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    I am a geek, in many ways…

     Posted in Entertainment & Technology at 18:50 on Monday, January 30th, 2017 by Mr. Rant

    Often times, I sit wondering what to do when I free time, I look for something interesting to do, or somewhere interesting to visit.  Today was one of those days.  I woke up this morning knowing that I have a day off, and knowing that I wanted to go out and find something to do.  I fired up the internet on my phone, and googled Midland Air Museum.  I’d seen adverts for this place before and considered going, the issue was that I’m about an hour away, and it would involve driving a bit, no problem today. 

    I got in the car, and just over 45 minutes later I was greeted by the following on pulling into the car park. 

    Avro Vulcan B.2 XL360 looms over the car park at the Midland Air Museum

    Pretty exciting for a geek, I could sense and smell the aviation.  Now, I should add that this is not the limit to my geekery, I am keen and geeky on many things, this is just one of them, I’m not sure what is it about aircraft that I find exciting, they just are, and arguably none more so that the Vulcan. 

    A bit of background about the Vulcan is in order…

    The Vulcan was developed in the 40 and 50’s as the UK’s Nuclear Deterrent, originally designated a high level bomber, the Vulcan was maneuverable, powerful and a good bet in a fight.  Powered by four very powerful Olympus 201 (Mk II) turbojet engines, non afterburner, it just wasn’t needed.  She could go almost supersonic.  Later in her life she was used for low level bombing, hence why almost all survivors now carry the camouflage paint pattern. 

    You may have heard that in recent times one was still flying, that aircraft XH558 lived very much a charmed life, when she retired from RAF service and consequently being the only display Vulcan with the RAF, she was purchased by David Walton for £25,000, and then restored over fifteen years to flight worthy status. she wowed audiences for a further eight years before being grounded in 2015, due mainly to her airframe being well over what are sane hours for a ninety-one ton aircraft. 

    The Vulcan above (XL360) was retired to Coventry airport, and into the hands of the Midland Air Museum in January 1982, where she has been cared for ever since.  She is complete internally, save for the Nuclear Bomb arming hardware (probably a good thing). 

    Back to topic. 

    This museum is amazing if you like aviation, it features a mix of aircraft of all types and models, the main linker is that they are all of jet provenance, have a local connection to Coventry.  Something which should be applauded was the curators.  We should celebrate our heritage.  Too much is being lost. 

    I definitely recommend you attend even if you have just a passing interest in aircraft, a tip is to ask if you have something you want to see, the guides will give you access to almost every aircraft onsite.  Definite winner. 

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    The beginning of the end for the web…

     Posted in Anger Level 4 & Breaking News & Censorship & Public Information & Technology & Tragedies at 16:43 on Saturday, January 21st, 2012 by Mr. Rant

    This week saw widespread blackouts on some prominent websites, including this one.

    The blackouts were in protest to the now, possibly defunct Sopa and Pipa movements chaired in the US law system. The bill had now been dropped or at least put on the backburner for now, but the Internet is changing.

    On Wednesday, the file sharing website MegaUpload was shut down by the FBI and it’s creators arrested and it’s content destroyed, the people behind the action was once again the MPA and the copyright Nazi’s.

    Now I hate people stealing my work as much as the next person but the US administration is going after the wrong people. They’re fighting the site owners, data centre’s and hosting companies and accusing them of breaking the law, when they didn’t put the content there it was the users who did.

    Yes, you can argue that they should be more proactive and stop users uploading copyrighted material but it’s not as easy as that.

    Take this website, the servers are US based so therefore we fall under their jurisdiction and have to adhere to their laws, however its developed and ran in the UK so has to adhere to the UK’s laws too, so where does it stop?

    Do we need to adhere to everything to keep everyone happy? In short, yes but that’s practically impossible.

    Just expect more sites to disappear over the next few months as the governments fight a loosing battle, and a backlash is likely to rise.

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    Short URL Service Launched

     Posted in Technology & The Blog at 14:21 on Saturday, January 22nd, 2011 by Mr. Rant

    We’ve just launched a short URL Service, at the moment we’re still testing it out but we hope to have it running fully soon!

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    iPhone 4? You’ll need these…

     Posted in iPhone & Technology at 21:07 on Thursday, July 1st, 2010 by Mr. Rant

    So you’ve got your iPhone 4 and you’re extremely impressed with it’s retina display, and you love it’s glass back and swish stainless steel corners and Apple’s fantastic new antenna system, what?


    Haven’t you heard that you’re gonna have some reception issues?

    You see Apple have implemented this fantastic new antenna, they’re wrapped it around the outer edge of the phone.  It’s supposed to make the reception better, but alas in true Apple style it’s lacking a basic vital feature; the ability to stay connected to the Mobile Network.  The problem stems unbelievably from a design oversight by Apple which means as you can see in the picture below, you make a circuit with your hand with bridging that little gap, therefore rendering the signal to the network dead.

    iPhone 4... Good? Maybe...

    iPhone 4... Good? Maybe...

    You’re bassically absorbing the cell signal with your hand.  This issue has been recognised by several leading antenna scientists but strangely Apple are not willing to recognise the fault.  They’ve been saying that there is no reception issue, that so brings me on to the two things you’ll need.

    Firstly One of these:

    Elastic Bands

    Elastic Bands

    Temporary fix, stops you from bridging the antenna.


    A bible...

    A bible...

    You can get one of these and pray that Apple recognise the problem and attempt to fix it by whatever means they deem reasonable.

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    Parallels Desktop…

     Posted in Technology at 14:57 on Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 by Mr. Rant

    Basically if you have a mac and want to use specific programs which aren’t supported by you need a work around, and the simplest way I’ve found to this is to run Parallels Desktop.  It costs a bit of money to buy but it’s worth it.  The current cost direct from Parallels themselves is £59.99 which is very reasonable considering it’s power.

    What I do is use the bootcamped partition of XP I have already installed and I can run all the programs in Coherence Mode – This bassically allows you to launch the windows as if they were running under well… Windows.  I’m still in my 14 day trial and I love it so much I will be buying it as soon as the trial comes to an end.

    Get parallels, run windows, enjoy… that’s how easy it is to use.

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    I’ve joined the Mac-World…

     Posted in Technology at 23:06 on Monday, February 22nd, 2010 by Mr. Rant

    I’ve made the leap into Mac’s and got myself a MacBook and she’s a beast.  Super fast, long battery life, excellent graphics and seemingly well built.

    I have become an Apple fanboy.

    I’m not entirely sure if that is a good thing as yet, but I do love it already.  It took me a day or so to get fully used to OSX Snow Leopard, but once you start using it you realise how much more intuitive than Windows it really is.

    The system just works.  I’m very impressed with the thought that has gone into making everything right, from the dock to file structure to ease with which you can connect to a wifi network.

    I shall keep you posted over the next few months, but for now I’m in love.

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