A rather long bike ride…

So, for the 2nd post of 2013 and the first post for a good 3 ยฝ months, I’m going to talk about riding my bike.

But this isn’t going to be any old bike ride. Oh no. I’m thinking of riding a total of 26 miles. In one day.

Basically, there’s a canal that goes from Taunton to Bridgwater (yes, it’s spelt without the “e” in bridge) and it has a bike path next to it. It starts at Morrisons in Taunton and ends at Morrisons at Bridgwater. It’s 13 miles long. So, going there and back would be a total of 26 miles.

Click here to see a map of it on RunKeeper  – there’s also a route for the return trip on the left.

On the topic of RunKeeper, that’s the app I’ll be using on my phone when I’m doing the route. It’ll be tracking where I am using the phone’s built in GPS/GLONASS system. It’ll be doing it live as well,  so when I start the app on my phone it’ll post a link to Facebook and Twitter to a RunKeeper page that will show you, in almost real time (they’ll be a very small lag) where abouts I am on the route, as well as other information. I think. I’ve never looked at the page myself, I really should…

I’m not sure when I’m going to be doing this bike ride, so it’s probably a good idea to keep an eye on here / Facebook / Twitter for an update of when I decide to actually do this thing. It’ll hopefully be in the next few weeks though.

I’ve finally got a proper website for the web hosting, and a name, a billing system, etc. It’s here: www.lloydhosting.co.uk.

I would put more but I’m editing this at half past 2 in the morning and I’m shattered. I’ll make a new post with other random ramblings later.

Not thinking with Portals…

For the first time in as long as I can remember, I played Portal 2 on my PC in the early hours of this morning.

It made me realise that it’s been far too long since I last played Portal 2 – or pretty much any game on my PC – for a while. I remember when I played Minecraft every day and you pretty much couldn’t get me off it.

However, the consoles have got me rather hooked – been playing Batman – Arkham City on the WiiU and F1 2011 on the Xbox 360 a fair bit recently.

Yesterday’s ClanBase Radio show went really well, had a pretty awesome show, and most seemed to enjoy it and the music. This pleases me greatly and hopefully next week’s show will be just as good – or maybe even better.

Currently installing a new (yes, again) billing system. This will take a day or two. Any problems, get in touch. The new system is awesome. ๐Ÿ˜€

Spotify, Deadmau5, Web Hosting, Puppy, Drunk, Laptop, Internet Radio…

A lot has happened since my last post, which is why the subject of this post is so long. I’m going to try to say everything that’s happened since my last post, and usual for me, I may go into too much detail, so this post may be a bit long.

You have been warned. Also, new Theme! I like it a lot. ๐Ÿ˜€

So, what do I start with? Oh, I know – alcohol. May as well get that out of the way first.

So, I was back in Taunton, it was New Year’s Even & I was alone, as Katie and her family were still in Ireland until the 3rd of January. I’d already planned to get drunk over the New Year, but I hadn’t realised I’d be alone. But I wasn’t going to let that stop me. I knew we had a bottle of vodka (in fact, we had two) so I grabbed them & the two 2 litre bottles ofย  Coca-Cola I’d bought just for the occasion and got started.

The problem was I pretty must had an empty stomach so the alcohol affected me a bit quicker than I thought it would. Plus I was making the drinks a little stronger than I usually do. I ended up making a complete fool of myself live on ClanBase Radio (more ClanBase Radio later) and spent at least ยฝ of New Year’s Day recovering from a rather horrible hangover. Being drunk was fun. The hangover wasn’t.

Next is Spotify & Deadmau5.

I’d never used Spotify before. And I couldn’t remember, for the life of me, why I hadn’t. Then one day, while browsing about the internet, I saw a link about Nokia doing an awesome show in London using massive projectors and Deadmau5 was doing the music. The show was awesome, and so I decided to look into more of Deadmau5’s music. A Google search came up with Spotify, Completely forgetting why I’d refused to use it, I made an account and searched for Deadmau5. It found “Get Scraped”, so I downloaded it (to the client) and played the first song.

I spent the next 4 or so mins gobsmacked. What incredible music! Everyone knows I’ve always liked that kind of music – some of my favourite bands being The Prodigy, Fatboy Slim, Pendulum & Knife Party – so I was shocked and overjoyed to hear how incredible Deadmau5’s music is. There’s only 2 songs from that album I’m not that fond of – but it’s rare I’ll like every single song from an album. I’m weird like that.

Spotify nicely let you trial their paid versions for free for a month, so I activated the most expensive one (usually ยฃ9.99/month) and was overjoyed to find out that, with that subscription active, you can download music to the app for your phone (iPhone and Android). This meant that, for nothing (at that point), I could download the whole of the Get Scraped album onto my phone and listen to it whenever I liked, without abusing my mobile internet. Brilliant!

So, what’s next? Puppy? Why not.

So, Lilly. She’s doing okay. Still peeing and pooping pretty much where she likes. She was (thankfully) okay with the trip to and from Ireland, and a repeat of the sick 14 times from the Kennels to home didn’t happen. I believe she may have hurled once – but that’s much better than 14 times.

She sleeps in the funniest positions – I’m gonna have to get some pictures of her in these crazy positions and get them online, so people can see them and (hopefully) go “awwww” like we do. ๐Ÿ™‚

She loves going on walks though. So much so she’s already learned what “walkies” means and will literally go insane until you’ve got her lead on her. She’s really well behaved when we’re walking her and not much scares her – apart from vehicles, she’s sometimes wary of those. But other dogs? Not afraid in the slightest. Other people? She legs it towards them, demanding attention. So much so that if she hears someone awww’ing her, she’s pulling as hard as she can towards them for attention. And as soon as they start giving her attention, she’s on her back so they’ll rub her tummy. Attention whore. ๐Ÿ˜›

Laptop next. Only a short one. I think.

Got myself a “new” laptop. By new I mean used/2nd hand, of course. ๐Ÿ˜›

It’s not the best thing in the world, but then for ยฃ50, what do you expect. It’s an Advent too, which makes it worse, but replacing the 533 RAM with 667 helped, as did replacing the 120GB HDD (that was dying) with a 250GB HDD that was in much better condition helped. It’s running Win7 64-bit and seems happy enough.

I got it so I can access the internet and so on while watching the TV, as the PC is in the other room. It’s so much easier to multi-task on a laptop than a phone. Plus it’s pretty quiet.

Internet Radio (Remember I said I’d talk about ClanBase Radio later?)

ClanBase Radio (CBR). Anyone at Wireplay will know that I used to DJ there, on their internet radio station Wireplay Radio (WPR). For a while, I ran the station. It was fun. ๐Ÿ™‚ However, due to many a reason, it was closed down, and I stopped DJ’ing for a while. Mainly as I didn’t know what other stations I could trust, and which ones would let me broadcast in my crazy, swear-word filled, shouty way.

Then, out of nowhere, Neur0 PM’d me on IRC and asked if I’d give ClanBase Radio a try. Neur0, for those who don’t know, used to broadcast on WPR. He was now staff at CBR. At first I was apprehensive, but I was invited to do a trial show, which lasts an hour. Well, the listeners loved me, and I’ve been a “regular” (I say that as I sometimes miss shows) ever since.

Link to my show page

I’m on every Friday from 8PM until 10PM UK time.

Minecraft

Just quickly, my Minecraft server will be shut down, for good, in the next week or two.

Web Hosting

So, finally, web hosting. Some of you will know by now that I host websites, and for a while, I was only hosting a few. I now have 9 customers. The last 2 months have been really good for me and I only hope it gets better.

The Billing site is pretty much properly up and running, and services can be ordered from it. I’m still working on it though, adding entries to the Knowledge Base and adding more services and addons that people can order.

However, my newest thing is that I can sell Domains! Properly! This is pretty cool, as it will hopefully get more people to join up.

I’m also planning on upgrading the server – as I won’t be running the Minecraft server anymore, I can upgrade to my hosts’ newer and awesomely powerful servers, meaning I can host more sites and everything will run faster!

However, I’ll still be offering to host Minecraft servers for other people – if you’re interested, simply get in touch.

Random Last Bits

The WiiU is actually a pretty cool console, and Batman Arkham City is pretty rad. The updates to the game are pretty cool. The Gamepad gets some getting used to, however…

I have F1 2012 for Xbox 360 and I can’t wait to play it.

I got Tooned for Christmas, and it’s pretty funny. It’s a set of cartoons of McLaren F1 and it’s pretty funny. I also got Sherlock (the BBC version, both seasons) and I’m chomping at the bit to watch them too.

I’ve gotta ask, how many people are actually going to change from MSN/Windows Live to Skype? I have, but then I’m on Skype anyway, so the change wasn’t that hard. What about everyone else?

Well, that’s it from me, I’ve done 2 early morning shifts and I have another one today – except today is also a full day shift. ๐Ÿ™ I’m gonna be shattered when I get home. ๐Ÿ™

Christmas in Leeds

I’m back in Leeds for Christmas with the family. In case you’re wondering, Lilly is in Ireland with Katie.

Although I nearly didn’t, the floods in the southwest nearly put an end to that and could have subjected me to a Christmas spent at home, alone. Luckily the trains were cancelled from Exeter onwards, so I was able to make the trip. Let’s just hope I can get back as well as I got here!

I travelled here on Sunday the 23rd and I’m due back on Thursday the 27th.

The coach trip was good, and bad. Good as it was a double decker, so had plug sockets. And free wifi. Awesome. Then it went bad, we got a new driver at Birmingham who turned off the plug sockets and decided to turn the upstairs air-con to 23ยฐC… So when we got to Manchester, I moved downstairs & asked why the plug sockets were not working. I was told they’d been turned off and they were turned back on. On another good note, I got my fav seats, at the front of the coach. Win! I’m just hoping it’ll be another double decker with plug sockets on the way back. Hoping. We’ll see.

I made a new friend (and web hosting customer) thanks to Angry Birds Twitter Account! Hey Girlie Spoon. ๐Ÿ˜€

Christmas Day went pretty well, we spent most of it at my little sister’s house. She made the most amazing chicken. Gravy was a bit thick and spicy though.

Some pictures were taken, both on my S III and my digital camera, and will be uploaded soon. A link will go here when it’s done. And this time I won’t take ages to put the link here.

I’m thinking of pulling the Minecraft server I’m running. No one, including me, uses it (I’m too busy playing Command & Conquer, as well as other games) so what’s the point in using resources on it when I can simply put them to better use on making sure my server is nice and quick for my web hosting customers. If SlashLife reads this, he may not be happy. To be honest, the map’s a bit broken on it anyway.

Hopefully I’m gonna be getting a laptop tomorrow. Hopefully. If I do, I’ll post from it on here! ๐Ÿ˜€

That’s about it for now I think. Leave a comment if you want! ๐Ÿ™‚

Okay, I have to admit something here…

Samsung’s TouchWiz is much, much better than it used to be. And I actually like it.

For the poor bastards who have no idea what the actual fuck I’m on about, let’s backtrack a bit.

Most of you will know that for a fair while now I’ve been bragging about how awesome HTC are, that I loved the HTC phones I had (Desire HD and One S), that I had rooted them and put custom firmware on them, bla bla bla.

I won’t lie, I had done all of that, I had enjoyed having and using those phones and I loved HTC Sense.

What pissed me off, however, was the shitty build quality of the HTC One S series. I have had 3 different ones, all sent to me by O2 – and each one had a hardware problem. Now I’ve put that in bold to try to get through to the retards that may end up reading this that rooting a phone is a SOFTWARE thing – apart from bricking the phone outright (which is still a software issue) rooting a phone and loading custom firmware on to it can’t break the hardware.

The first one had Cell issues. By cell I mean it found it hard to get and then keep a connection to the O2’s Base Stations. It would drop calls, lose text messages, refuse to send text messages and sometimes send more than one.

The second one, as well as having Cell issues, had Wi-Fi issues. It found connecting to my Wireless-N router very difficult, and keeping the connection was even harder.

The last one’s vibrator motor gave up the ghost, not working for ages, then working 3-4 times after being left untouched for a long while (overnight or during a shift at work) then stopping again.

So, those lovely lovely people on the replace/repair department at O2, who must be bloody sick of me, very kindly allowed me to choose a different phone than get another One S.

Not only that … but they offered me the Samsung Galaxy S III.

I’ve never owned a Samsung phone. Ever. Not even an old “not-smart” phone. I’ve had Nokia, LG, HTC, Alcatel, Motorola, iPhones, O2 XDA, Ericsson, Sony Ericsson, Sony, NEC, Sharp & Siemens phones, but never a Samsung. (Fuck me, I’ve had a long of phones in my life. Maybe one day I should list them all.)

Until now.

I’d had a play about with a Samsung smartphone before though – a friend owned a Galaxy S II and let me have a 10-15 fuck about with it so I could compare Samsung’s TouchWiz to HTC’s Sense on my Desire HD.

I didn’t like it. It seemed clunky, slow, laggy & fairly unresponsive compared to the Desire HD. It didn’t have any decent Widgets, it didn’t look as cool and just kinda lacked … well … everything.

A lot of the reviews for the SGS II panned TouchWiz too, saying that although it was touch, it certainty wasn’t what you would call “wiz”.

It seems that, while Samsung had picked the right hardware for the SGS II, they had lacked a fair whack on the software, and in the world of the smartphone, any software that either comes with, or is integrated into the OS (like TouchWiz and Sense) has to be as good as, or better than, the phone itself.

Samsung clearly took this on board. Knowing the hardware side of the Galaxy line was performing pretty much spot on, they marched into the software side of it and, from the looks of it, pretty much wiped the slate clean and started again. I can only assume they either fired a fair few people, or stood there with a gun to their heads demanding that it be as shit hot as the hardware, or they’ll be 6ft under.

Well, whatever they did, it worked. It’s fast, fluid, looks gorgeous and the quick bars at the top of the notification bar are a massive timesaver. The Samsung is loads better than the One S AND the One X.

In other news, I am getting more and more customers onto my web hosting, ssmmdd Hosting. Need a website or Minecraft server hosting? Give me a shout.

Crap memory strikes again!

So, it’s been over a month since I last posted on this.

And once again, it’s due to mostly forgetting to post.

So, what’s happened since the Leeds post?

Most recently, I slipped on a step in the house and ended up flat on my face on the tile floor, but my HTC One S was in my hand, also hitting the floor screen first. The Gorilla Glass didn’t have a scratch on it. The LCD display, however, was shattered so bad that the screen didn’t work at all, even though the phone did, as the capacitive buttons at the bottom flashed when I held the power button down.

However, thank God for O2 insurance. ยฃ25 excess and a day later, I was holding a (bloody cold) brand spanking new HTC One S. And even better was that the HBoot was 1.06 so I could flash whatever the hell I liked on it, without having to go through all the bloody hoops that the poor bastards on 1.13+ have to.

So, within the hour, the phone had:

  • it’s Bootloader Unlocked (using HTC’s official method),
  • TWRP Recovery flashed on it,
  • the latest EU radio I could find flashed on it,
  • a custom-made (only for Sense-based 4.0.4 ROMs on the HOS) and therefore awesome Kernal installed on it, which allowed the 1.5GHz Dual Core CPU to be overclocked to 1.89GHz,
  • The quite frankly fucking awesome ViperOneS custom ROM.

So yeah, it’s pretty much set up like the old, smashed, probably-recycled-by-now one was before I smashed it. Like a bloody idiot. >.< In fact, it’s set up better than the old one, as I actually properly read about the extra features in the Kernal and set up the governors and schedulers properly.

What else happened?

Well, let’s make a list:

  • I came back from Leeds safely. Which is pretty obvious, otherwise who the fuck typed this?!
  • I may have mentioned this before, but I’m now volunteering for the British Heart Foundation at a Furniture/Electrical store. It’s pretty awesome. They’ve got an Assistant Manager vacancy that I’m going for, so good luck for me.
  • I’ve finally realised fizzy drinks are bad for me, and must wean myself off them. This has a rather high chance of failure. Mainly ‘cos I fucking love Cherry Coke. The question is, is Ribena any better?
  • Me and Katie went to see Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds at the iTunes Festival in London. It was fucking awesome. I now love pretty much every song on their album.
  • I have found out that I am allergic to cheap Supermarket branded spray deodorants. How do I know this? I went to work having sprayed myself with one, and spent pretty much the whole day sneezing my nose off. It wasn’t pleasant. Not in the slightest. Then testing it by spraying a little by my nose wasn’t pleasant either. But at least it confirmed it. Strangely enough, Lynx doesn’t seem to affect me.

There’s probably others, but I forget.

I have a new billing software program for ssmmdd Hosting. (I’m still debating if I should keep that name, or change it to something else) Anyway, it’s almost complete, I just need to sort out some products and prices on it, and then it’ll be live. So keep an eye on this and as soon as it’s ready I’ll post a link here and obviously edit the Web Hosting page.

I think that’s about it. Well, that’s all I can remember, and it is 4AM. And I have work at 12PM. And then I’m volunteering pretty much all of Saturday. And I’m on ClanBase Radio both on Friday and Saturday.