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A bit of weather we're having.

Bit of tidal surge action in Redcar tonight (05th Dec 13)
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I hope you live on a hill.
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A work of Irish ingenuity

Everything you need for a full Irish breakfast (8 Irish sausages, 4 free range eggs, mini white and black puddings and 4 rashers of bacon) for two healthy* appetites... all in one box and all for €4.49

* People may not stay healthy for long if this breakfast is repeated daily.
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Less sausage, moar bacon. In accordance with the first universal rule of cooking - "1. Moar bacon."
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Bluetooth was sent to try us

On holiday trying to get an iPhone transfer some photos to an iPad... Why did I have to resort to using a cable and a windows PC to achieve it? That's right, we tried to use Bluetooth.

The iPad could see my Android phone but not the iPhone. The iPhone could see my Android but not the iPad. My phone saw both. Couldn't send files from my phone to either.

Get the cables out and vow never to suggest using Bluetooth again.
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Double Helix Clock

Ever since the new community hospital opened in Redcar, I've been fascinated by this clock.

At first, I thought it was just a moving sculpture, but after a few visits I clocked it was a clock.

The red balls indicate the hours and the white balls at the bottom the minutes. Don't ask me what the grey balls are for, my son did and he got a clip. To recap, it's great.
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Oranges aren't the only fruit #raspberrypi
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I got it from eBay, he's sold out. I presume he's making some more. Nope, he's got none. Maybe ask him?

http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/ladiesman_2i7/?_trksid=p4340.l2559

The case seemed used not new and when I first assembled it, it bent my motherboard horribly. I re-assembled it this morning and it's a lot better.

This guy is selling nice purple cases though.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/3d-printed-case-raspberry-pi-/270970305285?pt=UK_Computing_Case_Accessories_Tool_Kits&hash=item3f1716bb05#ht_500wt_949
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Lovely HD Audio project

My beloved Squeezebox SB3 (Classic) is 
poorly, the vacuum fluorescent display switches on for a moment and then goes dark.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squeezebox_(network_music_player) 

It's probably fixable, the music still comes out fine and since the remote broke years ago, I've only ever controlled it with the web interface or the android clients.

Since Logitech have killed the Squeezebox range in preference to their almost identical, but braindead, UE range, I decided to look for a replacement, and for anyone who knows me.. at as low a cost as possible but with the highest fidelity.

I started looking into USB HD Audio devices (ones capable of 96khz/24bit and higher playback) for connecting to my Raspberry Pi and bought a $42 HiFimeDIY Sabre USB DAC with it's hybrid 3.5mm audio jack that is also an optical output.

http://hifimediy.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=83

The problem with the Raspberry Pi is the same as my original SB3, control, so while I could replace like with like for little money, I wondered if I could do better.

Looking in my cupboard of shame, things I've bought for projects that have never transpired (hello CrystalHD mini pci-express board!), I found my O2 Joggler with its 7” capacitive TFT touch screen (800x480) and the same Intel Atom Z520 in my wife's laptop.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O2_Joggler

A bit more digging later on the Joggler forums, I found people had done exactly the same as I was dreaming of - a touch screen HD audio music player. I got to work.. I reflashed the O2 firmware with a replacement OS image because I wanted it to be a dedicated Squeezebox device and never more an O2 Joggler.

The image and installation instructions came from here:

http://birdslikewires.co.uk/articles/squeezeplay-for-joggler

So, in about half an hour (writing the image to a usb stick and reflashing the Joggler) I had a working touch screen Squeezebox player, however it still wasn't HD audio, what happened to the USB doofah?

I plugged it in, I installed a Jive applet to enable digital connection switching and pressed play and woof... high fidelity audio coming out of my AV amp and B&W speakers.
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I've been r&d the very same type of project. My first choice would be a s/h Touch, but have you seen the ebay prices! There are lots of work being done to use arm boards, such as the Community Squeezebox OS based on the Wandboard with the intention of releasing a customer daughter board that holds a DAC and digital o/p etc but I think I'm going to hold out for the new CuBox-i Prof (quad core) as I can give it a dual life as a XBMC box with XSqueeze addon to hopefully give me the best of both worlds (due Nov). I also looked into DACs, seems a USB type2 is preferred as it can cope with upto 24/192 and asynchronous jitter correction, the choice leader being the new and tiny headphone one from Cambridge Audio but I discovered the DAC in my AV amp is already a good one, so a direct optical connection will be enough. Logitech cancelling the range is a heads-gone moment for them. 
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All that commonsense isn't going to stop me dying needlessly but I liked reading about it.
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Spam and chips

I took a peek into the cesspit which is the company's Google Postini spam filter quarantine summary email and saw a email from refund@hmrc.government.uk with the subject "Receive Refund To Your Anual Tax ! "

Why go to the effort of crafting a nearly plausible email from address and then misspell the subject and add an exclamation mark!? I'm pretty sure no-one in Her Majesty Revenue Service has ever used an exclamation mark, in private or at work. It's probably a disciplinary offence if one is used in work's time. 
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It's the space between 'Tax' and the exclamation point that does it for me.
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My son seems to have made a metaphorical artwork about the internet.
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This is England 2012

Took the boy for a haircut, not having been in a barbers for twenty years I didn't know what to ask for. So it's a bit... erm extreme.

Really this was just a quick test of Snapseed, the Google purchased online photo editor. Really impressed with it
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2012. The year of bad filters.
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