Wednesday, 27 December 2017

More PC Power

It's been a few years now since I last had a major PC hardware upgrade - I've had a few minor tweaks here and there, the biggest being the installation of a 1TB Samsung 850Pro SSD a couple of years ago.

The software gets updated all the time - I'm in the Developer chain for Windows 10 and get a new build every couple of months - but the hardware has been left out in the cold for quite some time.

Anyway, all that has now changed with major upgrades to the Motherboard, Processor and Memory in my main system. Memory is frighteningly expensive and I've actually had to downgrade the quantity from my previous setup.


AMD FX8350 CPU (4 Cores/8 Threads over-clocked to 4.0GHz) on an Asus M5A97 LE motherboard with 32GB of DDR3 Memory. There's a AMD radeon R9 200-series graphics card, the 1TB SSD, 2x2TB Hard drives and a 3TB external back-up. A 23" 1080p Monitor and a 49" 4K display finish off the system.


AMD Ryzen 7 1700 CPU (8 Cores/16 Threads over-clocked to 3.7GHz) on an MSI X370 Gaming Plus motherboard with 16GB of DDR4 Memory. The AMD radeon R9 200-series graphics card, the 1TB SSD, 2x2TB Hard drives and a 3TB external back-up, 23" 1080p Monitor and 49" 4K display all stay in place for the new system.

An Improvement?

Absolutely, performance where I need it - video editing, photo editing and panorama stitching is probably 2 to 2.5 times better. I'm amazed that even program loading times and windows start-up have improved further as well.

I don't miss the 16GB of memory I've lost too much, but it is something that I will revisit. I'm also looking at an upgrade to the graphics card. I don't really play games any more, but video editing and Photoshop can benefit from a better graphics processor than the one I have now.

It's also great to have fully working USB 3.1 ports as I'm copying stuff on and off USB memory sticks all the time.

GDPR Software Toolkit

Well, the weather hasn't been great for the last few weeks, limiting my ability to get out with the drone or the camera quite severely. I may edit a couple of timelapses that I've taken into one video and post that soon though.

Fortunately, I have plenty of programming work to be going on with, indeed more that I've ever had to do before. I've been bug-fixing the SimpleShop X2 program code extensively as Watsons Nurseries have now switched to the new system.

I'm also doing a lot of work related to the upcoming requirements for GDPR compliance, a requirement for all businesses, however small. I've been asked to help a couple of organisations get their GDPR compliance in order and have written some software tools to help me make this happen.

Take a look at this page to find out more about what I've been up to throughout December.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Peel Castle With The MiDrone 4K

I had to do some work in Peel for the Manx Wildlife Trust on Friday, which didn't go entirely to plan because we had to wait for some information that we needed. I used some of that waiting time to take the quadcopter down to the castle and have a fly around.

The weather was really nice, calm and sunny, making conditions almost perfect for the flight and resulting in some great footage of the castle and the surrounding area.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Sulby Glen

Another trip out with the Quadcopter, this time into Sulby Glen to try and capture the autumn colours as the trees turn. it was very grey and overcast, so the colours don't really pop as I would like, but still a worthwhile flight I think.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Jurby Shore

A spur-of-the-moment trip to Jurby Beach after work on Saturday because the wind has dropped enough to allow me to fly the quad-copter again. I suspect that the chances to do this will get less and less as the autumn moves on.


Monday, 25 September 2017

Two Lighthouses

At last the weather is good enough to take the Xiaomi out for a couple of short flights.


Monday, 18 September 2017

Ramsey Harbour

I'm keeping the drone busy while the weather stays calm and clear. Still lots to learn about the limits of the system, but I'm starting to trust the hardware now and I'm happy to leave it in place for a few minutes and just let the action happen around it.

The swing bridge just happened to start opening as I was taking a flight over the harbour, so of course I had to wait and watch it all below me.