#Music – James Paul McCartney MBE Fifty Years Ago 5am 1 One IX

This may seem out of place on here but I did plan to have posts about music here as well. I just never thought this would end up being the first thing music related that I end up writing about.

Paul McCartney is dead.

Let that sink in for a minute.
Now, anyone reading this is likely split into one of two groups.

Group 1: “Is he?”
Group 2: ” Yeah, he has been for years”

They say ignorance is bliss but for some, they would rather know the truth over the continuation of being decieved.
Myself, I fall into the latter so it always was of interest to me when I first read of a theory that one of the Beatles had died early on and had been replaced with an imposter.
Now could be a good time to grab a tin foil hat but I prefer to let provable evidence speak rather than peoples wild speculations. For this reason I will discuss things from the position of constantly questioning all the information presented regarding this theory.

The question you may have reading this post is “Do I believe the theory?”
My response: I didn’t. (Note my use of tense there)

So what exactly is this theory?

The Theory
On Wednesday morning at 5am on November 9th 1966, James Paul McCartney MBE left the studio in bad frame of mind (due to a disagreement over the key a song should be in) and in wet weather, he lost control and crashed his car into a pole killing himself from head related injuries.

No tin foil needed yet.
This is where it starts to get difficult to follow…

To continue as the Beatles, those involved conspired to keep McCartneys death a secret by having an imposter pretend to be McCartney. Thus allowing the public to not be affected by the tragedy and the band to continue as normal musically.

Still with me, or have you gone to buy the tin foil?
Sounds crazy right? The first time I became aware of the theory I didn’t believe it either.
Thankfully we all have the ability to research and dig deeper into evidence so that we may actually be able to disprove or confirm the theory. Ok, lets pause for a second.
A few pitfalls we have to keep in mind are the following:
Some people are actually crazy.
Some people have no problem lying eg fabricating things and telling tall stories.
Some people will have bias either for the theory, or against it.

Where do I sit in all that?
I am keeping an open mind and happy to pick holes in any element of the theory for or against it. I believe to get to the truth we must do this and look to find credible ways and methods to try and clarify any aspects of the theory.
Only then do you have a chance of really getting to the truth.

You can go on the internet and start reading all kinds of ideas including a lot of unfounded and unproven ideas and then you as well, could run with those and add to the blind bias one way or the other.

I wouldn’t recommend it as you would just be adding to the problem of the truth being even further kept hidden and lost beneath all the rumour, opinion and fabrications.

So how do we prove or disprove the theory one way or the other?
Lets just list all the information relating to the theory and disect each one.
No bias, just investigative effort and logical reasoning.

In no particular order here’s all I can recall reading online including aspects with multiple versions.

The Date
Many state it is November 9th 1966 and the time of 5am on a Wednesday.
Some have said it was around that season eg autumn of that year.

So how do we prove this?
We would need to research things like historical/original reports regarding things like traffic accidents in the area at that time. Another option would be any police records, hospital records locally and mortuary records locally. Death certificates may also be an option although generally, it all depends on what kind of record keeping existed back then in the 60s.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reported_Road_Casualties_Great_Britain
This provides us with a good start to investigating the fatal car crash. Even if the data only states numbers, as long as it can be filtered by area we could discover something.
What caught my eye immediately is this sentence on the wiki article:
The highest number of deaths in any one year was 9,169 people in 1941 during World War II. The highest figure during peacetime was 7,985 in 1966.

So 1966 was a very bad year with the most fatal car accidents of any year outside of wartime.
Those wearing tin foil will likely have cogs starting to turn. To everyone else it should mean nothing significant… yet.

Heading over to UK Government websites leads to the Department of Transport section which holds publicly accessible, full data, on traffic accidents causing casualty in accordance with STATS19 police incident reporting protocol.

You would think that this would provide answers but sadly we are talking about 50 years ago and STATS19 only became used from 1979 onwards so the data doesnt go further back than this.

Given the DtS disclosed the fact that the worst year was 1966, it would be of significant interest to provide all data on that year.
For this reason I have requested it be disclosed and should it be met with a refusal, there is always a Freedom of Information (FoI) request.
We shall see…

The Car
Many people said it was an Aston Martin being driven but others state it was a Mini.

This should be easy enough to prove if it is possible to find out which car(s) McCartney owned back then. Also knowing colours and registration plate numbers would be useful.

So just those two elements already allow anyone with an open mind to start researching if there is any truth to the theory.

There are many circumstantial elements people online list regarding the theory and if the deception was done to the scale of just a select few knowing the truth, then even those close to McCartney might not have even been aware for certain.

I say this as the thing that doesnt make sense to me the most is the aspect of McCartneys girlfriend at the time.
It just doesnt hold up to scrutiny very well and raises more questions and suspicions than it satisfies.

I know I will keep adding more to this post but for now, I will just say this…

As time goes on we are running out of involved parties being alive still to ask.

If anyone just through a google search finds this post and wants to comment, please do.

Understand though that if you believe the theory or deny it, whatever your reasoning please elaborate as it will help shape the post in future as I explore all angles.

WIP

To add:
Who the imposter is
Did the other Beatles know
Did his girlfriend know
Clues left behind
How it has remained unproven for so long
Do they look different
Any aspects that changed from that time onwards
Left handed right handed
Instrument proficiency
Voice change
Height
Eye colour
Personality
Family aware
Imposter before that day
His real dads last words
Johns clues in album art etc
Johns clues in music after that date
Recent items auctioned showing johns original lyrics eg a day in the life
William Shepherd Campbell
Billy
Bill
Billy Pepper & The Pepperpots
Billy Shear
Who made the album designs art

I hope the truth is found before the last remaining Beatle dies.

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#IT – Setting Up 2 TalkTalk Routers To Extend Wi-Fi

WIP

This post will take some editing so keep that in mind. I will remove the WIP once finished.

To start, this will be a guide to allow 2 ISP routers to be configured so that the 2nd router acts as a Wi-Fi extender to allow the signal to have greater range.

WIP

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#IT – Blocking Websites Using The Hosts File

If you want to stop access to certain websites there are many ways to achieve this. One of them is through the HOSTS file on a Windows machine.

On Windows 7 you can find it in
C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc

If you go to search and look for

hosts

you should find a file without an extension. Open it up in Notepad and you will see that you can add to the end of the file.

An example would be
127.0.0.1 localhost
127.0.0.1 http://www.facebook.com
127.0.0.1 http://www.twitter.com

This can be useful for restricting access to certain websites on specific machines/devices and also you could use this trick to actually block most ad sites so that you don’t need to run things like AdBlock Plus.

Parents might find it useful to protect younger eyes from the darker corners of the internet also.
No filter or censorship will ever make up for good parenting though so I’d say it’s always better to educate them rather than trying to restrict them hoping that will be enough.

Most routers (even ISP provided devices) allow for certain filters etc to be applied to the router but kids are more resourceful than you think and most know they just need to factory reset the router back to defaults. This hosts method means that they may not realise where the block actually is.

I honestly don’t know if similar things can be done on Android, UNIX etc but I wouldn’t be surprised if it is also possible on Linux distros and maybe even Mac OS X

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#IT – HP Z400 Xeon W3550 lower noise

3.06GHz, 3.33GHz turbo but the fan(s) kick in and sometimes you just want it to remain quiet but still run as fast as it can before the fans need to kick in.

Currently I have it set within Windows 7 power settings to give a max speed of 2.5GHz. This works quiet for most tasks but a few things cause the fans to kick in such as BI games (ArmA 2, ArmA 3, Day Z), also Garry’s Incident. Some other tasks can also cause noise including badly demanding websites such as Twitch. This is also useful in Summer etc when it is hot to allow downclocking to keep quiet AND cool.

 

To get 2.5GHz,
in the Control Panel,
Power Options,
Change Plan Settings,
Change advanced power settings,
Change settings that are currently unavailable,
Processor power management,

Minimum processor state 85%,
Maximum processor state 85%
This will keep the CPU running at most 2.5GHz and it will idle at 2.1GHz

Minimum processor state 1%,
Maximum processor state 85%
This will keep the CPU running at most 2.5GHz and it will idle at the lowest it can do which is 1.6GHz

Minimum processor state 81%,
Maximum processor state 81%
This will keep the CPU running at most 2.4GHz and it will idle at 1.9GHz

Minimum processor state 1%,
Minimum processor state 1%
This will keep the CPU running at most 1.6GHz and it will idle at 1.6GHz

The last one above is a significant downclock and is the coolest and quietest you can get the machine.

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#IT – YouTube buffer whole video

YouTube currently delivers video by only buffering short segments of the video at a time. This is fine for people most of the time. For some though, it can be a problem when they have slow internet or want to watch video at a quality better than their internet is capable of streaming.

For those times, this handy bookmarklet will take the URL of the YouTube video you want to watch and convert it into the full buffer version.

This means you can choose the desired quality/resolution you want to watch, start the video, then just pause it and wait until you have a good chunk buffered.

Now, when you hit play again, it should avoid the stop/start you constantly get normally if you pause it for long enough. Also, you can skip anywhere along the video parts that have buffered already and it should play instantly.

As a quick one-off, just change:
/watch?v=hxRoK5LZa_A
to
/v/hxRoK5LZa_A?version=2

For automating this, here’s the bookmarklet
javascript: (function(){ var baseUrl = window.location.href; var videoIdCatch = baseUrl.match(/watch\?v=.+); if(!videoIdCatch || !videoIdCatch[0] { console.log(videoIdCatch); console.log(“did not find video”); return; } var videoId = videoIdCatch[0].substr(8); videoId = videoId.trim(); if(videoId && videoId !== “”) { var targetUrl = “http://www.youtube.com/v/” + videoId + “?version=2”; window.location.href = targetUrl; return; } console.log(“could not find video id”); })();

To use the above code…

 

  1. Right click your bookmark bar,
  2. Select “add page…”
  3. Type whatever you want to call it into the “Name:” area
  4. Copy the above code into the URL area

And there you go!

 

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#IT – Zeewolf Amiga game remake

As I sit here watching someone through Steam Broadcasting run around as a dinosaur in The Isle, I can’t help but notice something that is all too common in this day and age of gaming…
I can remember when Hitman came out for PC and I was amazed and impressed at the Columbian jungle level whereby Agent 47 would walk through the environment and as he walked through plants with big leaves, he would cause them to move as he went through them.
As I watch this gamer run as a dinosaur, the grass is long but it is just a static environmental prop, giving no feedback as the dinosaurs legs go right through it.
Without singling out The Isle – as it is very much still in development and the Unreal Engine – version 4 and for all I know this may actually be possible to do in the engine, this just jarringly reminded me of a time gone by in video gaming history…
Games just used to do more, with less.

Zeewolf was a 3D helicopter shooter game that was unfortunate enough to hit the Amiga at the end of the computers life in 1994. People had started looking to PC for computing and for gaming, most were on SEGA and Nintendo console efforts. The Sony PlayStation didn’t get its release to Europe and the West until 1995.

Zeewolf made quite an impact on release even though sales were lower than they should have been due to Amiga owners shifting to other machines at this point.
It scored well in magazine reviews, but more importantly it was a solid example of great gameplay and visuals ahead of its time. This was a game developed by people who just ‘got it’.

Visually Zeewolf had inspiration from a game called Virus by none other than David Braben of Elite fame. Using a 3D representation of the game world with the camera on the horizontal plane, the helicopter had satisfying physics and would rise and fall causing the viewpoint to rise and fall slightly on the vertical plane.
Most people struggled to control the craft (a spaceship) in Virus with a mouse so opted to use the joystick when playing Zeewolf which made the helicopter easier to control and the pitch and yaw were constrained to limits using the joystick. The real fun was using the mouse in Zeewolf though as you could go inverted and also use the unlimited pitch and yaw to pull off some crazy manoeuvres such as dropping near to ground very quickly and evading enemy fire.

The game world was made up of square tiles which varied in colour eg yellow/green/brown for land and 3 shades of blue for water, and also the ground varied in height. The landscape was rendered to a cut-off point as to allow for a playable framerate and each level was a different map with the player just looping the map if they continued flying in one direction for long enough eg the player clips from the edge of the level to the beginning of the other edge. The objects were flat shaded polygons to represent things such as the helicopter, trees, building, tanks and ships.

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#IT – Ad Revenue Options

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