Dec 11

New heating controllers for the winter. Five TRV heads, a window sensor and a remote control. Discovered a leaky TRV body when installing them so that will need a plumber.

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Installed window sensor using provided double-sided sticky pads.

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May get another remote so I can have one for the office and one for the living room.

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I got a ‘buy three get one free’ deal and got five for the price of four.

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Oct 03

To power the BL-MP01 wireless access point in the lounge. The previous USB power supply got recalled.

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Aug 10

I now have a 3TB, 4TB and 5TB drive. I imagine this will enable me to move my files around until I have everything backed up and room to put new stuff and a backup in a streamlined way. Once I work it out.

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Aug 10

Twenty years, so I got the wife this.

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Jul 05

I got this to provide WiFi downstairs. It plugs into the router attached to the wired ethernet and provides a WiFi point for mobile devices like iPod Touch or iPad.

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The pocket travel bit wasn’t relevant to my needs – it was just the cheapest suitable device I could find at £8.95. It does need a spare USB power supply though as it doesn’t come with one. It does have a USB cable and an ethernet cable.

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I telneted into it and saw Busybox. It didn’t seem to be configurable that way though, I had to get the web interface working on 192.168.16.254 which meant temporarily setting up one Mac on 192.168.16.xxx so I could connect it to the ethernet port and do the settings. It needed a reboot between every setting to get them to stick but it is a once-off. Now it has an SSID and a password of my choosing.

Jun 25

4TB USB 3 drive to reorganise and back up stuff from my 3TB Firewire 800 drive which is nearly full.

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Used to be Hitachi Global Storage Technologies now part of Western Digital. The very similar TOURO DX3 uses the greener 5400 RPM drive.

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TOURO Desk PRO.

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May 19

An Amazon parcel of mixed stuff arrived.

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Two boxes of Indian ready meals, four new Sonicare toothbrush heads and a call blocker.

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The protective film on the screen required duct tape to remove.

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Wiring it up proved surprisingly baffling since I hadn’t had any coffee yet. Blocked WITHHELD and ’00’ prefix (most international) and the last three nuisance numbers still on my caller display memory. I shall add more as they appear.

Dec 13

So I was down to three 85mbps Homeplugs again which meant the PVR wasn’t connected any more. Replacing a single 85mbps Homeplug was rather expensive as they are obsolete and it would be even worse the next time one blew. So I bit the bullet and got four new 200mbps Homeplugs. These cost me just about £30 for four including delivery from Amazon.

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Two twin-packs.

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Very compact. I worry about the lack of ventilation given that heat seems to have killed most of my previous 85mbps home plugs but maybe these ones run cooler.

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Instead of having to run a setup program you can just run around pressing the little black reset button in the correct fashion to assign a random encryption to the network. So far so good.

Dec 11

Got my new iMac yesterday evening and set about transferring my data from Time Machine and such.

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Applecare and Thunderbolt to Firewire 800 adapter arrived separately.

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Shipping box.

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Foam pads top and bottom.

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Simply unfolds and lifts out.

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And then some waiting.

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Nov 30

Ordered new build-to-order iMac this morning. Delivery supposed to be 18th-21st December.



21.5 inch screen

NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 512MB

3.1GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz

16GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM – 2x8GB
1TB Fusion Drive (combines 128GB of super fast flash storage with a traditional hard drive. )
Magic Trackpad, Keyboard, Thunderbolt <-> Firewire adaptor, Applecare.

So that should be handy.

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