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New Game Ordered – Watch Dogs on PS3

Was surprised to see that Watch Dogs was available for pre-order and releases in a few days. I remember seeing the videos for this game during the E3 in which it was originally shown/presented.

Since I don’t yet own a new console, still have my PS3, figured it would be a good purchase until I get a new console. Have decided that I will probably buy a PS4 sooner or later, may get an Xbox One eventually too if I can justify the purchase much later on.


Backyard – Drainage Progress – Part 2

Yesterday since I had to look after the kids for the day, I decided to do more work in the backyard with the drainage. The aim was to setup the drains and back fill with blue metal. As you can see below it came up very good.



Next step is to now back fill with some soil so that we can cover over the area with some other material, as we will be moving the kids big trampoline back to this spot as it won’t be a grassed area any more.

I put the hose in the last drain and left it running for a bit and like my previous test the water will hit the junction and go into the storm water line that goes to the street. So the water naturally finds the path along the trench in which I now have the arg line laid and covered it with blue metal.

Backyard – Drainage progress

Finally got a bit of time in the afternoon today to do more work on the drainage in the backyard. When we got all that rain the other month it highlighted the fact we now needed to do a bit more to allow the excess water to escape, so I started planning to fix the issue or at least make it bearable.

Managed to cut into the main storm water overflow line to the street and put in a junction and tee (used a collar to take up the difference, so that I could insert the new items from the pipe section that was removed), so I could put a surface drain above the tee. I am going to use this surface drain to sit just below existing surface line and insert the rain water tanks hose that drips during the first part of rain into the drain.

You can see the pictures below;

The fabric over the drain is only for the moment, so I don’t spill soil and other material back in it as I back fill it. I am also going to add another surface drain where it meets the pergola too. So I will break the arg line and insert a tee etc.




Update – what’s been happening

Been a little busy the past few weeks. Still plan on posting up a Simpana 10 + MySQL on Linux example. Will be sure to get to this soon. Just need to get motivation.

In the meantime, my wife and I purchased some land which we are still waiting on paperwork for. I think the 2 short weeks due to public holidays would impact that, so we probably not expecting to see the paperwork until next week.

We’re planning on building a new house (another one, as the one we live in currently we built about 7 years ago). We figure we have experience with the process and would like to do it again and do somethings differently. So the best way to get what we want 2nd time around is to build again.

On the up side, the estate the land is in has FTTH (Fibre to the home), so I will finally be able to get some decent internet connectivity. I have already confirmed the estate is serviced by Internode FTTH plans. So I am looking at a 50Mbps/20Mbps plan with them that includes 300Gb a month of traffic. Unfortunately the process from land being registered, available to be built on and the house being completed is probably at least 18 months to 24 months. So going to be a while off yet. Land should be registered next year, I think it was March. So the count down begins.

Now my wife and I have to do the run around to find a house we like and other options we want so that the new place will fit on the block etc. Let the fun (games) begin I guess.

I also ended up ordered a Dell Inspirion 15 (Model: 3537) i3 Intel laptop. It was on special the past few days down to $498.99 delivered, so I ordered one, as I wanted another computer that could run Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. By the time I built something like my existing i3 desktop, it was better money spent on the laptop. Soon see how it performs once it comes. It’s coming from the factory as they ended up selling out of the pre-made stock. Will post back my thoughts after I get the delivery.

LiPo battery failure

Dug out my LiPo 3S batteries on the weekend with the intent of charging them up for some use in the Traxxas E-Revo brushless. Unfortunately it appeared they had gone bad. As I revived one of them I found one of the cells had gone and the other I never bothered tinkering with.

I’ve since wrote them off as failed and purchased a new set. Now waiting for the new ones to arrive so I can have battery connectors soldered onto them.

Additional backyard work

Went on to complete the backyard work, and sort out another area down the side of the house. I just need to circle back and fix up some drainage which I will do in the next few weeks, as I can’t make a mess of the backyard until after my sons birthday party. So will get stuck into fixing that in the next 2-3 weeks. I put some posts in on the side of the house so we can use it to block the dog down the side when we have events on in the backyard. It also keeps out from running down that side of the house when it’s wet and destroying it.

A few more pictures below;



Backyard work in progress – phase 2

I’ve now moved onto doing the next phase of work in the backyard. Below is a couple of photos that show the progress of the weekend. I put the timber in the week or so earlier, and put in 2 trailer loads of soil to help bring up level of the area. Followed by a load of 20mm river pebbles today. Looks like we will certainly need more.

On the flip side our wheel barrow has a badly damaged tube which I will now need to repair before next weekend when I get another load. I think we will need another 2 loads probably, but see how we go.

Pictures below;




Linux installation on SSD

I am going to be installing a Linux desktop onto an SSD drive soon, and I have started to research. If you have done this already and found something you needed to do that was not documented, please drop me a line.

My aim is to setup my Intel i3 Mini-ITX system with a Linux Desktop install (Ubuntu probably) and eventually drop in some more storage, since the case and motherboard could handle 4 more SATA devices, not including the optical and SSD boot drive.

Figured I could end up running for additional storage, services and desktop environment for doing other tasks like maybe get VMware Workstation going so I can run my existing virtual machines.

The current duties it does that requires Windows will move onto a laptop I will purchase at the end of this month, or early next month.

Plumbing issue now resolved

Today my step dad and I fixed a problem I discovered post the new pergola slab going in. Days after the area was cleared, I noticed a lot of water near the tap and thought my wife must of over watered the lawn.

Post the slab being done it was more noticeable when pergola installer cut the downpipe. i.e no water came out of the live pipes. Since these should contain water since it goes to a tank. Thought the collar (reducer from 90mm to 100mm pipe) had come off, as it had once before.

We cut out the pipe, and when we put a torch down the water was actually below the point of the collars, which meant the leak was lower.

Dug out the side to access pipe and I immediately spotted the problem. It appears the 45 degree elbow that was under the concrete slab must of been knocked during excavation of the slab area I imagine and this split it on the inside of the elbow. It was so split that it was nearly around the whole pipe diameter. It had else caused some soil to erode around it too. Every time it rained, the system would need to load up, and post rain the system would unload all that water into the rear out this split. No wonder the ground was so wet post rain.

Didn’t take and pictures of the split, as I was too covered in mud to get a camera. However did capture the picture below showing out fix, as you can see not a bad job. Loaded up the down pipes and no leaks. So win for us.


Now I can get on to the next jobs around the house and yard. So much still to do. Will continue to take pictures. Have another low spot where I am going to lay a surface drain and some arg line/pipe to help stop the area from pooling with water (where the trampoline use to be)