Travelling Western Ireland

First some general stuff.

For our final vacation trip of 2014 we had an amazing trip to Ireland. My first recommendation would be to do research. Leave yourself lots of time to plan, you’ll need it to get through all the information that’s out there. Here’s some of the things I’d like to share.

Guinness in Dublin

Guinness in Dublin

  • The island is made up of Northern Ireland, a part of England, and the Republic of Ireland. Learn more here.
  • There’s great resources available from tourism sites to forums on Trip Advisor.
  • If you plan plan on driving, cars are right hand drive and travel on the left side of the road. There’s lots of round abouts (traffic circles), the highways are well marked but the side roads or regional roads are good but often narrow.Some good information is available on this site.
  • Some thing I found invaluable for getting around was two free GPS applications that don’t use data. It was so helpful to have GPS on my phone and not worry about roaming data charges. You should look at OSMAnd and NavFree and decide for yourself which works best for you.
  • For texting I tried to get as many people as I could on Whatsapp so I could text with out roaming charges.

I’ll be posting more that will be area specific to where we went so be sure and check those posts. Visit the Photo Gallery too.


Destiny Code Redemption


Ever wondered how to get those missing shaders, emblems and grimoir cards on Destiny? Bungie has released codes via preorder events and in game content rewards that can be plugged into their website to unlock additional content.

Simply go to the following link: Destiny Code Redemption.

Then login with your account then enter the following codes:

Grimoire Cards

Warlock: YKA-RJG-MH9
Hunter: 3DA-P4X-F6A
Titan: MVD-4N3-NKH
Old-Russia: HDX-ALM-V4K
Hive: 473-MXR-3X9
Moon: JMR-LFN-4A3
Gjallorhorn: HC3-H44-DKC
Duke MK.44: 69P-KRM-JJA
The Tower: 69P-VCH-337
The Hive: Ogre 69R-CKD-X7L
Valley of the kings, Mars: 69R-DDD-FCP
The Fallen: 69R-F99-AXG
Red Death: 69R-VL7-J6A
The Cabal: 69X-DJN-74V
The Devastated Coast, Venus: 6A7-7NP-3X7
Vex Minotaur: 6A9-DTG-YGN


Sign of the Finite: 7F9-767-F74
Binding Focus: FJ9-LAM-67F
Illusion of Light: JD7-4CM-HJG
Ab Aeterno: JDT-NLC-JKM
Field of Light: JNX-DMH-XLA
Lone Focus, Jagged Edge: 7CP-94V-LFP
Note of Conquest: X4C-FGX-MX3
The Unimagined Plane: X9F-GMA-H6D
The Reflective Proof: N3L-XN6-PXF
Flames of Forgotten Truth: A7L-FYC-44X


Double Banshee: 7MM-VPD-MHP
Oracle 99: RXC-9XJ-4MH

Once you have them all, find the Special Orders vendor in the tower to collect your rewards.

destiny Special ORders

Cheers and Enjoy

Windows ‘Play To’ A Device

Windows Play To

The Windows ‘Play To’ command is a very useful one with all of the multimedia streaming devices now offered on the market. This will enable you to stream your movies off of your PC to your device. Enabling a device to be used this way is not difficult but it does take a quick two minute change.

To do this you will need to add your streaming device, do this by pressing the windows key and doing a search for ‘Devices’.

Device Search

Open your device settings. Be sure you have network sharing enabled, if not you can enable it on this screen.

Now press the add device button at the top of the screen.

Add Device

Simply add your device and the ‘Play to’ functionality will be added.


Home Depot Hacked… Again

Home depot Logo

I admit when I first heard that Home Depot had been hacked, I assumed it was old news. But apparently in a second unrelated hacking, a employee account was used to secure north of 53 million email addresses. Of these stolen, 64,000 were Canadian and the rest belong to American shoppers. The Home Depot has issued a statement that they will be notifying all compromised email owners, and warns its customers of possible phishing scams in the mean time.

Phishing is when someone sends you an email that contains a link or a file that can potentially harm your computer. Never click a link or download an attachment unless you are expecting to receive one and ensure there is nothing out of the ordinary. Number 2 rule of internet browsing is if it looks to good to be true, it’s a virus (well technically malware, or a credit card scam but hey).


PS4 Update 2.01 – Rest Mode Fixed

Ps4 Hardware

The rushed update 2.01 for PS4 has been released today. I apologize for my lack of response to the issues gamers were having with the last update, an update that caused Ps4 consoles to enter a ‘Rest’ state where they could never be awakened until hard resetting the device. There was truly no good solution except not updating or simply hard resets. Any ways one week later Sony released 2.01 which fixes this among hundreds of other minor bugs and design flaws.

There isn’t a whole lot you will notice except for this one huge bug fix to Rest Mode.

Ps4 Version 2.01


Enable xp_cmdshell on SQL Server


The xp_cmdshell commands are all disabled by default on new installations of SQL Server. This can be annoying when trying to perform more advanced queries, but there is an easy way to enable the command shell.

Just follow the following steps, and just to avoid any issues, run each line before proceeding to the next:

EXEC sp_configure 'show advanced options', 1;
EXEC sp_configure 'xp_cmdshell', 1;

Now try to run your script

Windows: SystemInfo Command

Have you ever needed to detect the number of processors available in your machine, or find out your pc’s exact build date? Tons of information is available very quickly with the Systeminfo command.

Simply press your start button or windows button, them type cmd. Choose to open your command prompt, then type:

System Info Command

Once you hit enter a ton of information for your system will appear, it will take a few seconds to load.

System Info


Apple Pay

Apple Pay

Apple Pay services are now in full swing. Apple, not the first to roll out their NFC-powered mobile payment system, have rolled out in parts of the USA and in those parts it seems to be most of the common larger chain stores that are accepting the payment method. We wanted to find out just how easy the service is to use.

Adding a debit/credit card was simple and painless. Simply enter the same amount of information that it takes to make a payment online, and voila you’re ready to rock.

Now find a store location accepting of Apple Pay and locate the NFC logo at checkout.

Apple Pay Tap

Simply hold down the multi use button on your iPhone and tap your phone against the logo when it comes time to pay. The experience is about what you would expect, nothing groundbreaking but the ease of use is certainly there. Don’t worry it is not at all offered in Canada just yet.


Steam Free Weekend

Steam Logo

From now until October 19th, Steam is offering ten games free of charge. Simply login to the Steam client and download away. These games will be discounted during the free period, so they can be purchased to play after the 19th. The games are as follows:

Payday 2 – $8.24 (was $32.99)
Company of Heroes 2 – $10.99 (was $43.99)
Awesomenauts – $2.74 (was $10)
Don’t Starve – $5.77 (was $16.99)
Trine 2: Complete Story – $4.39 (was $21.99)
GRID 2 – $8.24 (was $32.99)
Killing Floor- $5.49 (was $21.99)
Blade Symphony – $4.24 (was $16.99)
XCOM: Enemy Unknown – $8.25 (was $32.99)
Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition – $10.99 (was $21.99)