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We find ourselves returning to Florida every year as we love the atmosphere and friendliness of the American people. We truly an epic time there, especially whilst staying at the Royal Pacific Resort (Read my first and second review on TripAdvisor).

Our next planned visit will be in October – November 2014, our room, car hire and flights are booked, Universal and Islands of Adventure 14 day tickets has arrived, and I think we may visit the Wekiwa Springs for a bit of kayaking.

Photos from our trip in Twenty Thirteen.

Jebediah Springfield StatueNew Transformers rideRapunzel's Tower daytimeThe Barnstormer Roller-coasterRapunzel's TowerThe Mummies GuardsBeetlejuice Rock ShowBeetle Juice Rock ShowWelcome to Springfield USAoh it's story timeharry potter universal studios and islands of adventureuniversal end of night showuniversal water fall showuniversal fireworksOh minions

air traffic for osx

Setting up RTL2832U R820t for Air Traffic on OS X

First download the pre-built rtl-sdr binaries

Go to http://www.hfunderground.com/wiki/RTL-SDR and follow their instructions on where to copy the files too.

Secondly we will need a decoder.

Dump1090 is the only one I could get to work. There is a ported version for OSX but I couldn’t get it to work (Something to do with BETA version).
Anyways , you can obtain Dump1090 from:


On the right hand side of the website you can download the Zip file.
Once you have extracted Dump1090, open up a terminal and CD into the directory and type


*Please note you will need to have developers tools installed. You can get these with mac ports and xcode. http://www.macports.org/install.php

Assuming you have successfully compiled Dump1090, you can start with this command

./dump1090 –net –enable-agc –interactive
Once it starts up you can access the air traffic by pointing your web browser to
Here’s a preview of what you’ll get

air traffic

After our vacation *cough* in Orlando Florida we had a few nights in New York City. Luck would have it that my wife had visited New York in the past and with the help of my Tom Tom USA app on the iPhone, navigating around NYC was indeed quite easy.

Our time here was very tiring from all the walking in Universal Studios (blog post and photos coming soon) and our four year old daughter loved the city, not the mention Toys ‘R’ us in Time Square.

Inside Grand CentralAmerican Museum of National HistoryTheodore Roosevelt

British Airways first Airbus A380 super jumbo landed at Cardiff Wales International for certification. ‘Echo Alpha’ made the headlines and media coverage on July 29th 2013.

British Airways Airbus A380British Airways Airbus A380Exiting Left of British Airways Airbus A380Cabin Crew on the A380the British Airways SpeedbarAirbus A380 Club world Upper DeckView of British Airways Maintenance CardiffAft Staircase leading to the Upperdeck of Airbus 380Main deck door on the Airbus A380World Traveller A380World Traveller A380Club world airbus A380Club worldOutside view and miniature human for sizeClub world on the Main deckThe Galley on Airbus 380Galley Airbus A380First Class on Airbus A380Going on the brand new Airbus A380Arrival of the Airbus A380Arrival of the British Airways Airbus A380Arrival of the British Airways Airbus A380Cabin crew shot outside British Airways Maintenance Cardiff

Photographs taken with a Canon EOS 7d and Tamron 17-50 f2.8mm lens.

so you have found yourself in a position that would like to learn how to change your mac id in osx. this procedure requires the root password, the god of all gods account. that one account to rule them all.

not sure why you would want to do this whether it’s to get free wifi from those hotels or you want to hack someones wifi by impersonating another device. anyhow this is for educational purposes only?

first you will need to find out your interface device id. usually it’s either en0, en1, wlan0. you can do this by opening a terminal session and typing

Sammys-iMac:/ $ ifconfig

you will get an output that looks like

lo0: flags=8049<UP,LOOPBACK,RUNNING,MULTICAST> mtu 16384
    inet6 ::1 prefixlen 128 
    inet netmask 0xff000000 
    inet6 fe80::1%lo0 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0x1 
    nd6 options=1<PERFORMNUD>

    ether c1:21:c3:03:f2:2a 
    nd6 options=1<PERFORMNUD>
    media: autoselect (none)
    status: inactive

    ether d1:20:63:24:9f:12 
    inet netmask 0xfffffff0 broadcast
    nd6 options=1<PERFORMNUD>
    media: autoselect
    status: active

the information that we are interested in is en1 (as this is my wifi device id) and we know this because it’s actually connected to wifi and state is active.so copy you’re mac id which is in this line

    ether d1:20:63:24:9f:12

the next thing we want to do is change our mac id using our super user account.

sudo ifconfig en1 ether c1:10:11:14:1f:11

you will be prompted to enter your root password, once you do this your mac id will have changed. to confirm type ‘ifconfig’ again.

    ether c1:10:11:14:1f:11
    inet netmask 0xfffffff0 broadcast
    nd6 options=1<PERFORMNUD>
    media: autoselect
    status: active

and that is the end.

a trip to italy

For our second holiday we decided to visit Sorrento, Italy and stayed at the Grand Hotel Aminta. The name is a very good fit. Grand, it was.
One of our best holiday, great food and the very best of staff you could ever hope for. Our expectations were blown away by their service and hospitality, not to mention all the gorgeous sights Sorrento, Amalfi and the Island of Capri has to offer. You can read my review on the Grand Hotel Aminta on TripAdvisor: A Hidden Gem in Sorrento

Weather changes SorrentoBad weather SorrentoHolding HandsPurpleMain streen SorrentoScooter alleyBest ice cream in SorrentoIce Cream CafeCoastal viewWhite on blueSailing under the Italian flagWake trail to capriyachts on capriCapri dockedBlue waters CapriBig vs Small CapriCapriItalian BuildsHigh streetBuilt on rocksHigh street on CapriCapriHanging on Island of CapriDelivering around island of capriItalian restraunt staffCasualItalian potsThe CapriMy ferrarilooking at caprilooking down on mount vesuviusSteam between the rocks on mount vesuviusCoordinates, altitude on vesuviusLizard on VesuviusView from VesuviusSorrento at nightMount Vesuvius at nightLimoncelloFramedThis Way

recently purchased a raspberry pi pcb computer. one of the main use of these credit card sized computers is to build something. at the moment i have in my head something of the sort of home automation. however rather than just downloading someones code i have decided to learn a new language, and it’s not the type you can engage in a conversation with someone either.

this is a computer language to be specific the ‘c’ programming language. i have tried for many years to learn this language, but the most i could grasp is the famously outdone ‘hello world’ app.

for the moment whilst im still learning to code the raspberry pi is a aircraft mode-s tracking device feeding flightradar24.

if end is true then return zero;