How to Change the Color of Your Name in Minecraft

When you play Minecraft for a long time, you get bored having the same character.  You can also get bored having the same name. Many users are practicing a change of nickname.  After all, someone’s nick is unlucky, and someone is tired of it and he just wants a change. But only a few people know that not only the name itself can be changed, but also its color.  If you are interested in this issue, then the site https://skins4minecraft.com/, where there is a lot of useful information about Minecraft, will help you to find out more.  

Changing the color of a nickname will help the player to stand out among others, and the color can distinguish friends among other players on the server. In addition, it simply looks cool and unusual.

Formatting text in Minecraft uses formatting codes. Each of the format codes starts with the § symbol.  In order to enter this symbol, you need to press the Alt + 21 key combination.

There are various options for formatting the text.  You can format text in chat, text in a pen book, text in localization files, text in tables.  Also, the description of the server, the name of the world, the names of objects, the signature of objects (Lore), etc., are also edited.  

By default, text in games can be changed only in a pen book.  To do this, copy the § symbol, insert it into the book, then enter the desired symbol and write what you want.  

There are some programs that allow you to format text in chat, plaques and other places.  These are programs such as MCEdit and Essentials.

Text in Minecraft can be formatted according to two criteria – «color formatting» and «text formatting».  These two options can also be combined. For example, you can underline the text of a violet color.

To change the color of the username, you need to know the combination of characters that correspond to different colors.  The same combinations are also needed for text formatting:

  • §k – changing text;  
  • §I – bold;
  • §m – strikethrough;  
  • §n – underline;
  • §o – italic;  
  • §r – cancel the settings.  

In order to change the color of the text in the user’s name, you need to install the ColorMe plugin, because without installing it changing the color won’t work.  After we install the plugin, we will have the ability to use the following commands:

  • /colorme list – a command that displays the list of available colors;  
  • /colorme – the command that assigns the color needed to change the nickname.  

When you re-enter a command, it cancels the color and then returns it to the standard white color.  For example:

  • /colorme Xpress darkred – set the red color of the nickname;  
  • /colorme Xpress – return to the standard white color.  

There are also commands for administrators (using the Permissions plugin):

  • colorme.list – a command that displays a list of all available colors;  
  • colorme.self – a command that sets the color for your own nickname;  
  • colorme.other – a command that sets the color for a nickname of another player;  
  • colorme.remove – a command that returns the color of another player to the standard one.  

Below is a step-by-step process for changing the color of a user’s name.  

Firstly we go to the file manager (you can use ES Manager).  Find the «Games» folder, click on it and get another folder called «Com.moyang».  Click on this folder. There are two sections. They have the names «Minecraft pe» and «Minecraft Worlds». Select the «Minecraft pe» folder.

The selected folder contains three files: «clientid.txt», «external_servers.txt» and «option.txt».  We need the «option.txt» file. It can be opened with any text editor. After opening this file, we find the line «mp_username: YourNick».  We need to determine which color we want to choose for the character’s name. There are ten of them: black, blue, green, turquoise, red, purple, orange, light gray, dark gray and light blue.  

To apply one of the colors to the text, we return to our line «mp_username: YourNick» and put the cursor between the colon and the nickname.  After that, we insert the sign of the paragraph (§) and write the digit of the color we need. Save the document.

If you follow all the instructions correctly, then at the next entry in Minecraft you will see your name in the selected color.

Protect your smart home by encrypting your router

Smart home technology has been around almost as long as wi-fi but it’s only with the recent lowering of prices and the accessibility of built-in software such as Apple’s Home Kit that the market has really exploded. As such, we’ve not had much time to stop and take stock as well as ask ourselves the most important question: s it safe?

The answer to this is, as many answers on safety on the internet: ‘it depends.’

The battle for your data

There’s a constant and escalating war in computer technologies between those seeking to protect their stuff and those seeking to exploit it. Even technologies and protocols that have been around since the inception of the internet are constantly having to be refined and made more secure.

New technologies are the hacker’s Christmas, however, because a new technology usually has a lot more exploitable bugs and back-doors which haven’t been closed off yet, and because the users of these technologies aren’t yet savvy enough with them to know how to protect themselves fully.

Even in the short time that Smart Homes have been a part of the normal person’s vocabulary, there have been breaches of the software used to govern them.

How Hackable is a Smart Home?

In 2014, HP’s Fortify security division ran tests to determine how easy it was to hack certain Smart Home devices, including home and garage door locks. They found ‘shocking’ results – including an exploit in some of the password reset utilities which could allow the hackers to isolate active accounts to target.

However the main problem encountered is simply that seven out of the ten devices did not encrypt their data.

This immediately opens the door to both direct attack from hackers and also information profiling which can lead to targeted phishing and fraud attempts. Using a simple data-capture router (anyone can build on a $40 Raspberry Pi), it’s possible to capture network traffic that leaves the house to communicate with the smart devices servers.

If that data is not encrypted the hacker can then read and interpret the information, and know all kinds of things about your house – including what times your door is and isn’t locked, for instance.

What can you do about it?

So, if the problem is that the providers of these devices aren’t encrypting the data, what can we do?

There are three basic answers:

1: Don’t use Smart Home technologies.

Not much fun. Next.

2: Make sure that you buy only technologies that can confirm they encrypted data to, at least, 128 bits.

Better.

However, if you’ve already bought a ton of stuff it’s a pain to have to replace it and you’ve got to check every device.

That just leaves option 3:

3: Encrypt every single packet of data that leaves your network.

It’s no big challenge to see that option 3 is the sensible one.

Encrypted data is becoming more and more important in our day-to-day lives. It’s also incredibly easy to achieve for even basic computer users. Just get a VPN. It’s the best way to protect your smart home devices.

VPNs will encrypt all data leaving along its connection, and they’re considered nigh-unhackable in the modern world.

What if your router doesn’t support a VPN?

The only challenge you will need to be aware of is that your router will need to support VPN configuration. Sadly a lot of the free routers that come with your ISP won’t.

However, if you’re already willing to lay out for the Smart Home Technologies, be assured that it’s worth paying for a VPN enabled router and a VPN for it to go onto.

Configuring a VPN on your home router

Configuring a router to use VPN is actually incredibly easy if it supports it. You can usually find instructions on the routers manufacture page but here’s the basic break down.

1: Have a VPN

2: Get the user name and password from your VPN provider for use with “VPN”;”L2TP”;”PPTP” or “SOCKS”.

Don’t worry if you don’t understand the terms. The unique password should work for all compatible types. You may also want to double check the VPN server address.

3: Log into your router control panel. This is usually as simple as typing the IP/ web address of the router into your web browser. Mine is either router.home or 192.168.0.1. The default password should be printed on the back of your router or in the instruction manual.

4: Find a section in the web page called “VPN” or “VPN Client” and fill in the details you got in step 2. Click save or ok.

5: Done.

If you’re not sure what you’re doing it can take as much as 20 minutes to get it on the go, but it’s time well spent.

Once it’s up and running you don’t have to worry about each individual device or service encrypting its data. The VPN will do the lot for you without leaving any doors open in your network – or your home.

 

The Applications of Spectrometers

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A spectrometer is a measuring device that looks at wavelengths of light over most of the electromagnetic spectrum. These devices, made by companies like Andor.com, are often used to analyse sample materials in a wide range of industries and applications.

The light coming from the source is absorbed into, reflected by or transmitted through the sample and the changes to the light that occur during this interaction with the sample can reveal the sample’s composition and characteristics.

There are usually two types of radiation or light source used in spectroscopy – line sources and continuous sources. Line sources use specialised lasers or lamps and continuous sources are either solid, heated substances or wide-spectrum lamps.

The uses of spectrometers

Spectrometers are used in many industries and applications, including environmental monitoring, for example to measure dissolved oxygen content in water; looking at emission lines from distant galaxies, gas analysis in medical settings and space exploration.

Mass spectrometers

These are devices that measure the concentration and mass of molecules and atoms in a sample by producing spectra from them. These spectra can reveal the elements, masses, chemical structures and isotopes within a sample.

They work by calculating the mass-to-charge ratios of the molecules and atoms in the sample by ionising them with an electric charge.

Space exploration

Mass spectrometers are useful here because they can be used to find out what sort of molecules and compounds are in a sample from deep space. We can’t travel very far into space at present, but we can tell what’s out there before we’re ready to go.

Carbon dating

Mass spectrometers are also used in carbon dating so the age of once-living samples can be estimated to a fairly accurate degree. These devices are also useful in analysing radioactivity or toxic compounds in a contaminated area or air sample.

The different types of spectroscopy

Absorption spectroscopy

Absorption spectroscopy works by absorbing light according to its wavelength. Sample molecules are excited by absorbing the light and reach higher energy states – the excitation is proportional to the light’s wavelength.

Infrared spectroscopy

This is where the spectrometer measures the vibrations of the inter-atomic bonds of a sample material as it’s exposed to infrared light. These spectrometers can also be used to count the number of absorbing molecules in a sample.

X-ray spectroscopy

Here, the inner electrons of sample atoms are excited by energy and when these electrons move into new levels within the atom, they produce x-ray fluorescence emission spectra that can be analysed.

Ultraviolet spectroscopy

In ultraviolet spectroscopy, samples are exposed to UV light and the electrons are excited by the light energy. The absorbance characteristics of the sample’s compounds can then by measured by analysing the excitation of the electrons. This method is useful for looking at chemical bonding.

Laser spectroscopy

This type of spectroscopy uses laser light as its source of radiation. It’s usually used to measure and analyse the interaction between the light and the sample molecules. This type of spectroscopy has particularly high resolution and sensitivity.

Common Apple Phone Issues that Can Easily be Repaired

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Apple phones are one of the most sort after pieces of tech. Any new product they launched by them is eagerly anticipated, and the queues are always long regardless of where you are in the world.

They have a reputation for making phones, Macbooks and tablets that work flawlessly, as well as look good. For the most part they do function well, but after heavy use any gadget, regardless of how well made it is will eventually start to wear out, and go wrong. Unfortunately, that is certainly the case with the iPhone. There are a few common issues that users are likely to experience, after a couple of years. Fortunately, all of these issues can be repaired, providing you use someone that has access to the right tools, and enough relevant experience.

Poor signal problems

One of the most frustrating iPhone issue is a poor signal. There is nothing worse than not being able to make a phone call or browse the web when someone sitting next to you has no problem whatsoever.

Sometimes removing unnecessary software, or doing a factory reset is enough to solve signal problems. If that does not work, do not worry, because the problem is likely to be the antenna, which can easily be replaced.

Broken screens

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Any phone or tablet screen is likely to break if you drop it on a hard surface. Unfortunately, this happens a lot, so repairers everywhere are kept busy replacing device screens.

Some people try to fix this issue themselves, and in theory, it is possible to do so. The problem is that you need specialist tools to be able to do the job right. Usually by the time you have bought the necessary tools, and learnt how to use them, you may as well have sent it off for repair. The fact that repairers buy screens in bulk means that they can often carry out the repair for a fraction of the cost it would cost you to do the job yourself.

Charging issues

All makes and models of phones will eventually have charging issues. This is largely down to the fact that batteries degrade over time. Often replacing the battery solves the issue. If that does not work, you need to eliminate a faulty charger as a possible cause. You can easily do this by borrowing a friend’s charger, and seeing if that solves the problem. If that does not work, the charging port may need replacing, by a iPhone repair specialist.

Fix Apple Now is one such company. They offer their services in North America, but this service is also available in other parts of the world. The fact that most of them offer repair via the mail, or use courier services, means that there really is no reason to throw your old tech away anymore. This is good for you, good for the planet, and a great way to pass your old kit on to friends, family or charities that can make use of them.

If you would like to learn more about narrowing down the root cause of any problem you have with your iPhone, you can do so by clicking this link.

Geeks Have Landed Has Gone All Retro

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At Geeks Have Landed we have always looked to the future to bring you news and reviews on the latest gadgets, technology and computing.

After being away for a few months we are back but Geeks Have Landed is back with a new focus, rather than bringing you the latest technology and gadgets we are going back in time to bring you all the latest in the world of Retro Computing and Retro Gaming.

Retro computing and gaming machines are making a comeback as people like myself who grew up with these early computers and gaming machines are looking to the past to re-live our youth.

So we will be looking at the original computers and how they evolved into games consoles to the dedicated games consoles and of course talking about those early games that laid the pathway to the games we play today.

We will also be looking at the return of these gaming consoles with the introduction of the new but definitely retro gaming machines like the Nintendo NES and the anticipated Sinclair ZX Vegas.

So I am looking forward to talking all things retro, so without delay lets get started …..

Blingstring Solar Fairy Lights

Solar Lights That Actually Work Really Well.

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I will be honest I have been looking for some solar lights that actually work even when it hasn’t been that sunny and was very pleased when I was offered a sample to try from Red Robin Solar

The lights I was sent were aptly called Bling String Solar Fairy Lights

Getting Started

So straight from the box its very obvious what you need to do, place the solar panel which attaches to a spike into the ground and either attach the lights to a fence or in this case wrap them around a tree. I was sent the Blingstring Fairy lights which contains 100 LED bulbs so wrapped very nicely around my weeping willow tree.

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From Dusk Till Dawn

The lights start to come on as dusk draws in which is lovely on these warm nights when you are still sat outside about 10pm.  The lights give a bright glow to the garden which is really lovely and a nice touch is that they come on a little earlier than most which means you don’t have to wait until really dark to admire them as you can see in the picture below.

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I did try to take a picture at night but they were shining so brightly my phone could not cope with the focus but as pictures go its definitely one for ‘guess what this is’

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Conclusion

The Blingstring Fairly lights available from www.redrobinsolar.co.uk are definitively the best solar lights I have had, they are very easy to install and the solar panel is big enough to power the lights through the night but also as you can see from the picture earlier conspicuous enough to sort of blend in.

All I need now is another set for my other weeping willow tree and my garden will look very attractive on these late summer nights! (hint hint !!)

reichelt elektronik is coming to the UK

Online electronics retailer launches in UK

reichelt elektronik is coming to the UK. A leading retailer for tech, electronics, computer accessories and automation in Europe, reichelt is ready and raring to bring its German penchant for efficiency and discipline to British customers. Purposefully ignoring the high street, the retailer will target the UK with its new English eCommerce site and delivery service alone.

Offering a range of tools, components, tech accessories and more – many of reichelt’s products can be bought 20% cheaper than elsewhere in the UK. Reichelt was first launched in Germany in 1969 and became successful as a result of its competitive pricing and high stock availability.

Visit and shop: www.reichelt.co.uk

Finally A Printer That Can Hold Its Ink!

Epson Eco Tank ET-4550 Multifunction Printer with Refillable Ink Tanks

Epson Eco Tank ET-4550 Multifunction Printer with Refillable Ink Tanks

Ok so the first question you will be asking yourself is why I should buy this printer when there are cheaper alternatives out there. Well I can only talk about my thoughts on the Espon Eco Tank ET-4550 and have two reasons

  1. I have always had Epson printers and therefore have been very happy with the quality of the print and loved the interface, ease of printing and wireless capabilities which once you have used is invaluable.
  2. I wanted a printer that would last a reasonably long time without needing to replace the ink. I know you should always keep spare ink cartridges in but they are not the cheapest thing to buy and there is nothing worse than running out of ink halfway through a job and having to run to the shops for replacements.

The Epson brings a new concept to the ink issue and that is rather than using small ink cartridges which never seem to last that long you have a bottle of ink and fill a tank with ink, hence the name tank printer.

So if you look at my pictures you will see how the ink comes in bottles and to fill the tank you just squeeze the ink out of the bootle into the appropriate coloured hole.

Epson advertise this as being able to print 11000 pages which I haven’t tested but I am sure is correct.

Find more details at Epson Eco Tank ET 4550

So this is a great small business or office printer with the usual fax, scan, copy and of course print and print wirelessly capabilities.

 

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A Light Bulb That’s Also a Speaker, I Have Heard It All Now!

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Ok so when I was sent these wireless speaker bulbs to test I must say I was very excited, the thought of solving a the old problem of keeping your room clutter free but also enjoy listening to music was right in front of me.

What’s in the box

 

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So when you open the box the first thing that strikes you is how clean and minimalist everything looks, Sengled have gone to a lot of effort to make the packaging and the product match the expectations of the buyer, who lets be honest is going to be someone who lives this clean smart lifestyle.

What to do first.

To be honest this is very intuitive as when you take the bulb speakers out of the box they are basically a bulb with a screw thread so you just do what you would do with a bulb and screw it into the bulb holder in your lamp.

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Ok so when you look at the bulb in the holder it does look a little strange especially being red perhaps the white casing would look better, however turn on the lamp and once the light is on you can’t tell it isn’t just a conventional bulb in the lamp.

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So we have light what about the sound?

So this is where the Sengled Pulse comes into its own so let’s recap you have a LED bulb which uses a lot less power to a conventional bulb only 8Watts and an LED bulb will last for 25000 hours that’s a lot of time for a light to be on so you never have to worry about replacing this bulb.

So these are wireless bluetooth speakers so yes you have guessed it you need a smartphone or tablet to make these speakers work.  So you need to download the app on either android though Google Play or Itunes on your Apple device.

So once you have put the other speaker into your second lamp (and you can have up to 8 in total) on the other side of your room and turned this on you have now created the ability to listen to stereo sound.

So open the App, now the app will sync with the speaker and once are connected you are good to go and begin steaming your music through your new bulb speakers.

I was using Spotify and I must say it was amazing!! it was so weird hearing music playing and not seeing any speakers anywhere.

The app lets you alter the volume, graphic equalizer setting and even dim the bulbs (both control at the same time) for that more moody lighting to match your choice of music.

Ok the sound is excellent but of course its never going to match a full hifi system but I don’t believe this is what it was intended for.  This is a smart way to light your room and listen to music all controlled through your phone or tablet without the unsightly stereo, speakers and cables etc.

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Technical Information

  • Model number: C01-BR30EUE27 / B22
  • LED power: 8 watts
  • Luminous fl ux: 600 lumen Beam angle: 105 degrees Colour temperature: 2700 kelvin – warm white
  • Colour-rendering index: 80 Dimmable: yes, using an app, not through external dimmers
  • Energy supply: 120 VAC, 60 Hz, 170 mA or 230 VAC, 50 Hz, 120 mA
  • Energy consumption: 13 watts (average) 30 watts (maximum, LED light + loudspeaker)
  • Loudspeaker: 13 watts with surround sound e ect
  • Frequency response: 100 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Housing colour: pearl white, tin or red
  • Dimensions: height 140 mm, diameter 98 mm
  • Weight: approximately 420 g
  • Bluetooth standard: v2.1 + EDR (Class 2)
  • Bluetooth Profi le: A2DP, AVRCP, SPP and others

Conclusion

So to sum up this is a great way to make your speakers totally blend into your room and become invisible with the added advantage of being a bulb for your lamps, ingenious!! and the best bit is when you have your friends over what a gadget to show off ! you will find them all looking around to try and work out where the sound is coming from.

As a gadget lover and geek I totally love this, it solves a problem of space, sounds great, has dual uses and let be honest is one totally awesome gadget.

To find out more go to https://www.sengled.com/product/pulse

 

 

 

 

Nano Quadcopter A Must For Gadget Lovers.

Hubsan Q4 White Nano Quadcopter

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Hubsan Q4 White Nano Quadcopter

This is the quad copter which has been very kindly supplied to me to try from Red5 Ultimate Gadget Shop.

The first thing that strikes you is how very small this quadcopter is but good things do come in small packages: The Q4 nano as the name suggests is a mini quadcopter but don’t let that fool you this quadcopter flies extremely well and is very fast which does take some getting used to at first. Red5 sell this at £29.95 and at just 5cm in length and width this cheap drone is very much up there with the big boys in terms of flying and tricks you can do.

Looks and features

The first impressions are that although it’s small it does feel well made and with the red and blue LED lights and coloured blades it really does look the business.  One great feature that this nano quadcopter has is the ability to always correct itself so its always the right way up this is certainly something I am thankful for  especially with my flying, the name given to this technology is ‘position recovery’ sounds a bit like something you would hear in an hospitals A&E department.

This quad runs off a 100mAh lithium polymer battery, charging is done through a USB cable which like your phone can be done through your computer or a plug socket, charging to full takes about 20 mins from a plug which isn’t too inconvenient although the technical specs says 40 mins which is more likely to be through a computer and with 5 mins flying time which I never checked myself as I was always having too much fun to clock watch!

Technical Specs

  • 100 mAh 3.7 Li-Po battery
  • Charge time approx. 40 minutes
  • Flight time approx. 5 minutes
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Why is this the perfect Christmas gadget gift

The Q4 nano quadcoter is really fun to use and is great value at £29.95 it is also claimed to be one of the worlds smallest and can be flow in the dark thanks to its bright red and blue LED’s.  This drone type copter is just simple, loads of fun and the only problem you will have is waiting for your turn.  If you want to find out more and read some very positive 5 star reviews  about this nano quadcopter head over to Red5 Ultimate Gadget Shop.

At the moment they have an offer to buy two for £50 this will definitely cut down on those arguments on who’s go is it now.

Anyway until then I think its my turn again !!

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Rob Boyle

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