I was going to build up another mini-ITX desktop, however the more I look at it I am better off buying one of those Dell Outlet Inspirion laptops. As I end up getting a PC that can be used as a desktop replacement and doesn’t need any more hardware purchased. i.e. keyboard/mouse/monitor. So I am monitoring the outlet site the past week watching what Intel i3 Third generation systems come up and the prices.
The PC laptop will probably run Windows 7 x64 Home (or Windows 8.1 if my work VPN finally ends up supporting it). While my existing mini-ITX desktop (i3/16gb ram) will probably be converted to a Ubuntu desktop, so I can implement lxc containers again and some other workload on it. Really want to get tvheadend setup on it and plug in the USB tuner I was using with my Raspberry Pi. Remember the post here, about that?
If I get some time this weekend one evening going to install a temporary hard disk into my desktop and do a Ubuntu 12.04.4 install and do some messing about to ensure the hardware all detects fine and resolution of monitors works fine. The system uses an Intel HD 4000 onboard, so I hope accelerated video works or that could be a problem.
Looking to purchase the laptop the end of this month or early next month.
Was sad to hear in the news today that Harold Ramis has died. Still not that old either. Will always remember him from Ghostbusters.
Just a few random pictures from our yard, the garden as per previous photos is still a work in progress. You’ll notice the new position of the trampoline for now, so we can give the lawn a break for a while.
We had to move the kids trampoline on the weekend as it was killing the lawn, and the area we had it in was very limited in how/where we could move it to give the lawn a chance to recover.
You’ll see what I mean from the photo below;
I’ve attempted to have blog references to my site on Planet Linux Australia’s feed updated, but these haven’t been done in some time, so rather than leave the feed linking to a broken/deconfigured site, I have created the subdomain again and forwarded it’s requests to my blog that run’s on the TLD for heimic.net these days.
Hello to those on Planet Linux Australia who will now once again see my posts.
Haven’t done much Linux hacking since I got rid of the Raspberry Pi’s I was using to play around with various things. I still want to learn to code in Objective C and Python more, so will start to tackle those soon. Thanks to a post from Craige McWhirter, I think I have found a new Python book I should buy.
Learning Python from O’Reilly, will be next book on my purchase list. However my Obective C one is still sitting on my desk and I haven’t actually started it as yet.
In addition, I have imported content from another domain I owned, which I am not going to renew. It’s content has been merged into the main site here, and I will continue to post that type of content here as needed. For reference domain is/was “libobk.so“
Spent a good amount time lastnight washing the cars, and this usually results in the use of the car next day involving lots of rain. Sure enough my trip to Wyong today involved driving in lots of rain on the way up and back.
Car is now dirty, guess I will be cleaning it again probably tomorrow, as it certainly needs it again now.
The rain we drove through was very heavy and the visibility was reduced greatly during the trip.
The other day I was using my corded Jigsaw which I got free from neighbour a while ago. Unfortunately it broke, so it looks like I need to buy another.
Not the best timing, but I was going to eventually replace it with a Makita cordless one anyways, guess I will have to buy one sooner now, since I don’t have a working one now and still have some jobs I am completing with it.
Going to buy this one here. (Model: BJV180Z)
I’ve had a driver and impact drill set from Makita for a year now. It was an 18v combo kit that my wife got me as a Christmas gift. It’s been a very good set, however it is the generation prior to the LXT models available now.
I would typically buy PC bits with any extra money I get from time to time for working various extra work outside the normal year. While I still have been considering the purchase of PC hardware, I thought it might be a good idea to buy some new Makita 18v gear. It just so happens I noticed some price drops, so I thought why not.
Picked up the following items today, and plan on buying an additional item this week, as I need some 18v LXT 3.0Ah batteries and charger to suit.
Makita 18v LXT Li-Ion Cordless Blower Skin Only
Makita 18v LXT Li-Ion Cordless Angle Grinder Skin Only
As I mentioned above, was going to buy a rapid charger and 2 batteries, however decided to buy the kit below which includes the batteries I need and the rapid charger, but also gives me a hammer drill in the LXT range, which I somewhat need, as I don’t have one already from my existing kit I own.
Makita 18v LXT Li-Ion Cordless Hammer Drill Driver Combo Kit
At which point I will be buying probably another individual battery to give me 3 total and some additional 18v LXT Li-Ion tools. As I really want to get a jigsaw, circular saw, multitool.
My wife and I decided to take our oldest son to Wet n Wild – Sydney as a treat. Considering this week was his first day at prep school.
He was very excited, and when we arrived yesterday afternoon his excitement at the time was evident once he saw the place. We had a good time and managed to make the most of the special price for twilight after 3pm. Mind you it got pretty cool once that sun went down about 8pm. All in all it wasn’t bad.
The queues were of course fairly long for the attractions and the food/drink prices are a bit of a joke.
Today the wife and I took a break from the kids (thanks to my mum for looking after them). We went and saw the movie “The Wolf of Wall Street”. I really liked it and thought it wasn’t bad. Leonardo’s acting is convincing and well done. Not surprised he is getting some recognition for the role.
I also liked Margot Robbie also, her accent was pretty odd, but she did alright in this movie too. Good to see her having moved onto some bigger things, as I remember her in Neighbours.
If you haven’t seen it, I recommend you do. However maybe wait for the take home version, that way you can sit the near 3 hours in your own home.