Sunday, 22 February 2015

Why is there no more space on my computer?

Possibly system restore is creating more restore points, or you haven't emptied your recycle bin in a while?
Get C-Cleaner to clean up temporary files.
Get TreeSize Free to determine where all the space in your computer is being used.
Go to DownloadMoreRAM to get more memory for your computer for free.

Climate Change

Neil deGrasse Tyson's Cosmos episode on climate change was really compelling. The planet Venus is a great example of what could happen and the importance of balance.

Brian Cox believes that nuclear fusion research would be the best source of energy right now, whereas Neil believes either artificial photosynthesis or solar farms would be able to power our civilization millions of times over.

Algae is the best producer of oxygen purely because of the surface area - trees only account for 20-30% of all oxygen.

Friday, 13 February 2015

Why should we use 7-zip, instead of Windows' in-built zip compression?

  • Free (open source) (as opposed to WinZip and WinRAR) and still in development
  • Excellent compression ratios and a customisable level of compression for many formats
  • Support for opening ISO, WIM, RAR and many more formats
  • 64-bit support
  • Very small installer (only 1MB)
  • Windows' in-built compression format does not warn you if the folder you're trying to extract the folders to is too deep - instead it gives you a red herring password prompt
  • Opening ZIPS with Windows in-built can take a long time - 7-zip is near instantaneous for regular sets of files

There are a couple of points against:

  • 7-zip isn't the most user friendly - WinZip is better, but it's certainly a lot less cluttered
  • When creating multipart files, the 'DVD' option is set to 4480MB - if you try an burn a file this size with Windows's burning tool, it won't tell you that the file will actually get slightly trimmed. So I would recommend using CDburnerXP, or InfraRecorder instead, or if you reduce it to 4400MB then it will work fine.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

AirDroid: Alternatives

Instead of AirDroid, I use:

  • Texting - MightyText
  • Whatsapp - Whatsapp Web
  • AirMirror - not yet compatible with Android Lollipop 5.0.1 (requires root)
  • Notifications - Pushbullet
  • File transfer - up to 10MB - Pushbullet; greater than 10MB - AirDroid :D
  • Contacts - Gmail Contacts

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Human Universe - Final Quote

BBC - Human Universe

"Science is unreasonably effective. It's generated knowledge beyond all expectation. It's also delivered perspective. Yes, we are an insignificant speck, in an infinite universe, but we're also rare. And because we're rare, we're valuable.

So what are we to do to secure our future? Well, we must learn to value to the acquisition of knowledge for its own sake. And not just because it grows our economy or allows to us to build better bombs.

We must also learn to value the human race, and take responsibility for our own survival. Why? Because there's nobody else out there to value us or to look after us.

And finally - most important of all, we must educate the next generation in the great discoveries of science. And we must teach them to use the light of reason to banish the darkness of superstition. If we do that, then at least there's a chance this universe will remain a human one."

Professor Brian Cox - Human Universe (episode 5)

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Doctor Who - Death In Heaven unanswered questions

- How was Danny able to get over the Cyberman programming after switching his emotions on? Is it due to the power of love again?
- What was the point of being the President of the World? He didn't even use it to do anything. Is it because he didn't want it anyway?
- Why was Osgood so easily convinced to hear Missy whisper? Is she just that convincing? Either way she would have died anyway, Missy still got out of the handcuffs.
- Did Osgood etc. go to the Nethersphere after being killed by Missy's red death ray? Seems unlikely as she killed Seb.
- How does a full cyber conversion happen just by it raining? Proper machines were needed before.
- Why convert the dead and not the living? Is it because with the dead and the Nethersphere, people's personalities could be erased, resolving the problem of converted humans fighting against their programming? Which didn't work in Danny's case?
- Was that really Missy's plan all along, just to give the doctor an army and see if he turns to evil? What does she get out of it?
- How did the Master escape the Gallifrey in the pocket universe (here it is described another dimension instead) - Missy does hint at this
- The Doctor went to the Gallifrey coordinates, but surely he was looking at the real world, not the other dimension/pocket universe?
- How did Danny get converted even though he was on a table under a sheet? Did the water drip onto the sheet, drip up, or go into the air?
- How long has the Nethersphere been around? (It was hinted it's been around since humanity started believing in the afterlife) - so who set up the hard drive in the first place?
- Who setup the other Cybermen tanks in the world? How did they remain hidden? (TARDIS has the same ability?) Were there more of the Gallifreyan hard drives or was the only one in St Paul's? (Latter seems likely due to its size inside)
- Why did Missy have control over the Cybermen? (using the wrist device) Technology stolen from the Timelords?
- Why did the kid that Danny killed have a body, does he not need his original? This is a similar way to how Missy was able to fully enter and exit the Nethersphere however - maybe until she was apparently killed, she was the only person allowed to transfer in/out? (Assuming the hard drive records metal self image or physical properties of the person)
- Is 3w entirely responsible for the creation of the small handful of Cybermen in each city (the elite afterlife), the administration regarding being cremated or not)
- Why was the internal of the Nethersphere with the Cyberman logo in mind? Can it be redesigned as necessary against whatever Timelord defaults there are?

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Upgrading Cloud Storage: Comparison Chart

If you need more cloud storage and aren't sure where you should put your money, here is a nice comparison chart showing some of the most popular cloud sync services and their annual costs based on storage sizes.

Any grey cells are where that storage size is not available. Some of the providers can give more than 1TB as well and some have more mixed ones in between.

If you'd like to see any providers, post a comment and I'll be happy to add them.

View full-screen version here on Google Drive (ha).

Money Supermarket have a chart of rates and providers, but it doesn't compare price per GB, which the one below does.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Recommended Android Apps

Social Networking/Messaging

  • Facebook & Messenger
  • Twitter
  • Foursquare
  • Whatsapp
  • SimplyText
  • MightyText


  • Quiz Up
  • Dead Space
  • Despicable Me
  • Wind Up Knight
  • Cut The Rope
  • Angry Birds
  • Flow Free
  • Cookie Clicker
  • Draw Something
  • PewPew
  • Memory Trainer
  • Wordament


  • Dashclock
  • Freshbacks


  • Cartoon HD
  • Plex
  • Movies Planet
  • QuickPic
  • Shazam
  • Spotify
  • TVcatchup
  • VLC


  • Clean Master
  • TasKiller
  • App Cache Cleaner
  • Battery Notifier


  • 1Password
  • KeePass
  • AirDroid
  • Authenticator
  • RD Client
  • Remote Control

'Find My iPhone'

  • Lookout Security
  • Android Lost
  • Prey
  • Android Device Manager


  • Barcode Scanner
  • Google Goggles
  • Fancy
  • Wish
  • Just Eat
  • National Rail
  • RAC
  • Google Opinion Rewards
  • Tube Map


  • Zite
  • Flipboard

Tools/Keeping Organised

  • Automatic Call Recorder
  • SolCalendar
  • Instant Heart Rate Monitor
  • Google Keep
  • Link Bubble
  • OI File Manager
  • PushBullet
  • Speedtest
  • Swype
  • Wifi Analyzer


  • Blendr
  • Grindr
  • Hornet
  • Tinder
  • Jack'd
  • Bender

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Most twisted things I've seen

Sometimes there are shows or movies that raise massive ethical questions or are just incredibly twisted/messed up, this covers some of them.
  • Heroes - when Sylar's physical image and memories were replaced with those of Nathan Petrelli
  • Jeepers Creepers
  • Saw
  • Human Centipede
  • Hannibal
  • The Thing
  • The Fly
  • The Matrix

And the most tragic/left me reeling:

  • Groundhog Day
  • Butterfly Effect
  • Oblivion
  • Up
  • Spirited Away
  • Wreck-It Ralph
  • Toy Story 3

Monday, 24 February 2014

Android Daily Wallpaper changer app :)

Freshbacks for Android is an awesome wallpaper-changer-app that keeps your phone fresh with always changing, beautiful wallpapers!