Moving truck has come here, filled up and is on its way to Canberra. I’ll ride down tomorrow, pick up the keys and delivery is the next day.
Then it’s a quick unpack, maybe build the bed etc and back home.
Logged in this morning, mostly to make sure I remembered my new password (oh I must save that somewhere!). Found a friendly guildie on, but think they are new to the guild (sometime in last 12 months is new okay) and had a good chat while I tried to remember how to get to Pandaria to start questing again.
Eventually I retraced my steps from 2 nights ago and got back to the right place. Looking through my log, I found a talk to blah quest with one still outstanding and found the NPC standing next to me. Quick chat and hand in..
….ding… level 86.
Woot, progress already
Say hi to Mabaho on Saurfang everyone… the GM’s released the name for me. Here’s the response to my ticket…
Hello, My name is Game Master XXXXX. I’m sorry it took so long to get to your ticket, We have a high amount of tickets in queue, but rest assured we are working day and night to lower it as fast as possible. I received your ticket about wanting the name Mabaho made available for you. Good news! It took a fair bit of doin', but I was able to "procure" the name for you. It was a thrilling tale of heroics really I mean I had to get a grifter, a theif, and a hitter. We started by *alarms start blaring* Well that's my cue to take a bow *waves goodbye disappearing off into the shadows* That name is up for grabs. I recommend taking it as soon as possible! We hope you continue to enjoy your experience in World of Warcraft!
So I got a little laugh over that.
At the same time I received notice that my account had been locked for suspicious activity. On balance, the sudden resumption of an inactive account, followed by lots of selling items, stripping toons, clearing banks and transfers must have looked a lot like a stolen account being jacked.
Of course the ticket response and the locking notice arrived shortly after I arrived at work. With a full day of work and a long evening function I was tense most of the day hoping no one could take Mabaho’s name back. I did manage to get in and carry out the transfer so I was a little hopeful it would be safe.
Arrived home at midnight and after a password reset Mabaho lives
So I’ve raised a ticket for Dasal as well. however I suspect as the existing Dasal is a 90 toon, they’re likely to be active and hence inappropriate for a name release. Still it doesn’t hurt to ask.
I resubscribed. And got to work moving gear, mats and money about. I got to the point where I only have the 4 toons for moving and 1 extra bank (eventually) toon on the new server.
Deleting toons, that’s pretty unusual for me. We need a moment of silence for Naknak, Mandrongas, MalakingPuno, Monghe, Hatsya and Engkanto.
Pumatay and Mabango have migrated to the new server, but I haven’t yet logged in. Dasal and Mabaho are ready, but I am not. They haven’t got names yet. I have a lead on one for Mabaho, but Dasal can’t use that option.
So let’s log in and see who’s about….
WoW has been reinstalled on my iMac. I haven’t resubscribed yet, I am pretty busy for the next couple of weeks so there is little point – but I think the decision has been made. Especially with the iMac coming to Canberra, MWO doesn’t like OSX.
I have been looking at the things I will need to do as the guild has moved server since I was last on. Worst of all, I can’t get Dasal or Mabaho their names on the new server. I wouldn’t even know where to start to try and get in touch with the existing toons to offer to take their names over.
I have decided that I will only transfer a maximum of 4 toons. Mabaho and Dasal (of course) and Pumatay. So I suppose that leaves either Mabango or MalakingPuno. I’m thinking Mabango as she is lvl 76, don’t want to waste all that effort. I can use the upcoming instant 90 boost on someone I create on the server if I decide there is a class I really want as an alt.
Once I subscribe, I’ll need to go through the banks and alts and make sure I have all the stuff I want to take with me on those four toons. Then its off to the vendors or DE the rest, and I think that’s it. Swag packed and its moving time for them too.
I understand I should have an invite sitting there to server transfer because I am still in the “guild who moved”. That will put me back in the same guild with all my reputation intact on the new server. I presume its not an instant decision giving me time to do the reorg first.
I think I will ensure that all the other toons are deleted, and I should go back and delete the old Khadgar toon as well. Cleaning house.
So here’s a challenge for both of my readers… Suggestions for new names for Mabaho the Enchancement Shaman, or Dasal the Holy Priest…. And these names must be available on Saurfang.
So I’ll take the iMac and the NAS, and the PS3. The router can stay here as a colleague rightly pointed out, when you sign up for a new internet connection (as I will need to) you’ll get a router anyway.
Am having to move everything back to the NAS though… a small pain. And that leaves them with no library here so I will need to install a serious sized HDD in the PC here to put the iTunes library on….. well maybe just the kids movies would be required. That’d fit on the SSD currently installed.
Might still get another screen for Canberra and perhaps look at getting the PC later. With the OSX changes to multiple desktops, having 2 x 27″ screens would be pretty awesome. And the PS3 can be the TV through the other one when needed. With the money saved, I can look at an Adobe subscription, a WoW subscription and a new pushbike.
OH! I have actually found a place that meets all of my need and want list and much of Mrs list too. I have a double garage, its a few minutes from work. She has a nice modern townhouse with a couple of bedrooms, and somewhere for the kids to go play nearby. Moving day is in a couple of weeks. But I won’t be living there until next year.
Work had me in Canberra last week, doing what I’ll be doing next year. I’m headed down this morning again too (Monday) to keep at it for a couple of days, bolstering the guys who have been doing it this year.
It’s given me a chance to sort out somewhere to live, just got to get those rental applications in now and cross my fingers. Then its the removalists packing the small amount of stuff I am planning to take with me (remember my family is staying here, so most of my stuff is too).
Its getting time for me to order the PC parts so I can put it together. Once I get it up and running I can reorganise the NAS in order to support it. I have already weaned the iMac off the NAS so now iTunes is back onto a USB hard drive. I still have the NAS copy as backup so I’m not too unhappy (and still have an off site backup at the moment – though once the NAS and the PC move to Canberra they’ll be the offsite backup).
World of Warcraft
I’m thinking about playing WoW again. My old guild is recruiting and their current raid nights (Mon Wed Thu) are perfect for me next year. Home alone all week but with my family all weekend, the Fri, Sat, Sun roster won’t work for me. They’re also friends and it would be great to play with them and for the first time, play in the raiding team. They need a healer and I could also main Dasal instead of Mabaho.
I just have to level them….
… and server transfer…
…. and gear up, lol.
The other thing I was considering was that in the new expansion the raid sizes aren’t fixed, so I could join in as well.
So its back to the old challenge – be level cap BEFORE the expac comes out. And this is with a year penalty start!
Well I have been occasionally working on my intentions for my IT plan when I move to Canberra. The sketch above is my current favourite. The red lines are Gigabit Ethernet (I have a spare modem/router at the moment)
Mini ATX PC
I think that covers everything. I already have the PS3, the NAS and the router. I will have to buy the monitor and build the PC but that’s not hard. I’ve got the parts list pretty much sorted now. Get the MacMini later (as I can live with my phone and iCloud for that stuff initially) or I may consider a MacBook Air instead if I find the portability useful.
Later a second 27″ monitor would be pretty sweet
Home will keep the older i7 PC and the iMac. I’ll move the iTunes library back to an external HDD from the NAS. This will be more simple for them to manage (though the NAS has hardly caused any trouble so far for them) as all are pretty maintenance free.
Look like a good setup?
Argh, Apple, what have you got against NAS? Many may be aware that Apple has released its latest version of OSX, called Mavericks. As part of the update they have given iMovie and iPhoto a makeover.
While the upgrade to Mavericks went without any trouble, the iMovie update has not gone so well. The previous iMovie didn’t support NAS, though eventually with some searching across the internet I found this
defaults write -app iMovie allowNV -bool true
which when typed into Terminal (OSX command line interface – very powerful) fixed it.
The new iMovie broke the link again. The command hasn’t worked on it, so now I’m stuck (like many other people) with a load of iMovie projects that I can’t load into iMovie without copying back onto my iMac’s HDD. Now we’re talking about gigabytes of stuff and you might recall I have had a disk space issue with just my iTunes Library. There’s no way I can keep all my iMovie projects on the HDD!
My frustration is increased as I did spend a little bit of money (not a big amount, but about $500-$800) on setting up the NAS. It’s still working fine as my iTunes Library by the way. Anyway I spent the money and it isn’t able to be used as much as I had hoped because of strange limitations that are in other applications.
So I considered moving up to Final Cut, Apple’s higher specification video editing program (aimed at professionals), but some brief research tells me it has exactly the same limitation. I wonder if iPhoto and Aperture (Apple’s photo programs) do as well – though I’ve kept the iPhoto Library on the iMac. Come on, even lowly little me has gigabytes of video, imagine a pro! And they want it all to fit on the 1TB HDD that comes standard. Someone commented that they might want us to move to Thunderbolt instead of Ethernet, but I read that Thunderbolt solutions don’t work either!
Now I’m looking into totally avoiding the problem and moving to Adobe’s Creative Cloud. I’m just doing some research about costs and whether it can use a NAS when on OSX.
The advantages are that I would be able to use all of Adobe’s Creative programs (Photoshop, Premiere and Dreamweaver and many others) on two computers even different OS, and get lifetime upgrades. For a cost that would save me money for a few years. It looks promising.
It’s great to see Ming-na on screen again, but that’s not enough for me to keep watching. I got through two and a half episodes, but not interested enough to finish the third one.
The stories are pretty simple, there’s little tension and it seems to have little imagination in it. The Fitz-Simmons characters grate and the action man guy is awful. Still I suppose they are supposed to comic book folks, but that doesn’t mean one dimensional these days.
So I won’t be watching it. Still watching Heroes anyway, and there’s no way MAoS compares to the twists and performances in that show.