#WAWIn1Week – Wild Atlantic Way In 1 Week – The Gear…

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So having just recently completed my trip of the West Coast of Ireland in 1 Week, along the longest Coastal Route in the World – The Wild Atlantic Way, taking in over 2,600km it is now time for me to put this trip into some sort of words, and more importantly share my photographs of this stunning area with the rest of world, and hopefully inspire a few more of you to take on this route.

The route itself is no secret, it is brilliantly signposted from start to finish and is easily completed without a sat nav, map of even the slightest clue about the geography of Ireland.  There are numerous towns and villages that you will pass through and the options from accommodation range from a bit of wild camping to official campsites, or gorgeous little family run B&Bs right through to Hotel Resorts and Spas.  Brilliant.  Initially I had planned on completing this trip with my only accommodation being at the side of the road where I stopped.  Just prior to my trip I decided on changing this due to the predicted weather, and the constant rain the Met Office told me I would be facing.  It turns out on this trip over the one week timescale the change to B&B style accommodation was a good one!

This first post though will cover the gear that I used on my trip, it will touch on my motorcycle, and the gear I used for the daily ride and how it held up with the weather of an Irish ‘Summer.’  Summer in this case needs the ‘ ‘ marks, as at the time of typing I think we are somewhere close to Day 60 of consecutive rain falling somewhere in the country (its a small country) and having just passed the coldest, wettest July since 2003.  On saying that as you will see over the up and coming #WAWIn1Week posts I was pretty lucky with the weather.  I did get a good, in fact severe soaking, twice – enough to test the gear to the absolute limits, but for most of the time I was only hitting passing showers, or trying to keep them in my mirrors!  With this route hugging the West Coast of Ireland and therefore the limits of the Atlantic Ocean it is subject to some pretty extreme weather conditions and one thing to remember if you are over and on the route what looks grim ahead may take a dramatic change around the next corner.  The weather is really that changeable and if you just look out over the ocean you will get a very good idea of what the jet stream is bringing across to you over the next couple of hours.

So here we go, the gear I used and how it coped with taking on the world’s longest dedicated coastal route, 2,600km and six days on the coast…

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Soccer Saturday : 1st November 2014 Bets and Predictions :

If you don’t follow me on Twitter you can find me at @TomBoyNI

Twitter is where I most frequently post my football predictions and big bets. I only do this for fun, and as such I do minimum outlay bets for maximum return. This week I have picked a #TheBigOne at around 400/1, a #TheBestOfEurope at around 40/1 and 7 timer #btts (both teams to score) at 55/1.

So get following and good luck.

Here are this weeks bets :

<strong>The Big One :</strong>

<strong>The Best of Europe :</strong>

<strong>Both Teams To Score :</strong>

Good luck to everyone today!

10 Second Game Review : Wolfenstein ; The New Order

I only ever do my 10SGR when I have actually completed the game. For Wolfenstein I am a little behind due to playing other games and to be honest had I not had a little extra time off from work I may well have missed out on this game, which following its completion, I now know would have been a travesty.

The time span is 1946 World War 2, the Nazis are winning, the War Machine consisting of robots, evil doctors, sadism and really vicious dogs is ripping through the world at an alarming pace. You, our hero B.J. Blazkowicz, are fighting to make the difference.

However a horrific head injury sees you hospital bound, destined to never wake up, where you are cared for daily by the beautiful Anya and her family.

14 years later a sequence of events will waken you to a world you don’t recognise. The war is over and global Nazi domination has occurred. For you the resistance now starts. You team up with a small band of Resistance fighters and time to take it to the Nazi horde begins!

Now for the game itself. First person shooters are everywhere. However Wolfenstein has history. Proper history. A big back bone of being amongst the first. For me it is a shame that more hasn’t been done with the series in PS3 / 360 genres. But as a PS4 title I happily welcome it into my collection.

This isn’t a solely next gen title and it shows. It still looks magnificent, it’s hard to explain but it doesn’t look completely next gen. What properly sets Wolfenstein aside from the countless other shooters though is its story. This is a proper story driven game. Not a single player game bundled on top of another multiplayer kill fest.

The story is addictive and immersive. It connects you with B.J Blazkowicz and your allies. It develops so well that you will emphasise completely with their plight and your Nazi killing tendencies. As you take out the main ‘baddies’ you will feel accomplished and at the end you will feel… You will certainly feel something!

And you will certainly be looking a sequel!

Another point that on this game properly got my attention is the soundtrack. It is pretty much perfect. The tense and often difficult boss battles are fought to a thumping soundtrack that just matches in magnificently. The story elements are also matched with music that compliments the scene every time. And even when having to take a few attempts at some of the difficult moments in the game I found that the soundtrack removed the aggravation at the repetition.

To summarise. Buy this game. Play it through and be immersed by the single player player campaign. Its developing and wild story will see you in Germany, England, outer space and even completing a moon walk all the while taking on waves of crazy Nazis, huge (and really huge) robots, armoured dogs, coupled with trying to balance your love life. Oh and you’ll get a laser!

A great game!

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xBox One UnBoxing

A bit late I know, but I picked up my xBox One Day One, on Day One, I was an exceptionally well behaved boy this year so I decided it would make a nice ‘me to me’ Christmas present, which to be fair it did.

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One question I do see still being asked quite a lot is, ‘which console is better?’ I think this is a question that will never have a definitive answer. There will be fanboys for MS and also those for Sony. As such views will be skewed, and opinions biased, however as gamer of well over 20 years now and the owner of both, for this generation of consoles at this stage of their life cycle, the best console is…BOTH!

Ha, I know that seems a bit of a cop out however here is my reasoning. Remember that these comments are relevant now, the very early stages of the consoles’ lives.

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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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Acer Aspire One D257 Netbook Windows 8 Installation

Acer Aspire One D257 Windows 8 Installation :

I have decided to add this as an individual post to make it easier for anyone looking for specific information in relation to installation of windows 8 on a netbook, so apologies for the double post.

They say it couldn’t be done! They say it wont work! I say, ‘Bring it on!’

Every one loves a challenge right? So here is the thing Windows 8 is out, I have it. It was on my Mac, I got rid of the Mac, so I had a licence of Windows 8. I wanted it on my netbook. It requires a minimum resolution of 768. My netbook has a resolution of 600. They say nothing will work, I say we will tell it to work!

If you are in the same position and have a 600 resolution netbook and would like to see what Windows 8 is like, it is entirely possible. The upscaled resolution would look completely polished but it is entirely usable and more importantly fully functional!

This machine comes with Windows 7 Starter Edition so the first thing to do is to make sure it is fully updated so run windows update.

– Now Install Windows 8 – as you would if upgrading any machine. Run the ‘Setup’ from the USB / media…Windows 8 will install.

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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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