Archive for the ‘television’ Category

BBC iplayer “loophole”.

September 1, 2016

Everyone has their $0.02, and so do I.

Since the fanfare-like announcements in recent weeks I was mildly curious. Today, as I type, I am downloading Series 2, Episode 5 of the BBC documentary series “Inside The Factory”.

At no point during this process have I needed to prove I am in possession of a valid TV Licence. I didn’t bother clicking on the part of the page where it says “I have a TV Licence”, I just needed the pid (Programme ID) from the URL bar.


Sony KDE P42 XS1 software update 05TV232

July 12, 2016

I found this on an old hard disk, it is the firmware update which applies to a limited range of serial numbers of this old Gas Plasma TV. See for the details.

You should be able to download the disk image from

Unzip, and write the file to a 128k Memorystick. The digitalspy forum post talks about creating folders etc, but if you use the disk image file then the folders/files will all be sorted in one operation.

I had one of these TVs a while ago, and it was a good TV. I sold it because I needed multiple HDMI inputs, and using one HDMI to YUV converter turned in to too much fuss.


Another BBC TV tip: Bang Goes The Theory – new series.

August 16, 2011

The first episode of the new series was broadcast yesterday. I’ll be using the excellent iPlayer service again to watch it.

The BBC’s “Bang Goes The Theory”

September 10, 2010

Just to say I didn’t see the first episode broadcast live, but I have just watched it using iplayer. It is on Wednesdays at 7:30pm.

An unexpected symptom of turning off analogue TV.

March 29, 2010

Having survived the non-sense of changing from GMT to DST yesterday, I found something I didn’t expect. VHS recorders no longer know to change their own clocks.
While VHS is a bit antediluvian, it does serve a purpose. In the hey-days of analogue TV broadcasting there was a digital information service buried within the signal. This carried the current time of day.
Some VHS recorders had sufficient decoding ability to be able to get the time and date.
Now that analogue TV is history, we have to re-set our VHS recorders manually.

The tuesday night ride, 22nd December 2009.

December 23, 2009

It was short, hard and slightly dangerous to get to.
I’m glad I went though, even if the Highways Agency are saying don’t make unnecessary journeys because of a bit of scary snow on the ground.
In fairness, there’s next to no snow down here in Barrow. The insulating water jacket called The Irish Sea makes snow in Barrow quite rare. If you go inland it’s different. About 10cm of snow has fallen in Ambleside over the past 24 hours, and it’s more like 15 to 20cm on the lower fells.
It took one hour and fifteen minutes to get from Ambleside to the top of Iron Keld. Without snow it takes about an hour, possibly less if you’re keen.
There were two riders on this ride, and I was one of them. That’s part of the reason why I’m glad I decided to take part – it made it worthwhile for Andy to participate. I’d have felt very guilty if he had turned up to find no-one there at all.
If you were planning on coming, but didn’t, you missed:
(a) a lot of sliding around in the snow
(b) a good bit of pushing up and along trails we normally breeze up and along.
(c) an entertaining, but not quick, descent of Sunny Brow.
At that stage we were both feeling the effort of pushing through 15cm of snow, so we decided to cut the ride short. The total distance was about 11 miles, but they were well earned.

I shot this (and a couple of others) just to demonstrate we were there.
Two bikes and the sign post on Iron Keld, Ambleside.

A word about “scary snow”.
I was able to drive sensibly up to Ambleside from Barrow without any fuss or drama.
Coming back there were two “non-steering” moments where I had to control a slow front-wheel skid – and one of those was at the roundabout at Newby Bridge.
I think the hardest part about driving there and back, was parking in Rydal Road car park. Several times I had to rock the car forwards and backwards to coax it out of the snow.
I learned this forwards/backwards technique from the BBC’s Top Gear Polar Special – thanks to all concerned for that.

Is the Stig really Michael Schumacher?

June 22, 2009

I’m not convinced, sorry JC et. al.

Do we really want to know the identy (identities) of The Stig?

June 20, 2009

It’s probably too late to prevent it (according to this) but I’m happy with the mystery identity thing.
Or is it just a publicity stunt by Clarkson? Will it be like this:
The Invisible Man (1933)