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Buzzed by Phantom Quadcopter

June 25th, 2014

and this is what we get up to on a busy day at the office….

Aerial View of University of Hull from quadcopter

Aerial View of University of Hull from quadcopter

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Mantis Tiller modification

June 16th, 2014

A few years ago, based on the recommendations from my Bro’ at Groundscaper, I purchased a Mantis Tiller, it’s brilliant, but I have just one complaint which I think is a design fault, the plastic throttle body, which is built into the carburetor body, keeps snapping off, as this is a weak spot.

The petrol 4-stroke Mantis Tiller uses a Honda GX25 engine, which is common to many petrol operated garden tools. The problem is that Honda do not supply the plastic throttle body as separate part, and you need to purchase a new GX25 carburetor body, price from Mantis UK - £95!

The support man from Mantis, did state, they could be purchased on eBay for £10!

This is the replacement part I purchased from Hong Kong - here, if you look closely at eBay, there are some available with a metal frame here

Originally, I was just going to transfer the plastic frame from the new part to the old part, but it did not fit, so a complete carburetor body swap was required, but before fixing back onto the engine, I made the following mod, to strengthen the plastic throttle attachment (Thanks Mike B. for the suggestion!)

some pictures

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Strawberry Fields Forever

June 15th, 2014

Let me take you down
Cause I’m going to Strawberry Fields
Nothing is real

(c) John Lennon, 1966

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Okay, not exactly Strawberry Fields, but my allotment!

But it still my favourite fruit, and Beatles Song written by John Lennon!

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“Vyvyan, you bastard!”- RIP Rik Mayall - Goodbye, People’s Poet

June 10th, 2014

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard the sad news, that Rik Mayall died yesterday.

Saddened by the passing of Rik Mayall, here’s Andy’s Blog post….

“Neil! The bathroom’s free, unlike the country under the Thatcherite junta.”

Goodbye, People’s Poet

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Experts Exchange new Branding and Logos Pick a new Badge! @ExpertsExchange

May 29th, 2014

Go to the rewards section of your Profile and pick a new Badge

Lifetime Member

Lifetime Member

Lifetime Member

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Extracting the first honey of 2014

May 27th, 2014

Finished with the swarming for the moment, and now onto extracting the first of the honey crop for this year 2014.

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Testing Chromecast on a Sony XBR65X850A 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D Internet LED UHDTV

May 9th, 2014

So here, you go Google Chromecast plugged into a Sony XBR65X850A 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D Internet LED UHDTV, and playing low resolution version of content from BBC iPlayer!

It’s a large screen!

Google Chromecast starting on a Sony XBR65X850A 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD

Google Chromecast starting on a Sony XBR65X850A 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD

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Sony XBR65X850A 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD with BBC iPlayer

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Sony XBR65X850A 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD with BBC iPlayer

More about Chromecast later!

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New Look Experts Exchange @ExpertsExchange

May 7th, 2014

All upgraded, WOW, there’s a lot of white, and Windows 8.0 sliding panels (which I hate!)

I’ll hold judgement, ALL change!

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Experts Exchange Site Down, Whilst it’s Upgraded for Experts Exchange (The Next Generation)…..!!! @ExpertsExchange

May 7th, 2014

Experts Exchange Is Temporarily Unavailable

Experts Exchange Is Temporarily Unavailable

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Andy’s “Career” @ExpertsExchange

May 7th, 2014

One the day, that Experts Exchange enters a new era, with a re-brand and overhaul, and a change of logo! I thought it was fitting for a bit of self promotion and Giga-EGO Boost!

It’s also fitting, that in the last two days, I’ve now entered the Top 10 Overall Experts at Experts Exchange in the Hall of Frame,

I’ve been at the Number 11 spot, for many months, and finally jumped two positions to Number 9.

Experts Exchange Hall of Frame

Experts Exchange Hall of Frame

The Hall of Fame, is a little false, because in the top 10, there are only two really active Experts, myself and Ray Paseur, so that makes Ray No.1 and me No.2, so I’m happy with that!

Also, I didn’t blog about it at the time, but last year, I won the following awards

In November I was nominated an MVE in the Gamma Class

The Tenth Annual Expert Awards

The Tenth Annual Expert Awards

Yes, I’m Expert of the Year 2013 - Again for the Third Year in a row!

2013 Expert of the Year
2013 Juggernaut
2013 The Ally
2013 The Scribe
2013 Author of the Year

The 10th Annual Expert Awards of 2013

I missed out on the Titan by 0.02%

Andrew Hancock VMware 52.90
Andrew Hancock Virtualization 43.19

I’ve now had 47 Articles Published at Experts Exchange

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