Finally got that sexy coffee table – nothing fancy but it is a good solid piece of pine well put together and simple design as to avoid the issue of “god that is looks out of date and so horrible” in a few years time. I’m tempted to take a few photos of my unit in each of the rooms to give you folks and over view of what my new uni looks like.
Finally got it installed today and with all the work getting rid of the crappy jack points around the house the cable now goes from the ‘grey mushroom’ to the jack point at the side of the door that goes out to the patio. The net result is a very short and simple connection to the main network delivering these results:
Although it is the first day from what I understand those figures can go up/down over the course of the DLM cycle that takes place I would be a pretty happy lad if it remained around that (maybe even go higher?). So far things are running smoothly – watching videos with no buffering and hooked up to the Airport Extreme 802.11ac router on the 5Ghz frequency at 300Mbps (I have separate SSID’s for the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz so I can manually go with the 5Ghz – I’m stuck in a swamp of 2.4Ghz routers thanks to every ISP giving one out free with new connections).
VDSL2 connection all sorted out for installation on Wednesday 4 December and I’ve decided to go for an ‘industrial strength’ VDSL router – none of this whimpy consumer grade crap for me after dealing with oh-so-average experience with the typical bundled VDSL router. Thus in all its glory this is what it looks like:
I’ve got 7 jack points at my new place so I’m going to be gradually pulling them out, filling up the hole in the wall, plastering and getting the eye sores out of the way. One single jack point for the VDSL connection with the rest ripped up. Based on my calculations I’m 300metres from the exchange and most guesses around the net will mean a connection of over 50Mbps which will be pretty damn cool in my books.
It appears that I’ll be moving into my new place sooner than expected – this Sunday. I’m sure my sister will be happy to have her extra bedroom back and I’ll be happy to finally have a place of my own with a reliable internet connection (currently tethering via Bluetooth to my iPhone as the internet connection at my sisters house isn’t working). Hopefully also we’re able to get cover for the next two weeks which will enable me to have driving lessons, experience driving and then eventually in two weeks to be able to go for my restricted, pass it then buy a car.
BBC just announced that a preliminary agreement with Iran but I’m sorry I wouldn’t trust the Iranians for as far as I could throw them. Honestly, when you have a revolution founded on the basis that said leadership are on a mission from God who believe restoring an Islamic state will herald the coming of the Mahdi along with Jesus to end injustice and bring peace to the world – sorry but you’re not dealing with sane political actors but religious nut cases who will do anything to ensure their wet dream becomes a reality. Yes it is important to have peace but it is also to understand who you’re dealing with on the other side of the negotiation table.
Damn that felt so good to close down my Facebook account – free for the moronic stupidity that seems to follow me home from work to the one place where I thought I could control who would enter and leave my ‘little world’. Well, one down and more to go – my next on the list is YouTube and whether it is worth keeping it open or whether I’m better off getting rid of the content and just have an empty account to access content that needs with moving to Vimeo so I can upload a video once a week talking about technology, politics etc. I have put a lot of ‘energy’ into YouTube but I really have to ask whether the annoyance of so many commenters really worth the time wasted on the website.
I’m at the point now that I wonder whether it is worth even having a Facebook account giving the entourage of drop kicks the website seems to attract. What am I gaining out of? nothing. I’ve thought about it in the past but always chickened out but I’m at the stage now where I wonder whether I’m going to lose anything by just getting rid of the account. I’ll head down to Lower Hutt and hopefully on the ride in it’ll give me some ‘reflection time’.