I may soon be selling 5 of my Google Wave domains that I have purchased but I first need an appraisal and to work out whether it is worth me keeping them or selling them. If you are interested in any of them, please leave a comment bellow. All the domains would be great for your Google Wave Bots, Extensions, Gadgets and/or Federation Protocol Site!

The domains I might sell are:

  • MyGWave.com – I expect will be the most valuable as it probably has the most wide range of uses and is short and memorable! This could be used for literally any wave app and would be good as some sort of account management site. Considering Google actually own GWave.com I expect that this would be very valuable!
  • WavePing.com – I was very luck with this as there is a feature of Google Wave that I didn’t know about when buying this which is to be able to Ping users. I initially purchased this for a robot idea that I had but this now has more value and uses.
  • TheSocialWave.com – This could also have many uses but was initially purchased as a base for a Federation Protocol version of Google Wave. This was going to be a more social version which has more of an emphasis on the social networking side which would involve making new friends and keeping in touch with old friends.
  • TheWorkingWave.com – Like TheSocialWave.com this could also have many uses but was initially purchased as a base for a Federation Protocol version of Google Wave. This was going to be designed for companies who wanted to ue wave for staff to communicate with eachother without having to set up their own Federation server.
  • TheSameWave.com – This was another site designed for a Google Wave Federation Server that I can now see having many other uses. This was designed (when I bought it) for people trying to meet new wavers. I also had the idea that wave users could set up little profiles which were searchable and/or that a web page that automatically found people who wave about similar things to you could be found.

Please note that the domains are not just limited to the descriptions and if you have any creative ideas of your own that is fantastic; I just gave the descriptions as a aid to helping you see how the domain could be used and why I believe they are valuable.

I don’t know much about the value of domains but I will do my research before selling any of these and I have had people in the past trying to sell me less valuable domains for thousands of dollars so I expect some of those domains might be worth quite a bit 🙂

All of the domains are registered with GoDaddy and I will probably use GoDaddy’s auction service to sell the domains once I have and idea of value and a few offers. I will keep anyone who makes an offer updated on the status of these domains and keep you informed.

As I said, if you are interested or have any idea of the value of these domains, leave a comment!


Google wave was down a little earlier but don’t worry. The maintenance page they have designed probably has more JavaScript than Google Wave! 😛

Surf's out, dude. Google Wave is down for maintenance. Time to chillax.

Surf's out, dude. Google Wave is down for maintenance. Time to chillax.

If you cannot work out where the JavaScript in this page is, the clouds move 😛 It is okay now because Google Wave is back up and running 🙂


Today when playing about with Google Wave I went to type and excalmation mark but instead of holding shift, I held control and discovered an array of keyboard short cuts to control the formatting. I have compiled a list and will update if I find more:

  • Ctrl+1 – Heading 1
  • Ctrl+2 – Heading 2
  • Ctrl+3 – Heading 3
  • Ctrl+4 – Heading 4
  • Crtl+5 – Bulleted List (on only – does not toggle)
  • Ctrl+6 – Default Text (clears formatting)
  • Crtl+7 – Align Left
  • Ctrl+8 – Align Right
  • Ctrl+B – Bold
  • Ctrl+U – Underline
  • Ctrl+I – Italic
  • Tab – Indent Paragraph
  • Shift+Tab – Outdent Paragraph


I finally got my Google Wave Invite today! Just to make you guy jealous, I have decided to blog my experience of receiving a Google Wave Invite! 🙂

Well receiving your Google Wave Invite is very much like receiving any other email except the subject of the email is “Your invitation to preview Google Wave” and it it from Google Wave! In my case it looked like this:

The invite to Google wave that I received.

The invite to Google wave that I received.

If you are even remotely thinking “What did you do next?” then I find that offensive! Is it not obvious and customary to accept an invitation when you receive one! So that is what I did and it could not have been more simple! I clicked the link, typed in my Google password and I was off! 😀 I was logged straight into my Google Wave account.

What I was greeted with on my first ever login!

What I was greeted with on my first ever login! (Don't ask why the navigation bars on the left are blank? They are not now... I think it may have something to do with the fact I had use Firefox to get the screenshot but I will confirm later)

I then read my 2 new messages:

The welcome message from Google (well Doctor Wave to be precise).

The welcome message from Google (well Doctor Wave to be precise).

The welcome message from Doctor Wave exapnded to use the whole screen.

The welcome message from Doctor Wave exapnded to use the whole screen.

My 8 invites for Google Wave... Who do I send them to :P

My 8 invites for Google Wave... Who do I send them to 😛

And that was my first experience of Google Wave! I did have a little play around afterwards and will make some more blogs about Google Wave later! But if you are so jealous and really want an invite, watch this space as I will be running a twitter competition to get 3 of my 8 beautiful invites! 😛 🙂


Finally it has happened to me
Right in front of my face
My feelin’s can’t describe it
Finally it has happened to me
Right in front of my face
And I just cannot hide it

Google Wave, the app of my dreams
The one and only true love or at least it seems
With a blue skin and a white background
It’s just the way it looks at me, that gentle lovin’ stare

Finally you come along
The way I feel about you it just can’t be wrong
If you only knew the way I feel about you
I just can’t describe it oh no no

If you couldn’t guess from my really, quite awful parody of Finally by CeCe Peniston, which only had the odd word changed; I finally received my Google Wave invite! I don’t know if it had anything to do with the constant emails I sent Google or the ranting blog post I made but I am finally a user of Google Wave! I have already accepted and had a little play with the application and will be blogging the Invite Experience soon!

The invite to Google wave that I received.

The invite to Google wave that I received.


UPDATE: Also see an updated blog with an alternative method.

This is a quick blog explaining how you can use Yahoo Pipes and twitterfeed.com to automatically RT tweets from another account! The pipe used in this tutorial will be the first of many pipes that I Have designed that will appear on Twitter-Pipes.com which should be set up soon.

This pipe is designed to take any twitter feed then convert it for use on twitter feed for the purpose of automatically RTing another accounts tweets. This pipe automatically turns the tweet into a RT so that when it is posted the original author is given credit.

The first step required is to get the Twitter Feed URL. To do this, go to the twitter profile you wish to AutoRT then find where it says ‘RSS feed of flungo’s tweets‘ (with the user name changed for the whichever profile you are viewing). If you are having difficulty finding this link, view the screenshot bellow:

Image showing the location of the Twitter feed on a Twitter profile.

Screenshot showing the location of the Twitter feed on a Twitter profile.

Once you have found this link there are 2 ways to get the Twitter Feed URL. If you are using a modern browser (like Google Chome or Mozilla Firefox) you can right click and you should be able to find something like ‘Copy Link Address’ or ‘Copy Link Location’. If you cannot do this then click the link and just copy the URL from your browser’s address bar.

Once you have this URL on your clipboard you will then have to go to the Twitter RT Feed Pipe and paste the Twitter Feed URL on your clipboard, into the Twitter Feed URL (see screenshot bellow – 1) then click ‘Run Pipe’. After the pipe has successfully run, you then need to find the link to the Pipe RSS Feed (see screenshot bellow – 2) and copy the URL as you did for the Twitter Feed URL.

Image to show where the Twitter Feed URL needs to be entered and where to find the link to the Pipe RSS Feed.

Image to show where the Twitter Feed URL needs to be entered and where to find the link to the Pipe RSS Feed.

Now that you have that link copied you need to go to twitterfeed.com. After you have logged in or registered and gone to your Dashboard you will need to click ‘Create New Feed‘. You then need to click ‘Connect your feed to your Twitter Account’ and follow the instructions to connect the feed to your twitter. One you are logged in you will need to set a ‘Feed Name’ and paste the Pipe RSS link into the ‘RSS Feed URL’ box. You will then need to configure the advanced settings as follows:

Screenshot with anootation on how the feedshould be configured within twitterfeed.

Screenshot with anootation on how the feedshould be configured within twitterfeed.

After clicking save, you should be all set-up and ready to go! 🙂


Yes… You heard me correctly! I want a Blu-Ray Burner that sucks!

No… I don’t one that’s is inadequate or objectionable!

I want a Blu-Ray drive that sucks, like how the PS3 one sucks in the Blu-Ray disk and how the Wii sucks in the DVDs! I have a DVD drive that sucks but I now want a Blu-Ray drive that sucks for my new PC! If anyone can help me find one I would really appreciate it!

Here are my requirements:

  • Needs to play and write Blu-Ray Disks with a minimum of Dual Layer burning capabilities
  • Needs to be silver (or have a faceplate that can be changed to silver)
  • Needs to be cheap
  • Needs to be of the standard 5.25″ form factor
  • Would be nice if it had a blue LED glow like the Wii 😛 but that’s not important!

Please leave your comments with advice and ideas of what I should get!


A couple of months back I needed to get quick data transfer for video streaming between my Server (in the loft) and my PS3 (in my front room). Wifi was set up and had enough speed but with up to 6 other devices all connected and transferring data there simply was not the bandwidth for HQ video. I had tried to use wifi and it did work wonderfully – when there were no computers on the network. The next logical option was to go hard wired! But running new network cables around the house ended up being costly, timely an ineffective!

I can imagine many people are faced with this problem, or a similar problem and the next best choice is to use PowerLine Ethernet. In theory this sounded fantastic, but I didn’t know anyone with them and was uncertain of how effective they could really be. The only way to know for sure was to buy and test it!

A generic photo of the adaptor that I purchased

A generic photo of the adaptor that I purchased

I went onto eBay and went for the cheapest PowerLine Ethernet kit I could find that would serve my need. I ended up buying 4 Advent Powerline 200Mbps Ethernet Adaptors for a reasonable £85 (approximately). To me this seemed like a good price, especially as Advent was not one of these unknown companies making the products; with that in mind, I had high expectations of these devices!

When they arrived I quickly got them out the box (sorry know un-boxing videos or photos because at the time I didn’t have this blog :P). There were two identical kits (both with 2 adapters). Each had 2 adaptors, 2 Ethernet cables, the instruction manual (which never left the box :P), the CD with the set-up software and 6 universal adaptors.

The 6 universal adaptors were 2 for the US, 2 for Europe and 2 for the UK; this was quite handy and meant you could use them anywhere in Europe and the USA. The 6 adaptors could slide in and out of the main adaptor and clip in plushly (wow this would be easier to explain with a picture).  I hope that made sense.

Setting up was a bit fiddley to begin with but after you get used to it, it seemed to work okay. You needed to install the software on one computer (so a computer is required to set-up – do not buy if you have no computers and just want to share internet to a games console unless you can get hold of a computer to set up) and connected one of the adaptors to the computer and mains. Within the software you then had to give the MAC address and password of another adaptor that you wished to be connected. I would recommend writing this down for each then having all of them plugged in and setting it up like that for 2 reasons:

  1. It is quicker – You will not have to keep going back and forth to the socket reading the information off and will allow you to set up all the adaptors consecutively.
  2. It will be more reliable – If you read the info straight from the adaptor then plug it back in the wall and end up clicking “OK” before the adaptor has booted up, the adaptor connected to the computer will not be able to find it and will display an error and make you re-enter the information.

After all of them had been set up, I dotted them around the house in the best locations. One of the adaptors needs to be connected to a router so I popped one with my wireless router, one with my server and one with my PS3 (leaving me with one spare). These adaptors had actually solved another problem in my household; the wireless router is in my parent’s bed room (as it is one of the 3 places in the house with coaxial for my DSL modem and out of the 3 is the most central) and the only way of getting hard wired network in my loft was to run a wire from the cupboard with the router up to the loft. This wire was starting to annoy my parent’s as they could not close their door properly and it was quite an eyesore. By using the adaptor I could use PowerLine to get network up to my loft! Brilliant!

When testing it out the first thing I did was test the connection between my router and loft server. As far as I remember there were a few intermittent problems but after it was working, it remained pretty stable!

I then tested the PS3’s connection to the router; I was able to browse the internet just as I was before on Wifi! 🙂 Oh wait…. I forgot to turn off the Wifi…. I was using Wifi to browse the web! 😛

After eventually setting the PS3 to wired LAN only and configuring all the settings, I tested again and it seemed to work fine! I was able to get onto most websites that I could think of and everything seemed to work well!

Then it was now time for the real test – Video Playback! I was confident when I saw that my Server was showing up on the PS3 as a Media Server just like it would normally and I then navigated to a film which I had ripped off a DVD. It worked amazingly!!! I could fast forward, rewind, jump around the video and actually watch it with no difficulty at all! No stuttering! No freezing! And no audio lag!

Everything was going so well that I thought I would try something I had no idea whether would work, and would have no right to complain if it didn’t! I took the remaining adaptor and my laptop out across the garden and into my garage! I was confident that this would work but i plugged in and what do you know? It worked!!!

Over the following week, I intensely tested this network! Watching film after film, TV programme after TV programme and was shocked when one day… it just stopped working! I had no idea what happened but after inspecting all the adaptors I realised the adaptor at the router (the core of the network) was making a ticking noise! I suspected something was wrong with it and replaced it with the adaptor that was in the garage (that was just connected to my A3 printer). It worked. After testing the other adaptor a few time with a few methods, it was clear it had burnt out!

I carried on using the network it for another week or so and then the same thing happened again! This was the last straw… I contacted the eBayer, sent the item back and got a refund! I was not at all impressed. :@

Advantages:

  • Quite simple to set up
  • Gets good speeds
  • Work great for High Definition video
  • Compatible with pretty much any Ethernet device
  • They work over quite long distances

Disadvantages:

  • Can get very hot
  • Can burn out in extreme temperatures (especially if excessive use)
  • Requires a computer for initial set-up
  • Can sometimes give intermittent communication problems
  • Surge protectors cause allot of interference (I did discover this when testing with my PS3 but I forgot to write about it in the blog 🙂

My overall summary is that the concept is fantastic and definitely works and that these devices are very good for moderate use, but if you need allot of data to e transferred allot of the time, you may want to find a more reliable alternative! I will eventually be buying another brand of these and will test them out and do a full blog like this but with photos and maybe even videos! 🙂

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After installing the second Hard Drive onto my computer I then had the task of installing Ubuntu 9.04!

The first part of installing Ubuntu was downloading Ubuntu. Very simple and easy to do, just go to the Ubuntu site and download! So simple! While I was there I checked on the status of Ubuntu Mobile Internet Device (MID) Edition and discovered Moblin, which I also downloaded for my little laptop, which I am posting this blog from now….

This was very easy and took very little time; I will soon be posting a tutorial on Installing Ubuntu  which I will make a link to here! One thing about Ubuntu is that the last percent of the install is the percent that takes the longest!

When Ubuntu was installed I had a little browse around then closed it down so I could make one minor hardware change; I replaced all the screws with some thumbscrews that I bought off of eBay.


This is really late as I did this almost 2 weeks ago, but I made notes and here is what I did to my new computer! The next thing I wanted to do after having a successful (but painful) first day was next to Dual Boot!

To start dual booting I decided to have each type of OS on a separate HDD, I would have one drive for Windows. The first step in this was clearly to install a second hard drive! Surely that would be easy enough? Just get another drive, install it and go! 🙂

I wish… First of all I need another IDE hard drive so I rummaged around until I found a 120GB hard drive and a 160GB hard drive. Out of the 2 it was the obvious choice to go with the 160GB hard drive! So i popped it in, hooked it up and booted the computer, but as the BIOS tried to detect the drives it came to a total halt a froze up! At first I thought that I may have set both to Master or both to Slave… That was not the case… They were individually set, one to master and one to slave… there should have been no problem!

Since this event was so long ago my memory is a bit foggy but, I do know that after about 30 minutes of playing and reconfiguration, that the hard drive I was trying to use was broken! About a year ago, I was using it in an external HDD enclosure and accidentally put the socket in upside down. 5V went where 12V should have been going and 12V went where 5V should have been going! I had short-circuited the drive!

I then used the 120GB (which I knew for a fact was operational). It would have worked had I set the jumpers correctly before hand but I didn’t! I had to take it out, change the jumpers and put it back in! Everything seemed to be working okay 🙂

Next step was to install Ubuntu….

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