ADSL issues

I am having some ADSL connectivity issues, its got so bad I am loosing ADSL sync quite frequently. I only had a tech out not long ago, since that visit, it seems to have got better and suddenly worse. Loosing ADSL sync very often.

I’ve ordered another ADSL modem/router to test with, since my current router is very old, so I am not certain its the line or the modem/router. If the new device continues to have the same condition, the fault I have open with my ISP will need to be pushed back through to the field to ensure a tech attends.

Can’t wait to move, as the new house/land location is FTTH (Fibre To The Home). So will be nice to move away from copper lines that are impacted by every little thing.

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Rebuilt Simpana Test Lab

I’ve been a little busy in recent days. Have been rebuilding a Simpana Test Lab I have running on a bunch of virtual machines. It’s still very much a work in progress, as it no where near back to the setup I original had, but getting very close.

I’ve opted to run it all on Virtual Box this time around, rather than VMware Workstation.

I’ve got a few more machines I need to build and software/applications to install, but I will be sure to post a few blog posts about some interesting things related to my tests as they come up.

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Reconfigured my Dual 24 inch Display Setup

I was originally running a Dual 24 inch Display Setup at home, after only recently acquiring it several months ago.

However after about 2 months of running without it, I decided I should reconfigure it all back. Since I have the Dual matching monitors, a stand that can hold both monitors and my Intel i3 can drive up to 3 displays.

I’ve been a little inspired again to do a few things this year, so both my Intel NUC’s will be running Linux. The plan is to make a custom monitor stand out of some timber and eventually have that stand to be able to mount the Intel NUC’s on, underside of the shelve to keep them out of the way.

Will post pics when I complete that venture, in the meantime, you can look at the poor photo below showing the Dual 24 inch Displays in use.

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I have a FitBit Flex

As of Jan 5th I started back on the healthy eating and trying to stick my daily calorie in take that would allow me to loose weight with health actives like walking and cycling (when I get the time and better weather).

On the Jan 4th I was 89.55kg and that is heaviest I have ever seen myself. Like all typical males we carry it like a spare tyre and/or donut as they call it.

I’ve been doing pretty good so far and seeing some modest improvements. It’s not easy, but helps when my wife also won’t go eating the foods I can’t have. So it helps a lot.

My wife bought me the FitBit Flex to give it a try and to see if it can promote additional motivation, which I think it will.

I walked from Central Station to the office near Circular Quay last week, just cause I had the time and thought the walk would be good to burn some calories. So now I have the FitBit Flex, I will be able to see how many steps those sorts of walks will generate.

I’ll be sure to post every so often how I am doing including a weight figure so you can see how I am tracking.

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HTS Tvheadend 3.9.2332 screen capture

I reinstalled Ubuntu 14.04 Server on to my Intel NUC I have and hooked up my Realtek USB tuner.

I was surprised to see that HTS Tvheadend has changed a bit since I last had it installed. Was happy to see some really nice GUI enhancements. Great work done by the developers.

Screen capture below from my Finished Recordings tab.

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Google Drive Direct Download of large files

If your in a situation like I just described on the subject, you will be thanking me and the person I am about to link too.

I was in a situation today where I needed to download some large files from Google Drive, but needed it to be done from the Linux command line with wget. I could see how it worked, but didn’t have the time to sit down and figure it out exactly. After a bit of searching I came across a blog post here by someone else. They already did the hard yards and wrote a perl script.

All I can say is a big thank you to the author on that blog who wrote the gdown.pl perl script. It worked great. Saved me a few hours in fact.

In addition I also worked out that if you take the id=value from the Google Drive File Share link, you can data mine a bit of information associated to the file in question.

Check out the page here, and use the Try it link. Insert in you File ID and it will tell you from which account its being shared etc.

 

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Spotted

On Jan 3rd I was driving back along the Hume Highway heading north. I think we had just passed Gunning a few minutes earlier, and something caught my eye. You can hear me in the audio of the clip where I say I spotted something.

I figured it was probably a police car, and it seems like I was right. Watch this clip in 1080p and see if you can see the shiny material in the distance against the trees/brush.

I’ll admit the police officer on this occasion was certainly parked very well.

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Case Change – Corsair

As per my last post here. I’ve been trying to work out what new PC case I should buy. After some consideration and further research, I think I will end up buying a Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-03.

I plan on buying a new CPU, Motherboard, Memory and Corsair Liquid Cooling in the next 12 – 18 months, so I thought it might be possible that the case above could be used for that when it comes time, hopefully but only time will tell.

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New Mini-ITX Case?

I’ve had a Mini-ITX system now for over a year. I built it sometime ago, and I built it with a BitFenix Prodigy case, however this case hasn’t aged the best.

The case is a nice, don’t get me wrong, I just feel as though it was knocked during transport and it made it very difficult to open. As time has gone on, it’s still very difficult to remove the side panels.

It occurred to me recently, I should probably upgrade a few items in this Mini-ITX system so I can once again get back into some PC gaming. A bigger Corsair Power Supply is on the list of items, since the Corsair Power Supply I have won’t drive a PCI-E video card. But it will be kept and used in a future build, as eventually I will upgrade to newer CPU and motherboard, which will be recycled back to a build that includes the Power Supply I kept from upgrade.

However, I am seriously considering the purchase of a new case, and since optical drives are not used much these days, I think the BitFenix Phenom might be the choice.

I’ll post back my thoughts on the case, if and when I purchase.

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Commvault – Demo of using FTP to upload items onto qnftp01 site

When it comes to uploading via FTP to the Commvault support site (qnftp01), it seems the most common problem people face is confusion when they see a directory listing that contains nothing.

I created this video clip several months ago, as it’s a quick reference for someone to watch and to understand why the directory is empty and how to manually change into the blind directory.

The video clip has helped a great deal so far, so I thought I should publish it here on my blog.

Remember to watch the HD version, so you can see what is on the screen.

Just remember the CCID is unique to every installation/deployment of Simpana, so use your one, not the one in the video.

Of course, FTP is not allowed outbound in most corporate sites, so in those situations, it is recommended to use the Commvault РMaintenance Advantage Portal (http://ma.commvault.com/) and the HTTP Log upload feature on the site.

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