Back on the train today, and using the new laptop for a blog post. Normally, the train-commute has been replaced by a car run into South Melbourne. But, different scenario today – heading out to “indoor rock climbing” after work, and getting picked up by a mate. Also – good opportunity to test out the train+tram route to SDM.
Have been at SDM for 1.5 weeks already – been busy times thus far. Fully into the func spec for changes to a Connex application for logging train-faults. Ironic really, as I’m sitting ON a Connex train right now – and can see a few bits of graffiti around, and a ripped seat – they should log a fault !! he he.
Busy times at home too – Donna and I have just painted the kitchen. The last few weeks were a bit crazy, with Donna’s brother wedding – and finishing up at DWS – and then starting at SDM too.
With Cameron getting ready to crawl any day now, we thought it wise to do the painting of low cupboards & doors BEFORE he’s able to put hand-prints all over.
So, last weekend we got it happening – with Donna removing all cupboard doors on the Friday – and we both sanded it all on Friday night – nearly 20 doors, both sides – and all the “surround” for the shelves / cupboards.
Saturday was a nice sunny day, so did 1st coat in the morning – then to Bunnings for door handles & Knox for lunch + shopping – then 2nd coat in the afternoon. We then walked the dog, and headed out to a friends place for BBQ / 30th birthday. Headed home to do a 3rd coat of paint (!). That meant the cupboard doors had “1-side” finished.
Sunday was Cameron’s swimming class – he was less enthusiastic this week, probably a bit tired. Not grumpy or anything – just not really fussed either way. Had to do a “1-2-3” then dunk/swoosh him under the water – he came up coughing & spluttering a little, but was OK. Just want to make sure he enjoys the water, mainly for “familiarisation” – and make it fun with some games & songs.
He’s just over 8 months now – very happy & smiling lots. He’s fun in the bath too – splashes lots, and the latest game is for me to take the bath plug out when he’s done, and he sits there watching the water running down he plug-hole, splashing the last little bits away.
Other stuff – have just cataloged all my MP3 CD collection into an Excel spreadsheet, based on the backup DVD’s I’ve created. Still a lot more to do – just haven’t had the time to rip more music (or edit some additions from friends). Up to about 350 albums already – about 20+ GB worth. Will try to get a web-page happening – inspired by Andy@SDM.
And watched a Channel9 video last night on the XBox – talking about XBox-360 as a part of digital entertainment, not just gaming (although they admitted that’s it’s prime purpose).
Sounds like they’re taking the best bits of Windows Media Center and some from XBMC for the digital entertainment aspects to XBox-360. From the video, they mentioned that you can have a Media Center “hub” PC for recording TV, and storing music, pictures, etc – and then have multiple XBox-360’s through-out the house. (like the current media center EXTENDER for Xbox-1)
One cool thing was that different XB’s can watch the same video clip – at different times – from the Media Center. And can pause a show in the living room – and then head off to bed, and continue watching on the other XB.
Or, that the XBox-Live scenario is always on – so you could watch a TV show “with” a friend in another city – and chat while it was playing.
Or – be watching a DVD, and received a “game invite” from someone else who had seen you were on-line. Very cool interactivity aspects – not just “solo” digital media stuff.
But – would need lots of $ to get that all happening – I’d need a new Media Center PC (about $3000) – and then 1-2 XBox-360’s (probably $500 each) – and should get a new plasma or high-def TV (720p native is the way to go, apparently) – that’d be about $5000 as well.
Or – can stick with the XBox using XBMC, and get a TV tuner card for my PC (eBay about $70) – and have got ALL the same functionality – except for the high-def aspect. *shrug*
So – I don’t think the finance department will approve the purchase order for an XBox-360 (ie. wife). I guess we would save ourselves $8930 !
Over & out for now. 🙂