Friday, 26 December 2014

Bob Middleton Podcast 119 Part Two

Mac20Q Podcast 119 Talking to Bob Middleton Part One

Monday, 15 December 2014

Waking up with Siri and keeping the eyes firmly closed

Friday, 12 December 2014

Starting the day in bed with Siri

Friday, 5 December 2014

Leaving Dublin airport

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Getting a quickie divorce in Ireland only took me twelve years.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Mac20Q Podcast 114 featuring Mike Reed

Friday, 14 November 2014

Mac20Q Podcast Interview with Mac User Michael King from Texas

Friday, 7 November 2014

River God book by Wilbur Smith and my tutorial for encrypting emails

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Dublin Airport

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Girona Airport leaving for Dublin on a Ryanair flight

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Last few days of the season at the campsite

Saturday, 25 October 2014

I had an iPad Air 2 day with setting up the new toy

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

A good day to do an upgrade to Yosemite and to iOS 8.1

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Report from the beach - New iPhone case arrived, Drafts app problems, iPhone chewing the battery up quickly

Monday, 13 October 2014

Apps for fitness and recording audio on the beach

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Last few days at the campsite and I've got an iPhone

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Switching from Android to IOS

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Getting started with podcasting

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Musings on the Apple Watch

Monday, 8 September 2014

Off to Dublin.m4a

Monday, 11 August 2014

Camp chat costa Brava

Friday, 1 August 2014

Costa Brava Campsite - New apps on my iOS

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Down at the beach watching the world go by

Friday, 18 July 2014

Getting into Siri on my iPad

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Birthday parties, A Visiting mom and my best friend passing away

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Beach Camping site news

Saturday, 10 May 2014

My electric bicycle story

Broken rim

It has not been all plain sailing with my electric bike. I have done around about 500 km on it so far. I did have a problem with the rim on the back wheel that has the motor connected to it . I hit a pothole and I had to replace the rim and that cost me €36. I have had to replace one spoke in the wheel since then. I have to constantly check that the spokes are tensioned properly. Maybe what I need to do is to go round all of the spokes and to put on some stuff to lock the threads, just to stop them from undoing themselves as I ride the bike.

Down at the beach with my eBike

Broken battery carrier

The battery for the bike is held in a rack on the bicycle above the back wheel . The battery is very heavy and it is too high and too far back to give good balance for the bicycle. I would like to move the battery to a place near to a lower centre of gravity. The latest problem is that the rack for the bicycle came loose and broke and I have had to do some more running repairs to the electric bicycle. In time I will try to find a way of getting the battery in a different place . If I was to start again with this electric bicycle project by using a kit  then I would go for the battery that fits into the water carrier position.

Recumbent bicycle next time

I would be quite interested in getting a bicycle that has the recumbent cycling position. The problem with this sort of bicycle for me is that they are more expensive to buy. This is because there are not many of them out there and so vendors tend to charge more money for them. With those recumbent bicycles usually there is a place where it is quite easy to situate the battery lower down for a good centre of gravity . They bicycle that I have now is very wobbly when I'm going around some corners.

Plenty of exercise

I really enjoy riding the electric bicycle and I get quite a bit of exercise from it too. I could just sit on top of it and let the electric motor do all of the work. Usually though, I prefer to pedal and for me what I get from very cycling with the electric bicycle is the fact that I can go much faster. I did use my other bicycle the other day and I found it quite slow in comparison. Another thing with the electric bicycle is that cycling into the wind on a bicycle is hard work, but with the electric bike it is a little bit easier. I can keep up a similar speed as I would have without the cycling into the wind problem.

Electric bicycle is fun

There are some people that are diehard muscle usage cyclists that look down upon the electric bicycle. They also look down upon the people that ride electric bicycles . To a certain extent this is reasonable because most people that write the electric bicycles are the old folks who only ride them very slowly because that is all they can manage. I come at the electric bicycle usage from the point of cycling faster and still getting some exercise . It is also true that I actually get more exercise due to being more often cycling than I would be if I was just using an ordinary bicycle. Today I am missing my electric bicycle because I didn't have enough time to use it for getting to work and I had to use my car instead. I spent too long fixing the rack for the battery this morning. So now I am just looking forward to being able to get back on the bicycle again tomorrow.

Leaning along the way

I seem to know what's what with electric bikes now, much more than when I was buying. Sometimes that is the only way to find things out - Dive in and test it personally. You can ask loads of people about what you want to know about and you will get various answers. Some people are more helpful than others. In any case I have found out that getting a bike with suspension on the part that will be getting the electric motor. It makes the spokes of the wheel last longer. Definitely get a bike with the battery positioned in a low centre of gravity to help the handling. 

Thursday, 6 February 2014

David Allen Wizardgold - Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video Maker

Video Tutorials

David Allen Wizardgold has made many video tutorials showing Mac and iOS users how to get the best from their devices and the applications they they run on them. David now also does the tutorials for Android applications.


David Allen Wizardgold is a keen photographer who has sold photos through Fotolia. Now he does the photography for fun and recognition and post images on Google+ which also filter through to Facebook and Flickr when posted publicly on G+. David uses the name of Spondicious for most of the photographic interests.


David Allen Wizardgold is a committed tech blogger and writer. He has written one novel as part of NaNoWriMo which one day may get a rewrite and inflicted on the general populace. He has another novel started and is also working on non fiction tech based books. He loves writing and can really get into the zone pushing out the words with Dragon Dictate because it is the only way to keep up with the thought process and the ideas.

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Atheism is close to the heart of David Allen Wizardgold and he will gladly provide material on the social networks that he sees and an antidote to the ubiquity of religion in society. Religion causes more harm in the world than good and has to be stood up against so that free and critical thinking can prosper.


Education is something that David Allen Wizardgold is interested in after spending a few years as an art teacher. He still does the occasional foray into education. The latest has been in a school in Banyoles as an English teacher and also in the school of Hosteleria in Girona. 

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