May 31

This dishwasher rear rail cap cost £3.45 including delivery. It arrived this morning and I fitted it. Now the top shelf of the dishwasher doesn’t fall off its rails when you pull it out.


Aug 25

I upgraded my iMac from 2GB to 3GB so I could install Lion. My iMac is a late 2006 model Core 2 Duo at 2.16 GHz.

Package from Amazon.
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The Crucial DIMM.


Instructions for accessing the RAM are thoughtfully printed on the underside of the stand.


Two original 1GB DIMMS with one removed (Samsung).


New memory inserted.


Reboot with 3GB RAM 🙂

Aug 15

I bought a new bathroom fan from Amazon a while back but hadn’t got around to installing it.

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Until today. My new drill came in handy as the knock-out for the wiring was in a different place and I had to make a new hole to feed the wiring through. The timer runs a little long so I may turn it down in the future – but the bathroom gets quite steamy so maybe I won’t.


(The fan is actually turning, the flash just froze it in the picture.)

Sep 23

Time to replace the DVD unit in the home theatre again.

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It was a quicker job this time. I didn’t lose any of my settings like region free or speaker delay. Successfully played my filthy rental DVD in time to return it for the next one 🙂

Jul 03

The box containing the DNS-323 and the cheapest compatible drive I could find (which was a 500GB) arrives and is unpacked.


NAS and HD in boxes.


Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB.


Eco-friendly cardboard packaging on the DNS-323.


It is even smaller than I expected.


Cables, power brick.


It seems quite nicely made.


Side by side with HD before installation.


Another view.


Rear view.


Front cover just slides off to slide in drive(s)


Assembled and hacked in short order. Got lighthttpd mySQL and PHP running. Just a bit of tweaking and hardening and then I’ll find a place to tuck it away out of sight and save some desk space 🙂


Tucked away in the home theatre cabinet with other fan-bearing gadgets.


Jun 29

I ordered a D-Link DNS-323 NAS on Amazon for under a £100 with the cheapest supported HD I could find without looking for too long which was a Western Digital Caviar 500GB for £36. Should arrive Thursday and once I’ve hacked it will have a web server, PHP, MySQL and such on it and will serve.

Jun 25


The mechanical timer did the job but was a bit too noisy.


So I replaced it with this.


I shall find out tomorrow if I managed to program it correctly 🙂

Jun 25


Pip managed to smash the dog gate but fortunately I had a roll of duct tape and some metal rods to splint it with.

Jun 16

A while back my desk drawer fell off in a shower of ball bearings. I had to keep papers in a cardboard box on the floor. Today my replacement drawer runners arrived and I fitted them.


Pair of new ball-bearing drawer runners.


Bits of old runners after removal.


New runner drawer side.


New runner desk frame side.


Screw holding drawer runner in place from inside.

Jun 14

My SKY HD DVR needs to be rebooted every day or it develops issues like not recording things. To avoid the hassle of digging around in the cable mess behind the home theatre I plugged it into a RC socket so I could reboot it by remote control.


However remembering to do that every day was a bit of a pain so today I swapped in a timer switch to reboot the box at 6AM every day (a time I’m never recording anything at anyway). Lets see if I got that set up right 🙂



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