Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Voucher codes / coupon codes for Scrutiny and Integrity Plus

This is an experiment; if you've found this post then please go ahead and use either of these codes, you're very welcome.

I'm very keen to know whether people try Googling to find voucher codes for these apps. Eventually this blog post will be buried within the blog but hopefully can be found by searching for 'voucher code for Scrutiny' or voucher code for Integrity Plus.

I'll obviously be able to see how many people have viewed this post and how many people have used the codes. And that's all I ask. Go ahead!

50% Voucher code / coupon code for Scrutiny for Mac


50% Voucher code / coupon code for Integrity Plus for Mac


Use these codes in the checkout window within the app, or by using the 'Buy' button on the respective home pages:


Integrity Plus

I love it when...

...VLC gets its santa hat on.

It happens every year by itself. Little touches that make you smile.

It's possibly the top 3rd-party app to have installed on your Mac. Not Mac-like at all in its UX but it does stuff that the system ought to be doing by default.

And who knew that Terry Pratchett was responsible for this essential piece of kit?

[Update] Be very careful when installing VLC. It's easy to search, spot a result claiming to be the VLC download / install, but turns out to be a third party installer which may or may not install VLC, and will attempt to install other less desirable software at the same time.

VideoLAN are responsible for VLC,

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

How a LIFX Z strip looks behind stained glass

Here's a personal story; I was a stained glass artist for some years and have a few pieces in my home and office now.

LIFX have recently released their 'Z' multizone light strips. I must admit that at first I thought it was a bit of a novelty. I bought some because I had to add support to PeacockMedia's LIFXstyle app.

After playing around a bit and trying strips in various places, I tried lighting this particular stained glass panel in my office. I tried various placements before I tried sticking a metre of the stuff behind the thick vertical line down the middle.

 And here's how it looks after putting it back up and switching on:
It really works well, I'm chuffed to bits with it. But even better than that - you can change the light from warm white to cold white, and all the colours of the spectrum:

 At first, LIFXstyle (v3.0) was capable of switching the entire strip to the same colour / brightness. One of the great features of the lightstrip is that it's divided into 'zones' (hence Z, multizone). After a little work on LIFXstyle we were dialling up different colours / settings for each 'zone'.
 Version 3.1 allows you to mess around with colour and save the settings you like as a preset, apply cycling effects to the whole strip or parts of it. (An early version of 3.1 will be available very shortly.)

Finally, because I can't resist another picture, here are some pretty pastels.