• HP sauce made in Holland is the obvious one

    Beer gets a bit depressing for this. For instance, I sometimes wonder how many of the people buying the Tesco “classic ales” boxes know that the brands included (Marstons Pedigree, Hobgoblin, Thwaites Lancaster Bomber, Ringwood Razor Back, Brakspeare Bitter, Jennings Cumberland Ale) are all actually…[Read more]

  • Small parcel delivery is Awesome, I have cctv footage of various Amazon delivery guys throwing parcels over my fence.

    DHL failed to deliver my Christmas present to my work, apparently according to them it was signed for by Mr Hargreaves. I don’t employ a Hargreaves or anyone with a similar name but they refuse to accept this.
    After days of back…[Read more]

  • Have they given you a spacer device to use with your inhalers? If not, ask for one. They help delivery of the meds to the right place.

  • dave replied to the topic Mental Health in the forum General chat 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    This makes depressing reading. The issues are very real and it is very frightening when you have someone close to you in pieces and you don’t know what to do to support them. None of those impacted are looking for someone else to sort out their problems or take on the responsibility, they are geniunely struggling to find a way out. If you don’t…[Read more]

  • Foodbanks really don’t take luxury items, such a shame as we have loads here they could have. If there is a local refuge or similar they might?

  • I’m surprised they won’t take unopened packages of nice chocolates and biscuits. It’s not like they go off quickly.

    This charity has a network of food banks you could try.

    What We Do

    I usually take stuff up the Yard or into work and that gets rid if it pretty quickly as CT said.

  • dave replied to the topic NHS parking charges in the forum General chat 3 weeks ago

    @muhammad Not really now that all specialist units are in regional centres.

    My dad was in southmead hospital neurosurgical unit for several weeks and it was ridiculously expensive. We were miles from my parents house, 45 mins by car on a clear run (fortunately my brother lives a bit closer). Which in the scheme of regional centres is not so bad.…[Read more]

  • It has taken nearly 2 years for mine to settle to a level where I am not aware of it unless Ive done something extra strenuous….

    Calf stretches and ankle flexing with a band are good, do ballet stretches in bed before getting up. I had Footreviver insoles made which really helped.

  • @sarah “Capable” might mean that it has the necessary software but not necessarily that it has the actual processing power to deal with transcoding a good quality video file on the fly. It depends an awful lot on the input and output codecs and the quality/bitrate. Often you’ll see a certain NAS being described as capable of transcoding, say, 720p…[Read more]

  • Does the device that holds the media/video do the magic and then stream to the TV?

    Yes: the media server identifies that the renderer cannot handle the original format, and converts (transcodes) it into a format the renderer has declared it can handle.

    It’s not a trivial processing task, so low-end servers may not be able to do it.

  • I’ve checked the Bravia manuals and Mkv is supported by both USB / DNLA.

    Okay. What codec format do these MKV files contain? You might try installing MediaInfo; it is very good at identifying the properties of media files.

    Out of curiosity, were the USB and DLNA support lists identical?

    Back to your OP; where does BubbleUPnP fit into this? Are…[Read more]


  • I’ll check the manual but it seems illogical to read mkv on USB but not via DNLA

    Illogical, but very common, sadly.

    It’s a consequence of ‘design by Lego’; bolting together subsystems. The USB media player is one subsystem, and the DLNA renderer is another. They are not integrated at a sensible point.

    Don’t believe me? Read the manual, and…[Read more]

  • Is this a ‘smart’ TV that you are streaming to? What make/model?

    If so, the renderer will be in the TV, so the codecs are only relevant when playing video on the PC.

    Check your TV manual, to see which video formats it supports playing via DLNA (I’m going to assume it is using DLNA for streaming).

    It sounds like you need to go and read up about…[Read more]

  • I wish I knew what to say – this is all much over my head – it’s like reading Greek – cause at least I can understand French. Have fun with your chat guys

  • Everyone suffers in this life. More power to those who find positive solutions. It’s so easy to be down on ourselves but we also need to laugh at ourselves and see the humour in life.

  • dave started the topic Life after death? in the forum Religion 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    As a Catholic I’ve always been told what happens when we pass away. However, I’ve been doing a lot of reading about this since my Mother passed. I guess the main reason for this is to help my grief….and to stay away from gaming.

    Most of my time has been spent on Near-Death-Experiences. There are several thousand accounts of this, and some of…[Read more]

  • dave replied to the topic My story in the forum Group logo of Gaming addictionGaming addiction 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    Welcome Jim! I could so relate to gaming becoming all about competition and achievement and stressful and to the horrible mood swings when I would try to not game for a day or two. What helped me get free was the online meetings here. Hearing others who went through exactly what I did and got out, gave me hope and direction and a feeling I…[Read more]