Monday, 28 July 2014

Which graphics card?

Crudders, it's cooking my system but we need a new card. The NVidia 9800 GTX is a fossil. It's not available in stores even, so I'm looking to upgrade from...

(the fan is not an original; it is a repair,)
to one of these. Radeon R7 260
I have a upper limit GBP100 and wattage 150.
Best price so far from 
Dabs £92.00
Scan £93.41

ebuyer £94.98 delivered

Amazon for £103.94

But I've just come aware of a lower power card (wattage) with more poke for a little bit more bucks.
The GeForce 750 TI. Dabs £97.96
Scan £99.98


It appears that some GPU heavy apps need some help if you are wanting CUDA support it might be possible to separately download/install from NVidia : And to ensure that each app is not using default settings for H/W acceleration. Always tweak if in doubt.

Friday, 25 July 2014

BBC BASIC or spectrum BASIC

Which is the best variant to learn basics of programming? I'm doing a blast into the past to try and resurrect what it exactly is that made creating a computer program easy and fun at the same time.

Was it the robustness of the responses you got to errors, was it the simplicity. And were the limited functionality and low power ever really an impediment to learning?

Downlaod a Sepctrum menulator and try it out, probably less painfull than getting a box on ebay and the finding it has no got a screen cable.

or BBC:

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Video editing upgrades for rainy days

Background tracks
"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

"Ashton Manor" Kevin MacLeod (
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0


Classic music available under Creative Commons Attribution license:,_Op.46_%28Grieg,_Edvard%29 

Rip videos directly from youtube into animations/frames :

Another youtube ripper site : 

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Free e-books from Microsoft #swag

We do get lots of free stuff from Microsoft. Some of us more than others if you work for a Microsoft partner, you get access to more free stuff on top of all the SWAG.

But this is just a huge list of fresh free stuff SWAG (Stuff We All Get.) 

This one pictured above is my fave kind of free stuff , cheat sheets. For more like it click the blog link above. for a readable version of the Powershell cheat-sheet. click here
There are a lot of other Powershell resources in there, covering reporting, PSC extensions, networking and obviously Posh V4.0 .  Of interest to you might be the ready to use school teacher and child resources? Or maybe you are into the cloud already, either way there will be something for you.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Video up and download twitch to local

I could not get the direct twitch leach to work, but this site does!form/getvideo

paste the twitch video url (go into previous videos screen) into the form and it will give you the download links in an instant.