A Dog’s Purpose

Finally got around to seeing this movie. I honestly didn’t know what to expect, as I hadn’t even seen any promotion material for it. Perhaps I should of looked first and understood that perhaps this might cause some emotions.

Despite the feelings it produced, I really did enjoy this movie. The story was a wonderful one and it makes you wonder that perhaps this could be true. Perhaps be prepared with some tissues, as it’s likely to pull some strings for the older audience members who have had a dog before and had to say goodbye.

You can read more about it on IMDB.

 

Spa finally connected to wireless

It’s taken me a few weeks, but I finally have our Spa connected to our wireless network.

Unfortunately I worked out very early on that the wireless module in our Spa couldn’t see the main house wireless. So the plan was to install an external wireless access point. That task was completed some weeks back using a Mikrotik wAP.

Today I finally used the SVLink iOS application to configure things (as the Android version sucks). It’s now connected to our wireless network. This means I can now control all the Spa functions for the application on our phones. So you can increase the Spa temperature before getting home and it will be ready to use at that perfect temperature.

Screen capture below from the iOS application.

 

Australian residents can purchase Mikrotik hardware from my favourite supplier in Geelong – Duxtel. Highly recommend them.

Mikrotik wAP – Installation

Today the installation of the Mikrotik wAP (Model: RBwAP2nD) was completed.

As per pictures, the unit was installed externally. In my case I installed it outside under my alfresco area. It’s about 4m away from my Spa, which is the device that I need to see the wireless network.

Available for purchase in Australia from Duxtel. (Product Link)

DIY Concreting

Some months back I purchased a 2nd small shed from Masters, on the account it was cheap at the time and would suit where I planned to use it.

I wasn’t going to put it on a concrete slab, but in the end decided it would be better to do so. Unfortunately no one would want to do the job as its consider to small of an area to get concrete delivered by truck etc.

So today after a little bit of preparation in the days prior. My father in-law and I decided we would do it. So I hired a mixer for the day, got the cement and material needed to mix in with it. After several hours work it was completed.

Below is the result.

Pretty impressed considering the cost involved. The mixer hire, cement bags and material was $100. So this just need a bit of work from 2 people to complete.

New Internet Provider

Yesterday after getting so much packet loss and the fact that I have had enough of the poor ongoing performance from iiNet. I couldn’t stand it any longer and jumped ship (read: provider).

OCCOM became our new service provider as of about 10am today. Of course speedtest result has to be posted.

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Of course doing some download tests during the day has surpassed the real world speed I got on iiNet when the issues had been going on. Even my evening tests surpass those of the iiNet service. Not sure what happened to iiNet network, but only getting about 50-80kb/s from ftp.iinet.net.au and about double that for mirror.internode.on.net during evening reflects just how bad things are. Those same tests now on new isp massive difference.

Get over 3 MB/s to mirror.internode.on.net right this moment.. couldn’t even get half that at this time of night on my iiNet service.

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Boat Purchased

My wife and I had been discussing for a while regarding a watercraft. We did think about getting a Seadoo Spark. However PWC (Private Water Craft) licence is expensive per year and required on top of a Boat Licence. In addition to this the areas where it can be used heavily restricted.

In the end we decided perhaps a boat would be better. This way we can use it as a family.

In the end the boat idea won out. We ended up obtaining an approx. 3 year old Polycraft 4.1 Challenger Open Deck with Suzuki 30HP 2stroke Outboard with electric start.

We will be sure to use it soon as we get a chance and finish off getting my Boat Licence.

House Landscaping – Update 9

Work performed this weekend on the House Landscaping was varied and progressive.

Used all day Saturday to complete some work and part of Sunday afternoon. I was able to 90% complete a common area between my neighbor and I. You can see the progress photo and semi completion photo below.

We also got the garden bed out the front near completion too. Some work was also done on the watering system too.

Purchased about 1.6 tonne of material which I moved over the 2 days.

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Of course, work still continues.