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Retro ’80s - the compact cassette tapes from the 80’s

September 9th, 2016

Compact cassette tapes from the 80s

Compact cassette tapes from the 80's

Hans plays with Lotte, Lotte plays with Jane
Jane plays with Willi, Willi is happy again
Suki plays with Leo, Sacha plays with Britt
Adolf builds a bonfire, Enrico plays with it

Andre has a red flag, Chiang Ching’s is blue
They all have hills to fly them on except for Lin Tai Yu

Lyrics from Peter Gabriel 3, “Games Without Frontiers”, I’ve been finding it a little boring driving to work, listening to Radio 1 & 2, so decided to dig out some OLD compact cassette tapes from the 80’s, and considering these have not been played since the 80’s sound very good and fresh, in my car stereo!

Yes, I can here you asking, who has a cassette tape player in their car, these days!

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Pokémon Go helps my recovery!

August 23rd, 2016

I’ve been doing some exercise to help my recovery, and spotted these on my walks!

Pidgeotto

Pidgeotto

Drowzee

Drowzee

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Time for a chop!

August 17th, 2016

The hedge, but I could also do with a hair and beard trim!

It’s now been 10 years, since we moved to the “Shire”, and in that time the privet hedge grown, to about 5-6 feet high, and 4-5 feet wide, the only problem is the width of the drive is disappearing, and becoming difficult to park the cars!

So time for a chop, but my Bro’ (http://groundscaper.co.uk/), a Royal Horticultural Society qualified Horticulturist told me to cut a small portion first, and check if there is any new growth.

I’ve well mulched the hedge, and also watered every night.

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Thank You @HunterBoots for Excellent Customer Service

August 16th, 2016

Andysworld! is Back! - Did you miss me!? Lots to blog, and catch up!

Last weekend, I wore my Hunter Men’s Argyll Short Knee Wellies for the first time in over six months, for those that don’t know; six months ago I was involved in a serious road traffic accident, and that leads into why there have been few blog posts this year, and have just started to return to part time phased return to work.

To my surprise they leaked, and had developed a fault, on the seam. These were purchased new in June 2015.

I contacted the Just Wellies in the Amazon Marketplace I had purchased them from, and explained that at most, they had only had 6 months use, because this year I’ve been on crutches since January 26th with a fractured right patella (knee cap!) after the road traffic accident.

They escalated the matter to Hunter Boots, which agreed to replace the boots with a new pair, provided evidence was supplied that the old pair had been destroyed.

So here you go, Hunter Boots and Just Wellies

Destroyed as agreed.

Thanks Again, for Great Customer Service!

 

 

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Linux is #@&%ing Weird (Bryan Lunduke’s latest)

May 28th, 2016

Spend 30 minutes and have a watch of this 30 minute video, many years ago I would notice BSOD (Blue Screen Of Deaths) on screens around the world, e.g. airports, railway stations that were using Windows to run Windows applications e.g. real time display information.

It seems we’ve entered a new era, and maybe one day, Microsoft Windows will not be the Desktop commonly used today.

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Experiments with different Intel Processors in a HPE ProLiant Microserver Gen8 - Part 4

May 20th, 2016

Still experimenting with different processors, and I came across this part random HPE Part Number 832667-001 - Heatsink 65W - For use with ProLiant Microserver, this is the larger heatsink which is supplied with the HPE ProLiant Microserver Gen8, supplied with an Intel Core i3-3240 processor, which has a TDP of 55 watts, which I mentioned in this blog - Experiments with different Intel Processors in a HPE ProLiant Microserver Gen8 - Part 2.

So I thought let’s get a shipment of these in to test and play with for shits and giggles!

Here are some photographs of the 65 watt heatsink for the Proliant Microserver Gen8








Some testing to do later with Core i3-3240 and Core i5-3470T.


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VMware vSphere Client (C#) R.I.P

May 18th, 2016

Today VMware have announced the VMware vSphere Client (C#) is deprecated. This has been on the cards for many years.

Going forward the HTML 5 Web Client will be the only supported method of managing VMware vSphere.

Goodbye vSphere Client for Windows (C#) – Hello HTML5

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HOW TO: Install AsterixNOW PBX in a Virtual Machine hosted by VMware Workstation

May 11th, 2016

A very quick video, which shows HOW TO: Install AsterixNOW PBX in a Virtual Machine hosted by VMware Workstation.

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Experiments with different Intel Processors in a HPE ProLiant Microserver Gen8 - Part 3

May 7th, 2016

In a continuation of this series - Experiments with different Intel Processors in a HPE ProLiant Microserver Gen8 - Part 2, I imported a new processor from the US, see this blog - Purchasing items from eBay using the Global Shipping Program Part 2.

And in the box was a new Intel® Core™ i5-3470T Processor (3M Cache, up to 3.60 GHz) to test and try with the HPE ProLiant Microserver Gen8, using ECC memory. So what’s the difference between a Core i3 and a Core i5?

This Core i5 has a slower clock speed, of 2.9GHz compared to the Core i3, 3240, has the same number of cores and threads, but it is only 35 watts compared to 55 watts, so a better match for the stock heatsink rated at 35 watt only. This is the T version of the processor, which is rather scarce compared to the non-T version which has a higher clock speed and wattage (77w).

From the”Intel Ark” – no ECC hey!

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Purchasing items from eBay using the Global Shipping Program Part 2

May 7th, 2016

So this blog is the final conclusion and update to Purchasing items from eBay using the Global Shipping Program Part 1.

I’ve read lots of negative comments about eBay’s Global Shipping Program, calling it a scam, con, don’t use it, ask sellers not to use it, the problem, in life, is people often tell 10 people or more if something goes wrong or something bad happens, BUT people do not often share good, positive results. But here is my Parcel! It works read on!

eBay originally stated the item would be delivered between Friday 6. May. 2016 – Saturday, 14. May. 2016, see here

Here are the final tracking details

The item was finally delivered on Friday 6th May 2016, by YODEL. eBay had originally advised it would be delivered on this date.

I cannot complain about the Global Shipping Program, I was able to track the items fully from the US, it was delivered on-time, as advised on eBay, and considering the number of logistics companies involved (I count 8!) I’m very impressed at the accuracy in the expected delivery. I paid no VAT, Import Duty, Administration fees, and this worked out cheaper for me, than using a Seller that does not use the GSP, when Royal Mail or Parcel Force, charge you the additional administration fee on top of the VAT.

Compared to sending items in the UK with a single logistics company, e.g. Royal Mail, Parcelforce, Hermes, DPD, YODEL, where there is no guarantee of delivery, and items go missing within the UK.

My parcel has travelled 5,000 miles from the US to Yorkshire, gone through 8 logistics companies, and I think that’s impressive!

Well done eBay!

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