Tag: Technology

Options when you can’t get ADSL

The application was rejected, as per before. No ports available in the RIM, and well no ETA for upgrade. I guess we will just have to apply every 2-4 weeks until it happens. In the meantime I emailed the Federal Member, although that probably won’t do alot. I might look at getting some other affected people involved, soon as I determine what my best actions would be.

In the meantime decided the best alternative is probably to pickup an Unwired modem and use Unwired. It’s not entirely ideal, as I can’t work from home. But I can atleast use the internet for various things as required. Further more it will allow us to get our guide data to our devices on the network that require it.

I’ve since obtained a modem from a friend 2nd hand, just need to enable it and pay up for a plan etc. The only thing I need to do is save up to buy a router to run it, although in the meantime I might pull out an old machine and run Linux to do the job (until I can budget the cost of the router in).

What’s with the RAR compression on torrents

That is a good question and was answered somewhat by a post by Simon Rumble.

Those explanations are certainly good and related to the question, however it all stems from scene rules. All the groups who actually distributed those things, called scene releases. All follow the same rules for packaging things, if you do a google you will see what I mean. The multiple part files actually come from originally the BBS days of when you’d upload them to a scene board. It’s alot easier to upload many files vs huge file on a modem.

Take a look at this Wikipedia entry which gives a good outline about it.

Reinstalled iMac and tested out new Apple Keyboard

I decided 2 nights ago that I would backup my iMac and reinstall it. It didn’t really needed it, but I was in the mood to give it a good tidy up. I’d managed to clutter it up a little in recent weeks and wanted to give it a fresh bit of life. This time I will be more aware of what I install on it.

Further more I also wanted to test out the new Apple Keyboard, so I hooked it up and was using it. Needed to install Keyboard Software Update to get the special keys to work. But it seems to work fine, I don’t mind it at all. If I had to pick something about it, I would have to say the location of the USB ports on it. I prefer the location of the USB ports on the older model keyboard.

I’ll do a post in a few weeks time with all the fancy applications I use. Some of them are free, which is good. I’ve found applications in the past only by chance or by someone recommending it. So hopefully by doing the same, I can enlighten someone else.

All wired up

Today was the day that we wired up the house. A friend with the help of his own brother came to install all the wiring for the alarm system. So that’s all the sensors in various rooms and also the window reed switches etc. All I can tell you is it was lots of cable.

While they wired the alarm stuff, I set about wiring in the number of cat5e cable runs I did from the various rooms. I wanted to make sure every area that had a tv in the future would have a dual cable run of cat5e. I managed to get this done. They all terminate back into the room we have made as our home office.

I then ran 2 more cables from the first phone point into the Kitchen and then into the home office. These will allow us to loop the phone line from the lead in to other parts of the house. In

New Apple hardware and software

It would appear the rumors of new Apple items was indeed correct. Of course no new iPod’s so I guess these will happen sometime sooner or later.

What we did get was the following changed items;

iMac
MacMini
Airport Extreme Basestation (now has gigabit ethernet)
New Apple USB and Bluetooth keyboards
iWork 08
iLife 08

So in all, a few changes. After just purchasing an iMac 20″ I don’t feel bad that it got changed. I love my machine and hopefully it will get me a good 2-3 years of use with MacOS X updates.

We’ve ordered a copy of iLife 08 from Apple, as I couldn’t find a copy at the local reseller. It appears Apple never shipped copies earlier then announcement plans. Of course they had no demo units on the new stock. Oh well.

New iMac 20″

The new iMac 20″ arrived that we had on order. Decided a few weeks back that it would be nice to swap to an iMac 20″ as the primary machine I use for general use. Been using the Mac Mini and ACD 20″ for the last 10 months.

Decided that the AMD64 tower that I had was getting a little too loud, and something else was in order.

As luck would have it.

My PCI-e video card in my AMD64 x2 3800+ system died when I was attempting to play a demo of bf2142.

The system shutdown, although before it crashed it was displaying an odd video issue. Of course it would restart when turned on, although gave a pop. No damage to video card, but a strange smell. System now gives 1 beep followed by 3 beeps. This is indicative of a problem with video card or video memory.

Tested the card in a friends machine and sure enough it don’t work. It’s 8 months old approx, and thus means a trip to the shop on Monday 8th to RMA it. Hope it don’t take too many weeks to get it replaced. I’d even opt to put in a few dollars for a better model card (as I don’t think they even stock the GT6600 now).

Talk about being annoyed.