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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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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iiNet – Opticomm service disruption

Noticed today that my smokeping metrics for my next hop out of my iiNet service took a turn for the worst. Prior to midnight started to get packet loss.

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iiNet knew nothing of it, and turns out Opticomm was having backhaul issues (2nd time since Saturday) and believed to be related.

Funny enough things came good late tonight and I imagine that’s because Opticomm resolved condition.

Ironically enough and annoying thing is that while this occured the Opticomm status page for my postcode had no faults reported. That really ticks me off. Considering iiNet wasn’t telling customers anything about it.

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.