Archive for the ‘Tutorials and How To’s’ Category

Ford Remote Control Conversion for Pioneer Head Unit – Stage 1 Dissection

Friday, November 7th, 2014

A while back, I decided I’d had enough of my factory fitted Ford stereo… no aux input, only a single CD (changing discs at motorway speeds is not a good idea) and an analogue radio. I’d had enough of my earbuds falling out when I was listening to my iPod in lieu of a decent stereo and I was sick and tired of stuffing an ear piece in to get hands free for my phone. So I took the plunge and treated myself to a Pioneer DEH-X8500DAB. Bluetooth, digital and analogue radio, CD (with MP3 capabilities), two USB ports, SD card slot and proper iPod integration. Only one problem… no easy direct remote integration with the steering column stalk. Well… not yet anyway. Turns out Pioneer use a resistive remote system… as do Ford (at least on the model I have in my Mondeo). Now there are boxes that can sit between them and do the conversion, but these are really quite costly. So, this is going to be the start of a little series of articles about converting a standard Ford stalk to control my Pioneer head unit. This is stage 1, removing and opening the Ford remote. (more…)

CodeRage 8 Sessions On-line

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

For anyone who missed the excellent CodeRage 8 event from Embarcadero, the sessions are now online at

The focus was Delphi XE5 and the sessions cover a whole range of topics with many focusing on the Android and iOS support of the new compiler. Head over and check them out.

McAfee Firewall Fix

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

Ok, I’m not a huge fan of McAfee, never have been, never will be, but to send out an update that takes users PCs off-line by blocking their internet access… really not a good move. A friend of mine was afflicted by this bug (caused if memory serves by updates contained in DAT 6807). The only option he had was to uninstall and then re-install… according to McAfee at least. I’ve just fixed his PC without removing the software. Read on for information on how to do this. (more…)

Unpurchased Books In Kindle Mac (and maybe PC)

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

This is just a little nugget that may prove useful to other users of Kindle for Mac (and maybe PC).  I noticed the other day that I had somehow acquired a book that I hadn’t purchased.  It appeared to be an Italian book… I’m not sure of the title as that kind of information wasn’t available.  It just kind of sat there.  When I tried to download it, I was told I had reached my limit and I was given the option of deauthorising a device or purchasing another copy.

Of course, I didn’t want to do either but no matter what I tried I couldn’t get rid of it.  And no amount of searching on-line provided any assistance.

Today, I took a punt and managed to rid myself of this un-purchased baggage with no complaints from the Kindle software.  So, if you too are afflicted with un-purchased items popping up in your book list, this is how you can fix it.

  • First, find you Kindle content folder.  On the Mac you can do this using Finders ‘Go to folder’ option.  The Kindle content folder should be located in ‘/Users/<YOURUSERNAME>/library/Application Support/Kindle’.  If this doesn’t work, you can find where it is from the Kindle software preferences.
  • Once you’ve found the folder, delete the ‘Cache’ directory (making a copy of course just in case).
  • Start Kindle

And hey presto, if all has gone according to plan, the spurious book will no longer be visible in your list of books.  I suspect the same thing will work for Kindle PC, but I’ve not had the opportunity to try it so your mileage may vary.

Knitted Hat for Sackboy

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

Well, here’s something I never thought would happen… a knitting pattern… on my blog… and whats more, it’s all my own work :-D

I actually only started knitting earlier this year, so at the most, 2 months ago… the reason… Sackboy. I found a knitting pattern by Alan Dart to make your own Sackboy, so after demanding my mum teach me how to knit, I got busy and knitted a Sackboy, who now lives with Spirit. But he was getting cold at night so she demanded I knit him some winter warmers.

LittleBigPlanet Tutorials Published

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

I’ve published the first draft of the majority of my LittleBigPlanet logic tutorials. Included in this first draft are some hints and tips, information about the Excel spreadsheet I use to sketch out ideas, some designs for the basic logic gates, an example of a complex logic design and some background details about my Tic-Tac-Toe level.

vBulletin Tweak (Hide smilies)

Friday, November 21st, 2008

If you’re a vBulletin administrator (like me) and you want to stop people from using older smilies, here’s a quick tweak that seems to stop them being used in the post editor.