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Story of my latest Ski Trip to the Alps. Went just with Gary this year - a good time was had, lots of miles skied, a fair few beers supped.
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Quite right, we landed at Grenoble, afternoon flight, so we didn't get
there 'til gone 19:00...
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Day 4 of skiing in Alpe D'Huez... A great day...
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Day 2 in Alpe d'huez, a great days skiing.
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So sad

The world is lesser for his passing, but greater for his having been...

Sir Terry Pratchett, renowned fantasy author, dies aged 66 - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-31858156
Discworld author Sir Terry Pratchett dies at his home aged 66, eight years after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
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Modding my MK802 IV

Originally from June 2013

Well I call it modding, but <5 minutes doesn't really make a mod...

However doing it resulted in a 8-10 fold increase in wifi throughput, so well worth it!

You can see the finished article and the device opened up...

If you want/need to do this, open it up from the HDMI connector end - carefully with a "precision" screwdriver, once you've got it started it should come off easily - I didn't break any tabs taking it off... Also take the SD card out before starting...

Pic 3 shows the tools I used.

Now take the board out of the case, you'll see a red and a black wire (I think the red wire is Bluetooth, but not sure), its stuck to the back cover with some metal tape and some translucent yellow tape.


I used the scissors to make a small incision in the bottom of the case where the ventilation holes start, and clipped off a small area of the tabs from the top half.

The cable then neatly fits through the hole... I also made a matching slot in the foam so I can easily transport the unit.

Don't be tempted to fold the metal tape over on its sticky side, this seems to shield the effective part of the antenna, and results in even lower throughput (<.5Mb/s when I did it!).

Download speed is now 20-25Mb/s, upload is still under .5, but importantly latency to it from another Android (running Fing) is less than 10ms, with 0-1% packet loss compared to 30-40% before the "mod".

I wonder if getting an external antenna for it to "cover" the wire is worth it?

Also wonder if I should take the metal tape off - could this effect upload speed?

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LOL!! (Laugh Out Loud)
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Reshared as hadn't realised it wasn't publicly shared!
 
Modding my MK802 IV

Well I call it modding, but <5 minutes doesn't really make a mod...

However doing it resulted in a 8-10 fold increase in wifi throughput, so well worth it!

You can see the finished article and the device opened up...

If you want/need to do this, open it up from the HDMI connector end - carefully with a "precision" screwdriver, once you've got it started it should come off easily - I didn't break any tabs taking it off... Also take the SD card out before starting...

Pic 3 shows the tools I used.

Now take the board out of the case, you'll see a red and a black wire (I think the red wire is Bluetooth, but not sure), its stuck to the back cover with some metal tape and some translucent yellow tape.

I used the scissors to make a small incision in the bottom of the case where the ventilation holes start, and clipped off a small area of the tabs from the top half.

The cable then neatly fits through the hole... I also made a matching slot in the foam so I can easily transport the unit.

Don't be tempted to fold the metal tape over on its sticky side, this seems to shield the effective part of the antenna, and results in even lower throughput (<.5Mb/s when I did it!).

Download speed is now 20-25Mb/s, upload is still under .5, but importantly latency to it from another Android (running Fing) is less than 10ms, with 0-1% packet loss compared to 30-40% before the "mod".

I wonder if getting an external antenna for it to "cover" the wire is worth it?

Also wonder if I should take the metal tape off - could this effect upload speed?
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OK, So that doesn't work - need it publicly shared to be able to add to Google Sites page...
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Day 5, another great day..
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Day 3 in Alpe D'Huez, a Fantastic days skiing, if a little too warm. 
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Snow is getting rare...
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Love this tribute to the late great TP.


Web servers stage Pratchett tribute http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-31907768
A long-running tribute to late fantasy author Terry Pratchett is being staged with the help of some of the web's servers
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For/From my ILM7 Workshop.
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<Argh> 
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Why oh Why is it so difficult to find a new Ski Jacket? My old C & A one - about 14 years old - was great, but last season should probably have been its last.... So lets look around in the sales shall we, see what is available - up to the same price as paid for old trusty (~£100)... 

Oooh, there are LOTs of jackets in that price range, some REALLY good names too - Helly Hensen, Dare2B, Columbia, Navica, etc...

So I've had two delivered so far supposedly £200 jackets down to ~ £40 - what a bargain!!!

First one - a Navica Meribel - the zip seems to be terrible - tiny little teeth, one-way zip, no storm flap, and L is too small for me. Apart from that I quite liked it.. But...

So 2nd is a Dare2B jacket - again nice on first look, Storm Flap and decent sized teeth for front zip, but no pit zips, and the sleeves don't seem to have anything to stop snow going up them, AND only one-way zip...

Now, its probably just me, but one of the main things I look for in a jacket is a good 2-way zip, with storm flap.

The problem with buying on-line is that it is really tricky to work out if this is the case with a jacket. Most of the pics show the jacket closed, with the storm flap snugly closed, if fitted. I don't want to order yet another one only to send it back... So it may be time to unearth old faithful again... <Argh> </Rant>
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For what its worth, my (1) prediction for tech for next year...

Having done a load of Christmas shopping from Tesco, Argos, and Amazon: we are going to see the wide scale roll-out of Google-Glass like technology to warehouse and customer service staff. Many of them already use headsets to communicate with co-workers and their stock system (some use voice activate menus which clumsily talk back to them asking for options - I heard one operative at Argos say to her headset, "Menu, log off" (and some other stuff), when she had to quit working on the collection desk to go and serve me at a till.

I can see massive benefits to these sorts of users to Google Glass type interfaces...
The Glass Explorer Programme. Now in the United Kingdom.
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Education
  • Wilson's School
    81 - 88
    O & A Levels...
  • North East Surrey College Of Technology
    Science A-levels, 88 - 89
    Retake of Maths, Physics & Chemistry A-levels
  • University of Surrey
    Applied Psychology and Sociology, 89 - 93
    Degree in Psychology and Sociology, drinking, sleeping.. Not necessarily in that order.
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Dad to two lovely boys, Head of IT as job, not currently looking
Introduction
Have two lovely, but annoying, frustrating, intelligent, belligerent, clever, silly, studious, easily bored, rapt, hooked on reading, physical young boys...

Fell into IT after University, much to my disappointment, and 21 years later still at it.

Love reading, particularly Science Fiction. Fascinated by technology, and the way it changes our lives, usually for the better.

Enjoy board and co-operative/social games (e.g. Pictionary, Articulate, Charades, etc...)


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What's to brag about? Still going...
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Head of IT
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  • Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
    Informatics: Head of Technical Services, 2012 - present
  • The Big:Group
    IT Manager/Head of IT, 2012 - 2012
  • IPT Ltd
    Head of IT, 2008 - 2012
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