Trouble Installing Kodi on the Amazon Fire Stick?

If you are one of the many peolple experiencing issues installing Kodi on the Fire Stick at the moment when using ES File Explorer, I am here to sort your woes out straight away, and quickly.

(This seems to be happening when people are upgrading their Kodi to the new 16.1 – it is nothing to do with the upgrade so don’t be worrying about that, it is just how ES File Explorer or Amazon (more likely) are now dealing with the requests to download via their software).

I am presuming that you have got as far as the Kodi Download page, but when you are clicking on the ARM link nothing is happening, right?

So here’s what you do to get going back on your merry way…

  1.  Click on the link once, it doesn’t matter if you click more than once, all you will notice is a spinning arrow in the top right corner of the screen for a spilt second.
  2. Now move your cursor down to the bottom right of the screen where you will see three vertical dots.  Select them and click.

    Trouble Clicking ARM Link for Downloading Kodi to Amazon Fire Stick - The Solution
    Trouble Clicking ARM Link for Downloading Kodi to Amazon Fire Stick – The Solution
  3. Now you will have an option to ‘Open’ or something very similar.
  4. Click that and continue on installing Kodi!
  5. Sit back, watch and enjoy!

Photography : What do focal lengths mean? Focal Length v Zoom?

Today I found this great little image which I feel I really must share.

It explains focal length and what different camera lenses see.  For me me this was quite tricky to get my head round but it was explained perfectly to me in the following way.

Our eyes see things, in focus, with a lens equivalent of 50mm (and an approximate field of view of 50 degrees – the mm focal length of the lens and degree of field of view although the same are not related).  Our peripheral vision picks up more (a lens equivalent of  about 10mm), but the actual in focus part of the world we see is captured at an equivalent of 50mm.

The following images shows what each lens will capture in relation to what we see…

This is our view of a beach.  It incorporates about 130 degrees of a field of view and represents our entire vision (although in reality the periphery will not be as focused.)

Field of View of the Human Eye - approximately 130 degrees
Field of View of the Human Eye – approximately 130 degrees

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“This copy of the Install OS X Mavericks application can’t be verified” FIX

Just a quickie fix here.

If you are experiencing the above error whilst trying to do a fresh install of OS X Mavericks (from a USB stick) there is a good chance all you need to do is change the date that your machine believes it to be.

So for example it is now 17.15 hrs on 15th March 2014.

To fix this error go to the ‘Utilities’ Menu and run ‘Terminal’ (from within the Mavericks’ installer).

Once in terminal enter the date as follows (of course making it the correct current date and time, this simply illustrates the format)…

date 031517152014

Press Enter.

Now close ‘Terminal’ and attempt the fresh install.

Things should now go your way!

Good luck.

Dakar – Initial Plans – Strike Whilst the Iron is hot.

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The 2014 Dakar is now starting Day 3 and if you haven’t been following there is still loads of time to catch up. Eurosport UK is showing daily updates at 2230 and 0000 with the show being repeated throughout the day across the Eurosport channels.

Anyway this is one of the most awesome Rallies in the world. It is exciting to watch and with bikes, quads, cars and trucks there is something for everyone.

I have decided I want to complete the Dakar, a huge task I know, so I am going to start by saying I want to enter the Dakar!

Obviously this is not a case of I want to enter the Dakar tomorrow. However it is definitely part of the plan.

So here is the thing, if you want to be involved I will be needing Sponsors, teamsters, mechanics and everything to make ‘Team TBNI’ successful. A huge ask I know but if you are interested in being part of the first internet based Dakar Team get in touch.

Oh and BMW, KTM, RED BULL or MONSTER if you are watching I want you!

Acer Aspire One D257 RAM Upgrade

The Acer Aspire One D257 is a capable netbook, but one of the choke points of the system is that it is supplied with 1Gb of RAM, this can be easily upgraded by the user to a maximum of 2Gb and this is one upgrade that I reccommend all users consider.

It is a fairly simple process that can be done without any issues by taking your time and being careful.  It isn’t like your desktop where the RAM upgrade is almost foolproof, here you will need to undone some very delicate clips and leads, my best advice is :

1.  Take your time.

2.  Don’t force anything, if it is isn’t going, it won’t go.

Then my next bit of advice is watch this video, it isn’t mine, but I used it and it is very good and well explained :

From this video you will see that this can be broken down into a number of simple parts…

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iPhone Mail Message Stuck in Outbox – An Easy Solution…

This happened to me today, so I thought I would share the easiest solution ever to sorting this problem out. Basically an email message was stuck for whatever reason in my Out Box on my iPhone(5) (running iOS6). It was stuck all day and as the battery has enough issues in lasting the day this really didn’t help. So if like me you were puzzled as to how to resolve this, (because as it is trying to send you can’t click on ‘Edit’ and subsequently delete the email) here is the solution.

1. Go to ‘Settings’
2. Put the phone into ‘Airplane Mode’
3. Go to ‘Mail’
4. Go to your ‘Out Box’
5. Click ‘Edit’
6. Delete the problem message.
7. Go to ‘Settings’
8. Turn off ‘Airplane Mode’
9. Continue with an enjoyable stress free day!

Mac OSX – Mountain Lion – It is Official it is coming in a few hours… 25th July 2012!

OSX Mountain Lion
OSX Mountain Lion

The wait is over, Mountain Lion is coming to the Mac Faithful, if you are not sure what that means get yourself over here to check out the new features, when you have finished drilling get back over here and read the tips on how to ensure you have a safe and smooth upgrade!

Now here is the best guide to make sure you are ready to upgrade and enjoy the goodness!

With the OS X Mountain Lion set to launch on Wednesday as announced by the company’s chief financial officer on Tuesday, Apple users around the world will be pumped to get their Macs upgraded. But what are some things they must keep in mind in order have successful transitions to the new operating system? Here are a few tips.

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