I had a need to use a Windows 10 laptop, with a USB<–>rs232 cable. It’s now over an hour since I switched the laptop on and I’m still waiting for Windows to update .NET and other rubbish. Last week with my mac I plugged the cable in and was good to go in under 10 seconds. Windows really does make it difficult to like it sometimes…
My naimuniti was last updated (to version 3.xx) a few years ago to solve a buffering issue. In the last few weeks it’s developed an annoying habit of initialising its network interface when streaming either radio or music from the NAS. There is no pattern, it’s random, and sometimes doesn’t happen for days. Continue reading Firmware update – why does it fill me with dread?
I’ve had the same mobile number for years, and somehow it has become my ‘work’ number. Work are pretty flexible about using their phones for the odd personal use and I like the convenience of carrying just one phone around. However, lately I’m getting fed up of not really being able to switch off work when away or at weekends. The email app keeps pinging and of course you just have to look at it, even when on leave. Continue reading New phone time
A failed disk in my Xpenology NAS mash-up has prompted a search for a new NAS. Some 7 or 8 years ago I bought an HP EX490 MediaSmart server running Microsoft’s excellent Home Server OS. Why they canned it I will never understand. It was ideal for serving a family’s needs with shared storage, photo and media server etc etc, all with a simple to configure (but complex behind the scenes) disk raid array system. Continue reading New NAS time
We’ve been users of netflix for a while. Not a bad service although the film selection is a bit pants. Breaking Bad kept us entertained for a while but we’ve gradually exhausted the boxsets that are available. Continue reading NowTV or Netflix?
I’m off on my travels soon, visiting that former colony the good ole US of A, specifically Boston, the one in Massachusetts not Lincolnshire. In this modern world I can’t face being without some type of connectivity, not to mention I need it to book my seats on the flight home. Continue reading Data, data, data…
I’m more or less tied into the Google infrastructure now, having had a beta version of Google Apps years ago which, once launched as a service, gave me a full 50 user Apps package free for life. Google Apps has been running our email, calendars and cloud storage for several years with no problems. Continue reading Google Keep
So the tado smart thermostat has been in a couple of months now. You can see my previous musings about it here and here. To recap, it is a complete replacement for your existing thermostat, comprising a wireless room ‘stat, a control box that is plugged into your boiler, and a ‘dongle’ that is plugged into your router to communicate with both tado’s servers and your mobile phones. Continue reading Tado smart thermostat update and review
What a pain. It seems Android can’t open eml attachments by default. I’m using outlook for Android and it just throws a fit when I try to open the attachment. Continue reading Uh-oh first little issue with android