Cleaning the computer, sorting out software

So I’ve done a clean install of macOS 10.13.2 now that the slipstream version has appeared on the App Store and with that I noticed that MarsEdit 4 has been related (unfortunately there isn’t a free update for holders of MarsEdit 3 – not that I am complaining given that the number of times I’ve used MarsEdit I have gotten my money’s worth out of it). One thing to remember that if you have two-step authentication on WordPress that you’ll need to setup an application specific password for MarsEdit so then you can login – an extra step but given the rise in the number of blogging accounts that get attacked, one can never been too careful these days.

I mentioned a while ago in a review of banks that I was going to move back to ASB but I decided to stick with BNZ given that it was such a nightmare to get my main employer to change the account details on payroll that it would be an even bigger nightmare trying to repeat that process again. I’m going to stick with BNZ and next year when there is a gap between finishing my current project and the return to my standard job I am going to head down and close up all those lose ends so I’m just dealing with the two banks and once ASB is all sorted out then I’ll close that off and just have one bank that I’ll deal with.

Ubiquiti decided to deliver a Christmas present with a firmware upgrade for my UAP-HD which boosts it from 3.9.15 to 3.9.18 which includes not only software update inside the router itself but also, as I understand it, firmware for the embedded hardware so hopefully that’ll result in a more reliable connection, greater coverage and better performance but with that being said the existing setup has been awesome so far in terms of ticking all those boxes one wishes to get ticked. One of those situations where you pay a little bit extra for a good setup but it is well worth the reduction in stress and drama especially after coming back from work and all you really want to do is stream some Netflix, Lightbox or Amazon without dealing with networking issues.

Got everything sorted out for the family; presents all lined up, bought three packs of Hellers sausages (venison, beef and pork), a carrot cake, some apple cider plus some alcohol free beer since I can’t drink alcohol with the medication I am on. It’ll be a great day – got presents for everyone along with finally getting mum sorted out in terms of her computer equipment – upgrading her desktop that is 10 years old to something that’ll stand the test of time long with replacing her laptop with a Chromebook along with maybe weening her off Microsoft Office since neither I, my sister or me use it and quite frankly it is an expensive purchase when compared to going with Google and just paying $3 per month for 100GB of storage per year.

At home now I’m organising what I have around the home and getting rid of large amounts of stuff I no longer want or need – clothes that are way too big, old electronics. If I can grab around $200 for the clothes and computers tuff then I’d be a happy lad at the end of it. Long story short – by the end of next year I want to be in a strong financial position as well as at my target weight of 85-90kg so that’ll involve getting rid of stuff that is holding me back psychologically. A quest for a new health body starts with purging out the old and starting with a clean slate – without any of the hand breaks that have held me back.

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