Tuesday, 27 October 2015
Tuesday, 7 July 2015
Got around to testing this little Pinnacle Nano Stick TV dongle which came with a Freegle box of obsolete electronic items. I wasn't sure if it would work easily on Linux, but as usual, just plug and play. I downloaded the Me-TV package and off it went. The software can record to the netbook's hard drive, DVD copies can be made and interestingly the video codec can be selected so the RTE stations in MPEG-4 HD can be viewed. Not bad for, well nothing really.
Sunday, 22 March 2015
I bought a couple of these Light Strike rifles for my son for Christmas 2013 when they were being sold in Home Bargains, but it turned out that they were an end of line item which amazed me because they are one of the best toys we've ever come across. So good that I've bought up any final stock that's appeared reasonably priced on eBay. There are some cool attachments for the rifles, my favourite being an underslung grenade launcher. We had one of these with the first rifle, but I got another for £4 on eBay last week. Only difference was that this new one vibrated and the old one didn't. Mysterious, so I opened the older one up and discovered it indeed had a motor with a small eccentric weight attached. This worked with 5 volts applied so I carefully re-soldered the connections and the tiny surface-mount transistor which drives the motor. Reassembled and connected to the rifle it now vibrates. Result and an easy repair.
Thursday, 1 January 2015
I love Linux. I mean take this example of an old netbook I got on Freegle. The hard drive was toast so I swapped in one from another netbook with a smaller screen. This already had Ubuntu on it, but everything just worked first time, nothing more to do. I connected it to the network and it asked if I wanted to upgrade to Ubuntu 14.10 and update software. Sure, go ahead. So it did. No worries.