ESP8266 Mains Energy Monitor

ESP8266 Mains Energy Monitor

Posted Friday 01 January 2016 21:09 Page View Counter 728

In November of last year we finished work on our Raspberry Pi based solar data logger, a part of our ongoing smart home project that we have been working on for several years now.  The solar logger monitors all of the energy usage for the solar...

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Virtual Swanage 20 years old

Virtual Swanage 20 years old

Posted Friday 01 January 2016 20:31 Page View Counter 70

20 years of Virtual Swanage promoting our town and local area at www.virtual-swanage.co.uk In 1996 we first launched our local tourist information website for our home town of Swanage. The first version of the website was written and uploaded using...

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New Look Blog

New Look Blog

Posted Thursday 24 December 2015 13:06 Page View Counter 54

I have now launched a new version of the blog which has a new design and a completely new back end management system which we have designed and written ourselves. Andrew has helped me with the front end design, graphics and CSS for the new blog...

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Nest and Solar Logger Update

Nest and Solar Logger Update

Posted Saturday 12 December 2015 19:15 Page View Counter 173

It has now been a week since we installed the Nest 3rd Gen Learning Thermostat and we have been able to try the auto learning and heating / hot water schedules the thermostat offers. First impressions of the thermostat overall had been positive...

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Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd Gen Hot Water Installation

Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd Gen Hot Water Installation

Posted Friday 04 December 2015 22:12 Page View Counter 2687

Today the new 3rd Gen Nest Learning Thermostat with hot water control arrived which we had ordered last month when the new UK model with hot water control was announced. We needed the Nest Thermostat with the hot water control to replace our old...

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Starting your own ecommerce business

Starting your own ecommerce business

Posted Thursday 03 December 2015 22:17 Page View Counter 80

When we launched our ecommerce shop AB Electronics UK selling the Raspberry Pi expansion boards which myself and my brother Andrew have designed and hand built we thought that we knew all the potential issues and pitfalls of ecommerce as we had spent...

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Raspberry Pi Solar Data Logger Version 2

Raspberry Pi Solar Data Logger Version 2

Posted Monday 30 November 2015 19:54 Page View Counter 496

Three years ago we designed a solar data logger based on a Raspberry Pi which monitored the solar heating and PV system in the house as well as measuring the amount of energy we were using.  This system has served us well but over time we have...

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Google Analytics server side ecommerce tracking

Google Analytics server side ecommerce tracking

Posted Saturday 14 November 2015 20:27 Page View Counter 121

Update 17th June 2016: There is a new version of this code on http://www.briandorey.com/post/Google-Analytics-server-side-ecommerce-tracking-V2 A recurring issue we have on several of the ecommerce websites we manage is the Google Analytics...

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Mastervolt Soladin 600 Optical Interface Noise Fail

Mastervolt Soladin 600 Optical Interface Noise Fail

Posted Wednesday 11 November 2015 21:12 Page View Counter 147

Since we solved the RF interference problems http://www.briandorey.com/post/mastervolt-soladin-rf-filtering with our Mastervolt Soladin 600 mains inverter we had planned to use the data port to link to our Raspberry Pi based home data logger...

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USB MultiComms Part Four Case

USB MultiComms Part Four Case

Posted Wednesday 11 November 2015 13:58 Page View Counter 112

This is part four of the USB MultiComms project, you can view part one, two and three from the links below: USB MultiComms Part One - USB Board USB MultiComms Part Two - RS232 Board USB MultiComms Part Three - UART Board With the main...

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