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26th-Jan-2007 12:29 pm
Doh. For the last several years, I'd had my parents and sister as named drivers for the car, for whenever they flew in. However, I've just discovered that taking the parents off knocked £200 off the premium straight away as neither had full UK licenses. Have left my sister on but, it seems that while she does have a full UK license, she costs more to add on as a relative than if she had been a spouse as the first iteration of the schedule the brokers sent me had her listed!

So, overall, premium is much reduced from last year but still moderately painful though.

MCE PC developments: have put the Creative 5.1 speakers into the living room but cables are a bit on the short side. Have also ordered a Microsoft Media Centre Keyboard (along with a Saitek Eclipse II keyboard for the main PC). Resisted temptation to get a NAS enclosure though.

Have a vague concern that mild pain this morning in my lower back is connected with fencing last night as I've not had that problem before...
26th-Jan-2007 07:57 pm (UTC)
Currently looking into the whole media centre thing. Im in the process of finally getting my own pad, so im looking for a media centre for the lounge. But its really got to be to a tight budget if its gonna happen anytime before christmas! I should be able to get away with a very basic setup 1.8ghz processor, 1gb ram, DVD Drive, 80Gb HD should be good enough for a playback machine, all the media is stored on a Buffalo Terrastation (NAS) so its just got to play it back, still it seems to be pretty expensive just for the right case :(
27th-Jan-2007 09:10 am (UTC)
Yeah, the Silverstone etc HTPC cases are pretty pricey so I cheated. I got a Phong II. It's nowhere near as sleek or discreet as a HTPC case (it certainly won't fit under a TV!) but it's colour scheme's not too out of place in a living room. Also makes fitting all the various components a damned sight easier too!

BTW, tell me more about your NAS unit...
27th-Jan-2007 04:07 pm (UTC)
Its a 1TB NAS. 4 250Gb drives in a RAID5 array, providing 750GB of secure disk space, prices have dropped a lot since I bought mine last year, they've even given it a facelift:-

Its proven to be pretty dependable, its not as fast as a firewire or USB2 drive, but its cetainly fast enough to play movies and TV episodes off :)
28th-Jan-2007 10:59 am (UTC)
Very nice. I think I may have to look into NAS in the near future!
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