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Bees On The Move

August 22nd, 2014

The winter approaches fast, I’m now taking the honey off the hives, uniting the colonies to make them stronger over the winter, treating them for varroa (mite!), and moving them to their new home…

Hive on the move, on my hive barrow (I built!)

Hive on the move, on my hive barrow (I built!), on the far right of the picture you can just make out, a nucleus box (half a hive), left to catch any stragglers left!

This is the first hive on it’s travels, this hive has given me 75kg of honey this year.

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Mircosoft and Me!

August 20th, 2014

and most of you that know me, are probably saying, I thought he was a fan of VMware!

so one of my Article’s ends up on Microsoft Technet UK Blog, as I’m now a member of the Microsoft Technical Community Council.

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Here’s the article on Microsoft Technet UK Blog

Migrating 2008 R2 Hyper-V VMs to 2012

(oh, and there’s a recent photograph of me as well, proudly wearing the Microsoft Technical Community Council shirt!)

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Let the Honey Flow … “GOLD!”

August 18th, 2014

A busy time of year extracting the honey from the hives, which makes all the effort worth it! But now the hard work comes, starting to prepare the colonies for the winter ahead!

here is a little video, which is best called a “montage”….

I also had a little stealth mission to Leyburn to pick up a honey warming cabinet….

The Black Swan Hotel in Leyburn

The Black Swan Hotel in Leyburn

this honey warming box, is to allow me, to gently warm oil seed rape granulated honey, from the spring, and seed with additional runny honey, so I can cream it, creating a soft set honey.

Honey Warming Cabinet

Honey Warming Cabinet

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Maximum Modulo Power! 12,500mAh for my gadgets! @IDAPT

August 14th, 2014

Another surprise this morning, a very early delivery by the postman, delivery of two orange/yellow packages.

Another four Modulos, a pink, green, blue and yellow. these ones are rated at 2500mAh, so all stacked total capacity is 12,500mAh of power to charge gadgets….

Don’t forget still available from http://idaptweb.com

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Until next week Nanu Nanu - Mork calling Orson - Goodbye Robin Williams - RIP

August 12th, 2014

Again, a big loss today, as the news reports the loss of Robin Williams.

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I grew up watching Robin Williams in Mork and Mindy, and have always watched his films since, and had the chance when going on holiday to Vietnam, to utter those immortal words - Good Morning Vietname, and Hanoi Hannah! (much to Lindsey’s disgust!)

So Nanu Nanu and Farewell…..RIP

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New Zanussi ZCV561DW Cooker!

August 12th, 2014

It’s been a while since, we spent money on the house’s white goods….

eventually the cooker that came with the house, had to go, we’ve been keeping the over door shut with a plant pot, for approx 5 years!

Old unbranded cooker

Old unbranded cooker

so we purchased a new Zanussi ZCV561DW - 50cm wide electric cooker with separate grill and ceramic hob, from John Lewis. (and they were very good! which is what you’d expect from John Lewis, free delivery on a Saturday, and removed the old cooker for disposal!

New Zanussi ZCV561DW

New Zanussi ZCV561DW

New Zanussi ZCV561DW

New Zanussi ZCV561DW

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Invited to join the Microsoft Technical Community Council (MTCC)

August 8th, 2014

After my visit to Lotus F1, I was asked my Microsoft Technet UK if I wanted to join the Microsoft Technical Community Council (MTCC). The MTCC is described as “a group of external IT professionals influential in the IT Pro world, who are engaged and interested in sharing their opinions and meet once a month via a Lync call”.

Microsoft Technical Community Council (MTCC)

Microsoft Technical Community Council (MTCC)

Today, I received the MTCC shirt…

So after signing the  NDA, I’m now a member of the MTCC. All of the members feedback to Microsoft with real world experience of implementing Microsoft Technologies, and we get to understand the Microsoft road ahead.

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My Kickstarter has arrived - the Idapt Modulo

August 6th, 2014

This has been my first Kickstarter that I’ve personally backed, the Idapt Modulo - Portal Power for smartphone, tablet or other gadgets.

I already own some Idapt products, and I was notified in April by email, they were starting a Kickstarter campaign to raise $30,000 to launch a new Expandable portable battery.

So I pledge $20, and here it is, arrived today

Contents of the boxed Idapt Modulo

Contents of the boxed Idapt Modulo

The Modulo

The Modulo

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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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