Sunday, January 24, 2010


What a weekend

cycloneMaking ale, drinking ale, going running, a 4-0 Rooney win, reading with Lucy, watching a bit of  David Tennant et al, and playing Cyclone with a game pad. Ah, bliss.


PS2 controller, PC, and ZX Spectrum games


ps2 I picked this up from eBay. It lets me connect two PS2 controllers to my PC and play ZX Spectrum games. Fantastic.

Monday, January 11, 2010


Sinclair: Down but never out, the eternal optimist is back

There is an interview with the big man on the Independent's web site.

Sounds like he is trying to find a backer for a revamped C5 - hurray!

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Sunday, January 10, 2010


Burst pipe

CIMG2986I’ve never seen a burst pipe before but I’m glad I had all the bits in my toolbox to cut out the burst part and stick in a connector!


Click the image to zoom in!

Wednesday, January 06, 2010


YSRNRY special


Nick Humphreys over at the World Of Spectrum forums (fora?) recently announced a new Christmas Special 

It is available as a DVD ISO image via BitTorrent

Not being a torrent user I:

  1. did a quick web search and found the BitTorrent client
  2. clicked on the link above to download the DVD image
  3. burnt a DVD to watch on my TV using ImgBurn

Looks good too!

In order to watch it on my PC using the original ISO image, I used Virtual CloneDrive to mount the image and then can watch it using a media player such as VLC.

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Friday, January 01, 2010


Digital camera frame

I bought a cheap / mid-range frame today to put on my desk at work.

It displays 800x600 which is adequate for my needs.

In order to squeeze as much data as possible onto my old 512MB xd memory card, I created two folders: portrait and landscape

I then created two copies of PhotoResize in actiona free batch photo resizer that I found on the web. The first copy I renamed to PhotoResize800x600.exe and the second to PhotoResize600x800.exe .

I dragged the landscape folder onto the former icon and the portrait folder onto the latter.

The utility automatically creates new files with 800x600 or 600x800 in the file name.

Then I used trusty old robocopy to copy the newly created files onto the memory card. Nice.

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