Drive Installation One of the first large jobs we did after moving in to our new house was to get the driveway block paved, i set up the camera on the garage to take a photo every 10 seconds and stitched them in to a time lapse video.

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Mountain Boarding

1 hour mountain boarding lesson followed by a 2 hour free ride session at Ride the Hill in Surrey for my birthday back in July.

Qnap RAM Memory Upgrade

I’ve had a Qnap TS 469L for a while now, the standard 1GB physical RAM has always hovered around 80% used with a 400-500Mb Swap file in use, in order to try and speed up the responsiveness of the unit I looked into upgrading the RAM from 1GB to 3GB for the claimed 48% improvement in speed.

Qnap TS-469L Cover removed

Qnap TS-469L Cover removed

The best price I could find for official Qnap ram was £89. this was a bit expensive for me so I looked into alternatives.  Kingston 2GB DDR3 KVR1333D3S8S9/2G appeared to have  worked so I purchased a stick from eBay

The upgrade is really easy to do, just remove 3 screws, slide the cover off, pop in the new ram into the slot and turn it on. On powering up with the Kingston RAM installed all I got was the HDD lights flashing slowly red, I removed the Kingston RAM and lucky no damage had been done and every thing power back up fine.

After a bit of digging on Google if found a blog by Cyconet who had also experienced problems with the kingston RAM it turns out there are 2 different designs of ram it seems essentially that the module has a 8-chip design. The Kingston module has only 8 memory chips, but the design is a 16 chip chip both using the same part number and only the 8 chip version works with the Qnap NAS, so I ordered a Samsung M471B5773DH0-CH9


Top – Kingston 2GB DDR3 KVR1333D3S8S9/2G Bottom – Samsung 2GB DDR3 M471B5773DH0-CH9

Once fitted the Samsung M471B5773DH0-CH9 worked perfectly, with a noticeable speed increase.

Ram after upgrade

Springer Spaniel Puppy our New Addition

I’d like to introduce the new addition to the family ‘Bo’

Bo - 9 Weeks old Springer Spaniel

Bo – 9 Weeks old Springer Spaniel

It’s been a while since I posted mainly due to my hands been full with her.

Bo - 14 Weeks old

Bo – 14 Weeks old

She’s a springer spaniel from BreezeLeaf Kennels

Springer Spaniel puppy Bo