UK Trips

UK Trips planned.  For family, work, networking, play.  For guidance, the return day especially frequently changes.

Sun 15th  – Wed 18th April

Sun 13th – Wed 16th May

Sat 2nd – Wed 6th June

Sun 1st – Wed 4th July

Sun 2nd – Wed 5th September

Sun 7th – Wed 10th October

Sun 4th – Wed 7th November

Sun 9th – Wed 12th December

Sun 6th – Wed 9th January 2019

Sun 3rd – Wed 6th February

Sun 10th – Wed 13th March

Continued Professional Development – LinkedIn Learning

www.linkedin.com/learning

Very impressed by the resources made available following the purchase by LinkedIn of Lynda.com in 2015 for an eye-watering $1.5 billion.  I can really see the benefit of that with a seemingly infinite supply of free training resource that ought to be transforming the Continued Professional Development of anyone wanting to keep abreast of changes.

Of course – bad pun alert – it’s horses for courses, we all have our own ways of learning, but for an anti-social homeworker with good concentration skills it’s a fine fit.

I’ve yet to see the point of Microsoft’s $26 billion acquisition of LinkedIn (Dec-16), but the course on the new ‘Teams’ premium Office 365 app, positioned as a replacement for email, Skype, SharePoint suggests an eventual LinkedIn gateway that might be so successful that employers have to lock it away!

There are positive negatives in these courses as well.  I followed the DevOps course, now know not only the basics, the point, the methodology, but more than that, it’s an area I never want to roll up my Ozwald Boateng sleeves anywhere near.  #Delegatethatone.

Looking forward to following some non-professional courses from what offered.  Nutrition anyone? Yoga? Occitan?

BBC iPlayer upgrade hurts SSDs

Well, not exactly ‘hurts’, but makes life unnecessarily and irritatingly problematic.

The BBC is rightly praised for making programmes available for viewing on demand, and even allowing users to download programs to watch off-line.

Many users like me (PC and laptops) have an ultra fast but small SSD hard drive for their ‘System Drive’ (usually C:\) and have a massive slower secondary drive (often D:\).  One is forever working to keep large files off the SSD, as they use up the most valuable real-estate on the computer.

The problem is that the BBC have required users to update iPlayer to version 2, and this version insists without a hint of compromise that downloads have to live on the C:\ Drive (unless one reconfigures the entire machine in a frankly obscure and compromising way).  I can understand that they have rights to protect and can’t allow programs on removable drives that would not have their protection, but this is not the issue here.

All is not lost though.  One can use the functionality of the “Symbolic Link”, used as a junction in my case to ‘fool’ the program into thinking that a folder on the D:\ Drive is actually on the C:\.  It’s effectively a redirection functionality that goes unnoticed.

From an elevated command prompt just alter the following line and hit enter:

MKLINK /j “C:\Users\tom\Videos\BBC iPlayer Downloads” “D:\Media\BBC iPlayer Downloads”

I’ve just downloaded last night’s Newsnight, and it plays back perfectly.

Useful for those long plane journeys when you need to think it’s the evening and want to get to sleep.

Thanks to Ian Dixon of http://www.thedigitallifestyle.com for the pointer.

Champagne revisited

To show non-UK friends our old stomping grounds around the Montagne de Reims.  I hosted my 40th Birthday party at the Restaurant de l’Abbaye de Hautvillers – fond memories!

UK friends aren’t restricted by the geo-ip systems of the BBC iPlayer so can get it from there!

Christmas 2017 prep