So I learned something today. I’ve just bitten the bullet and bought a no-name generic Bluetooth 5.0 USB dongle off the Internet which arrived this afternoon. What I wanted it for was to be able to transfer files between mobile phone and PC without having to scrabble around for a USB A-to-C cable I can never seem to find when I want it. So I plugged the dongle in, Windows auto-installed drivers, the Bluetooth icon appeared in the system tray and I was able to pair my phone with it.Continue reading
Today RIPE NCC, the Regional Internet Registry for Europe, announced via their mailing list that there are no IPv4 addresses left in the Europe region.Continue reading
If there’s one thing you get to eat a fair bit of at Christmas, it’s bread sauce. As bread sauce reviews (and some of the bread sauces themselves) are fairly bland, I thought I’d spice it up a bit this time and turn it into to a contest. So, in the red corner we have Colman’s Bread Sauce and in the blue corner we have Schwartz Luxury Bread Sauce. Which one tastes the best? There’s only one way to find out! Er, no … not like that.Continue reading
Want to know something completely useless? There is a road in the United Kingdom which has a property that no other road in the UK has, and that is that it straddles two countries along its length. Its name is Boundary Lane and it’s in Saltney just outside of Chester. Continue reading
This has so far got to be the best explanation I’ve seen for the Meltdown/Spectre vulnerabilities…
So, it’s the end of another year and time to have a look at where we are with IPv4 address exhaustion as of now.
The end of today marks the 25th anniversary of the ITV 1993 franchise round as required by the Broadcasting Act 1990. As a result of the decisions of the Indepdent Television Commission (the regulator of ITV at the time), at the beginning of New Year’s Day 1993 three ITV contractors, the breakfast television franchise and the teletext franchise were replaced with new companies.
I discovered this advert on YouTube recently – it’s one of a series of local adverts produced in-house by Channel Television, the ITV company for the Channel Islands, for Benest’s of Millbrook (prounounced Ben-ays) and Fineprice (St Clements Coast Road) a chain of two family-owned supermarkets based in Jersey back in the 1970s and 1980s.
So once again it’s time to wish all three readers of this blog* a very happy Christmas and New Year and to remind myself that it’s time to program my new PVR build with lots timers to record Christmas telly, and a reminder to extend the validity date on my OpenPGP key before the end of the year.
* Readership figure may be grossly exaggerated
So, just the remote control to do now. A few weeks ago, I bought an FLIRC USB dongle and a One For All remote control, which can work as a Microsoft Media Center (sic) remote if you use the code 1272 on it. Configuring the FLIRC device was pretty much as simple as plugging the dongle into a USB port and running the supplied software on it (I used the Windows version, but there is also a Linux version too). Continue reading