The Cheap £10 Elgato Cam Link Alternative

The Cheap £10 Elgato Cam Link Alternative

Like most people working from home during lockdown, I spend a not insignificant amount of time in Zoom calls, Google Meets, or on FaceTime but I also happen to co-host a video podcast and stream on Twitch. Over the last few months it became increasingly apparent that the potato webcams Apple provide in their computers just really don't cut the muster so I started looking at alternatives. My first thought was to look at a dedicated webcam like the ever popular Logitech C920 but considering I have about five mirrorless or DSLR cameras in the house it seemed like repurposing…

Tutorial: Sync Put.io and Other Cloud Services with Plex Using Rclone

Tutorial: Sync Put.io and Other Cloud Services with Plex Using Rclone

I've been a Put.io subscriber for almost 10 years now and after my app Fetch got blacklisted by the App Store I soon looked for another way to add metadata such as posters and subscriptions to media stored on Put.io. Not long after Fetch's demise, Firecore's fantastic Infuse added the ability to mount WebDAV drives which makes it the perfect option for iOS or Apple TV users. I happily paid for Infuse Pro for a good while but I've recently bought a new TV and have finally retired my aging Apple TV 4 as I aim for 4K…

One-Day Panettone Recipe

One-Day Panettone Recipe

This recipe will make two 500g panettone and make perfect Christmas gifts for people. It's dervived much from ChefSteps recipe and I highly recommend that you watch that video fully before starting. EquipmentWhile you probably could make this entirely by hand, I would recommend using a stand mixer with the dough hook attachement due to the high hydration. This results in an extremely sticky dough to begin with that's difficult to work with. Traditional panettone are made over several days which gives the flour time to naturally hydrate. I also recommend that every baker invest in a cooking thermometer. They're…

YouTube Music: A Real Spotify Competitor?

YouTube Music: A Real Spotify Competitor?

When YouTube Red launched in the US in 2015 I was extremely jealous. The promise of ad-free YouTube was one I'd dreamed of. Unsurprising considering I probably watch 2-3+ hours of YouTube a day (don't @ me). Though YouTube obviously thought of Red as much more than just a way to remove ads. They've invested heavily into their Originals starring creators Pewdiepie and Logan Paul (🙄) and also tacked on Google's answer to Spotify — Play Music. Fast-forward to 2018 and YouTube Red has undergone a rebrand taking on the "YouTube Premium" moniker and Google Play Music slowly transforming into YouTube…

Battle of the Boxes: Apple TV,  Fire TV, Android TV, Chromecast

Battle of the Boxes: Apple TV, Fire TV, Android TV, Chromecast

A few years ago I "cut the cord", cancelled my TV License and cable subscription. Back then I used a 3rd generation Apple TV with subscriptions to Netflix and Now TV alongside my vast number of YouTube subscriptions. I've since tried what feels like every box or stick that displays web content on your TV. All have their own interfaces, experiences, content options, and trade offs. Which box works for you will depend on your requirements. My Requirements While your requirements will undoubtedly differ I think it's important to understand what requirements I'm testing these boxes and sticks…