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Vacanze in Italia

A great week in Italy, so I thought time for some notes. Firstly, the euro exchange rate makes a normal lunch an expensive proposition, even though it’s possible to get a pizza for 7 eur, we rarely got away with a lunch for two under 45.

Best meal of the trip was at Il Solitario in Anacapri, a fantastic antipasto misto, followed by a brilliant spaghetti (well, thick home made spaghetti) with clams and a neopolitan pizza.

We were shocked by the floods at Atrani, next door to Amalfi, on thursday night. The storm was remarkable, going on for around 3 hours, so the mudslide was not a great surprise, though shocking.

All in all, Capri was a highlight, even though it’s unreal the same way that hollywood is, it’s understandable why the false movie gods love it there. Next time we’ll go in a yacht. The Amalfi coasting is spectacular, but with hindsight we’d probably have spent maybe 3 days there rather than a week. Pompeii makes anyone think of history and mortality – the house of the guitar player a memorable stop. Naples was crowded, and as we visited on a rainy day, didn’t really engage. Amalfi’s highlight was the piazza del dogi, a small square off the main drag, featuring the bar l’abside and an excellent seafood trattoria La Baracca, where the waiter came from Pogerola and we had the second best pasta w clams of the trip, including shredded courgette and cheese. Sorrento was the most real place on the peninsula, the jumping off spot for Capri, and a fine lunch at Da Emilia in the marina grande (actually quite piccolo).

We left the amalfi coast on Friday morning to head for Rome, and having had a lunch in trastevere, went looking for accommodation. The orange data plan came in handy, as we found a residenzia next to campo di fiery, del bollo, which was a great location. We weren’t bothered that the room had little natural light, as no windows in Rome means less noise! Back to the great bar behind piazza navona, in via Della pace, and dinner at the argentinian steak house, Baires, again one of the best steaks I’ve ever had. Yesterday was a curtailed shopping day owing to lack of interest from me, but Anne found and excellent leather shop, Ibiz, and a distinctive bag. Finally dinner in piazza farnese, with some of the best cured ham you can find. I enjoyed an excellent gnochetti with gorgonzola and grated walnut, Anne scampish, combined with a fine bottle of valpocella.

Now, a boring time at the airport waiting for a flight back to edinburgh. Suppose a bit more time on GTA Chinatown Wars on the iPad.


Belkin TuneStudio for iPod Classic

Bought an incredible Belkin TuneStudio device for £59.99 from BigOffers with a deal from HotUKDeals

It’s a simple 6 in 2 out mixer that records to iPod, but also features a 2in2out USB audio interface. Will be the audio centerpiece of my new office, probably connected to some cheap studio monitors. Need to check the manual to find

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Virtual Windows7 Media Center in Hyper-V

Delighted to say I’ve successfully set up a virtual Win7 x64 tv recording machine in hyper-v, using the HD Homerun dual DVB-T tuner on my network.
A real gotcha was that I couldn’t get any guide data to update; turns out that the virtual pc clock was a day out, resetting and resyncing the guide fixed the problem.

PS looks like a clck sync problem was also stopping the tv archive function to WHS Vail with a permissions error

Sony Bravia EX703 & DLNA

We bought a very nice Sony Bravia, because Anne likes Sony, and I hoped to solve the dislike of a PC in the sitting room. I hoped that the network connectivity would mea that I could play my Home Server videos straight off the TV, but that’s not happening just yet.

Play To on Windows7 works ok, but quality is a bit poor (see pic below of the Play To feature).

A USB connected disk is great, provided the videos are MP4 video – I’ve only been to play a couple of H264 avi’s and haven’t yet identified the compatibility issue – not a big deal as I’m using MP4 for iPad & iPhone anyway.

Home Server is not so good; I can browse my WHS Video Share (the original WHS and Vail beta), but can’t see any files – avi, mp4, vob. I used to be able to see DVD rips but can’t even see them on Vail. I’ve tried making the share available to Everyone to see if that has any useful impact.

Home Server ‘Vail’ Silverlight Video Streaming

Really nice Silverlight video streamer from home server, might even be popular for the kids remotely. Sadly no Silverlight on the iPad so I’ll be looking at Air Video


Grabbing an image capture of Vail on Hyper-V Remote, I thought a mention of ImageResizer was worth it, a clone of the old ImageResize PowerToy for XP.

PS Windows7 Snipping Tool is great for a quick screen cap

Who Are MicroScotland? (via MicroScotland Blog)

Here’s my first business blog – I plan to use MicroScotland to share business content and jzedward for personal stuff, but I’ll cross reference if there’s anything of potential interest

MicroScotland Ltd is an innovative technology company based in the Scottish Borders which provides consultancy and service around applications, collaboration and virtualisation. We specialise in helping other companies diversify or enhance their skills, and we're focused on Microsoft Dynamics CRM, SharePoint 2010 and Hyper-V. … Read More

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