Friday, February 15, 2019

Will England on Tumblr

Some time back (five years back to be precise) I lit up a Tumblr blog on advice of my mentor to discuss technical stuff.  So I did, when I was a social media geek.  Then it got ghosted for 5 years.

Now I'm back with Analytics stuff going out there.  You can find me at Will England on Tumblr

and everywhere else to find Will England too!

Enjoy, be excellent to each other and be present!

-- Will England

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Snow, Ice anda dopey dog

My dopey dog, SamTheDog, thinks winter is the best ever - the whole world is covered in fresh, new edible crunchy!  When he was younger his water bowl would freeze solid and make a puck-shaped ice disk.  He'd chase that around the deck with abandon and joy, or at lest until it slipped under the deck rails into the yard.

During the summer, his favorite treat wa an ice cube fresh from the tray. Kerrunch, nom-nom-nom!  I doubt it was good for his teeth, but he certainly enjoyed them!

Surprisingly I captured a few on video with the cell phones:



As he gets older, he's more interested in just sniffing the snow and taking a few licks at it.  But my dopey SamTheDog loved his icepucks!



-  Will England 

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Buttons and turning on the AKG Y50BT

THe AKG Y50BT Bluetooth headphones are very nice cans with great sound and a fantastic battery
AKG Y50BT Headphones
life.  However, they are sorely lacking in documentation - so here is my take on the 'fine manual' about operating all the buttons, pairing and more.

On the Left earpiece is a MicroUSB B port to charge the phones.That's it.

On the Right earpiece are all the buttons. Starting from the top:

  • Button labeled '+' - increase volume 
  • Black button with a dot - One press for pause, / play two presses for track forward, three presses for track backward.  And they mean *quick* taps.
  • 3.5mm hole - to plug in the headphones for a non-bluetooth experience.
  • Black unlabeled button - power on, power off, pair.
    • To power on the headphones rapidly tap one time the unlabeled button.
      • Fast flashing blue light indicates it's on, and unpaired
      • Slow flashing blue light indicates it's on and paired.
      • Slow flashing red light indicates  low battery.
  • Black button looking thing - not a button but the microphone!
Hope this helps someone else out -- remember, *quick* tap on the button to turn it on / off.

-- Will England

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Saturday, January 05, 2019

Netflix not working with OpenDNS / Cicso Umbrella?

Netflix can get caught up in the blocking many families use to restrict visiting illicit movie sites by
Blocked Netflix Content Domains by OpenDNS
their kids.  You'll find that movies in Netflix spin the orange circle for a while before throwing out an error code, Netflix error code M7037-1101.  You can't play any Netflix movies on Chrome or on Safari.    This error code  means your local machine cannot connect to the Netflix servers to play the movie.

It's quite simple to resolve when Netflix won't play because of OpenDNS filtering - go into your Umbrella control panel and whitelist:

  • services.wmdrm.windowsmedia.com (the Silverlight player)
  • netflix.com (just in case)
  • nflxvideo.net (their content distribution network)
  • nflximg.net (more of their content network)
Within 2 or 3 minutes of whitelisting these domains, your Netflix will be working again and you won't have to worry about error code M7037-1101!

-- Will England

Friday, December 21, 2018

Lg’s Flagship Phone Is A Media Forward Device - Sprint Product Ambassadors

For starters, when you first pick up the phone and turn it on, you are greeted with a gorgeous 6.4 in display. Even after using this phone for a while now, it still makes me fill with awe when I see it.  Partially this is due to the amazing specifications it holds. At 1440p, the phone has crystal clear images, and with it enhanced with HDR 10, a feature usually seen on high end televisions and computer monitors, the colors and contrast are stunning.  Another cool perk with the screen is its OLED panel, which allows it to have not only true 100% black, but also have an always on display. This is handy for when you need to check the time, or need to see why your phone just chimed for your attention without turning it on.  However if your battery is running low, and a USB port is nowhere to be seen, you can switch it off and conserve power. Battery life shouldn't be an issue though, with the phones 3,300 mAh battery, you should be able to have consistent use through the day without problems. If you do manage to need to plug it in during the day the phone is equipped with Quick Charge 4 so you can get more use from your phone in minutes.

Another big feature is the cameras, 5 of them to be precise.  The triple camera array on the back of the device allow for a wide variety of camera uses, from stunning macro shots, to breathtaking wide angle images.  The cameras themselves go as follows: A 12MP main shooter with optical image stabilization, a 16MP wide angle lens, and a 12MP telephoto lens. A cool feature that LG put in their device called Triple Shot.  All three cameras open up and when you take the photo they all fire sequently, making it possible to have gorgeous photos from 3 different angles with a single button. Along with Triple Shot, after taking the photo, you can have the phone stitch together the 3 images into a little .gif.  It's more of a novelty feature but its still cool regardless. For the confident type, there are two more front facing cameras. One is an 8MP standard lens, for taking pictures of yourself, but if you want a groupie, also included there is a 5MP wide angle lens. They both meet expectations for a flagship device and have included a suite of beauty features to smooth and artificial light your world.

Now, we all know that Apple has made it clear that the consumer will be fine without a headphone jack, at least that's what corporate sees. Unfortunately, to make sure that they stay relevant, android phone makers have begun to follow suit, removing the precious jack to make the phones a millimeter thinner.  Thats where LG comes in. While Samsung may still have their jack too, they don't have the best built in DAC ever seen in a smart device. Everyone uses their phone for audio at one point or another. Weather its Spotify Daily Mixes or Sprints complementary Tidal Premium account, or watching the latest viral video on YouTube or binging American Horror Stories on Netflix.  If you were to listen to the same song on the Note9 and the V40, i would say that the V40 will sound better. Everything will sound clearer, and if you turn it on, the V40 also has virtual surround sound, for the best cinematic experience on its amazing display. Now will the audio sound just as good out loud? I would say yes. The V40 has a special resonance chamber built into the phone, to make the sound louder and clearer.  Be careful though, max out the volume on the speaker and it may sound a bit distorted.

In sum, the V40 is an amazing device that's worth every penny.  With its great screen and huge battery, you can watch video with stunning clarity all day long. Paired with the amazing DAC that LG has given us in the phone your listening experience will also be cinematic.  When you manage to pull yourself away from its awesome screen and look around, you can capture the world around you in crystal clear detail.

-- Will England, Sprint Product Ambassador

The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee

Saturday, November 17, 2018

LG V40 ThinQ Triple Shot Demonstration - Sprint Product Ambassadors

With three excellent cameras on the back of the LG V40 ThinQ, each having their own zoom range, you can take some pretty interesting photos.  One cool feature is the ability to create a brief video with all three cameras!  Check out how this works in this video:


I can see a lot of potential beyond filming a brick - from 'I Was There' to even more artistic creation with this excellent camera feature on the LG G40 ThinQ!

-  Will England

The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Mac OS X 10.14 Mojave Problems and Solutions

Backing up my 2015 Macbook Pro getting ready for the 10.14 update (Mojave). While I'm waiting for the backup to complete I checked out what problems I'll be getting into.

First, what to look for - MacWorld.co.uk has a great overview of Mojave.

SoftwareHow.com has some solid tips on the most common problems and resolutions for them in Mojave.

Ensure your Mac is backed up, and you have updated all your applications.  Also, after the update, update your apps again, as there may be new versions just for Mojave.

Fortunately, there doesn't seem to be as many issues as previous updates.  Once the backup is done I'll be installing the 10.14 Mojave update.