Today we had our tile appointment. 1.5 hours and we where done.
We have gone with the same wall/floor tiles in the laundry, main bathroom and en-suite to the 5th Bedroom.
Our en-suite we have gone all charcoal and I love it. We also have the feature tiles that will run the middle of the niche. Michael wasn’t too sure at first but he says he likes it now. They look like those below;
In the kitchen we will only have a tiny splash back and it looks like this.
Porch tile looks like that below;
Our drains for the wet areas is like below;
All up the variations cost $600 so pretty happy with that.
Electrical Appointment is now done. Only took 1.5 hours but I guess that is because we knew what we wanted. A LOT more expensive than we thought and we will prob cut a couple of things but we cant do much about the rest – it is what it is.
Light wise we are getting Rawson to install pendants over the dining table and island bench, stair lights, entry lights and downlights. We will do the rest after hand over.
I thought I should do a quick post about Mikrotik RouterBoard Hairpin NAT and Port Forwarding. The post in which I used to set this up on my router is found here.
The best explanation for this, would be that if you want to have say http from the public interface forwarded to an internal host, while not impacting LAN access to the RouterBoard’s http port. The forum post linked is how to best handle this situation.
It also allows your internal LAN clients to access your public IP and forward to the appropriate host/service internally too.
I was surprised to find out in the last few days that you can backup your TiVo internal hard drive and subsequently also upgrade/replace it.
We have two TiVo’s and unfortunately the WD DVR expansion units we had on both have long since died unfortunately, and now I know we can upgrade the internal drive. I pulled one of our units apart and hooked up the drive to a Windows XP machine and created a truncated backup. Just incase, below is a screen grab from the Windows application I used.
After you select the drive, you can run a backup of the drive. Which I did quite promptly.
Just happened to look at EBGames website and noticed they had a sale running yesterday. Don’t even know why I looked, guess it was meant to be.
I looked up some games and turns out 2 games I wanted to buy are book on heavy discount for new copies, so I thought why not. One game is for me, the other game is for my kids.
Below is what I purchased;
(PS3) – Battlefield 4 – Yes, not really something I would play on a Console, but for $19 I thought it would be good to have a play of this older title now.
(Wii U) – Lego Marvel Super Heroes – My kids have got into the characters recently, so I thought this would be a good purchase for them to play on the Wii U. Looks like a pretty good game to me too. This title only cost $23 for a new copy. So again great price.
I was with Exetel for about 9 months, and in the beginning things were okay, but eventually something happened and I started to have periods of congestion. My internet in the evening would max out http downloads/streams at about 50kb/s. As you can guess this makes the ADSL service very useless. It meant if I needed to do some work from home I pretty much couldn’t do so.
Exetel and I parted ways, so I went with iiNet, as I needed a service that if contracted could be changed/moved. iiNet and Internode both could do this, and in the end iiNet won out purely due to it being $10 a month cheaper. So when I move into the new house in ~12-16 months, we will change over to iiNet FTTH service and they will wipe the contract for me to continue on a new contracted service.
Below is the speedtest I performed minutes after I switched out my router/modem settings.
We have now booked in our internal, tile and electrical appointments and all will be completed this month (june).
We need to sit down this weekend and do a landscaping plan as Rawson need to lodge this with the plans to Council. Lodging is estimated for end of next week (so by 12 June) which is also when land settlement will be.