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Archive for November, 2013

VMware Festive Journey starts on 2nd December 2013

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

The VMware Elves are pleased to announce that the VMware Festive Journey is back!

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What I did on my Birthday - I ate Sushi @YOSushi #SaveTheDay

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Thanks for all the cards, presents and good wishes….

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So, my birthday went like this:-

  • Woke Up
  • Showered
  • Hair Cut
  • Ate two croissants
  • Can of “diet” Red Bull
  • Open birthday cards and presents
  • Caught bus to York
  • Ate Sushi and Drank Japanese Beer @YO Sushi
  • Caught bus home
  • Watched the Dr Who 50th Anniversary Special
  • Ate Birthday cake
  • Went to bed, using new birthday present duvet!

A  “truly Excellent Adventure…..”

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Programming with Sphero 2.0

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

I’ve had my Sphero 2.0 less than two weeks, so you can use your Android or Apple smartphone to control your Sphero 2.0, but I want to program it, so it comes out during the day, entertains the cats, and then goes back “home” to charge up…

so far these are my efforts, using a Ubuntu 12.10 64-bit Linux computer, a bluetooth USB adaptor, and the ROS (Robot Operating System) and Sphero SDK.

ROS (Robot Operating System) provides libraries and tools to help software developers create robot applications. It provides hardware abstraction, device drivers, libraries, visualizers, message-passing, package management, and more. ROS is licensed under an open source, BSD license.

Starting roscore

Starting roscore

Starting rosrun, pairing with Sphero

Starting rosrun, pairing with Sphero

Here is a video, of the Sphero pairing with bluetooth usb adaptor, and then sending commands, to change colour from blue, green to red, and then unpairing the Sphero.

full throttle….zoom zoom …

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23.11.13 - #SAVETHEDAY - Yes it’s My Birthday as Well! - 50th Anniversay of Dr Who!

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

23.11.13 #SAVETHEDAY

oh, and it’s My Birthday on the 23rd November 2013 as well!

drwhoNo I’m not 5o!

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Frosty today…

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

One of the first very cold winter mornings, -5 degrees C at 9.00am, bees are all wrapped up…

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iPhone 5 DS Review

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

I’m going to purchase on of these…

the iPhone 5 DS

because it’s got all the features an iPhone user needs!

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Sphero 2.0 - new robotic toy for the cats!

Monday, November 11th, 2013

This was the Amazon.co.uk purchase which arrived Saturday morning!

A Sphero 2.0! Sphero is a robotic ball, which can be controlled via a phone or computer, many different development kits have been released, e.g. Android, iPhone and Python etc It’s a bit like a modern day Big Track, but it’s a ball!

Sphero 2.0

Sphero 2.0

Sphero 2.0

Sphero 2.0

More pictures of what’s in the box

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Popped to Church for Remembrance Sunday!

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

I quickly popped to Church today, for Remembrance Sunday and also to place these “trackables” in the Geocache!

This place “Kirby Underdale” sounds like it’s from Tolkien’s Lord Of The Rings

The Church at Kirby Underdale

The Church at Kirby Underdale

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The Church at Kirby Underdale

these were the trackables dropped at the geocache..

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Amazon.co.uk top notch delivery, Amazon.co.uk gets better! Give Amazon.co.uk a try this Christmas!

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Google-ing the Internet where I could purchase a particular item on Friday afternoon, surprise, surprise! only Firebox and Amazon.co.uk, had this item listed.

Later Friday evening at exactly  8 November 2013 18:57, I picked up my smartphone and Googled again, and was taken to the Amazon.co.uk website, it stated order in the next 3 minutes for delivery Saturday 9th November 2013, with 1-Click Checkout I was done, and it was ordered!

What’s bizarre, is I’ve had a delivery before from Amazon.co.uk for a Saturday delivery, which arrived by DPD, my usual DPD deliveries, advise me of when it’s going to be delivered, but not Saturdays, unless there is not enough time to prepare the information.

At  8 November 2013 22:11, I had confirmation from Amazon.co.uk my order had been despatched. This also provided DPD tracking information that confirmed it was at Oldbury.

DPD Tracking Information

DPD Tracking Information

I set my alarm clock, to wake me up, as DPD deliveries can be early on Saturday, so much for the rest! Shortly after opening the bedroom curtains, I spotted the DPD delivery van, which could only have been for me, with my Amazon.co.uk Order!

Here it is:- Angus has to inspect everything, well it is for Esther, Angus and Tilly.

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So this Christmas why not place an order with Amazon.co.uk, or use DPD for your deliveries.

I do not work for Amazon.co.uk or DPD.

and if you are interested, in what my order was, you will have to wait until tomorrow!

UPDATE see what was ordered here!

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Thanks to SimpliVity for the Raspberry Pi!

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

simplivity-logoI’ve arrived home from work yesterday evening late, after changing yet another wheel on my car after a puncture! A nice treat after spending an hour changing a wheel/tyre!

To find this delivery from the US via FedEx!

Thanks to SimpliVity for the Raspberry Pi, a gift from  them for being a VMware vExpert 2013!

A little bit about SimpliVity

SimpliVity was established in late 2009 with the humble mission of simplifying IT, and we are well on our way.   OmniStack™–our novel technology that includes 10 patent-pending innovations– powers a new assimilated, IT infrastructure platform. SimpliVity’s OmniCube™ platform provides enterprise computing, storage services and  network functionality, inclusive of WAN optimization, Unified Global Management, Seamless Cloud Integration, Primary Storage Deduplication, Backup deduplication, Caching, and Global Scale Out— all at a fraction of the acquisition cost of standard infrastructure, a fraction of today’s traditional operating costs, and with a game-changing reduction in complexity.  When deployed, OmniCube systems create an OmniCube Global Federation, creating a massively scalable pool of shared resources, and enabling efficient data movement, scalability, and enterprise class system availability – all managed from a single pane of glass, by a single admin.

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