New AMD Gaming PC build

In the last week or two I have come to the conclusion I really want to get another Gaming PC build going, as I really want to play Battlefield 4 with some friends. In addition to playing a few other games on Steam.

As I looked at pricing, I came to the conclusion that I will end up going with an AMD based system this time around for a change, since the price point works well for what I want. I am still throwing ideas around of end product and specs, but so far I have concluded that these will probably form the basis of the build itself.

CPU:

AMD FX 6300 6-CORE BLACK EDITION CPU, 3.5 GHz, Turbo Core up to 4.10 GHz,Total L2 Cache 6MB, L3 Cache 8MB, Socket AM3+, 32nm, 95W ($157)

OR

AMD FX 8320 8-CORE BLACK EDITION CPU, 3.5 GHz, Turbo Core up to 4.00 GHz,Total L2 Cache 8MB, L3 Cache 8MB, Socket AM3+, 32nm, 125W ($217)

MAINBOARD:

Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P ($123)

VIDEOCARD:

Gigabyte Radeon R9 380, 4GB GDDR5, 1792 Steams, WINDFORCE 2x (GV-R938G1 GAMING-4GD) ($368)

I’ll continue to post updates as I determine any additional items.

Retaining wall damaged

Went to check out the land yesterday and noticed house over the back is getting ready to start, and it appears during the machinery being used to performed this it must of hit the wall causing some damage.

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As you can see, it already has some battle scars.

I should get a photo, as I noticed another lot down the street had been driven across by trucks and in the process has destroyed the water hydrant pits in the ground. Something that will need to be fixed too. This hasn’t happened to us.

A tribute to Buddy and Bindi

I thought it might be great to share a few photos of Buddy and Bindi over the years. Unfortunately we got Buddy a little before the age of digital cameras. Will dig through some of our old photos and find ones I can scan.

Meanwhile, these photos all bring back many memories of them both. It only seems a short time ago, but looking at the date on these it’s certainly been a long time ago.

Farewell Buddy

Today my wife and I had to say farewell to Buddy, who was the last of our two Labradors we’ve had long before getting married (and before having kids). Buddy was over 14 years old in human years. Those who have followed my blog for a while will remember that we said Farewell to Bindi back on May 11th 2013.

Buddy was starting to get very old and was showing signs of his age unfortunately. We woke in the middle of the night to find he had got himself stuck on his bed and couldn’t get up. He had also showed signs that he was having trouble trying to stand and/or walk. However this was not always, just that he had some bad days where it was near impossible. We have also been waking up daily to find that he had gone to the loo where he laid.

We decided some weeks back that perhaps it might be kind to let him go now rather then continue to suffer and get worse. Still doesn’t make such a decision easy, however I do hope that he passes to another life and possibly see’s Bindi again whom I know he missed dearly.

We are going to truly miss him and I hope he knows how much we loved him.

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Buddy – 8th August 2015

 

PC laptop purchased

I’ve been watching the Dell Outlet site for XPS and Latitude laptops. I was looking to get something that met the following requirements;

  1. Higher resolution screen (1920×1080 or higher).
  2. 8GB of memory.
  3. 256GB or greater SSD.
  4. Under 1K.

Eventually some 14″ Latitudes came up, however I wasn’t quick enough. Along came a Latitude E7240 4th Gen 12.5″ that met my requirements. So I jumped all over it and purchased. The unit is expected to arrive next week.

Below is a image showing the specs.

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YAMS – Yet another Minecraft Server

Several months ago I had been running a Minecraft server for my son and I to play on. He thought it was wonderful. However, the machine got rebuilt and the server was unavailable for a while. That was until last night.

Couple weeks back I found a program called YAMS, which per the subject of this post means Yet another Minecraft Server. I liked how you could run multiple servers, and some other key features. So I decided to install it, since I could run it on a Windows computer, rather than use Linux like I had been previously. I love Linux, and it runs fine, but I just wanted to use Windows so I could take advantage of the hardware to perform other things.

I finally got it installed and configured last night. Now all we need to do is to test it. I also download Bukkit and setup a server using it. So we can now run a couple of servers and just use a web based GUI to configure it. Now the what plugins to download and install. Guess we have some playing to do.

If you need to download the Bukkit library, it was taken down due to legal issues. But a mirror exists and I found the following mirror here (Yive’s Mirror).

Below is a picture of the YAMS Control dialog;

YAMS-Control

Simpana 10 – Populate Commserve Software Cache using Bootstrapper

Quick demo in Simpana 10 using Bootstrapper to download some Unix Packages and use these to populate the Commserve Software Cache. Basically you would use this in situations where you would like to manual maintain what gets loaded into the cache and under what conditions that happens, in addition, you might have a Commserve that has no internet access, so you would need to do this so you can subsequently push out packages to other clients.

If you find some value from the video, please post a comment. Please note this video is only available in 720p, however future ones will be higher resolution. I was using some new software so still coming to terms with how record with it.

Thanks

Update: Now updated with a higher resolution video version. Now you will be able to play it in 1080p and see everything I can see.

Changes to heimic sites

Yesterday and today I made some final changes to Heimic sites. I had some months ago created a subdomain which saw the blog move to that location. i.e. blog.heimic.net. However as of the past few days I decided to revert this back.

The site blog.heimic.net is redirecting back to top level domain (TLD) heimic.net. All content has been moved too. The TLD will continue to be the primary place for everything I do. I do not plan on changing this again. It should remain for a very long time.

I know these changes will have had some impact of site ranking on Google and indexing, however, I imagine this will eventually update.

My posts about Commvault Simpana and demo/walk throughs will be posted here too. They will not be on subdomain http://on.heimic.net/groundzero/ moving forward.

If you like something I post, please comment. If no one reads this stuff, nor comments, than motivation to post any content goes to zero.

 

Mikrotik RouterBoard RB951G-2HnD First Look

As noted in yesterday’s blog post here, our Mikrotik RouterBoard RB951G-2HnD arrived and I have managed to take a few pictures.

You’ll note I have taken photos of the unit with the recently purchased Mikrotik RouterBoard RB260GS switch. As you can see the enclosure for these units is exactly the same.

If you want to check out the product specifications you can do so by clicking the model name on this post or refer to the table below;

Product specifications

Details
Product code RB951G-2HnD
CPU nominal frequency 600 MHz
CPU core count 1
Size of RAM 128 MB
10/100 Ethernet ports 0
10/100/1000 Ethernet ports 5
MiniPCI slots 0
MiniPCI-e slots 0
Wireless chip model AR9344-DC3A
Wireless standards 802.11b/g/n
Number of USB ports 1
Power Jack 1
802.3af support No
Supported input voltage 9 V – 30 V
PoE out No
PoE in Yes
Voltage Monitor No
CPU temperature monitor No
PCB temperature monitor No
Dimensions 113x138x29mm
Operating System RouterOS
Operating temperature range -20C .. +50C
License level 4
Antenna gain DBI 2.5
Current Monitor No
CPU AR9344-DC3A
Max Power consumption Up to 7W
SFP ports 0
SFP+ ports 0
USB slot type USB type A
Number of chains 2
Serial port None

I still need to spend the time to plug it in and configure it, which won’t be too difficult, as I will take the configuration off hAP Lite I am using currently. Will post up another post in a couple weeks on how I progressed with the configuration of the unit and what not.