Blog and website upgrades to Bootstrap 4

Blog and website upgrades to Bootstrap 4

Posted Sunday 12 November 2017 16:33

Over the past few weeks we have been working on some of our own websites to rewrite the code and pages to use Bootstrap which is an open source toolkit for developing with HTML, CSS, and JS. In the past we have always written our own responsive CSS and JS for our websites but with all the different devices and screen sizes now being used we felt it was time to try using one of the many web frameworks available. We tried several different...

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Pick and Place Software Version 2-2 Update

Pick and Place Software Version 2-2 Update

Posted Monday 06 November 2017 16:04 Page View Counter 122

Another software update to the Pick and Place Controller Software for the DIY pick and place machine. Since the UI redesign earlier this year I have now changed the vision system to use AForge.NET to read from the USB webcams and display on the screen...

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Google Analytics PageSpeed Insights Error Fix

Google Analytics PageSpeed Insights Error Fix

Posted Thursday 14 September 2017 20:15 Page View Counter 114

We test websites using tools such as Google PageSpeed Insights or GTmetrix to check the speed of their websites and find any potential issues with the content or other issues. One problem we often find about regarding the Google PageSpeed Insights...

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tp-link LB130 Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb Python Control

tp-link LB130 Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb Python Control

Posted Wednesday 30 August 2017 13:28 Page View Counter 192

A few weeks ago, we purchased a tp-link LB130 smart bulb to use with the Home Assistant software we had been trying on the Raspberry Pi. The support for the bulb in the Home Assistant software was limited and so Andrew started to decode the data using...

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Milling Machine Ballscrew End Float Fix

Milling Machine Ballscrew End Float Fix

Posted Monday 28 August 2017 13:19 Page View Counter 105

We converted our Axminster SIEG Super X1 micro mill to use ballscrews back in 2010 and every few months of use we have had to adjust the bearings to eliminate any backlash on the X and Y axis drives. The original drive couplings fitted onto the...

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Home Network Upgrade

Home Network Upgrade

Posted Tuesday 22 August 2017 21:37 Page View Counter 108

The home network installation for our computers was first setup using 10BASE2 coax connections when we only had 2 computers and one was connected to the internet via a modem. Since then we have upgraded to using first network hubs then switches for...

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Setting up Home Assistant on Raspbian Jessie Lite with I2C

Setting up Home Assistant on Raspbian Jessie Lite with I2C

Posted Thursday 10 August 2017 18:29 Page View Counter 85

Home Assistant is an open-source home automation platform running on Python 3 which can run on the Raspberry Pi to interface and control may of the internet of things (IOT) devices available from different manufacturers. I was first told about...

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Pick and Place Software 2017

Pick and Place Software 2017

Posted Wednesday 21 June 2017 17:59 Page View Counter 123

Since writing the ModernUI Pick and Place Controller Software for the DIY pick and place machine in 2014 we have been planning to update the software and add some new features to improve productivity when using the Pick and Place machine. When...

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Raspberry Pi Zero Handheld Barcode Scanner Part 3

Raspberry Pi Zero Handheld Barcode Scanner Part 3

Posted Friday 02 June 2017 14:56 Page View Counter 146

This is the third and final part of a three-part series on designing and building a barcode scanner using a Raspberry Pi Zero W. Raspberry Pi Zero Handheld Barcode Scanner Part 1 Raspberry Pi Zero Handheld Barcode Scanner Part 2 In the previous...

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Testing 18650 Li-ion Batteries

Testing 18650 Li-ion Batteries

Posted Thursday 11 May 2017 12:12 Page View Counter 75

We recently designed a barcode scanner to use with our online store.  To power the scanner, we decided to use 18650 size lithium ion batteries as they are high capacity for their weight and cheap to buy.  This was the first project that...

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Building a Linux server with an Asus Tinker Board

Building a Linux server with an Asus Tinker Board

Posted Friday 28 April 2017 20:30 Page View Counter 987

For several years, we have been using a Raspberry Pi as a small Linux server for monitoring our solar heating system and power usage throughout the house.  While the Raspberry Pi has been perfectly suitable for the tasks it has been given, we...

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