Level 5 - What I've been Playing in 2019 (Gaming)

Level 5 - What I've been Playing in 2019
I really need to try and complete this post a bit more often! Top Three Games Every Month So far in 2019 (by time played) I won’t say how long I played each for, since the Parental control app doesn’t say with any accuracy but also because they aren’t for very long! January Diablo 3 NES Online - Mario Bros Blossom Tales February Diablo 3 Stardew Valley Wargroove March Dragon Quest Builders Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Smash Bros. April Breath of the Wild. Dragon Quest Builders Cities Skylines May Fitness Boxing Youtube Mario Kart 8 Deluxe June Football Manager 2019...

Essential road-warrior travel technology for geeks (Reviews)

Essential road-warrior travel technology for geeks
I have spent a lot of time travelling for work during the first half of 2019, and am starting to perfect the perfect grab bag of technology to make my work and leisure time out of the office more useful, productive and fun. You need to judge what you’ll be doing, where you are going, and how much spare time you’ll have. Don’t bring a 3DS and a Switch if you are going for three days and know you’ll be out every night. Consider wether you really need your laptop AND your iPad - the iPad always loses. Every gram...

Tracking planes from your laptop (ADS-B) (Projects)

Tracking planes from your laptop (ADS-B)
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 how to track ADS-B plane transmissions using Mac OSX 10.14 and displaying them on a map. For some background on software defined radios, the idea is that the radio’s characteristics can be changed on the fly by software so you can receive all sorts of different types of transmissions across the spectrum. A common chip (RTL2832) used in USB Digital...

Bootstrap 4 - New Blog Theme (Projects)

Bootstrap 4 - New Blog Theme
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 I wanted… someone at my local hackspace suggested I took a look at Bootstrap when I couldn’t get them to generate valid HTML properly. This was cool because I got to learn something new (see 2019 goals!) but because Bootstrap is modern and responsive and made creating the cards I longed for super duper simple. Bootstrap is a HTML/CSS/JS framework...

2019 Goals (Life)

2019 Goals
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 3 times a week’, ‘no energy drinks’…. Well that doesn’t end up happening. 2018 was a great year, and 2019 will be even better! Spend time improving yourself mentally and physically Lose 3.8 stone (24kg) by the time you’re thirty (413 days and counting!) Become proficient in Python coding Dabble some more with Pi/Arduino stuff Complete certifications such as project...

Level 4 - What I've been playing (Gaming)

Level 4 - What I've been playing
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 got it as well. We travelled for work and got the season finished. I haven’t been back since,but had a lot of fun playing through the main story and the seasonal milestones. I’ll probably go back for the next season. Playtime: 15 hours The matchup mode in Pinball FX3 sucked me in for weeks at a times… until I didn’t...

Migrating Pelican To Jekyll (How-To)

Migrating Pelican To Jekyll
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 process easier. Jekyll metadata needs to be surrounded by two lines containing three dashes ---. This is easily achieved with the use of sed. To add the line to very top of the file, use the following sed command. sed -i '1i ---' *.md To add the line directly underneath your front matter, you can use something like this which...

My new Jekyll powered blog (Projects)

My new Jekyll powered blog
I knew I had to move away from Wordpress.com 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 started to look at Static Site Generators again. Having previously used Pelican before, I knew how good they could be but also what a pain they could make out of the blogging workflow. Pelican required me to run its scripts to generate the site, and I still had to find somewhere to host the static HTML files. Not a big...

An update to how I use Exist.io (Android Edition) (Lifelogging)

An update to how I use Exist.io (Android Edition)
Twelve months ago I wrote a blog post that explained how I used Exist.io 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 to my workflow. Read on…! The biggest change was obviously changing from iOS to Android. The Exist app on android is just as great as the iPhone version so this was no big deal. The big deal is in Android wearables. Android Wear is dire. I bought a Huawei Sport 2, and fairly rapidly replaced it with a Fitbit Charge...