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09 NOVEMBER 2019

Website Usability and Updating Email Addresses

I decided to write this post after spending several hours trying to change the login email address I use on over 50 websites and services to use a different address. I am planning to stop using an old Google @gmail.com...

24 OCTOBER 2019

Difficulties trying to promote local businesses

In 1996 we started a local tourism website called Virtual Swanage which over time grew to have over two thousand pages of local photos, events, business listings, local attractions and much more. I posted about the twenty...

09 OCTOBER 2019

Google Analytics vs Server logs and SmarterStats

At the start of September we setup the free trial version of Smarterstats for our Virtual Swanage website to compare the visitor statistics against Google Analytics which we have been using for several years to view visitor...

04 OCTOBER 2019

Trying to Save Power and Lower our Energy Bills

This is a very text heavy post but I thought I would share our efforts to save on our energy usage in our home. With the constantly rising costs of energy we have always tried to use as little electricity and gas as possible...

02 OCTOBER 2019

Aim-TTi TF930 3GHz Frequency Counter Internal PSU

We have an Aim-TTi TF930 3GHz Frequency Counter on our test equipment shelf and this uses an external plastic plugin power brick to power the frequency counter. After cutting the plastic case from the power supply we found...

02 OCTOBER 2019

Workshop Tool Storage Rack

In our loft workshop we have many electrical hand tools and screwdrivers which we use often, and these have all been held on the wall using plastic pipe clips and magnetic tool holders. The magnetic tool holder did not...

25 SEPTEMBER 2019

New Brunel BMSZ trinocular stereomicroscope

After trying to repair the Oculus Rift cable earlier this month we decided it was time to replace our old stereo microscope with a new trinocular stereo microscope so we can take better photos of the things we are working...

18 SEPTEMBER 2019

Oculus Rift broken Cable repair attempt

I purchased my Oculus Rift headset back in July 2016 and since then it has had a lot of use. Last month I started to get an intermittent issue with the HDMI disconnecting. I assumed that it was the headset cable and so...

05 SEPTEMBER 2019

New C.I.F FT 03 Batch reflow oven

Following from the C.I.F CF02 reflow oven heater module upgrade post in February our C.I.F reflow oven, which has had several rebuilds over the past six years, started to fail when reflowing our boards and so we decided...

10 AUGUST 2019

Echo Dot 3rd Gen Digging Deeper

Following from the Echo Dot 3rd Gen Smart speaker Teardown post we have been exploring how the Echo Dot works and if it is possible to connect it to a computer to replace the firmware or install third party applications. The...

29 JULY 2019

Sony MDS-JE440 Minidisc loading belt replacement

I found a Sony MDS-JE440 Minidisc player in a local antique / second hand / retro  goods shop in town called Eklektika/ and Mark who owns the shop told me that the player was faulty with a dead display and broken drive...

21 JULY 2019

Echo Dot 3rd Gen Smart speaker Teardown

In the summer prime sale at Amazon we purchased a third generation Amazon Echo Dot which is a small voice-controlled speaker using Amazon’s Alexa voice command service. Part Two of this post is on Echo Dot 3rd Gen...

16 JULY 2019

Broadband problems with REIN interference

Bit of a long-winded post but maybe interesting for anyone with broadband speed problems. Over the past year we have experienced increasing problems with our broadband connection either randomly cutting out and resetting,...

16 JULY 2019

SMA 50-ohm terminator dummy loads

We needed some reverse polarity SMA Plug terminators to blank off the unused Wi-Fi connectors on our broadband router and also on our desktop computers as we previously had the antennas installed and these sometimes got...

05 JULY 2019

Ford sync 3 interference white noise from speakers

My 2016 Ford Focus has an intermittent problem with the Sync 3 sound system. Sometimes when starting the car the sound system will emit a very loud static / white noise sound from the center speaker and turning the volume...

19 JUNE 2019

CNC Mill new Fixed Z Axis Upgrade

We have replaced the old adjustable Z axis on our DIY CNC milling machine with a new fixed vertical pillar Z axis, replaced the old stepper motor and ballscrew bearings with better quality versions and added e-chain for...


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