El Capitan

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The time has come..it would seem. Is it easy? It all depends. It wasn’t seamless but we are working again, sort of. Also it seems Apple consider /var to be a system directory and not for use by user installed code but I have only found one program (written by me) impacted, which I initially assumed was based on a breach of standards, I use /var, but on closer inspection, also fails because the Xcode download/install fails.  Here are my notes on the OS install, /var and Xcode. Continue reading “El Capitan”

Streaming TV at home (ROKU)

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I bought a ROKU stick, it’s pretty easy to start and make to work. It’s not clear from the web site, but you must open an account on their web site, agree their terms and conditions and lodge payment details with them; for buying extra I assume.  The BBC, ITV, All 4 and Demand 5 are free, there is a free NOW TV channel and access to all the big SVoD suppliers. Continue reading “Streaming TV at home (ROKU)”

Raspberry Pi

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I bought a Raspberry Pi to act as a Media Server in the home. I bought a PI, case, SD card and power source. As ever here are my notes. Currently, getting started (or 1st boot), 1st customisations, and early days with the media browsers and XBMC/Kodi. I have BBC, ITV and YouTube working, Channel 4 is going to be very hard and so is Sky, since among other things since Silverlight is deprecated. I have given up, and bought a Roku stick. In addition to the challenges of getting all the channels I want, even v3 of the Pi struggles with iplayer HD; it might be the CPU, it might be the BT broadband plus speed but it’s too hard. I shall reconstruct the page and use comments, as one of the purposes of making a notes page was collecting the various web pages that helped me get to wherever I got. Continue reading “Raspberry Pi”

Moving Contacts from a Tocco to Galaxy 6

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I now have a Samsung Galaxy 6 and need to move forward from a Samsung Tocco. Fortunately, I have only the phone contacts to move forward, I used Kies to get them off to my laptop, make .vcf copies, then copy the .vcf files to a folder in the ./Downloads folder on the Galaxy device, using drag and drop, then use “Contacts -> Settings” to import the .vcf files.