Time to get shifting

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Just a quick one, things have been chaotic for a bit, I’m back on my feet, walking in straight lines, driving and getting on rooftops. The bike is nearly back up and running, MOT on the way and it’s all good to go again but suddenly had to find somewhere else to live. Fortunately I have found a new house, I may go quiet for a while whilst my whole world is on it’s arse for a week or two but have no fear, I shall be back.

Big up to the people mucking in when and however they can to get this all moving as smoothly as possible.

My Chillies have come along nicely this year, I’ve dried lots of them, the rest are ready for a chutney session in my new kitchen.

It’s been about 6 months since i carried a tobacco tin around with me now too, I rather like these personal vaporizers, they’re nice and you don’t wind up with pockets full of bacca. Check out www.thesocialsmoke.com for all of your vaping needs, quite a nice looking site too may I add ;)>

An ex-postman friend has begun his career in remedial massage therapy, I wish him all the best.

As I previously mentioned, production must now grind to a halt as I move my stuff, paint the old house and settle in to my new house. If any of you have an hour or so to spare at any point then drop in and I’m sure we can find a box to fill or a wall to paint, I’ve only got just over a week to do this!

Keep rocking my world you awesome bastards and thank you for having done so for the last nearly 33 years!

Labyrinthitis?Meniere’s Disease

The words that have plagued me for the past 2 months…

Perhaps I should go back a little. For those who don’t know 2 months ago I woke up and could only describe my legs as feeling like they belonged to a drunk person, this worried me somewhat and so off I went to the doctors.

Labyrinthitis! take these pills 3 times a day, you’ll be fine in a week or so. Or so he thought.

For anyone who ever goes through this I can only suggest buying plenty of toilet paper in on your way home from the pharmacist, the first 2 lots of pills I tried meant that I needed it, at random intervals throughout the day and the night.

Prochlorperazine was the first, I gave up on this after around 10 days of stomach cramps, nausea and “loose motions” (as the doctor put it). Next up I was handed Betahistine, same stuff, different name in my case, felt a little less wobbly but that didn’t account for the immense stomach disorders it induced.

Next up the doctor is worried that it might be Meniere’s Disease, he doesn’t know if it is or not, and apparently it’s going to take some testing to find out but I await my NHS referral next month (3 months after this all began).

Should you ever hear of anyone suffering from this then please don’t take it lightly, it’s more than just being wobbly and feeling sick. I have now been unable to work for 2 months, ride my bike, go for a proper drink, go to the shops for fear of passing out at some random point, it’s a pain in the arse and I’m sick of sleeping in until mid afternoon.

I’ll stop ranting now and go to bed.

Sleeping to the soundtrack of tinnitus isn’t easy, sorry if I appear cranky of late, this kinda gets you down.

Android TV toyings

I recently purchased myself a MK808 android stick for use with the 32″ LCD TV I recently mounted on my bedroom wall. I had a few things that I wished to achieve with it, these were;

  1. Connect to my media server and play files (XBMC hopefully)
  2. Angry Birds in bed on a large screen
  3. Hassle free iplayer/4od
  4. Newsgroup management

So far I have been rather impressed with it, I have only broken it a handful of times which is remarkable considering how much I’ve delved into things I wasn’t sure of.

I have now managed to overclock it to 1.4ghz from the stock 1ghz. Whilst this was advertised as a 1.6ghz dual core cpu it seems that the stock cooling isn’t up to much and so I have ordered myself a tube of heatsink adhesive which I shall use to stick a massive heatsink to the cpu which will most likely protrude from the casing somewhat but should keep it cool enough to handle the full potential of the chip with some degree of stability.

Back to the reasons for buying it…

  1. The MK808 uses the RK3066 cpu at it’s core, unfortunately rockchip don’t release their code under the open source license and so the good people at XBMC haven’t managed to get hardware support running. This left me in a pickle as I have used XBMC since the XBMP days on the original Xbox. After some hunting I found the Mount Manager app which with the help of a custom kernel managed to mount my network shares as SMB, I have so far failed in my quest for NFS support on this device though I would vastly prefer it.
  2. Angry Birds in bed was an easy feat, the Measy Air Mouse that I bought with the MK808 has proven to be more than acceptable for casual gaming use from the comfort of my fart sack.
  3. The BBC iPlayer app seems to scale up to 720p rather nicely, I have had no problems with it at all. The 4od app however does not support playing on a rooted device or a TV, this leaves me no option but to ignore it until they stop being so picky about who can and cannot use their service which is a shame. I have found a few other streaming services that have proven to work rather well though.
  4. NZBUnity has proven to be a godsend in this department, it handles all of my server-side applications (sickbeard, couchpotato, headphones and sabnzbd) without problem. It even pulled in the api keys automatically for me.

All round I am very pleased with the MK808 as a bedroom device, I think I’ll wait for the ouya before I bring android into my living room however as it is a little lacking in power for what I throw at it on a daily basis (there will most likely be a far greater group of people developing for it too).

In summary here are a list of the things that I have not (yet) managed to get running properly, if anybody can help then feel free to get in touch as I am itching to get it all going 100%.

  • NFS support
  • XBMC with hardware acceleration
  • XBOX 360 joypad mapping (though I’ve not tried yet)