Old School

Ha, there is one thing I need to post. It’s my eldest birthday soon and one of the things on her list is a Nintendo 3DS. Not too keen on that idea, She already uses the PS1, the Wii, and the PC. And a PS3 when I move back to Sydney. I don’t think another game machine is right just now.

So I dug about in my box of stuff and pulled out my old Gameboy Colour with Red Pokemon and Pokemon Pinball. Pinball got some action for a while.

But then as I dug through the box I decided it was time for a real lesson in history. Stashed away was something that is really showing my age.

Picked up some batteries from the shops and when we got home I broke out some other Nintendo products. You can see them in this picture.

History Time

History Time

Anyone know what they are? One is orange coloured, one white and I have another dark brown.* Early ancestors of the very 3DS that the eldest wanted for her birthday.

Let me tell you they were a hit. Way more interest in them than in the GB Colour.

*The original Nintendo Game & Watch Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong II and Oil Panic.

So, Netflix huh.

I am finding a lot to watch in Netflix. Currently I’m watching

  • Falling Skies
  • Clone Wars
  • House MD
  • 3rd Rock from the Sun.

That’s a lot of TV :) Sure is filling the “void” of not playing WoW and not really finding another game to play. I’ve watched a bunch of movies as well, some that I hadn’t seen before and never got around to watching before. Some I’d seen before.

Sure it might not have Game of Thrones or the enormous range that the US one has apparently, but it has only just started. More gets added all the time too, for example “Guardians of the Galaxy” has just arrived.

So what are you guys watching on Netflix? Have you tried Stan or Presto as an alternative?

K.I.S.S follow up

OK. I measured out the distance and went out to find some options at the shops. I came back with a long cable and a connector to allow me to have RJ12 on one end and RJ45 on the other. As I was mucking trying to sort out the tidiest route to run the cable I tried one of the other sockets in the house, which also worked.

Then it dawned on me that the socket I had just tried was an RJ12 not the RJ45. I could run the big long cable without connectors (less signal loss) and put the routers exactly where I had planned in the first place.

Bonus was that the cable would run around the rooms in such a way that I wouldn’t be crossing (and likely tripping or pulling them out) the cables very often.

And all was good…..

K.I.S.S

Well after a non-stop drive down to Canberra, I’m finally in my place here… and probably should head to bed very soon.

I spent the afternoon building desks and unpacking, connecting computers, after carrying all of it upstairs. I then spent some time trying to work out why the internet wasn’t working. About 1930 I logged a job on the service desk and waited…

and waited…

and waited…

and waited…

I was just about to turn in for the night (about 2130) when the Tech Support guy rang me back. He was very helpful and we eventually established that the phone jack in the room I have set up as a study, isn’t connected to the phone line in the house.

So now I have the modem in one room, wifi to the iMac here and the server with my iTunes library and Time Machine backup is currently off the network (no wifi card in it).

I see several choices.

  • move rooms (means dismantling both desks and beds and swapping them, then putting them together again and setting it all up….. ugh). Though having the ensuite in my study sounds kinda cool.
  • get a tech in to look at patching the port in the study (I don’t think that would be cheap…)
  • some sort of complicated multiple router setup, I could do it easy enough, and I think I wouldn’t even have to buy anything, but I’d still have wifi to the internet.
  • What about a crossover cable to the server? Or is the iMac port smart enough to switch over itself. Of course that works until the new computer and PlayStation get set up here as well, grrrr…

Hmm, maybe I should just measure how long the phone cable needs to be to reach from that room to this one … heads off to start counting paces around the house.

Remember the principle – Keep it Simple, stupid.

 

 

Canberra IT – Change of Plans

ChangeMrs has directed that the iMac comes to Canberra with me – surprised actually, I hadn’t expected to be allowed to do that, hence all the other plans.

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.

 

Canberra – Heading Forwards – and WoW

VFR at Old Parliament House

VFR at Old Parliament House

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!

 

Canberra – IT setup planning

The Cyclons had a plan --- well so do I.

The Cyclons had a plan — well so do I.

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)

Mac Mini

  • iCloud stuff (contacts, email, notes)
  • iTunes
  • Syncing with phone
  • iPhoto

Mini ATX PC

  • Games (MWO for sure but BL2, Walking Dead might stay on Mac. I haven’t decided about a WoW return or not)
  • Video Editing

PS3

  • Games (Still gotta finish Tomb Raider)
  • TV watching and recording

NAS

  • Time Machine backup
  • PC Backup
  • iTunes Library
  • Video storage

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?

Apple why you don’t like NAS??????

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.