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28 AUGUST 2011

Mac Pro Tower SSD mounting brackets

The older 2008 Apple Mac Pro tower computers use a crude and prone to vibration mounting bracket system to hold the hard drives upside down in the case. When I changed to use an Intel SSD drive last year I had to fix the...

16 JULY 2011

Using the Metaweblog API on Blogenginenet with Flickr

The BlogEngine.NET blog system has a very useful Metaweblog API which allows authorised websites to post blog entries to your blog. On previous versions of this blog I had used this to post photos from Flickr to the blog...

30 JUNE 2011

Canon MPE 65mm to Sigma EM 140 DG ringflash adapter

We purchased the Sigma EM-140 DG ring flash a couple of years ago to use on the Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens. The flash mounts on the end of the lens using the supplied adapters but this leaves the flash lights around 30mm...

07 MARCH 2011

iPod dock in dashboard for Landrover Defender

After installing the Raptor dash I found I needed a new home for my Apple iPod which connects to my headunit. There are very limited spaces available in the Landrover Defender to keep things out of sight so i thought I would...

22 JANUARY 2011

Fitting a Raptor Dash into a 1999 TD5 Defender

Raptor Dash Fitting in my 1998 TD5 Landrover Defender Dashboard purchased from https://www.raptor-engineering.co.uk/ The original blog post from 2011 was lost in a database crash and so this post has been reconstructed...

14 JANUARY 2011

Firefox This Address is Restricted error message

Seems firefox has a security system to stop you browsing sites using non standard ports. To bypass: In the address bar type about:config Search for network.security.ports.banned.override If it dosnt exist,...

21 DECEMBER 2010

PDF Printing from a Server using C#

The code below allows you to print pdf documents which are on a web server to an attached or network printer. Under IIS 7 I found that you need to setup a user account with permisisons for Acrobat Reader and printing which...

20 OCTOBER 2010

Acuter Merlin Orion Motorised AZ Mount controlled by a Wii Nunchuk with remote zoom Part 2

Continued from Part One. The design mockup on the EasyPIC6 development board was transferred to a breadboard for final testing and then the circuit was build on an offcut of stripboard. Source code for the project can...

17 OCTOBER 2010

Acuter Merlin Orion Motorised AZ Mount controlled by a Wii Nunchuk with remote zoom

We purchased an Acuter Merlin/Orion Motorised AZ Mount to use with our Canon 5D Mk 2 camera on a 50 foot telescopic mast fitted to our Land Rover Defender for high level photography. Initial tests using the Merlin mount...

08 OCTOBER 2010

Land Rover Defender Split Charge Setup

We have added a split charge system to the land rover so we can power the laptop and compressor from a second battery when using the Clark Mast. The rear seats on the passenger side have been removed and a box built with...

03 SEPTEMBER 2010

Excess Packaging from RS Components

Ever think some companies include too much packing wit your orders ? I ordered a single 18 pin DIP chip from RS Components and expected it to ship in a small bag, this is what turned up today! The box which is over...

13 AUGUST 2010

Merlin Panohead Modifications to take Canon 5D Mk 2

Merlin Panohead Modifications to take Canon 5D Mk 2 I recently purchased a Merlin Panohead for using with the 15m telescopic mast which is on order for aerial photography. I found that the Merlin Panohead's standard...

31 MAY 2010

Axminster SIEG Super X1 Micro Mill Dremel Addition

Axminster SIEG Super X1 Micro-Mill Dremel Addon More updates for the Axminster SIEG Super X1 Micro-Mill. In order to drill PCB's and work on some small engraving jobs we found that we needed a much faster spindle speed...

02 MAY 2010

HTC Desire Custom Wood Dock

HTC Desire Dock / Wooden Stand After buying an HTC Desire smartphone, I tried to find a suitable dock or stand for holding the phone while syncing and charging the phone. I ordered one from ebay over 3 weeks ago but the...

28 FEBRUARY 2010

Yet more dumb uk copyright laws

Update 05/04/2010 More info about the photography issues for this law on http://www.stop43.org.uk Update 28/02/2010 UK Gov nationalises orphans and bans non-consensual photography in public The Digital Economy...

13 FEBRUARY 2010

Axminster SIEG Super X1 Micro Mill Ballscrew Upgrade and Modifications

Our original milling machine has undergone several modifications since we purchased it. First was a new longer bed and then a diy CNC conversion with the control box being relocated, and in December 2009 we purchased...

25 JANUARY 2010

Axminster SIEG C1 Micro Lathe Modifications

When we purchased the milling machine which was later converted to be CNC we also purchased a Axminster SIEG C1 Micro Lathe, the lathe was ok for working with larger materials (over 3mm) but due to excessive vibration from...

19 JANUARY 2010

Apple G5 iMac Screen Flickering and Screen Corruption

Yesterday my old G5 Apple iMac started to crash and have screen corruption with windows appearing to freeze and then leave parts behind when moving around. After a hour the computer was crashing as soon as it booted and the...

06 JANUARY 2010

Gallery Updates

I have updated the site gallery with a flickr feed of my latest updates to Flickr https://www.briandorey.com/gallery/

02 JANUARY 2010

360 Panoramic Product Photo Samples

These were taken using the full Bowens studio kit to light the item using softboxes and light the background with separate lights to give a more even light over the items. Below are some new samples of what we can do with...

30 DECEMBER 2009

DIY Rotary 360 Table for Product Shots

After looking at various ways to show stock items in a better format for our ecommerce sites we thought it would be good to have 360 rotating images of the items. Commercial systems to do this cost thousands and as we...


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