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Click to view Nextbase 512G low profile mount mod for Ford Focus

Nextbase 512G low profile mount mod for Ford Focus

Posted Sunday 30 October 2016 23:26 Page View Counter 1871

After picking up the new Ford Focus last week I wanted to install a dash cam so in the event of us being unlucky enough to be involved in an accident there will be video footage of the moments before and after the event. After watching a lot of...

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Click to view Trip to Sturminster Mill in Dorset

Trip to Sturminster Mill in Dorset

Posted Friday 28 October 2016 23:14 Page View Counter 376

Since picking up the new Ford Focus last week I can now drive again thanks to its Powershift six speed transmission and this afternoon after a couple of meetings with customers, I went for a drive up to Sturminster Mill which is on the outskirts...

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Click to view Ford Sync 3 USB Drive Music Playlists

Ford Sync 3 USB Drive Music Playlists

Posted Saturday 22 October 2016 11:58 Page View Counter 6849

Our new Ford Focus arrived on Thursday this week and the 2016 model in the United Kingdom is now shipped with Fords latest Sync 3 multimedia system which has been available in the USA for some time. I have a large music collection of around 14,000...

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Click to view Autumn News Update

Autumn News Update

Posted Saturday 01 October 2016 12:22 Page View Counter 395

Just over four years ago when we built our first Raspberry Pi ADC board (http://www.briandorey.com/post/Raspberry-Pi-I2C--Analog-to-Digital-Converter) to use with our solar data logger we never imagined that it would turn into a full time job designing,...

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Click to view Home Energy Solar Logger Update

Home Energy Solar Logger Update

Posted Tuesday 06 September 2016 17:18 Page View Counter 461

Since updating our home solar data logging system to the Raspberry Pi Solar Data Logger Version 2 in November 2015 we planned to add additional indoor and outdoor sensors to the system.   We ordered additional temperature sensors from...

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Click to view 10Mhz Frequency Standard Distribution Project

10Mhz Frequency Standard Distribution Project

Posted Sunday 04 September 2016 16:24 Page View Counter 1476

Several months ago we purchased a FE-5680A Rubidium Frequency Standard from eBay, part number P/N 217400-30352-1. We planned to use the frequency standard as a reference for our frequency counter, spectrum analyser and our HackRF One SDR radio which has...

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Click to view Camera Carry Grip Handle

Camera Carry Grip Handle

Posted Monday 29 August 2016 22:07 Page View Counter 512

Last week I decided to upgrade my old Canon 5D Mk1 to a new camera as I wanted a higher resolution and better autofocus system for wildlife and landscapes. I had been waiting for the new Canon 5D Mk IV which was officially announced on Thursday but...

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Click to view Oculus Rift first impressions and VR sickness

Oculus Rift first impressions and VR sickness

Posted Sunday 31 July 2016 19:28 Page View Counter 422

Last friday I ordered an oculus rift from www.oculus.com/ and the large heavy box arrived on Monday afternoon. This is my first experience using a VR headset in over 20 years and the last time was at Sega World in Bournemouth, UK in the 1990’s...

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Click to view Summer 2016 Workshop  Update

Summer 2016 Workshop Update

Posted Tuesday 19 July 2016 21:50 Page View Counter 511

Sorry for the lack of new blog posts in the last couple of months but we have been very busy with the slate roof on our home being replaced and the work involved with refurbishing the roof and associated outside lead work, painting and the inside...

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Click to view Google Analytics server side ecommerce tracking V2

Google Analytics server side ecommerce tracking V2

Posted Friday 17 June 2016 19:07 Page View Counter 477

Following a previous post for Google Analytics server side ecommerce tracking , I have now written a new and improved version of the C# functions to send ecommerce order data to Google Analytics server-side using Google’s Measurement Protocol. Documentation...

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Click to view CIF Relflow oven forced air cooling fan addon

CIF Relflow oven forced air cooling fan addon

Posted Saturday 23 April 2016 21:56 Page View Counter 491

When building our Raspberry Pi expansion boards we use lead free solder paste and a C.I.F FT02 batch reflow oven to cook the boards. The C.I.F promotional videos show the oven being used on a workbench without any fume extraction but after our...

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Click to view 5uH LISN Tester Project

5uH LISN Tester Project

Posted Saturday 16 April 2016 14:07 Page View Counter 1162

We needed to be able to test some of our circuits for EMI issues via the power lines and after some research we found a product called TBOH01 5UH Line Impedance Stabilisation Network LISN from Tekbox (http://www.tekbox.net/test-equipment/tboh01-5uh-line-impedance-stabilisation-network-lisn-cispr25)...

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Click to view Raspberry Pi 3 UART Boot Overlay Part Two

Raspberry Pi 3 UART Boot Overlay Part Two

Posted Monday 14 March 2016 23:03 Page View Counter 9301

Updated on 19th March 2016 for new Raspbian Jessie release changes. Following on from the previous post about the Raspberry Pi 3 UART overlay workaround there is now a new solution to enable the serial console and serial port on the GPIO pins which...

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Click to view Raspberry Pi 3 UART Overlay Workaround

Raspberry Pi 3 UART Overlay Workaround

Posted Monday 07 March 2016 12:41 Page View Counter 12328

Update: 19th March 2016 There is now a new Raspbian Jessie release dated 2016-03-18 which no longer works with this UART workaround. There is a new post at http://www.briandorey.com/post/Raspberry-Pi-3-UART-Boot-Overlay-Part-Two which shows...

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Click to view Garmin Edge 810 and GoPro Hero 3 GPS Interference

Garmin Edge 810 and GoPro Hero 3 GPS Interference

Posted Sunday 21 February 2016 19:27 Page View Counter 584

I often record my bike rides on my GoPro Hero 3+ to use on our local tourism website Virtual Swanage (www.virtual-swanage.co.uk) and use the GPS data from my Garmin Edge 810 bike computer to make downloadable routes for the Cycling section (https://www.virtual-swanage.co.uk/things-to-do/sports-and-activities/cycling) In...

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