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 – Maintenance Advantage Portal (http://ma.commvault.com/) and the HTTP Log upload feature on the site.

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Simpana 10 – Enabling Pre-Check Operations During Update Installation

I wasn’t aware of this until recently, so it was a good thing to find…..

In Simpana 10 a number of Pre-Check Operations performed during the push of Updates from the Commserve are disabled by default.

Those Pre-Check Operations are outlined below;

  • Client connectivity check – Verifies whether the client can communicate with the CommServe.
  • Disk space check – Verifies whether the client has sufficient disk space for the updates to be installed.
  • Package synchronization – Verifies whether the updates are already installed on the client.

Of course since one of them is Disk space check, imagine what happens during an SP push update to a Unix client whereby you don’t have enough disk space to perform the Update operation on client. The client may end up corrupting the existing Simpana software on the client due to the SP update failing due to lack of space if it gets enough of the way through the progress. I saw this first hand recently on a client.

The regkey to set that will enable the Pre-Check Operations to be performed in the future is below;

nNoConnectionLimitsForPushUpdate

I confirmed that Pre-Check Operations didn’t occur as I saw the following log lines during my Push of an SP against a client. The log named below is found on your Commserve.

DistributeSoftware.log

6196  3914  12/17 09:45:47 4825406 [UpdatePatches]() - Initiating update patches on client
6196  3914  12/17 09:45:47 4825406 [UpdatePatches]() - Skipping disk space check for client to reduce client connections

As always, if my post helps you in some way, please drop me some feedback by way of a comment. Love hearing from people.

Source: Simpana 10 – Books Online Documentation.

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Continued success with Intel DN2820FYKH NUC

Readers (if I have any *hehe*) will remember that I have been using Intel DN2820FYKH NUC’s. You can check out my previous posts about these from the link here.

Earlier last month I mounted them using the Vesa mounts onto the back of my LG 24″ displays. Picture below will show you what it looks when this has been performed, as the LG monitors have stands that don’t use the Vesa mounts.

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Intel DN2820FYKH NUC mounted on Monitor Vesa Mount

As you can see from the above picture, this is a rather good way to position the NUC, and is now the way I have been using them since early December.

I’ve running Windows 8.1 Pro on one of my units now for a good period of time and must say I still like it. Sure it’s not the faster machine in the world, but for light duties it works very awesome. Just don’t go try and stream 1080P content from youtube with it.

Both my Intel DN2820FYKH NUC’s have 8GB ram and an Intel 802.11ac (dual band) cards. One unit has traditional 500GB notebook drive, and the other has a 120GB SSD.

If you have any questions at all regarding these units, feel free to contact me. Happy to share my experience with them.

Below is a screen capture from Windows 8.1 Pro Task Manager showing my typical usage after a few days.

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Touching on Linux for a moment, the Ubuntu 14.04 when booted on the units detects all hardware, including the bluetooth/wifi card combination.

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Our block of land

Below is a photo our block of land after being able to access it for the first time since purchase. Prior to this the land release in this stage had been completely off limits due to construction machinery as you would expect. It was taken back on 22nd Nov 2014.

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Our block of land – 20141122

We recently have been trying to see the progress made over the last 6 weeks, but haven’t been able to access it as the temporary fencing for the stage has been locked preventing access.

The land is scheduled to register in March, so we will be sure to get access at that time unless it’s delayed, however not expecting this based on progress I’ve seen.

My wife and I are still trying to narrow down houses/builders, but we hope to have this completed prior to land registration being completed, as we want to commence the next stage as quickly as possible to limit delays with other processes needing to be completed.

Photo shows that water, electrical and telecommunication pit are present. The estate is an Opticomm Fibre To The Home, so I am very happy about this.

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Noontec N5 Gigalink a year later

It’s just over a year since I got my first Noontec N5 Gigalink, as per the post talking about it previously here.

I did upgrade the firmware, but things from that point for me didn’t go well. As the new firmware changed the UI in some major way, for the better I would think, however the stability of the device for me was terrible. It didn’t work as well as the existing factory firmware, and I couldn’t find any copy of the old firmware to even put back on.

The unit has pretty much sat in cupboard the last 7 odd months and not been used since.

In my honest opinion, I think the unit is pretty crap post firmware upgrade. Maybe I expect to much from it. Either way, I don’t use it any more.

If anyone can tell me where/how to get the original firmware, as noted below, I’d love to put it back on it.

It shipped with firmware;

J1.02K3_L1.04T Ver: 1.1.8_USB2.0_(CN36)

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Happy New Year – Welcome to 2015

Happy New Year – Welcome to 2015.

Hard to believe 2014 is now behind us. Whatever happens this year, I will be sure to post more about it.

Cue the music… Auld Lang Syne

Auld Lang Syne written in 1788 by Scottish poet Robert Burns it is set to the tune of a traditional folk song. It is most often heard to celebrate the start of the new year at midnight on New Year’s Day. Performed by The U.S. Marine Corps Band.

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Sydney New Years Eve 2015 Fireworks

 

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DashCamTalk website – great resource for Dash Cameras

If your interested in purchasing a Dash Camera, I would recommend doing research first to ensure you get the camera that suits your requirements.

I came across DashCamTalk website just today, and thought I would post about it, since it has great information.

It also has a good write up about the many different models of the G1W, which is one of the units I recently bought myself. I got a G1W-C, which is what I have used recently to capture footage.

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The last day of 2014

I must admit, it’s hard to believe that today is the last day of 2014.

This year seems to have gone fairly quickly. Not sure what 2015 will bring, but I guess we will soon find out as it rolls around.

I am going to try and blog a little more during 2015, so you might see more posts from time to time.

I previously got rid of my Facebook account, and after about 7 months used the service again. However, I recently as of early December removed my account again, this time I am trying really hard not to go back to use it. I am not really a fan of Facebook and it’s use by others to data mine things about you. Recent privacy changes from Facebook scheduled to happen from 2015, was a deciding factor for me to delete it prior to new year.

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