Friday, April 13, 2018

ME Indie Jukebox April 11, 2018

These are the faces of 2 guys who can't get enough of indie music from the Middle East.

Another show with another great playlist!

Rim Banna - Zedny Befart Alhob Ahzee ft. Gohary - Beybosso Hadi Sarieddine - Sun Will Rise Sharmoofers_Khamsa Santy The Wanton Bishops - Waslaha Gurumiran_Sweet Lord LIVE Tinariwen (+IOI) - Nànnuflày

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DIYRadio April 11, 2018

Any time you can get Colin and Dan together to talk DIY and home repair you know you are in for a great time., Dan and Colin join us every week to walk through some of the issues you are confronting with the repair of your pad!

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The show notes!
 Temperatures- Last week, Accuweather said that by last weekend it would be
all change with lower than historical average temperatures for most of April
starting last Friday. Clearly they had an off day! Now saying that most of the
month will be over the historical average!! Last weekend was mega-scorchio.
Friday +6degrees and Sat +4degrees & now showing above historical
average until at least 20 th April. Time to sack the weatherman?
 How hard is it to install smart home lighting as a retrofit? No but not sure
now is the time. The technology is evolving rapidly. Direct control wireless
bulbs, wireless light switches, sound, curtains, AC, smoke alarms etc. etc.
Every established fixture manufacturer & new players in this market such as
Nest, Amazon, Google have their own independent range. However who will
still be in the market in 3 years time? Who will continue to update their app to
match phone & tablet updates. Who will continue to manufacture electrical
fixtures? Too early for us to get involved. Think long & hard from a customer
 Easy to repair sagging pavers? Supposed solutions available to inject liquid
solution under flags & tiles that sets but practically speaking this is a flawed
method. Best to lift the paver, add aggregate (sand, grit etc.) to the right level,
compact it & relay the pavers.
 Chipped marble steps is there a filler possible? Tend to be epoxy-based.
Important to polish afterwards or sticks out like a sore thumb! Plenty of
companies in Dubai able to do this like Marblelife
 Kitchen cabinet do over easy? Wood, aluminum, vinyl different options.
Wood Respray- Lots of companies but best to use 2K (2 pack car paint)
Jumeirah Carpentry 043392938 Vinyl- Creative Wrap Solutions 055 566 4263
Auminium- change your kitchen!!
 Loose banister at base easy fix? Depends on what the banister is attached
to & how. Plugs & Screws- remove screw, drill out plug & replace. May need
bigger size. Anchor bolts.

Section 1: Pump Problems
 Message on British Dad’s Dubai this week ‘my pump keeps turning off & on’
which is a common issue. Villa issue & not apartment
 Can be caused by a number of issues but not normally the pump itself
o Water Leak- Toilets, sink taps, showers, bidet, outside garden tap, tap
on the roof for AC Servicing. Even a drip every 10 seconds will cause.
Spare room, maids room, roof!
o DEWA Bypass Valve- If your pump fails, most (not all) villa’s have a
Dewa bypass valve so you can temporarily connect your villa directly.
Low water pressure. Not allowed as a permanent connection!
o Irrigation- Defective solenoid.
o Pipe leak- after the pump & NOT if between the tank & the pump.

o Pressure kit failure- turns the pump on & off. Often when it fails, you
see a small jet of water coming out of it- replacement time! 975dhs
fitted 1 year guarantee. ESPA
o Mechanical pressure switches- Frond villa’s on the Palm, The Villa,
Layan Community & Al Waha, some of the Springs etc. More sensitive
to air temperature so may need adjustment to turn off effectively. If
your pump is constantly running & not turning off, this could be it at this
time of year.

Section 2: DIY Can Really Mean Do It Yourself!
 Definition: the activity of decorating, building, and making fixtures and repairs
at home by oneself rather than employing a professional.
 We do lots of ‘Do It Yourself’ on behalf of our customers (& appreciate it)!
 It’s a funny one that putting up pictures, curtains, painting is classed this way
yet we have a team of 10 specialists focused on this alone.
 The reality for many people in Dubai though is that they work long hours &
DIY just isn’t a top priority when they have free time.
 However for those that fancy a crack, here are some hints & tips:
o Measuring- Measure twice, cut or drill once.
o Drilling- Use a good quality hammer drill & the correct drill bit for the
task. Old bag held by masking tape below the hole reduces dust
o Curtain Hanging- If you are moving into an older property in Dubai,
decide if the curtains would look OK if placed higher than normal above
the top of the windows. (Below is often full of non-structural filler due to
previous curtain-hanging which will disintegrate when you try to drill it.
o Picture Hanging- ALWAYS use a drill, rawl plug and screw & not a
o Electrics- Don’t even attempt unless you are sure you are competent
for the required task. Hire a professional to keep you safe!

- 150mm width PVC pipes from hardware stores in Satwa
- Marker pen
- Measuring tape
- Hacksaw
- Pipe cement
- Clothes pegs
- Measure the longest shoe you want to store

- Add 3cm extra and then mark the pipe into equal length sections
- Cut pipe lengths using the hacksaw
- Wash pipes in the shower/bath
- Use a bookcase as a guide to help you stack the pipes
- Add pipe cement along the areas where you want the pipes to stick together
- Use clothes pegs to hold pipe lengths

TechTalk April 10, 2018

James and Andrew talking tech is always a great part of the week.

This week as usual the show is so full, see the notes below, that we just scratch the surface on the cool and unusual items of the week.

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Here are the notes!

Im getting into AI

Low tech but love it

Now that’s a firework show!

Cambridge Analytica fall out continues

Lets talk bots

Udrive is launching their Pay-per-minute car rental service in Sharjah. It’s a convenient and cheap way of driving when you pay only when you drive (more details – attached).
Please let me know if it’s of interest for you to meet with Hasib Khan (founder) for a chat about commuting/travelling and opportunities around it.. I’ve attached his bio
Please find attached the latest news from Udrive, a dedicated pay-per-minute car rental service that today announced the launch of its services to residents and visitors of Sharjah.
  • Developed as a smartphone app-based service, Udrive offers affordable rental car services across Dubai and now Sharjah.
  • The new service will initially provide 100 vehicles, as part of its plan to offer the smartest and innovative transport modes in the emirate.
  • Udrive cars can be booked and reserved for via a dedicated app, offering the most convenient car rental option in both emirates. This keyless access and the ability to park for free across the key areas of the city, where permitted, as well as free petrol, means drivers can go anywhere and at any time.
  • Members only pay for the time they drive. No security deposits, minimum rental time or expensive border crossing fees. After 4 hours customers  will drive 20 hours, the remaining day, for free, including 150 km free mileage.
  • With more than 20,000 registered customers, Udrive currently records 600 trips per day with the over 100,000 trips recorded in 2017.

A new documentary from the director of Who Killed the Electric Car? is now available to stream for free this weekend, courtesy of entrepreneur Elon Musk. Do You Trust This Computer? explores the rise of artificial intelligence in all aspects of modern society, and features commentary from industry figures such as Stanford University professor Jerry Kaplan, director Johnathan Nolan, and journalist John Markoff. The film premiered recently at the Laemmle’s Monica Film Center in Los Angeles.
“[Director] Chris [Paine] and his team have done an amazing job with this movie. It’s a very important subject that will affect our lives in ways we can’t even imagine — some scary, some good. It’s a subject that I feel we should be paying close attention to,” said Musk in an announcement. “I think it’s important that a lot people see this movie, so I’m paying for it to be seen to the world for free this weekend.”

Instagram it is important as a marketing tool, sort of.

The bottom line is that brands marketing on Instagram don’t need to worry about this change just yet. But if your company isn’t already investing much time and money into the platform, perhaps it should: A Pew Research Center study published this month found that 35% of U.S. adults use Instagram, a 7% increase over 2016.

Here’s an interesting one.

A while back, LinkedIn started supporting clickable hashtags again, after disabling them for several years due to lack of use and questionable fit on the professional social network. Now, it seems LinkedIn is keen to push the use of hashtags as a key sorting option for on-platform content, with some users actually being forced to add a hashtag to their post to better categorize their entry.

Google or Dropbox is there a better service?

Dropbox wins the tight race

Pitting Google Drive versus Dropbox was always going to be a tight race, as both offer some of the best cloud storage features available today. Both services have expansive free and paid for versions, as well as solid consumer protections and file sharing capabilities. Time and again though, we had to give the win to Dropbox, because it just offers that bit more than Google Drive.
However, your needs are dependent on what you want to use the cloud storage facility for. If you have a few files and folders or are merely giving cloud backup a try, Google Drive would be our first recommendation, as its free offering is vastly superior to Dropbox’s. Google Drive is also excellent for those who are plugged-in to Google’s ecosystem, but for everyone else, Dropbox offers the superior service.
With faster file syncing, better password control for shared links and the ultimate unlimited storage package if you take out a business account, Dropbox is our pick.

This is a cool jean jacket that I need!

Cool website! Tracking things around the earth! Issue is does my mac support the view?

Solo official trailer!

Amazon R&D Spending top!

Amazon spent more on research and development last year than any other company in the US.
The Seattle company spent $22.6 billion on R&D last year, according to Factset data earlier reported by Recode. The tally includes technology and content spending.
Amazon, best known for its online store, has expanded into physical stores like its cashierless Amazon Go store and its book stores. It also sells a popular line of smart speakers powered by its Alexa digital assistant and creates original content for its Prime Video service.

Google parent Alphabet follows Amazon at No. 2, with $16.6 billion in R&D spending. The rest of the top five are Intel with $13.1 billion, Microsoft with $12.3 billion and Apple with $11.6 billion.

CarClinic April 10, 2018

Everyone has one goal when it comes to cars, keeping that machine running in tip-top shape for as long as you possibly can!

Glenn joins the show from GT Auto Centre each week to help you work through your car questions.

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And we started with a few great questions sent into the show.

  1. Good evening James. I would like reviews from shazad on Nissan Sentra facing issues with it.It just speeds up very slow. the rev goes upto 5 n speed only 40. Thanks

2. What are some tell signs a vehicle has been in a crash from driving? Own one and think it may have had major repair done but it looks fine seems to drive crooked!

3. What is the difference between a minor and major service?

4. The heat or AC. I checked the fuses. Not sure if it is a relay? None of the fuses I checked were busted. I'm hoping I don't have a bigger problem going on. Any help is appreciated greatly.

On the dash is a diagram of the car. Usually for when the doors are open, hood is up, or trunk is open. Also a light under it called the brake lamp light. At odd intervals, all these lights flash at once. They stop just as soon as they start. Thought it was telling me my brakes were bad but replaced those and and it still comes on. Checked brake fluid, it's full. I don't have an owners manual to explain and would appreciate any help.

Car hesitates when starting, and there is a strong odor of gas, check engine light does not come on, and after it starts it runs good. Doesn't seem to have any leaks.

Car cranks has spark has fuel but will not start. What do you think could be the problem?