8Bitdo N30 Pro Wireless Bluetooth Controller – Unboxing and Review

Read on for Step by Step Instructions on Updating the Firmware on the 8BitDo N30 Pro for Mac / PC.

Having got my RetroPie rig up and running I was thoroughly enjoying some retro arcade action.  I had everything from an Atari to a NeoGeo, with 1000s of games from my youth all ready to go with the push of a button on my TV.

One thing felt wrong though and that was the controller.  I was using a wired xBox / Windows controller.  It worked well, plugged it in and it just worked as it should but it just felt wrong.  Playing Streets of Rage on a modern xBox controller just didn’t capture the feel.  It still played well, it is still an epic retro game, but I’m sure you get what I mean?

Then I decided to change the controller and started looking for an alternative.  One that would work well, feel good and actually capture the feel of these older style games.  I did a lot of reading on Amazon reviews as well as other sites and they all pointed me towards one brand – 8BitDo.

They have a wide range of controllers and accessories – as you can see mostly geared towards the Nintendo feel of things :

8BitDo Range of Controllers
8BitDo Range of Controllers

Read more8Bitdo N30 Pro Wireless Bluetooth Controller – Unboxing and Review

Merry Christmas Everyone

Just wanted to wish all you guys and girls a very Merry Christmas 2017

If you happen to be on your own this Christmas have a look at Twitter and the hashtag #joinin and have some banter and craic over there!

Hope Santa was good to you all, if not not and you were on the naughty list and got some coal, never worry there is always next year.

Whatsapp Scam : Text Message States Subscription has Expired – Click Link and Pay 99p for Lifetime Subscription – Don’t Click – Don’t Pay

Whatsapp Scam Text Message
Whatsapp Scam Text Message

This scam has been about before and is actually quite clever as previously you could have paid 99p for a Lifetime of Whatsapp (or a year depending when you joined), but since 2016 Whatsapp has been free and still is!

So don’t click the link and don’t pay!  This is an attempt by scammers to harvest payment details and no doubt rip you off further.  Just press delete.  

Don’t give it another thought – this is a scam full stop.  Delete it, ignore and keep enjoying your Whatsapp.

Oh and on this instance the message was sent to my phone number as a regular Text Message not even as a Whatsapp Message – why would Whatspp do that.  Think about it then forget it, happy that you still have your 99p and more importantly that you haven’t given this scum your bank details!

The wording of the message is : 

Your subscription has expired. To verify your account and purchase a lifetime subscription for just 0.99 GBP simply tap on this link [LINK REMOVED]

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Tropical Storm Ophelia Aims For Ireland

Northern Ireland Hurrican Survival Kit
Northern Ireland Hurrican Survival Kit

Track Storm #Ophelia Live time here :

https://earth.nullschool.net/#current/wind/surface/level/orthographic=-14.19,47.01,1535/loc=-16.139,56.259

Ex Hurricane Ophelia (previously a category 3 hurricane – the most intense storm ever recorded as far east on the globe) is due to hit the south west of Ireland in the next few hours.  It will then sweep across the island leaving the north coast at about 10pm.  High winds will likely continue into Tuesday.

During these hours this storm will be intense, it has been described as a 50 year storm, the Met Office, Irish Weather Authority, both Governemnts have issued advise.  Stay away from the coast, don’t go out unless you have to, stay safe, secure any loose property, be careful of debris trees etc.

Be prepared – have a torch, charge your phone, charge your power banks, have batteries, a battery powered radio, candles… if you have a land line – it may well work without electricity so make sure it is plugged in.  This storm will most likely pass quickly so don’t panic and stay safe.

This advise is sound – don’t be a hero and don’t put our real heroes (the emergency services) in a position where you have to be saved from your own stupidity.

Track Storm #Ophelia Live time here :

https://earth.nullschool.net/#current/wind/surface/level/orthographic=-14.19,47.01,1535/loc=-16.139,56.259

Here are some very useful numbers should you need them :

Northern Ireland Emergency Contact Numbers
Northern Ireland Emergency Contact Numbers

Seriously – Stay Safe!

Northern Ireland Storm Ophelia
Northern Ireland Storm Ophelia

Photobucket – Now Charging for Linking Photos :

Photobucket start charging to link your photos off site
Photobucket start charging to link your photos off site

Photobucket are now charging $99 for a year so that we can link our own images hosted on photobucket.com and have them displayed on a third party site (like this one).

That is ridiculous.

So I am now moving over to Flickr. This is not an easy or quick process so I am asking for your help. If you see any of these little b@stards appear on the site please let me know at info@tbni.blog and send me the page you found the little sh1t!  Thanks.

TomBoyNI 2017 Isle of Man TT Statistics 

TomBoyNI does Twitter for the 2017 TT Races
TomBoyNI does Twitter for the 2017 TT Races

 

If you are interested in this sort of thing (which I am) I found my twitter stats pretty awesome for the 2017 TT Races.

I covered the fortnight, practice week and race week – live and had great fun doing so.

Then I had a look at the analytics for the fortnight and was pretty shocked.

I found the following :

@TomBoyNI had 57,408 Organic Impressions for the TT Race fortnight.

24,941 were for Senior TT Coverage!  That’s just one race!

1402 Unique Hits from the UK and Isle of Man for the Senior Race Coverage!

So if you followed me during the Races or Practice, thank you. If not make sure you do so next time. I’ll be doing my best to keep you all up to date during the Armoy Road Races and the Ulster Grand Prix.

Follow me on Twitter : @TomBoyNI

Read moreTomBoyNI 2017 Isle of Man TT Statistics 

Welcome to tbni.blog 

As part of a simple restructuring and refocusing of the site, what it is about and where it is going I am proud to present to you tbni.blog

This new .blog domain will be used primarily and in conjunction with the tbni.co.uk domain. So whichever one you like is the one to bookmark, they will both work from this point going forward.

If you have a bookmark on either ProtectedBikerNI.co.uk or ProtectedBikerNI.com now is the time to update it. In the imminent future those domains will no longer be pointing to this site. (See this page for further info : https://tbni.blog/protected-biker-ni/)

So welcome to tbni.blog – thanks for visiting, and continuing to visit, and also for making 2016 our fifth consecutive year of growth – with a massive 32,794 visitors last year!

Let’s keep moving forward!

Welcome to tbni.blog
Welcome to tbni.blog

Sticky : For Sale : ProtectedBikerNI Domains

ProtectedBikerNI Domains for Sale
ProtectedBikerNI Domains for Sale

The following domains are for sale following a rethink and restructuring at TBNI Towers :

1. www.protectedbikerni.com

2. www.protectedbikerni.co.uk

These domains are ideal for such an enterprise as a Motorcycling Detailer, Valeter, Motorcycle Retailer, Clothing Specialist… much more.

It is a tough and dynamic sounding domain name that can be yours!

Contact me for further info or to send me your offer : admin@tbni.blog