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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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Wont be long now…..until…..iOS 6 is released!

Monday, August 6th, 2012


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25 Billion App Download Day approaches

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012


The App Store is about to hit 25 billion downloads.

Download the 25 billionth app and you could win a US$10,000 App Store Gift Card.

Apple have setup a counter here

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Bye Bye Steve Jobs - The IT World will miss you!

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

I’ve just picked up my iPad, and learnt Steve Jobs has died peacefully today, surrounded by his family.

Deeply saddened by his passing, but his legacy with live on, in the devices we now use everyday.

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Fecking Apple! Poor Service Mobile Me eMail Very Poor

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

(I was going to write s one eye t, but I thought some children follow the blog so maybe not appropriate!)

Apple (Steve Jobs) you’ve really p****d me off now.

What do you notice about the following screenshot?

No email in over 1.5 hours?

No email in over 1.5 hours?

No email since 4.00pm. Now it might be usual for you not to receive emails in a 1.5 hour window, but not me. I checked a little further and found my iPad was not receiving any mail, and couldn’t log into Apple’s Mobile Me email, no error message. So I tried using a notebook and a desktop computer and still couldn’t login to Apple Mobile Me email, all the other options were working iDisk, Gallery etc. Again just the rotating twinky, staring at me on screen for minutes not doing anything.

Apple Mobile Me status indicated that Service Status was normal. So I called Apple Technical Support, that gave me a URL to have a Live Chat with an Engineer.

Nothing like a email from them warning of the Outage for Maintenance!

So I had a little rant, about better off with GMail, Hotmail or Yahoo, that provide better uptime and storage management, this was the response. I’ve never had any issues with Hotmail, Yahoo or Gmail.

So, there you go two weeks extension!

I bet they wouldn’t treat Mr Steve Jobs, Mobile Me Account like this.

Apple - Service - Zero Points.

And on that very note, APPLE if you would like to talk to me about Service Delivery, or Indsutrial Strength IT Servicesjust let me know!

I’m going to Leave Some Fecking Feedback!

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A few Wintery Pictures from North Yorkshire

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

We didn’t have much snow last night, so it remains the same at about 2-3 feet in places. But it’s still very cold, and I believe colder tonight.


Yes, these are our Holly Tree’s!


and this is on our Pear Tree!

Lindsey and I went for a walk today, to check how bad the roads were, but it was cut short, when a blizzard arrived and it was bitter cold. Later in the afternoon, I thought it was about time to check the cars over, and remove the 2 feet worth of snow which has covered them for over a week and start them up, but it wasn’t such a good idea, there was not enough space on the driveway for all the snow I’d brushed off the cars, and when trying to move my car out into the road, I got stuck in the snow, moving it back onto the drive and had to dig the snow off the driver to get my car back on, as the car was sliding and wheels were spinning!

anyway here are some nice Wintery Pictures from North Yorkshire … Keep warm..

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Samsung Galaxy Tab[let] - How much?

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Samsung launched it’s tablet today called the Samsung Galaxy Tab:-

  • 7″ touch-screen tablet PC
  • Android Operating System
  • Voice & video calling
  • Internet
  • Social Networking
  • e-Mails
  • Google Maps Navigation
  • Games, movies & music
  • Camera with LED Flash
  • Electronic reading

and it’s wait for it £529 GBP same price as the iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G

I know which I’d buy! (oh, I’ve already got one!) Long live Apple!

Okay so it’s got Flash 10.1, but will have iOS 4.2 Software Update. Coming soon to iPad. It was released today to developers (me and others!), and the new Skyfire mobile web browser will have Flash support!

Skyfire will issue its Flash Video-enabled browser for the iPhone on Nov. 4, allowing consumers to finally run Flash-based websites on the iPad!

So stick that Apple Haters, and go and by your Samsungs, and Google Android…..

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NEWSFLASH! Evicted from The Orange Shop, 16/17 Coney Street, YORK TODAY!

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

I went into The Orange Shop, 16/17 Coney Street, YORK today at approx 14:00 to make an enquiry about the iPhone 4 32GB Black on an Orange Contract. I was greeted by a Sales Person called Mark.

He was quick to explain to me, that Apple fix the prices of the iPhone 4.0 32GB Black, and Mobile Airtime companies cannot set the price of the phone, he asked if I wanted it on Pay As You Go or Contract, I replied I was interested in a Contract, he told me the cost of the phone was £319, and monthly costs of £35, for 18 months.

tesco-mobile-logoI told him the monthly cost was tool high, and I mentioned Tesco Mobile at £20 a month,

and in his next breath Mark said

“if you go with Tesco Mobile you’ll get no signal, because Orange have more transmitters across the country than Tesco Mobile

Personally, when a Sales Person resorts to this sort of tactic to make a sale, it make me suspicious, I always remember a old friend/work colleague, when I worked in Sales, hundreds of years ago, when dinosaurs ruled the earth, telling me NEVER disrespect the competitor to make a Sale.

When Mark told me this, I gave him my mobile phone, and asked him to tell me what current network it’s on, it happens to be Orange (he didn’t know this before I handed him the phone, he didn’t even bother to ask me). I then reminded Mark, that I’ve probably been with Orange as a Customer, longer than he’s been an Employee, which now is about approx 11-12 years, and I don’t have reception at home with Orange, but I do with O2, Tesco Mobile, Vodafone, T-Mobile and 3! So I don’t think what he’s saying is valid and I don’t like the way he’s slagging off the Competition, at this point he asked me to LEAVE THE SHOP! He then started stating I’m now SLAGGING him off!

I pointed out as I left the Shop, I was surprised they were happy to lose a potential sale, and told him I would make him famous, and Tweet later about this incident! I don’t know why Mark lost his rag with me, and I hadn’t even had my Red Bull for the day!

So Happy Sales Mark……..

Looks like I’ll be joining Tescos Mobile then… much for 11 years Customer Loyality! (not that Mark would know, he didn’t ask the question!)

PS Mr Orange/Mr Tescos if your reading this, iPhone 4 32GB Black on Contract in the post would be very nice Free of Charge!

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NOW is the time

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

If there’s one video clip you got to watch this one…

Years to reach 50 million users:-

  1. RADIO - 38 Years
  4. IPOD - 3 YEARS
  5. FACEBOOK added 100 million users in less than 9 months….

watch the video clip for more frightening or exciting statistics…..!

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