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19 MAY 2020

Importing Apple Watch workouts into Garmin Connect

For several years I used a Garmin sports tracking watch to track my daily walks and to keep a running total of the distance covered and a Garmin bike computer. This would automatically upload to Garmin Connect https://connect.garmin.com/. I...

02 MAY 2020

Blackmagic Intensity Pro 4K Heatsink mod

We recently purchased a Blackmagic Intensity Pro 4K video capture card for capturing the display output from a Raspberry Pi. While the capture card works well and does what we need it did have one small annoying problem....

02 MAY 2020

Wahoo Kickr stripdown and clean

My 2014 Wahoo Kickr 1st Generation smart bike trainer developed a strong smell of burning electronics after my second ride up the Alpe Du Zwift earlier this week. Normally I only use the smart trainer in the winter months...

21 APRIL 2020

Virtual Swanage Tourism Website and Coronavirus Covid-19

It has now been twenty four years since we started our local tourism website Virtual Swanage www.virtual-swanage.co.uk . At the start of the year we had over 800 local events in the website for 2020 and over 15 local festivals...

13 APRIL 2020

Phone cradle with Garmin Quarter turn mount

I have been using Zwift with my first generation Wahoo Kickr bike trainer for several months now, firstly due to bad weather over the winter months and now due to the current Covid19 lockdown in the United Kingdom. I run...

07 APRIL 2020

Yaesu VX-6 New Data Cable Fix

Last week I purchased a Yaesu VX-6 is which is an ultra-rugged 144-430 MHz FM Hand-Held with wide receiver coverage of 504kHz to 998.99MHz. As programming the radios via the keypad is very time consuming, I purchased a...

29 MARCH 2020

PartFinder component inventory manager

For several years we have been using PartKeepr https://partkeepr.org/ to keep track of the thousands of components we have in our workshop. Over the past few months, we found the daily backups from PartKeepr are taking...

28 MARCH 2020

Amazon Echo Flex Teardown

At Christmas we purchased an Amazon Echo Flex which was on special offer at the time.  The Echo Flex is a plug-in smart home controller using the Amazon Alexa ecosystem. After having it sitting on the shelf for 3 months,...

17 MARCH 2020

When lightning strikes

Today whilst sorting through my old 35mm film negatives, I found some photos of the damage our home suffered when we had a direct lightning strike to the aerials on our roof in September 2004. On the night, we all went...

11 MARCH 2020

Pioneer SX-N30 Stereo Receiver 12V Remote Output Mod

For several months now we have been looking at ways to reduce the energy consumption in our house. One item we found that was using power when it wasn’t in use was a Yamaha subwoofer that is connected to a Pioneer...

28 FEBRUARY 2020

Synology DiskStation DS411+II Repair - Blue Flashing LED

Around two years ago my Synology DS411+II network attached storage drive developed a fault where it would randomly fail to boot or power on with a flashing blue power button light and then after a random number of minutes...

10 FEBRUARY 2020

Commercial waste and an ecommerce business

When we started our AB Electronics UK ecommerce business eight years ago we found that we had the problem of generating a small amount of waste / rubbish every month from our PCB assembly. We had never had to deal with...

22 JANUARY 2020

The importance of checking your data backups

I thought I would write a short post about the importance of checking that your computer data backups are working correctly and if you experience a drive or computer failure only to find your backup system did not work! This...

15 JANUARY 2020

Sony Bravia 55XE90 KD-55XE9005 Teardown VR Damage

Last week my 55 inch Sony Bravia KD 55XE9005 LED HDR 4K Ultra HD Smart Android TV suffered an unfortunate accident with a friend who was playing Richie's Plank Experience on my Oculus Rift. While playing one of the bonus...

13 JANUARY 2020

My videos on YouTube and now LBRY.tv

Earlier this month I watched a video by Dave Jones EEVBlog regarding cryptocurrency youtube.com/watch?v=wzxdVsp5QSw and found the new LBRY video hosted system very interesting and I decided to have a mirror of my YouTube...

30 DECEMBER 2019

Collecting old photos of my hometown of Swanage

For the past few years I have been collecting vintage photographs, slides and postcards of my hometown of Swanage which is on the South Coast of England. My interest in historic photos started with our tourism website,...


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