Simpana 10 – Windows File System iDA installation on Windows Server 2008 R2

Just a quick demo of installing Windows File System iDA on Windows Server 2008 R2.

There is no audio in this clip, so you won’t hear me discuss any aspect of the installation and/or options being used.

Documentation for this operation available here. (Interactive Install – Standard)

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IceTV and the Skippa pre-order disaster

I pre-ordered my Skippa back on 2nd June, like many others. Looked like a fantastic unit, based on initial suggestions. Hence I put up the money to be an earlier adopter.

IceTV wasn’t overly forth coming with an exact delivery, however we would get updates every so often.

Below is a timeline of updates that progressed along from the initial purchase along with some of the marketing emails they sent that includes specials for the units.

If you click the dates, you’ll get an image or pdf of the email in question.

  • Apr 3rd – Skippa Announced.
  • May 22nd – IceTV sends email “We’re bouncing with excitement!”
  • May 28th – IceTV sends email “Good bye ads, good bye subscriptions – hello SKIPPA”
  • Jun 2nd – Ordered unit
  • Jun 4th – IceTV sends email “No ads, big savings, act now”
  • Jun 5th – IceTV sends email “No ads, big savings, act now”
  • Jun 12th – IceTV sends email “Last 100 Left”.
  • Jun 19th – IceTV sends email “Skippa Update”
  • Jul 2nd – IceTV sends email “Now you can choose” – Pricing changes to shift more units?
  • Jul 16th – IceTV sends email “By popular demand, but not for long”
  • Jul 24th – IceTV sends email “Missed the boat?”
  • Jul 25th – IceTV sends email “Missed the boat?”
  • Jul 31st – IceTV sends email “Two new horses in the stable” – Delays
  • Aug 18th – I change my delivery address as the unit is likely to come while on holidays.
  • Aug 21st – IceTV sends email “First Skippa review published”
  • Aug 28th – IceTV sends email “Your SKIPPA Pre-Order”
  • Sep 11th – IceTV sends email “SKIPPA Shipping” – Note Heinz (CEO) clearly says Mass production of SKIPPA remains on schedule.. guessing this was a fib.
  • Sep 14th – Support ticket raised to ask where is my Skippa. Response from Leon (Customer Support) – Could be upto a week and a half before your skippa is posted.
  • Sep 25th – IceTV sends email “First steps with SKIPPA” – Be nice if they just delivered what we paid for.
  • Sep 30th – Support ticket raised to request update on my Skippa. Dave (Customer Support) responds “Sorry for the delays. Your Skippa will be posted tomorrow or Friday… etc”
  • Oct 2nd – IceTV sends email “SKIPPA Update” – Heinz (CEO) still not indicating any lack of stock to supply demand. But still no unit shipped.
  • Oct 6th – No email from IceTV or anyone indicating unit I ordered shipped. Was very annoyed. Voicemail left and email sent off my last query of where is my unit.
  • Oct 7th – No return call from IceTV regarding the voicemail left yesterday. Only an email again, this time detailing that they won’t be delivering unit at this time. However, look what is published on IceTV when you try to order one. Seems they telling public they are out of stock of SKIPPA. Oh really.

You can’t seriously tell me that this all unfolded just this week (i.e. Oct 6th first day of work post public holiday Monday). I find that impossible to understand myself.

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.


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)


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)


Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P ($123)


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.


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.

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.


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;


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.


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.