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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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Purchasing items from eBay using the Global Shipping Program Part 1

May 4th, 2016

I’ve read lots of bad press about eBay and the Global Shipping Program…..so here goes this is my experience..

On occasions I purchase items from the US from eBay or direct:- 16 years ago, items would enter the UK, and you would pay zero Import Duty, Value Added Tax and Administration fees.

That was 16 years ago, it would seem the world of Online shopping from around the world, especially from the US has now caught up with UK Customs, and today, if an item has a declared value of over £15 GBP, you will have to pay VAT@20% on the total amount, if the declared value is in USD $, it’s converted at the exchange rate on the day it’s received at UK Customs, and most often an administration fee of £8 or £11 depending upon if it’s Royal Mail or Parcelforce, that have handled your parcel.

Something relatively new, has started to appear on eBay on seller listings, it’s called the Global Shipping Program or GSP, my understanding is that US or UK sellers, do not have to worry about shipping overseas, they pack up the items, and ship it to a logistics company in the country or origin, this company then forwards to the destination, and also handles the Customs, Import Duty, Value Added Tax in advance, by passing this cost direct to the Buyer.

This payment is processed by Pitney Bowes, and appears on your Paypal Account as a direct payment to Pitney Bowes. You will see, two payments for the item, one to the seller, and one to Pitney Bowes for the Customs charges. The theory is that the item, is not delayed in Customs, and you pay no charges when it’s delivered!

I’ve actually been fascinated by the logistics involved in this process. I first got the following:-

It stated Multiple Carriers, and that didn’t help much in tracking…

And then this

I did some more digging, and found the following, it got handed to wnDirect

I tracked down the flight, using the Air Way Bill number 45494864, and it was on a Virgin Atlantic Cargo flight using this site, and 932 and VS (IATA code).

This led me to Virgin Atlantic Cargo Site

My item is in that parcel container, along with 26 other items! Received in London, 03 May 2016 @ 10.20.

I believe it’s now with 13ten

It will be interesting to see HOW QUICK 13ten, get it to me now it’s in the UK, as they use Royal Mail, Hermes, YODEL or DPD, that’s probably the weakest link!

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