Scale Land Rover Defender 110

Regular readers will have noticed that my posts here have of late been few and far between.  This is as a result of me finding a new passion, specifically the world of scale RC off road modeling.

I have been on somewhat of a journey over the past 18 months or so.  What started with the purchase of a 1/10th scale radio controlled Axial SCX10 Jeep has snowballed in to a passion that has consumed all of my free time over the last year.

Over the coming weeks I intend to write more about this new found obsession, the tagline above did after all previously read ‘other stuff that interests me.’

I’m going to revisit some of the builds I’ve completed and share some of the techniques I’ve learnt along the way.

Here as a taster is my latest project.  A Land Rover Defender 110 based on a chassis from RCModelex and scale body from RC4WD.

End Of The Line For Demon Internet ‘Tenner A Month?’

Back in 2010 I wrote about Demon Internet and their revolutionary ‘tenner a month’ Internet service.  Frighteningly another five years have subsequently passed and it would seem that finally the end of the legacy service may be nigh.

Since that original post the Demon Internet brand has in 2012 come under the ownership of the Vodafone Group.

This month, existing account holders have begun to receive e-mails and letters from Vodafone advising them that yet again there will be a change of ownership with possible cost implications and a suggestion that after two years all services may cease to exist.  You can read some reaction from users in the Demon Service Google Group.

A quick Google Search suggests that are still a surprising amount of ‘free’ Demon websites running, though many of them have seemingly changed little in the last 15 years or so though many through a mixture of longevity and content have been awarded strong page rank by Google.  I myself maintain a site with intentionally retro styling as a home page for my dial up BBS, Nostromo.

I trust should this change of service result in the ignominious death of many legacy websites that the Internet Archive will have grabbed snapshots of them over the years.  You can for instance view the various incarnations of my site over the years.  Here’s how it looked back in April 1997 when I was a fresher faced player of iD’s Quake.

The communications received from Vodafone advise that existing services are being passed to a company called intY LTD ‘an expert in cloud-based applications, products and services’ and in partnership with Namesco.  There are full details here.

This in turn links through to a ‘FAQ‘ the following part of which concerns me, ‘Namesco will be migrating email addresses and websites that sit under the demon.co.uk domain. You’ll be able to continue to use these for around two more years.’

This to me suggests that existing customers are looking at a two year shelf life for the their .demon.co.uk domains and e-mail addresses.  What happens then I’m not sure.  Having maintained my account for what is now 22 years I shall be very disappointed if there is no way of holding on to the fixed IP address that is included and the .demon.co.uk domain extension.

It would seem that another important part of Internet history is shortly to be dismantled and disregarded in this increasingly transient digital age.

Here’s a PDF of the e-mail received from Vodafone:-

Important Notice: Transfer of Demon Web Hosting and Domain products to intY Limited

 

Mac Pro 1,1 Yosemite Install

Mac Pro 1,1 Yosemite

Having let the dust settle a little from the initial release of OS X Yosemite, I decided to take the plunge and see if I could coax it on to my Mac Pro 1,1.  As many of you will know the original 2006 Intel powered Mac Pro does not sport the required 64bit EFI to allow either Mavericks or Yosemite to install via the usual method.

You can read all about the method I used to install Mavericks despite this limitation in this previous post:- Mac Pro 1,1 and Mavericks.  Using almost the same method as outlined in that post I have a working installation of Yosemite.

Mac Pro 1,1 YosemiteThere were only two things that I did differently.  Firstly, instead of installing on to a newly formatted SSD I decided to try the upgrade route and install on to my existing drive thus preserving all of my installed applications.  Secondly I used  Pike’s new boot.efi, (thank you to commenter Ralph Sampson for pointing me in the right direction) as I believe Tiamo’s existing version will not work.  More details and latest version here.

The install itself went smoothly and early tests indicate that everything appears to be working with the exception of Facetime which was also broken for me under Mavericks.  Not a huge issue, I may get around to calling customer support as prompted by the pop up window if I feel the need to see if it can be resolved.  I have experienced a few graphical glitches whilst using Lightroom 4.  I’m not sure if this is specific to Lightroom or a wider issue.  I’ll report back in due course.

(Update 18/11/14)

Installed the 10.10.1 update with no apparent problems.  I’ve resolved the graphic glitches for now by selecting ‘Reduce transparency’ in the Accessibility settings.  I’ve also been experiencing random wakes from sleep (wake for ethernet access is not enabled) along with the SSD that I have installed on a card in a PCI slot being randomly ejected.

One other problem that I have which I believe is more likely to be related to some new RAM that I’ve installed is the fans spinning up much higher than usual on wake from sleep.  I decided to try some cheaper RAM without the Apple approved heatsinks to bring the total system memory up to 26 GB.