Hey there, fancy mobile device user!

This version of the website is half optimised for mobile, half absolutely terrible for mobile. A nice responsive website is on my list of things that I would like to fix in the world.

Hi there, welcome to my personal site. It’s part blog, part portfolio, part place to try new things.

I work in HE helping to produce websites and content within the University of Manchester. Outside work I have a degree in Marine Biology and am interested in science, the environment, bouldering, bikes, and open source software.

Phil Wolstenholme


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Talking to your Sony Bravia TV over HTTP with Google Now, Tasker, XBMC, and Roku

Using Tasker, AutoVoice, Yatse and XBMC, I built a custom Google Now (‘OK Google’) command to play/pause media on my Sony Bravia TV. With a few modifications, it now works across all the apps on my Sony Bravia TV, my XBMC (now called Kodi) box, and my NowTV/Roku box too. Take that Siri! Not bad for half an hour’s work…

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When's the last tram home in Manchester? (As seen on Buzzfeed)

Update: Just in time for the Easter bank holiday weekend I’ve added a function to the site’s code which tests the current date against an iCal file of English bank holidays

Image credit goes to Carter Green

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Changing short names to full or formal names with Ryanair and easyJet

It’s free to change your name on a Ryanair or easyJet booking where you have accidentally used a shortened form of your full or formal name. 

Image credit goes to Simon Allardice