Humax Sky Player still on the cards

Archiving decrypted Humax T2 recordings via CIFS


EBI Search Chrome extension

A while back I was playing around with developing Chrome extensions and very quickly hashed up one to search the European Bioinformatics Institute's web site. It works by providing a context menu item when you select some text on the page. It also works in the omnibox: if you type "EBI" before your search term you will be taken directly to the search engine.

I have attached the extension here for posterity.

Collating iTunes Tracks

With Amazon having released its CloudPlayer service this week, I thought I would give it a go. You can upload 5GB of your own music in the Cloud Drive (backed by Amazon S3) using your browser, and play the music back from anywhere using a web browser or, for those in the US, the Amazon MP3 Android app.

Streaming H.264 files on Bravia EX series

I already had a PS3 and a Humax HDR, both of which have DLNA capabilities. But when I got a new Sony Bravia KDL-40EX503 TV, I gave it a whirl to see what it would stream and what it wouldn't. Sony's documentation on the topic is predictably sparse, but it did imply support for AVC/H.264 and MPEG2 encoded HD video. I was therefore disappointed to find that only the SD MPEG2 files on my ReadyNAS Duo could be accessed through the Bravia's UI. The H.264 encodes would not show up, now matter what container they were in.

Logitech Driving Force GT

The other day I managed to find stock of (yet another) electronic gizmo to add to my growing pile of gaming accessories: the Logitech Driving Force GT wheel controller for the PS3.


When my iPhone contract expired, I decided it was time to stop handing O2 wads of cash in return for not-very-much, and happened upon a mention of giffgaff in some forum or other.

The BBC and Freeview encryption

Humax HDR video playback

Having recently acquired a Humax HDR-Fox T2 (a Freeview+HD PVR for the uninitiated), I have been spending some time exploring its capabilities.

The king is dead; Long live the king

The fact that I am a self confessed tech geek goes a long way towards explaining why it lasted as long as it did, but it is finally over.


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