Live in the UK, want a chance at free money?

So I wouldn’t usually post about things like this but is a fair exchange for you visiting each day and seeing all their ads/clicking through the various draws for a chance at winning free (if you don’t include the above as a cost to you) money: pickmypostcode.com It takes about 5 mins as one draw is a video ad to watch but it’s quick enough to be worth it. Just set the page as your homepage or something and try not to miss your postcode coming up!

Really like the look of these Sony ANC headphones.

The Sony WH-1000XM3 look and seem to review pretty well, even up against Bose QC series. I was pretty disappointed in the ANC on the Samsung Level Over I purchased a few years back that i’m still using (they do look good and sound decent otherwise). This was coming from some Nokia BH-940s (Monster) which, yes looking back, haven’t aged well style wise but had very good Active noise cancelling. Maybe too good as you had to pay attention when out and about! My only concern for these Sony’s is the little vent/ mic on the cups facing upwards, that’d be a bad situation if it started raining and you were outside with these I suspect. Apart from that oversight. I really can’t wait to try out a pair!

Anyone got a pair? Let me know your likes and dislikes in the comments.

First proper experience of VR…

So a friend organised for eight of us to go to an Escape room venue that also hosted VR games.

I really liked the fact that you had a laptop on as a backpack that gave you the freedom to move around the room without cables trailing around. It really helped with the immersion. The game its-self had fairly average puzzles to work out (or our team found them average as we took only 30mins) but the usage of lifts and teleports really made the game feel expansive as the other two players in your four-person team would suddenly be away on another platform or completely removed from vision while they worked on puzzles in another room via those transport mechanisms.

It was also fun at the end when you finished and ended up at a beach bar with an archery range and as a team had to get a high score shooting balloons, that was a nice touch while you waited for the other team. I think we got a top 6 score for that.

So essentially, I highly recommend going and trying it out! We paid around £30 per person for the experience.

A pic from January…

Winter Park, Colorado, USA

So this is turning into a bit of a pilgrimage. Each yeah the company I work for has a sales summit in the USA, prepping the organisation for the year ahead. It just so happens that the last two have been in Denver and flights to turn up on the Monday have been really expensive from the UK. So coming in a bit early gives the opportunity to sneak in some skiing, This is from Winter park which I highly recommend! Really nice wide slopes and some very fun ski runs. We also did a day trip to Keystone which is also a brilliant resort!

How Go-tcha Pokemon Go products get away with not being blocked.

So it seems that the Organizationally Unique Identifier (OUI) part of the MAC address of the bluetooth device is using Nintendo’s assigned address space to get around being blocked on MAC.

This is the initial part of the MAC 7C:BB:8A on the Go-tcha I have. Pop that into https://www.wireshark.org/tools/oui-lookup.html and you’ll see: 7C:BB:8A Nintendo Nintendo Co., Ltd. as the result. I suspect they might have gone even further to try and not get them blocked and tried to narrow down allocated address space in the rest of the MAC address for the Pokemon Go accessories range. It’d be a decent way to circumvent Nintendo blocking as this method could affect genuine product purchases.