New PC Build

Finished off the PC build tonight, however hit a few snags. The Corsair H60 radiator is much larger then the Corsair H55 version and as such cannot be installed in a Corsair Spec 03 case on the rear. This impacts the PCIe video card slot. If I had got the Corsair H55 this wouldn’t be a issue, as I know it fits based on previous experience where I have one installed in another machine (tempted to honestly swap H60 out for a H55 in coming months).

For now as pictured below, the Corsair H60 is intalled in the top of the case. The only place it can fit in this case without impacting my video card.

So far I am very impressed with the system. It is able to encode a 1 hour 30mins video file into a Android 720p30 mp4 file with 2 pass enabled in about 23mins. The same test on other machines ranges from 1 hour to 2 hours depending computer used. So massive improvement.

Battlefield 1 also runs great. So I am very happy.

This machine I want to last me a good 5-6 years. The only things I want to replace will be items that die outside of warranty, which might typically be hard drives etc.

Upgrades include in the future for the machine..

  • Additional 16GB memory kit
  • Additional M2 SSD drive (500GB or 1TB model).

Will be sure to post more about this computer as things happen.

New PC hardware arrived

My New PC hardware arrived. I ordered this on Friday and paid for it yesterday.

I ended up deciding on the following items;

  • Intel i7 7700k
  • Asus Z270M-Plus (Prime z270) mainboard
  • Corsair H60 Liquid CPU cooler
  • Corsair CX600 Power Supply
  • Corsair 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4-3000Mhz Vengeance LPX Dimm
  • Asus Dual GTX1070 8GB Video card

I already have Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Samsung M2 250GB SSD, Optical Drive and 3.5″ Hard drive.

I opted to get the Intel i7700k for the faster base clock speed, but then got the faster memory and Z270 mainboard in case I wish to overclock it. As I know that it’s possible per Adam Fowler and his recent PC build.

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.

Ubuntu 16.04, tvheadend and SiliconDust HDHomeRun

Decided I would compile Tvheadend again and install it on a Ubuntu 16.04 host. Below is some of my notes that will help others with this installation and problems I hit along the way.

Required packages.

apt-get install unzip libcurl4-openssl-dev pkg-config git build-essential dvb-apps gettext libssl-dev cmake liburiparser-dev libavahi-client-dev
apt-get install hdhomerun-config

Installation/Compiling steps.

tar zxvf libiconv-1.15.tar.gz
cd libiconv/
make install

I created a user called “tvh” which will be used for the running of the software, this way it doesn’t run as root. Plenty of guides about that detail how to create your user and associated correct group assignments to it. So I won’t cover these steps/operations.

Noticed when I executed the product post being compiled i was getting an error.

tvh@oscar:/usr/local/bin$ ./tvheadend
./tvheadend: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

As you can see from the output below, it’s a library issue.

tvh@oscar:/usr/local/bin$ ldd tvheadend =>  (0x00007fff1d1e6000) => /usr/lib/ (0x00007f3545385000) => /usr/lib/ (0x00007f3545180000) => /usr/lib/ (0x00007f3544f69000) => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ (0x00007f3544d00000) => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ (0x00007f35448bc000) => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ (0x00007f35446a1000) => /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ (0x00007f3544486000) => /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ (0x00007f354427a000) => /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ (0x00007f3544068000) => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ (0x00007f3543e1c000) => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ (0x00007f3543c18000) => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ (0x00007f35439fa000) => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ (0x00007f35436f1000) => not found => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ (0x00007f35434e8000) => /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ (0x00007f3543166000) => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ (0x00007f3542d9d000) => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ (0x00007f3542d17000)
        /lib64/ (0x00005642bf9af000) => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ (0x00007f3542b01000) => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ (0x00007f35428de000) => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ (0x00007f35426bc000) => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ (0x00007f35423db000) => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ (0x00007f354216a000) => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ (0x00007f3541f56000)

Perform the following steps to address it.

cd /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu
ln -s /usr/local/lib/
ln -s /usr/local/lib/
ln -s /usr/local/lib/

It would appear that Tvheadend has had some improvements since the last time I compiled and installed it.

As shown below we now see a new logo for the product, and now get a wizard which helps with the setup.

Tvheadend is such a great application.

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)

Silicondust HDHomeRun Connect

I was lucky enough to be provided a review unit of the Silicondust HDHomeRun Connect. Let it be known, I actually owned an earlier edition of these devices back in the day. Regret actually getting rid of it these days.

Meanwhile, the new units are absolutely awesome. The out of box setup and experience is so much better with the new model. Since you can actually connect to the web server built into the unit which helps with configuration.

Setting it up was so easy, when done I was then able to stream the TV channel straight to my VLC application to watch it live. Below is some images of the process where I configured my unit.

Watching DVB broadcast from Silcondust HDHomeRun using VideoLanClient (VLC)

I love being able to have a DVB tuner available on my network and not need to have my computer on to use it. My Samsung Smart TV can access the Silicondust HDHomeRun Connect TV channels via the upnp/DLNA client. The network tuner makes the channels available over upnp/DLNA.

I would recommend this unit to anyone if you would like to have a Digital DVB tuner on your network.

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.

Elf on a Shelf

Since 2014 we have had an elf in the house. In 2014 and 2015 he was called Leonardo. This year he is called Elfie. He is a lot of fun.

The idea is that he appears at night and the kids have to find him in the morning. Then he sits somewhere and watches them all day but they aren’t allowed to touch him or he looses his magic. He then reports back to Santa at night about their behaviour that day.

Here is some of his antics so far:







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