Friday, 30 June 2017

I got engaged

I took Amy to Bolton Abbey the location of our third date on our third anniversary. We went over the stepping stones under the guise of me testing my new drone (a Mavic Pro) I played her "love me do" by the Beatles on the harmonica. She had brought me the harmonica for Christmas a few years ago so I secretly learned how to play it to surprise her. I was very happy not to fall in. Then an American TV show called Right this Minute contacted me on facebook and put my video on TV! It's a pretty cool clip!

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Mapped drive disappears won't stay mapped persistently

We use network drives sometimes they will not stay after a reboot. I had this problem and could not work out the problem. There was a faulty login script under the users profile in the Active Directory. It's a good place to check. We had moved domains a while back and some users have the old path, meaning the login script was removing the good working path and then failing to connect to it's incorrect one leaving nothing mapped.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Bit locker won't accept my recovery key.

Bitlocker would not accept my recover key...



I was mad! You probably are too if you're reading this, I imagine you are hoping you won't have to rebuild your machine and test the quality of your backups.You have backups right? There is hope. I did have the correct key, and I was not ready to give up yet. I knew my key was right as it was stored in the AD and was found searching for it in the AD as specified here the ID matched:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/kb/928202

So Bitlocker would not accept my key no matter how many times I double check the numbers. Very annoying. One clue when searching for a solution was someone said it seemed to be in a loop it would accept the key bit not get any further.

I then found this wonderful link with a soloution listed as a work around.
http://www.dell.com/support/article/uk/en/ukbsdt1/SLN285155/en

It showed me how to disable bitlocker using the advanced options to get to a CMD window.

This route accepted my recovery key and I was able to disable bitlocker and get back into my surface pro 4. Phew.

You need these two commands.

manage-bde -unlock c: -rp <your 48-digit recovery password>

manage-bde -protectors -disable c:

Make sure you have manage- at the start of both the formatting on the link above made miss it on the second line until I checked why it wasn't recognising the command.

Good luck getting back into your computers/ drives.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

The worst collection of words I have ever seen.

"If I have to be able and the time and the time and the first thing I have to be able and the first thing I have to be able and the time and the first thing I have to be a few weeks and the time and the first thing I have to be" - Tim Jarram

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Sony xperia Z3 bends

I got the Sony Xperia Z3 the day it came out from Amazon. I pre ordered it and was quite excited to upgrade from my well used Samsung Galaxy S3. However I have to strongly recommend you don't by it.

The main reason is that as you can see below mine bent.


I was asleep when the damage happened I woke up trying to turn off my alarm and when I turned on the light my phone was bent in my hand. Unfortunately this wasn't a nightmare I had some how managed to bend my phone in my sleep.

Sony have made a flimsy phone which I am told isn't covered by warranty on twitter:

I was reasonably happy with the z3 until this but if you are still not convinced to avoid it here are some other reasons not to by the z3:


  • You can't remove the battery
  • The wireless charging port on the side is pretty useless. QI charging requires an expensive case.
  • The glass back makes it slide off anything.
  • Sony phones lose their resale value really quickly.


I used to be a huge fan of Sony. I have fond memories of my first Hi Fi, my treasured silver and orange portable CD player and of course the first Play Station! They have also made an excellent pair of waterproof headphones I really like with an MP3 player built in, until recently I was looking at upgrading them to the bluetooth version.

So I decided since the split with Ericsson and with the way they have adopted android I would take a risk on their new products. I excitedly purchased the z3 and as soon as I could I got the Sony Smart watch 3 to go with it. I'd love to be telling you it worked out great for me but I feel I've been burnt and I won't be buying anything else Sony any time soon after receiving such poor customer service.