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Message from the Brig

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Well I’m writing this from the Titanium Bunker brig.  Conditions here are terrible wonderful, and I couldn’t be happier.  There’s practically no signal an opportunity for me to relax in wonderful surroundings and they only have strawberry Ice cream, and that’s like my 3rd favourite ice cream have a wonderful menu for me to try.  The security bods geniuses weren’t too happy that I was able to defeat the access control systems using a paperclip and some duct tape have been wonderful in working with me to see the error of my choices, and to further improve the access security controls.

Anyway I’ll write some more if I get chance, but I worry that my communications will be censored by the security team and I have no concerns that my communications are in anyway monitored of censored.

 

 

Busted – Update

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Titanium Bunker Incident Report Form

Oh I’ve got you Mike… Bang to rights!

I filled in the paperwork today to record the recent security ‘incident’.  I’m not a vindictive man however, and I therefore I don’t intend to apply for the death penalty. ;-)

BUSTED!

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so I was reading about last weekends sci fi weekender over  on the daily post  panel1   about halfway down the article there was a slideshow about the weekend. so I clicked it. After all I love a Cosplayer

panel2looking at image 3 there struck me as something not quite right….

panel3…Lets zoom in a bit shall we?

panel4OMG! it’s Mike, Rachel and the future Mr & Mrs Byrne! and mike said he was at a .net conference!

It’s obvious mike went AWOL from the bunker. Don’t worry TitaniumBunker security has been informed.

 

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Bald Sherlock

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I was going through some old files when I found this.  pretty sure there was a reason behind it-just cant remember why

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New Video

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We uploaded a video of our experiences at the Raspberry Pi Birthday Bash :

Dave Predictions for 2015

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So here’s my  list of things that rocked/things that sucked  and my predictions for 2015

Things that rocked:

ELO & war of the Worlds

Miss Vicki and I  went to the ELO convert at Hyde Park. It was a great day out and something of an emotional experience for me. I also took Miss Vicki to see a performance of Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds, performed in Cardiff. I got the tickets the beginning of the year and managed to keep it a secret right up untill 8 hours before the show started. Whilst we where in Cardiff, we took in The Doctor Who experience, Ianto’s Shrine and missed meeting up with the Staggering stories team (they where driving in as we were driving out)

Elite:Dangerous

I am a technical animator on Elite:Dangerous and this project is great fun. People seem to like the game and I am developing an interest in astronomy as a result of working on this game. I was at the launch event that streamed over twitch and was proud to hear the guests who turned up enjoying the game.

Things that Sucked:

Death

Again this year , miss Vicki lost someone close to us. I hope that we have a year off from this – please!

DIY

I had a couple of DIY projects I had to do in our home, and to be honest they were not that bad, but having just moved into the house, it’s very easy to panic about these sort of things. Throughout the year, I have realised that While I can replace kitchen taps, such a job is best left to a saturday morning, as opposed to a saturday afternoon. Not necessarily sucky, but stressful

Desktop PC

My PC finally bought the farm earlier in the year. It was old and I really should get a brand new one, but for the moment I am using a ‘Frankenputer’. this meant though that there was enforced hiatus of shows on Titaniumbunker TV.

 

Predictions

Film and TV

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron will outperform Star Wars 7 at the box office
  • Doctor who will return for series 9. Jenna Coleman will return for the whole season but this will be her final season. I also predict the retun of the Meddling monk
  • After Jenna leaves, the next companion will be male (probably a physical type like Ian Chesterton to the first doctor)
  • Broadchurch will finish and will not be picked up for a third one. I predict Claire killed the girls and the Joe killed Danny

Tech

  • Tesco will stop selling and producing the Hudl. Tesco will be forced into  selling them off cheap in order to get rid of them.
  • The market will become flooded with cheap android tablets
  • Oggcamp will run this year but it will probably be the last one.
  • with the demise of the Doctor Who podcast I predict that Doctor Who:Podshock will be the next Doctor Who podcast to shut up shop.

Politics

  • the general election will result in a win for the Conservatives although they may have to forma coalition.
  • oil prices will continue to fall, or at least level out, making for less pressure on hard pressed families, hopefully leading to more confidence in the high street

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Nostradamus Awards 2015

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Well it’s that time of year again, when we try to act all enthusiastic about a new year, make numbers resolutions to join a gym and try to get fit ( i give 3 months!) and where we here in the bunker take a second to reflect on the year that was, and see which of us predicted the most er stuff.

So let’s go through the predictions shall we?

Dave’s predictions:
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All the gear and some idea

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We’re off the the Raspberry Pi Birthday party at the end of the month, and I’m really looking forward to it.  Raspberry Pi is 3 this year, so there should be lots of party games, and Jelly and Ice cream – so what’s not to like.

In an effort to continually polish the content that we produce, we’ve splashed some cash for some new AV equipment – well Audio equipment anyway.

We did an interview with PepperTop Comics back at OggCamp, and it was our first interview – but it didn’t really look as professional as I would have liked it to look.  There were a number of things that were wrong with it :

 

  • Preparation – We didn’t prepare.  We thought we could have a chat, film it and bash it out on line.
  • The camera work was less than great, not helped by a lack of tripod
  • The audio quality wasn’t great

Well – we’re going to try to hit all three of these issues for Raspberry Pi’s 3rd Birthday.   Dave already has a tripod, so hopefully the camera work should be less shaky, and allow us to frame it better.  And Dave has already started writing up questions for interviews. Today the latest investment in TB Tech turned up :

 

New Microphone

New Microphone

 

First up – a new Microphone. the last video recorded used the internal microphone from the Camcoder, and while this was fine – it could have been better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Voice Recorder

Voice Recorder

 

 

 

Next – A small 8 gig Mp3player/Voice Recorder. it has a 6.5 mm microphone socketand comes with a lapel mic It also connects directly to a computer via USb which also charges it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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m.3mm to 6.35mm monos socket

 

 

Finally – a 3.5 mono to 6.35mm mono adapter Which should allow us to connect the mic to the voice recorder  and put it in a pocket while we record

 

 

 

 

 

The plan is, that the recorder will record out voices, which will be synched up the video from the camera. In order for it to synch, we will need a clapperboard to create a synchronisation event. does Dave have one I wonder?

Lights, Camera,OWCH!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AW YEAH HE DOES! this should be an interesting weekend filming at the raspberry pi birthday bash- If you are there and you see us, why not say ‘hi’ we might even interview you too :D

 

In case you are interested, Here’s our interview with Pepper top:

 

 

 

Hey – Lenovo… What gives?

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I booted my PC up today and got this rather strange looking popup…

Start Menu Update

Start Menu Update

 

It was funny, because I didn’t see any Microsoft alerts that there was an update to install – particularly a critical update.  So I decided to take a look at the new terms and conditions – clicking on the terms and conditions presents (eventually – after a redirect) a page hosted at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YdPF7mGw2HM7jDdE28wAD-T7h3Q9Yqa-wWscqR79ZDM/pub?embedded=true.  That’s right, the terms and conditions are being hosted on Google Docs – and surprisingly the start menu isn’t written by Microsoft – no.  This Start menu is created by a company called SweetLabs.  This was surprising to me, as I was sure that windows 8.1 now featured a Start Menu.  So – it appears that My laptop is running a start menu from a company other than Microsoft.

In fact some research revealed that the system in question is Pokki. Lenovo has been shipping Windows 8 with pokki start menu systems as standard since late 2013 – see Engadget article here.  Confusingly in “Programs and Features” the publisher is given as Pokki, and the application is listed as “Start Menu”

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So – the application is called Pokki, and is published by Sweet Labs, but you’ve called it “Start Menu”

 

 

 

 

 

 

So – A quick scan through the terms and conditions reveals nuggets such as this :

 

2.             USAGE.  You agree to use the Services only for the purposes that are permitted by this Agreement and by any applicable law, regulation, or generally accepted practices or guidelines in any relevant jurisdiction (including any laws governing the export or import of data or software to and from the United States or other relevant jurisdictions).  You may not use the Services, if you are under the age of thirteen (13) or you are a person barred from using or receiving the Services under the laws of the United States or other relevant jurisdiction.

So – if your parents bought you a laptop for school you can’t use the start button.  Or woe betide you if you happen to be barred from receiving “the Services” from other relevant jurisdictions – wherever and whatever they may be.

Here’s some thoughts I have about this :

  • The screen gives me no information about what critical fixes were applied.
  • If I have no choice why ask me to make a choice?
  • I can’t pick any option but to accept the terms and conditions
  • But the terms and conditions say that I accept them by using the software.

So – I don’t know what to do about this.  They updated terms and conditions that I never agreed to in the first place.  So for now I’ll just leave the pop up on my screen.  I’ll try talking to Lenovo tomorrow at work.

Titanium bunker office refit.

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We decided that the Birmingham annex could do with a face lift.  Here’s what the main development office looks like at the moment.

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That’s Henry, one of the bunker cleaning droids, and he seems very happy with the new carpet.