Category Archives: Personal

Cisco How To Find A MAC Address By IP

From a switch that the device is plugged directly into (otherwise you’ll get the MAC of the next hop) first ping the IP address to ensure it’s in your ARP cache, then view the ARP cache, like so
ping 192.168.1.1
show ip arp | i 192.168.1.1

The pipe i just ensures you only see the info you’re after. If you’re doing this on a switch with many devices it’s handy to pear it down to just what you need.

International Pillow Fight Day 2014 Photography eBook

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So, technically I’m now a published author, albeit self published. As part of a project I’ve embarked on I’ve made a photographic journal ebook and published it in the following places

Google Play Books | Kobo​ | Issuu | Scribd

Its been a very interesting project so far for a lot of different reasons. Its forced me to learn InDesign for starters, but has also made me think about narrative, graphic design, layouts and the constraints on then and how they change the feel of the content.
It’s also made me revisit processing choices made when I originally processed the photos. And also realise that I have changed the way I process photos massively, and for the better I feel. I’ve also had to learn using Lightroom’s soft proofing and proof copies.

I’ve also had to learn about self publishing ISBNs and each publishing platforms nuances. By far the easiest to publish to was Google Play Books.

An enjoyable process and now I’m in a position I can produce these quicker, but a lot of the design decisions will change from theme to theme of each eBook.

Apologies for site outage

Mikedixson.com was migrated to a new server by my web host, who normally I’d sing the praises off. Sadly this time the migration was handled badly and an old copy of data migrated leading to many recent posts and pages appearing as missing.

Service as normal seems to have been resumed now. My apologies if you were unable to get to any useful posts in the meantime.

Mike

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How to fix Mac bluetooth audio quality

Anyone who’s tried to use a decent pair of bluetooth headphones with a Mac knows that it sucks the big one. In spite of Apple’s affiliations with the music industry it sounds like listening to an FM radio that you made yourself. In fact you could do better.This simple command (below) has resolved the issue for me and now I can enjoy beautiful music from my laptop whilst I work.

sudo defaults write com.apple.BluetoothAudioAgent "Apple Bitpool Min (editable)" 40

source: http://danwarne.com/fix-bluetooth-a2dp-audio-quality-mac-os/

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Losing Weight Again

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Losing Weight, It takes effort

So after my previous efforts to lose weight after the 14 Stone Wobble eventually fell by the wayside I’ve recently gone back up to 14 stone again and so I’m trying to lose weight.
Again the key here is sustainability. I want to lose weight and keep it off, and that can’t happen if I’m changing my lifestyle so significantly that it’s not my usual lifestyle. That being said of course changes have to be made otherwise I’d stay the same weight or gain weight.

One Calorie, Two Calorie, Three Calorie, Four

So the modification I’ve gone for is Calorie counting. At the end of the day if you are putting more Calories in than you are burning then you are going to put on weight. It’s that simple.
So with some calculations of my Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) and using the Harris Benedict Equation to multiply based on my activity level I now have a daily Calorie goal of 1780 Calories.
I’ve been working to this for about 6 weeks now and have gone from 14 Stone (90Kilos) to 13.5 Stone(85Kilos).

I bought a new belt not long after starting Calorie counting and I was just about on the holes for the large one. Now I’m on the lowest hole of the belt. I wish I’d taken more measurements to keep track of the physical representation of the weight coming off. I did take some photos so they’ll give some idea.

Making those Calories count

My goal is to get down to 11 Stone (70 Kilos). So I’m a quarter of the way there.
It’s not really taken a massive effort on my part. I gave up drinking cola at the beginning of the year anyway, so that’s made things easier other each bottle is the calorific equivalent of a decent snack wasted.
Counting calories has made me more aware of where the calories were creeping up on me. I no longer eat crisps with a sandwich, or have a side of chips with a hot sandwich in the local pub. The latter nearly doubles the Calories of the meal.

If I’m going to have a snack I want to calories to really count. So something filling but low calories is best.

I’m still affording myself some treats like chocolate, but it has to justify itself. If I’m feeling particularly hungry and only have 700 Calories left then I won’t eat chocolate as I know that it’ll be 230 odd Calories out of my dinner Calories.

Being more aware of what your eating, and calorific content alone is a good way to begin a weight loss programme. A friend of mine recently lost a fair bit of weight just by keeping a food diary for a week.

Hope some of this info is useful to others trying to lose weight at the moment.

Good luck!