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Unslung and twonky

I had to update my slug last week, so saved all the links:

UNIX scripts/commands are courteousy of busybox: UpgradeBusyBoxUsingIpkg,


ERROR: “” “wget: server returned error: HTTP/1.1 404 Not Found”

 Basically manually edit config files and change the path.


BUFFALO – this opens up the buffalo to telnet



Twonky: Linksys NSLU2, Buffalo Linkstation Live (for HS-DH500GL)

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Posted by admin - January 14, 2012 at 14:41

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Media Servers and iPad

I’ve tried a few media servers now: twonkymedia, tversity, squeezebox. I’m beginning to think that twonkymedia is the best of those. Synology and QNAP think the same, as that is the server they decided to use.

Best UPNP / DLNA player I’ve found so far on the iPad is airplayer. It plays all formats – including iTunes DRM files.

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Posted by admin - January 14, 2012 at 14:33

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Photo Sharing Sites

We have a dotphoto account. Used to be one of the best, but I wanted to check out how it rated now – especially as we have an iPad2 and AppleTV2 and I wanted to see how easy it was to share photos with these…

Best site I found was no1sites.

They rated top 10 as:

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Posted by admin - October 15, 2011 at 19:37

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Basic (or how to communicate quicker)

work in progress…,9171,886748-2,00.html

The man who did the trick is a mild, little, wild-haired British professor, I. A. (for Ivor Armstrong) Richards, the Western Hemisphere’s No. 1 apostle of Basic English. Says he: “It takes only 400 words of Basic to run a battleship. With 850 words you can run the planet.”*

*There is also an untested 849-word Basic Chinese, developed recently by Professor Chao Yuan Ren of China’s Academia Sinica.

*Come, get, give, go, keep, let, make, put, seem, take, be, do, have, say, see, send, may, will. and
OPERATIONS – 100 words

come, get, give, go, keep, let, make, put, seem, take, be, do, have, say, see, send, may, will,
about, across, after, against, among, at, before, between, by, down, from, in, off, on, over, through, to, under, up, with,
as, for, of, till, than,
a , the, all, any, every, little, much, no, other, some, such, that, this, I , he, you, who,
and, because, but, or, if, though, while, how, when, where, why,
again, ever, far, forward, here, near, now, out, still, then, there, together, well,
almost, enough, even, not, only, quite, so, very, tomorrow, yesterday,
north, south, east, west, please, yes .

THINGS – 400 General words

account, act, addition, adjustment, advertisement, agreement, air, amount, amusement, animal, answer, apparatus, approval, argument, art, attack, attempt, attention, attraction, authority, back, balance, base, behavior, belief, birth, bit, bite, blood, blow, body, brass, bread, breath, brother, building, burn, burst, business, butter, canvas, care, cause, chalk, chance, change, cloth, coal, color, comfort, committee, company, comparison, competition, condition, connection, control, cook, copper, copy, cork, cotton, cough, country, cover, crack, credit, crime, crush, cry ,current, curve, damage, danger, daughter, day, death, debt, decision, degree, design, desire, destruction, detail, development, digestion, direction, discovery, discussion, disease, disgust, distance, distribution, division, doubt, drink, driving, dust, earth, edge, education, effect, end, error, event, example, exchange, existence, expansion, experience, expert, fact, fall, family, father, fear, feeling, fiction, field, fight, fire, flame, flight, flower, fold, food, force, form, friend, front, fruit, glass, gold, government, grain, grass, grip, group, growth, guide, harbor, harmony, hate, hearing, heat, help, history, hole, hope, hour, humor, ice, idea, impulse, increase, industry, ink, insect, instrument, insurance, interest, invention, iron, jelly, join, journey, judge, jump, kick, kiss, knowledge, land, language, laugh, law, lead, learning, leather, letter, level, lift, light, limit, linen, liquid, list, look, loss, love, machine, man, manager, mark, market, mass, meal, measure, meat, meeting, memory, metal, middle, milk, mind, mine, minute, mist, money, month, morning ,mother, motion, mountain, move, music, name, nation, need, news, night, noise, note, number, observation, offer, oil, operation, opinion, order, organization, ornament, owner, page, pain, paint, paper, part, paste, payment, peace, person, place, plant, play, pleasure, point, poison, polish, porter, position, powder, power, price, print, process, produce, profit, property, prose, protest, pull, punishment, purpose, push, quality, question, rain, range, rate, ray, reaction, reading, reason, record, regret, relation, religion, representative, request, respect, rest, reward, rhythm, rice, river, road, roll, room, rub, rule, run, salt, sand, scale, science, sea, seat, secretary, selection, self, sense, servant, sex, shade, shake, shame, shock, side, sign, silk, silver, sister, size, sky, sleep, slip, slope, smash, smell, smile, smoke, sneeze, snow, soap, society, son, song, sort, sound, soup, space, stage, start, statement, steam, steel, step, stitch, stone, stop, story, stretch, structure, substance, sugar, suggestion, summer, support, surprise, swim, system, talk, taste, tax, teaching, tendency, test, theory, thing, thought, thunder, time, tin, top, touch, trade, transport, trick, trouble, turn, twist, unit, use, value, verse, vessel, view, voice, walk, war, wash, waste, water, wave, wax, way, weather, week, weight, wind, wine, winter, woman, wood, wool, word, work, wound, writing , year .
THINGS – 200 Picturable words – picture list

angle, ant, apple, arch, arm, army, baby, bag, ball, band, basin, basket, bath, bed, bee, bell, berry, bird, blade, board, boat, bone, book, boot, bottle, box, boy, brain, brake, branch, brick, bridge, brush, bucket, bulb, button, cake, camera, card, cart, carriage, cat, chain, cheese, chest, chin, church, circle, clock, cloud, coat, collar, comb, cord, cow, cup, curtain, cushion, dog, door, drain, drawer, dress, drop, ear, egg, engine, eye, face, farm, feather, finger, fish, flag, floor, fly, foot, fork, fowl, frame, garden, girl, glove, goat, gun, hair, hammer, hand, hat, head, heart, hook, horn, horse, hospital, house, island, jewel, kettle, key, knee, knife, knot, leaf, leg, library, line, lip, lock, map, match, monkey, moon, mouth, muscle, nail, neck, needle, nerve, net, nose, nut, office, orange, oven, parcel, pen, pencil, picture, pig, pin, pipe, plane, plate, plough/plow, pocket, pot, potato, prison, pump, rail, rat, receipt, ring, rod, roof, root, sail, school, scissors, screw, seed, sheep, shelf, ship, shirt, shoe, skin, skirt, snake, sock, spade, sponge, spoon, spring, square, stamp, star, station, stem, stick, stocking, stomach, store, street, sun, table, tail, thread, throat, thumb, ticket, toe, tongue, tooth, town, train, tray, tree, trousers, umbrella, wall, watch, wheel, whip, whistle, window, wing, wire, worm .
QUALITIES – 100 General

able, acid, angry, automatic, beautiful, black, boiling, bright, broken, brown, cheap, chemical, chief, clean, clear, common, complex, conscious, cut, deep, dependent, early, elastic, electric, equal, fat, fertile, first, fixed, flat, free, frequent, full, general, good, great, grey/gray, hanging, happy, hard, healthy, high, hollow, important, kind, like, living, long, male, married, material, medical, military, natural, necessary, new, normal, open, parallel, past, physical, political, poor, possible, present, private, probable, quick, quiet, ready, red, regular, responsible, right, round, same, second, separate, serious, sharp, smooth, sticky, stiff, straight, strong, sudden, sweet, tall, thick, tight, tired, true, violent, waiting, warm, wet, wide, wise, yellow, young .
QUALITIES – 50 Opposites

awake, bad, bent, bitter, blue, certain, cold, complete, cruel, dark, dead, dear, delicate, different, dirty, dry, false, feeble, female, foolish, future, green, ill, last, late, left, loose, loud, low, mixed, narrow, old, opposite, public, rough, sad, safe, secret, short, shut, simple, slow, small, soft, solid, special, strange, thin, white, wrong .
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Posted by admin - August 14, 2011 at 14:01

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Running Tours

One of the things I really enjoy is going for a run wherever I end up. If you are headed over to LA / Hollywood / Beverly Hills, then this looked really interesting… I saw it on Globe Trekker:

My top 5 favourite jogging tracks:

  1. New York central park – simply because of the number of people running so early in the morning which really motivates me
  2. Wycombe 3 hills – circuit I do in High Wycombe which is one of the hilliest places I know; basically down the back of Amersham Hill to the cricket club, across town, up Priory Hill across & up Hamilton Hill
  3. Grenoble Bastille – running the footpaths from the centre of town and up to the Bastille
  4. Singapore Mount Faber – running up Mount Faber from Orchard Road; another good track from Orchard Road is running down to Zouk as you pass some really cool run down warehouses
  5. Thames riverside path from Putney – only place I know where you can be overtaken by fit mums with prams

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Posted by admin - July 31, 2011 at 15:30

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I finally succumbed and bought an iPad. Most accessed app right now is the Times app for the fabulous “Bricks and Mortar” supplement. Also, helps me get up to date Business Week editions, instead of the usual 1 week delay into Finland.

I’ll add some more on the iPad later…

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Posted by admin - July 12, 2011 at 02:08

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Computers in your wallet

Raspberry Pi

25USD for a coin-sized computer running ubuntu, kde and outputting to an hdmi device? It’s happening in the UK with the Raspberry Pi initiative.

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Posted by admin - June 4, 2011 at 10:14

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Nas continued…

I recently dug out my old slug and flashed it with unslung. I did this with the sercomm utility. As i had Windows 7, i used a virtual server with xp before it worked, as well as hard coding the ip address. I put the install into a Flash drive for speed and ran into the not a hdd bug – fix was to use easus to do ext3 formatting on win7.

I then added twonky. I have tested audio playback on atv2 (Apple tv) with xbmc, ps3, android twonky client and it played mp3, wma, m4a and aac ok. Video ok-ish, but not wihout stutters.

To see the tunes in iTunes, i then added mt-daapd. This adds a shared library in iTunes but does not seem to then share across to atv2.

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Posted by admin - May 22, 2011 at 16:30

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Spent the last few weekends doing some Android applications for my HTC Desire. I thought my first app would be something to help me learn Finnish. It’s called FinnGo (Finnish Lingo). I am also using it to help me learn Android.

For learning languages, I find that translating headlines is usually pretty good… they are a few lines which you can usually guess. I usually read these on my mobile phone when I am in bed or sitting in the armchair – either way, the wife gets quite annoyed when I ask her to help me translate some of the phrases. Hence the application. Google translate is excellent – although it struggles with Finnish – but it’s always a nightmare trying to set up the URLs.

For the application itself, I have made many learnings..

  1. sdk. Use eclipse… and then it’s a doddle… you don’t even need a device as they have emulators running within eclipse.
  2. market. 25USD to have the honour to upload… you soon start to work out that google is not just making money out of ads 🙂
  3. admob. Bought by google, but still seems to be the main ad engine… although for a select few they are starting to serve adsense ads.
  4. adsense on mobile. You thought getting adsense account for web was hard… try mobile – lucky for us, if you already have adsense due to a blog or website, then getting a mobile account is quite easy as you can reuse your existing one!
  5. web views. really hard… I will add the link here that helped me…
  6. progress bar. exceptionally hard. trick is to use webchromeclient attached to your webview and the onprogress method. Best to use the inbuilt progress spinner on the title bar. problem is that UI updates are not always done on events like clicking buttons (to load web pages for example) – hence the need for webchromeclient.
  7. UI design. eclipse toolset is good for java programming, but still struggles with UI design (not quite as easy as VisualStudio for example).
  8. packaging. use google’s own pages for this… estimate about half a day to get your head around this and…
  9. icons. wow I did not realize these would be so complex.
  10. upload. Once you upload you probably want to install the market version… make sure you uninstall your own test version first… they do not work in parallel (and the error is not very reassuring… might make you want to unpublish if you read it)…

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Posted by admin - March 13, 2011 at 22:48

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Kitchen Aid: Ice Cream Mixer (KICA)

One of the advantages of travelling around a lot is that you can take advantage of various sales & price disconnects between nations (whilst being careful clearly not to spend too much so that you go over the tax limits of the respective countries). You also need to watch out for electricity differences and voiding warranties for using objects outside of the US. 

We were in Paris some time agao and my wife saw an advert for a Kitchen Aid on the back of a bus from an electronics store called Saturn (I’ve since seen them in Germany too). So we bought the mixer, as it was more than half price of those in Finland!? 

Then, when I was in Macy’s in the US, they had specials on Kitchen Aid (as it is really big over there) and we bought the ice cream mixer as it said it would fit all Kitchen Aids everywhere. Unfortunately the American mixer has a dífferent beater shaft (on the main mixer) than some of the other countries. Kitchen Aid are working to correct the manual. However in the meantime, they are helping out fix some of the issues people are having. Despite people suggesting filing/removing the bits that stick out, you do *not* need to do anything mechanical… you just need a new drive assembly. 






Compare page 7 (of 60)  in US manual with page 6 (of 16) in European manual, called 5KICA0WH.pdf. Check out kitchen aid and these images… 


You need to get a drive assembly (specific to the ice cream maker) that attaches to the beater shaft (on the mixer). For our French mixer to fit to our US ice cream maker, we needed kitchen aid drive assembly 9709419. Sometimes they mention you also need a dasher (specific to the ice cream mixer) – we did not. If you do need the dasher, I *think* the part is 9709415. 

So here’s some suggestions… 

1. for time being (and probably temporarily) email, mark the email for the attention of Cheryl who is being an absolute angel at the moment. Ideally, you need the serial number of your Kitchen Aid and she can send you the missing part. 

2. or you can find various people to sell you the part (about 40GBP or 70 EUR):,, 


If you want to read more on this (and connect into some pretty icecream-tastic sites:,, 

and of course the *massive* thread on Facebook under Kitchen Aid and Cheryl…

UPDATE 26/3: we recently received the parts from Kitchen Aid. Parts arrived very quickly (2 weeks?) and fitted perfectly… wish I had not spent the 50EUR on the German site now…

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Posted by admin - February 27, 2011 at 14:15

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