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Its been a while!

Its been a while im afraid!! I hardly get to use the computers much in the hot weather .. But its cooled down now so its not bad using the computers plus I got a new black out blind fitted on the office for next year so I can still work on websites in the office in the blinding heat!! A few changes music and technology wise! Like my last post states I switched my whole infrastructure to apple that includes watch .. tablets .. phones .. TV´s Computers and laptops! now its made a big difference to the way I now work and I’ve streamlined all my apps I need mainly on the phone / tablet to get he results I need for my profesional singing career and for the businesses I run here now in Spain. Im gong to compile a list of apps and make a blog for this hopefully next week… watch this space! One big change I did make was on the Apple TV´s when I set them up I tell the boxes im in there UK otherwise if you let it pick Spain you get no Siri and no UK TV integration. So with he box thinking UK I just setup a two year getflix and for like 50 quid! all my boxes are in the UK giving me all the usual channels and catch up etc … and I installed TV plus app costs 6 a month but get all the extra channels like spike and other goodies with a guide .. plus I installed classix and popcorn movies for all the extras with a plex client with ducky tv on the iMac pulling all my favourite tv shows which it tracks this from my trakt account … nice rig out! 

Music wise ive just joined something I can tell you about this week but its big.. so watch my next blog!! I now changed my main job to professional musician as I do shows medium to large at least six a week… sometimes I do 7 over 6 days.. im fully booked out over xmas and I have lots of bars and acts im connected to so ive decided to open my old gig seek music business again for the new year and have some greats acts signed up already…. im still working on my beatle one show for the new year this should be ready for February which is a 1.30 hour beatle show story from the beginning to the end of the beatle career! its going to be great .. this will all run from MainStage 3 on my Mac book pro using this for the backing tracks and vocal effects and then using amplitude for the guitar effects with my external rubix 22 sound card and the FCB1010 midi floor controller!  So watch out for my new music news … and watch out for gigseek…

gigseek!

As far as life goes its been great we have been here in Spain for just under two years. I have to say its been great we have really settled now and have really good friends and neighbours. Recently my son came to visit us with his partner Rhianna who is soon going to have a baby boy! Was great to catch up with them. My dads here next which im looking forward too and my good friend Pud and Lorraine which im planning to take a few days out myself and spend sometime with them maybe up the coast!…. Some of good friends we got really close to just moved up the coast with a career change we will sadly miss you guys and we will try come see you as much you can! We have a weekly Monday Club were all good friends meet and talk and have good food .. these Monday’s won’t be the same with out you guys! One thins we found is we can have the best life here all we have to do is avoid negativity, envy or jealousy which im afraid you can get moving to another country specially if its a lot better and a lot better climate than others.. but thats the way it is, I do wish everybody is happy in there life and with every body the best and peace and love – be happy… stay happy and try and love your family you never know what’s around the corner – try and loose any of what I have said and try and be positive for the new year !! …… I have to say with life the way it is im finding I have later nights .. get up a tad later and do a lot of local shopping and using fresh produce to cook food most days which is very enjoyable !! Its nice at the moment as the weather has cooled especially at night so we get to sleep well! it won’t be long till we are back in the oven !! Last few years we have had xmas day on the beach and then curry and beer… its kind of looking similar this year but im booked in land for a xmas party! so curry and a show inland sounds good to me!! 

all you need is love…all the best in your xmas and all the best for your new year .. keep the faith and keep direction if you want something in life… 

wayne ward beatle
the Monday clubs founders 🙂
 

Back in bed with apple

Made a big change when it comes to technology I didn’t think id jump back in bed with apple but I had a feeling it could happen.. I been doing a lot of shows up and down the coast and was building two solutions..

One portable for small shows that doesn’t have lots of wires and to much setting up.

One larger rig used for show automation including the music, lights, spinning light heads and smoke and vocal / guitar effect automation plus additional projection to screen.

I bought a iRig and a blue board only to realise that this doesn’t work with the note 8 I recently bought… so then i sent it back and opted for the iOS version and thought well a iPad mini will cut all this.. now the iPad mini in mind I kind of knew this could be dangerous. It lead to me dropping all the computers / laptops running antergos which is damn good plus dumped all the tablets and just wen clean through apple the best thing I did was dumping the Samsung frontier watch as I never got it to do anything even Samsung pay was useless! I also dumped the cheap android boxes and went Apple TV 4K but have to say its the best move ive ever made a real investment. Now the only thing I don’t have to do is fix the computers so I spend my time reading magazines and books on them and creating videos and photos for my shows! Plus I started looking at a few games and a controller to play them.

Have to say its expensive jumping in bed with apple but the old saying is true you get what you pay for so sorry you won’t be seeing no more linux blogs I don’t have the time now for tinkering and fixing a building boxes. Sorry if this disappoints but there is to much in life to be doing this. Bye linux is been a passion but now you are in bed. Sweet dreams!!

 

apple macintosh iMac G5 and linux

I recently acquired a imac G5 with a broken screen from some kind person of the internet so decided to give it a new lease of life!

i got a new screen of ebay and installed the screen easily. (around 15 mins to install)

I wanted to install ubuntu as thats what i tend to use so looked for the latest ubuntu install, i discovered they have stop support for PPC macs but still have versions available using lubuntu, which is a cut down version which would be fine due to the age of the mac.. so i proceeded to the latest 14.0.4 install. The install wouldnt complete so i tried the version before which failed so i tried the video-ofonly in the option of the install which looked promising as the install worked! but after the install i couldnt get past the greater! so i tried various window managers to no prevail. Before giving up I remembered I had used debian on my macbook so i downloaded the latest debian dvd and blew it to a disk.

imac g5

The install went flawlessly and i ended up with a slick gnome dektop which is very nice to use and look at. I installed a zone minder server and connected my cameras with no problems.

Now the machine runs fine nice and slick now the only problem is because of the processing power which its handling fine the fans are running fast to keep the machine cool. There is no way with moddding the case to fix this so i have a thermaltake mobile  II on the way ill update this post later…thermaltake II

 

create bootable mac osx usb install

want to fresh reinstall your mac from a usb key  Selection_055

if your updating your mac from the itunes store download diskmakerx from here http://liondiskmaker.com/

start the download of from itunes and plug in at least a 8 gig usb key

when the download finishes it will want to start the install, before you start the install run disk maker and it will find the install image downloaded for maverick and then proceed to find the usb key and confirm you want to use it, when you select this is fine you wait around 10 / 15 mins and you have a bootable usb key with maverick ready to go.

Pop into you mac / imac and turn on with the alt key selected which will offer you the choice to boot from the usb !! nice fresh install 🙂

 

 

lion diskmaker

 

Handy bit of kit i got the mountain lion install file on my desktop and a 8 gig USB stick in the socket of the mac, load up the app and click create a boot disk it see’s the image file on my desktop and asks if i want to use that then asks me if i want to write it to the USB key inserted. It takes 20/30 mins to create the boot usb key, then use just reboot keeping your finger on the alt key ready for the alternate boot. select the usb key from the icons and install a shiny new version of mountain lion! simples 🙂
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GTA vice macbook app store disappointment

Screen Shot 2012 12 12 at 01 06 59I already had a copy of this game before i bought it on the app store which i created myself for free using a wine wrapper which still works fine to this day.. i even see you can buy it of steam.. i bought it straight away for my iPhone and iPad which was good at around £3, i noticed the cloud load and save option which is great and gives more dimension to the game being able to work through the game on multiple devices and start and stop were you finish off using cloud save or load. So she i noticed on the app store version for mac book the date was december the 6, assumed it was updated like the iPad, iPhone being released the same time with the cloud save load option. So i forked out the £6 and it doesn’t work. Very disappointed, one of my all time favourites … this would have been elite but i guess they won’t add it. I can only say this is half cut and corner cutting and stupid for a feature would have brought this game back to life and improved mac gaming 100%

 

mac osx RDP licence problem

quick fox for licence problems with mac osx – i just remove the licence and test from then on…

from a terminal :
rm -rf /Users/Shared/Microsoft/RDC\ Crucial\ Server\ Information/RDCGlobal\ Data
sudo rm -rf /Users/Shared/Microsoft/RDC\ Crucial\ Server\ Information/*
try again – no need to change the machine name like the dreaded windows 😉

 

Stop Thunderbird from littering your desktop with attachments

I love Thunderbird. It is both flexible, powerful and user-friendly. But, on Mac OS X, it has the nasty habit of saving a copy of all the opened attachments on the desktop leaving a messy trail… Can something be done about that ? You bet !

I said Thunderbird was flexible, didn’t I ? It is so flexible that it will let you edit tons of hidden parameters if you so wish. Those parameters can be found in the “Thunderbird” menu under the “Preferences” item. In the preferences window go to “Advanced”, then “General” and then “Configuration editor”. Be sure to read the warning that will appear and don’t do anything stupid…

Now for the grand finale, in the about:config window that appeared, control-click (or right-click) anywhere and select “New” and “Boolean value” from the contextual menu that appeared. Then, paste in the following key name browser.helperApps.deleteTempFileOnExitand select true when prompted. Voilà! Now, all those temporary files will be cleaned up when you exit Thunderbird.

This has been tested to work in Thunderbird 3 (but I believe it also works in Thunderbird 2).

 

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