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Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 12:29

Okay, so it isn't quite a native solution, but there is now a workaround that allows you to watch Netflix and other Silverlight content on Linux.

Having done this myself this morning, I can confirm it works on Ubuntu 12.04.

So, here it is:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pipelight/stable

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install pipelight-multi

Once you've agreed to everything and completed the installation run:

pipelight-plugin --enable silverlight

Then you should be all ready to go. Fire up your browser and enjoy. I would advise that you also install a user agent switcher on your browser to spoof the fact that you're not on Windows.

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 09:49

Following in the footsteps of Jonathan Green I thought I would give a bit of an insight into my general workspace. As I use my office for several things from developing software, through writing to recording music it can have several different configurations. The one I'm going to talk you through is my software developing workspace as that's what I'm supposed to be doing instead of writing a blog post about my workspace, but hey.....

My Desktop

So, here it is. First impressions... Yes, I know it's a massive mess of cables, but it actually could be a hell of a lot worse as a whole mess of the networking and power cables are actually in cable runs behind the unit. But...

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Monday, November 25, 2013 - 20:20

Something amazing happened this weekend. A little sci-fi show you may have heard of celebrated an unprecedented 50th birthday. That's right, it has been 50 years since our favourite mad man in a box first took to our screens. It's been a whole year's worth of build up for most and even longer for those of us who are huge fans of the show. The internet has been peppered with supposition, over-analysis, actual fact, lies, mis-truths and more damn prestidigitation than you could shake a question mark shaped umbrella at. So what did we come out of the other end of it with?

*takes a deep breath*
Best monsters documentaries and episodes, featurettes on all doctors, sneakily released minisodes with a missing regeneration, Big finish audio recordings with all five remaining classic doctors, the loving crafted An Adventure In Space and Time, a massive three-day celebration event in London, The Science of Doctor Who lectures, a wonderful parody adventure written and directed by...

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Friday, July 12, 2013 - 00:04

The irony of the situation has not escaped me, I promise you... If you are reading this, it is most likely as a result of the very thing I am trying to stop. For the last 20 years (yes the internet has been around that long) I have, for some reason, decided that it is my mission to try and keep people safe in this cybernetic world we all now inhabit.

Back in the early nineties it was actually a pretty easy job as most people online at that time were reasonably tech savvy and could spot a hoax when it appeared.

Please don't get me wrong. I don't mean to infer that people who use the internet now are not tech savvy, but that they do, in fact, share something with even the earliest of adopters. The history of spam can be traced back to it's first appearance in Python scripts... And yes, I mean Monty Python, not the programming language. I DON'T LIKE SPAM is a phrase that everyone should remember. Spam is, at its basest form, unsolicited messages. It grew from that to...

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Friday, June 21, 2013 - 23:59

It's been a while again. But I have reasons, really, I do.

Aside from being so awesome at my job that I now get to be a senior developer, I'm also in the middle of three modules for my degree. As if that wasn't enough, I've been busily working on my new album, writing some new scripts and tidying up The Wonky Spanner. If you've been keeping up with NerdVsWorld you'll also know that we've been very busy getting guests on the show. It's been an absolute blast so far chatting with people either out in the world or in the studio and I'm massively excited to see who we can get on the show from here.

We've got a few fun bits and bobs coming up, we're finally getting round to filming an afternoon of us messing around with a Makey Makey and some other stuff too.

My apologies once again for not blogging more, but I hope you can understand with everything that's going on at the moment.

Friday, March 22, 2013 - 16:58

To cap off what has been a particularly frustrating couple of weeks I took delivery today of the shiny new Packard Bell PC that I bough several weeks ago and which has never worked correctly. Having sent it back to them to be fixed, I expected to boot up the machine and find it all working spiffingly.

This turned out not to be the case. Their diagnostic procedure seemed to be:

Turn on machine, click a few things, assume that the problem was all my fault, include a frankly insulting 'Cheat Sheet' of how to open things in Windows, pack it all up and send it back to me.

Well.... Here we are.... So I have packed it all up again, booked UPS to come back again, pick it up and take it back to Packard Bell for them to fix it.

However, I have included a little note of my own this time.... It reads thusly:

Dear Technician,

Firstly, let me thank you for the handy Windows 8 shortcut links pages you sent back with my...

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Friday, March 22, 2013 - 00:37

So.... Some woman wrote an article.... It was a review of a new pub in Oxford, The White Rabbit. You can see the original article here: http://bit.ly/163EgVV

Unfortunately (for her), as a part of the article she made reference to the pub in its previous guise as The Gloucester Arms and said that it was a trouble pub. I have taken offence at this and have sent her the following response.

Let's see how this plays out...

Good Evening,

Firstly, please let me apologise... What follows is unlikely to be a measured, or indeed polite response to your article on the subject of the White Rabbit pub in Oxford. Whilst you may consider it to be merely a single line in an article that you have written and forgotten about, I must take umbridge with your statement that The Gloucester Arms was, as you put it: 'a hard core rock,...

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Friday, February 8, 2013 - 23:47


Yes... I promised didn't I?

The main reason for tonight's post is that i'm testing out a new blogging app for Android. I've been trying without success to use Google's official blogger app but it's broken. It crashes every time I click the new post button. So I'm trying out Blogaway, which seems to be working fine so far.

Well the new NerdVsWorld podcasts seem to be going well...  We're getting reasonable amount of hits per episode so thanks to all those who tune in to listen to our nerdy ramblings. Without you there would literally be no show. If you've not had a listen yet then head over to the wonkycasts section of http://www.wonkyspanner.com and give it a try.

The Sci-Fi Weekender is less than a month away now and all the fabric just arrived for our costumes. Yay! Now to make the damn things. Pictures soon.

That's enough for now.... on with more Person of Interest.

Friday, February 1, 2013 - 12:51

Yes, I know... I've been bad... Really bad... This poor little blog has been sitting here patiently waiting for my input for over a year now. And I ignored it... It got so lonely that it wandered off around the internet all on its own and I've spent months trying to track it down. But I managed to coax it back with promises of slightly more than infrequent posts.

Rather than do a huge monolithic post of what I've been up to I'll just say that a lot of stuff has changed: job, house, courses, stuff, blah, etc etc etc...

So, Last year we made a stab at doing a podcast... We turned out a couple of episodes of Si and Ady's Eclectic Technicolour Podcast of Awesome which were great fun to make but we only managed to do three before all sorts of stuff got in the way of us doing more. However we have recently merged what we were doing with Brendan from NerdVsWorld and launched a new podcast a couple of weeks ago. You can check out the episodes on the wonky spanner site: ...

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 09:25

Getting involved with Armaleggan and the folk scene in general has re-awakened my need to make music again. Over the last couple of years I've been gradually amassing bits of musical techy bits, MIDI controllers, amps, effects pedals etc. To be fair, I haven't really done much with them other than dust them off every few months, have a quick tinker and them put them back to bed again. This weekend that all changed...

For some reason on Saturday morning I felt inspired to record a song. Given that the performance I did of it at Wallingford Bunkfest went down pretty well, I thought I'd do a cover of Superman's Song by Crash Test Dummies. I've been playing this one for a hell of a long time so I figured it would be an easy one to get back into recording again. It took the majority of the day to get used to Cakewalk Sonar again, but I'm pretty happy with the results. (which you can check out here: ...
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