HUDL bricked after factory reset and how to fix it

Posted by  on February 17, 2021

I did a factory reset on my Tesco HUDL

It turns out that was a mistake. The HUDL is getting on a bit now and while it may not be able to run the most recent apps it still can be used for some basic functions.

Tesco HUDL

I blew the dust from my old HUDL tablet with the intention of installing PlayZX and using it as an input source for my Sinclair ZX Spectrum. PlayZX is an Android app that connects to 1000s of Sinclair Spectrum games. The app plays the audio of the cassette as if it were loading games from a cassette deck but digitally and, therefore, no chewed tapes.

I decided to do a factory reset to start fresh with just PlayZX. That’s where things went horribly wrong.

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Guess Who? Extra… Some Additional Cards

Posted by  on February 16, 2021

More Guess Who Extra

I noticed my previous Guess Who Extra post is getting a fair amount of hits. Assuming you’re getting some use out of those cards I decided to make a few more.

Guess Who? Extra

I created the Guess Who Extra cards on my original post because I didn’t find much available on the web. Having not found anything interesting on the Hasbro website I decided to make some of my own. I uploaded them to the site with the intention of offering them to others in the same situation as myself, being unable to find anything on the internet. Looking at the Jetpack site stats it appears it’s one of my more popular posts, getting numerous hits per day.

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Bomb Jack: The Board Game (a COVID Lockdown project)

Posted by  on January 17, 2021

With COVID Lockdown still in full effect I decided to make “Bomb Jack: The Board Game”

During this lockdown we’ve played our board games A LOT. It’s no secret that I’ve always liked Bomb Jack, specifically the Spectrum and Arcade versions. Three things have driven me to make Bomb Jack: The Board Game: –

  1. I needed something fresh and nothing in the shops really took my interest.
  2. I’ve always wanted to make my own board game.
  3. I like the idea of classic video games turned into board games, if done properly.

So I set out to create Bomb Jack: The Board Game. I wanted to try and stick to the basic premise of the video game so ultimately the goal is to collect “Fire Bombs”. Now, 23 fire bombs seem a little excessive for each player to collect in a board game so I opted for 5 (this may change depending on how the beta testing goes). The game is for 2-4 players, each playing a variation of Bomb Jack or Bomb Jill (Bomb Jack Twin).

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A quick thank you to our Key Workers

Posted by  on April 27, 2020

I just want to take a minute to recognise Key Workers in the UK.

Update: 21/02/2021

*** I just wanted to emphasis my thanks a little more, what with us being in our third lockdown now and infection rates still high. Key Workers are still out there putting themselves at risk so the rest of us can keep going on with our lives as best we can under the circumstances.

I’ve now had my first COVID jab because I’m in the vulnerable category, thanks to the combination of a couple of ailments, and I’m feeling quite thankful at the moment for the work put in by our health service that has allowed me to receive it. I hope as many people take the opportunity as possible. ***


The COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic is unlike anything we’ve seen within the lifetimes of most of us. Our Key Workers (wiki) in this country are currently keeping the rest of us going while putting themselves and their families in the firing line.

Key Worker Rainbow

I promised myself I wouldn’t list occupations because I know for sure I’ll miss some so this is for anyone and everyone, especially to those who have lost their lives and their families, who are working through this to keep the rest of us safe and able to go about our lives as best possible in these circumstances.

from all at the Munky house.

Royal Mail Video Games stamps

Posted by  on January 21, 2020

My Royal Mail “Video Games” stamps arrived this morning

Some weeks back Royal Mail announced they would publish a range of stamps celebrating classic UK-designed video games. I ordered the “Video Games Limited Edition Gamer Collectors Pack” because, quite frankly, I need that presentation case (it’s really a tin so I’m going to call it a tin from now on).

Well today it arrived…

Royal Mail Video Games stamps (1)

Straight away I knew it had to be the stamps. It said “DO NOT BEND” on the envelope but I had to in order to pick it up. Sorry postie, don’t be too disappointed in me.

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