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.

tvheadend-finished-recordings

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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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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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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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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.

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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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