Glasses for visually impaired people, offer hope

Smart glasses developed at Oxford University for the registered blind are being trialled in public spaces for the first time.

This is a  story of hope, and for me, one of excitement –  this is when technology goes from being a useful tool, to increasing people’s quality of life, possibly  ten fold. The glasses enhance images of nearby people and objects on to the lenses, providing a much clearer sense of surroundings. The glasses don’t replace lost vision but assist with spatial awareness.

We eventually want to have a product that will look like a regular pair of glasses and cost no more than a few hundred pounds – about the same as a smart phone

Dr Stephen Hicks


How do I save money on Protein Powder?

Protein Powder is an essential shake in most athletes diet. But, as you may have noticed that can be expensive. If you are finding this to be the case, an option to consider is one of these two websites (outlined below) which offer high quality (read the reviews) protein powders.

Part of the saving comes from the packaging, as these two websites (see below) pack their protein in resealable pouches.  Personally, I always have a small pouch for the gym bag and keep the larger one and home and refill when necessary.

Bulk Powders and My protein, they are both UK based sites, but they post to Ireland and have an Irish version of their website, they often have promotions on so keep an eye out too. If you are a first time customer to BulkPowders, you can also save 5 euro, by clicking here.

TIP:  These websites tend to only have a limited amount of reviews for each product on their Irish website, I find if you switch the URL to their english counterpart you will see way more reviews, remember to change back to the Irish version to see the prices in euro.

How do I edit my own picture so it is formatted to the correct size to be used as a wallpaper on my iPhone 4?

The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory

I got this e-mail from a friend!

How do I edit my own picture so it is formatted to the correct size to be used as a wallpaper  on my iPhone 4?

I wanted to tell him to use Google, but instead I decided to write this quick blog post. Let’s see first what Apple has to say about the iPhone 4 screen to get an overview:

  • Retina display
  • 3.5-inch (diagonal) widescreen Multi-Touch display
  • 960-by-640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi
  • 800:1 contrast ratio (typical)
  • 500 cd/m2 max brightness (typical)

The iPhone 4 and the iPhone 3Gs have completely different pixel resolution. The  iPhone 3GS has a resolution  of 480×320 pixel and iPhone 4 has a pixel resolution of 960×640.  The answer is to  use your favorite software  to crop your image to 640 X 960 and you should get a reasonable enough looking custom wallpaper!

If you are looking for a free editing tool give Gimp  (windows) a try. I edited the above promotion picture for the TV show The Big Bang Theory to the correct size as an example – for the iPhone 4. Try it on your iPhone and let me know what you think!


Change TV source with a SKY remote

You may not know this!

But, you can change input source with your SKY remote control!

This means you don’t have to use another remote such as the TV remote, or the physical TV buttons to switch HDMI sources, giving you a more seamless experience. Here is how you do it:

Just a caveat –  This worked on a Samsung TV, it may not work on your TV!

  1. Using the Sky remote, press the ‘TV’ button.
  2. Next – Press the ‘Help’ button, which, under the ‘TV function’ of the SKY remote allows you to switch inputs!
  3. Once you have arrived at the correct input press the ‘OK’ button.
  4. Finally, press the ‘SKY’ button, to tell the remote, you now wish to control the SKY box once again and not the TV.

I hope this works for you, I found it very handy indeed!


quinoaComing back from the US recently I overheard an American woman in front of me say “can I have the Quinoa please”.  Wondering what it was I googled it, and of course bought it.

Quinoa – it’s not bad actually in terms of taste and has generated quite the buzz around it and apparently  it’s pronounced ‘keen-wah’.

 So what is Quinoa then?  It’s a pseudocereal…relax! I know, what’s a pseudocereal? Forget that. The’re seeds basically. However unlike rice, yes i am comparing this to rice, because I use rice almost every day and this is a perfect replacement for that meal once a week, Quinoa seems to contain more protein and according to this website, is pretty close to a perfect ingredient.

Quinoa is rich in protein, vitamins and minerals and is a good course of fibre

Facts via

So how do you cook this? Well you can do lots of things with this to make a nice meal, but I just wanted to replace rice, what I did was just cook this in the rice cooker and served it for my lunch with chicken and veg. Probably not the tastiest of meals in terms of flavour, but perfect for my lunch and pre gym meal. You can find this in Dunnes Stores, in the specialist and gluten free sections, it’s not exactly cheap either, but handy to have in the cupboard for when you fancy a change.

Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever had this, and doing anything more exciting that cook this in the rice cooker.


Wil Wheaton stands up for nerds everywhere

Wil Wheaton is in my all time two favourite shows. Star Trek:TNG (staring)  and The Big Bang Theory (regular special guest) and as an adult he has fully embraced his inner-nerd. His answer to a girls question about being called a nerd, is something you should share with anyone who dislikes being called a nerd. Maybe they did not hear the phrase brainy is the new sexy.

Bulk Powders discount code – Get 5 Euro off First Order on their new Irish site

Bulk Powders discount code - 5 Euro off First Order
Bulk Powders discount code – 5 Euro off First Order

Click here if you fancy 5 euro of your first order from  or use Referral Code: JR126449.

My experience: I bought their Strawberry flavoured protein shake from their “pure series” and it tastes really good, I compare this to banana flavoured ON protein, which to me tastes like ‘medicine’, if you mix with milk (which I don’t like to do) it’s ok. So that’s why I will be sticking to these guys for now.

Good  value  & quality with fast delivery too! If your wondering, they also included a scoop with their powders!