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Archive for December, 2011

Andysworld! Advent Calendar – Dec 14 – Andysworld! Traditional Norway Spruce Real Christmas Tree

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

There are no “Norwegian Blues, pining for the fjords” nesting in my Norway Spruce!



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All the folk at Andysworld! Wishes you a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Before the festivities start, all the folk at Andysworld! would just like to wish all the readers of Andysworld! a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

I hope 2012 is a Prosperous one for you all, where ever you may be!

All the Best – Andy, Lindsey, Esther, Angus and Tilly (and many tropical fish!)

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Andysworld! Advent Calendar – Dec 13 – x10 Computer Controlled Outside Christmas Tree Lights using VMware ESXi 5.0, a Windows 2008 Virtual Server and Web Services

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

We’ve now also, added the Christmas Tree lights outside, in the Magnolia Tree.

I also got a little bored, and decided rather than using a traditional plug-in 240v 24 hour timer, I would add them to the X10 Computer Controlled System, so I can turn them off via a VMware Virtual Server, running Windows 2008 Web Services!

Lindsey asked “Why? I replied, because I can do stuff like that!

So in thoery I could grant access to this Website, on the Internet to turn them off remotely, or let other people turn them on or off!


The website is basic, but it functions, just need some graphics and CSS!

Update: I’d already written this blog, and submitted for publishing, before catching an Episode of “The Big Bang Theory” – The Cooper-Hofstadter Polarisation (s1e9) – at this very start of the episode, Howard Wolowitz also demonstrates a light and stereo being power-on via x10, and enabling public access to do the same thing, which Penny also states “Why?” – you can get a really cheap wireless remote from Radio Shack!

Okay, so I’m a nerd! But we all knew that!

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Andysworld! Advent Calendar – Dec 12 – Traditional Christmas Tree this year

Monday, December 12th, 2011

We normally purchase a Nordmann Fir , they claim they do not drop needles. But this year we’ve decided to purchase a Traditional Norway Spruce real christmas tree, I think they look better, and have a much better shape!

Another change this year, we usually purchase from Boretree Nurseries, York, but this year we’ve purchased locally from Halifax Estates.

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Andysworld! Advent Calendar – Dec 11 – Fix the 44 year old Pifco Christmas Tree Lights AGAIN!

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

A few minutes repairing and testing the 44 year old Christmas Tree lights, it’s a yearly event, after bringing the Christmas Decorations down from the attic.

It did not take me as long to fix this year, only four bulbs needed replacing to get them working again!

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Andysworld! Advent Calendar – Dec 10 – Andysworld Gift to you!

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

Currently experimenting with giffgaff Mobile phone network based on O2, because they have Unlimited Mobile Internet for £10 a month, which also includes 250 minutes of talk time, plus texts if you are interesting in Texting. Various Goody Bags (tariffs to select). And if you click the link, and Request a SIM, after activation you’ll get a fiver credited to your Account. (after top-up and registration).

See Tariffs


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Andysworld! Advent Calendar – Dec 9 – Gravel Pit Allotment Association site

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Just before it started to snow today, at approx 2pm, I was taking pictures of the Gravel Pit Allotment Association Site, which I believe, and I’m now a Trustee off, as we our a Registered Charity. The top soil has raised the level, we are currently waiting for the top soil to settle.

it was a lovely day, and I went for a quick walk with my new Wellington Boots!

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Andysworld! Advent Calendar – Dec 8 – Rocket Science by that Wolfenstein/Doom Creator John Carmack

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

If you thought my Rockets went hight check out this attempt to 140,000 ft. Remember this is Amateur stuff!

When John Carmack is not coding the next RPG, this is what he does in his spare time!

This is by John Carmack, Dallas, Armadillo Aerospace, and also Founder and Technical Director of Id Software (Wolfenstein, Doom, Quake, Rage).

This video footage has fanastic camera footage on board!

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Andysworld! Advent Calendar – Dec 7 – Andys Early Morning!

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Awoken early by Lindsey this morning with this :-

Flat Type - Continental Premium Contact 185/60 R15 84H

Flat Type - Continental Premium Contact 185/60 R15 84H

Flat Type - Continental Premium Contact 185/60 R15 84H

Flat Type - Continental Premium Contact 185/60 R15 84H

So, the first jack had siezed, and then after removing the wheel bolts, could not get the alloy off the car, almost a call to the RAC, but finally after some spinach, I managed to get the alloy wheel off the car.

The car, has a “get me home spare”, so I’ve called the local tyre dealer, to order a Continental Premium Contact 2 185/60 R15 84H, so I’m waiting on their delivery this afternoon!

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Andysworld! Advent Calendar – Dec 6 – Treat your computer this Christmas and Upgrade your Browser

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Your browser is an important piece of software on your computer. It is what you use to surf the internet: it’s the window around the web sites you visit.

There are many browsers available, each with a variety of features. You may use one of these browsers already

Personally, I use Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari. I thought it was about time to upgrade my version of Mozilla, as some websites, were complaining it was out of date!

old Mozilla Firefox 3.5.19

New Mozilla Firefox 8.0

So, go on, and treat your computer this Christmas, and Upgrade to a Current version!

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