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Over 6 months and no posts!!!!!

Some people who know me are aware of the reason why – a house move.

38 years in a 4-bedroom house with steep drive, big garden and a tall hedge was getting too much – so we decided to downsize. Trouble is, what to do with all the stuff you accumulate over such a long time!! A couple of large skips were filled with “rubbish”? Some items sold on ebay, others given away or taken to charity shops, and the rest put into store.

Now moved in to bungalow, flat garden, no stairs or hedge to trim, should make life a bit easier. Maybe I can find more time for trains and filming in the coming weeks and start posting in the blog and uploading photos again.

An amusing clip, seen on TV when BBC presenter didn’t realise she was on camera

I wasn’t paying attention as this happened on TV but thought something wasn’t quite right. Fortunately I had paused live TV earlier in the evening and could go back again to see what actually happened. Seems they switched to the BBC sports presenter when she wasn’t expecting it!!! The sound volume is low as Mrs. S was asleep.

Different theme for mobile devices

The mobile theme that I was using did not work with the “search” plugin that I was using. I have installed a new plugin that can switch to a different theme for a mobile device, and it seems to be working. If you have been viewing with your mobile recently, then you will probably notice the difference – but at least the “search” will now work properly, he says hopefully!!

Preview of Severn Valley Railway 2018 timetable Android app

For several years now I have written an Android app to show the SVR timetable on my mobile. The one for this year is finished and as far as I can tell is correct. I have uploaded two videos of it in action, one showing it on a tablet, displaying each of the 12 months and the blue and yellow timetables, which show train times for all except special events.

The second video using my old mobile (with no sim card) showing a brief display of the timetable before moving on to the options available with an internet connection – such as the SVRA forum, SVR web site, live departures from Kidderminster main line station etc. Free WiFi is more widely available now so a mobile with no sim card does have its uses, so don’t chuck out the old ‘phone! When I am sure there are no errors I will upload it to Google playstore and you will be able to download it for free. Continue reading

It’s 2018, will I keep blog updated?

Just noticed the blog has been going for nearly 9 years. There was a time when I only took photos, which were uploaded to my gallery and then linked to from here – time permitting of course. Then came videos, which were much more time consuming to edit and upload, and of course very few or poor “photos”, and the galleries were partially forgotten. Now with a 4K camcorder I can crop reasonable photos from the videos.

The plan for the future is take and upload videos, crop some photos from videos and upload to galleries – where the photos can be viewed on a pc. For people with a mobile phone the galleries were never so easy to view unless you knew how, but I can easily take a smaller photo from a gallery and include it in a blog post, as I have done in the last few weeks. I’ve certainly missed looking back at recent photos, perhaps that will change now – if I can keep up with all the new stuff. Only problem is all that from recent years…..

A new computer!

Editing and processing 4K videos proved to be a struggle for my computer, but after 3 years without any problems, perhaps the time had come to get a new one! My previous computer lasted longer – but I did have disc problems and had to change them a couple of times. The new one has an Intel i5 cpu and seems to cope without any problems.

It has taken a couple of weeks to copy files across and install the software I need, perhaps I’ll keep this one a bit tidier than the previous one and keep files and folders more organised. I’ve noticed my external hard drives work much faster with USB 3 sockets than the old USB 2 ones.

Way behind with everything again, as always!

What with the Severn Valley Railway Gala, the Birmingham Velo, a week away on holiday and even a couple of trips to Stafford to film trains, there has been so much editing and uploading to do that less important things like the blog and adding photos to the gallery just don’t get done.

The intentions are there, will I catch up? The final part of the gala was uploaded a few days ago, not sure how long the videos last – but plenty to see, must create a playlist. Same with the Velo, I’m sure that’s over an hour in total. Part way through both of the Stafford trips, must keep on plodding……

2 months without a post! What’s the excuse??

Too much gardening to do, always a backlog of videos to edit and upload. To make matters worse, I now have a 4K camcorder and the videos take longer to edit and upload, but after one upload taking hours I now just upload at hd quality, which is quicker and adequate for YouTube.

Another bonus is that I can get some decent “photos” from the frames in the video, so there will be plenty to add to my photo galleries again – but that will take up more time!