Sim Only Conby satman
Bit disgusted that Sim only Deals for mobile phones on EE tend to charge extortionate rates for retrieveing voicemail, makes it pretty useless - better off on a pay monthly.
1 Comments #160 Monday, July 22, 2013 06:02 PM Filed in Mobile
ElectronicPlumber.comby satman
So I have launched my latest venture, a Residential Technical Consultancy. 

Get over and check it out now at ..
0 Comments #159 Sunday, June 2, 2013 05:19 PM Filed in Links
Raspberry Pi and XBMCby satman

Ive been running an old XBOX with XMBC4XBOX for some time now and it finally gave up for dead so it was time for a replacement. I thought it might be a good time to get an Apple TV3 but soon realised that it is a horribly restricted piece of kit unless you jailbreak it, also for 99GBP I could easily get another old XBOX and chip it up to replace the old one. The older ATV1 and 2 seem to be double the price as they can be JB’ed , but don’t appear to handle 1080p which isn’t great.

My current setup consists of a central PC with all my media available over Samba and Media Server. The Lounge uses a Ps3 as a client which gives me HDMI audio and video via a Sony amp. The bedroom has the now defunct XBOX feeding via SCART to the TV and audio via optical to an amp. Pretty much everything is hardwired or using homeplugs, WIFI N for those carry about devices.

So along came the Raspberry Pi, for 32GBP a lovely credit cardsize piece of kit that can easily be setup for XMBC using Raspbmc or openELECdistros stored on a cheap SD card. This offers great 1080p video and audio overHDMI but what I love about it the most is the ability to support Airplay and AirVideo, allowing me to throw audio and video to the main system from my ipad, which also doubles up as a Remote Control via a free app.  If it’s not to hand I have set it up so I can remote control on my Android phone or via http browser .  The only thing I would have liked is an optical out, my bedroom amp is pre HDMI so can only handle optical or stereo RCA, so for now I have to put up with stereo audio via the Raspberry Pi headphone jack.

I had a couple of SkyBoxWifi Dongles lying about which work very well as a cheap wifi adapter (6GBP),both distros had the drivers by default, but I decided to hard wire it to the network for stable performance.

1 Comments #158 Wednesday, January 16, 2013 04:34 PM Filed in General
Quiz Service SOAP 1.2by satman
So I have been playing about with a quiz engine which can serve a simple Question and Answer over a SOAP service.
The service can be invoked via returning a string array that can be consumed. Details of the request can be seen I would be interested to see if anyone can do something useful with this, maybe write a simple quiz game but for now this is it.
This all comes from building a quiz and quotes sheet with various categories, listing 25 at a time which you can see
1 Comments #148 Tuesday, October 30, 2012 07:26 PM Filed in Apps
Day 1 withdrawal from World of Warcraftby satman

In about 9 months I managed to create and level four characters,mostly by Solo play with a few random battlegrounds and all the dungeons  finders.

Undead Mage  level 85 : The only character I took to level 85 so far, equipped with full PVP and PVE gear but I no top level gear as I don’t really Raid

NightElf Hunter  level 80 : My first ever character, the one that got me hooked on this amazing game. Took me quite a few levels before I realised how to control the pet properly and use it to attack, kinda muddled through.

Human Rogue  level 80 : loved sneaking around invisible and with powerful blades dripping with poisons it made a formidable opponent on the battlefield as well as in PVE

Pandarian Warrior level 81 : Great powerful beast equipped with looms to easily take on mobs 2 or 3 levels higher, made for quick levelling and very fun tanking runs

Mists of Pandaria has been out for a while now but I decided to call it a day and get back to the real world, maybe I will pick it back upin a few months but for now – adios Blizzard

0 Comments #147 Friday, October 26, 2012 12:54 AM Filed in General
Val D'Isere Snowboarding 2012by satman
This year I managed to have a go on the Airbag jump which was incredible fun!

You can follow this link to the footage of the jump, but for a POV view I have posted this clip too.  Currently both clips reside on Facebook so you might not be able to access them, but I will try to Youtube them shortly [edit : this is done now] but here is the embedded version..

0 Comments #144 Tuesday, March 20, 2012 01:24 PM Filed in General
Ipad2 iPhone 4S jailbroken today iOS 5.0.1by satman
It appears a jailbreak for iOS 5.0.1 on the Ipad2 and iPhone 4S is imminent if we are to believe this video posted by a friend of the famed hacker Pod2g. I hope this can be done pretty soon as really want to run VLC on my Ipad2 .. read all about it here
1 Comments #141 Monday, January 16, 2012 04:59 PM Filed in Mobile
Quote Databaseby satman

I came across a bunch of old files which still make me laugh, so I thought I would try to consolidate them into a repository and maybe have some fun with the results, maybe create a random plucker or story builder

Click here to view the database
Click here to add to database : authentication required

0 Comments #112 Thursday, December 22, 2011 09:00 PM Filed in Apps
CMA Alternative Viewer (NSFW)by satman
This was a geeky project which extracts a list from using regex and then displays all the photos on one page in a datalist control.

This Only shows images which are available for free on so go there for all the rest of the features like downloading movies etc.

WARNING : Adult Content!
2 Comments #115 Thursday, December 22, 2011 07:58 PM Filed in Apps
Gumtree search toolby satman
I always wanted an easy way to add price criria to gumtree searches to filter out the timewasters, so here is a simple tool to do just that.
Its quite basic using gumtree RSS as a source, no alerts or anything but it highlights prices within a given range in green or red, with the ability to show only green.. access it from and let me know what you think.
0 Comments #131 Thursday, December 22, 2011 07:57 PM Filed in General

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