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18 OCTOBER 2009

DIY Camera Laser Break Beam Trigger

A DIY optical camera flash or camera trigger using a laser and basic timer circuit. I have always enjoyed trying to take water drop photos but getting the flash and camera to trigger at the right moment by hand was always...

11 OCTOBER 2009

Apple Mac Pro Tower High Pitch Whine

My new Mac Pro tower has had an annoying high pitched squeal or whine when moving windows or scrolling windows on the screen. The sound is not there all the time but only after the machine has been on for a few hours...


DIY Chromakey wall

DIY wall for Chromakey green screen recording. After spending a lot of time trying to get good quality green screen footage for e-learning projects using cloth backgrounds, we decided to build a dedicated wall at the studio...

27 JUNE 2009

Logitech Harmony 885 remote control 12 Volt Solar Charger

After looking for more items around the house which could be charged from the new solar system, we decided to try converting the Logitech Harmony 885 remote control chargers to run from 12 volts. The Logitech charger runs...

26 JUNE 2009

DIY LCD monitor flush wall mount

After moving my monitors around on the office desk to make way for some new kit, I found that the best place would be if one of the screens was fitted flush against one of the brick walls in the office. I made this VESA...

02 JUNE 2009

Mk2 DIY Solar Panels Part Seven

Putting it all together Built the first of four panels today and got it installed on the roof. I am still waiting for the 12v 15amp cable roll for the other three panels, which I ordered over a week ago and the supplier...

01 JUNE 2009

Mk2 DIY Solar Panels Part Six

Soldering Cells After purchasing a flux pen from Maplin, we started the long job of tinning all the cells, front and back and the fitting the tabbing wire between the cells to join 36 together for each solar panel. The...

28 MAY 2009

Mk2 DIY Solar Panels Part Five

Charging System Upgrades The existing charging system used a single battery and this was connected via the charge converter to the inverter and a 12v relay which switched the mains supply between the solar inverter power...

24 MAY 2009

Mk2 DIY Solar Panels Part Four

Using 6mm thick flat aluminum bar, we made four brackets which were attached to the chimneys either side of the house and between these, two lengths of 25mm x 4.2m square aluminum bar were fitted to act as supports for the...

19 MAY 2009

Mk2 DIY Solar Panels Part Three

Using 35mm square aluminum bar, we machined a slot into the bar and cut it into 30mm wide brackets which where drilled and tapped to take M5 bolts. Four of these brackets will be bolted to the panel base boards and this will...

10 MAY 2009

Mk2 DIY Solar Panels Part Two

Two coats today of Dulux Trade Weathershield Preservative Basecoat to seal the wood, this needs 48 hours to dry and then the panels will be painted with exterior gloss and the glass ordered. The photo below shows the panels...

09 MAY 2009

Mk2 DIY Solar Panels Part One

After purchasing further solar cells from the USA via ebay, We are building four new weather proof outdoor solar panels which should supply around 320w which should be enough energy to run the household lighting circuit and...

07 MAY 2009

New gallery section

I have added a new custom gallery to the blog which you can access via the Gallery link on the top of each page or on https://www.briandorey.com/gallery/

22 FEBRUARY 2009

Time lapse video

Went out for a drive today with my Canon Eos 5D in the car and did one frame every second which was then converted into a time lapse movie http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=3321437

18 FEBRUARY 2009

Google sitemap generator

Below is the code to make an .aspx page written in C# which scans all folders on a website and generates a xml site map which google can read for all .htm or .html pages. If you want to add other file types, edit the in...

16 FEBRUARY 2009

The closure of swanageforum

The closure of www.swanageforum.co.uk As the designer and webmaster of the Swanage forum, I thought it was about time that I put the record straight to why I pulled the site before any more rumours appear like the one...

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