Gingerbread Inception

I’m a genius. No, really. This morning I invented possibly the best breakfast in the world, and it’s all thanks to Jimmy’s Iced Coffee: Gingerbread Inception.

And it’s simple! All you need is a carton of the delicious Jimmy’s Iced Coffee gingerbread, and a packet of Dorset Cereals’ Gingerbread Porridge.

Now, the iced coffee is a little bit thicker than normal milk, so I used about 200ml of it

which is a little more than the recommended amount, but throw it on the bowl with the gingerbread porridge, mix it around a bit and shove it in the microwave for 2 minutes. It’ll come out with all the oats in the middle and a deliciously creamy milky ring around the outside.

Give it another stir, then throw in the microwave for another minute and check how it’s looking – you might need another 30 seconds (I did!) before it looks like DELICIOUS CAFFEINATED GINGERBREAD PORRIDGE.

The result is a gorgeous porridge, which tastes of ginger and has a fiery after taste of ginger too, which is pretty much the best thing ever. Also, because it also contains coffee, you don’t need to spend extra money in Starbucks to get your kicks!

Linux Servers Sysops

Building your NAS with a HP MicroServer N40L

If you were one of the avid members who picked up a bargain HP MicroServer this week like I did, or you’re looking at getting one, you probably want to turn it into a nice little home server that’ll do everything you could possible need, and to be honest it’s more than powerful enough to do that, so long as you acknowledge it as a server, and at most, a home theatre PC (HTPC)

It’s a fairly beefy machine with a 1.5Ghz dual core AMD Turion™ II Neo N40L processor which actually smokes older AMD 3200+ Athlon dual core processors from only a few years ago, but using a fraction of the energy to power it. It comes with 2GB of memory and a 250gb hard drive, which you almost certainly will be using for the OS, and the other drive bays will form your data storage, or RAID array if you’re super fancy.

I wanted to write a little post explaining how i’ve set it up, and it’s quirks, and because I like my homepage to stay reasonable, you’ll find that right after the jump, which is coming up right about now.

Broadcasting Sky Tech

The Sky+HD Picasso DNLA control server protocol

Tonight, I released my first ever open source code that wasn’t a wordpress plugin, SkyRemote. It’s a python based IP remote control for Sky+HD boxes with the new Picasso EPG. This is currently the DRX980 and the DRX985 boxes.

It’s free as in beer, and licensed under the GPLv3. It’s based on a piece of software called “Miranda” which lets you browse UPnP endpoints.

Full information is on github but I wanted to document the DNLA endpoints available for people to find. That documentation is after the break

Broadcasting Sky Tech

Sky+, DNLA, UPnP, the iPad app and the IP control protocol

Sky launched an update to the iPad Sky+ app this week, which enables the ability to remotely control your Sky box over IP, if you’re updated to the new picasso interface. Obviously, I needed to figure out how it all works, and how I could write my own code to control it. Here are my inital findings.

The service is a DNLA/UPnP type thing, that runs on http://[sky-box-ip]:49153/

Authentication is provided simply by User-Agent. SKY_skyplus works.

More information is after the break.


iPhone 4/4S Home Buttons

It feels like every single person i’ve ever spoken too has had at least one iPhone 4/4S Home Button failure, yet Apple refuse to acknowledge it as a widespread problem.

I think this is something we should take up with the UK trading authorities, but before I can do that, I want to get some stats on just how bad the problem really is.

So, if you’ve ever owned an iPhone 4, or iPhone 4S, Please fill in this form, and pass it on to everyone you know who has: