As luck would have it.

My PCI-e video card in my AMD64 x2 3800+ system died when I was attempting to play a demo of bf2142.

The system shutdown, although before it crashed it was displaying an odd video issue. Of course it would restart when turned on, although gave a pop. No damage to video card, but a strange smell. System now gives 1 beep followed by 3 beeps. This is indicative of a problem with video card or video memory.

Tested the card in a friends machine and sure enough it don’t work. It’s 8 months old approx, and thus means a trip to the shop on Monday 8th to RMA it. Hope it don’t take too many weeks to get it replaced. I’d even opt to put in a few dollars for a better model card (as I don’t think they even stock the GT6600 now).

Talk about being annoyed.

House is going on the market

After a bit of thought on the situation, my wife and I finally decided that we would put our house on the market.

We have thought about it for a while, and when we went overseas the plan was to come home and then put it on the market before Xmas.

As of the weekend, we signed with the agent of choice. By tomorrow the paperwork for the contract should be complete. At which time we should arrive home to find a For Sale sign posted on the lawn.

Our house has served us well, but we seriously need to consider future things. Namely plan for children, so with that in mind we hope to build a place in one of the nearby suburbs. We had found a house plan we like, however it appears the blocks of land available are not as we liked. So we might even buy some land just up the road from where we live now, and build with a different builder. As it will be a bit cheaper then we had planned elsewhere. Probably about 20,000 cheaper.

Of course if and when the house sells, it means we will have to go rent for a bit. So I will probably loose broadband. Oh no..

Our 3rd year Wedding Anniversary

Tonight is our 3rd year Wedding Anniversary and my wife and I decided that we would eat out for the event.

We decided we would goto a local restaurant which we haven’t been to for atleast 3 or more years since it first opened. The first time we went the food was amazing and the restaurant was amazing too. The interior is very nice with all the sandstone walls.

We arrived at The Hermitage Restaurant and were seated fairly quickly, pays to book ahead just incase. I ordered a Snapper Fillet and I must say it was totally awesome. It came with Battered Fries and they too were excellent. My wife ordered Steak and it too looked very nice.

On the whole, an excellent evening and a wonderfull meal.

Happy to recommend this place, so if your in the area and want to eat somewhere that is nice. Go for it.

And so concludes our Alaska/Canada holiday.

Arrived back in Sydney on Sunday morning. We planned on catching a train home and then getting picked up.

Unfortunately for us cityrail were doing some major track work and had buses running, as you can imagine it was a nightmare. It took sometime to get home. Further more we could only get as far as Liverpool. At which point we got off and decided to get picked up from here. As it wasn’t worth getting on another bus service to go a few stops.

We were tired and just not in the mood.

Pictures from the trip can be found here.

Justin Field, forever remembered

Back in primary school I had a mate who was my best friend. We would always spend time at each others house. It was always fun and our parents didn’t mind. For Justin it was like having another brother, since he had all sisters.

I am sure I have photos of us both doing various things children do. I should probably ask my mum if she has any as it might be good to dig these out and scan them as digital keepsake.

As we went on to High School we still hung out, although didn’t spend as much time doing things together.

Unfortunately, his life was taken early when he was involved in an accident on Appin Road, Appin. He just happened to be in he wrong place at the wrong time. Other people came out with injuries, however Justin Field wasn’t one of them.

Just like clockwork his family continue to publish something in the local paper every year and below is one of those such items.

Justin David Field

I’d just like to say that Justin Field will always be remembered by my family and I. He was my best friend growing up and we formed an incredible bond and friendship. He will always be forever remembered and missed.