Wednesday, May 29, 2013


Upgraded from Yamaha YST-SW216 to SVS PB12-NSD.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Annual Pain 2013

NRMA CTP Insurance Renewal: $546.34
NRMA Comprehensive Insurance Renewal: $1,454.04
RMS Vehicle Registration Renewal: $470.00
Vehicle Annual Servicing: $675.00

Sub-total: $3,145.38

NRMA Home Content Insurance Renewal: $475.20

Total: $3,620.58

Friday, May 17, 2013

Western Digital - WDBACW0040HBK - 4TB My Book Essential

I have to make a complete backup of our NAS and Desktop PC so I bought this external HDD. Disc used by WD is Hitachi HDS5C404ALE630 - MPAOA3B0.

This HDD will be kept 'off-site'.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013


Just putting this out in case somebody makes same mistake as I did -

Inside NAS (Synology DS211j), I tried configuring it to be connected to Internet via PPPoE. Result failed.

Now, this resulted to me losing or having very intermittent internet connection. Connection only became good when NAS is disconnected from LAN. Upon spending about 2 hours looking for solution, I stumbled upon network setting inside NAS. There I saw PPPoE setting was activated and connected! So I disconnected it and everything is now fine.

Whew, I believe I rebooted the modem router about 4-5 times!

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Thule ProRide 591

This enables me to bring the bicycle on long trips with the family and also makes going to ride staging areas easier. Before, no one could come with me as I had to fold the rear seats down to make space for the bicycle.

Quality: 5/5, Installation: 5/5, Cost: 3/5

Highly recommended.

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Read/Write Speed Comparison

Local drive (SSD)

Crucial M4 256GB

Local drive (HDD)

Western Digital 1TB Caviar Blue

Network Drive

Synology DiskStation DS211j

6-May-13 update:

From our office network -

Pretty poor, eh?

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Michelin Energy XM2

So after 29,378km, my 2 front tyres are just about 1mm away from the thread wear indicator. These stock tyres are Kumho Solus KH15 215/65/16 98H. The rears are still at around 3-4mm so still OK. Though these 4 wheels were supposed to be rotated/exchanged during the vehicle's annual servicing. Hmmm....

Anyway, I went to Costco Auburn this evening (7pm) and had them replace the fronts with Michelin Energy XM2. Cost is AU$189.00 each; job took around 20 minutes.

I'll post my thoughts on these XM2s perhaps after using them for 500~1,000km.
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