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

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Raspberry Pi – Retro Gaming Set up – Step 2

Raspberry Pi Logo

Thanks to Amazon Prime and the Next Day Delivery – everything arrived right on time for me to spend the most of yesterday setting up the Raspberry Pi and playing games that were just a distant memeory.  To be fair though the setting up was a minor aspect of the day.  It took about 10 mins to open the package, build the Raspberry Pi and have it sitting ready for it’s memory card to tell it what to do!  It is really that *easy.*

*easy* – truthfully there are a few stumbling blocks but I will post up a couple of videos at the end of this post that covers the tricky bits very well.

Raspberry Pi - What you will need for a RetroPie Setup
Raspberry Pi – What you will need for a RetroPie Setup
Samsung Evo Micro SD Cards
Samsung Evo Micro SD Cards

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Raspberry Pi – Retro Gaming Set up – Step 1

Raspberry Pi Logo
Raspberry Pi Logo

As a child of the 80’s I have been a gamer since – well forever.  That makes Retro Gaming a part of my very core!

I started off on a Commodore +4, then moved to a Commodore 64, then an Amiga 1200, in 1992 I got my first Windows based PC, a Pentium III – DX2 66MHz (with about 500Mb of HDD space) if I remember rightly.

From there I started building PCs and then I moved to Mac and I am still here.  As the same time I was also playing with consoles.  Of course I had a Gameboy, but I was more of a Sega fanboy, Mega Drive, Saturn, then I moved to Playstation, 1 -> 2 -> 3 and now 4.

Playstation was my system of choice but I still have had xBox, xBox 360, and currently xBox One.

The amount of games I had for each system was criminal, however what is more criminal is the fact that the majority of them got traded in.  If only I was wise then I’d still have every one of them displayed in my games room, insetead I imagine they are long since in a land fill somewhere.  Devastating!

Along the way I have also picked up a NES, SNES, N64, 2DS, Neo-Geo Pocket, a Master System, a Game Gear and an Atari Lynx along with a really nice Atari 2600 and a few other random systems I have picked up along the way.

I love how gaming has progressed – I love gaming.  I’m still at on the PS4, and I have the XB1 for Microsoft exclusives – and Fifa, but I love retro gaming.  So I have finally decided to try out some old skool memories using a Raspberry Pi.

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How to Use Night Shift in macOS Sierra 10.12.4

Read the entire article at https://www.macrumors.com/how-to/night-shift-macos-sierra-10-12-4/

For those unfamiliar with Night Shift, it’s designed to cut down on the amount of blue light you’re exposed to during the evening by shifting the display of a Mac to a more yellow tone. Blue light is said to have a harmful effect on your circadian rhythm, making it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep.

Studies suggest that eliminating blue light exposure at night might help you sleep just a bit better, but it does significantly change the look of your display. Many Mac users have been using blue light reduction software f.lux for years now, but with Night Shift, there’s no need to install an additional app because it’s an operating system feature.

Turning On Night Shift :

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Winter is Coming : Time to Protect Your Motorcycle! ACF50 – The Answer to all your needs!

ACF-50 AntiCorrosion Formula
Winter is Coming - Time to Protect
Winter is Coming – Time to Protect

Winter is coming.  For some that may mean very little, maybe a touch colder, a touch wetter, but nothing to worry about.  However for us in the UK it means salt.  Cheap, nasty salt that gets thrown over every road whether it is +6 degrees or -6.  Although to be honest it is more likely on the +6s!

So the roads get salted, and that is a good thing.  It is for road safety, to stop ice and keep us on the black stuff and out of the nearest hedge, whether you are on two or four wheels.

However the salt may as well be concentrated sulphuric acid as far as your bike is concerned.  It will corrode it and destroy anything metal or shiny within a matter of hours, leaving your pride and joy looking like a neglected rust bucket, and you will pretty much be able to watch as the £££s fall off the bike’s value.

However all is not lost!  Enter ACF50.  This wonder juice treats your bike to a protective coating that prevents (and if necessary stops any further) corrosion from even happening.

The product itself is an oil based liquid that you spray everywhere (except brake components and tyres – as basically it will make them too slippery to stop you or keep you upright – honestly do not put ACF50 anywhere near the brakes or tyres).  Once on it works itself into every nook and cranny of the bike protecting everything it touches.

Here’s how…

Another article I found really useful in researching and subsequently choosing what winter protection to use can be found here :

http://f2mcltd.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/winter-salt-protection-acf50-fs365-or.html

I think this experiment speaks for the benefits of ACF50 far more than I could do here.

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Apple Release Removal Tool for U2 : Songs of Innocence Freebie

Along with the release of the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus last Tuesday (09/09/2014) Apple finished their Keynote Speech with a performance from U2, probably one of the biggest groups in the world ever. Then they announced that the U2 Album would be given away, for free, to every Apple Account holder (for a few weeks anyway – A deal that has been reported as costing Apple up to $100,000,000 – one hundred million dollars).

I know that Apple have hundreds of millions of dollars and are about to make hundreds of millions more as the demand for the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus rapidly gains steam and momentum, but come it’s a freebie!

Also I have to say I am not a U2 fan, at all, I can tolerate them, but this is an album I never would have purchased.  But come on it is a freebie!

So I would like to firstly say, ‘Thanks Apple, not really my cup of tea, but it’s a nice gesture and I do appreciate the gesture.’

However the headlines that have dominated this gesture, this freebie, have been ones of anger, unhappiness, privacy invasion and even rage…

For me, personally I don’t care, I’d like to get free albums a lot more often from Artists and Companies, but if you are one of the ones who feel violated, enraged or even just that you want rid of it off your device Apple have now released a Removal tool which you can find here :

Apple U2 : Songs of Innocence Removal Tool.

 

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Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 10.51.02

 

There we go, problem solved and the New World Order can be restored!

Acer Aspire One D257 – Unboxing and Windows 8 Installation

Recently whilst in the process of changing from my MacBook Pro to an iMac I went through a stage of being ‘computerless.’  In today’s modern era that’s just not an option!  Couple this with a recent holiday to America during which I borrowed a friends netbook to use as a storage device for the bucket loads of photos and videos I took and found it to be a brilliant little device for this purpose.  Every traveller should consider taking a netbook with them, couple with a portable HDD for backups it is the perfect solution for storing and viewing a large amount of photos.  You can then obviously do basic editting, emailing etc, and the storage options you have are much greater than say for example a 16Gb or even 64Gb iPad.  A netbook will have for example 320Gb of storage and a 1Tb portable drive can be picked up for reasonably sensible money now.  Anyway I digress.  I picked up a brand new net book on gumtree for the handsome of £100.  The Spec of the Acer Aspire One is as follows :

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Asian Goal Line – A Simple Guide.

The Asian goal line is rapidly becoming a more popular way to bet on the number of goals in a football / soccer match.

Basically it is like an each way bet in the horses. Half your stake goes on one half of the bet the other half goes on the remaining selection of the bet. If one have looses at least you are still in the game although with only half of your stake.

Here is the basic and easy to follow break down of your options and the results that enable you to win, lose or push…

Goal Line Asian Handicap explanations:

O 0,0 – 0,5 : 0 goal = half of the stake is refunded
1 goal and more = you win

O 0,5 – 1,0 : 0 goal = you lose
1 goal = you win half of the winnings
2 goals and more = you win

O 1,0 – 1,5 : 0 goal = you lose
1 goal = you get half of your stake back
2 goals and more = you win

O 1,5 – 2,0 : 0 and 1 goal = you lose
2 goals = you win half of the winnings
3 goals and more = you win

O 2,0 – 2,5 : 0 and 1 goal = you lose
2 goals = you get half on your stake back
3 goals and more = you win

O 2,5 – 3,0 : 0 – 1 and 2 goals = you lose
3 goals = you win the half of the winnings
4 goals and more = you win

O 3,0 – 3,5 : 0 – 1 – 2 goals = you lose
3 goals = you get half of your stake back
4 goals and more = you win

O 3,5 – 4,0 : 0 – 1 – 2 and 3 goals = you lose
4 goals = you win half of the winnings
5 goals and more = you win

HOW TO : ACF-50 Application [Video Guide]

ACF-50
ACF-50

I thought this would be a good potential way to attack, but not necessarily kill two birds with one stone.  I recently purchased some ACF-50 (Anti Corrosion Formula 50) to treat and protect my new bike for the rest of the winter, from the rest of the winter, and after much reading ACF-50 seems to be the product to do that!

Here is how I have described it on my YouTube Video…

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