Beat the Xmas bulge

Time to burn off the Xmas calories. Yesterday was my first 30 minute run for a while and today, my first post Xmas game of squash at Montem Leisure Centre.

Me 4, Chris 1. (Chris, if you’re reading this, come on man, pull yourself together and thank you so much for the Tile. I look forward to using it)


Xbox One S & Kinnect Sensor

I was lucky enough to be given an Xbox One S for Christmas so that we could play 4K content. We disconnected the old one and started to plug all the cables into to the new one until it came to plugging in the old Xbox One Kinnect sensor, only to find there is no connection.

A quick search online showed prices for an adapter from £45-75. Oh dear.

Then we came across an online forum post that suggested you could get an adapter free from Microsoft. You go online and enter the serial numbers for your Xbox One, Xbox One S and the Kinnect sensor and Microsoft will ship an adapter to you. Great.

Heres the link:

Free Xbox One S Kinnect Sensor

Just got to wait for it to arrive now…

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Early Christmas present from Sky

Opened a letter from Sky yesterday expecting the usual marketing rubbish but it was an offer of a free film from the Sky Store for up to £13.99.

Went online and chose Pete’s Dragon. I remember the original 70’s version and wondered what the new one was like. Got to download the film instantly to my Sky box and a DVD version is in the post.  Thank you and Merry Xmas Sky

Lego versus Wilco Blox versus My bricks

I am currently building a Raspberry Pi powered Bartop arcade machine from Lego pieces. (Post to follow)

Most of the machine is built from 2 x 4 bricks in multiple colours. The best deal I have found for this is the Pick a brick from our local Lego store. £11.99 for a plastic tub. We have managed to fill this with up to 112 bricks. If you use the same tub to buy more bricks you can save £0.75.

Because genuine Lego is expensive, I have also used some blocks from Wilkinsons. You get a smaller tub than Lego  but it only costs £3.50. I managed to get 70 2x 4 bricks plus another 14 assorted pieces – look at the image below. They are pretty good quality and Lego compatible.

I also purchased a box of 1000 Lego compatible bricks from Amazon for £9.75 but you get so few 2 x 4’s that I would not buy this again ( the brick quality is pretty poor as well)

If anyone has some Lego bricks they want to donate towards the project then please let me know.