Luv Sugru

Love this stuff, it is always worth having some knocking about. I managed to break the microphone mount for my in-car handsfree kit (an old Parrot 3100) and the only replacement was about £30, which for a tiny piece of plastic was ridiculous price, so a little packet of Sugru, moulded into the appropriate shape & stuck to the inside of the windscreen, now holds the microphone perfectly. Whilst it is not adjustable like the original it also will not break, randomly fall off or in any other way try to annoy me.


Needed to put an edge on a couple of penknife blades, cutting background paper makes them dull very quickly and I didn’t want to go the full whet stone & honing oil route, so I thought I’d try a pocket sharpener. Having attacked three different Swiss Army knives and a Leatherman I am quite impressed, very easy to use and even made a wrecked Swiss Army Lock knife which has been abused for over 20 years serviceable.

These pocket sharpeners are never going to get your blades up to Scalpel or even Stanley Knife blade sharpness, but even this old lock knife now has an edge that will shave the hairs from your forearm. So for £11 it is a bargain.

Important Note: Having seen a couple of reviews on Amazon, don’t drop the stone when you have removed the cover, it is stone & will break, same as most knife sharpening stones. Also don’t apply so much pressure that you snap it, there is zero flexibility so go gentle and enjoy.

SSD in 6th Gen iPod Classic


The hard disk in my iPod Classic had started to die, intermittent clicks & strange behaviour  and freezes each time it tried to read from a bad sector, so it seemed the right time to replace the disk with a Solid State Drive. So out went the “Corbyned” (excuse the language) 80GB spinning platter & in went a new 128GB SSD replacement.


Pleased to say that despite Apple’s best efforts to make it impossible to open the iPod without damaging the case, I eventually succeeded & after a couple of trial fits reassembled the iPod & reconnected it to iTunes and did a restore.

I am now the owner of a 128GB iPod Classic which, as I listen to it in the car will be slightly less vulnerable to all of the pot holes in Surrey’s roads.


The drive that I purchased, just in case anyone wants to try it themselves is the Zheino 128GB 1.8″ ZIF drive.

The End of The Paparazzi?

0anti-paprazzi-clutch-bagI have recevied emails and posts about a device designed to stop photographers being able to take photographs with flash that could be used by celebs in their handbags. And each time I have seen it refered to I have said that it is a lot of bollox. The idea stems around a flash and a slave being mounted in the Handbag.

Most photography studio strobe lights are what they call “slaved,” or light-triggered by means of internal sensors; when one of them fires, all of them will fire simultaneously, so you don’t have to plug a wire from your camera into all of them during multiple-light set-ups.

NYU Interactive Telecommunication Program student Adam Harvey has harnessed this simple technology to devise a brilliant anti-paparazzi device that goes well beyond Ashton Kutcher’s Tweets: A purse with a flash sensor and flash. His clutch purse contains a sensor that is triggered by a flash going off, and it instantaneously fires its own flash, completely ruining paparazzi shots.

Harvey is currently working on the patent and hopes to have the bag ready for sale by Spring 2010.

Even if it could be made to work it wouldn’t be practical, for a start it would need a power supply, a couple of AA Batteries are not going to be able to keep up with a 580EXmkII with Rechargables and a Quantum Battery Pack, which will cycle 8 times a second. Secondly, The Handbag would have to be strategically placed to prevent the picture being usable, which is fine if there is only one photographer unless it is “omni-directional). Thirdly, how powerful has the flashgun got to be to ruin the picture, baring in mind, most night papparazzi will be shooting at F8 or smaller. Fourthly, and this is the killer, most flashgun/camera combos use a pre-flash to determine the correct exposure, this pre-flash takes place a few hundreths of a second before the main flash, this pre flash is usually strong enough to trigger any slave devices that are close by, I can’t see how this can be avoided, The device will not recharge quick enough to fire again, and whilst the picture may be a little under exposed, paparazzi will have his photograph.


An Introduction

Welcome to Tog’s Blog.
Well here we are, the first page in the new web log for me. A self-confessed opinionated, belligerent, so and so. I am not entirely sure what the point of a blog is, yet alone who it will appeal to; however if you expect anything deep and meaningful, forget it. It may be cathartic process (for me) as I vent my spleen on various subjects that have annoyed me, although I am not sure that is going to be a good enough reason for you to traipse your sorry arse all the way over here to read it.

I shall almost certainly vent my anger on a number of subjects that are close to my heart, including: Why Alistair Darling is such a w*nker, Why Tony Blair is a weak-willed lilly-livered tosser who is the best argument for selective termination at birth (after John Prescott of course) and why I believe Gordon Brown to be the most obnoxious thieving bast*rd that ever walked the earth. In addition, a question that has been vexing me for sometime, how does Ken Livingston have enough mental processing power to be able to talk and remember to breathe at the same time? Ah haa I have it, he doesn’t that is why he has that annoying nasally voice! However, that is for the future.

A few words of introduction are probably in order, I am a Press Photographer and have been for longer than I care to imagine or, for that matter remember (mind you, that is one of the advantages of going senile, the older I get the clearer my conscience becomes).

Working for a National Newspaper I cover a variety of jobs from celebrities, proper news and sports, of which my favourite is sports, especially football and motor sports, however I don’t get the opportunity to cover as much as I would like.

Well that is probably enough about me, this isn’t a dating agency or a newspaper personal ad, (if it was it would be in gibberish like, M GSOH, WLTM F 18-35 4F&F KAC contact POBOX 666).