Friday, 27 August 2010

Golf gti edition 30 miles to gallon update

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Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Mothercare My4 Pram puncture : how to repair

Scarcely believable but my wife managed to get a puncture today with the pram!
Needless to say its been quite a while since ive got the tyre levers out and fixed an inner tube.

Luckily mothercare pram had easy remove wheel spindles.

Wonder if I should for lower profile and wider tyres while I'm at it lol
Just off to halfords now to buy a kit.

Now fixed : thought Id quickly write it up.

Tools required

working area e.g. kitchen table
Halfords Bike Tyre Puncture
Repair Kit £2.99

Wheel levers (optional) or pair of normal dinner knives
soapy water
bike pump


1. remove wheel (Mothercare My4 pram makes this soooo each, just a simple tab retainer and each wheel just pops off)
2. scan wheel for the offending article that punctured the casing. (if my case a very small but strong thorn),
if found mark tyre and note location in relation to the wheel valve.
remove the item and dispose of carefully so it doesn’t happen again !
3. Now time to remove the inner tube. For this we need to release one edge of the outer tyre.
Best way is with tyre levers, these are just kinda blunt ended spoon like things. They work well but in reality you dont need them if youre careful.
A pair of sturdy knives is enough (not really sharp or pointed end ones though!)
pick an area opposite the valve on the inside rim of the wheel (that way if you damage or mark the rim it wont be so visible) , insert one knife under the tyre bead edge. Leaver up gently (trying not to 'nip' the delicate inner tube)
You need to hold that in place then come in with a second knife and start levering the same way in small cm increments away from your first knifes position.
Once youve done a small amount it 'breaks free' and the rest can be done by hand.
4.You should now be able to see the inner tube. remove tube valve cap, and push valve out gently, noting position.
Always note orientation then it should be easy to find the leak.
now pull out the inner tube gently.
5. now pump up the inner tube a little, the leak should become obvious. If not you can stick it in some soapy water that always works but gets messy.
If you can find it without doing this its better as you arent getting the tube wet, so any repairs have a better chance of working.
Which ever way you find it use the chalk (from the puncture repair kit) to mark the position
6. release all air from inner tube (press the centre piece of the valve)
7. Prep the working area to match a suitable sized repair patch. lightly rub with the rough area on the box.
8. Open glue and apply to inner tube, wait until it becomes tacky
9. peel off patch backing and apply in one movement , dont try and move it once it touches the tacky glue.
Press down roudn the edges. and maybe place a light item (e.g. cup) over the patch to apply some weight while drying
10. Allow to dry (2 hrs in my case, but its dry much sooner)
11. remove your 'weight' , take the chalk (from kit) and rub against rough bit of box (there are 2 areas on the kit box, 1 for roughing up, 1 for chalk creation).
Then tap this onto the repair around the edges. It gets taken up by any free glue and prevents it possibly sticking to the outer tyre once re-assembled
12. Now refit the inner tube, reverse of the way it came out.
13. You should be able to refit the outer tyre bead for 90% of the rim, with only the knives needed for the last bit.
14. If you have time I would pump the tyre up a small amount and leave overnight , if not just go for it ......
15. refit to buggy , confirm tyre pressures same for rear wheels.
16. Enjoy your regained freedom, and a well earned beer/cuppa

Note :
For this type of wheel we only need repair the 'inner tube' , the outer tyre tends to self heal to some extent once the thorn/nail is removed.
If you have a large hole in the outer tyre that remains once the nail is removed, you may want to consider apply a patch to the inside of the tyre itelf.
Normally though its not needed.

Monday, 23 August 2010

Tatton Park Classic Car Show Aug 2010 pictures

took the family on an afternoon out. sun was shining but the battery on the camera was nearly flat pah!
As usual a really good event for all folks from vintage to modern

Friday, 20 August 2010

Simon the wonder snail

noticed him 'catching' the breeze on the way down the motorway this morning!
he then slept all day in the car park after the trauma and got a ride home again at 5pm.
What a snail ;-)

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Android App : Weather Widget Forecast Addon : disable unlock animation

worthy of a post as its one of my bread and butter widgets that Ive had from day one.
Recent update meant that on phone unlock the 'clouds' or other animation would happen, this was delaying me being able to swipe screens or do anything.
very annoying to be honest.

I posted a comment indicating this should be switchable and I couldnt find where.

well lo and behold I found the option today.
click weather icon, then settings wheel (bottom left) then Addon setting.
Voila a checkbox for 'Unlock Animation'
job done , no delay, my apologies to the developer

updated android apps list

used to export my apps list using aTrackDog, but now using the AppBrain app I sync all this data over the cloud, much easier I can tell you.

john_o's Apps on the phone

Phone: Nexus One
64 total, 58 free (90%), 6 paid (9%), 71MB total size, $38.08 total price

View this app list on AppBrain

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

SP Engineering Twin Turbo Lambo LP640

oh my , absolutely stunning.....

SP Engineering Twin Turbo Lambo LP640

DDM screenshot : Nexus One screens with Launcher Pro installed

reckoned I would also try using DalvikDebugMonitor to take screenshots of my current 5 homescreens.

tips can be found
(note : you dont need to download the drivers, they already come in the SDK download under usb-drivers folder)

Nexus One / Froyo 2.2 non rooted
Launcher Pro so i have 5 homescreens centered around the one below.
Theres three to show the scrollable dock (the icons at the bottom) of LP that is sooo useful and cleans up your desktop of icons.
just swipe left or right to get a new set. fully customisable to any apps you want.

these are the other 4 (2 either side of center) of the screen above

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

weeksSinceBirth.apk : first noddy Android Widget

had a counter on my XP desktop at work for how old my daughter is in weeks, reckoned I could do with the same on my Nexus One

Scoured AppBrain /AppStore for any useful countdown/countup timers. But alas some were just applications (not widgets) , others wouldnt count up ! and others wouldnt shows weeks (first yr of life usually has milestones in weeks)
scarcely believable but in the end I gave up and decided to install AndroidDeveloperTools plugin for Eclipse and have a go myself.

really noddy at this stage but a working widget that updates every hr.

TODO wishlist

allow date/time picker for entering date.
(and laterly pick up DOB from contacts as well)
allow font type/size and colour changing
allow background image toggle/gradient fill
allow configurable update period

of note I did find this which I've also installed and is pretty slick.

Friday, 13 August 2010

Google improve Voice Actions Froyo 2.2

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Launcher Pro Plus : paid for and rss feed

such an amazing 'home replacement' that I cant imagine life without it.
So much so Ive supported the developer by buying the Plus version for $2.99 (just under £2)

heres the rss feed to keep up with any updates in your favoured rss reader (I use google reader in Chrome, FeedR on my Nexus One)

so many new options coming online for this app, you must get it

Sept 2010 : some screen shots at

Monday, 2 August 2010

improve UK GSM Nexus One battery life.

trying to 'find' a 3G signal is the surest way for your battery to drain super quick.
So heres a handy tip which means the phone doesnt waste excess power finding 3G but retains a lookup table,apparently it means your phone is less likely to try and hunt a 3G connection in low signal/power areas.

Dial *#*#4636#*#* and tap phone information.
Scroll down to 'set preferred network type' to GSM Auto (PRL)

remember that sometimes the setting is lost e.g. after your battery dies.
so you have to re-enter it. (youll probably notice the drop in battery then realise lol)

makes a huge difference to my battery life , as well as automatically switching to wireless network when in range of my home.

Dilbert : Families and IT lol

made me chuckle :-)