Fire in the Hole

and other pizzas you can’t order anymore 🙁

Fire in the HoleThe Mad Moose gourmet pizza restaurant is gone!  They closed the doors Tuesday 8 August.  No more will I be able to order the “Fire in the Hole” pizza.


From the The Mad Moose Facebook page:

For the past 10 years it has been a privilege providing you with Yarravilles best pizza experience.

Sadly we have closed permanently.

We closed our doors for the very last time Tuesday night.

It has been a pleasure serving (most of) you.

We have met some amazing people, customers, staff and suppliers along the way.

I’d especially like to thank our loyal customers that have been with us through the years.

It is a very tough market at the moment and I have had to make an equally tough decision.

We understand that this closure may come as a surprise and may upset some customers. We deeply apologise for the inconvenience and the fact that you will now need to find another pizza place.

Sincerely Logan and the Mad Moose crew.

“Logon failure: the user has not been granted the requested logon type at this computer”

CustomCPZoomedQuick answer:
In Windows 7/8/10, we use a third-party Credential Provider, and it was blocking LOCAL (ie. not Domain) accounts from logging on.  Removing the third-party CP resolved the issue.  (we have logged a fault with the vendor).

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Notes on Learner Driving

OPAPA Hazard Avoidance

  • Observe
  • Plan
  • Anticipate
  • Priorities
  • Act

Stages In Braking

  • Perception (Time/Distance)
  • Reaction (Time/Distance)
  • Braking (Time/Distance)
  • Overall (Total of Time/Distance)


  • Mirrors
  • Signal
  • Mirrors
  • Head Check

(notes taken during a Learner Driver session)

Saturday Link Roundup

Windows networking
Changing the MTU size in Windows Vista, 7 or 8
Changing MTU in Windows Vista
TCP/IP and NetBT configuration parameters for Windows 2000 or Windows NT
How to Use Traceroute to Identify Network Problems

Acting etc.
The Rehearsal Room
The Real Accent Application

T-Shirt printing
Tee Junction
The Print Bar
Speedy tees

Melbourne’s Streets & Lanes
Florida Veterinary Behaviour Service
(Has articles on pet behaviour.)

Today I learnt about FIPS and SHA1

Sha-familySystem.InvalidOperationException: This implementation is not part of the Windows Platform FIPS validated cryptographic algorithms. at System.Security.Cryptography.SHA1Managed..ctor() at ....

When I say “learnt”, it was more about reading documents to determine what happened to cause the above error.

I suspect either of these:

  1. Microsoft have released a new schannel.dll which removes and/or breaks SHA1 functionally.
  2. The Group Policy setting “System cryptography: Use FIPS compliant algorithms for encryption, hashing, and signing” has been enabled.

My quick “fix” was to change the application to use a different hashing algorithm.


Quote: All of us, at some point during our lifetime, will need a little help and a little compassion from others

All of us, at some point during our lifetime, will need a little help and a little compassion from others.  All of us, due to the nature of our existence, with our need for food, shelter, clothing and medical care; will find ourselves in need.  It is human nature to believe that “it” will never happen to us (“it”, of course, being bad luck). But, rest assured, it can, and it will.

TTAC Commenter “Funky”

What is my iTunes podcast bitrate?

… and why should I care …

Well for those times when you get this error message when trying to download a 1 hour podcast:
Connect to a Wi-Fi network or use iTunes on your computer to download.

My suspicion is that the podcast author is using a high Bit Rate.  Luckily you can get this information by adding the “Bit Rate” column into the iTune application Podcast view.
Podcasts view showing the highlighted Bit Rate column

Which confirmed my suspicion.  My favourite podcast uses a 256 kbps Bit Rate (podcast not shown above).

Let’s confirm that by looking at the actual audio files.  I did that by doing the following:

  1. Downloaded the iMazing application.
    iMazing will allow me to extract some additional; information from the podcasts.
    (the iMazing trial edition allows you to copy up to 50 files off the iPhone).
  2. Exported a number of podcasts to compare with the “large” podcast.
  3. Compared them below.
Podcast Bit Rate
File size Length Format Mono / Stereo?
A.D.D. Comedy with Dave Razowsky 114 50.8 MB 1hr


Conversations 64 22.3 MB 0hr 48m 10s


How ‘Bout This 128 95.7 MB 1h 44m 9s


Impro Podcast – Claudia Hoppe 160 67 MB 0hr 58min 30s


Improv Nerd With Jimmy Carrane 128 52.6 MB 0hr 57min 11s


Mr. Fred’s Amazing Podcast 256 108 MB 0hr 58min 56s


Story Wise Woodend 64 12.4 MB 0hr 26min 51s


The Comedian’s Comedian 64 34.2 MB 1h 11m 36s



The reason why the “Mr. Fred’s Amazing Podcast” podcast is over 100 MB, is that the author is using a high Bit Rate.  Reducing the Bit rate would mean that I could download it over a cell phone network AND they would save on hosting costs.

The Podcast Host: What Bitrate Should I Use For a Podcast?

Saturday Link Roundup

Collecting Windows 10 “Anniversary Edition” Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows 7 Readyboot fix

Find and remove duplicate items in your iTunes library

How to Remove Broken or Dead Tracks from iTunes
This article allowed me to tidy up my music collection.

WA Health – Centre for Clinical Interventions
Has a list of resources to assist with

  • Assertiveness
  • Depression
  • Body Dysmorphia
  • Distress Intolerance
  • Health Anxiety
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Disordered Eating
  • Panic Attacks
  • Perfectionism
  • Procrastination
  • Social Anxiety
  • Chronic worrying