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22 FEBRUARY 2018

Goodbye Disqus, Hello HTTPS with Lets Encrypt

I have decided to remove the disqus comment system from my blog posts. I have had a few issues with the disqus system including: Post order – oldest posts not always on top. Links to other sites and spam. Long...

21 FEBRUARY 2018

YouTube demonetisation email arrived

After a few weeks of reading about all the YouTube channels losing their ability to display adverts and receive a small income from their videos the email from YouTube has finally arrived for my YouTube channel to tell...

10 FEBRUARY 2018

Nest Thermostat and Smoke API with DotNet

This code example shows how you can use C# in either a Windows application or asp.net website to retrieve data from the Nest API to show information for your Nest Thermostat or Nest Smoke Alarms. Before starting to write...

16 DECEMBER 2017

Gigabit Internet Gateway Network PC

Following from our home network upgrade in August 2017 we have been trying to find a way to add global adblocking for the computers, tablets and phones connected to our network and to run additional software. We had...

12 NOVEMBER 2017

Blog and website upgrades to Bootstrap 4

Over the past few weeks we have been working on some of our own websites to rewrite the code and pages to use Bootstrap which is an open source toolkit for developing with HTML, CSS, and JS. In the past we have always...

06 NOVEMBER 2017

Pick and Place Software Version 2-2 Update

Another software update to the Pick and Place Controller Software for the DIY pick and place machine. Since the UI redesign earlier this year I have now changed the vision system to use AForge.NET to read from the USB...

14 SEPTEMBER 2017

Google Analytics PageSpeed Insights Error Fix

We test websites using tools such as Google PageSpeed Insights or GTmetrix to check the speed of their websites and find any potential issues with the content or other issues. One problem we often find about regarding...

30 AUGUST 2017

tp-link LB130 Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb Python Control

A few weeks ago, we purchased a tp-link LB130 smart bulb to use with the Home Assistant software we had been trying on the Raspberry Pi. The support for the bulb in the Home Assistant software was limited and so Andrew...

28 AUGUST 2017

Milling Machine Ballscrew End Float Fix

We converted our Axminster SIEG Super X1 micro mill to use ballscrews back in 2010 and every few months of use we have had to adjust the bearings to eliminate any backlash on the X and Y axis drives. The original drive...

22 AUGUST 2017

Home Network Upgrade

The home network installation for our computers was first setup using 10BASE2 coax connections when we only had 2 computers and one was connected to the internet via a modem. Since then we have upgraded to using first...

10 AUGUST 2017

Setting up Home Assistant on Raspbian Jessie Lite with I2C

Home Assistant is an open-source home automation platform running on Python 3 which can run on the Raspberry Pi to interface and control may of the internet of things (IOT) devices available from different manufacturers. I...

21 JUNE 2017

Pick and Place Software 2017

Since writing the ModernUI Pick and Place Controller Software for the DIY pick and place machine in 2014 we have been planning to update the software and add some new features to improve productivity when using the Pick...

02 JUNE 2017

Raspberry Pi Zero Handheld Barcode Scanner Part 3

This is the third and final part of a three-part series on designing and building a barcode scanner using a Raspberry Pi Zero W. Raspberry Pi Zero Handheld Barcode Scanner Part 1 Raspberry Pi Zero Handheld Barcode Scanner...

11 MAY 2017

Testing 18650 Li-ion Batteries

We recently designed a barcode scanner to use with our online store.  To power the scanner, we decided to use 18650 size lithium ion batteries as they are high capacity for their weight and cheap to buy.  This...

28 APRIL 2017

Building a Linux server with an Asus Tinker Board

For several years, we have been using a Raspberry Pi as a small Linux server for monitoring our solar heating system and power usage throughout the house.  While the Raspberry Pi has been perfectly suitable for the...

23 APRIL 2017

Raspberry Pi Zero Handheld Barcode Scanner Part 2

This is the second part in an ongoing project to build a wireless barcode scanner based on the Raspberry Pi Zero. View part one here: Raspberry Pi Zero Handheld Barcode Scanner Part 1 and part three here: Raspberry...

16 APRIL 2017

Oculus Three Sensor upgrade and complete redecoration

With better software support for more than two Oculus sensors being released a couple of months ago, I decided it was time to buy a third sensor so I can use the rift in a larger play area and have full 360 tracking. To...

09 MARCH 2017

New DJI Mavic Pro Drone

A few weeks ago, I finally decided it was time to order a quadcopter to play with for filming for my own personal use as I have no plans to apply for a license for commercial use after the high level photography business...

04 MARCH 2017

Raspberry Pi Zero W external antenna mod

With the release of the new Raspberry Pi Zero earlier this week we ordered one from The Pi Hut to use with our expansion boards (they all work without any problems) and one from Pimoroni to use with our barcode scanner...

21 FEBRUARY 2017

Car History Album

I was sorting though some old folders today and I found a photo album of my first cars and motorbike from when I was first driving in 1991. I thought it would be a good idea to make a collection of all my vehicles to date...

19 FEBRUARY 2017

HP MediaSmart EX475 VGA Port Mod and Linux Install

For many years we have used our old HP MediaSmart EX475 (WHS) Windows Home Server box as a secondary NAS drive on our home network to keep a backup from our main Synology Diskstation NAS drive. The Synology has 4 x...


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