Archive for February, 2016

Woody Woodpecker – Great spotted woodpecker

Friday, February 26th, 2016

This is the Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major), which visits my nuts, at two o’clock – regular as clockwork every day. Currently, as I’ve some time on my hands, I resulted to more bird watching, to occupy my time. I’ve actually been waiting for him, to return – because I now have my ‘scope setup – attached to a smart phone. This is approximately 100 metres away, also recorded through double glazing, whilst I’m in my lounge in the chair, with my feet up, and a hot chocolate. I’m still not happy with the overall results, but these are my first attempts.



the video is a little better…

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The White Rabbit – Happy Thursday!

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

“One pill makes you larger,

And one pill makes you small,

And the ones that mother gives you,

Don’t do anything at all,

Go Ask Alice

When she’s 10 feet tall…….”

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Andy’s Paperless Office – Fujitsu ScanSnap IX500

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

This was an early Christmas (2015) present, and more gadge for the office. But it does have a serious side, because I decided there is far too much paper in my life, and from late 2015 I’ve gone paperless. So it’s also my New Year’s Resolution for 2016.

No paper!

The ScanSnap is fantastic, wireless scanning via WiFi to laptop, Android Phone, iPad, software is brilliant, one of the best software installs and setups, I’ve ever performed with any hardware! – Well done Fujitsu! – It’s a good job, that not all hardware and software is like that, I would be out of a job! Drop all my paper into the top of the scanner, Hit the blue button, or do it remote from my PC, and I end up with a bunch of searchable PDF files.

Local Storage is cheap as chips, Cloud Storage is even cheaper, it’s far quicker for me to pull documents from my “DocStore” than try and find anything in a filing cabinet, if I need a hardcopy, I just print it out. I can also easily give access to my “DocStore” securely via the Internet to Lindsey also, so she can look at all my documents.

So all my documents, are now scanned to an Adobe PDF document, OCR recognition is performed on this document, before it’s saved to create a Searchable Adobe PDF document, this is then saved to a folder structure on my PC, e.g. 2016 > Finance > Credit Cards.

The “DocStore” is then mirrored to two Synology NASes using Cloud Station and these are backed up to Amazon S3 Cloud, and I also use Tresorit secure Cloud Storage.

At present I’ve got approximately 1000 pages in my “DocStore”, which is about 1.4GB, and when I’m finished it closes up nicely.

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Elegantly down so

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

I received a box of chocolates today [so there’s a massive hint!] ; but I’ve changed the greeting, so you can work it out because there is a hidden message there!, so it’s not so obvious, because I’ve not openly as yet blogged about this yet. Close friends and family, may know!

This blog is just a placeholder, for a Big Thank you to – Karen, David, Kate & Matt for the chocolates! For cheering me up, in these dark times!


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HOW TO Publish from Microsoft Word to WordPress

Monday, February 8th, 2016

I’ve wanted to publish/write articles for Andysworld! For many years, directly from Microsoft Word (offline), and then hit a button to publish. I never noticed that Microsoft Word has this incorporated!

You select:-

  1. File > New
  2. Blog Post > Create

  1. Select your Account (blog)
  2. Select a category
  3. Type something.
  4. Hit Publish

Simply! Done!

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I’m a VMware Expert 2016, that’s six years in a row! @vExpert

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Last week on Friday 6th February 2016, the latest list of vExperts for 2016, was posted here.

So let the fun begin…


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HOW TO: Post a URL to Google+

Monday, February 8th, 2016

I keep forgetting, how to post a URL to Google+, simply just put the following in front or your URL

Your blog may do this automatically, but mine does not!


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BB-8 – This is the Droid you’re looking for from @Sphero

Friday, February 5th, 2016

A little board, so need some more gadge!

To add to my existing collection of robotic gadgets from Sphero… let me introduce you to BB-8, this is the droid you’re looking for!



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