Remote Desktop Manager by Devolutions Inc

January 22nd, 2021

I’m trying to work smarter and more efficiently, and returned to using a tool I found over 10 years ago called Remote Desktop Manager by Devolutions Inc, basically, it’s a System Administration tool, which has all your server/workstation connection stuff in, so that single pane of glass management, e.g. RDP and SSH connections all in one place for managing and connecting to servers, and much much more.

and if you are a vExpert, MVP you get it for FREE!


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How not to play Fornite! Keep out of the storm!

December 27th, 2020

Power cut today, caused me to be without internet for seven hours, and when power was restored, I had a few issues.

So later when all was restored, I had a test game of Fornite, and thought I would record it, so you can see what happens if you go fishing for a great white shark!


Oh, you are supposed to stay out of the storm! (it kills you!)

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Merry Christmas and A Prosperous New Year 2021 from Andysworld!

December 23rd, 2020
Christmas Festive Monkey

Christmas Festive Monkey

This photo was taken by me in Nagano Japan in 2011, it’s not a stock download from the internet! just before the Earthquake and Reactor meltdown!

Hopefully 2021 will be COVID-19 eventually….

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7 Day Streak – Achieving a 7 day hacking streak on TryHackMe

December 11th, 2020


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Chasing Rainbows, Rainbows End

December 4th, 2020

Whilst out walking today for our daily lunchtime walk to break up the day working from home due to COIVID-19!

Two rainbows appeared over the ‘shire’.

Double Rainbow above 'The Shire'

Double Rainbow above ‘The Shire’

Chasing the end of the rainbow!

Chasing the end of the rainbow!

almost there!

almost there!


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Thanks for my Birthday Gift!

November 26th, 2020

Many Thanks to all those that sent me gifts for my birthday.

Your contributions helped me purchase this:-

It’s called an Elgato Stream Deck XL (for the computer), which is a programmable 32 LCD keyboard. You can create complex macros using a single key push, or just assign a website from your bookmarks to a single key! 

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Squirrel nutkins!

November 24th, 2020

I’ve now got a grey Squirrel which visits my nuts daily, and buries the nuts in the lawn!

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ESXi on ARM – Andy’s BOM !

October 24th, 2020

If you’ve been living under a rock you may not know that a recent VMware Fling was released of ESXi on ARM. You can check out my articles on Experts Exchange and

This is my 4 (four) Raspberry Pi 4B Cluster of VMware vSphere ESXi 7.0 for ARM.

vSphere Cluster

vSphere Cluster

It’s based on 4 x Raspberry Pi 4B, Cluster/Rack, PoE and 4 x SanDisk 16GB MicroSD cards.


I did originally purchase a “Cluster” power supply at 2.4A per port, you’ll not need anymore unless you have external devices connected to your Pi, and then you may need 3A per port! switched to PoE!


So the BOM (bill of materials is as follows)

  1.  4 x Raspberry Pi 4B 8GB version from CPC (cheapest supplier in the UK, if they have stock)
  2. 1 x Pi Rack Case for Raspberry Pi 4 from Amazon
  3. 4 x PoE HAT from Amazon
  4. Sandisk MicroSD 3 Pack from Amazon 
  5. 5 Port LCD Charger from Amazon
  6. 5 Short braided USB cables from Amazon
  7. Handy USB HDMI device (connect to PI, and have PC display!)
  8. Hex drivers (if you have fat fingers like me, 5mm nuts can be fiddley!)

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FOUND! – Glass cover for lamp!

September 2nd, 2020

When we moved into the house 14 years ago, a victorian lamp at the rear of the house was missing a glass cover. I blogged about it here Wanted: glass cover for lamp

I’ve been searching for years to no avail.

and oddly after recently searching the internet for an “SW 10 Tapco Subwoofer made by Mackie”, I FOUND IT!

The lamp is actually an SW 10 made by Coughtrie, Glasgow. They still make the same lamp!

and I’ve finally obtained vintage parts to refurbish the vintage light, which is probably 60 years old!

SW 10 glass cover

SW 10 glass cover

SW 10 glass cover

SW 10 glass cover

SW 10 glass cover

SW 10 glass cover and reflector

PS I didn’t find the subwoofer!!!

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Return to HDCD it only took me 10 years! (Part 2!)

July 20th, 2020

I’ve recently been reminded after installing my new “balls” or Cambridge Audio “Puds” on my DAC – see here – S700 Isomagic DAC “puds” – rubber balls!,  that these outboard DACs (digital to audio converters) have the HDCD chip manufactured by  , which Microsoft purchased all those years ago. This chip decodes the HDCD information. My Arcam Alpha 5 DAC does not have this technology but roll forward 10 years, and some vintage DACs do have this ability to decode HDCD. But it is unlikely that we will ever see this technology incorporated in modern-day DACs, because rumours are that Microsoft requires a payment of $400,000 for the license!!!

and after Googling about HDCD, I found this – 10 Years ago, I blogged and wrote about HDCD, as a reminder it’s here –Hidden information on some Music Compact Discs – HDCD

I had forgotten!

It has also been removed from Windows media player in Windows 10, so it looks like the only way to play HDCD content, is on a vintage DAC!

Why Microsoft purchased the technology, not to use it, and to price it out of the market, when digital audio content is now on the rise Hi-Res Walkmans, e.g. Sony NW-A50 Hi-Res Walkman® Portable Audio Player, USB DACS, FLAC and lossless audio are on the rise again.

When we ripped to MP3, we were trying to make the rip as small as possible, to conserver storage space on our hard drives, my first MP3 player had only 128MB storage cards, today storage is cheap, and we are now ripping to lossless formats, e.g. FLAC, DSD, DSF.

In this modern-day when recording studios record to digital media and not analogue tapes, not sure why HDCD encoding is not used more, other than the lack of equipment to play it!

You need to have a CD Player that can decode HDCD or an HDCD encoded digital file. The CD I’m playing is “Brothers In Arms [2005 – 20th Anniversary Edition]”

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