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Pedal and amp list

Current Pedals
Fulltone Fulldrive 2
Maxon AD-80 Reissue
Fishbone Overdrive Special (Zendrive Clone)
Fishman Aura Spectrum DI (Acoustic Pedal)

Previous Pedals
Digitech RP10
Alesis Volume Pedal
Alesis Nanoverb
Ayan Smooth n Slim (Twice)
Line6 POD (Twice!!!)
Homemade Fuzzface Clone
Crybaby 535Q
Crybaby Wah
Digitech RP100
Ernieball Stereo Volume Pedal
Little Lanilei Spring Reverb
Analog Man Stereo Chorus
Digitech iStomp
Fishman Aura 16 (Acoustic Pedal)

Amps
Mesa/Boogie DC-5
Fender Tweed Pro Jr.
Trace Elliot TA-50 (acoustic amp)
Fender ’65 Deluxe Reverb Reissue
Fender Super Champ XD (current amp)

10:25am / Jul 23rd / 14 Comments

Fulltone Fulldrive 2 Circuits

I was looking into moving my Fulldrive 2 circuit into a smaller pedal enclosure (Hammond 1590BB) so that it took up less space on my pedal board. While I was looking into it, I realised that my Fulldrive 2 was one of the few pedals that could easily be moved into a smaller enclosure.

There seem to be 3 main variations:

fulldriveshortboard fulldrivelongboard fulldrivelongboard
Short circuit board – hand wired (early original edition) Long circuit board – hand wired (late original edition) Printed circuit board (MOSFET edition)

The really early Fulldrive 2s seem to have shipped in Hammond 1590BB enclosures:

fulldrive1590bb

12:42am / Jul 18th / 14 Comments

Ikea Standing Desks

While I was at Onoko I did a standing desk for a while. While it was really good, I found doing it 100% gave be cramps in my legs. Now that I work at home a smaller desk (in additional to sit down desk) that would take up less room and also allow me to move it around the house or even to the garden to work! I had some GERTON legs so I got a £1 piece of wood from the bargain bin and built my own. There are lots of fancy options at Ikea Hackers, but here are the other ideas I looked at:

At a height of 105cm the BILSTA Bar table would make a perfect standing desk. Its also available as just the base so you can add your own top from a piece of wood the bargain bin or any of: TROFAST / INREDA / ALGOT / KOMPLEMENT / BILLY / BILLY / FJÄLKINGE / IVAR / EKBY LAIVA or even the top off a LACK coffee table
Another bar table that works is BJÖRKUDDEN. Its quite deep so do can fit too people with laptops facing each other.
Get the GERTON legs extendable up to 107cm:
http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/60261626/

Get any of the compatible desks, or a piece of wood from the bargain bin or one of the tops mentioned above.

There are also the BILLSTA desk legs, but they’re more expensive and less flexible in terms of tops.

Use one of the wall mounted leaf desks:

Select an item from the various wall shelves available. If you want something bigger, buy the sturdiest brackets and again get a piece of wood from the bargain bin or one of the tops mentioned above.

I hope that’s helpful. Sorry the links are to the UK store if you live somewhere else. I’m still wondering if I should eventually get a Cycle Desk!

5:17pm / May 10th / 14 Comments

Who I’d like to see in the dunk competition

The dunk competition was pretty rubbish this year (2014), so here’s who I’d really like do it:

8:37pm / Mar 25th / 14 Comments

Top 10 things I am missing about HK, enjoying about the UK

Missing about HK
Onoko
Living in Ocean View
Walks along Ma On Shan promenade
Pacific Coffee at the Science Park
Hyatt Shatin
Crystal Jade
Chinese food in general
Living near the ocean
Friends and family
Living in the Hong Kong international bubble

Enjoying about the UK
Buying things online
Walks on the downs and in blaze
Living close to my mum and Grandma
Seeing Nate and Shaun
Fish and chips
Having a king size bed
Not living in a box
A much bigger kitchen
A fresh start at church
Having to face the realities outside the Hong Kong international bubble

6:09am / Feb 8th / 14 Comments

Simultaneous MIDI/Audio with Apogee ONE for iPad

The original Apogee ONE for Mac was USB audio compliant and could be made to work with the iPad with the iPad camera connector and a powered USB hub (see video).

I just tried the the same thing with the new Apogee ONE for iPad. It is USB audio compliant and does work natively with its own cable to the iPad, but I couldn’t get it to work with the USB cable through a powered hub in the same way as the original ONE.

Has anybody else managed to get it to work?

8:31pm / Dec 30th / 13 Comments

Disable Git in Eclipse

I use the excellent Source Tree as a visual Git client, and really dislike messages about versioning when I’m coding. Eclipse’s Git colours and overall intrusiveness seem to be particularly bad. I couldn’t find which plugin to remove but I did find the following settings:

This setting will stop Eclipse from automatically attaching its Git functions:

disablegit

If you’ve already loaded some projects before disabling the above setting, you can disconnect those individual projects from Eclipse’s Git functionality here:

disconnectproject

7:17am / Jun 5th / 13 Comments

A New Language for App Engine

I love Java and I love Google App Engine. Google recently announced that they’re adding a new language to the existing languages (Java/Python/Go). My bet is that it’s PHP since:

1) Its the most requested language on the App Engine issue tracker:

appengine-language-support

2) The session at Google I/O features Stuart Langely and his github is all PHP centric:

https://github.com/sjlangley?tab=repositories

12:08pm / May 11th / 13 Comments

iPhone Push Notifications with JavaPNS on Google App Engine

There have been several issues with getting JavaPNS working on Google App Engine. These included:
1) GAE didn’t support sockets or SSL
2) GAE doesn’t support signed jars, the BouncyCastle cryptography library is signed
3) GAE is transitioning to Java 7, and Java 7 has issues reading .p12 certificates

These instructions are for JavaPNS 2.2 and GAE 1.7.7, things may change on both fronts to make things either easier or harder.

1) GAE didn’t support sockets or SSL

With the arrival of GAE 1.7.7 sockets and SSL are now fully supported:
http://googleappengine.blogspot.com/2013/04/app-engine-177-released.html

2) GAE doesn’t support signed jars

Remove META-INF/MANIFEST.MF from the latest BouncyCastle jar or download my modified jar of BouncyCastle 1.48

3) Java 7 has issues reading .p12 certificates

a) Generate your .p12 certificate as per Apple’s instructions

b) Install Java 6 JDK

c) Use Java 6′s keytool to convert the .p12 to a .jks

keytool -importkeystore -destkeystore CERTIFICATES.jks -srckeystore CERTIFICATES.p12 -srcstoretype PKCS12

d) Configure JavaPNS to use the .jks format instead of .p12

boolean production = false;
String device = "DEVICE_ID";
String keystore = "CERTIFICATES.jks";
String password = "PASSWORD";
String message = "Hello JKS";

AppleNotificationServer jksServer = new AppleNotificationServerBasicImpl(keystore, password, ConnectionToAppleServer.KEYSTORE_TYPE_JKS, production);
PushNotificationPayload payload = PushNotificationPayload.alert(message);
PushNotificationManager pushManager = new PushNotificationManager();
pushManager.initializeConnection(jksServer);
List<PushedNotification> notifications = pushManager.sendNotifications(payload, Devices.asDevices(device));

Thanks to Palomino Labs Blog for the hints about Java and .p12 files:
http://blog.palominolabs.com/2011/10/18/java-2-way-tlsssl-client-certificates-and-pkcs12-vs-jks-keystores/

8:30pm / Apr 24th / 13 3 Comments
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