Cast device not connected icon on my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

After a recent software update I notice on my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, a cast icon in the top left hand corner of my screen. If I expand the notification bar it looks and says the following: Cast device not connected.


I cannot flick it off the screen, however if I long press anywhere on the notification the App notifications page for Facebook loads. By switching off the “Allow notifications” and then turning it back on, the Cast notification disappears.


I am not sure if this has anything to do with it, but it removes the cast icon from my notifications.

Back in 1988.

I’ve been listening to the Depeche Mode 101 live album recently on my Google Play. It was such an awesome concert, I would have loved to have seen them live. The beat and the atmosphere sounds incredible. It is definitely an album that has to be turned up loud. To think Depeche Mode recorded that concert at the Pasadena Rose Bowl on the 18 June 1988. That is a long time ago.

I was 16 years old, had three years left of school and had no idea what I was going to be doing with my life. My days were spent at school, learning stuff, doing cadets, singing war cries for the rugby team, playing sport, riding my bike and discovering new music. I remember going to a friend’s house and hearing this album for the first time on a cassette tape. I somehow remember the day, it was hot and we were lying next to pool and this album was playing. Those were the days.


Back in 1988 Hi-Fi systems were all the rage, my Dad had a Technics with an amplifier, two cassette tape decks and a record player. We had 4 huge speakers in the lounge and a couple in the kitchen. It produced great sound.

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Will Facebook post good results on November 2nd?

When I bought Facebook shares at $94 dollars per share, a part of me was kicking myself for being so stupid not to buy when they were at $40 per share and a part of me was thinking I was mad to be buying at four times their lowest price. 

But look at the share price today. It’s just broken through the $132 dollars a share. Results are out on the 2nd November, and who knows this share could quite easily hit the $140 dollars per share. 

This has turned out to be a nice little earner. 

Hello FastComet WordPress Web hosting, Goodbye Amazon Web Services

I gave Amazon Web Services my best shot as it is not a service you can simply sign up too and be up and running  in no time at all. There is a lot to learn and read. It was fun and a steep learning curve to set up my WordPress website through a command line (No cPanel to be seen), and at times a little frustrating when things didn’t work out.

AWS was very rewarding when I had everything up and running. My website was super fast and the tier I was on was free for a year. It is a wonderful platform to learn new things on, to fiddle with all the various network settings, storage, user permissions, security, routing etc. Trust me, I touched only the tip of the iceberg when it came to the AWS Services.

However, in my opinion it is no place for a website you want up and running 24/7. No sir! And that is why I have moved to something a little more stable. In a previous post I mentioned I had been on for many years, but in the past couple of years I noticed a rapid decline in speed and there customer service was really poor and I often had to wait ages for a human to chat too.  So my search for a new host began.


I found FastComet online via many reviews and decided to give them a try. I chatted to one of the Sales reps online and found out tons of information. FastCommet reps were friendly and super helpful.

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Why do railway companies need train conductors?

Every couple of months in the news there is a mention of a train company striking. Today it is Southern Railway. If you didn’t know already about the upcoming inconvenience, here are the upcoming strike dates:


The Standard writes;

The on-going dispute between Southern and the RMT union is over the role of train conductors. Southern plans to change the role of its 400 plus conductors from August with the introduction of driver only operated trains.

So Southern Railway want to modernize their network by making the train driver more responsible for the train and not the conductor.  What is wrong with that?  Do commuter trains really need a conductor?

Chaps, we are in the 21st century! London has proved through the DLR that trains don’t need conductors checking tickets, ensuring doors are opened and closed, making announcements, because the entire system is computerized from buying the ticket, to checking in and out to actually driving the train.  Driver-less trains, what an invention?

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Have a £1.5 million pound Rolls Royce Silver Ghost for your birthday Mike!

I had a fantastic birthday today. I got my first gift watching the Malaysian F1 Grand Prix, but I will come to that a little later.

It was a such lovely day today, Jo and I decided to take a drive up to Essex with the aim of visiting one of the coastal towns.

On route we stopped at P&A Wood in Great Easton. According to their website “In 2001, P & A Wood were appointed as “The Official Rolls-Royce and Bentley Heritage Dealers” in recognition of the knowledge and expertise that the company had built up with the Classic and Vintage cars“.

Stepping into their show room and one can see why? It is incredible! So many classic cars but my favourite was a Rolls Royce Silver Ghost from 1914. It had a price tag of £1.5 million. A small price to pay I guess for a car that has only done 5556 miles in its whole life. It was in perfect condition. Next year perhaps!

Outside their buildings every Tom, Dick and Harry who owned a super car had gathered to show off their rides.

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