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. clarkschool....

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 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&nbsp;·&nbsp;1 min&nbsp;·&nbsp;matt

Generating a CMYK file for printing

So you want to print something (like a banner) but the printers have asked for it to be int the CMYK colorspace? Well we could argue about how to spell colour or whether CMYK is a colorspace at all. But I can’t be bothered, let’s just cut and paste this command which is what I came up with after a morning of hacking… convert -resize 9520 -density 300 rgb_input.pdf +profile icm -profile sRGB_IEC61966-2-1_black_scaled....

May 12, 2015&nbsp;·&nbsp;2 min&nbsp;·&nbsp;matt

Dell U2515H and problems with a USB apple keyboard

UPDATE/Short answer: Use the USB extension lead that came with the keyboard! It has better contacts. Does anyone else ever have problems with this combination? They keyboard just goes dead. I use the monitor’s USB hub to connect my keyboard and mouse. I then connect the hub to either my macbook or my linux pc and toggle the video inputs. Sometimes the keyboard just dies. When it’s in the broken state the following things are true:...

April 8, 2015&nbsp;·&nbsp;1 min&nbsp;·&nbsp;matt

Tapiriik not syncing to Dropbox?

My activities hadn’t been syncing to Dropbox for a while (since mid-November 2014). This activity was not synchronized to the following services: Dropbox: There was a problem indexing your activities on Dropbox, so no activities will be uploaded to Dropbox. Everything else was syncing fine (Strava, Endomondo, Garmin). A quick email to the author and everything is solved: If you look in your Dropbox folder there should be a number of files with ....

March 31, 2015&nbsp;·&nbsp;1 min&nbsp;·&nbsp;matt