menus.gg Aug 28 2021

Guernsey people: I’ve created menus.gg to host local menus because a lot of local eateries don’t have a website or only provide them on the dark-side (Facebook). Feel free to get in touch with any additions.

Just to clarify, it was designed to look like it is from the 1994 GeoCities catalogue!


Microsoft Teams Webcam Crashing Mar 2 2021

I recently purchased an extremely cheap webcam (wansview 1080P) only to find it constantly crashes when used with Microsoft Teams. Initially I wrote it off as a feature of the cheap webcam but I’ve since discovered that Microsoft Teams is the culprit.

The symptoms include:

  • Microsoft Teams locking up for a few seconds followed by the webcam not working
  • The webcam image freezing
  • The webcam image going black
  • The webcam not being released (it has a light when in use which doesn’t turn off after Microsoft Teams gets its little paws on it)

I’ve managed to fix it by using Open Broadcaster Software's Virtual Camera feature. By doing this, you effectively give OBS control of the webcam hardware management instead of Microsoft Teams. Then, you tell Microsoft Teams to use the OBS Virtual Camera instead of the actual webcam and it all works as expected. You’ll just need to remember to start OBS and turn the Virtual Camera on/off when you want to use it.


Playing Half-Life 2 in 2021 Jan 27 2021

(+Episode 1 and Episode 2)

Guernsey has entered its second Coronavirus lockdown so I’ve decided to replay Half-Life 2, Episode 1 and Episode 2. I’ve spent some time looking into what mods to use to get the best modern experience and documented my findings below.

Firstly, for Half-Life 2 itself, you absolutely want to use Half-Life 2: Update. This sort of officially endorsed mod adds…

  • Complete lighting overhaul including enhanced lighting, more detailed world shadows, and full High Dynamic Range Lighting (HDR).
  • New particle effects and improved fog.
  • Countless bug fixes, correcting both visual and game-based issues.

while not messing with the gameplay.

Now, you could stop there but to take it to the next level I’d recommend MMod. This mod claims to do:

“The goal of Half-Life 2 : MMod is to enhance and expand gunplay, combat mechanics and the immersion factor by giving the Player more options and combat opportunities as well as refine how the Player handles his arsenal. Half-Life 2 : MMod also offers minor AI enhancements, extended abilities for combine soldiers, multiple bug fixes, enhanced visuals, VFX re-design, sound redesign and much much more, while keeping nearly every new feature in the mod totally optional.”

I am immensely impressed with most the improvements in this mod. The sound improves are great and the weapons feel like they pack a significant punch. This mod works with Half-Life 2: Update, EP1 and EP2 to boot. Even if you don’t like something, the changes as optional so you can just switch them off from the menu (e.g. lens dirt - why would anyone want that?).

Here are some screenshots of my play-through.

I haven’t gone this far but the next step seems to be using SMOD which adds new weapons, bullet time, melee, new NPCs amongst other things. I felt this was going too far from the original but maybe I’ll give it a try after this play-through.


Guernsey Voting Spreadsheet Sep 13 2020

Feeling overwhelmed by the Guernsey 2020 election? Me too. So, I’ve created a Google Spreadsheet allowing you to rank who you’re going to vote for between 1 (yes) and 5 (no).

Here’s a link to the template, feel free to use it.

Step 1. Go through the options and fill in the ‘Chance for vote’ column with your view. 1 being yes, 5 being no. There are links to their YouTube videos and details on the Election 2020 website on each row.

Step 2. Check the Output sheet to see how many you’ve voted for in each rank.

If you find any problems with it, please send me an email.


Closing up discuss.gg Sep 9 2019

I’ve decided to close discuss.gg after several years of running it. It had peaks and troughs over the years but more recently usage became minimal. Thanks everyone who used it!

For portfolio purposes, I’ve attached some screenshots below.


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