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Click to view Arduino Mains Voltage and Current Logging

Arduino Mains Voltage and Current Logging

Posted Sunday 13 May 2012 22:02 Page View Counter 1081

As part of the solar hot water system (view other blog posts) we have been installing onto our home we wanted to be able to keep track of the mains electric being used by the house. Based on the open source OpenEnergyMontor website we developed our...

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Click to view Solar Hot Water Install Dual Coil Cylinder

Solar Hot Water Install Dual Coil Cylinder

Posted Sunday 13 May 2012 21:43 Page View Counter 484

Next stage of the solar hot water install, fitting a new dual coil hot water cylinder. The new cylinder was 150mm taller and 70mm wider than the old hot water cylinder which was installed before which required all the existing pipes to be moved to...

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Click to view Arduino based Solar PV and Hot water monitoring and logging Part 2

Arduino based Solar PV and Hot water monitoring and logging Part 2

Posted Thursday 03 May 2012 20:29 Page View Counter 421

Following on from my post Arduino based Solar PV and Hot water monitoring and logging we have designed and created the new PCB (printed circuit boards) for the MCP9801 temperature sensors and also a PCB to hold a mains relay for switching the solar water...

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Click to view Solar Hot Water Install Stage One

Solar Hot Water Install Stage One

Posted Wednesday 02 May 2012 15:29 Page View Counter 427

Following on from my post about the Arduino based Solar PV and Hot water monitoring the solar hot water kit has arrived from Navitron. The photos below show the initial plumbing stages for installing the system. We are still waiting for quotes from...

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Click to view Arduino based Solar PV and Hot water monitoring and logging

Arduino based Solar PV and Hot water monitoring and logging

Posted Sunday 29 April 2012 16:48 Page View Counter 721

We are upgrading our DIY PV off grid system with extra panels and also a solar hot water system using a kit from http://navitron.org.uk/ with a 20 tube 58mm double wall evacuated tube solar collector on the roof and a new water cylinder and Navitron TDC3...

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Hotmail Server Blacklist update

Posted Sunday 18 March 2012 12:30 Page View Counter 415

Since my emails to and from Hotmail in the past 2 weeks regarding the block on my company's main email server, I have since found that it is being blocked by a DNSBL called ivmSIP/24 who seem to operate on a basis that if one ip address sends spam or...

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Click to view 550 SC001 Errors with Windows Live Mail and Hotmail

550 SC001 Errors with Windows Live Mail and Hotmail

Posted Monday 05 March 2012 22:36 Page View Counter 437

After one of the people who we host a website for had a virus infection in December 2011 which resulted in several thousand emails being sent via our main mail server, we have had problems sending emails to hotmail.com and hotmail.co.uk domain names....

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Click to view BlackMagic  Intensity Pro HDMI capture of Galaxy Nexus and iPad 2

BlackMagic Intensity Pro HDMI capture of Galaxy Nexus and iPad 2

Posted Tuesday 07 February 2012 16:33 Page View Counter 594

BlackMagic Intensity Pro HDMI capture of Galaxy Nexus and iPad 2 While working on a new project we needed to be able to send video of the mobile apps under development to the clients online. This is to save us all having to arrange meetings and lots...

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Click to view iOS webView open a JavaScript link in Safari

iOS webView open a JavaScript link in Safari

Posted Friday 27 January 2012 22:09 Page View Counter 784

After working on updates for our Virtual Swanage iOS app that uses a JavaScript based webview for information, I ran into a problem where by a JavaScript window.location event would only open up a page within an existing view and it was not...

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Click to view Wiring Land Rover Defender Heated Seats

Wiring Land Rover Defender Heated Seats

Posted Sunday 22 January 2012 16:34 Page View Counter 1765

I found a pair of new and unused half leather TDCI/ PUMA Defender heated seats on ebay which I thought would be idea for the cold winter driving in my Defender. As I have a 1999 Defender it doesn't have any of the wiring to connect to the new heated...

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Click to view SOPA Blackout Day

SOPA Blackout Day

Posted Wednesday 18 January 2012 18:07 Page View Counter 402

As several mainstream websites have blacked out their pages in protest of the SOPA and PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) legislation which the US Senate is trying to pass today, I thought I would get some screen shots of the pages while they are blacked out. Boing...

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Click to view Website Design the day job  update

Website Design the day job update

Posted Wednesday 04 January 2012 22:19 Page View Counter 347

I thought I should post an update to the About Me page on the site which hasn't been updated for a few years. Still building websites for my main business (www.apexweb.co.uk) and out taking photos for stock and clients websites. In 2011 started a...

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Android Market 101 error downloading apps

Posted Saturday 31 December 2011 17:08 Page View Counter 440

Since getting the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus I was not able to download apps to the phone via the Market app. Every time I would get an error -101 saying the app could not be downloaded. Also on the Android Market website https://market.android.com/...

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Click to view Camera mount with finder scope fitting for HEQ5 PRO mount

Camera mount with finder scope fitting for HEQ5 PRO mount

Posted Wednesday 21 December 2011 16:56 Page View Counter 663

After getting some good photos with the new telescope kit purchased in October, we thought it would be good to be able to make use of the tracking facilities of the HEQ5 PRO mount with the normal camera and wider lenses to get general astronomy wide field...

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moon

Posted Friday 09 December 2011 21:26 Page View Counter 304

moon, a photo by brian-dorey on Flickr. Close up shot of the moon taken using my 8 inch telescope and Canon 5D Mk 2 with 20mm lens on telescope

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