date Modified field on a file and renames the file to have the date in it.  I like to have the date in the file name of all my photos.

But I've noticed in the past year or so (perhaps longer!!!) that the script has been getting it wrong with random iPhone photos.  I had a closer look tonight, and found that indeed many of the photos copied to my computer have an incorrect Date Modified.

See the highlighted five photos?  All of them show they were modified at 7:42am on 14 January, but you can see their date taken were all on 13 January.  That means all five files got renamed incorrectly with my script.

iPhone randomly changes date modified

I thought it might have been Instagram, or sending photos by SMS, but it's affecting photos that I've never done anything with.  And one photo I saw with the incorrect Date Modified was modified when I would have been asleep!

The date of the photo on the phone seems to be correct.  And all I do is a manual file system copy from my phone to my D: drive.  I don't do anything fancy like import them with anything.

RenameMaster seems to get it right for files that have Date Taken in them, but sometimes photos don't, and screenshots certainly don't. It freaks out if it doesn't have the field and you get filenames with ? marks all through them because it can't deal.

I think the only way to get this to work is change the script so it will try and use Date Taken, but if that is not available then use Date Modified.

And just for fun, Gorillacam saves its movies in UTC or something (and a day in the future!!), because this movie was clearly taken on the 9th between other photos, yet it shows the date as the next morning!

Gorillacam time

Finished Early

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Finished my Monday evening routine early - it's only 8:15pm!

Hurrah.

Must be time to collapse in front of a jigsaw and some Pride and Prejudice (borrowed off @CLBradley forever ago, hadn't gotten around to watching yet..)

Cataract Dam

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So for years I've been driving past the sign to Cataract Dam but never actually gone to have a look.  This morning I decided to finally go and see it.

There's a huge picnic area there with all the facilities.  I drove around looking for something obvious to mark the dam, and saw a sign saying dam walk this way.  So parked the car and walked down.  Turns out you can actually drive right to it, which I was a bit annoyed about because it was very hot, but hey, at least I got some steps in..

Cataract Dam

Cataract Dam

Cataract Dam

Cataract Dam

Cataract Dam

Cataract Dam

There's a bunch of really cute old buildings from when the dam was built back in the early 1900s.

Old building at Cataract Dam

Just be careful walking around the place in summer - huge spider webs are everywhere, including right across this super huge gap - I nearly walked face first into a web just here!! :(

Cataract Dam picnic area

Will try and see the other dams on future trips.

Gathering

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Rather than Mum coming down to visit over Christmas (which would have added to the chaos around here), I went up to Sydney on the weekend to catch up with her and Ken/Jeanine and Graham/Pam.

I drove up (in Stu's car) on Friday night and pretty much just crashed.

In the morning we headed out - first to drop off some church books to the auditor, then onto Ken and Jeanine's.  From there we headed to Pandora's Restaurant in Rouse Hill for lunch.  I had steak which was quite nice and we sat and chatted for a few hours.

Family gathering

Pandora's Steak

Pandora's Creme Brulee Martini

After lunch Mum and I headed back to Ken and Jeanine's for some relaxing in the spa and nibbles later on.

Ken and Jeanine's spa

Nibbles

How awesome is their outdoor entertaining space?!

Ken and Jeanine's outdoor space

We were pretty amused that Mum matched Jeanine's chair!

Mum blue chair

Got back to Mum's super late and just crashed.

This morning I headed home again, via Cataract Dam.

Didn't get a whole lot done this afternoon, was pretty tired..  But more Good Place!

Thursday

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Always a good day.

Although very busy this morning and was only able to get back into regularly scheduled programming after lunch.

Pizza for dinner (it's Thursday) and finally a new episode of Discovery to watch (it's been *days* !! :) ).

Iori

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Tonight we went with EffanC to Iori for dinner.  We got the Ninja banquet and it was *huge*.  We were all pretty full by the end of it. 

Iori banquet

Went to the Labor Club and had a drink afterwards then came home.

Oh and saw this at KingOs beforehand - a Furphy!  Ok so just the front of one, but pretty cool.

Furphy

Whoops

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The little brother came over tonight (he came up for a meeting at the railway museum where they discussed if would be viable to resurrect the place) and I've stayed up wayyyy past my bed time doing a jigsaw with him.  Whoops.

Not very exciting

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Fairly quiet day.  Didn't get as much done as I'd hoped.  Needed to talk to someone about some work but they were in meetings and then left early.  

Tonight was the usual Monday night dinner, kitchen, washing, as well as backing up my computer, and then it's 8:30pm, so did jigsaw for an hour.  One of the shows I watched tonight was a special Dad had taped from Channel 7's Sunday Night in about 2009 on Airbus, or as they called it, Scarebus.  It was sensationalist ROT and some of the interview questions were horrendous - along the lines of "can you guarantee you'll never have a software fault again?"  Absolutely ridiculous.  I don't know how this classes as "news" television - it was utter garbage.

Took my number plates into Access Canberra today.  Only had to wait 33 minutes from walking in the door to being seen.  Hurrah.

Jason

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So another pretty quiet day today.  Just housework and jigsaw and food shopping.

Cooked tamarind chicken for dinner and watched some Discovery.

And then I totally needed a Jason Isaacs fix.  Looked through the dvd collection.  Considered Dragonheart but he just has a bit part in that.  Then The Patriot, but that was too long.  Next to that on the shelf was Peter Pan and I was sold.  Went downstairs to watch it while doing the jigsaw.  But you know you are captivated by a movie when you can't concentrate on your jigsaw for watching the movie.  Whoops.  

Saying Goodbye

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I bought my first car in January 1997.  It was a 1984 Ford Laser and I paid $5650 for it.  It was kidnapped and murdered in January 2001.  I was devastated.  

1984 Ford Laser

I bought my second car off my friend Cynthia in February 2001.  It was a 1989 Ford Laser and I paid $4300 for it.

1989 Ford Laser

I drove it a lot when I lived in Sydney, but not very much once I moved to Canberra ten years ago (except for a lot of trips to Sydney in it when Dad was dying and afterwards to help clear out the garage and house).

The last time I had it serviced, they said I'd need new tyres, but also they were having trouble sourcing parts.  There just weren't enough of those Lasers around anymore. 

This week I wanted to get it serviced before going to Sydney next week.  For some time recently the brakes had been quite squishy and I wanted to get them looked at.  But apparently it was going to need a new master brake cylinder and cost $600.  Considering how relatively little I've actually had to pay to maintain this car over the years I wouldn't have minded that cost.  But with new tyres it was going to be upwards of $1000.  Again, I'd be ok with that.  But.  If something more serious died it would be crunch time, and it would be sad to have spent all that money and not gotten any value out of it.  And given how little I drive it nowadays I had to make the hard call.  Keep it going or let it go.  In the end I decided to let it go.  With rego and insurance it's over $1000 a year just to have it sitting in the garage.  If necessary renting a car or getting taxis would probably not even come near that.  Rego is due in a month or two so now would be a good a time as any.

I took it out to get a few last photos.

1989 Ford Laser

And then yesterday morning I took it out to Queanbeyan to become an organ donor.

1989 Ford Laser

This was the final odometer reading.  I was so close to 250000km (Stu didn't want me doing even a final trip to Sydney in it).  And so close to having it for seventeen years.  And it was only a year off becoming a "classic" car!

Final odometer reading

This is what I got in return.  I'm tempted to keep it....

100 dollar note

Every time I look at the empty garage I get sad.  Goodbye little car..

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