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
Category Archives: Computers
RIPEwatch: We’re out!
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
Meltdown and Spectre
This has so far got to be the best explanation I’ve seen for the Meltdown/Spectre vulnerabilities…
The IPv4 Report
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.
Project PVR (Part 3)
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
Project PVR (part 2)
In my last article, I talked about my PVR hardware build. This is now complete, so this blog post is going to talk about the software build. The PVR software is entirely built on Debian so is entirely open-source apart from the binary firmware blob I needed to make my Hauppauge TV card work. Continue reading
Hopefully soon all the parts should arrive for the latest of my little projects, building my own DVB-T (Freeview) & DVB-T2 (Freeview HD) Personal Video Recorder (PVR). So far I have in my hand the Noctua CPU cooler, which on its own won’t record TV programmes very well, and the rest is (at the time of writing) due to be delivered early next week. Continue reading
For those of you that read my last article, you’ll know that I had to turn the power management off on the PCI slots to make my sound card work properly. Well tonight I’ve been comparing the new WASAPI drivers vs the ASIO drivers on my RME HDSP9632 sound card using SONAR Platinum, and the effective latency results were quite surprising:
Why I hate computers, part 335,123,232
When it comes to computers in my house, it never rains but it pours. Microsoft released their monthly Patch Tuesday updates on 8 November 2016, which I duly installed and rebooted, and turned the computer off. When I turned it on the following day, the computer failed to boot. It didn’t even get as far as the blue Windows logo that appears when you try to boot Windows 10. “Very odd”, I thought, “I wonder what caused that?” and went to do some digging.
UK IPv6 Council Annual Meeting 2016
This year I was finally able to attend in person, which took place last Monday 31 October at the offices of the IET in London, having only being able to watch the videos the previous two years. There were many interesting talks; in the morning the meeting was mainly talks from some of the major UK ISPs on how their rollouts are going.