Monday, 12 March 2018

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Season 3 Episode 3

Another meander down the internet superbridleway.

Andy was a little hungover and as a result perhaps failed to set up his microphone properly. Apologies if audio quality is not always as it should be.
Among this episode's cornucopia of anorakism:

A new US TV streaming service 

Cosycave HF upconverter  -
Eibi database

Thomas the Dank Engine (NSFW)
Thomas the Tank Engine – George Carlin redubbed (NSFW)


Helpful stuff
Andy’s IFTTT recipe to notify you of discounted apps (uses Reddit’s‘Google Play Deals’)

Android apps
Beeter Twitter client (it’s been updated to work with images sinceour recording, Twicca still has not)


Saturday, 2 April 2016

Some little t scripts to help with Twitter list management

In UER S03E02 I promised some scripts to help with Twitter list management, finally here they are. To use them you first need to install the application t which you can find here: As t is a hard thing to search for, it is a good idea to keep this link handy - or a way to remember it. I usually search for sferik if I need to find it again. t requires Ruby - follow the instructions on that page to get it all set up & working for whatever platform you're on.

The scripts presented here run fine with sh or bash, but they are simple and could easily be adapted for DOS or wherever else you're using them. They're based mostly on the author's own examples - you can get more examples from t's page.

Please note I am certainly not a script guru and there may well be better ways to do these tasks. However they work (at least for me!). My naming convention contains the letters tw_ so that twitter scripts stay together; you can of course call them whatever you like.

1. tw_addtolist

# usage: tw_addtolist user tolistname
t set active <yourusername>
t list add $1 $2
With all of these, the t set active command is only needed if you use more than one account with t. This simply adds one or many usernames to the specified list. Usage for multiple usernames - use quotes to keep the whole thing inside the one variable:

tw_addtolist 'user1 user2 user3' destinationlist

2. tw_listaddfromlist

# usage: tw_listaddfromlist listtocopyfrom listtocopyto
t set active <yourusername>
t list member $1 | xargs t list add $2

This enables you to copy users from one list to another, including from someone else's list. So let's say you wanted your own copy of my situationroomlist called mysitroomlist, you could use:

tw_listaddfromlist feedmetv/situationroom mysitroomlist

3. tw_listcopy

The above example needs the list to be already created, do this with a t command or on the Twitter site itself. If you use t to create a list with an already existing name, it'll create a new one. A version of the above that'll create a list and copy to it is:

# usage: tw_copylist fromlistname tolistname
t set active <yourusername>
t list create $2 'your list description'
t list member $1 | xargs t list add $2 

I use 'TW_LC' as the description to show myself that I used this script to create the list. You can use the description however you like or pass it from the command line with $3 etc.

4. tw_listfromfollowings

# gets list of people user is following, adds them to list
# tw_listfromfollowings user tolistname
t set active <yourusername>
t followings $1 -l --sort=tweeted |head -50 |grep -v 'RT @' | awk '{print $13}' | xargs t list add $2 
This script takes the followers of a user and adds it to your list. This of course works best for a person whose followings are tightly focused on a single subject. You may find problems adding a large number, so my example here takes the top 50 users in order of their last tweet and reminds you of this in annoying great big capital letters.

5. tw_unfollowtolist

This one gives you the ability to unfollow one or many accounts and add them to a list at the same time.

# takes user(s) from $2 & adds them to list named in $1
# takes list of twitternames from $2
t set active <yourusername>
t unfollow $2
t list add $1 $2

usage for multiple users - use quotes to keep the whole thing inside the one variable:

tw_unfollowtolist destinationlist 'user1 user2 user3'
These are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to some of the clever things that could be done with scripting knowledge or data processing. I for example use the power of t's csv output to enable me to import twitter data into SQL server or Excel for further use or analysis. If anyone would like a follow up to this post with some of that stuff explained, get in touch.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Season 3 Episode 2

An hour-long bumper edition of UER, including an introduction of Wayne's upcoming new Way Back When podcast, and the first episode of Andy Plays Games He's Never Heard Of featuring the awful arcade game 'Ripper Ribbit'.

Notes & Links for this episode:

Social networks
Monarchy: The Nation Decides – the historic, (in)famous ITV special   (bonus: all the 1997 commercials are included)Get_iplayer
T – command line twitter power tool   (Andy’s scripts for list manipulation will be on our blog soon, watch our Twitter account for notification of when it is there)
Andy’s ‘Situation Room’ list
Corebird - Linux Twitter Client
Brian Pilton  (please note his Twitter name doesn’t have an underscore despite what Andy said in the podcast)
Brian from Placerville:
Moonshine Bonanza
Liz Hersey
The awful arcade game Ripper Ribbit
Medium wave radio
Herman Boel’s EMWG (no longer updated but still some good info, especially in the section ‘DX documentation’ section)The Perseus SDR
And finally
Nigel Mansell plays a F1 simulator

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Season 3 Episode 1

We're back after a summer on the beach with a whole new season - season 3!
Wayne's got a new cheap laptop to unleash a six-year old onto the information superhighway and a new cheap digital TV receiver too. Andy has been looking around the wacky world of Shodan and has a bunch of useful Android apps. We also waffle on about other stuff like US radio, how to watch the NHL in the UK, moan about printers and our unexplained ban from ***tube, an app to bring the wonderful sport of speedway into the 21st century, and more.
Links for all the stuff:
A lovely video of the last days of Exeter Speedway:
Android apps:

Tunein stations:
Radio & TV shows:
Prairie Home Companion

Thursday, 30 July 2015

S02 E06 - Summertime Special

Andy & Wayne present a bumper summer edition of UER, complete with ridiculous theme music to complement the balmy English summer evenings.
Amongst the stuff this time:

Standalone battery charger (this is an Ebay link, they are sold by the Chinese user “akingsupermarket”)

Museum of Computing, Swindon
Next door, Wayne recommends a cheese & onion pasty at Morrisons:
BBC News - Can the government ban encryption? – real-time lightning location network
 (BTW – the network Andy is part of tracking aircraft ASDB signals is at )

Cortana on Android - (it’d be worth searching for the most recent version before using this link, in case an update has become available in the meantime)

Interval Signals Online -

Radio Sweden’s interval signal is (was?) called “Out in the Wide Wide World” by Swedish composer Ralph Lundsten. You can hear clips of the various versions at Amazon: There’s even a version sung by Georgie Fame.
Andy added an extra one into the show in addition to Radio Sweden, quiz (no prizes except Anorak respect) – what was it? Tweet us with the answer.

Fantastic online databases for looking up frequencies for FM and for medium wave, long wave and the tropical bands (hint: the “quick and easy” list does what it says)

Forekast – the crowdsourced calendar of the internet
Another interesting calendar service, as used by ITV Sport - 
(any talented developers/data wranglers who’d like to help Andy get his big idea of perfect sports & TV calendars into reality – get in touch)

Quasimodo (and others too) theme samples made for cell phones at the Player/Missile Podcast (thanks!) -
Sonic the Hedgehog NTSC & PAL comparison 
And found in the comments of that video, a great blog post on the matter:

The remnants of “Internet Express” – Exeter’s internet cafĂ©. is still online!