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Telly: English TV still smacks American tellys bum

  • Posted on: 20 February 2014
  • By: NickLitten

I emigrated over here to the New World (as my redcoat forebears used to call it) five years ago. During this time I've been lucky enough to travel all over America, driven coast to coast twice, lived in various States and met many wonderful people. The weather is fantastic and life is good... I wouldn't consider moving back to Blighty. Nope. Life over here is better but, I do miss British Telly. :(

American TV just doesn't have the... oh I don't know what to call it... the 'je ne sais quoi'

I enjoy watching Sci-fi, sit-coms and any other gripping drama that makes me say "just one more episode before bedtime"

So, in a mission to record what's good out there I've decided to blog about series as I watch them, and as I find them. For other ex-colonials, I will include magnet links to the Torrents.

Nuff said.

For an ever growing list of decent/funny/gripping/weird TV series (or seasons as my colonial friends call them) just click here http://nicklitten.com/tags/telly



 

Recharging the English with podcasts

  • Posted on: 18 October 2014
  • By: NickLitten
I used to live near here

I love living in the USA.

The weather is fantastic, people are friendly, I can see palms trees out the window, petrol gas is cheap and I can own a gun. Life is good.

Saying that... I've been here over five years now and I've definitely noticed that I'm picking up a few verbal american'isms. I find myself developing a transatlantic inflection on many of my speech patterns. I'm frequently asked either (a) "Are you Australian?" or (b) "My cousin lives in England - do you know him?". Luckily, the answer to both questions is "No"

I regularly recharge my English Accent Batteries by listening to podcasts from the BBC. A fun alternative to the incessant twang of country music geeetars on my local radio. If you haven't played with podcasts yet grab yourself a free podcast listener like Juice (or even iTunes if you have gone to the dark side) and click one of the links below.

Enjoy.

The big list of most excellent British Broadcasting Corporation Podcasts follows:

 

BBC Radio 4 Podcasts RSS FEED

What The Papers Say takes a look at how the broadsheets and red tops treat the week's news.

VPN Happiness -- how to fix Cisco "Unable to Manage Networking Component"

  • Posted on: 15 October 2014
  • By: NickLitten
stop the Unable to Manage Networking Component

A week into my #WINDOWS10 Experience and I'm definitely more than pleased with the whole thing. Thumbs up Windows chaps and chapettes  :)

I just discovered a cure for my only other little VPN niggle.

Last week I had a problem getting Cisco AnycConnect to work, but a little registry tweak seemed to fix that problem. This week I had a similar problem installing another VPN client, in this case the older legacy CISCO VPN Client. So, just to be awkward I am running three VPN clients on my laptop and I am happy to report that all three are running happily together while I type this blog:

  1. Shrewsoft VPN
  2. Cisco AnnyConnect
  3. Cisco VPN (the older unsupported *legacy* version

Problem with the older CISCO VPN

Error 27850 Unable to Manage Networking Component - Cisco VPN

Initially, i had a problem with the CISCO VPN LEGACY installation giving me this error:

Error 27850 Unable to Manage Networking Component - Cisco VPN

RPG Technology Releases for IBM i 7.1 and 7.2

  • Posted on: 7 October 2014
  • By: NickLitten
this is a real TR7 not the IBM RPG sort of TR7

IBM has announced it's latest round of "technology Refreshes" (aka PTF's or service packs) for the IBM i operating system. A couple of nice tweaks to RPG are included in TR9 for IBM i 7.1 and TR1 for IBM i 7.2. For RPG, we will have enhanced ALIAS keyword support, and a streamlined DataStructure I/O support making tihngs just a bit easier for us coders:

Extended ALIAS support for files

The ALIAS keyword can now be specified for any externally-described file.



If the ALIAS keyword is specified for a global file that is not qualified, the alternate names of the fields will be available for use in the RPG program.



In the following example, the field REQALC in the file MYFILE has the alternate name REQUIRED_ALLOCATION. The ALIAS keyword indicates that the name for this field within the RPG program will be REQUIRED_ALLOCATION.

dcl-f myfile ALIAS;



read myfile;

if required_allocation <> 0

and size > 0;

  ...

Relaxed rules for data structures for I/O operations

An externally-described data structure or LIKEREC data structure defined with type *ALL can be used as the result data structure for any I/O operation.

How to fix Windows 10 Problem - VPN ​Failed to initialize connection subsystem in Cisco anyconnect

  • Posted on: 3 October 2014
  • By: NickLitten
Starships are powered by microsoft windows - windows into space duh!

A day after installing the Windows10 Technical Preview I have nothing but nice things to say about it!

Well... that is not quite accurate as I have hit one or two niggling problems... but here is the solution to the main finger biter:

SHREWSOFT VPN FAILS TO CONNECT

Problem

Shrewsoft VPN 2.2.2 reported "network not available" and would not connect to remote VPN

Solution

Easy... just re-install the VPN Software from https://www.shrew.net/download/vpn

 

CISCO: Failed to initialize connection subsystem

Problem

Cisco AnyConnect reported "Failed to initialise connection subsystem" and would not connect to remote VPN

CISCO connection error with windows 8 and windows 9 and windows 10

Solution

OK, so this one is a little trickier to fix as a simple re-installation did not fix the problem. I read a few different sources from the web and finally found a straightforward solution. I am going to place the blame at Cisco's feet but also blame Microsoft as well... shame on you both! I want you both to go and sit on the naughty step!!!!

Windows 9 is Windows 10 - What?

  • Posted on: 1 October 2014
  • By: NickLitten
this appeared in search results for "windows 10" and who am I to argue with Google?

 

Windows 10 Technical Preview Will Be Available For Download Today

which is fancy speak for "a free testing version of the new windows can be downloaded today" and *click* I am downloading it right now....

Here is the skinny from techCrunch

The company’s new operating system is a long-awaited replacement for its beleaguered Windows 8.x platform. That version of Windows saw limited business adoption, and consumer fatigue.

On stage, Microsoft executive Terry Myerson stated that Windows has 1.5 billion users. Myerson indicated that Windows is at a “threshold,’ ironically. For more on the new operating system, head here.

The ‘Insider Program” is designed to let people get the new code, but with the expectation that they new stuff will be a bit off, here and there. New code is new code, after all. Myerson indicated that the new code is an attempt to “share more than ever before.” The goal, he said, is to build something for every Microsoft customer.

Windows 10 is the name for the “product family,” according to the company.

Learn to bang a drum like a rockstar

  • Posted on: 11 September 2014
  • By: NickLitten
rob litten drummer with timshel

OK - So I must admit to being slightly biased as Rob Litten happens to be my cousin but... Rob has grown from the gangly kid that I remember into a quite astounding musician. When he's not drumming away on any nearby acoustic surface (my granite kitchen has never quite recovered) he is either being very loud playing in his band or... in professional mode.... he earns his living by being one of England's best known drum instructors and the force behind the astoundingly successful Drums the word website and youtube video phenom.

Rob Litten - Drums the Word

Rob is college trained and one of the elite few to achieve a National Higher Diploma in drum performance as well as BA(Hons) Degree in music specifically for the drum kit. A Percussion genius. Nuff said.

How to sync Google and Outlook - calendar contacts tasks notes - now that Google Calendar Sync is DEAD :(

  • Posted on: 4 September 2014
  • By: NickLitten
gynkit google calendar sync alternative
Sadly Google Calendar Sync is now Dead <sarcasm>"Thanks Google!"</sarcasm>.
 
But dont worry - I have found an excellent replacement which works even better. I now use a neat little sync tool called GSYNKIT: it keeps my personal GMAIL calendar/contacts/tasks/notes fully synced with my work OUTLOOK setup.
 

gSyncit is a Microsoft Outlook add-in that allows for the synchronization of Outlook calendars, contacts, notes, and tasks with your Google account. In addition, gSyncit also supports synchronization between Outlook and Toodledo,Pocket Informant Online, EvernoteDropboxSimplenote and Nozbe.

Cheese and wine is life... dont argue!

  • Posted on: 2 September 2014
  • By: NickLitten
before I was a cheese addict I was addicted to dressing up and dancing foolishly

Welcome to my life... obviously this chaps life is slighty different as he *cooks* his cheese'n'biscuits/cracker/frenchstick/insert-crunchy-carb-of-choice-here... cooking cheese? weirdo!!!!


"I don't like vegetables, Kelly Rippa said "I would love to do that everyday... if i could.." Well you can.. why would I eat a pizza with mushrooms when a I really a want a standard cheese pizza.. I dont want to corrupt the taste of the pizza."   Makes sense to me... but change the word Pizza with the phrase "cheese, yummy french stick and wine"   


ps: Pizza gives you diabetes and obviously given the fact that I am a beautiful Grecian god like persona of a human being.. nearly Norse Thor-like in fact, a diet of cheese, crusty bread (crackers at a pinch) and cheap table plonk builds the bodies of gods. Forget Bullworker, shake weights or that P-90-Cheddar-X....

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