Tracking planes from you...

Tracking planes from your laptop (ADS-B)

Posted on 2019-03-16


My local hackspace recently acquired SDR dongle for us to use, and since I’ve been wanting to have a play around with Software Defined Radios I spent an evening learning how to use it. Here is my quick rundown of...

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Bootstrap 4 - New Blog T...

Bootstrap 4 - New Blog Theme

Posted on 2019-01-13


I decided last week that I really wanted a card based theme for my blog. After all, cards are cool. After spending a few hours messing around with existing themes, and trying to customise them to my vision for what...

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2019 Goals

2019 Goals

Posted on 2018-12-29


Here are my goals for 2019. Most of these involve self improvement of some sort, and crucially don’t involve simply cutting things out, or a fixed number of things to do a week or whatever.. Each year I’ve said ‘exercise...

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Level 4 - What I've been...

Level 4 - What I've been playing

Posted on 2018-12-27


It’s been a busy end of year, but I’ve made time for games. Diablo 3 Pinball FX3 Farming Simulator Nintendo Switch Edition Pokemon Lets Go: Pikachu I bought a Diablo 3 because a colleague at work bought a Switch and...

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Migrating Pelican To Jekyll

Migrating Pelican To Jekyll

Posted on 2018-10-06


Pelican and Jekyll both use markdown formatting for their posts, but their post metadata (front matter in Jekyll parlance) formatting is slightly different. I have over 150 posts to migrate, so started looking for a few ways to make this...

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My new Jekyll powered blog

My new Jekyll powered blog

Posted on 2018-09-22


I knew I had to move away from at some point, but it was too convenent to bother making the switch. The annual renewal was coming around quickly and $100 was not going to fly this year so I...

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An update to how I use E...

An update to how I use (Android Edition)

Posted on 2018-09-12


Twelve months ago I wrote a blog post that explained how I used with all the various services and hardware that I owned. That was iPhone centric, but I now use a Galaxy Note 8 so there has been some fairly major changes... tracking android

Swim Not Gym

Swim Not Gym

Posted on 2018-09-03


I tried the gym. I hate the gym. I keep trying, but it’s always awful! This time, I joined the local leisure centre. This is better. The pool brings back nostalgia from my childhood. I used to be a pretty...

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Level 3 - What I've been...

Level 3 - What I've been playing

Posted on 2018-06-09


Since February I played mostly games on my Switch… Oxenfree. It’s a short 5 hour point and click adventure, highly recommend it. The story was amazing, don’t go looking for spoilers! If you haven’t played it, go and play it...

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Getting Back Into Python

Getting Back Into Python

Posted on 2018-06-09


I had a realisation this week that I should spend more time outside of work doing things to improve myself. I’m on track with my diet (mostly), I’m trying to cut back on sugars and (especially) sweeteners, so why not...

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Drive Time Feb May

Posted on 2018-06-09


February: 23:35:12 March: 31:56:43 April 36:19:23 May: 30:43:43

Time Tracking With Tasker

Time Tracking With Tasker

Posted on 2018-02-12


I listen to the podcast Cortex when I’m driving, and they got me interesting in looking up time tracking and how maybe this would benefit me. I already use Rescuetime with Exist as a measure of sleep, productivity, social media posts,...

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Level 2 - What I've been...

Level 2 - What I've been playing

Posted on 2018-02-03


It’s been a while since my last blog post… I’ve been busy with work, the gym… and… playing lots of games! Here’s a run down of that last activity. November 2017 After telling myself I wouldn’t be buying Skyrim for...

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Level 1 - What I've Been...

Level 1 - What I've Been Playing

Posted on 2017-11-05


I still haven’t really completed many games in 2017. I was going to avoid Super Mario Odyssey until I’d beaten Galaxy and Galaxy 2, but that didn’t happen. (I got to the credits in Odyssey, though so that’s OK. Maybe.)...

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How To Scrobble To Last ...

How To Scrobble To Last Fm With Spotify Connect

Posted on 2017-08-16

How-To now natively supports scrobbling from Spotify Connect. The Listenz service has now been discontinued. To enable this, head to your account settings and open the Applications tab. Connect to Spotify here (Spotify Scrobbling) and you’ll be good to...

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Removing Duplicate Scrob...

Removing Duplicate Scrobbles On Last Fm

Posted on 2017-08-15


So, my account/spotify went mental last week and logged a single song 1000 times in a row. Since is currently in the throes of dying and removing every last useful feature from their site, I was wondering how...

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Life Tracking With Exist Io

Life Tracking With Exist Io

Posted on 2017-08-05


I’ve built up quite a collection of health and fitness apps over the last few years. MyFitnessPal (MFP) tracks my eating habits, Withings tracks my weight, my Apple Watch monitors my heart rate & my activities. All that data! So...

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What I've Been Playing -...

What I've Been Playing - Level 0

Posted on 2017-06-17


I haven’t really gotten into anything much recently. Instead, I tried to play everything at the same time, and got bored of it all before too long. I started Breath of the Wild, accidentally wiped my save file, started again...

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Executive Order Ban The ...

Executive Order Ban The Beer First Month Goals Update

Posted on 2017-02-12


Over a month has passed since my last post, and in that time I have been (slowly) working towards those goals I mentioned. I didn’t go to the gym that much, but I have been doing exercises at home (and...

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Fire Emblem Pokemon Snap

Fire Emblem Pokemon Snap

Posted on 2017-02-02


What does Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright & Pokémon Snap have in common? I completed them both last week! [ Two more games off the backlog! The girlfriend and I played Pokemon Snap to the credits in one sitting, and I...

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A Little Behind On The B...

A Little Behind On The Blogs

Posted on 2016-12-26


So I’ve been a lazy blogger recently. I should fix that. Probably London/Leeds Trip Berlin Christmas 2016 (Ok, not so lazy I write this at a McDonalds in Berlin.) Flavourly Thoughts. How my backlog is going / went in 2016....

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Seven Days

Seven Days

Posted on 2016-11-19


So, my first week didn’t start off that great. I ate pretty well for a few days (Vegetarian feta and squash tart was something on the menu I wouldn’t have otherwise tried!) then I got busy and everything went to...

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Dragon Quest VII is too ...

Dragon Quest VII is too long, but that's OK

Posted on 2016-11-13


I really want to love Dragon Quest VII, but I don’t have the time right now to do it justice and it upsets me. I’ve finished Dragon Quest IV & V for the 3DS and I jumped head first into...

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90 Days

90 Days

Posted on 2016-11-13


Since finishing uni last year and settling into a job I now spend considerable timing driving around the country. I haven’t been living the healthiest lifestyle for the longest time, but now it’s starting to show. And I hate it.. Being...

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Raspberry Pi Spotify Juk...

Raspberry Pi Spotify Jukebox

Posted on 2016-07-24


Goal: To create a simple to use office based music jukebox that everyone can use and no-one can take overall control of. It needs to be clear, simple, and intuitive. It should be reliable, and not require manual intervention. Materials...

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Fantasy Life Item Duping...

Fantasy Life Item Dupingduplication

Posted on 2014-11-09


There is a simple way to duplicate any item that is stackable by using the streetpass functionality built into Fantasy Life for Nintendo 3DS. Fantasy Life’s Streetpass revolves around choosing an item you wish to give to passers-by. However, it...

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Disabling Sslv3 In Lighttpd

Disabling Sslv3 In Lighttpd

Posted on 2014-11-07


To disable SSLv3 in Lighttpd to mitigate the Poodle attack, add the following to your lighttpd.conf file. ssl.use-sslv2 = "disable" ssl.use-sslv3 = "disable" You need to be running at least Lighttpd 1.4.29

Finished Legend Of Zelda...

Finished Legend Of Zelda Four Swords Anniversary Edition For Nintendo 3ds

Posted on 2014-08-30


I finally finished The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition for Nintendo 3DS this week. I’ve been trying to play it at my local Streetpass events for nearly a year, but we always get distracted by the event or...

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Betws Y Coed Miniature R...

Betws Y Coed Miniature Railway Trip

Posted on 2014-04-15


At Betws-Y-Coed station, there is a railway museum and miniature railway. The museum entry fee was £1.50, and so were tickets on the miniature railway. Having nearly run out of pennies, we decided to hop on the miniature railway, as...

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Completing The Backlog F...

Completing The Backlog Fun Fun Minigolf Touch

Posted on 2014-04-09


This week I completed (unlocked everything I could) Fun! Fun! Minigolf Touch! for the 3DS. I bought it back in 2012 from the eShop because mini golf is awesome. And then I hardly played it. Maybe it’s because games with...

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GoAccess - An Awstats Al...

GoAccess - An Awstats Alternative

Posted on 2014-04-04


I didn’t really want to bother with installing AWStats and setting up the cgi stuff that goes with it, as well as setting the web server to ensure the stats stay hidden. I just want to get a rough idea...

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Busy Busy Busy

Posted on 2013-10-14


So, I managed to avoid blogging at all in September (and half of October!). It’s been fairly hectic recently, work filled up my spare time in September and now I’m back at uni full time too! I’ve been working towards...

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Clearing My Gaming Backl...

Posted on 2013-08-16

I buy far too many games. It’s pretty obvious what the problem is. I don’t play them enough, then I get bored and buy more. It’s quite silly really. I’m not the only person either! Anyway, it’s time to get...

Easter The Shard And Net...

Posted on 2013-06-21

It’s been a while since I last updated with a new post. Since then I’ve been using Crunchbang Linux as my main operating system, visited the Top of the Shard, bought a cheap netbook to carry around with me at...

Animal Crossing New Leaf...

Animal Crossing New Leaf - One Week Later

Posted on 2013-06-21


This has been a good week. The game I originally bought my 3DS for back in 2011 was released! Animal Crossing: New Leaf is awesome. There aren’t many other ways to describe it. In fact, in the days since release...

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Connectifys Nxdomain Mis...

Posted on 2013-05-31

I use Connectify Pro on my Windows box to share my internet connection to a wireless access point so I can access the internet on my Kindle, and 3DS. It’s simple and it allows me to play Mario Kart online...

Backlogs and Buying New ...

Backlogs and Buying New Games....

Posted on 2013-02-17


Backlogs and Buying New Games…. Damn, I really want Persona 4 Golden… but honestly will I get time to play it? Ignoring Four in February I have so much still to play (that I do really want to get around...

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Four in February Progres...

Posted on 2013-02-03


Finished my first game of Four in February! 7:28:36 and I’ve destroyed the One Ring in Lego Lord of the Rings. Woop! I won’t be continuing to 100% because that’s plainly ridiculous in a LEGO game with thousands of collectables...

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Four In February

Posted on 2013-01-30


I like the idea of ‘Four in February’. Complete four video games during the 2nd month of the year. It sounds like a fun challenge, and should get me 25% closer to my goals for 2013. The games I’ll aim...

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Early Christmas Presents

Posted on 2012-12-18

Since my girlfriend and I won’t be spending Christmas together (homes being half way across the country has a way of doing this) we decided to swap gifts this weekend before she left on the Monday. Sure it means we’ll...

First Impressions Of Win...

Posted on 2012-11-17


I panned Windows 8’s modern UI when I first saw it, and then again when it finally came out. Now I’ve actually installed it on a desktop PC I’m starting to think differently. It’s actually pretty good and now I’ve...

Been lazy lately, but so...

Posted on 2012-07-24


I’ve slacked off the last week or so since I broke (and have now fixed) my bike, and now that the weather is awesome (and I have the day off work!) now is a great time to get back on...

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First Week With The Goog...

Posted on 2012-07-23


I’ve had my 16gb Nexus 7 for nearly a week now, and here are some of my initial thoughts from this first week. The device is amazing. I don’t miss the iPad at all, surprisingly. As I said in a...

Biking Biking Biking

Posted on 2012-07-10

+Laurence Andrews already posted about our latest biking escapade. I’ve made a point to go more days this week than last, and so far I’ve equalled my current stats. Tonight’s ride was pretty cool, around 6.6 miles. It was starting...

50 Mile Goal Is 40 Complete

Posted on 2012-07-03


Went out yesterday and today, and rode for around 5 miles each day. Today I thought it was a really awesome idea to ride down a country lane. That was really a farmers track. Bear in mind it has been...

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European Qr Codes For Ma...

European Qr Codes For Mario Tennis Open

Posted on 2012-06-28


Go to the file selection screen in game, and press Up+Start. The QR code scanner will open; then just scan any of the following! These should work for the UK, Europe and Australia. As more QR codes are released, I...

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iPad for Students

Posted on 2012-05-11


I get really bored when people tell me that my iPad is useless and I shouldn’t of bought it. Apparently I can’t use it for anything productive at all. Well, the thing that this sort of person usually gets wrong...


Android Applications Tha...

Posted on 2012-04-16

This post is mainly for my friend Jack’s benefit, since he has finally gotten up to speed with a new HTC One S. You might find it handy too, though. What follows is a run down of the applications that...

Catching Up With My Ipad...

Posted on 2012-03-16

I’m quite happy to have my shiny (sort of) new iPad. No, I don’t have an iPad (3rd Generation) or a ‘New iPad’ as everyone loves to call it. I bought my dad’s old iPad because he of course had...

Cheap Microphone Stand F...

Cheap Microphone Stand For Podcasting

Posted on 2012-03-06


Yeah, I realise there is probably a million things wrong with this, but hey… We’re poor and can’t afford a proper stand at the minute. So this will have to do. We’re going to record episode 3 of our podcast this...

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Android O2 Mms Settings

Android O2 Mms Settings

Posted on 2012-02-26


My Samsung Galaxy S2 has been failing to receive picture messages (MMS) since I flashed it with CyanogenMod a few months back. Not a big deal, but it was kind of annoying. No amount of fiddling with the APN settings...

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3ds Circle Pad Pro Review

3ds Circle Pad Pro Review

Posted on 2012-01-30


I have pretty big hands, because I’m a pretty big guy. I love my DSi XL for this reason: it’s the most comfortable handheld console I’ve ever owned. I played three hours straight of Dragon Quest on it the other...

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Day 5 Of Reduced Caffeine

Posted on 2012-01-28

So nearly a week has passed with energy drinks! I did have Lucozade Cola at lunch today which apparently contained 0.012% caffeine or some small amount but I’m not going to count that. I didn’t have a red bull or...

Day 3 Of Reduced Caffeine

Posted on 2012-01-26

Ouch. I think I realised I had a problem after I took this photo at the university library the other week. I was probably drinking an average of 1 to 2 cans of various energy drinks daily. (Rockstar Guava is...

Apple Airport Express An...

Apple Airport Express And The Case Of The Wrong Region

Posted on 2012-01-06


My Airport Express has been used for about six months via ethernet to stream audio, but recently I moved stuff around and had a tidy up and now my wireless signal in my room is (now, was) rubbish. Initially I...

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Crunchbang Linux

Crunchbang Linux

Posted on 2011-10-23


I’ve made space on my PC this week for Linux, in particular Crunchbang. I still dual boot into Windows for games, and currently for Skype as it doesn’t seem to like my microphone very much. Other than that, everything set...

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89 Kindle

Posted on 2011-10-22


I’ve had my shiny new kindle for a week now, and having upgraded from a (somewhat) ancient Sony PRS-505 I’m much happier for it. The screen refreshes that much quicker, it doesn’t flash to black on every page turn and...

Blocking Facebook Connec...

Posted on 2011-07-26

Seeing my Facebook details plastered over other websites always concerns me, and I definitely do not want to login using my Facebook details! Adblock Plus to the rescue! Found the filter rules here (along with general instructions for FF and...

Apple Airport Express

Posted on 2011-02-25


Replaced an old wireless access point with an Apple AirPort Express this week. It’s pretty neat, the best part being wireless speakers connected to any iPod touch or iPhone in the house. Wherever you are! Also, my wireless actually works...

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Removing EXIF Data Using...

Removing EXIF Data Using

Posted on 2011-02-22


A simple way to remove pesky EXIF data in photos (such as location information): Ctrl + A –> Ctrl + C –> Ctrl + Alt + V This copies the current image, and pastes it into a new file which...

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16 Days Till Black And W...

16 Days Till Black And White Are Released

Posted on 2011-02-15


And in the mean time I still have to play Dragon Quest IX, Mario and Luigi 3, complete all 16 badges in Soul Silver. And do uni work. Shit.

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