Halfords Bike Race, May Ball

Last Friday saw Aberystwyth get taken over by the Halfords bike race that led the cyclists around the seafront and then inland to Academy and back down to the pier. Me and Stuart were placed on the brutal hairpin of “South Beach” that saw many racers take the corner too quickly, loose traction and slide into the barrier.

The race was broadcast on ITV4 today, and I managed to find myself (in the high visibility jacket) a few times in the show:

Halfords Bike Race

Also had the May Ball duty on the 11th of May where we were on duty from from around 7pm-ish until 4am in the morning. A relatively quiet duty, mainly just applying plasters for rubbing shoes, but fun nonetheless as it was a bit different.

Me wearing hats

I found more hats...

Matt

Course Representative

At the start of this year, the head of our Staff – Student Consultative  Committee asked for volunteers from our course to be course representatives. Course reps meet on a regular basis with staff to help improve things for students, and give feedback on academic issues such as lectures, practicals, assignments and whether they are working well or not.

Course Rep Hoody

Course Rep Hoody

I have enjoyed being a Course Rep this year, and will definitely aim to carry on when I return in my final year, so I can continue to help to give a positive impact on the department by improving academic issues with feedback given from the eyes of a student taking the course.

Matt

iPhone Browser – Fixing Old iPhone Camera Roll

Again, my iPhone stopped showing photos that it had just taken in it’s camera roll. I have fixed this once before, but again it has stopped showing the most recently taken photos.

How to fix

I fix this problem by first backing up all of the photos on the device to my PC, and then deleting the folders that contain them – but Windows explorer cannot delete those folders (in DCIM when you plug the iPhone in via USB). I had to delete them via a special program called “iPhone browser” that is available here (click Downloads).

When I installed this application last time, it worked perfectly. This time, it did not. I tried it on my main Windows 7 pc, my netbook and a virtual Windows XP – all installed fine but then crashed immediately when the application was ran. I believe this was due to the application needed the “Bonjour” service amongst others, and was fixed by installing Quicktime and iTunes (on my virtual XP).

With the application installed and running, you can click one of the menus at the top (Goto Location) and select “Camera Roll (DCIM)” or you can navigate to it yourself on the left hand navigation menu: User > Media > DCIM. Under here, delete all of the folders (101APPLE etc, .MISC etc) so the DCIM folder is empty (remember to back up your photos first). After this, disconnect the iPhone and start taking pictures – they should appear in the camera roll (may need a reboot, mine didn’t this time).

iPhone 2g running on very old, outdated firmware is now happy again.

Matt

Aber LINKS Website – The old and the new

As I live in fear of loosing data, I have extensive backups of important/valuable data such as the Aber LINKS site. I was having a look through the old backups, and found it interesting to see how the colour schemes and other parts of the site had changed, like the changing of the top banner from the English logos to the Welsh ones. This is the site through the ages, the top 2 images are from back when the site used just HTML without PHP includes and other features. The last image is the site as it looks now.

Site old and new

Site old and new

Matt

Rugby 7s First Aiding – St John LINKS

This weekend saw rugby players come from all over the country to take part in the Rugby 7s matches in Aberystwyth. With many teams from Aberystwyth or the surrounding area to people I spoke to coming from Cardiff and London too, this was a big event. With 6 pitches in constant use, the games were fast-paced and brutal, and our St John LINKS society had been drafted in to help out with the many tons of injuries that occurred.

Town Ambulance and First Aid Tent

Town Ambulance and First Aid Tent

We had a large first aid tent in the centre of the playing fields, with all the pitches around us. Town’s ambulance was sat next to us, and Carmarthen’s ambulance was also on-site to help transfer people to hospital and was crewed by 2 very nice EMTs who were invaluable.

Aber Town Ambulance

Aber Town Ambulance - My Concept Photography

On the first day, I had great fun treating on the pitches for the majority of the time, and a more intense time in the first aid tent. In total I treated about 14 casualties, and assisted in a few more which has helped my treating confidence massively. Also watching some of the really experienced members treat injuries helped me to learn some new tips and tricks to diagnose problems and rule out more serious injuries.

Control Board

Control Board

On the second day, I was based in control manning the radios, communicating with all of the first aid teams on the pitches and the Carmarthen ambulance. This was good fun too as I was able to help control the first aid cover in a larger way, and also was able to help out the first aid teams by delivering them: foldable seats so they could rest, medical supplies before they ran out, and water because of the intense sunshine we received in the afternoon. As well as merrily delivering supplies, I treated and assisted 5-6 casualties including a spinal and a head injury, and ordered the delivery of other supplies to pitches.

Renault Ambulance Lightbar

Renault Ambulance Lightbar

All in all, a very interesting and informative weekend, with over 90 casualties being treated on the first day, and well over 100 on the second day. Also managed to take a few pictures of the Renault Master Ambulances.

Matt

Stop YouTube Crashing Google Chrome

For a while I have had a problem with YouTube crashing Chrome on my main (Intel i7) computer and Samsung netbook. I did everything from reinstalling chrome to getting different versions of Adobe Flash (as Google Chrome automatically gets its own flash player – and you cant manually upgrade that).

After a chat with a couple of Computer Scientists a few years older than me, one suggested there may be a conflict between the Chrome Adobe Flash and something else – and I suggested Macromedia Firewoks (now Adobe), a rather old image editor that I use. I again started looking into the problem recently, and found suggestions to disable one of the Chrome plugins.

First put “about:plugins” into your chrome address bar, and scroll down to the “Flash” section. Once there, disable the version of Shockwave Flash stored at “C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\18.0.1025.168\gcswf32.dll” – look for that ending file.

Then enable / leave enabled the version stored at: “C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash\NPSWF32_11_2_202_235.dll”.

(I also had one located at: “C:\Users\MaTT\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\PepperFlash\11.1.31.203\pepflashplayer.dll” which is disabled too).

All seems well now, YouTube doesn’t seem to crash every time I open a few videos!

Matt

iPhone Bluebook

02 has a service called “Bluebook” that will back up all of your contacts free of charge. It really only supports phones that are more than about 8 years old, as it needs a service called SyncML – something even my ancient iPhone doesn’t have. However, managed to find a way round it! Downloaded a SyncML client (lite) app to my iPhone, popped in some 02′s settings (use actual username, not your email address that 02 tells you is your username) and ctrl+alt+bingo, it sent all of my friends numbers to its site! Also some email addresses etc that were in my contacts book.

Want to do it yourself? I found some great instructions here: http://www.3g.me.uk/showthread.php?t=94489

Incase that site ever goes anywhere:

Once registered, login and click on Contacts and then “Set up a phone”. The iPhone model won’t be listed so choose another device such as the Nokia N95.
Next download and install the free Synthesis SyncML Client for iPhone from Apple’s App Store and configure it with the following settings:
Server URL: http://o2contacts.o2.co.uk/syncml
SyncML Version: SyncML DS 1.2
User: yourusername@o2.co.uk
Password: yourpassword
Tap on ‘Start Synchronisation’ and marvel as your contacts go whizzing around the ether and appear like magic in your Bluebook account.

Matt