A New streaming site was promised to be the best of it’s kind streaming platform much in the way of Ustream, Justin and so forth. They had a kick starter and raised money to get it off the ground and the promises went on and on till one day it finally went live. A Few issues stopped people from using this site over the others and it is in my view that this is the no.1 reason why the site is failing, maybe the owner does not care and basically got something up to quieten the critics and stop people asking for the money back?
I was after a small MP3 player that was cheap, durable and small enough to take along to the gym and as the session only lasts 1-2 hours max, battery life and capacity was not that important. In the tech section of my local Tesco store, they had the Pink & Silver Technika 4GB mp3 player reduced from £14 to £10. I had sort of looked at these before and the reviews said it was low and lacked any way of seeing what track you were on. For a mere £10, I bought it anyway as the next model I was looking at was £24 with a screen on at Argos. It ticked a few boxes of course – it was small enough to slip in my jogger bottoms without causing issues when I am training. It was cheap so if for example I smashed into it with a 50KG dumbell, I would not be too upset when it would stop working and finally at 4GB, it could store enough songs for a varied selection of songs.
Back in October time last year (2013) I go increasingly de-motivated going to Karate twice a week, I had reached Brown + White belt (2 KYU) and in all honesty, it was not that far away from my Black belt. The tone of the club had changed, I was doing a lot more teaching, I was no enjoying any aspect of it and was not at all interested in Sparring or competitions. I finally made the choice to walk away, I did not make any announcements, did not tell anybody what I was doing and left for the last time making sure I had all my stuff with me under the guise of having to take it all home to wash.
For some time I have been looking to buy myself a decent microphone, it was a mix up between buying a mixer + microphone setup (costly) or just splash out on a USB Microphone (easier and cheaper). I originally was going to buy some time ago the Blue Snowball Ice which goes for £50 and was un-sure if I really need a microphone at all given I could use my Logitech headset for skype and such. On a random trip to my local Maplin store, they had various items they were trying to get rid of, one of each and for a lower price than normal. I mistook the offer of a Blue Snowball in Matt Black for £50 (previously £70) as the Ice and walked away. It was not until later on I realised that in fact microphone on offer was in fact the higher spec Blue Snowball and while I could easy have found it close to the price asked online, it was still at full price at most places, most been PC World at £90.
If like me, you are a fan of a vast array of ever changing wallpapers on your desktop, I thought I would share the solution I use to automate grabbing wallpapers from interfacelift and sharing across many machines. To be clear InterfaceLift do offer a bulk downloading service which costs money, so look at this if the following looks too complicated for your needs.
As expected the Raspberry Pi I Ordered from CPC arrived at about 3pm and I was surprised how light the box was that it came in but then again there is not much inside the box given the size and weight of the Pi plus case. The case was pre-made box and the bottom snapped off to allow fitting of the Raspberry Pi. It was obvious from the shape of the connectors how the Pi fitted in and a simple snap of the top part and we had a complete Raspberry Pi much like the picture above. The task now was to get it connected up and running with XBMC as was the plan.