New stuff.

Picked up an action camera.  Based on reviews, and not wanting to fork out the money for a GoPro (not that I have anything against GoPro other than price) I opted for an Olfi 5.1
It’s just arrived a couple of days ago, and other than traumatising the cats by chasing them round with it, I’ve not had a chance to play with it properly, but it does seem to be a decent bit of kit, and at half the proce of a GoPro, I can’t complain.
I’ve ordered a 3rd party helmet mount, so I can use when I’m cycling, so when that comes in I’ll have a proper play with it.

Today I also picked up a new rucksack for holidays.  The Karrimor I’ve used for years finally burst on me on the way back from Vietnam, earlier this year.  It wasn’t catastrophic, not a case of clothes spilling all over the conveyor belt at the airport, but I wouldn’t have liked to try using it again, so definitely time for a new one.
I plumped for a Trespass Trek 66 which I managed to get at 50% off.  It’s 6L larger than the Karrimor, and it’s lighter to boot, so seems like a decent enough purchase.

The weather in Glasgow this week has been rain and wind, so unfortunately I’ve been getting the train rather than cycling.  Over the winter (gale force winds permitting) I’ll probably be using the hybrid rather than the road bike.  It’s a Giant Escape M1 and I’ve stuck a rack on the back.  Due to getting loads of flats with the tyres that came with it, I’ve stuck Armadillo knoblies on for the time being, but I’m thinking for commuting, of changing these for Schalbe marathons.  Better for commuting and still bombproof.
It’s been ages since I’ve used it regularly, and when I did use it about a month ago to do the Glasgow SkyRide with my wife, I jumped on, sat down and missed the saddle completely as it wasn’t where it would have been on the road bike.  Actually felt pretty weird for a while, being that upright.  So yeah, need to use it more.  It’s a good bike and doesn’t deserve to be sitting unused.

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The camera bundle I was after was in stock.  So I’ve got a new shiny – Nikon D3300 with 18 – 55mm lens + Tamron 70 – 300mm lens.

So no prizes for guessing what I’m going to be playing with this coming weekend.

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Sometime I hate technology. (I’m sure the feeling is mutual)

Earlier this year my phone contract was up for renewal.  Rather than get a new phone – I like(d) my HTC Desire C – I opted for a sim only deal and stayed with my phone.  A couple of months back, the charger refused to plug into the phone.  Rather than fork out for another phone, I took a step back to the old Samsung Galaxy I’d had about 4 years ago.  Fine, EXCEPT it was so old, I couldn’t update any apps, and would have been as well off using the non-smart Samsung I’ve still got from about 5 years ago!

So, yesterday I went and bought a sim free phone (Hauwei Ascend Y330).  Looks cool, and appears to do everything I want – phone, txt, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – EXCEPT, could I get it to connect to wifi?  Could I buggery!

Home network gave a response of either (a) “authenticating” or (b) “obtaining IP address”, neither of which happened.

Open network in work gave a “connected” response, UNTIL I tried to go online, when it promptly told me I was “not connected to a network.

So, today at lunchtime, I trotted in to the shop, where a spotty youth told me that my network password would be “case sensitive” and that was the problem.  Erm…no, I’ve been working with IT equipment since before you were born sonny, I KNOW it’s case sensitive and have successfully connected numerous devices prior to getting this phone.
Next thing spotty youth turns on the wifi and damn, if it doesn’t connect to their network straight away.  Back at work, and I can now connect to the network I previously couldn’t.

Fingers crossed for the home network tonight.

(Other than this little problem, the phone seems pretty good.  Especially since I only paid £50 for it)

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