Jul 22, 2014

XBMC - How can I set the skin language without having messed-up characters?

Recently, I set up a media player by installing XBMC on the new ASUS ChromeBox.  Less than $200 dollars, I now have the best media player.

  1. go to Setting/Appearance
  2. under Skin, choose the Skin type and the Font according to the following:
    • Aeon Nox     / Korean
    • Confluence   / Arial Based
    • Hybird       / Arial Based
    • PM3.HD       / Arial
    • Quartz       / Arial
    • Transparency / Arial
    • Xeebo        / Arial
    • XTV-SAF      / XBMC Default
  3. under International, choose the language

Jul 20, 2014

Melbourne ArtPlay

ArtPlay is housed in a distinct, free-standing building in the heart of the city, next to the
Yarra River. Its public location ensures Melburnians have every opportunity to discover ArtPlay.
The openness and scale of the building make people feel they can create on a large scale. The blank tables, open spaces and welcoming, natural light give the impression that anything is possible.
ArtPlay’s surrounding playground opened in late 2004. It features decorated walkways, slides, sand areas and a wheelchair swing. Regular workshops at ArtPlay enable children to decorate the playground.

Jul 19, 2014

The Library at The Dock

107 Victoria Harbour Promenade
Vic 3008

The Library at The Dock is a community hub enabling people to come together to create,
explore, connect, belong, learn and participate. 
This library offers a collection to suit the needs
of the local community, workers and visitors to Docklands. 

Opening hours

Library at The Dock has long opening hours so you can browse, borrow or relax with one of our many events. Come in and check us out! 
Monday to Friday8am to 7pm 
 Saturday10am to 5pm
 Sunday12pm to 5pm

How to keep our energy costs low

Top tips to reduce your energy bills:
  1. Use only one energy efficient fridge.  Get rid off other fridges.
  2. Use LED instead of halogen lights and turn them off if not used.
  3. Install insulation (rooft, windows, door, etc)
  4. Switch to solar energy.  I have not pay a cent for my electricity bill since it's installed.
  5. Put another layer of clothes on.

Jul 18, 2014

New Costco Coupon - 19 July - 3 August, 2014

The new coupon can be viewed here.

5 Tips For DIY Property Inspection

Inspecting a property, what are the things to look out for?

1. Check for dampness
Finding neglect damp spots around the home, so if you see mould accompanied by a musty smell it is time to call in the experts for a qualified judgment of damage and cause. It can cause around $5,000 on average to resolve damp issues around the home, but serious cases could draw $50,000 from your pocket.

2. Check the water pressure
Don’t be embarrassed to use taps (hot and cold), toilets and hoses to make sure the water pressure is running smoothly. If you flush the toilet and the water line wells up, this is usually a sign that the sewer lines are partially blocked and may need repairing.
The average lifespan of a hot water system is around 10 years. Ask how old the system is in the particular home and budget for spending around $6,000 on average to fix faulty or illegal plumbing. If you suspect damaged water systems call in the professionals to assess the damage before proceeding with any further action in buying the home.

3. Look for structural issues
Be sure to use preliminary open inspections to develop a keen eye for the horizontal, the vertical and the square – as it can save you a lot of time and money.
One of the biggest and most expensive housing defects is gaps or cracks in architraves. Also known as casing or eaves, they serve as a trim around doorframes and windows, their main purpose is to conceal the gap between the wall lining material and the door jamb or window frames.
Cover-up tricks during open inspections:
You may notice gap filler and new paintwork on windows, skirtings or architraves. This can indicate history of significant structural movement in the past.

4. Check the flooring
Although many home owners may not notice the odd creak in their floorboards, keep your ears open for sounds which may indicate damaged foundations in a home.
Cover-up tricks during open inspections:
Odd sounds (including noisy neighbours and busy streets) may be covered up by serene music and a chatty real estate agent.

5. Look out for signs of termites and other pests
The ultimate DIY inspector will not stop at the inside of the home. If you’re up for the challenge, attempt an assessment underneath the home (or in any internal roof space or attic areas). Underneath the home you will find the most obvious evidence of timber rot caused by pest damage. Whilst borers and other pests may contribute to timber rot, it’s the termites that are commonly recognised by the average purchaser.
The earlier you identify your pest issues the better – and you will save thousands of dollars. The cycle time (from initial termite attack, through awareness by the home owner, treatment and confirmation of eradication) is about five years.
Cover-up tricks during open inspections:
Floor damage patched and concealed under carpets.

If you locate poor access to tight underfloor areas or extremely flat roof areas it is most definitely time to set aside $500 or so for a professional building and pest inspector.

Extracted from online source.

Jul 17, 2014

Notice Take-Home Pay Was Less?

The reason behind it is Medicare levy has grown from 1.5 per cent to 2 per cent.

So how much extra will you miss a year?

$30,000  — $150
$40,000  — $200
$50,000  — $250
$60,000  — $300
$70,000  — $350
$80,000  — $400
$90,000  — $450
$100,000 — $500

Mystery's solved.  Not a happy outcome though.

Jul 16, 2014

Melbourne Public Transport New timetables arrive 27 July, 2014

From Sunday 27 July, a statewide public transport timetable change will deliver almost 4000 extra train, tram and bus services every week.

What does this mean for you? 

Metropolitan trains
A new timetable on the Cranbourne/Pakenham lines will boost the frequency of train services. The Frankston line will have more services in the morning peak.
More information on metropolitan train timetable changes

Jul 13, 2014

Get Cheap Car Parking in Melbourne CBD

Secure-a-Spot is an online booking service that provides us with a stress-free way of securing a parking spot in the Melbourne CBD whilst saving you money on the normal parking rate.
It’s the perfect way to complement a romantic dinner, night at the theatre or a day’s outing with the kids.  This is especially the perfect deal for the weekend.  Don't know what government is thinking, with the $6 fare for public transportation during weekend.  Averagely family will fork out $12 (2 x adults) at least for a trip to CBD.  Now, with Secure-a-Spot, it could be as low as $5 to park the whole day.

Jul 12, 2014

Movie Ticket Deals in Australia

Movie tickets are so expensive in Australia.  Here is one place to get cheaper movie tickets, Ticket Bounty.

Jul 5, 2014

Great Deal on Crown Gift Card 20% Off

Promotion Code: ENTBK

A promotion for Entertainment Book Members, but Crown does not seem to check for it.
  • Valid for one $100 Gift Card only.
  • Available till July 9, 2014 and is subject to availability.
You will need to make multiple orders if you want more than $100.

Using it at places with the Entertainment Card offer, the effective discount rate becomes 40% OFF. (25% + 20%).  For example, No 8, Bistro Guillaume, Silks, etc.