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    SQ Tips, Trips and Tales

    From an email received a few minutes ago: COMPLIMENTARY EXTENSION OF EXPIRING KRISFLYER MILES AND KRISFLYER MILESTONE REWARDS To offer you greater flexibility as you plan your travels in the coming year, we will pause the expiration of KrisFlyer miles in 2022. This means any KrisFlyer miles...
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    Travel Insurance which covers COVID-19?

    I tend to book my travel insurance as soon as I book my flights, and that came in handy a few years go when a volcanic eruption affected a bunch of flights including mine. If I'd waited until a couple of weeks before the trip I would not have been covered as it was a "known event" by then, but...
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    Smart Things and Home Automation

    I can temporarily drop the firewall on that subnet for firmware upgrades or connecting a new device.
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    Smart Things and Home Automation

    Yes, separate vlan that can only access my homeassistant instance. Not my LAN or the Internet. I'm using Unifi access points and an Edgerouter.
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    Smart Things and Home Automation

    It's a 4GB, and it wasn't running out of memory, the CPU just wasn't keeping up so it would take several seconds between pushing a light switch and the light turning on or off. And that's with only half a dozen (WiFi connected) lightglobes, the light switches and some temperature sensors. I'm...
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    Smart Things and Home Automation

    I ran home assistant on a Pi4 for a while, but it wasn't powerful enough to keep up, so I run it on a HP microserver now. I'm still using the Pi to host a USB Zigbee receiver, which I have a bunch of cheap lightswitches talk to - and I use the Bluetooth receiver on the Pi to keep track of my...
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    Orbital Mechanics - and Similar Travel Methods

    They're also used in drones (UAVs) https://www.suasnews.com/2020/03/orbital-uav-appointed-primary-engine-supplier-to-boeing-supplier-insitu/
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    Is it Time to transfer/withdraw points from Velocity?

    Some notes I have in a spreadsheet for tracking points: 21500-27700 per leg for PER->SYD Economy 38800-57400 per leg for PER->SYD Business 43000-53000 per leg for PER->DUD Economy 75000-85000 per leg for PER->DUD Business (or 60,000 + $150/leg)
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    Cruising choices with an active Pandemic

    Another option might be to not pay any more than you already have - and then wait and see what happens. If they chase you for final payment ask them what guarantee they can provide that the cruise will actually go ahead. It's what I was planning to do with my June cruise - final payment was...
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    Cruising choices with an active Pandemic

    And the same for crew - cruise companies have worked out it's cheaper & easier to take crew back home themselves (on their otherwise idle ships) rather than try to get them home otherwise. Eg Amsterdam which dropped off all its passengers in Fremantle, sailed to South Africa to reprovision and...
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    Cruising choices with an active Pandemic

    "CDC says coronavirus survived in Princess Cruise ship cabins for up to 17 days after passengers left" https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/23/cdc-coronavirus-survived-in-princess-cruise-cabins-up-to-17-days-after-passengers-left.html Edit: Oops, just realised drron posted the same article earlier...
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    Emirates flights to Australia

    And they've just changed their mind again, and are now once again shutting down all passenger services from Wednesday "Emirates has again changed its decision on flights, temporarily suspending all passenger services for two weeks starting from 25 March 2020, the airline has just announced."
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    Anyone Still Flying Domestic?

    "[SA Premier] Steven Marshall said there would be some “logical exceptions” to the quarantine requirements, particularly around freight." and the WA police commissioner Chris Dawson said "cargo and essential services would be exempt from the quarantine requirement. Some travel associated with...
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    Anyone Still Flying Domestic?

    WA borders will shut on Tuesday as well - after 1:30pm all travellers will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Those arriving by road may be required to quarantine immediately across the border (in Kununurra or Eucla) and the Premier is talking about using Rottnest Island as a quarantine...
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    Cruising choices with an active Pandemic

    I agree, cruise ships make for poor quarantine locations - and as I alluded to earlier I personally don't think this particular ship was a risk - but there's a vast chasm between "leaving everyone on board" and "letting them go free without restrictions" Meanwhile our premier just said:
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