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Two Days at Lotus F1 Team courtesy of Microsoft & @lotus_f1team @1MikeyT @TechNetUK

April 10th, 2014

All work and no play, makes jack a dull boy so I was told when I was a little boy!, I had the opportunity to visit the Lotus F1 Team at Enstone, Oxfordshire for a Microsoft IT Camp on the 8th and 9th April 2014, the days were entitled

Day 1: - Managing the Data Center with Windows Server and Microsoft System Center
Day 2: : Journey to the Cloud with Windows Azure: Microsoft IT Camp

Here are a sample of some photographs I took, there are 141 more here hosted at Google.

Two days, I will remember of a long time, I had an excellent time, and learnt some golden Microsoft nuggets, to take back to the Office, so it was not all about the cars!

Thanks to Guys and Gals at UK Technet, and Michael Taylor @ Lotus F1 Team for two great days.

Lotus F1 Team

My fat arse on a Lotus F1 Racing Car!

Andy on a Lotus F1 Racing Car!


Lotus F1 Team Forumla 1 Raching Car

Lotus F1 Team Formula 1 Racing Car

Lotus F1 Team Steering Wheel

Lotus F1 Team Steering Wheel

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Pokémon Challenge Google Maps: - I’m a Pokémon Master!

April 2nd, 2014

You’ll need to watch the Pokémon Challenge Google Maps, to understand, and collect all 185 Pokémon!





PS The Challenge has ended, it was for 1st April 2014 only!

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Active Masaya volcano in Nicaragua emitting sulphur dioxide gas

March 31st, 2014

We visited this Active Volcano in in Nicaragua emitting sulphur dioxide gas, a little bit smelly!

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Just returned from our 25 day journey from Panama to Guatemala in Central America

March 27th, 2014


It’s been a little quite on the blog, because we have just returned from our 25 day journey from Panama to Guatemala in Central America.

We visited

  • Panama Canal - One of the modern wonders of the world
  • Bocas De Toro - Beautiful Caribbean archipelago
  • Monteverde - Cloudforest reserve, home of the Resplendent Quetzal
  • Ometepe Island - Twin volcanic peaks rising from Lake Nicaragua
  • Leon and Granada - Beautiful colonial cities, historically rivals for the title
  • capital of Nicaragua
  • Roatan Island - Spectacular reefs and stunning beaches
  • Copan - Famous Maya ceremonial centre
  • Antigua - One of the finest colonial cities in Central America

Here is a taster, before the photos are uploaded to the album, of lagoons and craters, punctuated with steaming vents and pools of boiling mud (Active Volcano) in Rincon de la Vieja, located close to the Nicaraguan border in the Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica.

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Cheetah filmed in the Masai Mara - March 2013

February 24th, 2014

Cheetah filmed in the Masai Mara last March 2013, whilst in Kenya!

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Simien Mountains in Ethiopia - March 8th 2013 - Gelada baboo

February 21st, 2014

Last years video footage - in the Simien Mountains in Ethiopia - March 8th 2013 - Gelada baboo

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The Roundabout, for Andy “The Return to the Mandelbrot sets!”

February 20th, 2014

When I first started experimenting with computers in the early 80’s, I was fascinated with the Mandelbrot set, and spent many hours generating it on a BBC Micro, later I added a Second 6502 Processor, I then upgrade to a Master 128k with a Turbo Co-Processor, all in the aid of more compute power! (I search high and low for a Acornsoft GXR rom, to give me more colours, and finally got one from Plymouth Polytechnic Computer Science Department!).

BBC Micro Mandelbrot

BBC Micro Mandelbrot

This week, I find myself with the following configuration:-

  • (2) nVidia Tesla K40 (currently the most powerful and most expensive graphics processing unit (gpu), used for compute (no video output!).
  • 1 Terra Byte PCI-e Flash Card (SSD but plugs into the motherboard!).

This is a real time, video of calculating Mandelbrot set, using CUDA 5.5 on the 2 nVidia Tesla K40, a little faster than using a BBC Microcomputer!

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GoodBye from Andysworld! - LogMeIn Free will no longer be available starting Jan 21 2014 @LogMeIn, Hello @TeamViewer!

January 21st, 2014

I logged into  LogMeIn Free this morning, and was greeted with:-

Soon LogMeIn Free will no longer be available.

To continue using remote access, you’ll need to purchase an account subscription of LogMeIn Pro. As a loyal user, you’re entitled to discounted introductory pricing, with packages starting at $49/year for two computers.* Your new account includes our signature remote access with premium features like remote printing, file transfer and cloud data access, plus desktop and mobile apps to improve your experience.
Please note:

If you do not take action, the Free computers highlighted in your account will become inaccessible on 28/01/2014. Only 7 days left!

soon-logmein-free-will-no-longer-availablesoon-logmein-free-will-no-longer-available1Oh, well I’m not paying for it, I’ll move and use Teamviewer or Google Chrome Desktop instead…

Good Luck LogMeIn, but GoodBye from Andysworld!

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FREE 50GB of Cloud Storage for Lifetime @BoxHQ - 50GB of free cloud storage in a few clicks…

January 20th, 2014

Yes, that’s correct. you read it correctly, to celebrate Box’s release of the new iOS (iPhone and iPad) app, there are giving away 50GB of cloud storage, if you sign up with a new account by February 15th 2014. This Box account can then be accessed from your iOS device, Android device, Windows PC or Mac. You must sign-up to a new account via an iOS Device! to get your FREE 50GB! 50GB of free storage in a few clicks…

50GB for Lifetime on BOX

50GB for Lifetime on BOX

Follow these quick steps, to get FREE 50GB!

  1. Go to the AppStore on your iPad or iPhone (must have iOS 6.0 of later!).
  2. Download and Install the BOX application.
  3. Start the BOX application, and Click Sign Up
  4. Enter an email address and password, and Click Sign Up (you must use a new email address, which is not registered with BOX!)
  5. BOX will Create the Account, and send an email to the email address you entered.
  6. Click the Link in the email from Box to Activate the Account.
  7. Log In on the iPad or iPhone
  8. Once you have logged in successfully, you will receive an email stating You now have 50GB of Storage!

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Yeah, I’m the Taxman - HMRC Self Assessment Tax Return, So do I have to Pay Nothing or Do I owe you 20p?

January 17th, 2014

Let me tell you how it will be
There’s one for you, nineteen for me
‘Cause I’m the Taxman
Yeah, I’m the Taxman
Should five per cent appear too small
Be thankful I don’t take it all
‘Cause I’m the Taxman
Yeah, I’m the Taxman

George Harrison, 1965

Too bloody true…..

If you are like me, and need to do, a Tax Return each year by Self Assessment, you’ve only got two weeks left (14 days) to get it done online here -, try not to leave it to the last minute because the HMRC server get’s bogged down, and times out!

I’ve actually remembered to do mine, on time, but I’m confused it says, “nothing to pay”, and then “You have a total of £0.20 becoming due for payment

HMRC Self Assessment

HMRC Self Assessment

and despite writing off Tax owed my millionaires in the UK, I bet they will chase the small man for 20p, the fat cats get richer…..

eh, Taxman, if you read Twitter/Google+, you can let me know!

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