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This blog is just a few random musings about my interests: technology, science and software. It's also a place for me to put random information so it's accessible to anyone who might find it useful. If you want, you can contact me here. --Andy Jenkinson

Sony W805C - List of bugs

Since receiving this TV a couple of months back I have experienced a number of issues with the Android OS. Going by the discussion on various forums, it seems I am not the only one...

There are missing features - features promised to be here by now and no sign of yet. There are also lots of software defects, some minor and some major. Some are intermittent, some persistent. I thought I should compile a list as a useful reference, and tick them off as and when they are fixed. So, here we go.


Sony Bravia W805C 2015 Android TV: first impressions

Recently I've had my eye on Sony's new 2015 range of Android TVs. My opinion of TV manufacturers' software features hasn't been so good. I never use internal tuners because DVRs are much better, and I find the implementations of their "smart" features are often half-baked - typically only supporting certain combinations of video containers and codecs, handling subtitles improperly etc. The support timeframes are also shockingly short.

Multi-room audio with Raspberry Pi

In this article I will explain how to set up a multi-room audio streaming system based on Apple iDevices, cheap Raspberry Pi players and any computer (either Linux, Windows or Mac). You will be able to do the following:

  1. Send sound from any app on your iPhone or iPad to any speaker in your home.
  2. Use your iPhone or iPad to control synchronised multi-room music - without your mobile device needing to stay connected.
  3. Play music from your PC/server on your iPhone or iPad.


FrSky receiver feature chart

For posterity, some details about the current range of FrSky ACCST receivers. Last updated 23rd May 2014.

Since creating this I discovered this wiki page:

But this table should still be useful as a comparison chart covering all of FrSky's receivers.


Cross compiled interceptty for AR.Drone

I cross-compiled the interceptty tool for the AR.Drone 2.0 for messing around with a GPS receiver, here's the binary:


ReadyNAS Duo ffmpeg and mkvtoolnix

A while back I cross-compiled the ffmpeg and mkvtoolnix packages for my ReadyNas Duo. I have the v1 version, which is a SPARC architecture NAS device running Linux. The details of this are here. Since I was asked for the binaries, I have uploaded them here (tar.gz, 9.8 MB).

To extract:

tar -xzf readynas-ffmpeg-mkvtoolnix.tar.gz

Sky provide lovin' for YouView

Following the announcement of YouView, it now appears that Sky have changed their minds somewhat of the project. It looks like NowTV, Sky's soon-to-be-launched Catchup TV service, will be among the first "non partner" content producers. Presumably, NowTV will use the same content delivery platform, initially launching with movies and later expanding to sports and entertainment.

YouView Announced

Finally, the official announcement of YouView: the new website has gone live today.

Raspberry Pi round 1

I came home last week to a Raspberry Pi waiting for me. Work, family visits and a bout of illnes means I only managed to take a peek, that is until yesterday evening. I rummaged around in the bits box for a £1.50 HDMI cable, a micro USB cable and a wireless USB keyboard. Then I set about giving it a quick go.


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