Finally, a custom 3.5mm cable for Sennheiser Headphones

I have a pair of HD 558‘s which were gifted to me. They were my first open cupped headphones which at first seemed a little weird but actually, I’ve come to love and prefer. Basically, I can still hear the phone ring or door bell go while enjoying my music to a good fidelity in relative isolation! Also with the baby, they’ve become even more important as I can still listen out for her but listen to music without disturbing her sleep, win-win!

Worth noting that these were replaced by HD 579‘s if you’re looking to buy some.

Give open cup ago! 

The main issue I had with them was that the cable. Although removable at both ends… One end had a 2.5mm jack for the headphones with a custom indent in the mould for locking the cable in place. The other end had 6.35 jack. It did come with a 3.5mm jack adapter but this was bulky to say the least and hardly something you’d have sticking out your phone in your pocket when doing stuff around the house. 

Now I get that Sennheiser target these as home audio but back when I got these it was impossible to get a cable that did 2.5mm straight to 3.5mm. As I had started using these again over my Samsung Level overs (pass, ANC is rubbish, go Boss QC35 or Sony MDR-1000X ) I went relooking and found:

Sennheiser HD558 CABLE

Just what I was looking for! So happy! Link: http://amzn.to/2tLcK08

Despite the county’s issues, Turkey remains popular with holidaying Brits.

While the British Pound suffers against various other economies it’s still doing well again the Turkish Lira so that’s likely a driving force with holiday makers and tour operators.

Given this is an important sector to Turkey they do seem to do their best to protect the industry and its holiday makers but I’m surprised to see it in at number 3 on the most popular destination for Brits. Especially over places like Italy!

I guess maybe there is some unity for both as Britain will soon be sitting just outside the EU also after Brexit completes.

Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-40641560

Tools to build / rebuild a bike!

 

In this post i’m just going to link the tools and how-to videos. I’ll discuss the actual bike rebuild in another post.

Disclaimer: I’m linking to Amazon here with pretty cheap products so would appreciate the support (purchases will give me a tiny commission) but you may find these parts slight cheaper on places like eBay. 

Pedal crank remover:

Purchase link: https://amzn.to/2dS3xiK

Crank puller video with horrendous / hilarious music:

 

Some good Allen keys:

Purchase link: https://amzn.to/2t4q7NK

If you need a how to video for these you may as well stop now..

 

Headset press (not cheap but hard to do the press accurately without):

Purchase link: https://amzn.to/2sRsgYJ

How to video:

For a chain tool I used one from this kit:

Purchase link: https://amzn.to/2uShva9

How to video:

If your dismantling a bike, get a cleaning kit, trust me:

Purchase link: https://amzn.to/2tJLFxQ

 

Original article: https://alpagot.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/dissembling-mountain-bike-and.html

 

Gardening progress. Summer 2017

We’re starting to get some good progress in the garden with the plants we’ve been growing, A poly-tunnel has certainly helped in the initial stages for getting the seedlings going! The main thing I wanted to establish was the passion fruit as these have lovely flowers, bright fruit and will spread nicely on our new trellis topped fence.

The Sunflowers have done surprisingly well and are getting as tall as the fence its self! The blueberry bush was are only real fruit bearer last year with some tiny Apples also on a dwarf tree. This summer has ramped up its output for the blueberries! Not in shot but are Stella cherry tree gave us maybe 30 or so really nice cherries. I’m expecting a lot from that in coming years.

Play CS:GO? You might be able to play without cheaters for a short while.

June 6th. Valve has swung the VAC-ban hammer on roughly 40,400 Steam accounts in a single day! Thats a hell of a lot for a single day and will have a noticeable effect. To give some perspective, todays concurrent peak of gamers is 537,000. I wonder how many of those accounts will be replaced when new hacks become available and are perceived to be safe for a while. At $10 a game key thats a lot of money for Valve if they convert back to re-purchases!

 https://steamdb.info/stats/bans/

Good to see this being done thought! It really does spoil the experience from customers who want the intended product.

On a side note, this site is great for stats on your account such as how much money you might have spent roughly (it’ll be off due to sales purchases etc) and how many of those said games you’ve actually played!

https://steamdb.info/calculator/76561197970728257/?cc=uk

 

Stream-ripping is ‘fastest growing’ music piracy

Snippet from the article:

“Several sites and apps allow users to turn Spotify songs, YouTube videos and other streaming content into permanent files to store on phones and computers.

Record labels claim that “tens, or even hundreds of millions of tracks are illegally copied and distributed by stream-ripping services each month”.

One service alone is thought to have more than 60 million monthly users.”

Link to article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-40519137

I think they’ll always be piracy. Its when the actual consumers of the content suffer that really irks me. Hence why I love services that offer DRM free content so I can do what I want with my purchases! Humble Bundle, Good Old Games (GoG) for instance.

I bet that sometimes its down to awareness as well. Example: I love using Spotify when i’m at my desktop but I only use the free version. If i’m on the go with patchy mobile signal or want to use a bit less battery i’ll use the Amazon Music app as I have prime and can download tunes to play offline. How many people unknowingly forget things like that…

Piracy is pretty harsh on the content owners why you think about it. Be it musicians, games makers, movie makers or any other form of content. They’ll already have cuts taken off by anyone in the middle of the release process so to impact them further really hurts. Just as a games / movie 3D artist working in a central London job and you’ll soon see what i’m talking about.