Monday, 20 March 2023

Laptop Power Hack

My Entroware Orion laptop developed a very annoying power problem. 


Sometimes it would unexpectedly go flat while in use with the power supply plugged in!

So what to do: send it back or bodge it?

Friday, 4 November 2022

Knepp: White Stork Reintroduction

Its been a good year for white storks at the Knepp Estate.


And we have been very fortunate to be involved in a very small way as volunteers.

Friday, 14 October 2022

Birdsong ID Apps: BirdNET

I was looking for a phone app that would identify bird song.


I have a de-Googled phone, so it needed to be one I could install from an APK package.

And of course, it had to be free.

Monday, 4 July 2022

Geeqie Data Overlay Customisation

Geeqie is a great application for viewing photos.


Its easy to display photo data (e.g. EXIF) and even chose how & what you want to display.

So this post explains how to do it!

Tuesday, 1 February 2022

Gimp: Trim photos for required Aspect Ratio

I generally trim my photos for what I consider to be the best composition.


So I end up with a photo collection of odd shaped rectangles.

But sometimes it is necessary to trim them to a pre-defined aspect ratio, maybe for publication.

Saturday, 15 January 2022

Radio Caroline North: using the Manx Radio stream

Most of the time I listen to the Radio Caroline album channel.


But once a month, Radio Caroline North transmits from the Ross Revenge.

How can you receive these broadcasts if you are not within a reasonable distance of the transmitters?

Tuesday, 28 December 2021

Firefox Developer Tools: a simple example

I don't use Developer Tools very often, so its a bit of a struggle remembering how to use them when I do.


Therefore this is a handy reminder to me (as much as anything) on how to make & test some simple edits.

I'm going to use the Gambas One forum as my test site for this example.

Saturday, 18 December 2021

My Prostate Cancer: what next?

My treatment finished some time ago


and I've seen a slow reduction in side-effects.

But what happens next?

Saturday, 27 November 2021

Radio Caroline: crank up the power!

Its happened, they've upped their power.


At last they have a new transmitter offering more power and better audio quality.

So its expected to improve reception, both in Caroline's target area and beyond.