Youtube Red SCAM Warning

I’ve just received an email from Apple (I think not!) that’s telling me I’ve subscribed to Youtube Red (a streaming music and TV service from Google), and it’s going to cost me $14.99 per month.


There are 2 immediate problems with this,

  1.  Youtube Red is not available in the UK
  2. I hadn’t even heard of YT red until today, so I certainly wouldn’t have subscribed.

Clicking on the UNSUBSCRIBE link takes you to a very well done but FAKE apple service page. This page then prompts you to enter your apple ID and password. DO NOT DO THIS THIS IS A SCAM!

As you can see from the URL’s, it’s a complete fake, Apple always links to or subdomain’s like or something similar.

It’s a well done fake, but a complete fake and they’re after your details to access your account. Don’t fall into this trap!


Eee, By ‘eck, in’t Yorkshire Grand?

I was digging around and deleting some old photos and pictures when I came across these that I’d forgotten about.


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ACER ET430 Monitor Review

Update ** See the bottom of my review to find out why I would advise you to avoid this monitor. **


I had to wait a while for this to come back into stock at, I’d had my eye on it for a while, it’s just a little outside my budget of £500, but the delay gave me an extra few weeks to save the extra £50.00

Now I’ve finally got it, I have to say I’m impressed, its 4K and supports 10bit HDR, 43 inches corner to diagonal corner, it supports HDMI 2.0 and Display Port normal and mini.

Initially I could not get my PS4 Pro to display in anything other than 1080P, after some time messing around with safe mode and nothing working, I started to unplug the PSVR and Elgato HD 60, and there lay the problem, the ELGATO HD 60 will only pass-through 1080P, so I stripped out the HD 60 and left the PSVR connected and boom! Everything worked fine, 2160P full RGB and HDR 🙂

I fired up The Last Of Us remaster and it’s utterly stunning, the resolution upscale and the HDR inclusion just made it look stunning. But I also noticed another thing, if you play TLOU for any amount of time, your team GLOW when they walk out of sight, this means you can see where your team is. On my previous monitor, an LG ultrawide monitor, there was some ghosting from the glow, not on this bad boy though. I will miss the ultrawide, they’re awesome for PC gaming and movies. Movies don’t have the black bars and the extra width give you an edge in almost any game that supports 2560 x 1080, which is most modern games.

Did I have to get a 4K panel? Not really, it doesn’t complete me, but having a 4K capable Mac, PC and PS4 Pro and not having a 4K screen… it’s a waste, it’s like employing a cleaner to do the dirty work, but in another life they were a world renowned network admin. But that’s what this panel does, it restores the balance, and seeing what 4K HDR looks like… it’s like going from VHS to 1080P.


  • Response 5ms
  • 2 x HDMI 2.0
  • 2 x display port
  • 1 x mini display port
  • 43 Inches
  • 4K and 10bit HDR
  • Contrast: 100,000,000:1
  • Brightness: 350 cd/m²
  • Screen type: IPS

There is a minor downside though, who ever thought that having the ports underneath the back of the screen is a numpty. Getting access to them has meant taking the panel down, connecting/disconnecting and putting it back. It’s all a bit of a farce. Still, once you’ve finished you should be good for quite some time. My advice is to plug-in all the cables if you can, even if you don’t use them… leave them plugged in to make life easier later in case you do need them.

Overall I’m seriously impressed, it’s a beautiful screen, 4K looks amazing, HDR also looks nothing short of stunning, and considering there’s no TV tuner, no catch-up TV or anything like that, you can see why this monitor is probably a better purchase than a TV of the same price. You’ll get more bang and less stuff you don’t need.

AWESOME Screen, if you’re in the market for a monitor. It even sounds OK too. Not as good as dedicated speakers… but seriously, not too bad either.

Nice one Acer.


** UDATE **

I’ve returned the monitor to Curry’s for a refund. Why?

After some 9 months of usage and the LED’s on the right side started to flicker, actually it had been doing so for around 6 weeks, but it was so subtle and rare I wasn’t quite sure I’d seen it. But as these things do, it got worse and noticeable, and much more pronounced.

I did sent it away to Acer for repair, they picked it up on Tuesday and returned it to me on  Friday 10 days later.

They’d replaced the flickering LED’s alright, but now the LED’s on the right were brighter than the left, and after only a few days… they started to flicker again. The deterioration this time was much much faster, they went from “wait did it just flicker?” to 3 days later, the monitor became unusable again.

Not only that but there was a shadow down the center, almost as if the LED’s had a 4 inch gap in the center and the light didn’t quite reach that part of the screen.

So instead of fixing it, they actually made things worse… much worse.

Hence the refund.

So I’ve gone from a glowing review to a negative review, and all because the repair process failed. You can have the best equipment on the market, and you’re bound to get some failures, it happens. But if you can’t successfully repair the unit, then all the great reviews in the world won’t help when people see unit failures and repair failures turn into negatives. Just like this one.


AVOID this monitor at all costs.

PS4 4K Games and HDR


Game 4K? HDR? Extra Features
Agents of Mayhem No Yes Better textures, better shadows. Up to 60 frames per second.
Assassin’s Creed Origins Yes No  
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Yes No  
Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection Yes No  
Battlefield 1 No No Increased resolution. Better shadow and terrain detail.
 Battlezone (VR)  No  No PlayStation VR: Increased resolution, dynamic lighting, and reflections.
 Bound  Yes  No PlayStation VR: Double the pixels and extra effects.
Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition Yes No  
Call of Duty: Black Ops III Yes No  
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Yes No  
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered Yes No  
Call of Duty: WWII No No 1620p
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy No No 1440p resolution.
Dark Souls 3 No No “Increased Framerate”
Days Gone
 Yes  Yes  
Death Stranding  Yes  Yes  
Destiny 2 Yes No  
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Yes Yes  
Dirt 4 No No Better lighting and shadows, better anti-aliasing.
Dishonored 2 No No Higher 1440p resolution, but not 4K.
 DriveClub VR (VR) No No  
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Special Edition Yes No Temporal antialiasing on 1080p displays.
Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited Yes No Increased fidelity with 1080p displays.
F1 2017 Yes Yes Better image quality on 1080p displays.
Fallout 4 No No Native 1440p visuals, enhanced draw distance
 No  No  PlayStation VR: Crisper visuals.
FIFA 18 Yes Yes  
Final Fantasy XV  Yes  Yes  High frame rate option for 1080p displays.
Firewatch No No UI renders at 4K. Better detail distance and shadows on 1080p displays.
For Honor Yes No  
Get Even Yes No  
 Gran Turismo Sport  Yes  Yes  
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice No No 60 frames per second and increased resolution options.
 Helldivers  Yes  No  
Hitman  No  Available on 1/31/17  Higher 1440p resolution. UI renders at native 4K. Better textures, lighting, antialiasing, and higher overall resolution.
Horizon: Zero Dawn
 Yes  Yes  Better image quality on 1080p displays.
Infamous: Second Son Yes Yes  Smoother visuals on 1080p displays.
Infamous: First Light Yes Yes  Smoother visuals on 1080p displays.
Injustice 2 No No 1440p, better texture quality.
Killing Floor 2 Yes No Increased textures. Dynamic shadows are crisper. Higher frame rate on 1080p displays.
Knack 2 No No Options for either 1800p visuals or higher framerate.
L.A. Noire Yes No  
Lawbreakers No No 1440p, smoother framerate.
Life is Strange: Before the Storm Yes No  
 Mantis Burn Racing  Yes  No  Crisper resolution for 1080p displays.
Madden NFL 18 Yes Yes Will run at higher framerate (60+ fps) in 1080p.
Mafia III No No 1440p resolution, improved framerate.
Mass Effect: Andromeda
 Yes Yes  
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Yes No  
 NBA 2K18  Yes  Yes  
 Neon Chrome  Yes  No  
 Nioh  Yes  No  Antialiasing enhancement and frame rate boost options on 1080p displays.
Paragon No No 1080p and 60 frames per second
 PlayStation VR Worlds (VR)  No  No  
Prey No No Better visual quality, less texture pop-in.
Project Cars 2 No No Dynamic resolution, smoother framerate.
Pyre Yes No 60 frames per second.
 Ratchet & Clank  No  Yes  Higher resolution on 4K displays. More antialiasing. Crisper image on 1080p displays.
 Resident Evil 7: Biohazard  Yes  Yes  
Rez Infinite  Yes  No  Higher resolution when using PlayStation VR.
 Ride 2  Yes  No  
RIGS Mechanized Combat League (VR)  No  No  
Rise of the Tomb Raider Yes No Increased detail in 1080p. “High frame rate” mode in 1080p.
 Robinson: The Journey (VR)  No  No  Higher resolution, longer view distances, improved textures, and lighting.
 Rocket League  Yes  No Runs at 60 frames per second in 4K, “in all arenas.”
 Smite  Yes  No  
Sniper Elite 4 No No Faster loading times, better lighting, better framerate.
Spider-man Yes Yes  
Star Wars: Battlefront II No No 60 frames per second.
Tekken 7 No No Better textures, smoother framerate.
The Evil Within 2 No No Unlocked framerate, 1260p resolution.
The Last Guardian  Yes  Yes  
The Last of Us: Left Behind Yes Yes  More detailed terrain, buildings, and foliage. Higher quality shadows. 1800p 60 frames per second option.
The Last of Us: Remastered Yes Yes  More detailed terrain, buildings, and foliage. Higher quality shadows. 1800p 60 frames per second option.
 The Playroom VR (VR)  No  No  Increased resolution.
The Surge Yes Yes Option for 60 frames per second mode.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Yes Yes Better texture filter and ambient occlusion.
The Witness
Yes Yes  Increased anti-aliasing quality.
 Thumper  Yes  No  Better anti-aliasing.
Titanfall 2  No  No  Increased resolution and better shadows.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands No No Appears to be 1440p.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Yes Yes  More detailed terrain, buildings, and foliage. 1080p multiplayer resolution. Crisper graphics on 1080p displays.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Yes Yes 60 frames per second.
Until Dawn: Rush of Blood (VR)  No  No  
 Viking Squad  Yes  No  
Watch Dogs 2 No No 1080p resolution, not 4K.
 Wheels of Aurelia  Yes  No  
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus No No 1440p resolution.
World of Tanks  Yes  Yes  Smoother frame rates.
WWE 2K18 No No 60 frames per second.

Not specified

God of War Steep
Hustle Kings Super Stardust Ultra
Knack XCOM 2


My sincere apologies

I am sorry for the complete removal of all my videos from youtube and for the complete deletion of the website.

My reasons are simple, I suffer from depression and SAD – Seasonal affective disorder. I have done for 20 years now, and while I do take anti-depressants (mirtazapine) it seems my dosage wasn’t high enough (it was 30mg now it’s maxxed out at 45mg. The dosage was increased and I’m balanced out again.

Suffering from depression can be bad and challenging enough, but couple that with SAD over the winter months and I get clinically and dangerously depressed.

All I can do is apologise for anyone who followed the blog and my videos, I was in really bad shape at the time. I had planned to publish a blog post entitled depression and suicide, but even I found it too bleak and even a little daunting, so I held off. Maybe I should have posted it…?

Anyway, I’ve restored the blog back to it’s rightful place, I can not do the same for the videos’, so I’ll just have to make new ones eventually.

Sorry again,


Photos from My Holiday in Fort William

Extending the life of a SSD

If you’re like me and you worry about the SSD in your PC and you want to extend the life of your SSD, here are a few things you can do, and as usual they’re easy to do. These tricks only work if you have at least 2 drives on your system. I have 2 x 4TB HDD’s, a 500GB SSD, 120GB SSD, and a 256GB M.2 SSD

  1. Move your swap file (system page file)

The Page file is a hidden system file on C: drive, it’s there for when your PC runs out of RAM, it also swaps background items to it to stop using system RAM. To move it right click on my computer and left click properties.

Now click on Advanced System Settings, click the Advanced Tab, click performance, click settings, click Advanced again, click manage next to Virtual Memory, disable Automatically manage paging file size for all drives, now change the drive and click apply.

Restart and you’re done.


Now if you have steam installed for gaming, you’ll need to move your game files to another drive. This is simple, when you try installing a game Steam will ask for a location, just create another folder on another drive and Steam will default to that drive. Or you could go into steam settings, downloads and then Steam Library Folders and add a new folder/drive.

Finally and this requires Firefox and Thunderbird, though these can be done in Chrome too.





Tories Want to have unencrypted traffic to the Web

The Tories will use the latest terrorist bomb attack in Manchester to force through legislation that will make Facebook, Google, WhatsApp and the like to leave their traffic unencrypted, or at the very least, to give UK security services access to our data.

I can immediately think of a couple of reasons why that shouldn’t happen.

  1. World War 1 & 2 were fought to prevent dystopian future where no one is safe or secure.
  2. North Korea and China jail dissidents all the time, just for speaking out against the government.
  3. It’s crazy to think it’s going to make even a tiny difference. They’ll just move to other sites that the SS can’t access.
  4. I could setup a chat room in HTML, PHP, JS, or Python on this site and secure it with SSL, it can be done on almost ANY webserver on the planet.

So while the plan might initially make sense, long term it’s useless.


Just another typical knee-jerk reaction.

This is what the Security Services missed:

* Suddenly wearing different clothing, associated with this form of terrorism.

* Chanting prayers loudly in the streets

* Changed social behavior massively

* Trips back and forth to Libya

* and the obscure clue…. he had an ISIS flag on his fucking roof!

If they can’t see that, I fail to see how cracking WhatsApp is going to help them.

Horizon Zero Dawn Screenshots

I only bought the game last week and already I’ve racked up around 40 hours of playtime, not bad considering I’m not even 40% through yet. And wow have I seen some sights, this is one of the best looking games I think I’ve ever played.

Damn good story too 🙂

I did find a bug in the game, the first Deathbringer is easy to kill, just stay in the corner where you drop down and peep around the corner to shoot it. Job done in 2 minutes.