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Tuesday, 26 August 2014



I have not posted anything for a couple because... well reasons. We shall say no more on the matter.

What we shall talk about, however, is the new fangled gadget from the good people at Google.

It's called a Chromecast and is currently on sale (in the Uk anyway) for around £20. (rrp £30)

For £20 I thought I would jump the gun and buy one.... so I did.
A thingy-ma-jig

It arrived this morning and with a bit of jiggery pokery, some tense minutes watching a circle tell me what percentage I had left to go for updates, we had a fully functioning.... thing.

This in it'self is a great leap forward in technology.

Long time followers of this blog will know that me and technology do not mix and the fact that i got this gizmo working first attempt with little or no swearing is nothing short of a blooming miracle.

Okay, lets start with the good stuff.

This thing is small. around the size of a Vole or maybe a large Butterfly. It is also around 2 inches in length (probably less).

It fits into an HDMI socket (the one for HD TV) and is powered by a USB cable that fits into a USB wall charger (like a smartphone has) or if you are lucky, straight into the USB port on your TV.

It is very quiet and makes no noise all. Although I have noticed it gets very VERY warm.... this something I need to keep an eye on.


Good question.

I'm not entirely sure.

From what i can gather this is a device for sharing things and showing them on the TV for everyone else to say "oooh!" but actually think. "Oh no! this is going to be one of those MY HOLIDAY SLIDE SHOW THINGS EVERYONE DID IN THE 70'S"

So far I have been able to "cast" the screen of my laptop and my phone onto the TV screen.

This seems to be the main purpose of the device.

It allows the user to share videos, pictures, music or anything else you can think of from the computer screen on to the TV.
(*$%*ing thing

The advantage of this is that more people can see more things without having to crowd around your laptop or phone.

There is nothing worse than being breathed on. With the Chromecast, this is no longer an issue.


You'd think... but so far that is all it can do.

It really is a gadget that offers very little to increase the value of society or save time. It does not make using the internet any easier.

What it does do though is help you to share.

It's a sharing stick.

And sharing photo's and videos and youtube clips are what it does best.

What it doesn't do though... well, that's another kettle of idiots altogether.


BBC I-player.


The BBC I-Player does not work on the chromecast.

It says it does. The BBC says it does. Heck, even the internet says it does... but it doesn't. Not from the laptop anyway.

From my phone I am able to stream/cast the BBC app. Which is fine and dandy, but from the desktop/laptop? Not a bean. Just a very annoying message that says "Ready to stream!" 

As if that makes it all better.

I think I have narrowed down the issue to the BBC themselves as there is no CAST button to press on the site. (according the the BBC help section, there should be).

No doubt there are other issues with the gadget that I come across in due course. But that is the nature of things these days.

I am not alone in being unable to CAST the BBC I-player, as there are many unanswered questions in many forums and help pages dotted around the BBC and Chromecast websites...

Plus I am a right proper Jinx when it comes to technology.




yes. it does have issues. There are not a lot of useful apps (for me anyway) that are not readily available on what ever device you are reading this from, but it is an extension to the devices we already use and thinking of it in those terms makes it worth having.

I am very confident that in the coming months there will be many more USEFUL apps and extensions for the chromecast that WILL make it more useful and usable, but for now it's something worth having for the small price it costs.


If you have been tempted in the past to get one, I say say go for it while they are on offer. £20 is a fair price,  I think, for this device. If I had paid £30 then I would be a bit annoyed... but that saving of £10 does make a difference. Plus there should be many more useful apps in the pipe line in the near future.

It up to you.

I'm not your mum. I can't TELL you what to do.

links - Info on chromecast


  1. I think most of my technology is too old for such a thing, however it does mean you can now view my blog in all its glory on the big screen and let the punters have a read too. I sure free access to my blog on the widescreen is what they have been waiting for, even if they don't realize yet. . . .

    1. Just a small point Mr H . . . .CHROMECAST . . . . sounds like a cleaning product sold by a door to door salesman with a slightly blurred ID card thats says he is who he is. Which ironically you can't prove because you dont know him.

      Anyway it is guaranteed to clean everything and safely remove all the fur from the cat. . . batteries not included

    2. I've managed to connect it to my smaller TV in the kitchen (which hasn't been used for ages). The only problem now is that my Internet connection is naff and the router keeps falling away. Not on the laptop but the phone AND the Chromecast. It's very annoying and I'll have to get to the bottom of the issue...... *where's my FIXING hammer?!?!?!*

  2. Sounds good. Can I plug into myself and stream myself onto other people's TVs? This would be rather handy for telling off the neighbours for having their TV on too loud, and would save me having to go round to their house.

    1. If you were able to "plug into yourself" the neighbours would be the last of your worries....

      There once was a man from Stockdale
      Who thought of a wonderful trick
      So he greased his bumhole with butter
      and slowly inserted his d*ck.
      It wasn't for fame or fortune
      or for any fabulous wealth.
      It was just that an old comrade
      told him to "go F*ck himself!"

      Funny how the mind works...


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