In 2013 it took BT nearly four months in to connect up the phone line and get internet access enabled at the cabinet, blaming it on “one of those things” that happens when you buy a new build house (despite the rest of the road being connected just fine). When it was finally up and running I hoped that their newest revision of the HomeHub router, version 5 now with the VDSL modem built in instead of a separate BT Openreach device, would be better than the awfully unreliable HH3. It really wasn’t much better. Same poor UI, same poor UX, marginally better reliability. It’s unusual for it to keep the WiFi up and running for longer than a week without needing to reboot it.
Over the last few months it has been dropping connections, rebooting seemingly at random, refusing to respond to DHCP requests, and generally getting in the bloody way. Yesterday was the final straw when it rebooted no fewer than 8 times between 8:30am and 10am, and my itchy Amazon Prime trigger finger ordered an ASUS DSL-AC68U. If I had a little more patience, or if I could find the old BT Openreach VDSL modem I would have moved away from the all-in-one type router/WiFi/modem units and picked up something like the Ubiquiti EdgeRouter but I’ll save that for a bit more research. (more…)
I use the free LogMeIn.com to manage my MacMini server remotely.
Today, after using it to reboot my router (via its web interface which is only accessible from my LAN) the logmein.com website kept reporting that the connection to the client was timing out or being disconnected. I couldn’t get the damn thing to connect up at all.
Luckily, I can actually SSH to the Mac Mini remotely too. So, in order to reset the logmein client, run this from the terminal:
1. cd /Library/Application\ Support/LogMeIn/update
3. sudo ./postupdate
That’ll unload and reload the client completely, freeing up any timed out resources.
A couple of years back, I posted this thread about an annoying problem in VMWare Fusion which occasionally stopped me from being able to run an image as in bridge mode.
Well, looks like I’ve finally sorted this one out. I don’t know if it’s the inclusion of new functionality in v2 or v3 of VMF but after doing the below, I’ve not seen the problem occur for a couple of months now. I can still easily reproduce this issue so I’m guessing it’s some kind of defect in the adaptor autodetect code [or a problem with my config somewhere].
I had signed up to the Great South Run last year but I broke my foot in August which seriously impacted my already-a-long-shot training schedule.
In January, I decided that I wanted to start running again. Definitely NOT as a New Year resolution, as I think that’s a load of tosh.
I wanted to make sure that I didn’t try and go in too much too quickly, so I decided to follow the Couch To 5K plan.
If you don’t know of it, it is based on simple and slow introduction of run/walk intervals with the end goal of running 30mins without stopping. All in a 9 week program.
It’s almost universally recommended as it stops you going all out too soon, injuring yourself and quitting.
Now, the first thing to keep me interested in something is for it to be a challenge.
I wasn’t super fit by any stretch but neither was I super unfit and I simply found the early stages too easy. So on January 11th I started at week 5 and it didn’t take long to rediscover that I really enjoy running.
I get to listen to some awesome music, run a quite pretty coastal route and of course there is the “runners high” which gets better and better each time I beat a previous record.
The progressive nature of the c25k program really worked well for me. I need to see results or I get bored quickly. Seeing my distance and times increase with each session (I use Runkeeper to track my stats) was the best motivation I’ve ever encountered.
I’m finding it incredibly difficult to take rest days and I’m always reading online articles about training schedules, methods and crazy success stories (this is my favourite coach to IronMan one).
On February 20th, I completed the final 30 minute Couch to 5k session and could consider myself a “c25k graduate” (I promise not to use that phrase again).
Three days ago, I went out for my longest run in probably 15 years. I ran just a couple of hundred yards shy of 10km in 1hr 5mins.
You can’t imagine how pleased I was with that.
Now, I know that is certainly no earth shattering pace but now I at least have a target and unofficial PB to chase down.
As I pulled out of last years event, I’m already registered for the 2010 Great South Run in October. I also signed up for the Marwell Wildlife 10k at the end of May, giving me 10 weeks or so to work towards a sub-1hr time.
Back at the beginning of time, internet wise, anonymity was the preferred medium. These days, I’d rather use my own name as opposed to a pseudonym. For example you can find me on Twitter @ianmcshane.
Unfortunately, I’m cursed with the same name as a fairly famous actor so, aside from a domain lost due to a massive fail by a UK based DNS host, I’ve not been able to get a name based domain. Until now.
My existing and rather poorly updated blog domain (http://blog.maccarocks.com) is going to be retired. I have quite a few fairly popular posts on there so I’ve done my best to migrate them here and hopefully Dreamhost will mirror correctly to keep the old URLs all working.
This started as a comment on Pauls post at Blog On The Motorway but escalated to a full on post of my own.
Firstly, I don’t watch usually watch X-Factor. Of course, I’ve been at friends houses when it’s on but I don’t watch it of my own accord.
Secondly, I don’t listen to the radio in the UK (other than the occasional Planet Rock and Kerrang) and thus have little interest in what track is number one and even smaller awareness of what is being played all the time.
Thirdly, Christmas number ones, as far back as I can remember (with the exception of Cliff Richard), have been these so called ‘novelty’ records. I can’t remember specific examples but I’m sure there was a Mr Blobby one or some form of celebrity rehashed Christmas carol.
I do tire of hearing about X-Factor all the live long day but it’s easy to tune out/block Facebook friends/stop following tweeters/ignore people.
So, why am I so interested in getting stopping some most-likely-to-be-a-one-hit-wonder kid getting to number one?
I got the notification that my Amazon Kindle order shipped today, with delivery expected in a couple of days.
In my excitement, I hopped over to the Kindle book store (accessed via Amazon.com as opposed to the .co.uk) to queue up some books and previews ready for its arrival.
It’s accurate to say that I’m left a little deflated and disappointed by the titles that are unavailable for UK buyers right now. This could make for an interesting couple of days worth of tech news.
bibliophile |ˈbɪblɪə(ʊ)fʌɪl|nouna person who collects or has a great love of books.
I travel a lot for work and quite often my flights are longer than just a couple of hours.
This means that my MBP battery life isn’t long enough to sustain the entire flight and besides, I don’t often get to fly First Class so space is quite limiting.
I therefore usually carry a book or two in my carry on luggage. Ranging from business style ones (Crucial Conversations, anyone?) to fiction, they can add substantial weight to my bag. Not forgetting the expense of course. If i’m bored at the airport, I’ll check out the bookstore there. For example, I bought a whopping book from Dublin airport last week which wouldn’t even fit in my bag.
I’ve coveted the Amazon Kindle for a long time now, pretty much since it was released and especially since they launched the Kindle DX earlier this year. I know I’d need a US mailing address to open a US account and get it delivered but that’s fine. The only thing that has stopped me getting one yet is that I am concerned at not being able to buy books for it. I just don’t know if you can purchase books “off Kindle” – i.e buy them on my MBP and transfer them to the Kindle via USB.
The last couple of times I’ve been to the US, I’ve had the Kindle 2 in my ‘shopping basket’ about to hit the “order” button but backed out at the last minute. (more…)
Yes, I know this is an oft talked about topic but I don’t mean it in a “Which is better?”, fanboy way.
I own both (as well as a very, very under used Wii) but historically, i’ve invested far more into the X360 than the PS3 both in terms of buying games and actual game time.
I’m trying to decide if I should continue with the almost 100% support of the X360 platform or whether the time has come for me to start moving over to PS3… (more…)