Adalight, Arduino, Boblight, Ubuntu and XBMC

After seeing my friend build his own Ambilight-esque LED backlight for his TV, and him kindly giving me a spare set of LEDs to construct my own (he bought too many sets); I’ve gotta say…


If you’re looking to build your own; its not immensely straightforward but if you know your way around Arduino and the Ubuntu terminal, then this guide will help.

BBC News primed for refresh

One of the most popular websites in the world; BBC News; is set for a refresh in the next week or so. BBC editor Steve Hermann gives the skinny on what we can expect:

What’s new:

  • a fresh, updated design, with more space for the main stories of the day
  • better use of video and images
  • clearer and more prominent labelling and signposting of key stories, whether you are on the front page or a story page
  • a better indication of which are the most recent headlines
  • easier ways to share stories with others, for those who wish to

Some things are staying the way they are:

  • all the same content is still there: the best of the BBC’s journalism in text, audio and video
  • the latest news headlines will be as quick and comprehensive as ever
  • accuracy remains at the core of our editorial values
  • we’ve been careful to keep things simple and easy to use; you have told us how important this is

MacExpo Rocked!

Well i may sound like a bit of a nerd… I was in hardware heaven!!! So many quality pieces of kit (was drooling over Mac Pro tiling 16 HD streams at one time!!) It was also great to see so many of the big guns (Apple, Google, HP, Sony) turn out and wave their flags…

I managed to wanlge my way into the Quark launch event of their new product ‘Quark Interactive Designer’; think of it like a cross between flash and PowerPoint, but is far more simplistic to use. It also integrates heavily with QuarkXPress, and seemed to generate a huge amount of interest.

 I came back from the event sporting loads of goodies (Google sweets for one!) and also a subscription to MacUser (thanks to the rather attractive rep for the magazine that sold me a subscription!) and all in all it was a rather sucessful trip! i look forward to the next event!

Mac Expo comes to the UK! and i’m going!!

Mac Expo

I’m off to London on Thursday to visit Mac Expo… yay! The UK’s leading exhibition and conference for the Mac community opens its doors open to both creative professionals and the public the show is the annual celebration of everything Mac and iPod.

Personally i can’t wait!!!!