Saturday 29 October 2011

ReadyNAS Ultra 6... what a machine!

Our media files, photos, data stores, etc., have until recently been stored on a trusty custom-built, low power, low noise server sitting in the home office.  This machine was the main server on the home LAN running all our services, from fileshare, SqueezeBox Server, Plex Server to essential backend services like DNS, DHCP, WPAD, etc.  Running 24x7, it was a true workhorse.  However, over the last few months the system started to become increasingly noisy, through both disks and fans.  Not only that, having also ripped our entire DVD collection over a few months, space was at a premium too....

Monday 19 September 2011

Drive safely in winter conditions

As the weather continues to move closer to what we experienced last winter, it is important to get yourself ready... So, here are my first few tips... Driving in winter conditions:

Monday 5 September 2011

Mo's Chocolate Wonder - Simple Dairy Free Cake

This recipe comes from Maureen. It's her amazing chocolate cake that is, unbelievably, dairy free. Shocker!  Best chocolate cake I've ever tasted.... Maureen, bake on!


Cake Ingredients
  • 8 oz caster sugar
  • 8 oz Pure Soya butter
  • 7 oz Self raising flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 15 g baking cocoa powder ( Mo prefers M&S Organic Fair Trade Cocoa Powder, but Aldi do a good one too)

Thursday 11 August 2011

Great video for a quick intro into QR Codes...

QR Codes are becoming more and more popular. They are going to start popping up everywhere. Therefore, it is important that you know what to do with them!
The video above from appJudgement is a great introduction to what QR Codes are and how to read them.

Monday 11 July 2011

Periodic Table of QR codes.... of Element videos

I came across this gem while clicking on related videos on YouTube.... They've taken the universal Periodic Table of Elemets and given it a modern twist..... Videos on YouTube explaining the elements one by one... With some great demonstrations and explosions.... Nice!

Friday 8 July 2011

Last Space Shuttle Launch today @ 1620hrs BST....

As Space Shuttle Atlantis sits on the stand at Kennedy Space Center this morning, it brings with its launch, the end of an era. Today is the last launch of NASA's Space Shuttle Program.  You can watch the launch live on NASA TV here:   In HD here:

Tuesday 5 July 2011

Mary Byrne was voted out for this trash?


Regardless if you liked Mary Byrne or not, you must admit she could sing and belt 'em out.... But, back in the in December 2010 her X-Factor journey ended over a controversial judges decision despite the start of the show declaring the final places would be decided by public vote only.... So, Mary found herself in the bottom two against Cher Llyod.
Now, Cher also gave it socks, but it was becoming apparent that there was no originality to her. She was even declaring the "raps" as her own, despite them being clearly ripped off from actual artists.
Anyhow, my point is this.... Mary Byrne was ejected from X-Factor to make way for Cher Llyod who was going to be a superstar.... Apparently.... But, not with this trash! Swagger Jagger my arse!

Wednesday 29 June 2011

This is not Mission: Difficult, Mr Hunt. It's Mission: Impossible...

Tom Cruise posted a link to a trailer for Mission: impossible - Ghost Protocol, via his website: (Great site... well worth a visit!)....
The fourth in the series is set to be as good, if not better than the ones that came before it, is due out in December 2011. One of my favourite lines from the series so far is in MI2:
This is not Mission: Difficult, Mr Hunt. It's Mission: Impossible.  Difficult should be a walk in the park for you....

Friday 24 June 2011

Just one more thing.... Peter Falk, Legend! R.I.P

June 24th 2011, aged 83, legendary screen detective Peter Falk, aka Columbo, passes away at his home.  
So many clips on youtube, here are just a few.

This is one of the funniest clips I've found.... Peter Falk as Lt. Columbo on a Celebrity Roast from 1977.  Peter Falk was a true legend... and funny too! :-)
Another one....

Saturday 4 June 2011

SENNA: Amazing Story... Ultimately Tragic

Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose.
Ayrton Senna was truly a great sportsman of his generation. His passion for perfection, for victory... His love for driving for the thrill of victory, the raw power of the machine and how he was able to make it do things others could not. No politics, just emotion. He brought hope to a nation and to his people. He was a hero to so many, young and old.

I don't know driving in another way which isn't risky. Each one has to improve himself. Each driver has its limit. My limit is a little bit further than other's
His legacy lives on,

Tuesday 24 May 2011

Enda Kenny's rabble rousing speech, May 23rd 2011


On May 23rd, 2011, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny welcomed US President, Barack Obama, to Ireland with a rabble rousing, emotional and powerful speech that we have not seen the likes of from our leaders in many a year! Yes, it borrowed from Obama's own speech from his Inauguration in 2008, but that was the point.  It was a fitting tribute to the US President, our Thaoiseach and our Country! It was the emotion behind the speech, not necessarily the words, that stirred the crowd and the audience at home.  It was excellently delivered... Enda, you did us proud yesterday... Keep it going... Is Feidir Linn!
Just try and imagine Bertie or Cowen attempting the same speech.... Wouldn't have had nearly the same impact!

Here is the transcript of the speech...

Friday 13 May 2011

> /dev/null 2>&1

What does "> /dev/null 2>&1" mean?

Ever wondered what the trailing garbage in some commands on a Unix system mean?  What's the funny looking  greater-than, ampersands and numbers after the commands mean? In this article we’ll explain those weird commands.
Here’s an example command:
mycommand > /dev/null 2>&1
Below is a graphical representation of whats going on.  This is explained later.

Tuesday 10 May 2011

To be honest, I thought I liked celery....

So, i've decided to try and eat a bit healthier. Looking for that snack food that will kill the craving but not have lasting effects on the auld health, right? Where better to look than the negative-calorie powerhouse that is celery!
Everyone knows that chewing on celery burns more calories that it contains*, so it is the perfect snack food, right?!
I remember

Monday 9 May 2011

Google celebrates Roger Hargreaves' 75th birthday... Mr Men style!

16 Google Doodles celebrating the creator of Mr. Men and Little Miss, Roger Hargreaves, 75th birthday today, May 9th 2011.
Young or old, everyone knows the Mr Men and Little Miss series of books and cartoons.
Roger, your legacy continues to be enjoyed and amuses children of all ages!

The Mr Bump one is my favourite... what's yours?


Thursday 5 May 2011

Apple's approach to making stuff better....

Apple at their best.... 

Let's make our phone better by, well, changing the colour from slick black to poxy white.... Nice one Apple!
Oh, and if you rush out to buy this phone now, you'll probably find yourself being very sad and dissappointed in September/October when they launch their iProne 5 (this is not a typo BTW) .... with a whole new set of bugs and handling instructions!
If you want to improve your iProne, get an Android!  Simples.

Jedward hit the Russian airwaves.....

The poor russian guy hadn't a chance... Some one should have prepped him to be ready for their, let's face it, unique interview style and antics! Is there any interviewer out there brave enough to take this pair on?!? "Frost vs Jedward" perhaps?
Jedward1: "We're John and he's Edward and together we're Jedward"
Jedward2: "I so need to go to the toilet!"
You cannot deny their energy.... they are doing exactly what they wanted to do.... Living their dream! .... Although some may say it is a nightmare... But I say: Rock on guys... Fingers crossed for you tonight!

Tuesday 12 April 2011

Where did I put my e-wallet?

Having driven 30 minutes to the shop, walked around for 30 minutes and then went to the checkout with a bunch of stuff.... Felt like a right prat when I realised I had left my wallet, not in the car... but at home!  Doh!


But this got me thinking....

Saturday 2 April 2011

Linksys WRT54G v1... A True Work-Horse!

Apologies for this very long (and probably tedious) blog post.  The short version is this: "The Linksys WRT54G v1 wireless router is indeed a true work-horse!".  The long version starts ten years ago....
Linksys WRT54G, v1.0

Tuesday 29 March 2011

The red car and the blue car had a race... to be politically correct?!

Remember this snappy jingle from way back, TV ad for Milkyway?  "The red car and the blue car had a race... All Red wants to do is stuff his face..." Remember it, right?  
You need to remember it or the rest of this post will be meaningless. So, in the interest of everyone's sanity, here is the original add from 1989:

Pretty harmless really, right?  Well, that's what I thought until I saw this add back on the TV last November.  I was surprised that I still remembered the jingle tough... Or at least, I thought I remembered it!  Here are the lyrics if you want another refresher:

the red car and the blue car had a race
all red wants to do is stuff his face
he eats everything he sees
from trucks to prickly trees
but smart old blue he took the milky way

he's looking for a chocolate treat
fluffy and light
cos he knows it won't spoil his app-e-tite

mm mm MMMM!

oh no! the bridge has gone, old red just can't carry on
but smart old blue, he took the milky way

That's just how I remembered them too.... However...

Monday 28 March 2011

Set your piggies free... When Ricky met Elmo

This is still one of my favourite videos on YouTube. The banter between Ricky and Elmo is excellent.... The laughter is infectious!

How old is too old to take up a sport again?

Just wondering how old is too old to take up a sport again?  
Yesterday, I finally managed to locate a Softball team and start playing again. Wasn't the actual team I was looking for but these guys seemed to have a more replaxed approach to the game compared to the original team I was looking for. So, I ended up staying with the relaxed guys! Anyway, we did some training and played a game.  It would appear that after nearly 8 years catching and throwing the ball isn't a problem.  However, running between bases was a bit of an issue... Sort of like a cross between an immovable object and an unstoppable force! But... I did slide into second, doing the splits and ripping my trousers.... At my age, having never done the splits before, this is a problem! As is trying to find another pair of trousers that fits!

Friday 25 March 2011

EasiSingles - Not for dating but great for burgers!

Fair play to EasiSingles.... No, they are not a speed dating or online couples thingy, but....they still make the greatest processed cheese ever! Used to love this stuff when I was a kid. I know kids still love them today too! Recently brought 20euros worth of EasiSingles over to a friend in Sri Lanka for his son. EasiSingles are well travelled!

Friday 18 March 2011

Tom Cruise: 30 Years, 36 Movies, more to come...

Doesn't matter what you think about the man's ideals, you cannot deny that he has been part of some great movies over the last 30 years.  He's always been good to his fans too and at every premier, he has kept all the big wigs waiting while he goes around talking to his fans outside... Even talking to their families on their phones! Here is a great movie short, show casing his various roles over the past 30 years... Worth a look if your are a fan.... worth a look if you are not!

Thursday 17 March 2011

FlashMob, with an Irish twist...

A little something for the day that's in it.... Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Wednesday 16 March 2011

Sweet Potato and Coconut Soup.... Nice!

This is a very simple recipe for a very tasty soup.... Can be a bit sweet for some tastes, but not me... I like it. I like it a lot!
It's thick and creamy, full of flavour. Add salt/pepper to suit your taste.... But most of all, goes great with fresh baked bread, like Nigel's Lazy Loaf.

Gluten Free Vegetarian


  • 1 pint of water (568ml), mixed with 400ml can of coconut milk.
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 500g sweet potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • Piece of ginger, about 3cm peeled and finely chopped
  • ¼ of a red chilli, finely chopped (adjust this to your taste)

Tuesday 15 March 2011

Kimberly Mikado and Coconut Creams....

You all remember the old jingle for Kimberly Mikado and Coconut Cream, right? "...Someone you love would love some, mum!".

Monday 14 March 2011

Closed for Lunch.... Eh, Hello?

In this day and age, I find nothing more annoying than taking time out from your lunch to go and get some errands done.... For most people this is the only time during the week when you'd be able to get certain stuff done, like collect/drop off clothes at the Dry Cleaners, go to the bank, get something in the hardware store, go to the shop... what ever.... But, why is it that some places still close for lunch??? Don't they realise that this is the time most other working people have to be able to visit their premises? If you are closed for lunch, you aren't making money! Isn't that the point of being in business?!

Saturday 12 March 2011

Card Skimmer on NEW AIB ATMs


This is worth passing on as it could help prevent your card from being skimmed! You'd hardly notice the skimming mechanism on the machine unless you know what to look for.... So, now you know!
Although, I am wondering where the camera is to read your PIN or do they position someone nearby to watch over your shoulder?

ALWAYS cover the number pad with your free hand when entering your PIN... You should pretend to hit a bunch of other numbers too! If you do see something dodgy, report it to the nearest Garda.

Courtesy of:

Thursday 10 March 2011

Eddie's Sliders....


They might be small (tiny in fact) but these sliders are full of taste! But you don't just get one, they come in baskets of 2, 4, 6 or 8.... and with a proportionate amount of fries too! Tasty!
It's gotta be M. T. Pockets all the way!

[UPDATE: Only 2 sliders are available now. :-(]

Eddie Rocket's full menu available here.

Left you keep must...

Yoda recording for TomTom GPS - behind the scenes.
Can't post the Darth Vader TomTom video without post Yoda's one! :-)
In fairness, if you have a TomTom, these are the voices you want guiding you.. One will take you to the Dark Side though, so if that isn't where you wanna go/be, then best to steer clear and use the force and go with Yoda.... Degobah you must go! :-)

Take the 3rd exit off the Round-a-bound....

Darth Vader recording for TomTom GPS - behind the scenes.
This is hilarious! "You should have seen his face...", cracks me up every time!
Dum Dum Dum Dum de Dum Dum de Dum! 

Try a little Endaness...

Enda Kenny and his Commitments.... 
This is pure genius, as always, from Mario Rosenstock's #GiftGrub on TodayFM's Breakfast Show. Joan Burton's belting them out.... One of Mario's funniest sketches.
Now preserved on my blog for posterity!

Gift Enda Tenderness

Nigel's Lazy Loaf

So, here it is my first blog post. No better way to start it off than with a great little recipe for a simple, quick and easy "lazy loaf", courtesy of Nigel Slater.  This bread is so easy to make, in fact it would be very hard to get it wrong! (no, not offering a prize to those that do manage to get it wrong... Mah!).  Very tasty fresh from the oven with some butter and cheddar cheese on it..... Yum, yum!   Go on, why not give it a go!?


Preparation method

  1. Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas 8. Put a large casserole dish and its lid into the oven.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the flours, sea salt, sugar and bicarbonate of soda together with your fingers. Pour in the buttermilk, bringing the mixture together as a soft dough. Working quickly (the bicarbonate of soda will start working immediately), shape the dough into a shallow round loaf about 4cm/1½in thick.
  3. Remove the hot casserole dish from the oven, dust the inside lightly with flour then lower in the dough. Cover with the lid and return to the oven.
  4. The bread should be ready after 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave in place for 5 minutes before turning out and leaving to cool slightly before eating. (Soda bread is best eaten warm.)