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Saturday, December 31, 2016
If you're new in town and you want to have a little look around Skangerland then this is the place to start. A few old favourites:
Now check out a few more pages and we hope you see something you like. You'll find a mixture of the serious and the frivolous, but that's life and we make no apologies for it. Jaysus knows we could all do with a laugh the odd time.
Monday, July 11, 2016
How to download Pokémon GO for iOS from outside the US
The iPhone Pokémon GO game is available in the USA and a few other countries. Here's how to get it if you live elsewhere.
- A computer that can (1) run iTunes and (2) sync with your iPhone or iPad
- An email address for which you do NOT already have an iTunes account. If necessary, just create a fresh email account on gmail or your preferred service.
Before doing this, make sure that you know your regular iTunes log-in information. You'll need it to be able to log back into your regular account when you're finished.
On the computer, launch iTunes, then select Apps then App Store. Then scroll right down to the bottom of the page.
You'll see a flag at the bottom right. My main account is Irish, so it's an Irish flag. Click on the flag.
This opens a "Choose your country or region" page.
Click on the United States option.
This sends you back to the App Store page, but now the flag at the bottom right is the Stars and Stripes.
Now search the store for "Pokémon GO" (or even "pokemon go").
Click "Get" on Pokémon GO.
You'll be asked for your login details.
DO NOT enter your usual information: you'll be told that the app is unavailable in your country.
Instead, click "Create New Apple ID", then "Continue".
Carefully read and consider the terms and conditions. Consult your lawyers. Agree if you want.
This is where you'll use your new email address to set up a US-based account.
Fill in the details using that fresh email, then click "Continue".
You'll be asked to select a payment method. Select "None".
Under the billing address, enter whatever name you want and use a US address. (Maybe get googling and pick somewhere).
Then click "Create Apple ID".
This sends a verification email to the new address you used.
Once you've verified the account, go back to the App Store page for Pokémon GO and click "Get" to download the app to your computer.
If iTunes asks you to log in, use your new US-based account details.
When the app is downloaded, sync with your iPhone or iPad and add the app to the device.
When the sync is finished, disconnect your iOS device.
Go back to the main App Store page and scroll back down to the flag.
Click the flag to get back to the "Choose your country or region" page.
Click on the flag for the country you normally use (in my case, Ireland).
The next time you want to use the store, enter your usual iTunes account information and you'll be able to use the store and sync as normal.
On your iPhone or iPad, start up Pokémon GO.
You will need a Pokémon Trainer Club account to log in and get started.
If you need to create a new Trainer account, you'll find that the servers are often busy. Just keep checking and you'll get in eventually.
Have fun and don't walk into traffic…
Monday, February 01, 2016
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Cancel and Stop an iTunes DownloadIf you want to get rid of a download in iTunes that won't stop or that keeps coming back, try this.
Sometimes large files insist on downloading, and iTunes does not make it easy to stop them permanently. These instructions apply to iTunes 12.2.2 running on a Mac, but I hope they'll be of use to Windows users, too.
One solution is to let the download complete then delete the file. This is not always advisable, particularly for very large files that cause bandwidth or storage problems.
If you haven't managed to stop the downloads at all, the first thing to do is pause them. If you have already done that much, move on to Cancel the Download
Pause the downloadThe first thing to look for is the download indicator in iTunes itself. This icon appears in the top right of the window and is a downward arrow inside a circle.
Click on the icon to open a list of ongoing or queued downloads. You can then click to pause all downloads.
In this example, a download of Modern Combat 5 is ongoing. To pause it, I can click either the small pause button (two vertical parallel lines in a circle) on the right of each listed download, or the larger Pause Downloads button at the bottom.
If you have multiple ongoing downloads, clicking the larger Pause Downloads button will pause all of them.
In this example, the download is now paused. I can resume it by clicking either the small resume button (arrow in a circle) on the right of each listed download, or the larger Resume Downloads button at the bottom.
As with pausing, the individual buttons will resume individual downloads, but the larger Resume Downloads button will restart all of your downloads.
This allows you to pause downloads, but they will stay in your queue and will try to resume any time you relaunch iTunes.
How do you get rid of them?
Cancel the DownloadThe first step in cancelling the download is to open a Finder window on your Mac and navigate to
In there, you will find a folder for each ongoing download. There will also be a file called list.plist in the Downloads folder.
(I recommend making a backup of all these files.
As always, proceed with caution,
at your own risk,
no liability accepted,
not my fault if you screw it up, etc.
Regular backups are a good idea anyway.)
Keep a copy of list.plist - copy it onto your Desktop or somewhere like that. You may need it later.
Delete (or move) all the files and folders inside the ~/Music/iTunes/iTunes Media/Downloads folder.
When you next launch iTunes it will create a new list.plist file in that folder. If you want to make extra-sure that it doesn't recreate your download list, you can use the back-up you made of that list.plist file to create a blank version of the list.
To do this, open the file list.plist in a text editor such as TextEdit or TextWrangler.
You'll see that it lists the items in your download queue.
Delete those items so that you're left with this:
Save the list.plist file and put this new version into the ~/Music/iTunes/iTunes Media/Downloads folder.
Restart iTunes and (fingers crossed) you should find that there are no ongoing downloads.
If you moved rather than deleted the files and folders inside the ~/Music/iTunes/iTunes Media/Downloads folder, and you're satisfied that the fix has worked, you can now delete them.
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Tour de France Calendar Subscribe or DownloadAs usual, you use and take this on an as-is basis, no warranty, etc. If you want to download to check it's legit then open it up in any text-editor and you can inspect the code. It's as accurate as we can make it (we'll be using these calendars ourselves) but we can't guarantee that it is error-free. If you spot any mistakes then do please let us know through the comments.
Download: Tour de France 2015 Calendar v1
Subscribe to the 2014 Tour de France calendar:
Check out Classic Vintage Cycling on tumblr. Thanks.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Vuelta a España 2014 Calendar Subscribe or Download
Just in time… Well, almost…
As usual, you use and take this on an as-is basis, no warranty, etc. If you want to check it's legit then open it up in any text-editor and you can inspect the code. It's as accurate as we can make it (we'll be using these calendars ourselves) but we can't guarantee that it is error-free. If you spot any mistakes then do please let us know through the comments.
Version 2 corrects a few errors.
Download: Vuelta a España 2014 Calendar v2
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Friday, August 08, 2014
Download gpx, tcx, fit, json, or gpolyline from the Garmin Connect Website
You can view routes and tracks online at Garmin's connect website, but it is not obvious how you download a copy. Here's how to do it.
Look at the URL or web address of the Garmin Connect webpage. It should look something like this:
(This particular route is the Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon, but use whichever one you want.)
The part of the URL that you need is the string of numbers at the end, 3220309 in this case. Swap the numbers for the course you want into the links below to download the file.
UPDATE June 2015: The exported data may lose elevation and other details. This seems to be a wider issue with Garmin Connect exports. See this thread for more details: https://forums.garmin.com/showthread.php?229674-Exporting-data-to-tcx-or-gpx-NO-elevation-data
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Giro d'Italia Calendar 2014 ics calendar Italy Italia Ireland Irlanda Belfast Dublin #giro #giro2013
Giro d'Italia Calendar Subscribe or Download
The Giro d'Italia 2014 calendar (v1) is available now. It's as accurate as we can make it, but use it at your own risk etc. If there are any changes or if more details are released, then we will update this to v2.
SubscribeThe links for subscribing to the Google calendar are the same:
DownloadThe downloadable .ics file for this version is here:
Giro d'Italia 2014 Calendar v1
TourYou can also get a calendar for the 2014 Tour de France
Monday, February 03, 2014
Tour de France Calendar Subscribe or Download
UPDATE: The 2015 version is available HERE.
As usual, you use and take this on an as-is basis, no warranty, etc. If you want to download to check it's legit then open it up in any text-editor and you can inspect the code. It's as accurate as we can make it (we'll be using these calendars ourselves) but we can't guarantee that it is error-free. If you spot any mistakes then do please let us know through the comments.
This is, of course, a very early version with only basic information. We'll update if and when we have more detail. In the meantime, enjoy.
Download: Tour de France 2014 Calendar v1
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
MIRROR: WashingtonsBlog: These Programs Were Never About Terrorism: They’re About Economic Spying, Social Control, and Diplomatic Manipulation. They’re About Power
This is a mirror of an article posted on WashingtonsBlog. The original has been subjected to a "Reddit hug", so this is up in the meantime. I make no claim to ownership over the content.
The original should be available at:
“These Programs Were Never About Terrorism: They’re About Economic Spying, Social Control, and Diplomatic Manipulation. They’re About Power”
Snowden Gives the Big PictureEdward Snowden wrote yesterday about mass surveillance by the NSA:
These Programs were Never about terrorism: they’re about economic spying, social control, and diplomatic manipulation. They’re about power.He’s right.
These Programs Were Never About TerrorismThe NSA started mass spying on Americans before 9/11 … and various excuses have been used over the years.
The NSA was already spying on American Senators and prominent Americans who spoke out against the Vietnam War more than 40 years ago.
The NSA has also been conducting industrial espionage for many decades.
There is no evidence that mass surveillance has prevented a single terrorist attack. And see this confirming opinion by a federal judge. On the contrary, top counter-terror experts say that mass spying actually hurts U.S. counter-terror efforts (more here and here).
If NSA spying were really focused on terrorism, our allies and companies wouldn’t be fighting back so hard against it.
Economic SpyingThe NSA conducts widespread industrial espionage on our allies, such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, United Nations, the Vatican and the Pope, France, the leaders of Germany, Brazil and Mexico, the European Union, the European Parliament, the G20 summit, and at least 35 world leaders.
That has nothing to do with terrorism. Indeed, a confidential government memo admits that the spying didn’t help prevent terrorism:
The memo acknowledges that eavesdropping on the numbers had produced “little reportable intelligence”.The NSA is also spying on the biggest financial payments systems such as VISA and Swift.
In a slide leaked by Edward Snowden, “economic” was one of the main justifications for spying.
The top U.S. spy’s justification for such financial spying is:
“We collect this information for many important reasons: for one, it could provide the United States and our allies early warning of international financial crises which could negatively impact the global economy. It also could provide insight into other countries’ economic policy or behavior which could affect global markets.”(Top financial experts say that the NSA and other intelligence agencies are also using the information to profit from this inside information. And the NSA wants to ramp up its spying on Wall Street … to “protect” it.)
Diplomatic ManipulationSpying on allies such as the United Nations, European Union, the European Parliament, the G20 summit, the Vatican and the Pope, and at least 35 world leaders is obviously at least partially aimed at gaining advantage in diplomatic negotiations.
Indeed, the United States Trade Representative is one of the “customers” of NSA data.
Social ControlHistory shows that mass spying is always focused on crushing dissent… not on keeping us safe.
High-level American government officials have warned for 40 years that mass surveillance would lead to tyranny. They’ve warned that the government is using information gained through mass surveillance in order to go after anyone they take a dislike to.
A lieutenant colonel for the Stasi East German’s – based upon his experience – agrees. And German Chancellor Angela Merkel – who grew up in Stasi Germany – says the NSA is exactly the same. Indeed, top American constitutional experts say that the Obama and Bush administration are not only worse than Nixon … but worse than the Stasi East Germans. They also say that NSA spying is exactly the type of oppression that the Founding Fathers launched the Revolutionary War to stop. And see this.
The NSA tracks users’ porn … to discredit them … just like J. Edgar Hoover did in the bad old days of the FBI. The NSA shares this information with a host of other agencies, such as the Departments of Justice and Commerce and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
(Indeed – as previously reported – all of the information gained by the NSA through spying is shared with federal, state and local agencies, and they are using that information to prosecute petty crimes such as drugs and taxes. The agencies are instructed to intentionally “launder” the information gained through spying, i.e. to pretend that they got the information in a more legitimate way … and to hide that from defense attorneys and judges.)
TechDirt points out:
It’s important to note here that the “targets” in this case are not US persons, and they all do appear to dislike the US, and some appear to have advocated for jihad against the US. However, as the report notes, most of them are not terrorists or even connected to any terrorist organization. They’re just activists and advocates who have spoken out criticizing the US. In one case, a guy was targeted for claiming that “the U.S. brought the 9/11 attacks upon itself” — an argument that plenty of respectable people have made. The lack of any terrorist connection is actually, stunningly, used against these individuals, as one NSA document notes that since they don’t communicate with terrorists it’s worse because it suggests “that the target audience includes individuals who do not yet hold extremist views but who are susceptible to the extremist message.”A high-level NSA whistleblower says that the NSA is spying on – and blackmailing – top government officials and military officers, including Supreme Court Justices, high-ranked generals, Colin Powell and other State Department personnel, and many other top officials. And see this:
He says the NSA started spying on President Obama when he was a candidate for Senate:
Another very high-level NSA whistleblower – the head of the NSA’s global intelligence gathering operation – says that the NSA targeted CIA chief Petraeus.
And the main whistleblower on the NSA’s spying 40 years ago thinks that the NSA may be blackmailing its overseers in D.C.
And see this.
The proof is in the pudding: 2 former presidents, a vice president and a judge all warn that NSA spying is tyrannical.