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iTunes: ‘No Error’, Track Names

Saturday May 7, 2016

itunes_logoI’ve been having a ‘No Error’ issue when trying to rip CDs in iTunes.  It appeared to have a problem connecting to the GraceNote server.

Here’s the fix I used:

  1. Close iTunes.
  2. Open terminal.
  3. cd ~/Library/Preferences
  4. mv com.apple.iTunes.plist ~/com.apple.iTunes.plist.bak
  5. Launch iTunes.

Found this over in the Apple support discussion forum from user ‘offroad99’ – my thanks to him!

 

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Broadband Upgrade: 100MBs

Tuesday June 19, 2012

Oooh, my broadband speed is looking very nice now!

 

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Deforestation

Sunday June 17, 2012

A photo from my G12 taken whilst out walking in Scotland at the beginning of the month.

Man's Impact

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Virgin Media Tivo – Remote Control Programming

Saturday June 16, 2012

Quickest way to program your Virgin Media Tivo remote to operate your television volume is shown below!  Took me a while to find out about this method so I’m posting a copy of the instructions here to help others.

[From the VM Help and Support Forum]

Searching for a TV remote control code

1. Press and hold down and at the same time until the light on the top of the remote flashes green twice.

2. Enter the code 0999 to access the TV code database – the LED will flash green twice.

3. Press channel up until a code turns off the TV – the LED will flash green each time a code is sent.

4. When the TV turns off, release channel up and press on the remote to turn the TV back on.

5. Press and to check that the remote is working with your TV. If they don’t, continue to search using channel up until the next code turns off the TV, and repeat steps 4 and 5.

6. When the Volume and Mute keys work, press to store the code. The LED will then flash green twice.

7. If you reach the end of the code database, the light on top of the remote will give an extended red flash and exit programming mode

Hope that helps!

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Tilley Hat – LOST!

Sunday March 11, 2012

© Tilley My trusted Tilley TH5 hat has been lost!  On the 3rdof March we were enjoying a very nice weekend in the Brecon Beacons, taking some time to enjoy the mountains and walks.  Whilst out on the top of a ridge, my Tilley was snatched by the very strong winds and blown off the cliff.  Despite the Tilley being secured by its strings to my head, the wind just took it.

It bounced and rolled along the heather before vanishing over the cliff.  I was very upset!  These are great hats and they should last a lifetime.

Me and the Tilley parted company here: N51.86272 W3.42975 (Google Maps). A sad, sad day.

Hopefully, someone will find it and return it to me in the future.

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Part 2: New Royal Mail Centre – Strood, Kent (Aerial Shot)

Tuesday January 24, 2012

I had forgotten to post the photo below having posted back in July about the new Royal Mail Centre in Strood, Kent.

I took this photograph whilst out for a birthday flight over Kent back in October.  This shows progress on the site as of the 2nd of October 2011.  Click the image for a larger photo.

©2011 DaveOnDahon

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Christmas: all done…

Thursday December 29, 2011

Well, that’s Christmas over with for another year.  A little heavier after all the food, I’m now looking at the Dahon and thinking that 2012 has to be a more active cycling year!

I’ve got my eye on a new cycle rack for the car – a Thule roof-mounted system – so that should help.  The ‘future-wife’ (!) is keen to break her bike free from the shed too so having the rack on the car will give us more options to explore other parts of the country on the bikes.

The Dahon was running well before Christmas but today still has the puncture which it got on my last ride.  That’s going to be repaired this week whilst I’m off work for the Christmas/New Year period.  I still enjoy the Dahon and riding it makes me smile even when the stress and pressures of work  are getting me down.

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New Royal Mail Centre – Strood, Kent

Sunday July 24, 2011

The Royal Mail’s new mail centre has sprung up out of the ground in Strood, Kent.  Easily visible from the Rochester side of the Medway, it’s due to be operational in 2012.

[Update, 24th Jan 2012: I’ve uploaded an aerial shot of the Mail Centre which I took in October (Click Here)]

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Gerber Sport Multi Tool – UK streel legal?

Sunday July 3, 2011

I’ve had my Gerber Sport multi tool for a long time (bought from Heinnie.com).  These days it’s with me when I’m out taking photographs and I have carried it on me when out cycling too.  However, reading the letter of the law, it’s illegal to carry this multi tool in public due to it’s locking blade.

Today I removed the blade from the tool so that I could confidently carry it whilst out and about without fear that I was carrying an illegal blade.  I don’t use the blade that often so it’s removal isn’t too annoying.  The pliers and screwdrivers are the useful bits on the tool and now they can come with me everywhere.

To remove the blade, you just loosen and remove the bolt/pivot at the base of the blade.  Then you can pull the pivot out and the blade and two screwdrivers fall out – take note of the orientation of the bits at the pivot before attempting this!  I then replaced the blade (on the pivot) with two 1mm washers and put the bolt back on.  Perfect.  The tool still functions as in its original configuration but I no longer have the illegal locking blade.  An easy and quick modification which can easily be reversed if needed.

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MasterChef – Rap

Friday July 1, 2011

I am missing the BBC’s Master Chef programme but this made me smile today:

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