Archive for March, 2012

This is the last reading from Chris’ Autobography, 24 years at the tap end:

We will definitely miss the feature a lot!

Every reading can be downloaded from:

Thanks Chris, we look forward to season 2 in the summer :)


I received a couple of 20′ poles last week so thought i’d have another go at getting the dishes hooked up… I didn’t make any progress using "guess work" so decided I need to find a better way!

Getting on the roof the other end is going to be a bit tricky so I started at this end. Here’s a picture I took with my iPhone (remarkably good quality):

Zoomed to 100% of where I think I’m aiming:

I wanted to get a bit closer- so took this with my Canon 5D Mark II & Canon 70-200mm f2.8L IS @ 200mm @ 100%:

This is from google maps (you can see the other side of the two houses in the shot above- notice how close to the destination marker A they are):

Google maps again (this is looking roughly at the angle between the houses- it looks like I might just about miss the tree on the right hand side):

I’ve ordered a few cheap laser (lazer?) pointers from eBay which I hope to strap to the dishes for some further testing next week…

Watch this space!


There will be just one more reading from Chris’ Autobography, 24 years at the tap end- Thursday, March 29th! Until next season :)

Until then- relax and listen to today’s: 27/03/12

Expect some updates soon!

Busy, busy, busy- as always!

I’ve been experiencing intermittent issues with my website- which HostBig finally told me today was due to incorrect name server configuration. Thanks for telling me they’d changed!!! I’m thinking of moving providers- let me know if you have any recommendations- preferably UK based with "unlimited" space/bandwidth.

Since moving to the Clarke Tech / xTrend ET9000 with Vix I’ve been experiencing issues with the box not understanding there are two tuners available (failing when 2 recordings are scheduled at the same time, or trying to watch something whilst recording something else "No free tuner"). I think I may have finally cracked this- it appears going into the Setup -> Service Searching -> Satfinder menu, and locking each of the tuners the box now appreciates that both tuners are available- fingers crossed I won’t have any further issues!

I received an interesting comment on an old article about Microsoft SSRS (compared to Crystal Reports): which has encouraged me to post an updated entry- watch this space. I’m still using both products quite a bit so have some new views/opinions.

I mentioned a few things I’ve been waiting on…

  • The scanner with Automatic Photo Feeder (APF)- HP ScanJet 5500C arrived but unfortunately didn’t work… so I’m still on the hunt!
  • The Ubiquiti Unifi UAP-LR was unable to be sourced by my supplier so the order has been cancelled :(
  • I’m still waiting on the Raspberry Pi :(
  • My new phone line was supposed to be installed this morning by BT in preparation for the cabinet going live with FTTC but some cabling issues underground mean excavation work needs to take place first- more delays!!!
  • I took the plunge and order the new Canon 5D Mark III, Speedlite 600EX-RT and Speedlite ST-E3-RT. The flashgun has been delivered but still waiting for the body and transmitter!
  • The new poles have arrived for mounting my Ubiquiti nanobridges- they seem a bit flimsy- but I’m hoping to do some experimenting this weekend.


We knew it would :)

Enjoy Chris’ readings from:

Tuesday: 13/03/2012

Thursday: 15/03/2012

Back catalogue:


I hope, and very much doubt it :)


Back catalogue:


Tap End

You know the score… @chris_stark ‘s autobography continues on the Scott Mills show on Radio 1:


Always waiting!

It seems like I’m always waiting for something! Today saw Canon’s official announcement of their new EOS 5D Mark III (3), Speedlite 600EX-RT and Speedlite ST-E3-RT. Read more:

I currently shoot with a 5D Mark II, and before that a 5D Mark I, so I’m inevitably going to be upgrading!

Other bits I’m also waiting on include:

  • HP ScanJet 5500c – Automatic Photo Feeder Scanner (to scan a load of old photos, I found my Xerox 6121 MFP likes to eat photos as they’re too small for the document feeder/guide rails)
  • Ubiquiti Unifi UAP-LR wifi access point
  • Raspberry Pi (for media center, home automation and a few other projects)
  • FTTC broadband, to hopefully give me a boost from 8 / 0.8 to 40 / 10

And there’s probably other bits I’ve forgotten!


Bit delayed- but here’s Chris’ Tuesday and Thursday readings from his autobography, 24 years at the tap end:

All previous readings can be downloaded here:


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