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400ft 360 deg panoramic photograph above Meltonby

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

So today, built up enough confidence to fly at 400 feet, which is The Drone code Be Drone Safe proposed rules for safe flying of drones maximum “safe” altitude.

What I didn’t expect was the the iPhone application to crash, leaving my drone at 400 feet! It sounds worse than it did, because I was able to restart the application, re-connect to the drone, and issue a return to home.

I could have brought it home using the remote controller, which connects to the drone, the Phone and App connect to the remote controller, and in the event, it loses contact with the remote control will issue a return to home!

So panic over!

I managed to solve the issue with the App, by removing the video cache, and later this afternoon, re-visited 400 feet to take this photograph.

400ft 360 deg panorama photograph above Meltonby

Click to enlarge!

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The first snowy day of 2017

Friday, December 1st, 2017

So this is the first snowy day of 2017, the snow fell yesterday, and didn’t stop, and fell overnight…

Out just before dawn with the drone, as the sun rose - got to keep up those flying hours…

Snowy Morning at 350 feet

Snowy Morning at 350 feet

Snowy day looking towards the Yorkshire Wolds

Snowy day looking North towards the Yorkshire Wolds

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Example photographs from the drone

Monday, November 27th, 2017

All taken using the DJI Spark

Our House

Our House

Our House from 250 feet

Our House from 250 feet

360 degree up on the Wolds

360 degree up on the Wolds

I’ll not upload anymore and bore you….

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30 second video clip of flying the drone on the Wolds!

Friday, November 24th, 2017

I’ve been at flying the Spark for 30 minutes today, up on the Wolds, as the sun was going done….and temperatures were hitting 3 Degrees C!

So here’s a taster of the future…

This was all rendered, edited, uploaded from iPhone via 3G from the Wolds! No PC was used in the editing of this short clip!

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Andy’s new toy is a DJI Spark - Drone Quadcopter

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

I’ve wanted one for five years, after flying a larger drone.

DJI Spark Fly Combo

DJI Spark Fly Combo

DJI Spark "Sparky" Meadow Green edition

DJI Spark "Sparky" Meadow Green edition

DJI Spark "Sparky" Meadow Green edition

DJI Spark "Sparky" Meadow Green edition

and this is a picture of my allotments

Gravel Pit Field Allotments from 350 feet

Gravel Pit Field Allotments from 350 feet

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and Andy’s new toy is….What am I ?

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Some of you have been trying to guess what Andy’s new toy is, with the daily clues I’ve been giving you… to remind you here they are again….

  1. There are many manuals and a lot of reading.
  2. It is made in China.
  3. My Companies Head Quarters is also in China
  4. I’m available in white, red, yellow, green and blue!
  5. “If you sing YMCA, I’ll come to you!”
  6. I run on batteries
  7. Van de Graaff generator
  8. Barnaby The Bears My Name!
  9. Star Wars  Return of the Jedi
  10. My beehive was humming with activity this morning

What am I ?

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Why not @TileApp for Christmas!, a handy Christmas Present for that gadget loving someone that is always losing stuff!

Friday, November 10th, 2017

if you have a smart phone, and keep losing your keys, wallet why not use TileApp, I’ve been using TileApp for a few years now, and now it’s time to reTile again, and here are my new Tiles (or tags) to hang on my keys, and by the power of bluetooth, and Crowd Source GPS, will hopefully be able to find my keys if I lose them.

It has saved me a number of times, when I’ve misplaced my wallet or keys, and I can check with my phone the last time it contacted the tile, and displays that location on a map.

Click this link to purchase a tile

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My best bargain on eBay - A 99 pence - Nest Protect - Smoke and CO Detector

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

Whilst browsing the eBay Beekeeping category for a bargain, I came across an item called a HIVE Nest Protect.

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I must admit, I had a little chuckle if you don’t know what a HIVE Nest Protect is, it’s a Smoke + Carbon Monoxide detector - why a Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector was doing listed in a Beekeeping category, and then noticed it had probably been listed with the eBay app, and matched to Beekeeping because of the work “HIVE”.

The Nest Protect - Smoke and Carbon Monoxide detector was recently tested in the Which? September 2017 magazine, and scored 93% Best Buy in tests, as quickest to respond in Smoke and Carbon Monoxide tests, and Which? magazine recommends that Smoke Alarms are replaced every  10 years, when was the last time you checked or replaced your smoke alarms?

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The Nest Protect is manufactured by Google, and is part of their Home Automation range, and it connects to WiFi and also has a Smartphone App, the Nest Protect also checks itself daily, to make sure it’s operating correctly, and based on the data being collected by Google, smoke alarms are most likely to sound in the UK on Pancake Day!

Recommended Retail Price - £99 and from eBay 99 pence!

Priceless!

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Best iPhone 7 accessory - Apple AirPods not available from the Apple Store, but Argos only!

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

So now that I’ve turned to the “Dark Side”, I  might go “95% Dark Side” and I’ve snagged possibly the best iPhone 7 accessory, - Apple Airpods. The Apple AirPods are a pair of bluetooth wireless headphones. They are not currently noise cancelling, I’m sure that will appear in Apple AirPod v2. (Available from an Apple Store, in 18 months time!)

Apple Airpod sealed box

Apple Airpod sealed box

and they are brilliant…

Apple Airpods, unboxed

Apple Airpods, un-boxed

the airpods charge automatically when you put them back in their case, which looks like a box of dental floss!

Apple Airpod - dental floss case

Apple Airpod - dental floss case

iPhone Charging Widget

iPhone Charging Widget

brilliant quality product, which detects when you’ve inserted them in your ears with a simple bong, and your connected. Also includes a tap sensor, so you can use the inbuilt microphones, to call people.

Apple Airpods out of the case

Apple Airpods out of the case

If I’ve spoken to you in the last few days, then I would have spoken to you via my Airpods. Just a word of warning, check they fit your ears, and don’t fall out, because there are no plastic fitting buds.

What is a little odd, is these are currently on a 6 week delivery from the Apple Store, but Argos have stocks for Click and Collect!!?

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Apple Store - Out of Stock - 6 Week Delivery ?

buy-apple-airpods-in-ear-wireless-headphones-white-at-argoscouk-your-onlin-000556how very odd ?

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Andy returns to the dark side, well almost - 90% Dark Side!

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

A number of years ago, I backed Apple, and invested in an iPad and iPhone, only to be burned, when Apple abandoned that platform, and left me with bricks which could not be upgraded, stuck on an iOS version with no applications available in the Appstore to support those expensive gadgets!

Fast forward a number of years and Google launched it’s first Android phone in 2012, the Google Nexus 4 - I blogged about it here - Andy’s Google Nexus 4 - that was over four years ago, and decided it was time for a switch to Droid in 2013.

In all those years Droid has served me well, BUT I’ve been experiencing more and more issues in the last 12 months with Droid applications failing to work correctly compared to iOS applications, also iOS application seem to be made available for iPhone and iPad before Droid (e.g. Airline eTicket systems), and also some applications are never developed or supported, e.g. Android Pay still does not support American Express -Do American Express have issues with Android security ?

Considering there are more Android phones in the world, than iPhones, it is indeed odd, that iOS is the preferred platform for some applications, but the Development time is longer, and also Apple verification can take a while, but with latest development kits, e.g. Xamarin - code can be quickly ported for Windows, Android or iOS applications from Microsoft Visual Studio. So this still puzzles me?

One thing I do know, is that Apple controls the hardware, the OS, the applications and therefore may make it a better applicatio  target, like Sun Solaris, Sun manufactured the hardware, and manufactured the OS - a strong platform, also similar to IBM, and AIX, developed specifically for IBM computers.

An opportunity arose to purchase a new phone, I could have purchased a new Google Pixel or Samsung something, but the costs are similar to an Apple iPhone, but the quality of Apple products are far superior in my opinion, and Google and Samsung products are overpriced, but believe because people will purchase Apple products at x GBP, they can also charge x GBP for their products.

So I decided:- to Return to the Dark Side, almost! I’m about “90% Dark Side” - I’ve opted for a Jet Black 256GB iPhone 7 .

But still using the Google ecosystem, e.g. Google+, GMail, Google Maps, Google Drive, Google Photos, not that horrible iCloud thing!

Jet Black 256GB iPhone 7 & Decoded Case

Jet Black 256GB iPhone 7 & Decoded Case

Jet Black iPhone 7

Jet Black iPhone 7

Jet Black iPhone 7

Jet Black iPhone 7

So we will see how long this lasts me, before I change back, come back in four years, and read the blog to find out, I could have decided to get a Blackberry or Nokia Windows Phone!

This was one of the major reasons, I change airtime companies, see Goodbye Orange @EE, and hello @ThreeUK! #makeitright

Oh, and the iPhone 7 - I’ve had it 4 weeks now, and It’s @#!”£$%^& Brilliant!!!!

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