Veescope Live Remote Control

The Veescope Green Screen app in a prior post has the ability to be remotely controlled, originally by another iOS device, more recently through the use of the Apple Watch (see screenshot above). I have access to three other iOS devices:

  1. Wifes iPhone (unfortunately with here most of the time!)
  2. iPad classic (does not like anything beyond iOS 5.5, and the Veescope app is iOS 6)
  3. iPad mini (from work and locked down tighter than Southend piers footings – but I am working on it)

I did however pinch the wife’s to have a go, first its a clear simple interface:

  • record
  • snapshot (Apple Watch does not seem to have this? – only going by screenshots seen)
  • next background
  • prior background

My first concern was that I needed to be on the same network and thought this may well cause issues at work (I could at least try out at home) – but fear not as it functions on Bluetooth connectivity, having enabled Bluetooth of both devices, and was a breeze. It may not look fancy or offer obscure options but it works an absolute dream.

I don’t think it’s likely but I would love the option of having this controlled from a Pebble Smartwatch!



Printer Woes

I love Canon printers, they have always delivered amazing print-outs at superfast speeds and their tanks have always been great value (the “start” time has never been great, but I can live with that!). My first Canon printer cost me over £300 and just because it was a “photo quality” printer with separate cartridges (that I could drill into and re-ink with a syringe and a blob of hot-melt to seal).

I have since then owned in total four Canon printers, each one offering advantages over the previous. Currently I am the proud owner of a Canon IP7250 and all the functionality it has – CD printing, two tray feeds (one for standard A4 paper one for photo paper) and now Wifi and smartphone support. It has lasted less than 3 months! Now don’t get me wrong this is not the issue, it’s that I ordered from Amazon and it’s surprisingly difficult to sort out items that have failed within their guarantee. Difficult in the sense as to find how to go about replacing or fixing, as the item is out of 30 days ownership time-frame it is immediately not eligible. Oh how the time I have spent trying to find online help – don’t – there is nothing. Just find the contact page (or as I did the online text support) and let them do the work (just wish they had a document outlining that!)

A refund later, a re-order and a final packing up of damaged printer and its all good again. But what did get me thinking is the price tag of the printer…. £50, with ink! at that price the concerns of third part ink vanish. Why? well at £50 for a new set of ink I might as well but 3rd party inks for next to nothing, in fact 2 sets for about a £1 a cartridge, just over £10. The printer can break anytime it likes (as long as I get to use my two sets of 3rd part ink and I am quids in!).

I would still buy Canon everytime!



iPhone Tethering (via Bluetooth) to the Surface RT


This week I had the opportunity to finally connect to my iPhone (well I did not really I just did not have local WiFi password when I needed it)

Simply put it is a case of turning on your Personal Hotspot and once your surface picks up your phones name input the password that is set, the problem is this will cost myself £5/Gb. Not something that I want to worry about. Connecting via wire/USB is not an option as you cannot install the drivers required on the Surface RT but you can by Bluetooth…..

Follow instrustions on how to connect bluetooth given by microsoft:

  1. On iPhone turn on Bluetooth (swipe up from homescreen to ensure Bluetooth is turned on, or settings > Bluetooth > on)
  2. Turn on personal hotspot (settings > personal hotspot > on)
  3. On the RT Surface swipe from the right to access the3 charms menu
  4. Select Change PC setting,
  5. select devices,
  6. add device
  7. Accept pairing on the  iPhone and surface as instructed
  8. To allow internet access on the Surface RT go to the control panel > Hardware and Sound > View device and printers
  9. Select the iPhone and you will find that more option appear above
  10. Select “Connect Using” and then click on drop down menu and Select Access Point.

I have found this is sufficient for reasonable access. Don’t expect it to be consistent/stable.


Living with the Surface RT [Day 100]

Surface RT

I have hit 100 days with the Surface RT and I can say that they only thing about it that has been an uphill struggle has been this blog (only at times!). I certainly would have liked it to be more educational that it has been but attempting to blog daily has limited that. Id on’t intend to stop blogging, but I do not intend beyond today to blog on a daily (or attempt) basis but I do feel that this entry should look back at what I have tried to do and where i still/want to go with the Surface RT.

  1. Connecting wirelessly to another display
  2. Tethering to my phone for when I cannot get Wifi (made some headway – Bluetooth only real solution from a cost perspective, and so far not needed to!)
  3. Finding at least one good app (and free) for all categories (a bit ambitious now the categories have expanded i.e. sport & government not my thing!)
  4. Trying to write this blog from the Surface itself (setup has been on a PC, entries have been on an iPhone 5)
  5. Not writing this blog retrospectively (which it has up till now!)
  6. Purchase & use a stylus

I still have a few projects/research pieces involving the Surface RT that will be a part of this blog.

  • Tethering to my phone for when I cannot get Wifi (from my original list above)
  • Micro HDMI to mini HDMI adapter (on order)
  • VGA adapter (on order)
  • Working with whole groups of students and staff to utilise tablets in the classroom

I do have to say that I have not powered up my works laptop since July 2013, the Surface RT has been a great replacement and the abilities it has serves it well:

  • light
  • portable
  • Small form factor
  • Amazing battery Life
  • Productive (especially love office and OneNote app)
  • App store is starting to mature


I am going to have to dust off the laptop, if only because I’m teaching game engines and the software is on my laptop ready to utilise. I am still holding out hope that miracast will come to the Surface RT (although knowing it not coming), but overall I don’t see myself being drawn back to the iPad.

In fact I would probably be persuaded to move onto a Surface Pro or similar tablet/laptop device.



Wireless Presenting on the Surface RT [Day 89]

Today I had the opportunity to wireless present in the classroom (something I feel has been lacking on the Surface RT). Admittedly it is not a direct connection (such a Miracast) but a workaround using RDA (Remote Desktop Assistance)  to the PC attached to the Interactive Board (mentioned in a previous post).

Required: USB Drive (for transfer of assistance file)


  1. Turn on all the Surface RT, Desktop for Interactive Board and associated projector
  2. Ensure you are logged onto the Eduroam network (USERNAME: – not your email / PASSWORD: work logon)
  3. Plug in USB Drive
  4. On the surface RT search for “invite” and select “invite someone to connect to your PC and help you, or offer t…..”
  5. Select “Invite someone you trust to help you”
  6. Select “Save this invitatation as a file”
  7. Save file to USB (for good USB removal practice carry-out the intermediate steps underneath in place of this step)
    •  Save file to the Surface RT, such as the main drive or SD Card
    • Copy file to your USB Drive
  8. You can make a note of the code (I like to save this as a text file to the USB drive)
  9. Ensure you are not writing to the USB stick and remove (or for good practice safely eject drive first)
  10. On Desktop PC plug in USB
  11. Run the “invitation” file
  12. Enter password when requested
  13. On the Surface RT accept permissions by clicking OK
  14. Minimise the Windows Remote Assistance Window, by selecting the “-” in the top right hand window
  15. Rock ‘n’ Roll 🙂

NOTE: If you wish to control the Surface RT from the desktop PC you will need to request Control (top left of   Windows Remote Assistance Window on the desktop PC) and accept this request on the Surface RT

There is slight lag, due to the network, but it is excellent none-the-less and I hope to test it on a better part of our WiFi network tomorrow. A number of presentations were tried with differing success, more on this in a later post, however animated sequences such as those with Prezi do not do any presentation justice. But to wander around the room whilst presenting is something I am really eager to try!


The Surface RT in Victoria Pt2 [Day 69]

The last day of the North American Trip has been reached and I am amazed at how prevalent WiFi is around the North America, Not only do we have WiFi at the Airport, but also on the Ferry back from Victoria to Vancouver and also the coach that we drove on and off the ferry in. In fact WiFi is so openly available that I have not had use my phone once to communicate with other than jumping on internet systems such as Facebook or Skype (which in all cases fared better on the Surface RT).


The Surface RT in Vancouver Pt2 [Day 67]

An extremely busy day in Vancouver yesterday with a visit to BCcampus which is a publicly funded organization that uses information technology to connect the expertise, programs, and resources of all B.C. post-secondary institutions under a collaborative service delivery framework. We provide valued services to institutions, ensuring B.C. learners, educators, and administrators get the best, most effective technologies and services for their learning and teaching needs. We provide an ICT infrastructure for student data exchange, shared services, online learning and distance education, communities of practice and online resources for educators.

Followed by a visit with Vancouver Community College which is refreshingly similar to a UK FE educational establishments, in that they services the community as their primary focus (don’t we all) win teaching staff having gone through teacher training  and delivering approximately 25hrs a week, inn stark contrast with Washington State that has 15 hers teaching face-to-fate with no requirement to have teacher training (although the insistence of a Degree).

Both organisations offered Eduroam (see an earlier post) that allowed for the Surface RT to jumps on the internet, again the iPhone constantly jumped on and off this network, so I am convinced that given the two devices that the Surface RT would definitely be my device of choice to jump on the net.


Eduroam onthe Surface RT [Day 80]

This week I got an opportunity to quickly try out the Eduroam network( ), whilst this did not provide any obvious benefits within my current organisation I realised that it was a great alternative in the deadspot that I was in whilst trying to pick up our normal open network. On looking deeper into the Eduroam system it became apparent that it is a great system if you are likely to move not only between campuses but also other organisations that have taken up the Eduroam network, effectively an international network of some 5,500 connections.


Here’s hoping future organisations I visit use this 🙂


Sign is in the following form:

  • Username: (e.g.
  • Password:  organisation-password (e.g. password you normally logon to your desktop or laptop with)


Remote Desktop from the Surface RT [Day 29]

I thought I would quickly revisit the connection to and from the Surface RT a few posts ago, particularly in relation to the Remote Desktop App, to wrap the topic up nicely.

The Remote Desktop App does require another PC with a version of windows that allows remote connection…..

  • Windows 7 Professional,
  • Windows 7 Ultimate,
  • Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Windows 8 Pro
  • Windows 8 Enterprise

 that must….

  1. have a Username and Password to Logon with (not just go to desktop by powering-on)
  2. Be checked to  “Allow remote connections to this computer” under remote settings, this is normally found under the right hand menu when looking at your COMPUTER PROPERTIES


What’s IP on the Surface RT [Day 17]


A great little app that details:

  • Host name
  • Profile Name
  • Connectivity Level
  • Adapter Type
  • DNS Suffic
  • IPv4 address
  • Subnet Mask
  • Default Gateway
  • DNS Swerver
  • Ext. Address
  • IPv6 Address
  • In/Out Max Speed
  • Authentication
  • Network Usage over the last 7 days

and mostly the fact that the tile will show on the live tile

  • IPv4 address
  • External Address

another great little app that does what you need it to do without fuss