Oscar performing his Christmas songs

December 10th, 2014

Sorry about the terrible filming; Oscar is wearing a red santa hat, and green jumper!

Woburn Safari Park

November 15th, 2014

Oscar’s had Chickenpox for the last week, so we looked for something fun to do that would have limited contact with other people. Safari – you’re not even allowed to leave your car!

Lego Helicopter

November 2nd, 2014

Mummy got Daddy and Oscar a Lego Helicopter. This is us building it together.

Oscar’s Quadcopter

August 16th, 2014

I just got back from a trip to Hong Kong, and got Oscar a nicely age-approriate toy… a remote controlled quadcopter. Lots of fun!

Computer case that can hold lots of hard drives

July 13th, 2014

I’ve been looking for a while for a not-silly-expensive, normal-ish computer case that can hold lots of hard drives.

I’m building a home NAS, and want the flexibility to fill it with lots of hard disk drives. Normal decent home computer cases can hold about 5 hard drives (3.5″ bays), plus 3-4 CD drives (5.25″ bays). I just want lots of room for HDD, so looking for a case with lots of 3.5″ bays.

Here’s a write-up of my findings, in case it’s of use to anyone else…

You can also get HDD enclosures that fit in the 5.25″ bays, but hold HDD instead:

  • 4-in-3 adapter for about £30 puts 4 HDD in 3 5.25″ bays (4-in-3), with a big 120mm fan cooling them. (It’s a faff to change the drives around with these, but the cooling is good)
  • 5-in-3 adapter for about £28 puts 5 HDD in 3 5.25″ bays (5-in-3), also with a big 120mm fan cooling them.
  • Fancier ones (costing ~£120+) are hot swappable, and provide better cable management etc.

It was surprisingly hard to find many cheap options, but my hunt has lead me to the following.

  • Antec 1900 (about £170) has 12 3.5″ bays, plus 3 5.25″ bays, so could hold up to 17 HDD, with a 5-in-3 enclosure. It’s a huge case – 700mm tall
  • Antec 1200 (about £120) has 12 5.25″ bays and zero 3.5″, but comes with 3 3-in-3 5.25″ to 3.5″ adapters. This one is great if you want to start with decent capacity (9 HDD), but also the option to scale up to 20 in the future (for about £120). Still big – 650mm tall
  • Antec Nine Hundred Two (about £75) is similar to the 1200, but has 9 5.25″ bays, and adapters for 6 bays come in the box. Could hold up to 15 drives (with 3 5-in-3 adapters, totalling about £85 extra) – normal sized at <500mm tall
  • Fractal Design ARC XL and Fractal Design Define XL (£100 or £85) are similar to each other. Both have 8 3.5″ bays, plus 4 5.25″ bays, so could hold up to 13 HDD. Not too big – 570/560mm tall

Khumba Movie Review

June 21st, 2014

Today, Daddy took me to see Khumba at the Cinema.

What was in the film?

Zebra, birds, woof, and leopard

What happened in the film?

Run away! Leopard scary.

Did you like it?


Playing and making movies

June 17th, 2014

Oscar and Daddy playing and making disaster movies

Jurassic Safari

June 16th, 2014

Today, Oscar and Daddy made a Jurassic Safari with Brio and a tub of dinosaurs. This silly video is the result.

NHS Midwives recommending homeopathy?!

June 13th, 2014

I’m pretty shocked that the midwife at Lister Hospital recommended Arnica Tablets. Caroline sent me off to get some, and I came back with a £7.50 tub of sugar pills, labelled “Homeopathic medicinal product without approved therapeutic indications”.

After looking into it, it turns out Arnica is a poisonous plant, and the only arnica tablets you can get are homeopathic (if they actually contained any arnica they’d be poisonous!)

And it looks like lots of healthcare professionals recommend them!

Welcome Home, Joshua

June 11th, 2014

We’re home! And having a mini party with Nan-Nan, Pops, Gi-Gi, Verity, Sarah & Shuan.