Since I had this week off, I was able to go to the Dutchess County Fair twice this year. Good food and smelly animals times two! Arianna loved being at the fair and absolutely adores all the animals. She wasn’t too big a fan of the rooster that was hurting her ears with its crowing, but other than that just about any animal she could touch got a hug, especially goats. Luckily the rain held off today and we had two solid days with clear skies. Can’t wait to go again next year when she’ll be ready for more big kid rides.
For those of you living in an apartment, you may now be eligible for NFL Sunday Ticket online from DIRECTV. Since my complex doesn’t allow dishes and I cut the TV cord already, this is an awesome option for me this year. Don’t know if I’m late to the game or what, but I just discovered this glorious deal. Now I have to see how many games will actually be blacked out and see if the service is worth buying. Since we’re Patriot fans, I would guess that most games should be available for us and I’ll just have to figure out what to do for the ESPN/Monday night games. Plans start at $199 for mobile/web streaming or $239 to stream on your PS4/XboxOne console only. You can check your eligibility at NFLSUNDAYTICKET.TV.
Recently I implemented a Cisco IOS router at home because I got tired of the home versions just crapping out after a year or so. When I did, I noticed my Xbox Live Open NAT type went to moderate and even strict at times, making multi-player gaming pretty terrible. It took a while for me to find out some fixes online so I figured I would summarize it below for anyone else out there looking to get Xbox Live back to open NAT type.
Create an access list for the WAN interface to allow the Xbox Live specific traffic through.
ip access-list extended Xbox_in
permit tcp any any eq 3074
permit udp any any eq 3074
permit udp any any eq 88
permit ip any any
Apply the access list to the WAN interface
ip access-group Xbox_in in
Create static NAT statements to allow the Xbox Live ports to forward to the Xbox console
Maybe I should have put some money on my World Cup 2014 bracket. So far I’m 12/14. Don’t think I have ever been that accurate on a bracket before. My NHL bracket this year was an abysmal dumpster fire. Now that the Netherlands have lost I’m going to have to say Argentina takes it this year. Glad the final is on Sunday so I can actually watch that match.