Better tips for the Sony WF-1000XM4 earbuds?

These Sony Earbuds, sound great, but are awkward to fit I was very disappointed when these earbuds. Most online reviewers rave about the comfort. They sound great, but none of the supplied tips seemed to fit me properly. It took me 5 minutes of faffing about squeezing and rotating them whenever I wanted to wear them. Not the quick and convenient earbuds I was hoping for. If I couldn’t get better tips, I was going to have to send them back…...

April 20, 2022 · 1 min · matt

Hands-on Car Sunshade Comparison 2022

Hands-on review for the ultimate car sunshade in 2022 Are you looking for the right sunshade for your car? Well, let’s get something out of the way… DON’T TRUST A WORD I’M SAYING Seriously, you shouldn’t trust me, I am so biased and conflicted that everything below should be treated like an advert. I’m friends with a product designer that made one of the products this blog post is about. I’ve not said which one it is, but the picture above shows one of the products already unrolled and looking awesome so that’s probably a good bet that this isn’t a fair comparison off the bat....

March 2, 2022 · (Updated April 20, 2022) · 6 min · matt

Domains affected by Enom outage

Enom has been down for almost 2 days. I thought it might be handy to compile a list of domains known to be affected by the issue. Please let me know if you want yours added to the list… UPDATE: DNS settings appear to be restored and propagating around the various DNS servers. Still can’t access the Enom console though. alterrenovation.com andymassey.com angelakulig.com apsynergy.com argentuniverse.com camvision.fr capitalsigma.biz cetbcn.com christianlady.com christianman....

January 17, 2022 · 1 min · matt

Did I find an easter egg in Encanto?

At the end of Encanto, I spotted one of the butterfly bricks was placed upside-down No idea if it means anything, and in a later frame it’s the right way up again. Does anyone know why? Yeah, this is a random and boring post. The real reason is I’ve just migrated the whole site from wordpress to hugo and I wanted to add a post to test it out…

January 16, 2022 · 1 min · matt

Audio on Udemy videos has suddenly stopped working

I’m working through a course on Udemy on my macbook with bluetooth headphones. I’ve no idea why but the audio no longer works. Youtube audio is fine, previous lessons no longer have audio either, restarting browser has no effect. Disconnecting headphones makes no difference. Downloading lecture works, but is hassle. Solution: In bottom-right, click the cog and change the quality from auto to a fixed quality (eg 1080p). This solved it for me....

February 12, 2018 · 1 min · matt

Cameron hails Stoke Gifford Parish Council as “Most forward-thinking in UK”

Stoke Gifford Parish Council voted last night in favour of charging parkrun for use of the local park for members of the public to use for free. The PM has applauded the decision saying that it signifies just the start of some great savings that can be made by government. In a statement last night he said: Councils across the country have huge bills for supplying services available for free universally to taxpayers....

April 13, 2016 · 2 min · matt
baby monitor

Motorola MBP854 baby monitor

Yes, I’m blogging about a baby monitor. It’s great, has a massive screen, remotely physically controllable camera, thermometer, streams to my phone when I’m at work, but still works in the house if wifi breaks etc. However… Tonight we looked at the screen and thought, gosh, she’s really moving about a lot but not making a peep of sound. We muted the telly so we could hear if she was still breathing....

February 11, 2016 · 1 min · matt

How I got over £1,200 from HMRC with this one simple trick!

You won’t believe this hack! I recently got a cheque for over £1200 from HMRC for “overpaid corporation tax”. Wahoo! Free money! Unfortunately, as much as I just wanted to cash the cheque and forget about it, I knew there was something wrong. After a bit of rummaging through my records I realised that the amount overpaid was exactly the same as the amount I’ve just paid to HMRC for my latest PAYE bill....

July 21, 2015 · 2 min · matt

How to grant access to AWS billing to an IAM user

First you must go to your account settings and grant access to IAM users: https://console.aws.amazon.com/billing/home#/account Click “edit” And “activate”  Then you can go do all the policy group nonsense that every other google result will give you. Basically, just create a user and add them to a group with these policies:  Bosh.

June 17, 2015 · 1 min · matt

How to compress a folder of .mov files

Made a bunch of .movs using quicktime’s screen recording but they’re a bit big? ffmpeg’s default settings when converting to mp4 is a quick win for i in *.mov; do ffmpeg -i $i $i.mp4; done Name them alphabetically and you can merge them all together: ffmpeg -f concat -i <(printf "file '$PWD/%s'\n" ./*.mp4) -c copy merged.mp4

May 29, 2015 · 1 min · matt