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Howdy - maybe shoulda put this in the Joke Section - just received our NBN box and TELSTRA Modem.
It is reputedly "Plug and Play", well the man at the TESLTRA shop said it would be.
SO I am about to see how it works. Hopefully will be back soon to let you know!!!!!!
Cheers - Ian


 I did that job a few months ago ... Yes it was certainly plug & play  ..  SWMBO was amazed at how clever I was.   Saved us a $200+ techo visit fee.

 

After trying to get someone from Telstra & other providers to advise me .. got lots of bull@#$% advice .... I think they have made all their technical people redundant & employed contractors without a clue ....   

I was able to reconnect my existing phone system comprising a two fixed phones and a cordless base station with a couple of handsets.  Only cost me a double adaptor phone connector to go into the Telstra modem phone socket.  One output went to the cordless base/main & the other into a nearby wired socket.  Oh yes, I disconnected the street copper cable from the phones wiring set up.  My NBN is delivered by co-axial on their HFC shemozzle.

ps.  I must declare that I was once a Telstra Principal Technical Officer Gr3, so I have some background .. albeit in the (very) old technologies.



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Cupie wrote:
Mobi Condo wrote:

Howdy - maybe shoulda put this in the Joke Section - just received our NBN box and TELSTRA Modem.
It is reputedly "Plug and Play", well the man at the TESLTRA shop said it would be.
SO I am about to see how it works. Hopefully will be back soon to let you know!!!!!!
Cheers - Ian


 I did that job a few months ago ... Yes it was certainly plug & play  ..  SWMBO was amazed at how clever I was.   Saved us a $200+ techo visit fee.

 

After trying to get someone from Telstra & other providers to advise me .. got lots of bull@#$% advice .... I think they have made all their technical people redundant & employed contractors without a clue ....   

I was able to reconnect my existing phone system comprising a two fixed phones and a cordless base station with a couple of handsets.  Only cost me a double adaptor phone connector to go into the Telstra modem phone socket.  One output went to the cordless base/main & the other into a nearby wired socket.  Oh yes, I disconnected the street copper cable from the phones wiring set up.  My NBN is delivered by co-axial on their HFC shemozzle.

ps.  I must declare that I was once a Telstra Principal Technical Officer Gr3, so I have some background .. albeit in the (very) old technologies.


 Well, it seems to have worked. Not all lights blinked and blanked as the 2 videos (NBN & Telstra Big pond instruction videos said they would) but I am back on and I hope TELSTRA will be working on it behind the scenes for the next 24 - 48 hrs.  as they as said would happen. Currently at 72mbps what ever. Do not know what it is supposed to be.

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Mobi Condo wrote:
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Mobi Condo wrote:

Howdy - maybe shoulda put this in the Joke Section - just received our NBN box and TELSTRA Modem.
It is reputedly "Plug and Play", well the man at the TESLTRA shop said it would be.
SO I am about to see how it works. Hopefully will be back soon to let you know!!!!!!
Cheers - Ian


 I did that job a few months ago ... Yes it was certainly plug & play  ..  SWMBO was amazed at how clever I was.   Saved us a $200+ techo visit fee.

 

After trying to get someone from Telstra & other providers to advise me .. got lots of bull@#$% advice .... I think they have made all their technical people redundant & employed contractors without a clue ....   

I was able to reconnect my existing phone system comprising a two fixed phones and a cordless base station with a couple of handsets.  Only cost me a double adaptor phone connector to go into the Telstra modem phone socket.  One output went to the cordless base/main & the other into a nearby wired socket.  Oh yes, I disconnected the street copper cable from the phones wiring set up.  My NBN is delivered by co-axial on their HFC shemozzle.

ps.  I must declare that I was once a Telstra Principal Technical Officer Gr3, so I have some background .. albeit in the (very) old technologies.


 Well, it seems to have worked. Not all lights blinked and blanked as the 2 videos (NBN & Telstra Big pond instruction videos said they would) but I am back on and I hope TELSTRA will be working on it behind the scenes for the next 24 - 48 hrs.  as they as said would happen. Currently at 72mbps what ever. Do not know what it is supposed to be.

Cheers - Ian


 Well, we can use the Internet, but we still have the incorrect colours blinking and blanking and as per the instructions for such we have to contact the ISP (Telstra) but the TELSTRA phone message  tells me because of COVID-19 they will not respond as it is not an emergency AND the Norwood Parade (Adelaide) Telstra shop tells that they get the same answer! So, we shall wait for them to complain to me!

AT least I can do some vital business.

SO much for large Corporations and help for individuals. Ba! Humbug!

Cheers - Ian



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Hi Ian/Sally

I suppose that you gave it the modern version of a kick or a hit with a hammer, and turned off the power, waited for a few minutes & then turned it back on again.



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Hi Ian/Sally

I suppose that you gave it the modern version of a kick or a hit with a hammer, and turned off the power, waited for a few minutes & then turned it back on again.


 Being an ex Tech Officer - Building Designer - Design Drafter etc, I ALWAYS wore my hard cap safety boots, even in the office when back from the field or W/shop ready to draw (CAD & Board), edit what ever project was being done. WHY might you ask wear such in the Office?

So I would not hurt my toes when I re booted the computer!!!!!!

Cheers - Ian 



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Mobi Condo wrote:
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Hi Ian/Sally

I suppose that you gave it the modern version of a kick or a hit with a hammer, and turned off the power, waited for a few minutes & then turned it back on again.


 Being an ex Tech Officer - Building Designer - Design Drafter etc, I ALWAYS wore my hard cap safety boots, even in the office when back from the field or W/shop ready to draw (CAD & Board), edit what ever project was being done. WHY might you ask wear such in the Office?

So I would not hurt my toes when I re booted the computer!!!!!!

Cheers - Ian 


 Ah! Well! Still not on, NBN only shives me to TELSTRA, who wont answer because of COVID-19, so the TIO (Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman is now involved and I am using a small $35.00 (on special from the Good Guys in 2012) Elite Modem to keep doing any business required in retirement. It is our travel Modem. Thankful for my hard toe boots though!biggrinbiggrin

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Drizzling rain today here in Brisvegas.  Unusual to get rain during winter!

So I spent an hour or so installing a 12v outlet beside the bed in the van.  It was easy as there was a 12v feed to the bedside fans just where I needed it.  

This will allow SWMBO to use the laptop while it's charging, so that she can watch videos on an extl HDD.  Less power usage than on the TV I think, though I could connect the TV screen via a HDMI cable. Another lead to trip over.

If only we could get away in the van to use all this stuff.

 

ps. Back on the net on the hunt for an affordable but reasonably accurate DC Clamp meter to give me peace of mind in tracking the charge/discharge rates.  Given up on my crap cheap Battery Monitor system with its Chinglese instructions.  I'm too lousy to pay for a decent one.   Also pondering the use of a centre zero meter that I can get from a friend.  Perhaps I can put it across the existing shunt & then calibrate it against a temporary in line test Fluke multimeter .

What else would one do on a miserable wet(ish) day in paradise?



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Cupie, have a look at this. www.sales67.com.au/collections/bluetooth-monitors/products/lcd-0-200v-300a-dc-battery-meter-volt-meter-amp-meter-discharge-capacity-energy. NFI about quality, just a review on a 4wd site

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Cupie, have a look at this. www.sales67.com.au/collections/bluetooth-monitors/products/lcd-0-200v-300a-dc-battery-meter-volt-meter-amp-meter-discharge-capacity-energy. NFI about quality, just a review on a 4wd site


 Craig ... Thanks for that. I'll look into it.  Price is right.  I just hate the idea of un installing the current set up & putting another in.  Current one has low voltage alarm & cut out option.  No mention of that feature on this one.  I'll have to check that out.



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Hey Cupie

In response to your statement "what else do you do on a wet day".

I spent a good part of the day bringing the computers, the tablet and the storage all in line.

My beautiful Acer 2003 model lap top that only gets used to play music though and linked to our stereo has the same data as the old electric black box, over the years some gremlin got in there and changed a few things, all now backed up.

my new 2019 Dell laptop is where I store our photos and downloads of interest, it is now all backed up on a SSD black box that I need to ask the office management permission to touche.

At the end of the day, I was out by 3 photos from 46583 photos, not bad over 2 lap tops and a SSD storage.

Music was a another story, the short version is I said "yes" to do want to get rid of double ups "major wrong"  now I have a heap of albums with songs missing.

the other thing which made a real mess is, changing the size of the songs so you get more on a USB. Well young ones would bin it all and go to Spotify music to get songs.

The winter veggies loved the rain. 



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Well I am a little excited.

I have brought my first item off E Bay, not the best way of buying an item but lots cheaper. A 2kw diesel heater for the caravan which arrived yestered day 7 days and 4.3 hours after pressing OK on the computer. From Melbourne, even if the add said they were in Sydney, arrived in Brisbane all the parts appear to be there in new condition.

Now for to fit heater before the end of the month.



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Lucky you, I ordered a couple of re-usable masks from a Melbourne company 10 days ago, not including weekends and they still haven't been sent from them yet. I even paid for Express Post.

I hope you sanitized it mate?

I can say that cos I am a VIC.





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Hi Mike

I agree its a great lifestyle option with plenty of benefits yet the costs can be high so it is  good idea to be as fully informed as you are. I learnt some good lessons when selling my parents home in an over 55s retirement gated community. Not only did they need to  pay the 30%+ on the sale price, the contract required the seller to repaint internally, replace floor coverings, replace blinds/curtains plus make any necessary maintenance repairs - added costs to consider. If the owner had changed anything in the home since purchasing it was essential to produce documented evidence of prior approval as without that the seller could encounter big problems. In my parents case they had replaced carpet with high quality  timber flooring. In addition, the company (as per contract) had up 9 months to sell their  home and during that 9 month period the weekly maintenance fees ($110) had to be paid. My parents moved into residential aged care so their  home was empty and ready for sale and they needed the sale ASAP to fund their $700k aged care fees which attracted interest until paid. We came to realise that it was company practice to advertise and show only a few units at a time to potential purchasers. When a home next to my parents was filled with a truck load of contemporary furnishings we new it was next on the list yet it had been empty and ready for sale for several months prior.

As for my parents home which they had totally loved, I admit to being a bit sneaky and while clearing up and when the sales person was in the house next door locking up, I invited the potential purchasers while waiting outside chatting to look through my parents home which they did and loved it. While I clearly faced a very angry salesperson once he realised his clients were with me next door my strategy worked and his clients subsequently insisted on buying my parents home. 

Best wishes with your search and decision making.



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I agree its a great lifestyle option with plenty of benefits yet the costs can be high so it is  good idea to be as fully informed as you are. I learnt some good lessons when selling my parents home in an over 55s retirement gated community. Not only did they need to  pay the 30%+ on the sale price, the contract required the seller to repaint internally, replace floor coverings, replace blinds/curtains plus make any necessary maintenance repairs - added costs to consider. If the owner had changed anything in the home since purchasing it was essential to produce documented evidence of prior approval as without that the seller could encounter big problems. In my parents case they had replaced carpet with high quality  timber flooring. In addition, the company (as per contract) had up 9 months to sell their  home and during that 9 month period the weekly maintenance fees ($110) had to be paid. My parents moved into residential aged care so their  home was empty and ready for sale and they needed the sale ASAP to fund their $700k aged care fees which attracted interest until paid. We came to realise that it was company practice to advertise and show only a few units at a time to potential purchasers. When a home next to my parents was filled with a truck load of contemporary furnishings we new it was next on the list yet it had been empty and ready for sale for several months prior.

As for my parents home which they had totally loved, I admit to being a bit sneaky and while clearing up and when the sales person was in the house next door locking up, I invited the potential purchasers while waiting outside chatting to look through my parents home which they did and loved it. While I clearly faced a very angry salesperson once he realised his clients were with me next door my strategy worked and his clients subsequently insisted on buying my parents home. 

Best wishes with your search and decision making.


 Yep, those over 50's/60's places can be a financial trap.

We toyed with the idea of 'Downsizing' from our very large 5 bed 3 bath highset place in the suburbs.

I became something of an expert in the Qld legislation covering such places, which I must say was quite comprehensive & the facility managers/owners were very upfront with the arrangements.

Their general comment was along the lines of 'This is not a financial investment but a lifestyle option'.  'Be aware of the costs at the outset'.

 

Well the more we looked into it the less we were prepared to transfer our assets from our children to the facility owners.   Sure if you have lots of assets outside the family home to pass on to your children or don't wish to leave them anything much in your will than this may be for you.  Not for us though.

 

One that we really liked had an 'exit fee' of 9% of the SALE price for up to 4 years (36%) plus all of the restoration costs that you mentioned, plus a Sales agent (them) fee & the ongoing service fees for up to 3 months pending sale.   50% or any capital gain went their way too but you wore any capital loss (although I suppose that their 36% cut of the sale price would be less).  All legal & included in the legislation. The purchase price was $700,000 & the monthly service etc fees $700, plus you paid for your Electricity but weren't allowed to install solar, and your communications which was FTTN crap.  It may have been equivalent to going on a permanent cruise (perhaps not now with C19  though) or booking into a resort hotel. LOL

 

BTW WRT buying through ebay, I have used it many times over the past few years always with complete satisfaction.  These days I avoid anything from China direct, but I believe that many of the Australian based suppliers are often just fronts or Chinese Australian importers with a Au wharehouse perhaps.  But the prices are so good and delivery times (except out of China) are excellent.   



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Hi Cupie

Great info and thanks for sharing. It is certainly a complex proposition and I strongly believe the lifestyle can be fabulous yet that needs to be weighed up against the costs and expenses as you found out. I have heard some people make the comment that it wont matter as that will be their last home so it wont be there problem to sort out however the reality is that unexpected health circumstances can happen that force a decision people may not have otherwise made as was the case for my parents and then the sorting will become their problem. 

Take away message...absolutely do your research and make an informed decision smile



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I had planned to have my club lunch catch up with my brother yesterday but we had to cancel as his female housemate is being tested for Covid. Not good news. This is the second time she has given the household a scare. Hoping the result is same as the first one.

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readysetgo wrote:

Hi Cupie

Great info and thanks for sharing. It is certainly a complex proposition and I strongly believe the lifestyle can be fabulous yet that needs to be weighed up against the costs and expenses as you found out. I have heard some people make the comment that it wont matter as that will be their last home so it wont be there problem to sort out however the reality is that unexpected health circumstances can happen that force a decision people may not have otherwise made as was the case for my parents and then the sorting will become their problem. 

Take away message...absolutely do your research and make an informed decision smile


 Co-incidence or what?  I see that this is the subject of a "Special edition' of the GN Times.



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readysetgo wrote:

Hi Cupie

Great info and thanks for sharing. It is certainly a complex proposition and I strongly believe the lifestyle can be fabulous yet that needs to be weighed up against the costs and expenses as you found out. I have heard some people make the comment that it wont matter as that will be their last home so it wont be there problem to sort out however the reality is that unexpected health circumstances can happen that force a decision people may not have otherwise made as was the case for my parents and then the sorting will become their problem. 

Take away message...absolutely do your research and make an informed decision smile


 Co-incidence or what?  I see that this is the subject of a "Special edition' of the GN Times.


 Its an absolute minefield.  And one i do not want to think about Just now. 



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Been doing some xmas and birthday shopping on the web. Pretty happy with my selections. Who would have ever thought not so many years ago,  we would not need to go to a shop to spend our money. Dolls house, frozen hair head, fly wheels, lego, neon stones, gem book, clothes, hooded blanket. Gee, i had a good time and had corned beef n salad sanwiches for lunch and cake n coffee for afternoon tea In my caravan. Life is good.



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What did I do to day? Nothing. It rained all day so I couldn't even go for a walk.

Rocket I am so glad you had a good day. I just want to get out there.

I think I'm allowed to go over to Batemans Bay, but I have to wait and make sure daughter and son in law come home safely. They had to go to Melbourne for him to have an op. I compared Melbourne to Mordor and the kids like Frodo and Samwise. lol. Bit scary.   

Then I hear that there has been a landslide on Pooh's corner blocking the highway so no Batemans bay. 

And.. as its 12:12am it is my daughter's 40th Birthday and she's stuck in a hotel in Mordor all by herself and himself in hospital. She can't see anyone or do anything because shes in quarantine.    And I'm whinging? 

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So far today I made a cuppa and captured sunrise.

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Had a cup of coffee, did the edges and mowed the front lawn, having another coffee while I wait like a expectant father for the phone call to came and get our caravan from the service guy.

Yes, Rocket, spent some more money with Jacks Caravan Repairs.

Ps, not a good photo but I thing you will get the idea, we don't have much lawn, 4 runs with the electric one.

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I finally got around to sharpening all the knives finishing off with a translucent Arkansas sharpening stone.

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The work is never done with a 40 year old home!

We (that's me) need to replace an original toilet suite in the guest/family bathroom.

Off to Reece to get one that fits (tap position is an issue) on the Son's trade account.  Can't believe how cheap they are & full porcelain too.

Then ..

I thought that I'd remove the old unit while I await delivery & the Son to do the install. 

I will probably get impatient & install it myself.  Can't be too hard.  What could go wrong?

 

Oops .. I decided to remove a section of very old paisley pattern wallpaper behind the old cistern. 

 

 

Buggar, I thought that the wall was fibro & so I soaked it well with hot water & set to with vigour, too much as it turned out because the sheeting was plaster board. 

Another job when the wall dries .. patching the scrape through the brown paper surface of the plaster board. 

I suppose that I could just leave it there behind the new cistern ... but the Son &  the director SWMBO, would give me heaps.  Son won't know after I paint the wall, if he ever turns up.

Oh well, what can I stuff up tomorrow.

 

LOL  Nothing, 'cause we are off to the Goldie to have lunch at Northclife Lifesavers with old friends

 

Time now to pick some beans & peas for dinner and sit down to my daily limit of two measured glasses of red.

 

ps.  Just sliced up a full prime Rib Fillet to freeze for the next van trip.   ($17/kg at Drakes at the moment & good steak too)



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The work is never done with a 40 year old home!

We (that's me) need to replace an original toilet suite in the guest/family bathroom.

Off to Reece to get one that fits (tap position is an issue) on the Son's trade account.  Can't believe how cheap they are & full porcelain too.

Then ..

I thought that I'd remove the old unit while I await delivery & the Son to do the install. 

I will probably get impatient & install it myself.  Can't be too hard.  What could go wrong?

 

Oops .. I decided to remove a section of very old paisley pattern wallpaper behind the old cistern. 

 

 

Buggar, I thought that the wall was fibro & so I soaked it well with hot water & set to with vigour, too much as it turned out because the sheeting was plaster board. 

Another job when the wall dries .. patching the scrape through the brown paper surface of the plaster board. 

I suppose that I could just leave it there behind the new cistern ... but the Son &  the director SWMBO, would give me heaps.  Son won't know after I paint the wall, if he ever turns up.

Oh well, what can I stuff up tomorrow.

 

LOL  Nothing, 'cause we are off to the Goldie to have lunch at Northclife Lifesavers with old friends

 

Time now to pick some beans & peas for dinner and sit down to my daily limit of two measured glasses of red.

 

ps.  Just sliced up a full prime Rib Fillet to freeze for the next van trip.   ($17/kg at Drakes at the moment & good steak too)


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Hi Rocket.

If I write on here, this will disturb my peace out Central Queensland.

We are all good, having the day off.



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Watching it snow in my back yard. Glad I'm inside in the warm though. Not all that pretty, mixed with rain.

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Watching it snow in my back yard. Glad I'm inside in the warm though. Not all that pretty, mixed with rain.


 What?  Not Pretty.

At almost 80 years of age, I have never witnessed snow falling.

We once took the kids to the Au Alps & played in the snow and built a snowman.

I took lots of photos with my 35mm camera only to find out later that I hadn't loaded any film.

When in USA and on a previous trip to NZ  we saw some snow on the distant peaks but that was about it. The idiot proof Digital camera worked on those occasions.

 

Slush or not, I envy you ... just a little bit.



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Well it was melting well before it hit the ground. So no coverage. It was a mixture of a few bits of this white stuff floating down and pelting almost horizontal rain. and Freezing cold.

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Well, with spring just around the corner, I thought I might fiddle in the garden a bit.

So for something different, we got the honeycomb up and bees attached!

 

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