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Visit to Yoyo Tech in London for Custom Gaming PC’s

December 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Yoyo Tech London Custom Gaming PCsSince I mostly use Macs, I was intrigued when a friend took me to a gaming PC paradise in London called YoYoTech.

They are Specialist is building custom gaming PC ‘s and can be found at 30 Windmill Street – London – W1T 2JL

What was really remarkable was how large these computers were and sometimes quite noise if they had large fans but of course you have the option of choosing water cooling which will run silent (but still take up all the space under my desk).

Other massive computers which looked like Aliens were also on display and I have to admit, if I didn’t convert to the Mac some 7 years ago, I probably would have loved to get one of these machines (If they ran a different Opperating System)

So if you’re inclined to use Windows PC’s and need a super computer for your gaming you can definitely enjoy the visit to


I almost forgot, they also were using a nice BIG QR code on their door which is nice.


Affordable 3-D printer can print itself!

February 4, 2010 Leave a comment

This affordable 3-D printer can print itself!


When Adrian Bowyer and Vik Olliver decided to try their hand at creating a printer that could print tangible, 3D objects, they decided that the most important thing it could be designed to do would be to print copies of itself. Using a conventional 3D printer (called a “rapid prototyper”), they had it construct the parts necessary to assemble their own, self-replicating design. Called the RepRap (short for “Replicating Rapid-prototyper”), their first release version (dubbed “Darwin”) was able to print out the parts needed to construct a second, “child” RepRap machine. At 2pm on May 29th, 2008, the child machine was constructed at Bath University in the UK… and a few minutes later it was already churning out the parts to build its own, “grandchild” copy of the machine.

Very interesting self-replicating 3D printing machine. Seems nice to use for creating coat hooks, plastic gears and maybe even plastic replica’s of parts from one of your gadgets that you might have lost.
For the price of only about $500 for the parts, I think I should ask a Product Design lecturer to get one of these…

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Categories: Hardware

Building iPad Applications with Flash (Adobe Flash Platform Blog)

January 28, 2010 1 comment

Building iPad Applications with Flash

Today Apple announced the Apple iPad and like many of you, we at Adobe are looking forward to getting our hands on one of these devices. This is an exciting time to be a software designer with an explosion of new devices and we look forward to helping Flash developers and designers bring innovative applications to these devices using our tools and frameworks.

We announced the Packager for iPhone at MAX 2009 which will allow Flash developers to create native iPhone applications and will be available in the upcoming version of Flash Pro CS5. This technology enables developers to create applications for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad (though applications will not initially take direct advantage of iPad’s new screen resolution). It is our intent to make it possible for Flash developers to build applications that can take advantage of the increased screen size and resolution of the iPad.

Wow, This is a MASSIVE announcement. I know hundreds of Flash developers, but only a few iPhone Developers personally.

Lets hope the apps aren’t as sluggish as some flash games.

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Categories: Apple

Attending an Apple Leadership seminar in London today

January 14, 2010 Leave a comment
Really impressed with the venue

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Categories: Apple, London

Windows 7 XP Mode vs VMWare

October 24, 2009 1 comment
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So I’ve been investigating Windows 7 recently because one of the new branches in Mauritius might get windows 7 machine’s but all the courses will still need to run, so obviously there will be some issues with software… XP Mode to the rescue?

Investigating the use of XPMode I came across the Forum:

Below is my response on the matter.

z3r010: People have very much missed the whole point of “XP compatability mode” if they are comparing this with stand alone software such as VBOX and VMWARE.

TBH from what i’m reading around here, I think almost everbody has missed the point lol

Hi guys, I don’t think anyone missed the point… actually quite spot on.

“XP mode” on Windows 7 is nothing other than standalone software (Virtual PC in this case) that you need to download and install, which comes with a copy of Windows XP and even a text file containing the serial…,. It’s also only available in some editions, and Virtualization has to be available on your hardware…you need to check using this Hardware Assisted Virtualisation detection tool just to see if it will work (why would they make it a more mainful and difficult route than VMWare server or Sun’s Virtuabox?)

Windows 7 XP Mode

Windows 7 XP Mode

Quoting the Windows 7 “XP mode” Features webpage:

Windows XP Mode also requires virtualization software such as Windows Virtual PC. Both are available free on the Microsoft website. To download Windows XP Mode or learn about its system requirements, visit the Windows Virtual PC website.

At the University where I’ve implemented Virtual machines (server side but also client side to facilitate teaching some courses) Virtual PC 2007 just did not suffice.

Problems with Virtual PC 2007:

It doesn’t run Linux virtual machines well, which Windows7 students will need to run.

Uses a Proprietary file format, so tough to move around if you moved to another OS (even just temporarily)

Not sure why Microsoft calls it “XP mode”

When they should rather call it: “running a complete installation of Windows XP as a virtual machine to accommodate your older software because developers coded really badly so the software can’t be ported” – mode

Possible Solution:

Maybe – who brought out products like Crossover for Mac (which installs a very small virtual Windows environment bottle) should bring out a Crossover for Windows 7.

BENEFITS of a setup like that includes:

Basically from their page, to give the general idea.

CrossOver allows you to maintain multiple bottles in one CrossOver installation. This is like having several different Windows machines operating together on your computer.

This is useful anytime you want to install multiple applications yet prevent them from interacting or damaging one another.

For example: Typically the Internet Explorer 6.0 installer upgrades any existing Internet Explorer 5.0 installation. Using bottles it is possible to install Internet Explorer 6.0 into a new, empty bottle, while leaving an existing install of Internet Explorer 5.0 intact and untouched, thus letting web developers run both simultaneously.

I’m disappointed in Windows 7’s “new” “XP mode”, because I believed they would follow this Wine route, instead of just a VM install which will require its own AntiVirus (as Windows does) etc etc etc .

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Categories: Windows 7

IDE/HBasic32 not found AtomPro BASICMicro

October 1, 2009 Leave a comment

You will probably get this error: IDE/HBasic32 not found AtomPro BASICMicr when trying to run BASICMicro and a updated Windows XP machine: which is software used within robotics to create amazing robots like this one.

After finding NO helpful information online and definitely not from

I would generally describe my experience with the BasicAtom as positive. After some minor problems getting the development environment setup – things generally worked as documented.

(Thanks alot for nothing – and just telling us you fiddled around… around with WHAT? come on. seriously. don’t tempt us, if you spend the effort to blog about it, please tell people what you actually did?.)

I figured it out and here’s the solution:
Rename the folder:
C:\Program Files\BasicMicro\BasicATOM-ProIDE

As below:
C:\Program Files\BasicMicro\BasicATOM-ProIDE

Then it all works.
This is because either BasicATOM or Windows itself doesn’t deal well with spaces when trying to run this software.

We also put C:\Program Files\BasicMicro\BasicATOM-ProIDE;
into path environment

iphone video tutorials

December 23, 2008 Leave a comment

Ok,  so I haven”t been updating any of my sites recently… my excuse is a good one though.

I’ve been traveling a bit: for one.

I have been playing around with my iPhone though and I cannot image traveling without it anymore.

The site will have all the nitty gritty things that I’ve learned along the way.

Off to the Beach!

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