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#1197855 NBN - Is it too expensive?

Posted by aliali on 18 November 2017 - 04:32 PM

to be fair, aliali, comparative population density must be a significant factor effecting how compelling those examples are with regard to australia.

Sure our suburbs tend to be less dense than a lot of other countries (battler blocks and the like) but this makes FTTP an even better option than FTTN because line distance is a huge issue with FTTN, not so much with FTTP. So with the average Aus building block size you need far more nodes per sq KM than other more densely populated cities.

As far as MDUs and high density towers yes FTTB probably does make more sense than FTTP because rewiring these sorts of buildings with fibre to each apartment would be a bit of a nightmare. And that's ignoring the whole access/strata/management issue.


As far as intercity or intertown backhaul goes this is the same for every technology.

#1197818 NBN - Is it too expensive?

Posted by aliali on 17 November 2017 - 08:11 AM

Besides, if money is your only argument, it's moot.


Well considering the cost of FTTN/HFC has blown through the roof compared to original claims, FTTP makes even more sense as the cost of FTTP installation is going down around the world, and even the original NBN where finding major cost savings in the FTTP rollout.



Add in the OPEX costs of FTTP are several orders of magnitude less than FTTN, is much much more reliable and is easily expanded to higher speeds with reasonable trivial upgrades and FTTN is economically a dead end and a complete waste of money.



This was known right back in 2013 so hardly new news.





#1197690 Spammer-b-gone! Thanks Nich!

Posted by aliali on 11 November 2017 - 03:26 PM

Working on it now, sorry. Didn't get home til after 4am, so I'm a bit behind things!

No Worries Nich, thanks for the cleanup. Prick vomited their crap everywhere.

#1197671 Spammer-b-gone! Thanks Nich!

Posted by aliali on 11 November 2017 - 07:58 AM

Sorry to say looks like one is back spamming across everything.

Lingpingping has been a busy little areshole.

#1196579 Spammer-b-gone! Thanks Nich!

Posted by aliali on 01 October 2017 - 09:00 AM

Yay for Nich


#1196219 Ryzen: Built Another one!

Posted by aliali on 19 September 2017 - 10:10 AM

And I'll be telling him to get $100 spare, and we'll throw a FireCuda SSHD in there ASAP.


Fun times ahead!

I would have thought an SSHD would be a waste for a data drive. Does the SSD component still get used when the OS is not installed to the SSHD?



Just did two Ryzen builds for the the digital display thingy I am setting up



Just about ready to go in to use.

Common components for two PCs are

Gigabyte GA-AB350M-HD3

AMD Ryzen 5 1400 with Wraith Cooler.

Corsair 8GB (2x4GB) DDR4 2133MHz Vengeance LPX

Kingston SUV400 480GB SSD

Corsair 650W CX 80+ PSU

Windows 10 Ent (from the customers VLKs)


For the desktop staff PC

Gigabyte nVidia Geforce GT 710 1GB GPU

Coolermaster Silencio 352. mATX


For the display controller

Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1050 G1 Gaming 2GB x2 (each card can handle 3 x HDMI out simultaneously)

Coolermaster N400 ATX Case.


Had a couple of issues with the build.

1) Mobos Bios had to be updated before they would boot with the AMD Ryzen 5 1400 so had to get in a Ryzen 7 1700 in just to update the BIOS (Grrr).

2) 1 stick of the the Corsair Ram was totally stuffed so had to get another pair in ( yet to warranty return the dud pair).


Once past those issue both boxes run very well and the staff are real happy with the speed boost from the old PC ( AMD AM2 X2, 4Gb ram, onboard GFX, 160Gb spinner drive).

#1196099 NBN - Is it too expensive?

Posted by aliali on 14 September 2017 - 09:35 AM

not having enough of something and left it at that, and that there is no ETA in terms of when its going to get fixed.  9 months later, still nothing.



Ah the dreaded "additional work still required" by the sound of it.

Seems to be a fairly common issue with no time line to rectify it so you just have to sit and wait.

The beauty of this for NBN Co is your area/building has been included in NBN Co's coverage/ready for service stats so it looks like they are rolling out lickety split, despite you not being able to actually get a connection.

#1196050 Twenty Two Minutes to type www.

Posted by aliali on 13 September 2017 - 11:58 AM

Sometimes it's easier to just say 'click in window x, and press this key combination'

And the response is "what's a window?"

Been there done that.

And I hear you M_S. I have quite a few customers who just click on links their sons/daughters/whomever have put on the desktop to take the user straight to email/facebook/random news site and the like.

Tablet users can be worse. Had a couple who have said their tablet is broken because things are different. Turns out they had side swiped to the second or third screen and didn't know you could do this!

/heads desk. Or wonder why their tablet or laptop has no internet when away from the home wireless connection.

#1196024 What Did You Watch Lately ?

Posted by aliali on 12 September 2017 - 08:06 PM



#1195992 Chrome Native Message Host

Posted by aliali on 11 September 2017 - 09:57 PM

Does Chrome have a safemode where you can load it up with all of that kind of things disabled temporarily?

Run Chrome with the --disable-extensions command-line option


That is right click the Chrome shortcut and select properties. in the target section add

--disable-extensions to

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe"

so you will have "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --disable-extensions

#1195977 Chrome Native Message Host

Posted by aliali on 11 September 2017 - 04:08 PM


‘Chrome Native Message Host Has Stopped Working’

Nothing in front of that message like True key?

First thoughts would be do the usual of clearing all cookies and disabling or removing all extensions.

If still no dice then may need to get drastic and uninstall Chrome, followed by deleting the chrome folders from C:\Program Files (x86)\Google

C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Google and anywhere else you can find them.

Then install Chrome again and see how it goes.

However my bet is on an extension causing the issue, especially one of the security suite extensions.

#1194826 Windows 10 Pro crash - BSOD DPC - suddenly and consistently after months of b...

Posted by aliali on 12 August 2017 - 11:00 AM

Try turning off fast startup and hibernate.


I was having weird BSOD issues with Win10 on my PC until I turned it off. With mine it seemed to be related to my HDD docking bay.

If I shut down with a HDD in the bay, removed the drive then booted windows it would eventually chuck a spaz.

I think this is because the hibernate file is used for the fast boot and this file contains info about what drives where connected at shutdown. Removing the drive and booting meant windows could not find the drive and got all sulky about it.

#1194723 This week I went solar :)

Posted by aliali on 09 August 2017 - 01:36 PM


Had some CFL 12W that were almost ideal yet 20W that were barely over what I wanted and other 12-14 that were inadequate.

Need to look at lumens for light brightness and couple that with colour temperature.

Eg a warm white will seem dimmer than a cool white or daylight even if they have the same lumen output.

Just be aware warm whites (around 2000k to 3000k) emit a fair bit of infrared that may interfere with some IR remote controls.

Had a warm white CFL years ago that buggered up my TV remote. Took me a while to figure out why the remote went cranky when the desk lamp was turned on.

#1194011 Gerry Harvey has got his work cut out for him

Posted by aliali on 04 August 2017 - 12:00 PM

Ye and like his chain stores and franchises didn't drive out the smaller B&Ms via predatory practices.

/Oh wait.

I also bet good old Gerry makes sure his systems are set up to pay as little tax as possible so.


Besides the Amazon place is not a retail store front it's a distribution centre for online purchases.

#1193462 Multi monitor slide show

Posted by aliali on 18 July 2017 - 07:03 PM

Would like to daisy chain with DP Nich but finding TVs with DP 1.2 and two ports to allow daisy chaining is proving problematic, but it would be ideal.