Hello world, Bowen got a Raspberry Pi.

I bought a Raspberry Pi model B+ starter kit yesterday.


It came with a full-size USB keyboard, mouse, Wi-Fi Dongle, 4 port USB powered hub, HDMI cable, and standard USB cable and an 8GB sdcard containing NOOBS.

I set it up today, which was dead easy, but to be honest having all the wired hardware (keyboard & mouse, HDMI cable and power cable) plugged in, made the tiny Raspberry Pi board a little messy.

My solution: one Bluetooth dongle + the Ranger Bluetooth keyboard and mouse.


I was going to do a review on this incredible keyboard/mouse/pointer and then remembered I did a review on it a year ago. (See the link above).

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Hello Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book.

Did you watch the Microsoft Windows 10 Devices event? It was a draw dropping spectacle.

Check out the thousands of tweets covering the events over at twitter, just search #windows10devices.

Two devices grabbed my attention. Take a look at the awesome videos below:

The Surface Pro 4 : Syklake Core M, i5 and i7, Windows 10, new keyboard and pen. 12.3″ PixelSense screen, pixel density of 267ppi, up to 16GB RAM and 1TB of storage, two USB 3.0 ports, fingerprint sensor, 8 megapixel front camera. Full technical specifications here.

The Surface Book – The Ultimate laptop has a 13.5″ PixelSense Display, 6 million pixels, 267 DPI, NVIDIA Accelerated graphics, NVIDIA GeForce GPU, High speed GDDR5 memory, 2x USB 3.0 , Full size SD Card, Precision glass trackpad, 5-point mutitouch, Integrated backlit keyboard, Machined magnesium body, Dynamic Fulcrum Hinge, 6th generation Intel Core processor, Up to 16GB RAM & 1TB storage, Thinnest and lightest Intel Core i7 PC, Muscle Wire Lock. At around about 55 seconds into the video comes an awesome surprise. Full Technical Specifications here.

The big question is will either fit in the docking station I bought for the Surface Pro 3? If yes, then I have until my next trip to the US to decide which Windows 10 device I will be getting.

Edit: One answer found already via Arstechnica.com

NEW YORK—Microsoft gave its Surface Pro tablet an upgrade today. Surface Pro 4 has the same shape and size as Surface Pro 3, but it now sports a Skylake 6th generation Core processor.

The tablet also has a larger screen; what was a 12-inch 2160×1440 screen is now 12.3 inches with a 267PPI display. The larger screen has been incorporated without changing the overall dimensions of the system, so it remains compatible with the Surface Pro 3 Dock.

That is music to my ears,

How to import Spotify playlist into Google Play Music?

My previous post (All i wanted to do was export my Spotify playlists to Google Music…) was about giving up after trying for hours to export my Spotify playlist to Google Music with little success, that is because there are various solutions out there don’t work or require a lot of hacking. Trust me I tried them all on Windows 10 and Apple OSX.


I am not one for giving up though and after taking a break I had an idea. What if I could load Spotify into an Excel spreadsheet and grab the playlist by selecting the columns (Song Title, Artist, Album). Nice try Bowen! It wouldn’t load in Excel.

Then by complete fluke I discovered a comment on a website by Scott Walstead (Web Developer), he has developed a Spotify to YouTube playlist called Playlistbuddy.com and this is where my solution to the problem came about.
FYI: I used both Windows 10 (for Excel) and OSX (for terminal) to do this task. One still needs to run a few scripts in Terminal, but my solution definitely works as I have successfully imported a massive playlist to Google Play Music.

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All I wanted to do was export my Spotify playlists to Google Music…

spotify-vs-google-musicGod dammit daddy! Why can’t the world be an easy place? All I am trying to do is export my Spotify playlists to Google Music…

A few of the solutions require running scripts via terminal, which do not seem to work for me because I don’t have RUBY installed. (because why would I have bloody RUBY installed as I am not a developer?)…

Grrrr. So I am installing Ruby on my iMac, but more on that later…

Samsung Galaxy S6 EdgeJo recently got a new phone “Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge” because her old phablet the “Samsung Galaxy Note 3” didn’t have beautiful curved edges (ha ha). Anyhow her phone came with  6 months free access to Google Music. We’ve never used it before because we have shared a Spotify Pro account for the past three years. The Pro account at £9.99 has up until now been excellent, with a great choice of music. It allows us to listen to almost any artist and band, create playlists, radio stations, or listen to new and upcoming music with no adverts. It even works in tunnels.  We can’t really knock Spotify as its been our main Music Streaming app in our car, on our phones, at home on the TV, on the AV receiver and on the PC etc.

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Look what Bowen photographed – Millau Viaduct, France

On our recent trip to Southern France we had the opportunity to drive a different route back to Calais, so we decided to drive via the  awesome Millau Viaduct. The Millau Viaduct is a cable-stayed bridge that spans the valley of the River Tarn near Millau in southern France.

Millau Viaduct Southern France (Medium)

We had driven to the Millau area the night before and stayed at a cheap hotel. We awoke early and drove over the bridge, which was incredible with all its lights. The valleys below were covered in mist and it was still fairly dark. There was a look out area, where one can park and take photos of the bridge (see the buildings in my photograph), but to be honest every Tom, Dick and Harry were there making a racket and clicking away. We decided to drive through the Toll Gates and then back towards the bridge via a small country road.  To be honest this road had the best views.

I took this photograph with my Panasonic DMC-G2 at around 7am. It was quite cloudy all around but the bridge was completely clear. The sun was just filtering over the clouds to the East.  I am very proud of this photograph. I think it is one of the best I have ever taken. The colours of the fields, the changing colours in the sky, the mist running through the valley and the bridge with the sun reflecting on the cables stays look amazing.

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LaTrax Alias TRX-6608 Quad Copter from Wheelspin Models.


I bought a new quad copter recently from Wheelspin Models here in the UK.  Their website and service are incredible. latrax alias quad copter

Here is my review of them:

Review of Wheelspin Models - Latrax Alias

You can check out other reviews of them from here.

A possible fix for random reboots, keyboard hanging, slow searches on Resurrection Remix Lollipop 5.1.1

Screenshot_2015-08-02-10-08-10 (Mobile2)I have experienced some annoying phone issues over the past 3 to 4 weeks, which have stumped me somewhat until now. I have a custom ROM installed on my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 called Resurrection Remix, which I upgrade every week or two whenever there is a new update,  that way I am always up-to-date. It is a brilliant ROM, but clearly one of the updates screwed things.  Here are the symptoms I have experienced.

Symptom 1: Searching something through the Google search bar widget, the search page opened up with the results, but scrolling down the page (thumb up) does nothing or it hangs for a few seconds. If I swapped direction and scrolled up briefly it would hang. After a few attempts the phone would reboot.

Symptom 2: At random times during typing the keyboard would hang, and the phone rebooted. My default keyboard is Swype.

Symptom 3: My phone would get very slow all of a sudden, very laggy and my RAM would run out and the phone would reboot.

Symptom 4: Random reboots.

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New 780mAh batteries for my WLV636.

It’s been a while since I flew my WLtoys V636, 6 axis quad copter, partially because the batteries I had seemed to deteriorate quite quickly over the past six months. They were these bubble gum stick 500mAh look-a-likes, which lasted for about 5 minutes of flying. That is not much time considering they took about 90 minutes to charge.


These blue 780mAh batteries are the biggest I have ever bought for my quad. They should get at least 9 minutes of flying time.

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Lifehacker: If You’re Looking for a Shortcut, You’re Doing the Wrong Work

Lifehacker: If You’re Looking for a Shortcut, You’re Doing the Wrong Work. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwuKb-gyU

In short if you don’t want to read the article…

There is no ‘get rich quick’ formula. There is no perfect diet, work is hard get over it.

Take a look at what the Bowens are up to.