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)
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:
Again this year , miss Vicki lost someone close to us. I hope that we have a year off from this – please!
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
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.
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
- 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.
- 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
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?
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 :
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.
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.
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?
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 😀
In case you are interested, Here’s our interview with Pepper top:
I booted my PC up today and got this rather strange looking popup…
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”
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.