Journal

New Content!

Just added a few new pages to the garage section of the website.

Still need to go through the text and perhaps make them a bit more reader friendly. They were extracted from some forum posts I made years ago about the wee Scooby projects I was working at that time.

Anyhoo some of the more fun / interesting ones:

Plottering

Been plotting again..Have been wanting to make some kick plates for the XV for ages.

Finally got round to bringing the plotter and leftover vinyl down from the loft. (Y)

Ok.. I admit it, it was a hot day and i went up there for a fan. Spotted the plotter in the corner and got carried away.

New Photo Album!

Taken a while but finally decided on a photo album system I’m happy with. Sadly it doesn’t fully integrate with wordpress at the moment but that may be a good thing! Just means the photo album section is free from all the back end code and styling template of wordpress that can slow things down. Making the photo album very responsive.

https://scouk.net/photo-album/

… more albums to be added once I take time to go through photos of some of the more recent road trips that never made it online.

UK Investing in Hydrogen Production

Now were talking!.. Government investing into hydrogen production!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-51546611

Now if they can just step away from the fad of all electric cars will solve all our problems and focus on hydrogen/electric hybrids we might be getting somewhere!

I’m not against all electric cars. But right now they seem more of a fashion accessory for people. Great for town and city cars, proven by electric milk floats from decades ago.
. o O (You see! electric cars are in fact old fashioned!)

Dual Fuel Hybrids are the future. I want to see strong investment in hydrogen fuel cell technology, Waste from hydrogen cell? water. Why not recycle that water and use it to keep your washer fluid filled up? or use it as a sophisticated way to keep your car clean from salt by spraying the excess under the car? I’m sure theirs endless uses for the byproduct.

It’s not just cars. Hydrogen has many uses across many industries!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-51546611

The Age of A.I. on YouTube

Slowly working my way through “The age of AI” YouTube series.
Just watched episode 2 which is quite a powerful one. The fact that Tony Stark (Sorry, Robert Downey Jr.) Narrates this show isn’t creepy at all. In fact it’s very fitting.

By far one of the best tech documentaries I’ve seen in a long time.

As a Computer Scientist I’m really interested in seeing technology being used to help us in everyday life. The idea of taking data and applying algorithms to create software systems and machine learning to help humanity is what I enjoy.


Forget the scaremongering of media and Hollywood about computers taking over the world. This series takes us the real use of technology to help us, rather than rule us.

Real technology is not about getting more likes or subscriptions on social media Or even how many cameras you can fit on a mobile phone.
This series relates to my view of technology in that it’s not for showing off, but rather it’s for helping us get through everyday lives that little bit easier.. Which is my the majority of tech in my home is hidden away yet accessible at anytime, anywhere. It’s here, not to take over our lives, but rather it’s there to help us improve research, health and well being.

We hear so much about the big tech companies stealing and storing data. Those naughty tech companies! But these big companies are the ones leading or supporting some amazing research projects happening behind the scenes that the majority of people never see or hear of. These companies are in fact using technology to help improve our way of life. This is a side we rarely hear about. All we seem to hear about is the nasty data collectors.

I trust the technology. I just wish it was maybe a little more predictable and reliable at times 🙂 But it’s still light-years ahead of where it was 50, 25 or even 5 years ago!


https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjq6DwYksrzz_fsWIpPcf6V7p2RNAneKc

Testing Microsoft xCloud

Project xCloud

Initial impressions? Quite impressive considering what it’s doing, but not good enough yet to replace local gaming console/pc yet.

As somewhat expected, there is a delay between controller action and game response. Seems to be about 0.5-1.0 second delay. 🙁 Was even bigger on a older android tablet I have.

Looking around, it seems the host device is critical. I was testing mostly with a Motorola G5 Plus. Not the latest and greatest phone I admit but it was enough to show the potential if the delay can be sorted out. I would imagine if this was played on a PC this would be much better!

Now if they can eventually get it down to running through something like a google chromecast or some sort of cheap streaming xCloud dongle that plugs into HDMI on your TV.

Not bad considering what it’s doing, but not good enough yet to replace local gaming console/pc yet.

Subaru Leaving the BTCC

Sad to see Subaru leaving the BTCC. T’Was a force to be reckoned ever since the first season with Ash Sutton at the wheel! Despite trying to penalise it by restricting power and adding weight for being too quick!

But since the boxer engine in a smaller car (Impreza?) Would somehow not meet new regulations it’s bye bye 🙁

… Ok let’s face it, the car had an unfair advantage due to the low center of gravity. Not cheating just naturally better weight distribution for Motorsport, and for on the road driving!

Adrian Flux Subaru Racing 2019

www.autosport.com/btcc/news/146635/subaru-to-exit-btcc-as-levorg-deal-expires/

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